TrueSatan 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." Link to Original Source top
Canonical/Ubuntu Force Derivatives to Licence Binary Packages
TrueSatan 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." Link to Original Source top
http://istumblrdown Shuttered by Cease and Desist Order
TrueSatan 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."" Link to Original Source top
NASA Forcerd to Suspend Outreach and Education Programmes
"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."" Link to Original Source top
TrueSatan 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." Link to Original Source top
Copyright Trolls Order Wordpress to Disclose Critics IP Addresses
“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." Link to Original Source top
US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case
TrueSatan 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." Link to Original Source top
TrueSatan 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."
TrueSatan 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." Link to Original Source top
TrueSatan 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.
TrueSatan 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."" Link to Original Source top
Andrew Auernheimer Case Horrifyingly Similar To Aaron Swartz Case
TrueSatan 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."
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." Link to Original Source top
Canonical Intentionally Ignores Fix For Unity Shopping Lens Bug
TrueSatan 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." Link to Original Source top
Hard To Push The US Agenda When The World Listens To Reason
TrueSatan 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." Link to Original Source top
Pirate bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement
TrueSatan 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.
TrueSatan 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." Link to Original Source top
TrueSatan 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.