qubit qubit@identi.ca

I'm a programmer. Bit of a baker. Seasonal amateur lumberjack. Sometimes I try to save the world.

  • OpenHatch at 2014-10-01T03:09:39Z

    Our September newsletter -- http://blog.openhatch.org/2014/newsletter-september-2014/

    In October, we’ll be running Open Source Comes to Campus events at DePaul University, Bucknell University, Claremont Graduate University, SUNY Stony Brook, and the University of Victoria!

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  • OSCON Irony

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-09-09T15:35:07Z

    ORA has asked me to sign a CLA for my participation in a panel at OSCON 2014, where I took a position against CLAs. They claim to "not know" about the multi-year agreement I signed with ORA back in 2000 for presentations at their conferences (which granted them rights under the FDL).

    I've offered them back CC-By-SA-4.0 in a heavily edited version of their agreement. I suspect they'll reject this, but the story is ongoing. I'll make a full blog post when the story ends.

    BTW, the official document editor for OSCON 2014? Not LibreOffice: it's Microsoft Word. (obviously I imported it into LibreOffice and sent them a track-changes version)

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    No new news on this. The ORA lawyer said my "changed version is under review".

    I suspect that means legal told conference planning team to jettison the video and give up.

    Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-09-19T20:28:31Z

    I asked the organizers if they could support Inkscape and SVG logo submissions in addition to Adobe Illustrator and AI (Adobe Photoshop and Freehand were also listed as supported). Hopefully the instructions will be updated for 2015.

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  • Quick!: Go Tell Your Bosses That My Dog Has Bad Skin

    at 2014-04-11T18:11:00Z

    I've just received a second confirmation, which means I've got the proverbial "two sources", so I'm ready to say this publicly.

    But, before I do, I should tell you about Alfie's skin. Alfie is one of my two beloved dogs; he's pictured here in this post. Alfie has had various skin problems. My wife and I changed his food a lot, since we suspected a food allergy. Now he's eating Merrick's grain-Free real duck wet food and Nutrisca Salmon and Chickpea dry food. This has worked well and we're pretty sure foods with other grains and potato, and possibly chicken, are bad for his skin.

    Meanwhile, back on the other topic, I'm quite sure now that my political opponents have indeed switched over from the old StatusNet identi.ca to pump.io, so they read what I'm here saying and go complain about it to their bosses (in some attempt to use it against me politically). More specifically, I suspect the bosses [0] have "their people" handle the mundane task of "reading things on the Intertubes and the MyTwitFace" and report back the juicy bits of what I say.

    BTW, I think this is wonderful news for pump.io: it's potentially as important (or well on it's way to being as important) — at last in the Free Software world — as Twitter. :) @evan, be proud (and, also, BTW, help me write that pump.io IMAP-based client ;).

    The weird part, though, is after these two "game of telephone" complaints about what I've said here found their way back to me, both reports referenced "something read on Bradley's blog". Please, those who read this for your Bosses: at least get the darned facts right! Make it clear to them this is not my blog. For your reference, My blog can be found here: http://ebb.org/bkuhn/blog/. In fact, I've use pump.io specifically and (more or less) exclusively for my non-professional, off-the-cuff, mostly unedited (have you seen how many misspellings and grammar errors I have in these pump.io posts?) public remarks.

    Of course, some of you might argue to me that: "A good politician doesn't make those kind of remarks, ever" and that I make a political mistake by putting them all here on pump.io — a convenient but truly distributed and decentralized place to find such remarks.

    But, frankly, I just hate focus-grouped politics and refuse to participate in it. People just aren't people anymore when you do that; they're wooden Al-Gore- and John-Kerry-like stick figures. I would easily agree that if your job is USA Secretary of State, maybe you have to subject yourself (and your family) to focus-group-style perception shaping, where even trips to the grocery store are scripted to make a political point. One part about Free Software being (at best) on the "B list" of social justice causes (i.e., it's just not on the "A list" of urgent and grave problems like poverty, global climate change, war, etc.) is that I don't have to worry about life-and-death if I happen to get the politics wrong. (I know Karen Sandler feels differently about this because for her, proprietary software is a life and death issue due to her implanted medical device.) I fortunately have the luxury of still getting to be myself [1] in public.

    BTW, Fab Scherschel is the first person who really pointed this out to me: I remember because he said (my paraphrase) he really liked that while I was a muckity-muck in Free Software (well, Fab probably said Open Source ;), he liked that I said what was on my mind even if it wasn't politically perfect and carefully scripted.

    Context matters, of course; I don't say "whatever's on my mind" in public talks at conferences like I do here on pump.io. Related to that, I actually regretted for a while when my personal blog started getting linked to heavily in news articles, etc, because for a while when I want to post a funny picture of my dogs or something like that, I had no place to do it since my blog was my (but of course, never my employer's) official professional opinions. As you know, due to my moral beliefs, I won't use Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus, etc., so my options are limited. The one major upside for me of pump.io going beyond the 140 character limit is I got back a place just to be myself, which my actual blog used to be and now isn't for political reasons.

    Indeed, to be clear and honest: I admit that I politically script many things I write. My actual blog (which this isn't, again: please tell your Bosses that when you report this post to them) is admittedly so-scripted, but, my pump.io stream isn't.

    I'm amused now, though, to realize that I can actually waste the time of my political opponents. Indeed, I am starting to wonder if I should start burying political comments in my pump.io posts about my dogs, or something like that (in a more subtle way, not the obvious way I did it here). Indeed, I really kinda like the idea of my political opponents having to skim through a paragraph about Alfie's skin problems just so they can find where the choice quote to take to their bosses to complain about is. :)

    [0] I suspect the people in question aren't reading my pump.io feed themselves since the people involved are so-called "Big People" (— that's the phrase my old boss used to describe the wealthy and powerful with reverence — I of course use that phrase as a joke; in fact I used to ask my old boss when he said that if he was referring to some mythical giants he'd discovered). In fact, for years, many people have tried to convince me that I shouldn't be myself because "people that matter" might read it and use it against me. That meme of self-censorship is bad for a Free society, IMO. Plus, it just makes everything so damned boring.

    [1] Some people I know have just never grokked that being myself in the online community was something I valued in life. As much of an old fart Net.luddite I am these days, I grew up on Usenet speaking my mind on every topic imaginable in public fora with my community. Discovering Usenet and the fact that I could discuss things with other people without feeling afraid all the time changed my life. Indeed, if you search hard, you can even find archived some goofy old Usenet posts I made in the early 1990s. Verbose public discussion on the Internet has been part of my personality since I was 18 years old; I'm not going to suddenly excise it from who I am now that I'm 40 — even if such is a political imperfection and because the wealthy and powerful don't like it.

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    Awwww:) Best. Cuteness. Attack. Ev-ar!!!!

    Also, Alfie might enjoy a coconut oil massage (here's a vet showing how to do it)

    aether at 2014-04-11T18:55:30Z

    In fact, for years, many people have tried to convince me that I shouldn't be myself because "people that matter" might read it and use it against me.

    I think you've said something similar to that to me once or twice.

    That meme of self-censorship is bad for a Free society, IMO. Plus, it just makes everything so damned boring.


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  • at 2012-03-28T02:09:36+00:00

    Liberating Skype back in action: v5.5 Reverse engineered - Time to get this into !Pidgin and !Empathy! http://redd.it/rgvca !lp !gnu

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    @dpic or better: create an # transport for every popular server

    Jenny Ondioline at 2012-03-28T07:08:25+00:00

  • Rui Seabra at 2010-04-13T07:09:22+00:00

    But what about patents? ♺ @hugoroy: Google Will Release # Video Codec Under an Open Source License http://is.gd/bqyX8 !fsfe !fsf #

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    @ruiseabra I believe that it takes into account patents as well, otherwise it doesn't make sense. #

    Hugo Roy at 2010-04-13T08:34:08+00:00

  • qubit at 2010-03-18T21:21:03+00:00

    As corporations, Intel & Nokia can promote openness in the mobile device market in ways that we individuals could not hope to match #

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  • qubit at 2010-03-19T14:57:00+00:00

    @bkuhn is giving an interesting talk/discussion about state of Software Freedom + Smart Phones. Room 109 !libreplanet

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  • qubit at 2010-03-19T21:21:24+00:00

    Sesh lead by @bkuhn on how to identify and work through GPL violations is wrapping up. Too many violations, not enough manpower !libreplanet

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  • Sean Tilley at 2009-12-11T02:57:13+00:00

    @dashavoo No, it's an Alternate Reality Machine, and runs GNU/HURD from Earth-52, a reality in which RMS and GNU succeeded in dominating all

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  • qubit at 2009-12-08T17:02:24+00:00

    A friend was talking how to sign email. I asked, "Why should email be signed? If we just send positive emails we can write twice as much."

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  • Marius Gedminas at 2009-10-15T22:43:07+00:00

    Anybody have a picture/diagram showing which parts of !Maemo 5 are free software and which parts are closed?

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    @mgedmin I saw it somewhere but I cant remember (some # blog?). Look at # ;-)

    Lucifer! at 2009-10-16T03:23:21+00:00

  • Bradley M. Kuhn at 2009-11-06T17:52:28+00:00

    Working on a new FLOSS talk for late 2010. I need some cool custom cartoons to be used as slides. Contact me if you wanna volunteer to draw.

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  • Aaron Williamson at 2009-11-05T23:01:34+00:00

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    @copiesofcopies I'm stuck at home with a 101° fever and that just made my day. :-)

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  • qubit at 2009-10-31T03:44:03+00:00

    Oh get me a phone, an # of my own, that's free &open to boot. I'd use it each day, for work & for play, so happy to finally have root

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  • Bradley M. Kuhn at 2009-09-30T01:14:07+00:00

    Early results prove my point: I bet I can find one new # violation per day for a year. 37 days in, I am 9 violations ahead. 319 to go.

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    @bkuhn I'm not sure whether I'm rooting for you to find and make 365 violators compliant, or against you, hoping that there aren't that many

    qubit at 2009-09-30T02:11:38+00:00

  • Glyn Moody at 2009-07-14T14:06:52+00:00

    YouTube Will Be Next To Kiss IE6 Support Goodbye - http://bit.ly/15S1Cx in a remarkably pro-active way, too # #

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    @glynmoody Unfortunately, loss of # might encourage employers to stick with # http://bit.ly/15S1Cx

    Matthew Davidson at 2009-07-14T22:32:01+00:00

  • qubit at 2009-07-02T16:42:41+00:00

    [Blog] The Dartmouth College Composting Facility http://ur1.ca/6mxm Tour + pictures! Heavy machinery! # #

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