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Would you or your company like to win these tenders? Apply now and get paid to make LibreOffice better.
 
Six tenders extended at #FOSDEM to February 12 so you can be paid to do essential work for The Document Foundation
Tenders published in December, and supposed to expire on January 29, have been extended till Friday, February 12. Single tenders can be accessed via the following links: Tender to Develop and Incorporate Usability Metrics Collection for LibreOffice Tender for Design and Implementation of Crash Reporter Functionality in LibreOffice Tender for Automated A11Y Based UI Testing T ...
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As computer science ages, we will face the steady and ongoing loss of the great minds and leaders of our world. Today, we lost Marvin Minsky, for me the greatest mind of AI.
 
Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88 http://wmk.me/1QwYkcP
Professor Minsky laid the foundation for the field by demonstrating the possibilities of imparting common-sense reasoning to computers.
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Yes. Yourdan now Minsky.
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I was asking about USB-C hubs recently. I got a GranVela hub  and found it works well with my Chromebook Pixel.

I have a USB 3 hub plugged in to its USB port and connect an ethernet adaptor there as I still haven't found a viable hub with both HDMI and Ethernet. I've a 4k TV connected via HDMI, and power the Chromebook via the USB-C port. Overall excellent value.
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Stop and listen to this magnificent, stripped-down-but dark-as-night version of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" by Sarah Fimm.
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Beautiful! At the lead in, i was so-so, missing Jimmy Wilsey's awesome guitar work on the original track, but then ...
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I was co-host on FLOSS Weekly when we featured BitCore 2.0, a node.js interface for bitcoin and its blockchain.
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The MIT license contains no explicit patent license so new use might be a sign that there are software patents that read on the project.
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Remember, children, it's not actually "surveillance" until nanny looks at the data that's been automatically gathered and retained.
 
“UK doesn’t do mass surveillance,” claims Theresa May in bid for new Snooper’s Charter
End-to-end crypto is fine, apparently, but information must be "readable." Hmm.
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Java was always meant to be an application technology rather than a media technology -- the public phase of my career started with me advocating this view for IBM -- but it only became popular because the HotJava browser and then Netscape Navigator demonstrated the power of the browser as an application platform. All things have an end, though, and the derelict state of Java in the browser means few will weep at the passing of applets.

All the same, one question this does raise is how we will be able to see the history of the web without the ability to run applets. 
 
Wave goodbye to Java in the browser after 20 years; Oracle deprecates the Java plugin, prepares for its demise
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+Glenn Holmer with Java there was no need for that many polyfills. But well people preferred bottom up processes like JS and as a result JS is now useable as a new bytecode, which advanced languages such as http://scala-js.org compile to

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+FLOSS Weekly will be 10 years old this April.
 
Did you know FLOSS Weekly netcast has been running on TWiT for 10 years this April?
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Given +Jan Wildeboer was criticising me and others recently for daring to hint that any blockchain other than bitcoin was a treasonous error, I would be interested in his reaction to this damning article from Mike Hearn.

For those of you in the tl;dr seats, Hearn was a key bitcoin developer and has quit bitcoin because he says it's finally failed and is now just a dead man walking, under the control of Chinese interests and unable to address the technical problems that will kill it.
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Creating commercial opportunities through tendering stimulates the growth of a commercial ecosystem around an open source project. That's crucial for its longevity and effectiveness, which is why so many larger projects are now tendering for work their community does not currently see as viable but which will unlock opportunity for all.
 
The Document Foundation will pay you to make these contributions to its work:
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There are 40 hours to go on the +Open Rights Group crowdfunder to make a film explaining mass surveillance in a way everyone can understand. It's £5000 short and has 40 hours left. Spread the word!
 
Final push for ORG's film explaining mass surveillance so everyone can understand. £5000 short, please chip in!
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Consultant, Writer & Speaker
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Open Source and Digital Rights
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  • Meshed Insights Ltd
    Director, 2013 - present
  • Wipro Technologies
    Director, 2015 - 2015
  • Meshed Insights & Knowledge
    Independent Consultant, 2011 - 2013
  • ForgeRock
    Chief Strategy Officer, 2010 - 2011
  • Sun Microsystems
    Chief Open Source Officer, 2000 - 2010
  • IBM
    Chief Java Evangelist, 1995 - 2000
  • IBM
    Conferencing Systems, 1990 - 1995
  • Unisys
    BTOS/CTOS Specialist, 1987 - 1990
  • Burroughs
    Medium Systems Specialist, 1982 - 1987
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Grizzled and eclectic geek, campaigning for digital rights.
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Director of open source consulting at Wipro, a director at the Open Source Initiative the Open Rights Group; writer, speaker and consultant on digital liberty, especially open source policy and practice.
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Microsoft Outlook Preview
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La aplicación oficial de Microsoft Outlook para teléfonos con sistema Android y tabletas. Outlook es una aplicación gratuita de correo elect

LibreOffice Viewer Beta
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LibreOffice is the world's most popular Open Source office app - and now it's on Android.This app is in active development, and not yet stab

VNC® Viewer for Google Chrome™
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Connects to your computers anywhere in the world and lets you take control.

SomaPlayer
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Listen to SomaFM web radio stations from your browser and scrobble tracks to your Last.fm account.

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack
www.infoworld.com

CloudStack's lifeblood is its user community, so the Citrix shakeup is much ado about nothing

SAP embraces opens source -- sort of
www.infoworld.com

Years of slow change are finally leading to new openness at SAP, at least in connection with SAP HANA

The Internet's Own Boy
market.android.com

Available Same Day as Theaters. A dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of Reddit co-founder and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, a champion

App.net's open source failure
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The company's business model put up too many barriers, and it's hard to compete without flexibility for all

Stop laying the blame for Heartbleed on open source
www.infoworld.com

Security experts acknowledge that open source is the best model for crypto, so how do we drive improvements to the model for creating securi

Sony and Google gang up for an illegal video takedown
www.infoworld.com

Sony's drive-by copyright takedown illustrates the harm old business models can do to new approaches like open source

As She Is
www.indiegogo.com

This film project is about a personal and collective journey towards wholeness...to reclaim, value and live the feminine aspect of ourselves

Microsoft opens .Net but misses the point with mobile
www.infoworld.com

Unprecedented change continues to flow from Microsoft. But does the company really 'get it'?

Supreme Court set for landmark decision -- good or bad -- on software pa...
www.infoworld.com

The Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case has reached the Supreme Court, and expectations run high that we may finally get clarity on the legality of

Open document standards will cure Apple's bit rot
www.infoworld.com

Apple's iWork update won't let you access documents created as little as five years ago. The solution is obvious

Meshed Insights Ltd
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Expertise in open source and digital liberties.

5 bitcoin exchanges you can use right now
www.infoworld.com

Mt. Gox's failure might have grabbed the headlines, but reputable bitcoin exchanges remain up and running and ready for business

2014 is the year of the Linux desktop
www.infoworld.com

Linux has unexpectedly made it to the desktop through mobile and cloud, but the unintended consequences are troubling

My great bitcoin adventure: 6 months, 5 exchanges
www.infoworld.com

Bitcoin's open source foundation is sound, but Bitstamp, CEX.IO, Coinbase, Kraken, Mt. Gox exchanges are uneven at best

Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation unite against software ...
www.infoworld.com

In rare joint move, OSI and FSF come together to file a U.S. Supreme Court briefing

A basic hotel on the outskirts of the redevelopment around Media City. Not an especially convenient location but we'll connected between two Metrolink stations. Usual Ibis Budget facility of a box with a bed to sleep in. Bring your own shampoo.
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Every dish is a work of art, both in presentation and in the flavour and quality of the food. Each visit has been special.
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reviewed 3 months ago
A busy coffee shop and lunch spot. Good ambience, especially in the garden, and tasty food in sometimes small portions. Pigwich is awesome, pulled pork was tasty but green side salad was disappointing limp iceberg not the "mixed green leaves" advertised. Service very friendly; fast for drinks but slow for food.
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reviewed 6 months ago
Great meal. Ideal portions of well-considered ingredient combinations. Excellent salads, lovely hangar steak. Dessert was good. The wine list was priced high and hard to scan because it is only available on an iPad, but we did discover a less-known Italian gem buried deep within. Overall an excellent meal.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
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Very helpful owner with a fine selection of local wine and grappa. Try the excellent house grappa.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
A Soviet-era hotel with clinical interiors and minimal service. Don't be deceived by the suggestion it has a "restaurant open until 10pm" - it was closed, and the staff were reluctant to help with anything much. When we ordered take out for our party in the absence of any service, the hotel staff tut-tutted us into a side room. Compared with other hotels in Ukraine this was expensive and unfriendly and I'd not stay here again.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Expensive, better than some, still not the best. An unpretentious Parisian bar/brasserie more favoured by locals than the other tourist traps nearby. There was a good selection of food and drink which we generally enjoyed. Expensive for what we got though, and the restaurant does not make good its errors. For example, my wife's Tarte Tatin was burnt black, yet the waiter just shrugged it off when we pointed it out and made no attempt to address the problem or discount the bill. There are better options locally and you may prefer to choose them.
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