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Comment: how to defeat debt collection scams? (Score 1) 497

well, you can log the calls and record any audio that you can. Then turn it over to the local police and also submit a copy to the FBI or US Secret Service. After that, change your phone number and go on with life. ALso, file a written complaint with your phone carrier and copy that to the relevant authorities. Now, I haven't been a target myself, but I know several people that have. They took the above actions and started having some peace and quiet in their lives afterward.

+ - NVDA urgently needs your help.

Submitted by
proudhawk
proudhawk writes "the following letter was received in my mailbox this morning. Since I am blind and use this screen reader in windows, I feel it appropriate to spread the news as widely as possible.

letter:

Dear nvda users,

Sorry for the long email, please bare with us to the end.

The time has come to show your appreciation and your determination for
NVDA development to continue.
Due to the economic downturn NV Access has received less grants than
what we would have hoped for.

We all have a duty and an obligation to request from the organizations
working for the blind such as the RNIB, UK or AFB/NFB, USA or the
appropriate blind organization in your country, to tell them that NVDA
has been and continues to be a useful and valuable tool to provide
accessibility for all of us and that they should promote and sponsor the
excellent work that is being done.

Despite all the politics and the slow movement within organizations, we
the real NVDA users are able to keep NVDA development going
if each one of us took their responsibility seriously.
This is without having to wait for organizations or companies to give
grants to NV Access.

Due to many advantages, benefits and unique features of NVDA, the number
of NVDA users are growing but sadly the personal donations are not
matching this increase and are often not regular.

What we want to say clearly is that any regular donation large or small,
will keep Jamie and Michael in their full time employment working for NVDA.
What we have to remember is that they are two blind individuals like you
and me, but are gifted with rare skills that many of us could benefit from.

We should work hard not to put them in a situation where they have to
choose between doing something that they love and believing in (improving
NVDA), and having to provide the necessities for their families and
children.

The current funding is able to keep both of them employed until
september this year, and if the donations haven't increased by then
they may have to look for alternative employment.

Even if one of them leaves and the other continues the work load will
be a lot harder, and progress will be much slower.
This will directly impact on us because we will have to wait for much
longer before tickets can be solved, which will cause us a lot of
frustration and anguish. This is not what we have been accustomed to in
the last few years, we often see regular releases and each version is
superior to the previous one.

We all need to understand that, what is required is for each one of us
to donate according to our circumstances, may it be as little as 5 or 10
dollars a month, this will be enough to keep the project going.
We Thank those of you who already donate on a regular basis.

Put this in context, we easily spend 5 dollars on a coffee
or 10/20 dollars on a meal when we eat out, surely NVDA deserves this
token amount?

Many people do charity events, such as running a marathon, doing a
tandem ride, or baking and selling cakes in their community to raise
money for cancer research or any other worth while charity, we can all
do the same but for NV Access which is also a charity.

Please don't lose this opportunity to support NVDA, because if we fail
to set up regular donations, in a few months time we will all have to
start paying for expensive screenreaders because NVDA would not have
been developed and updated to match our latest needs.

We are writing this email as individuals that strongly believe in open
source, and as volunteer contributors to NVDA. We understand that it is
hard for Jamie and Michael to keep sending emails asking for donations
because it feels bad to keep asking, but we the users should act before
we reach the point of no return.

Please repost/translate or anything that you feel appropriate, and
please don't forget to raise donations.

Link for donations:
http://www.nvaccess.org/wiki/Donate"
Open Source

+ - NVDA needs your help!

Submitted by
proudhawk
proudhawk writes "The NVDA project for the blind needs your help! The project, called NVDA (or NonVisual Desktop Access) is in desperate need of donations. These donations are what allows the project to pay a small cadre of programmers to make the best, free, screen reader for the blind possible. THe project leads, Mick Curran and Jamie The, are both experienced programmers. they are also blind. you can read the full story here at: http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/general/a-screen-reader-for-everyone-why-the-world-needs-nvda#.T3KxSYIozIU.twitter"

Comment: reforming law (Score 1) 545

by proudhawk (#35595508) Attached to: Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

*THIS* is precisely why we need to reform copyright laws. I figure it this way: if a song is worth only $1.00 on itunes, the record companies can only sue for that sum on individual counts. thats means that they would only be able to sue for a small fortune (say $10 million in the largest cases). this would certainly reduce the incentive form them to file such ridiculous claims.

Comment: his stupidity amazes me (Score 1) 176

by proudhawk (#35595468) Attached to: Hacker Posts His Crime On YouTube, Lands In Jail

I remember when he originally posted that video. about all I could do was /facedesk multiple times. I couldn't believe how someone of his obvious intelligence could be so incredibly stupid (not about the video or even posting it, but the fact that he actually endangered lives by his actions). It is people like him who give governments cause to intrude into our lives as much as they do.

Comment: Re:guess I am in their lists (Score 1) 306

by proudhawk (#35408322) Attached to: Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

who is whipping themselves into an "idiot's frenzy" here? I expressed some concern and also pointed out how far private org's and the government will go.

anyway, I am expressing a concern here. I am not a programmer and I don't even have a PS3. I am only curious. does that make it a crime? there are some who would have you believe that it would.

Comment: guess I am in their lists (Score 1) 306

by proudhawk (#35394596) Attached to: Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

hmmm, out of curiosity, I listened to the videos produced by GeoHot. doesn't matter that I was only curious as to what he was doing. I wouldn't be able to implement what he was doing anyway as I don't have a PS3 or the eyesight to use it. . so? does this mean the FBI might coming knocking on my door to ask questions or that sony might sue me just because I "viewed" the materials? IMHO, intellectual curiosity should not be considered a crime (which is what Sony and the government are trying to do).

Comment: Good Luck Sony, you're gonna need it! (Score 1) 448

by proudhawk (#35309280) Attached to: Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'

well, I wish Sony all the best of luck. Once information of this type gets out on the web, its nearly impossible to remove. The problem Sony has that "reverse engineering" isn't exactly illegal. Now, they have tried this before and look where it got them: case thrown out of court because the expert witness torpedoed their case.

They might have a case for copyright infringement but with as many copies as are floating around out there, its going to start costing them more than its worth to pursue all the possible litigants.

Perhaps Sony should open source their software and get a lot of "free help" improving it. That would not only earn them increased profits, but also loads better in Public Relations credibility.

Apple

+ - Blind Faith: A Decade of Apple Accessibility->

Submitted by proudhawk
proudhawk (124895) writes "from the article: In a new editorial, we take a look at the width and breadth of Apple's commitment to accessibility over the last ten years, and try to dispel some of the myths, rumors, and misconceptions which persist in the visually impaired community about Apple and its products.""
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