“On the basis of the protections secured by the planning agreement, Southbank Centre and Long Live Southbank have withdrawn their respective legal actions in relation to the undercroft. These include Southbank Centre’s challenge to the registration of the undercroft as an asset of community value, Long Live Southbank’s application for village green status for the undercroft, and a judicial review of Lambeth Council’s decision to reject the village green application.”—Southbank is Saved! | Long Live Southbank
“He talks about how difficult it has been for Labour to share a platform with the Conservatives under the Better Together slogan. “I dislike intensely everything the Tories have done. I hate the bedroom tax. I feel the cuts in social security benefits are heinous at a time when they are cutting tax for the very rich. I feel very angry that poverty is rising in this country. But you’ve got to look at what the SNP is proposing. They’re dining out on Scottish traditions of equality to suggest that Scotland will always be more just in the policies we implement, but their only tax proposal is to cut corporation tax for the richest companies in the country.””—Gordon Brown’s battle for Britain: ‘You have to think about 100 years down the line’
“To create an adjustable-focus photo with the DSLR, the camera must be set to video mode, then slowly refocused manually. This creates, in effect, a series of images of the same scene with different focal lengths, which can simulate the effect of the Lytro. A two- to three-second clip can then be uploaded to an online tool developed by the Chaos Collective, which spits out the adjustable depth of field (DOF) image. And voilà, you get an adjustable-focus image with equipment you already have.”—Lytro hack turns any DSLR into a light field camera | TechHive
“LFP Player allows you to showcase your living pictures artistically as animations and interactive user experiences directly onto your website / application. Our current option for enabling this is via a simple iframe embed, see here for details.”—Lytro Dev
So, on polling day specifically, the BBC (like other broadcasters, though they are covered by the Ofcom code rather than a charter) doesn’t report on the campaigns or the issues which have been debated in them.
Coverage is limited to uncontroversial factual accounts of things like the logistics of voting, how the count will be done, or just the weather, so the BBC’s output can’t be seen as influencing the ballot while the polls are open.
And yet there was something noble about Brown. For all that Blair was slick, actorly and the consummate politician, Brown was morose, cack-handed and sincere. While Blair was the grinning would-be rock star, Brown was always the son of the Presbyterian preacher man. Blair would obfuscate while appearing transparent, Brown would bare his stripped soul while insisting on privacy. If Blair was Teflon man, Brown was Bostik man.
According to friends, he gets up at 5am and works and works and works – on the referendum, in his constituency, in his role as UN special envoy for global education, on his favoured charities. He is the only former PM not to have claimed the prime minister’s pension. He doesn’t do much by way of relaxation beyond spending time with his wife Sarah and boys John and Fraser and watching Raith Rovers.
“The library is available as a Raspbian .so library in the RaspberryPiLibrary folder. Using it is very similar to ordinary Linux, and you can follow most of the same instructions, substituting the install.sh in the Pi folder. The biggest difference is that the Pi library uses the GPU to handle a lot of the calculations, so you need to run the example program as a super user, e.g. sudo ./deepbelief. This optimization allows an image to be recognized on a stock Pi in around five seconds, and in three seconds with a boosted GPU clock rate.”—jetpacapp/DeepBeliefSDK · GitHub
“India wants to use the fact that it’s located in the middle of, in foreign secretary Sujatha Singh’s words, the dense network of seaborne energy and trade in the IOR, astride sea lanes of communication critical to the world. Indian as chairman of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) (November 2011 to November 2013) infused vigour into the association, enabling it to deepen and strengthen maritime cooperation.”—India and friends fight for ocean rim space - The Times of India
“Chinese factory workers are not welcome at XOXO. This is a profoundly uncomfortable thing to say because it feels like punching down, but it is true. Chinese factory workers are not independent creators. What inspiration would they find in hearing John Gruber talk about Google Reader’s impact on his business model? What advice would they pull from Anita Sarkeesian describing the conspiracy theories leveled against prominent women on the Internet? What series of completely patronizing assumptions did I make when I wrote those last two questions?”—What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making | Quiet Babylon
“We’ll cut to the chase: Sifteo has been acquired by 3D Robotics! We’re really excited about it; we will continue to support Sifteo Cubes and Sifteo users; and we are so grateful to our customers and supporters around the world.Thank you.”—S i f t e o
On the first day during the first talk, Kevin Kelly was describing his work on Cool Tools. He was comparing it to his work on the Whole Earth Catalog which he saw as a precursor. I paraphrase: It used to take thirty people a month to make the Whole Earth Catalog, he told us. Thanks to technology, Cool Tools took only two people. Moments later, he mentioned the name of the distributed copyediting service they’d used. I wonder how many people were on the other end of that transaction. I bet it was more than thirty.
I’ve been thinking a lot about why they didn’t get to count.
“The people at MUJI believe that your luggage tag can do more. Combining your standard i.d. tag with handy tools like a compass, magnifying glass, tape measure, mirror, LED light or even a pedometer helps you save room in your bag and makes your next trip just a bit easier.”—PackHacks: MUJI — Nowhere Native
“A 3D printer consumes about 50 to 100 times more electrical energy than injection molding to make an item of the same weight. On top of that, the emissions from desktop 3D printers are similar to burning a cigarette or cooking on a gas or electric stove. And the material of choice for all this new stuff we’re clamoring to make is overwhelmingly plastic.”—Yes We Can. But Should We? — re:form — Medium
“After the ‘sunset update’, O2 applications and branding were removed from the Joggler’s operating system, replaced by the generic OpenPeak OS which features on other OpenFrame devices.”—O2 Joggler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"But assuming all other things remain equal, we will need not a 2.5% but an 8% increase in the population of Scotland in the next two decades - or in other words, we need 20,000 more immigrants per annum than we are currently expecting.
“Music on hold is available to Leadership offices as an alternative to silence when callers to their office are placed on hold. The Leaders, Whips/Assistant Leaders and Conference Secretaries may select one program source from four available options. The selected program will provide music on hold to all lines within that office. The available music options are Light Classical, Environmental, Patriotic and Country. You may listen to samples of the four selections by calling 8-2057 and following the prompts.”—The Senate has a bunch of insane rules for its members. Here are our favorites.
But some problems are impossible to eradicate—such as automobiles. Not only do gasoline engines create interference, but a 2007 federal law requiring new cars to be equipped with a tire pressure monitor essentially puts tiny radio transmitters in every tire.
To fix this, Green Bank lined the roads with evergreen trees. Pine needles are sponges for radio signals, effectively mitigating much of the interference produced by cars.
“George Murphy, chief technology officer for Snowshoe Mountain Resort, says many first-time visitors don’t realize what they are getting themselves into and are “absolutely horrified” when they find themselves without text messaging or Netflix to entertain their kids.”—Why One West Virginia Town Banned Cell Phones
A cell phone can throw off the world’s largest telescope because of the latter’s extraordinary sensitivity—a necessity to measure radio frequencies emitted by objects in space. To put this in perspective, a typical cell phone emits two to three watts when it is turned on but not being used. The radio telescope measures 0.00000000000000000000000000000001 watts, or approximately the same amount of energy given off by a single snowflake when it hits the ground. (At that scale, output is measured in a unit called the jansky, named after Karl Jansky, the founder of radio astronomy.)
A ring of mountains gives the area one layer of natural protection from the outside world, but the topography is far from enough to maintain the blackout the telescope needs to operate. And the challenge to keep a radio-free zone radio-free is getting harder, with 90 percent of Americans now owning cell phones and 87 percent of Americans relying on the Internet, according to a recent Pew study.
Policing interference requires constant vigilance, cooperation, and creativity. When a crew sees a spike, they hop in a diesel truck equipped with antennas to track down the culprit.
But to do its job, the telescope needs complete radio silence—a tall order in the digital age, even in a town with only about 150 residents.
And so, within a 10-mile radius of the observatory, Wi-Fi, cell phones, and radios are flat-out banned. And the zone extends further into a 13,000-square-mile area in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia where the use of airwaves is heavily restricted. The restrictions are part of Congress’s 1958 decision to build the National Radio Quiet Zone to protect the NRAO.
“Keeping its cars rolling and new features and services rolling out has served Uber well in the past against California regulators. Both the city of San Francisco and the CPUC in the past have demanded Uber cease and desist operations, but the companies have kept going, and various compromises and accommodations—not always official—have been reached. In those victories, and the many it has achieved in other cities, Uber is spending a new kind of political capital. Traditional candidates bank on promises, charisma, and favor-trading to win votes. Uber’s constituents, by contrast, are its users, and they vote early and often, every time they open the app.”—Anti-Taxi Campaign Shows Uber Can’t Afford to Play Nice | WIRED
“That is why three utilities have virtually seized control of the tiny resort island of Heligoland, renting out one hotel for 10 years straight. It is the most convenient body of land to use as an operations base for the huge wind farms they are installing, with long-range plans to go as far as 125 miles offshore.”—Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind - NYTimes.com
“At about 100 Lennar subdivisions in California, buyers who move into a new home automatically get solar panels on the roof. Lennar, the nation’s second-largest homebuilder, recently decided to expand that policy to several more states, starting with Colorado. The company typically retains ownership of the panels and signs 20-year deals to sell homeowners the power from their own roofs, at a 20 percent discount from the local utility’s prices.”—Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind - NYTimes.com