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Just for fun (if you can call it that):

If you click on the image: yes, it’s still a relatively “small” amount of complaints1, and no I haven’t read them, and maybe it’s just me, but I find this picture just a little ironic for some reason or other. Also, if you must know, I was just trying to determine the searchability of one of my own pages. 😎

1 For the purposes of this post, let’s ignore the merits of the law to begin with.

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American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief about free speech issues of an application for an abstract patent. FFII says hi; it’s great to see a major civil rights organization to bring this up in the patents sphere. With enough exposure, hopefully the insanity of business and software patents may come to an end some day…

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EU and terrorism

According to Reuters, EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini proposes to “prevent people from using or searching dangerous words like bomb, kill, genocide or terrorism”. I haven’t yet seen any updates yet, so I’m not sure how this is progressing.

Nevertheless, this is probably my favourite of EU initiatives, only in direct competition with the “take off your tie”-proposal. You see, this one has a certain elegant characteristic; once enforced, any online material on the subject will become unavailable instantly, through magic! Clearly, the journalists – I mean terrorists – need to be stopped now, before they write something that could get the Commission – I mean population – to fear for its welfare.

Out of curiosity, I’d love a more detailed report on how recent EU proposals have improved overall security. I feel some politicians are not getting the credit they deserve; it doesn’t make any sense, does it?

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