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Steve Kemp: setuid/setgid binaries in Debian's Wheezy release?

Planet HantsLUG - Sat, 07/06/2014 - 10:47

If anybody has access to a complete mirror of the Debian Wheezy release, and was willing to share a list of all setuid/setgid binaries that would be greatly appreciated.

It doesn't seem to be something you can find online, so you need to manually unpack each .deb file and look at the permissions.

I don't have access to a (complete) local mirror, and so I cannot easily build such a thing, unless I go to ebay and buy a random DVD-archive.

This list would be useful for folk wanting to direct their audits ..

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Dick Turpin: Old Tom

Planet WolvesLUG - Thu, 05/06/2014 - 12:58
So most of you will have heard my complaints about the difficulty in simply being able to order fish and chips from the chip shop? Well it would seem there are many other opportunities out there to eat up your lunch hour when trying to buy something.

A well known UK car accessory outlet.

Me: "Hi there can I have a Tom Tom Start 25 UK & ROF @ £99.99 please?"
Assistant: "Do you want the maps for life?"
Me: "Oh Christ, here we go! No thank you."
Assistant: "Do you want the European maps?"
Me: [Sobbing gently] "Could I just have the Tom Tom I asked for please?"
Assistant: "OK I'll go and fetch one."
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Meeting at "The Moon Under Water"

Wolverhampton LUG News - Thu, 05/06/2014 - 12:55
Event-Date: Wednesday, 11 June, 2014 - 19:30 to 23:00Body: 53-55 Lichfield St Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1EQ Eat, Drink and talk Linux
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David Goodwin: Automated twitter compilation up to 04 June 2014

Planet WolvesLUG - Wed, 04/06/2014 - 12:41

Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 04 June 2014

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Steve Kemp: Reflections on Lua-based email clients

Planet HantsLUG - Mon, 02/06/2014 - 10:23

Until recently I was very happy with my console mail client, Lumail, thinking I'd written it in a flexible manner, with lots of Lua-callable primitives.

Now I'm beginning to suspect that I might have gone down the wrong path at some point.

The user interface, at startup consists of a list of mailboxes. The intention being that you select a mailbox, and open it. That then takes you to a list of messages. (There is a cool and simple to use option to open the union of multiple mailboxes, which is something I use daily.)

Now the list of mailboxes is sorted alphabetically, so the user interface looks something like this:

Now the issue that triggered my rethink:

  • Can it be possible for Lua to sort the maildir list? So I could arbitrarily have the Maildir .people.katy at the top of the list, always?

Sure you think. It's just a list of strings. You could pass an array to a lua on_sort_maildirs function, and then use the returned array/table as teh display order. Simple.

Simple until you realize the user might want to do more than operate solely on the list of strings. Perhaps they wish to put folders with unread messages at the top. At which point you need a "count_unread( maildir )" function. (Which does exist.)

Anyway the realisation I had is that the CMaildir object, on the C++ side, isn't exposed to the Lua-side. So the (useful) member functions which should be exported/visible are not.

Really what I'm trying to say is that I think I've implemented and exported useful Lua primitives, but actually many more parts of the implementation could be usefully exported - but are not, and that comes from the choice I made to expose "things" not "objects". If I'd exposed objects right from the start I'd have been in a better place.

Oh well.

I continued to toy with a basic GUI mail-client last week, but I've pretty much written that off as a useful way to spend my time. For the moment I'll leave email alone, I've done enough and despite niggles what I have is absolutely the best mail client for me.

(It is a shame that Mutt is so heavyweight and hard to deal with, and that notmuch never really took off.)

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David Goodwin: Automated twitter compilation up to 01 June 2014

Planet WolvesLUG - Sun, 01/06/2014 - 06:00

Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 01 June 2014

  • RT Apologies but the #psychic fayre at Finstall Park has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. 2014/05/31
  • RT 2 great PHP conferences this autumn in the UK: #Symfony_Live & #PHPNW14. Wonder if I either will let me do a talk 2014/05/30
  • RT As we await the Apple iWatch, don’t forget that in 1984 Seiko made an iWatch — of sorts. And boy it was awesome.

