Friday, 31 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120829 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

States reach $69 million #ebook pricing settlement with publishers - #apple fights on

A whole network of public libraries begins #Wikipedia collaboration in #Catalonia nice move

University study reveals pest now resistant to genetically modified corn - just as everyone predicted... #gm

#opensource software takes precedence for Italian public administrations. By law! - (v @carlopiana)

Publishers' surpluses should further scholarship, say academics - quite (v @petersuber)

#TPP Countdown: USTR Whittles Away at Remaining Trace of Public Participation - 8' each: what an insult (v @PCGTW)

#Android-Crazy China Passes U.S. As Smartphone Leader, But India’s Growing The Fastest - ah, yes, #india too

Tiny Pacific island nations create world's largest marine parks - shaming other larger nations that do little

Gute Piraten, schlechte Piraten - excellent summary of 1st year's highs & lows #pirateparty #de

The truth about Goobuntu: #Google's in-house desktop Ubuntu Linux - "Windows requires high-level permission" to use

The TSA's Infamous 'Behavior Detection' In Action: Mandatory 'Chats' About Every Detail Of Your Trip - expect more

Kommentar zum #Leistungsschutzrecht: Ein unmögliches Gesetz - excellent stuff #lsr

After 15 months in development, Nokia releases the first #Qt 5 beta - but will enough people care?

A “Notice and Takedown” Regime Fit For Europe? - EU consultation on "clean" Net - pl. respond soon

President Zardari: Save my daughter -- 48 hrs left! - situation #epetition

#Patents Considered Evil - best debunking I have read; NB the #economist was against patents initially (v @rupertg)

iPhone, uCopy, iSue - talking of the #economist and#patents... #apple (v @jjn1)

The Federal Bailout That Saved Mitt Romney - if this encapsulates the man and his methods, good luck America...

Crime and punishment, chimpanzee-style - fascinating result 

Want To Know How Weak The GOP's Internet Freedom Platform Is? The MPAA Loves It - say no more...

the changing seasons of Saturn - seems almost too beautiful to be real.... (v @boingboing)

Starting a business with a #RaspberryPi - great idea #linux

Revolving Door: US Copyright Office General Counsel Becomes IFPI Lobbyist - shameless, much?

Thursday, 30 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120828 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Number-plate spycams riddled with flaws, top cop admits - usual, only law abiding suffer #privacy

Chamber Asks Congress to Revive Crackdown on Online Piracy - smoothing the way for #SOPA 2.0

Is ABC Starting to Understand BitTorrent Demand? - a glimmer of hope?

Craigslist is on board: #OpenStreetMap soars to new heights - #OSM continues to colonise the world

The privacy of our medical records is being sold off - important stuff #privacy #anonymity

arXiv’s Future - great news for hugely important project (v @petersuber)#openaccess #science

Well done Eric Pickles – more open government to engulf councils - good news #ogov

Freedom not Fear: Vernetzungstreffen der digitalen Bürgerrechtsbewegung in Brüssel - good to see

Gesetzentwurf: Bundesregierung beschließt Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger - German cabinet officially clueless

Leistungsschutzrecht ist unnötig und strukturell falsch - und sehr doof....

China is Fastest-Growing Android & iOS Market - why Apple decision doesn't matter: US market won't be most important

The missed opportunity in the closure of torrent tracker UK Nova - good analysis

Is Open Source democratic? - more thoughts on this theme#opensource 

Could Your Company Survive a Net Block? - if it couldn't, maybe you should do this... #censorship #uk

Another #Android Smartphamera! This Time, From Samsung - getting to be a trend

Apple/Samsung dispute not yet made it to #China - & that's the market that matters...

The Foreman's Aha Moment in Apple v. Samsung Was Based on Misunderstanding Prior Art - whoa: he keeps digging...

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120827 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

New Zealand capitulates to the #swpats lobby (see second clause) - sad; #NZ will live to regret this (v @elpie)

Rachel #Corrie's death was an accident, Israeli judge rules - eye-witnesses were all dreaming, apparently

Who's Against Blind People Reading? Nobody! - well, nobody except #france & #germany that is...

