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"The USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award ("The Flame") recognizes and celebrates singular contributions to the UNIX community of both intellectual achievement and service that are not recognized in any other forum."
This is an open letter from me (= Shlomi Fish) to Ms. Sarah Michelle Gellar (the Hollywood film and television actress) about the production of a documentary film titled “Summerschool at the NSA” which will document what is really going on in the NSA headquarters. I can always be contacted about that, whether by Ms. Gellar or by whoever wishes to using numerous online and unobscured means.
Working on a new book about how to defend yourself against the idiocy of government policy. See it here: MicroSecession.
At one time, Wikipedia was a universal source for the useful programming tools and resources. If some language, framework or tool was used in general, it has been covered there. However recently Wikipedia seems raising the requirements to the level that would exclude many useful Free software projects. For instance, recently JAMWiki has been removed - reasonably popular, thousands of downloads (and that is for server side app), mentioned in near every review on Java-based wiki engines over multiple sources on the web - where it has been a problem?
ARM have announced the ARMv8. The most interesting thing about it is
the "A64" instruction set architecture, which makes the new ARM a full
64-bit processor. They haven't extended the 32-bit ISA but created an
all-new one: in many ways the 32-bit and 64-bit versions are quite
different. So, to take advantage of the A64, we're going to need new
compilers and Java virtual machines. At Red Hat we've decided to do a
port of OpenJDK to the A64. This will be completely free software,
and we will invite others to participate.
The Freecell Solver project, which develops a free and open-source software framework for solving layouts of Freecell (also known as “FreeCell”), and several similar Solitaire variants is seeking assistance in the form of a provision of direct or indirect access to high performance computing (HPC) hardware, namely computers with large amounts of accessible RAM (128 GB or so or more), large amounts of hard disk space (about 10 GB - less than RAM - should be enough), and good reliability.
I recently wrote a tool called PipeController to experiment with pipe-like programs in Python. It does not work the same as UNIX pipes, which do IPC between programs/processes. Rather, it enables a sort of pipelined communication between multiple functions in a single Python program/process. A blog post about it (with an example of how it can be used to run a "pipe" incrementally), and a link to download PipeController v0.2, is here:
Retired medical director, author of 'Nine Pillars of History', Gunnar Sevelius, M.D. asked help to get his message out. As a reader of his books, I feel very much obliged to fulfill his wish and obey his order.
And here's my thank-you note to him after receiving ~4000 word of his writing on the subject.
"My understanding is that the cost of health care in human society or any of the nine pillars you fashioned in your book, ought not to be 'controlled' by any ruling party or one ideological system but ought to be built 'open' and 'fair' on moral ground which follows commandments that each willing participant is allowed to exercise his own interpretative power to its utmost human capacity.
Of course my above statement can still be regarded as pure preaching or rhetorical. Yet your writing cleared up my thinking process. I thank you for your work and your dedication to our health care. I hope people of United States have the will to rewrite and reconfigure our healthcare law/policy into a new constitutional amendment . And thus the whole world can use our system as an examplified copy of Western democracy at its best'
"The Pirahã maelstrom has had two vortices: recursion, and the language–culture connection."
source: Daniel Harbour - staunch chomskite
"Turduckens and iphones may seem like silly metaphors, but they reveal, in familiar and concrete terms, Everett’s errors in logic (arguing from irrelevant data) and in understanding (the crucial distinction between linguistic hardware versus its use in a given language). This does not bode well."
Chuck Moore had some thoughts on the number Pi.
The Brits took the hint and push out the door their cheap Rasberry Pi
While I was sipping on my delicious & priceless Green Tea ,
pondering if the number Tau equals twice as much as Chuck's Pi.
State of Washington v Michael David Crawford
Omnibus Hearing, Thursday, February 23, 9:00 AM, Downtown Vancouver, Washington
THAT IS TEN HOURS FROM NOW, FOLKS!
This Entreaty Goes Out to the Pacific Northwest Free Software, Open Source, Creative Commons, Slashdot, Mobile Portland as well as the
- NSFW! - Portland Sex Trade - NSFW! - Communities, Begging You to Demonstrate to Judge Stahnke That I, Michael David Crawford, Have Strong Ties to the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon Communities.
Simply showing up in court on my behalf, without even speaking, let alone testifying in any way, might convince the Honorable Daniel Stahnke that I do not present a risk of Jumping Bail.
That would enable my desperately-anxious Mother, Patricia A. Crawford, to obtain a refund of the $50,000.00 Cash Bail she posted on my behalf, after I was arrested for living by the words of The Reverend Doctor Marting Luther King Junior, by complying with my "moral responsbility to disobey unjust laws", thereby staging a sit-in between the two halves of the folding front door the C-Tran #105 Salmon Creek Express at the Salmon Creek Park-and-Ride just North of Vancouver, for which I was arrested for Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct on Friday, January 13.
I myself dialed 9-1-1 that the Emergency Dispatcher send a Deputy who might supply the belligerent and slothful bus driver and I some manner of amicable solution to our dispute over my assertion that he Suffered the Deadly Sin of Sloth for having the bright idea that it was better to drive a late bus completely devoid of passengers so as to make up for his extreme tardiness, than to transport two freezing cold public transport patrons who'd been waiting for the #105 for more than an hour.
For my contribution to today's social discourse, and despite my cry of "Don't Tase Me, Bro!", Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Prather - who I really do think the world of - jolted me once with his Taser, then, upon finding I was a Trained Professional Driving on a Closed Course - that is, that I am a Physicist and my father was a Electrical Engineer, and so do not regard even 800,000 Volt Alternating Current electrical shocks to not be that big a deal provided that shock's current is quite low, Tased me yet again, only to find me still refusing to get off that Damn bus unless he and Deputy Kerr grant my reasonable and polite request to place me under arrest.
I apologize, I would have posted early this morning had I not been hauled to a Nuthouse in an Ambulance because I'm the kind of Right-Thinking Citizen that rings up Emergency 9-1-1 when he has reason to believe that a profoundly psychotic person is well on their way to committing Vehicular Suicide or even Manslaughter.
Don't Even Get Me Started.
It Breaks Down Like This:
To celebrate Ash Wednesday this coming Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2012, I had a good start in translating T.S.Eliot's 'Ash Wednesday'. I am rather pleased with it so far
Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn
Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
I no longer strive to strive towards such things
(Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?)
Why should I mourn
The vanished power of the usual reign?
I have often heard criticism of "negative campaigning" in the free software movement. "Negative" campaigns speak out against proprietary software as opposed to "positive" campaigns which instead speak of the benefits of software freedom. This essays unpacks some of the arguments against negativity and makes the argument that negative campaigns, in some forms, can play an critical and important role in free software advocacy.
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