Four short links: 17 October 2011

From Reddit to Movie, Google Audited, Web Delays, and Sugared CSS

  1. Story Written in Reddit — historical scifi based on the question “Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?” Movie rights were just acquired by Warners. (via BoingBoing)
  2. Auditing Google — the comically complex games played to move profits to jurisdictions beyond taxation is under scrutiny, at last. While you dodge taxes like this, you have no high moral ground for “do no evil”.
  3. Frontend SPOF Survey (Steve Souders) — a “frontend SPOF” is any crap whose mere presence can delay the display of your web page. We’ve been bitten by this on Radar: “ooh, let’s try this widget—wait, now it takes 12s to load a page, wtf?”
  4. Syntactically Awesome Stylesheetsan extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It';s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.
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  • Aaron B

    While you dodge taxes like this, you have no high moral ground for “do no evil”.

    Why? Is it actually illegal?

    Just playing devil’s advocate here. I’d argue that as a publicly traded company, Google actually has a legal imperative to reduce their tax burden as much as possible, in order to maximize shareholder value. Loopholes or not, the fault lies with the legislators and enforcers, not the industry.

  • Bill DeMoss

    While you dodge taxes like this, you have no high moral ground for “do no evil”.

    A comically simple analysis off what it means to be evil.

  • Mike

    “Don’t be evil” is the informal corporate motto (or slogan) of Google, not “do no evil”. There is a huge difference.