Bradley M. Kuhn bkuhn@identi.ca

originally from Baltimore, MD, USA.

President and Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy. On the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation. Generally, a Software Freedom advocate, GPL Enforcer, and Occasional developer..

  • 2015-03-04T02:17:09Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I obviously am in an insular circle because no one I've interacted with has been excited about using Gitlab.

    OTOH, I suppose that anyone who hasn't thought about the software freedom issues related to their DVCS hosting is already using Bitbucket or Github anyway.

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    Perhaps you need to narrow your circle further to have such bragging rights. I am excited about using Gitlab.

    Admittedly most of this feeling of excitement has little to do with me using Gitlab:

    * I enjoy seeing a moribund project which was sucking oxygen out of the room shut down (gitorious)
    * My guess is that gitlab CE is helping several times more people get software freedom than anything before it (because it is easy to install and widely known: yes gitlab.com is marketing for EE, but also serves to make the cheap and/or informed aware of CE) and likely anything in the near feature, network effects being hard to achieve...
    * ...and because gitlab has gotten pretty popular it could be a serious threat long term to Github and Altassian businesses.

    I'd be much more excited by an entrant with these qualities and no proprietary version...looking forward to that but not holding my breath.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-03-04T03:15:15Z

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  • 2015-02-27T17:40:12Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The Needs of the Many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one. You are, and always shall be, my friend.

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  • 2015-02-21T16:48:05Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Notwithsanding the debate on comments to my previous post about when I actually got to the West, I certainly did yesterday.

    We woke up in western MN, and went to bed in eastern MT. We took I-90W the whole way going through MN->SD->WY->MT.

    Late night US/Mountain time we had a rough time of it near the WY/MT boarder on I-90W. We experienced three different flash-blizzards with full white-out conditions for a period of 10-15 minutes, accumulating up to 3 inches of snow each time. We'd get through it in about 20 miles each time, and then the road would be clear: not just clear, but it clearly hadn't even snowed there at all in the last few days.

    I've never experienced weather like this. It was pretty scary for me and my wife because we were used to the idea of "once you get caught in a bad-looking snowstorm, your goose is cooked".

    By the third one, I was brazenly saying: "Well, I'll have to go 25-30 mph for another half hour here, and then we're fine". And same thing happened: as we pulled into Billings, just mild flurries.

    We've sadly had no time to stop anywhere to keep on schedule. I really wanted to see Mt. Rushmore, but I am glad we skipped it because the park is stupidly not dog-friendly and it'd've been a logistical nightmare to visit it (we were planning that I'd walk up to the monument alone while my wife waited in the car with the dogs).

    Perhaps like Fontana I'll have multiple cross-country drive opportunities.

    Honestly, while the cost is higher than flying and the time investment is a bit much, I don't mind this at all. I heard all the stories about how boring it is, but it's much more interesting and open roads are easy to drive on, compared to the gridlock of car travel up and down the east coast of the USA.

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    I didn't realize you were traveling this far west. I grew up in the Mountain Time zone. It can be treacherous driving around this time of year. Be safe!

    Charles Stanhope at 2015-02-21T17:14:38Z

    It's been a long time but my recollection of Mt. Rushmore was that it was not particularly worth visiting. However, the nearby Badlands and Black Hills regions are some of the more interesting places to see in the US. So if you're ever in western South Dakota again I recommend trying to set some time aside to see some of the area.

    Richard Fontana at 2015-02-21T18:25:18Z

  • 2015-02-20T13:38:37Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I'm currently driving across the country. I'm in the city of Rochester, Minnesota. I know I've made it to the west as the conversation in the breakfast room was: "I want my husband to get me a Glock" "Phfft! The Glock is just like an iPhone. Everyone says you should have one because of the name, but really it's a piece of crap! And the recoil is bad."

    At least I agree with the locals about the quality of Apple products.

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    Yes, I am more of a SIG guy. :)

    Luis at 2015-02-20T16:50:58Z

    This is interesting as one of the great unsettled questions in US culture is where the West actually begins.

