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Sony & North Korea: Dumb & Dumber

Hacking, hacking, everywhere hacking. And not the good kind either. We’re talking cracking hacking.

Take the Sony hack for instance. Bunches of movies set for Christmas release are now available online for free, for those willing to break the law and invoke the displeasure of the MPAA while firing up the ol’ BitTorrent. Worse than that: even more bunches of Sony employees have had their financial lives turned upside down, with all of their personal […]

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Linux & FOSS Predictions for 2015

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You can tell it’s the holiday season — a lot of people are focusing more on the guy with the red suit who looks quite a bit like Jon ‘maddog’ Hall than they are on digital matters. This also is the time of year, naturally, where pundits make their predictions for the following year.

However, I should admit something here. Truth in advertising: I don’t have a good record in predicting the future. I have […]

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MPAA Wants to Use DMCA to Effectively Bring Back SOPA

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In “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” Winston Smith’s job was to rewrite the past for the Inner Party. Mainly, he made people vanish from the pages of history. Anyone who came under the party’s bad graces suddenly disappeared from all media; from all newspaper articles, books, television archives and any other mentions. In Orwell’s world, anyone declared a nonperson was completely erased. S/he never existed.

According to memos leaked from the recent hack on Sony, the big studios […]

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Get Out the Vote for LinuxQuestions.org

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Ken Starks — I love him like a brother, but I hate following him every Wednesday here at FOSS Force after his Tuesday column runs, because every time — week in and week out — his column is always a good one.

He knows what I’m talking about, too, because he got to experience the same kind of thing at Ohio Linux Fest when his keynote came after Jon ‘maddog’ Hall. While I wouldn’t […]

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Fear & Loathing At 3 AM

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I want to talk in response to things that have been discussed about our non profit, Reglue. Many have asked about how the organization will be maintained during my one month absence early next year.

In case you’ve joined the conversation late…

For a while now, I’ve talked about my upcoming surgery in January. The surgery will be a preemptive strike against a cancer we thought was in remission. Technically, it still is. But increasing […]

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all-day linux.conf.au @ University of Auckland Business School
linux.conf.au @ University of Auckland Business School
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The first-of-the-year worldwide Linux conference once took place at venues in Australia and now moves next door to New Zealand. Held in Auckland on Jan. 12-16, 2015, LCA2015 draws open source speakers from around the[...]
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all-day FOSSDEM ’15 @ ULB Campus Solbosch
FOSSDEM ’15 @ ULB Campus Solbosch
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SCALE 13X @ Hilton Los Angeles Airport
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As the first-of-the-year Linux/FOSS expo in North America, SCALE 13x expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials, and special events starting on Thursday, Feb. 19 and running[...]
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All Things Open @ Raleigh Convention Center
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Join the world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers as we explore open source, open tech and the open web in the enterprise. Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials, workshops and networking opportunities in Raleigh[...]

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