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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Today, in Italy, in the country where the prime minister left arm and founder of its Party is under trial for participation in Mafia organizations, and where the Prime Minister is under trial for judge corruption, for the FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD, network service providers have been condemned to jail because of a video leaked on the network they are in charge of administrate by a user.

Original article (in Italian).

Not the user that leaked the video. Which would be terrible enough. But the providers. In this case, Google itself.

Not even the Iranian government, not even the Myanmar government arrived to this point. They prosecuted the publishing of the ideas, but not the media through which those ideas was published.

An immediate, formal and firm protest of the world internet community is absolutely in order, to avoid that this happens also in your country.

The fact that this happened in Italy, a country where free speech is formally granted by our Constitution and ensured by a rich body of ordinary laws, is a warn and admonishment for all the "free" and "democratic" countries in the world. This can happen even in your country, and even if your country consider itself a Home for free speech.

Fight back now, or it will be too late.

Please, send a mail to the President of the Italian Republic, which has the power to lessen the effectiveness of this sentence in our legal system:

Republic President's webmail.

If other governments think they can do that because Italy did that, it will be a dark day for us all. Stop this from happening.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Unexpected events can even be pleasant.

Yesterday, I've been asked to bring myself to the local station of the Finance Guard, for a one-time control applied randomly on new firms started last year.

Even if it's just a formal control on new-born firms, to prevent empty cover-up names to be legally provided to criminals, one may think it's quite a nuisance to loose a workday and bring your invoices into a police station for a check. And usually it is.

But contrarily to my expectations, I found the people at the office so empathic and warm that I had one of my most pleasurable morning since long. I met up with a officer being both skilled and loving I.T., so we entered immediately in a sympathetic mode.

As I was leaving the station, we took some time to talk about various arguments. As we talked, I wondered about the nice time we had, and realized that even if I had been forced to stop my restless work for half a day, that had been good indeed.

We run, run, rush to do things and never stop looking around, we're so dug into our daily troubles that we rarely see what's around, or in front of us. I felt so refreshed by the meeting that I had a feeling like taking a deep breath after a long run. And I felt like having found a new friend too.

Shuffling cards, meeting new people, going in new places, can really be good.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

... that makes me proud of being part of the mankind, it is this man.

Tiziano Terzani, he's not a master, as he says, he's not a Guru. He's just a man who lived, and who understood. Very probably, in another place, in another time, they would have called him a Buddah, an Enlightened.

He wrote books, as he was a journalist. In this interview, he was dying of a cancer, and he says he's happy of his life, and of the incredible opportunity he had been given; last but not least, the opportunity to die serenely, now that he is 66. Was he ill at a younger age, say at 30, he would have not be so happy to die, he says, but now, now that it has fulfilled his life, now that he has an equilibrium, now that he's in peace with himself... he says he and his "hosts", his cancer, will live and die together.

His last sentence in this video, one of his advices (not teaching, he never wanted to teach), is: if you find a fork in the road, where one road goes down, and the other goes up, get the one that goes up. You'll always find yourself in a better place.

And he was from Tuscany. As he's a man of the world, maybe I shouldn't say that, but hearing his adventures, his knowing, his wisdom in my own tongue, with that irony and views and happiness and life-force that are so much imbued in my homeland and so well know across the world, gives me a special kind of feeling.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Cheers for Falcon!

We have just committed version 1500:

gian@hplin:~/Progetti/falcon/core$ svn commit -m "Removed unneeded troublesome dependency"
Trasmetto manpages/CMakeLists.txt
Trasmissione dati .
Commit della Revisione 1500 eseguito.

Well, not a great news, but it was cool to cheer at it. With my fav beer :-).