01.18.22

What IBM Does Not Want You to Watch

Posted in IBM, Videos at 4:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Minutes ago: Someone Is Very Desperate to Knock My Account Off Twitter

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Summary: Let’s ‘Streisand it’…

01.10.22

Reducing Overhead Associated With Video Production

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Videos at 11:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum c5bbd9d934b5e6e4b990555d0eec6ed1
Automating Video Editing, Uploading, Listing
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The Techrights Git server (self-hosted) has some tidier versions of the programs we use to produce videos quickly and frequently

THIS morning I spent about half an hour properly commenting/annotating the code while tidying up a little bit along the way. It’s the code associated not with uploading or connecting to our servers (security-sensitive) but all the listing, processing etc.

The code is in the Public Domain (PD), so it’s available for reuse under very liberal — or shall we say “permissive” — conditions, or almost no conditions at all. That’s motivated by an urgent need to spread better practices and become more robust to oppressive censorship by Internet giants. In fact, we need to get more sites to self-host their videos and quit outsourcing to proprietary software/third-party hosts such as Gulag (Google/YouTube).

01.02.22

‘Repair Louis’ on GNU/Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Videos at 12:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The Fight/Right to Repair guy reads out the differences between “Linux” and what that actually is

12.19.21

You Cannot Own a Car Anymore…

Posted in Videos at 12:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: 5 months ago we wrote about privacy issues and safety issues associated with today’s (new) cars; it’s getting a lot worse before — if ever — it gets any better, as Louis Rossmann explains

Later today we’ll write about new attacks on car ownership, adding to issues we’ve already covered here before.

As a sort of teaser, consider the new video above, brought to our attention by numerous readers, which means people are increasingly concerned about such rapid erosion of “tech rights”…

The latest outrage concerns a stupid (not “smart”) fob. Rossmann asks, “is it contacting Toyota’s servers?” It basically “uses radio waves”, so Toyota adds no resources of its own; and yes, this “function will not work” if Toyota does not allow it, so it’s about “you not owning anything” (it’s even things inside the car “not being repairable”). It’s a grossly “overpriced service” and this can lead to “every company in every country” working like a price-fixing cartel against the ownership of cars. It became “more common in recent years” (“trial”, “premium”, “pay for subscription” etc.).

“Toyota, as it turns out, spent 4.5 million dollars on lobbying against people’s interests in this one particular domain.”Rossmann notes that Toyota doing this is a wake-up call because people don’t typically expect this kind of company to resort to this. He says, “imagine you buy a house” to be offered a free trial for control over how cold the refrigerator gets and you are eventually left on your own after 3 years, unable to do what you did before even though the functionality is already there. That’s very like DRM on printers and coffee machines. Artificial limitations are turned into an extra profit opportunity. That’s the only purpose of such schemes.

Toyota, as it turns out, spent 4.5 million dollars on lobbying against people’s interests in this one particular domain. The concern is — as Rossmann repeatedly stresses — unless people fight back, all car manufacturers will do this, leaving people with no other choice.

And “that’s how it works on both sides of the Atlantic,” an associate of ours has noted. “That’s one of the reason Louis has collected money to buy his own lobbyists for the Fight to Repair work.”

11.26.21

38+ Years of GNU and 19+ Years of FSF Associate Membership

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux, Videos at 7:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software System Award to Richard Stallman

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Summary: “On November 25, 2002,” Wikipedia notes, “the FSF launched the FSF Associate Membership program for individuals.” As the above video points out, it all started almost 40 years ago.

10.28.21

[ES] Spanish: Richard Stallman’s Speech From This Past Saturday

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, Videos at 6:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The new bits (in Spanish) start at 14m:42s from the start

Source/credit: GNU Video Recordings
Talk title: Software libre, tu libertad, y tu ciberseguridad (Free software, your freedom, and your cybersecurity)
Location: Online event (BigBlueButton)
Organizer: 8.8 Chile Enteka
Hosts: Gabriel Bergel, 8.8 Chile Enteka
Date: October 23, 2021
Language: Spanish
Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

This New Edward Snowden Video is Relevant to Media Cover-up in Service of EPO Management

Posted in Europe, Patents, Videos at 6:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: We’re long mentioned the 'conspiracy of silence' regarding EPO corruption (bribes and threats from Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos contribute to this silence), so the above video, which is new, seems relevant to us

09.30.21

Welcome Back, Richard Stallman

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, Videos at 4:29 am by Guest Editorial Team

Published on September 29, 2021. Reproduced with consent. Original article here.

S

tarting from March 2020, Richard Stallman’s speeches in person had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. After the restrictions were reduced, he held his first in-person speech in Kyiv, Ukraine, on September 18, 2021.

During that speech, he was welcomed back with applause twice:

1. The audience interrupted Stallman with applause when he mentioned he is back on the FSF Board of Directors. #back-on-board

2. People reacted with applause when RMS observed that this was his first presentation of St. iGNUcius since 2019 (he presents it at some in-person speeches). #back-in-person

These welcome-back reactions by an Ukrainian physical audience are to confirm what the community at large had already expressed in numerous comments, articles, and testimonies throughout the Internet.

The letter of support, with 6,850+ signatures that show a large number of non-American supporters, provides further evidence that the international free software community, including minority groups, rejects the defamation and smear campaign launched against Richard Stallman in the United States.

A comment from an attendee:

Great lecture. A wonderful experience to see and hear Richard live. A very educated, consistent and rational person. By Kira, translated from Russian

Worth noting the number of female attendees that can be seen in the full video.

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