Tuesday, 30 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190429.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

How Remain can win the EU elections - https://charman-anderson.com/2019/04/30/how-remain-can-win-the-eu-elections/ good analysis: “If Labour remain this unreliable and feckless, then the only choice Remain voters have is to vote for the most popular Remain party in their region, even if it’s the LibDems.”

Boeing CEO defends 737 Max flight control system - https://www.cnet.com/news/boeing-ceo-defends-737-max-flight-control-system/ “was designed to the company’s standards” er…

Why Your Holiday Photos And Videos Of The Restored Notre Dame Cathedral Could Be Blocked By The EU’s Upload Filters - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190425/09282042084/why-your-holiday-photos-videos-restored-notre-dame-cathedral-could-be-blocked-eus-upload-filters.shtml #article13/17 is just a total disaster - typical for #copyright

“The company said it expects to offer 9.63 million shares, up from 8.75 million shares and the IPO to be priced between $23 and $25 per share, up from $19 and $21 per share”. investors getting a taste for non-meat meat…

Purism Launches Suite of Privacy Protecting Services and Apps Called Librem One - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/purism-launches-suite-of-privacy-protecting-services-and-apps-called-librem-one/ good to see more privacy-respecting services

Monday, 29 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190428.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Shoddy Software Is Eating The World, And People Are Dying As A Result - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190424/06571442075/shoddy-software-is-eating-world-people-are-dying-as-result.shtml this is a big problem as software moves to the heart of modern society

An actual real-life hero ran the London Marathon dressed as Big Ben - https://mashable.com/article/london-marathon-big-ben-runner-charity/ amazing; bonkers, but amazing…

Exodus Forks Show That Open Source Kodi Add-ons Are Hard to Eradicate - https://torrentfreak.com/exodus-forks-show-that-open-source-kodi-add-ons-are-hard-to-eradicate-190428/ you can’t kill #opensource code; shutting it down in one place just spreads to several others, and can lead to more-vigorous forks

Here’s how Internet of Things malware is undermining privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/heres-how-internet-of-things-malware-is-undermining-privacy/ already a problem, it’s going to get much worse #iot

How to use a FreedomBox running #opensource software to regain control of your online #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/how-to-use-a-freedombox-to-regain-control-of-your-online-privacy/ important proof of concept for the distributed Internet

Million Cool Roofs Challenge - https://www.coolroofschallenge.org/home interesting; not something I’d ever thought about (bad me…) #ClimateCatastrophe

UK Open Source Awards 2019 - https://opensourceawards.org/ “We are looking for nominations in the following five categories…” Nominations Close at 5pm on Monday 29th April 2019. hurry hurry hurry

.@sainsburys: ditch pointless plastic packaging - https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/content/tweet-sainsburys/ “Sainsbury’s has the worst plastic policies of all UK supermarkets, even though they’re one of the biggest and most popular.” do you really want this reputation? so fix it.

Jaguar Land Rover will pay you cryptocurrency to hand over driving data - https://mashable.com/article/jaguar-land-rover-iota-crypto/ “redeemable for things such as coffees, parking tickets and electric car charging”; you’d have to be pretty stupid to accept this deal… #privacy

Facebook never delivered its “Clear History” feature - https://boingboing.net/2019/04/29/no-good-facebooks.html “Facebook should, at the bare minimum, be broken up. It should be forced to divest itself of Instagram and Whatsapp”. Also broken up by geography, moving to federated system…

“EarthBi plastic can be used without having to change existing production lines and it is possible to print complex and detailed plastic products, such as bottle caps.” - https://earthbi.io/en/project/ no idea about this one, but we do need to move to biodegradable plastics quickly

Amazon investigates after anti-vaxxer leaflet found hidden in children’s book - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/29/amazon-investigates-after-anti-vaxxer-leaflet-found-hidden-in-childrens-book bad development

Man unclogs culvert drain - https://boingboing.net/2019/04/29/man-unclogs-culvert-drain.html strangely satisfying

Drop Huawei or we could cut intelligence ties, US warns UK - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/29/drop-huawaei-or-we-could-cut-intelligence-ties-us-warns-uk US tells its poodle to come to heel…#brexit

