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"First-term state Rep. Roger Wilder, R-Denham Springs, who sponsored the child labor measure and owns Smoothie King franchises across the Deep South, said he filed the bill in part because children want to work without having to take lunch breaks."

https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-children-yearn-for-the-mines

cypherpunks Mod ,
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I'm the worm in the apple car.

That worm has a name: Lowly

cypherpunks Mod ,
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no, it's because the basis of your joke is elder abuse.

cypherpunks OP , (edited )
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He is better off in the USA he can clam first amendment rights freedom of the press

The US position is that the first amendment doesn't apply to non-citizens, and also that it isn't possible to make a public interest defense to espionage charges.

also he won’t get death the worst is 20 to life

The current set of charges carry up to 175 years and the US has thus far refused to guarantee to the British court that they won't add more charges after they extradite him.

And even if he was "only" facing 20 to life, what would that be better than? He isn't charged with anything anywhere else.

cypherpunks OP , (edited )
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First amendment is given to us by our creators it says so in the us constution everyone gets it period

Neither the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or any of its other amendments use the word "creator". You're probably thinking of the Declaration of Independence (the famous second sentence of which is "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."). The DoI predates the Constitution and its amendments by over a decade and has no force of law.

There is a strong legal argument to be made, including some historical court rulings, that at least some of the rights in the Bill of Rights do apply to non-citizens - although some of those arguments are limited to when non-citizens are on US soil (which Assange was not when he engaged in the acts of journalism which he is being prosecuted for).

However, one of the US prosecutors (Gordon Kromberg) specifically told the court in his declaration in support of the Assange extradition:

Concerning any First Amendment challenge, the United States could argue that foreign nationals are not entitled to protections
under the First Amendment [...]

Former Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo also wrote in his memoir Never Give An Inch:

Julian Assange has no First Amendment privileges. He is not a U.S. citizen.

Other US officials have made similar statements.

You can read more here:

Last month, the British High Court gave the US prosecutors until April 16 to submit a declaration including assurances that "the applicant is permitted to rely on the first amendment" and that he "is afforded the same first amendment protections as a United States citizen" (those are the British court's words).

The assurance the US has now submitted did not actually repudiate the prosecutors earlier explicit statement that the "the United States could argue that foreign nationals are not entitled to protections under the First Amendment" but instead said merely that he can "seek to raise" the first amendment in his defense. But, he has already been seeking to raise the first amendment to stop his extradition, and these "assurances" that he can seek to raise it again in the US come from the same prosecutors who explicitly argued (and again, have not repudiated their argument) to the British court that he is not entitled to first amendment protection because he is a foreign national.

You didn't answer my question: Better off than what?

cypherpunks OP , (edited )
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getting a fair trial

🤨 did you read any of the links in my last comment?

(are you suggesting you think that he could actually be extradited and found not guilty, or are you saying you think he deserves to go to prison and that is what you mean by saying he would be "better off" not fighting extradition?)

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Yes he could be extradited and found not guilty No member of the press deserves to go to jail For doing that’s job

So, I guess you're either being disingenuous or you haven't followed the case much. If it's the latter, I highly encourage you to read the two links in my earlier comment, and/or any of these: 1, 2, 3

Are you aware of anyone besides yourself seriously arguing that he has any chance of being found not guilty in a US espionage trial, while also saying that he doesn't deserve to go to jail?

As far as I've seen, any remotely informed commentator who argues that he could get a "fair trial" in the US is also arguing that it would be "fair" for him to be convicted and spend the rest of his life in prison.

cypherpunks OP ,
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What is it that people in the UK don’t understand about ‘indeterminate detention without charge’?

He was detained without charge for many years, but there are charges now: the US unsealed their 2018 indictment against him immediately after they coerced Ecuador into revoking his asylum in April 2019, and they added more charges a month later.

As the linked article explains, he is currently charged with 17 counts of espionage and 1 count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. He remains in His Majesty's Prison Belmarsh while fighting the US's extradition request.

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indictment_and_arrest_of_Julian_Assange

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the US didn’t have to coerce them to kick him out.

You think the $4.2B IMF loan package they got 30 days before his expulsion wasn't contingent on revoking his asylum? Here is evidence that it was, two months before it happened.

He essentially got kicked out for installing spyware and listening devices into the embassy’s private network.

