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Posted by glanz on Fri 13 Apr 2007 at 18:18
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"The U.S. government is pressing ahead with plans to implement a new security regime for the basic architecture of the World Wide Web, despite unease in some corners of the international Internet management community.

"This is the U.S. government stepping forward and showing leadership," Douglas Maughan, an official with the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, told United Press International."
MORE @ >=---> http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Owning_The_Keys_To_The_Internet_999.html

You got that folks? The most fascist government organization in the world will now control your last freedom. Aren't the wonderful Americans just too kind to look after us like that. Now let's all kneel down and pray to Bush's God:
"Our Money who art in war
Hallowed be thy profit.
The will of right wing pigs be done
in American pockets as it is in heaven."

 

Posted by glanz on Fri 13 Apr 2007 at 15:18
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....from the USA, of course, where there seems to be a confusion between the two words. Somehow, they have become synonymous under the corporate dictates of American totalitarian capitalism.

The following is from: http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/03/28/14OPcurve_1.html

"I am increasingly aghast at the erosion of the traditional freedom we've enjoyed to do whatever we please with our personal computers...(...)"...

"My latest revelation came during a recent visit to AMD for a day of briefings, mostly about the Barcelona quad-core Opteron and the Torrenza direct-connect coprocessor interface. During that visit, I got the briefest of updates on ATI's new GPU (graphics processing unit) technology. It will ship with software that plays movies on Blu-ray discs. The AMD rep spelled it out in words that would have been undiplomatic coming from me: He said that the new chips will 'block unauthorized access to the frame buffer.' In short, that means an unauthorized party can't save the contents of the display to a file on disk unless the content owner approves it.

There is a short list of parties who will be unauthorized to access your frame buffer: You. There is a long list of parties who are authorized to access your frame buffer, and that list includes Microsoft, Apple, AMD, Intel, ATI, NVidia, Sony Pictures, Paramount, HBO, CBS, Macrovision, and all other content owners and enablers that want your machine to themselves whenever you're watching, listening to, reading, or shooting monsters with their products."

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Do not be surprised if this happens to all the equipment you use, including chipsets, hard disks, BIOS etc..., "to protect American business interests".

Why shouldn't it? If Americans and their trained poodle counterparts elsewhere in the world went for a surveillance society, the Patr-idiot Act, a totally unjustified war based on lies, a small thing like American manufacturers and the fascist capitalism and greed upon which their profit mentalities and culture are based should just slip by as easy as "Truth, Justice, and The American Way" from a rolled up Superman Comic book coated with Vaseline.

 

Posted by glanz on Wed 4 Apr 2007 at 14:58
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Great Britain should really change its name to Great Wussia.
It has come to my attention that according to the latest studies, Britain has 4.2 million CCTV cameras, one for every 14 people in the country. Each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times daily.

Now the normal reaction to this "Orwellian Phenomenon" by any freedom loving people would be to sabotage and destroy as many of these cameras as possible. That would be the reaction of anyone with the least iota of courage left in their bones. But no, this is not happening in England. Perhaps British men have no balls and British women have lost the normal feminine courage endowed normally by nature. I wonder if all this can be blamed on Bush's poodle, Tony...

On the wall outside of Orwell's former residence overlooking Canonbury Square in Islington, North London, flat number 27B, where the author lived until his death in 1950, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move within a 200 metre radius

Think of it! Would Americans, for example, tolerate this? Perhaps at the beginning of Bush's second enthronement as King of AmeriKa, but surely not now, although this is debatable, mainly because Americans now have fewer individual rights than they had before the American Revolution, thanks to their current fascist administration. I like to think that Americans would use those cameras for target shooting..., especially in the "inner neighbourhoods" of the inner cities.

I can understand a few security cameras here and there to protect property and life, but when the whole principle of surveillance becomes a nation's base culture, and is accepted in docility by the habitant sheep, that nation is no better than some fundamentalist idiot and superstitious Arab nation like Iran, or even Saudi Arabia. May as well live in Libya or in some African dictatorship.

BTW, I'm not American or British, so feel free to totally disregard this post and know within your hearts that you will be protected even more by your American overlords when the NSA (National Security Agency) and the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) controls the WWW switches and keys and when ICANN becomes an official function of the American government.

So please, feel free everyone to feel all warm and cosy inside knowing that you are well protected from the "roaming poor" of the world and the ubiquitous "Evil Ones" of the dark side.

 

Posted by glanz on Tue 3 Apr 2007 at 15:52
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Here is a comment by John Dvorak. He was describing some outlandish governmental foolishness in GB, but this may be applied to any societal structure. Let us hope than in the future, Debian, particularly debian-legal, will be immune to the symptoms expressed in this statement:

"This kind of crap has nothing to do with political correctness or any other of the meaningless pseudo-semantic rants from mutant cranks. It's all about bureaucratic legalism gone wild, endemic to a social system with standards set by fear-bound political sphincters."

 

Posted by glanz on Mon 2 Apr 2007 at 14:04
I have been using Debian since the inception of its availability. I have followed its evolution, its developers' community, its user community and its general philosophical and ethical permutations since the beginning.

Many observers have found it difficult to "digest" the so-called "internal bickering", the occasional flamewar, in which I have participated in the distant past, and the continual, rather strong discussions its development occasions.

