I was just wondering how many of you had noticed/been affected by the
blocking of thepiratebay.se by o2, Talk Talk, Virgin, Be, and BT?
As an IT professional, it's helpful to be able to get various ISOs off
there for customers who've lost disks and so on... and I've probably used
it like a DVR in the past... so I'll admit I'm an occasional user! :) but
whether the site is used for good or bad - I still think it's very wrong
that ISPs are just preventing access to it. Obviously their 'block' is not
hard to circumvent.
On another note, I do think it's hilarious that from all the publicity
surrounding it, TPB has had 12 million more users this week than it's ever
had before (even for a top 100 site - that's one hell of a step).
So yeah, just hoping to get everybody's thoughts on the situation really...
Please try to keep it civil though.. I know how fiery some of our members
Message a bit short? Here's why... http://emailcharter.org/
I have one of the above, rescued from old Dell Optiplex, I no longer need.
If anyone can use it, let me know. First come, first served. But it will
need picking up from Tean or thereabouts.
----- Forwarded message -----
From: "Jim Killock"
Subject: Help beat the Snooper's Charter - free workshops
We're running a series of free workshops over the next few weeks to help
you learn about the "Snooper's Charter" and censorship and practice
lobbying your MP.
Join us and become a digital rights champion! Here's where we'll be and
when, with links to the Eventbrite pages where you can sign up:
- London, Wednesday, 20 June: http://orglondontraining.eventbrite.com/
- Edinburgh, Saturday 23 June: http://orgedinburghtraining.eventbrite.com/
- Manchester, Wednesday 27 June:
- Sheffield, Thursday 28 June: http://bit.ly/orgshefcst
- Birmingham, Wednesday, 4 July:
- Bristol, Saturday 7 July: http://orgbristoltraining.eventbrite.com/
Open Rights Group needs your help to defeat the latest attacks on
internet freedom! We need to convince MPs that they should oppose new
proposals for more surveillance and censorship.
These training sessions will help you learn about two of the biggest
current digital rights issues. And we'll help you practice how to
discuss them with your MP. The training will last for around four hours.
First we will give you a good background briefing on the issues and an
overview of the campaigns. Then we will do some practical training on
how to speak to your MP, and cover other campaigning ideas too.
We'll be covering two big topics:
1. The "Snoopers' Charter" - aka the Communications Data Bill - was
announced in the Queen's speech and is about to be published by the
government. The bill will create new powers to intercept and collect
information about who you talk to online. Your communications via
Google, Facebook or Skype will now be open to what may be a large number
of government officials. We want to see the powers to collect and access
communications data tightened up, not extended ever further.
2. Internet censorship. The government is considering whether Internet
Service Providers should have to block websites that contain 'adult
content' by default, with an 'opt out' for uncensored access. That would
mean an infrastructure of censorship that could, through mistakes, abuse
or mission creep, lead to more and more content being blocked for people
in the UK. Our research
on mobile Internet censorship recently showed how often the wrong
websites can be filtered, for example. We want to prevent this further
move towards private policing of the internet and free speech, and
recommend better ways to help parents manage their children's Internet
You can help stop these proposals. And we are here to help you!
You don't need any previous knowledge of the issues or experience
talking with your MP.
Join us. And tell your friends!
If you like what we do, then why not join ORG?
-------- Original Message --------
From: Charles Barnwell
Roger Whittaker from SUSE will be talking on Thursday. He will give us an
update on where SUSE stands today, an update on btrfs and snapper along
with other new stuff.
For people who haven't attended recently the meeting is held at BPSA
Birmingham Science Park Aston
Birmingham B7 4BB
This is near the end of the A38(M) Aston Expressway, there is plenty of
parking, you need to press the intercom on the barrier, say that you've
come for the User Group meeting, and security should let you in. The main
door is fairly obvious, and we're usually in the room immediately to the
left inside the door.
Our start time is 7:30pm.
I can't attend I'm afraid, but if anybody is willing to record it I would
love to watch later.
Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.
