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David Attenborough, Mark Carwardine, Simon King, and George Monbiot spell out the case against the proposed badger cull in the UK: that the evidence gained has pointed out such a cull will be, at best, ineffective, and at worst, make the problem worse, at a cost of perhaps half the UK's badger population. Rather, they say, deploy an oral vaccine for badgers - considerably more effective, far more humane, and likely to be cheaper too. The Badger Trust has a Q&A on bovine tuberculosis (PDF), for further information.

Brian May has set up a petition over here - but obviously, opposition oughtn't amount to just that. Your MPs should hear as well, and the word should be spread - make the issue noticed.

Green Bytes apparently picked up Tens Complement last year, and are now releasing a pukka implementation of ZFS for OS X (64-bit Intel only, Snow Leopard or later, with a recommendation of being able to spare 1GB RAM per 1TB storage): ZEVO Community Edition, as noted here.

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop is to reopen!

Pinboard ("social bookmarking for introverts") looks sort of tempting - nicely fully featured, clean design, and no advertising or other junk, just a one-time signup fee of $9.89. Check out the testimonial quotes on the front page, too, particularly the Economist's. =:) If you're reading this, do you use Pinboard, Pinterest, Delicious, or similar services? How useful do you find them?

And I'll just leave this here..

 
 
 
 
 
 
Ah, cool! :)

Heh, contourization — I still remember being fascinated by how you could actually do that the first time I saw it being done. Come to think of it, I should still have my copy of Computer imaging recipes in C somewhere; not ever a particularly useful book for me, but I found it quite interesting anyway. Presumably the state of the art has advanced quite a bit since its publication, of course. ^_~