CopySwede are allowed to enforce extra fee for external HDD and USB memories

Today the criminal organization CopySwede won in the court and is allowed to enforce an extra fee on all external HDD and USB memories up to 80SEK per unit.

They are penalizing the all computer users in Sweden both private and corporate for imagined  losses in sales due to private copies and pirate copies, they completely have missed that those users who do pirate copy music and movies are also those who are the main consumers of legal music and movies.

This will cause the Swedish electronic chains to have even more difficulties (during the last year two chains has gone down) as customers will buy more electronics online and those don’t have to pay the illegal fee that CopySwede has been able to enforce. Those who do store private pirate copies on a device which has been taxed with the CopySwede fee could be seen as a device which content you can’t be charged for as you have already paid a fee to store pirate copies out over your own backups and temp files and EU has said that you can’t be penalized twice for a “crime”.

Replacing acroread with okular

As Adobe has decided to drop support for Linux, we saw how they ignore to make security update for Linux, so there is more importance to find a full replacement for acroread, sure you can choose to use which ever pdf reader and set up helper application to use this pdf reader when you download a pdf, it will not open in the browser window and you may get in some badly designed sites a empty tab/page opened and on some even worse sites you will not be able to download the pdf as you don’t have a plugin supporting PDF (some sites even look for the acrobat plugin as in HSBC online banking pages).

Don’t fear, there is a solution Okularplugin, this allows you to use Okular as a full replacement for acroread, you get the in-browser experience, and those sites which requires you to have a plugin will work and it’s possible to build so that it fakes itself as acroread, which makes sites as HSBC to work.

If your distribution don’t support this great plugin, then tell them about it and while you wait for them to add the support you can build it yourself by fetching the source code from github.

Nokia fakes video and images for low quality Lumia

It seems Nokia has been busy and learned a few new dirty from microsoft, namely to lie to your potential customers and make your product look a lot better than it is, we seen this in the way microsoft has been trashing GNU/Linux with lies.

First it was revealed that the video taken with the Lumia 920 was actually taken with a professional video camera, Nokia was caught in the lie with their paints down as in the caravan window you could see the actual camera man filming.

Next all those “beautiful” photos you are supposed to take with the ordinary 8MP camera (that’s all WP8 can support), those are taken with a professional DSLR camera.

It’s quite sad that we have seen how Nokia has been nursed by microsoft, don’t forget all the articles about Lumia selling well in China, the Chinese Lumia did run on Symbian and the sales wasn’t too great. Nokias market share in China is now on around 1%, this low sales in China has Nokia never had before, this really tells us how good those Lumia phones are, just crap.

id Software signed a Nokia style agreement with Microsoft?

Many of you may have read that Carmack had told that the Linux was a poor and unprofitable platform and this has been echoed out in a similar way as Nokia has tried to convince customers that the Lumua is a good buy.

What Carmack really said was:

Not nearly as many people are interested in paying for games on the platform.

We know from the the sales of Humble Bundle packages, that the Linux users are paying a lot more per person for the games than what the ms-windows and OS X users does, so if id Software would like to release a game for Linux, there would be enough people paying for it and they would be prepared to pay more for it. Of course there wouldn’t be as many buyers, but most likely would be more profitable than the OS X market.

It seems like Timothee Bessett may have left id Software for Bethesda seems to dislike Linux in the same way as mr Elop at Nokia does, and Carmack hasn’t been able to talk as freely as he used to, most likely due a contract with Microsoft to bring games for their upcoming console (this is just speculations) and support for Linux is one of those things which Microsoft require that their partners should discontinue with.

According to Carmack, most of id Softwares failures has been with AMD and nVidia drivers for the ms-windows platform and it seems like these issues hasn’t been on the Linux side (don’t forget how many times Linux has outperformed ms-windows with the same nVidia driver and the same game, running native on both systems, even times when Linux outperformed ms-windows when running games with wine).

I’ll just thank Josh Walrath for spreading the Microsoft propaganda, for those who wants to read in detail what Carmack said, then read Homer’s blog post at slated.

Digia to support KDE Free Qt Foundation efforts.

Digia, the new owner of QT has written a letter to the KDE community and expressed they will be keeping up the work with the KDE Free Qt Foundation, here is the whole letter published at KDE.org:

Dear KDE Community,

As you may have heard, Digia announced it plans to acquire the Qt technology from Nokia. This transaction secures Qt’s future as the leading cross-platform development framework. It also brings over a part of the Qt team previously at Nokia who, together with the Digia Qt R&D team, will be able to keep developing Qt further.

With this acquisition Digia will be the main company responsible for all of Qt, not just the commercial licensing business. We believe in the power of the Qt dual license. It is a great value for Qt that it can be used under an open source and commercial license. We want to continue the symbiosis with the KDE community and the KDE Free Qt Foundation.

Digia will take forth operating the Qt Project, including hosting the key systems via the Qt Project Foundation. It is very important for us to have a growing number of contributions from different members of the Qt community. We want to work with the entire Qt ecosystem through the Qt Project to make sure Qt will continue to thrive both under commercial and open-source licenses.

Continuing the development of Qt is both a challenge and an opportunity. It will be on the mutual shoulders of the community and Digia to secure the future of Qt as the best possible cross- platform development framework, a challenge we are ready to take on. The KDE community is a key driver and contributor to Qt and we therefore would like to further develop our relationship with you, via an even stronger dialogue and cooperation in the future.

We will continue the work originally set forth by Trolltech over 15 years ago to develop a framework that allows to write code once and deploy it everywhere. We will carry on improving Qt so that both our customers and the open-source users can rely on Digia’s continued investment to provide a development framework that will make their projects successful. We look forward to working with KDE in order to further strengthen and extend Qt’s global reach.

In about a month, the legalities of the acquisition will be concluded. Prior to that, we want to plan things together with you and other key stakeholders of the Qt community. We want to discuss and agree on the future of Qt so that we can all work efficiently together after the transaction is completed.

Yours,
Tuukka Turunen
Director, R&D