Links for September 8th

Cory Doctorow: Special Pleading Six years ago, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom couldn't be counted as a real success for open publishing because I was too obscure to feel the cost of the lost sales. Now, I'm too successful, someone whose name is so widely known that I am uniquely situated to benefit [...]

A Stitch In Time

If you're using a self-hosted blog running WordPress and you haven't upgraded for a while I would highly recommend upgrading. From the official WordPress blog (by Matt): A stitch in time saves nine. I couldn’t sew my way out of a bag, but it’s true advice for bloggers as well — a little bit of [...]

Links for September 1st

British plan to tackle asteroids A team of British scientists are developing plans for a spacecraft that could stop large asteroids from destroying the Earth. The 10 tonne "gravity tractor" would deflect any orbiting rocks years before any potential collision could happen. The device, which would rely on the force of gravity, is being developed [...]

Links for April 7th

The amorality of the faithful Rabbi Avi Shafran is a columnist who, to my mind, represents the very worst of religious dogma. He often writes about "morality", bemoaning the horrid state of godlessness, but his morality is little more than the rote obedience of the dogmatically orthodox. His usual complaint is that atheism removes the [...]

Links for March 17th

Minister won't confirm belief in evolution Canada's science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won't say if he believes in evolution. “I'm not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don't think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate,” Gary [...]

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 [...]

Mandrake 10.0

While I was out buying disgusting liquids to stop the world falling out of my bottom, I visited WHSmiths in order to see if they had the latest edition of Linux Format Magazine. Luckily for me, it was there, and bugger me but the cover disks were for the eagerly anticipated (by me) Mandrake 10.0 [...]