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Hi All, 

I am cross posting this to the Asterisk Users, Biz, and Dev lists at the suggestion of David Duffet, so sorry if you see it multiple times.

As this year Astricon is in Orlando, and most of us are tech geeks in on form or another, we are trying to organize a road trip to see NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

I have been in touch with their group sales office and was told that there is a minimum requirements for a group rate to cover the general admission would be 15 guests at $45.50+6.5% tax per person, plus we would either need a lot of cars or to rent a bus (thus the per person price would go up).
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What they say about the tour:

Private guided bus tour 2.5 hours

The Explore KSC Tour gives visitors an insider’s view of the space program from the launch sites of today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with a look toward the future of space exploration at Kennedy Space Center, The tour includes up-close views of the launch pads, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and the Shuttle Landing Facility.  The tour stops in between the Kennedy Space Center launch pads, offering a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB, on the NASA Causeway where guests are surrounded by myriad rocket launch pads.  Along the way, visitors may see other iconic images of America’s space program including the countdown clock at the Press site, a crawler transporter used to move Apollo moon rockets and space shuttles to the launch pad and the Operations and checkout building were astronauts departed from to travel to the launch pad on the day of their mission.  The tour culminates at the Apollo/Saturn V Center,
The Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multimedia shows and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quests for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363’ long Saturn V moon Rocket, the most powerful rocket ever build and one of only 3 Saturn V rockets in Existence, The Apollo Treasure Gallery showcases treasures from the Apollo moon missions, including Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard’s spacesuit and the Apollo 14 Command Module, Kitty Hawk.

Up to 50 guests for a private bus. 
Booking times will vary, we will do our very best to accommodate your guests
General admissions required

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So please let me know if you are interested, as we get closer we will discuss total price and how people can pay it.

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando in October.
Eric
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Hi All, 

I am cross posting this to the Asterisk Users, Biz, and Dev lists at the suggestion of David Duffet, so sorry if you see it multiple times.

As this year Astricon is in Orlando, and most of us are tech geeks in on form or another, we are trying to organize a road trip to see NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

I have been in touch with their group sales office and was told that there is a minimum requirements for a group rate to cover the general admission would be 15 guests at $45.50+6.5% tax per person, plus we would either need a lot of cars or to rent a bus (thus the per person price would go up).
-- 
What they say about the tour:

Private guided bus tour 2.5 hours

The Explore KSC Tour gives visitors an insider’s view of the space program from the launch sites of today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with a look toward the future of space exploration at Kennedy Space Center, The tour includes up-close views of the launch pads, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and the Shuttle Landing Facility.  The tour stops in between the Kennedy Space Center launch pads, offering a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB, on the NASA Causeway where guests are surrounded by myriad rocket launch pads.  Along the way, visitors may see other iconic images of America’s space program including the countdown clock at the Press site, a crawler transporter used to move Apollo moon rockets and space shuttles to the launch pad and the Operations and checkout building were astronauts departed from to travel to the launch pad on the day of their mission.  The tour culminates at the Apollo/Saturn V Center,
The Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multimedia shows and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quests for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363’ long Saturn V moon Rocket, the most powerful rocket ever build and one of only 3 Saturn V rockets in Existence, The Apollo Treasure Gallery showcases treasures from the Apollo moon missions, including Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard’s spacesuit and the Apollo 14 Command Module, Kitty Hawk.

Up to 50 guests for a private bus. 
Booking times will vary, we will do our very best to accommodate your guests
General admissions required

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So please let me know if you are interested, as we get closer we will discuss total price and how people can pay it.

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando in October.
Eric
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Somehow winning the case will probably cause more harm than the original blogpost entitled "the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret: Il Giardino"

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28331598
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Yes, but unless the courts allow for blanket take downs this could not work. Each paper that writes about it, each blogger that writes about it, each blogger or article about the take down order, the list can keep growing and the more they fight the more people will blog, post, or tweet about it.

But the whole right to be forgotten is based on false premises anyway.
http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/07/15/europes-right-to-be-forgotten-illusion/
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Just after Microsoft killed support for XP and everyone moved to 7 (because 8 does not fit their needs) they go and announce this

http://www.businessinsider.in/In-Six-Months-Microsoft-Will-Pull-The-Plug-On-Windows-7-Support/articleshow/38028548.cms
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As a technologically incline guy, you may know about better alternative apps to run on Windows 7, but - most people don't.

Now here's the rub, and this is important so pay attention - there will be a test at the end:

Who needs IE9? Web developers. Who needs SHA2? Application developers. Who needs DX11? Game developers.

Most people won't upgrade until the last possible moment, but they will also not install alternative SDKs and such. With a very large percentage of their target audience without support for new technology, application developers are forced to use the old libraries, or do workarounds and support multiple backends. This is hard, and getting harder all the time - as a result you - the consumer - get applications with less features, more bugs, less frequent updates that cost more. This is the one major reason developing for Windows sucks!

And Microsoft knows this (because we told them, during the XP lifetime, again and again). Microsoft needs VASPs to continue to provide value on top of their platform, they can't ignore the needs of the developers - and there are other options - Apples has 15~20% of the market, and Valve has shown the world that they can deliver software on Linux.

Now, do you really think Microsoft will let 7 enjoy the lengthy extended support that XP had, and continue to watch VASPs abandon their platform? As a Linux enthusiast, I hope so and think that would be great! It will be the best thing for Linux. But as a person who believes that Microsoft are not stupid, I don't see it happening.
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Astricon 2015
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Hi everyone,

In keeping with tradition Nir and I are organizing an unofficial wine tasting get together, to happen at Astricon. Last year we had a magnificent selection of bottles to try, from multiple locations around the globe.

We are looking to do this at either 5pm or 6pm on Thursday (talks end just after 4) and it will be in the speakers prep room.

It is not officially affiliated with Astricon.

Who is interested in participating or in bringing something for people to taste?
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+Tom De Moor that sounds great
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The nice people at Digium (+Julie Webb ?)  provided the following on the Astricon site
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