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The ACTA Fight Returns: What Is At Stake & What You Can Do

Elektroschock Signing is only the start of the battle (82 comments)

Signing does not mean a thing because the European Parliament still has to decide whether to give its consent, and when a single nation asks the European court of Justice, or the Constitutional court then it's dead, because it is against EU Treaties/constitutions. it's not too late to get involved.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Pumps $6 Million Into Summer of Code 2011

Elektroschock Cheap investment (102 comments)

When you consider how helpful this is for recruitment and winning the hearts and minds of the programming elite this program is actually cheap. I would recommend governments and supranational organisations to do the same.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Opean leaks... (278 comments)

This case is not about rape but a case of intercourse without consent which qualifies as a kind of crime in Sweden. Of course the Swedish prosecutor acts over the top and that is very questionable, including the smear to accuse him as a rapist in public.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Summary (278 comments)

DB says he estimated its about 3500 documents and he has no access himself to the actual data, probably they are encrypted. The documents are from summer 2010.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Opean leaks... (278 comments)

DB adds some info why he believed in the merits of the young women's case, regardless of the prosecutor interpol extradiction farce. Simply because JA bragged about fathering children.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Microsoft lobbyism and more (278 comments)

There is a difference between "taking" and "having in your possession" and "locking Assange out".

DB says its the documents they got in the interim. You can expect a public wikileaks speaker like DB to get documents for wikileaks via geeks.

One of the reasons for leaving wl was an alleged cooperation of Assange with a holocaust denier. That is an impossible thing to do in Germany, it doesn't even matter if Daniel Berg is a jew or not. You simply can't support that.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Wikileaks bitter about stolen documents? (278 comments)

"The guy sabatoged their website and took data to start up his own competing site, then writes a book to advertise it."

The "evidence" for that is a misinterpretation of an excerpt from his book.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Wikileaks bitter about stolen documents? (278 comments)

According to DB
- approx 3500 documents
- submission system was disabled by its developer (not DB) because it was insecure. Developer is another WL defector. DB only revealed in his book that he was aware of that.
- he does not intent to use the documents for openleaks but wants a safe method to return the data

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Wikileaks leaks... (278 comments)

This Domschiet-Berg guy did something that compromised the anonymity of people who submit things to the Wikileaks website.

Who ever claimed that?

Domscheit-Berg said the programmer of the WL submission system disabled it and took it with him because it was insecure and JA was using it in an irresponsible manner. The programmer is another defector of WL.

It is very typical tactics for an experienced bully to accuse the other side of the same. The bully is not DB.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Damn that thief (278 comments)

The issue is that they stole the information and aren't guaranteeing the sources the same level of anonymity that Wikileaks was promising.

What is your evidence for the claim they stole information?
What is your evidence for the claim they weren't guaranteeing the sources the same level of anonymity.

What makes you assume or imply that DB was to about to publish these document on his openleaks platform while he constantly told the opposite.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:I'd say (278 comments)

So its wrong to steal documents from someone

What makes you believe DB stole documents from WL?

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Bitter from competition? (278 comments)

Wikileaks wasn't first. It is just a mediawiki site which publishes leaks. The whole submission infrastructure, the concepts and so forth are much older.

And there is Cryptome.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Re:Wikileaks bitter about stolen documents? (278 comments)

Not he, but another defector who wrote the code disabled access to it because of security concerns. WL so to speak is Assange himself. WL as a core team is gone.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Elektroschock Microsoft lobbyism and more (278 comments)

Trivia: Domscheit-Berg is the husband of a Microsoft top lobbyist.

Domschiet-Berg means Cathedralshit-Mountain. His name is Domscheit-Berg.

"Former WikiLeaks programmer"

--- he was a German spokes person, an one other Wikileaks guy working closely with Assange, he didn't claim to be a programmer.

"Daniel Domscheit-Berg sabotaged WikiLeaks in a manner that threatens the anonymity of leakers,"

-- A colleague of Daniel who also left wikileaks disabled the submission tool because they had security concerns over the submission system and found it irresponsible. The claim that he threatened the anonymity of leakers or sabotaged wikileaks is without any evidence.

"Since leaving WikiLeaks, Domschiet-Berg has become one of the cofounders of OpenLeaks. This raises the question: if you had material to leak, would you trust it to someone who has already jeopardized the anonymity of leakers at a site where he worked?"

-- Obviously he has not done this and you cannot name a single case where he did. You cannot confirm your allegation by referring to your former mentioning of the statement. It works for FOX news but not for educated discourse.

