Not the first time we hear this idea, Slashdot discusses a story named Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use.
Their summary: "The Netherlands is testing a new car use tax system that will tax drivers based upon how much they drive rather than just taxing the vehicle itself. The trials utilize a little box outfitted with GPS, wireless internet, and a complex rating system that tracks a car's environmental impact, its distance driven, its route, and what time it is driven as a fairer way to assess the impact of the vehicle and hopefully dissuade people from driving. The proposal will be introduced slowly as a replacement for the current car and gas tax, however it is most certainly controversial and will be a real test of how far environmentally savvy Dutch citizens will be willing to go to reduce the impact of the car."
Here's the traditional Friday geonews in batch mode.
Christmas geo-gift ideas:
From the Google front (yes some more since yesterday):
From the ESRI front:
From the open source / open data front:
In the miscellaneous category:
In the maps category:
And the new somewhat off-topic link of the week: and entry from 'Information is beautiful' named Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom?, a quick look at the pic is enough, and it includes mapping ;-)
Slashdot discusses a story named "UK-Developed 'DNA Spray' Marks Dutch Thieves With Trackable Water".
Their summary: "In Rotterdam, there's a new technology in place that dispenses a barely visible mist over those around it and alerts the police. The purpose? To tag robbers and link them back to the scene of the crime. From the article, 'The mist — visible only under ultraviolet light — carries DNA markers particular to the location, enabling the police to match the burglar with the place burgled. Now, a sign on the front door of the McDonald's prominently warns potential thieves of the spray's presence: "You Steal, You're Marked."' Developed in Britain, it's yet to nab a criminal but it will be interesting to see whether or not synthesized DNA will hold up as sufficient evidence in an actual court of law."
This obviously reminded me of that 2007 story about 'powder RFID chips' that can be sprayed on crowds for tracking individuals.