Saturday, 31 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180330 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Matt Canavan castigates fossil fuel opponents for using ‘highly objectionable’ term ‘just transition’ - #renewables creates more jobs than coal, you twit - look at US

Gaza clashes: UN secretary general calls for ‘transparent’ investigation - “Fifteen people were killed and more than 750 wounded by Israeli fire” #palestine #israel

Quixotic Approaches To Circumventing #Censorship, Using Books And Music - but now: “This website has been withdrawn in compliance with the official letter issued by the Instruction Court 7 of Collado Villalba dated March 23, 2018.”

Catalan academic facing extradition draws record crowdfunding appeal - yay

“Von Sonntag an sind in China offiziell nur noch verschlüsselte Verbindungen erlaubt, die der Staat lizenziert hat. Das könnte für den Zugang zum freien Netz fatal sein.” -

Industry planning jobs cull to offset #Brexit - “More than 20% of manufacturers plan cuts while more than 58% plan price increases to offset costs of leaving EU” sadly, this is inevitable


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180329 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

FBI questions Ted Malloch, Trump campaign figure and Farage ally - farage, you say…?

China’s Tencent Proves You Can Make A Decent Profit From Online Publishing – If You Have A Platform With A Billion Users -

No Tattoos At The 2018 Strawberry Music Festival In Hangzhou - weird

Mumbai beach goes from dump to turtle hatchery in two years - heart-warming story; #kudos to all involved

Humans of #Copyright - the Future of Knowledge is in Danger - here are just some of the ways the proposed EU #CopyrightDirective is extremely harmful

“Yet quietly, the tech industry has warmed to the White House, especially as companies including Alphabet, Apple and Intel have benefited from the Trump administration’s policies.” - it’s called selling out, chaps…

Thursday, 29 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180328 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Telecom Lobbyists: We’ll Fight State Efforts To Protect Net Neutrality For A ‘United And Connected Future’ - what cheek

‘Happiest day of my life’: Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since Taliban shooting - “Switching between Urdu, Pashto and English”

US Might Start A Nuclear War… Because Iranians Wanted Access To Academic Papers Locked Behind A Paywall? - #openaccess for world peace… #iran

Congressman’s Office Gets High School Student Suspended For Expressing His Displeasure With Congress -

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180327 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Banking On #ClimateChange At A Glance - the banks that deserved to be sued into oblivion

US data firm Palantir admits employee approached #CambridgeAnalytica - those links keep getting linkier... #brexit

Thinking and Working Outside the Platform - interesting point #freesw

Macy’s, The Department Store Chain, Forces A Tiny Hair Salon In Scotland To Change Its Name - #trademark bullying strikes again

Bottle and can deposit return scheme gets green light in England - that’s welcome, but… “In Germany, a DRS was introduced in 2003 and 99% of plastic bottles are recycled.”

FBI Officials Were Angry That An iPhone Hack Blocked Them From Getting Court To Force Apple To Break Encryption -

UN Advisor Tells Italy To Drop Its Terrible ‘Fake News’ Law Before It Does Any Real Damage - saggio

Pope will not apologize for abuse in Canada’s indigenous schools - I’m disappointed in you, Frank, very disappointed…

Email shows how Pruitt’s climate denial seeps into the EPA and the rest of the U.S. - utterly shameful

#Microsoft to ban ‘offensive language’ from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services - not troubling at all… #censorship

In a first, a new UK coal mine is rejected on climate change grounds - kudos

Five years of consistent revenue growth for the U.S. recorded music industry - shows the “value gap” is just marketing guff #article13 #copyright

Tuesday, 27 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180326 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

New Open Source Standard Hopes To Cure The Internet Of Broken Things Of Some Awful Security Practices - long overdue #IoT

BeLeave revelations taint the Brexit result. There must be another vote - “UK democracy is under threat”

Anglo-Saxon settlement and Roman army camp found in A14 bypass dig - “Archaeologists uncover abandoned villages, prehistoric tools and seven tonnes of pottery in Cambridgeshire”

Spanish spies ‘tracked Carles Puigdemont via friend’s phone’ - remember: mobile phone = surveillance device you pay for

European Parliament must improve the Text and Data Mining (#TDM) exception to benefit European research and innovation - or kiss AI research/startups good bye

this is hugely important: “Robert Mercer was putting $10m to $15m to create an asset that the company was then licensing for $50,000.
He says he was subsidising the work of CA to the benefit of candidates and parties that he supports.” -

The Rise In Streaming Video Exclusives Could Annoy Consumers, Driving Them Back To Piracy - good point

Manchester Arena bombing: fire service arrived two hours late, says report - “Review highlights ‘risk-averse’ officers in charge and ‘catastrophic failure’ of emergency phone system”

Insanity Wins As Appeals Court Overturns #Google's Fair Use Victory For #Java APIs - #CAFC “was a dumb idea in the first place and should be shut down.” yup

Amazon priest who championed land rights for Brazil’s poor is arrested - looks like #brazil is getting hopelessly corrupt now

Monday, 26 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180325 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Pressure grows on PM over Brexit #CambridgeAnalytica scandal - she won’t do anything; she’s too frightened of #brexit nutters in her party

What does John Bolton’s appointment mean to #Iran? - “Iran must strengthen its ties with Russia and China in response to growing hostility from the US, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on Saturday.”

