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I could be your next boss! It's not as scary as you think. We're a remote company with good benefits doing interesting work. What more could you ask for?
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If you use TTYtter and have been sad that the maintainer has halted development, you'll be glad to know there's a community fork in the works. The first step is to pick a new name: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xkufmfy6WkeEDKRpuflIzCaKE-LKVBYw3GTt3zl_iAI/viewform?usp=send_form
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I've seen a lot of talk about Article 14.17 of the TPP and how it could effectively ban the GPL. I'm not a lawyer, but the plain reading of the text would suggest that's not the case. In particular:

"3. Nothing in this Article shall preclude...the inclusion or implementation of terms and conditions related to the provision of source code in commercially negotiated contracts"

I suppose the validity of copyleft licenses under this treaty, if it is approved, will hinge on the interpretation of "commercially negotiated contracts."
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Today on +Opensource.com, I write about automotive software and why you might want to think about it more than you do. http://opensource.com/life/15/10/open-source-code-is-not-warranty 
Why open source code is not enough, but it's the right place to start as we move to more interconnected systems.
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I have opinions! Read them!
 
How do you know when your documentation needs screenshots? Ben Cotton shares some helpful tips.
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+Nicole Hemsoth has a post today about the gap in U.S. numerical weather prediction an how we're closing it: http://www.theplatform.net/2015/08/18/u-s-rediscovers-the-economic-edge-of-weather-supercomputers/
It is one thing to know that large-scale, expensive supercomputers back the world’s capability to provide accurate global and regional forecasts, but it is
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Did you miss the closing session at #LISA15? Watch it right now, it will change your life. Seriously, it's the best. Even if you've already watched it, watch it again.
"This was my first LISA. It was great attending a conference that focused on my role without trying to shoehorn every challenge into a specific vendor's solution. The same mix of awesome sessions, speakers, and other attendees will bring me back every year." LISA14 Attendee ...
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Ugh, I need more coffee. I caught some of the stuff that I missed because I was too busy laughing the first time I saw it.
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There are always great BoF sessions at #LISA15  but this one looks particularly awesome.
 
Written any cool new OSS tool this year? Present it @ The #LISA15 GitHub Showcase BoF https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa15/birds-feather-sessions#github
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Register by *Thursday, October 15* to take advantage of the early bird registration discounts for our container management and release engineering summits, as well as LISA15!  #ures15 #ucms15 #lisa15  
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My interview with +Major Hayden on +Opensource.com seems pretty popular today: http://t.co/TzeJIQz5ZJ
Major Hayden offers tips for dealing with impostor syndrome, a feeling that's far too common in open source projects.
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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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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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    MS - IT Project Management, 2011 - 2014
  • Purdue University
    BS - Synoptic Meteorology, 2001 - 2006
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    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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