Sunday, 28 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180127 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Donald Trump says he might sign back up to a revamped Paris accord - he’s just trolling - ignore him

Don’t Make AI Artificially Stupid in the Name of Transparency - ridiculous defeatism; of course #AI systems must be scrutable and explicable

Tesla’s giant battery in Australia made around $1 million in just a few days - investors take note… #renewables

#Intel Warned Chinese Companies of Chip Flaws Before U.S. Government - a question of who’s more important, really…


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180126 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Saturday, 27 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180125 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Genome Of A Man Born In 1784 Recreated From The DNA Of His Descendants - #privacy, what’s that?

Sarajevo’s City Government Says No One Can Use The Name ‘Sarajevo’ Without Its Permission - how do you say “bonkers” in Bosnian?

This bizarre anti-#masturbation video can’t be real, but it is - weird, very weird… #JehovahsWitnesses

.@NOYBeu is nearly there: “240,700 Euro of the 250,000 Euro goal (97%)” - help defend #privacy

I wore the VR glove that fools your skin as well as your eyes - getting closer to usable #VR

‘She clearly has no idea’: Kenyan doctor condemned over bid to legalise #FGM - doctor??? “First do no harm”

Russia could kill ‘thousands’ in UK power station attack, warns Defence Secretary - & you know what? weakening #crypto as May wants will make it even easier for state actors to do that…

Bling Cake Wows VIPs At Nazarbaev Relative’s Wedding In #Kazakhstan - " more than three meters tall and weighing more than 1,500 kilos" however it tasted, it was in poor taste…

Erdogans Offensive stockt - "Die Kurdenkämpfer spotten bereits: “Nutzt diese Gelegenheit und ergebt euch!” #turkey #Afrin

‘We’re not morons’: #Brexit divisions harden across Britain - actually, now you come to mention it…

Tencent Backed Super-App Emerges to Rival Its Own WeChat - v interesting move by tencent here… #china

Canada stripped the #TPP of its terrible IP proposals: will the US seek revenge in #NAFTA talks? - good question…

United Airlines removed woman from flight to dying mother’s bedside after ticketing glitch: “nobody flies for free” - remember the name - #unitedairlines - & remember never to give them any business…

Friday, 26 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180124 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

CJEU gives Green Light for #Facebook Lawsuit in Vienna - but “CJEU gave a very narrowly definition of the notion of a “consumer” which makes an Austrian-style “consumer class action” impossible.”

Beppe Grillo steps aside from Italy’s Five Star Movement - whoa; will it survive without its figurehead?

“May says technology companies employ some of the brightest minds in the world - they should be able to design a system where unacceptable content is deleted automatically.” - clueless politician wants tech #pixiedust again

UK government Digital Charter - vague update on what’s happening - mostly platitudinous

UK government is looking to appoint a Chair to lead the interim Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation - form an orderly queue, please…

“It’s official. Barring a few details, US president Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom later this year.” - OK, so let’s start organising the biggest protests UK has ever seen…

May calls again for tech firms to act on encrypted messaging - the record’s broken again, but it’s jumped from the “strong and stable” track to “backdoor crypto” track #clueless

Bulgarian environment minister under MEP fire over his views on climate change - #bulgaria's shame: he’s a denialist. everyone boycott him. #bg

Britain risks losing green protections after Brexit - of course, it’s race to the bottom time after #brexit

Tourism to U.S. under Trump is down, costing $4.6B and 40,000 jobs - who would want to visit a land ruled by a lying, racist, sexist climate-denier?