I have no criticism concerning all this. In fact, I find it positive and healthy. Freedom itself is often "difficult to digest" to those who have less experience with it. Others bloom in such an environment. Freedom has a price. The first payment comes in the money of opinions, often shocking and strong, of each member of the various levels of the Debian Community "hierarchy". In general, there is always room for improvement in an evolving and self-improving community. Debian is like a virtual country, spanning artificial territoriality, determined by greed and by wars. It is a unifying experience to all those involved even though when isolating a local verbal battle here and there from within its communication system seems shocking and apocalyptic from time to time.

Debian is a working cooperative. So is Ubuntu, but without a "dictator", benevolent or not. Unlike Ubuntu's community, it does not have political correctness, lack of criticism and being overly careful to not step on anyone's toes as a rule of conduct. Ubuntu seems to have its own "Dept. of Homeland Security," scanning the horizon for the "unseemly" criticism and the budding contention. This does present an Eden-like image to the uninvolved however -- sort of a "nicey-wicey" spin. That's OK though. All that was not a dumping of Ubuntu, just a statement of taste.

Debian is a non-fascist cooperative. Those who work the hardest have more influence than those who do not, yet everyone is welcomed. This freedom is disarming. I am pleasantly amazed that it works so well and for so long a time.

So all the heat you feel from really free discussions on mailing lists, all the strong language, albeit normally well formulated and expressed, and all the reposts and seeking for solutions are signs of health and a proof that freedom reigns in a full spectrum of humanity.

 

Posted by glanz on Fri 23 Feb 2007 at 13:13
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This is one of the best ways to install Debian Sid that has been made usably "stable" by some really competent developers. With it, you won't be obliged to use an "Iceweasel" based of the circa 1884 version of Firefox or a GTK written with a goose quill just to have a bit of stability.

The Sidux site http://sidux.com/Article116.html announces the immediate availability of the sidux-2007-01 "CHAOS" for amd64 and i686 systems, shipping in a 402 MB lite KDE and a 700 MB full KDE flavor. sidux is a full featured Debian Sid based live CD with a special focus on hard disk installations, a clean upgrade path within Sid and additional hard- and software support.

This is the first official sidux release after stabilizing and largely rewriting the distribution framework, further efforts in that direction are ongoing to improve the hardware support/detection and streamline the live operations. While the first release concentrates on two KDE flavors (lite and full), special purpose releases and support for other desktop environments and window managers are planned. The ISO is completely based on Debian Sid, enriched and stabilized with sidux' own packages and scripts. It comes with kernel 2.6.20.1, which is based on the most recent vanilla kernel together with several patches for improved hardware support and allows initial testing of kvm for pacifica or vanderpool compatible CPUs (AMD64 for socket AM2, Intel Core2).

 

Posted by glanz on Thu 8 Feb 2007 at 15:48
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If proprietary software continues to dominate, within 10 years no one will be able to store any file and even view their own content without first paying a service provider to see it and the PC as we know it will be gone within 30 years.

Those were just two of the predictions made by German Linux consultant Klaus Knopper, creator of the Knoppix live CD computer operating system, at the three-day Open Source conference, LinuxAsia 2007, in New Delhi.

During his keynote address "The Next 100 Years", Knopper also predicted that: in 20 years, no company would invest in developing software; that the universal computer as we know it would have died within 30 years with that only very simplistic specialised devices remaining; and that in 50 years, people would not even how to use a computer.

 

Posted by glanz on Tue 6 Feb 2007 at 20:38
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The Spirit of Ownership and reptilian territoriality has shown its ugly
goatse ass throughout the American system. One thing that really pisses me
off is the fact that Pharmaceutical companies have even had the unmitigated
gall to patent life itself because of moral flaws in the American patent
system. For 20 years, dedicated scientists the world over had worked in a
spirit of cooperation heretofore unseen in the scientific world. Even Bush,
lying as usual,stated that all discoveries would be available for the benefit
of humanity in general. He lied, because he alerted his "interested partners"
to get ready to patent human genes that might prove important to the American
pharmaceutical industry, thus violating the sort of "Creative Commons/Open
Source license that allowed such cooperation in research. So today, many of
the very genes that keep our asses alive and well, have been patented. In
other words, we no longer own the cells and molecules from which we are made.
Now if I were God, I'd be pretty pissed off at this outrage.
What has all this to do with Sony, with EULAs in general?
It is the same dynamic of greed, spreading across all fields of activity like
a cancer, that is creating a total separation between the pigs who would
control all that is material for profit, and those who possess true
spirituality and are often persecuted, or even prosecuted and imprisoned
because of their natural and sane sense of freedom.

 

Posted by glanz on Tue 6 Feb 2007 at 20:34
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Much of what is considered politics affects the IT industry directly.
In the US, and England Bro wants to have total control of the internet
and be able to monitor all communications. It is especially serious in
the US because of its fascist, right-wing obscurantist administration
who believe the universe was created by a bearded, vindictive old fart
in the clouds 10,000 years ago. THOSE are the idiots that would control
and restrict the world's tech. Those Crusaders against the Evil Ones,
terrorists, sex, science not dedicated to the development of weaponry,
would, and probably will control how you use the internet. Soon Great Britain
will probably require escrow of encryption keys, and the US will
probably ban the use of all forms of encryption for regular
non-Big-Brother-approved users. So there is no longer a line between
what some refer to as "politics" and what we do, develop and use as
computer users.

It's just the same old fight between fascism and freedom, and the
euphemization of the lexicon of fascism into doublespeak, and goodspeak
worthy of Orwell.

 

Posted by glanz on Tue 6 Feb 2007 at 19:28
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