‘Getting naked before the white man’: Indian minister rubbishes privacy fears - that’s true, but it’s optional - unlike #aadhaar

Kim Dotcom Wins Human Rights Tribunal Case Over Kiwi Government Withholding Info - #nz government behaving appallingly here

Subject Of Unflattering News Story Gets Journalist Arrested For Criminal Harassment - not good

Brexit official tasked with solving Irish border issue quits - probably just a coincidence

Trump, Lighthizer Reach Deal To Export Weak Standards, Pollution To South Korea - appalling; now guess what is coming to #brexit UK as part of US trade deal…

‘Fiery, self-important’: the No 10 adviser at centre of outing claim - what an odious snake

Trump’s Lawyer’s Lawyer Threatens Defamation Over Claims Stormy Daniels Did Not Make - that seems…unwise #StormyDaniels

Bob Murray Sends Judge Whiny Letter Saying That Losing Case To John Oliver Is Making People Say Mean Things To Him - great stuff

Stormy Daniels files defamation lawsuit against Trump lawyer Michael Cohen -


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180324 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Brexit insider claims Vote Leave team may have breached spending limits - the entire leave campaign was a cheat and lie; time to revoke #brexit vote - a lie based on lies

A $6 trillion wake up call for the tech industry - “The world’s largest investor has called for companies to positively contribute to society, but will tech listen?”

Yes, Even Elite Hackers Make Dumb Mistakes - which is why we don’t need backdoors in crypto - mistakes serve perfectly well

Sunday, 25 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180323 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Еврокомиссия хочет обязать GitHub фильтровать код на этапе загрузки - just bonkers

Saturday, 24 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180322 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Mekong Dam Could Choke China’s Last Rainforest - sounds like a disaster: “Yunnan province is grappling with a hydropower supply glut due to decades of dam development along the Mekong”

EU in ‘state of denial’ over destructive impact of farming on wildlife - this is madness, must be reversed immediately

Friday, 23 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180321 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UK to ask EU leaders to expel Russian spies from own countries - she seems to have forgotten that “brexit means brexit”…

Can the Chinese Communist Party Learn from Chinese Emperors? - fascinating analysis #china

#Turkey to send drill ship to contested gas field off Cyprus - time that bully #Erdogan was slapped down

John Oliver’s gay rabbit book parody outsells Mike Pence’s original on Amazon - in praise of bent binks

‘Great Pacific garbage patch’ sprawling with far more debris than thought - we’ve really ruined this planet, haven’t we? #plasticwaste

Thursday, 22 March 2018


Crowdfunded OpenSCHUFA Project Wants To Reverse-Engineer Germany’s Main Credit-Scoring Algorithm - I predict this will be first of many such projects

Catastrophe’ as France’s bird population collapses due to pesticides - when will people wake up to the seriousness of this?

EU’s Mandatory #Copyright Content Filter Is The Zombie That Just Never Dies - does the EU really want to destroy the Internet as we know it in Europe? #article13

Chinese surveillance/tech giant #Alibaba joins ALEC, will start co-authoring US legislation -

Alabama Sheriff legally appropriated $750K from prison meal budgets to build himself a beach house, locked up his whistleblowing gardener -

Neue „Super-Überwachungsbehörde“ in China: Keine Dorflehrerin darf gegen Xi sein -

Time To ACT(A) On #Article13 - is it time to take to the streets to save the Internet in the EU from #copyright?

In Nafta Talks, U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels - this would inevitably be part of any post-#brexit UK-US trade deal…

Europe faces ‘biodiversity oblivion’ after collapse in French birds, experts warn - slam the breaks on intensive farming now…

Appeals Court Says It’s Okay To Copyright An Entire Style Of Music - and this, children, is where #copyright madness leads…

Saturday, 17 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180316 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Andrew McCabe, ex-FBI deputy and Trump target, fired days before retiring wow, petty much? trump has the mentality of a nasty five-year-old

Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach -


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180315 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Gibraltar warns it could rescind citizens rights if Spain uses veto on #Brexit deal - not just N. Ireland that’s a mess…

German Lawyers Call For Their Profession's Bug-Ridden, Soon-To-Be Mandatory, Email System To Be Open Sourced - #opensource

Friday, 16 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180314 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Microplastics found in more than 90% of bottled water, study says - another good reason to avoid bottled water...

