Unity and the post-Snowden world

I typically don’t listen to podcasts or watch talk shows, but the 29nd episode of the 2nd season of the Linux Action Show was referred to me and it does have a very interesting part where they discuss the usability and privacy issues around the latest iteration of Canonical’s “Unity” interface. The ten minutes where these guys discussed the matter were surprisingly thought-provoking even for someone like me who was already aware of privacy issues.

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Wanted: documentation specialist

The Pitivi project is looking for someone who loves teaching/writing, to fill the position of “documentation specialist” among our team! The documentation specialist will be responsible for updating our fantastic user manual (online version here) based on release notes of 0.91 and 0.92 as well as your own imagination/ideas for improvement.

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Pitivi 0.92 and the wandering opensourcerer

The past few weeks have been pretty crazy.

At the last minute, I ended up going to the GStreamer Conference in Edinburgh, thanks to the GStreamer project sponsoring my attendance. As always, it was a fantastic event and it was great to meet up with old friends and see great topics being discussed. I was pretty impressed by the amount of attendees too. I’m feeling guilty for having missed good talks while being dragged into hallway discussions or being hammered by jetlag, but our pals at Ubicast recorded everything so I should be able to catch up later. My good friend Luis summarized the event much better than I could, so I won’t go into detail here. Except that Thibault won a bottle of whiskey and was unable to claim it, so I picked it up and brought it back for him (I don’t hack on GStreamer itself, so I don’t need the whiskey):

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Privacy does not exist — it never did

Warning: this is certainly a depressing post.

The NSA/PRISM/big brother scandal of late didn’t surprise nor shock me. The discovery that “the NSA probably silently circumvents/broke all our crypto and hid backdoors everywhere” is not really a discovery to geeks who have given the whole system a bit of thought — spies are spying on us, and they’re not telling us that our GPG keys or disk encryption are not sufficient to guard against them? No sh**, Sherlock!

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