I think Peter Capaldi will be a magnificent Doctor Who.

But he’ll always, always be Malcolm Tucker first and foremost to me.

Can we PLEASE get a bit of Malcolm Tucker in our next Doctor Who?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna watch Malcolm Tucker supercuts for the next hour or so. Come the fuck in or fuck the fuck off.

Surviving being senior (tech) management:

[F]ind some folks in your industry, with similar job scope. Get together regularly. Talk shop. But the real shop. The stuff you don’t talk about when the people you work for or the people who work for you are around. This should be off the record. This isn’t a meet up. Start with a small group. Intimacy is the name of the game. Alcohol can help. Ask people, they’ll say yes, everyone needs to talk.

What you’ll find out is everything is fucked up everywhere.

Emphasis mine.

Julian Assange reviews The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen for the New York Times:

[W]hile Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Cohen tell us that the death of privacy will aid governments in “repressive autocracies” in “targeting their citizens,” they also say governments in “open” democracies will see it as “a gift” enabling them to “better respond to citizen and customer concerns.” In reality, the erosion of individual privacy in the West and the attendant centralization of power make abuses inevitable, moving the “good” societies closer to the “bad” ones.

I only just got around to reading it and the fact this was published about a week before news of the PRISM program broke is rather remarkable.

The Reading List

It’s been a year since I last did one of these, so I guess it’s more than due to clear out the reading list backlog:

Google Glass hacked with malicious QR code to yield its pictures and video

Researchers at mobile security company Lookout discovered a security flaw in Google Glass which allowed them to capture data being sent from the head-mounted device to the web without the users knowledge.The flaw used the fact that the head-mounted Glass camera scans any photo it takes for a QR code in order to set up Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections to a smartphone for internet access.Whenever the Glass software detects a QR code, it decodes it to see if it names a Wi-Fi network to connect to. It will do this even if the code does not occupy the whole of the frame – so a hacker could get a Glass owner to hack their own device just by standing near a printout of special QR code.

Google Glass hacked with malicious QR code to yield its pictures and video.

It’s news like this that make me feel like living in a science fiction novel.

Kit FUI

kitfui

Fantasy User Interfaces, Fictional User Interfaces, Fake User Interfaces, Futuristic User Interfaces. Regardless of what the F stands for, they all represent the same thing, the user interfaces and heads up displays found in many popular movies and television shows.

Most FUIs are not actual computer programs but simply animations being played back at the correct time or added in post production. These graphics and animations are designed in applications like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D.

Kit FUI is an IMDb-like database that makes it easy to find screenshots, videos and the designers of these FUIs.

Kit FUI by Noteloop.

An IMDB for fictional UIs. Let’s hope this can grow and expand.

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