Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Privacy



Fresh ACS:Law file-sharing lists expose thousands more



The personal details of a further 8,000 people alleged to have shared music or films illegally have appeared online. A list of more than 8,000 Sky broadband subscribers and a second of 400 PlusNet users surfaced following a security breach of legal firm ACS:Law.

How many innocent people's name are on that suspect list? Yours?

Monday, 27 September 2010

Ikea and cats

Genius idea...release 100 cats in an Ikea store - in the name of science and making an advert.



After seeing this I'm applying for a grant to make a psychological study of cats and humans in very much the same situation ... at an Ikea, on a Saturday, using big cats: Lions, Tigers etc ... hungry ones as well ...

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Vertigo...

If you didn't suffer from vertigo, you will after this....climbing a transmission tower...

Reflections on Ubuntu, Canonical and the march to free software adoption

Superb post by Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu:

Reflections on Ubuntu, Canonical and the march to free software adoption

What do we do for free software? And what do I do myself?
For a start, we deliver it. We reduce the friction and inertia that prevent people trying free software and deciding for themselves if they like it enough to immerse themselves in it. Hundreds of today’s free software developers, translators, designers, advocates got the opportunity to be part of our movement because it was easy for them to dip their toe in the water. And that’s not easy work. Consider the effort over many years to produce a simple installer for Linux like http://www.techdrivein.com/2010/08/massive-changes-coming-to-ubuntu-1010.html which is the culmination of huge amounts of work from many groups, but which simply would not have happened without Canonical and Ubuntu.
There are thousands of people who are content to build free software for themselves, and that’s no crime. But the willingness to shape it into something that others will find, explore and delight in needs to be celebrated too. And that’s a value which is celebrated very highly in the Ubuntu community: if you read planet.ubuntu.com you’ll see a celebration of *people using free software*. As a community we are deeply satisfied to see people *using* it to solve problems in their lives. That’s more satisfying to us than stories about how we made it faster or added a feature. Of course we do bits of both, but this is a community that measures impact in the world rather than impact on the code. They are very generous with their time and expertise, with that as the reward. I’m proud of the fact that Ubuntu attracts people who are generous in their contributions: they feel their contributions are worth more if they are remixed by others, not less. So we celebrate Kubuntu and Xubuntu and Puppy and Linux Mint. They don’t ride on our coattails, they stand on our shoulders, just as we stand on the shoulders of giants. And that’s a good thing. Our work is more meaningful and more valuable because their work reaches users that ours alone could not.

Emphasis by me. Isn't this the important point of Ubuntu, that they popularise free and open software?