If you thought that bank card fraud depended on a thief stealing your card, think again. This is a device, relatively simple to build with off-the-shelf parts, that lets thieves skim your card as it goes into an ATM.
An author writes to ask if its safe to ignore Atom in his weblog, and I say absolutely yes it is safe. Look at it this way. Scripting News is the most subscribed to feed in the world. And I promise it will always be available in RSS as it is today, so as long as people want to read my site, the aggregators will have to support RSS 2.0. I can offer the same kind of safety that Lotus 1-2-3 offered developers on MS-DOS or Excel on Mac OS. If you did something the way they did, you were safe, because you could be sure the platform vendor would never break them. In this case what matters is if aggregators read the format. The day aggregators can’t read Scripting News is the day your RSS feed will stop working. My job is to be sure that day never comes.
(a) A reasonable assumption
(b) King Canute sitting on the shoreline, or
(c) Somewhat egotistical rambling?
Move along now, nothing to see.
The five-secret-person Department of Education panel that allocates funding for closed-captioning will no longer provide assitive tracks for the deaf to shows that mention witchcraft, including Scooby Doo, Bewitched, and Justice League.
[T]he result of this mysterious panel’s deliberations was that the US Department of Education was to declare over 200 TV programs (almost no cartoons, except for things like Prince of Egypt. No more sports. Precious little drama…) were now inappropriate for closed-caption funding…
28 million Americans are now being protected from Sabrina…
So who was it that faked the photo “showing” Jane Fonda and John Kerry sharing a platform? Thanks to Urban Legends for spotting that one…
Mmmm. We want this very much.
Toby Studabaker, the US marine that persuaded a 12 year old girl to accompany him to Frankfurt, and who’s accused of her abduction, is currently on trial. The girl he’s accused of abducting is, of course, having her identity protected by law – the media can’t publish her name.
Yet, of course, her name is very easy to find: it was plastered all over every paper and every UK news site during her abduction, and it’s easy to find if you just do a search in the archives of the BBC on Studabaker’s name. It looks like the BBC has gone through their archives and removed some of the mentions of her name from the stories – but the summaries still contain references.
The crucial thing is that surely this is a case when the law, which otherwise serves a good purpose, is actually pointless.
Business 2.0 reports that Atkins was skinny just before he died. Except that in fact, it reports that he was skinny 2 months before he died – plenty of time to pile on the pounds. But more important isn’t whether Atkins was skinny or not, it’s the condition of his heart. And here – because the family objected to an autopsy – we can never be sure. However, according to the external examination that was performed by the medical examiner, he had heart disease and hypertension which may have been caused by clogged arteries – or by another cause. The question is: Who has the most to gain by Atkins NOT having been unhealthy?
[via Boing Boing Blog]
Scoble (who’s back after his little rest) points out something smart about social software like Orkut:
One other thing I hate about Orkut? I haven’t told it anyone isn’t my friend. Why not? Cause that’s rude. I agree with Doc Searls. I wish there’d be a way to tell Orkut “I know this person.” Then later I could tell it whether or not that person is a friend, or an acquaintance, or a business partner, etc.
Ironically, Six Degrees (the grandaddy of all these systems) used to allow you to do exactly this: a person could be a friend, a relative, a business partner, or an aquaintence. I wonder why no one else has done this: is it some kooky California thing, where everyone is your friend?