2014/05/30

  • RT One of the best #PHP conferences in the world is back for 2014, and is looking for sponsors. conference.phpnw.org.uk/phpnw14/sponsors/sponsorship-packages/ 2014/05/30
  • The coop parking enforcer is out and going to be quite rich today it seems. Bromsgrove 2014/05/30
  • Sainsburys at Hundred House (Stourbridge road, Bromsgrove)? Alcohol licence application notice.
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/29

  • New Hair ! #goodHairDay #selfie
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/29

  • Haha. It appears my evil plan involving a weakened beer bottle and a car boot worked ! #brotherlylove Bromsgrove 2014/05/26
  • Whoops! Didn’t vote ukip. #noukip West Midlands, United Kingdom 2014/05/22
  • .@moreteadoctor the children have been shouting “‘ERE SHEILA!” for 10 mins in this playground. You have a lot to answer for. #memoryLivesOn Bromsgrove 2014/05/22
  • RT #WhyImVotingUkip DISGRACE!!!! This is one of meny!1!
  • 2014/05/20

  • RT #WhyImVotingUkip Because the weather’s really starting to pick up, and I don’t want it ruined by gays. 2014/05/21
  • RT Because if the gays obtain control over the weather it might start raining men, and they will probably be Romanian #WhyImVotingUkip 2014/05/21
  • RT #WhyImVotingUkip Because these immigrants can’t speak proper English! Oh wait a minute…
  • 2014/05/21

  • RT #WhyImVotingUkip because my university is being overrun by Librarians and we need to send them back to Libraria 2014/05/21
  • RT Worrying signs that the girl will be a javascript programmer. “Sometimes, Daddy, 5 and 5 makes 55 and sometimes it makes 10.” 2014/05/17
  • RT eBay hacked. They say that stolen user passwords were encrypted, ask users to change passwords anyway. https://blog.ebay.com/ebay-inc-ask-ebay-users-change-passwords/ 2014/05/21
  • At school early for once. No doubt they’ll be late out today. #schoolrun West Midlands, United Kingdom 2014/05/21
  • RT Virgin Media #facebooknews
  • 2014/05/21

  • RT Tried as I might, I could not get this damn thing to work. Seen at airport.
  • 2014/05/20

  • Somewhat surprised that a government information site (ratings.food.gov.uk) has been offline for ~6 days. #fail #hygiene Bromsgrove 2014/05/20
  • RT Just finished my second listen-through of ‘Harvey’ by Phil Rossi. I still love the story. You can listen free here: podiobooks.com/title/harvey/ 2014/05/19
  • RT Computer timings in perspective:
  • 2014/05/17

  • Lawn mowed. Decking had a second coat of brown stuff. 25% of study painted. No children drowned. Forest explored. Den made. #today Bromsgrove 2014/05/18
  • TIL – don’t mess with massive lizards. #Godzilla2014 Birmingham 2014/05/17
  • Godzilla o’clock. 2014/05/17
  • “Couldn’t think of an image for this slide”… Thanks. @jukesie #port80
  • Newport 2014/05/16

  • RT Amazingly clever, and somewhat manipulative talk by @roy on neuro-marketing in user experience. #mindblown #Port80
  • 2014/05/16

  • “Don’t worry it’s only marketers collecting our personal information … ” #port80 (thanks @kwe)
  • Newport 2014/05/16

  • RT Watching someone try to get through a spam captcha using voice commands is painful! Cc/ @kimberleytew #port80 2014/05/16
  • RT Next up at @Port80Events is @roy talking about the human brain & what makes people click
  • 2014/05/16

  • Cool brain anatomy lesson with @roy at #port80 … Hopefully we won’t be fighting bears to design websites … #betterSafeThanSorry Newport 2014/05/16
  • Now: @nathan_ford “Mastering the dark art of fluid layout.” — if only I could learn everything about it in a 45min talk #port80 #webdesign Newport 2014/05/16
  • RT Recommended reading from @hereinthehiveElement Queries, From the Feet Up
    www.backalleycoder.com/2014/04/18/element-queries-from-the-feet-up/
    #port80 2014/05/16
  • Thank you @hereinthehive #port80 Newport 2014/05/16
  • Css Breakpoints. Responsive & fluid design. Progressive enhancement. Device type. Reusability. Modularity.
    patternlab.io #port80 Newport 2014/05/16
  • “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again intelligently.”
    “Do it again …like a baby” … #port80 Newport 2014/05/16
  • Power pose time!
    Thanks @denisejacobs #port80 Newport 2014/05/16
  • RT Letter of the week, from May 10 issue of @TheEconomist.
  • 2014/05/15