Nigel Farage refuses to reveal ‘one big donation’ to Brexit Party and people are suspicious - https://www.indy100.com/article/nigel-farage-brexit-party-donation-funding-bannon-banks-8891131 I’m guessing it’s not George Soros…

Burger King will roll out the Impossible Burger nationwide by the end of the year - https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/29/burger-king-will-roll-out-the-impossible-burger-nationwide-by-the-end-of-the-year/ excellent news

Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: Some Republican Politicians Are Indistinguishable From Neo Nazis - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190425/23531642091/content-moderation-scale-is-impossible-some-republican-politicians-are-indistinguishable-neo-nazis.shtml


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190427.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Public thinks EU referendum was bad idea, says poll - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/27/public-thinks-eu-referendum-was-a-bad-idea-says-poll “46% say they would vote to remain (unchanged on a fortnight ago) while 34% would vote to leave (down 4%).” huge gap now… #brexitchaos

How to use a FreedomBox running #opensource software to regain control of your online #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/how-to-use-a-freedombox-to-regain-control-of-your-online-privacy/ forget #facebook, distributed computing is the future, let’s make it happen

Here’s how Internet of Things malware is undermining #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/heres-how-internet-of-things-malware-is-undermining-privacy/ are you sure you want to welcome these into your home…? #iot

Sunday, 28 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190426.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Home Office investigated over English test cheating claims - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/27/home-office-investigated-over-english-test-cheating-claims @ukhomeoffice not fit for purpose; and guess who the Home Secretary was that drove this fiasco? Her name begins with M…

"The Home Office concluded that around 34,000 of the 58,458 students who had taken the test between 2011 and 2014 had definitely cheated, that a further 22,600 had “questionable results”, and that only 2,000 had definitely not cheated." yeah, riiiight

Farage’s Brexit Party spends big on Facebook ads - https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/farages-brexit-party-spends-big-on-facebook-ads/ “Facebook’s data also shows that ads for the Brexit Party have been geared towards men over the age of 45.” farage going for the stupid old bigots again…

Uranium miner coaxed government to water down extinction safeguards - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/27/uranium-miner-coaxed-government-to-water-down-extinction-safeguards of course it did

US farmers count cost of catastrophic ‘bomb cyclone’ in midwest - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/27/us-farmers-count-cost-of-catastrophic-bomb-cyclone-in-midwest which is precisely why it is cheaper to address #climatechange now; the losses will only increase if we don’t

How to use a FreedomBox running #opensource software to regain control of your online #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/how-to-use-a-freedombox-to-regain-control-of-your-online-privacy/ forget #facebook, distributed computing is the future

Saturday, 27 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190425.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The Next Step In The Podcast Wars: Two Companies Looking To Be The Netflix Of Podcasts Start Fighting - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190422/18020542065/next-step-podcast-wars-two-companies-looking-to-be-netflix-podcasts-start-fighting.shtml bad: we don’t need more monopolies

Brexit: Irish backstop could undermine EU standards, report says - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/26/irish-backstop-could-undermine-eu-standards-report-says which is precisely what #brexiters want to do

New project: Governing Platforms - https://algorithmwatch.org/en/new-project-governing-platforms/ “a collaborative philanthropic initiative that aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant open European democracies.”

Despite Spielberg’s ‘Get Off My Lawn’ Moment, The Oscars Won’t Ban Netflix - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190424/10173542079/despite-spielbergs-get-off-my-lawn-moment-oscars-wont-ban-netflix.shtml selfish old men strike again…

Jeremy Corbyn declines invitation to state banquet for Donald Trump - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/26/jeremy-corbyn-refuses-to-attend-state-banquet-for-donald-trump bravo

Shoddy Software Is Eating The World, And People Are Dying As A Result - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190424/06571442075/shoddy-software-is-eating-world-people-are-dying-as-result.shtml it’s not good enough to say you can fix the problems with an update…

Here’s how Internet of Things malware is undermining #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/heres-how-internet-of-things-malware-is-undermining-privacy/ and it’s getting worse #iot

Friday, 26 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190424.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

North American drilling boom threatens major blow to climate efforts – report - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/us-oil-gas-boom-climate-change-report US and Canada so selfish

