They creaked. They groaned. They held.
And no, I'm not talking about the undead from Thriller; Ars Technica has a great wrap-up piece on the effect Michael Jackson's passing had on various internet services:
Lobby group dirty tricks in Canadian copyright?
Is Canadian copyright reform being manipulated by special interest groups?
Earlier this week Michael Geist, a Canadian law professor, wrote an amazing post about Canadian copyright lobby manufacturing consenting suggestions and recommendations. The position papers mentioned in his post, drafted by different organizations, put forward similar sounding recommendations, are funded by similar sources, and often cite each others work in their own research.
Dark secrets found in illegal computer waste in Africa
A team of BC students documenting computer disposal uncover classified data.
UBC journalism graduate students shot more than they expected when, while taping a documentary on eWaste from donated computers. The students stumbled upon sensitive government data on a hard drive purchased for $40.00.
"It's pretty shocking," said Blake Sifton, one of three UBC graduate journalism students who purchased the device containing information related to contracts between the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and military contractor Northrop Grumman. The hard drive cost the students just $40.
"You'd think a security contractor that constantly deals with very secret proprietary information would probably want to wipe their drives," Sifton said Tuesday.
The documentary produced earlier this year ran on this week's PBS: Frontline program.
Which Twitter client is the most usable?
Usability team gives three top Twitter clients a workout.
Tweetdeck, Twhirl, Tweetr, Twiteroo, and Seesmic Desktop were all put through their paces by 600 usability testers, and there was a clear winner. I won't spoil the read...the report is quite good, but I am disappointed that Mixero wasn't included in the testing...it's really got some cool features that rival the others.
And now, I'm going to mess with your brain.
This optical illusion crossed my desk late in the week. And it's likely the best one I've seen that really illustrates (in living colour) that you can't always believe your eyes.
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