Bookmarks for February 25th through February 27th

  • A false sense of security

    The real danger of social networks is complacency, not cancer, says Bill Thompson

  • Ryanair mulls charge for toilets

    Irish budget airline Ryanair has said it is considering charging passengers for using the toilet while flying.

    Chief executive Michael O’Leary told the BBC that the Dublin-based carrier was looking at maybe installing a “coin slot on the toilet door”.

  • Leeds Carnegie: Beware the Bees’ sting

    Leeds Carnegie will be aiming to avoid a giant-slaying in the second city this weekend – and it won’t be a place for the faint-hearted, according to Brummie Leigh Hinton.

    All-conquering Carnegie visit the parochial surroundings of Sharmans Cross Road to face National Two title chasers Birmingham and Solihull in the last eight of the EDF Energy National Trophy on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

  • UK government backs open source

    The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source software in public services.

    Tom Watson MP, minister for digital engagement, said open source software would be on a level playing field with proprietary software such as Windows.

    Open source software will be adopted “when it delivers best value for money”, the government said.

  • ”Rents down’ amid flooded market

    The cost of renting a home has dropped as frustrated property sellers have been flooding the market, according to two separate surveys.

    Owners were choosing to let rather than sell, having accepted that property prices were likely to stay low for some time, said property website Globrix.

  • Sounds of Brass hits top 10

    Phillip Hunt’s weekly hour long ‘Sounds of Brass’ radio programme, which is broadcast on nine BBC Local Radio Stations throughout the West of England, has entered the BBC IPlayer Top Ten.

  • Ryanair and the ‘idiot bloggers’

    Ryanair has confirmed that one its staff abused a blogger who questionned the airline site’s credentials.

    But far from apologising for the volley of abuse, Ryanair today dismissed bloggers as “lunatics” and “idiots.”