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+ - diaspora* version released-> 1

Submitted by jaywink
jaywink (3824665) writes "A new diaspora* version is out. It includes a lot of pages ported to Bootstrap, many bug fixes and small enhancements. Also included is a Terms of Service -feature for podmins. Diaspora* is an open source social networking server that joins all running pods into one big decentralized social network."
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Comment: Re:Opt-outs (Score 1) 141

by galiven (#46371143) Attached to: Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington
I actually flew out of O'Hare on Thanksgiving day last year. The checkpoint was completely empty, but the agent very lightly challenged me when I opted out, saying something like "Why do you have to do that? You know its pointless." I wasn't actually ready with my A-Game talking points so I just said "I just don't want to support the security theater." but I don't think he really cared enough to have a debate about it.

Comment: Re:What an amazing idea!! (Score 1) 207

by galiven (#44842761) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?
The old OpenMoko Neo Freerunner did this, the price point is a bit high but you're asking for a very special feature with low demand in the general market, so supply and demand kick in.

There's a new version with better hardware that just hasn't gone into production because it can't get enough pre-orders to finance a production run. Check it out: (Click the GTA04 link for more info)

Comment: Re:Gentoo (Score 1) 627

by galiven (#44558107) Attached to: Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?
Gentoo is still _my_ linux, not Cannonical's or Red Hat's or whoever. It takes a bit of work sometimes, but that's what makes it mine. No one-size-fits-all approach will ever be right.

My Gentoos:
AMD64 laptop
DreamPlug plug computer, 1.2GHz ARM v5
Old AMD x86 desktop
AMD64 VM at work
Virtualized AMD64 SVN server at work

Comment: Very difficult to opt-out too (Score 2) 294

by galiven (#41695185) Attached to: Paypal Slips 'No Class Action' Clause Into Policy Update
This one is particularly bad because there is no "obscure and buried opt-out option" to check. The process to opt-out requires you to mail a physical signed letter to some office. I'm pretty sure none of these terms are actually legal and enforceable, particularly in California where the courts have already struck down binding arbitration clauses before, but it's a deterrent to actual justice being served. My wish would be that the "Severability" clause was found illegal, so if the corporation decided to put something illegal in the contract, it voids the whole contract. That would be the only way to get the corporations to stop doing these things.

The Dark Side of Digital Distribution 270

Posted by Soulskill
from the careful-not-to-lose-your-right-hand dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Game journalist Stuart Campbell has written an incisive piece on how the digital distribution model users have grown to know and love over the past several years still has some major problems that go beyond even the DRM dilemma. He provides an example of an app developer using very shady update techniques to screw over people who have legitimately purchased their app. Touch Racing Nitro, a retro racing game, launched to moderate success. After tinkering with price points to get the game to show up on the top download charts, the developers finally made it free for a period of four months. 'Then the sting came along. About a week ago (at time of writing), the game received an "update," which came with just four words of description – "Now Touch Racing Free!" As the game was already free, users could have been forgiven for thinking this wasn't much of a change. But in fact, the app thousands of them had paid up to £5 for had effectively just been stolen. Two of the game's three racing modes were now locked away behind IAP paywalls, and the entire game was disfigured with ruinous in-game advertising, which required yet another payment to remove.'"

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