fOSSa 2015 was such a great conference that I and Wouter Tebbens already wrote four other posts about it (see below). Here are the last bits that are worth sharing but did not fit elsewhere. Continue reading final bits from fOSSa 2015, from Open Education to Ecology
I had (at least) three big reasons to be at the fOSSa 2015 conference, a couple of weeks ago. Two already covered elsewhere and one, “Citizen Cloud: Towards a more decentralized internet?”, that deserves its own separate post. Continue reading Citizen cloud thoughts, after fOSSa 2015
Some recent declarations from VW executives about the Volkswagen scandal are half unbelievable, half totally irrelevant. Seriously. Continue reading Rogue Engineers Behind Volkswagen Scandal? So what?
A few days ago I summarized the most questionable or uncertain points of the software odissey of the City of Pesaro, saying that I’d also post questions and consequences, both for the City and Open Source advocates, not mentioned yet in this story. For Pesaro, the road forward has little or nothing to do with the initial topic, that is Open Source Software in Public Administration. The advocates, instead, should rethink some of their strategies. Let’s start from Pesaro, but what follows applies to practically every city. Continue reading Pesaro, Microsoft and OpenOffice: the consequences
Pesaro is a town of about 100 thousands people on the northern adriatic coast of Italy. Its Public Administration has been facing lots of critics from Free/Open Source software supporters because, in the last five years, it changed twice the same, important part of its ICT infrastructure. Both those changes bring consequences and open issues, both for the critics and for Pesaro, that have had little or no coverage at all so far, especially outside Italy (1). Continue reading Microsoft vs OpenOffice in Pesaro: first, let’s recap
Apparently, they both don’t know enough of how the Internet and digital (meta) data work. Continue reading What do USA special forces and Mexican drug lords have in common?
Today, while cleaning up old backups, I found a text file named as this post, which I saved on November 17th, 2000, but never used. Cannot remember what I was planning to do with it, but here it goes. A bit naive, surely dated (just look at which companies I was suggesting to go for help…) but still interesting, considering how things stand today. Here it goes, unchanged: Continue reading The Free Software (icon) that we need the most. Fifteen years ago
(no, not really but…) In December 2014, italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi annunced soldipubblici.gov.it, a Web portal that provides official Open Data on public spending (“Soldi Pubblici”, that is) in Italy. Within a few hours, an italian Hacker, Continue reading Hacker proves with Open Data that Microsoft license costs don’t matter
If and when the author (including me, I routinely do that on OTHER websites I run, or contribute to!) of some web page, video etc.. tells you that you can copy it all elsewhere, by all means DO it. In all other cases, including “sharing” them on Facebook or similar networks, or sending the full thing via email, you do a serious disservice… not just to that author but, above all, to all the people with which you “share” that stuff.
Why? Because, by definition, if they can see what you copied they could have seen it just as well MUCH BETTER on the original website. Because that is the ONLY place where everybody could immediately :
- be sure that they are reading the last version of that piece, with all corrections, updates and so on
- see who the author is, what else she does and, if they want it of course, how to support her
- read other pieces from him or her, if they like what they read
- criticize or discuss that content directly with the author herself, and everybody else who already did the same
by “copying online stuff without authorization, you deprive all other Internet users of all these possibilities. Why? Is that right?
This is the reason why the Copyright Policy on this and my other personal websites says what it says.
You really can’t make this stuff up: I have just found, one after another in my RSS feed, two unrelated articles on Smart Dust that you must really read side by side: one about a wonderful future, another unintentionally exposing some of its, apparently, not-yet-considered consequences. Continue reading Smart dust: coming soon to a lung near you?