Jaani's Linklog

The Linklog is a data feed from various social bookmarking sites that I frequent. It contains short entries deemed interesting but — whether because their subject matter is not directly related to the themes of this website (internet law and technology regulation) or simply for reasons of convenience — not justifying a full weblog entry. The format is simple: a title with a link to the aggregator source, and a one-line description.

Note that neither the titles nor descriptions are my own — they remain, with any associated errors, the work of the people who submitted each item to the feed from which each was derived.

Dutch Company Uses Heat from Asphalt for Energy!

SCHARWOUDE, Netherlands (AP) — If you’ve ever blistered your bare feet on a hot road you know that asphalt absorbs the sun’s energy. A Dutch company is now siphoning heat from roads and parking lots to heat homes and offices. As climate change rises on the international agenda, the system built by the civil engineering firm …

2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without

This is a list of the products I tend to use daily. Some are for work, some are for fun, and some are useful for both. But I use most of them every day, or nearly every day, and I would not be as productive or happy without all of them.

Second thoughts on life, the universe and everything

They are the intellectual elite, the brains the rest of us rely on to make sense of the universe and answer the big questions. But in a refreshing show of new year humility, the world’s best thinkers have admitted that from time to time even they are forced to change their minds.

NASA Space Station Concepts

Cool gallery of NASA’s past space station concepts.

Why Broadband TV has got cable companies scared

About one-third of people who subscribe to cable TV or satellite services said they would drop that service if they could get TV shows they wanted over a broadband computer connection, paying a flat fee.

World Trade Organization says piracy is ok in the Caribbean

The WTO has decided that the United States was wrong in preventing Antigua and Barbuda from operating their online gambling sites to the US while also allowing online betting on horse racing—a dual standard. The ruling will allow the two the right to pirate copyrighted US properties up to a value of $21 million in return.

What should we do with large plutonium stockpiles?

Plutonium stocks are already a source of mounting concern to the scientific community. Plutonium is highly toxic, especially if inhaled.

Piracy, Morals and The Need for Change

Morals are often defined by what the general public sees as right or wrong. Most people don’t feel that they’re doing wrong when they download an MP3 or share a movie, but in most countries they are actually breaking laws, laws which do not reflect what the general public considers to be legal, fair use, or even moral.

Linux Directory Structure

The directory structure of Linux/other Unix-like systems is very intimidating for the new user, especially if he/she is migrating from Windows. In Windows, almost all programs install their files (all files) in the directory named: `Program Files.’ Such is not the case in Linux. The directory system categorises all installed files.

Classic Games made with Lego

With some awesome games on here like Mario and Contra, you can’t go wrong. Let’s be honest - Lego owns.

Beautiful Photo of the Winter Solstice

Although technically the winter solstice only lasts a moment, this photo shows the entire 24 hour period that occurs either during the shortest day or longest night of the year.

Japan will not hunt Humpbacks

In a shocking move, the Japanese government has backed down and suspended plans to hunt up to 50 humpback whales after extreme protests by the Australian people and government. Although they’re still going to kill all the other whales. We win! Kinda!

Fake Steve Jobs threatened by Apple Lawyers

FSJ has been ordered to cease and desist by Apple lawyers just days before christmas! FSJ’s assets are at risk- Save FSJ!

Mars rovers find new evidence of 'habitable niche'

Silica-rich deposits uncovered in May by Spirit’s lame front wheel that provide new evidence for a once-habitable environment in Gusev Crater.

Top Scholars Using Facebook to Examine Social Behavior

Facebook’s role as a petri dish for the social sciences — sociology, psychology and political science — particularly excites scholars, because the site lets them examine how people, especially young people, are connected to one another, something few data sets offer.

Top 10 Viral Videos of 2007

2007 has certainly brought us some unique and bizarre viral videos, perhaps proving once again, anyone can become famours. From the ever funny Landlord Video featuring Will Farrell to the unforgettable ‘LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!’ plea, here’s Time’s top 10 Viral Videos of 2007

Judge finds copyright defense unconvincing in RIAA lawsuit

A federal judge has rejected a file-sharing defendant’s argument that the record labels have engaged in copyright misuse by collectively litigating their nearly 30,000 file-sharing lawsuits.

BBC interviews the Pirate Bay

The BBC show Click journeys to Sweden and talks to the Pirate Bay and the Pirate Party. Really interesting documentary.

Seven Blunders of the World Given By Mahatma Gandhi

Seven Blunders of the World is a list that Mahatma Gandhi gave to his grandson Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper, on their final day together, not too long before his assassination.

Master Your DSLR Camera, Part 2: Manual Mode and More

In part one of this series you kicked your digital SLR camera’s auto mode to the curb with the help of program mode. In doing so, you learned to control the flash, the ISO value, and the white balance. Now in part two we’re going straight to manual mode to learn about aperture sizes and shutter speeds. So let’s do this thing.

Judge removed after jailing entire courtroom

A US judge has been removed from the bench for jailing 46 people after none of them admitted responsibility for a ringing mobile phone in his courtroom.

20 photographs taken at exactly the right angle

They say timing is everything, but some photographs become brilliant, surreal or hilarious because both the timing and the angle work out just right. Check out these 20 examples of perfectly shot photographs.

Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting

This is our next blog entry in our Corporate Social Responsibility Series. This time we are providing our readers a brief introduction into Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting. What does it mean? What does a report include and how can I determine whether this is a good or poor report.

Hot tub-sized nuke reactor could power 25,000 homes

Encase it in concrete, truck it to a site, bury it underground, hook it up to a steam turbine and, voila, one would generate enough electricity to power a 25,000-home community for at least five years. The company Hyperion Power Generation was formed last month to develop the nuclear fission reactor at Los Alamos and take it into the private sector

The Procrastination Flow Chart

You can Digg this now…or you know, later. brb.