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Submission + - World maps made using Flickr photo geotags

holy_calamity writes: Researchers at Cornell University used the data from 35 million geotagged photos on Flickr to create accurate global and city maps. For example, the street grid of New York and the river Thames and bridges in London are accurately recreated by the traces of photos, and the maps also show which places globally and locally are most popular with photographers. Here's a slideshow of their maps.

Submission + - Microsoft's 'Pseudotransparent' and Fold-Up PCs (

waderoush writes: "At the CHI 2009 conference, which wrapped up yesterday in Boston, Microsoft researchers showed off two radical prototypes that push the boundaries of user interfaces. One was a 'pseudotransparent' iPhone-like device called nanoTouch, which has a trackpad on the back rather than a traditional touch screen and gives visual feedback in the form of a simulated image of the user's finger (the effect is like looking straight through the device). The other was a folding dual-screen device called Codex that can switch automatically between landscape, portrait, collaborative, or competitive modes depending on its 'posture' or orientation. If Microsoft doesn't build such devices itself, 'somebody else will, so it's really important to understand what the issues are,' said researcher Ken Hinckley."

Submission + - IPRED law in Sweden - Watching the watchers

digithed writes: In response to Sweden's recent introduction of new laws implementating the European IPRED directive a new Swedish website has been launched allowing users to check if their IP address is currently under investigation. The site also allows users to subscribe for email updates telling them if their IP address comes under investigation in the future, or to report IP addresses known to be under investigation. The site can be found at:

This is an interesting use of people power "watching the watchers". The new Swedish laws implementing the IPRED directive require a public request to the courts in order to get ISPs to forcibly disclose potentially sensitive private information, and since all court records are public in Sweden (as are all government records) it will be easy to compile a list of IP addresses which are currently being investigated.

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