New Interview with Mike Ruppert

I’m happy to see this new interview with Mike Ruppert about his new book, “A Presidential Energy Policy.”

China is implementing his Presidential Point #1 - Double the national oil reserve storage, because we are post peak - and PetroChina is now the largest company in the world.

Moblin 2.0

Intel’s distribution of GNU/Linux, Moblin, is very nice:

Off the cliff we go

The Oil Drum just posted an excellent up-to-date set of graphics on oil decline rates, and even at 3.4% this does not look good at all; that mean’s we’ll have half the liquid fuel we do today in 20 years time.

Global Oil Decline

My gut feeling is that the rate of decline will accelerate, not float down as in the above graph, as it did in Cantarell:

Peak oil in Cantarell Mexico

Off the cliff we go.

UK Government Approves DRM

A while ago I signed a petition to the UK Prime Minster’s office against DRM, and a response came back today. Not good and containing plenty of nonsense, sadly.

The petition was:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to investigate the legality and fairness of DRM, specifically SecuROM. With more and more consumers being effectively handcuffed by games producers using draconian methods of DRM, we require the government to protect our rights as consumers by investigating this issue. We maintain that “limited installs” and “online activation” are both misleading, immoral and discriminatory. We also maintain that our rights of resale are being infringed by said DRM methods.

The Government’s response:

The Government wants as many people as possible to enjoy all the benefits that broadband internet can bring. New technology has changed the way people want to use and access media content, in some cases faster than products and services commercially on offer have developed. But we are also clear that the benefits of the internet must include economic benefits for our creative industries and artists.

Of course DRM is about more than just preventing people doing things, it is also about enabling content and other companies to make their material available in more sophisticated ways, offering different deals at different price ranges for example. But it is also employed as a “policeman”, and it is particularly in those circumstances that the utilisation of DRM by rights holders can be controversial.

Generally speaking the Government considers that DRM remains a legitimate tool for industry to use so long, obviously, as its utilisation stays within the general legal framework. If consumers are resistant then there may well be commercial advantage to offering DRM-free goods, as is happening in the music industry – but as a tool it is reasonable to leave it as something to be deployed as appropriate.

Guardian Editor in Chief: “Newspapers are going to die”

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p>Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Editor in Chief, on the Future of Journalism: Bloggers’ comments make journalists’ articles “look quite silly.” “Newspapers are going to die” “Its a broken model, the victorian model of distribution” “blurring the distinction between journalist and reader … acknowledge they bring so much, create a community around your journalistic core” “we look to see how the [guardian] technology team are working, that’s how we’ll all be working in 5 years time”

How to force reading EULAs

The LGM2009 inGIMP talk is awesome - the second half about “arresting graphic design” was really smart: they figured out how to influence people to actually bother reading EULAs :-)

2009-03-07 John Taylor Gatto on “Open Source Education”

John Taylor Gatto made a speech on the 7th of March this year, and the video from homelandstupidity.us is embedded above. It is also available to buy on DVD from booktv.org and you can download the 700Mb FLV video direct (and play it using the free software VLC).

I also recently found an audio recording on archive.org of John making a short speech and then reading a chapter of his latest book, “Letter to my Granddaughter,” at the unSchooling Oppression conference, November 6, 2007.

The first chapter Weapons of Mass Instruction was published in Ode Magazine, and last year I tracked down Alexandre Innis’ Principles of Secondary Education and you can download a ZIP of all the the pages which John references.

Fun: Univers Revolved

Here is an interesting way of checking the curves in a typeface:

Univers revolved