A Techie on the East Coast

  • 2015-07-31T12:11:21Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Jimmy Carter says USA is now an oligarchy. See:

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  • OmniRom

    2015-07-29T18:59:43Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I found out about OmniRom today and decided to give it a try since I had just done a nannyback (nandroid backup). Replaced my CM11 with the latest OmniRom of the same date.. So far so good.. As always there are differences, things to get used to, things missing, new things. But so far I like what I see both rom wise and community wise.

  • Greg Grossmeier at 2015-07-29T01:14:32Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Every now and then I come across a link to a webpage that no longer exists for the usual reasons (owner died/stopped paying for hosting, whatever).

    I then use the Wayback Machine to look at what is no longer findable by 99.99999% of internet users. Most times I do this I find content that makes me sad it is no longer findable.

    I really appreciate the Wayback Machine but... I also feel extremely saddened that the internet moved from distributed personal/small group websites to huge platforms like Wikipedia or Medium or Facebook.

    The character of those small websites was what made them special. It's something you can't duplicate on FB.

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    This kind of thing concerns me. How much should we bother investing in properly and clearly writing about something now if our work will be gone in a few years? Sad, that. If you spend a good amount of time producing high quality material, here's to hoping it doesn't disappear into the void any time soon.

    In many cases I specifically try to get my work shared in a myriad of ways. Everything can go on my website, and a lot of stuff can go on other free services, too. Wikimedia Commons and are my two favorite such sites at the moment. It's slightly different, but Wikipedia and Wikivoyage are of a related character. We can use larger free services as a kind of backup. It's not a total solution, but it helps.

    One gripe I have is people using embedded JavaScript maps. Google Maps, most commonly, but other services have the same issue. Those are usable now (if you're willing to run Google's JS in your browser, anyway). Will they be around in 5 years? In 10? Who can say. Better to generate a static image and provide a link to the map service. At least the image is one you control so it'll linger.

    Douglas Perkins at 2015-07-29T01:53:38Z

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    Perhaps we can encourage copying more using a mechanism similar to copying and pasting items from a clipboard. Why not make it easy to copy  content, or even a whole website and share it while preserving the ability for it to be copied and shared by others?

    jrobertson at 2015-07-29T05:08:54Z

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    @jrobertson This is exactly the problem the Smallest Federated Wiki tries to solve.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-07-30T13:14:59Z

  • 2015-07-28T19:39:08Z via AndStatus To: Public

    I've turned off the ”s2s encryption required" option on my Prosody server because some people were having issues joining If you had problems please try again.
  • 2015-07-27T23:08:19Z via AndStatus To: Public

    National Cyber Awareness System:

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Uconnect Vulnerability

    07/27/2015 05:06 PM EDT

    Original release date: July 27, 2015

    A vulnerability affecting the Uconnect software from FCA has been reported. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an unauthorized user to take remote control of an affected vehicle, but the attack requires access to Sprint's cellular network, which connects FCA vehicles to the Internet. Sprint has blocked the port used for attacks. FCA and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) have also initiated a safety recall for all potentially affected Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models. See the NHTSA recall announcement for a complete list.

    US-CERT recommends that users review ICS Alert 15-203-01 and Vulnerability Note VU#819439for more information. Uconnect users are encouraged to review the NHTSA recall announcement and apply the software update. likes this. relevant links:

    Freemor at 2015-07-27T23:10:56Z

  • 2015-07-27T20:36:33Z via AndStatus To: Public

    A recent post here got my pining for the good old days of Gopher. Since then I've been messing about with various clients and mulling setting up a server. The one thing that bugs me is the lack of TLS in this post Snowden era. Then it occurred to me that gopher would make a wonder hidden server on I2P or Tor. Small, easy to set up, light weight protocol. It could be great.. Maybe. Thoughts? Comments?

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  • Plotting out weather data domination

    Nathan Willis at 2015-07-27T17:35:23Z via AndStatus To: Public

    I decided to build a home weather station, and I would really like to contribute the data that it logs to a freedom-respecting service.

