Murdoch’s Fox channel’s response to the attempted murder of the US Congressperson is that they would have no news to report without “angry rhetoric” — it’s a timely warning of what we might fear if Jeremy *unt nods through Murdoch’s BSkyB 100% takeover bid.
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The police are asking Nominet (who register UK domains) for powers to close domains without any kind of judicial oversight.
Whilst this can seem reasonable for crimes such as fraud, who knows what the police might decide is ‘terrorist’ (the London Cycle Ride debacle comes to mind) or ‘obscene’ (seizure of Mapplethorpe books comes to mind).
Police have already asked for a site giving advice on how to deal with police abuse to be removed.
Nominet is apparently consulting on the issues – think some public objections should be aired!
The company which owned Open Office has been taken over and the volunteers who develop the software have decided to set up a Foundation to oversee the development of a new version of the Office Suite in future.
Because the software itself is protected by the General Public License the Foundation will be able to carry on where they left off and it will continue to be improved independently of the original Open Office project. The new organisation is called The Document Foundation and the Office Suite is called Libre Office.
If you’re currently using Open Office, you might want to wait a little while before changing to Libre Office because they haven’t completely finalised the new version (that’s what they mean by ‘beta’) and Open Office will remain as it is. But for those of you who’d like to have a chance to feed back early, you can download the beta (testing version) of Libre Office here