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How Scientists Can Protect Their Data From the Trump Administration
To get started, you need to install a BitTorrent client. There are many options, and I like Transmission because it’s open source and minimalist, but you can use whichever one you like best — the instructions are similar no matter what client you use.

Open Transmission, and click File > Create Torrent File. Then browse your disk until you find the data you’d like to share (for this example, I’m sharing a folder with over 5 gigabytes of climate data that I downloaded from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Then you’ll need to cut and paste some trackers, which are odd-looking URLs that help facilitate peers finding one another in a swarm. There are many public trackers out there, but I’m using the ones suggested by OpenBitTorrent to paste into the trackers box.
tools  internet  freesoftware 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
The 3D Printing Revolution That Wasn’t
Writing on, former employee Isaac Anderson placed the blame for those three machines’ problems squarely on MakerBot’s decision to go closed source. They could no longer rely on their old customer base of “capable hobbyists who provided tech-savvy feedback and suggestions for improvement.” The new class of buyers, he wrote, “were largely incapable non-hobbyists with no useful feedback, only unrealistic expectations.”...

3D printing technology still isn’t reliable enough, fast enough, or cheap enough to supplant injection molding or traditional, subtractive manufacturing processes.

It’s also not a simple process. If you want to print out original pieces, you need to know how to do 3D design, which admittedly has become much simpler thanks to online software like TinkerCAD. But an extruder head might become jammed during printing. The print bed might warp. The finished print might be crooked, which means you have to re-orient the part for printing. “There’s a ton of work involved. It’s not a thing where you can push a button and get what you were imagining,” says Rockhold.
printing  freesoftware  opensource 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Blessed be the Org, the Com, and the Net - Stallmanism
I'm an atheist - how could Stallmanism work for me?

Stallmanism is a compatible extension of atheism. Atheism is a step on the road to Enlightenment, a rejection of legacy religions, imaginary friends, telepathy, and pixies. Stallmanism takes this a step further and says that we, humans, fully define Heaven and Hell, through the adoption of an appropriate social contract.
So what is Heaven, and what is Hell?

That should be obvious to anyone who uses Windows, or any other non-free software. Heaven is that state in which all knowledge is freely available to all, and Hell is the opposite.
Why is the GPL so important?

A True Believer does not question the sacred texts, but if you really insist, it's because the GPL defines an evolving social contract that eliminates friction in the digital society and economy, promotes universal access to knowledge, and thus enables the inevitable emergence of a global human super-consciousness, which Stallmanists recognize as "God".
freesoftware  religion  satire  funny 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
A short critique of Stallmanism
To primarily tech-savvy free software users, this might appear not to be true: we indeed have a choice regarding software we want to use. But again, underlying logic here is that of individualism. We ought to look at software not as mere isolated commodities among which we can freely pick, but rather as a social phenomena: defined by its production, usage, and its function in society. It then becomes clear that as the fruits of programmers' labor are essentially closed down and rented to the rest of society, that society is not free.

This type rhetoric breeds elitism (perceived or actual): we give off the message, implicitly, that using free software makes us more virtuous than those who don't. To the outsider, our demands can then seem as mere expressions of personal preference, in the best case, or, attacks on their own preferences, in the worst -- even though our motivations really may lie in the desire for commonly owned software.
freesoftware  opensource  psychology  authoritarianism 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
After three years of Linux, Munich reveals draft of crunch report that could decide its open source future - TechRepublic
A German city that undertook one of the world's largest shifts from Windows to Linux is struggling with buggy and outdated software.

Munich city council spent years migrating more than 15,000 staff to LiMux, a custom-version of Ubuntu, and other open-source software - a move the city said had saved it more than €10m ($11m). Microsoft's attempts to avoid such a high-profile shift by Germany's third-largest city saw the then CEO Steve Ballmer fly to Munich in 2003 to meet with the mayor at the time.

