Dr. Strangevote saves mankind with Luddite voting recipe • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/30/debra_bowen_usenix_keynote/

rare example of elected official making an intelligent decision. Be interesting to see how long her political career lasts…

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Home Office minister gets tough, then gets stuck • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/31/liam_tufty_byrne/

“Hard Working Families” is the phrase that makes me projectile vomit at the screen so, inspired by The Reg example, I googled

“government OR opposition AND “hard working families” AND Labour”

(the “AND Labour” excluded the foreign contributors without excluding the British Tories who nearly always use the phrase in close proximity to an attack on Labour)

…which “brought up” (hmmm… know the feeling) 46,300 examples including this beauty from wikipedia

These words and phrases belong to a class of “button pushing” cliches which politicians believe puts them in contact with Joe Public. Every country probably has its own. America has dozens. IF they work as politicians obviously believe they do, then this suggests that We The People are every bit as stupid as they think we are.

Not good news for those of us who aspire to Democracy

Delivery man arrested over 2.5million passport theft as van driver pulled up to buy chocolate | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1040089/Delivery-man-arrested-2-5million-passport-theft-van-driver-pulled-buy-chocolate.html

why do I smell “scapegoat” all over this story?

Sir Ian Blair blasts decision to drop drugs charges against Tetra Pak heir | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1039896/Sir-Ian-Blair-blasts-decision-drop-drugs-charges-Tetra-Pak-heir.html

Britain’s top cop acts surprised to learn that there’s one law for the rich…

MPs slam YouTube for not doing enough to protect children | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1039880/MPs-slam-YouTube-doing-protect-children-dark-internet.html

I’ve posted a comment here pointing Daily Mail readers to my blog on the issue from one year ago today. Be interesting to see if they publish it and whether, if they do, I get any readers from their side of the tracks…

Stottles Blog: Childrens Fight Club

http://stottle.blogspot.com/2007/07/childrens-fight-club.html

I posted this exactly 1 year ago today. Why resurrect it now? Because this item came up on the news today…

The PDF417 code

http://grandzebu.net/informatique/codbar-en/pdf417.htm

Open Source project. Only of interest to anyone involved with 2 Dimensional Barcodes – which I currently am. I’m hoping to use them to create an improved document validation process which will ultimately render the Government’s dangerous ID Card proposals unnecessary…