‘Death by a thousand cuts’: vast expanse of rainforest lost in 2018 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/death-by-a-thousand-cuts-vast-expanse-rainforest-lost-in-2018 #brazil the main villain here; kudos to #indonesia for starting to address the problem

Nearly 170m under-10s unvaccinated against measles worldwide - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/25/nearly-170m-under-10s-unvaccinated-against-measles-worldwide #antivaxxers are stupid, evil people; they should be put in prison for the suffering they will inevitably cause to innocent people

Mercedes Goes To Court To Get Background Use Of Public Murals In Promotional Pics Deemed Fair Use - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190410/14472141972/mercedes-goes-to-court-to-get-background-use-public-murals-promotional-pics-deemed-fair-use.shtml madness this is even necessary… #copyright

Belt and Road summit puts spotlight on Chinese coal funding - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/25/belt-and-road-summit-puts-spotlight-on-chinese-coal-funding green #obor just propaganda; the truth is #dirtycoal

Trump halts plans to expand offshore drilling after legal setback - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/trump-halts-plans-expand-offshore-drilling-legal-setback whales breathe a sign of relief…

Wednesday, 24 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190423.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

US chicken products contaminated with feces aren’t ‘wholesome’ - https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/440030-chicken-products-contaminated-with-feces-arent-wholesome but getting them on to UK plates is a key demand for a US-UK trade deal - eat it up… #brexit

Good News From The EU For A Change: A Strong Directive To Protect #Whistleblowers - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190422/02151442057/good-news-eu-change-strong-directive-to-protect-whistleblowers.shtml get your leaks ready…

Guy In Charge Of Oil Well Safety Gave Out His Cell Phone Number, Now Help Us Figure Out Who Called Him - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190423/12471042070/guy-charge-oil-well-safety-gave-out-his-cell-phone-number-now-help-us-figure-out-who-called-him.shtml this is interesting…

Recording studio magic: how Plate Echo works - https://boingboing.net/2019/04/24/recording-studio-magic-how-pl.html interesting…

Universal And Warner Block Time Live Streaming Its Time 100 Event Because Copyright Censors - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190424/10180342080/universal-warner-block-time-live-streaming-time-100-event-because-copyright-censors.shtml amazing how we keep getting a foretaste of what #article13/17 will do, but on a far greater scale…

UK condemns Saudi Arabia over ‘repulsive’ mass executions - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/24/uk-condemns-saudi-arabia-over-repulsive-mass-executions too right; but: “he resisted cross-party calls from MPs, including Conservatives, for a fundamental review of Britain’s relations with Saudi Arabia” - that’s cowardice

Sri Lanka told of extremist network months before blasts – sources - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/24/sri-lanka-knew-of-extremist-network-months-before-blasts-sources this is bad

#Huawei Could Rebuild Trust in Their Products Through Open Source - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/huawei-could-rebuild-trust-in-their-products-thro... #opensource is always the answer - necessary, but maybe not always sufficient…

Tuesday, 23 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190422.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

US threatens to veto UN resolution on rape as weapon of war, officials say - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/22/us-un-resolution-rape-weapon-of-war-veto trump gets more evil by the day…

Donald Trump plans state visit to UK in June - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/23/donald-trump-plans-state-visit-to-uk-in-june I’m confident @ExtinctionR will greet the climate-denialist-in-chief in a suitably demonstrative way, along with many others disgusted that this reprobate is being welcomed by the UK government…

Scribd’s Takedown Of The Public Domain Mueller Report Is A Preview Of The EU’s Future Under The Copyright Directive - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190420/23233942052/scribds-takedown-public-domain-mueller-report-is-preview-eus-future-under-copyright-directive.shtml but the MEPs who voted for this won’t care… #article13/17

Greta Thunberg condemns UK’s climate stance in speech to MPs - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/vacant-seat-for-may-as-party-leaders-meet-greta-thunberg damn right…well done her

G7 Comes Out in Favor of Encryption Backdoors - https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/04/g7_comes_out_in.html cluelessness to the seventh power… #crypto

Emilio Estevez Uses Some Public Domain Footage In Film, So Universal Studios Forces Original Public Domain Footage Offline - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190420/23485242053/emilio-estevez-uses-some-public-domain-footage-film-so-universal-studios-forces-original-public-domain-footage-offline.shtml “Yet another example of the awfulness of copyright filters.” #uploadfilters