Let’s Build a Great Digital Library Together…Starting with a Wishlist - let’s do it

India takes lion’s share of EU bank funding for solar power - excellent news: #india really needs to get into solar on a massive scale

Global Britain – a slogan without substance? - totally: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing #brexit

Russia sees UK as weak because of #Brexit, says Lithuanian minister - gosh, if only somebody had warned us about this risk before the vote…

Thursday, 15 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180313 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The Lianghui “Question-Asking Bitch” Incident: Eye-Rolling Journalist Goes Viral on Weibo - #china #media

Research Shows That Published Versions Of Papers In Costly Academic Titles Add Almost Nothing To The Freely-Available Preprints They Are Based On - forget about gold #openaccess, use #preprints

Most Australian Indigenous languages came from just one place, research claims - “as recently as 4,000 years ago”; that’s an incredibly short time in linguistic terms…

Irish Government proposes introduction of Irish text and data mining exception - interesting move on #TDM

Wegen #Brexit - Banken wollen bis zu 5000 Jobs in Deutschland schaffen - so that’s an economic loss of several billion pounds every year…

EU-Commissioner @CorinaCretuEU and @KarmenuVella please protect the pristine valley of Kresna. #SaveKresna #NatureAlert #bulgaria #bg

Help Us Cure Online Publishing of Its Addiction to Personal Data - important task

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180312 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

We only just escaped overseas phone charges – Brexit will bring them back again - but #brexiters won’t care because they hate foreigners & won’t go overseas…

Fishing for krill is an eco-disaster: we must protect the Antarctic - establishing the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary should be a priority

I have prostate cancer. But I am happy - laudably upbeat column

Farmland gene editors want cows without horns, pigs without tails, and business without regulations - once they exist, they will come to the UK if the US gets its way in a post-#brexit trade deal

Trump’s Lawyers Apparently Unfamiliar With Streisand Effect Or 1st Amendment’s Limits On Prior Restraint - that’s good: it will end badly for them…

Volkswagen bets big on electric with $25 billion battery bonanza - @Volkswagen finally does something right

It’s Here. The March 2018 Issue of Linux Journal Is Available for Download Now. -’s-here-march-2018-issue-linux-journal-available-download-now good stuff; but I may be biased, since I’m in there too…

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180311 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Saving the albatross: 'The war is against plastic and they are casualties on the frontline' - time to start suing plastic manufacturers to pay for the clean-up

Vince Cable denies calling #Brexit supporters racist - millions of them are…

Avoiding Detection: Global Case Studies of Possible AIS Avoidance - important report about possible dodgy dealings at sea…

European Commission’s expert group tackling fake news misses the point - "BEUC regrets that the report does not call for a sector inquiry to investigate the link between advertising revenue policies of platforms and dissemination of disinformation."

Killing The Golden Goose (Again); How The #Copyright Stranglehold Dooms @Spotify - note again how copyright industry destroys innovation, rather than driving it…

We’re taking David Davis to court over #Brexit - “This case is about ensuring our Government follows its own laws” FWIW I’ve pledged some dosh; currently total is £51,255 of £70K needed

If The US Government Can’t Figure Out Who’s A Russian Troll, Why Should It Expect Internet Companies To Do So? -

Trump under growing pressure on gun control after appearing to cave in to NRA - what a coward #guns #murica

Monday, 12 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180310 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

“The parliament’s chairman, Zhang Dejiang, told delegates it was time to get behind Xi’s push to make China great again.” - it’s the trump-brexit-xi trinity…

Rob Ford: brother of late Toronto mayor is new Progressive Conservative leader - “like his brother, has been the subject of drug allegations” uh-huh

Falklands: Argentinian soldiers’ relatives to put names on graves - “Identification of previously unknown soldiers made possible thanks to DNA testing and humanitarian initiative”

Sunday, 11 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180309 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Trans-Europe Express – Dubious sale has potential to sink two governments - “Bulgarian and Czech governments are trembling because of the unfolding scandals” #bgt #cz

Another environmental catastrophe is looming in Central Asia - “EU as a soft power should convince other donors to make the funds available to decontaminate old uranium mines” costs quite small; should be done now

Trump is no ally on trade for post-#Brexit Britain - “Any president would seek a deal that allows American farmers free access to the British market, and enables US pharmaceutical companies to make more money off the NHS” obvious to all except #brexiters

