Stuff

OK, I’m biased, but I think my new home office – the shedquarters – is coming along rather nicely. The log burner is working and the greenhouse through which you enter the office is now built. If I could just get the darned email to work. Pictures to follow soon.

Up to my eyes at the moment reading material for the next issue of What’s Next and sorting out the website for Futures House. Also a final few trips coming up – Copenhagen, Milan and Paris – then it’s get What’s Next and Brainmail up.

So what have I got for you today? How about a quote, a statistic, a research finding and an observation?

The quote: “The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.” (Gloria Stein).

The stat: Drivers in the UK spent almost £8,000,000,000 on parking in 2011 (The Scotsman).

The Study: Researchers at Bristol University (UK) have found that beer drinkers drink faster when given a curved glass rather than a straight one. The reason? Possibly that it’s harder to tell how much you’ve drunk with a curved glass. (The Week).

The observation: Why am I starting to see so many people taping over their cameras on their iPads and laptops?

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2 Responses to Stuff

  1. orkneylad says:

    “Why am I starting to see so many people taping over their cameras on their iPads and laptops?”

    http://www.cultofmac.com/171518/man-uses-anti-theft-mac-software-to-catch-crook-red-handed-report/

    I suspect it has something to do with the above, mixed with a growing trend of techno-paranoia that this type of thing might be ‘secretly’ embedded in new macs too. Perhaps too many viewings of 2001ASO compound the fear?

    http://thenextweb.com/asia/2012/05/28/researchers-find-vulnerability-in-chinese-chips-used-by-us-army/

    “Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move. ”

    Strange days . . . .

  2. “The observation: Why am I starting to see so many people taping over their cameras on their iPads and laptops?”

    Dunno about iPads, but for the front-facing cameras on laptops it’s probably because of software that turns on the camera without the owner being aware of it.

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