Month: October 2013

Steam for Fedora is now available in RPMFusion!

The Steam package is now available in the RPMFusion repositories. It is currently in the updates-testing repository, but it can be installed anyway directly if you have the RPMFusion repositories enabled.

http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/updates/testing/19/i386/

The package is currently 32 bit only, but it can be installed easily also on a 64 bit system. In fact, I’m currently running nearly 70 games on my 64 bit system. For details on the package, look at my now-obsolete Steam repository page.

To perform the installation today, make sure to have both RPMFusion free and non free repositories enabled and perform the following command as root:

yum -y --enablerepo=rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing install steam

The Steam package has some profiles enabled to avoid using the Ubuntu Steam Runtime, which produces graphical artifacts and sound issues when run in Fedora. To avoid any problems, please log out and login again or reboot the system prior to using Steam for the first time!

Steam games require the S3 Texture compression library for running on Open Source drivers, and the package already takes care of installing it for you.

CISPA: Who’s For It And Who’s Against It And Much More…

CISPA v3 is back!

We had believed, along with a number of others, that the Snowden leaks showing how the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone would likely kill CISPA dead. After all, the key component to CISPA was basically a method for encouraging companies to have total immunity from sharing information with the NSA. And while CISPA supporters pretended this was to help protect those companies and others from online attacks, the Snowden leaks have reinforced the idea (that many of us had been pointing out from the beginning) that it was really about making it easier for the NSA to rope in companies to help them spy on people.

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Also, if you don’t remember, while CISPA had passed the House, the Senate had shown little appetite for it. Last year, the Senate had approved a very different cybersecurity bill, and had expressed very little interest in taking up that fight again this year. Except now, in an unexpected move, Senate Intelligence Committee boss, and chief NSA defender because of reasons that are top secret, has now announced that she’s been writing a Senate counterpart to CISPA and is prepared to “move it forward.”

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Good Evening, America…

Good evening, America.

Allow me first to apologize. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby important events of the past usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful, bloody struggle are celebrated with a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this July the 4th, a day that is, sadly, no longer remembered, by taking time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak.

Even now, orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and, for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting submission.

How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others. And they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you. And in your panic, you turned to the now President Barack Obama. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

Last night, I sought to end that silence. Last night, I posted videos and made statements on Reddit.com to remind this country of what it has forgotten.

More than 237 years ago, a great group of men wished to imbed the 4th of July forever in our memory. Their hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives.

So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest that you allow the 4th of July to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek…then I ask you to stand beside me, one year from tonight outside the gates of Congress.

And together, we shall give them a 4th of July that shall never, ever be forgot.

CISPA and You – A Guide To Privacy

Spread the word, if you can. It’d be appreciated. Also, IANAL, but I have a pretty extensive mastery of legal-ese, as well as a penchant for word problems.

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If you are eligible to vote in the United States, please take a break from whatever you’re doing today and call your member of the US House of Representatives. Tell the staff member who answers the phone that you value your privacy. And tell him or her that you are deeply unhappy that the House seems poised to destroy everyone’s online, and by extension offline, privacy by passing the CISPA.

Also for those who missed, about 900 websites have taking part in an online blackout today to protest the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The web-based demonstration, organized by Anonymous

Oh yeah lulz. You might also mention that you’re not a “14-year-old tweeter in the basement,” which is how the chief backer of this wretched legislation has described its countless opponents.

I’ll be referencing this iteration of CISPA as of April 21st, 2012.

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March Against Monsanto – Worldwide, October 12, 2013 [ Organize Your March]

March Against Monsanto

This is a Call to Action for a Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere

Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world’s food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it’s enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto’s products.

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GUIDE: Which drivers to install when using an Nvidia, ATI or Intel video card on Ubuntu

This guide could be usefully in further future for newbies joining Linux distribution Ubuntu. Which could be allot since Steam is migrating focusing it’s gaming platforms to Linux.

I will divide this in several sections that try to address some concerns that we end users have when using this video cards. To make the text smaller and not have to repeat myself a lot I have created the following acronym:

ANI – When you read this it refers to any Ati/AMD, Nvidia or Intel Card.

The questions are found in this order:

  • 1. Can I use the latest ANI on an older version of Ubuntu?
  • 2. What is the difference between using the ANI driver from the official site, the one that comes by default with the system or the one that comes in the PPA repositories?
  • 3. What PPAs are recommended when using any ANI video card?
  • 4. How should I know which ANI package I should install?
  • 5. How to install an ANI driver?
  • 6. What is the difference between the different Proprietary Drivers?
  • 7. What common bugs are solved by using the latest ANI drivers?
  • 8. How to know if my ANI video card is supported in Ubuntu?
  • 9. My ANI video card does not install (Installation problems)

So the following are the top questions asked related to this video cards:

1. Can I use the latest ANI on an older version of Ubuntu?

Ubuntu 11.04 / Ubuntu 11.10

In 11.04 and 11.10, the latest video cards will not work properly using the default drivers. If the video card appeared several months after the release of Ubuntu 11.04 or 11.10, the default drivers will probably not have support. It might be necessary to do an upgrade/update of the system or even add a PPA that gives support for current and future video cards for this versions of Ubuntu.

For example, in the case of the GTX 560, it gained support with the Nvidia 275.xx versions. Since Ubuntu 11.04 came with support for the 270.xx series, your Nvidia card will not be detected or at least not work correctly (Not fully work). Your only solution is to use the one from the Nvidia Site (Not recommended) or to use one from one of the Nvidia PPA maintained for Ubuntu (The PPAs that offer Nvidia, Ati and Intel updated packages are the x-swat and xorg-edgers PPA). This only applies to 11.04. For 11.10 and above it works correctly (Except in some situations provided below) since the 275.xx drivers had already appeared by then.

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#BoycottMonsanto – A Simple List of Companies to Avoid

In light of the recent public anger over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple, printable list of companies that use Monsanto products. By avoiding products made by companies on this list, you can help ensure your money isn’t going to Monsanto and also watch out for the health of your family and yourself.

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If you wish to print, simply click on the list and choose “Print” from your browser’s menu (or press CTRL+P/CMD+P).

ATTENTION: Monsanto has won this years Nobel Prize of Agriculture despite their crops being banned around the world!