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Open Rights Group is fundraising at Indigogo for a new anti-censorship video.
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... and it already hit 33% of target. Clearly a hot topic.
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While it may seem ephemeral to some, the automated takedown of 'Sintel' by Google based on information supplied by Sony is indicative of a serious threat to the emerging meshed society. When power gained in the era of hierarchical monopolies is not just used to limit competition but embedded in the operating fabric of society, it's impossible to innovators to compete fairly.
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Hence: "...a few days later when mysteriously, without notice or apology, the block was removed."
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tudo que o nosso Deus criou e muito maravilhoso para todos nos
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Mandatory ISP content filtering is a mistaken approach arising from magical thinking — “this thing should exist so it must be possible”. Content filters can’t work, for several reasons.

This is my column for the first edition of Linux Voice magazine. 
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The Open Source Initiative announces a new Board of Directors for the year 2014-15. 
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Heartbleed is not a problem made worse by open source. But there's plenty of ways things could be better, if only the myriad corporations dependent on OpenSSL had an incentive to engage instead of freeload. Here's my proposal for how to make that happen.
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+Bjoern Michaelsen Those calling for a reimplementation dramatically underestimate the task, especially the knowledge required to provably get it right. A former OpenSSL contributor pointed out to me there have been many attempted reimplementations and OpenSSL remains the best...
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I make jelly with the fruit of the Japanese quince every year, and love its flavour.
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Planted one last week myself :)
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Delighted to have +Allison Randal, +Leslie Hawthorn and Stefano Zacchiroli joining us!  Sad to be losing +Karl Fogel and +Martin Michlmayr but they will stay heavily involved in infrastructure and more I expect.
 
The Open Source Initiative announces a new Board of Directors for the year 2014-15. 
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+Simon Phipps I understand. Good luck, friend. 
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The demise of the Data Retention Directive may seem great news, but it creates uncertainty, risk for ISPs and others and worst of all creates a legislative vacuum that vested interests will be rushing to fill.
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+Simon Phipps then it would no longer be a "Legislative Vacuum". The US government needs to be much less involved in the lives and livelihoods of its citizens.
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Consultant, Writer & Speaker
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  • Meshed Insights Ltd
    Director, 2013 - present
  • Meshed Insights & Knowledge
    Independent Consultant, 2011 - 2013
  • ForgeRock
    Chief Strategy Officer, 2010 - 2011
  • Sun Microsystems
    Chief Open Source Officer, 2000 - 2010
  • IBM
    Chief Java Evangelist, 1995 - 2000
  • IBM
    Conferencing Systems, 1990 - 1995
  • Unisys
    BTOS/CTOS Specialist, 1987 - 1990
  • Burroughs
    Medium Systems Specialist, 1982 - 1987
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Grizzled and eclectic geek, campaigning for digital rights.
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President at the Open Source Initiative, CEO at MariaDB Foundation and a director at the Open Rights Group; writer, speaker and consultant on digital liberty, especially open source policy and practice. 

All in the context of running Meshed Insights Ltd, a UK management consultancy focussed on helping organisations respond to and engage with the emerging meshed society triggered by the World Wide Web.
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Stop laying the blame for Heartbleed on open source
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Security experts acknowledge that open source is the best model for crypto, so how do we drive improvements to the model for creating securi

Sony and Google gang up for an illegal video takedown
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Sony's drive-by copyright takedown illustrates the harm old business models can do to new approaches like open source

As She Is
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This film project is about a personal and collective journey towards wholeness...to reclaim, value and live the feminine aspect of ourselves

Microsoft opens .Net but misses the point with mobile
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Unprecedented change continues to flow from Microsoft. But does the company really 'get it'?

