Microsoft keeps its habit

Even after Microsoft explanations things haven’t changed: As things stand, Windows 8 certified systems will make it either more difficult or impossible to install alternative operating systems. via mjg59 | UEFI secure booting (part 2).

Google extends copyright with YouTube Store

Copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work (Wikipedia). Google is adding a new right: the right to exclude you from configuring your device the way you want. Google is excluding jailbroken (rooted) Android phones from…

Stories from the most revered brand in tech

A normal day for an Apple customer: my nine-year-old daughter, Flora, bought a new £39 iPod shuffle with her pocket money, and I treated myself to an iPhone 4. I connected the shuffle to our computer, but a message came up saying the iPod “cannot be used because it requires iTunes version 10.0 or later”.…

Nintendo is evil and they admit it too

I can’t believe what Nintendo just said! In a statement to respond to information campaign launched by Defective by Design the company said: Nintendo would like to reassure any concerned consumers that under our European terms and conditions and in compliance with European requirements Nintendo does not have rights to user content, such as comments,…

The horrible Terms of Service in Nintendo 3DS

Free Software Foundation has published a new campaign to inform Nintendo 3DS users that the Terms of Service of the machine are offensive and dangerous. The 3DS has a videocamera that may be used to take pictures and videos of friends and family: just using Nintendo 3DS you give them the right to do whatever…

Apple and software freedom clashing again

Another app has to be removed from the Apple iTunes mobile App Store. This time, after GNU Go, it’s the iOS port of the popular free VLC Player because the terms of the GNU General Public License are incompatible with those of Apple’s store. Difficult situation and I still think that the best way out…

iPad DRM endangers our rights

The Free Software Foundation guys are ready to remind us the real threat that iPad furthers: The iPad’s unprecedented use of DRM to control all capabilities of a general purpose computer is a dangerous step backward for computing and for media distribution. Yesterday a group of FSF volunteers set up “Apple Restriction Zones” along the…

Get the facts of DRM, don’t buy CRAP

Did you think Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) can be good for society? If that’s your opinion, you better start looking at facts. Ars Technica reports that Some Kindle users are angry because Amazon blocked them from their Kindle accounts, thereby blocking them from accessing their already-purchased media. Even if these stories are exaggerated, they once…

New MacBooks are Defective by Design

The new MacBook not only have reflective screens and miss a FireWire prot, but they also hide a stupid DRM locks in the video signal called HDCP. CrunchGear reports: What is HDCP? It’s essentially a digital standard that tells your OS what you can display content on. If you connect your device to a project,…

Free Software Foundation year end fundraising campaign

I had the feeling that 2008 was an important year for FSF. We’ve seen new campaigns take off, like End Software Patents and Support Open Document Format; the established campaigns Defective By Design, Play OGG, Expert Witness Fund have received good responses (if Google page rank is an indicator).’  We’ve seen also the first FSF…