Re: [free-software-melb] Encouraging women

2012-01-12 Thread Matt Giuca
Thanks Ben, I think I forked this into two issues: gender equality, and the specifics of that compliment without regard to gender. Now, though, I see it more that these compliments are good for everyone, and women are *right* to expect them and to be put off by how unsupportive the community

Re: [free-software-melb] Video/audio from patents talk and committee hearing

2012-02-10 Thread Matt Giuca
Well, I did like drawing hovercrafts when I was little and I needed a set up for a joke about Internet Explorer. I thought it was funny anyway. ;) Oh the Internet Explorer joke was great. I just wasn't sure why the guy was downloading Firefox from within a Hovercraft :) I do like the

Re: [free-software-melb] [Australia-public-discuss] Video/audio from patents talk and committee hearing

2012-02-11 Thread Matt Giuca
I thought that there was a really great idea from a commenter at the end of your talk whereby free software would be considered by law 'in the public interest' and becomes except from applying to patent lawsuits at all. Not only would this meet our goals of being able to write and use free

Re: [free-software-melb] Thursday dinner

2012-02-11 Thread Matt Giuca
Ah ... I'd also like to avoid a $40 meal if possible. The Korean place (Big Ma-Ma) has some noodle dishes iirc, and the agedashi tofu is quite soft - you could probably eat that. Otherwise there's also Classic Curry on Elizabeth St. They're quick, and the curry is good! If you can handle

Re: [free-software-melb] [Australia-public-discuss] Excluding free software from patentability

2012-02-12 Thread Matt Giuca
Sorry, it's getting confusing as it seems this list is forking a lot -- some of the replies are going to endsoftwarepatents.org and others aren't. For simplicity (and since I have no idea who is on that other list or how big it is), I'll just keep my reply within MFSIG. On Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at

Re: [free-software-melb] Excluding free software from patentability

2012-02-13 Thread Matt Giuca
The goal of free software is freedom for people who *use* software. To claim that the ability to restrict other people with proprietary software is a freedom is twisted logic indeed. But that is a freedom. This comes to the double-edged idea that freedom cannot be absolute: if I have

Re: [free-software-melb] [Australia-public-discuss] Video/audio from patents talk and committee hearing

2012-02-15 Thread Matt Giuca
With Software Patents, you have proponents who make proprietary software, and you have opponents that make proprietary software and free software. With Free Software Patents, you don't have any proponents from any business or company that focuses on free software. Right? Am I wrong? I'd

Re: [free-software-melb] getting involved with unis (wiki)

2012-02-23 Thread Matt Giuca
I think it's far more realistic to have a uni support free software on a proprietary OS than proprietary software on a free OS. I meant what students can run themselves on their own computers and still have the ability to complete their coursework and meet submission requirements without

Re: [free-software-melb] CyanogenMod 7 on SGS2

2012-03-26 Thread Matt Giuca
I'm under the understanding that if you don't use the official Android, then you can't use the Android Market (or Google Play now). Is this correct? I've also been told that if you have an existing legitimate Android device, then you *can* install Google Play into Cyanogen or another unofficial

Re: [free-software-melb] CyanogenMod 7 on SGS2

2012-03-26 Thread Matt Giuca
Perhaps other stores are able to be used also, but the Android Market likely has artificial restrictions on who can connect. I think you can connect if you have an Android account from an authorised Android device. I understand this isn't the best place to discuss how to get the Market given

Re: [free-software-melb] CyanogenMod 7 on SGS2

2012-03-27 Thread Matt Giuca
I agree, and I think Google has made noises about increasing the conditions on getting the Android license, including some condition requiring upgradeability for a certain time. (But I don't have a source on it.) The Sony experience sounds terrible. It's sad because in the desktop/laptop space,

Re: [free-software-melb] CyanogenMod 7 on SGS2

2012-03-27 Thread Matt Giuca
On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM, Ben Finney ben+freesoftw...@benfinney.id.au wrote: Easy response: since they're free, get the source code and disable any anti-features like that. Then use your freedom to redistribute them to anyone else, so they benefit from your improvements. Unless you

Re: [free-software-melb] Android photography

2012-03-29 Thread Matt Giuca
This is a good discussion to be having. Thanks for bringing it up. I like the idea of scaling down smaller photos for fast transmission. A quick solution I just thought of involves something similar to progressive JPEGs (or mipmaps), but applied to a whole photo collection. Say I have taken a

Re: [free-software-melb] f-droid

2012-03-30 Thread Matt Giuca
On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 6:41 PM, Russell Coker russ...@coker.com.au wrote: Do we need to fork the f-droid project? Can we try helping them out before we consider forking? ___ Free-software-melb mailing list

Re: [free-software-melb] Free Software Melbourne meeting: Thursday the 19th of April

2012-04-14 Thread Matt Giuca
- The International Day Against DRM[1], which is coming up on the 4th of March. Correction: 4th of May Have fun guys. Unfortunately, I'm in Sydney, but hopefully I'll make it to a meeting this year. Matt ___ Free-software-melb mailing list

Re: [free-software-melb] Follow-up and minutes from last night's meeting

2012-04-20 Thread Matt Giuca
In comparison, Google charge a once of $25 fee: http://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/bin/answer.py?hl=enanswer=113468topic=2365624ctx=topic More importantly, the Google fee is not required to run apps on an Android device, only to get them into the Google Play marketplace.

