NEWS: The GPL Compliance suit against VMware is moving forward -- the first appeal action took place in Germany yesterday: https://sfconservancy.org/news/2018/nov/29/gplappeal/
EU just ensured I’ll never trust an autonomous car
EU hijacking: self-driving car data will be copyrighted...by the manufacturer / Boing Boing
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Kontact, KDE's all-in-one solution for email, calendars, contacts, and notes, has launched a brand new website. Check it out at:
It still offends me. A lot. That everybody still has phone numbers. And for more than just interfacing with legacy POTS land lines. It bugs me that a mobile phone isn't a mobile computer with a world-routable IPv6 address and that voice communication isn't just a special case application that runs on top of this.
It's even more annoying that programs that run over IP and don't use the non-IP parts of the mobile network still insist you have a 'phone number'.
I found a first edition copy of Learning GNU Emacs at work. I've started reading it just to see how much of it is still relevant 27 years later. I'm not through the whole book yet, but so far all of it still applies. ALL of it.
There's more to do with #emacs these days, but holy cow that is cool that it's still pretty much the same editor it has always been.
I may be forced to resign from Alpine, because I cannot see an ethical path forward that allows myself to contribute to a product Microsoft consumes in their attempts to promulgate Linux to an “app you download from the Windows Store.”
Where I am from, you don’t negotiate with terrorists, and Microsoft continue to terrorize many projects, companies and individuals with their software patent portfolio.
There is a strong reason why at work, we will only ever touch free software when building solutions for our customers. This is because software freedom is the most important concern when providing infrastructure and solutions to the most vulnerable among us. Software freedom keeps them safe.
To assist Microsoft in their efforts of promulgation is to assist them in their ongoing efforts to undermine software freedom. WSL is a trojan horse. It is not our friend, and we should not tolerate it’s consumption of our distributions.
Digital Restrictions Management (#DRM) is any technology that is built into an electronic product or service with the aim of limiting its range of uses.
Use the day and read on to inform yourself & others about DRM!
Digital restrictions imposed by DRM endanger our citizen rights and open up a legal minefield for copyright reforms and exceptions to it. They hinder access to our digital heritage and knowledge, block citation and creativity.
#DRM also endangers our privacy. Remember how in 2005 it was found out that the #Sony #rootkit was spying on users and was loaded onto roughly 25 million CDs and infected more than 550,000 networks in more than one hundred countries:
#EU endorsed so called #uploadfilter and #linktax, but... after reading through actual legislation that was voted for (which is different from one proposed before), I'm not sure if it's such a bad thing... full text here:
It specifically excludes from directive:
- non-commercial hosting
- open source projects
TLDR: It will hit only commercial and centralized service, which is good for us on ActivityPub where users can be free.
How to turn everything upside down in 9 years: 2009 Microsoft was forced by the European Commission to add a ballot box to allow users to chose a browser freely. Two years later they got fined €561 million because they removed it again. Now they introduce a dialog which does the direct opposite, it warns users not to install a different browser than Microsoft Edge. https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/12/17850146/microsoft-windows-10-chrome-firefox-warning
"Before heading out to capture Pokémon, you might want to consider the data the game has access to and the history of the company that created the game"
A friendly reminder that Pokemon Go and similar software might not be what it seems 🙃
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