However, questions were raised over the future of LiMux at the city in 2014, when, soon after his election, the new mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter announced he would commission a report to evaluate how IT should be run at council in future — including whether the authority should continue to run LiMux.
linux  politics  germany  attention  work  software  freesoftware 
august 2016 by juliusbeezer
Copyright versus community in the age of computer networks
OK. Copyright versus community in the age of computer networks. The principles of ethics can't change. They are the same for all situations, but to apply them to any question or situation you have to look at the facts of the situation to compare alternatives, you have to see what their consequences are, a change in technology never changes the principles of ethics, but a change in technology can alter the consequences of the same choices, so it can make a difference for the outcome of the question, and that has happened in the area of copyright law. We have a situation where changes in technology have affected the ethical factors that weigh on decisions about copyright law and change the right policy for society.
rms  copyright  history  philosophy  freesoftware 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
SemanticScuttle download |
SemanticScuttle is a social bookmarking tool experimenting with new features like structured tags and collaborative descriptions of tags. Originally a fork of Scuttle, it has overtaken its ancestor in stability, features and usability.
tools  internet  bookmarking  folksonomy  freesoftware 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Marques pages partagés — fablabo
Comment partager ces sites favoris, les indexer, et échanger avec d'autres sur leurs recherches ? En utilisant le site/outil mis en place par Boris ( CMS/Artefacts ) pour notre communauté : semantic scuttle . Voici le guide d'installation, le paramétrage du plugin Firefox et quelques infos sur les usages possibles. N'oubliez tout de même d'utiliser votre mémoire et, ou un carnet de note
tools  internet  bookmarking  folksonomy  freesoftware 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
marques-pages » À propos
Semantic Scuttle est sous licence GNU General Public License (vous pouvez librement l'installer sur votre serveur Web)
marques-pages supporte la plupart de l'API
tools  internet  memory  bookmarking  folksonomy  freesoftware 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
How To Configure YaCy as an Alternative Search Engine or Site Search Tool | DigitalOcean
YaCy is a project meant to fix the problem of search engine providers using your data for purposes you did not intend. YaCy is a peer-to-peer search engine, meaning that there is no centralized authority or server where your information is stored. It works by connecting to a network of people also running YaCy instances and crawling the web to create a distributed index of sites.

In this guide, we will discuss how to get started with YaCy on an Ubuntu 12.04 VPS instance.
search  ubuntu  linux  freesoftware  searchengines 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
L'appli de France Musique dépubliée par Apple - Libération
France Musique banned from Apple App Store: (FR). It's the equivalent of banning Radio 3!
FreeSoftware  android 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Speech in Sweden - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation
the terminals was thought of as belonging to everyone, and professors locked them up in their offices on pain of finding their doors broken down. I was actually shown a cart with a big block of iron on it, that had been used to break down the door of one professors office, when he had the gall to lock up a terminal. There were very few terminals in those days, there was probably something like five display terminals for the system, so if one of them was locked up, it was a considerable disaster.

In the years that followed I was inspired by that ideas, and many times I would climb over ceilings or underneath floors to unlock rooms that had machines in them that people needed to use, and I would usually leave behind a note explaining to the people that they shouldn't be so selfish as to lock the door. The people who locked the door were basically considering only themselves.
Another thing that we didn't have at the AI lab was file protection. There was no security at all on the computer. And we very consciously wanted it that way. The hackers who wrote the Incompatible Timesharing System decided that file protection was usually used by a self-styled system manager to get power over everyone else. They didn't want anyone to be able to get power over them that way, so they didn't implement that kind of a feature.
freesoftware  development  sweden  rms 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Hacking Agriculture | The Daily Meal
The Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) is a web-based movement directing open, specific agricultural information to development organizations in an effort to reduce poverty and hunger. CIARD has expanded its program to include a bank of services offered by registered institutions. This network, known as the CIARD RING, collects a wealth of information, makes it searchable, and right at the fingertips of those who need it most. CIARD states “Enhanced openness of this knowledge by all actors is essential both to enable effective decision-making and to empower those concerned with agricultural production and food security.”
agriculture  food  freesoftware  software 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
«Dégooglisons Internet» : ils sont fous ces libristes ! - Libération
our chaque site star, la carte des irréductibles libristes recense la concurrence. On peut par exemple remplacer l’hébergeur d’images Imgur par le très confidentiel Au lieu d’un Google Doc, on peut créer un Framapad : cet éditeur de texte collaboratif est déjà très agréable à utiliser, et une récente levée de fonds va lui permettre de devenir encore plus pertinent.
tools  freesoftware  internet 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Linux Poetry Explains the Kernel, Line By Line |
Over the past few months she's begun to teach herself how the Linux kernel works by studying text books, including Understanding the Linux Kernel, Unix Network Programming, and The Unix Programming Environment. But instead of taking notes, she weaves the new terminology and ideas she learns into poetry about system architecture and programming concepts. (See some examples, below, and on her Linux Poetry blog.)
linux  freesoftware  poetry  writing 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
pyradio player
handy commandline radio player. Fast!
radio  sound  python  freesoftware  git 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Why Microsoft Word must Die - Charlie's Diary
My PhD student complained that using M$ Word harmed his open-source soul and he would write much faster in LaTeX/emacs. After I allowed him to install Arch Linux on his work PC (windows port of emacs somehow did not suffice), his speed of writing, measured unfortunately in lines per week rather than pages per day, did not observably improve. And do not even remind me the horror of him drawing his conference poster in Scribus - an open-source analog of InDesign unable to create tables...
tools  text_tools  freesoftware  writing  funny  ms_word_critique 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer
Passive vs. Active Earning
Damn Small Linux developer outlines his model for earning living from developing free software:

