GNU GPL Freedom Vblog

GNU GPL Freedom Vblog

 

Just a quick blog for you all regarding GNU GPL.

Seems like many have lost their way or even become a little confused as to the real reason for GNU GPL Free software.
I keep seeing people making videos on youtube regarding free software, GNU Linux and so on. The all famous statement “developers need to eat” Well that is great and is very true while extreme capitalism exists. Just remember you are nothing but a TOOL.

I want to share with you exactly what are the facts and reasons for the GPL the facts and some of my opinions.

Freedom, that is the short and simple answer. It is about nothing more and nothing less.

Computers can be programmed to do any task, run your home, manage your power usage, turn on your coffee machine in the morning, check email and educate yourself, just what you are doing right now by watching this video.

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Longer answer:

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Turkey raping Cyprus again

Cyprus a victim again.

The Proof is here.

Some very interesting developments have occurred since 2007, yea that long ago but are very relevant at present. In fact so relevant it could well be a little scary for the civilian population of the island of Cyprus. The title says it all Cyprus the victim once again.

The southern side of Cyprus has decided it would begin drilling for natural gas, once Ankara(Mainland capital of Turkey) heard of this they sent military escorted survey vessel.

Cyprus was invaded over 35 years ago on the claims that Greek Cypriots were treating Turkish ottoman Turks inhumanely on the island. The Greek Cypriots argument was well they should ship up and leave back to Turkey. Turkey refused these people to return to Turkey never the less the Greek Cypriots were what can only but be described as racist to the Turkish Cypriots on the island. Turkey then decided to invade the island to effectively put a stop to the racist violence being committed by the Greek Cypriots. Continue reading

Karma

A question i ask you a Question!

 

Recently on facebook someone posted about Karma. Interesting subject and one that is rather contradictory at times not to mention open to opinion one which i think i had in the comments to my friend who posted the status on karma.

It was asked on there status:

who is the person that deals with karma ? who says, what wrong deserves what punishment ??

For which i replied, note this is my opinion based as a response i thought i would blog for your food for thought. Continue reading

Piracy enforcement violating freedom ACTA/SOPA/PIPA

Piracy enforcement on a computer violates our freedom

This is such a simple concept to understand yet not even the huge brains in government can actually grasp this concept. Maybe there just as much brainwashed as everyone else.

Well sit back read and get ready to have your mind unlocked, set free in the understanding of true freedom in this concept.

I recently watched a video on youtube of an interview with Richard Stallman. Now the Two Muppet’s interviewing Richard placed some great arguments but because there minds could not grasp this concept they failed miserably to answer any further questions and became argumentatively stuck on a simple concept. It may have had something to do with there simple thinking narrow mind built on the current financial money machine.

Remember were talking about freedom NOT making money…

Here is the video first its a long video but you can skip it and read on then come back to it if you wish ill keep the concept running without the need to watch the video.

So the problem comes about when we think about how to actually understand why enforcing piracy actually violates our freedom. Here are a few models to set the stage of thought. Continue reading

FREE Software Freedom

Freedom Free software Vs Proprietary business

 

I thought i would make a blog post about Free software that would be Free as in freedom to do as you wish. The current understanding of this on the net and around the world is a bit sketchy. Many people think there is unemployment attached to free software and or releasing source code of a application.

Points i want to cover in this post:

  • Business with open and closed source
  • Differences between open source and free software
  • Closed source software
  • Microsoft Business model (closed source software)
  • Freedom
  • Human Rights(not man made rights)
  • Sheepeople

The video bellow is a long video of a lecture speech that Richard Stallman gave in India. Mainly for the education and progression to the schools and children studying in India.

It point in the video is that as an education authority not just in India but worldwide is that education must enforce the principles of freedom, NOT to be locked down to a proprietary software. Children MUST be educated to be able to choose whatever route they wish to choose in life. No one must restrict or stop you in any way. Richard goes on at the end of the video to explain how Microsoft and Autodesk AutoCAD give Gratis copies to the schools as to manipulate the children to become proficient in a proprietary commercial expensive piece of software. Effectively making the children dependent on there proprietary closed source software. Much like a addictive drug. I hope my readers can be open minded enough to understand the severe dangers to our children and freedom today. Continue reading

UK Council TAX summons scandal Followup

Follow up to the council tax scandal

 

Hello all and thank you to everyone who left all the great feedback and lovely comments.

In response to many comment’s including a full set of new developments over the past months i feel compelled to share the findings with you the world.

As with everything i say in my blogs i always meet my words and this time is no exception. In fact this follow up post has something of a treat for you all.

