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Democrats

Journal: Obama releases iPhone app

Journal by ATMD

The BBC is reporting on a new iPhone app from presidential candidate Barack Obama, to help you organise your own personal mini-campaign of friend-badgering. It sorts people by state, and by their "Obama status" - how favourably they're thinking of him.

Of course this begs the question of whether any potential McCain app will be allowed, considering Apple's infamous "non-competition" policy...

The Internet

Journal: P2P Internet Hops, Skips and Jumps over Municipal Firewalls

Journal by ATMD

The BBC is reporting on a new effort called "psiphon", intended to grant full, uncensored net access to everyone with a connection, regardless of how restricted it is.

It depends on people in uncensored countries running the program too: the censoree connects to X anonymous Western user, who then proxies their requests and relays data back over an encrypted connection - so not only does the censoree now have access to everything he wants, his nasty ol' government can't see what he's doing and lock him up for it.

I know I'll be running this when it comes out.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: 'Chip and bin' to measure waste

Journal by ATMD
The BBC is reporting on new "technobins", using (presumably) RFID technology to log just how much rubbish the people of Alnwick, England, are throwing out.
From the article:

About 4,000 households in Alnwick will take part in the five-month project to monitor how much rubbish is recycled. Special equipment fitted to refuse vehicles will read the chips in the bins and instantly record the amount of recycled waste.

Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.

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