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12.28.11

Links – Microsoft, Big Publishers in decline, and Fools keep pushing for SOPA.

Posted in Site News at 3:10 pm by Guest Editorial Team

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  • Android Approved By Pentagon For DoD Usage, Major Setback For iPhone

    This article makes some great points but only software freedom will guard the user against Malware and there might not be any US cell phones that are free. It goes without saying that Blackberry should not be used either.

  • American corporate software can no longer be trusted for anything

    The discussions around SOPA have shown a very unfortunate side of United States policymaking — that its policymakers are not the slightest afraid of legislatively ordering American-run corporations to sabotage their customers in order to further United States foreign policy. … Free software is not a matter of money anymore, if it ever was. It’s a matter of freedom and sovereignty.

    No one should trust non free software but idiotic US laws can ruin intentional trust in US made free software as well. Free software has always been about sovereignty but the non free software companies have been more abusive and obvious lately and people are noticing. The USA Patriot act is a similar liability for US service providers. The author even doubts Android.

    Techrights covered US government abuse of trade policy for Microsoft’s benefit in leaked diplomatic cables. This should outrage other US software companies such as Red Hat, IBM and Google.

  • Debian GNU/Linux Testing

    The next release of Debian GNU/Linux is shaping up beautifully. … At the rate they are going, Wheezy could be released before “8″.

  • Google market cap is set to pass Microsoft’s soon.
  • Hardware

  • Anti-Trust

    • Microsoft monopoly in retreat everywhere:
      Walmart Sells Linux Online

      This marks the return of desktop gnu/linux to Walmart. Microsoft had bullied every piece of the supply chain back in 2006 to remove this competition and pulled similar tricks against netbooks everywhere. Back in April, GNU/Linux came back to Walmart as a tablet in April. Other stores, like Best Buy, are trying to sell $1,000 Windows laptops as if it were 1995 again.

    • Amazon messes with Android

      Just days ago we reported and confirmed that Amazon’s Kindle Fire prevented owners from visiting the Android Market in the Silk browser. The 7-inch tablet reportedly contains a hidden utility app called “MarketIntentProxy.apk” which can detect when the end-user is hunting for an app, and will force a re-direct to the Amazon Appstore installed on the device — literally hijacking the browser. Now days later, Kindle Fire customers are reporting that they suddenly have access to the Android Market via the Silk browser.

      No matter how good software is, the owners have unjust power over you if you are not using free software. When you do have software freedom, you need to be careful to use a good, community curated distribution. Companies with ties to big publishers will sell you out.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • People in Glasshouses (With Windows) Shouldn’t Throw Stones

      Microsoft’s call for “droidrage” stories on Android comes across not just as a rather feeble attempt to divert people’s attention from Windows Phone’s abysmal showing in the smartphone market, but also as deeply hypocritical: if there is any platform that deserves a “rage” tag, it’s Windows, thanks to the tens of billions of dollars of harm it has inflicted on its users

      Most people love their Android phones and tablets, so Microsoft will have to write the rage stories themselves.

  • Censorship

  • Why “Safe Harbor” Laws Are Disastrous For Free Speech

    the “safe harbor” provisions have gradually shifted the environment to suppress free speech and expression in favor of the suppressing industries: the copyright industries. … The DMCA was, and is, an abomination. So is the habit of letting corporations guard our right to free speech. It must be unconditional, and it isn’t when there is any kind of intermediary liability. … corporations would rather err on the side of caution, preferring to throw a thousand users to the wolves in error than becoming liable for one shielded in error.

  • The lawmakers who brought you SOPA and other censorship bills

    anyone running against these folks would be missing out on a huge opportunity not to make the incumbent’s support of censoring the internet into a campaign issue.

    Many of the names are familiar from other legislative disasters.

  • The GoDaddy boycott was effective, so people should boycott other companies too.

    GoDaddy capitulating is a huge win, because it’s the first stone to come out of the wall. Now that GoDaddy has demonstrated that they were taking too much damage to continue with their support of SOPA, it empowers people to exert similar pressure on other companies, and it demonstrates to those companies that there are enough angry people out there that you need to listen up and pay attention.

    Keep migrating your domains and avoid things from the other bullies who would waste your money ruining the internet to preserve their position in the world.

  • Civil Rights

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

    • People say a lot of ill-informed things about Chrome, and mostly they don’t deserve a response, but …

      It’s very simple: the primary goal of Chrome is to make the web advance as much and as quickly as possible. That’s it. It’s completely irrelevant to this goal whether Chrome actually gains tons of users or whether instead the web advances because the other browser vendors step up their game and produce far better browsers. Either way the web gets better. … Google succeeds (and makes money) when the web succeeds and people use it more to do everything they need to do. … the whole “You’re funding a competitor!!!” angle is misguided. Google is funding a partner.

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