Re: [free-software-melb] Follow-up and minutes from last night's meeting

2012-04-21 Thread Matt Giuca
Am a bit confused here - does this mean it is not possible to distribute iOS apps outside Apple's market? Some people have said yes, others have said no. It's complicated, but in short, NO. There is no way to run any code on an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) without Apple's approval.

Re: [free-software-melb] Follow-up and minutes from last night's meeting

2012-04-22 Thread Matt Giuca
Brett Smith actually mentioned that in his talk as well, that distributing on the app store violates both GPLv2 and v3. Yeah, I asked the question about it :) ___ Free-software-melb mailing list Free-software-melb@lists.softwarefreedom.com.au

Re: [free-software-melb] Follow-up and minutes from last night's meeting

2012-04-24 Thread Matt Giuca
In comparison I can create an android application, put the apk on my website, and distribute to anyone who wants to download it without making any agreements with Google or putting anything on their Market. The only catch point is that user's must allow untrusted sources to be installed. I

Re: [free-software-melb] drm free ebooks

2012-04-24 Thread Matt Giuca
http://boingboing.net/2012/04/24/tor-books-goes-completely-drm.html I know URLs are somewhat opaque tokens, but I treat them like newspaper headlines. And that was a really unfortunate one :) ___ Free-software-melb mailing list

Re: [free-software-melb] drm free ebooks

2012-04-26 Thread Matt Giuca
Cool. Until now I've pretty much avoided not only buying ebooks, but avoided the topic entirely. I wasn't prepared for DRM on plain text!!! Thanks for finding these links. Is it also worldwide? I'd be annoyed if I ran up against an IP filter. ___

Re: [free-software-melb] CyanogenMod 7 on SGS2

2012-04-27 Thread Matt Giuca
Hi, I would like to respond to Tim about this: *It's hard enough to find CyanogenMod users at a LUG!* Er, that was Russell. Are you taking revenge upon Tim for earlier misattributing Russell's text to me? :p ___ Free-software-melb mailing list

Re: [free-software-melb] Patentology report on Ben Sturmfels at IP Australia event on Software Patents

2012-05-22 Thread Matt Giuca
Hi, sorry I'm late to the discussion, and Ben, I'm deeply sorry I couldn't make it to your speech despite being in Sydney (I had another engagement). If they post the video, please let us know. From what I know about this Ric Richardson, he sounds like a huge patent troll. I may have my facts

Re: [free-software-melb] Patentology report on Ben Sturmfels at IP Australia event on Software Patents

2012-05-23 Thread Matt Giuca
Bless John Carmack. He's a fantastic example for the games industry. Of course, he doesn't develop free software, but once his technology is reasonably old that there is no further commercial value, he kicks it into GPL mode and breathes a whole new life into it. I can't really ask for more than

Re: [free-software-melb] Draft Fedora plan to cope with Secure Boot on x86 hardware

2012-05-31 Thread Matt Giuca
Well, I'm pretty furious about this. Basically it involves signing up with Microsoft, paying a $99 one-off fee and then getting them to sign a boot shim that will boot Grub2 that has been signed by a Fedora key. Then it has to be signed code all the way down to user space, so no loading

Re: [free-software-melb] Draft Fedora plan to cope with Secure Boot on x86 hardware

2012-05-31 Thread Matt Giuca
Please don't blame the fedora people for this. They are doing what they need to, it's not their fault. They have to do this if they want to offer mostly free software within the reach of people without specialist knowledge. It's really unfortunate that this is the best solution. Yeah I know.

Re: [free-software-melb] Draft Fedora plan to cope with Secure Boot on x86 hardware

2012-06-07 Thread Matt Giuca
Meanwhile although x86 PCs are expected to have the ability to disable secure boot MS have decreed that in order to be certified for Windows 8 then ARM based systems *must not* have the ability to disable secure boot, thus completely blocking out all competitive platforms and ensuring a

[free-software-melb] Eric S. Raymond on evaluating the harm from closed source

2012-06-08 Thread Matt Giuca
ESR has put up a brilliant (IMHO) blog post about the importance of essentially picking your battles. He says: A common failure mode in human reasoning is to become too attached to theory, to the point where we begin ignoring the reality it was intended to describe. The way this manifests in

Re: [free-software-melb] Eric S. Raymond on evaluating the harm from closed source

