Kavafy writes: Holidaymakers have been warned to watch their words after two British friends were refused entry to the US on security grounds after a tweet. Leigh Van Bryan, a 26-year-old bar manager, wrote a message to a friend on the micro-blogging service, saying: "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America." In another tweet, he made reference to comedy show Family Guy saying that he would be in LA in three weeks, annoying people "and diggin' Marilyn Monroe up". Mr Bryan said that he was questioned for five hours about his Twitter messages before being returned to the UK.
Kavafy writes: In a new working paper, economist Joel Waldfogel attempts to estimate the continued flow of high-quality new music since the emergence, at the turn of the millennium, of Napster, the daddy of all file sharing services. Waldfogel concludes that there is "no evidence that changes since Napster have affected the quantity of new recorded music or artists coming to market."
Kavafy writes: From Ars Technica: Last week, a project called Berkeley Earth released drafts of its findings. The project was started by a physicist, Richard Muller, who had previously expressed doubts about the mathematical rigor of climate science; it received funding from a variety of sources, including the Department of Energy and foundations set up by Bill Gates and the Koch brothers. The Berkeley Earth team set out to analyze records of the Earth's surface temperatures to answer questions about the trajectory of the planet's recent warming that had been raised by skeptics and contrarians. To a very large degree, it discovered that climatologists had been doing a pretty good job after all.
Kavafy writes: Apple has applied for a patent on technology that, among other things, would allow Apple to identify and punish users who jailbreak or otherwise tinker with their devices. Apple's patent provides for a device to investigate a user's identity, ostensibly to determine if and when that user is "unauthorized," or, in other words, stolen. More specifically, the technology would allow Apple to record the voice of the device's user, take a photo of the device's user's current location or even detect and record the heartbeat of the device's user.
Kavafy writes: The France government has refused citizenship to a man on the grounds that he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil (which covers the whole face except for the eyes). This follows a report by a French Parliamentary committee recommending a ban on the veil in hospitals, schools, government offices and on public transport, and President Sarkozy's comment that the full veil is "not welcome" in France.
Kavafy writes: A local councillor in Northern Ireland may soon be producing election posters with Peter Griffin's image on them. According to the BBC, "Omagh councillor Ross Hussey said he was told about his cartoon lookalike by his nephew and a young party colleague." I wonder if he's thought this through?