Ralph Steadman -|- A R T

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Why Photography Bullying is Illegal, and You Don’t Have to Take It [Police]

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http://gizmodo.com/5593080/why-photography-bullying-is-illegal-and-you-dont-have-to-put-up-with-it

Why Photography Bullying is Illegal, and You Don't Have to Take ItWe’ve previously covered how, despite camera ubiquity, amateur and journalistic reports of police, security guards, and other authority figures of varying legitimacy intimidating harmless photographers continue to pop up. Popular Mechanics explains why this harassment isn’t just wrong, but illegal.

Instances of such intimidation—misguided at best, but often outright thuggish—occur anywhere from shopping malls to public streets, and often go down when citizens attempt to document an arrest or other police action. And while Popular Mechanics' Glenn Harlan Reynolds notes that mall cops may have a legal basis for asking you to put your camera away, public property (such as any sidewalk, street, or municipal area) is always fair game.

Why Photography Bullying is Illegal, and You Don't Have to Take It

Reynolds cites Bert Krages, an attorney specializing in photography law (very cool!), who explains “The general rule is that if something is in a public place, you’re entitled to photograph it.” And there’s nothing in the the Patriot or Homeland Security acts that says otherwise, contrary to what a misinformed officer might try to tell you. You snapping a pic of a police traffic stop is no more a privacy violation than a wide-eyed tourist photographing a Times Square Sbarro.

But what about terrorism? Still not an excuse. As Bruce Schneier, head of security technology for British Telecom points out, the notion that terrorist conspirators photograph their targets is an overblown one: "Look at the 9/11 attacks, the Moscow and London subway bombings, the Fort Hood shooting—no photos." Rather, Reynolds argues, a camera in the hand of every pedestrian can only serve to foil potential plotters.

Why Photography Bullying is Illegal, and You Don't Have to Take It

If you or someone you know is menaced by police who claim you're breaking the law by merely hitting the shutter, Reynolds advises to—politely—ask what legal authority they have to stop you, and to speak with a supervisor. But the only permanent fix will be an emphasis on educating guards and police, or the type of legislation recently introduced by Congressman Edolphus Towns.

Taking photos through your ex-girlfriend’s window is still very, very illegal, however. [Popular Mechanics]
Images via stevendepolo, BAR Photography, and jason.kuffer

A speech by the late David Foster Wallace | Books | The Guardian

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Jolicloud Netbook OS Hits 1.0 with a New Interface and Automatic App Updates [Updates]

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http://lifehacker.com/5590498/jolicloud-netbook-os-hits-10-with-a-new-interface-and-automatic-app-updates

Jolicloud Netbook OS Hits 1.0 with a New Interface and Automatic App UpdatesJolicloud, the netbook OS that mixes web connectivity with desktop apps, is rolling out its 1.0 release, and there’s a lot to like. Chief among the new stuff is a new, HTML5-based dashboard and synchronized, auto-updating, add-from-anywhere apps.

Jolicloud isn’t an entirely browser-based netbook system, a la Chrome OS, but instead operates from a dashboard model filled with apps. Some of those apps can store local data, while others are entirely cloud-based. Jolicloud used to have a look based on Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix OS, but now it’s got its own sleek HTML5 looks, as shown above.

Also new and improved in Jolicloud 1.0 is the application handling. Apps you install are synced between all your Jolicloud systems, and apps stay automatically updated on your system. If you read about an app you’d love to try out while you’re away from your Jolicloud system, you can log into your account through any HTML5-capable browser and add or remove apps, and see what’s new and recommended by the Jolicloud team or your contacts.

If you’re a newcomer to Jolicloud, you might end up downloading the “pre-final” 1.0 version of Jolicloud, but your upgrade should arrive in the very near future, and automatically, after installation. Early Jolicloud sign-ups should be getting their 1.0 upgrade soon, too, if not already.

Jolicloud is a free download, and can install on most netbooks, or on other systems as a separate partition. Refer to our previous post for Windows-based installation tips, or read up on how to install Jolicloud as a separate partition.

The Point Magazine

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User’s Guide to Holding Your Phone

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http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/infolaw/2010/07/07/users-guide-to-holding-your-phone/

Nokia has a brilliant post on its corporate blog about how best to hold your Nokia phone. Of course, the iPhone v4 infamously suffers degraded connections if you hold it wrong. This is only the second-worst feature of the phone; the worst is the powerful electric shock it delivers when you e-mail Steve Jobs to complain. (Hat tip: TN)

Use a Daily Log to Keep Yourself Focused on Productivity [Productivity]

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