bookmark, stupidity

""There is a feline quality to standing in Indian lines. Certain parts of the man behind you—you don't know which—brush against you in a kind of public square spooning, the better to repel cutters. (Women do less touching.) Still, this is no deterrent to cutters. They hover near the line's middle, holding papers, looking lost in a practiced way, then slip in somewhere close to the front. When confronted, their refrain is predictable: 'Oh, I didn't see the line." // Snip from a New York Times story on the sociology of waiting in lines, and what the prevailing etiquette tells us about a given culture's place in global economic evolution."

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"There is a feline quality to standing in Indian lines. Certain parts of the man behind you—you don't know which—brush against you in a kind of public square spooning, the better to repel cutters. (Women do less touching.) Still, this is no deterrent to cutters. They hover near the line's middle, holding papers, looking lost in a practiced way, then slip in somewhere close to the front. When confronted, their refrain is predictable: 'Oh, I didn't see the line." // Snip from a New York Times story on the sociology of waiting in lines, and what the prevailing etiquette tells us about a given culture's place in global economic evolution.

"The older the technology, the more likely it will continue to be useful."

@EthanZ on networks: "... I think projects that connect professionals in the developed and developing world to encourage cooperation and skill transfer are significantly more likely to lead to good outcomes."

aid, bookmark

"aid organizations are driven primarily by normative goals rather than material organizational ones"

This tactic often works with leaked documents on the Internet. Just try googling DeCSS!

bookmark, copyright

Normally, this letter would be a legal threat

Is anyone really surprised about this? "Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse."

Gawker sends pararazzi to photograph the Facebook CEO. Not much happens, but it is somehow still amusing.

Fascinating story of journalistic collaboration

"The room—tucked away on a floor used by The Guardian’s advertising staff, deliberately out of view of curious newsroom eyes—featured two rows of a half-dozen or so desks, facing each other. A floor to ceiling window looked across The Guardian’s office building.

Davies was having further discussions with Assange in Stockholm, and, until Monday when he joined the staff in the bunker, was somewhat out of touch with the effort he had kicked off in London."

"ACTA is an extreme copyright treaty that threatens to establish a world of border iPod and laptop searches for infringing music and movies; jail sentences for downloading; universal network surveillance; and whole-house Internet disconnection orders served on ISPs against customers who are accused (without proof) of violating copyright law."

"They first met in Philadelphia in 1974. Teller was a high school Latin teacher who did magic in his spare time. It had gripped him with the force of an obsession since, as a five year-old laid up at home with a heart ailment, he had sent away “15 cents and three Mars bar wrappers” for a magic kit advertised on television. Penn was a student and a juggler with a fierce distaste for magicians. “Early on, Teller said to me that magic was essentially an intellectual art form which, when you picture the kind of dips---s that do magic, sounds like an insane thing to say,” he says. “Can you do magic without insulting the audience? Can you do magic that is intellectually satisfying? It is those questions, rather than the magic itself, that fascinates me. Those are the question that we have been playing with for 35 years.”"

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