Considering Gmane has been for the most part a one-man effort on his free time, what Lars achieved is truly impressive.
I am a newsreader user, and I will certainly miss Gmane. If you will miss it too, show your support to Lars!
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.