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We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED
In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.” [...] General Motors told the Copyright Office that proponents of copyright reform mistakenly “conflate ownership of a vehicle with ownership of the underlying computer software in a vehicle.” [...] GM went so far as to argue locking people out helps innovation. [...] Lawmakers in Minnesota and New York have introduced “Fair Repair” legislation that assert an owner’s right to repair electronic equipment they’ve purchased. They want equal access to repair information, replacement parts, and security updates. // via
intellectual  property  copyright  Proprietary  software  Open  Source  FOSS  Open  Hardware  patent  crony  capitalism  Silo  lock-in  up-sell  business  model  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  upsell  capitalism  innovation  upselling  ownership  cost  of  ownership 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The issues the Kubuntu Council raised to the Ubuntu Community Council - "Further, the patent language in the current policy should be replaced with a real pledge to only make defensive use of patents and to not initiate litigation against other free software developers." &! - This restriction also includes any logos, design work or the "look and feel" of Ubuntu. Further, distributors are not allowed to use any word ending with "buntu" with these altered versions. // &! &! &! >> &! // &! &! min 44 - Commercial Interest over FOSS, GNU, GPL, Community.
Ubuntu  Canonical  Mark  Shuttleworth  RedHat  FOSS  GNU/Linux  Open  Source  Debian  Fedora 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Windows 10: Microsoft under attack over privacy | Technology | The Guardian
>> It is not Free. Period! Stupid. << // &! Get Tracked with Windows 10 | Tech Talk Today 198 - &! &! Microsoft’s new small print – how your personal data is (ab)used - &! &! - Mit Windows 10 wird alles besser - sagt Microsoft. Viele Neuerungen funktionieren aber nur, weil der Konzern auf Nutzerdaten zugreift. Wir zeigen, wie Sie die Datensammelei sinnvoll einschränken. [ einschraenken, nicht abschaltbar - selling you out ] &! - Like all proprietary software, Windows 10 puts those that use it under the thumb of its owner. [...] Windows is an open window onto you &! &! Linux: The OS of the Future - // &! &!
TOS  Microsoft  Platform  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Big  Data  advertisement  advertisement  targeting  user  Facebook  Windows  10  business  model  Free  perma-cookie  ISP  Google  Wireless  Carrier  Android  Apple  human  rights  Linux  Open  Source  Twitter  backdoors  backdoor  Cryptopocalypse  encryption  NSA  FISA  Court  FISAAA  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage  cyber  espionage  national  interest  Nationalism  Five  Eyes  GCHQ  Secret  Courts  cryptography  FOSS  GNU  GNU/Linux  GPL 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Red Hat Used by NSA Spies, SELinux Possibly Bypassed
Sam Varghese today wrote that "the NSA runs its XKEYSCORE program for the most part on Red Hat Linux servers." The report he sourced said, "The sheer quantity of communications that XKEYSCORE processes, filters and queries is stunning. Around the world, when a person gets online to do anything there's a decent chance that the Internet traffic her device sends and receives is getting collected and processed by one of XKEYSCORE’s hundreds of servers scattered across the globe." They have hundreds of servers collecting over 20 terrabytes of data a day (and that's an old estimate). They employee a search engine much like Googles to search for key words, phrases, and whatever. // &! - Richard Stallman 'basically' has no problem with the NSA using GNU/Linux //
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july 2015 by asterisk2a

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