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Microsoft Pays out $10,000 to Windows 10 Upgrade Victim Lots of good links and quotes, but the Windows 10 forced upgrade stories are what amused me.
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+Deborah Dupre​ one thing that needs to be written about more is the impact of being a targeted individual. For many I am sure it is life changing. Never feeling secure in a home or permanent residence. Or the shame of being denied boarding and the fear of not knowing if it will happen again and you will be stranded somewhere. Having banks refuse to do business with you, being unable to even open a bank account. Many things still feel unsafe and can be triggers years after, and many I think hide the impacts out of shame even though guilty of nothing.
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A nice round up o f software patent news. Sexism was a surprise to me but should not have been. Software patents are mostly owned and applied by horribly sexist companies like Microsoft. The environment is going to be just as nasty as non free software is.
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Ladar Levison finally confirms Snowden was target of Lavabit investigation

Ladar Levison’s three-year fight for freedom to speak about the government order that shuttered Lavabit, his secure email service, is finally over. Levison was finally able to confirm today that Lavabit was targeted by the government during its investigation into the Edward Snowden leaks. Although the government accidentally revealed that Snowden was the target of its investigation when it left his email address unredacted in a March court filing, Levison has remained unable to speak about it. “Legally speaking, I was still barred from discussing it,” he said. Earlier this month, the government finally allowed the gag order to be lifted. “It’s a small victory in a much larger fight in an even bigger war,” Levison explained. He’s planning to celebrate his new freedom by presenting a talk at DEF CON 24 about compelled decryption, in which he will discuss his case in detail for the first time. Now that his case has ended, Levison is considering reviving Lavabit, perhaps as a Dark Mail service._
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55 dollars is by no means adaquate recompense for losing what I put into the PS3. I lost a lot of brain cells to making the cell architecture work at all back in 2002 or so. But I guess it's nice of all those lawyers to chip in for a couple cups of coffee.

https://news.slashdot.org/story/16/06/22/2247224/sony-agrees-to-pay-millions-to-gamers-to-settle-ps3-linux-debacle
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After six years of litigation, Sony is now agreeing to pay the price for its 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating system in the PlayStation 3. Sony and lawyers representing as many as 10 million console owners reache...
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What's new, G+ asks me? Well, I'm feeling a bit sad to see that 10+ years of US disinvestment in HPC has finally born fruit (see top500.org). You don't erase a 5x advantage quickly, if ever. It's not like we didn't see it coming -- at least some of us. As a result many of us moved years ago from National Labs to work at nice places like Google ...
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Own processors and not spyware Intel, GNU/Linux... God save China!
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This is the way things should be done. Using technology to benefit the people, instead of big businesses.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/06/what-if-switching-fiber-isps-was-as-easy-as-clicking-a-mouse/
Ammon's open access network makes all ISP offers available at one website.
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Remember when nasty, cheap companies started asking people for facebook passwords. The US government is catching up. They will now be asking travelers about their anti-social media presence.

This seems odd because they have previously taunted travelers by having already known and read their online lives. I remember a few stories about musicians being treated shamefully.
US Customs wants to know travelers’ social media account names https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/06/27/us-customs-social-media-account-names/ give fakes? https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/23/2016-14848/agency-information-collection-activities-arrival-and-departure-record-forms-i-94-and-i-94w-and#h-11
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Over the past two decades the only countries I have had travel difficulties with has been the US and the UK.
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Ludicrously cheap HDMI capture for Linux
Ludicrously cheap HDMI capture for Linux. the inside of the HDMI sender. Lately I have had the need to do real time video capture from HDMI devices as of late for a project, and while looking around the internet found that all of the capture cards that are aimed at gamers (windows / OSX support ...
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Cleveland Police vs Community Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba had this to say about activists at the RNC,

We have a real, real good idea of who we think is coming here and what their objectives are, And if we can deter those objectives, that's what we're going to do.