    The first time I drove cross-country (east to west), I and my fellow travellers drove north from Iowa to Minnesota. We stayed in St. Paul one night and we also stayed in or near St. Cloud (IIRC) one night (in the latter case camping outside someone's house). I can't remember in what order. We then drove west to South Dakota but took a detour to Walnut Grove to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum. There was something about Walnut Grove (and I don't think it had anything to do with the museum) that made me feel that I had just crossed over into the West -- for me, the first time, as prior to that trip the furthest west I'd been was Niagara Falls. Once we made it into South Dakota it was particularly clear that we were in the West in a way that was certainly not true of Minneapolis and St. Paul, or the places in Iowa we'd stopped in.

    Minneapolis-St. Paul doesn't feel Midwestern to me in quite the way that more easterly Great Lakes Rustbelt cities do, but it also doesn't quite seem "West" either. It's tempting to suppose that northwards the Mississippi River is approximately the dividing line between Midwest (not "East") and West, with Minneapolis being sort of an exception.

    On that trip, we drove back eastwards eventually but we took a southern route, so it really provided no insight whatsoever into the question.

    Many years after that I drove from Chicago to Seattle. This didn't provide much insight into the "where does West begin" issue, as we drove up through Wisconsin (clearly Midwest rather than "West") and then drove on I-94 during the evening through Minneapolis to Dilworth, a northwestern Minnesota town near Fargo. I would say it was obvious the next day, driving through North Dakota, that we were in the West and not the Midwest, if only because North Dakota was so empty.

    The following year I drove east from Seattle to New York, this time going through South Dakota. I remember being aware, as I don't think I was on that first trip many years earlier, that eastern South Dakota was not "Western" in the way that western South Dakota clearly was. What I also recall from that trip was the profound sense of reaching some kind of different region once we crossed from Minnesota into Wisconsin (we must have been taking I-90), because the sense of relative emptiness was gone. And I think for the first time I felt an odd commonality between Midwest and East, though I would normally maintain that those are very distinct regions.

    Much more recently I drove from the San Francisco Bay Area to eastern Massachusetts. I took I-80 this time, going through Nebraska and Iowa. I would say that once I got into Nebraska from Wyoming I felt as though I'd gone from "clearly West" to some other region that I wouldn't label West or Midwest. Nebraska also mostly had that "emptiness" quality that seemed to be gone by Omaha and certainly by the time I crossed into Iowa.

    Richard Fontana at 2015-02-21T04:16:20Z

    I would go to great plains to point out the West begins somewhere in the mixed grass prairie zone.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-02-21T05:17:15Z

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    @bkuhn@identi.ca have a safe drive. Is this your relocation trip?

    x1101 at 2015-02-21T12:16:27Z

  • I'm actually sick.

    2015-02-05T19:29:58Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I am pretty sure it wasn't merely dehydration. It appears I'm actually sick. I had a fever most of the night and this morning.

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    Sorry to hear this, get well soon! #notmyfault #fosdemplague

    Richard Fontana at 2015-02-06T07:35:01Z

    how many people took ill at #fosdem? I had a sore throat and some congestion on Wed, but I mostly chalked it up to long hours and little sleep. Perhaps next year we can fend-off the flu with a giant cauldron of broth

    qubit at 2015-02-06T10:05:57Z

    Oh. Hope both you guys got better already from the FOSDEM plague.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-02-07T12:35:28Z

    get well soon. our whole family was just down with something a week or so ago

    jrobb at 2015-02-07T13:06:51Z

  • Severe Dehydration

    2015-02-04T22:03:25Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I appear to be suffering from severe dehydration. I'm not entirely sure how this happened, and I thought I had a cold, but in fact I have all the symptoms of severe dehydration and no additional symptoms.

    This is good news. While I got little work done today and yesterday due to this, I'm now getting better progressively as I drink water.

    sipping gatorade or powerade can be helpful if you can't keep water down. i'm not sure whether that would signify medical attention is needed.

    Andrew Engelbrecht at 2015-02-05T03:55:32Z

  • Amusing SPAM

    2015-01-22T18:17:11Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I've been getting SPAM for 25 years. Still, it amuses me:

    Subject: Ubuntu

    Hi,

    Would you be interested in acquiring updated list of Ubuntu users across the USA for your marketing or sales initiatives?

    We can also connect you with:

    • Fedora
    • CentOS etc.

    I think my favorite part is that they can connect me with "CentOS etc.".

