Monthly archives: February, 2012

Cameron’s Big Brother u-turn

One of the big promises Cameron’s Tories made during election campaigning was that they would “roll back the surveillance state”. Unfortunately, the u-turn has arrived – the ConDem coalition has resurrected the much-reviled previous government plan to monitor every phone call, tweet, email, Facebook post and make that information available to “law enforcement” at any …

Satanism in rock music? Grow up…

For some reason last night I dreamed Willie Nelson did a cover album of Pink Floyd songs, and that I was there at a concert of him singing them. (Part of this was inspired by talking with a friend about a concert she is going to attend… where Willie Nelson and Pink Floyd came from, …

BAFTAs 2012

Just waiting for the BAFTAs for this year to come on, and it makes me think a bit. The last 12 months have seen a really strong line up: The Artist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Help, My Week With Marilyn, Submarine, Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady, Senna… I just can’t think of any other year, …

ACTA must be destroyed

As Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing points out, today is the day to kill ACTA. The UK branch of the Pirate Party is holding demonstrations across the UK against it, and I’m sure many other international Pirate Parties are too. However bad ACTA is right now, it can only get worse. Article 6.4 creates …

Copyright – considered harmful?

Like almost everyone on the Internet, I seem to have been advocating against SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. It may have done some good against SOPA, but my passionate letter to my local MP about the earlier Digital Economy Act (a mini-SOPA) drew a patronising response that preventing “these people’s illegal acts” was far more important …

It’s all gone Code 10…

If you have been following me on Twitter, you’ll probably already know that I bought a new computer a couple of days ago. The previous one was starting to show its age. Well, really, that’s not strictly true. It wasn’t. In actual fact, it’s been – and still is – an excellent PC with top …