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Vulnerable man starved to death after benefits were cut

44-year-old died months after sickness and housing benefits were stopped following Atos fitness-for-work assessment.

According to Atos, Mark Wood’s ‘mental state was “normal”’. According to his GP, Wood ‘was “extremely unwell and absolutely unfit for any work whatsoever”’.

An Atos spokeswoman said, ‘Our thoughts are with the family of Mr Wood at this difficult time’.

Are Windows 8 tablets too expensive?

I have bought four Android tablets – a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 (Wi-Fi/3g) in 2011 and three Google Nexus 7 tablets, including new and old models – and they have all had problems. This year I tried another 2012 Nexus 7. All was well for a few days until Android updated to KitKat (4.4.2 KOT49H), when I started having exactly the same touch screen problems as I had had with both 2013 units.

Four crappy devices, but the iPad is barely worth a look because it’s ‘closed’ and, er, a man in John Lewis said they can’t play BBC videos. Jesus.

The Popcorn Oldies Story
A short documentary on the Belgian Popcorn scene.
Belgium’s ‘Popcorn’: the last underground music scene in Europe
Parallell universe Northern Soul!
PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data

…we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article.

Tainted Love played by Floppy Disc Drives - now with vocals!
Added my Marc Almond himself! Lovely.
A Long Lost Arthur Russell Interview
From Melody Maker, 1987.
Politics doesn’t change anything

There’s a lot of geeks I talk to who tell me that politics doesn’t change anything, and that the “disruptive” changes comes from individuals and businesses building things in the marketplace.

The worst thing about being interested in technology is the constant exposure to this brand of right-wing individualist bollocks from Ayn Rand-licking bellends.

Via Blech.

American Promise

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

The Pelican Project
A compendium of Pelican covers.
Github: Rendered Prose Diffs
In the future, a Github user will be shocked to learn that the site started out as a platform for programmers to collaborate on code.