Trump baby blimp back and could be even bigger for UK state visit - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/23/trump-baby-blimp-bigger-protest-uk-state-visit yay; important he knows what we think of him…

Labour says Theresa May unwilling to offer key Brexit concessions - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/23/labour-says-theresa-may-unwilling-to-offer-key-brexit-concessions hate to break it to you, chaps, but she is incapable of compromise; talks were doomed from the start…

Secretive hard-Brexit Facebook campaign got 1m responses - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/23/secretive-hard-brexit-facebook-campaign-got-1m-responses @facebook is the most toxic force in politics today…

The Greta Thunberg effect: at last, MPs focus on climate change - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/greta-thunberg yeah, for a day or two; and then…?

UK’s biggest fishing trawler sails up Thames in Brexit warning - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/apr/23/uks-biggest-fishing-trawler-sails-up-thames-in-brexit-warning this monster is part of the problem: “Smaller vessels, which employ more people per catch, have been championed by green campaigners as a better option for keeping the fishing industry alive”

Monday, 22 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190421.html tweets as a single page

“On the 9th of April, the chief of national intelligence wrote a letter and in this letter many of the names of the members of the terrorist organisation were written down” - https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/21/sri-lanka-explosions-dozens-killed-and-hundreds-injured-in-church-and-hotel-blasts?page=with:block-5cbd68a98f08c89bd9065f71#block-5cbd68a98f08c89bd9065f71 staggering government failure if confirmed #SriLanka

#Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/22/brunei-defends-stoning-death-gay-sex-letter-eu “Kingdom’s mission to bloc calls for tolerance and understanding over penal code” tolerance for stoning? how about “no”…?

Ballot-Marking devices (BMDs) cannot assure the will of the voters - https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2019/04/22/bmds-are-not-meaningfully-auditable/ “To reduce the risk that computers undetectably alter election results by printing erroneous votes on the official paper audit trail, the use of BMDs should be limited” yikes

Climate activists stage ‘die-in’ at Natural History Museum - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/22/people-arrested-at-london-climate-protests impressive pic #ExtinctionRebellion

Facebook ads by Lynton Crosby’s firm ‘part of push for hard Brexit’ - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/22/facebook-ads-by-lynton-crosbys-firm-part-of-push-for-hard-brexit #brexiter mugs being manipulated at every turn; “will of the people”? hardly: more “will of the super-rich”…

Werner Herzog Joins Plenty Of Other Artists In Recognizing Piracy Isn’t The Problem - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190417/23453742033/werner-herzog-joins-plenty-other-artists-recognizing-piracy-isnt-problem.shtml indeed: “Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle”


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190420.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Second referendum is only way to beat Nigel Farage, warns Tom Watson - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/20/second-eu-referendum-only-way-to-beat-farage-says-watson good to see some in @UKLabour get it, but time is running out, Jeremy…

Extinction Rebellion: protesters to offer to ‘pause’ climate action - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/21/extinction-rebellion-london-protesters-offer-pause-climate-action “Cressida Dick, said the policing operation had been unlike any she had experienced” out of her depth, again…

Saturday, 20 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190419.html last few day’s tweets as a single page

French ambassador to US says UK will suffer in post-Brexit trade deal - https://www.thenational.ae/world/brexit/french-ambassador-to-us-says-uk-will-suffer-in-post-brexit-trade-deal-1.851261 “there will be blood on the walls and it will be British blood. It will be GMOs breakfast, lunch and dinner”

Who owns the country? The secretive companies hoarding England’s land - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/19/who-owns-england-secretive-companies-hoarding-land the canker at the heart of the english rose

‘Church’ to offer ‘miracle cure’ despite FDA warnings against drinking bleach - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/19/church-group-to-hold-washington-event-despite-fda-warnings-against-miracle-cure darwinian selection at its finest, but also child abuse

UK-born baby of parents with right to remain given six-month tourist stamp - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/20/uk-born-baby-of-parents-with-right-to-remain-given-six-month-tourist-stamp is this your UK? it’s not mine…