Following my post on UK council TAX scandal corruption I had mentioned contacting your local constituent well I did. That being Nicky Morgan, nice enough lady well i linked her to my post which she had read and gave me a written reply by mail.

This i would like to share with the world, i have blanked out personal info and uploaded as so all can read the letter.

Some very interesting points and small technicality corrections on my post. yes it might make you giggle.

For the case Nicky responds to she consulted the deputy director at charnwood borough council called David Platts. I am releasing this info not in a slanderous manor at all, it is just for completeness.

The following was pulled out and quoted from the previous post

In the event of failure to pay council TAX twice, the individual in question is summoned to court and required to pay £62.50 for court costs.

She admits this is the case and goes on to say that it may only take one payment before a summons is issued. This again proves that the system is broken in that the so called reminder notices sent are enough to be considered a defaulted payment. It is correctly said that the reminder notice is then sent approximately 14 days after the supposed payment was missed. In reality even if you paid it late the notice will still arrive. When a person tries to speak to the department all they tend to get is, the computer automatically issues the notice etc and you don’t have a leg to stand on. Seriously if you cant get the software developers to make the system work for human beings then you need to find a developer that can. Were not robots, were human beings, meaning were alive and actually understand the word maybe, sort of, kind of not just yes or no, on or off.

I am assured that the policy for the first bill is just a bill and only after 14 days is the notice sent. Well now there is a thing you see  the council and there minions are not perfect. What i mean is they make mistakes them selves, there staff make miscalculations whatever the situation, the computer sometimes fails as mentioned above it does not take into consideration all possible variables, misfortunate events and so on. At which point you the average Jo public have no idea in many cases how this all works or even how to sort it. In many cases you just pay it to shut them up and get them off your back.

No where in the letter I got in response to my post from Nicky Morgan does it mention or address isues like this. How many times in the past 20 years ++ has a person paid these costs unfairly because they either could not handle the stress or had no idea how to.

Nowhere in the document does it also mention that it is illegal or legal for the arrogant members of staff in the department who are 100% dismissive and blame the computer system “Its the computer and that’s the way it is”.

As i mentioned in my original post I go on to say how if someone is paying there council TAX can be summoned. If someone is very hard up, that means struggling with there finances and was unable to pay on the exact date but pays it later in the month he would still get a summons. The unfair treatment of this is not addressed in the corresponding letter of response. Cleverly avoiding the main issues i would say there Nicky! good one.

It gets better as the letter goes on to speak about:

There is a discrepancy regarding the payment date being set as the first of each month. If people recieve there salary at the end of the month, funds take 3 days to clear, in which time they may already be late to pay there council TAX and face paying an extra £62.50(summons cost)

Once again the political correctness of cleverly worded paragraph follows explaining how they calculate the financial year. Stating that plans run from the 1st April to the 1st January and only by direct debit does the council allow further payment date options to be the 3rd and 25th of every month, with 14 days prior to the payment date, you are to be issued with a notice that payment is due on this date(generally 14 days of the date of letter).  Basically your life means nothing, diddle squat, finito, worthless to them, just pay on that date that’s the way our system works. That’s our rules and you will abide by our rules, there is no highway just our way.

Now about the court hearing. There seems to be a slight discrepancy about this, something that i think central government would like to look into. I wont release recorded telephone calls incriminating the person(individual) in this area but it is a concern that i personally don’t think will be dealt with. It is the scaremongering, the threatening behaviour . You must at all costs not allow them to get to you in this way.

I spoke about them not letting you in to put your case forward to the judge and as mentioned above the staff attitude from the enforcement department is disgusting to say the least. If you actually get a smile out of them you have done well. The phone call i mentioned regarding this actually records not a singular member of staff but more than one on different occasions  clearly stating that in there belief it is pointless even going to court as you wont be allowed to enter the court room, so pay the summons cost(outstanding balance) in full before the court hearing and we shall remove it from the court. Note the remove from the court but not removal of summons costs. follow this up by:

“But if i am to pay £62.50 i want to get what i pay for and want my hearing before the court, I shall take my picnic basket and the kids, be a nice day out don’t you think? Bargain for £62.50. Do they have a kettle for the instant pot noodle.”

That sounds just like a hustle would you not say, direct from the council departments enforcement staff. I mean this in a non sexist way but all these so called officers were female. All the contacts with a male officer were not met with this ferocity or tack and deserves nothing more than the type of response I have given above.

  • Bellow are the high resolution scanned images of the letter i received.



  • And page 2



To conclude:

The bellow as before in my post if followed and strongly fought you will win.

