Want to know if there’s a proposed phone mast or new house to be built near you? Check out the awsome PlanningAlerts.com, a simple way to keep track of these things.
To make this magic work, they need tedious bits of software which scrape data off of council websites and put it in a usable form. I wrote two last night… have some spare time? Hack your own together!
There was an excellent slide pointed at by this bb article the other day from the people who cracked the XBOX. Highlight is this quip:
The worst way to keep a secret is to put it on the shelf at Best Buy
My response to a post on eds blog about the worth of GeoDRM:
Here’s a quote I find better every day:
“We think the natural tendency is for producers to worry too much about protecting their intellectual property. The important thing is to maximise the value of your intellectual property, not to protect it for the sake of protection. If you lose a little of your property when you sell it or rent it, that’s just a cost of doing business, along with depreciation, inventory losses, and obsolescence.”
– Information Rules, Carl Shaprio and Hal Varian, page 97.
Put another way, maximise the value not the protection. The value will of course merit some protection.
We don’t know what it is yet, but there is an interesting discussion going on about it on geowanking.