  • It looks like the parking attendants are fining people today who are parking incorrectly outside coop. #bromsgrove Bromsgrove 2014/05/15
  • Yesterday I mowed the lawn (1st time for me), stained the decking and fitted a new light. Today may be tame in comparison. Bromsgrove 2014/05/15
  • throw new TooHotForAJumperException(“missing the rain ?”); Bromsgrove 2014/05/15
  • RT Bloody Polish: coming over here and teaching us proper English. Vote Ukip, and stop this outrage via @georgephilipb
  • 2014/05/12

  • RT “@mental_floss: U.S. banned the sale of lawn darts in 1988. Parents were urged to “destroy them immediately.”” – meanwhile assault rifles.. 2014/05/13
  • The woman driving k80 anm would do well to look before crossing mini roundabouts. #ifOnlyInsurersCheckedTwitter #driving Bromsgrove 2014/05/13
  • RT How to use friendship.js
  • 2014/05/13

  • Real life HITMAN youtu.be/hKEjM9gF4UQ via @YouTube (it was an awesome film) 2014/05/13
  • RT artificial intelligence, technology of the future — always has been, always will be. #DualismTheBook 2014/05/13
  • The early bird is tired. #airport #taxi #conscript Bromsgrove 2014/05/13
  • RT OK. I give up. Just put the apostrophes where you like Dorothy Perkins.
  • 2014/05/09

  • Drawing Eyebrows On Babies – The Best Of www.anorak.co.uk/397145/strange-but-true/drawing-eyebrows-on-babies-the-best-of.html/ via @TheAnorak 2014/05/12
  • RT 10 Great Reasons to vote #UKIP. I don’t know who made it – so I referenced it from official #UKIP websites
  • 2014/05/05

  • Achievement unlocked : Plumbing 102.
    Fixed leaking stop tap gland.
    Fixed leaking hot water joint. #relieved #EasyFix Bromsgrove 2014/05/11
  • Rowan ran 5km today in his first fun run. He was very happy to have a medal.
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/11

  • RT Wow. Such elePHPants. Much PHP.
  • 2014/05/06

  • With my psychic powers I predict there will be more painting taking place soon. Bromsgrove 2014/05/11
  • I can’t see the tires on this light. Tier perhaps?
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/10

  • RT UK surveillance oversight in action (yes, this is a real exchange):
  • 2014/05/09

  • Bromsgrove has a fair this week.
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/08

  • RT when someone says “giving 110%” this is what they mean i.imgur.com/uFDRzSN.gif 2014/05/06
  • RT A wood near Bromsgrove yesterday. The colour & scent were amazing! @WoodlandTrust
  • 2014/05/06

  • Now to see if the house has flooded while I’ve been out. #noPuddleYet Bromsgrove 2014/05/06
  • There’s nothing like chasing another runner (and beating them) to make you speed up and push yourself that bit more. #sweatingLikeAPig Bromsgrove 2014/05/06
  • Arrangements sorted for @Port80Events … May 16th. Newport. All the cool kids will be there (and me). #port80 #webdesign Bromsgrove 2014/05/06
  • RT They were planning an attack on an EDL demo with guns, knives, and an improvised explosive (pictured) #WMCTU
  • 2014/05/06

  • And now …. to run. Run like the wind. Bromsgrove 2014/05/06
  • Achievement unlocked: Plumbing 101 – outside tap replacement. #WorkingHose #BewareCat
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/06

  • RT Gotten quite a few photo requests for this underdoge: @dogecoin @Josh_Wise @PPR98. #VeryDega #SuchWow #NASCAR
  • 2014/05/04

  • RT Check out the product placement on this…
  • 2014/05/04

  • RT How very very true — who the slave and who the master? (via @elvis717)
  • 2014/05/04

  • RT Learning how to map disease breakout areas using #OpenStreetMap at @ukodi with @msf_uk 2014/05/03
  • RT Hey @ITISLENNYHENRY. You’ve got to to see this. Genius via @beaubodor #YouKip
  • 2014/05/03

  • Unimpressed by The Amazing Spiderman 2 (not worth paying for). Divergent seemed better. Bromsgrove 2014/05/04
  • This is good Bombay mix like stuff. (Farari Chevra).
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/04

  • Yum yum. Tasty chocolates from Brussels. (Van Dender)
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/04

  • RT “£130?! For one night?! I paid less for her. NO F*CKING WAY!” Shouts the drunk guy, with a hooker, at Premier Inn reception. Oh dear oh dear 2014/05/03
  • My house has been invaded by lots of noisy women. Time to plan my escape to the cinema or something …. Bromsgrove 2014/05/03
  • RT 2048 for Atari 2600:
    2048 for Commodore 64
  • 2014/05/03

  • RT Everyone has to work.
    That’s what family farms do.
  • 2014/05/03

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    Dick Turpin: Four coaches.

