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"Ubuntu" is a Bantu word for "not to be used as an upstream project".
 
Canonical have improved their IP policy such that it no longer violates the GPL, but it's still awful. Tldr; don't build a product on top of Ubuntu 
(In order to avoid any ambiguity here, this is a personal opinion. The Free Software Foundation's opinion on this matter is here) Canonical have a legal policy surrounding reuse of Intellectual Property they own in Ubuntu, and you can find it here. It's recently been modified to handle concerns ...
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How do FLOSS license models shape open source communities? http://blog.funnelfiasco.com/?p=1770
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Remember how I accidentally published this mid-draft? It's live now: Tornado false alarm rates http://blog.funnelfiasco.com/?p=1748
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You're technically correct, which is the best kind of correct!
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A gas pipeline in Texas exploded and burned so brightly it showed up on infrared satellite images. The image at this wavelength has a 2km resolution.
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I hadn't really thought about it, but yes, I'd like to see more public media released under an open license. I'd gladly increase my donation in exchange.
 
Should public media content be Creative Commons licensed?
If you care about the future of public media and don't follow the work of Melody Joy Kramer, you might consider checking her out here and here.
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Yeah, I think "free culture" is the appropriate term. People know "open source", though, so it gets misused.

The article does mention ProPublica, which publishes under CC-BY-NC-ND, but doesn't go into great detail about the business model. 
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There's some irony in sharing this on Google+, but it's an interesting series. There are times when I wish I weren't so dependent on Google services, but mostly I just appreciate that it makes my life easier.
 
Here are some alternative email services to Gmail, and the one that I picked while trying to kick Google services out of my digital life.
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I just updated this morning's blog post with the news that I may or may not have convinced the Senate Commerce Committee to change their minds on The National Weather Service Improvement Act.   http://blog.funnelfiasco.com/?p=1774
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I never knew Oregon's flag has different front and back designs. Weirdos.
 
Be careful where you get your reference lists...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/randal-schwartz/717718727/

They apparently picked up a list of state flags, and Oregon is weird in that it has a flag that has a completely different image on the back of the  flag.  So they populated this list with "Oregon (front)" and "Oregon (back)".  Ha!   #validation   #states  
When selecting the state or province, I'm given the choices of "Oregon (back)" or "Oregon (front)"! I suspect they got a list of US and Canadian state/province flags, and Oregon is the only one of those that has a different front and back to the flag! Oddly enough, they have different option values too. I wonder how they store that in the database.
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Cycle Computing is looking for smart people to help design and support cloud-based HPC solutions. http://cyclecomputing.theresumator.com/
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"The public cloud will never work for MPI code!" +Andy Howard shows you why that's incorrect.
Despite significant improvements over the years, the same criticisms still color people's opinion of using cloud environments for high performance computing (HPC). One of the most common things to hear when talking about using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for HPC is “Sure, ...
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I remember when I had a similar problem with TEDxPurdueU.com. Dealing with that issue is what made me decide that Purdue would be burned to the ground before I ever submit another trouble ticket.
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The transformative fair use here seems pretty thin, but I'm not a copyrightologist. It seems like the people in the photos could make a right of publicity case, though. I'm not sure they'd win, but it would be interesting to see how it plays out.
 
Controversial artist Richard Prince screenshotted and sold public Instagram photos without permission. Here's how he isn't violating copyright laws.
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    MS - IT Project Management, 2011 - 2014
  • Purdue University
    BS - Synoptic Meteorology, 2001 - 2006
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  • Cycle Computing, LLC
    Senior Support Engineer, 2013 - present
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    Research Programmer, 2012 - 2013
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    Systems Research Engineer, 2009 - 2012
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    Unix Desktop Support/Systems Administrator, 2006 - 2009
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