first and foremost thank you for contributions and activism, you have made the world a better place for the likes of us. Now for the question:
What are your views on the future of the FSF?
Today's software landscape and dangers to freedom seem quite far from the initial days of the FSF, and with that, its purpose and effectiveness seem less relevant today.
Even giants like Microsoft have seen their dominance shattered, and are facing the dilemma of a radical overhaul vs obsolescence.
Do you feel that FSF organization and goals should be radically shaken? How can we better fight for freedom in these strangely connected days?
It is likely the case that the VPN providers were involved with some form of SPAM.
Cutting off Visa/Mastercard processing to the spammers clients such as online pharmacies has been a very successful approach:
No gain = no SPAM
This is just CNN trying to take a shot at the NYTimes.
A well deserved shot, I'd say. If you publish articles up to very dubious journalistic standards, what do you expect? NYT prestige is taking a good hit with this, I'd be mad at the journalist.
Because at the time, would Java had been under a different license, it had an incredible potential and surely would have enjoyed much wider adoption.
We had to stop using Java due to its non-free license.
And what is more important, the language is fragmented. Its non-freeness motivated the development of several runtimes/stacks, which, TTOMExperience, suffer from compatibility issues.
I'm sorry to say that, but Stallman was spot on with regarding his position about Java.
I feel nervous when I develop using a non-free framework. I much favor using a fully open source stack, as a programmer it frees me about a lot of worries.
has had his house searched and a significant amount of material taken away by police for forensic examination
Frankly, I can't imagine that even the less prepared script kiddie wouldn't keep all their hacking data inside a TrueCrypt partition allowing him to claim plausible deniability.
That, an open wifi, then claim "it came that way, or I couldn't make my netbook connect, so I had to open it".
Given those basic security measures, what evidence could the police use to incriminate him? Video/screen surveillance? I can't think of any other way.
Aside from what other readers have noted (that getting a 5% return is very optimitics right now), you are not counting long term savings.
That is to say, today we have 1st generation power units which cost 3,500,000$ and save 100,000$ a year. Investing that money in the bank will return you 175,000$, all right, 75,000$ more than buying the machines.
But if you buy the power units, you are investing in power unit technology. So if they get a lot of customers, assume in 5 years time the units will cost 1.000.000$ and save you 300.000$ a year, a 30% ROI, no bank can compete with this. This is what happened with computer hardware, just look 20 years ago!
Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson