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Gerald O'Sullivan
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This bubble car is a BMW Isetta. It is probably 60 years old but my neighbour still uses it to do his shopping, in Pretoria, South Africa.

It only has one door. You climb in by opening the front panel of the car which swings open with the windshield and the steering wheel on a complicated articulated hinge. You can see the door hinges on the right of the front panel.

A friend of my father won a car like this in a radio quiz show in the early 1960s, and the two of them would go off to airport in it, with their luggage. Two grown men with a suitcase each, in a car that had a 300cc engine and a top speed of 75 km/h. It was a simpler time then.

More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isetta
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Attendees of the Postgres Vision 2016 conference were urged to go green by adopting PostgreSQL in place of traditional gas-guzzling proprietary databases.

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Here is an interesting and important debate about whether or not the GPL should be defended in court.

Basically Linus Torvalds and Greg KH take issue with the suggestion by the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) that kernel developers should grapple with wide-spread non-compliance with the GPL by industry.

Their argument is not only that Linux has done very well without going to court, but that an adversarial position would be very damaging, both to the GPL as well as the kernel.

It is worth following the whole thread to see why it culminates in Linus saying "Bradley Kuhn [from the SFC] is so incredibly full of shit that this needs to be stated openly ... Lawsuits destroy community. They destroy trust. They would destroy all the goodwill we've built up over the years by being nice."

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Suppliers of proprietary software that abuse their licensing models are causing public agencies to migrate to open source solutions

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PostgREST generates RESTful APIs directly from a PostgreSQL database.
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