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Is the radioactive H.264 going to poisoning us, and the web, until 2028?

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Whether we like it or not, H.264 is "the" de-facto standard on the Internet. Every time you visit Youtube, you are watching a video encoded using the H.264 standard. The video quality is great, the compression is astonishing. And so is the price. H.264 is subject to a huge number of software patents. You need to pay hefty licensing fees if you want to create H.264 files today. We, the users, are not feeling this as we are not paying a cent. However, the freedoms allowed by this format are limited, and vague at best: here is why.

Read the article at Free Software Magazine.

Raspberry Pi retailers toppled by demand as $35 Linux computer launches

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arstechnica.com: The Raspberry Pi foundation attempted to launch its $35 Linux computer on Tuesday evening, but the organization's retail partners couldn't cope with the massive demand. Two British electronic component distributors that intended to sell the product were unable to do so--their websites went down.

Funny stuff what I encountered

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dedoimedo.com: This is going to be a clowns-quality article - sad and tragic and most likely unfunny. But some of you may yet chuckle at the contents displayed. For 'tis not just any article about funny stuff, it's one that has to do with computers and operating systems.

Facebook is a surveillance engine, not friend: Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation

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indiatimes.com: "You know about the two rules right for interviewing Richard?" a volunteer asks before leading us to meet Richard Stallman, the man who fights for free software day in and out.

DesktopLinux & LinuxDevices acquired...

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DesktopLinux.com's publisher, Ziff-Davis Enterprise, has been acquired by a Californian company -- as yet undisclosed, but rumored to be Foster City-based QuinStreet. Future plans for the site have not yet been announced ...

Why I Switched To Duck Duck Go

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ghacks.net: Some time ago I started to look into Google Search alternatives. This had a number of reasons, from too much noise on Google results pages over deteriorating quality to privacy concerns.

SOPA Protests: Results And Aftermath

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  • Why SOPA and PIPA are bad for open source
  • SOPA a controversy against the Open Source world
  • SOPA protest by the numbers: 162M pageviews, 7 million signatures
  • SOPA Protests: Results And Aftermath
  • SOPA backer reassures his troops: "Facts will overcome fears"
  • What SOPA and PIPA could end up enabling (video)

Why I pirate

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  • Why I Pirate
  • Why I'm a Pirate!
  • Tim Berners-Lee strikes out at SOPA and PIPA
  • January 18 captured: A SOPA blackout gallery
  • Nailed it: SOPA protest a sign of things to come?
  • The First Internet Strike in History a Success

Red Hat weighs in on Internet regulations

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bizjournals.com: In a blog post by Red Hat’s legal team, the company says the piracy and intellectual property acts “raise enormous concerns for North Carolina home grown technology companies like Red Hat. ... Their potential effect on jobs and innovation is a matter of serious concern.”

20 Key Stages in the Evolution of the Internet

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  • 20 Key Stages in the Evolution of the Internet
  • Internet 2011 in numbers
  • Linux Outlaws Black Already
  • Google to join Wednesday's anti-SOPA protest
  • Wikipedia, Other Sites to Protest Anti-Piracy Bills with Blackouts
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