Four eyewitnesses describe the murder of Rachel #Corrie - ignores them (v @tom_d_ @Glinner)#coverup

#Copyright Reform Process Begins Down Under... And They're Actually Asking Good Questions - well, it's a start #au

OsciPrime: Open Source Oscilloscope for #Android - project

Australia to join EU's emissions trading system - let's hope more do

Stephen Fry: “I Use Ubuntu” - well, course

Zwei junge Tibeter verbrennen sich selbst - sad, sad, sad#china #tibet

DUP's Wells: #Abortion should be ruled out for rape victims - callous bigots in UK too, sadly (v @Glinner @bpas1968)

Apple v. Samsung Verdict: Could Bill Gates Have Patented The iPhone in 1995? - fab analysis (v @kevinmarks)

How the America Invents Act violates #TRIPS - whoops, inconvenient

Kim Dotcom offers developers early API access to the upcoming Megaupload reboot - nicely positive attitude

Help Shape Australia's Copyright Regime - "have a say in the laws being made to deal with copyright"

BBC and Apple - an update - the #bbc is just a joke these days....

2006 #AU copyright law requires you erase a VHS tape after you have watched it once - not a joke (v @PeteDotAscian)

How one man is bringing #VoIP, 'Net access where telecoms fear to tread - using the wonderfully-named "#Mesh Potato"

Samsung Files Motion to Stay Judgment - "Apple has now opened up a new area for litigation and exclusion". good post

Not again. Airtel blocks #Vimeo Videos - still problems in#india

This A10 is an ARM-powered Media PC - more #androidfun

#Firefox 15 arrives, supports compressed textures for impressive 3D gaming - not sure about numbering, but looks good

Major Labels Claim #Copyright Over Public Domain Songs; YouTube Punishes Musician - strange how that works #pd

"same amount of computing to answer one Google Search query as all the computing done for the entire Apollo program" -

how to disable the #Java plugin in Firefox so that Java applets no longer run - this seems to be a wise move at the mo'

Despite Bing’s home-court advantage on IE, Google still dominant overall at 74% - says it all

What Mars Means to Earth - great piece on why #scienceis not a matter of opinion, & vital to our future (v @jjn1)

Apple v. Samsung & broken patent system - "Patents supposed to protect instantiations of ideas, not ideas themselves"

Alternative History of RIAA - but for pigheadness, this could have happened (v @lavi_d_avegas)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120826 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Mining the astronomical literature - just do it (v +William Gunn ) #textmining #openaccess #science

Cryptoparty resources - shaping up nicely (v @djon3s @ioerror)#security #privacy #crypto

#TPP sigue ahí: un tratado con pocas razones y muchas amenazas - "#Chile no necesita un acuerdo comercial como este."

key point: "not everyone who bought a #Samsung device was actually open to an #iPhone" - #apple

Why The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Matters - yikes, looks bad #climatechange

Legal analysts suggest Apple-Samsung verdict may not be safe - to put it mildly 

Apple v. Samsung Jurors Speak, Skipped Prior Art For "Bogging Us Down" - yeah, who cares about prior art?

Dhingana, ‘#India’s #Spotify’, introduces ads, snags key Facebook exec as an advisor - interesting move, big market

South Korea scraps law requiring use of real names online - sensible

Buch “Generation Facebook”: Crowdfunding für englische #OpenAccessVersion - cool 

Frank #Zappa: Chronological Discography - groovy man, or something... #spotify

#Taliban behead 17 #Afghan partygoers - no limits to this savage bigotry

Leading ‘Ethical’ TV Show BitTorrent Tracker Shut Down By FACT - yup, make sure you punish ethical sites that fill gaps

#Apple's Pyrrhic Patent Victory - even if the appeal fails,#samsung#android & #opensource can thrive

Intellectual Ventures Still Giving Tours Of The Sizzle To Distract Journalists From The Lack Of Steak - IV = failure

Ending Secrecy – Why Global #Transparency Rules Matter -'t agree more: this must be a priority #accountability

Berlin fragt millionenfach Handydaten ab - but only in 116 cases did they give anything usable #privacy

Whistleblowers join forces to set up support organisation - idea; pity it's needed... #transparency

Whales Intervene In Nuclear Plant's Seismic Testing - postponement clearly necessary

Chinese OEM plans sub-$100 Google TV box - #china leads the way...

2012 Pioneer Awards Ceremony - good to see @jerezim rightly recognised for his huge contribution to activism

Ark Encounter - I just love these parody sites, especially when they're as well done as this one; so much detail....

