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Ken Wallis Autogyro Pioneer Dies At 97

TrueSatan Good Memories (49 comments)

I knew Ken when I worked at Weslake Developments in Rye, East Sussex, an engineering R&D company that designed and tested engines for the UK automotive and aviation industries (I was the firm's Costing Engineer at the time); he was one of the directors of the firm. He was always a calm and reasonable voice in often head debates over the future of the company. His accomplishments gave him a platform that got people to listen but it was his warmth and understanding, both of technical issues and the people involved, that made him so respected and such an asset to the company. His flair for the dramatic was never far away...he'd journey from Lydd Airport (principally owned by Richard Branson who knew Ken well) piloting a skeletal Autogyro, of his own design and that he had built, landing it in a field behind the business park where Weslake Developments was housed. I've many happy memories from that time and value them greatly...I'll surely miss him.

about a year ago
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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

TrueSatan Re:Error in summary - Cornyn is a Republican (276 comments)

It was also an error in TFA...I submitted this article and had assumed that they had it right.

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

TrueSatan Re:Which party? (276 comments)

Sorry about that...I (submitter of this article to /.) took the offending part from TFA and didn't double check to see if it was correct.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Developer Summits Shifting Online, Increasing Frequency

TrueSatan "Refining" Openness and Accessibility = Reducing (49 comments)

Forcing anyone who might wish to participate to join Google+ Hangouts also forces them to allow Google access to their real names and personal data thus Canonical yet again sjows that it has no, real, understanding, nor interest, in openness or accessibility and still less personal freedom and privacy. As they have with their Amazon affiliate contract they care more about commercial interests than the rights of their users or developers. Like the EFF and the FSF I never include Ubuntu GNU/Linux in any recommendation list...actually I steer people away from it.

about a year and a half ago
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Nikon Agrees to Pay Microsoft "Android Tax" on Smart Cameras

TrueSatan Re:This is getting (has gotten?) out of control (3 comments)

Simple...software should return to being regarded as a derivative of mathematics and thus non-patentable. Copyright could still be granted but that is a discussion for another time.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Community Manager: RMS's Post Seems a Bit Childish To Me

TrueSatan Re:Nothing wrong with him (529 comments)

You might consider Trisquel...it is FSF endorsed as a distribution that meets its guidelines: https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html Trisquel is akin to a Ubuntu with the non-free elements removed so it shouldn't be too much of a culture shock for you should you opt to use it. Further distributions with FSF approval are on the following link as is the link to obtain Trisquel: https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html

about a year and a half ago
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FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

TrueSatan Re:Reallocate and re-prioritize. (245 comments)

I can understand this in terms of setting a top priority but wouldn't each element being removed affect the short and long term viability of the project? If funding can't be provided what would be the short term and long term effects of less/no events/summits be and even if some were to be held what would be the effect of developers whose personal situation, or company support, wouldn't otherwise allow them to go then not getting a grant and, thus, not attending?

about a year and a half ago
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China's Stealth Fighter Flight Test Successful

TrueSatan Corporate America to the Rescue? (161 comments)

No need to build new aeroplanes or, heaven forbid, work on innovative new designs. Just attack them with...patents! All those rounded corners must, surely, breach some spurious Apple patent or other. Microsoft can claim that numerous of their patents have been infringed and demand payments with menaces but never be willing to say exactly what patents were infringed. Paul Allen and Lodsys had best stay out of it as we don't want these aircraft to travel to an East Texas kangeroo court to defend their claims

about 2 years ago
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Post-ACTA Agreement CETA Moving Forward With Similar Provisions

TrueSatan Re:You can't win... (136 comments)

