EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

08.02.20

IRC Proceedings: Saturday, August 01, 2020

Posted in IRC Logs, Site News at 2:41 am by Needs Sunlight

GNOME Gedit

GNOME Gedit

#techrights log

#boycottnovell log

GNOME Gedit

GNOME Gedit

#boycottnovell-social log

#techbytes log

Enter the IRC channels now

07.29.20

Techrights Now Has All Pages (Nearly 3,000 of Them) About the Famous Police Arrest, an Arrest for Pedophilia by Engineer of Bill Gates, Working at His Home (the Gates Estate Where He Was Busted, Admitted Guilt)

Posted in Bill Gates, Site News at 7:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Received about 2,700 additional pages; still exploring ways to move forward with this longstanding investigation

Badge of police in Seattle

Summary: With Epstein files set to be released soon (Gates and Epstein were extremely close) we’re gratified to say that we have all the material about Mr. Jones, the engineer of Bill Gates who was stockpiling a lot of child pornography and child rape footage

HOURS ago we received what the police in Seattle claims to be everything it has on this case. The Police Department (SPD) was asked again to assure us that this was everything and it confirmed. “The Epstein files are going to be unsealed soon,” a reader has told us, so we’re likely to resume on this subject some time later this year. At the moment we’re studying some IBM history and will be focusing on that over the coming days. A lot of that history predates the Web and even the Internet (history of IBM is over a century old!), but national archives can still be accessed, at least partly. We’re doing the best we can to assess the material and get the facts. It is very time-consuming, but someone needs to do it…

07.28.20

Weeks of DDOS Attacks Simply Mean We’re Effective and This Illegal DDOS Campaign Won’t Discourage Techrights

Posted in Site News at 4:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Quite the contrary! As attacks intensify we know we’re getting warmer (close to the heart of important issues).

Internet

Summary: Internet attacks on this site aren’t a new thing, but over the past few weeks and especially in recent days these attacks intensified and we take that as a badge of honour

THE site has been under DDOS attacks, on and off, for a number of weeks. In recent days these attacks intensified, but we already have mitigation mechanisms and these barely require any manual effort.

“Well, the way things stand, after more than a decade of attacks we’re quite robust even without a dedicated CDN and we can cope with just about any kind of attack. We’re technical people with experience and resilience.”It’s not easy to determine who’s behind it and what the motivation may be. Maybe the European Patent Office (EPO) realised its block of the site (inside the Office network) isn’t effective or maybe some companies we criticise aren’t happy to see negative publicity. Maybe they’re in it for “revenge” or an effort to cause damage, to distract, to demoralise etc.

Well, the way things stand, after more than a decade of attacks we’re quite robust even without a dedicated CDN and we can cope with just about any kind of attack. We’re technical people with experience and resilience. The attackers are wasting their own time, not ours, and in the process they basically signal to us that “we’re on the right track” or “we must be doing something effective…”

“As EPO insiders may tell us, we’re dealing with “Mafia” here; this is what they call EPO management.”So, whoever you are attacking the site, knock yourself/ves out. Better get something productive to do with your time. You barely waste ours. We’re not an easy target.

As a side note, remember that we’re not banned anywhere (not even in China), except the EPO, Europe’s most corrupt and autocratic institution, which even managed to blackmail and bribe the media… to the point where it ignores corruption in Europe’s second-largest institution. The block is now over half a decade old; no explanation was given for it, even when questions were asked (the block has been imposed for over two years by the ‘kind’ and ‘gentle’ António Campinos, not just Benoît Battistelli). As EPO insiders may tell us, we’re dealing with “Mafia” here; this is what they call EPO management.

07.18.20

Introduction to Techrights IRC

Posted in Site News at 9:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IRC channels

Summary: A sort of belated primer regarding our IRC channels; these remain our main collaboration tool for real-time interactions (since 2008)

Techrights IRC channels go back more than 12 years (hence the channels with "boycottnovell" still in them; it’s a legacy feature or artifact). There are 4 channels and one of them is mostly used to retain local copies of Social Control Media posts; historically this was done for about a dozen regulars of ours, using Identi.ca (and later Twitter) APIs; when Twitter shut down these APIs 2 years ago we resorted to Pleroma/Fediverse (a bot called “viera” was developed for us, for this very purpose), so the number of people echoed was significantly reduced. Many are, sadly enough, not on Fediverse (and not because they’re too busy blogging).

