Lump of Links for April 11
By webmink on Apr 11, 2009
- The JRE Class White List - Google App Engine
Whether you agree with Sun policing it or not, Java compatibility has served us all very well for over a decade. That includes being sure as a developer that all core classes are present on all platforms. Creating sub-sets of the core classes in the Java platform was forbidden for a really good reason, and it's wanton and irresponsible to casually flaunt the rules.
Update: Read my full explanation.
- e-Voting Fail - Municiple Elections Must Be Rerun in Finland
Using voting machines, the error rate was 10x that of a normal election. The minister of justice, Tuija Brax, has announced the termination of the trial. She also says that if electronic voting is used in the future, it has to be made more reliable even for a trial, employ a verifiable paper trail, and consider the use of open source software.
- Police medic in job creation scheme
No wonder the British police don't want people taking photographs of them. Expect there to be people at future deomstrations specifically initimidating photographers.
- Sweden targets strippers for tax
"The search involves tax officials examining websites that feature Swedish strippers, in an effort to identify them and chase them for tax returns. ... 'When we investigated the sites manually it worked better'." Tax inspectors know all the loop-holes. May be the first time in recorded history that applications for jobs as tax inspectors have exceeded vacancies.
- On Newspapers and Google: What's the Real Problem Here? What Do Readers Want?
"It is news only if you redefine news as a way to pay the bills. Short term, it might pay some bills, but long term, it kills your news business, because you end up being not very important to anyone and disgusting even yourself."
- World Builder
All-round excellent video - visionary futurism, touching story, great video technology. 10 minutes of pure awesome.