The Pirate Bay Launches Free #VPN - well, given the infection, antibodies were bound to be produced

Man Steals Phone from Ebola Patient, Gets Ebola -

Let’s get rid of CC-NC and CC-ND NOW! It really matters - to grasp the digital nettle #cc 

Diaspora Founders To Move On, Handing Over Decentralized Social Network ‘To Community’ - not sure this is a good sign

The Pirate Bay Did NOT Launch a Free VPN - but somebody did, it seems (v @samrussellnz)

Monday, 27 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120825 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

This Smart Hub Helps Manage Your Home and Office From Anywhere - another move to the smart home

#TPP Creates Legal Incentives For ISPs To Police The Internet. What Is At Risk? Your Rights - pl. fight this, #au#nz

MPAA Budget Slashed In Half, Are They Dying? - well, judging by the smell, I'd say 'yes'...

#Hubble Captures a Collection of Ancient Stars - & amazing #science

How Facebook design tricks people into trading away privacy - #facebook becoming steadily more evil

Sunday, 26 August 2012


Jury Rules #Samsung Violated #Apple Patents, Owes $1 Billion - not the best news to come back to...

Apple wins $1.05 billion verdict - the legal situation, what samsung's options are now

Samsung played a game of chicken and lost. Or did it? - good point here on why it's not the end of the world

Jawless fish purges 20 percent of its genome from most cells - neat #genomics #dna

MPs discover the truth about #Monsanto's "model village" -, well

Submission to Joint Committee on the draft Communications Data Bill - best thing #ORG have done; great work

A bit more government non-communication - interesting tidbits from increasingly secretive UK government #snooping

GEMA-Alternative: Cultural Commons Collecting Society C3S veranstaltet Barcamp in Berlin - any alternative is good #cc

White House Follows No 10 To #Github-first #opensource development - another straw in the wind

OwnTube: Piratenfraktion Berlin entwickelt YouTube-Alternative als Open-Source-Projekt - good move

Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture - oh, those marvellous Mr Plods...

These satellites are powered by Google Nexus smartphones - surely #apple invented this in 1853?

Rep. Nadler Proposes The RIAA Bailout Act Of 2012 - stuff

$17,000+ Bounty Offered For Leaks Of #TPP Negotiating Texts - I doubt leakers motivated by money; worth trying, tho'

Edgard #Varèse: Complete Chronological Collection - v little, but nearly everything is a masterpiece

#drones could be used to monitor public from sky - (v @gchampeau @PiratePartyUK)#surveillance

MPAA [Wrongly] Downplays Hollywood’s Role In Keeping Piracy Alive - fools or knaves?

Excellent critical analysis of ETNO proposal for #WCIT and likely outcome - good point here

Cameras: The New Frontier for #Android? - amongst several thousands others...

Suicide Is Now the Leading Cause of Death Amongst Active-Duty US Soldiers - isn't this a little worrying?

#OpenData – Bangalore - sounds like lots of good things happening in #india

A new highest patent court for Europe? Not as long as the Court of Justice of the #EU is here - interesting analysis 

great piece on failure of #secondlife - destroyed by money, aka #copyright (v @vickeegan)

#CryptoParty - "meetups to share and learn basic cryptographic tools - GPG, Tor, OTR, TrueCrypt etc " (v @Asher_Wolf)

BitTorrent Bonanza: Monitoring File-Sharers Forbidden in Norway - pretty amazing; can't imagine it will last #privacy

11-Year-Old Christian Girl Detained for Blasphemy - yes, that's a sure sign of a mature, modern democracy (v @asteris)

In search of an open Internet - "The key is to make the Internet 2.0 completely distributed and decentralised"

Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120816 - previous batch of tweets as a single Web page

MT @Bill_Gross HD 360 panoramic shot of #Mars from #Curiosity Rover. You can see tracks & lots more: (v @jeffjarvis)

Will Your Books and Music Die With You? - another problem created by #copyright in digital age

Jury in Apple v. Samsung Goofed, Damages Reduced -- Uh Oh. What's Wrong With this Picture? - pj doubts this will stand

pic of the week - #London #weather - how I love English summers 

Thursday, 16 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120815 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

NZOSS: Software Patent Exclusion vs #TPP - New Zealand has a choice... #swpats (v @zoobab @susan_chalmers)

US government loses disclosure battle - and so it goes on (v @ioerror @dotcom)

Both Republicans And Democrats Considering Supporting Basic Internet Freedom Principles With New Platforms - a start

#TPP Patent Requirements vs. NAFTA and the Domestic Laws of Canada and Mexico - for reference

