Word­Press is not pri­va­cy frien­dly anymore

Word­Press nowa­days isn’t as pri­va­cy frien­dly as I tho­ught (con­nec­tion with gra­va­tar servi­ces, hard­co­ded google fonts refe­ren­ces). It almost looks like WP devs doesn’t care any­mo­re, busi­ness is win­ning over han­dy tool event for acti­vi­sts wor­king under extre­me­ly dan­ge­ro­us con­di­tions. I’ve on the other hand noti­ced this pro­blem whi­le having tro­ubles with pro­per display of natio­nal let­ters on cle­an WP instan­ce. Never­the­less: Word­Press instan­ce after cle­an instal­la­tion shouldn’t try to con­nect to any server apart from its host.

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How I read my email

I prac­ti­cal­ly use mutt eve­ry time and eve­ry­whe­re, even on my smart­pho­ne and tablet. Con­nec­ting to scre­en ses­sion via Con­nect­Bot. Tried many dif­fe­rent desk­top and web based clients, in the long run they all suck for me. As I do with my emacs con­fig, if I like some func­tion elswhe­re, I test it for a whi­le and than imple­ment it in my config.

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Idea for AUR improvement

Few days ago I’ve instal­led Archli­nux on my lap­top aga­in. One of the first chan­ges I’ve noti­ced in my *.archli​nux​.org acco­unts was loosing all pac­ka­ges I was main­ta­ining in AUR

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An inte­rview for CNN iRe­port abo­ut Polish citi­zens vs ACTA

So few days ago I was interviewed by Chris Morrow about Poland signing ACTA on 26th of January. We've had many protests and demonstrations organized against our government which planned to sign ACTA without proper consultations with NGOs fighting for citizens rights.

It got into mainstream Polish media thanks to attacks on gov servers organised by crackers calling themselves Polish Anonymous or Polish Underground. It was good and bad for us (NGOs) - we've lost our position we've had to talk to our government. Crackers attacking gov websites have stolen all the focus we have been able to use to talk to our politicians.

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Tal­king abo­ut world witho­ut an inter­net on natio­nal TV

So yester­day I was asked to say few words abo­ut how the world would be look/work witho­ut an inter­net for our natio­nal Polish TVTVP Info. I spent 4–5 minu­tes tal­king, but in the end I was cut to 2 short sen­ten­ces. I thin it was defi­ni­te­ly worth it. (;

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As for the who­le part abo­ut pro­te­sts aga­inst SOPA all over the inter­net they’ve got few things enti­re­ly bac­kwards but all in all it was pret­ty good. My two short sen­ten­ces were abo­ut an inter­net being as big disco­ve­ry as wri­ting or prin­ting (thanks rysiek for that tho­ught!). Next one was abo­ut our disa­bi­li­ty to switch off the who­le network, I’ve men­tio­ned few coun­tries that tried to do that. Next words abo­ut Tele­co­mix, dial-ups, hack­ti­vism and FLOSS didn’t make it. They’ve also used few other tho­ughts pre­sen­ted by me during the talk, but they were read by narrator. 

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Kopi­mism is not piracy

Whi­le reading the news abo­ut Kopi­mism reco­gni­zed as a reli­gion in Swe­den one thing that got my atten­tion and made me angry was defi­ning it as a pira­cy in all Polish media. To get this stra­ight I wro­te few words abo­ut it in news posted on OSnews​.pl:

Kopi­mism is not pira­cy. It’s data sha­ring, phi­lo­so­phy, move­ment and now reli­gion. It asks you to sha­re, copy and spre­ad the con­tent you’ve cre­ated or you’re allo­wed to spre­ad. It’s stron­gly con­nec­ted with Data­Lo­ve which says that data is free, neu­tral (it isn’t good or bad) and it must flow. 

