Link round-up for 26th & 27th February

  • Music industry's Irish ISP shakedown letter leaked
    This is the way things work these days. The Irish music industry association IRMA is afraid to sue its customers as aggressively as RIAA has, so is trying to get others to do its dirty work through legal bullying. Time to see whether the Irish government is on the side of its citizens or the lobbyists for foreign interests. One day this music mafia will work out that promotion by fans grows the market; until then they are intent on driving us all away.
  • Linux, Microsoft and Patents: It's Time to Get the FAT Out
    I don't agree with the assumption that it's just fine for a company to demand money from strangers with menaces (a.k.a. "monetise patents"), but I agree completely with the view that only crazies use FAT in embedded applications. It's an invitation to be shaken down.
  • UN anti-blasphemy measures have sinister goals, observers say
    Given the UN's role it seems very odd indeed that they would pass a resolution that gives religious extremists a legal right to stifle free speech. Very worrying development.
  • Apartment with Manhattan Views
    If you're interested in this apartment, let me know, I can get you a discount.
  • Ryanair wants to charge for using the toilet in-flight
    "the prisonships of the sky" - Fortunately they don't infest the hubs near me so I don't get forced to use them, but they seem like a lab experiment in discovering just how badly you can treat your customers before price ceases to be an incentive to endure the experience.
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