There are many organisations already working on behalf of ordinary people in cases such as this...the summary already has highlighted one such in the most excellent EFF but there are a number of others who are charitable donation funded and the like so negating your belief that huge wealth is needed to have voices on our side in this, and other, conflicts with the corporations who seek to enrich themselves by removal of our freedoms and liberties. I'll offer a small selection of such organisations below: https://www.eff.org/ http://ffii.org/ http://www.publicknowledge.org/ http://keionline.org/ http://infojustice.org/category/trade-agreements/ http://www.article19.org/ http://www.openrightsgroup.org/ http://www.edri.org/ http://www.michaelgeist.ca/ The last link is to Professor Michael Geist a prominent a noteworthy intellectual and activist in the field. All the above worked diligently to stop ACTA.

about 2 years ago
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BBC Criticized For Snooping Under RIPA Powers

TrueSatan Re:In the UK you pay for the right to watch TV ? (183 comments)

In the UK we a;lso have Channel 4 which is a QUANGO (Quasi Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation) meaning, in practice, that it is funded by a mixture of (mainly) taxation bolstered by advertising revenue. C4 content isn't nearly as good quality, on average, as that of the BBC but its existance shows that either model can fund a public broadcaster.

about 2 years ago
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EU ACTA Chief Resigns

TrueSatan Re:I can understand why (253 comments)

I also did something, I wrote to the MEP's in my area, outlining my position and asking their opinion. They need to know this is important. My local government web site had a link to my MEP's.

The Free Software Foundation provides the following page of contact details for all the relevant EU politicians: http://www.openrightsgroup.org/blog/2011/acta:-signed,-not-yet-sealed-now-its-up-to-us Those on the Development Committee are the most important and are listed on the following link: https://memopol.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/committee/DEVE/ For the FSF views on ACTA see: http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/acta

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Gov't Considers Plan To Block Public Domain

TrueSatan Re:For me, this begs the question (169 comments)

A case in point is your use of the term pedant as it had an original meaning that is now obsolete...it meant a teacher, particularly a schoolmaster.

more than 2 years ago
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Crowdsourced List of SOPA Supporters

TrueSatan Re:Gaming. (180 comments)

Microsoft is a SOPA supporter by proxy in that it is a member of the pro SOPA Business Software Alliance. By doing their dirty work this way some other companies may also be attempting to escape being named and shamed as SOPA supporters. Note...Kapersky terminated their BSA membership over the SOPA issue. Wikipedia is kind enough to list the BSA members for us so perhaps this list (excluding Kapersky) should be added to this campaign? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Software_Alliance

more than 2 years ago
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The (Big) Problem With RIM

TrueSatan Re:Market fragmentation (341 comments)

I wouldn't worry about Canonical/Google preparing free operating systems for mobile devices seeing as KDE, and others, are working towards this end already and, if they do it well, can bring GNU/Linux into the picture as a fully viable contender. The KDE work is being done under the Plasma Active banner...see the following link. http://community.kde.org/Plasma/Active

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Wants Ellison, Page To Settle Differences

TrueSatan Re:Can oracle win the suit? (83 comments)

From reading Groklaw's analysis, which is excellent, I'd say that Google will clearly owe Oracle some monetary settlement but that Oracle's initial claim of vast compensation was ridiculous. as I understand it the latest indication from the judge in the case was that the settlement would be somewhere around the $100 million that was being discussed by Google and Sun as a licensing fee at a much earlier stage. To Google this would seem to be chump change so the main question I'd ask would be which side would be awarded costs or would each side pay their own...costs appear to be likely to be vastly in excess of the settlement fee.

more than 2 years ago
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Airship Company Gets First Civilian Customer

TrueSatan All in the costs...as always (81 comments)

