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Using Copyright to Quash Criticism

Electronic Frontier Foundation Kate Wagner runs an architecture criticism blog called McMansion Hell, where she posts pictures and opinions of examples of what she considers poor design. Mostly she criticizes big houses that are meant to appeal buyers’ vanities. A … Continue reading

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Unglue.it Tops Two Thousand

At Unglue.it the combined downloads of Green Comet and Parasite Puppeteers have surpassed two thousand. To be exact, today they added up to 2,001. Unglue.it, which I have previously posted about, has been my most reliable outlet. It hasn’t accounted … Continue reading

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Patent Troll Sues Electronic Frontier Foundation

Almost a year and a half ago, Green Comet had a post on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) series called Stupid Patent of the Month, where they call out the bad practises of patent trolls and other miscreants. The stupid … Continue reading

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Hacking the Tractor

We’ve looked at the way tractor manufacturers are trying to lock their customers in by preventing the servicing or maintenance of their tractors by anyone other than their own approved and licensed shops. This post is about farmers beginning to … Continue reading

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I ♥ Free Software – Valentine’s Day 2017

Source: I ♥ Free Software – Valentine’s Day 2017 – FSFE I Love Free Software Day has rolled around again. It’s easy to remember since it falls on Valentine’s Day every year. Free Software drives a huge number of devices … Continue reading

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Farmers Demand Right to Fix Their Own Dang Tractors

Last Fall I published an article about iFixit, the activist group trying to make it safe, even possible for people to fix their own stuff. That article referred to a Wired article about the John Deere company trying to make … Continue reading

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In defence of Creative Commons – TechnoLlama

As you know, my novels are published with a Creative Commons license. I use Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA), but there are other variations, depending on how you want to share your work.  TechnoLlama, a blog I follow, has a … Continue reading

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NRA Complaint Takes Down 38,000 Websites | Motherboard

Here’s another example of someone using copyright / trademark laws to stifle criticism. The Yes Men created a parody of the National Rifle Association, and the NRA responded by forcing the takedown of 38,000 websites. Overkill? The Yes Men are … Continue reading

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I ♥ Free Software – Valentine’s Day 2016 – FSFE

Valentine’s Day is the day to show our love for Free Software, and for the people who give it to us. Free Software drives a huge number of devices in our everyday life. It ensures our freedom, our security, civil … Continue reading

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Unglue.it Best So Far

Since I published Green Comet, I’ve been involved with a few websites whose aim is to help people distribute their creative work. I got involved with them during their alpha and beta phases, and helped them work out the kinks … Continue reading

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