links for 2009-07-16

July 16, 2009
  • Horses of the hackney type were often worked heavily, in the nature of things that were hired out to all and sundry. By the middle of the sixteenth century, hackney was being applied to people in just this sense, and was abbreviated about the start of the eighteenth century to hack, as in hack work; it was applied in particular to literary drudges who dashed off poor-quality writing to order — hence its modern pejorative application to journalists.
  • The ikTag contains a RFID chip which can be linked to the profile of a participant of a social network like PICNIC, CCAA, NetwerkCS and many more
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