2012-06-08 Thread Matt Giuca
The link! Of course! :) Would have been a great thing to remember to put in the original email. ___ Free-software-melb mailing list Free-software-melb@lists.softwarefreedom.com.au http://lists.softwarefreedom.com.au/mailman/listinfo/free-software-melb

Re: [free-software-melb] Eric S. Raymond on evaluating the harm from closed source

2012-06-09 Thread Matt Giuca
Closed source only serves one purpose, profit. That's fine, but if I'm not personally profiting, then why would I argue for that side? You could say that because of profit, people are able to develop software which they might not develop by any other means, again, true, but again, not my

Re: [free-software-melb] Weekend activities

2012-06-21 Thread Matt Giuca
* LAN gaming using free software (eg, Nexuiz, Frozen Bubble, BoW). I'm always up for that. Is BoW Battle For Wesnoth? (It's BfW :p) I'd be so up for that... If I were in Melbourne :( ___ Free-software-melb mailing list

Re: [free-software-melb] Public Transport

2012-07-22 Thread Matt Giuca
FYI, a couple of years back, I wrote a train timetable scraper for the Melbourne train/tram/bus timetables website. The source code is available here: https://code.launchpad.net/~mgiuca/melbournetransit/trunk It is a Google App Engine app, and I only ever opened it up to invitation only. I've let

Re: [free-software-melb] Chipping in for an Ouya console?

2012-08-12 Thread Matt Giuca
On Sun, Aug 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM, Ben Sturmfels b...@stumbles.id.au wrote: I see they've already raised $8M in pre-sales though, so perhaps there are other free software organisations that would benefit more from a donation right now. I'm thinking instead of buying a video card from Think

Re: [free-software-melb] Team Free Software Melbourne at PyCon Australia

2012-08-20 Thread Matt Giuca
Thanks for your great photos, Graeme. It was a lot of fun. ___ Free-software-melb mailing list Free-software-melb@lists.softwarefreedom.com.au http://lists.softwarefreedom.com.au/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/free-software-melb

Re: [free-software-melb] Notes from recent discussion group

2012-10-27 Thread Matt Giuca
On Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 5:26 AM, Kathy Reid ka...@kathyreid.id.au wrote: Sorry for replying to list on this - was skimming your notes Ben (great notes, thanks) and read about ABC cease and desist to Jeremy. Could someone fill me in on the details? It sounds really out of character for the ABC

Re: [free-software-melb] [free-software-melb-announce] Come play free software games with us on Thursday 21 Feb

2013-02-19 Thread Matt Giuca
Can't wait to see Cargo. I haven't seen any updates since the public demo which would have been about two years ago. (Unfortunately I won't be able to make the meeting owing to my being stranded in Sydney, but I assume I'll get to play it at some point.) On 20 Feb 2013 15:51, Ben Sturmfels

Re: [free-software-melb] New Zealand drops pure software patents

2013-05-09 Thread Matt Giuca
Wow, good show. Gay marriage and software patents in one month. On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM, Alex Fraser a...@phatcore.com wrote: Hi all, It seems that our New Zealand friends have had some success in they battle against software patents:

Re: [free-software-melb] New Zealand drops pure software patents

2013-05-09 Thread Matt Giuca
Oh, someone pointed out that the name of the minister interviewed in that article is Chris Foss. Awesome! On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM, Matt Giuca matt.gi...@gmail.com wrote: Wow, good show. Gay marriage and software patents in one month. On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM, Alex Fraser

Re: [free-software-melb] New Zealand drops pure software patents

2013-05-09 Thread Matt Giuca
Sorry, Craig Foss. But the Foss is the important part :) On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM, Matt Giuca matt.gi...@gmail.com wrote: Oh, someone pointed out that the name of the minister interviewed in that article is Chris Foss. Awesome! On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM, Matt Giuca matt.gi

Re: [free-software-melb] Chipping in for an Ouya console?

2013-06-30 Thread Matt Giuca
Hi Adam, Thanks for a clear and detailed summary of your Ouya experiences. (I still haven't gotten into the main menu on mine, while I'm having an email conversation with support, and considering whether to buy a debit card and which one.) For what it's worth, I got an email back from support,

Re: [free-software-melb] Chipping in for an Ouya console?

2013-06-30 Thread Matt Giuca
On Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 6:46 PM, Adam Bolte abo...@systemsaviour.comwrote: -BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE- Hash: SHA1 Hi Matt, On 30/06/13 17:35, Matt Giuca wrote: Thanks for a clear and detailed summary of your Ouya experiences. No worries. Right back at you. It sucks

Re: [free-software-melb] starting your own crypto currency

2014-05-16 Thread Matt Giuca
The interesting thing about Bitcoin is that the ID of the genesis block is hard-coded into the client. Every bitcoin transaction must be verified on a chain that goes all the way back to the genesis block, or else it is ignored by all the clients. What that means is that if you take the Bitcoin