Supreme Court set for landmark decision -- good or bad -- on software pa...
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The Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case has reached the Supreme Court, and expectations run high that we may finally get clarity on the legality of

Open document standards will cure Apple's bit rot
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Apple's iWork update won't let you access documents created as little as five years ago. The solution is obvious

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5 bitcoin exchanges you can use right now
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Mt. Gox's failure might have grabbed the headlines, but reputable bitcoin exchanges remain up and running and ready for business

2014 is the year of the Linux desktop
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Linux has unexpectedly made it to the desktop through mobile and cloud, but the unintended consequences are troubling

My great bitcoin adventure: 6 months, 5 exchanges
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Bitcoin's open source foundation is sound, but Bitstamp, CEX.IO, Coinbase, Kraken, Mt. Gox exchanges are uneven at best

Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation unite against software ...
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In rare joint move, OSI and FSF come together to file a U.S. Supreme Court briefing

With WhatsApp, Facebook looks to become the first global telco
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The WhatsApp acquisition could help Facebook leapfrog Google and Microsoft, take pole position in voice revolution

Open source startups: Don't try to be Red Hat
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VCs are realizing the next billion-dollar software company won't make money from software, but from what open source enables it to deliver

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Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility
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We've just signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. As this is an important move for Android users everywhere, I wa

The state of digital freedom in 2014
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In 2013 we learned in detail how our digital freedoms were violated. That awareness holds promise for a brighter year ahead, and open source

Such DFW. Very Orwell. So Doge. Wow. | TechCrunch
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Let's talk about doge, but first let's talk about the late great David Foster Wallace, who thirteen years ago wrote a classic essay about mo

Patent trolls, tread carefully in 2014
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After 2013's seemingly never-ending litany of patent troll misdeeds, a turning point may be in store for 2014

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Control a computer from your Android device! VNC® Viewer connects your device to a computer anywhere in the world, displays its desktop, and

Patent trolls target their next victim: Cloud computing
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Cloud computing's success has caught the attention of patent trolls -- so the Open Invention Networks is gearing for battle

