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Hacker proves with Open Data that Microsoft license costs don’t matter

no, not really. Still this graph is a better starting point to discuss these issues than certain slogans. And also proves something important about Open Data

We did it ourselves: The open organization in education

Reading The Open Organization was exciting because author Jim Whitehurst catalyzed many ideas that I've had swimming in my consciousness. Jim says that his role at Red Hat is more of a catalyst than a CEO in the traditional sense of how we use the word. The open organization is less about CEOs and more about community building and empowerment. His approach reminds me of ancient wisdom found in the Tao te Ching: read more

Hello, Columbus: Ohio LinuxFest Up Next Oct. 2-3

The 13th annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held Oct. 2-3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. Hosting authoritative speakers in a large expo hall, the OLF welcomes all free and open source software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about free and open source software.

Acer offers convertible Chromebook for $299

In today's open source roundup: The Acer Chromebook R11 offers tablet and laptop functionality for $299. Plus: Acer announces Predator 8 gaming tablet. And Google announces Android Wear for the iPhone.

F23 Cloud Base Test Day September 8th!

Hey everyone! Fedora 23 has been baking in the oven. The Fedora Cloud WG has elected to do a temperature check on September 8th. For this test day we are going to concentrate on the base image. We will have... Continue Reading →

How to Make Unbreakable Passwords In Your Head Using Mental Cryptography

The problem, of course, is trusting a single third-party with this task. Turing Award winner Manuel Blum recently proposed a solution at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum that uses ID-based encryption but avoids the third-party password generator. Instead, this encryption is done mentally by the user.

How to Install Linux Kernel 4.2 on Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint

Arne Exton, an independent distribution developer, has informed us earlier today, September 2, that he managed to compile new kernel packages for Ubuntu/Debian-based distributions.

Stupid Patent of the Month: “Internet drink mixer” vs. everyone

It's that time of the month again: the Electronic Frontier Foundation has selected a winner for its "Stupid Patent of the Month" contest.

Patent-holding company Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations (RCDI) owns US Patent No. 8,788,090, which was granted in 2014 and describes a system where a "remote server" "transmits" a "product preference" via a "communication module." Using those broad claims, RCDI has sued more than 20 companies for making things that connect to the Internet. The company sued ADT (PDF) over its Pulse product that allows for things like adjusting a thermostat.

We did it ourselves: The open organization in education

Reading The Open Organization was exciting because author Jim Whitehurst catalyzed many ideas that I've had swimming in my consciousness. Jim says that his role at Red Hat is more of a catalyst than a CEO in the traditional sense of how we use the word. The open organization is less about CEOs and more about community building and empowerment. His approach reminds me of ancient wisdom found in the Tao te Ching: read more

How to automatically dim your screen on Linux

  • Xmodulo (Posted by bob on Sep 2, 2015 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
When you start spending the majority of your time in front of a computer, natural questions start arising. Is this healthy? How can I diminish the strain on my eyes? Why is the sunlight burning me? Although active research is still going on to answer these questions, a lot of programmers have already adopted a […]Continue reading...

Tips for avoiding impostor syndrome

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Sep 2, 2015 10:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
At this year's Texas Linux Fest, Rackspace's Major Hayden talked to us about impostor syndrome. read more

RDO Juno DVR Deployment (Controller/Network)&Compute&Compute on CentOS 7.1

Neutron DVR implements the fip-namespace on every Compute Node where the VMs are running. Thus VMs with FloatingIPs can forward the traffic to the External Network without routing it via Network Node.It also implements the L3 Routers across the Compute Nodes, so that tenants intra VM communication will occur without Network Node involvment.Neutron DVR provides the legacy SNAT behavior . . .

An open source celebration of one whimsical video game

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Sep 2, 2015 8:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Writers, critics, and video gaming fans alike have spilled copious digital ink attempting to articulate what makes Shigesato Itoi's EarthBound (known in Japan as read more

Stupid Patent of the Month: A Drink Mixer Attacks the Internet of Things

Imagine if the inventor of the Segway claimed to own “any thing that moves in response to human commands.” Or if the inventor of the telegraph applied for a patent covering any use of electric current for communication. Absurdly overbroad claims like these would not be allowed, right? Unfortunately, the Patent Office does not do a good job of policing overly broad claims. August's Stupid Patent of the Month, U.S. Patent No. 8,788,090, is a stark example of how these claims promote patent trolling.

5 Reasons Not To "Not Use Linux"

  • Everyday Linux User; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Sep 2, 2015 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
After watching a Youtube video released this week highlighting 5 reasons not to use Linux I decided to write the rebuttal. Roll your sleeves up, we are in for the too many distros debate again.

Rugged module runs Linux on i.MX6 UltraLite SoC

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Sep 2, 2015 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
F&S announced a COM that runs Linux on Freescale’s Cortex-A7 based i.MX6 UltraLite SoC, and offers dual Ethernet, WiFi, and an industrial temperature range. Since May, when Freescale unveiled its new, Cortex-A7 based i.MX6 UltraLite SoC, we’ve seen several announcements of computer-on-module products that incorporate the new, more power-efficient processor. These include two products from […]

Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

Oh, did you mean that to be a PRIVATE repository? A web developer from South Africa said a bug in a tool for using Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE with code-sharing site GitHub inadvertently exposed his sensitive data – and the error cost him more than $6,500 (£4,250) in just a few hours.…

Vendetta Online 1.8.348 3D Space Combat Game Adds New Prototype Economy Model

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Sep 2, 2015 12:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Games
Guild Software announced the release of a new maintenance version of its popular Vendetta Online 3D space combat MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) for GNU/Linux and other supported platforms.

Tired of memorizing passwords? A Turing Award winner came up with this algorithmic trick

Passwords are a bane of life on the Internet, but one Turing Award winner has an algorithmic approach that he thinks can make them not only easier to manage but also more secure.

Web giants gang up to take on MPEG LA, HEVC Advance with royalty-free streaming codec

Joining forces for cheap, fast 4K video. Some of the largest companies in online media have banded together to battle back against excessive patent licensing fees for streaming video.

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