    Unfortunately, there appear to be three unpleasant options:

    - WUnderground, which is owned by The Weather Channel and claims ownership of the submitted data

    - OpenWeatherMap, which does not appear to be actually "open" at any level and which also has a terrible API (no unit support, no localization, and it is unaware of sub-national provinces, which is particularly bad if your city name happens to be used in other provinces)

    - CWOP, which is so archaic that 50% of the site's links are broken (including one that is a double-404: the original page is gone, and it directs you to visit a second page that is also now gone....).

    Am I missing a better option?

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  • He creado una sala en Jabber/XMPP, para todo aquel que esté interes...

    Diego Cordoba at 2015-07-25T17:37:33Z via AndStatus To: Public

    He creado una sala en Jabber/XMPP, para todo aquel que esté interesado en el mundo de GNU/Linux, Android y el software libre en general.

    #Jabber, #XMPP, #GNU, #Linux, #Android, #SoftwareLibre, #OpenSource.


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    >> Diego Cordoba:


    ¿y ese nombre? ¿android y tux?

    trinux at 2015-07-25T18:54:07Z

  • 2015-07-25T12:38:03Z via AndStatus To: Public

    I've been looking for an online place to hang my hat and mellow out with like minded folks. (More chat then social media). I haven't had much luck so decided to try something out. I've started a MUC on my XMPP server @ As the name suggests it is s place where older hackers/techies/computer enthusiasts can hang out. By "older" I'm meaning in the range of 45+ If it sounds interesting feel free to drop in. Please also feel free to repost/cross post this message. Thanks

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    I'm not old enough to join yet :)

    jrobb at 2015-07-26T11:51:45Z

  • Avadiax at 2015-07-21T16:29:15Z via AndStatus To: Public

    If you are concerned about Hacking Team's malware lurking in your PC, download Milano to check if you are infected.

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    Paranoid-me is asking: and what else is that tool doing? from a quick check of the page it seems to be distributed as a windows binary, isn't it?

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2015-07-21T16:44:45Z

  • Pluto

    at 2015-07-16T00:36:33Z via AndStatus To: Public

    First high resolution image of Pluto causes concern...

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    JanKusanagi at 2015-07-15T23:48:03Z

    empire or rebel-base?

    testbeta at 2015-07-24T16:14:43Z

  • Conservancy & the FSF Achieve GPL Compliance for Canonical, Ltd. “Intellectual Property” Policy

    Software Freedom Conservancy at 2015-07-15T18:20:04Z via AndStatus To: Public


    Conservancy & the FSF Achieve GPL Compliance for Canonical, Ltd. “Intellectual Property” Policy

    Canonical, Ltd.'s Policy Complies With GPL But Fails To Address Other Important Software Freedom Issues

    Today, Canonical, Ltd. announced an updated “Intellectual Property” policy. Conservancy has analyzed this policy and confirms that the policy complies with the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), but Conservancy and the FSF believe that the policy still creates confusion and possible risk for users who wish to exercise their rights under GPL.


    Conservancy, on behalf of its GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers, and its other GPL'd projects such as Samba, first received a GPL violation report in April 2013 regarding the earlier Canonical, Ltd. “Intellectual Property” policy. After a few months working on this matter, Conservancy discovered that the FSF was also working on the issue. The FSF and Conservancy agreed that it was best for the GPL enforcement community to speak with one voice in negotiation with Canonical, Ltd. to resolve the matter amicably. Conservancy has since then coordinated with the FSF as they took the lead in seeking resolution for the matter. In recent weeks, both FSF and Conservancy have negotiated directly with Canonical, Ltd. to resolve the GPL violation.

    Why The Original Policy Violated

    The GPLv2§6 and GPLv3§10¶3 explicitly forbid restrictions on the rights already granted in the GPL. As such, any extra requirement imposed on distribution of GPL'd software violates GPL. Copyleft advocates have historically described such requirements this way: no further agreement can “trump” the rights granted by GPL.