#microsoft Office to finally fully support ODF, Open XML, and PDF formats - wonder how good the #odf support will be

Removing Barriers for Linux Hardware - interesting approach for selling open-source friendly hw around the world

Xiaomi, China’s Apple challenger, unveils hotly anticipated Mi2 quad-core-powered smartphone - runs #android #china

The Googlisation of #Surveillance - why the UK Draft Communications Bill is so bad & must be dropped #snooping

New @Guardian team member openly incited Israel to murder Alice Walker and others - what??? (v @kaatje36 @ThomasRHart)

Implementing IP Chapter of the FTA between Chile and the USA: Developing Country Perspective - (v @technollama)#TPP

America’s Vassal Acts Decisively and Illegally - utterly shameful if true (v @ioerror)#wikileaks #assange #poodle

RT @Asher_Wolf#Wikileaks insurance file: >>will we see this soon...?

at a stroke, cameron's supine obedience to US over #assange has cancelled any goodwill generated for UK by #london2012

Turkey’s food industry has reversed plans that would have led to a fuller exploration of genetic modification (GM), bowing to pressure from a Greenpeace campaign.

[correct URL] Ecuador right to stand up to US - good piece looking at context (v @birgittaj @johnpolenski)#assange

Want to Get 70 Billion Copies of Your Book In Print? Print It In DNA - very cool #syntheticbiology

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120814 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Crazy Straws - hello, #freesw#opensource #xkcd

Fisher: Progressive Insurance is lying, they did too defend my sister's killer - @progressive still digging that hole

Rojadirecta Points Court To FlavaWorks Ruling Concerning Infringement On Linking Sites - as they should

Ludlam's #TrapWire questions go unanswered - another clear "yes" from #australia, then.... (v @Asher_Wolf)

Nielsen: More Teens Now Listen To Music Through #YouTube Than Any Other Source - this is big

With Medium, Twitter founders want to ‘reimagine publishing’ — again - more evidence we are all creators now

Office To Become Fully Open XML Compliant (at Last) - means it failed to be until now #microsoft

More Frank Soltesz Industrial Cut-aways - these are simply wonderful (v @boingboing)

Kim Dotcom: MPAA / RIAA Corrupted the U.S. Government - "Dotcom is convinced that Biden is the mastermind"

#Trapwire: It’s Not the #Surveillance, It’s the Sleaze - analysis from unusual angle (v @ioerror)

#Australia Rejects Tobacco Challenge - kudos; UK take note, please (v @ThiruGeneva)#addiction

UK ISP Website #Censorship Measures Face IP Address Sharing Nightmare - important point (v @Coadec)

#Calligra Project Announces Calligra Author - "specialized tool for serious writers"; great to see this #freesw

"The Internet is for #Porn": #Blackmail in 2033 - thought-provoking stuff, as ever

Does Copyright Matter?  - makes clear why #copyright is actually bad for art & artists (v @copyrightgirl @davegearl)

Maharashtra State Revokes #Monsanto’s Cotton Seed License - #GMO unravelling in India? (v @Beautyon_ @libertycrier)

Comment on the UK Government's #Snooping Bill - please respond to this crucially important consultation #ccdp

Fair trade group condemns big tobacco’s use of trade agreements to continue packaging fight after High Court defeat -

Raspberry Fox: Mozilla’s #Firefox OS Running on a #RaspberryPi - nice

#Brazil at forefront of #opensource initiatives - useful update

3D printing show in London, Oct 20-21 - tempting; pity I hate shows

Call for input for OGS - "standards on what open, transparent, accountable and participatory government really means."

WHO Hopes For “Domino Effect” Of Australian Ruling In Favour Of Tobacco Plain Packaging - me too

uTorrent Makes Ads Optional Following User ‘Revolt’ - this was predictable

Universal Music Uses Bogus #DMCA Claim To Take Down Negative Review Of Drake's Album - just for a change

Translating #Wikipedia to the language of the #Maya - fab; and this is even more fab -

Operation Flex: the most incompetent FBI sting ever? - sounds it

John Luther Adams: Complete Recordings on Spotify - new one to me


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120813 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

BTW, does anyone know what happened to that company that was much in the news recently?  can't remember its name, began with "F", I think...

