How a vote against capital punishment could help get it reinstated

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Earlier this week, the new Government Digital Service published the first user-submitted petitions on the new Directgov “e-petitions” website.

The press duly made a scandal out of nothing by running headlines claiming that as a result, the Government would soon be forced to debate the return of capital punishment.
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Trust these muppets with our money?

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Two examples of banks giving me ridiculously stupid security advice.

Firstly, when the original NatWest iPhone app came out but before it was well publicised, I stumbled upon it on the App store and thought I’d give it a try.

It was (and continues to be) made by an unknown third party called Monitise Group Ltd. Naturally worried about giving my bank details to a random company, I took the app into a branch of NatWest to ask if it was genuine. Continue reading

Parallax tutorial on Vitamin

How to Recreate Silverback's Parallax, article on Vitamin

Clearleft is creating a desktop application for web designers. We put the holding page live at Silverbackapp.com last week.

There was no fanfare – I just told a few friends to check it out, but the word spread like wildfire and within a day it had received 25,000 visitors!

The response was overwhelming and unexpected – not just from web designers excited to find out more about our application, but also from those eager to find out how the clever pseudo-3D background effect works (this effect is only visible as you resize the browser window).

In response to their requests, Vitamin have now published my tutorial How to recreate Silverback’s Parallax. Go read it! But if you don’t, feel free to join the other people who haven’t read the article either, but are still leaving comments at the end of it.
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