links for 2010-12-29

  • "In the midst of a campaign to see him nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Belgium's revered Father Francois Houtart has confessed to child molestation. "
    How many of them were at it??
  • "Local doctors have warned that the longer the disruption goes on the more likely it will turn into a health crisis. Peter Maguire, a Newry GP, said: "People with young families have not been able to flush toilets and wash themselves – never mind get access to drinking water. This really is now a public health emergency. We need water and we need it for the sake of public health." He described Northern Ireland Water's response to the crisis as "shambolic"."
  • Ewwwww.
  • "The problem is that Wi-Fi was never intended for large halls and thousands of people, many of them bristling with an arsenal of laptops, iPhones and iPads. Mr. Calacanis went to the extreme at the Web 2.0 Summit by bringing six devices to get online — a laptop, two smartphones and three wireless routers."
  • "# Fidgetal – modern technology whose primary purpose is to give people something to do with their fingers (closely related to the decline of smoking)
    # MisApp – something going terribly wrong due to over reliance on latest Phone gizmo
    # Wikisqueak – sound emitted by diplomat who realises she's sent confidential telegram without proper encryption
    # Dreadsheet – spreadsheet containing very bad financial news
    # Disgracebook – social networking site advertising user's embarrassing past
    # Mobile drone – lover of interminable tedious and public phone conversations
    # Sin card – alternative device to fit in mobile for immoral communication
    # Powerpointless – universal feeling in room at end of hi-tech executive presentation of negligible value
    # Skypeochondria – queasy feeling brought on by obsessive fear of being offline
    # Scroogle – search engine for people trying to find cheapest online gifts"
  • ' "HTML5… lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins like Flash," [Steve Jobs] wrote in late April.'
    Amazing – Steve Jobs doesn't like Adobe Flash. 🙂 🙂
  • "Apart from the animations, all but one of the films in the top 10 were either sequels, remakes, or adaptations. The trend-bucker was Christopher Nolan's Inception at number four. "
  • I came across this via a link on the Guardian site… here's the thing though. Is it just my eyes, or is this Bewleys, only spelt differently? Weird.
  • "However, there is some theoretical and empirical evidence to suggest Fianna Fáil voters might be reluctant to admit their support in the current circumstances, just as Tory voters in the 1990s and Labour voters in the run-up to this year’s election in the UK seemed to evade the pollsters."
  • "The doctors insist the publication of the post-mortem report has not ended key questions, such as:

    * how Dr Kelly obtained a packet of coproxamol painkillers
    * why his blood and stomach contained only a non-toxic dose of the drug
    * why he was not spotted by a police helicopter with thermal imaging cameras which flew over the wood where his body was later found
    * why no fingerprints were found on the knife apparently used to slit his wrist
    * whether he in fact intended to kill himself"

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~ by Lynn Duffy on December 30, 2010.

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