11.02.11

Gemini version available ♊︎

Links – E-Tyranny Acts

Posted in Site News at 12:02 am by Guest Editorial Team

Reader’s Picks

  • Hardware

    • Whats good for the Goose should be good for the Gander

      Just as many of you would be upset if you where told that desktop (or laptop) you bought had to keep it’s default operating system I am more than a little annoyed that a good deal of the ARM hardware out there comes with this stipulation attached.

  • Health/Nutrition

    • Why the Food Movement Should Occupy Wall Street.

      Rampant Wall Street speculation on commodities is driving up food costs, small farmers are being driven off their land, and agribusiness holds monopoly control of our seeds and stores. In this climate, the struggle against massive wealth disparities, unregulated financial institutions, and excessive corporate power is our struggle as well.

  • Defence/Police/Aggression

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • Is the EPA Selling Out Your Water?

      Nancy Stoner, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) acting assistant administrator for water, is an advocate for water privatization … “I think there’s big money in to be made in how to address the water resources needs for our country, particularly when we are going to have population growth, development, the decay of existing infrastructure and climate change”

      Unbelievable.

    • A new study shows Japanese government underestimated Fukushima release by about half.
      “They really took a global view and used all the data available,” says De Geer. … The differences between the two studies may seem large, notes Yukio Hayakawa, a volcanologist at Gunma University who has also modelled the accident, but uncertainties in the models mean that the estimates are actually quite similar.

      Previous estimates showed releases on the order of or more than Chernobyl, this one has it considerably more.

  • Finance

  • Anti-Trust

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • Police spy tricked lover with activist ‘cover story’

      Another undercover police officer, Peter Black, said sex was a widely used “tool” to gain the trust of activists when he was deployed in the 1990s. … In most cases, the police officers developed long-term relationships and their subsequent disappearance left women feeling traumatised and angry. … police spies are known to have been having relationships with activists as recently as last year, as part of a secret police operation to monitor political activists that has been in place since the late 1960s.

      The rich and powerful view the rest of us as tools to be exploited and abused without limit. That such behavior would be demanded by police supervisors is just as exploitative as the behavior itself.

  • Censorship

  • Privacy

    • India wants to wiretap all Blackberries.

      It’s not free software, so you should assume that it’s already wire tapped.

    • An insurance company tried and Failed to get a Facebook user’s password.

      The court noted that State Farm’s requests are more than a fishing expedition. The interrogatory that sought the name, address and telephone number of each of plaintiff’s friends was “so far outside the realm of discoverable information” that the court concludes it was intended to “intimidate and harass plaintiff.” Parties have gotten out-of-control in seeking social networking profile information.

      We can imagine that Facebook already sold the insurance company the information, because insurance companies have used Facebook information to terminate benefits, but they were unable to produce the perceived dirt in a court without this password request charade. Don’t use Facebook.

  • Civil Rights

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • RMS on Steve Jobs, 27 October 2011 (Steve Jobs)

      Washington’s statement was harsher than mine. He criticized Mayor Daley as a person; I criticized Jobs’ public activity. … The important thing about Jobs is what he directed Apple to do to those who are still living: to make general-purpose computers with digital handcuffs more controlling and unjust than ever before. He designed them to refuse even to let users install their own choice of applications — and installing free (freedom-respecting) applications is entirely forbidden. He even tried to make it illegal to install software not approved by Apple. …Jobs also made it a personal crusade to attack Android with software patents. … Jobs’ final legacy may be the patent disaster we have warned about for 20 years.

      As usual, Mr. Stallman’s writing are worth reading in their entirety.

    • Oppose the E-Tyranny Act

      Various intellectual monopolies are used to justify censorship and business method monopolies, as we should expect from the confused or malicious people who use the term “IP”

    • The White House has insultingly ignored the petition against software patents by claiming nothing can be done.

      the USPTO can err on the side of rejecting software patents—indeed it has been doing just that to a limited extent. Over time, such rejections, if upheld by the courts, could shift the law in a less software-patent-friendly direction. … If the White House became convinced that software patents were detrimental to the American economy, it could begin filing briefs encouraging the Supreme Court to reinstate its original original ban on software patents.

    • Trademarks

      • On Blogging, Threats, and Silence

        They want you to shrink down very small inside a box where you think they can’t find you.’ And it works. I see it happening all the time; blogs go dark, or disappear entirely, or stop covering certain subjects. … And when it happens to people for the first time, they think they are alone, because they don’t realise how widespread and insidious it is. …

    • Copyrights

      • Meet the Real Parasites: Congress Declares Nuclear War on the Global Internet

        While Congress can’t seem to act in a bipartisan manner to do anything to help the 99% that really need it, the two parties are managing to join hands to help crush freedom on the Net — yes, they are equally culpable in this Orwellian thrust. … The fact that Congress in a bipartisan manner is willing to even consider such abominations is a travesty that we must not, can not ignore or forget.

