Things I said on 2011-07-31

The open internet and its enemies http://lnkd.in/TjvgNZ # If you read one thing today, read this: Security Theater Lessons From Utøya http://bit.ly/nX6XzP # povera terra mia http://is.gd/cZV5Lq # News that make you wonder… Forget Anonymous: Evidence Suggests GOP Hacked, Stole 2004 Election http://t.co/O7W7HjC # Try to guess Why Google cares if you use your real…

Gmail Man vs MS Office 365 vs You

Microsoft released a series of videos featuring Gmailman, a nosy mailman that reads your email in order to send you advertising. It would  be funny, if it was a video done by EFF or FreedomBox promoting privacy enhanced alternatives. Instead, it’s Microsoft promoting its ‘cloud’ based product, which is equally bad for its users although…

Online Censorship Goes To UK

Motion Picture Association of America won a test case against British Telecom (BT) to restrict access to a site accused of providing links to download movies without authorization. The interesting fact is that the site causing the problem, Newzbin, is not distributing copyright infringing files but merely giving links. As Newzbin says, they are the…

How Intellectual Ventures Became Americas Biggest Patent Troll

NPR has a great story about software patents and how they’re abused especially by one firm that sues and demands payments from innovators. The story describes the business model of Intellectual Ventures, a firm whose only purpose is to accumulate patents and demand fees from anybody that is trying to bring a product to the…

Things I said on 2011-07-24

Microsoft contributes a lot of changes to Linux kernel 3.0. Silly jokes anyone? http://is.gd/L95O4x #tweko # Mozilla's Competitive Advantages: in other words, Freedom Matters http://j.mp/oYzl9w #tweko # Mozilla's Competitive Advantages: in other words, Freedom Matters http://j.mp/oYzl9w # Microsoft contributes a lot of changes to Linux kernel 3.0. Silly jokes anyone? http://is.gd/L95O4x # Useful: 2011 Smartphone…

The Incredible Run of Google+

Since an image is worth 1000 words, here is a graph done by Leon Håland analyzing the growth of Google+. It took only 24 days for Google+ to reach 20 million users, while it took over three years to reach that number for Facebook and Twitter. Considering that the service is still open only by…

The last Shuttle landing seen from space

After spending months following astronauts Paolo Nespoli @astro_paolo with his daily pictures from space, I was missing a good image from the space station. Until today: the last Shuttle, surrounded by flames on its way home. This is so beautiful, it’s breathtaking. NASA – Station Crew Views Shuttle Landing.

Upgrade In-Place was Availble Long Before Apple Lion

Lots of comments today WOWing before the majesty of Lion upgrade… Look, mah, no DVD! As long time Debian developer Bdale Garbeeput it “the idea that you should have to reinstall from scratch on a new OS revision is sort of an aberration in history, foisted on the world by shrink-wrapped software suppliers with motives…

Google+ can be a social backbone if federated

The most important sentence of @edd  Google+ is the social backbone is: [Google is] a company for whom exclusive ownership of the social graph isn’t essential to their business That’s the crucial point I made before that would enable Google+ to work in a federation, like email. Imagine having the possibility to run your own…

How Google Can Win the Social Network War

First there was Orkut, FriendFeed, MySpace. Then Facebook came and took 750 million people behind its wall as they eagerly connected with school friends, shared baby photos and played Farmville. Now Google Plus, the coolest kid in the block, has arrived. Facebook and Google seem to be competing to build the best single website where…