Four short links: 5 October 2010

Better Mouse Trap, Node.js Tutorial, Eternal Computing Truths, and Tax Receipts Exposed

  1. Nooski Mouse Trap — I have one, it is fantastic. This man built a better mouse trap. Now please beat a path to his door.
  2. Introduction to Node.js (video) — Two weeks ago, Yahoo! hosted a BayJax meetup dedicated to NodeJS (since the meetup coincided with Cinco de Mayo, we named it ‘Cinco de Node’). Ryan Dahl, the creator of NodeJS, gave a talk on the project and was very kind to let us record his presentation for YUI Theater. (via anselm on Twitter)
  3. Living With a Computer (Atlantic Monthly) — a 1979 blast from the past about what it was like to get your first computer. So much of this article remains as true today as it was then: upgrade fever, impatience, more dependencies, etc. Yet another hazard is that recommending the right computer is a little like recommending the “right”‘ religion. People tend to like the system they’ve ended up with. The most important point about computers, more so than about religions, is that the difference between a good one and a bad one is tiny compared with the difference between having one and not. (via pomeranian99 on Twitter)
  4. Why You Can’t Have a Receipt for Your Taxes (Clay Johnson) — In the end, this is because our dollars are not packets.
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  • John H

    Hmm, a mousetrap that requires proprietary consumables… It’s a business plan alright — the razor blade model.

    The mechanism is not clear to me. Does the mouse die with a rubber gromit around it’s neck (reusable? do you have to remove it if you want to reuse?)

  • John H

    OK, I think I understand now.

    It seems to be one band, one kill — so it’s definitely the razorblade model. I’m pretty sure they don’t expect you to remove a band from a dead rodent and put it back in the trap.

    In addition, the way I understand it, if you go 4 weeks without a kill, you’re advised to replace the band, presumably because it will have stretched a bit and lost some of it’s snapping and strangling potential.

  • Hmm, it may be less brutal than some options, but it’s hardly the ‘humane’ solution they advertise. Strangled to death? I’d rather have a giant metal bar instantly crush the life out of me I suppose.

    FYI, these traps are illegal in Ireland because they’re NOT considered humane:

  • John and Ron, thank you for taking time to comment Nooski traps. As one of the inventors of the Nooski trap system I may be able to assist with a few of your concerns.
    Yes, we do recommend replacing the ring every four weeks or so, however, we have many documented kills up to a year after being set. In all cases the rodents have travelled only a few feet from the trap indicating a fast humane death. The reason we recommend replacing the ring every four weeks is simply to minimise the chance of ring fatigue that could possibly result in a kill taking more than 20 seconds. “Landcare Research New Zealand” under the NAWAC (National Animal Welfare Committee ) have set a humane time to death for kill traps at under 3 mins, please note that poison the most commonly used control for rodents takes up to five days to slowly kill a rodent.
    Contrary to many opinions, instant suffiction is without doubt the most humane way to kill a rodent. Snap traps catch 50% of the time at best and in many cases leave the animal injured, poison takes up to five days for a rodent to die from an agornising slow death. The situation in Ireland is interesting, they have also banned glue boards, electric traps, jaw traps, leg hold traps and snares. We can only assume that the decision to ban Nooski is politically driven, as they are unable to provide us with any supporting evidence of trials that prove the Nooski trap to be inhumane or dangerous. The Irish policy makers are still happy to continue to promote poison as a safe and humane option.??? You may be interested to know that DEFRA England have fully tested and passed legislation to allow the sale and use of Nooski traps in England.
    Thanks once again for your feedback.
    The Nooski team.