In the 1980's I worked for a company that supplied the engines (Mercedes Benz motor car engines brought up to aviation standards) used in gondolas run under Airship Industries (maker of them) blimps. The gondolas ran as mobile generator sets and saw significant usage to power the lighting for the LA Olympic games. Other airships flew over the games sites so as to provide a high vantage point for security services to monitor the event. This led all involved into a false feeling of a new dawn for airships...fancy plans were drawn up for them to run tourist trips in and out of the Grand Canyon for instance and over Ayres Rock in Australia. Some even hoped for African wildlife tourism to be involved and for trips up the Amazon...then we came to our senses as the company (AI) went under. The cost of filling a large blimp with helium is immense and the wretched things leak! To make matters worse in order to move a blimp around a country one either has to wait ages while it covers any noteworthy distance under its own steam or deflate the thing (usually by venting all the helium) and transport the remaining items by more conventional means (road, rail, air or ship) then pay out for a new fill of helium. This made the costs look pretty awful pretty fast. High winds and airships aren't a good combination so should the prevailing conditions grow nasty the owners of the blimps were, again, forced into a deflate/re-inflate cycle so as to protect the structures. In short almost all the proposed uses of the blimps were unable to see a reasonable return on investment and those that had any chance of same were too few to keep the company making the blimps running. I very much doubt that an economic case that can be viable long-term really exists for all but a tiny number of large civilian use blimps in anything but an unrealistic pipe-dream. Small military use ones may be a niche product with a future and that's where money might be made off of these things.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Kills Desktop Search and Gadgets

TrueSatan Re:Time to decommission desktop? (138 comments)

There are a few open source alternatives (search on Sourceforge) to Google's web apps that you could host yourself and that might get past your proprietary/enterprise/security concerns. The other benefits you cite for Google systems could be seen in such an arrangement without having to do too much setting up. I prefer this sort of arrangement to handing it to a third party and it avoids giving yet more information to Google (or another provider).

more than 2 years ago
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NSA Makes Contribution To Apache Hadoop Project

TrueSatan Re:Please trust the NSA. Pretty please. (102 comments)

I'm English too and you're right only in as much that hiding ones crossed fingers (can be behind ones back or in ones pocket) is a sign of subterfuge (something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity). Showing them openly to be crossed is not a sign of lying or subterfuge and, as per wootest comment, is merely signifying a hope for good luck in pursuit of a particular outcome.

more than 2 years ago

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First Long-Term Artificial Heart Implant

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about 8 months ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Previously devices have either been of an heart-assist type or short term heart replacements. Physicians at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris have inserted a heart made by the French Carmat company. The heart features bovine tissue components used to reduce the clot forming tendencies of fully artificial units and is intended to allow greater freedom of movement to the patient than previous, short-term use, units permitted. It is powered by external, wearable, lithium-ion batteries and is approximately 3 times heavier than a typical (European) human heart though the manufacturer intends to reduce the weight and size of the unit so as to allow use by smaller recipients in particular most women and men from areas of the world where average body size is less than white/caucasian averages...they specify India and China though this is hardly an exclucive clientelle."
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Canonical/Ubuntu Force Derivatives to Licence Binary Packages

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about 9 months ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "In a dubiously legal move, certainly against the spirit of the open source community, Canonical/Ubuntu have demanded licencing fees from Mint for use of their binary packages. They appear to require a fee to access their reposiories from derivative distributions. Canonical/Ubuntu have the legal right to regulate access to their servers and to charge fees for such access but the GPL would, surely, stop them from witholding the code and source of what they offer so it could be hosted elsewhere.
  Canonical/Ubuntu derive almost all of the code they use from upstream sources who make no attempt to levy such charges or demands on them so even if the licencing is legal and for a nominal fee the spirit of the community behind all GNU/Linux distributions appears to be challenged by this development."

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http://istumblrdown Shuttered by Cease and Desist Order

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  1 year,2 days

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Blogging platform Tumblr has issued a Cease and desist notice to http://istumblrdown.com/ a rather trivial and harmless site that simply offered status updates for Tumblr. The site owner claims this to be symptomatic of Tumblr's disregard for users needs quoting http://zachinglis.com/posts/why-tumblr-sucks and their fixation on banning users rather than any more positive improvements they might make to their platform. http://www.dailydot.com/news/missing-e-banned-tumblr/"
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Oregon Court May Declare No-Fly List Unconstitutional Breach of 5th Ammendment

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  1 year,2 days

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "A Court in Portland, Oregon has declared that a group of 13 U.S. citizens, backed by the ACLU, have had their ability to travel severely restricted by their names being placed on the official No-Fly list.