Rupert Murdoch Admits, Once Again, He Can’t Make Money Online – Begs Facebook To Just Give Him Money - @mmasnick one of the few people to remember murdoch’s many many previous Net failures…

Invitation to tender: Copywriters, editors and/or producers - “Experienced copywriters, editors and/or producers to assist in the production of outputs from the ODI’s three year innovation programme”

UK opposes strong EU recycling targets despite plastics pledge - this is what is waiting for us post-#brexit - low standards compared to EU…

Trump threatens to cut aid to Palestinians for ‘disrespecting’ Pence - “miss, miss, that rotter was nasty to my friend - I’m not going to play with him now…”

“For May, the good news is that business doesn’t hate her. The bad news is that they pity her.” - #strongandstable #brexit

“Trump’s erratic behaviour, nationalist approach and support from the racist far-right have brought the prospect of mass protests when he does arrive” - #stoptrump

Theresa May disowns Hammond’s remarks as MPs rebel over #Brexit - tory party is out of control; May is nowhere

#TPP Is Back, Minus #Copyright Provisions And Pharma Patent Extensions, In A Clear Snub To Trump And The US - #CPTPP

Harris Stingray Nondisclosure Agreement Forbids Cops From Telling Legislators About Surveillance Tech -

Wednesday, 24 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180123 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

We Are Removing Our South Korea Presence - “alerted by close contacts in South Korea that law enforcement would be seeking to mirror our servers tomorrow” #VPN

Big Pharma fails to disclose antibiotic waste leaked from factories - not just scandalous, but likely to lead to many deaths

Authorities to reinforce inspection over games “distorting history” - as if anyone knew what “history” were… #china

#Censorship By Weaponizing Free Speech: Rethinking How The Marketplace Of Ideas Works -

Liberals need some humility: #Brexit didn’t blow up Britain - I really hate to break this to you, but #brexit - the actual, mind-numbingly stupid act of self-harm - hasn’t happened yet…


Marriott Freezes Its Social Media Globally, And Makes Grovelling Apology To China, All For A Drop-Down Menu And Liking A Tweet -

Tunisia's Plans To Bring In Its Own National 'Aadhaar' Biometric ID System Halted -- For Now -

Monday, 22 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180120 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

“people spend a fortune on bottled fresh air.” - how about we fix air pollution instead?

Future directions for #PGP - hopeful signs #crypto

Android Users: To Avoid Malware, Try the F-Droid App Store -

Sunday, 21 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180119 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Trump-Russia inquiry is told Nigel Farage may have given Julian Assange data - well, that’s interesting…

Thai police arrest notorious wildlife trafficking suspect - #kudos to #thailand for catching this scum (assuming he’s guilty…)

Subversive Greeks stub out cigarette habit in record numbers - great news #tobacco #el

Грузинские парламентарии посетят Узбекистан - lovely pic; they’ve planted trees since I was there… #samarkand

Saturday, 20 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180118 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UK Begins Absolutely Bonkers ‘Education’ Of Grade Schoolers About Intellectual Property And Piracy - pathetic propaganda #copyright

Romania braced for huge protests amid 'big step backwards' on rule of law - dreadful development in #Romania

Facebook hires Eurosport chief for multibillion live push - IOW @facebook wants to turn the Internet into TV

Thursday, 18 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180117 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Librem 5 Privacy-Focused Linux Phone Crowdfunding Campaign Ends with $2 Million - exciting news

Using AI To Identify Car Models In 50 Million Google Street Views Reveals A Wide Range Of Demographic Information -

World’s confidence in US leadership under Trump at new low, poll finds - “One of the sharpest declines in confidence in US leadership was in the UK”

Documenting the development of open standards for data - #opendata

#NHS: Thanks for all the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops - disgraceful; has happened many times before in UK

Macron rebuffs City deal after Brexit unless UK pays into EU budget - another #brexit fantasy bites the dust

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180116 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

YouTube star wins damages in landmark UK 'revenge porn' case - important precedent

Secret negotiations, empty promises: #Copyright policymaking needs sunlight for better outcomes - a laser beam, more like… #transparency #CopyrightWeek

Educators ask for a better copyright - " to improve the education exception in the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive)" #CopyrightWeek

Emmanuel Macron: a modern master of the diplomatic gesture - <sigh/> it must be so nice having an intelligent, adroit leader; meanwhile we have the worst PM in recent history…

Pakistani humanist denied UK asylum after failing to identify Plato - @ukhomeoffice strikes again, of course…

Nearly 1m tonnes every year: supermarkets shamed for plastic packaging - info which they try to hide…

#FBPE: what is the pro-EU hashtag spreading across social media? -

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180115 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

No-deal Brexit would cost EU economy £100bn, report claims - but UK would lose £125bn by 2020 - got that spare, #brexiters?

