Archive | August, 2013

New Zealand bans software patents with historic new law

Open source software advocates and libertarians are applauding a New Zealand law that says software programs cannot be patented unless combined with hardware. Expect furious opposition from US tech companies and patent trolls. What do you do when you’re a small country with a technology industry convinced that innovation requires the banning of software patents, […]

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Despite The “Known Unknowns”, The Fix Is In On Syria War

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been gob-smacked by the number of ostensibly liberal think-tankers and supposedly unbiased media members who have been willing to gloss over all the “known unknowns and unknown unknowns”, to borrow old Donnie Rumsfield’s formulation, in order to join the charge for US and western military intervention in Syria’s […]

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Mark Zuckerberg, FWD.us, and the absurdity of frictionless politics

Mark Zuckerberg and his immigration reform lobby FWD.us  bleat about “frictionless politics.” There is no such thing. Pretending so is delusional and self-serving. Silicon Valley, despite conceits about its innate specialness, has not invented anything new when it comes to politics. The Valley wants much laxer rules on H-1B visas and is pretending their approach […]

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Chinese Game Factories in Review- Panda Factory

This review series was done by Thornhenge and reprinted with their permission. Thornhenge is the internet child of Sam Brown and this web series shows a true commitment to game design. It is my hope that we can use Sam’s notes about these factories to help us, as game designers, to make the right decisions needed to make out […]

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Smart meters and driverless cars mean more government spying on us

Before Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, I supported smart meters that feed data back to the utility in order to better monitor and allocate power. My views have changed. The utilities share data with the government. Some smart meters have the ability to turn off or regulate your appliances. Sorry, but that’s just too much […]

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NUJ: Detention Of David Miranda A “Gross Misuse Of The Law”

Britain’s National Union Of Journalists has come out with a strong statement by their general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, following the detention of David Miranda at London Heathrow in connection with Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing on the NSA and GCHQ. The shocking detention of David Miranda for the crime of being the partner of a respected investigative […]

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Lockbox. Genuinely secure file encryption and sharing

Chris Tell, a founder of Lockbox explains how their client side encryption is genuinely secure and thanks our intrusive government and “spineless” Silicon Valley companies for allowing him to get richer. Lockbox is different from Dropbox and other cloud storage sites because the encryption is done on the client side. Users create the encryption keys on their […]

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Pacficia Radio Network flagship station WBAI lays off 75% of staff

WBAI in New York City is circling the drain and will take down the five station Pacifica network with it. The lunatics took over the asylum years ago at Pacifica and have finally destroyed it with deranged in-fighting, nutcase lefties, and a resolute determination to ignore reality. Pacifica was once a proud, thriving, highly respected […]

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PJ Harvey Records New Song For Shaker Aamer, Last Remaining British Resident in Gitmo

Via Reprieve: PJ Harvey has recorded an exclusive song in support of the last remaining British resident in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. ‘Shaker Aamer’ is available as a free download and stream via SoundCloud.com/reprieve. Check it out below: More on Aamer: Shaker Aamer has been detained in Guantanamo since 2002. He has four British […]

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Bluehost, HostGator, HostMonster go down. This is not acceptable

This blog and hundreds of thousands of thousands of other websites went down yesterday due to unacceptable server maintenance problems in a Provo, Utah data center. Bluehost, HostGator, and HostMonster are divisions of of Endurance International Group. Our datacenter in Provo, Utah experienced an outage that impacted many of our Bluehost, HostGator, HostMonster and Just […]

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