We have yet to see any actual Ubuntu phones in the wild, but more rumors are popping up all over the place. This time it's about the impending launch of the upcoming Meizu M1 Note with an Ubuntu system.
Let's say we have 2 worlds (or parallel universes). One where there's no copyright/DRM, and another where copyright/DRM exists. Which world has more freedom?
I used to think the one without copyright/DRM, but I'm no longer so sure.
Let's say you work as a middle manager in a large corporation. How much freedom do you really have? What if you want to grow a long beard? What if you have some odd sexual preferences? Or perhaps some unpopular political opinions? Or maybe you're a member of some weird religious sect. What if you don't like wearing a suit and tie? What if you prefer other drugs than alcohol? What if your favorite food is stir-fried dog meat? Etc.
In many careers, it seems that being different/unusual can really harm you. In other words, you don't have much freedom. Of course, there are other jobs where it doesn't matter so much (e.g. construction worker, burger flipper, factory assembly line worker etc.), but most of those jobs may not be ideal for brainy people.
If on the other hand, you're a musician, writer or painter, being different/unusual won't necessarily harm you - it can actually give you extra fame. In many other creative professions, being different doesn't seem like a big problem either.
Without copyright/DRM, many creative job opportunities disappear. The people who otherwise would have had these jobs, will be forced into other jobs where they have to conform more. So in this sense, getting rid of copyright/DRM will reduce freedom.
Of course, a world where all software is proprietary and locked down with DRM is not very free. There you do not control your own computer. You are totally at the mercy of a few corporations/governments.
But if you have, for example, one computer with 100% free software, such as GNU/Linux, and another computer where everything is locked down by DRM, such as a Playstation, you have the best of both worlds, no? Then no corporation or government can prevent you from expressing yourself. But artists will be able to make money.
One complaint I've heard against copyright, is that only a few artists make boatloads of money while most don't make much. But doesn't this have a lot to do with limited space in brick-and-mortar shops? With digital distribution, it's just as easy to purchase something obscure as the latest album to Madonna.
I'm wondering, if maximum freedom is the goal, should tools (and everything they require to run) that are used to express yourself be free software, while content (computer games, movies, music, books etc.) can be copyright/DRM protected? Or is it really that simple?
Maybe not? Maybe most people are too dumb to ever understand the importance of free software, and will continue to be tricked into buying locked-down computers for everything. So in the future, only smart people will be free?
I guess some of the above also applies to other forms of intellectual property, such as patents and trademarks.submitted by olsen888
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Things I've done:
sudo apt-get install p7zip
sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
sudo apt-get update
7za e myfile.7z
7-Zip  9.20 Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov 2010-11-18 p7zip Version 9.20 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,4 CPUs)
Processing archive: myfile.7z
Error: Can not open file as archive
What am I doing wrong/are there any other ways to extract this file?
If you need to know, the file is the ISO for Super Mario Sunshine that I intend to run through Dolphin. Downloaded here: http://www.emuparadise.me/Nintendo_Gamecube_ISOs/Super_Mario_Sunshine_(Europe)_(En,Fr,De,Es,It)/66834-download
I've googled the hell out of it, and still no luck.submitted by Ianrchavez
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I finally received all of the needed components last night and decided to fire it up this morning.
I went through all of the options in the ODROID Utility. First off, do not bother with HDMI configuration until every other item is configured first. Also, make sure you have an internet connection. Once everything is updated, HDMI configuration works as expected.
I tried surfing a bit with chromium on youtube. Going full screen with any HD content would immediately crash chromium, which is sad. I downloaded the videos from here and the mp4 seems to play fine in the default media player (gnome). It's still a little more choppy than I would like. Considering the video player is an X app, and dragging windows around is a bit choppy, I assume any performance issues are due to X server drivers, or lack there of.
Hopefully the X server situation will be remedied in the future, but so far this isn't the media pc I was hoping it would be. I haven't tried opengl performance but it is supposedly very good. I've only had about an hour with it so there might be a ton of stuff left to configure.
After going through the ODROID Utility Kernel Update options (kernel, firmware, etc), chromium no longer crashes playing HD content. Performance seems better, but still not what I was hoping. It definitely blows the raspberry pi away in terms of performance. Hopefully there is still more to configure.submitted by snarfy
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- Microsoft Does Not Want to Make Windows Secure
- Despite Controversy and Backlash From Scientists and Human Rights Activists, the Gates Foundation Continues to Promote Private Prisons and GMO Ventures That It Profits From
- Bill Gates Buys the System, Writes Cheques to the White House
- Thousands of Child Rape Photos Traded Out of Bill Gates' Mansion
I'm thinking about starting a company selling computers with linux in Europe and aiming for selling cheap low-end linux computers for the non-gaming home use like internet browsing and e-mail. I will sell the computers with windows (more expensive) and Linux Mint.
What are your thoughts about specifications for a low end Linux PC and do you think there is a market for this?submitted by PiZZaMartijn
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I just learned about the x11vnc -create command and I love to use it on my headless ubuntu box, but when it creates a screen the resolution is to high for my computer to see without scrolling. I was wondering if someone knew a way to change the default resolution it starts up with?submitted by 12_nick_12
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