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  • Security

    • Another Nugget from M$
      Days ahead of the patch folks all around the world have been able to take over almost any PC on a LAN running that other OS just by placing a malicious .dll on some networked storage device. The mind boggles. I can see SANs intended to share files among the group to be used to own the whole LAN.

    • Google sheds some light on Iran's involvement with the Diginotar cert incident.
      It means that somebody in Iran had gone to great lengths to intercept supposedly secure Internet traffic, including Gmail messages. ... [Iran] remains one of the few nations that would have a need to defraud Western companies in order to conduct such surveillance. Many governments, including countries with a poor reputation for defending freedom of expression or privacy, are able to generate any number of fake digital certificates on their own authority. The current dependence of secure Internet traffic on a few, potentially insecure commercial companies is a profound flaw.

      Richard Stallman notes, "I am sad to report that the Chrome browser that this was done with is nonfree software."

  • Defence/Police/Aggression

  • Finance

  • Anti-Trust

    • Yahoo co-founder urged to help oust chairman
      A major Yahoo Inc. shareholder is recruiting company co-founder Jerry Yang to join a crusade to oust Chairman Roy Bostock amid the upheaval triggered by the recent firing of CEO Carol Bartz. The shareholder, hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, sought Yang's help in a letter sent Wednesday.

      Microsoft Corporation has recently announced that it will be renewing its partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund through an additional $8 million software grant. This recent grant brings the total donation amount given by the Microsoft Corporation to $29 million, and will provide software for TMCF’s 47-member network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. ...

      There may be a hardware component to this dumping/indoctrination, but the value is a tax avoidance fiction and the hardware will be a liability using the software that comes with it.

  • Censorship

    • Child Pornography Bill Makes Privacy Experts Skittish
      The bill requires all Internet service providers to save their customers' IP addresses — or online identity numbers — for a year. The bill's stated purpose is to help police find child pornographers, but critics say that's just an excuse for another step toward Big Brother.

  • Privacy

    • Massachusetts track car location by automatically scanning license plates from police cars.
      Civil libertarians are raising the alarm over the state’s plans to create a Big Brother database that could map drivers’ whereabouts with police cruiser-mounted scanners that capture thousands of license plates per hour.

      I'm not sure why the system would have to be in police cars and could not be operated from other cameras like the red light cameras at every major intersection. People should be concerned about those too.

  • Civil Rights

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Returns From The Grave
      The current draft Treaty would grant exclusive, 50-year intellectual property rights to distributors of information that apply in parallel with copyright protections, even when transmitters have had no role in creating the content being transmitted.

      The treaty and article use the propaganda term Intellectual Property, and the treaty is more than an extension of copyright.

    • Copyrights

      • PJ Notes a lawsuit to prevent universities from making digital libraries, which objects even to digitization of orphaned works.
        Well, the more they try to assert their Most Holy rights, and the rights of people no one can find, the more certain I am that copyright law will end up reformed. It's like Righthaven. Or patent trolls. When people get disgusted by excessive use of the law, they decide to do something about it. Maybe it's time to go back to the prior copyright system, where you had to register your copyright to have one?

        Guardian source article intentionally not linked.

  • Comments

    Recent Techrights' Posts = Microsoft Lobbying (Openwashing)
    Here's the latest pair of blog posts
    In Northern Mariana Islands, Where Julian Assange Pled Guilty 4 Weeks Ago, Windows Remains Second to Android, and GNU/Linux Still Grows in Oceania
    It was the first month ever that statCounter saw more Web requests there from Android than from Windows
    Good News About GNU/Linux, Geminispace, FSF, and Backlash Against Microsoft
    here are a few quick takes
    Backlash and Negative Press After Microsoft Tells Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) People to DIE
    Follow-up stories
    UEFI 'Secure Boot' Once Again Bricking PCs and Fake Security Models Are Perishing in Geminispace
    Let's Encrypt has just fallen again
    Red Hat's Official Site Yesterday: Promoting 'Secure' Boot in Machines You Don't Own or Control Anyway
    "To be clear, CentOS Linux no longer exist"
    IRC Proceedings: Thursday, July 18, 2024
    IRC logs for Thursday, July 18, 2024
    GNU/Linux news for the past day
    GNU/Linux news for the past day
    1901 Days in High-Security Prison (and 8 More Years in Severe Confinement) for the 'Crime' of Exposing War Crimes and Corruption
    Julian Assange clip
    If GitLab Gets Sold (Datadog and Google Named Among Potential Buyers), It'll Prove Our Point About GitLab
    Beware the bait on the hook
    Hot Summer: Microsoft Flirting With the "5% Windows" Club in Afghanistan
    The share of Windows in Afghanistan has fallen to almost 5% (1 in 20 Web requests)
    [Meme] Nothing Says "Independence Day" Like...
    Firing DEI on Independence Day period
    Links 18/07/2024: Hardware, Conflicts, and Gemini Leftovers
    Links for the day
    Links 18/07/2024: Retroactively Pseudonymised Litigant and Alberta’s Energy ‘War Room’
    Links for the day
    Gemini Links 18/07/2024: A Welcome to Gemini and Politics of Assassinations
    Links for the day
    Fabian Gruenbichler & Debian: former GSoC student added to keyring
    Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
    Links 18/07/2024: ORG Complaint to ICO About Facebook, Korean Double Agent Unmasked
    Links for the day
    Joel Espy Klecker & Debian on Joe Biden's health and Donald Trump's assassination
    Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
    Over at Tux Machines...
    GNU/Linux news for the past day
    IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, July 17, 2024
    IRC logs for Wednesday, July 17, 2024
    Links 18/07/2024: Hostname Pedantry and Retro Coding
    Links for the day
    Fedora Week of Diversity (FWD) 2024 Attracting 0.01% of the IBM Staff "Was a Success"
    They expect volunteers (unpaid slaves) to do the PR for them...
    African's Largest Population (Nigeria) Approaching 80% Android "Market Share" Amid Steady Monthly Increases While Microsoft Has Mass Layoffs in Nigeria
    Microsoft- and Apple-sponsored Western (or English-speaking) media chooses to ignore that or treat it as irrelevant (a racist disposition in its own right)
    [Meme] The Warlord's Catspaw
    Thugs that troll us
    Microsoft Misogyny Will be the Fall of Microsoft (Covering Up for Misogynists is a Huge Mistake and Highly Misguided Short-term Strategy)
    Microsoft's undoing may in fact be its attitude towards women
    Microsoft's Bing Falls to Fourth in the Europe/Asia-Based Turkey, Share Halved Since LLM Hype, Now Only 1% (Sometimes Less)
    Turkey (Eurasia) is another example of Microsoft failing with LLM hype and just burning a lot of energy in vain (investment without returns)
    Red Hat Keeps Behaving Like a Microsoft Reseller (for Proprietary Stuff!), Microsoft Employees as Authors in
    In some ways this reminds us of Novell
    Links 17/07/2024: New Attacks on the Press, European Patents Squashed Even at Kangaroo Court (UPC)
    Links for the day
    Gemini Links 17/07/2024: Proponents of Censorship and New Arrivals at Gemini
    Links for the day
    Links 17/07/2024: School Budget Meltdown and Modern Cars as Tracking Nightmares
    Links for the day
    This Should Certainly be Illegal, But the Person Who Helped Microsoft Do This is Still Attacking the Critics of It
    perhaps time for an "I told you so post"
    Censorship as Signal of Opportunity for Reform
    It remains sad and ironic that Wikileaks outsourced so much of its official communications to Twitter (now X)
    [Meme] A Computer With an Extra Key on the Keyboard Isn't Everyone's Priority
    (so your telling me meme)
    The World Wide Web Has Been Rotting for Years (Quality, Accuracy, and Depth Consistently Decreasing)
    In the past people said that the Web had both "good" and "bad" and that the good outweighed the bad
    Comoros: Windows Plunges to Record Low of About 6% in Country of a Million People (in 2010 Windows Was 100%)
    Many of these people earn a few dollars a day; they don't care for Microsoft's "Hey Hi PC" hype
    Africa as an Important Reminder That Eradicating Microsoft Doesn't Go Far Enough
    Ideally, if our top goal is bigger than "get rid of Microsoft", we need to teach people to choose and use devices that obey them, not GAFAM
    Billions of Computers Run Linux and Many Use Debian (or a Derivative of It)
    many devices never get updated or even communicate with the Net, so exhaustive tallies are infeasible
    The Mail (MX) Server Survey for July 2024 Shows Microsoft Collapsing to Only 689 Servers or 0.17% of the Whole (It Used to be About 25%)
    Microsoft became so insignificant and the most astounding thing is how the media deliberate ignores it or refuses to cover it
    [Meme] Microsoft is Firing
    Don't worry, Microsoft will have some new vapourware coming soon
    More DEI (or Similar) Layoffs on the Way, According to Microsoft Team Leader
    What happened shortly before Independence Day wasn't the end of it, apparently
    Windows Down From 98.5% to 22.9% in Hungary
    Android is up because more people buy smaller mobile devices than laptops
    Microsoft Windows in Algeria: From 100% to Less Than 15%
    Notice that not too long ago Windows was measured at 100%. Now? Not even 15%.
    [Meme] Many Volunteers Now Realise the "Open" in "OpenSUSE" or "openSUSE" Was Labour-Mining
    Back to coding, packaging and testing, slaves
    Over at Tux Machines...
    GNU/Linux news for the past day
    IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, July 16, 2024
    IRC logs for Tuesday, July 16, 2024
    Microsoft Windows "Market Share" in New Zealand Plunges to 25%
    Android rising
    [Meme] Ein Factory
    A choice between "masters" (or "master race") is a false choice that results in mass exploitation and ultimately eradication (when there's little left to exploit)
    Links 17/07/2024: Open Source Initiative Lies and Dark Net Thoughts
    Links for the day
    SUSE Goes Aryan: You May Not Use the Germanic Brand Anymore (It's Monopolised by the Corporation)
    Worse than grammar Nazis
    Media Distorting Truth to Promote Ignorance
    online media is rapidly collapsing
    Gratis But Not Free as in Freedom: How Let's Encrypt is Dying in Geminispace
    Let's Encrypt is somewhat of a dying breed where the misguided CA model is shunned