Tag Archives: open source

Volkswagen Not the Only One Cheating

I think I’ve settled down enough from the hectic exercise of publishing The Francesians to lift my head up and post about something else. How about nefarious cheats? Cory Doctorow opens his article, Demon-Haunted World, with “Cheating is a given.” … Continue reading

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Green Comet Has Gone SSL

We’re joining the big leagues. No longer will the big guys look down their noses at our unsecured website. Now you’ll see that reassuring lock up there by the location bar along with that fully modern “https.” Don’t you feel … Continue reading

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Windows Ten is an Advertising Platform

I don’t use Windows, so I don’t know if this is true. Has Microsoft actually inserted ads into its operating system? Although I’ve used some of their OSes occasionally, I’ve never had Windows as the working OS on my computer, … 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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Electronic Election Fraud

In 2004 I published this article in my local newspaper. At that time, not very many people were thinking about the problems that would come with electronic voting. Now the stories are popping up all over the place. Some people … 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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Growing the Commons

Thanks to Cat Johnson at Shareable for making me aware of this. Ryan Merkely, CEO of Creative Commons, has written a series of blog posts about sharing and growing the commons. As you know, if you’ve followed my blog, Creative … 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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How to Fix Everything | Motherboard

The right to open up your stuff is under attack, but DIY fixers are keeping the art of repair alive. Source: How to Fix Everything | Motherboard iFixit is spearheading an attempt to make it not only easier, but in … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t There Better Cybersecurity Regulations for Medical Devices

There are strict regulations for computing devices installed in our cars. Even stricter if they go into airplanes. Implantable devices that go in our bodies apparently don’t have the same level of protection. The manufacturers like to keep the details … Continue reading

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