"Lets list the various revenue streams...
Active Earning:
Selling Software
Selling Related Items
Selling Consulting
Working on One Off Projects

Passive Earnings:
linux  business  freesoftware 
june 2013 by juliusbeezer
[Phoronix] Debian Now Defaults To Xfce Desktop
Fitting an entire desktop Linux distribution onto one CD has become a challenge not only for Debian but also for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions as well. Some have now switched to DVD ISOs by default, aiming for a 1GB USB image target, and/or other creative tricks to fit as much as possible onto a single CD. If you want all of the Debian Wheezy install archive though, it will take 73 CDs or 11 DVDs.
linux  freesoftware  software  ubuntu 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for the Open Development of Scientific Software
Publication of the source code you write not only can increase your impact, but also is essential if others are to be able to reproduce your results. Reproducibility is a tenet of computational science, and critical for pipelines employed in data-driven biological research... If you have the choice, embracing an open approach to development has tremendous benefits. It allows you to build on the work of other scientists, and enables others to build on your own efforts. To make the development of open scientific software more rewarding and the experience of using software more positive, the following ten rules are intended to serve as a guide for any computational scientist.
openaccess  opensource  freesoftware  programming  software 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
GitHub needs to take open source seriously | Open Source Software - InfoWorld
Apparently the kids are so post-FOSS, probably because they are just bored to death with the licensing wars.
git  freesoftware  dccomment 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
Microsoft profite d'un couac local pour dénigrer OpenOffice et LibreOffice
Par ailleurs, le premier ministre Jean-Marc Ayrault a signé en septembre 2012 une circulaire très remarquée (.pdf) qui explique que "le choix du logiciel libre dans l'administration n'est pas un engagement idéologique, mais le fruit d'un choix raisonné".
france  freesoftware  tools  software 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
Main Linux problems or Why Linux is not (yet) Ready for the Desktop, 2012 edition
State of the union in 2012: lots of fundamental problems, connected with moving target of dependencies, no end in sight
linux  software  freesoftware  tools 
september 2012 by juliusbeezer
Open Access: the Revolution Will be Convenient | Byte Size Biology
Both OA and FOSS have gained enough traction to stay and even be adopted, to some extent, by some of their previous opponents from the respective industries of publishing and software.
However, OA adoption is not yet quite wide-spread. From a recent poll published in Science, only 10% of the published papers are in OA journals, but 90% of scientists support OA. So OA is a good idea, but few adopt it. Reason: by analogy ot the Linux desktop, OA does not quite yet fit “user” expectations. You might say OA fails the “old professor” test. it appears that most scientists care primarily about two things: the perceived prestige of the publication venue, and the associated price tag(*).
openaccess  freesoftware  scholarly 
february 2012 by juliusbeezer
trevorbedford : February 20, 2012
Here, as publishing platform, I think the primary advantage of GitHub is the versioning system at its heart. This would allow an audience to follow a scientific story as is progresses, but would also allow the history of a project to be queried and individual contributions to be easily assessed (at least in terms of writing and coding). If we want to move towards a system of post publication peer review there needs to be a good way of continually updating a manuscript and making it obvious what each new version brings. A nice open source analogy here (that Scott originally mentioned on Twitter) is the idea of peer review as opening issues. Right now, in Google Code or GitHub, you can open an issue with a project documenting a bug or other sort of problem. Developers can then respond to this issue and make the appropriate changes to their project (that are then linked to the issue, making tracking of specific revisions straight-forward). Peer review acts in a very similar fashion, documenting inadequacies with the approach taken in a scientific manuscript.
tools  sciencepublishing  freesoftware 
february 2012 by juliusbeezer
A Layman’s Thoughts on Freedom of Information and Open File Formats | tony baldwin | bloguiando
certain proprietary software vendors have cornered the market, often by untoward means and with inferior products, and stifled the people’s right to choice. This is why you spend $300 on Microsoft Windows, and $500 on Microsoft Office, and have to pay again for them to fix these inferior software products when they fail on you. This is why translators are almost unanimously being forced to use SDL’s Trados and Tag Editor. I assume the situation is similar on other industries (graphics/publishing, etc.) Choice is stifled when a vendor controls a market.
This is why document formats such as:
* Microsoft’s .doc, .wmp or OOXML,
* SDL’s .ttx,
and other proprietary formats, specific to one software vendor, are harmful, and to be not only avoided, but completely eschewed in favor of open document formats created according to open standards, such as .odf, .tmx, .xliff, .xml, .html, .djvu and .ogg .
translation  openstandards  freesoftware  software  openness 
february 2011 by juliusbeezer
"World Domination 101" 101
In 1992 when Linux was at release .95A, Greg tried the OS again. This time he got it to boot. When he saw the $ prompt appear for the first time, he knew immediately that "this changes everything." It certainly changed his life. And it is still doing so. Having earned a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, in 1992 Greg worked at the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, N.D. He and an M.D. named Paul Etzell implemented a medical information support system based on freely distributable software. They called the system Perceptions and, based on Linux .96c, its first major commercial implementation: "a network of 32 Linux workstations and servers [an] open-source-based practice management system that we developed in combination with the Linux deployment." He adds that the importance was that "there were significant dollars being managed by the system ... if the system didn't function, our ability to handle our patient flow was compromised.... In short, the system was mission critical."
software  freesoftware  medicine 
december 2010 by juliusbeezer
Interviewing Richard Stallman: Freedom in the time of SaaS «
[RMS]: With software, there are two possibilities: either the users control the program or the program controls the users. With free software, the users control the software. With nonfree software, the owner controls the software and the software controls the users. This gives the owner unjust power over the users, who are at is mercy.

The owners feel the temptation to install malicious features, and many of them do so. Widely used proprietary packages, including Windows, Macintosh, the iGroan, the iBad, the Adobe Flash Player, and the Amazon Swindle, have features to spy on users, digital handcuffs to restrict users, or back doors to attack users. (Some have all three.)

With free software, if you don’t know how to study and change it yourself (or if you don’t want to bother), you depend on a community of user/developers who can check each others’ work (no man is an island) but you are not compelled to submit to anyone’s power.
freesoftware  genius  rms 
may 2010 by juliusbeezer
Pot, meet kettle: a response to Steve Jobs' letter on Flash
Apple is presenting users with a false choice between Adobe's proprietary software and Apple's walled garden.
apple  freesoftware  proprietary 
may 2010 by juliusbeezer
Interprete » A Cultural Alibi of Sorts
Interesting discussion of free software in different cultures with excellent links in discussion.
Free Software alternative in India, Swatantra
Software. The name (based, recall, on a Hindi word for self-determination
and reliance) not only overcomes the ambiguities of the English word free,
it also “harkens back to India’s historic anti-colonial struggle” (Noronha,
“FLOSS”). Swatantra Software shares the same license agreement as Free
Software, the GNU General Public License; however, Swatantra Software
is linguistically marked in a sociotechnical struggle with colonialism. In
other words, the license mechanism is embedded in the legal machinery
of transnational capital, but the cultural orientation—or sentiment, to use
Apparadurai’s word—of Swatantra Software evokes locality and an indig-
enous language.

The word swatantra embodies a social aggregation—an ecolo-

gy—of technology, history, nation, and language.
freesoftware  swantantra 
march 2010 by juliusbeezer
Has Drupal peaked? | modulism
Comments on the tradeoff between backend flexibility and frontend usability: steep learning curves exclude design oriented web professionals, to their disallusion.
attention  freesoftware 
august 2009 by juliusbeezer
Remixing Angie Byron to create the next Million Mozillians |
The fact is, there are A LOT more people who see of problem/bug/missing feature in open source than those who want to see it fixed or can do something about it... How do we shift people from "That's Dumb" to saying "I want to see it fixed" and from "I want to see it fixed" to "I can do something about it!" This is where I think effective community management has the most to offer - developing a tools, a culture and environment that is encouraging, supportive and still effective and efficient.
opensource  freesoftware  politics  community 
july 2009 by juliusbeezer

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