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    I'm jealous. My spam in that form is about WebSphere. I wonder if they got that off my LinkedIn resumé.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-01-24T07:39:58Z

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  • Missing file parameter for attr & unable to find [s{product}] support-type in .../hplip/data/models/models.dat

    2015-01-03T03:24:34Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I always feel scared and lonley when I discover some really odd error message that very few people have ever written on the Internet about.

    That's why I make blog posts like this when I file bugs like this.

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  • 2015-01-01T19:00:32Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    ABC Family is showing Back to the Future Part II right now.

    So, we're going to have flying cars by this October?

    Admittedly, the parking machine in my building's garage does sound just like the voice that says "Your jacket is now dry".

    OTOH, I don't see any self-fitting or self-drying clothes available.

    Seems like we have a lot of work to do between now and October 21st.

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    Oh, and the Cubs are going to win the World Series this year.

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2015-01-01T19:23:48Z

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    I don't care what people say about these Back to the Future movies. They are some of the best buddy films ever made.

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2015-01-01T20:41:46Z

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    It seems everyone is very much bent on hover boards than anything else in recent times. Personally I think it would be very very hard to keep ones ballance while riding on one of these that were in the movie. They should have a tendency to fly from under the riders feet, most probably sideways. Physics is a bitch and when there's no friction then stuff tends to fly in the easiest direction ;-). (on a side note: it's hard to ride on normal skateboards as it is)

    Cyber Killer at 2015-01-02T17:18:36Z

  • Can someone from the future please send a Terminator?

    2014-12-31T22:53:41Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    If you ever wondered that Google tracks you even if you forbid cookies, don't have an account, etc., I'm sure it does.

    At some point in the last 6 weeks, separately (we use different IP numbers), Google figured out that both my wife and I are more interested in Portland, OR than NYC. (As folks who follow me know, we're moving.)

    In other words, just by matching search data to IP number, and notwithstanding I'm on a NYC IP number, Google now consistently returns results in Portland rather than NYC for both me and my wife.

    This is creepy. I know you can cast this as merely "being helpful". It's vaguely helpful. But it's still creepy.

    Yes, I know I should use a different search engine that doesn't track me. I have years of various scripting in Emacs and other software centered around Google's search engine that I'd have to change.

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    That is pretty creepy.

    sazius at 2014-12-31T23:52:21Z

    What can I say, that's very creepy...

    Luis at 2015-01-01T03:20:19Z

    DuckDuckGo is really awesome, you just need to know how to use it's syntax https://duck.co/help/results/syntax (hint: it's slightly different than google, so most people get frustrated that they get different result than in google for some specific queries, but when used properly, everything's fine)

    Cyber Killer at 2015-01-01T09:42:44Z

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    I surprised you use Google to search, but anyway, those of us here already are happy to welcome you to Portland!!

    Aaron Wolf at 2015-01-01T20:08:28Z

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  • For-Profit Health Insurance Is a Scam

    2014-12-30T16:57:59Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Here's yet another scam that the Health Insurance Company is pulling on Conservancy's employees. I've written before about how the company claimed that our "existing plans" including the one that's one of the best plans available in NYS, is no longer compliant with the Affordable Care Act. So, they forced us to switch mid-calendar-year to a new plan.

    Then, they sneakily reset the deductibles, which meant under our old plan, we got only nine-months of coverage for a 12 month period. Here's why: for out-of-network coverage, you're required to meet your the deductible of $1,000. That means if your doctor isn't "in their plan", you pay the doctor directly the first $1,000, and thereafter you get reimbursed.

    By resetting the plan, they're claiming that we all have to meet the deductible again, which means they're effectively stealing up to $1,000 from each of Conservancy's employees.

    Of course, Conservancy's staff (myself included) is all over this and fighting the insurance company — we try our best to take care of our employees. But, this is just another example when you pick the obvious best provider in your state, they are still constantly trying to screw you. That's what healthcare in the USA is, because it's primarily for-profit.

    (This problem is almost wholly unrelated to the recent issue I described with their website, BTW.)

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    > almost

    Did their website accidentally reset the deductibles?

    All right, who clicked the "screw everyone over" button?