    Planet WolvesLUG - Sat, 31/05/2014 - 18:15
    I am living proof of those people who say "You know if I wrote a book about it nobody would believe it!"

    So I went to visit my daddy today in Birmingham QE hospital. I caught the train to Birmingham and had to change for University station. I spied a guy in blue offering platform information at Birmingham and made my way towards him. Mr Blue coat (I have no idea what they're called?) was just about to help a very smartly dressed guy who looked to be in his early twenties.

    Passenger: "Can you tell me where to go for the 13.20 to blah blah blah?" (I forget where now)
    Mr Blue: "Platform 7 sir."
    Passenger: "Platform 7? You sure?"
    Mr Blue: "Yes sir, platform 7"
    Passenger: "It says four coaches?"
    Mr Blue: "That's right sir."
    Passenger: "So there's no tracks at platform 7 then?"
    Mr Blue: "I'm Sorry?"
    Passenger: "I've never heard of coaches stopping at platforms before?"
    Mr Blue: "The train is made up of four coaches sir."

    Me and Mr Blue pissed ourselves silly once he was out of reasonable earshot.
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    Mick Morgan: a new app

    Planet ALUG - Fri, 30/05/2014 - 20:47

    My newspaper of choice, the Guardian, has for some time produced its own android (and iOS of course) app. I have often used the android app on my tablet to catch up on emerging news items at the end of the day. I also read the BBC news app for the same reason. Yesterday I received an update to the Guardian app. That update was a complete rewrite and gives the user a very different experience to the original app. For example, in the old app I could tailor the home screen to show me just the news categories I wanted (i.e. no sport, no fashion, but plenty of politics, business and UK news). In the new app I can only do that if I subscribe to a paid version. Sorrry, but no, I already pay for the newspaper, I just want this to give me updated headlines, I don’t want to have to buy the newspaper all over again.

    In today’s paper (and on-line of course) there is an editorial comment on the new app explaining its background. The writer opens:

    Today I am proud to announce the launch of our redesigned Guardian app. It’s been a ground-up reworking to bring you a new, advanced and beautiful Guardian app. For the first time you will have a seamless experience across phones and tablets, with a cleaner, responsive design that showcases the Guardian’s award-winning journalism to our readers around the world.

    The article goes on to explain the history of the original app and the thinking behind the redesign. It continues:

    We’re also thrilled to announce that GuardianWitness – the Guardian’s award-winning platform through which readers can contribute their own pictures, videos and text – is now integrated into the app, meaning readers can now contribute to assignments seamlessly and directly within the main app.

    Hmmmm.

    It continues:

    Other new features include:

    • A new flexible layout so we can display different stories in different ways, and show readers which stories are the most important in one glance
    • Breaking news and sport alerts and up-to-the-minute live coverage
    • Increased personalisation: readers can personalise their home screen depending on what topics they’re most interested in, and create notifications to follow favourite writers, stories, series and football teams
    • Improved photo galleries and inclusion of interactives for the first time
    • Off-line reading – with intelligent caching readers will now be able to save articles to read later and have more content at their fingertips wherever they are
    • Open journalism has been built into the app, with even easier ways for readers to contribute comments, videos, photos via our new GuardianWitness integration, as well as a better commenting experience
    • New opportunities for advertisers.

    I particularly like that last bit.

    And of course the app needs access to my location.

    Right.

    (P.S. The app called “UK Newspapers” by Markus Reitberger gives access to all the UK news sites you could want – and all it asks for is network access.)

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    Jono Bacon: Last Day Today

    Planet WolvesLUG - Thu, 29/05/2014 - 16:34

    Recently I announced I am stepping down as Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical and moving to XPRIZE as Senior Director of Community. Today is my last day at Canonical.

    I just want to say how touched I have been by the response. The comments, social media posts, emails, and calls from you have been so kind and supportive. You are all good people, and I am going to miss every single one of you.

    The reason why I have devoted my life to understanding communities is that I believe communities bring out the best in people, and all of you are a perfect example of that. I cannot express just how much I appreciate it.