* Talk: Free Software advances around the world
* Speaker: Bob Ham
* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
"(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"
* Date: Tuesday, 19th June 2012 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30
Free Software has had much success in different places around the world
but people in the UK are often not aware of this. So Manchester Free
Software is having a talk to help rectify this and inspire greater use
of free software in the UK.
"The talk will be describing some of the advances that free software
has made in different countries around the world, discussing some of the
pro-freedom legislation, the battles that have been fought with
proprietary software companies, and highlighting the positive impact
that Free Software has had."
The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate
in the pub afterwards.
* Bob Ham
"I've been using GNU+Linux and advocating free software for over 10
years. I have helped develop numerous free software projects including
professional audio systems, high level database APIs, and more recently
started working on software for free phones such as the Openmoko
Freerunner and Golden Delicious GTA04. I work as a GNU+Linux system
The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge
Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft
Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The
talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place
Called Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>).
Parking: Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero
cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you'll have to pay up until then and the
maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THIS. There are paid
parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap
centred on Madlab
A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP
<http://www.ncp.co.uk/>. If you can't decide otherwise then park in
Manchester Arndale <http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.
Public Transport: Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill
tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close
to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far either.
Further details at <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2012-06-19>.
General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
on our website.
If you would like five minutes to tell us about something, please
contact us at <fsuk-manchester-team(a)nongnu.org>.
FSF member #9429
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide
mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all
free software users."
I have an oldish Gigabyte board that has a small SATA connector board
(PCI) attached to it. I've popped a Mint disk (11 I think which I
know is old now) in just to try and install to the 500gb SATA drive
that is hooked up. Nothing. No sign of the SATA drive anywhere.
Should I be doing anything different? I know that with MS Windows I
need to halt the install near the beginning and add the relevant
drivers but I didn't expect to have to do this with Linux. Or do I?
Any ideas? I don't want to but ultimately I may end up having to buy
:( a new mobo with fully built in SATA capability. This would also
entail buying new RAM, new optical drives..... you see why I don't
want to do this.
Linux user #373362
'Just Free it.'
June's meeting will be a 'social' meeting at venue below.
As usual, if everyone could please make their intentions known by
signing/replying to this email.
# Can Attend
# Might Attend
# Not this time
Message a bit short? Here's why... http://emailcharter.org/
I will have to replace my satellite receiver so I'm looking at the above.
Its Linux based with an Ethernet port so it should be easy to back up the
I've read the manual and it looks pretty good for the money. Has anyone had
any experience with this device? I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks for your help Kevanf1. I have already checked with the manufacturer
and the confirm that it has something like an SMB share. I'm making no
assumptions. So, if I've confused the issue then let me clarify.
I'm just looking for someone who already owns or uses one of the above
device to get an opinion as to whether it is as good as they say and maybe
give me some tips and advice.
I was going for a Dreambox which is basically a Linux box with x86 processor
but the cost is simply out of my range. The Icecript is the next best,
By the way, I've rescued the contents of about 5 PVR hard disks, so far,
with various utilities and perl scripts picked up from the web. The
Icecrypt uses Ext3 which is why I mentioned that it should be easier to back
up than most of the other units, even if the HDD has to be dropped into a
Thanks again, Walt
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Kevanf1
Sent: 03 June 2012 15:19
Subject: Re: [Staffslug] Icecrypt S4000HDPVR - Linux
On 3 June 2012 12:45, Tom Hill <tom(a)ninjabadger.net> wrote:
> On 01/06/12 13:22, walt wrote:
>> I will have to replace my satellite receiver so I'm looking at the above.
>> Its Linux based with an Ethernet port so it should be easy to back up
>> the hdd.
> What am I missing?
> It sounds like you're assuming that just because this appliance has a
> Linux kernel and an Ethernet port, that they're going to expose
> NFS/CIFS/SFTP/some other useful interface for transferring files?
> I couldn't see it on their website as a touted feature. If they do
> expose such things, then they're really missing the right marketing.
It can't hurt to e-mail he manufacturers and ask if this is possible.
I agree that you shouldn't really take it for granted that this can be done
as they could have some form of lock in place to prevent it.
Check first before shelling out those pounds I say :)
Linux user #373362
'Just Free it.'
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