This weeks links (2013-02-18)

Climbing @ Grampians

In brief:

* Benedict Cumberbatch and the cast of Neverwhere – first photo and air date revealed (2013-Feb-20) [RadioTimes]

* Can kids develop internet-use disorder? (2013-Feb-) [Daily Life]
… Some psychologists argue video game and internet-dependence share the characteristics of other addictions, including emotional shutdown, lack of concentration and withdrawal symptoms if the gadgets are removed. The culprit, they argue, is dopamine; a brain chemical we produce when we see something that is new and stimulating or experience pleasure. We produce more when we drink alcohol, listen to music, have sex, or play a video game. We pump it out in a spurt if we have drugs such as cocaine. Research has shown it’s related to arousal, addiction and reward. Hence, kids become aggressive, irritable and hostile when screens are turned off. …

* The CFA app that has fires raging across Bass Strait (2013-Feb-20) [The Age]
VICTORIA’S heavily promoted smartphone application for fire warnings is considered flawed within the IT industry, was not fully tested before this fire season and is difficult to use in the place it is needed most – outside cities.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley has revealed the government will review Victorians’ use of digital fire warnings and will rebuild the FireReady app, stripping out unnecessary functions and returning to the ”fundamentals” of what people need in emergencies. …

* I Can’t Let You Do That, Dave (2013-Feb-16) [Publisher's Weekly]
In my new novel, Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, I explore what happens to people when their computers don’t listen to them anymore. Imagine a world where you tell your computer to copy a file, or to play it, or display it, and it says no, where it looks at you out of the webcam’s unblinking eye and says, “I can’t let you do that, Dave.”
Broadly speaking, that’s the whole point of DRM. Embracing DRM means embracing a world in which your computer and other devices must be designed to disobey you—you, the owner, are the adversary. What’s more, in order to design computers and other devices to effectively disobey you, it means designing them so that they must hide things from you. After all, if there was an unfamiliar icon on your desktop labeled “HAL9000.EXE,” you would just drag it into the trash, right? …
— Cory Doctorow

* CloudStor+ (2012-Oct-16; updated 2013-Feb-08) [AARNET]
CloudStor+ is a new service being made available to AARNet customers enabling them to easily and securely store files “in the Cloud”.

* Beer Color by RGB [Method Brewery]

* The Next Urban Sports Craze (2013-Feb-07) [Outdoors Online]
At the sprawling 18,000-square-foot Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym, the theme song from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pumps out of a sound system next to a 12-foot-high Adidas advertisement featuring 20-year-old climbing star Sasha DiGiulian. Eighty adults, all wearing purple, bounce off walls, yell, and generally behave like overcaffeinated primates. One guy hops from a slackline onto a series of mats, trying not to touch the ground. The crowd roars and the music rocks: Mi-chel-an-ge-lo is a party dude! …

Some reading/listening:

* Cory Doctorow – Homeland
Downloadable editions of the text of Homeland. These downloads are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivs license.

* Constantine #1 (2013-Feb-15) [Tor]
After a landmark 300 issue run, Hellblazer came to an end this year. But John Constantine’s adventures continue in DC Comics’ new 52 title Constantine by Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes, with art by Renato Guedes. …

Something from Bandcamp:

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