EU declares war on plastic waste - good news; let’s hope it leads to rapid action

EU leaders say UK can reverse #Brexit decision if it wants to - pretty important declaration

Media Freaks Out About #Facebook Changes; Maybe They Shouldn’t Have Become So Reliant On Facebook - well, we did warn them… #publishing


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180114 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Don’t Let #EU Upload Filters Undermine the #PublicDomain - another reason to drop #Article13 of proposed #copyright regulation #PD

British supermarket chickens show record levels of antibiotic-resistant superbugs - stop using vital antibiotics for farming now; people will die because of this selfish stupidity

Is #Copyright Term Extension Finally Done? - "there are communities of people who wish to work for a more fair copyright—and fight for better access to knowledge, fast and reliable technology and connectivity, and a robust shared #publicdomain. "

May faces tougher transition stance from EU amid Norway pressure - oh look: that #brexit cakeism doesn’t seem to be going down so well…

Shell invests in Nashville solar firm, but it’s no less an oil company - but it knows which way the wind is blowing (& the sun is shining…) #renewables

Sunday, 14 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180113 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

With Farage rattled and MPs flexing their muscles, the real #Brexit battle is just beginning - let’s win this time…

UK government’s #Brexit impact assessment ‘shameful’ says Sturgeon - " as her own government prepares to publish a “clear-eyed, hard-headed” analysis of potential outcomes of leaving the EU"

Desperate for a trade deal, the Tories are enabling Donald Trump - “Such are the bleak wages of #Brexit, the ashen taste of diminishing global power.”


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180112 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

EU warned about ‘lost decade’ for renewables as costs continue to fall - #renewables continue to plunge in price

“These EU citizens save lives in our communities every day, yet ministers have treated them like dirt and failed to give them certainty over their futures here” - #brexit

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180111 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UN condemns as racist Donald Trump’s ‘shithole countries’ remark - quite right, too

Home Office accused of cruelty for ordering cannabis slave back to Vietnam - @ukhomeoffice maintaining its record as the most heartless government deparment; pure #brexiters

Norway backs EU fishing policies remaining during #Brexit transition - things going, er, swimmingly

Farage has MEP salary docked to recoup misspent EU funds - “paid assistant who is believed to have not been working on EU matters”

Thursday, 11 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180110 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Switzerland rules lobsters must be stunned before boiling - damn right - of course they feel pain. everyone should follow suit.

Victoria police say Daily Mail provoked African ‘gang flare-up’ scuffle - Daily Mail spreading hatred and dissension again

City of Barcelona Kicks Out Microsoft in Favor of Linux and Open Source - “City of Barcelona will start outsourcing IT projects to local small and medium sized enterprises.”

In Keeping And Improving News Comments, The Intercept Shows Websites What Giving A Damn Looks Like -

Giant squid and sexed-up druids: is Britannia Jez Butterworth’s mad masterpiece? - sounds, er, intriguing

“Wir sollten die Presse gegen die digitalen Riesen verteidigen” – #copyright already does this: article 11 unnecessary; article 13’s upload filters will just chill creativity and censor free speech #EU

“330 investors from Germany and 7 other countries showed ~ 80% would not invest in online platforms that make user-generated music or video content accessible if #copyright law were tightened and startups were held liable for infringements.” -

EU to hold Britain to fishing quotas during #Brexit transition - “UK would also have no role in deciding the total catches in EU seas after Brexit.”

No-deal is a disaster. The government must tell us the truth about #Brexit - “geographic inequalities across the UK would widen even further, rather than narrowing”

‘No deal’ #Brexit threatens ‘bleak future’ for Welsh farmers - "Welsh agriculture sector was already suffering from a loss of seasonal labour."

