10.09.11

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  • Microsoft Appears to Have Blacklisted Oxford University email

    They once, in lock step with AOL and Yahoo, intentionally blocked Truthout email for political messages they did not like. Between incompetence and malice, no one should use Microsoft email services.

  • Microsoft partner, Lockheed Martin is replaced by IBM at the US National Archive Project, which was late and over budget

    Microsoft is not explicitly mentioned but they brag about customer facing services for the agency and the group Lockheed ran included Microsoft heavy partners like EDS and SAIC.

  • The Steve Jobs who founded Apple as an anarchic company promoting the message of freedom, whose first projects with Stephen Wozniak were pirate boxes and computers with open schematics, would be taken aback by the future that Apple is forging. Today there is no tech company that looks more like the Big Brother from Apple’s iconic 1984 commercial than Apple itself, a testament to how quickly power can corrupt.

    Freedom at Apple was never for users. The corruption visible is simply the logical conclusion of non free software.

    Steve Job’s passing and Bill Gate’s “retirement” mark the end of a damaging lie. Microsoft is run by a buffoon who would otherwise be selling insurance and Apple’s CEO is a businessman responsible for moving Apple’s manufacturing to sweatshops in China. Neither of these companies can parade a heroic founder as emotional justification for their oppressive practices.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

  • Anti-Trust

    • EU Anti-Trust Failure.

      “The Commission considers that there are no competition concerns in this growing market where numerous players, including Google, are present,” the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust agency, said in a statement today, referring to competition concerns for consumers, who make up the bulk of Skype’s customers

      Expect gnu/linux Skype to break soon. This creates a great opportunity for free software like Ekiga. Google+ hangouts are reported to work well but that is only available in binary form so far.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

  • Censorship

    • Blocking misfeature of G+

      If you are blocked by someone, you can’t see their posts on your public conversations but everyone else can. A spammer or troll can unblock just long enough to troll a conversation out. Google sends emails for each post but the problem remains. Google has been notified and may be working on a fix. I do not know if other comment exchange sites have the same problem but owners can do the same or worse at any time. Join Diaspora instead.

  • Privacy

    • US companies are using face recognition and fingerprints to control workers.

      Biometrics at Pizza Hut and KFC? How Face Recognition and Digital Fingerprinting Are Creeping Into the U.S. Workplace
      Biometric technology is being used to more closely track low-wage workers, already desperate in a bad economy.

    • German Government Backdoor Spotted

      Chaos Computer Club from Germany has tonight announced that they have located a backdoor trojan used by the German Goverment. The backdoor includes a keylogger that targets certain applications. These applications include Firefox, Skype, MSN Messenger, ICQ and others. The backdoor also contains code intended to take screenshots and record audio, including recording Skype calls.

      It’s not a but, it’s a feature of non free software.

  • Civil Rights

    • Alabama Law Makes It A Felony For Undocumented Immigrants To Have Water At Their Homes

      … if an undocumented immigrant pays their taxes, they will be guilty of a felony, but if they don’t they will also be guilty of a felony because Alabama punishes tax evaders with up to five years in prison. In other words, Alabama’s anti-immigrant law effectively makes it a crime to simply live as an undocumented immigrant in the state.

  • Education Watch

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

    • ISPs “exaggerate the cost of data”

      Traffic-related costs are a small percentage of the total connectivity revenue, and despite traffic growth, this percentage is expected to stay constant or decline … claims of ballooning costs as a “myth”

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Software Is Mathematics—The Need for Due Diligence

      there seems to be a category of readers who just can’t bring themselves to believe that software could possibly be mathematics. … People who think like this saw the explanation of why software is mathematics as rhetoric in support of a conclusion. They objected to the overall tenor of the article on the basis that in their opinion the very notion that software is mathematics can’t be true. They didn’t dispute the evidence I provide.

    • ACTA

      • Brazil to debate ‘anti-ACTA’ bill, defying US

        key provisions include protection of net neutrality and the privacy and personal data of individuals – directly contrary to the carte blanche given by ACTA for copyright holders to demand traffic logs from ISPs to identify alleged offenders. The legislation also directly addresses the so-called “three strikes” rule advocated by ACTA, which sees internet users’ connections terminated after three warnings for illegal downloading.

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