"Although there are perhaps viable alternatives to flying for domestic travel within the continental United States, such as traveling by car or train, the court disagrees with (the government's) contention that international air travel is a mere convenience in light of the realities of our modern world," wrote the Judge in the trial in her summation. She went on to say, "the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center shares watchlist information with 22 governments, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection also makes recommendations to ship captains, which could interfere with a person's travels. "

  Her conclusion was, "that plaintiffs have a constitutionally protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the list."

"For the first time, a federal court has recognized that when the government bans Americans from flying and smears them as suspected terrorists, it deprives them of constitutionally protected liberties, and they must have a fair process to clear their names," ACLU lawyer Nusrat Choudhury wrote in a statement.

The judge deferred ruling on a series of other motions in the case and ordered lawyers for both sides to confer and submit a status report to her by Sept. 9.

"We're confident," Choudhury said, "that when the court reviews any additional information that the parties provide that she will reach a ruling that the current system is patently unfair and violates the Fifth Amendment.""

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NASA Forcerd to Suspend Outreach and Education Programmes

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Due to cutbacks triggered by the US Sequester http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/06/politics/cnn-explains-sequestration NASA has been forced to indefinitely suspend all its public outreach and education (STEM) programmes. The memo, from NASA Public Affairs, detailing these measures is below.

"Subject: Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

As you know, we have taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
As a result, we are forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. We have already provided new guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which we find ourselves. Some have asked for more specific guidance at it relates to public outreach and engagement activities. That guidance is provided below.
Effective immediately, all education and public outreach activities should be suspended, pending further review. In terms of scope, this includes all public engagement and outreach events, programs, activities, and products developed and implemented by Headquarters, Mission Directorates, and Centers across the Agency, including all education and public outreach efforts conducted by programs and projects.
The scope comprises activities intended to communicate, connect with, and engage a wide and diverse set of audiences to raise awareness and involvement in NASA, its goals, missions and programs, and to develop an appreciation for, exposure to, and involvement in STEM. Audiences include employees, partners, educators, students, and members of the general public. The scope encompasses, but is not limited to:
- Programs, events, and workshops.
  — Permanent and travelling exhibits, signage, and other materials.
  — Speeches, presentations, and appearances, with the exception of technical presentations by researchers at scientific and technical symposia.
  — Video and multimedia products in development (and renewal of existing products).
  — Web and social media sites in development (excludes operational sites).
  — External and internal publications, with the exception of Scientific and Technical Information as defined by NPD 2200.1B.
  — Any other activity whose goal is to reach out to external and internal stakeholders and the public concerning NASA, its programs, and activities.""

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Cannonical's Shuttleworth Claims Unity Preceded Gnome Shell

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution's owner Canonical has made claims that Ubuntu's Unity desktop preceded the Gnome Shell. These claims have been strongly refuted, with obvious annoyance, by Gnome developers http://www.happyassassin.net/2013/03/11/dear-mark-shuttleworth-please-tell-the-truth/
  Shuttleworth said, "Unity existed before Gnome Shell. And the design of Unity was clear up front, it's Red Hat's team that wandered all over the place before shifting to a design that bears a startling resemblance to Unity."
  In reply Red Hat's Adam Williamson referenced a post from the Gnome User experience Hackfest in 2008 http://bethesignal.org/blog/2011/03/18/timeline-gnome-canonical-2009/ where the Gnome Shell concepts were born, by comparison Canonical publicly released initial details of Unity at the Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop Summit in October 2010. Gnome Shell began development releases in 2009 whereas Unity had its initial release in June 2010 and did not become the Ubuntu default until Ubuntu 11.04 in April 2011...the Gnome Shell initial release was also in April 2011. Shuttleworth clearly referred to when each product first existed so the first official initial release would seem to be less at issue than when first commits were made. This link to a video shows that Gnome Shell was in sufficiently good shape to be built by an interested person, not a developer, in May 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug-ie1sJHuE whereas the first commit to Unity's Launchpad repository was on October 2009 http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~unity-team/unity/trunk/revision/1 .
  Shuttleworth also made disputed claims regarding Ubuntu being the first distribution to have a six-monthly release shedule...Mandriva had been doing that from 2001 to 2010 save for a gap between 2006-7. Shuttleworth has made his claim regarding six monthly releases multiple times, and it has been refuted almost as often yet he continues to make it."

