Monday euro links

February 5, 2007 at 10:31 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

200702home.jpgFrench students to receive flash drives loaded with software – if you are envious go to www.portableapps.com and fill your own flash drive. Beret not required.

European progress part 2 – tiny house looks very modern in very small space. Looks big if parked near small euro-style urban auto. Is this the future of housing when the waters rise? Seriously, our American need to live in massive spaces wastes our diminishing resouces. Even with massive amounts of square-footage, many of us rent storage units. Strange, no?

Was it worth $2 million?

February 5, 2007 at 10:25 am | Posted in unwise | 1 Comment

Turner Broadcasting, parent company of the Cartoon Network, has agreed to pay $2 million to the city of Boston.  Why?  To make amends for the recent Aqua Teen Hunger Force terrorism scare.  You remember, blinking lights, duct taped batteries, packages placed on key pieces of infrastructure like bridges and hospitals.  Read it all here.

I heard an interesting footnote to this story on NPR last week.  Think of this incident as a homeland security generation gap incident.  Those under a certain age would have been likely to recognize these flashing light packages as marketing for a cartoon.  Alert law enforcement, who may not have time to watch the Cartoon Network, did not recognize the images for what they really were.

Forgive me for being negative, but the response to this incident gave away a fair amount of info to any potential terrorist.


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