jm + london   15

London's Tube has been running so long it's literally raising the temperature of the earth around it | CityMetric
London has been running tube trains so long that the ground beneath parts of the city is now as much as 10°C hotter than it was in 1900.
london  tube  underground  tfl  engineering  history  temperature  ventilation 
4 weeks ago by jm
The private monorail tunnel under North London
20km of private monorail owned and operated by the electricity grid, used to monitor and inspect one of the longest 400kV circuits in Europe
power  monorail  transport  london  underground  tunnelling  electricity  cool 
october 2016 by jm
Designing the Perfect Anti-Object
This pale, amorphous lump of sculpted concrete is designed to resist almost everything in a city that it might come into contact with. Named for the London authority that commissioned it, the Camden Bench has a special coating which makes it impervious to graffiti and vandalism. The squat, featureless surface gives drug dealers nowhere to hide their secret caches. The angled sides repel skateboarders and flyposters, litter and rain. The cambered top throws off rough sleepers. In fact, it is specially crafted to make sure that it is not used as anything except a bench. This makes it a strange artifact, defined far more by what it is not than what it is. The Camden Bench is a concerted effort to create a non-object.
non-objects  objects  city  camden  benches  vandalism  skating  london 
july 2016 by jm
Bike thief reveals tricks of the trade in this shockingly candid interview
This is an eye-opener:
A former bicycle thief has revealed the tricks of the trade in an interview, which clearly and shockingly shows the extent that thieves will go to in order to steal a bike. He talks about the motivations behind the theft, the tools used to crack locks and how the bikes were moved around and sold for a significant sum. He also gives tips on how to prevent your bike from being stolen.
[...]

'Don’t be fooled by Kryptonite locks, they’re not as tough as made out to be. Also D-bars with tubular locks, never use them, they’re the most easy to pick with a little tool. It’s small and discreet, no noise and it looks like you are just unlocking your bike. With the bolt cutters we would go out on high performance motorbikes, two men on a bike.'
bikes  locks  bike-locks  security  london  theft  lockpicking  d-locks 
may 2016 by jm
London garden bridge users to have mobile phone signals tracked
If it goes ahead, people’s progress across the structure would be tracked by monitors detecting the Wi-Fi signals from their phones, which show up the device’s Mac address, or unique identifying code. The Garden Bridge Trust says it will not store any of this data and is only tracking phones to count numbers and prevent overcrowding.

london  surveillance  mobile-phones  mac-trackers  tracking 
november 2015 by jm
Geographically-accurate version of the London underground map
as Boing Boing says: 'London's subway system switched early to an abstract map (PDF), and it became a legendary work of design. It just published an internally-used geographic version of map (PDF), however, for the first time in a century—and it's awesome.'
london  maps  mapping  geography  accuracy  pdf  subway  underground 
september 2015 by jm
Theresa May warns Yahoo that its move to Dublin is a security worry
Y! is moving to Dublin to evade GCHQ spying on its users. And what is the UK response?
"There are concerns in the Home Office about how Ripa will apply to Yahoo once it has moved its headquarters to Dublin," said a Whitehall source. "The home secretary asked to see officials from Yahoo because in Dublin they don't have equivalent laws to Ripa. This could particularly affect investigations led by Scotland Yard and the national crime agency. They regard this as a very serious issue."


There's priorities for you!
ripa  gchq  guardian  uk  privacy  data-protection  ireland  dublin  london  spying  surveillance  yahoo 
march 2014 by jm
"IMSI Catcher" used in London
'One case involved Julian Assange's current home at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where visitors were surprised to receive welcome messages from a Ugandan telephone company. It turned out the messages were coming from a foreign base station device installed on the roof, masquerading as a cell tower for surveillance purposes. Appelbaum suspects the GCHQ simply forgot to reformat the device from an earlier Ugandan operation.'


via T.J. McIntyre.
surveillance  nsa  privacy  imsi-catchers  gchq  london  uganda  mobile-phones  julian-assange  ecuador  embassies 
february 2014 by jm
Why sugar helped remove Victoria Line concrete flood
Sugar blocks concrete from setting. This I did not know
concrete  london  tube  flooding  sugar  chemistry  factoids 
january 2014 by jm
London orders rubbish bins to stop collecting smartphone data
Good call.
AUTHORITIES IN LONDON’S financial district have ordered a company using high-tech rubbish bins to collect smartphone data from passers-by to cease its activities, and referred the firm to the privacy watchdog. The City of London Corporation, which manages the so-called “Square Mile” around St Paul’s Cathedral, said such data collection “needs to stop” until there could be a public debate about it.


(via Daragh O'Brien)
via:dobrien  privacy  phones  wifi  mac-address  data-protection  data-retention  renew  london  bins  snooping  sniffing 
august 2013 by jm
The colour of London's commute
Nice visualisation. 'What the map shows is the mix of transport to work of residents living in each part of London*, using ONS data at Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) level. Each MSOA is given an RGB colour determined by the modal share, with red colours representing travel by car, taxi or motorbike, blue travel by public transport and green cycling or walking. The result is a fairly simple pattern, with motor vehicles predominating on London's fringes, public transport in the inner suburbs and cycling and walking in the very centre. Those tendrils of blue reaching out presumably represent major public transport links.'
data  visualisation  dataviz  london  mapping  via:ldoody 
january 2013 by jm
Yuri Suzuki: London Underground circuit map radio
Japanese designer yuri suzuki has sent designboom images of his 'london underground circuit maps' project developed as part of the designers in residence program at the london design museum, on show until january 13th, 2013. responding to 'thrift' as a theme, suzuki's work explores communication systems in consumer electronics.
a printed circuit board (PCB) is used as a precedent for developing a electrical circuit influenced by harry beck's iconic
london underground map diagrams. by strategically positioning certain speaker, resistor and battery components throughout the map,
users can visually understand the complex networks associated with electricity and how power is generated within a radio.


Beautifully done (via jwz.)
electronics  london  art  design  underground  travel  yuri-suzuki  circuitry 
september 2012 by jm
The lessons I learnt from my iPhone mugging | Benjamin Cohen on Technology
some good tips on iPhone security settings, in particular disabling the ability to turn off location services via Restrictions. I should do this
crime  iphone  location  london  mugging  phones  security  theft 
may 2012 by jm
Stephen Walter's The Island
truly amazing artwork, as featured in the BBC4 documentary 'Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art' last week. 'The Island satirises the London-centric view of the English capital and its commuter towns as independent from the rest of the country. The artist, a Londoner with a love of his native city, offers up a huge range of local and personal information in words and symbols. Walter speaks in the dialect of today, focusing on what he deems interesting or mundane.'
maps  stephen-walter  cool  detail  the-island  london  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
a sad story of connections made via second-hand small ads
'“It’s free to advertise,” Ned explained. “And we have a lot of things we don’t need.” So each week, they advertised for sale in Loot something from their apartment. This was their social life. Some weeks – the good weeks – they had three or four people who came to see what they were selling.'
loot  stories  london  small-ads  for-sale  second-hand  irish-times  irishwomans-diary  rosita-boland  from delicious
march 2010 by jm

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