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Copyright Trolls Order Wordpress to Disclose Critics IP Addresses

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Notorious copyright troll Prenda Law have sent a subpoena to Wordpress attempting to force the disclosure of all IP addresses related to two Wordpress hosted sites that specialise in monitoring and encouraging action against copyright trolling. The sites in question are http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/ and http://dietrolldie.com/ . These sites state their aims as "To keep the public and fellow victims informed and to ensure that through activism, trolls make as little money as possible."...aims which almost anyone bar a copyright troll, or lawyer acting for one, might well applaud.
  Prenda Law's demand is not for a subset of addresses that might have posted in a manner that could be construed as legally defamatory but for all IP addresses that have accessed these sites irrespective of the use made of them.
Prenda Law have filed three defamation lawsuits already http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/2013/03/04/copyright-trolls-prenda-law-paul-duffy-and-john-steele-commence-three-lawsuits-v-paul-godfread-alan-cooper-and-our-community/ against the individuals who run fightcopyrighttrolls and one has been dismissed http://fightcopyrighttrolls.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/gov-uscourts-flsd-416314-6-0.pdf

Dietrolldie release the following warning:

“As there is a possibility that a release could occur, the public IP address (date/time stamp) could fall into the hands of Prenda. I would expect that they would then try to cross-reference the IP address with their list of alleged BitTorrent infringement IP addresses,” .

“If you have ever gone to this site or Fightcopyrighttrolls.com since 1 January 2011, you may want to contact WordPress and tell them you want them to refuse this overly broad request and at least wait until the issue of the case being removed to the Federal court is answered, before releasing ANY information,” DTD concludes."

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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said the suicide death of internet activist Aaron Swartz was a “tragedy,” but the hacking case against the 26-year-old was “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.” The attorney general was testifying at a Justice Department oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee and was facing terse questioning from Sen. John Cornyn (D-Texas).
Holder stated: “I think that’s a good use of prosecutorial discretion to look at the conduct, regardless of what the statutory maximums were and to fashion a sentence that was consistent with what the nature of the conduct was. And I think what those prosecutors did in offering 3, 4, zero to 6 was consistent with that conduct.”
Notwithstanding Holder’s testimony, Massachusetts federal prosecutors twice indicted Swartz for the alleged hacking, once in 2011 on four felonies and again last year on 13 felonies. The case included hacking charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that was passed in 1984 to enhance the government’s ability to prosecute hackers who accessed computers to steal information or to disrupt or destroy computer functionality."

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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Miguel de Icaza, via his blog, has declared his intention to move to the Apple Mac platform stating his main reasons as being, "To me, the fragmentation of Linux as a platform, the multiple incompatible distros, and the incompatibilities across versions of the same distro were my Three Mile Island/Chernobyl."

Reaction to his announcement includes http://blogs.kde.org/2013/03/05/gnome-founder-leaves from Jonathan Riddell of Blue Systems/Kubuntu.

Given Miguel de Icaza past asociation with Microsoft (CodePlex Foundation) and the Free Software Foundation's founder Richard Stallman's description of de Icaza as a "traitor to the free software community" http://www.osnews.com/story/22225/RMS_De_Icaza_Traitor_to_Free_Software_Community this might be seen as more of a blow to Microsoft than to GNU/Linux."

