LinuxBIOS Symposium 2006 Europe [Update]

For everybody who might be interested in this kind of stuff: the LinuxBIOS project's annual LinuxBIOS Symposium will take place October 1st-3rd, 2006 in the nice German city Hamburg.

In the light of the recent discussions about "sourceless firmware" and similar issues in Debian, some people might be interesting in helping with (or at least getting informed about) a practical project related to this - a free (GPL'd) BIOS replacement. It's quite likely that some OLPC people will be there, too, as the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project employs LinuxBIOS on their hardware...

Deadline for workshop and talk proposals is September 10th (if you should plan to give a talk), and a preliminary agenda is already available online. The registration process has also recently started (deadline is September 11th). See this post for the full announcement.

Now, if I manage to somehow gather a reasonably large amount of Euros, I'll probably be there.

Update 2006-09-11: I have decided to register for the conference, so I'll be there! Anyone else?

Last chance to fight EU data retention

On the 13th of December (next Tuesday) the European Parliament will vote on a Data Retention Directive. This directive is stupid, stupid, stupid (you cannot stress that enough)! More info on the Data Retention is No Solution wiki.

The Open Rights Group has an article on fighting data retention which outlines what you can do to (hopefully) stop this.

/me walks to the local Irish pub for some Guinness now.

Visited Countries Meme

Meme time again... This is the map of countries which I have visited...

Worldmap of places I visited

OK, so I'm quite Europe-centered...

Data Retention is no Solution

The European ministers of Justice and the European Commission want to install a privacy nightmare in Europe:

The proposal to retain traffic data will reveal who has been calling and e-mailing whom, what websites people have visited and even where they were with their mobile phones.

As a response, the European Digital Rights (EDRI) has started the Data Retention is no Solution petition. Currently about 17.000 people signed (I am one of them), but lots more signatures (1 million) are needed until October 12, 2005.

Sign the petition, tell all your friends. I'm sure none of us want to live in a total-surveillance-as-in-1984 type of world.

(via Symlink)

Stop Software Patents!

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Software patents are to be introduced in the European Union, soon. Software patents suck.
Spread the word. Stop software patents before it's too late.

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Software patents were stopped in India. We can prevent them in Europe, too. But we need to act. Now.

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