Campaign resources on privacy and surveillance (mainly)

So I’ve been clearing out my filing cabinet, which I’ve barely even opened in the four years we’ve been living in Woking. This means I’ve been reminded of a bunch of papers and references I compiled for campaigning — mainly against ID cards. Now I don’t need all of these in hardcopy, so I’m looking them all up electronically. As I wanted to have them as reference, I figure that other people might also like the references, so why not put together a blogpost at the same time. Continue reading


[Digg] London from above, at night

Tower Bridge and the Thames. (© Jason Hawkes) A story from the Boston Globe‘s awesome Big Picture blog, posted here via Digg, on which I’ve newly registered.

With the end of the Olympics in Beijing, all eyes turned for a moment to London, site of the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics. While looking for good photographs of London, I was contacted by London photographer Jason Hawkes, who had some wonderful images of London, seen from above at night (from a helicopter, to be exact)

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Possibly the coolest article I’ve read in a while — 5 scientific reasons reasons a zombie apocalypse could actually happen:

Zombie alert level: Shiiit!

A real post soon, with lots of news, just waiting to sign on the dotted line first…

Quick rant before my meeting

Why is it that Microsoft appear to be completely incapable of writing decent code and documenting it?

I’m trying to work with SharePoint 2007 for a project at work. The developer textbooks haven’t yet been published (and the release dates have recently been pushed back), so all I have to rely on is the MSDN Library’s documentation of the API.

So when I see method descriptions like this (BaseFieldControl.RegisterFieldControl, fuck only knows what it does), I get pretty pissed off.

So I gave some feedback:

This is a public API, that developers need to access to work with SharePoint. Why on earth is there absolutely no documentation on some of these properties and methods?

Ridiculously poor; if one of my developers passed it to me for QA, I would have failed it and sent them to go do it all again, whilst hanging their head in shame.

I wonder if anyone will actually ever read it.

Cross-posted to

Quick links post for Nix

Saw these two three links and immediately thought of :

  1. An interview with Greg Bear
  2. An interview with Alastair Reynolds
  3. An interview with Stephen Baxter

And, in other news, they’re making a TV series out of The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer. Anyone who likes scifi, particularly steampunk, should definitely read it, if they’ve not already.

This has been a public service announcement.

Edit: Go read the funny reviews on Jordan and Peter André’s “album”.