The use of modern electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, smart phones, smart watches, smart speakers and autonomous vehicles are a growing threat to people’s privacy and security because these devices not only have the ability to collect massive amounts of very personal data, but they rely on a whole host of services from companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Tencent, Alibaba and Yandex which mine that personal data for profit, or companies like Samsung, Apple or Tesla, which are collecting that data to better train their AIs. Governmental agencies like the US’s National Security Agency (NSA), Britain’s Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), China’s Ministry of Public Security and India’s Central Monitoring System (CMS) love to get their hands on this information, as was shown by Edward Snowden’s revelations.
Many electronic devices have settings in the software to turn off components such as cameras, microphones, cellular modems, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GNSS, proximity sensors, ambient light sensors, gyrometers, accelerometers and magnetometers that can be used to spy on people, but a spate of recent scandals have shown that people can’t trust the software running on their devices. When Airplane Mode is activated in Android, a Fox News report in November 2018 found that Google was still collecting geolocation data and sending it on their servers once a Wi-Fi connection was reestablished. A bug discovered in January 2018 in Apple’s Facetime allows a caller to hear audio from the person being called before they accept or reject the call. This is not a new problem. Edward Snowden revealed in 2014 that the NSA had developed software that pretends to turn off the phone, but it remains on and continues transmitting data to NSA servers. Back in 2006, it was reported that the FBI uses software that remotely activates the microphone to spy on suspects and places a phone call to the FBI without the suspect knowing.
I’ve never owned a house or a car, so I rarely have to fix anything. When I moved into my new apartment, however, I found all sorts of things, that I needed fixing.
I love the wooden parquet floors, but the previous renters had put down flooring wax without first cleaning the floors, so I could see lots of spots on the floor. I started scrubbing off the wax to clean the spots and ended up scrubbing the floors for two whole days.
Unlike in the US, Bolivian parquet flooring doesn’t have grooves to fit together the wooden tiles and they are glued on top of cement, so after a decade or two of being walked on, the wooden tiles start to come loose. I found about 100 loose tiles, especially in the areas of the apartment there there as a lot of foot traffic, such as the threshold of doorways.
Kim Iversen is a progressive YouTube commentator who I generally respect, but I profoundly disagree with one of her recent videos discussing why a number of progressives in the US House of Representatives, such as Tulsi Gabbard, Ro Khanna and Ayanna Pressley, voted for a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel.
El Purism Librem 5 será el primer celular en el mundo que funcionará con 100% software libre, que es una bandera proclamando nuestros derechos digitales. El diseño de la placa tiene una licencia de GPL 3.0+, entonces la placa es hardware libre también y es disponible en:
Purism Librem 5 Dev Kit visualizado en KiCAD 5.0:
Quise ver las esquemas del Librem 5, que sera el primer celular de 100% software libre. Para abrir los archivos de circuitos del Librem 5, necesito la versión 5.0 de KiCAD, que no esta disponible en los repositorios de Debian 9 (stretch). En el mundo aburrido de Windows, puedo descargar la nueva versión sin tocar el sistema operativo, pero en Linux es mas fácil instalar todo un sistema operativo nuevo para conseguir la última versión de un programa que jugar con la configuración de repositorios y pinning.
Entonces, yo entregué el comando
apt upgrade en mi compu y ahora estoy instalando Debian 10 (buster). Sólo tengo 1,7 GB más para descargar y ver que puedo romper en mi compu. ¡Software libre es mucho mas divertido!
I found myself yawning as I read the news that IBM will be buying Red Hat for $34 billion and dumping a lot of its proprietary software on HCL, an Indian company. I stopped caring about Red Hat and IBM years ago. The fact that the fourth largest server company in the world is buying the leading Linux company should be big news, but I stopped caring in a personal way about these two companies years ago.
IBM in the 1950s – 1970s used to be the evil Goliath of the computer industry, but in my lifetime, IBM was the first tech giant to embrace free/open source software in a major way and help legitimize Linux. It was also the company that provided AMD and then Global Foundries with process tech to compete with Intel, and it was the company promoting the POWER architecture, which was the freest of the major CPU architectures (before RISC-V appeared on the scene and MIPS was recently open sourced). I should be celebrating that Big Blue is getting rid of lots of proprietary software and embracing open source in a major way, but IBM stopped being relevant to me years ago, when it sold its PC and then later its x86 server lines to Lenovo. IBM was the company which made Thinkpads into a durable line of laptops that was compatible with Linux and helped establish Linux as the OS for servers, but Big Blue has become largely irrelevant to me as the company sold off its hardware production to Lenovo and Global Foundries, and retreated into the niches of supercomputers, corporate middleware and data analysis.
I recently ran across Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s speech to a group of climate activists in the Sunrise Movement who are pressuring US politicians to support the Green New Deal.
As is typical with any Youtube video involving AOC and climate change, the comments to the video were filled with disparaging comments, insulting AOC’s intelligence and claiming that she was trying to deceive the public by promoting the “hoax” of climate change. I know that I shouldn’t feed the online trolls, I decided to respond a wag named “Trump Is Your President,” who posted:
We will all be dead in 12 years people. Hope you’re all ready. 👍