Not for the kids

If you’re not already aware of the delights of the podcasts of either Collings and Herrin or Phil(l)s Jupitus and Wilding then you’re really missing out (and if you’re not a 30-something Brit then that’s probably also a reason); what better way to acquaint yourself then with their Festive 12 (or for the DVD extra).

Warning: while not being safe for work (unless you’ve got headphones, of course) it’s also not safe for when you’re around people as while many people write LOL for things that are merely whimsical or drily amusing, there are genuine outright chuckle grin worthy moments which will make you look like a loon if you’re on the tube.

Like I was this morning. Thanks.

Reasons to be cheerful

So when I said that when we moved we wouldn’t be keeping Virgin, I was right: when we moved, we didn’t.

This just proves the point.

Phorm is just censorship by another name: delivering content to a user that they didn’t ask for, obscuring what they did request, while not telling them that changes were made. It might start with advertising but could be trivially re-tooled to mask ‘unapproved’ content.

While the IWF and Wikipedia have had some press recently at least they were relatively upfront about the blockages, the reasons for them and the thinking behind it. There is some discussion over what the viewer should be shown if cleanfeed complains (e.g. 404 is lying, but 403 is that the server is refusing which isn’t strictly true either), but at least it’s reasonably public (although there is an argument for hiding the links because by informing someone of the block, you’re confirming that dubious material might really exist there).

But any company (or country) blocking unilaterally a legal protocol are going to find themselves suffering very quickly, as Comcast found out.