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Comment: Re:Copyleft is a virus because it's a vaccine (Score 1) 63

by Mind Booster Noori (#44423729) Attached to: FSF Launches Fundraiser For Replicant

No, copyleft puts users first, developers second. Software freedom is about the "four freedoms", and they are, as you can see, things the user is free to do.

Being a user and being a developer is in no way mutually exclusive. Developers are, generally, the first users of any software. In any case, why would a non-developer user care about those "freedoms"? It's the devs that are affected.

Secondly, why would a developer ever pick a license that puts HIM second.

A non-developer user would care about those freedoms because that's the only way they can guarantee they control the program and what it does for them. More info here: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html A developer would pick a license that puts users first when the developer thinks that the users of the program should have control of the said program, and what it does.

1) The FSF criticizes copyright, but that has nothing to do with the fact that "freedom" to take freedoms away isn't a freedom to begin with;

2) FSF criticizing copyright (as it is) doesn't mean that they oppose to any kind of copyright. It is not true that you need "strong copyright laws", but you need some copyright laws (instead of everything being on public domain). More about that here: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/pirate-party-and-free-software

However, MIT/ISC are way close to public domain that the GPL.

Yes, those licenses are closer to the public domain. They both have problems, tho: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html

Comment: Re:Copyleft is a virus because it's a vaccine (Score 1) 63

by Mind Booster Noori (#44413179) Attached to: FSF Launches Fundraiser For Replicant

The [L]GPL keeps the software FLOSS, but actually removes freedoms from the user/developer.

Copyleft makes sure that users retain freedoms, including the freedom to hire developers to make the software do what the user wants.

No, copyleft puts software first, and the user second. If that's a good or bad thing is rather subjective though. Personally, I dislike that, but I understand that others think that keep software free is more important the individuals.

No, copyleft puts users first, developers second. Software freedom is about the "four freedoms", and they are, as you can see, things the user is free to do.

Something like the ISC/MIT grant the user more freedom, including the freedom to make the software non-free.

Perhaps the difference is that in the FSF philosophy, the "freedom" to take freedoms away from users isn't a freedom to begin with.

The FSF critizicies copyright, but uses it as a key tool maintain it's goals. Without strong copyright laws, something like GPL is totally impossible.

1) The FSF criticizes copyright, but that has nothing to do with the fact that "freedom" to take freedoms away isn't a freedom to begin with;
2) FSF criticizing copyright (as it is) doesn't mean that they oppose to any kind of copyright. It is not true that you need "strong copyright laws", but you need some copyright laws (instead of everything being on public domain). More about that here: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/pirate-party-and-free-software

Comment: Re:Google's against everything the FSF stands for. (Score 1) 63

by Mind Booster Noori (#44413049) Attached to: FSF Launches Fundraiser For Replicant

Replicant has little to no control over their future due to Google being a largely insular upstream that dictates where it goes

Hm, I would say that replicant has total control over their future, due to the fact that it is a free software project. If its upstream (Cyanogenmod) turns to a direction Replicant doesn't like (either by CM's decision or AOSP), they can simply not pull those changes into Replicant.

Comment: Re:Google's against everything the FSF stands for. (Score 1) 63

by Mind Booster Noori (#44413011) Attached to: FSF Launches Fundraiser For Replicant

...so, honestly curious, why is the FSF engaged in an exercise which promotes the Google ecosystem?

They're being pragmatic, promoting the only working Free Operating System for smartphones out there. The fact that Replicant is a fork of Cyanogenmod, which is a fork of AOSP, it's of no consequence.

+ - Activists top 2013 class of Internet Hall of Fame inductees

Submitted by gnujoshua
gnujoshua (540710) writes "The Internet Hall of Fame inducted 32 new members, today. This years class had a number of "policy innovators" and activists including Aaron Swartz (posthumous), John Perry Barlow, Jimmy Wales, and Richard M. Stallman.

Stallman had this to say upon his induction, "Now that we have made the Internet work, the next task is to stop it from being a platform for massive surveillance, and make it work in a way that respects human rights, including privacy.""
Politics

+ - Portugal to turn Creative Commons illegal?->

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Mind Booster Noori
Mind Booster Noori writes "Today the Portuguese Ministry of Culture made a two hours and a half long presentation and debate of their new law proposal regarding private copies. During the event, with the proposal's text presented in my hands and the debate that followed, the Socialist party (which is on the government at the moment) presented their vision where Creative Commons harm Culture, and in this law proposal they intend to turn them illegal."
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Comment: Re:Hey guys! (Score 1) 24

by Mind Booster Noori (#26828299) Attached to: "Privacy Baseline" For European EID Cards
Unfortunately not every country is like Finland on that regard: in Portugal, for instance, every citizen has to own and carry their ID card (which, on the other hand, has no RFID, so you have to use a card reader). Also, if you read the report, you'll see that the problem isn't only on RFID, so having an RFID-blocking wallet won't help you that much...
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft will vote on Open XML

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Elektroschock
Elektroschock writes "Rui Seabra reveals that the national standard organisation of Portugal plans to sent Microsoft as head of its ISO delegation to the Ballot Resolution meeting in Geneve. The Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) will work on amendments to the Open XML standard (DIS 29500) as put forward by ECMA International. The meeting will be held behind closed doors and last 5 days. While Microsoft would get privileged access and voting rights other interested stakeholders for instance Portuguese SMEs and software develoeprs are excluded from participation and review. The head of the delegation will exercise all voting rights for the nation, here Portugal. All national ISO members need to submit their list of delegates to ISO until Dec 11."

Comment: Re:kernel exploited... (Score 1) 331

by Mind Booster Noori (#15718414) Attached to: Debian Locks Out Developers
Debian don't consider the kernel part of the distribution. It's still Sarge, whether it's running on 2.2 (yes, you can), 2.4 or 2.6.
I'm sorry, but that's completely false. The kernel is part of the distro, and the kernel-image for sarge is 2.6.8 (not vulnerable). And yes, I know there are also packages for 2.2 and 2.4 on Debian.

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