Parents not allowed to watch their children play – UK

2 council run adventure playgrounds in Watford are off limits to parents. Only “play workers” are allowed to supervise the children playing there. For some reason, the local council thinks it’s not appropriate for parents to be in the same area as playing 5 – 15 year olds. Let’s fuel the paedophile paranoia some more Read more about Parents not allowed to watch their children play – UK[…]

UK adopts French 3 strikes law

Looks like the British are blithely going where the French couldn’t go by adopting a 3 strikes rule for illegal filesharers. First you get warning letters and then you get disconnected from the internet. Not only does this mean that basically your internet connection will be monitored for this kind (and what other?) behaviour, but Read more about UK adopts French 3 strikes law[…]

Windows 7 Shortcut keys

This is a huge and useful list: The full list of keyboard shortcuts includes: Win+Home: Clear all but the active window. Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop. Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window. Shift+Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window vertically. Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if Read more about Windows 7 Shortcut keys[…]

Fixing stuff goes faster with AR

Using Augmented Reality goggles, powered on an Android platform, marines are able to maintain their vehicles 46% faster than using a laptop with technical manuals. The AR system provides label names to each object, shows a 3D model of the tool you need and gives instructions for specifica tasks overlaid on the camera view of Read more about Fixing stuff goes faster with AR[…]

Evolving swarm intelligence in robots

The Lausanne university in Switserland has moved from the software to the reality: they’ve managed to get robots to evolve and learn behaviours, as well as the behaviour to decieve and cooperate through communication (flashing lights) and movement. It’ s a very interesting experiment, showing that robots are getting smarter every day and are now Read more about Evolving swarm intelligence in robots[…]


Ninite looks great: you select the apps you want from a whole great list of them, it then gives you a custom installer to save and that then goes and downloads and installs all the applications you selected. Ninite Easy PC Setup and Multiple App Installer – Great For Win7 Upgrades.

Windows 7 officially supports logon UI background customization

” Although this functionality was designed with OEMs in mind, it is pretty easy to turn on and off using regedit and some images lying around your hard drive. First, a check is made to determine if the customization functionality is enabled or not. More precisely, a DWORD value named OEMBackground in the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background key Read more about Windows 7 officially supports logon UI background customization[…]

Dutch Gov’t Has No Idea How To Delete Tapped Calls

“The law in the Netherlands says that intercepted phone calls between attorneys and their clients must be destroyed. But the Dutch government has been keeping under wraps for years that no one has the foggiest clue how to delete them Google translation. Now, an email PDF from the National Police Services Agency KLPD has surfaced, Read more about Dutch Gov’t Has No Idea How To Delete Tapped Calls[…]

First black hole for light created on Earth

The damn thing fits on a tabletop and draws electromagnetic waves to it. The practical applications are for drawing sunlight, so collecting solar energy. It’ll mean you can do away with all those panels, as this should be much more efficient. First black hole for light created on Earth – physics-math – 14 October 2009 Read more about First black hole for light created on Earth[…]

Buma/Stemra blocker

The Dutch RIAA: Buma / Stemra has decided it wants all users that link in a Youtube video into their page, to pat EUR. 150,- for up to 6 videos or songs. Fucking arseholes. So – people are  putting out plugins to block Buma / Stemra IPs. Weblogs houden spider Buma/Stemra buiten | Webwereld.