The Great Firewall of Cameron is going live, with all British ISPs defaulting their customers to an "adult content filter" — meaning that you have to call up and say, "I demand pornography!" or all the sites on the blacklist will be off-limits to you. Included in O2's "parental control blocklist" are such hotbeds of hardcore porn as Slashdot, EFF, Linux Today, Blogspot, No Starch Press, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and, of course, Boing Boing. The "parental control" list is something you have to ask for (not the default-on filter), but it's being actively marketed to parents as the responsible thing to do. For the record, I've switched my broadband to Andrews and Arnold, who oppose Internet censorship.
The BBC has a report (watch the video here) about a new AI system that's being deployed in Maidstone in Kent to penalize motorists tossing crisps bags, ice lolly wrappers, and used johnnies out the window. Cameras installed in areas where littering is a problem take a photo of the offender's license plate and automatically… READ THE REST
United Airlines and Delta Air Lines will require all passengers on flights from the United Kingdom to the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. From Reuters: The decision follows the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus variant in Britain that has prompted many countries to shut… READ THE REST
Smartphones have relegated iconic red British telephone boxes to things of the past, but they are being preserved and repurposed. In fact, Yorkshire now has more repurposed boxes than working phone boxes.Via The Yorkshire Post: READ THE REST
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Now that the global pandemic is subsiding and the world is slowly reopening, it's probably about time to talk about that subject you've been avoiding until now It's time to talk about the Quarantine 15. You know. Those 15 or so pounds that you packed on while you spent a year huddled up at home.… READ THE REST
Humans really aren't all that different from the other creatures that inhabit this planet. We laugh when cats ignore expensive cat toys while crawling bags or hopping into boxes. But honestly, are we any different? Case in point: in a world with stress balls, weighted blankets, and even adult coloring books, what's one of the… READ THE REST