Elena ``of Valhalla'' valhalla@identi.ca

  • DUCC-IT Deadlines

    2015-04-17T12:49:02Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    DUCC-IT, Debian Ubuntu Community Conference Italia is a meeting for the italian FLOSS communities, expecially (but not exclusively) those involved with Debian and Ubuntu. This year it will be in Milan, on 2015-05-23 and 2015-05-24.

    Partecipation is free and does not require registration, but there are a few relevant deadlines.

    The call for paper is still open until 2015-05-03.

    The restaurants and prices for social means haven't been fixed yet, but they will be in the near future, and registering for them needs to be done on doodle before 2015-05-05.

    T-shirts are being printed, but only in a limited number, and they also require registration before 2015-05-03.

    The organizers also recommend to reserve your accomodations soon: prices in Milan are usually higher than in the rest of the country, and they are bound to raise because of the expo. A list of recommended hotels will be provided in the next few days.
  • 2015-04-04T07:03:50Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Get your loved ones off Facebook.
    I've been a big Facebook supporter - one of the first users in my social group who championed what a great way it was to stay in touch, way back in 2006. I got my mum and brothers on it, and around 20 other people.
  • Leap second on 31 march

    2015-04-03T09:49:20Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    A couple of days ago this appeared in my system logs

    Mar 31 23:59:59 kernel: Clock: inserting leap second 23:59:60 UTC

    my first reaction of course was "great! they gave us one second more of sleep! MY PRECIOUSSSS", but then I realized that yes, this year there was supposed to be a leap second, but it should have been in June, not in March.

    Other people I know noticed the message, but nobody knew anything else about it, and duckduckgoing didn't find anything, so I'm asking the lazyweb: does anybody know what happened?
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    I thought the leap seconds were coordinated through ntp services. What ntp servers are you using?

    Charles Stanhope at 2015-04-03T14:29:18Z

    The ones in the debian pool: debian.pool.ntp.org

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2015-04-03T14:34:57Z

    I've checked all the boxes I have access to (Ubuntu and Fedora), and I don't see any evidence of a leap second reported. It looks like there have been subtle bugs over time with both leap second announcements and local handling of leap seconds (depending on the source). If you find out what happened, I'd be interested to hear.

    Charles Stanhope at 2015-04-03T16:20:10Z

    Update: it seems that this has been traced to a single layer1 ntp server.

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2015-04-04T07:14:58Z

  • 2015-04-02T10:35:06Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    systemd for the uninformed
    One of the lead developers wrote an article series called systemd for administrators. The goal of which is to explain how useful systemd is for system administrators, but the systemd project has widened in scope since then, and the full scope of what systemd provides is not common knowledge.

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  • 2015-04-01T12:00:29Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Jessie Release Date: 2015-04-25
    We now have a target release date of Saturday the 25th of April. We have checked with core teams, and this seems to be acceptable for everyone. This means we are able to begin the final preparations for a release of Debian 8 - "Jessie".
  • 2015-03-27T20:30:51Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    IAU), the New Horizons team plans to assign names to the features on the maps of Pluto and its large moon Charon, once we have seen them in sharp detail this summer. At this site, you can suggest your ideas for names and vote for your favorites.

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  • 2015-03-20T18:48:15Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?
    Vid Toymaker Mattel has unveiled a high-tech Barbie that will listen to your child, record its words, send them over the internet for processing, and talk back to your kid. It will email you, as a parent, highlights of your youngster's conversations with the toy.

    As the article itself suggests: "What could possibly go wrong?"

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    Wow. I'm afraid we're going to see more and more of these things :-/

    sazius at 2015-03-20T19:25:49Z

    Yes, sadly that's the trend …

    JMobile at 2015-03-20T22:14:39Z

    so they couldn't put the processing in barbie? I'm sure they could have found extra room to hide processors somewhere.......

    David "Judah's Shadow" Blue at 2015-03-21T01:58:34Z

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    What happens when the child grows up and realises this is an abuse of authority by the state? They too will become an authoritative abuser?

    jrobertson at 2015-03-21T09:25:48Z

  • 2015-03-18T19:02:24Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Utah software company's decade-old suit against IBM revived (SL Tribune) [LWN.net]
    > Life imitates art: in nethack, the only way to permanently get rid of a troll is to eat it completely. Partially eaten trolls always resurrect.

    To be pedantic, that simply isn't true. You can also get rid of a troll permanently by...

