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Open source and open standards achieve this long-term accessibility by eliminating the proprietary lock-in that is intended by the vendors behind it to increase revenue but has the unwanted effect of obsoleting superceded formats, software and platforms. That's why Microsoft, for all their claims of new-found love of open source, still lobbies against it in private - see http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/22/microsoft-faces-claims-it-threatened-mps-with-job-cuts-in-constituencies for example.
 
The combination of open source and open standards ensures long-term preservation of electronic records and prevents IT vendor lock-in, says Luciano Ammenti, head of the IT department at the Vatican Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) in Vatican City.
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I wonder what lobbying they have tried. "we'll cut jobs in your constituency" doesn't quite work" ;-)
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The Document Foundation has a (potentially paid) opening for a Marketing & PR intern http://wmk.me/1EShwXX
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Tunnelbear for Chrome brings privacy to places it was hard before. Like all our Chromebooks.
 
TunnelBear has just launched a Chrome extension that helps to protect your privacy on a Chromebook!

TunnelBear is a Canadian company famous for making super easy to use privacy tools. They specialize in VPN services that allow your phone and computers to be secure when using public WiFi hotspots. Their service also allows you to "tunnel" into another country to get around content blocking by governments or media companies.

Today TunnelBear is launching a public beta version of the their new Chrome extension. When installed, it will protect everything you do in Chrome by running it through an encrypted web proxy.

For Chromebook users, almost everything you do should be encrypted, making it a great tool to have. For Windows, Mac, or Linux users, please note that only your Chrome connection will be secured - not the rest of your system's traffic.

TunnelBear offers a free plan for those with low data usage, or a very cheap paid plan for everyone else. I personally pay for their unlimited plan and use the service frequently. I've been privately testing the extension for a few weeks now and I have nothing but positive things to say about it.

If you want to give it a try, download it from the Chrome Web Store today!

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tunnelbear-beta/omdakjcmkglenbhjadbccaookpfjihpa

Interested in learning more? You can check out the help center articles for the new Chrome extension here:

https://help.tunnelbear.com/customer/portal/topics/789224-tunnelbear-for-chrome/articles

#ChromeOS   #TunnelBear  
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Its important to always ring-fence data collection so that scope creep doesn't result in lost liberty when it inevitability happens.
 
New York's monitoring of E-ZPass tags is exactly the sort of mission creep that makes data retention laws dangerous http://wmk.me/1EzXmrT
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De-anonymizing such data would be trivial if cross referenced with cell
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Despite many visits to Barcelona I've never actually been here before. 
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The unspoken dimension of all the options that involve insecure keys for government use is the end-user mustn't be able to opt out of the arrangement. If any of these proposals become law say goodbye to user-controlled operating systems. Linux, for example.
 
#NSA declares war on general purpose computers.
NSA director Michael S Rogers says his agency wants "front doors" to all cryptography used in the USA, so that no one can have secrets it can't spy on -- but what he really means is that he wants t...
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This blog post is important reading if you have any role setting security policy.
 
"law and legislators are losing the capability to hold people in the intelligence world to account" http://wmk.me/1KIRECR
I'm at Princeton where Ed Snowden is due to speak by live video link in a few minutes, and have a discussion with Bart Gellmann. Yesterday he spent four hours with a group of cryptographers from industry and academia, of which I was privileged to be one. The topic was the possible and likely ...
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London is not the only city with a marathon today.
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"The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."
 
NASA May Have Accidentally Developed a Warp Drive http://wmk.me/1DqgNO3
NASA scientists testing a new system may have accidentally discovered that it has the capability to create a warp field that may lead to a warp drive.
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The interior of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is quite remarkable -- a visionary, inspiring, soaring space fitting for the modern imagination. Those branching pillars could be the trees of Rivendel. The light is transcendant. There are even turtles holding the whole place up.
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Includes my column.
 
Looking for some weekend reading? Linux Voice issue 5 is available to download for free.

Get started with ethical hacking, discover the Raspberry Pi compute module, find the best RSS aggregator, create a game, learn how BASIC changed the world, and more with 116 pages of Linux awesomeness.
Yes, Issue 5 of Linux Voice is now nine months old, so we're releasing it under the Creative Commons BY-SA license. You can share and modify all content from the magazine (apart from adverts), even for commercial purposes, providing you credit Linux Voice as the original source and retain the ...
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Grizzled and eclectic geek, campaigning for digital rights.
Introduction
Director of open source consulting at Wipro, president at the Open Source Initiative and a director at the Open Rights Group; writer, speaker and consultant on digital liberty, especially open source policy and practice.
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Consultant, Writer & Speaker
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Employment
  • Wipro Technologies
    Director, 2015 - present
  • 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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Microsoft Outlook Preview
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La aplicación oficial de Microsoft Outlook para teléfonos con sistema Android y tabletas. Outlook es una aplicación gratuita de correo elect

LibreOffice Viewer Beta
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LibreOffice is the world's most popular Open Source office app - and now it's on Android.This app is in active development, and not yet stab

VNC® Viewer for Google Chrome™
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Connects to your computers anywhere in the world and lets you take control.

SomaPlayer
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Listen to SomaFM web radio stations from your browser and scrobble tracks to your Last.fm account.

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack
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CloudStack's lifeblood is its user community, so the Citrix shakeup is much ado about nothing

SAP embraces opens source -- sort of
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Years of slow change are finally leading to new openness at SAP, at least in connection with SAP HANA

The Internet's Own Boy
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Available Same Day as Theaters. A dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of Reddit co-founder and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, a champion

App.net's open source failure
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The company's business model put up too many barriers, and it's hard to compete without flexibility for all

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

Meshed Insights Ltd
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Expertise in open source and digital liberties.

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

A Soviet-era hotel with clinical interiors and minimal service. Don't be deceived by the suggestion it has a "restaurant open until 10pm" - it was closed, and the staff were reluctant to help with anything much. When we ordered take out for our party in the absence of any service, the hotel staff tut-tutted us into a side room. Compared with other hotels in Ukraine this was expensive and unfriendly and I'd not stay here again.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great meal. Ideal portions of well-considered ingredient combinations. Excellent salads, lovely hangar steak. Dessert was good. The wine list was priced high and hard to scan because it is only available on an iPad, but we did discover a less-known Italian gem buried deep within. Overall an excellent meal.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Great coffee in comfortable, relaxed surroundings with friendly staff.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months 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 - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Expensive, better than some, still not the best. An unpretentious Parisian bar/brasserie more favoured by locals than the other tourist traps nearby. There was a good selection of food and drink which we generally enjoyed. Expensive for what we got though, and the restaurant does not make good its errors. For example, my wife's Tarte Tatin was burnt black, yet the waiter just shrugged it off when we pointed it out and made no attempt to address the problem or discount the bill. There are better options locally and you may prefer to choose them.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
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 - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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 - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago