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idproxy.net - use your Yahoo! account as an OpenID

28/01/2007 @ 19:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : idproxy.net - use your Yahoo! account as an OpenID - idproxy.net - use your Yahoo! account as an OpenID: "idproxy.net lets you use your Yahoo! account to sign in to sites that support the OpenID standard"

plasticbag : Simon Willison has pulled out another OpenID wonder from his hat - idproxy allows you to login to any OpenID supporting site using your Yahoo ID - Really nice this one. As I understand it, it uses the BBAuth stuff and packages it up and translates it into the mechanisms of OpenID. In principle this means that there are now millions of registered OpenID users in the world...

Two factor theory is the theory that talks about motivators and hygiene factors in working enviro...

25/01/2007 @ 18:01 UTC

plasticbag : Two factor theory is the theory that talks about motivators and hygiene factors in working environments - Hygiene factors are things that need to be in place and if they're not dissatisfaction occurs. Motivators are the things that create actual satisfaction.

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to remove Ruth Kelly from the position of Minister...

25/01/2007 @ 17:00 UTC

plasticbag : We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to remove Ruth Kelly from the position of Minister for Women and Equality. - The argument here is about Ruth Kelly's positions on gay adoption, which is widely considered to be as a result of her Catholicism and is considered by some to be incompatible with a role to promote equality within her ministry...

Shuzak.com explores the anatomy of a successful social network

25/01/2007 @ 16:00 UTC

plasticbag : Shuzak.com explores the anatomy of a successful social network - It's not a particularly surprising article�suggestions include have a purpose, don't push reputation, be useful, be niche, don't whore your ads too much�but it's still pretty clear and reasonable...

The Archbishop of Westminster has written a letter to Tony Blair saying that Catholic adoption ag...

25/01/2007 @ 14:00 UTC

plasticbag : The Archbishop of Westminster has written a letter to Tony Blair saying that Catholic adoption agencies should not be able to refuse gay couples... - My favourite bit is the place where the agencies will currently refer gay couples to places where they could adopt, but consider that doing it themselves would not be in the best interests of the children. Hardly a matter of principle then...

The BBC asks, "Should church be able to opt out of gay rights laws?"

25/01/2007 @ 14:00 UTC

plasticbag : The BBC asks, "Should church be able to opt out of gay rights laws?" - An interesting and fairly-balanced set of comments from people. Interesting point, it is already against the law to refuse to look at candidates for adoption on the grounds that they're devoutly Catholic...

Lord Mackay of Clashfern has protested against UK legislation that would make it illegal to refus...

25/01/2007 @ 12:00 UTC

plasticbag : Lord Mackay of Clashfern has protested against UK legislation that would make it illegal to refuse to give gay people equal treatment... - He states, "What they are saying is if you are offering services you must be prepared to allow people to practise actions that you believe are wrong." And of course that's exactly what it says. Because if it doesn't harm him it's none of his business...

Ofcom are throwing a wobbly at the BBC's download plans and this is one time I'm very definitely ...

24/01/2007 @ 23:00 UTC

plasticbag : Ofcom are throwing a wobbly at the BBC's download plans and this is one time I'm very definitely on the BBC's side - We have to face it, the role of the 'broadcaster' in the distribution of television is on the decline as other methods come into play. Radio's safe. TV's changing and on demand will get larger. Hobbling the BBC in this area is the kiss of death to the org

Flickr quietly launches machine tag support

24/01/2007 @ 20:05 UTC

Andy Baio : Flickr quietly launches machine tag support - the possibilities here are kinda mind-bending

kellan : Machine Tags: They live! They live! - Machine Tags: They live! They live!. Machine tags are not RDF. But they could play RDF on television. #

Simon Willison : Flickr Machine Tags - Flickr Machine Tags. A new feature for API developers that lets them stuff arbritrary namespaced key/value pairs in to tags and query them using the API. Even without range queries, this will enable a ton of exciting new third party developments.

plasticbag : Flickr's introduced the concept of machine tags for everyone to start playing with - Ooh. Classy. Nice. All kinds of things can be built off the back of this. I'm just starting to get my head around the possibilities, although it's probably worth noting that I'm not necessarily sufficiently qualified to get the best view...

joshua : flickr rolls out "machine tags" - like system:has: in delicious i guess

jimray : Machine tags on Flickr - Add more metadata to your photos via tags. All backend/API jiggerypockery for now, but this will be cool.