    Over the course of the next few weeks my replacement will be sourced and announced. and in the interim my team (Daniel Holbach, Michael Hall, David Planella, Nicholas Skaggs, Alan Pope) will take over my duties. Everything has been transitioned over, and remember, the weekly Q&As will continue at 6pm UTC every Tuesday on Ubuntu On Air with my team filling in for me. As ever, any and all Ubuntu questions are welcome!

    Of course, I will still be around. I am going to continue to be a member of the Ubuntu community and an avid Ubuntu user, tester, and supporter. I will continue to be on IRC, you can email me at jono@jonobacon.org, I will continue to do Bad Voltage, and I have a busy schedule at the Community Leadership Summit, OSCON, and more. I am also going to continue to have my own Q&A session every week where you can ask questions about my perspectives on Ubuntu, Canonical, community management, XPRIZE, and more; I will announce this soon.

    Ubuntu has a tremendous future ahead of it, built on the hard work and passion of a global community. We are only just getting started with a new era of Ubuntu convergence and cloud orchestration and while I will miss being there in an official capacity, I am just thankful that I can continue to be along for the ride in the very community I played a part in building.

    I now have a few weeks off and then my new adventure begins. Stay tuned.

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    Meet Up Saturday 7th of June 2014 from 12 at South London Makerspace

    Greater London LUG News - Thu, 29/05/2014 - 11:02
    I know, I know. First meet up in a long time, but I've been working on the South London Makerspace which is now a real thing so lets meet there!

    The South London Makerspace is a hackerspace like community in South London with a focus on social and education.

    The plan is to meet, chat, educate. There will be informal talks, volunteers for talks needed. I plan to give an introduction about the Makerspace.

    If you want a drink please bring your own along, or some to share, there is also a Costcutter next door and a Sainsburys near-by. Chairs are limited so please prioritise people who need them or bring your own.

    Looking forward to seeing you all there.

    The details:
    From 12 until 4pm - 7th June 2014

    South London Makerspace
    27 Norwood Road
    Herne Hill
    London SE24 9AA

    Nearest tube: Brixton (Victoria) then bus (3 or 196) which drops you off right outside (the bus stop after Herne Hill station)
    Nearest train: Herne Hill, City Thames Link line
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    Jono Bacon: Community Leadership Summit 2014, New Forum, OSCON, Training, and More!

    Planet WolvesLUG - Thu, 29/05/2014 - 05:51

    As many of you will know, I organize an event every year called the Community Leadership Summit. The event brings together community leaders, organizers and managers and the projects and organizations that are interested in growing and empowering a strong community.

    The event pulls together these leading minds in community management, relations and online collaboration to discuss, debate and continue to refine the art of building an effective and capable community.

    This year’s event is shaping up to be incredible. We have a fantastic list of registered attendees and I want to thank our sponsors, O’Reilly, Citrix, and LinuxFund.

    The event is taking place on 18 – 19 July 2014 in Portland, Oregon. I hope to see you all there, it is going to be a fantastic CLS this year!

    I also have a few other things to share too…

    Community Leadership Forum

    My goal as a community manager is to help contribute to the growth of the community management profession. I started this journey by publishing The Art of Community and ensuring it is available freely as well as in stores. I then set up the Community Leadership Summit as just discussed, and now I am keen to put together a central community for community management and leadership discussion.

    As such, I am proud to launch the new Community Leadership Forum for discussing topics that relate to community management, as well as topics for discussion at the Community Leadership Summit event each year. The forum is designed to be a great place for sharing and learning tips and techniques, getting to know other community leaders, and having fun.

    The forum is powered by Discourse, so it is a pleasure to use, and I want to thank discoursehosting.com for generously providing free hosting for us.

    Be sure to go and sign up!

    Speaking Events and Training

    I also wanted to share that I will be at OSCON this year and I will be giving a presentation called Dealing With Disrespect that is based upon my free book of the same name for managing complex communications.

    This is the summary of the talk:

    In this new presentation from Jono Bacon, author of The Art of Community, founder of the Community Leadership Summit, and Ubuntu Community Manager, he discusses how to process, interpret, and manage rude, disrespectful, and non-constructive feedback in communities so the constructive criticism gets through but the hate doesn’t.

    The presentation covers the three different categories of communications, how we evaluate and assess different attributes in each communication, the factors that influence all of our communications, and how to put in place a set of golden rules for handling feedback and putting it in perspective.

