links for 2011-01-01

  • Commentary about Zuckerberg getting Time man of the year over Arssange. The best comment is "Zuck won because he is responsible for the leak of more private information than Assange."
  • An RPG where you are a civil servant in secret goverment agency who's job it to protect against the supernatural. – Cthulhu drops an enormous stack of paperwork on your desk. Roll for san loss, against the paperwork.
  • Government auditors have faulted the TSA and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, for failing to properly test and evaluate technology before spending money on it. The TSA spent about $36 million on devices that puffed air on travelers to 'sniff' them out for explosives residue
  • RIM had a complete internal panic when Apple unveiled the iPhone in 2007, a former employee revealed this weekend. The BlackBerry maker is now known to have held multiple all-hands meetings on January 10 that year, a day after the iPhone was on stage, and to have made outlandish claims about its features. Apple was effectively accused of lying as it was supposedly impossible that a device could have such a large touchscreen but still get a usable lifespan away from a power outlet.
  • While official channels want us to focus on Julian Assange, the real meat of Wikileaks is not the leader but the leaks. And news from Spain suggests we should be learning from those leaks.
  • China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently issued a circular declaring that VOIP services other than those offered by State-owned giants China Telecom and China Unicom are illegal. (Also read the comment by Peter Schloss.)
  • An Australian man has been issued with an innovation patent for the wheel after setting out to test the workability of a new national patent system.
  • Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. He edged out Julian Assange, the overwhelming reader favorite who — unlike the billionaire CEO of Facebook — really could have used whatever street cred still comes with this honor, as he cools his heels in a British prison cell.
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