[I1] Fans of the movie Spaceballs will appreciate this.
[I2] The residential property in the ten most expensive London boroughs is now worth as much as all the housing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined…”
[I3] According to the Daily Mail, the NHS in the UK is going after your data.
[B1] An interesting look at the history of race in soft drinks.
[B2] The Obama Administration may be holding up the pipeline, but they have approved substantial offshore drilling leases.
[B3] According to the Canadian Press, Mining companies that are getting visas for foreign employees are rejecting candidates with 30 years of experience.
[B4] I am inclined to criticize employers who expect perfectly qualified employees to roll up on their doorstep, and think that the notion that we have a shortage of skilled workers is built on this mentality. Dominic Giandomenico makes the opposing argument.
[B7] Big Coal may be in for some pain ahead, and for once it isn’t because of the Obama Administration.
[B8] A new report says that the Family and Medical Leave law is working. We were certainly glad to have it.
[B9] Automation may not take away jobs, but they will suppress wages. This is one of the things that makes me skeptical of trade restrictions to boost domestic employment and wages. There are very often going to be other options.
[E1] Atlantic Wire looks at political types who tried to make it in Hollywood and succeeded or failed. The record for Democrats is mixed, but Republicans generally failed. There are remarks each side can make about that.
[E2] If you like Chuck Klosterman or professional basketball, or if you’ve heard of Royce White, I recommend this article.
[L1] Florida has approved birth certificate with three parents. I still don’t fully understand why, given the lack of rights/responsibilities of the third parent.
[L2] If you just stole an iPhone from someone else, it’s not a particularly good idea to call the cops when someone steals it from you.
[L3] Remember the robber that accepted an offer of pizza for his family instead of robbing the place? Too nice a story to be true, I guess. He was lying.
[L4] Paging Ryan Noonan: A man who took his wife’s name was accused of fraud. It does seem to me that there ought to be documentation for both men and women to change their names, but if you’re going to give one a pass, so should you with the other.
[T1] LibreOffice 4.0 is out! I’m still waiting to see what OpenOffice does with the code they got from IBM before I go all-in with Libre (except Access, which I just can’t quit).
[T2] Dick Tracy watches are truly an idea whose time has come and kudos to Apple if they’re on top of it. There are “smartwatches” that talk to smartphones, and smartphones that go on your wrist, but there’s still work to do to get it right.
[T3] Bitcasa touts infinite online storage. They have my attention.
[T4] Maybe this is why Google wants us to use something other than passwords. (Seriously, an interesting article on James Fallows’s wife’s email being hacked.
[T5] I disagree with Michael Calabrese. What is bring proposed here is actually much better than government-sponsored WiFi everywhere.
[T6] I am coming around on the idea of Ubuntu smartphones, which are supposed to be coming in October. I’m not sure I will get one, but I’m a little worried that after I throw in my lot with Android, Ubuntu will get it right.
[T7] In other smartphone news, it’ll be interesting to see how the Kindle Phone does. Jose Gonzales calls it a sure thing, but I’m not so sure. The Kindle Fire succeeded in part because it was a tertiary device. It’s different to hand one’s phone over to Amazon. But it could well work out, especially if they subsidize the crap out of it.