This busy patisserie/boulangerie has a homely tea-room attached to it. We visited on a wet Saturday afternoon and had brunch - juice, bread, a croissant, coffee and a large egg-and-bacon roll served with salad and frites. Reasonable comfort food, needed more staff for the number of customers though.
Quality: GoodAppeal: GoodService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Tired, once grand hotel that manages to disappoint at every turn. Public areas are the best bits, but have the welcome of a station waiting room. Clientele appears to be dominated by coach parties, functions and the like. It was the conference hotel for an event I was attending, for example. Check-in staff were inexperienced and quite hard to deal with and seemed to expect advance payment. We stayed two nights in a small, hot, dirty room on the 5th floor with a badly maintained bathroom. [We note from the hotel history that the 5th & 6th floors were recently restored from a derelict state so it's possible lower rooms are better]. High hot water pressure and low cold water pressure made it almost impossible to shower without freezing or scalding. Carpet dirty and stained. Bed old, noisy and uncomfortable with inadequate linens. No air conditioning, dirty windows hard to open & no airflow. Curtains a poor fit. Room was not properly cleaned each day - towels on floor not changed, floor not cleaned, bed made over pyjamas etc etc. Huge queue for breakfast, which was typical greasy spoon fare from a buffet with tea served by friendly staff. Bars noisy with generic drinks only. Cash only, no room-charge or credit cards. At check-out, extra charge to pay by credit card! Turns out check-in did not record our car was parked in the (distant, expensive-for-open-air-on-street-insecure) car park so we had risked being ticketed. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
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Atmosphere: Poor to fairDecor: Poor to fairService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is basically a craft market in a converted mill. There are some historic exhibits, but it's hard to understand why one should pay any admission fee - let alone nearly £4 each - just to visit some high-priced craft shops and read static information panels. Without the admission fee it would be a good destination with a few interesting mill artefacts, but there are better things to do in the area in return for an admission fee.
Appeal: GoodFacilities: GoodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We had a pretty decent meal here as walk-in diners early on a Friday evening but didn't feel especially welcome. We sat in the courtyard rather than under the dome itself, and felt the atmosphere was airy and calm. We started with cocktails. My wife chose their mojito and found it too bitter, to the detriment of the whole meal. I discovered that they only offered the three amazingly expensive ones on the menu, so I settled for water and wine by the glass during the meal. My wife did not enjoy their "crunchy chicken salad", perhaps having had her palate tainted by the mojito. I thoroughly enjoyed my excellent tuna tartare, which was made with excellent fish and dressed to a perfect sweet-stickiness with a hint of ginger and sesame. I opted for their steak tartare. It was good, but rather average for a signature Parisian dish. My wife opted for their black truffle pizza, which she enjoyed while feeling it was slightly under-cooked. We finished with crème brûlée for my wife (which she thought was good-to-excellent and a café gourmand for me - espresso served with small portions of the day's best desserts. The meal overall was good, with flashes of excellence. It's a great place to try and you'll probably have a really good meal, but you may find as we did that the service is impersonal and that the prices somewhat exceed the value offered.
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Food: Very goodDecor: ExcellentService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Comfortable boutique hotel and gastro-pub in pretty location, slightly pricey but good for a short stay. We stayed two nights at this Inn, and enjoyed our stay. Our room was on the first-floor with a four-poster bed and a view out across Swaledale - very nice. The room was spacious, clean and elegant but lacked furniture - it really needed a comfy chair in which to relax plus a bigger wardrobe and a desk. The shower room was clean, comfortable and good - a great shower, good Molton-Brown toiletries and plenty of hot water. There was a kettle and supplies (good cookies!) and a tiny wall-mounted TV. The room was over the bar so noise persisted until after closing time (the staff unwind after closing). The hotel is located in Low Row, a village located a few miles west of Reeth and with good footpath access both to the fells and the river walks. All the beauty of Swaledale is within easy reach. We ate at the restaurant once. It's popular and busy and you will definitely need to make a reservation - preferably before you arrive if you want a choice of when you eat. The food was good but not exceptional and we (and other guests on both nights) found supplies of several dishes on the menu were restricted. The range of beers was OK with four real-ale hand-pumps and eight taps. The wine list was pub-scope so not huge and featured young wines. Prices for both the room and the food were mid-range for the area and seemed a little high for the actual facilities and quality. But we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the place for a one or two night stay.
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Quality: Very goodFacilities: GoodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Wonderful, comfortable accommodation with attentive care and a great breakfast. Highly recommended. We stayed for two nights in the Hay Loft. We were welcomed on arrival with tea and cake in the guest lounge. Excellent double room in newly-constructed purpose-built accommodation; spacious with en-suite bathroom & shower. Room has excellent facilities; quality toiletries, large-screen TV, good storage, tea/coffee facilities (with home-baked cookies). We had our own key to come & go as well pleased. Excellent off-road parking. Footpaths into the fells start at the property so we took a great hike into nearby Dent. Excellent breakfast with quality local ingredients. Good buffet spread of cereals, fruit, juice and baked goods. Personally cooked food made to order. The owners were very welcoming, friendly and accommodating and we unreservedly recommend this destination.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We were about the first customers when this place opened in September 2010 (it used to be called "Framboiserie" before the current owners bought it) and it has been one of our favourite places to go each time we've been in Paris since then. It has character and ambience but it's never loud or rushed. Every single meal has been great. Most of the time we go as a couple, but I did once take a crowd of international guests too. The staff are friendly and attentive, with excellent English - there's always an English and a French menu and specials-blackboard. Despite that visitor-friendliness, the food is excellent and typically French. I have had their beef tartare several times and always enjoy it. Their profiterole dessert is also a favourite. When I took the larger party, they understood the needs of the vegetarians among us. But the menu also includes unusual and clever ideas, and the presentation always has flair - they like to use preserving jars to deliver portions, for example. There's often a "mi-cuit" (part-cooked) option of some sort if you're adventurous and ready for semi-raw fish (which we are!). They have a modest bar: there's draft beer, a small and reasonably-priced selection of good wines and a reasonable selection of spirits which usually has the thing you want. Possibly because it's tucked out of the way out of sight of the crowds, we have always been able to get a table just walking in, but you may prefer to make a reservation (they take them via their Facebook page). If you're staying in the Marais, this place is a fantastic alternative to all the busy and rude bistros the other side of rue Rivoli and we definitely recommend it.
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Atmosphere: Very goodDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago