My Internet woes continue. So today's exchange is also yesterday's exchange.
- Pew Research Centre has done a comprehensive survey of Americans on their government's massive data retention program. A majority of Americans think the FISA courts do an inadequate job of overseeing the surveillance program's, and a whopping 70% believe the data is being used for purposes other than preventing terrorism.
- Foreign Policy's Passport blog has compiled bios on a few of the prisoners that could be released by the Israeli government as part of a deal to get peace talks up and running. Stunning.
- A Gallup World Survey of African households that found only about 50% of households get their power from a national grid. The rest rely on (often more expensive) sources like generators and batteries.
- TechCrunch has a riveting article on how Apple trains and motivates a burgeoning workforce that telecommutes. These new techniques are a result of Apple's novel way of keeping their tech support staff on shore: they forgo large, centralised call centres and allow their “remote customer service” workers to work from home.
- Grist has an interesting story about how mandated car parks for shops have “legislated the waste of land”. Some of the more ridiculous examples: a survey by Home Depot found that even at peak hour less than half of their parking spots were being used, surveys in British Columbia and Portlanf found 0.4 empty spots per house, and 0.6 in Seattle. Grist estimates that over just a few states in America it adds up to 260 million square feet of wasted land.
- An ongoing Gallup survey on exercising has found a definite correlation between exercise activity and the seasons.
Hopefully Virgin Mobile/Optus can fix my damn Internet quick so I can get back to regular blogging.