Tory cuts take a bit of your Barnett

Inspired by Wings Over Scotlands article link below

Is Liam Fox going to cut the Red Arrows?

I'll blow them out the sky, one way or another.

A small piece in the Telegraph yesterday pointed out that when asked Liam Fox refused to guarantee the future of the pride of the Royal Air Force, the Red Arrows. When asked if their future was secure he replied that he was unable to give a guarantee as everything was up for review. Hopefully that will include the pay scales of our slash happy coalition ministers.

Is linking from your Blog illegal

Picked up this titbit at Slate magazine, it all revolves around copyright, and of course took place in the mother of all litigious country’s the United States.  Apparently a real estate company was using  links to a very large law firm highlighting the biographies of various lawyers who worked for them.  These links were embedded in articles about properties the lawyers had bought recently.  It would appear that the law firm took umbrage at this public information being so easily and neatly available to the public at large, and decided to initiate a somewhat far-fetched lawsuit claiming their copyright had been infringed.

Apparently the judge in question was not overly friendly to the defendants and it all ended up being settled out of court. Which in effect means there  has been no hard and fast decision in law made as to whether or not including links from your site in this way constitutes a breach of copyright.

Keep your eyes open bloggers this may be the thin end of the wedge.

Oh and of course here’s the link to the full article at Slate.

Our foods carbon footprint

This really surprised me.

83% of our foods carbon footprint comes, according to a recent study, from it’s production. 11% from it’s transportation and 6% from storage, lighting of shops etc.

Our household food carbon foot print is twice that produced by driving.

So it’s all the faulty of fat people, that will let the smug fit people off the hook.

From September 2008 New Scientist (sorry have no link)

Prohibited Items at Obama’s Presidential Inauguration

For those of you heading off to president elect Obama’s presidential inauguration here is a handy list of what you are not allowed to take with you

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Firearms and ammunition (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
  • Knives, blades, or sharp objects (of any length)
  • Mace and/or pepper spray
  • Sticks or poles
  • Pocket or hand tools, such as “Leatherman”
  • Packages
  • Backpacks
  • Large bags
  • Duffel bags
  • Suitcases
  • Thermoses
  • Coolers
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Laser pointers
  • Signs
  • Posters
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event as determined by and at the discretion of the security screeners

Mobility Aids such as canes, including those with a fold-down seat, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are allowed.

Moore’s Law and the Atoms

Moore’s Law sates states that transistor density on integrated circuits doubles about every two years. But here’s the rub, in about 2015, or sooner, the chips will be size of an atom so what then?




Well, apparently, we then move on to quantum mechanics, which has something to do with what happens when two particles are very close together like, really, really, really close to each other. This apparently creates strange interactions, which we will be able to harness to do something. I say we I mean, them, the men in the white coats. The future, even more difficult to understand than the present, which is complicated enough.

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