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Michael Nelson
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Australian living in Germany, software engineer at Canonical and open learning enthusiast.
Australian living in Germany, software engineer at Canonical and open learning enthusiast.

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People in Spain seem much more comfortable with strangers (or maybe Australia has become less so?)
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liveandletlearn.net
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In case anyone else out there is interested in running Linux on the Dell XPS13 (9365), I wrote the following a couple of months ago...
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I am a little sad to say that I am now ex-Canonical. +Canonical provided me with ten years of challenges and interesting problems to solve. I am seeking new opportunities to solve interesting problems with code.

without description of the challenges a position involves. I love working in Python, Ubuntu, and Cloud (Openstack, AWS, GCE, Rackspace, Joyent, MaaS), but these tools are not interesting without a problem that needs solving. For the past decade, I have been in the grand position of building web apps and workflow tools, designing them, coding them, testing them, deploying them, and maintaining them. The Juju QA team was a devops where I designed and created the build, test, and release processes. I deployed and maintained more than 40 services in public and private clouds. The Juju project is multi-OS, multi-architecture, multi-cloud, and client-server; it is awesome. I love owning and doing everything.

#python #ubuntu #cloud #devops
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We are witnessing science as never before... Amazing.
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Looking forward to working on one of these (well, via one of these... ssh'ing to my dev instance as usual)
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The timing of Mozilla's video series helping people understand the importance of encryption is perfect - a week before Apple also post a letter to all their customers with the similar information. Shame they don't link to Mozilla's video for more info...

http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/
Check out this awesome video
Check out this awesome video
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It still blows me away to imagine how excited astronomers from a century ago would be to see these type of observations being published daily...
High Energy Andromeda
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, GSFC, NuSTAR, GALEX,
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160107.html

A mere 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, really is just next door as large galaxies go. In this (inset) scan, image data from NASA's Nuclear Spectrosopic Telescope Array has yielded the best high-energy X-ray view yet of our large neighboring spiral, revealing some 40 extreme sources of X-rays, X-ray binary star systems that contain a black hole or neutron star orbiting a more normal stellar companion. In fact, larger Andromeda and our own Milky Way are the most massive members of the local galaxy group. Andromeda is close enough that NuSTAR can examine its population of X-ray binaries in detail, comparing them to our own. The background image of Andromeda was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer in energetic ultraviolet light.
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It's fun being a tourist for the day in your own town!
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After being frustrated for years voting in some sort of democracy, and feeling helpless to change anything, I'm excited to read about Liquid Democracy:

"Liquid democracy decision-making systems can scale to cover large groups by enabling voters to delegate their votes to other voters. This approach is in contrast to direct democracy systems where voters vote directly on issues, and representative democracy systems where voters elect representatives to vote on issues for them. Liquid democracy systems can provide many of the benefits of both direct and representative democracy systems with few of the weaknesses"

I came across this "Google Votes" outline from a hackernews post, and see there are other implementations out there that aren't associated with a social-network. Looking forward to eventually seeing something more like a meritocracy in politics...
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