    If you personally or your community has suffered rudeness, trolling, and disrespect, this presentation is designed to help.

    This presentation is on Wed 23rd July at 2.30pm in E144.

    In addition to this I will also be providing a full day of community management training at OSCON on Sunday 20th July in D135.

    I will also be providing full day community management training at LinuxCon North America and LinuxCon Europe. More details of this to follow soon in a dedicated blog post.

    Lots of fun things ahead and I hope to see you there!

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    Dick Turpin: I want it but I can't afford it.

    Planet WolvesLUG - Tue, 27/05/2014 - 09:53
    So I run an 'Opt-In' mailing list predominately of refurbished PC's and Laptops. All the prices are excluding delivery and are Ex VAT. I had this begging email when I got in this morning.

    I regularly get your email updates, but all of the available machines are more expensive than I want to pay.
    I currently have a Compaq Pressario running XP, however it is extremely slow. I need an XP machine as I cannot afford to upgrade all of the software on the one I have. I also have a Dell laptop running Windows 7 (64 bit).

    This is the specification for my Compaq:

    Compaq  Presario 6207EA
    Microsoft® Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
    Celeron CPU 1.70 GHz
    1.49GB RAM
    Maxtor 2F040J0 Hard Drive 40 GB
    Samsung SP0812N Hard Drive 80 GB (Secondary Drive)
    HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8161B
    TDK DVDRW161N
    Floppy Drive

    I know that the deal on your update below is a good one, and I could load XP instead of 7, but it is still quite a way above my budget.

    Could you let me know if you have refurbished machines that will perform quicker than my Compaq, and if so, how much are they.

    Many thanks

    Not only has this guy got a very large doorstop but as he points out three times that he has no money and that even the £169.00 PC I was offering was out of his price range! Which begs the question "Why are you asking?"

    Oh and also the good advice I sent him to look at freecyle.org was wasted as his hotmail account has a problem and is not accepting mail!
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    Ron Wellsted: Barcamp Birmingham

    Planet WolvesLUG - Tue, 27/05/2014 - 08:56

    This event will be held on Saturday 7th June 2014 between 9am and 5pm at The Studio Venue Company Ltd., 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP.

    All the details can be found at http://www.flossuk.org/Events/BarcampBirmingham2014

    I hope to see you there.

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    Steve Engledow (stilvoid): Ramble

    Planet ALUG - Fri, 23/05/2014 - 18:12

    Today has been a fairly mixed bag. I booked today off as holiday some weeks back as work has been consistently stressful and I felt I needed a day to spend by myself with nothing in particular to do. I could probably have predicted it, but that's not quite how it turned out.

    The morning started pleasantly: my wife is on a late shift today so she didn't need to leave until 11 so we had a leisurely breakfast together. Then we got to talking about what I'd do today; "Not much", said I. Naturally, the conversation went down the route of talking about things I might do. "Perhaps I'll wander into the city". "Oh, while you're there could you just..."

    Before long, I had a to-do list. I didn't mind too much but mentioned in passing that days off always go by far too quickly. The ability of menstrual women to misinterpret a sentence is literally mind-blowing.

    After I'd dropped the raging pile of hormones at her place of work, I wandered into the city. First on the list was getting a family photo printed onto canvas with a frame for my mum's birthday tomorrow. My SD card didn't work in the guy's PC - oh no! Luckily, I'd brought my laptop with me so used that to copy everything off, reformat it (making sure I picked something his Windows 8 machine would be unlikely to barf on) and copy the photos back. Still no joy on his machine but it worked fine in the Kodak printer he had; but that turned out not to be useful as he couldn't get it from there onto the canvas printer. Giving up, I went to Boots for some other things and noticed they did canvas printing. Cheaper. And it worked. Flawlessly. I blame Windows 8. Or summat.

    I then went to the optician as I've been getting really dry eyes again recently. They told me I'd have to wait until 2:45 to see someone. Resigning myself to spending the day in the city, I had lunch at a noodle bar. After quite a lot of walking around, I eventually had my appointment to be given two things I apparently need to go and buy:

    • Opticrom ("more than meets the eye"?)

    • Some eye bags. Never heard of these. Apparently Amazon is the place to get them.

    On my way back to the car, I decided to pop into a stationers and ended up buying a really nice notebook. There's something really satisfying about a good notebook - even though I don't use one very often. I suppose next time I can put my to-do list in it ;)

    After that success, I decided to try something I've been meaning to try for ages: a backrub from The Rub. I've never had a professional massage before so I went for a 10 minute backrub there. It was worth every single penny - absolutely fantastic. I'll be going back again soon for a longer massage.

