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In response to SF.net lockdown for "enemies"

Posted 01-28-2010 at 03:58 AM by Web31337

25.01.2010 a biggest opensource projects hoster, sourceforge.net denied access to certain countries, which are Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria(correct me if I missed some). They wrote it on their blog.
SF referred to US law, since this was made to follow it. But the way I see it is quite different.

What they actually did is made problems to legal users from these countries. And the ones that should (probably) be blocked will bypass it just by using proxy.

At this very day 25 jan, I planned my first opensource project update, the one I created on sf.net and other hostings long time ago, it's PHPS Pastebin.
At this very day I was already asleep when I finished debugging and refactoring. So I didn't noticed that news. Or, probably, it happened after I gone to bed.
I've spotted SF.net actually don't listen too much to their users since they changed design to new one @ summer 2009 and when I reported some bugs with it, were present at that time, I received a reply "It would be passed to our designers". And seems like still noone cares.
Anyway, back on topic. The situation could be different from the one we have now with sf.net.
I don't really know how long these laws existed but anyway, I guess it was possible to make sort of voting for users on /, if they like sf.net to be down for unknown time while they will be moving to other country, OR just gone.
Yeah, anyway it can't just go away, it's a good business and it would be stupid to lose it. But instead of any of those ways, they just crack "unwanted" users outa, don't asking anyone of anything.
There is always another way. You may judge me for covering this from my point of view, in fact you can, I'm just a human, as all we are, but I am totally sure problem could be solved in easier and less painful way. It's just someone want or doesn't want to solve it that way.

Now, they are free to deal with a shitflows running over them, and with life that will punish them for this weakness and following the path of evil, agreeing with it's power and superiousity.

Since today, 28.01.2010, I removed all release files from all of my projects, leaving only links to project sites, since I can't remove projects themselves.
I am willing to go further in this and remove my own account, but what I'm not sure is will my projects be removed or not. That is why I recently still there.
I added news with text "Matrix has you. Follow the white rabbit." with a link to my site with this text, so that visitors of all my projects could read this and decide for themselves do they need to take something from site where it's staff acts in those unpredictable and horrible ways, or not.

This reminds me "The Matrix" movie somehow, so that's why I referred to it in my news posts @ sf.

P.S. Some people report microsoft.com site is available from these countries but I am not sure, free to correct me if you find out this is wrong. In Russia someone commented that:
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It's microsoft, why would you be amazed? It's easier to crack in and destroy them, when they use Windows.
So, if you really wish some good opensource hosting... you, guys better stop by your your servers, there's no knowing where all other servers might lead you to. As always, there is no place like 127.0.0.1, trust this great experience, proven by tens of years. :)
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