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Early-August Link Dump

How to hire an idiot
I’m afraid these idiots are everywhere; you can go a long way in some businesses with a good suit, firm handshake and slick patter.
15 Amazing 3D Flash Websites; 16 Ways to Navigate with Planes and Cubes
These kinds of Flash showcase sites always feel slightly cumbersome, but 3D Flash work is progressing quickly and will hopefully soon be seen as an element within more conventional sites.
The law behind ‘tell a friend’ services
Reassuringly, this closely matches the general advice I’ve always given to clients.
web without sense
SOME ASPECTS OF SOME WEB SITES ARE NOT GOOD.
I WILL LIST THEM IN A SNARKY WAY.
The Charges Against ActionScript 3.0
Most AS3 features make perfect sense at a technical level, but Adobe is chasing the Rich Internet Applications market at the possible expense of the core Flash userbase. Code only has to look more complicated to put off those dabbling in light programming, and the vast majority of Flash projects are about tying things together by applying simple events, with absolutely no need to think in terms of classes, namespaces, etc. Grant Skinner’s workshop is a solid introduction.
O2’s Security Through Obscurity Can’t Stop Google; I Own Your Rapidshare Accounts
A couple of cautionary tales.
Using your browser URL history to estimate gender
Apparently my browser history is 97% male.
Box2DFlashAS3
A nifty 2D physics engine that’s been used in things like Totem Destroyer.
base element test
All the major browsers get this wrong, so the incorrect behaviour is now effectively the standard.
OpenStreetMap
Few people have heard of it, but the map data is rather good nowadays (for the UK at least). They just need to improve the branding and add a few features to become a viable alternative to Google Maps for many uses.

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