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October 2009


From Schneier on Security

Nice Use of Diversion During a Robbery

Nice Use of Diversion During a Robbery

During a daring bank robbery in Sweden that involved a helicopter, the criminals disabled a police helicopter by placing a package with the word "bomb" near the helicopter hangar, thus engaging the full caution/evacuation procedure…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FaceCard Application

FaceCard Application

Facecard: A PayPal like third part Facebook application that allows the transferral of funds. Intrigued by its possible use for non-profit donation work. Does anyone know of good examples about how this has been done with Paypal…


From Putting People First

The user experience of smart phones

The user experience of smart phones

Several articles on the smart phone user experience: Getting emotional about mobile phones A nationwide study of over 3000 people has found that there is a direct correlation between the way people use their phones, and the way…


From The Noisy Channel

Google Updates Search Refinement Options

Google Updates Search Refinement Options


From Schneier on Security

Reproducing Keys from Photographs

Reproducing Keys from Photographs

Reproducing keys from distant and angled photographs:

Abstract:The access control provided by a physical lock is based on the assumption that the information content of the corresponding key is private --- that duplication should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Wave Threaten Social Networks?

Google Wave Threaten Social Networks?

Will Google Wave threaten Facebook and Twitter?-


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID Improving Inventory Accuracy

RFID Improving Inventory Accuracy

It is what we ultimately expected from RFID tagging: a better understanding what you have and where. That would lead to less out-of-stocks and less over-ordering. Saving money in retail that could be passed on to the consumer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever: Blends of New and Old Advertising

Unilever:  Blends of New and Old Advertising

From [email protected]: Will the Future of Advertising Be a Blend of Old and New Media?. Unilever's "Dirt is Good," is considered by experts to be a perfect example of a new path for marketing in the 21st century ... .

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