Make sure you follow the additional steps listed bellow, all chargeable if asked to do something further:
  1. Follow there complaints procedure and exhaust it completely to the point nothing further can be done to resolve the situation.
  2. File the complaint that had not been resolved by the local authority to the local government ombudsmen along with the complaint response correspondence you got from the above complaint procedure.
  3. File the further complaint if both the above failed to the government ombudsmen with all the above correspondence and so on. Find further information on this here. Dont forget togoogle search too
  4. Invoice the council for all your time, charges etc. Do everything possible to get paid and then pay of there charges. Take the excess money you have earned from the above and give it to charity or a random homeless person on the street. At least by him a bottle of booze with some of it, share it out etc. Now that’s public money well spent lol just kidding.
  5. Further note to this would be to also contact your elected constituent and keep mailing them all the outcomes, concerns complaints views you have crucial improvements and actions your taking as when corruption like this happens it really does no good for there image or respectability.

UK Council TAX Scandal corruption summons

Council TAX practice worst than the bankers.

Hello my good readers and welcome to another blog post on a serious note regarding council TAX in the UK. The scandalous scheming cons and how a agreement passed in 1992 by the previous conservative government has come back to attack the poor.

We all know how annoying and painstaking it can be trying to communicate and resolve issues with the council TAX departments across the UK or should we call them local criminals.

Interestingly here is the 1992 legislation for council TAX enforcement that we will refer to bellow:

Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992, particularly Regulations 33 to 35.

Now you may think the above is all in order and perfectly fine, we all have to pay the TAX blabla blaaa. Yes i agree and yes we do as council TAX pays for the police force, Fire service, refuse and street cleaning as well as the salt gritters, pedestrianized repair/development drainage etc. Weather you like it or not we all need and enjoy these services that it provides so we pay for it.

The problem begins when local councils begin to pervert the above regulation sections 33 and 35. Just when you thought it was all fine to have such a regulation it gets perverted out of all control and in today’s day 20 years since it was made this perverted legislation busts out into the open for some to see, hopefully now everyone can see it.

It is fair to say that the legislation (if you have not read it already) states that on two defaults meaning you fail to pay your council TAX not once but twice you will be summoned to court to be challenged as to why you failed to pay your council TAX not once but twice, fair comment so far would you not say.

Summons costs at present are £62.50 and for a low income person/families this is allot of money, if there circumstances are difficult there council TAX alone is hard to pay. Hitting them with another £62.50 summons cost is really not the way to go for starters. It makes me laugh when the government criticize bankers for there bonuses and or bank charges and then they them selves are guilty beyond all question of a doubt of the same criminal activity.

Now the argument against this is that people who default and do not(maybe they refuse to pay) there council TAX must be summoned and it is the cost of the court for which the £62.50 is for. Because the council TAX enforcement is actually run by public money (Council TAX oh yea your money is not just for fire service and so on but also to pay for the collection and accountant staff on stupidly high wages that we could do without or at least cut the cost to).  The summons cost is to be paid by the person(s) not paying there council TAX. I am sure many readers are saying tuff tits at the screen right now regarding this but remember if someone is having difficulty paying there council TAX due to low income or whatever, is it fair to hit them with a higher bill.

If you think the above is fair or unfair you have not heard the worst of it yet so read on. Continue reading

2012 Intel E7 AMD opteron 6200 Shock

Hello again my good Internet readers.

I felt the urge for a post in regard to the current processor developments between Intel and AMD this year.

We have seen it all happen over the past 3 years with Intel and AMD battling it out in court over patents and more. One thing was learnt from this, that was that Intel are still pounding and bullying AMD over the patent share for x86 lol yea as silly as that sounds. For those that dont know Intel developed the x86 arch and for AMD to manufacture there chips they must work with Intel closely (maybe too close for comfort) on some sort of arrangement to allow them to make a x86 chip. Scary stuff aye.

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Well it turns out Intel want access to AMD’s patents, “holly guacamole” and Intel believe this totally fair because there allowed! primarily because there given the right to use x86. Now we got this out the way we can look deeper into current relations that are impacting us as the consumer and maybe answer why Intel want access to there latest patents.

Its 2012 and AMD have released what many say is a totally flopped processor yet no one has actually taken a closer look at the CPUspec sheets on these chips. Although the step up for more cores has not directly doubled performance it certainly did something.

In this article i will be comparing 2 socket(DP=Dual processor NOT double penetration as one reader a few years ago thought it was.) systems used in HPC workstations/servers.

The Intel E7-2870 @ 2.4ghz 10 core that includes hyperthreading.

