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I would propose to use the term "IP-imperialism".

"This week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID hosted a meeting in London with big agribusinesses to discuss strategies to increase corporate control over seeds in Africa. The location of the meeting was secret. So was the agenda. Attendance was strictly invite-only and nobody who even came close to representing African small farmers was invited."

http://newint.org/blog/2015/03/27/wsf-and-gates/

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Article shames half a dozen high ranking US officials who hyped up the threat of computer sabotage over the last two years.  Links are given for context.  

in late 2012 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor.” Former White House cybersecurity official Paul B. Kurtz likewise spoke of a threat which he referred to as a “cyber Katrina.” Former NSA director Mike McConnell claimed that a veritable Cyberwar was on and chided the public “are we going to wait for the cyber equivalent of the collapse of the World Trade Centers?” Yet another NSA director, Keith Alexander, described cyberattacks as constituting “the greatest transfer of wealth in history.”

Just in case this kind of talk still scares you,  
http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Unclassified_2015_ATA_SFR_-_SASC_FINAL.pdf

There is a real crisis of security and privacy but that happened because people were scared into using garbage from Microsoft and other software owners who completely betrayed users.  
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German Government Warning Worth Remembering - TPM Spytrap
_Now there is a new set of specifications out, creatively dubbed TPM 2.0. While TPM allowed users to opt in and out, TPM 2.0 is activated by default when the computer boots up. The user cannot turn it off. Microsoft decides what software
image can run on the computer, and the user cannot influence it in any way. Windows governs TPM 2.0. And what Microsoft does remotely is not visible to the user. In short, users of Windows 8 with TPM 2.0 surrender control over their machines the moment they turn it on for the first time._
Chances are TPM 1 was also a backdoor, as was ACPI, etc.  UEFI is even worse.  
Wolf Richter www.testosteronepit.com www.amazon.com/author/wolfrichter “A Special Surveillance Chip”   According to leaked internal documents from the
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I'm looking at some hardware vendors here in BR and their sites state "Lenovo/Dell recommends windblow$"   :-((
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The #Europeanparliament promises to lead the way to openness in IT services run by the Public entities, as its mandate states. The Director of IT of the EU Parliament received well our report on transparency obligations and thanked the authors for their impartial and well balanced work. This is the report by +Gijs Hillenius who was at the seminar yesterday at the Parliament in Brussels where the study was presented and commented.

https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/ep-it-department-%E2%80%98we-should-give-openness-example%E2%80%99
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A summary of recent UEFI news.
UEFI makes computers more prone to infections, according to some security experts
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Tuxmachines Now Ad Free
When we bought #tuxmachines there were still ads there (from beforehand). All the ads expired today, so it's 100% ads-free. About time...
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I don't agree with Lauren here.  Snowden is right, we need to clean out both public and private spying.
 
I don't think we really need Snowden preaching to us about data security and encryption, especially from his comfy perch in the bosom of Czar Dictator Putin's mass domestic surveillance state and rapidly reforming USSR.
Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks to WHD.global 2015 audience Wednesday morning. Read More
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The implication here is that Google is playing active studio cop -- doing takedowns of this nature preemptively even in the absence of any complaints by IP holders. And of course unless there's a big public stink to attract attention, even for these long-term app developers to get any real explanation is almost impossible. And what would be wrong with initially warning (e.g. "please change this within 10 days or your app will no longer be available") the app developer first in a situation like this (an app that has been available for years trouble-free), rather than just pulling down the app on such a basis as the first action. C'mon, this just doesn't make sense. The worst part of this is how Google treats app developers who have long been in good standing -- seemingly no better especially in terms of communications than they treat fly-by-night spam app developers. You can do much better, Google.
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LibreOffice is a nice corner of the Free World.
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Windows Update kicks in right before basketball game.  It worked for the warm up, then bam 30 minutes of waiting.  
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Yes. For years my business was education, K-12. I switched to GNU/Linux because that other OS would not work for me and my students: refusing to boot, re-re-rebooting, picking up malware, slowing d...
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The "kurkosdr" troll seemed to be some kind of paid contractor; or a very obstinate Microsoft fan.  Definitely a thread hijacker.
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Your Tax Dollars at Work A nice summary of propaganda techniques and the lack of laws constraining them.  What a waste of money, but that should be expected when Microsoft partners receive the majority of US spy funding.  
Rampant Disinformation NATO has announced that it is launching an “information war” against Russia. The UK publicly announced a battalion of keyboard warriors to spread disinformation. It’s well-do...
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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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