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180109 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

#Copyright Maximalists Throw In The Towel On Term Extension; Admit That Maybe Copyright Is Too Long - time to reduce copyright term

Watch: Cruise from hell sailed right through “bomb cyclone” despite storm forecast - puny humans meet mighty Nature…

As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind - get moving, then… #ev

This 15-foot tall mech weighs 8,000 lbs and can run 20 mph - no way this could possibly be misused…

Complying with the new EU data protection directive requires a top-to-bottom redo of the adtech industry - can’t see that happening…this is going to be messy #gdpr

New York City plans to #divest $5bn from fossil fuels and sue oil companies - fab move; other cities should follow

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180108 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Damore sues Google, alleging intolerance of white male conservatives - “Efforts to increase the representation of women and underrepresented racial minorities…[is] illegal discrimination against the majority” er, wut?

Energy agency rejects Trump plan to prop up coal and nuclear power plants - whoa: some republicans with a spine…well done them

Monday, 8 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180107 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UK ‘inadvertently helped neuter’ Middle East ally the Iraqi Kurds - UK’s waning importance on world scene…

I will soon have regular spare slots in my #freelance writing schedule. Any editors interested in commissioning, please see here for details -

Weather and climate disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017 - addressing #climatechange is just good economics; not doing so is just stupid

Want Anybody’s Personal Details From #Aadhaar, India’s Billion-Person Identity Database? Yours For $8 - as we warned… #privacy

The Gorilla Channel Satire Demonstrates The Ridiculousness Of Banning Fake News - yup

Sunday, 7 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180106 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Brexit to swallow £70m meant for developing cancer drugs, says GSK - people will die as a result of #brexit

Sydney suffers through hottest day since 1939 as temperatures reach 47.3C in Penrith - & it will get worse; 50C soon… #AU

#Iran bans the teaching of English in primary schools, official says - er, they do know forbidden fruits taste sweeter…?

#Israel imposes travel ban on 20 foreign NGOs over boycott movement - such a fragile government if it can’t take this criticism; proves #BDS is working


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180105 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Really Bad Ideas: French President Macron Wants To Ban ‘Fake News’ During The Election -

Republican senators want ex-British spy behind #Trump dossier to be investigated - AKA “oh, look, a squirrel”

Saturday, 6 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180104 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Hammond refuses to rule out customs union with EU after #Brexit - at least...

Preise steigen langsamer - unlike in #brexit UK, of course, where they are rising ever-faster…

Intel facing class-action lawsuits over Meltdown and Spectre bugs - as predicted…

Once more, #Iceland has shown it is the best place in the world to be female - unless you are a female whale…

Brazil seethes as man jailed for sexual abuse of teenager joins congress - poor #brazil

Thursday, 4 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180103 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Revealed: Vietnam’s 10,000-Strong Internet Monitoring Force, Tasked With Stamping Out ‘Wrongful Views’ - #vn

Farmland could turn into meadows after Brexit, says Michael Gove - surprisingly sensible stuff…

Pilots grounded after ‘midair fight’ on London-Mumbai flight - “leading pair to briefly leave cockpit unattended” er, ok…

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn - #2018 getting worse and worse already…

U.S. Urges U.K. to Cut EU Rules After Brexit to Boost Trade - he comes that lowering of food standards, all thanks to #brexit

"Michael Gove, the British environment secretary, has privately assured U.S. officials that he would try to draw a line under the chicken dispute because it was not fair to American poultry producers." bad luck, British public #chlorinechicken coming your way

And we return to Munich’s migration back to Windo- it’s going to cost what now?! €100m! - this is not rational at any level #linux #limux

#Aadhaar Architectural Flaw: Anyone can be added as admin - yes, that is a bit of a flaw…

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180102 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Why Trump’s funding threat to Palestinians is even more dangerous than Jerusalem move - "He is ignoring the issue of dignity, which people are prepared to die for.”

Black or blue? Confusion grows over traditional British passport colour - #brexit has brought us to this level of inanity…

Netanyahu asks if African ‘infiltrators’ can be forcibly removed from Israel - definitely not racist…

Windsor council leader calls for removal of homeless before royal wedding - & then to be liquidated, presumably…

Paul Manafort Has Conducted His Oleg Deripaska Dalliance on PRISM Provider Google’s Servers - whoops

UK leaving single market for TPP could hit workers’ rights, union warns - #TPP also terrible for the environment, but #brexiters won’t care