Today I found this nice service that keeps track of many, many different versions of a given package, across many different repositories for different GNU distributions: repology.org
It's similar to pkgs.org, but much more exhaustive and detailed.
- AGPLv3 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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♲ firstname.lastname@example.org 2017-12-30 09:11:16:
Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover.
Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces lovingly formatted, open source, and free public domain ebooks.
Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.
This looks like an interesting project!
#FreeCulture #ebooks #NoDRM #literature #publicDomain
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Happy GNU year!!
Happy 🐃 year, pumpers! =)
- Update! The obvious has happened: https://www.recode.net/2017/12/5/16739844/oath-mozilla-legal-battle-yahoo-search-dealGood luck to Mozilla extracting max $$$$$ from Oath/Verizon over the incredibly stupid deal Yahoo made with Mozilla!
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- The programmer experience: redundancy edition https://www.harihareswara.net/sumana/2017/12/03/0 in which I discover a useful resource re: Form 990 filings and learn to use the Arrow library for Python date-time manipulationThe archived gitorious floss-foundations filings repo is now actively maintained by Martin Michlmayr at https://gitlab.com/floss-foundations/npo-public-filings
- The archived gitorious floss-foundations filings repo is now actively maintained by Martin Michlmayr at https://gitlab.com/floss-foundations/npo-public-filings
Dark Background and Light Text
Can you imagine what a web browser extension called "Dark Background and Light Text" does? =)
I'll tell you what it does: amazing things!
I've used similar extensions in the past to "counteract" the ultrawhiteness that plagues the WWW, but this one is much, much more capable. You can have per-site settings: disable for some sites, use a different "coloring method" (Stylesheet processor, simple CSS, invert) for others... and it's a WebExtension, so it can be used in Firefox 57+, and other browsers =)
Going Luddite :-)
I turned off my Nextcloud some time ago. I plan my work in a paper notebook, and use an old fashioned paper calendar. My address book is just locally on my devices (of course backed up). I don't use email on my phone so that works out surprisingly well.
I use Syncthing for syncing a few files between my phone and laptop, which doesn't require a server. The only thing still running on my server is this pump.io instance. I'm afraid when my server dies (it's a pretty old computer) I won't be replacing it.
I guess I'm getting old and going Luddite :-)
- Saw 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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BTW, today ActivityPub got voted to go to Proposed Recommendation in the Social Working Group!
Which means that at this point it's up to W3C membership and management to move it to the space of it being an official spec.
The implementation reports page is looking pretty good too!
Now I really need a rest...
Backpack done! or is it?
My new backpack!
I started this project in august (pattern and material list) / september (actual sewing) and finally, this evening, it is usable!
It wasn't the only project running (not even the only *sewing* project), but still it took enough time that I'm glad I can finally use it, even if right now it doesn't really have any real advantage over what I could have bought from any store for less money than I spent on materials (but I have many leftovers — and plans to use at least part of them)
It also was pretty challenging, both for my skills and for my home sewing machine, and there are a few things that could have been done better (and maybe they will, in the next backpack I'll make?)
But is it really done? No, that webbing in the front (and sides) is there to attach extensions, and I have at least a couple planned (one easy, that I will do soon, and another complex one that will wait until I've recovered from the project fatigue with something completely different).
I'm also still waiting for the buckles that will close the compression straps in the front (not that they are really needed now that there are no extensions to keep compressed), but they are details I can take care of later.
P.S. I took pictures and notes, and the pattern is already on git, but a full tutorial will have to wait, probably even months, as now I have a bit of sewing backlog.
I lost track of the numbers of hours spent, altought most of it must have gone into simple but repetitive (and boring) things like attaching all the webbing to the panels.
(That caused a break in the project, when I did something else for a while to keep my sanity, and so did the zipper, that required 3 attempts before I finally managed to attach it correctly)
- News organizations that decry 'fake news' do not get my respect until they remove the advertisements styled to look like news articles.
- What you need to know about the Conservancy / SFLC trademark dispute (and the context around it): http://www.rants.org/2017/11/conservancy_sflc_dispute/
>> Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):
“> FSSN is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to Free and Open Source (FOSS) projects.
Yes, but the catch is that you don't get to merely claim that status on your own. The Internal Revenue Service has to grant you that status and can also revoke it. In searching Publication 78's successor (Exempt Organization Select Check) which is a list of all such 501(c)(3) organizations that can receive donations, I can't find it under that name. See: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/search-for-charities
I also searched the NYS charities bureau. They've never heard of it either. For a group that says they file regularly with the Attorney General of New York, it is strange to find they've never filed there under that name.
This only matters since FSSN figures into one of the press releases by the Software Freedom Law Center as an alternative to the Conservancy.