    For example, Canonical, Ltd.'s original policy required that redistributors needed to recompile the source code to create [their] own binaries. GPL never requires recompilation of binaries; rather, the GPL simply requires that you pass along source code that successfully can be recompiled into binaries (and installed) by someone skilled in software development. Requirement of such action as a condition of distribution is an extra requirement, and the GPL forbids its imposition.

    Today's Change

    Today, as an outcome of these careful negotiations between Canonical, Ltd., Conservancy and the FSF, Canonical, Ltd. published an updated policy that includes this revision:

    Ubuntu is an aggregate work of many works, each covered by their own license(s). For the purposes of determining what you can do with specific works in Ubuntu, this policy should be read together with the license(s) of the relevant packages. For the avoidance of doubt, where any other license grants rights, this policy does not modify or reduce those rights under those licenses.

    This change is sufficient for compliance with the GPL. This “trump clause” effectively reverses the default situation of the policy, and mandates that when Canonical, Ltd.'s policy contradicts something that the GPL requires, or prohibits something that the GPL allows, the rights granted in the GPL shall prevail.

    While a trump clause is a reasonable way to comply with the GPL in a secondary licensing document, the solution is far from ideal. Redistributors of Ubuntu have little choice but to become expert analysts of Canonical, Ltd.'s policy. They must identify on their own every place where the policy contradicts the GPL. If a dispute arises on a subtle issue, Canonical, Ltd. could take legal action, arguing that the redistributor's interpretation of GPL was incorrect. Even if the redistributor was correct that the GPL trumped some specific clause in Canonical, Ltd.'s policy, it may be costly to adjudicate the issue.


    Therefore, Conservancy encourages Canonical, Ltd. to make the many changes and improvements to their policy recommended during the FSF-led negotiations with them. Good community actors should embody the spirit of software freedom as well as meeting the exact letter of the rules.

    Even more importantly, since non-copyleft licenses do not necessarily forbid imposition of further restrictions, the community of Ubuntu redistributors should respond with concern. While Conservancy believes the key software freedoms and rights to copy, modify and redistribute Ubuntu are fully assured by this change with regard to copylefted software, a trump clause does not help with regard to non-copyleft licenses. Since Ubuntu is an aggregation of many copylefted and non-copylefted programs, full permission to redistribute of Ubuntu as a whole remains in question.

    Finally, Conservancy recommends reading the FSF's statement on Canonical, Ltd.'s policy as well.

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  • The Web We Have to Save

    at 2015-07-15T18:18:59Z via AndStatus To: Public

    The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. 
    Why is nobody stopping it?

    By Hossein Derakhshan

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    Olivier Mehani , Olivier Mehani , Stephen Michael Kellat , Freemor and 1 others shared this. excellent piece. Thanks for posting it.

    Freemor at 2015-07-15T18:18:49Z

  • News from the world of Particle Physics

    Stephen Sekula at 2015-07-15T14:05:18Z via AndStatus To: Public

    I just created a new account, If you follow it, it will post to your feed news from the world of particle physics as the news breaks. It's sourced by public RSS feeds from various sites, including CERN,, and


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  • Firefox, you're supposed to be in my pocket, not the other way around

    jrobb at 2015-07-13T13:47:05Z via AndStatus To: Public

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    Freemor , Laura Arjona shared this. This is and things like it are why I use Icecat/a browser/iceweasel/etc. Mozilla's version has been getting worse and worse for this kind of crap.

    Freemor at 2015-07-13T13:46:47Z

  • This industry is fucked

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2015-07-08T14:58:25Z via AndStatus To: Public

    and nobody should have to suffer this kind of bullshit.

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    Can't be said more clearly... FUCKED-UP-INDUSTRY.

    Arcee at 2015-07-08T15:17:04Z

    @Freemor If they track down these trolls they will most likely discover they are not worth wasting time on. I believe it is important to identify who is doing the trolling and exposing them. 
    Perhaps it's worth publishing a code of conduct document which at least conference attendees must abide by. With regards to the community, we need good people who will stand up for others by defending them, and to help identify, shame, and where necessary help collect evidence to be used against the perpetrator.

    jrobertson at 2015-07-08T15:46:01Z

    I've heard so many stories about men harassing women in tech as well as gaming. It breaks my heart to see that it's so prevalent.

