2018-07-09T21:10:10Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_theism seems to hold free will as in not preordained...based on adherents' interpretations of the bible, which are therefore true.
Also "theism" seems a bit of a land grab: "open evangelical christianity" might be more fitting.
2018-06-24T00:24:19Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersGoing through an elderly relative's stack of newspapers, I saw an ad for a "WOW! Computer", supposedly easy for seniors to use. The ad was in Parade, a Sunday newspaper insert. Much slimmed down, but same content as I recall as a kid: about as lowbrow as one could get in a newspaper without subscribing to a separate newspaper dedicated to famous people and highly questionable advice, paid and otherwise. Apparently the computer in question is also advertised in AARP publications.
Anyway, I was mildly curious as I still don't understand how most people manage to keep their computers in a non-broken state. It seems versions of WOW! have been sold for several years, sometimes under the Telekin brand. They apparently run a very limited and proprietary UI on Tiny Core Linux. (Since 2010 according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telikin.)
The Telikin computer also contains other software libraries and programs covered under various other licenses. These licenses and copyrights are available on the Telikin in the license agreement presented to the user the first time the Telikin is turned on, as well as on the system information screen. The source code for all GPL and LGPL covered software distributed on the Telikin, including the Linux kernel, as well as all modifications made for proper operation on the Telikin are available here:Hopefully they distribute or offer the source in some other way, because the link above is non-responsive.
I wonder if anyone has tried to fund (crowd or otherwise) an (for lack of better description) ethical computer for vulnerable people with barely any ability to use a computer, let alone maintain one? Or phone ... I see from ads that simple phones for seniors must be a big market.
By the way, a little longer ago I observed another elderly relative make a Chromebook practically unusable. It seems they kept getting confused about how to log in and created a bunch of Google accounts, which they didn't understand how were paired with passwords (or even understand passwords at all: at one point they tried to tell someone over the phone their password, because they wanted that person to email them), and they seemed to increase the font and other display sizes beyond a point that had been tested for, because lots of navigation was barely usable. Of course they had no idea how to reset the system.
Ideally, an ethical computer for vulnerable people would protect such users from these and many other pitfalls (eg if AI were any good, surely it could protect people from scams), not to mention run free software.DebConf18 is coming up. This talk on July 29 may be of interest (presumably streamed live):
"Debian Desktop, for the elderly"
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2018-05-28T02:25:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/secure-data-act-would-stop-backdoors
Strikes me as sound and needed. Not least because mandatory backdoors don't strike me as easy to reconcile with software freedom.
2018-03-19T20:20:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersSome people reading this qualify (don't doubt it) and might be interested in the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship ($50k, due March 24) more at basselkhartabil.org -- it's written broadly and perhaps a bit vaguely but I bet e.g., working on bringing decentralization to the people by writing free software would be a good fit.
2018-02-25T20:01:00Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersSounds great. I haven't read/watched beyond titles, but I guess Endless is doing something similar Debian-based?Also, glad that Red Hat has people working on https://siliconislandblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/1-year-of-fedora-and-gnome-hardware-enablement/I wonder if any of the handful of Linux laptop vendors will switch from Ubuntu to Fedora (or whatever their derived thing is or would be) at some point?
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2018-01-24T01:23:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttp://adeona.cs.washington.edu/ (2008, discontinued)Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there's no need to rely on a single third party. What's more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner's choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop.Adeona is designed to use the Open Source OpenDHT distributed storage service to store location updates sent by a small software client installed on an owner's laptop. The client continually monitors the current location of the laptop, gathering information (such as IP addresses and local network topology) that can be used to identify its current location. The client then uses strong cryptographic mechanisms to not only encrypt the location data, but also ensure that the ciphertexts stored within OpenDHT are anonymous and unlinkable. At the same time, it is easy for an owner to retrieve location information.Anyone know of a descendant (direct or inspired) of this?I think only the client is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prey_(software) also links to a minimal free software server, presumably independently implemented, not updated since 2013. In any case, it relies on a server. One of the interesting things about Adeona was its use of a distributed hash table.it would be pretty trivial to get a twister client script running on the laptop to post the location of the laptop, if you can script the finding out of the location. it wouldn't post the location to the DHT, just to a torrent it would then distribute to followers that would find it through the DHT, so it's no worse. you could even make it post it as a DM to yourself, so nobody else would get info about your whereabouts until the laptop is lost, because DMs are encrypted
2018-01-21T20:20:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersNice recommendation of F-Droid https://www.wired.com/story/android-users-to-avoid-malware-ditch-googles-app-store/ by Yale Privacy Lab researchers closing with:Installing F-Droid isn’t a silver bullet, but it’s the first step in protecting yourself from malware. With this small change, you’ll even have bragging rights with your friends with iPhones, who are limited to Apple’s App Store unless they jailbreak their phones.But why debate iPhone vs. Android, Apple vs. Google, anyway? Your privacy and security are massively more important than brand allegiance. Let’s debate digital freedom and servitude, free and unfree, private and spied-upon.Probably related https://f-droid.org/en/2017/12/14/new-collaborations-on-exposing-tracking.html found at https://privacylab.yale.edu/press ... note recommendation of fediverse in the sidebar!
2018-01-13T03:08:15Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/public-money-public-code (Barcelona migration to Linux desktop plans)Now there's a useful independence move.
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2018-01-06T21:10:52Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersAGPLv3 enforcement in Israel, software: CKAN, against government agency with new and incompletely implemented open source policy. No litigation, but threat of litigation.Interesting. Also have to wonder how things would have gone (1) with litigation, eg were any CKAN copyright holders involved? (2) without anyone noticing, eg would CKAN modifications have been released eventually as part of agency's open source strategy?I noticed this on https://planet.documentfoundation.org/
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2018-01-05T17:29:02Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersThe end of patent encumbered video is finally in sight https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-online-video-compression-av1/For traditional codecs anyway.
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2017-12-30T04:21:28Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersWhile I was not paying attention (several years apparently):bulk.resource.org access to nonprofit filings terminated https://web.archive.org/web/20140715041700/https://bulk.resource.org/irs.gov/eo/terminate.htmlbulk.resource.org entirely taken down, last capture at https://web.archive.org/web/20160527023419/https://bulk.resource.org/ vague note at https://twitter.com/carlmalamud/status/773685462707818497:( :( :(
>> Mike Linksvayer:
“I guess for nonprofit filings https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/ probably gives easier access to the same info. I'm not sure if there's even more available at https://aws.amazon.com/public-datasets/irs-990/”
SFLC's most recent Form 990 is interesting reading.
2017-11-25T00:38:59Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersSaw in an ad posted in my neighborhood for a room share:Access to shared movie drive on my local area network with over three thousand movies, episodes and showsIs this a common feature of shared houses? Of roommate ads? Surely someone is studying this phenomenon.I wonder how often free software is featured in housing ads? Any famous examples?On the sad side, is it common for housing ads to tout bundled access to paid-for proprietary stuff? Come to think of it, the ad I quoted above also does mention Netflix and Apple TV.
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2017-11-16T22:42:20Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3devm/motherboard-guide-to-not-getting-hacked-online-saf...Recommends iPhone (previously) and not hosting your own email.Repeat: ...and if we take software freedom to mean control over one's computing, a relatively insecure device is highly questionable, as if the device is compromised, someone else has control over your computing, and not a faceless corporation that wants to sell your eyeballs or force upgrades through obsolescence while you get some utility from a device, but criminals whose business is completely adversarial to your interests.
The situation seems pretty desperate to me. Free software hackers presumably make things better to the extent they do things like make builds reproducible and migrate to more secure languages, but for people (including hackers) to have access to systems that are relatively secure from malicious adversaries requires lots of integration....Before I suggested regulation, and I still do, but I also would love to see more large (or trying to become large) vendors dedicated to all aspects of user autonomy delivering competitive integrated products. For phone and email I guess now that's Purism and Kolab, though those are both tiny and not yet competitive (or existing, in case of phone).Also related: I loved https://brettcsmith.org/2017/libreplanet/Another one https://techsolidarity.org/resources/congressional_howto.html recommending iPhone and gmail, and Chrome (I think the only free software recommended is uBlock and HTTPSEverywhere) discussed at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15777387
2017-11-10T23:25:16Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2007/07/i-dedicate-this-work-to-the-usa-that-it-become-just...Pretty sure I've cited this a bunch of times, but can't find anything public. Anyway, permarelevant.
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2017-10-27T02:28:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersStrikes me as 100% conceptually aligned with FLOSS -- look at the table comparing Unicorns to Zebras https://static1.squarespace.com/static/588e67e0a5790aa54e649863/t/58c002f9e3df28e544ec499b/148897869... basically every row could be instead proprietary vs libre, but (a guess, very happy to be wrong) likely very little practical overlap.I think this must indicate some kind of massive social failure on the FLOSS side.
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