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There is an amazing rant about being a geek in this episode of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, it's really good and honestly go listen to the whole thing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06vmzdy BBC Radio 4, funny as all hell.
John Finnemore - writer and star of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Double Acts, regular guest on The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth - returns for a fifth series of his multi-award-winning sketch show, joined as ever by a cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan. This second episode sees the voice in John's head push him to tipping point; a new approach to the News; and, well, since you ask him for a tal...
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After feeling so bad about a contract; I am feeling really good about having a real lawyer with experience in open source licenses look into it for me. It feels like having a prize fighter in your corner... a much better job than I would have been able to make of it.
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Good luck! Glad you got someone in your corner, it really will help.
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I tried to help a family member remotely upgrade from 14.10 to 15.10 with a fresh install, they have a +System76 desktop machine and it seems to have gone really wrong. It looks for all the world like 15.10 removed their UEFI partition and replaced it with a biosgrub, which failed to work and the machine no longer boots up on it's own. A second install is complaining about the lack of uefi partition and it's a bit of a mystery how to back the machine back into a good installation. Anyone have advice?
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+Martin Owens if the owner provides you with the serial number, you could add it to your own account (if you'll always be the one communicating with System76).
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Daddy/daughter NYE chess.
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This is a really nice picture. She looks like she beating you too ;)

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+System76 (and +Jason DeRose) I'm not sure about your new website. It's confusing to me and I just stared at the page for a few minutes scrolling up and down before I found the laptops link at the top. The whole vertical scroll thing is pretty in right now, but I honestly liked the older website were the main event was on the first screen section.
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More losses this year than last on the Free Software front. A full retreat on the desktop, ignorance is on the increase and the lure from Microsoft's cheap deals and Apple's brand has not diminished.

:-/ I'm not sure what to make of it. We were making such good progress in 2010 and now; well now we're not. #ubuntu #free-software
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+Jeremy Stark It is a common mistake to assume open source means free from cost. Most people who work on open source get paid for it (I do for example). Service software is no different. (I write that too, it's open source and I'm paid for it)

Basically Jeremy there's a big fat cash cow in extorting money from users. Open source money will never be as exorbitant as the proprietary extortion racket, but then that's the whole point really. Making sure users aren't so powerless that they're forced to pay through the nose. It's the honest way of doing software business IMO.
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Reading political article comments is like volunteering to be a therapist with all the empathetic sorrow that comes from seeing people of all ideologies undermine their own rationality with pettiness. To put it another way, I'm disappointed by the quality of discourse on the internet.
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Yes, seems like people should log off, and go talk about it in person over a cup of coffee.
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How could Lee Tien and Jeremy Gillula's (EFF) article about trust in software not mention Free Software IN ANY WAY. The article talks about the issues with software working against the user. Honestly it could have been written by Stallman except for the part where it doesn't mention the great big giant licensing elephant loudly trumpeting the solution at full blast. Is Free and Open source so extreme that +New Scientist have removed the specifics or is the +Electronic Frontier Foundation not keen enough on foss to mention it in a very relevant article. Very disappointing.
After the VW emissions scandal, can we trust the software on our gadgets? Users need more power, say two members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
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A new version of my python-crontabs module 2.0 https://pypi.python.org/pypi/python-crontab/2.0 now includes developer scheduler daemon, running commands, environment variables and system-wide crontabs discovery.
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The news of Ian Murdock's death leaves me perplexed. As someone who attempted suicide when I was very young, I see each of these Free Software suicides and it does make me very sad. Is there anything we can do as a wider community to help each other through, whether the issues be with the law, work load or other stresses?

Look after each other out there guys.
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He actually tweeted for help to the hacker community to republish his account of what was going on. Does anyone have access to it? 
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Merry Christmas!
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Back at ya!
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From Widnes to the USA, programmer mostly Free and Open Source.
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  • Wade Deacon High Scool
    GCSE, 1997 - 2001
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    Programming, Media and ICT, 1998 - 2000
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