AMD Opteron 6272 @2.1ghz 16 core

I used these chips as comparison because there both quad memory chips. all 5600 and core chips from Intel are only triple channel.

Now The AMD 6272 rolls out on the market @ ~£500.00/chip

Wait for it!

The Intel E7-2870 rolls out at ~£3800.00/chip

By taking a look at the CPUspec site we can see performance marks, totally ignoring the memory performance for a moment and just focus on the CPU mark the AMD scores 392 and 448 peek wow.

Intel scores nearly identical remember its 10 cores with 20 threads so thats 40 threads 20 cores scores 502 and 535 peek say what, thats about a 100 difference so does that mean they took that value and used it as a multiplier for the price.

As one can see this might be why Intel are giving AMD a hard time wanting to know how they did this, remember the AMD 6272is clocked @ 2.1ghz with a much lower TDP while Intel E7-2870 is a 2.4ghz and slightly higher TDP.

Now a price like that at nearly 8000 gbp is insane in comparison to 1000 gbp for a pair of AMD 6270’s with very little performance gap. Someone is ripping someone off here and it sure is not AMD. If you have read my previous article titled “Concerns with Intel processors” you will see that Intel is really not looking good. The future Intel marketing plan is very flawed.

So to all those people screaming how bad AMD is doing with there processors just take a quick look at this insanity. Sure Intel is faster not by much but by god they are so far apart on price its unreal.

I personally support AMD on there ideals all the way reason being is that every home, user, developer from all walks of life should be able to enjoy high performance computing at an affordable price. AMD are one of the only companies to provide this. Intel are due to release there new EFI or UEFI BIOS replacement which actually has built in network drivers that do not let you turn them off. This is a new initiative by Intel to allow for automatic updates and anti piracy software. There building into there processor a hardware based code block to stop software that has not got permission to use certain Intellectual Property rights to not execute. If that was not bad enough the UEFI allows this to be remotely updated over the Internet. Scary stuff, certainly enough to make alarm bells ring.Ill make another post as soon as i can compile the information together regarding Intel’s UEFI BIOS Replacement.

Could well be that HPC open free computing is going to cost you £8000.00 and closed locked dictatorship computing will be available at the £1000.00 price all curtsy of Intel. With this in mind one can only say God bless you AMD and keep up the good work. Freedom and innovation on Linux and other OS’s can really only survive with a free open platform(free as in free speech).

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Thanks for reading and keep yourselves wise to it, its about the only way you can stop them ripping you off or limiting your abilities.

RBS Bonuses and ACTA

I recently got an email from an organization called 98 degrees who were contacting me in regard to RBS Bonuses.

It is a concerning issue that the country taxes the little man who is on less than 20k/annum. These people who earn over 50000.00/annum are taxed @ 50% Income tax but they receive bonuses annually additional to there income. These bonuses are not taxed like wages. It would be a fair comment to say lets tax there bonuses @ 60%, the 60% tax would become public property and would finance the NHS and further public services. By taxing these bonuses across the board one can limit the amount of money they would be awarding and in effect keep more in the system, putting it back where it is needed. That to me sounds like a fairer Briton.

Here is the reply i wrote to 38 Degrees in regard to bonuses ACTA and recent events that no one is targeting in fact there making a big commission with no solution.

 

Hi 38 Degrees

Yes i did hear about this person getting a massive bonus. I dont think
attacking him directly is the answer. Attacking the ideals and immoral
aspect of this is what should be happening. Getting the government to
place a high TAX like 60% tax on bonuses for these people. weather it
be in shares or money. For instance The shares that were worth £999,000
@ 60% TAX would then be owned by the general public which in turn could
fund our NHS country development and so on much better. It would give
the average Jo a relief and allow for a much lesser Income TAX for
those on less than 20K a year. I think 20-24% Income tax for someone on
12K a year is wrong.

The wealthy need to put more back into the system, why should they be
the only ones who are allowed to enjoy a fulfilled life while others
struggle and suffer. My local council has once again stopped giving out
bin bags, even though i pay a huge amount a month on council tax we get
no bin liners.

Also the one culture changing factor that has fuelled a bit of piece
hope and self education in our lives above the rich and wealthy with
there proclaimed bonuses is the new ACTA bill which aims to keep the
richer rich rather than keep an open free trade market. Being a Open
Source software developer and allowing stupid USA patents mainly one in
particular(that states if you did not build the software yourself you
must pay to use it) taken out by microsoft would be effective in the UK
if the bill is accepted by the EU. The UK has already signed it, this
affects me directly as i program software share it free into the
community which in turn gets debuged by the many. They get the use it i
get to use the debugged version and we all contribute making a free
open commerce of innovation creative and very useful software that
everyone anywhere in the world can enjoy.