    Mark Holmquist at 2014-12-30T17:16:54Z

    @bkuhn@identi.ca its related in that healthcare here in the US is a money grubbing scam.

    x1101 at 2014-12-30T18:26:05Z

    On a side note, I discovered that claiming a lower expected income gets dramatically lower-deductible from some plans through healthcare.gov regardless of being the same premium, same name of plan, etc. This is not related to subsidy from feds which is a tax detail. Literally saying you will earn $23k gets you a $500 deductible and saying you'll earn $40k gets you a $10,000 deductible for the otherwise identical plan at identical price.

    Insurance is a screwy scam. We should just do Medicare for all.

    Aaron Wolf at 2014-12-30T20:39:51Z

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    >> Aaron Wolf:

    “On a side note, I discovered that claiming a lower expected income gets dramatically lower-deductible from some plans through healthcare.gov regardless of being the same premium, same name of plan, etc. This is not related to subsidy from feds which is a tax detail. Literally saying you will earn $23k gets you a $500 deductible and saying you'll earn $40k gets you a $10,000 deductible for the otherwise identical plan at identical price.

    Insurance is a screwy scam. We should just do Medicare for all.”

    The problem with that is that mess over expected income is that you're supposed to do reconciliation on a month by month basis with the exchange as to your income amount. Failure to do so may result in Penalties & Interest being assessed in interesting ways for material misstatement of your income and, if somebody is feeling particularly nasty, violating 18 USC 1001. Everything will change because it is expected to change.


    I am still left wondering how anybody thought PPACA was going to actually be functional. It certainly has increased the size of Medicaid enrollment if nothing else...

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2014-12-30T21:15:55Z

  • More Horrors of the USA Healthcare system.

    2014-12-28T19:41:07Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    In the USA, health insurance companies require that you use facility that is "in plan", lest you pay exorbitant co-pays and meet large deductibles. So, for urgent care last night, I was trying to look up whether or not the emergency care facility is "in plan" or not.

    Here's what the website says if you click on any link from the front page:

     Internal Server Error

     The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

     Please contact the server administrator, you@your.address and inform them of the time the
     error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

     More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

     IBM_HTTP_Server/6.1.0.47 Apache/2.0.47 (Unix) DAV/2 Server at
     www-int.oxhp.com Port 80
     

    Not only have they broken everything on their website, they didn't even bother to configure Apache. (No, I didn't bother to send an email to you@your.address).

    The problem was system-wide. I attempt to call the phone number to use the on-phone lookup. Once you DTMF and bad voice recognition your way through the IVR, it says:

    [Automated Computer-Generated voice saying]: There seems to be a technical problem. Just a second while I connect you with someone who can help. [LONG PAUSE] [Prerecorded human saying]: Our offices are now closed. Please call back during our normal business hours.

    We eventually called our primary care doctor who gave a prescription to the pharmacy instead.

    But, what if we'd been bleeding to death? Decide: get medical care you maybe can't afford later, or die.

    Europeans, please do go ahead and laugh at this. Our country of people who make "corporations into people" deserves what we get. Our corporations have better health care than we do.

    And, don't forget again: I have one of the most expensive plans one can buy in the state of New York!

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    Don't get me started about our (USA) health system. Yes Obamacare is a step forward... But consider the delta in transparency, for example, expected of a 501(c)3 non-profit vs. that of the "health insurance industry" -- both supposedly advancing the public "good".

    Tom Marble at 2014-12-29T00:59:22Z

    I pay cost for medication so it has been a long, long time since I've known what a prescription co-pay looked like. When Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan would cost 50% of my paycheck due to "Community Rating" turning out horribly relative to where I live, that counts as unaffordable. Since FEHBP is indexed to the Exchanges, it isn't like there is anything cheaper there either.


    Much of our medical system on the financial back-end of it is a bit of a mess...

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2014-12-29T16:07:51Z

    Despite all the violence you see on TV, the thing that scares me the most visiting the USA, is what would happen if I had a medical problem while being over there. I know our politicians (here in Finland) are doing their best to destroy our current system, but so far it's still pretty OK. We've had a few medical semi-emergencies recently, and not for second did we consider financial issues.