    Thank you Internet, I love you when you do this kind of things!
  • 2015-03-18T12:55:14Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    GNU Terry Pratchett
    Keeping the legacy of Sir Terry Pratchett alive forever.
    For as long as his name is still passed along the Clacks,
    Death can't have him.
  • 2015-03-18T12:23:04Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    RevK's rants
    There is a lot of code out there "on the wire". If you follow Going Postal you will know the story of John Dearheart, a clacksman who was murdered. Like many who have died running the "clacks" (the discworld's version of a telegraph system) his name lives on.

    Let's hope that the Auditors accept the RFC!

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  • 2015-03-16T13:03:36Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Il panino post #fieraElettronicaErba di questa edizione è stato "L'estrema unzione":

  • 2015-03-13T17:19:42Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    The sad state of sysadmin in the age of containers
    System administration is in a sad state. It in a mess. I'm not complaining about old-school sysadmins. They know how to keep systems running, manage update and upgrade paths. This rant is about containers, prebuilt VMs, and the incredible mess they cause because their concept lacks notions of "trust" and "upgrades".

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  • 2015-03-13T09:38:53Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Fabio created new project 'friendica-projects'

    Project repository for Friendica

    This looks extremely interesting!

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  • 2015-03-10T17:16:49Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance
    Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States [1]. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program, and specifically its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications — frequently referred to as “upstream” surveillance. Our aim in filing this suit is to end this mass surveillance program in order to protect the rights of our users around the world. We are joined by eight other organizations [2]and represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The full complaint can be found here.
  • 2015-03-09T10:07:16Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Yesterday we were in an airport. We tried to connect to the airport "free" wifi. It had a captive portal that asked for a lot of personal information before one could maybe get on the internet, and we gave up. Bologna Airport, no matter what they do to pretend that they like you, it's always clear that they don't.

    I looked at the captive portal screen and I said: «ah yes, "free" wifi. Free as in Facebook».

    We figured that we had an expression that will want to be reused.

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    wow, I don't think I've ever seen one of those that wanted more than an email or a I agree to your terms checkbox/button. (though perhaps that is more nefarious)

    David "Judah's Shadow" Blue at 2015-03-09T11:25:15Z

    In Beijing you go to the service counter and present your passport to get WiFi access.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-03-09T14:20:54Z

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  • 2015-03-06T08:22:11Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Software Freedom Conservancy
    Software Freedom Conservancy announces today Christoph Hellwig's lawsuit against VMware in the district court of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. This is the regretful but necessary next step in both Hellwig and Conservancy's ongoing effort to convince VMware to comply properly with the terms of the GPLv2, the license of Linux and many other Open Source and Free Software included in VMware's ESXi products.
  • 2015-03-05T11:43:07Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Makers and open source
    At SCALE 13x in Los Angeles, Ruth Suehle spoke about the "maker" movement and its relationship to the open-source community-but she made it clear that, despite the affinity that the communities feel for each other, there are some stark differences between the two.

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  • 2015-03-02T18:30:02Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    If You Want Software Freedom on Phones, You Should Work on Firefox OS, Custom Hardware and Web App Self-Hostablility
    To achieve full-stack Software Freedom on mobile phones, I think it makes sense to

    * Focus on Firefox OS, which is already Free Software above the driver layer, instead of focusing on removing proprietary stuff from Android whose functionality is increasingly moving into proprietary components including Google Play Services.
    * Commission custom hardware whose components have been chosen such that the foremost goal is achieving Software Freedom on the driver layer.
    * Develop self-hostable Free Software Web apps for the on-phone software to connect to and a system that makes installing them on a home server as easy as installing desktop or mobile apps and connecting the home server to the Internet as easy as connecting a desktop.
    @valhalla@identi.ca also look at mer which is a base for sailfish and a plans active build.

    Diane Trout at 2015-03-02T20:30:53Z

  • 2015-02-27T08:55:49Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Question about build box hardware
    I'm investigating doing an armhf port of a Debian derivative (gNewSense) and am looking at hardwark for the build infrastructure. What specs has Debian found to be most important here? Is having lots (4GB?) of RAM crucial, or should I mostly go for lots of cores/clock and go with less (1GB?) RAM?

    An interesting thread on the build infrastructure used by Debian for its arm ports.

    @Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO

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  • FOSDEM videos are coming!

    2015-02-26T12:29:07Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Index of /2015

    Some of the folders are getting full!

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    Been waiting for these! Though, haven't watched all the CCC ones from Xmas yet...

    SombreKnave at 2015-02-26T18:46:41Z

    What's up with the audio quality?

    Federico at 2015-03-12T12:39:38Z