What? The listening devices and hidden cameras were in fact installed by the Spanish private security company who was ostensibly working for the embassy but who it turned out was also working for the CIA, for the purpose of spying on Assange (including in the bathroom, where he would go to meet with his lawyers due to his suspicion that the other rooms had been bugged), as has been well documented in both US and Spanish courts:

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cypherpunks ,
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Tuta is most likely a honeypot, and in any case it is pseudo-open source so it's offtopic in this community.

cypherpunks OP ,
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As the image transcript in the post body explains, the image at the bottom is a scene from a well-known 1998 film (which, according to Wikipedia, was in 2014 selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant").

This meme will not make as much sense to people who have not seen the film. You can watch the referenced scene here. The context is that the main character, The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) has recently had his private residence invaded by a group of nihilists with a pet marmot (actually portrayed by a ferret) and they have threatened to "cut off his Johnson". In an attempt to express sympathy, The Dude's friend Walter (played by John Goodman) points out that, in addition to the home invasion and threats, the nihilists' exotic pet is also illegal. The Dude's retort "what, are you a fucking park ranger now" is expressing irritation with that observation, because it is insignificant compared with the threat of the removal of his penis.

This meme attempts to draw a parallel between this humorous scene and XZ developer Lasse Collin's observation that the XZ backdoor was also a violation of Debian's software licensing policies.

Thank you for reading my artist's statement.

cypherpunks Mod ,
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Ok, I just stickied this post here, but I am not going to manage making a new one each week :)

I am an admin at lemmy.ml and was actually only added as a mod to this community so that my deletions would federate (because there was a bug where non-mod admin deletions weren't federating a while ago). The other mods here are mostly inactive and most of the mod activity is by me and other admins.

Skimming your history here, you seem alright; would you like to be a mod of /c/linux@lemmy.ml ?

How the xz backdoor highlights a major flaw in Nix ( shadeyg56.vercel.app )

The main issue is the handling of security updates within the Nixpkgs ecosystem, which relies on Nix's CI system, Hydra, to test and build packages. Due to the extensive number of packages in the Nixpkgs repository, the process can be slow, causing delays in the release of updates. As an example, the updated xz 5.4.6 package...

cypherpunks Mod , (edited )
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As of today, NixOS (like most distros) has reverted to a version slightly prior to the release with the Debian-or-Redhat-specific sshd backdoor which was inserted into xz just two months ago. However, the saboteur had hundreds of commits prior to the insertion of that backdoor, and it is very likely that some of those contain subtle intentional vulnerabilities (aka "bugdoors") which have not yet been discovered.

As (retired) Debian developer Joey Hess explains here, the safest course is probably to switch to something based on the last version (5.3.1) released prior to Jia Tan getting push access.

Unfortunately, as explained in this debian issue, that is not entirely trivial because dependents of many recent pre-backdoor potentially-sabotaged versions require symbol(s) which are not present in older versions and also because those older versions contain at least two known vulnerabilities which were fixed during the multi-year period where the saboteur was contributing.

After reading Xz format inadequate for long-term archiving (first published eight years ago...) I'm convinced that migrating the many projects which use XZ today (including DPKG, RPM, and Linux itself) to an entirely different compression format is probably the best long-term plan. (Though we'll always still need tools to read XZ archives for historical purposes...)

cypherpunks ,
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Thanks. They are no longer a mod of that community. (I wrote this comment to them and they did not reply.)

cypherpunks ,
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Opensource just means that the source code is available, FOSS however implies that you’re free to modify and redistribute the program

Incorrect. "Open Source" also means that you are free to modify and redistribute the software.

If the source code is merely available but not free to modify and/or redistribute, then it is called source-available software.

Is there a License that requires the user to donate if they make revenue?

I tried a couple license finders and I even looked into the OSI database but I could not find a license that works pretty much like agpl but requiring payment (combined 1% of revenue per month, spread evenly over all FOSS software, if applicable) if one of these is true:...

cypherpunks , (edited )
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Hi @haui_lemmy,

fyi icymi due to this thread someone posted this other thread asking "Is it appropriate for someone to be a mod here when they don't understand open source, and insult users in the community?".

I don't have time to read all ~200 comments in these two threads, but I do think that being a moderator of /c/opensource@lemmy.ml requires knowing what FOSS is to be able to remove posts promoting things which are not.

Hopefully the replies here (again, I have not read even half of this thread...) have made you better informed?

In case you haven't yet, I would highly recommend that you read these two documents (you can start with their wikipedia articles and follow links from there to the actual documents):

In short, the answer to your question ("Is there a License that requires the user to donate if they make revenue?") is yes, there are many such licenses, but they are definitively not FOSS licenses (despite what some people who haven't read the above definitions might try to tell you).

I won't enumerate any of the non-FOSS licenses which attempt such a thing, because I recommend against the use of such licenses or software licensed under them.

