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James Scott

The beginning of the end for cash

The beginning of the end for cash? Louisiana has banned the use of cash to buy second-hand goods. A pretty disastrous step for freedom and privacy - hopefully so-much-so that this will be overturned by a sheer wall of pubic opposition.

http://www.klfy.com/story/15717759/second-hand-dealer-law

At the same time, the closest electronic analog to cash, bitcoins are suddenly very cheap

Bitcoin

Bitcoin

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Top 100 science fiction books

A list of top 100 science fiction books has been put together by NPR
As a more digestible follow-up to this, an interesting “science fiction and fantasy decision tree” has been constructed by SF Signal - my taste seems mostly to be on the right hand side (SF) of the tree, and in particular in the bottom-right corner

SFF decision tree

SFF decision tree

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Ofcom:[Maharishi School] pupil…

Ofcom:[Maharishi School] pupils make outstanding progress from their individual starting points http://bit.ly/7hVNI Acad:http://bit.ly/b8Xzt

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Twitter on my blog

Given that I am now updating Twitter much more regularly than I update my blog, I thought it would make sense to link the two - there are a bunch of Wordpress plugins that do a good job of displaying your latest tweets in a sidebar on your blog, but I thought it would be better to have the tweets as actual blog posts (so that they don’t take ages to load, and disappear entirely during Twitter’s frequent downtime, as well as to make them searchable from my blog). This way, you save / archive your Twitter posts (tweets) for the rest of their natural life on your blog.

Thankfully, as always, there’s someone out there who has thought of this already and written a plugin for it - this time it’s Alex King with his Twitter Tools plugin - you can find Twitter Tools here: http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress - thanks Alex!

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Love TechCrunch’s comparison o…

Love TechCrunch’s comparison of the launch of Google Wave (on the day of Microsoft Bing! ’s launch) to Lord of the Rings http://bit.ly/95USl

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Sky TV on demand coming out fo…

Sky TV on demand coming out for Xbox - streamed only. Also large pay-per-view movies catalogue. Wonder why Xbox only? http://bit.ly/WDyWB

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Ars Technica/Wired report on t…

Ars Technica/Wired report on the damage caused by anti-piracy DRM in games - nice change from BSA’s ‘$x bn lost sales’ http://bit.ly/CVGvm

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Cool new types of electric veh…

Cool new types of electric vehicles just keep on coming http://bit.ly/CXzrW

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Talk about generation gap - ev…

Talk about generation gap - even for a media exec this is pretty short sighted w.r.t. the value of the internet http://bit.ly/ectNC .

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Quite impressed by Wolfram|Alp…

Quite impressed by Wolfram|Alpha so far - as they say, not a google killer but interesting. Falls a bit short on my site http://bit.ly/1s4c7

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