Recently, the FBI and local police have run a door knock intimidation campaign. Members of Food not Bombs and other organizations were visited at home by officer friendly who wanted to make sure everyone stayed safe at the convention. Because undercover police will mingle with the crowds, ignore the muscle bound dudes who tell you to do stupid or destructive things.
Activists said they view the visits as intimidating, while a spokeswoman for the FBI acknowledged that "community outreach" is taking place as law enforcement officials plan for a "safe and secure" convention in July.
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Yes, the campaign against Jacob Appelbaum stinks like the one against Assange. There's a long list of activists over the last 60 years who were abused this way, more or less "neutralized" with more or less bullshit. Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Ralph Nader, and Martin Luther King Jr. spring to mind. There are many others, less well known, that people in the free software community are familiar with. This is how the rich and powerful divide the community and eliminate perceived threats and they are incredibly petty.

Dawson's analysis is particularly interesting because the author has first hand experience with Appelbaum, rape, and cointel type targeting. She's right about any level of targeting, government or corporate, changing a person's perspective entirely. The loose fitting details of the accusations oddity make eye glossing reading, and Dawson does an excellent job of that, but the real meat and power of her analysis come from her very personal experience.

In the first place, she tells us that Appelbaum is not the jackass the accusers make him,

Listening to the stories being told about him, you would think Jacob a callous, foolhardy, exhibitionist. Every experience I’ve had of him and his inner circle (and no, I do not know them exceedingly well however, being in Berlin, they are very visible within the community) is that they were the opposite. Careful, reserved, private. Particularly wary of outsiders and newcomers. Well aware that they are all targets and of the ways in which they could be entrapped.

She also talks about her own experience being harassed for her reporting. She admits that it sounds loony, but it's more than believable in the wake of Barrett Brown, Aaron Swartz, Julian Assange, and other whistle blowers. The specifics are somewhat distracting and should have been referenced rather than rewritten.

Her experience with violent rape is perhaps the most powerful part of her analysis,

The lack of victim impact in the statements is massively disturbing. It is as if the statements were written and/or edited by women who are not victims at all. I have highlighted that in bold type because it is such a profound and obvious discrepancy. It sticks out like a sore thumb, across all of the testimonies. There is constant complaint of power imbalance and fear of reprisal but no tangible complaint of ongoing personal emotional ramifications from these alleged experiences, other than embarrassment. No claim or description of lasting harm. This contradicts everything I have seen, witnessed and personally experienced over the years, and I find it impossible to ignore. If you don’t understand what victim impact is, let me spell it out for you.

and then she does. By demonstrating her understanding of how victims of the alleged crimes behave, she convinces us that they are not behaving like what they say they are.

Basically, the campaign looks more to her like a planned attack on Wikileaks, ToR, and the infrastructure we need as a society to protect ourselves from war crimes, torture, elimination of privacy, economic neutralization, and other facets of our run away police state. The campaign stank that way from day one, and Dawson excellently documents many of the smelly details. Those details are not a substitute for actual familiarity with the subject mater. From her perspective, the whole thing is as fake as a billboard cowboy promoting lung cancer.
By Suzie Dawson. I once tried to tell Jacob Appelbaum a funny joke. He did not think it was funny. In fact, he was visibly mortified and uncomfortable. My joke was a retelling of something that had happened to me when I w...
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One of the things you risk crossing the US border, or driving in Texas.
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I'm a Medical Physicists from New Orleans, Louisiana now living in Mobile, Alabama.  A relatively current resume, links to my pictures and notes can be found here.
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*A Good Place for Routine and Performance Service* I bought parts and used computers for gnu/linux boxes here five years ago. It's a great place for computer repair, parts. The owner is friendly, low key, and knows what he's doing. Most customers seemed satisfied. The shop also looked like a good place to build a gaming/media rig. It was filled with exotic motherboards, graphics cards, sound systems, etc. The owner is a gamer himself. The owner is a treasure. I would give the place five stars if it were not for tobacco use which may put people off when they walk in. Don't let it. The owner managed to keep the systems clean by walking outside to smoke.
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