    Now I have about 50 minutes until I have to pick up my son from the nursery so I think I'm going to go for a cheeky half.

    Btw, the illness I mentioned last time culminated in some stomach-based fun-times and then we both felt fine. Weird.

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    Jono Bacon: Goodbye Canonical, Hello XPRIZE

    Planet WolvesLUG - Mon, 19/05/2014 - 16:15

    After nearly eight years of service at Canonical, I will be stepping down as the Ubuntu Community Manager and leaving my fellow warthogs at Canonical on 29th May 2014.

    I have always been passionate about two things in my life. Firstly, I want to go to work every day and feel that my efforts are having a wider impact on the world. Secondly, I believe that community and collaboration is at the core what makes us human and what drives us to create beautiful things.

    Canonical has provided room for me to explore both of these areas in droves. Free Software is an undeniable power for good in making technology accessible to all. Ubuntu has been at the forefront of this; focusing on simplicity, elegance, and ease of use to make technology as accessible and widely available as possible. Canonical and the Ubuntu Community has also provided an environment in which I could explore the many facets of community building, leadership, and growth…trying lots of ideas, learning from what worked and what didn’t, and evolving what we do.

    This has resulted in me having the opportunity to learn from great people, in fun and challenging situations, and to further the art and science of building great communities.

    A new chapter

    …and this is where a new chapter in my life opens.

    Recently I was presented with the opportunity to go and work at the XPRIZE Foundation.

    For those of you unfamiliar with XPRIZE, their focus is to solve the major problems facing humanity. This work is delivered by incentivized competitions to solve these grand challenges.

    This started with the $10million Ansari XPRIZE that spawned the commercial space-flight industry. Other examples include the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE (to create an affordable handheld device to diagnose health issues), the Google Lunar XPRIZE (to achieve the safe landing of a private craft on the surface of the moon), the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE (improving our understanding of ocean acidification), and the A.I XPRIZE (create the first A.I. to walk or roll out on stage and present a TED Talk so compelling that it commands a standing ovation).

    XPRIZE is an organization with significant ideas and ambitions to have a profound impact on the world. If you want to get a better feel for this, I recommend you watch this video by founder, Peter Diamandis; it is tremendously inspiring.

    Peter believes that competition is in our DNA. I believe that collaboration and community is in our DNA. As you can imagine, these concepts are complimentary to each other and this is why I feel like this such a natural fit for me.

    As such, I will be joining XPRIZE as Senior Director of Community. I will be there to look at the full breadth of what XPRIZE does and inject community and collaboration into the many different layers from how the prizes are picked, how teams are formed, how R&D is created, how technologies go into production, and more. I am tremendously excited about the opportunity.

    Difficult decisions

    Although XPRIZE is an exciting (if unknown) road forward, leaving Canonical is bittersweet.

    To put this in starker terms, Canonical quite literally changed my life. It helped to transform my career from a position of observation of communities to one of structured best practice. It helped me to think differently, challenge myself, and be open to being challenged by others. It afforded me the opportunity to travel the world, meet incredible people, see incredible things, and ultimately led me to meet my wife, Erica, who has become the corner-stone of our family. This was never a job, it was a way of life, and Canonical provided every ounce of support in helping me to achieve what I did here and to be the best that I could be.

    Working with the Ubuntu community has not just been a privilege, it has been a pleasure. One of the many reasons why I love what I do is that I am exposed to so many incredible people, minds, and ideas, and the Ubuntu community is a text-book definition of what makes community so powerful and such an agent for making the world a better place. I will be forever thankful for not just the opportunity to meet so many different members of the global Ubuntu family, but to also continue these many friendships into my next endeavour.

    Now, some of you reading this may be concerned by this move. Some of you may be worried that my departure is due to a negative experience at Canonical, or that the community is somehow less important than it used to be. I want to be very clear in responding to this.

    I am not leaving Canonical due to annoyance, frustration, bureaucracy, lack of support or anything else negative. I have a wonderful relationship with Mark Shuttleworth, Jane Silber, Rick Spencer and the other executives. I have a great relationship with my peers and my team, and I love going to work every single day. These people are not just colleagues, they are friends. I have long said I have the very best job in community management and I feel as strong about that today as I did when I joined.

