Cosmetic Changes in Web Site and Gemini Promotion

Posted in Site News at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gemini empahsis in techrights
Screenshot of the changes

Summary: We’re going to make some site changes in an effort to improve the overall experience and provide more options

LAST night we started working on improved clarify at the bottom section of blog posts. We moreover added a Gemini directive to the headlines. The goal is to raise awareness of Gemini and increase its use. In the past 3 weeks we served about 150,000 pages over gemini:// and moreover we’ve improved the focus on communications over IRC. Topics are split better.

“The goal is to raise awareness of Gemini and increase its use.”There will be several more minor or cosmetic changes to come soon, but we make the changes gradual and not considerable. It helps catch and understand bugs along the way.

Patenting Software and Patenting Music

Posted in Patents, Videos at 8:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ad080d6da1733c347004bde53d5441e4

Summary: Dr. Richard Stallman explains why patent maximalism inhibits progress, restrains freedom, prevents creativity, and hinders actual innovation

[Meme] In the EPO, Criminals Get Promoted, Not Arrested

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

I busted unions, I got busted, prison and EPO promotion
Who said abusers would not be rewarded?

Summary: French sociopaths [1, 2] who run the EPO with their old buddies have demonstrated the sheer lunacy associated with diplomatic immunity, shielding crooks from accountability

Richard Stallman Explains Why He Protests and Condemns the EPO (for Promoting Software Patents in Other Continents, Too)

Posted in Australia, Europe, Patents, Videos at 7:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7fa4e449339520265766a7e9227a6f87

Brooklyn 99 Set the bar too low: Software patents improve innovation; Name a program you wrote; Program? I don't code.Summary: A Free (libre) version of an old video in which Richard Stallman explained to Australian media what rogue EPO officials were up to in Australia

THE EPO‘s promotion of European software patents is nowadays disguised using fashionable buzzwords like “Hey Hi”, but this kind of promotion goes a long way back and moreover predates Benoît Battistelli. In recent years, under António Campinos, the EPO openly bragged about promoting software patents all around the world. Being immune (diplomatic immunity), these tyrannical ‘public servants’ can get away with almost anything!

“Being immune (diplomatic immunity), these tyrannical ‘public servants’ can get away with almost anything!”In the interest of preserving history, as well as format shifting (to a freedom-respecting format and away from Google’s spying/prying eyes), we’ve transcoded the video above. Yes, it’s a Google format, but it is Free (libre) and approved by the FSF, even endorsed.

In Old Video From Egypt, Richard Stallman Explains Why It’s GNU/Linux Rather Than Just Linux (for the Whole System) and How It Started in the 1980s

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, GPL, Videos at 5:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b80282e412e14793b5748792fef2ab5c

Summary: In order to tackle revisionism (rampant in the media this month) we’re reproducing in a Free format an old video; the relevant part is spanning about 5:40-6:20 (minutes:seconds) from the start

[Meme] IBM Is Not Helping the Cause or Barely Helping GNU/Linux and Software Freedom

Posted in IBM, Red Hat at 10:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Big Blue IBM, GNU/Linux Users, Whatever
IBM has had almost 3 years to prove that it cares about us…

Summary: Since taking over Red Hat, back in late 2018, IBM has practically done far too little for us; it repeatedly attacked the FSF, it basically killed off CentOS, and it is liaising with Microsoft in its attacks on copyleft

Many IBM Layoffs (in Marketing), But the Media Is Not Mentioning Those Layoffs At All

Posted in IBM, Marketing, Red Hat at 10:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 18739a1627d1b4bc21e69f0d6ed3e806

Summary: IBM has a grip on the media, so many people won’t know about the recent layoffs; as if without IBM formally declaring those layoffs — set aside the exodus — the media lacks the authority to mention that it is happening

THE PAST few days in these forums were rather telling. I’ve been watching these closely for about 4 months and spend dozens of hours assessing the situation, based on insider accounts (also some former IBMer with contacts inside the company).

“…we must conclude that the current trajectory is towards an obsolete IBM, which in turn spells trouble for Red Hat as well.”While the media issues a bunch of cloudwashing fluff such as this there’s no mention of this year’s layoffs or the ongoing exodus (Google News shows not even a single article). It is a suppressed subject that we wrote about before.

Having spent dozens of hours researching these RAs, based on one of the most active forums/boards in thelayoff.com (there are many insiders there — something that we’ve mentioned here in passing before) and lots of blogs/sites of Red Hat and IBM, we must conclude that the current trajectory is towards an obsolete IBM, which in turn spells trouble for Red Hat as well. I saw many of the very same patterns in S.u.S.E. under Novell, which was at one point headed by a former IBMer (Hovsepian), who sold out to Microsoft and then sold the company.

IBM Laptop Keyboard
Morale is low, the flagship products were sold (e.g. to Lenovo)

Joseon/Chosŏn IRC: Almost 5,000 Registered Channels (From Interim Freenode), But Only a Few Dozen Channels Have a Dozen or More Users

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 9:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Freedom from censorship or just planned obsolescence? Fewer than 10 channels have over 50 users (the X-scale below).

New Freenode channels
Source: A space-separated data sheet (actual as of a couple of hours ago)

Summary: A listing of top (by number of users) channels in the ‘new’ Freenode; very few channels are active and our 5 channels there are an output of the bridge; some of the users are just bots

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