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"To its credit, Apple has been adamant it won’t use the new design to restrict your listening experience. But therein lies the problem: you shouldn’t have to depend on a manufacturer’s permission to use its hardware however you like (or, for that matter, to build your own peripherals and accessories for it). What you can do with your hardware should be determined by the limits of the technology itself, not its manufacturers’ policy decisions."

#DRM #apple #iphone

Analog: The Last Defense Against DRM
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/09/analog-last-defense-against-drm

UPDATE (9/8/16): An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly suggested that no authorized audio devices or connectors that used the Lightning port existed prior to yesterday’s announcement. It also implied that the only way to achieve lossless sound quality on an iPhone was through a wired connection, which was also incorrect. We’ve edited the post accordingly.
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It's really hard to innovate and create something new; doubly so when your monetary resources are scarce.
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While other technology advances, assistive technology lags behind. We decided to make assistive devices; here are some things we considered.
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+Mycroft A.I.​ booth at Kansas City Maker Faire!
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This is extremely important. We've been fighting this battle for nearly ten years, and it's still one that we haven't quite won.
SOPA, PIPA, DRM, DMCA, and now EME and CDMs. We must be loud, vigilant and press ever harder to keep what's left of a truly free internet alive.
If we do not, the internet will become yet another proprietary content delivery system that is unaffordable and unobtainable for many; a computerized version of cable television.
 
We need more Firefoxes.
Once upon a time, there were two major browsers that virtually everyone used: Netscape and Internet Explorer, locked in a death-battle for the future of the Web. They went to enormous lengths to tempt Web publishers to optimize their sites to work best inside their windows, and hoped that users would follow.
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Linus torvalds is winning a lot these days
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... Did something happen to this part of the Debian wiki? If not it comes across a little harsh.
 
Looks like the Debian wiki was hacked.

I wonder if any other sections of it has been corrupted.
Anti-harassment team. Task description. The mail alias antiharassment@debian.org has been setup as contact point for Debian event organizers willing to have an anti-harassment policy. Usual roles. Patty Langasek (IRC nick harmoney); Margarita Manterola (IRC nick marga); Laura Arjona Reina (IRC ...
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Edit: this post is about the written blog post, not the video featured.
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Hey +Huffington Post​, can you - or do you even have the ability - to STOP referring to autism in this defeatist, depressing, doom-and-gloom, "heartbreak" fashion? There are millions - MILLIONS! - of us with autism who live, work, and play in what would be considered typical ways.

We work very hard to not be a burden, nor classified as such - but we hardly ever get a word in when someone publishes an article or high profile blog post about autism. So to safeguard against stigma, discrimination and prejudice - much of which is spread by these types of articles (and organizations such as autism speaks) - we conceal our autistic selves as best we can, reflecting what people expect to see while denying who we truly are just so we can hold down a job.

Being told that your existence and who you are is a costly burden on the world is pretty fucked. Maybe that's why suicide rates for autistic adults is so high; because the people being listened to and broadcasting their message are the ones telling us that autistic people are too costly, too much of a problem for their families and communities.

We don't get to hear much from those with autism. Thus, our skills, talents, and unique personal traits are wasted - all because they don't fit within the margins of what many would admit is a profoundly unfair and biased society.

No, instead we're relegated to token status, a pitiable object that is used for inspiration porn, a way for people to feel good about themselves in comparison to their fellow autistic citizens. Because apparently, we don't work, socialize, live independently, or much of anything else, according to this blog post.

It's more than just tiresome - this kind of rhetoric is dehumanizing, debilitating and disabling, and makes it even harder to assert ourselves and live a life of our choosing. Is autism a disability? Does it present challenges? Yes on both counts. However, the most difficult challenges to handle come not from inside ourselves, but from external sources that relegate us to second-class citizens, without regard to consideration or understanding outside of their own comfort bubble.

That's the real heartbreak: being told your entire existence has produced next to nothing but hardship and despair to the people around you, and that the world would be better off if your kind didn't exist.

Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer wears the "Autism Speaks" pin on his lapel whenever he is in public and especially when he broadcasts ball games for th...
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This is a fair point when discussing advancements in technology and the assumptions that what is good for the optimum consumer is good for everyone.
 
New voice recognition technology cannot be used by more than 9 million people in the U.S. with voice disabilities http://owl.li/AxYD300WAPM
Speech-recognition systems promise the world. But for more than nine million people with voice ailments, that world is out of reach
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My sister is in that group. She has nerve damage that causes her voice to change throughout the day.
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My favorite, locally-owned grocery store is closing. Permanently.

I know this may not seem important - my local newspaper certainly doesn't think so, considering there is no story on their website or in print - but it's a major issue to me.

Their produce always lasted longer than anyone else's, and I could afford stocking up for more than just one month on my meager budget, especially when I was living in a studio apartment working half-time for a college.

But about a year and a half ago, the old mall near the grocery store was torn down to make way for revitalization - new stores, new apartments and even some senior living places. It seemed like things were heading in the right direction.

Then they secured a new 'grocery' store - a damned "neighborhood Wal Mart".

You can guess what happened; people shopped at the new, glitzy, shiny place, the one with low wages, no unions, and products made with slave labor - or pay that's close to it. The original grocery store, the one that's been there for over 65 years, was mostly left behind. Only die hard regulars and few others remained.

And now Wal Mart has taken another local store in its destructive and brutish manner. Sure, the local city officials share the blame. But in the end, Wal Mart remains - and my grocery store is gone.

So now we have less choices, especially within driving distance. And we have yet to begin to suffer this horrible decision and its consequences.
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Holy Hawking! I love my prime minister... 
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Why can't we have him as Prime Minister of USA?
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