10.07.21

IBM Declares Defeat/Failure, ‘Shuts Down’ Campaign of Anti-Richard Stallman Rhetoric (Defamation)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, IBM, Red Hat at 5:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No more Bully de Blanc (fired), no Deb (OSI, stepped down), no more IBM-led hate letter against an opponent of its darker agenda

IBM fail

Summary: IBM and Red Hat will now focus on getting medical records of staff* and forcing everyone to pull up the sleeve, unconditionally (the subject of ongoing uproar at IBM); This isn’t software freedom or even freedom in general. What happened, IBM? Got tired of removing signatures (that's all that was happening there; people removing their own names)? Looking for reasons to get rid of staff without announcing more layoffs and potentially without paying severance?

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* Important note: I’m a proponent of vaccination, but not mandates.

10.06.21

Talks in France: Richard Stallman Talking in French in Two Places in France This Month

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, FSF at 3:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Dr. Stallman in France

Summary: Dr. Stallman’s ‘European tour’ continues and the next stop is France

AFTER speaking in Ukraine and in Poland last month (first public talks in 2 years!), Dr. Stallman is heading to France where he will be speaking in French (he mostly speaks 3 languages, English, Spanish, and French; he claims to also be able to communicate a little in Indonesian).

As per this page and this new post, “Richard Stallman will be giving a talk in Claret, France, on October 10.”

“The talk will be in french and the admission is gratis,” it says, “but you need to show a Passe Sanitaire or a fresh test.”

So there’s an option for those who would rather be tested than spied on.

The next talk is on Sunday. There’s another talk a fortnight from now.

10.01.21

[Meme] Over-the-Web JavaScript Itself is the Problem (Someone Else’s Server Running Code on Someone Else’s PC)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 3:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Alex Oliva et al (including Richard Stallman) mentioning Gemini: Alexandre Oliva: The WWWorst App Store

Yesterday (by FSF): FSF announces JShelter browser add-on to combat threats from nonfree JavaScript | Keeping your freedom intact when registering or renewing as a DMCA agent

I told you. Just move to Gemini. I've made more JS.
Workarounds are not solutions. Maybe another approach is, let’s get off the Web (to the extent possible). There are also benefits for the environment and that scales well for residential connections (hosting from home, self-hosting).

Gemini near 1700 October
Gemini near 1,700 known capsules now. It’s growing fast. More of us adopt it [1, 2].

Summary: JavaScript as a concept (Web sites running code on someone else’s computer) is flawed; for more things we need to adopt and spread something like Gemini (where such a mindset is strongly and actively discouraged)

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.

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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.

09.27.21

[Meme] Tech Companies: No Friends of Women

Posted in Deception, FSF, GNU/Linux at 12:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

James Franco Seriously/IBM: Wait, what? So RMS supports women's rights? We'll say he's misogynist and pro-abortion at the same time

Debian RMS message

Summary: Just another reminder that companies like IBM do not actually care about women; they are misusing genuine feminism for corporate objectives

GNU Turns 38 (Midday Today or 12:35:59 EST) and RMS Talks to Polish Medical Professionals This Evening

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 6:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We’re unable to find a link for a stream, if any exists at all, but there’s this page

rms-poland-code-europe

Summary: Today GNU turns 38. Last week over 5,000 people watched the RMS talk in Ukraine using our WebM version of it; in a few hours RMS will speak in Poland and we’ll try to find a stream if one becomes available (we shall update this page).

Speaking of updates:

RMS updates

Here is the full message reproduced here as well:

To: debian-devel-announce@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: General Resolution: Richard Stallman’s readmission to the FSF board
From: Salvo Tomaselli [redacted]
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 07:52:33 +0100

Hi,

I’m a disabled person and I think that calling rms an “ableist” for what he wrote about prenatal diagnosis is incorrect.

It shows that the author of the letter knows NOTHING about what goes on in groups for civil liberties of disabled people and their families.

In my country, Italy, it is the religious bigots who do not want prenatal diagnosis, because it might led to abortion, and they are against that. Catholics also see any suffering and pain as “good”, as a way to elevate the soul towards God.

So, in short, in the letter, rms is being accused for his pro-choice views.

In the haste to label him with whatever “woke” insult, the writers and signers of the letter ended up siding with the camp that wants to deny women’s rights.

Many years ago, I read a letter from the father of a mentally disabled person that was described as a 2 year old inside the body of a 40 year old.

The parent said that he loved his son very much but he couldn’t help to wonder what would happen to him after he died. Would he be taken care of? Would he be abused? So he was expressing his ideas that perhaps prenatal diagnosis can be good. Not because he didn’t love his son but because he could not defend himself from the world after he had died.

It is of course a tragic thought and honestly I believe that while abortion must be a right, it is always a sad event. I believe that most abortions should not happen, because they happen either because the mother can’t support a child or she is too young to do so, and in both cases that means that improvements to welfare and education are much needed. But still, it is a right that must not be denied.

Honestly I do not believe it is my place to morally judge if an abortion was performed for a good enough reason, and I believe it is not the place of anyone to place this moral judgment onto others.

rms has expressed his controversial opinion about a small part of this vast topic, and this is now being used against him by opportunists who want to replace him.

To be honest, I believe that the position on abortion has absolutely nothing to do with debian and free software in general, and people from both opinions should be welcome to partecipate.

To conclude, I must say that as a disabled person I’m getting a bit tired of people who self-diagnose themselves a mental illness and call “ableist” anyone they disagree with on social media. I think it is insulting towards real disabled people and it diminishes the struggle and makes the term “disabled” meaningless. I don’t know if this is what’s happening here, but it is a trend that I’ve noticed in general.

Best


Salvo Tomaselli

09.24.21

Richard Stallman to Speak (in Person) in Poland, Dedicate the Talk to Medical Professionals

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 1:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Don’t forget to wear a mask and socially-distance!

On Monday, September 27, 2021, 16:15pm Richard Stallman will be giving a talk titled 'Free Software and its Political, Ethical Implications for Medicine' in Fundacja Rozwoju Kardiohhirurgii im. prof. Zbigniewa Religi, POLAND, ZABRZE UL. WOLNOSCI 345A. This is a RMS dedicated event for medical students, professionals and scientists, Richard's lecture will be preceded by one by prof. Zbigniew Nawrat who will give a short intro speech on Automation and its implications on Freedom and health care/medical  services. This event will be limited to Membership of International Society for Medical Robotics, invited guests. Due to covid restrictions any extra people interested in participating should contact the Foundation
More here or here, published only moments ago

Summary: Days after his talk in Ukraine Richard Stallman plans to do the same in Poland (just announced)

09.21.21

Richard Stallman’s First Public Talk (Delivered in Person) in Years, Now With a Free Format

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GPL, Videos at 8:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Full talk now available. The organisers of the conference have uploaded to YouTube, so we’ve converted everything to a free/libre format (and last night only an excerpt was published here).

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