“Nowadays the main channel has in it between 60 to 70 people (plus bots) constantly lurking. Some people do not lurk in IRC but instead read the logs to keep abreast (happenings behind the scenes).”In a sense, going back to these Identi.ca roots (Fediverse is only partly compatible with what was once known as StatusNet) is a gain for freedom and for Free software, even if the paradigm itself — namely Social Control Media — is deeply flawed.

Nowadays the main channel has in it between 60 to 70 people (plus bots) constantly lurking. Some people do not lurk in IRC but instead read the logs to keep abreast (happenings behind the scenes). Sometimes E-mail provides a sort of ‘feedback loop’ between log lurkers and IRC lurkers (they can communicate with one another days apart). We facilitate those kinds of discussions.

While we don’t need to talk about who’s who (some people prefer their pseudonyms and their privacy; they’re reasonably technical and privacy-conscious), there’s something to be said about the IRC logs.

Logging

It all started in 2008. Keith from Slated.org helped set up the main and first channel. The channels were logged on multiple machines and logs published on a daily basis since the early days (my workstation in Manchester University used to be the fallback machine, sitting there in the shared office with XChat in the background). Some time around 2011 — or maybe a year later — the logs were published less regularly because the workflow was labour-intensive and sometimes I was physically away. Mark, who is based in Canada, has a server sitting on the channels logging it for us in case the connection goes offline here in the UK. Logging is nowadays also being done in the US. So three different countries do the logging, which improves robustness (avoiding data loss/textual lapses) by redundancy. Netsplits and Freenode downtime incidents — however rare these may be — can be compensated for (by having logs from both sides of the ‘split’). We improved these mechanisms over the years. Not even prolonged power outages would lead to data loss.

“Netsplits and Freenode downtime incidents — however rare these may be — can be compensated for (by having logs from both sides of the ‘split’).”Last summer or in early autumn (we published some logs retroactively) we worked to address that lack of automation and resumed publishing logs every day at roughly the same time. The logs are typically generated, manually, some time after midnight and then uploaded. Supervised by a person, the process is less error-prone. Two people check the process.

Redaction

There are two levels of redaction. One pertains to pre-pasting of material onto channels and another is done, albeit very rarely, after something is said publicly (in IRC, but not in logs). This can be due to a privacy issue, a pasting malfunction, or a request (it’s rare but it happens). We don’t just publish everything irresponsibly. We carefully check that nothing illegal, for example, is being done or promoted. Considering the fact we’re censorship-free, the channels are still surprisingly civil and most of the time they’re professional enough. Profanities aren’t being censored; we detest censorship. Profanity is part of human nature and deletion won’t change that nature.

How to Join Us

The channels can be accessed using a Web browser or using an IRC client. The main channel is #techrights at irc.freenode.org (the less important channels are #boycottnovell, #techbytes and #boycottnovell-social; there’s also #tuxmachines, but that’s a different site).

“It probably shouldn’t be too shocking that many of the IRC discussion lead to topics and angles covered here on a daily basis (in wiki and blog form).”We’re always attentive and there’s always somebody ready to reply, provided one waits long enough because people are “away from keyboard” (afk) a lot of the time. Sometimes people drop by, say a few words, then disappear after about a minute, not giving even an opportunity to respond. 4 of my screens show me 4 IRC channels in tandem, but rather than or instead relying on alerts/notifications I depend on motion (screen changes) to detect activity because it is a lot less distracting.

It probably shouldn’t be too shocking that many of the IRC discussion lead to topics and angles covered here on a daily basis (in wiki and blog form). The community generally grew over time and we’re proud to say no censorship or “CoC” was needed; it would only harm the general atmosphere. We’re an unmoderated forum. We’re also transparent enough that the concept of “techrightsGate” or “techrightsLeaks” is ludicrous at best; it would not reveal anything that’s not already publicly accessible to all.

07.13.20

[Humour/Meme] ‘Offensive’ Jokes

Posted in Site News at 1:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Erosion of free speech rights: It won’t be long before humour too is said to contain forbidden language

Offensive Joke Quokka: not funny, will attack joker

Cartoon cancel culture

Summary: Even humour itself is under attack now; people who cannot take/tolerate cartoons and banter are targeting the stand-up comedians, the cartoonists and so on

07.04.20

Fourth of July in the United Kingdom and the United States

Posted in Site News at 7:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

‘Ghost towns’ have become commonplace lately

Industrial Cityscape Southern Harbour

Summary: In these bizarre times Independence Day is still being celebrated, even as so many people are out of work, running out of hope and being fed xenophobia in social control media with a racist ‘celebrity’ president (the “user in chief”)

TODAY is a special day in the United Kingdom. Our Prime Minister, born in the United States (no joke!), decided to reopen pubs today, after more than 3 months. Independence from sobriety!

The United States may be celebrating its Independence Day with a president who declared independence from facts and independence from sanity. Good luck with that. See our Daily Links for political commentary to that effect.

“Today may be a good day to declare one’s independence from social control media.”The world isn’t in a good shape. It doesn’t matter if you’re in “the West” (a vague concept) or in “red China” or in the Russian “federation”. Cynicism aside, the current economic system isn’t working; it’s failing far too many people, who right about now lose the temporary reprieve from mortgage payments and exemptions/deferral when it comes to utility bills. August is going to be really terrible, economic analysts have argued for a couple of months. Judging by the resurgence in number of COVID-19 cases in the US, another shut-down is potentially imminent. We say “potentially” because with the most irrational president in the world (bar Putin perhaps) anything is possible. It’s also possible that this year’s elections will be called off or delayed, potentially with the declaration of martial law in some form. So much for Independence Day.

Independence has a special meaning when it comes to software. Independence from the clown computing hype. Independence from proprietary software, from ‘telemetry’ (surveillance embedded in programs), from DRM and all sorts of other nasty things.

Enjoy Independence Day, wherever you may be. Celebrate responsibly if you do.

Today may be a good day to declare one’s independence from social control media. Start a blog instead. Advertise an RSS feed. Let’s go back to the days Web sites were actually independent. Not de-platforms for and by shareholders of social control media giants.

07.03.20

Microsoft’s Share in Web Servers Rapidly Falls to Just 4.5% (Falling More Than 5% in a Single Month)

Posted in Site News at 6:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft at Netcraft

Summary: Microsoft’s share as measured at Netcraft (de facto authority in this area) is rapidly declining; expect IIS to go the way of the dodo some time in the coming years

THE world is changing all around us. Some will perish and it seems like Free software can thrive.

The lock-downs may be killing Microsoft, which stopped hiring a number of months ago. Three times last month Microsoft announced layoffs, including closure of each and every one of its stores worldwide. We kindly remind readers that, as we’ve noted before, Microsoft does not have 90% of the desktop/laptop market. It’s a lie and it’s gleefully perpetuated by GNU/Linux ‘news’ sites which perhaps unwittingly cite a Microsoft-connected firm (we wrote many articles about that firm more than a decade ago). Regarding servers, judging by this comprehensive and respected Web servers survey, Microsoft went down from 9,053,159 active sites (4.72%) to just 8,551,282 (4.52%) last month. It’s actually down more than 5% in a month, having lost half a million active sites. It won’t be long before they reach zero (or zero point something percent) and IIS development isn’t considered financially sustainable anymore.

“It won’t be long before they reach zero (or zero point something percent) and IIS development isn’t considered financially sustainable anymore.”As psydread put it in our IRC channel an hour ago (full logs to be published tomorrow morning), “this explains why Microsoft seems like a headless chicken going in a 1000 different directions these days, it looks like they are preparing to go out with a (big) bang [...] losing on the server side, losing more and more on the client side, dead on phones and other devices [...] where will it all end for them…?”

At the moment they are trying to hijack the competition, e.g. by bribing the OSI, infiltrating the Linux Foundation, and coming up with that "inner source" scam. Will they succeed? We ought not let them.

06.28.20

Almost 300 Blog Posts in 28 Days

Posted in Site News at 8:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

My desk this weekend

A portrait setup

Summary: This month’s experiment doing about 10 posts per day, on average, resulted in 294 from June 1st to 28th (so far today); this more productive workflow benefits greatly from leaving Twitter 'behind'

« Previous entries Next Page » Next Page »

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channels: Come and chat with us in real time

New to This Site? Here Are Some Introductory Resources

No

Mono

ODF

Samba logo






We support

End software patents

GPLv3

GNU project

BLAG

EFF bloggers

Comcast is Blocktastic? SavetheInternet.com



Recent Posts