Domscheit-Berg also never said he would use them in his openleaks project.

more than 3 years ago
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KDE Software Compilation 4.6.0 Released

Elektroschock Re:Thanks, (202 comments)

If you really like 3.5.10 why don't you use Trinity?

For me KDE 4.6 serves all my needs, memory footprint could be better, but it's now the way it should be.

more than 3 years ago
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Italian Consumer Watchdog Sues Microsoft Over 'Windows Tax'

Elektroschock Re:Updated TOS (313 comments)

Why? Competition. That's how a market system works.

more than 3 years ago

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open source against open societies

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Elektroschock (659467) writes "The Russian Federation will create a walled wide web based on open source software because they see American information technology as a threat. Their "distrust of commercial software from abroad" was recently fueled by the Stuxnet windows worm. Stuxnet was applied to sabotage nuclear research of middle east emerging powers. A proprietary software trojan as a the saviour of the occident, and Linux embraced by totalitarian regimes as North Korea and Usbekistan, makes you wonder: Does open source promote an open society?"
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Transatlantic talks on ACTA

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Elektroschock (659467) writes "The European Parliament is fed up with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations. They want to talk up the Digital Chapter with Washington before an agreement gets finalised in the rounds following the Sidney technical meeting: digital market, internet freedom in the world, net neutrality, the right of privacy, common standards, transparency and the rule of law in relation to ACTA. The European Parliament is capable to deny consent, and EU members also represent a blocking majority to the agreement."
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Oracle asks OpenOffice community members to leave

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Elektroschock (659467) writes "In an unprecedented move with respect to other forks Oracle asks the founders of the Document Foundation and LibreOffice to leave the OpenOffice.org Community Council. Apparently there is a conflict of interest which concerns the Oracle employees."
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Wikileaks - Schmitt coming home to Redmond

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  about 4 years ago

Elektroschock (659467) writes "The second Wikileaks public spokes person, "Daniel Schmitt", told German news magazine DER SPIEGEL he left Wikileaks. He revealed his real name was Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a extremely unique name in Germany. Anke Domscheit-Berg is a German Microsoft open data lobbyist who commented on the usefulness of the Wikileaks project (German radio) in the past. Wikileaks incidents like the EU Open Source Strategy "leaks" or the pulled Microsoft Cryptome files case come to our mind. Apparently the US software company pulls more strings behind the scenes than observers previously suspected."
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Europe embraces Open Document format

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  about 4 years ago

Elektroschock (659467) writes "The European legislature has decided to support the open document format as to advance electronic business. It asks the European Commission take concrete steps to support the adoption of ODF 1.2 and its spread. Open Document is an open standard implemented in the latest incarnations of Microsoft Office, Open Office, Google Docs, Abiword and many other products."
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adACTA day and our right to copy

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Elektroschock (659467) writes "The Swiss Pirate party published youtube videos from their adACTA convention in Lucerne, the city where the Trade negotiators meet this week to negotiate the ACTA treaty. ACTA strongly encourages "graduated response" internet disconnection policies and interferes with fundamental rights. The German pirate party contributed a song against the "monster" treaty. It is not Canada, cars don't burn as at the G20, just the Sun. ACTA also hampers climate change."
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European Open Source Decision surfaces

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Elektroschock (659467) writes "Finally a freedom of information law request casts light on a lost 2007 European Union Decision on Open Source software. The initiative under Industry&Enterprise Commissioner Verheugen resulted in an offical adoption of the GPL-compatible European Union Public License (EUPL) but was decided to be kept confidential. No surprise there! On all levels American software manufacturer Microsoft lobbied against the openness policies from the EU IDABC unit. However, the IDABC unit as well recommended to standardise the controversial Microsoft Open XML format at the International Standards Organisation. IDABC's version 1.1. of the EUPL is also certified by OSI."
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Protests against proposed redefinition of open sta

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Elektroschock (659467) writes "The European Union Commission wants to lower the barrier what qualifies as an 'open standard or specification'. This week an EU high-level minister conference would take in Malmö. Advocacy groups pressure for stronger proposals to overcome dependencies and promote true interoperability. Also Microsoft promotes open interoperability with eclipse."
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Richard Stallman opposes Pirate Party