Nelson Minar : Structured Flickr tags - Machine tags are triples: namespace, keyword, value

The Daedalus Project talks about the use of addiction metaphors in relation to gaming

24/01/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

plasticbag : The Daedalus Project talks about the use of addiction metaphors in relation to gaming - I'm definitely guilty of this, although I don't see too much difference between arguing that it is possible to become addicted to gaming and that it is possible to be addicted to gambling. But the point is taken and well-meant...

Nick Yee writes about MMORPG 'addiction' and correlated behaviour and feeling with behaviour that...

24/01/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

plasticbag : Nick Yee writes about MMORPG 'addiction' and correlated behaviour and feeling with behaviour that an actual addictive substance might generate... - "The claims that MMORPGs are completely healthy or completely addictive are both extreme to the point of absurdity, and are not supported by the empirical data provided"

A report encompassing the work of thousands of climate experts says that "global warming will hap...

24/01/2007 @ 17:00 UTC

jkottke : A report encompassing the work of thousands of climate experts says that "global warming will happen faster and be more devastating than previously thought" - A report encompassing the work of thousands of climate experts says that "global warming will happen faster and be more devastating than previously thought". "The really chilling thing about the IPCC report is that it is the work of several thousand clima

plasticbag : The Guardian reports on the IPCC report on Climate Change and it's ... well frankly it's scary ... - The specifics of the weather changes are one thing, but the significant pressures on the world's populations, the wars and the terrorism and migration it's all going to cause - that's the stuff that's really worrying...

Joel Veitch and Seven Seconds of Love have been given a pay-out from Coca-Cola after the multinat...

24/01/2007 @ 12:00 UTC

plasticbag : Joel Veitch and Seven Seconds of Love have been given a pay-out from Coca-Cola after the multinational giant ripped off their song and video - Tremendously good news. It's really satisfying to see personal non-corporate creativity win out in these environments against all the odds.

deusx : BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Ninja kitten band win Coke battle - "An unsigned British band have reached a settlement with Coca-Cola over the soft drink giant's use of their material in a television commercial."

Simon Willison : Ninja kitten band win Coke battle - Ninja kitten band win Coke battle. There’s a headline you don’t expect to see on BBC News.  [via]

Nicholas Carr's written another one of those posts in which you sort of sit there and look at the...

24/01/2007 @ 05:00 UTC

plasticbag : Nicholas Carr's written another one of those posts in which you sort of sit there and look at the world and its changes and you sort of heave your shoulders and sigh - I feel guilty for getting stroppy with the chap, but's I can't help thinking that being British, watching the culture calmly and dropping the odd comment that indicates your resistant to change is a very good way to look intelligent without the hard work

Waxy.org: Pirating the 2007 Oscars

23/01/2007 @ 21:03 UTC

Andy Baio : Waxy.org: Pirating the 2007 Oscars - I just posted my research into Oscar screener piracy, also showing that restricting screeners may hurt film's Oscar chances

jkottke : Andy Baio has a report on Oscar nominated films showing up online - Andy Baio has a report on Oscar nominated films showing up online. Out of the 34 films nominated in one form or another, 31 have been released online. "The average length of time between a film's USA release and its first appearance online is 12 days."

Nelson Minar : Pirating the Oscars - Waxy researches the downloads of Oscar nominated films

wearehugh : Waxy.org: Daily Log: Pirating the 2007 Oscars

plasticbag : Andy Baio's written a great post about piracy and the Oscars and the effect of the piracy-free DVDs sent to academy members... - The general conclusion I get from this survey and from friends in the industry is that the companies who insist on copy protected DVDs ended up with Academy members unable to watch the films and subsequently not winning awards...

The BBC's Fifteen Web Principles

23/01/2007 @ 18:03 UTC

jimray : The BBC's Fifteen Web Principles - You could do worse than to ape these at YOUR media website thingie

plasticbag : Tom Loosemore lists 'The BBC's Fifteen Web Principles' - There's nothing here I disagree with, but I'm not sure it feels right somehow.

