Encrypted Social Network Vies For Disgruntled Facebook Users
My first thought was Gabriel Syme, the titular Man Who Was Thursday. That's a novel where everyone's an anarchist, a secret policeman or both, so would have made sense as a reference.
Apparently Deus Ex makes several nods to the novel, but I've never played that game (my geek card is already winging its way to the appropriate authorities).
TVShack Creator's US Extradition Approved
David Cameron talks about wanting the UK to produce its own internet giants. How can there ever be a "British Google" or the like under a system which ships off British innovators to the US when their business operates in the tricky legal grey area of international/internet boundaries? If YouTube didn't exist and were invented in Britain tomorrow, the creators would be extradited to the US post-hate, rather than allowed to develop their legitimate business. If Cameron actually wants the UK to punch above its weight on the internet, he needs to start fostering a culture of explicitly supporting British businesses and bedroom startups.
Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?
I believe that it's been going in the bank against the day when funding dried up and to avoid becoming reliant on external influence from any partner, current or future. I've not got a citation though, that's from vaguely recalled coverage of the Google deal being extended three years ago (not instituted as TFS mistakenly claims).
Memo Details Gawker Security Strategy
Their whole strategy so far has been to blame the users: "Its not Gawkers fault your passwords are so weak."
Which is both reprehensible of them and false. Their poor choice of algorithm literally truncated my sixteen character password to an eight character one. When I logged in to change mine I did so with just the front half.
Google Says Microsoft Is Driving Antitrust Review
This comment is asinine, not insightful. Companies are complaining about being unfairly ranked (as they see it) when people search for their services on Google. The companies can't "use something else" because they aren't the ones doing the googling.
Government x doesn't like Wikileaks redistributing its documents to the general public? They should use something else!
The 87 Lamest Moments In Tech, 2000-2009
Brit here. Parallel with "Cool Britannia" (remember that?) I saw a lot of use in the press of the "Naughty Nineties" (modelled on the "Swinging Sixties"). So if the astonishingly imaginative trend continues, I imagine the next decade will be christened the Naughteens.
British Video Recordings Act 1984 Invalid
What are you talking about? Britain doesn't even have a constitution.
Claiming that Britain lacks a constitution on the basis that no-one has written it all down in one place is akin to claiming that the USA doesn't have a head of state because Obama doesn't wear a pointy gold hat.
New HIV Strain Discovered
I'm not sure I'd want to publicly claim to have a gorilla penis.
For example, an adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length;
Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal
I use and normally recommend Clusty which says in plain English that "We at Clusty don't track you." (http://clusty.com/privacy) and in legalese that they do collect "Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, referral data, the date and time of your query and one or more cookies (described below) that may uniquely identify your browser" (http://clusty.com/privacypolicy).
That's either ethical or useful for you. tl;dr - one beginning with "C".
NoScript Adds Subscriptions To Adblock Plus
Firefox extensions and browser plugins proper certainly can be disabled/prevented from installing by Mozilla. See https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/blocklist/ for the (en-US only?) naughty list.
I don't know what SeaMonkey, Camino, Iceweasel, etc do, but filtering for "blocklist" on about:config shows your browser's exact settings. Notably the extensions.blocklist.enabled pref allows the user to turn the remote killswitch off if they so desire.
YouTube To Block Music Videos In the UK
Amusingly enough, the propensity to unthinkingly invoke Orwell is akin to his concept of duckspeak. Reading multiple +5 Insightful "1984 wasn't an instruction manual maaaan" posts in a single Brit-related topic makes me wonder about the duckmods though. Perhaps it's hard to peck out the -1 Overrated with a bill?
AVG Virus Scanner Removes Critical Windows File
Same with the PyGame docs installation exe. AVG mistakenly flagged it a few days ago. No major problem obviously, but a needless irritation nonetheless.