Professor Schellekens: #patents on medicines are immoral - them, "prices will drop as much as 80 percent"

Virgin Media Blocks File-Sharing Site After Receiving Court Order - at least they waited until there was court order

The problem with porn filters - very clear exposition for non-tech readers of the woes experienced by @coadec

Indian government’s Internet #censorship proposal to be reviewed: MP - "through open public consultation"

Doubling Down on #DRM - wow, #hachette uk is arrogant, stupid and clueless – impressive

#TrapWire investigation links transit systems and Anonymizer in global surveillance network - good update

48 percent in Apple survey picked Android over the iPhone to stay with their carrier - interesting numbers

Next #TPP Negotiation Session Has 3 Hours For Negotiators To Talk To Public Interest Advocates - staggering contempt

CloudFlare Helps Save Wikileaks’ Bacon - good to see

Google launches new text input tool to let you type in Russian, Chinese & Hindi within Google Docs - this is impressive

Jaguars among species 'virtually extinct' in #Brazil's Atlantic forest - depressing #conservation

Journal Impact Factors are silly and everybody knows it - to move on, then... #publishing

Ein Kartell nutzt seine Macht: Wie die Verlage für das Leistungsschutzrecht kämpfen - great piece (v @netzpolitik)

Why restrict revolutionary research? - why indeed?#datamining #textmining #copyright

Citations & Sarcasm: How Gizmodo Got A Defamation Lawsuit SLAPPed Down - by using hyperlinks

Sorting and searching at the library - what a lovely little tale (v @dozykraut)#algorithms

#CETA fight over drug patents - "R&D spending to sales ratio continues a decade-long decline": 6.7% /cc @charlesarthur 

How a Cardiff murder led to a 20-year police scandal -, repeated bungling

Share your opinion on! - help it get better

GSU wins copyright case - all tied up now; good result (v @howardknopf)

Cows kill more people than sharks - far more dangerous than "terrorists"...

Android Is Winning - "mantra of releasing on #iOS and then eventually hitting #Android needs to be rethought"

Solving Wanamaker problem for health care - long, interesting: "Data science is not optional in health care reform"

Saving Mandriva - ah, yes, as the nuns were wont to sing: how do you solve a problem like #Mandriva...? 

Proteste gegen #Tibet-Politik: Chinesische Polizei prügelt Aktivisten zu Tode - the slow genocide continues #china

Comedian’s Tumblr Puts @Progressive Insurance on Defense - assuming the facts are as stated, deserves spreading widely

Indian ISP Penalized For 'Overblocking' In Obeying Court Order To Try To Stop Infringement - problems of overblocking

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish Reported on Galveston -, this likely to become common (v @wendycockcroft)

"private eyes had already obtained detailed information about his bank accounts" - whole episode is a disgrace (v @4b5)

OpenStax College’s free textbooks will save students $1M this fall - only?

Julian #Assange will be granted asylum, says official - amazing if confirmed (v @trevortimm @jamesrbuk)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120812 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Downing Street "not willing to confirm or deny use of #TrapWire" - well, that's a clear "yes", then... #uk

The desert that creates the rainforest - wonderful & amazing, like so much #science

China Contemplative After Tumultuous Olympics - (v @ChinaBizWatch)

#Trapwire and data mining: What we know - good summary#surveillance (v @dangillmor)

Why We Won #ACTA - rather overplays the role of the#pirates, important tho' they were; good insights nonetheless

Google+ Hangouts Studio Mode Lets Musicians Stream Concerts With Pristine Sound Quality - surprising move

It's Never Enough: Both RIAA & MPAA Aren't Satisfied With Google Punishing 'Pirate' Sites - another munich? #godwin

Piraten motzen Mitmach-Plattform auf - Liquid Feedback goes 2.0 #pirates

#Apple licensed design patents to #Microsoft in "anti-cloning agreement" - this just gets crazier & crazier

The #OpenSource Technology Behind #Twitter - good to be reminded

Google Buys Frommer's Travel Brand From John Wiley - #google continues its march to publisherdom

Why Copyright & Patent Laws Go Against How We Create - oh yes

#Trapwire surveillance system exposed in document leak - reference to #echelon for us old timers...