Starz Doesn’t Like News About Leaked TV-Shows, Takes Down TorrentFreak Tweet - https://torrentfreak.com/starz-doesnt-like-news-about-leaked-tv-shows-takes-down-torrentfreak-tweet-190411/ #article13/17 will exacerbate this problem greatly

Europe urged to reject US Middle East plan if it is unfair to Palestinians - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/15/europe-urged-to-reject-us-middle-east-plan-if-unfair-to-palestinians damn right

“future of international copyright might involve taking the ‘front door out’ – domestically departing from Berne/TRIPS minima to implement reforms” - http://infojustice.org/archives/41024

Listen to 40 robot-dog legs marching in unison, and know the sound of death - https://mashable.com/video/boston-dynamics-spot-robot-pull-truck/ eeek

#OpenSource Is Eternal - https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/open-source-eternal “Open source has won the present, but what about the future?”

Could Article 13’s Upload Filters Be Thrown Out Because Of The EU-Canada Trade Deal CETA? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190412/07120341988/could-article-13s-upload-filters-be-thrown-out-because-eu-canada-trade-deal-ceta.shtml it ain’t over yet - there are various ways to stop #article13/17

France announces architecture contest to rebuild Notre Dame spire - https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/apr/17/france-announces-architecture-competition-rebuild-notre-dames-spire but maybe not a pyramid this time…

Tolkien was right: Scholars conclude Beowulf likely the work of single author - https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/tolkien-was-right-scholars-conclude-beowulf-likely-the-work-of-single-author/

EU Parliamentarians buckle under ExxonMobil lobby pressure - https://www.corporateeurope.org/en/2019/04/eu-parliamentarians-buckle-under-exxonmobil-lobby-pressure pathetic; first caving to #copyright lobby, now this…

Top Film Director Sees Piracy as Most Successful Form of Distribution - https://torrentfreak.com/top-film-director-sees-piracy-as-most-successful-form-of-distribution-190417/ “Piracy has been the most successful form of distribution worldwide,” Herzog told the audience.

Decades of denial’: major report finds New Zealand’s environment is in serious trouble - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/18/decades-of-denial-major-report-finds-new-zealands-environment-is-in-serious-trouble not good; dairy industry having massive negative impact…

Google’s Infinite Reach – How Google Builds a Profile on Everyone - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/googles-infinite-reach-how-google-builds-a-profile-on-everyone/ “Google’s method of attack is by aggregation”

Labour MPs to urge Jeremy Corbyn not to ‘torpedo’ Brexit deal - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/18/labour-mps-urge-jeremy-corbyn-not-torpedo-brexit-deal-second-referendum #brexit will destroy the @UKLabour party, just as it will destroy the tories. foolish of corbyn not to have taken the high ground and fought it in 2016

Extinction Rebellion and Attenborough put climate in spotlight - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/19/extinction-rebellion-and-attenborough-put-climate-in-spotlight at last; now we must act quickly

Sajid Javid calls for ‘full force of law’ against Extinction Rebellion protesters - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/18/sajid-javid-calls-for-full-force-of-law-against-extinction-rebellion-protesters some tiresome willy waving by someone who wants to be PM against people doing the UK government’s job…

The UK’s Dubious Plan For Age-Based Porn Filters Begins On July 15 - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190417/10133742029/uks-dubious-plan-age-based-porn-filters-begins-july-15.shtml good summary of a stupid idea that is guaranteed to be an utter fiasco, and will probably lead to suicides once the porn habit data starts leaking, as it inevitably will

UK’s porn age-verification rules can be circumvented in minutes - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/19/uks-porn-age-verification-rules-can-be-circumvented-in-minutes it’s trivially easy to generate valid credit card numbers: https://ccardgenerator.com/ how long before every UK teenager knows how?