      • E-PARASITE Bill: ‘The End Of The Internet As We Know It’

        Now I understand why Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s first reaction to this bill was to say that “this would mean the end of the Internet as we know it.” She’s right. The more you look at the details, the more you realize how this bill is an astounding wishlist of everything that the legacy entertainment gatekeepers have wanted in the law for decades and were unable to get.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 20/1/2022: Linuxfx 11.1 WxDesktop 11.0.3 and FreeIPMI 1.6.9 Released

    Links for the day



  2. Links 19/1/2022: XWayland 22.1 RC1 and OnlyOffice 7.0 Release

    Links for the day



  3. Links 19/1/2022: ArchLabs 2022.01.18 and KDE's 15-Minute Bug Initiative

    Links for the day



  4. When Twitter Protects Abusers and Abuse (and Twitter's Sponsors)

    Twitter is an out-of-control censorship machine and it should be treated accordingly even by those who merely "read" or "follow" Twitter accounts; Twitter is a filter, not a news/media platform or even means of communication



  5. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 18, 2022



  6. Links 19/1/2022: Wine 7.x Era Begins and Istio 1.12.2 is Out

    Links for the day



  7. Another Video IBM Does Not Want You to Watch

    It seems very much possible that IBM (or someone close to IBM) is trying to purge me from Twitter, so let’s examine what they may be trying to distract from. As we put it 2 years ago, "Watson" is a lot more offensive than those supposedly offensive words IBM is working to purge; think about those hundreds of Red Hat workers who are black and were never told about ethnic purges of blacks facilitated by IBM (their new boss).



  8. What IBM Does Not Want You to Watch

    Let's 'Streisand it'...



  9. Good News, Bad News (and Back to Normal)

    When many services are reliant on the integrity of a single, very tiny MicroSD card you're only moments away from 2 days of intensive labour (recovery, investigation, migration, and further coding); we've learned our lessons and took advantage of this incident to upgrade the operating system, double the storage space, even improve the code slightly (for compatibility with newer systems)



  10. Someone Is Very Desperate to Knock My Account Off Twitter

    Many reports against me — some successful — are putting my free speech (and factual statements) at risk



  11. Links 18/1/2022: Deepin 20.4 and Qubes OS 4.1.0 RC4

    Links for the day



  12. Links 18/1/2022: GNOME 42 Alpha and KStars 3.5.7

    Links for the day



  13. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 17, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, January 17, 2022



  14. Links 17/1/2022: More Microsoft-Connected FUD Against Linux as Its Share Continues to Fall

    Links for the day



  15. The GUI Challenge

    The latest article from Andy concerns the Command Line Challenge



  16. Links 17/1/2022: digiKam 7.5.0 and GhostBSD 22.01.12 Released

    Links for the day



  17. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 16, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 16, 2022



  18. Links 17/1/2022: postmarketOS 21.12 Service Pack 1 and Mumble 1.4 Released

    Links for the day



  19. [Meme] Gemini Space (or Geminispace): From 441 Working Capsules to 1,600 Working Capsules in Just 12 Months

    Gemini space now boasts 1,600 working capsules, a massive growth compared to last January, as we noted the other day (1,600 is now official)



  20. [Meme] European Patent Office Space

    The EPO maintains a culture of illegal surveillance, inherited from Benoît Battistelli and taken to a whole new level by António Campinos



  21. Gemini Rings (Like Webrings) and Shared Spaces in Geminspace

    Much like the Web of 20+ years ago, Gemini lets online communities — real communities (not abused tenants, groomed to be ‘monetised’ like in Facebook or Flickr) — form networks, guilds, and rings



  22. Links 16/1/2022: Latte Dock 0.11 and librest 0.9.0

    Links for the day



  23. The Corporate Cabal (and Spy Agencies-Enabled Monopolies) Engages in Raiding of the Free Software Community and Hacker Culture

    In an overt attack on the people who actually did all the work — the geeks who built excellent software to be gradually privatised through the Linux Foundation (a sort of price-fixing and openwashing cartel for shared interests of proprietary software firms) — is receiving more widespread condemnation; even the OSI has been bribed to become a part-time Microsoft outsourcer as organisations are easier to corrupt than communities



  24. EPO's Web Site Constantly Spammed by Lies About Privacy While EPO Breaks the Law and Outsources Data to the United States

    The António Campinos-led EPO works for imperialism, it not only protects the rich; sadly, António’s father isn’t alive anymore and surely he would blast his son for doing what he does to progress his career while lying to staff and European citizens



  25. Links 16/1/2022: Tsunami and Patents

    Links for the day



  26. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 15, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 15, 2022



  27. Links 16/1/2022: Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop and Catch-up With Patent Misinformation

    Links for the day



  28. Patrick Breyer, Unlike Most German Politicians, Highlights the Fact That Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent Are Incompatible With EU Law

    A longtime critic of EPO abuses (under both Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos leadership), as well as a vocal critic of software patents, steps in to point out the very obvious



  29. Links 15/1/2022: Flameshot 11.0 and Libvirt 8.0

    Links for the day



  30. Blogging and Microblogging in Geminispace With Gemini Protocol

    Writing one’s thoughts and other things in Geminispace — even without setting up a Gemini server — is totally possible; gateways and services do exist for this purpose


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 Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts