July 26, 2016

Ad Babyloniæ fluvios

Hodie carmen legi a Palæstino quodam nomine Abu Salma scriptum quod fecit recordarer Psalmam CXXXVII. Carminis pars in Latinam linguam versa infra invenitur:

Palestina cara, quomodo vivam procul ab planitiebus collibusque tuis?… Usque adhuc sonat ululatus…. Amici rogant: Denuo conveniemus? Redibimus post absentiam? Etiam! Pulverem osculabimur rore gemmantem. Desideriaque rubra in ore nostro. Cras redibimus dum omnem auscultat genus passum. Redibimus… cum tonitrus strepitu… cum vexillis sanguineis et gladiis hastisque micantibus.

Et hic est psalma ex interpretatione Sebastiani Castellionis:

Ad Babyloniæ fluvios sedebamus, idque plorantes, quum recordaremur Sionem, suspensis in ea regione citharis nostris ad salices. Illic enim nostræ captivitatis et ejulationis autores carmina nos lætitiamque poscebant: Canite nobis carmen aliquod Sionium. Quo pacto canamus Jovanum carmen in aliena terra? Quando te sumus obliti Hierosolyma, oblita est nostra dextra. Adhæret lingua nostra palato, nisi tui simus compotes, nisi Hierosolymam ad nostræ lætitiæ caput adhibeamus. Reminiscere Jova Idumæorum, qui die Hierosolymæ dicebant, Evertite, evertite funditus eam. O puella Babylon devastanda, felix qui tibi tua in nos merita rependet, felix qui correptos tuos infantes saxis allidet.

Carmina ambo incipiunt patriæ desiderium verbis pulcherrimis depingentes et sanguinantem finem violentumque faciunt. Unum locum, duarum gentium patria; quando pacem noveris?

July 24, 2016

De homine dubitatione carente

Mormonismus tribulationes novas patitur nam multi sunt homines qui doctrinam sequuntur sed ecclesiæ haud confidunt. Ecclesiæ Mormonæ pontifex maximus duos consultores habens est qui “vates” vel “propheta” appellatur et duodecim pontifices minores qui “apostoli” vocantur. Qui aperte dubitant veritatem eorum verborum id periculi sui faciunt nam solent excommunicari. Nuper homines multi, ut supra scripsi, doctrinam mormonam sequentes sed ecclesiæ non confidentes aut excommunicati sunt aut ecclesiam renuntiati, et videtur cotidie plures se cum eis jungunt vel saltem consentiunt.

Librum qui de Josepho Smitho Mormonismi conditore agit nuper scripsit homo quidam nomine Denverius Snuffer. Libri titulus est “Homo dubitatione carens,” et Josephum Smithum præbet ut hominem non modo ad Mormonismum verum cunctum etiam ad Christianismum pertinentem velut Sanctum Franciscum Assisiensem, Martinum Lutherum, Gulielmum Tindalum, Johannem Wesley, Johannem Knox, et Johannem Calvinum. Excommunicatus ab Ecclesia Mormona, non vult lectores ad ecclesiam trahere vel convertere; argentariam vero societatem magis quam ecclesiam appellat Ecclesiam Mormonam. Liber infeliciter nondum Latinam in linguam conversus est, nec utrum umquam convertatur scio.

July 16, 2016

Nicææ incursus et ictus in Turciam ominantur dies difficiles

Nicææ Jovis die XIV mensis Julii (vel pridie Idus Julias) tromocrates autocineto onerario in hominum multitudinem incursavit saltem LXXXIV occidens, secundum periodicum Latinum Ephemeridem. Scholæ jurisperitorum condiscipulis multis Nicææ æstate studentibus, nuntium accipere gavisus sum me certiorem facentem neque mortuum neque læsum condiscipulum ullum. Magnopere autem doleo Francogallorum aliorumque mortem.

Tromocratia diebus hodiernis periculo magno est societatibus occidentalibus, et magni momenti est auxilium Turciæ contra fœdum tromocraticum nomine ISIS. Sed heri pars Turcici exercitus conatus est depellere Turciæ præsidem et rem publicam rapere. Turciæ præses vir haud honestus est; ictus vero in civitatem melioris nationis spem haud fert.

Spero dies meliores venturos esse, sed timeo ne dies prius malos patiamur.

May 28, 2016

When the law obstructs free software

I’m interested in playing around with mesh networking a bit over the summer. I had intended to purchase one of the FSF-certified routers available from ThinkPenguin and start learning about how to modify the software that controls it. However, as of this morning they don’t appear to be available, apparently due to a change in FCC rules that is causing the few wifi router manufacturers who didn’t previously lock down their products to do so now. We are supposed to be  mindless consumers, I suppose, and not start experimenting with doing our own things. So I wrote the following to my congressman to lament the current state of affairs:

Jeremiah Stoddard
1452 Transite Avenue
San Diego, CA 92154

May 28, 2016

Rep. Juan Vargas
1605 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Vargas:

I am a long-time San Diego resident, programmer, free/libre and open source software enthusiast, and amateur radio operator. I am extremely concerned about the FCC’s new rules on the evaluation and approval of RF devices, an issue that probably flies under the radar of most.

One effect of the FCC’s rule update is that the few manufacturers of wifi routers that allowed end-users to replace the firmware are now locking down their products so that the users no longer have this freedom. Many individuals and businesses liked to replace their routers’ firmware with software such as dd-wrt, openwrt, or libreCMC in order to improve functionality and security on their networks. Additionally, amateur radio licensees have experimented with modified routers to run mesh networks in order to provide communications for government and civilian rescue workers in the event of major natural disasters or other catastrophes. Community groups such as freifunk have also used mesh networking as a way to connect local communities in a less commercialized environment than the Internet. All of these activities either are already being harmed, or will be harmed as a result of the FCC’s rule changes.

There is also the potential problem that future computers with built-in wifi adapters may now have to be manufactured in such a way as to prevent the installation and use of fully free GNU/Linux distributions.

The previous rules were quite old, but to my knowledge there hasn’t been a serious outbreak of individuals modifying their wireless devices in order to illegally hijack the airwaves. Such instances, since they are rare, would be best dealt with on an individual basis. There’s an old engineering adage, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” The FCC should have followed this in their rulemaking.

I hope Congress will consider stepping in and placing limits on the authority of executive agencies to create strict regulations that interfere with the lives and freedom of ordinary citizens.

Sincerely,

Jeremiah Stoddard

(619) 757-3652

jeremiah@jeremiahstoddard.com

Things like freifunk (check it out, seriously!) just got a lot harder to implement; the new FCC rules are anti-consumer in that they tie us down to dependency on commercial network providers. This should greatly disturb anyone who is concerned about government-imposed corporatism, from leftists to those among the libertarian right. Please consider also making your voice heard, both on social networks and in writing to your government representatives.

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