“It’s not the reason why people would resist British rule, but Brexit just gives it focus, gives it a physical picture. It’s a huge help.” - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/19/new-ira-and-saoradh-face-backlash-over-lyra-mckee

EFF Backs Stream Rippers in Legal Battle Against Record Labels - https://torrentfreak.com/eff-backs-stream-rippers-in-legal-battle-against-record-labels-190419/ “the converters at issue in this case are neutral technologies, equally capable of lawful and infringing uses”

Avalanche Noise Generator Notes - https://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=5540 “afaik this is the smallest, lowest power open-source avalanche noise generator to date”

Climate group reports influx of support as protests continue - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/19/extinction-rebellion-reports-hundreds-of-people-signing-up excellent news - keep up the good work #ExtinctionRebellion

Scribd taking down the Mueller Report is the future the EU has voted for - https://qz.com/1599975/scribd-taking-down-the-mueller-report-is-what-eu-article-13-looks-like/ things are going to get much, much worse than this… #article13/17

Sunday, 14 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190413.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

China’s AI-based prisons – both indoors and outdoors – offer a warning of how #privacy may die elsewhere - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/chinas-ai-based-prisons-both-outdoors-and-indoors-offer-a-warning-of-how-privacy-may-die-elsewhere/ watch what happens in #xinjiang

Tories hit by new defections and slump in opinion polls as party divide widens - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/14/stephen-dorrell-defection-change-uk-tory-poll-five-year-low wow, we live in interesting times… #breixtchaos

Judge orders Ukip to reveal Brexit referendum data use - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/14/judge-orders-ukip-reveal-brexit-referendum-data-use the specious “will of the people” argument is based on lies and cheating at every turn…

Sino-English neologisms - http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=42421 some of these are really good; which ones would you start using?

Sultan of Brunei, who passed anti-LGBT laws, owns slew of luxury UK properties - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/14/sultan-of-brunei-hassanal-bolkiah-uk-properties we can guess what happens next, then…


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190412.html’s tweets as a single page

#SouthKorea Wants To Allow Its #Copyright Protection Agency To Block Sites Allegedly Holding Infringing Material – No Judicial Review Required - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190411/07524441978/south-korea-wants-to-allow-copyright-protection-agency-to-block-sites-allegedly-holding-infringing-material-no-judicial-review.shtml bad stuff happening everywhere

Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench #Facebook’s power, but do nothing for #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/zucks-back-with-another-solution-to-facebooks-problems-that-dont-help-protect-privacy/ don’t forget: he’s not doing any of this for you

Facebook Showed Me My Data Is Everywhere And I Have Absolutely No Control Over It - https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katienotopoulos/facebook-advertisers-data-brokers-car-dealerships "Perhaps the least pleasant but most accurate answer to “Who has my data?” is simply, “You’re fucked.”

YouTube’s algorithm pushed a sexist video about Katie Bouman, the scientist behind the black hole photo - https://mashable.com/article/youtube-algorithm-katie-bouman-black-hole-sexist-trolls/ bad #google

China’s AI-based prisons – both indoors and outdoors – offer a warning of how #privacy may die elsewhere - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/chinas-ai-based-prisons-both-outdoors-and-indoors-offer-a-warning-of-how-privacy-may-die-elsewhere/ watch what happens in #xinjiang

Saturday, 13 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190411.html’s tweets as a single page

From Distracted Boyfriend to Unhelpful Teacher, I love the twists of a meme’s journey - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/apr/12/memes-distracted-boyfriend-unhelpful-teacher-hannah-jane-parkinson indeed; sad that #article13/17 will cause so much harm to this form, with its mindless, flawed automated #uploadfilters that don’t get the joke

Growing up in the Soviet Union made me fear EU Copyright Reform - https://thenextweb.com/podium/2019/04/12/growing-up-in-the-soviet-union-made-me-fear-the-eu-copyright-reform/ “Censorship and economic privileges for the few will not lead to digital prosperity. They are the new digital iron curtain and a path to disaster. We‘ve been there and it was not pretty.”

Justizministerin: Automaten können objektiver sein als Menschen - https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Justizministerin-Automatisierte-Entscheidungen-koennen-objektiver-sein-als-menschliche-4374761.html objective but wrong; woman’s clearly an idiot when it comes to technology

Open letter to Prime Minister of #Estonia and Members of Parliament on Internet Upload Filters - https://blog.ffii.org/open-letter-to-prime-minister-of-estonia-and-members-of-parliament-on-internet-upload-filters/

The Pinkertons’ plan for #climatechange: a mercenary army that guards one-percenters as the seas rise - https://boingboing.net/2019/04/12/guillotine-prevention-squad.html further proof we live in a sick society

Friday, 12 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190410.html’s tweets as a single page

