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UPDATE: As of this morning we have lost DNS routing to our domains and Gerrit is now offline - with little doubt as a reaction to our blog post yesterday. The blog post in its entirety is pasted below.

A fork in the road

Last week, we released the final CM-13.0 releases, updated to the latest security patches, in anticipation of what follows.

Yesterday, Cyanogen Inc (Cyngn) announced that they were shutting down the infrastructure behind CyanogenMod (CM). This is an action that was not unpredictable given the public departure of Kondik (cyanogen himself) from the company, and with him our last remaining advocate inside Cyngn’s leadership.

In addition to infrastructure being retired, we in the CM community have lost our voice in the future direction of CM – the brand could be sold to a third party entity as it was an asset that Kondik risked to start his business and dream. Even if we were to regroup and rebuild our own infrastructure, continuing development of CM would mean to operate with the threat of sale of the brand looming over our heads. Then there is the stigma that has grown to be attached to anything named ‘Cyanogen’. Many of you reading this have been champions of clarifying that the CM product and CyngnOS were distinct, yet the stain of many PR actions from Cyngn is a hard one to remove from CM. Given CM’s reliance on Cyngn for monetary support and the shared source base, it’s not hard to understand why the confusion remains.

It will come as no surprise that this most recent action from Cyngn is definitely a death blow for CyanogenMod.

However, CM has always been more than the name and more than the infrastructure. CM has been a success based on the spirit, ingenuity and effort of its individual contributors – back when it was Kondik in his home, to the now thousands of contributors past and present.

Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CM source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CM while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently.

CM has served the community well over its 8 long years. It has been our home, bringing together friends from all over the world to celebrate our joy of building and giving. Its apt then that on this Eve of a holiday we pay our respects. We will take pride in our Lineage as we move forward and continue to build on its legacy.

Thank you & Goodbye,
The CyanogenMod Team

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Very interesting read!

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Interessant artikel in De Standaard over geluidsoverlast in onze steden.

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He makes some pretty valid points about the way the "media companies" are ru(i)n[n]ing the world.

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Choice of font matters...
Typography: how not to.

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Some of these are just plain hilarious...
40 things you'd love to say out loud at work

1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.
2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.
8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a damn word you're saying.
10. Ahhhh .. I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again.
11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don't give a damn.
14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
18. Any connections between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks?!
20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.
21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off
22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
23. And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be?
24. Do I look like a people person?
25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.
26. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.
27. Sarcasm is just one service we offer.
28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?
29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.
33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?
34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
36. Chaos, panic and work here is done.
37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.
39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?
40. Oh, I get humor...but different.

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Could someone, anyone please keep Lennart Poettering away from *nix, the guy obviously thinks all the huge design mistakes in Windows (binary configs and now logs? Get lost seriously) are a good idea and tries to stuff them in GNU/Linux too.

He should get a *nix computer restraining order, seriously (and a job at MS working on Windows so he can be happy at last).

Really *BSD is starting to look more and more attractive, at least Gentoo has so far withstood the pressure to integrate these retarded ideas.

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Everything about this picture is awesome. The curl of the boys toes, the part in his hair, the angle of the cat's head, the motorcycle heading away hazily in the background.

GREAT picture by Vladimir Zotov:

What's your favorite part?

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There was a lot of media boo-hoo when Steve Jobs died, someone I personally do not consider to have been very important for the IT field, sure he was important in popularizing a lot of technologies, he can, however not be credited for creating anything that really laid the basis for what we do now (you could argue about UX design, but I don't consider that part of IT as such).

This is quite unlike that other titan that recently passed away: Dennis Ritchie, creator of C, co-creator of UNIX, I don't think I need to spend time introducing dmr as most of you all will be well aware of what he accomplished.

However, another titan of computing passed away recently and while there was a lot of noise when Steve Jobs died and a lot of noise (albeit mostly confined to IT circles) when Dennis Ritchie passed away I saw barely a peep outside of Lisp circles when John McCarthy passed away, a man that was at least as influential as dmr and not just for creating Lisp.

I am a bit saddened that so few, even in IT circles seem to know about this man that probably invented a lot of the technology they depend on daily, the linked article has more details but I'll just name a few of the things McCarthy pioneered: AI (hello Siri), garbage collection and Lisp.

I hope at least some of you read this thus creating some awareness and hopefully recognition for another great man.

RIP John McCarthy and thank you.
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