    Once I had to stay a few days in the hospital, and they sent a bill afterwards. Something like 30€ per day. If I would have been unable to pay it, I could have taken the bill to social services (not sure if that's the correct English term).

    sazius at 2014-12-29T16:18:48Z

    Las corporaciones, sean de la naturaleza que sea, son enemigas de la sociedad, hacen plata con la vida de las personas, o matando a las personas, les da igual.

    juancuyo at 2014-12-30T01:25:21Z

  • The world is bigger than the USA Banks

    2014-12-24T18:25:01Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I think I've complained about this before, but I just hit it again: Conservancy's bank's international wire transfer online form does not accept UTF-8 characters (or anything but pure 7-bit ASCII compatible).

    I really like this bank for other reasons, but seriously?

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    @bkuhn@identi.ca Do any international wire transfers accept non-ASCII?

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2014-12-25T11:39:46Z

    @bkuhn@identi.ca In Hong Kong, they support Chinese Characters for HK/China transfers, but you pay extra for it.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2014-12-25T11:40:14Z

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    @bkuhn@identi.ca (and they don't support åäö)

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2014-12-25T11:40:33Z

    At least in Italy (but I suspect also elsewhere in Europe) lots of communications that involve banks (money transfers etc) don't even support the full ASCII-7 charset, but only its uppercase alpha, numbers and some 20 punctuation characters.

    Of course, most of the european languages require at least a handful of non-ascii characters, so they should have known better.

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2014-12-29T09:56:24Z

  • Toward Civil Behavior

    2014-12-23T14:22:05Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

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    Wonderful post, Bradley. I only have anecdotal experience watching people in abusive relationships, but the (verbal) abusers I've seen up close don't seem to want to change. The only recourse is separation. To protect themselves, communities have to reject and expel abusers, and it definitely starts with, “No, this behavior is not acceptable”. If individuals want to change from being abusive, terrific, but that's not something communities should necessarily hold out hope for.

    I'm definitely going to seek out that book, William. Thank you for the reference.

    Charles Stanhope at 2014-12-23T17:12:40Z

    Bradley, the book is focused on being responsible for one's own behavior and personal interactions. There is nothing explicit about community life.

    I agree that giving Forni's book to someone who is not reflective in and about their own behavior is not worthwhile.

    There is a 50+ year old area of psychology that focuses on group relations and group dynamics. This helped me work better in a large corporation and in various nonprofit organizations. As you know well, one needs to want help to make any personal changes.

    And for the existentialists among us, a good deal of defensive behavior (my own included) is driven by fear of dying.

    On that happy note I wish you a wonderful new year.

    William L. Anderson at 2014-12-23T18:09:12Z

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    It can't do anything about outside abuse, but we can police our own internal discourse and promote certain standards. Educating people about respectful discourse can at least also help the community to reject those who spread malicious abusive sentiments in general.

    Aaron Wolf at 2014-12-23T22:38:18Z

    Hmm, I was trying to make my point without being at all self-promoting, but it seems if people at least want to think about solutions, you ought to at least be aware of what we're trying to do at Snowdrift.coop. See https://snowdrift.coop/p/snowdrift/w/en/honor — various links in there describe the concept for our internal system: a very high standard of respect where violations can be flagged by one
    single user on the site, but where the poster is invited to immediately repost an edited version. It's only undergoing light testing currently, but anyway, food for thought; and happy to get feedback.

    Aaron Wolf at 2014-12-23T22:41:36Z

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  • 2014-12-23T00:00:08Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I've not been a Roman Catholic for decades (I'm an atheist now), but I'm often impressed by the comments of the current Pope.

    His comments about the inside of the Vatican bureaucracy could easily be a criticism of the backchannel world of Open Source and Free Software politics.

    Gossip is regularly used against people's reputations there too. It's one of the reason I am so public in my comments: lest I engage in such gossip myself.

