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Oct. 18th, 2008 03:27 pm
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The following bit of posty goodness was accumulated at work on Friday. Enjoy.

Mapping data accumulator sued in yet another case of intellectual property not being owned by the person who thought up the thing. Criminal.

BMW is rolling ahead with plans for the all-electric Mini (EV). I cannot wait until cars like this actually are available to the general public. Mnnnm. Combining hydrogen fuel cells with a plug-in electric motor? Would it work? Of course, living around renewable sourced electricity sources is essential for it to be a great thing.

Jargon Watch discusses Green Crude, Popcorning, Edupunk and Hairy Blobs.

For my geeky computer nerd friends: Cheap, easy-to-mod NetBooks are a Hacker's Paradise according to Wired's gadget lab. Ahhh... the hackintosh.

All the EMT's in the house - do you perform CPR to the Bee Gee's Stayin' Alive? Maybe you should!

For all my paranoid friends who want to keep any RFID chip data privately secured, here's a how-to wiki on making a faraday cage wallet. ATM cards, credit cards, some state-issued ID cards… not just passports, folks. Hey, you could color coordinate with your wardrobe too, since they make multi-color duct tape these days. Check here for some other interesting things to do with duct tape. I think I may have posted a while back about the contest Duct tape has every year for prom outfits made from their product. Wild photos, talented kids.

For the photographers out there, how about taking microphotographs in addition to those lovely macro lens shots? This made me think of my sweet CoB and Mandy. *waves*

And, for those of you heading into NYC: watch out for add-wrapping on the subway system. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is announcing plans to cover just about every surface in the subway system with advertising. The most ambitious attempt will be digital video ads that play short videos that move across the walls of subway tunnels while the trains are moving through. In addition to the digital ads, there will be more train, pole and surface wrapping with ads as well as large video spots on the walls of busy stations.



In other news: The tomb of the guy who is believed to have in part inspired the character Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by Russell Crowe in Gladiator was found in Rome recently. NEAT!

The newest annual Emerging Cyber Threats Report is warning that mobile devices are at an increasing risk to attack by spam and viruses and that mobile devices have been identified as the most at-risk and particularly vulnerable platform. Though this isn't directly related, I am so glad that they've not published cell phone numbers like land lines. Telemarketers should not be able to try and sell you something while you are paying for the phone call, imho.

As someone who has long been a fan of the marumushi newsmap, imagine my surprise to find all the other neat marumushi products. I especially like the flicker mapping. A perennial favorite option of mine for the newsmap is to change the country tab at the top to see how various issue categories are "valued" by those countries in comparison with your own. Enlightening.

Finally, the credit squeeze starts to loosen. Good news for the banking industry for interbank and consumer/business loans. Though for the cautious, it won't mean so much yet or change any shifts in policy that were implemented due to this newest occurrence.

As a follow up to a comment I made last night, elsewhere, here's an update on Plumber Joe's taxes. This article also explains a little more about what qualifies as a small business and other questions surrounding Senator Obama's proposed tax strategy.

And, still in business speak mode, here are a series of articles about the return on investment of sleep Sleep, good.

Also, why is Buffett's "buy now" call getting a lukewarm reception? Isn't he supposed to be some sort of investing guru?
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