BTW, I saw you wrote in another comment:

By now I get that FOSS mostly implies free work for corporations. I‘ll just go with agpl to ensure they get nothing from my work.

While corporations benefiting from FOSS while failing to financially support it at all is extremely commonplace, I vehemently disagree that that is what FOSS "mostly implies". In fact, the opposite is more common: the vast majority of free software users are not paying anything to the companies who have paid for an enormous amount of the development of it. A few hundred companies pay tens of thousands of individual developers to develop and maintain the Linux kernel, for instance.

Regarding the second sentence of yours that I quoted above, in case you haven't understood this yet: the AGPL does not prevent commercial use of your work. If you write a web app and license it AGPL, you are giving me permission to run it, modify it, redistribute my modified version, and to charge money for it without giving you anything.

What the AGPL does, and why many companies avoid it, is impose the requirement that I (the recipient of your software) offer the source code to your software (and any modifications I made to it) under that same license not only to anyone I distribute it to but also to anyone using the software over a network on my server.

If the software were licensed GPL instead of AGPL, I would only be required to offer GPL-licensed source code to people when I distribute the software to them. Eg, I could improve a GPL web app and it is legal to not share my improvements (to the server-side code) with anyone at all because the software is not being distributed - it is just running on my server.

By imposing requirements about how you run the software (eg, if you put an AGPL notice in the UI, I am not allowed to remove it) the AGPL is more than just a copyright license: violations of the GPL and most FOSS licenses are strictly copyright violations and can be enforced as such, but violating the part of the AGPL where it differs from the GPL would not constitute copyright infringement because no copying is taking place. Unlike almost every other FOSS license, the AGPL is both a copyright license and a end-user license agreement.

For this reason, many people have misgivings about the AGPL. However, if you want to scare companies away from using your software at all (and/or require them to purchase a different license from you to use it under non-AGPL terms, which is only possible if you require all contributors to assign copyright or otherwise give you permission to dual-license their work) while still using a license which the FOSS community generally accepts as FOSS... AGPL is probably your best bet.

HTH.

p.s. I'm not a lawyer, this isn't legal advice, etc etc :)

cypherpunks OP ,
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there is enough garbage there now that they could just make the tourist permit require everyone to bring down more than they take up with them

cypherpunks OP , (edited )
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maybe it’s important to note he isn’t on trial for treason? The charges are for hacking and espionage.

He isn't on trial for treason in courts of law, but he is in the court of public opinion - various commentators and some officials (including Senator Joe Lieberman and then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo) have used the word to describe his publishing.

priorities ( lemmy.ml )

image transcript"I sleep" meme format, with top text "israel uses U.S. weapons to kill over 31k, wound 75k, and displace 1.9M" next to a picture of Shaquille O'Neal asleep with the caption "i sleep", and bottom text "ukraine uses U.S. weapons to strike russian energy infrastructure, raising oil prices" next to the same image of...

cypherpunks OP ,
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Really? This meme which I just made, with the detailed image transcript for accessibility?

Please, check my lemmy history. Do you really think I'm a Russian troll? 🤣

cypherpunks OP , (edited )
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Doesn’t OPEC control oil prices? 🤔

It hasn’t for a long time.

do you have a source? Everything I am find online is still showing OPEC going strong

They don't set the price; they influence it by ostensibly controlling the supply from member countries. But, as Wikipedia says:

Since the 1980s, OPEC has had a limited impact on world oil-supply and oil-price stability, as there is frequent cheating by members on their commitments to one another, and as member commitments reflect what they would do even in the absence of OPEC. [4]

cypherpunks OP ,
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what is the end result?

cypherpunks OP ,
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do you read this meme as being either for or against the US telling Ukraine to stop bombing Russian energy infrastructure? 🤔

cypherpunks OP ,
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lol, ok, but i'm actually still baffled as to how you interpreted this meme -- both before and now

Google Allows Creditors to Brick Your Phone ( lemmy.world )

I installed NetGuard about a month ago and blocked all internet to apps, unless they're on a whitelist. No notifications from this particular system app (that can't be disabled) until recently when it started making internet connection requests to google servers. Does anyone know when this became a thing?...

cypherpunks ,
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You act like it is Google’s fault that someone found questionable software on the phone they got from Rent-a-center or Alibaba.

Google made the app.

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cypherpunks ,
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So then send the URL to the play store page from the app posted in ops photo. Go ahead, waiting.

lol, what? i did, in another comment, shortly before you posted this. here it is again: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.devicelock

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two weeks later: GitLab confirms it’s removed Suyu, a fork of Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu

sad to see their new git hosting is behind cloudflare 😢

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