Who's the go-to domain registrar these days? Meaning if you care about things like non-awful TOS and freedom issues.Show all 5 replies
WORMSo is there anything like a "write-once USB ROM stick"? I.e., that you could burn a Tails ISO onto and carry around? Cause not as many computers these days have a DVD drive, regrettably.
Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) likes this.Show all 7 repliesAnd yes, epoxying the switch closed is an option, at least in theory (better still if you do that and then epoxy the whole card into a USB SD adapter). But it still seems like an actual WORMstick would be a vaulable product idea. Surprising that it does not exist.
DataThere may come a day when you need to find "cat vs cucumber" videos online, perhaps a Monday. If you Google for the phrase (without quotes), then the top result that Google returns is this handy comparison chart.
Apparently, if you want to buy motherboard pin-header sockets (like for the HDD LED or power-switch connectors), you have to know in advance that they're called "dupont style" housings. Sheesh. Cause that's obvious.
Thanks a lot, hardware people.
PS - Yes I still have zero clue how to divine the names of less common pin formats, like the one I'm stuck wiring up in my Linux-car's steering-wheel adapter. So it just stays on the floor of the garage.
EFFingFrom a little more hunting around the EFF web site....
It would definitely be a blast to be an EFF Activist: https://www.eff.org/opportunities/jobs/activist
Except there's this: "If you don’t want to live in the Bay Area, you should not apply for this job."
Yes, that's an exact quote. The Electronic Frontier Foundation: We Work Tirelessly to Champion Digital Civil Liberties For Everyone Online And Willing to Live in San Francisco, California.
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DRM Time at the ApolloSo ... Cory Doctorow is rejoining the EFF to work on a project called "Apollo 1201" that aims to dismantle DRM on Constitutional grounds over the next ten years.
Apparently this happened a while abo, which I didn't hear about. Nor was I able to find much information about "Apollo 1201" since it does not appear to be part of the EFF web site nor have an online presence of its own.
Luckily, Doctorow happened to be at SCALE in Los Angeles last weekend talking about it, so I was able to write it up: https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/673403/c26d549d962feb6a/
I still don't understand why the EFF isn't promoting this project itself, though.Correction; there is one page at EFF.org about Apollo 1201: the Online Shop page where you can buy an Apollo-1201 iron-on patch: https://supporters.eff.org/shop/apollo-1201-iron-patch
#whatmorewouldanyoneneedPatches are cool, I guess... But I hope they make some stickers! They've also got this page, which has the makings of a good bumper sticker? https://www.eff.org/homepage-feature/cory-doctorows-new-project-apollo-1201
IT'S BEEN NINE MINUTES WHY HASN'T MY PULL REQUEST BEEN ACCEPTED
Preparing to write about NPO-developed, public works free software.
Which means the story will get literally zero comments and as close to literally no reads as the real-number system will allow.
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All I'm saying is: watch any post-apocalyptic story, and the dogs are clearly still on our team. Not a single cat.
So how do you explain to a corporation that downstream-user-freedom should be important to them?
'Cause just saying 'copyleft is about someone else's freedom, not about your freedom' is to say something totally orthogonal to the question at hand.Show all 6 replies
If a position also has a lot of public support, corporations also will tend to want to support it as a PR move. Poising diversity both as in terms of requirements and public support seems to have gotten a lot done.Sorry, I wasn't thinking only about a software business. I was thinking more broadly. In the current regulatory and philosophical approach to business, and putting on my "homo economicus" hat (which is ugly, ill fitting, and I hate wearing), I have a difficult time coming up with arguments that would persuade a corporation to support end-user freedom. While it may not be bad, it is also not obviously good in the bottom line way that shows up easily in spreadsheets.
Christopher Allan Webber has a good suggestion. My own suggestion would include transforming the very concept of a corporation to not be such a venal, valueless institution. But my suggestion is obviously ridiculous, so assuming no regulatory changes, how about:
- Supporting end-user freedom can
support customers' ability to move between vendors creating a more
competitive marketplace (although competition doesn't necessarily
benefit the corp. in a way it appreciates).
- Supporting end-user freedom allows people to use software in ways the corp. may not have considered (thus increasing the size of the market).
- Supporting end-user freedom can help you to reach future customers (e.g. students or institutions evaluating software).
- Supporting end-user freedom allows customers and others to more readily contribute back (which reduces costs).
- Supporting end-user freedom can help keep your competitors honest (assuming copyleft and assuming the corp. is willing to take action).
We have to somehow put dollar figures (or the appropriate metric) on these things and see how the spreadsheet comes out. Of course, sometimes companies just have to try things to find out if the numbers work. Some corporations are more daring than others.
- Supporting end-user freedom can support customers' ability to move between vendors creating a more competitive marketplace (although competition doesn't necessarily benefit the corp. in a way it appreciates).
Next person to tell me that humans evolved to their present state in order to survive on the Serengeti gets smacked.
Three times if they're "explaining" a behavioral trait rather than a physical one.
Eight times if it has anything to do with smartphones or UI/UX design.
90% of "working from home" is hoping that the neighbors can't hear you screaming obscenities at your computer.
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Bradley Kuhn, I sent you an email last night. If there was any doubt as to whether that was authentically me....
Would still be interested in a reply, but press time is coming up shortly.