DOJ Says iPhone Is So Secure They Can't Crack It - of course, that's what they'd say if they could #cryptonomicon

David Bowie among UK stars who snubbed Olympic closing ceremony - Kate Bush too; sad that both refused #london2012

BGH-Beschluss ein ‘Affront gegen die demokratischen Grundlagen des Grundgesetzes’ - quite

Kim Dotcom promises that disruptive new music service, Megabox, will launch this year - what fun

Australian business leaders launch trade agreement campaign - they conveniently forget what reciprocity means here

Hidden History: America's Secret #Drone War in #Africa - sunlight required

Seven Reasons Why Google Is Making A Mistake In Filtering Searches Based On DMCA Notices - yup, pivotal stupidity

The UK government wants your data - good detailed summary of pernicious #CCDP plans (v @PoliceStateUK)

Can The "#Drone" Industry Compete With The #Privacy Lobby? - unusual perspective

If I Were The MPAA... How I Would Deal With My Car Break-In - witty, if slightly over the top

Think is just a Twitter clone? Then you’re missing the point - it's a platform; but not OSS

AntiLeaks boss: We'll keep pummeling WikiLeaks and Assange - so, will the FBI be pursuing them too...? #justice

Monday, 13 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120811 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

uTorrent Becomes Ad-Supported to Rake in Millions - makes sense

This giant #3Dprinter can construct a house in as little as 20 hours - it's the future

The #ebook lending wars: When authors attack - authors seriously need to get a clue here

micro-sized #Arduino #Kickstarter project - wow, that's small...

Rate of arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted - further extreme climate events; eeek

rather fine panorama of a certain planet - still can't see the sea from the beach...

Time wars: our finite lives frittered away in the precarious world of automation - important points

Sunday, 12 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120810 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

#Stratfor Is a Joke and So Is Wikileaks for Taking It Seriously - I find story here rather too black & white #trapwire

Biggest story you missed - just the tip of the #TrapWireiceberg #surveillance (v @mpesce)

MIT Prof Says Samsung Customers Might Pay Extra $100 for Apple-like Features - also: he's paid $800 an hour by Apple

Malaria is no excuse for patent trolling, Mr. Myhrvold - quite: cynical in the extreme #iv

Profit and PR are the real enemies of innovation - great piece attacking rent-seeking (v @barefoot_techie)#patents

Freedom To Create - well spotted #opensource

How YouTube Will Escape Google’s New Pirate Penalty - #google is obviously run by #jesuits (v @howardknopf)

Ensuring #openaccess for publicly funded research - on the pros & cons of of UK policies #oa

Pussy Riot's closing statement - Yekaterina Samutsevich should be praised for this fine speech, not punished...

Stacked Ranking - "a cancer eating away at #Microsoft’s ability to save itself." yup

Unravelling #TrapWire: CIA-Connected Global Suspicious Activity Surveillance System - fab (v @JasonLeopold @asteris)

The return of the "next president" flub - interesting linguistic analysis

Australian Gov't Drops Plan To #Snoop On Internet Use — For Now - UK government please follow suit immediately

The Olympics could safeguard the #BBC for another generation of UK TV viewers - good point; let's hope so...

Linux Founder #Linus Torvalds Delivers A Smackdown Like No Other - as this brilliant roundup demonstrates; hilarious

berlioz "tuba mirum" currently on Radio 3: surely the loudest piece ever written? certainly, when I sang  it, I couldn't hear my top E flats

In Brazil, All Vehicles Must Have Radio IDs By 2014 - in the vanguards; get used to it....

WIPO's Broadcasting Treaty is back: a treaty to end public domain, fair use & Creative Commons - really, really bad

Friday, 10 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120809 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Amazon Stops Processing Payments For Crowdfunding Platform For Creative Commons Books - bad #amazon

Sperm Whales, Atlantic Ocean [pic] - what sublime creatures these are (v @mikebarish @klang67)

#OpenScience: making fly tracking open - trailblazing stuff:#openaccess#opendata & #opensource code

Efficiency Tests Delay U.S. “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme - what a waste of effort

Fault Lines : Controlling the web - nice, gentle video intro to world of #sopa #pipa, cyberfud etc for passing around 

Why Has Creative Destruction Sped Up in Recent Times? - question, reasonable answer

Google Translate can now read images of text - useful

Why giving polygraph tests to sex offenders is a terrible idea - good explanation why this is so stupid (v @klang67)

Google’s pain if it loses the book-scanning case? (hint: less than you think) - fascinating analysis

#India's ACTA: Intellectual Property Rights And Secrecy Stall Treaty - we need to keep an eye on this #eu

The Number That Shows Why Apple is Suing Every Android Manufacturer in Sight - 68, in case you were wondering...