Is the blockchain hype over? - good review of excessive claims made for #blockchain tech

5-hour #climatechange lesson will be first for federal court - U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup is one of the most thoughtful on the bench

Londoner denied NHS cancer care: ‘It’s like I’m being left to die’ - UK becomes more callous and bigoted by day; truly shaming #WellDoneBrexiters

Empire strikes back: why former colonies don’t need Britain after #Brexit - good debunking of #brexiters’ imperial fantasies

Steve Bannon tells French far-right ‘history is on our side’ - he’s right: it’s the history of Nazism

Saturday, 10 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180308 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

FBI Director Says It’s ‘Not Impossible’ To Create Compromised Encryption That’s Still Secure - <facepalm/>

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists - let’s hope so…

‘Work actively’ to oppose abortion reform, Irish Catholics urged - irish church as lacking compassion and as medieval as ever…

Watch 1000s of Boston Dynamics SpotMinis in this Planet Earth-style video - not troubling in the slightest…

Department of Work and Pensions internal docs reveal troubled history of Universal Credit - just one reason why a tech “solution” to the irish border is just risible #brexit

Deputy sheriff jails ex-wife after she complained on Facebook about him - we can but hope that this news about Corey King’s behaviour doesn’t spread too widely…

If You Think #SESTA Will Help Victims Of Sex Trafficking, Read This Now - doing what @mmasnick says is generally a good idea…

В Словакии демонстранты потребовали расследовать убийство журналиста - #allforjan

‘A national disgrace’: fury over £100m aid deal between UK and Saudi Arabia - probably in the form of bombs so saudis can murder a few more in #YemenGenocide

"Greenpeace researchers found the issue to be laced with post-Brexit trade intrigue, after Malaysia reportedly threatened to cancel defence contracts worth £5bn if the UK backed a palm oil ban in Brussels." #brexit UK, prostituting itself left, right & centre #WellDoneBrexiters

Thursday, 8 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180307 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Lost trade will nullify Brexit dividend, UK government admits - no biggie, eh #brexiters…?

EU should stop illegal logging by stepping up enforcement of Timber Regulation - it certainly should

"after #Brexit, 185,000 traders will be making customs declarations for the first time. “That is a lot of learner drivers, a formidable educational task,” said James Hookham, the deputy chief executive of the Freight Trade Association."

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180306 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary threatens to ground planes after #Brexit - “You were promised you could leave the EU and everything would stay the same. The reality is you can leave the EU, yes that’s your choice, but everything will fundamentally change.”

3 open source tools for scientific publishing - #oa

Say No to Online #Censorship in Europe! - this is a serious threat to free speech and the Internet as we know it #copyright #article13

Project Gutenberg Blocks Access In Germany To All Its Public Domain Books Because Of Local Copyright Claim On 18 Of Them - #copyright wants to stop people discovering great writing #PD

May’s #Brexit red lines will damage UK economy, EU trade guidelines say - obviously, her “red lines” were one of her many utterly stupid moves…

Last chance: Subscribe now to get the highly anticipated comeback issue of @linuxjournal - warning: may contain small parts and stuff from me #opensource

“One former senior Foreign Office adviser suggested the Kremlin was taking advantage of the UK’s lack of allies in the US and EU.” - #WellDoneBrexiters

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180305 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Handel mit Flusspferd-Zähnen gerät außer Kontrolle - is there no limit to people’s greed and stupidity?

EU and UK patients with rare diseases in #Brexit limbo - but for #brexiters, their self-harming bigotry more important than the suffering of others

Does CETA provide a workable model for market access in the financial services industry? - “does not … provide a model which could readily be used for the kind of wide scale access for financial services that the UK Government is looking for.” #brexit

‘Plastic, plastic, plastic’: British diver films sea of rubbish off Bali - so sad: Bali used to be paradise on earth…

EU #Brexit adviser deals blow to Theresa May’s free-trade proposal - May is as delusional as all #brexiters - she wants cake and to eat it…

#Brexit brain drain: elite universities say they are losing future research stars - #WellDoneBrexiters, destroying UK’s leading academic position in the world with your bigotry

Brain prize winner calls #Brexit a ‘disaster’ for the #NHS and science - “will be disastrous for Alzheimer’s patients”, i.e. for old people, who mostly voted for #brexit

Trump administration nixes ban on hunted #elephant tusks being carried into the U.S. - these people are beneath contempt

Malaysia to respond with ‘might and tact’ if EU proceeds with #palmoil curbs - #malaysia not content with massive environmental vandalism, now telling EU what to do. how about #Malaysia gets lost…?