Political and Economic Philosophies


Land Registry goes big on open data

Land Registry is today, 28 June 2013, making its historical price paid records available to download for free as part of its open data programme. This will allow developers and businesses to use and reuse one of the world’s largest property datasets, comprising over 17 million residential cash and mortgage sales in England and Wales.
The [...]

Whoops - I accidentally learnt some German

I was fascinated to hear about a language education web site called Duolingo.com. According to last week’s New Scientist (2nd Feb 2013) magazine, it has been found that “students [using Duolingo.com] needed an average of 34 hours to learn the equivalent of what is covered in the first semester of a university Spanish course”.
Naturally, I was intrigued [...]

Cameron speech on Britain’s relationship with the EU

BBC iPlayer - Recorded coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron making a keynote speech on Britain’s relationship with the European Union from Wednesday 23 January 2013
Recorded coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron making a keynote speech on Britain’s relationship with the European Union from Wednesday 23 January 2013
Cameron -
…[12.12] So, let me set out my [...]

First-ever Hardware Certification for LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer by Free Software Foundation

Loveland based, Aleph Objects, Inc. is pleased to announce its 3D printer, the LulzBot™ AO-100, received the Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification from The Free Software Foundation (FSF). As the first hardware product to ever be awarded this recognition, RYF certification meets FSF’s standards regarding users’ freedom and control over the product and privacy. Unlike [...]

Call for businesses to donate their time and skills to charities and social enterprises

The Impetus Trust  is calling for businesses to donate their time and skills to charities and social enterprises.
See further information on their web site at: www.impetus.org.uk/get-involved

Essex Business Seminar - The Bribery Act - implications for your business, March 6th 2012

Business Seminar: The Bribery Act - implications for your business
Date: Tuesday 6th March 2012
Time: 08.30 am to 10.00 am at,
Venue: Birkett Long, Basildon SS14 3EZ
The organisers, Birkett Long solicitors say:
The Bribery Act came into force on 1 July 2011 surrounded by a great deal of hype and uncertainty. Rather than jump in at the [...]

LibrePlanet 2012 conference announced: March 24th-25th

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Monday, December 12, 2011
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the dates for its upcoming LibrePlanet 2012 conference as March 24th and 25th, 2012, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A call for papers has also been announced. The conference will include talks from the FSF staff and board, GNU project [...]

Summary of UK Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2011

The Chancellor has today delivered his autumn statement to Parliament, alongside the publication of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s updated forecasts for growth and borrowing. He announced permanent reductions in spending to ensure that the UK meets its fiscal targets, using some of those savings in the short term to fund infrastructure investment to generate [...]

Re-launch of Free Software Directory with over 6500 programs listed

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the re-launch of its Free Software Directory at directory.fsf.org. The Directory lists over 6,500 programs that are free for any computer user to download, run, and share. It was first launched nearly a decade ago, but the new version brings a [...]

Good business, bad business - Reactions to Ed Miliband’s speech to 2011 Labour Party Conference

Institute of Directors
Commenting on Ed Miliband’s speech at the 2011 Labour conference, Miles Templeman, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
We would like to know how Ed Miliband plans to identify and reward ‘good’ companies over ‘bad’ ones. In practice, we think he would find this neither straightforward nor desirable. He should have more [...]

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