    Sean Tilley at 2015-07-08T16:45:00Z

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    I like Alanah Pearce's strategy of forwarding harassing messages to the sender's moms... but obviously time-consuming whack-a-mole more suited for combatting adolescent trolls, not scalable, etc etc... just an interesting way that one person was fighting back...

    Blaise Alleyne at 2015-07-08T19:17:25Z

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  • How many GNU/Linux users are needed to change a light bulb?

    jpope at 2015-06-30T11:02:46Z via AndStatus To: Public

    • 1 to post a thread in a mailing list telling the bulb has burnt.
    • 1 to suggest to try to turn the lamp on through command lines.
    • 1 to complain that the user broke the thread.
    • 1 to ask what new bulb will he install.
    • 1 to advice that we shouldn’t use the word burn for meaning a broken lightbulb, because it would mean that the bulb was set on fire and that it would be right to say that the bulb broke due to an excess of electrical current.
    • 25 to suggest to install all the kinds of existing and imaginable lightbulbs.
    • 5 who say that the burnt bulb is an upstream issue that doesn’t belong to the distro. There’s an open bug on the bulb’s developer mail list.
    • 1 noob to suggest to install a Microsoft lightbulb.
    • 250 to flood the noob’s mail address.
    • 300 to say that a Microsoft lightbulb would turn blue and that you’d had to reboot continuously to get back to normal.
    • 1 former GNU/Linux user who still frequents the forum, to suggest to install an Apple iBulb, which has a fresh and innovating design and it costs $250.
    • 20 to say that iBulbs aren’t free, and that they have less functions than a 20 times cheaper standard lightbulb.
    • 15 to suggest to install a national lightbulb.
    • 30 to say that national lightbulbs are crippled remasters of foreign lightbulbs and that they don’t bring anything new.
    • 23 to argue if it must be a white or a transparent bulb.
    • 1 to remind everyone that the right name is GNU/Lightbulb.
    • 1 to say that lightbulbs are a Winbugs users thing and that real GNU/Linux users aren’t afraid of the dark.
    • 1 to announce finally which will be the model of the installed bulb.
    • 217 to discard the chosen model and suggest another.
    • 6 to complain that the chosen lightbulb has propietary elements, and that another should be used.
    • 20 to say that a 100% free bulb, isn’t compatible with the lamp switch.
    • The same previous 6, to suggest to change the switch for a compatible one.
    • 350 to ask the previous user what God is he talking about, and that if he has scientific proofs of His existence.
    • 1 to explain how electricity works and why a light bulb is inefficient.
    • 1 to say that we can’t trust in corporation-made bulbs and that we should trust in community-made bulbs.
    • 1 to post a link to an ODF file explaining how to build a lightbulb from scratch.
    • 14 to complain about the format of the previous file and asking to send it in txt or LaTeX.
    • 5 to say that they didn’t like the taken decission and that they’ll fork the house’s electric installation and install a better lamp.
    • 1 to post a series of commands to put to change the lightbulb.
    • 1 to comment that he executed the commands and had an error message.
    • 1 to advice that the commands must be executed as root.

    And finally:

    • The father of the first user, who while everyone was discussing, went to the shop and bought the cheapest lightbulb.

    As found on:

    #gnu #linux #humor #accurate

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  • 2015-06-29T17:35:09Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Anyone have experience with twisterd and the twister social network? Just wondering if it is worth adding to my Pi2 server or if it is too fringe like Bit message and so won't get used much/any.

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    I still see a small number of new twists each day, but it really depends on who you connect with and who those people connect with. If a contact gets into a prolonged conversation, your timeline can have ten times the usual daily traffic.

    As for Bitmessage, it goes in spurts. The current lull, almost three weeks long, is the longest I've ever seen. But as a mostly one-to-one medium, that really depends on your contacts' activity level. at 2015-06-29T20:19:53Z