The ACTA act will allow patents operating in america to be enforced
globally, as mentioned above the USA patent system does not work as it
allows Microsoft to stop free open source software that has helped
billions of people enjoy learning the internet, education into
programming without any commercial cost, provided a cost assured
economical solution to today’s servers allowing small companies to get
of the ground without licence costs.

Everyone is pointing the finger but no one is targeting the issue
directly. Let him have his bonuses because next year they will all be
given bonuses again and the next year and again and again. TAX the damn
thing that’s what VAT was for in concern to shops so do the same with
there bonuses. Clamp it down so that the money they take out can be put
back into the system and continue the perfect circle.

At the moment ACTA is due to break that circle and seen as nothing is
being done about the bankers bonuses this will continue to break the
perfect circle meaning poverty, filth, and so on will prevail. Beer in
pubs is already priced the poor to drink at home and with the
supermarkets rising the price per bottle that will be unaffordable too.
The future is looking dark and violent. The rules the fat cats play by
needs to change, a 3 year old can see that.

Our freedom is destroyed (Intelectual Property protection)

The real deal SOPA PIPA IPP

As i am sure most people are aware of the recent commotion regarding the SOPA bill, yet something many have let slip by or have not realized has slipped by. Something that has been about for quite a few years that is imperative that it is confined to the furnace bin never to be exercised again.

Intellectual Property Protection, the biggest most frightening problem we have regarding our freedom on the Internet today. Its the real heart(root) of the whole need for SOPA.

If alarm bells are not ringing in your head by now well they should be. Intellectual property protection is known as software patents where its primary purpose is to patent software technology. This is to include things like software alogarythms or complex software design. Things like HTML language or mathematical applications such as Matlab.

The problem begins when someone patents a program like Matlab or Autocad. This patent allows them to become a monopoly. If you or anyone else decide to make a similar program it violates there patent and means you must pay them royalty. You probably think well this is ok, then how does healthy competition occur. There are more than one way to skin a cat meaning you could make something to do the same thing just in not the same way your they did it. All that said this is only implicated if someone intends to sell the product commercially. Rightly so as your invention deserves royalty paid to you, you did invent it after all. What happens when it is not an invention?

The above video is a great resource provided by google in regard to patents and its terrible down falls, highly destructive nature, specifically to the public. Although it helps to fuel investment for large corporations this is non focused on the public. A great example in this video was that a 20 year software patent is a strain on innovation, restricting future competitors resulting in stupendously high prices. When another competitor arrives on the market to offer a cheaper maybe even better solution they are then crushed by the exclusive large firm explained @20:18 in the above video.

  • The video bellow is Linus Torvoids talking about Microsoft now in todays day being the infringing exclusive firm on our freedom and human rights.

Of course it is clear that granting exclusive rights to companies is a great way to bring in investment, share holders and the likes so that the technology and or software can progress to a further commercial stage. That said it is also clear that with the granted right comes detrimental destructive use that is used for monopolizing a product. Further more it infringes on our freedom in such a way that our choices are forced to have to comply with the companies exclusive rights. This is clearly seen in the open source Linux space where nothing is commercial or is sold, in fact it is yielding far more innovation than commercial software vendors. The open source space has taken a huge battering from Microsoft in that patent claims have cause very limited video and sound drivers, graphics and multimedia application innovation to a halt.

Even worst for those that did not catch it in the first video @34:13 what an amazing example of infringement of human rights if we can still call them that. A patent taken out not(NOT) buy the scientist who developed the abortion method but a random patent filed granting him exclusive rights to weather a woman in America can have a first trimester abortion or not, clearly infringing on her constitutional right. Do you still think this is not a problem?

Why? as mentioned in the video software innovation is driven buy incentive from customers needs. most software companies build a software package to a customers need so in all due respect it is the customer that is the inventor. Should he not own the patent?

There is a law within the UK that if anyone else knows about the invention it automatically becomes NON patentable no matter what you do it can not be patented as it is not unique anymore. Only the inventor and the patent office or persons directly involved in the patent know about it until the day it is filed. Therefore the above customer driven incentive/innovation would and could not be patented, obtaining a patent in this area would be void due to obtaining it under false pretenses. You falsified your claim stating that you were the sole inventor of the technology.

I may be further updating this post as and when new information develops or further study develops a worthy blog. Bellow is a video blog from a youtuber who shares his understandings and points about software patents. Very interesting video of his points many i agree with.