German Publishing Giant Claims Blocking Ads Is Copyright Infringement, In Yet Another Lawsuit Against The Industry Leader - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190409/09080941958/german-publishing-giant-claims-blocking-ads-is-copyright-infringement-yet-another-lawsuit-against-industry-leader.shtml such #clueless bullying

Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian embassy - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/11/julian-assange-arrested-at-ecuadorian-embassy-wikileaks but no details on how that happened…very odd

"[Remainers] know a long delay probably kills Brexit and the truth is they are probably right and have probably killed Brexit.” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/11/theresa-may-will-face-pressure-to-quit-from-brexiters-over-delay

EU Tells Internet Archive That Much Of Its Site Is ‘Terrorist Content’ - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190410/14580641973/eu-tells-internet-archive-that-much-site-is-terrorist-content.shtml further proof that #article13/17 will be a disaster

Reflections on Messier 87’s Black Hole - https://www.centauri-dreams.org/2019/04/11/reflections-on-messier-87s-black-hole/ very interesting ones, too…

Julian Assange Arrested On Behalf Of The US, For Trying To Help Manning Crack CIA Password - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190411/06134041977/julian-assange-arrested-behalf-us-trying-to-help-manning-crack-cia-password.shtml good explanation of what we know so far…

Court overturns referendum as voters were poorly informed … in Switzerland - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/11/switzerland-court-overturns-referendum-as-voters-were-poorly-informed “Given the tight outcome of the vote and the seriousness of the irregularities, it is possible that the result of the ballot would have been different” sounds…familiar

#Monsanto liable for French farmer’s ill health - https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47894414

Thursday, 11 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190409.html’s tweets as a single page

Urheberrechtsreform: Sie fürchten sich völlig zu Recht - https://www.capital.de/wirtschaft-politik/urheberrechtsreform-sie-fuerchten-sich-voellig-zu-recht this is what the stupid old politicians don’t understand… #uploadfilters

Zambians can pursue mining pollution claim in English courts - https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/apr/10/zambians-can-pursue-mining-pollution-claim-in-english-courts important precedent

Fiscally-conservative Democrats have declared war on the Green New Deal - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/10/fiscally-conservative-democrats-green-new-deal irresponsible idiots: without a livable planet, there won’t be an economy. and if they want cuts, cut military spending…

Universal Music Group Sale To Google ‘Would Be Blocked’, Says Impala - https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/universal-music-group-sale-to-google-would-be-blocked-says-impala/ in 2011, I suggested Google should buy the entire music industry - https://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-google-should-buy-music-industry.html would have solved lots of problems if it had…

May signals she would accept EU offer of longer #Brexit delay - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/10/may-signals-she-would-accept-eu-offer-of-longer-brexit-delay just watch that can disappear down the road…

The Challenges Facing Privacy Apps - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/the-challenges-facing-privacy-apps/ “In Combination Open Source and End-to-End Encryption Fix the Problem”

US agriculture minister: Europe will pay the price for ignoring science - https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/us-agriculture-minister-europe-will-pay-the-price-for-ignoring-science/ says someone from a government that refuses to acknowledge & act on anthropogenic… #climatechange

German Publishing Giant Claims Blocking Ads Is Copyright Infringement, In Yet Another Lawsuit Against The Industry Leader - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190409/09080941958/german-publishing-giant-claims-blocking-ads-is-copyright-infringement-yet-another-lawsuit-against-industry-leader.shtml #clueless bullying

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190408.html’s tweets as a single page

Trump plans $11bn tariffs aimed at EU’s aircraft, cheese and wine - https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/apr/09/trump-tariffs-eu-aircraft-cheese-wine-imf-debenhams-brexit-business-live?page=with:block-5cac34918f0852bbb93b471b#block-5cac34918f0852bbb93b471b EU must respond in kind - it’s the only language bullies like trump understand

Conditions for short Brexit delay have not been met, says Berlin - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/09/conditions-for-short-brexit-delay-have-not-been-met-says-berlin “German EU affairs minister says failure to end Westminster impasse points to no-deal or long extension”

Extreme weather cost Europe nearly half a trillion euros so far - https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/extreme-weather-cost-europe-nearly-half-a-trillion-euros-so-far/ tackling #climatechange is far cheaper than suffering it

UK likely to be offered Brexit extension until end of year - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/09/conditions-for-short-brexit-delay-have-not-been-met-says-berlin that would be good…

UK parliament pension fund takes first step towards fossil fuel divestment - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/09/parliament-pension-fund-fossil-fuel-divestment-climate-change long overdue; should be leading, not following

Filters Incorporated - https://edri.org/filters-inc/ “In the case of the copyright Directive becoming law, civil rights groups are set to reject upload filters in the national implementation phase. Planned actions include potential referrals to Court of Justice of the European Union.”