Cameron Moll : The BBC's Fifteen Web Principles - The BBC's Fifteen Web Principles. "5. Treat the entire web as a creative canvas: don't restrict your creativity to your own site." Via DO. [via]

New York is going to make it so that its 911 and 311 emergency and irritation lines can accept im...

22/01/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

plasticbag : New York is going to make it so that its 911 and 311 emergency and irritation lines can accept images and video - I love this idea, if they can effectively hook it together so that images and phone calls are effectively matched together. The idea of taking a picture of a criminal and sending it with your call, or of the wound of a car crash victim. Very smart...

Steven Pinker writes on 'The Mystery of Consciousness' in Time Magazine...

22/01/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

plasticbag : Steven Pinker writes on 'The Mystery of Consciousness' in Time Magazine... - The brain has an evaluative quality that�along with biochemical stimuli�causes individuals to operate in coherent ways. It should be beneficial to an individual to model other entities' behaviour. Maybe consciousness is that skill turned on

BoingBoing is being talked about on BBC News today because of the effect a blogger boycott can ge...

22/01/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

plasticbag : BoingBoing is being talked about on BBC News today because of the effect a blogger boycott can generate... - I'm not sure what I think of this stuff. Exactly the same tactics could be and can be used by people with very different, intolerant and mainstream beliefs. I'm not sure I like the idea of a boycott of people who don't approve of gay people, for example..

Another review of The God Delusion - this time from the Independent and by Murrough O'Brien, and ...

22/01/2007 @ 17:01 UTC

plasticbag : Another review of The God Delusion - this time from the Independent and by Murrough O'Brien, and full of extraordinarily bad argument and logical fallacies... - O'Brien cites Darwin's influence on Hitler as a bad thing. It is, but logic (unlike religion) does not require the use of knowledge to be positive. Similarly, it is not reasonable to argue that longevity of the religious idea constitutes any evidence to i

Okay - only a few more of these to go - another review of The God Delusion, this time by Mary Wak...

22/01/2007 @ 17:00 UTC

plasticbag : Okay - only a few more of these to go - another review of The God Delusion, this time by Mary Wakefield of The Daily Telegraph, who again says that it won't convince anyone... - The assumption of these reviews is that an individual is either a Christian or an atheist. I disagree. I think there are a lot of people who call themselves Christians who when faced with the actuality of what they're supposed to believe look stunned and

Jim Holt reviews The God Delusion for the New York Times

22/01/2007 @ 17:00 UTC

plasticbag : Jim Holt reviews The God Delusion for the New York Times - Another review that argues the book won't convince anyone and which muddles up Dawkins' thinking with group selection, before arguing it's reasonable to ignore the way one would operate in any other situation when confronted with a religious question...

Dan Hill's leaving the BBC to run off and work on pretty-much-ideally-perfect magazine multimedia...

22/01/2007 @ 17:00 UTC

plasticbag : Dan Hill's leaving the BBC to run off and work on pretty-much-ideally-perfect magazine multimedia concept Monocle... - I'm sort of jealous in some ways. Everyone's running off across to hybridised media or physical devices, and I'm still with my internets in the middle. Good luck old chap.

Matt Biddulph demonstrates how he can now exert pressure on objects in a virtual space by manipul...

22/01/2007 @ 04:00 UTC

plasticbag : Matt Biddulph demonstrates how he can now exert pressure on objects in a virtual space by manipulating objects in real space - This is fascinating and lovely. Teledildonics leaps to mind, of course, but then it would. After that, you get into more interesting relationships between ambient connected devices and virtual worlds, and that's when I get all moist.

Matthew M. Boedicker : making a Second Life object react to real-world movement - (via programming.reddit) [via]

Maps of War has a Flash map supposedly illustrating the evolution and territorial expansion of th...

22/01/2007 @ 04:00 UTC

plasticbag : Maps of War has a Flash map supposedly illustrating the evolution and territorial expansion of the world's religions - Frankly it's a pile of balls. Firstly it represents legally atheistic countries as Christian, does not distinguish between radically different sects of the same religion and totally ignores polytheistic religions. Judaism gets a particularly hard represen

Matthew M. Boedicker : history of religion in 90 seconds map - (via boingboing) [via]

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