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Free Software / Keiser Report: Happy Hacking!

In this episode, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss tuning in, dropping out and the modern day opting out. They also talk about ‘high value’ customers being fast tracked at Heathrow in the name of expediency; while in the US poor people are fast tracked into a private debt collectors’ kickback scheme with the help of district attorneys. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Richard Stallman about Anonymous protests outside virtual doorways, corporate tyrannies and free software.

Richard Stallman makes some great point about the price of software in this following video. Software can be tremendously empowering but often it comes at a price, that price creates its own kind of financial apartheid of those that can afford and those that can not. Apple is good case in point, on the surface a really “hip” company with lovely lifestyle products but in reality there make proprietary software and their hardware is made in Chinese factories with horrid conditions & the Apps system is incredibly limited and the Apple Operating is not free, although largely borrowed from open-source code, nice adverts though. History has shown that closed proprietary systems always fail open free systems inevitably thrive. The future is Linux.

4 Responses to Free Software / Keiser Report: Happy Hacking!

  1. fool me once... September 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    In the first video the Stallman/Keiser interview starts at 12.15mins.
    The second RT clip featuring an interview with Richard Stallman is also very informative and interesting. Stallman is easy to understand and explains his points well. The interviewer on the other hand, Al Gurnov, comes across like a plonker in denial. Good article JB.

  2. Jonathon Blakeley September 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Cheers Mate, & thanks for the booklet, I used to live near Zephaniah in the eighties. Of course I always remember the classic

    “Dis a policeman, Dis a Policeman, Dis a Policeman keep on kicking me in the fucking head.”

    :-)

  3. Ariadna Theokopoulos September 25, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Great videos, Jonathon!
    In the first one, when Max talks about airport special treatment and says that fewer and fewer people will get richer and richer until there will be ONE guy and “he will probably be from the ME”–I wonder if he has a specific country in mind.

  4. who_me September 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    both videos are definitely worth watching, but the 2nd one gets into the material more. i agree with fmo about the interviewer in the 2nd video. but not only is the guy a generic jewish run media fascist cheerleader, he really incompetent as an interviewer and presenter. russia was fortunate that many of these parasites left after the ussr fall to follow their greed, though that particular interviewer appears to have grown up outside the ussr. keiser did a much better job interviewing stallman, even though it was shorter and less material covered. he let him talk and listened to what he had to say.

    i saw or read another interview with stallman years ago. interesting guy and i agree with most of what he says. a couple areas i find problematic are stallman’s optimistic views of capitalism being workable without it going to extremes. i don’t know his full views on this, or his reasoning, so maybe my take of them is off. the extremes we see now in capitalism are the way capitalism always goes. big fish eat little, power gets concentrated. democracy and choice are incompatible with capitalism.

    the second area was stallman’s characterisation of ddos attacks as a form of protest (max interview). comparing ddos to picketing outside a business or government building. that analogy is off. for it to be on, the protest would have to enter the building and prevent others entering the building. ddos attacks are usually not done by protesters, but by governments and organised groups for the purpose of blocking a site from being used. it’s vandalism, not protest. it’s a way of blocking access to a site to prevent people using it.

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