Auskunftsrechte kennen und nutzen – So kommt man an Aktenschätze - important stuff

UK Pirate Party warns about the Trans Pacific Partnership - to see more people waking up to #TPP

Apple vs. Samsung Trial Forces Companies to Open Up the Books - fascinating stuff

The Spotify Effect Shows Up: Streaming Music Boosts Warner’s Bottom Line - this is how to turn piracy into money

Largest-Ever 3D Map of the Universe Will Blow Your Mind [VIDEO] - will also make you feel very small

Walkera Ladybird nanocopter clone for $49 with RC! - indicator why drones are/will be so worrying...

Can #opensource be democratic? - and if so, how?

Mass of small volcanic rocks found off New Zealand coast - headline: the point is, they were floating rocks

Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system - says it's used in UK: need to find out where

Tell KFC to End its Relationship with Rainforest Destruction - #KFC is evil? who knew?

The Low Cost #GSM Network is Here - looks potentially significant (v @9600)#opensource

Creepy Spying System Revealed by Wikileaks, Gets Hit by a Massive Attack - #trapwire key emerging story (v @dangillmor)

Google Caves To Hollywood Pressure: Will Now Punish Sites That Get Lots Of 'Valid' DMCA Notices - slippery road, google

BGH-Urteil: Auskunftsanspruch auch bei nicht-gewerblicher Urheberrechtsverletzung - looks bad #de

Meet Gauss, the Latest Weapon in the Unfolding U.S.-Israeli Cyberwar - very fishy story, this

Iannis #Xenakis: Reverse Chronological Catalogue - not my favourite composer, but YMMV

How Google's stealth support is buoying Samsung in Apple fight - be crazy not to....

3 days left, is 70% funded & already has developers building apps with it - great expectations

Thursday, 9 August 2012


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 120808 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page

Digia To Acquire #Qt From Nokia - sensible move; let's hope it thrives

#Berne Convention revisions, and the evolution of its limitations and exceptions to #copyright - interesting history

The United Nations and the Internet: It's Complicated - good summary of a mess #icann #itu #un

Another Music Service Shuts Down, Blames Ridiculous Licensing Fees - well, inevitable, really

Coolpix S800 will be the first #Android based camera from #Nikon - this is the future (v @benwerd @billt)

Study Finds #Generic Medications Saved US $1 Trillion Over the Last Decade - cf. #TPP (v @QMIPRI @pranesh_prakash)

original 2008 EU authorisation to begin #ACTA - "the rights of citizens and consumers are nowhere to be seen" #shame

German publisher Axel #Springer says digital drives profits - hardly surprising, but still... (v @RyanHeathEU)

#RIM calls for US #patent system to be reformed - it should have done this sooner... (v @gchampeau)

 Wow - Google Scholar "Updates" a big step forward in sifting through the scientific literature - nice

Gertboard is here! - "expands the #RaspberryPi’s GPIO pins and will allow you to interface with the outside world"

Dotcom lawyer: NZ police stopped pregnant wife from calling a doctor - lovely people

U.S. Cleans Agent Orange Site in Vietnam 37 Years After War - made by those kind people at #monsanto & #dow

An Opportunity to Contribute to Research and KDE - "an online study to explore the usability of #KDE notifications"

Open-source movements butt heads over logo - come on, people you're not apple/samsung...

Our lungs vs. lobbyists - UK #epetition in support of plain-packaging for cigarettes; I've sent my short note #tobacco

Islamist sect found living underground near Russian city for nearly 10 years - there are some right nutters around

Indian Government Mulls Giving Away Mobile Phones To the Poor - shrewd move

#CETA Update, Part Two: #ACTA Provisions Are Still Very Much Alive - so, is the European Commission pulling a fast one?

The Hidden Power of Whale Poop - or: why #whalingexacerbates climate change

#Greenpeace wins against Neste Oil in WIPO - great news; kudos to #wipo, too #parody (v @falkvinge)

Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think - "killing more than four billion animals per year"

Centre for #Copyright brings major boost to UK’s creative industries - why are they celebrating a monopoly in this way?

Can we live without free will? - "in practical terms it matters less than we might fear."

Unleashing the Potential of #OpenData - the UK gov's white paper on the subject is rather good; why not read it?

MT @aza A 281-Gigapixel image of an entire animal (zebrafish embryo) at the cellular level. Amazing. >>biology's future

Traditional Publisher #Ebook Pricing Harming Authors' Careers - important data point: #authors & #publishers please NB