For me, #MLK gave the clearest ethical explanation of #CivilDisobedience, starting with "I don't think any society can call an individual irresponsible who breaks the law and willingly accepts the penalty if conscience tells him that that law is unjust." Listen to the whole thing: https://youtu.be/fAtsAwGreyE?t=798
EU countries are stepping up the fight for digital sovereignty for their citizens, in their schools, and in government.
See how France, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany do this in our blog!
There is a certain "warrior culture" of coding, where young devs spend long hours deeply focused on creating "epic" software, and coders age out rapidly. This has upsides and downsides. There are other cultures of coding too, but this warrior culture created large swathes of computing as we know it, and the culture is still embedded. #Java and #Windows are examples. Bill Gates hasn't contributed code to Windows since 1985. #Python shows a different culture, the old are still contributing code
Starting 2023, four universities are pausing or ending their Elsevier subscription due to exorbitant pricing.
Elsevier's subscription was costing them ~10% of their Libraries' entire budget.
"Elsevier’s prices have increased each year and have outpaced inflation"...this is despite Elsevier having the highest profit margins of virtually any other industry or publisher.
Figure via @MatteoCarandini
#OpenScience #AcademicPublishing #Science @academicchatter
I'm sad to say that my new #laptop still needs non-free firmware blobs for working WiFi, Bluetooth, audio, and power management. Now #Debian will include those in the installer. Are we losing this #FreeSoftware fight? At least the graphics driver is #free and included in upstream Linux, that is progress. I specifically avoided #nvidia for that purpose.
How are others feeling on the firmware blob fight?
Everything was clearly better in the past, we can't even get #radioactive toothpaste anymore!
One effect of the #UkraineWar is that it gives the #US #UK #NATO #Saudi etc a case to use to rehabilitate the idea they focus on: that military power is a force of good. #AfghanWar #IraqWar #LibyaWar #YemenWar provided a template for #Putin to follow. This is really not discussed enough because people want to support Ukraine in this difficult time, but it must always be part of any discussion of providing military support. Kudos to #politico for running this political cartoon linking these.
What makes a program secure? 🤔
It has to be audited, checked, and corrected. Free Software allows more people to audit. More people are allowed to read the code and discover vulnerabilities.
Ultimately #FreeSoftware creates a culture where people are ready to answer to criticism on systems and software. However there is Free Software that is not audited too so its security is not confirmed. (2/3)
i guess we bigtime. "Want Drivers to Stop at Crosswalks? Slow Them Down First."
People from all over Europe want the right to install any software on any device! New signatures to our open letter:
Wikimedia Italia @wikimediaitalia
Werkkooperative der TechnikfreundInnen @HackerGeno@chaos.socia
Open Nederland @opennl
Fédération des Fournisseurs d'Accès Internet Associatifs @ffdn_channel
"Medium has pivoted so many times it has now come full circle" https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/medium-has-pivoted-so-many-times-it-has-now-come-full-circle.php
"Medium Pivots Again, Offers Voluntary Buyouts to Editorial Staff" https://www.thewrap.com/medium-pivots-again-offers-voluntary-buyouts-to-editorial-staff/
So I mean feel free to hop on that scorpion's back! You might have an awesome trip across the river and everyone will be super chill and friendly forever. But maybe check out the history before you hype up their new Mastodon experiment and keep your eye on the exits.
Super cool: you can now use Tor bridges inside of Brave's Browse with Tor tab. This helps potentially millions more folks circumvent network-level censorship easily! https://brave.com/tor-bridges/
@ljacomet I just saw your slides for your talk "Protecting your organization
against attacks via the
build system", a great overview! I'm a #Debian dev who has worked on packaging #Gradle. We'd love to make it as close to your version as possible. There is a proprietary build dependency that blocks that from happening. https://github.com/gradle/gradle/issues/16439
Surveillance footage of Tesla crash in San Francisco’s Bay Bridge hours after Elon Musk announced “self-driving” feature https://theintercept.com/2023/01/10/tesla-crash-footage-autopilot/
Phil Ting's #FreedomToWalk Act is now law in California. You can cross the street anywhere as long as you're not creating a hazard.
Enjoy your freedom to walk! https://ktla.com/news/california/new-law-allows-californians-to-legally-jaywalk/