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    Pope Francis gives me great hope that the Catholic church can become what it should be: A force for good

    Owen Shepherd at 2014-12-23T01:39:09Z

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    Words are cheap. What did the pope actually do other than PR moves?

    mray at 2014-12-23T15:27:51Z

    I do not pay attention to the statements of cult leaders, in beneficent stage or otherwise. But if The Church wanted to do something good, it'd liquidate all global assets, much of it loot, and start a global basic income from the proceeds. Perhaps this would cause (perhaps wrong term) a loaves & fishes multiplication miracle, eg the fund would grow to whatever point needed to provide all humans with basic needs. :)

    Mike Linksvayer at 2014-12-23T23:14:23Z

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    The words are indications of what's to come. He's only done a few concrete things regarding the Curia so far, but he's pulled together a team of Cardinals who are mostly outsiders and critics, and I suspect they will eventually propose more changes and reforms.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis#Curia

    Blaise Alleyne at 2014-12-24T21:18:03Z

  • 2014-12-20T22:33:32Z via Pumpa To: Public , Richard Fontana CC: Followers

    One thing I used to do on StatusNet, that lots of people do on Twitter, that just never happens on pump.io was interacting with people in real time while watching some broadcast.

    The people on pump.io probably skew far into the "I don't watch TV" set.

    Anyway, I'm watching a film, It's a Wonderful Life, on my top five favorite lists, because it's airing on USA right now. I wrote a blog post about it six years ago around this time.

    Anyway, I suspect I won't get a comment from anyone to say they are also watching it right now. :)

    @Richard Fontana mentioned on IRC the other day that he thinks of me every time it's on, and my various complex Free Software analogies about it. As most people know, that I've often said my lifelong goal is to be the "George Bailey of Free Software". :)

    Nothing new to add this year to all that, other than I feel more like Bailey Building and Loan this year than most, because, in the film, the Building and Loan is getting its annual audit during this time of year. As it turns out, Conservancy is getting our audit done right now. I actually have to review the draft this weekend. :)

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    I watch TV, but I'm not into anything on at the moment.

    Kete Foy at 2014-12-21T00:17:54Z

    @bkuhn one possible difference between you and George - would you really have trusted Uncle Billy to handle amounts as large as $8000?

    Richard Fontana at 2014-12-21T00:18:47Z

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    "I don't watch TV" ... you got it!

    Ryan Weal at 2014-12-21T01:39:01Z

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    I think the part that makes this hard is two-fold. a) the lack of tagging and subsequent increase in difficulty in searching for relevant posts and b) following the firehose to see these posts from people you don't follow isn't the easiest task currently

    judahsshadow at 2014-12-21T13:43:48Z

  • 2014-12-17T14:00:25Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    There are few annoyances worse for a Free Software politician than ending up in a thread with a knowledgeable developer who has "just discovered" that Free Software licensing is complicated and fragile system. The "why don't we ask a lawyer because surely they know" meme, which I first observed circa 1997, begins immediately and is so tiresome. It will take months before the OP realizes that I'm the one lawyers come to when they need to figure this stuff out.

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    As I said at my FOSDEM 2014 talk, "Lawyers are just as confused as everyone else" (though perhaps I should have added 'if not more so').

    Richard Fontana at 2014-12-25T14:47:39Z

  • 2014-12-11T23:26:24Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I thought advertising was supposed to be targeted at men 18-25. Yet, I see a lot of advertising lately that seems targeted to the 35-55 range. Skeletor selling cars, Salt-N-Pepa selling insurance. It seems all the pop culture stuff that I would know seeks to manipulate me into buying stuff.

    Also if this doesn't convince you that Twitter is merely a mechanism to push advertising at you, I don't know what will.

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    >> Charles Stanhope:

    “The two examples you cite are probably targetted correctly. The 18-25 group probably isn't buying many new cars. I don't know what sort of insurance Salt-N-Pepa is selling, but that also sounds like something old people think about. ;)”


    I saw that insurance commercial. It was freaky. I flipped the TV over to C-SPAN in response.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2014-12-12T04:28:22Z

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    the song of theirs in question "push it" has been popular in commercials of late, it was also used in a chef boyardee (sp?) commercial aimed at children, incidentally, I didn't know that was a salt n peppa song until the geico commercial

    judahsshadow at 2014-12-12T13:33:23Z

    Maybe they've noticed that people in the 35-55 range typically have more money to spend than those in the 18-25 range. Or they've already bled them dry, and are now moving on to the next victim.

    sazius at 2014-12-12T13:41:19Z

    @bkuhn@identi.ca you advertise to the people who can/might buy your crap.

    x1101 at 2014-12-12T14:40:28Z

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    2014-12-10T18:11:00Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

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