About a month ago, Apple talked about an interesting feature in iOS 14; Whenever the iPhone detects that a third-party app is using a clipboard, it notifies the user via a notification.

As you probably know, a clipboard is actually a short-term memory and its job is to store copied information, whether it’s text, photos, or anything else, and it can naturally include Internet passwords, bank account information, and more.

Those who have received the beta of iOS 14 quickly realized that apps like TikTok and even AccuWeather capture the contents of the clipboard. There are now reports of impermissible activity on some other popular apps, such as Reddit and LinkedIn.

One of the developers of iPhone applications, claims that the mentioned software copy all the content for themselves as soon as the content is entered in the clipboard, and this happens continuously.

This is another reason for us to stop using proprietary apps. Same thing could happen in software libre apps but we would find it way sooner than this. This is why GMAFIA & Friends provide services; to illegally collect your personal information.

Apparently, smartphones that are more expensive than 300 Euros have not entered the Iranian market, starting current Iranian year. This was announced by the “Association of Mobile, Tablets. and Accessories Importers of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce” yesterday.

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have seen restrictions on the import of digital goods to Iran, but these restrictions have not only been related to the virus. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have seen restrictions on the import of digital goods to Iran, but these restrictions have not only been related to this virus.

Importers of digital stuff are no longer able to receive currency from the Central Bank of Iran, and this has caused them many problems.

Now, new report suggests that the import of smartphones worth more than 300 euros into the country is banned. This may be due to the Iranian government’s efforts to save foreign exchange resources.

Spokesman for the Iranian Mobile Importers Association says the currency allocated for smartphone imports in the new year has fallen by about 500 million euros.

This is a bad situation for Iranian people.

If we ignore the fact that some corrupt people are involved, we can say that US sanctions have made it difficult and impossible for innocent people to use the equipment that allows them to live their daily lives.

I can’t approve nor deny that some Iranian companies are abusing their power and money but I can say that current US sanctions system hurts the Iranian people more than it hurts the Iranian government.

This is bad and should be stopped.

Another thing is that Iranian government has also a thing to do with this situation. Since the start of registering all mobile phones in ‘Mobile Regulatory’, Iranian government started to monitor people.

This registry can help the government to track people and limit their usage of the digital goods and it’s an obvious violation of people’s privacy. This power can be abused by the government at any time.

Iranian government also has a history of limiting people from using technology. For example, due to recent protests, we saw Iranian government shutting down the internet. Needless to mention all other activities of them (the government) during years.

One of the problems we have about activists is that they don’t follow up on issues. A lot of people are aware of the problems but less and less people are trying to complete a task of problem solving.

Many people, who I call audience, are only listening and collecting some basic information about problems but they mostly get tired of repeated content. Because of digital social networks, people are now used to diverse ‘content’ that expresses things in a completely superficial, raw, and non-specific way. And it is only suitable for entertainment, not change.

We see less and less people who focus on a problem and try their best to solve it. Of course we can’t, nor we have the right, to stop people who want to be active in different fields but without telling and guiding them, the bigger problem still remains.

Many of our audiences are tired of us repeating problems and expect us to go through one problem after another without actually doing anything about them. Many others expect the problems to be solved only by mentioning them.

The thing is that mentioning and talking about a problem is one thing, and actually trying to fix it is another thing. We can’t fix problems by talking about them. If you talk about math problems a lot, you won’t be a mathematician. The only way to fix those problems is to learning math and trying.

However, I should mention that gaining people’s attention about a problem is one way to fix it.

With public knowledge and global attention, we can have the power of people to change something. For example, in the matter of privacy and encryption, people’s attention is something that can fix the problem for good. It’s not enough of course but it’s an important precondition.

Anyway, many of us can’t stay active on one thing. We want to have activity and impact on various stuff and it can only, well not only but mostly, lead to being unsuccessful on all of them.

A good journalist is someone who does not give up a story until the whole truth is revealed, not someone who covers 100 different stories. Pick a problem, or even 5 problems if you can, and follow up on those issues till you do something effective and don’t give up.

You don’t need to be a person who can do a lot of things, you should be a person who does one thing very good.

Software Licensing

One of the most important parts of free (as in freedom) software is the license. Determining a license is one of the constant concerns of the software libre and free culture community. As you know, a work is considered libre only if it’s published under a free (as in freedom) license.

One of the problems is that it happens a lot that a developer forgets to distribute its work under a proper license. Well it can be solved easily by reminding the community the importance of providing a license but the bigger problem is the license itself.

Most of the times, developer distribute their works with weak licenses or licenses that are not fully compatible with free (as in freedom) culture.

As far as I know, the most popular software license is MIT, as of 2020. MIT is a great simple libre license. However, it’s weak and not copyleft. I personally license my works under the latest version of GNU General Public License (GPL) but some people may don’t like it as they may find it unpleasing.

Anyway, what I’m talking about is the importance of license as the license specifies the terms of service and the use of the software. Whether it can be used for progress of technology or helping the people or only be used to please corporations against people, it’s all can be defined by the license.

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I care about intellectual properties. Copyright is important to me. Personally, I license my works under a copyleft license but I always try to respect a company/service/etc. right over its properties such as logos, trademarks, etc.

Two Iranian companies/institutes are possibly violating Ubuntu/Canonical trademark policy/rights. I sent them an email message to see how they react to this. I thought it would be interesting for you too.

Here’s my email message:

Dear Canonical,

There’s two companies/institutes that seems to be using Ubuntu logo as
their trademarks. The logo is modified but it’s still obvious that
they’re copies of Ubuntu logo. I attached the logo files in this email
to let you see them.

My question is, keeping Ubuntu/Canonical trademarks policy in mind, are
these violation of Ubuntu/Canonical intellectual property rights?

If yes, are you going to do something?
If no, can people change Ubuntu logo a bit and use them?

One of the attachments is for PGP signature.

Ali Reza Hayati

I’ll share their response as soon as they send it to me.

Expectation vs. Reality

A lot of people are tired of advertisements. For example, some of us are using ad blockers now when we’re surfing the web. A lot of people mute the TV when they see an ad, others may use different technics to avoid ads. But what we’re facing now, is advertisements that are not specifically tell us what they are.

If you see a billboard in a street recommending something, you can tell it’s an ad, but what if your favorite football player recommends something? Imagine Leo Messi posting a picture of himself drinking Pepsi. How would you know if it’s really his preference or it’s just a paid ad?

Such thing can affect our decision on choosing stuff.

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It’s a reply to “Wanna try Jitsi Meet?” by Paulo Pinto.

I believe referring to a software libre as an alternative to a proprietary software is not right. Most software libre are not created to replace something. They have been created to satisfy a need for a service or software and are licensed free (as in freedom) to respect users’ rights.

I wouldn’t refer to a software as an alternative to another software, unless the creators specifically mention it.