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.
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 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 →
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)
Human Rights(not man made rights)
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 →
History, Innovation, closed source, FREE software ATI
In 2006 i was trying to reverse engineer my ATI FireGL graphics card not because i wanted to steel technology, copy or even expose ATI for some unknown false advertising but to get it working with X.org. The damn stupid driver would not work properly so i set out to try and fix it. This meant that the API the driver was built on X.org allowed me to venture deep into the source and find out what was failing. From a development point of view we could go that deep into the code as to change modify and even innovate the software from the inside out. In fact the real problem was ATI’s version check junk. In many cases there was nothing wrong and i mean nothing at all wrong with the API it was to run on. There driver had an inbuilt version checker that refused to load into kernel space unless these super tight conditions were met.
Because the driver is closed source not many people could see this and those that did, did not and could not do anything about it, we called it ATI junk and still do now and again. Either way someone had to give. ATI pushed the X.org and Kernel to change there version system and vice verse pushing the other way. With ATI clearly to loose more money compared to the FREE software guess who finally budged on there silly version system. It works allot better today, code is cleaner, drivers are still closed source but much more compatible and, AND cleaner code(not as clean as we would like but hey). Continue reading →
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.
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.
Another blog post of something i found interesting on our social networking experiences that is worth putting into a blog.
I was recently scanning across the social networking when i came across a young lady posting some remarks about a boy messaging her crudely.
Here is the original post:
What response does the guy who has never even said hello and sent ‘I bet you have a tight little pussy’ expect Flaming idiot
Well i just could not resist but respond to this so i did with the following raising what i consider to be some very valid issues:
The famous pretty boy ask. This is said allot not to mention other sad tasteless lines. Before jumping on the bandwagon about this it needs to be pointed out that these pretty boys actually get laid by asking and saying things like that.
There pretty boys they could drop there pants and shit in front of a girl and she would still open her legs for him, yes that fickle and lame. If the girl had more substance about her then this would not happen.
The response you gave him(if any) just makes him attack you because these boys have grown to think you cant live without there cock. In many cases it is true too and girls will admit that, if there drunk enough that is.
I no pretty boy and all i can say to all the pretty boys is there are far more of us ugly mother fuckers up here than there is of you out there so run fast. lol
Just an interesting point into the real world actions of those behind closed doors.
A Interesting subject came up on Nixie Pixels facebook status the other day so i thought i would respond. Interesting issues about how to get windows users to migrate to Linux.
This was my response:
wow interesting thread/comments. I don’t think linux is about pulling people over from windows. Nor do i think it is in competition with windows. OpenSource is clearly the future and has been a massive infrastructure built over the past 20 years its not a windows comparison nor do i think windows users should migrate to Linux. Windows users become windows users NOT by choice but by “its what’s on the system when you buy it” if Linux was on the system when they buy it, well it has been and customers response is “its shit” they prefer windows. maybe because the colours that come as standard look and feel more comfortable it has nothing to do with functionality. Its all that neat crisp look. Artists will know what i am talking about. Most linux distros ‘out of the box look’ is just not as comfortable to work with. Requires the user to change it and i am not saying that windows users don’t get sick of there desktop 6 months down the line because they do, this is also proven. If your serious about computing, understanding how it works, tinkering then Gentoo is the only way and no other. Many people like tinkering or building there own PC’s so why would they not want to continue tinkering with software. Answer is: they cant be bothered, its to complicated, gives them a headache, takes too long before they can play a computer game, ignorance really. plugging a computer together today is easy, a ignorants job, it was not years ago might i add hence windows users prefer ignorance so how and why would they use linux? Its fair to say us Linux users can enjoy power, performance, real computing power (HPC) and more with the ability to develop, build and share a better digital world without the ignorant lazy windows community. OpenSource is the future for the computer digital mastermind of every single computer task known and its NOT commercial so remember your intelligence for choosing Linux because OpenSource Matters.