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Tesla Motors Loses Appeal Against BBC Top Gear

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "In a highly detailed decision the UK Court of Appeal has rejected Tesla's appeal against an eartlier ruling by a lower court that, too, rejected Tesla's case. Reading through the decision it is clear that the judge saw Tesla's case as lacking sufficient detail and specific instances of proof to support each claim. The judge stated that that Tesla's chances of a successful appeal, should the case have gone to trial, were insufficiently high to justify holding a trial. He stated that Tesla's case had no real chance of success and in many notes picked appart Tesla's legal team's arguments...that said he did not say that Top Gear were right or justified in portraying Tesla's vehicle in the way they did merely that there wasn't a legal case for an appeal.
One of the key flaws in Tesla's case, according to the judicial decision, was Tesla's inability to show that actual pecuniary harm, with detailed financial figues, had occured."

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Canada Launches ACTA Bill

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "In an utterly craven move the Canadian government has launched a bill http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=6013262 to bring Canada into full compliance with the discredited, US led, ACTA agreement...an agreement to which most of the world does not agree. To further pressure the acceptance of this awful bill the US, on the same day, released their Trade Policy and Agenda Annual Report http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/AnnualReport Final2013.pdf that calls on Canada to comply with ACTA obligations. For ACTA to take effect it would require six signatures from the major economic blocks and it appears to have no remaining possibility of getting them yet the US, and now Canada, continue to push it forward.

The Canadian bill features claims based on spurious health and safety concerns that have been thoroughly debunked by a US report http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-423 , Despite these claims being so dubious they remain a cornerstone of the Canadian bill. Similarly the claimed losses due to counterfeiting ($30 Billion US) stated in the bill have also been debunked and were plucked from thin air as 3-4% of US/Canadian trade http://cacn.ca/PDF/4-JMyers-CME.pdf without any substantiation of why the figure should be applied.

    The Canadian bill seeks to give border guards an unprecedented level of control without the possibility of judicial oversight and with any contentious decisions being at the whim of copyright holders discretion...guilty until proven innocent and with no chance to prove oneself innocent.

Despite a lack of evidence to suggest that Canada is a major source of counterfeit product the bill puts at risk fully legal parralel import of generic items..pharmaceuticals for instance see https://sites.google.com/site/iipenforcement/acta-section-analysis.

  The bill would also change copyright infringement from a civil dispute to a breach of criminal law.

Pity Canada if this bill is enacted!"

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DOJ Had To Put Aaron Swartz In Jail To Save Face Over Arrest

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "According to Huffington Post. "Some congressional staffers left the briefing with the impression that prosecutors believed they needed to convict Swartz of a felony that would put him in jail for a short sentence in order to justify bringing the charges in the first place, according to two aides with knowledge of the briefing."
It was also conceeded that the prosecution was fuelled by Swartz Open Access Manifesto http://archive.org/stream/GuerillaOpenAccessManifesto/Goamjuly2008_djvu.txt in which he stated, "We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.""

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Andrew Auernheimer Case Horrifyingly Similar To Aaron Swartz Case

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Thankfully Auernheimer doesn't appear suicidal, no thanks to US prosecutors, yet he has been under attack for an his act of altering an API URL that revealed a set of user data and posting details of same.

"In June of 2010 there was an AT&T webserver on the open Internet. There was an API on this server, a URL with a number at the end. If you incremented this number, you saw the next iPad 3G user email address. I thought it was egregiously negligent for AT&T to be publishing a complete target list of iPad 3G owners, and I took a sample of the API output to a journalist at Gawker."

http://gawker.com/5559346/apples-worst-security-breach-114000-ipad-owners-exposed

Auernheimer has been under investigation from that point onwards with restrictions on his freedom and ability to earn a living that are grossly disproportionate to any percieved crime. This is just as much a case of legislative over reach and the unfettered power of prosecutors as was Swartz's case."