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elektroschock writes "Richard Stallman just wrote a GNU piece against the Pirate Party. This year Pirate Parties are gaining ground among young voter, and recently got two Swedish seats in the European Parliament elections and one seat in the German Reichstag. Richard Stallman says the Pirate Party's copyright reform proposals would harm Free Software. "The Free World would get the bad, but not the good." Under a Pirate regime with a five years copyright software would also yield its GPL protection and forced source code disclosure. However, that problem could be fixed with a legal obligation to disclose source code, and there are such existing obligations in European laws for proprietary software. RMS also raises concerns on EULAs which simply do not apply to Europe. Does the copylefty Richard Stallman lack a more visionary perspective on copyright reform?"
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Bill Gates weights in on Estremadura Linux

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elektroschock writes ""Bill Gates told him that 'there was a region in Spain that shines as a world leader because the extension of the new technologies and the open source in it, and this region is Extremadura'", that told the Prime Minister of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in a public event. Currently there are serious rumors that the ITC responsible of Extremadura, Mr. Rafael Martín Espada, has reached an agreement with Microsoft for the migration of the Extremaduran education to Windows laptops. Mr. Martín Espada was recently named in its position as a replacement of Mr. Linux in Extremadura: Carlos de Castro. Hispalinux also provides a nice regional war map of Spanish Linux deployment. I wonder how a migration to Windows Windows would help to combat the spread of malaria in Estremadura..."
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Wine project frustration and forking

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elektroschock writes "Wine attempts to implement the Windows API layer on Linux. There are some limitations and an important one is the missing DIB engine, bug 421. Chris Howe comprehends the dissatisfaction of core developers with the abitrary project governance:

Sorry to sound like a stuck record but the Wine website still lists "write a DIB engine" as a requirement, and every time someone does, the patches dissapear down a hole because they're "not right". Someone document what "would be right", or take "write a DIB engine" off the list. I'd love to have a go at documenting it myself, but I don't have the time to reverse engineer it from a few years' worth of rejected solutions.

The latest attempt of Massimo Del Fedel satisfied all requirements set previously for the long standing bug 421 and his optional engine seems to work fine by all Wine quality standards. He seems to be extraordinary stubborn and insusceptible to mobbing. Usually it is extremely frustrating for developers when the goal post is constantly moved. When is the right time that project members should fork when their chief maintainer does not respond anymore or pursues an adverse commercial agenda?"
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Secret EU Open Source migration study surfaced

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elektroschock writes "For 4 years MEP Marco Cappato tried to get access to the EU Council open source migration study because he is a member of a responsible IT oversight committee in the European Parliament. His repeated requests for access where finally answered by the Council with the alleged loss of the study. Now, the study finally was gathered and published on the internet. It is embarrassing! Upon request the Gartner Michael Silver claimed there were no mature public Linux installations in Europe "I have not spoken to any sizable deployments of Linux on the desktop and only one or two StarOffice deployments", gartner spread patent and TCO fud. Also the European Patent Office participated in the project although it is no EU institution."
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No Russian Operating System

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Elektroschock writes "The project by 27 Russian parties to develop a National Operating System for Russia does not take off, yet. Ilya Ponomarev, the responsible technology committee chair in the Duma, received a negative response from the government. The government argues that the project and Open Standards would not impact the society and economy. Parliament members regret the slashback for Russia's digital independence. Ponomarev wants to find other interested partners in the Government now."
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Wine optional DIB engine shot down

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elektroschock writes "The Wine patches for an experimental DIB engine won't get accepted. Wine developer Max Venato is the latest developer to express his frustration:

But bad news.... It seems that the code won't be accepted on wine tree, so I'm stopping the public development and just keep what I do on my tree for Autocad use. Sorry but I don't like to loose any more time on hopeless tasks..... If you wish to try out future new patches of my engine, please just ask for it by mail.

The WINE project has been deferring the task to include a DIB engine for years while the commercial Crossover flavour includes a DIB engine."
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European Open Source Software Strategy leaked

Elektroschock Elektroschock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elektroschock writes "A working draft of the European Union Open Source Software Strategy was published by Wikileaks. According to Wikileaks meta information it was co-authored by Jonathan Zuck from the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), a lobby hitman for Microsoft; The European Commission lets ACT and CompTIA participate in all working groups of the European Open Source Strategy which defines Europe's future open source approach. A blue editor questions the objectives: 'Regarding the "Europe Digital Independence" our [working] group thinks it is, in general, not an issue.' "European digital independence" is a phrase coined by EU-Commissioner V.Reding, that is what her European Software Strategy (ESS) was supposed to be about. She didn't reveal that lobbyists or vendors with vested interests would write the strategy for the Commission. The leaked document's language on patent licensing sounds a bit odd and controversial to me given the recent frontal patent assaults on the European automative business by Microsoft."
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