It’s good to let others know that you want your con­tent to be copied and spre­ad by inc­lu­ding KOPI­MI logo next to it

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Help Tele­co­mix with action for Belarus

So at first few words on what’s going on… Sin­ce 6th of Janu­ary all busi­nesses are requ­ired to have the­ir servi­ces for Bela­rus citi­zens hosted on Belo­rus­sian servers. All ISP’s and inter­net-cafes are orde­red to gather all data abo­ut the­ir custo­mers and logs from the­ir usa­ge of internet.

It’s quite obvio­us that the big­gest busi­nesses will do it. But we can­not say that for smal­ler ones having casu­al custo­mers from Bela­rus (shops and other servi­ces). So they’ll basi­cal­ly have to shut down the access for Bela­rus citi­zens which gives us the same result as site bloc­king, but (I real­ly hate to say this) done right (meaning not via DNS bloc­king which is still bad). For now we can­not say for sure how hard this law is going to be used, and if and which busi­nesses are going to respect it. As we’re said puni­sh­ment for bre­akin» it won’t be so big for them (as in sca­le). One thing is sure, that brin­ging tho­se servi­ces to Belo­rus­sian servers will make them real­ly easy to shut down if it’s necessary. 

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Pid­gin as default IM client in GNO­ME 3

Empa­thy is a good IM client. It’s pushed as a default one in Ubun­tu, its remi­xes and all other distros using GNO­ME envi­ron­ment. It has one big lack, witch makes it real­ly bad cho­ice for your default one. Off-the-Record mes­sa­ging (OTR) is some­thin» that any modern IM client sho­uld sup­port. You can find it in Kope­te from KDE, even Adium on Mac OS X has it… Whe­re is this sup­port in GNO­ME? Nowhe­re… The­re is a bug repor­ted in 2008 and yet it’s still not implemented.

So how can we chan­ge the default IM client in GNO­ME 3 and still get this eye can­dy and han­dy sup­port? The­re are two cho­ices (but of cour­se you can use also QT based clients like Kope­te or PSI if you want): Gajim (sup­por­ting OTR sin­ce 0.15) and Pid­gin. I’ve cho­sen second one (you sho­uld too if you want to con­nect with users of other networks than xmpp). 

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We can pro­vi­de help for people hit by Ano­ny­mo­us actions

After spen­ding few hours on looking thro­ugh data obta­ined by Ano­ny­mo­us and publi­shed on paste­bin (you can find them whi­le revie­wing @YourAnonNews acco­unt on Twit­ter) during #Lul­zXmas action I felt con­cer­ned abo­ut the pri­va­cy of all tho­se ppl which data are fly­ing now all aro­und the internet.

It’s obvio­us for me that if some­one had to put his hands such data like this held by Strat­for (I real­ly can’t find a bet­ter words than com­ple­te idiots to call them) Ano­ny­mo­us gro­up is the best option (it doesn’t real­ly mat­ter if tho­se were Ano­ny­mo­us or Lulz­sec or Anti­sec, the­ir ways are real­ly clo­se). They at least are tal­king and spre­ading the news all aro­und inste­ad of using the data. If it was some­one else I bet it’d take a real­ly long time for Strat­for spe­cia­li­sts” (have the­ir ever heard of the thing cal­led data encryp­tion?) to find out what has hap­pe­ned and by then real­ly big amo­unt of money’d be gone from the­ir client accounts.

By looking at the­ir face­bo­ok fan page (yea, the best, safest and pri­va­cy frien­dly servi­ce to spre­ad this kind of news) I lost all my hope abo­ut them tel­ling the­ir clients what real­ly hap­pe­ned and what they sho­uld do in this case to save the­ir pri­va­cy and money (just look at this). After looking at two more archi­ves publi­shed by Ano­ny­mo­us from next com­pa­nies I tho­ught abo­ut an open sour­ce software/script/service which’d allow to send ano­ny­mo­usly an ema­il infor­ming abo­ut a leak, cur­rent situ­ation and steps which sho­uld be taken to incre­ase clients/users (which were hit by the leak) pri­va­cy, safe­ty and get the­ir cur­rent and futu­re situ­ation stra­ight.

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