One current hot topic is so-called “grooming”, the practice of adults meeting children on the Internet, and encouraging them to do things that are more than a little distasteful, illegal, or just vile. Most often, this is applied to paedophiles, who “groom” children to encourage them into sexual acts. It’s basically taking the innocent and perverting them.
So it was interesting to see grooming applied in a slightly different context: that of a terrorist who “groomed” a 15 year old boy and turned him into a terrorist. The boy, now aged 17, has just been giventhree years detention for sending a letter purporting to be laced with ricin to Prince William. Yet, the person who did the grooming gets off scot free – and the organisation he is part of cannot be named “for legal reasons”, unlike the hapless youth.
All of which raises the interesting question of just when a child become responsible for his actions?
Remember Knowledge Navigator? Jon Udell does.
Tabula PC notes the release of PlanPlus 2.0, FranklinCovey’s time management plug in for Outlook. I’ve been beta testing the product for a month or so, and it’s great – it’s the product that keeps me using a PC for anything other than games. While I’m working on my Mac, I use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Client to open a window to my PC, and just run PlanPlus in it.
For anyone who’s familiar with the FranklinCovey time management system, this will be an essential buy.
A great article in the Grauniad from last Saturday about the cult of parenthood. At last – someone says in print what I’ve always thought: “Oh, you had a baby? Big deal”.
Up until a couple of months ago, Brighton had a rambling set of 200 year old Georgian buildings next to its clock tower. These buildings were a bit ramshackle, contained nice little shops – and thus, at least in the local council’s eyes, were ripe for redevelopment.
Thus the old nice buildings and little shops got bulldozed. Only one problem: planning permission had been given on the basis that the shop facades were preserved, but instead, the developer chose to flatten them and apply for permission for a completely different development instead.
The result, of course, is deadlock: planning permission has been refused, quite rightly, leaving a big hole slap bang in the middle of Brighton.
What amazes me is that the council were stupid enough to believe the developer in the first place. The developer clearly believes that, sooner of later, it will get its way – and in many cases like this, that’s exactly what happens. Of course, what should happen iis that the law should be changed so that councils are given a right to purchase any land where the developer has deliberately violated planning permission at the same price the developer paid for it. That would stop this kind of thing from ever happening again – but it would also mean offending big business, which under a “New” Labour administration will never happen.
TextMaker is a terrific word processor for Windows and Pocket PC, that’s reasonably priced and lightening fast – and includes all the features that you need for professional-level word processing. Now SoftMaker, the German company that makes TextMaker is conducting a poll on what platform to develop for next. Included as an option is Mac OS X – so head over there and vote for it!
Newsweek has a short interview with Steve Jobs about the iTunes Music Store.
EGM has a great feature, where they sat down a bunch of today’s kids in front of the computer games I grew up on – Pong, Space Invaders, and more. Great read.
One of the minor annoyances of iCal is that it forces you to use Mail to send invites. Not anymore: thankst to Zapptek, you can use Entourage, Eudora, Mailsmith or PowerMail instead.
Stross’ description of how Dennis runs is way off base – in fact, it’s bullshit. I only suspect that he’s been listening to some very aggreved EX-Shopper people…