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Submission + - London Underground maps reproduced in Lego

bLanark writes: The London Underground map has been considered a design classic since the first map designed by Harry Beck was introduced around 80 years ago. Today, a number of maps, current and reproduction, were introduced at a few London stations. The unusual thing about these maps is that they are made from Lego.

Comment Re: What is 300 trillion ? (Score 1) 205

Sorry, I had to amend your bad grammar. When you post on the internet, it is forever. Please take care in future. And, finally, to outrage you, it's not your language. (But the grammar was bad by your own rules..)

( Expect to lose karma, it's worth it to make a point, ) #StupidOverThere

Comment Re: What is 300 trillion ? (Score 1) 205

Except that your numbers are heavily massaged for propaganda purposes and dont (sic) actually resemble reality.

What kind of country has a population so stupid they can't keep tabs on inflation via the cost of a basket of goods?

I like the way you glid over the inflation argument, the strongest argument (for me) in your parent post. You could maybe make it in politics. But not in Europe.

Comment In related news, Twitter users are condemned (Score 1) 128

The head of Saudi Arabia's religious police has warned citizens against using Twitter, which is rising in popularity among Saudis.

Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said anyone using social media sites - and especially Twitter - "has lost this world and his afterlife".

Twitter was the platform for those who did not have any platform, he said.

BBC News Middle East

Submission + - Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your FB Engineers

theodp writes: ReadWrite's Brian Hall observes that — surprise — Mark Zuckerberg's immigration fix favors Facebook. 'Fairly or not,' writes Hall, 'by repeatedly linking the larger immigration issue with 'the Internet,' as Zuckerberg does in his [Washington Post] editorial, he appears less concerned with America's future — or even the future of those children residing in the U.S. illegally — and more with boosting the value of his own Internet concern.' FWD.us, the self-described 'diverse' political group formed by Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley luminaries, also raised an eyebrow from immigrant Om Malik. 'What I hate is the focus put on a specific immigration issue [H-1B visas],' Malik wrote. 'I don't buy that just because an immigrant works on an algorithm make her more important.' BTW, the Terms of Service for FWD.us indicates that you're really using the website 'tech4immigration.org', apparently one of a number of sites operated by an organization called the 'Campaign for Innovation.' This entity in turn appears to be linked to the 'March for Innovation' ('it’s a no brainer to keep and attract brain power in America'), which enjoys support from many of the same members of Zuckerberg's FWD.us ratpack, as well as groups like the 'Partnership for a New American Economy' (aka RenewOurEconomy.org), whose co-chairs include Steve Ballmer, Michael Bloomberg, and Rupert Murdoch. On its website, RenewOurEconomy boasts it's been successfully getting newspapers to run its Op-Eds for years. With all that lobbying muscle (and what some might call Astroturfing), it's really no surprise that Silicon Valley on Tuesday scored what the NY Times called its biggest win yet in Washington with a proposed overhaul of immigration law that 'shifts the emphasis in immigration policy from one that prioritized family ties to one that will prioritize professional degrees.'

Submission + - Aggressive Amazon Appstore Expansion Hints at Kindle Smartphone (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Why would Amazon launch its Appstore in almost 200 more countries? Simple, it's about to launch a very competitive smartphone at a very competitive price where all apps, games, books, film and music will be bought directly from Amazon and not from anyone else. Add to that the low-cost Kindle Fire range of tablets and Amazon could soon become an even bigger player in the mobile world.

Submission + - OpenShot Video Editor Achieves $35k on Kickstarter, Final Goal in Reach! (kickstarter.com) 5

JonOomph writes: The popular open source video editor, OpenShot, has less than 39 hours remaining on popular crowd-funding site, Kickstarter.com. The lead developer, Jonathan Thomas, has proposed a revolutionary new feature, which would allow users to offload CPU, memory, and disk cache to a local server (or multiple local servers), dramatically increasing the speed of previewing and rendering. The more servers added to the pool, the faster the video editing engine becomes (with the primary limitation being network bandwidth). If the final goal of $40k is reached in the remaining hours, this feature will be added to the next version of OpenShot.

Submission + - British Regulator Investigated Over Low 4G Auction Revenue (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: Ofcom, the British telecom regulator, raised £2.3 billion in the 4G spectrum auction when the government had hoped for £3.5 billion. Now Ofcom's auction is being investigated by the National Audit Office over whether it provided value for money for the British taxpayer. Ironically, the auction resulted in a low price but spread the bandwidth amongst rival firms, and so provided better value than if the auction had created a partial monopoly or (as happened in the 3G auctions in 2000) gouged as much money as possible from the operators leaving them unable to actually build a network.

Submission + - Employees Admit to Accessing or Stealing Company Info

An anonymous reader writes: In a survey of 2,000 employees, 23 percent admitted to having accessed or taken confidential data from their workplace, with one in ten stating that they do it regularly. The most accessed confidential data related to details of colleague salaries (38 percent) and details of colleague bonus schemes (23 percent). 94 percent of those who had accessed confidential information or stolen company data had never been caught. In an era where data breaches are considered inevitable, and with the government urging for greater consideration of cyber threats within businesses, the amount of employers who are doing nothing about unauthorised access across their networks – and the even higher number who don’t perceive any risk at all when it comes to employee data theft – is staggering.

Submission + - The Internet Archive is now the Largest collection of Historical Software (paritynews.com) 1

hypnosec writes: The Internet Archive has a great collection of books, music, visual items and websites but, it had one thing lacking up until now – archive of software. This has changed recently as The Internet Archive now holds the largest collection of software in the world and has challenged everyone to find a bigger one. The expansion at the Internet Archive has come through collaboration with other independent archives like that Disk Drives collection, the FTP site boneyard, Shareware CD Archive, and the TOSEC archive. The archive doesn’t hold just the software – it also holds documentation as well.

Submission + - Soth Korean TV stations suffer network outage (bbc.co.uk)

bLanark writes: According to the BBC Asia site, all the main TV broadcasters in South Korea are suffering from outages. It's early days, but there may be a link with the increase in hostility between the country and its Northern neighbour.

Comment Re:Obvious troll (Score 4, Interesting) 187

In what way do you have to fight WMP? You can set the default player by file type (and all video players give you the option to make their program the default). Plus you can go into "Turn Windows features on or off" and remove Windows Media Player completely in standard Windows 7.

Well, I'm not the person you are replying to, but I installed the N version of Windows 7, and everything was cool and froody. I installed my favourite mp3 player, foobar2000, and all was well. Then I needed to get a Windows Performance Index for my PC, and for that I needed to install WMP. And, crazily, I lost the context menus in Explorer for "Play in foobar2000" and "Enqueue in foobar2000." After trying many registry tweaks I researched, I uninstalled WMP and got my menus back. I suspect that's the kind of fighting that the person you are replying to experienced.

I think I only got the full Aero UI experience once I'd installed WMP and calculated my WPI, but I might be wrong on that front.


Submission + - EU Data Protection proposal taken word for word from US lobbyists (computerworlduk.com)

Qedward writes: Computerworld UK open enterprise blogger Glyn Moody looks at the proposed EU directive on Data Protection — and how some of the proposed amendments seem to be cut and pasted directly from the American Chamber of Commerce — that well-known European organisation...

You might ask, Glyn writes, who are these MEPs representing — some 500 million EU citizens that pay their salary or a bunch of extremely rich US companies intent on taking away our privacy?

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