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Summerschool at the NSA - ~1 Year Later - Reloaded

Posted 30 May 2014 at 12:34 UTC (updated 30 May 2014 at 12:38 UTC) by shlomif

The “Summerschool at the NSA” meme dates back to a correspondence between my friend and I back in the haydays of 1997-1998 (with Web 1.0, before the burst of the tech bubble) where I said that Even the NSA doesn’t have enough programmers. But it is not likely that they will have more, and that’s because Summerschool at the NSA may might as well be the name of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s next movie. and he replied that And as opposed to I Know What You Did Last Summer, it is going to be scary.. It was based on a hunch of what I knew about the NSA from fellow Internet people and from watching the highly recommended film Sneakers.

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MoodleRooms, the Cloud - Services and the GPL

Posted 17 May 2014 at 05:12 UTC by aicra

When services are not conveying but users interact the GPL does not seem to come into play. While companies like Moodlerooms allege they donate a lot of funding to Moodle, we are unable to use the source code from this deriv because it is "Cloud" based and no copies are distributed.

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Which FOSS libraries are the most common on Android platform

Posted 13 Mar 2014 at 16:59 UTC (updated 14 Mar 2014 at 07:58 UTC) by audriusa

We have just published the overview of the libraries and modules that various developers use in they Android mobile phone applications.

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Universal HealthCare - is it possible?

Posted 7 Mar 2014 at 21:26 UTC (updated 19 Mar 2014 at 06:42 UTC) by badvogato

Recently, it has come to my attention of this strange case of Dr. Richard Arjun Karl, a minimal invasive spine surgeon, operating in NJ from 2002 to 2012.
I've read the official judgement and all related testimonies and findings.

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Proof: pure mathematics is no longer a game

Posted 6 Dec 2013 at 23:46 UTC (updated 7 Dec 2013 at 23:14 UTC) by badvogato

Pure mathematics is no longer a game for the young and restless only. Thanks to Chinese American Dr. Zhang Yitang's daring effort at raising the bar for 'bounded gap of prime numbers' from two to 70 millions, hence start the race towards solving 'Twin Prime Conjecture'

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Saratoga - transport protocol for big data

Posted 27 Nov 2013 at 04:41 UTC by lloydwood

The Saratoga protocol was presented to the Internet Engineering Task Force earlier this month.
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Advogato's text mangling

Posted 22 Sep 2013 at 09:13 UTC by lloydwood

Advogato's text mangling is annoying and needs fixing.

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USENIX 2013 Flame Award

Posted 20 Aug 2013 at 15:08 UTC (updated 20 Aug 2013 at 15:10 UTC) by badvogato

"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."

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Summerschool at the NSA

Posted 12 Mar 2013 at 01:53 UTC (updated 8 Apr 2013 at 04:14 UTC) by shlomif

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.

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Upcoming Book

Posted 11 Feb 2013 at 05:00 UTC by johnnyb

Working on a new book about how to defend yourself against the idiocy of government policy. See it here: MicroSecession.

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Time for GNUPedia again?

Posted 4 Feb 2013 at 10:46 UTC (updated 4 Feb 2013 at 20:32 UTC) by audriusa

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?

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Aaron Swartz's Politics

Posted 16 Jan 2013 at 16:42 UTC (updated 16 Jan 2013 at 20:57 UTC) by badvogato

from many Advogato members' post
sye on K5

and my own musing on the rising suicide rate among many armed force veterans etc.. etc..

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We're doing an ARM64 OpenJDK port!

Posted 23 Oct 2012 at 16:29 UTC by aph

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.

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Freecell Solver's Plea for Accessible Deployment Computers

Posted 11 Oct 2012 at 16:06 UTC by shlomif

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.

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Run a Python "pipe" incrementally with PipeController

Posted 2 Oct 2012 at 23:34 UTC by vasudevram

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:

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I'm calling the new (p)article K5

Posted 5 Jul 2012 at 14:53 UTC (updated 5 Jul 2012 at 16:11 UTC) by badvogato

a new particle ! & fireworks !!!
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Dr. Sevelius repeals the myth of cost control in healthcare

Posted 24 May 2012 at 13:51 UTC (updated 24 May 2012 at 15:33 UTC) by badvogato

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'
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The Pirahã maelstrom

Posted 23 May 2012 at 15:14 UTC (updated 23 May 2012 at 15:15 UTC) by sye

"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."


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Rasberry Pie and GreenArray Tea?

Posted 14 Mar 2012 at 19:51 UTC (updated 15 Mar 2012 at 14:07 UTC) by badvogato

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.

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Advogato Master MichaelCrawford Needs Your Support in Court!

Posted 23 Feb 2012 at 07:30 UTC by MichaelCrawford

"This is going to sound really weird. Please understand that I am mentally ill; it's my job to be weird."
-- Jonathan Swift, The Convenient Hallucination

State of Washington v Michael David Crawford

Omnibus Hearing, Thursday, February 23, 9:00 AM, Downtown Vancouver, Washington


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:

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