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Canonical Intentionally Ignores Fix For Unity Shopping Lens Bug

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "It seems that there is nothing accidental about the issues the EFF (Electronic Frontiers Foundation) and other have addressed regarding the Unity Shopping Lens present in recent releases of Ubuntu. Despite a gifted developer providing them with a fix for these issues they have continued to both ignore the fix and let the issues continue in place. The relevant bug listing is here https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity-lens-shopping/+bug/1073114 Canonical are ignoring users protests and those of respected, user privacy protecting, bodies."
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Hard To Push The US Agenda When The World Listens To Reason

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Following the fall of SOPA, which had intended to massively increase the number and power of IP Attaches http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111109/00025716689/not-to-be-overlooked-sopa-massive-expansion-copyright-maximalist-diplomatic-corp.shtml , and Lamar Smith's subsequent attempt to sneak the same plans through in another bill http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120709/12574819634/lamar-smith-looking-to-sneak-through-sopa-bits-pieces-starting-with-expanding-hollywoods-global-police-force.shtml existing IP Attaches have come together in an event hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce to whine about awful people and organisations daring to voice concerns about IP legislation http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090116/0403073433.shtml here are some examples http://www.ip-watch.org/2012/12/16/us-ip-officials-blast-ngos-in-geneva-trying-to-change-views-on-ip/
  Their main targets are NGO's (Non Governmental Organisations) particularly with NGO's ridiculous concerns about the rights and well-being of the public and with the effect that strengthened IP laws have on increasing the costs of goods and services in poor countries."

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2008 Sichuan Earthquake Likely Man-Made

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "A new study of the data from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake http://probeinternational.org/library/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Fan-Xiao12-12.pdf published by Probe International and based on a detailed analysis of 60 other studies concludes that the earthquake was man-made contradicting denials of same made by the Chinese government.

  The study redefines the significance of dam building on seismic stresses and, thus, earthquakes and calls into question other projects in China and worldwide."

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FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Perhaps a sign of our troubled times or a sign that BSD is becoming less relevant to modern computing needs: the FreeBSD project has sought $500,00 by year end to allow it to continue to offer to fund and manage projects, sponsor FreeBSD events, Developer Summits and provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers but with the end of this year fast approaching it has raised just over $280,000...far short of its target."
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Pirate bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Pirate bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm is set to be released from solitary confinement but is still to serve the remainder of a 1 year sentence relating to Pirate Bay activities. 5 months remain of that sentence and they are to be served in a normal prison with far less restrictions on his confinement...assuming no new charges are brought against him.

He had been accused of involvement in the hacking of Swedish IT firm Logica but no charges have been substantiated in this case. He was later implicated in a second case but, once more, no charges have been substantiated against him http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-founder-arrested-again-on-suspicion-of-new-hacking-fraud-offenses-121110/ . Given that his solitary confinement has not resulted, thus far, in additional charges and that it is far and above the intended sentence in the original case one might have thought that some reduction in sentence or other leniency was more than his due but this doesn't appear to be forthcoming."

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Bloomberg Report Apple and Google Joining Forces on Kodak Patents Bid

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Bloomberg report that Apple and Google have partnered to make a more then $500 million bid for the Kodak patent portfolio. The bid relates to Kodak's 1,100 imaging patents.

Kodak obtained commitments for $830 million exit financing last month, contingent on its sale of the digital imaging patents for at least $500 million.

  This is likely to be an opening bid with the final figure being far larger...by comparison a group including Apple, Microsoft Corp. and Research in Motion Ltd. bought Nortel Networks Corp.’s more than 6,000 patents for $4.5 billion out of bankruptcy last year. Google lost the auction for those patents after making an initial offer of $900 million."

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Everyone in USA Under Virtual Surveillance

TrueSatan TrueSatan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TrueSatan (1709878) writes "While not shocking news to most reading this site...perhaps not even mildly surprising...it is nonetheless of note to find that we have confirmation of US actions against its own citizens.

  The spying on emails is in violation of the Us constitution. And under executive order 13526, section 1.7 – you can not classify information to just cover up a crime, which this is, and that was signed by President Obama. Also President Bush signed it earlier as an executive order, a very similar one. It appears that the US government is seeking to prevent the matter from coming before the Supreme Court less that body finds their actions to be unconstitutional.

Personally I'll put more reliance on email encryption than on US constitutional lawyers."

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