Links for February 9th

Digital Economy Bill bill could ‘breach rights’ An influential group of MPs and peers has said the government's approach to illegal file-sharing could breach the rights of internet users. The Joint Select Committee on Human Rights said the government's Digital Economy Bill needed clarification. It said that technical measures – which include cutting off persistent…… Continue reading Links for February 9th

Links for December 23rd

The BBC’s digital rights plans will wreak havoc on open source software Last summer, the BBC tried to sneak “digital rights management” into its high-def digital broadcasts. Now, generally speaking, the BBC isn’t allowed to encrypt or restrict its broadcasts: the licence fee payer pays for these broadcasts, and no licence fee payer woke up…… Continue reading Links for December 23rd

Links for November 27th

Boots’ cynical stance on homeopathy There's something of a backlash taking place online against Boots today, after their professional standards director Paul Bennett admitted before a parliamentary committee yesterday that the chain sell homeopathic remedies because they sell, even though they know there is no scientific evidence that they actually work. National papers involved in…… Continue reading Links for November 27th

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…… Continue reading Links for April 7th

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…… Continue reading Bookmarks for February 25th through February 27th