The vigilante shaming influencers for bad behavior in national parks - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/09/influencers-national-parks-public-lands-hate-you “influencers” == mindless egoists, desperate for mindless adulation… #instagram

The Chinafication of the internet continues as the UK proposes blocking any service that hosts “illegal” or “harmful” material - https://boingboing.net/2019/04/09/constitutional-monarchs-r-us.html not going well, this…

#Brexit ‘already causing medicine shortages’ at pharmacies in England - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/09/brexit-medicine-shortages-pharmacies-england this does not happen in civilised countries…

Tuesday, 9 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190407.html’s tweets as a single page

The EU’s Catastrophic Copyright Directive Can Still Be Stopped, If Governments Of Sweden And Germany Do The Right Thing - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190401/02091241917/eus-catastrophic-copyright-directive-can-still-be-stopped-if-governments-sweden-germany-do-right-thing.shtml still possible… #article13/17

Putin urges to maintain freedom of Internet - https://vestnikkavkaza.net/material/122155 oh, vlad, you are such a tease…

British woman faces jail in Dubai for ‘insulting’ ex-husband’s new wife on Facebook - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/08/british-woman-faces-jail-in-dubai-for-insulting-ex-husbands-new-wife-on-facebook a good reason never to go to #dubai

Springer klagt erneut gegen Adblocker-Anbieter - https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/springer-verklagt-eyeo-verletzt-adblock-plus-das-urheberrecht-a-1261804.html springer confirms its cluelessness and contempt for its readers once more… great publicity for #adblockers, though - have you installed one?

Trump administration sabotages major conservation effort, defying Congress - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/08/trump-administration-sabotages-major-conservation-effort-defying-congress trump really hates americans, doesn’t he?

The Sky Is Rising: The Entertainment Industry Is Thriving, Almost Entirely Because Of The Internet - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190407/23033141947/sky-is-rising-entertainment-industry-is-thriving-almost-entirely-because-internet.shtml we simply do not need to undermine the Internet to prop up the #copyright industry: it’s doing fine anyway…

Burger King’s plant-based Whopper gets glowing review – from a meat lobbyist - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/apr/08/burger-king-impossible-whopper-plant-based-review-meat-lobbyist it’s happening…

Most browsers – except Firefox and Brave – are eliminating the option to turn off surveilling “hyperlink auditing” - https://boingboing.net/2019/04/08/no-opt-out.html #privacy

Sunday, 7 April 2019


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190406.html’s tweets as a single page

we need a #newdealfornature, to set the planet on a path to recovery by 2030. if we don’t, we will be in even more trouble than we are now… https://www.ourplanet.com/en/voice/globe/ #naturematters #ourplanet

The BLM’s Burning Man environmental impact statement is terrible, calls for drug searches, dumpsters, and a 19,000,000lb concrete wall - https://boingboing.net/2019/04/07/jersey-barriers-r-us.html


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/04/190405.html’s tweets as a single page

‘Our mantra is chaos’: Republican researchers target 2020 Democrats - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/05/election-2020-america-rising-republican-opposition-research meanwhile, trump still refuses to release his tax records…something to hide, perchance?

German Government’s Bullying Of FOI Group Provides A Warning Of How EU’s New #UploadFilters Will Be Used For Censorship - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190402/09114041924/german-governments-bullying-foi-group-provides-warning-how-eus-new-upload-filters-will-be-used-censorship.shtml it’s going to get much worse… #article13

Tory MP says joining in EU elections would be ‘existential threat’ to party - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/06/tory-mp-nadhim-zahawi-says-joining-in-eu-elections-would-be-conservative-party-suicide-note amazing how terrified #brexiters are of democracy…