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Photo of the Month — 2014-08

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Originally I had wanted to post a different picture, but sadly the war against the Palestinian people has seen yet another level of escalation, so here’s a picture in solidarity with the Palestinians and all other people suffering from war and oppression. I shot it in Ramallah, Westbank, 2011. Many things have been said about the situation and I don’t want to engage in political debate on this blog, so I will not say more than the solidarity expressed above.

[advertising] A nice Indie-Game

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I have just backed a wonderful looking independent dystopian RPG on Kickstarter! It’s called Insomnia, it looks like it uses the Free Software Engine Ogre3d (although its not Free Software itself) and it will feature native Linux support. They still need money, so if you enjoy special video games, go help them out and pre-order your DRM-free copy!

Photo of the Month -- 2014-07

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I decided to start a photo-of-the-month series; hopefully I will be able to keep it up. Unfortunately the upload limitation on this platform is 1MB per picture so you won’t get high-res for now. The picture was taken last fall in Oberengadin, Switzerland, close to Salecina House. It was a breath-taking sunset and I was very tired from a day of hiking, but thankful for having been there right at that moment!

Secure Texting and why FSFE cares

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Heard of WhatsApp? If you haven’t used it before (I e.g. haven’t), you can think of it as a free-of-charge messaging app that knows which of your contacts also have the app and automatically routes messages to them over your dataplan instead of SMS, so it’s (usually) free of charge. In the face of NSA and WhatsApp’s recent acquisition by Facebook, many of the million WhatsApp users are looking for secure and trustworthy alternatives.

FreeBSD Port of luminance-hdr updated

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I finally managed to update graphics/luminance to 2.3.1. Thanks to lme@freebsd and pawel@freebsd for feedback and commit. This is last version that runs with Qt4. As we recently got Qt5 into the ports I will try to update the port soon again. I also have some new ports coming and hope to get around to fixing/updating my other ones. Stay tuned. I am making strong use of RedPorts now. In case you don’t know the service, I really recommend it.

A Good way to publish Photos copyleft

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I am looking for a good way to publish images as copyleft. The current state of the art in licensing non-software seems to be creative commons, but its copyleft is so weak, that I don’t see how it protects the end users’ freedom. To be more precise, here is how I perceive the legal effects (please correct me if I am wrong): · I publish a digital picture in high resolution, with intermediate files under CC-by-sa · Magazine XY takes the picture, touches it up and prints it as part of some article in a small size · user Z sees the picture in the article and doesn’t even know the associated rights, unless she looks in the table of figures; and even if she does she can only demand the ready-to-print down-scaled version of the photo, possibly with text covering it, in a non editable format

A KISS GNU/Linux distro?

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As most of you know, I use FreeBSD as my main Desktop-OS. But I also keep a ArchLinux around that I use (almost exclusively) for gaming. After being disappointed with the way it is headed since a while already, I am now completely fed up with it and am desperately seeking an alternative. [rant]ArchLinux claims to keep it simple, but over the last year or two it has accumulated an increasing about of bloatware, especially all the stuff that Lennart Poettering is spewing out.

Autumn Leaves

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This is my current wallpaper on my desktop. Not a winter picture, but autumn is ok, too. I took the picture in Brandenburg in fall of 2011. Had I had more time, I might have taken some better ones, because the light was really great. I would really have liked to make one without the »Hochstand« (high seat?). But actually I was quite in a hurry, because there were other people walking in the forest, and the picture was taken just when the person in front of me was concealed by a tree.

Free commenting disabled

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Since I have had more and more spam coming through the filters and annoying me no end, I decided to restrict commenting to registered users (which are only FSFE fellows). I regret to do this, but the ratio of spam to content is 5,245 to 22 (do the math yourself) and I don’t want to spend what time I have for the blog with removing spam. I hope to change it in the future again, once a better anti-spam solution has been found.

Winter in Berlin

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While spring and early summer are claiming Berlin now and most folks are out enjoying the change, I thought I’d post a late winter picture. People who know me, know that I am more of a winter person, so I usually have pictures of winter or fall around when the sun shines too bright outside. This picture was taken about two months ago in Pankow, Berlin. It is an HDR rendering made of three individual shots using Luminance HDR and the Mantiuk06 algorithm.