    I am not leaving Canonical due to problems, I am moving on to a new opportunity at XPRIZE. I actually wasn’t looking for a move; I was quite content in my role at Canonical, but XPRIZE came out of nowhere, and it felt like a good next step to move forward to.

    Likewise, I can assure you that the relationship with community at Canonical has not changed at all. Mark Shuttleworth and the rest of the leadership team are passionate about our community and they are intimately aware that our community is critical to the success of Ubuntu.

    I believe in Ubuntu as much as I did when I joined. I have long talked about how Free Software and Open Source is only truly game-changing if the technology is simple, powerful, and accessible. Ubuntu is the very best place to get Open Source across the desktop, cloud, and now the mobile space too. Canonical has hired a phenomenal team over the years to drive this, and we are seeing the fruits of this success. I look forward to seeing this story unfold more and more and seeing Canonical achieve wider and wider ambitions.

    Before I wrap up, I just want to offer some thanks to Mark Shuttleworth, Jane Silber, Rick Spencer, my team, my peers in the Ubuntu Engineering Management Team, my fellow warthogs at Canonical, and everyone in the Ubuntu community for being so supportive over the years. You all helped me turn my dream into a reality and help me become the person I am today.

    I also want to say a special thank-you to Mark who gave me a shot in 2006 and has been a constant beacon of support and inspiration for so many years. I consider Mark a mentor, but more importantly a friend.

    We have taken on some tough challenges over the years in Ubuntu, challenges that were necessary for us to grow. I have never questioned Mark’s commitment to our values and our success as a project once, and I am thankful for him to lead Ubuntu towards success; successful projects need leaders who can constantly ask new questions and explore new territory.

    You don’t get rid of me that easily

    Now, I won’t actually be going anywhere. I will still be hanging out on IRC, posting on my social media networks, still responding to email, and will continue to do Bad Voltage and run the Community Leadership Summit. I will continue to be an Ubuntu Member, to use Ubuntu on my desktop and server, and continue to post about and share my thoughts about where Ubuntu is moving forward. I am looking forward in many ways to experiencing the true Ubuntu community experience now I will be on the other side of the garden.

    As I step out of my position at Canonical, I am hugely proud of the accomplishments of my team (Daniel Holbach, David Planella, Michael Hall, Nicholas Skaggs, Alan Pope (and alumni, Jorge Castro, Kyle Nitzsche, Ahmed Kamal)). I can’t think of a better group of people to continue to help our community to do great work and be successful.

    To wrap things up, I will be doing my very last Q&A session on Tuesday 27th May 2014 at 6pm UTC on Ubuntu On Air – I hope to see you all there!

    So, here is to fun and fond memories, and here is to a new set of challenges helping to create a a better world with XPRIZE. Thanks!

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    Dick Turpin: Too many options

    Planet WolvesLUG - Fri, 16/05/2014 - 10:57
    Back in the good old days when you was allowed to shove small boys up chimneys ordering fish and chips was easy. "Fish and chips please love." the only response you got was "Salt and vinegar darling?" sadly today is very different. Ask for fish and chips now and you'll get a whole barrage of "Is that a special?"

    Armed with this we went to the chip shop last night fully prepared for their annoying options.

    Me: [Full of smugness] "Can I have sausage and chips special please."
    Assistant: "Is that the £1.50 or £2.50 special?"

    Aaaarrrgghh WTF! Ok ok lets move on.

    Me: [Full of trepidation] "Can I have kebab meat and chips please, OH WAIT! you only do small or large don't you?"
    Assistant: "No we do a breakfast special, a daily special, a mini special, small, medium or large."

    Aaaaaaarrrrrrggghh!

    Can I not just go in, order something, get served and leave? :'(
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    Dick Turpin: High IQ

    Planet WolvesLUG - Thu, 15/05/2014 - 14:10
    Engineer: "Okay, put s&^jO0p+b in the password box"
    Customer: "What shall I put in the confirm password box?"

    Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhh
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    Aq: Mozilla add HTML5 DRM, sadly but inevitably

    Planet WolvesLUG - Thu, 15/05/2014 - 11:34

    “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?”
    “Oh jeez. Probably.”
    “What!? Why!?”
    “Because all my friends did.”

    — xkcd, Bridge

    Mozilla have decided to implement the HTML5 EME DRM for videos. This sucks.

    I don’t like the EME stuff. It’s contrary to the whole idea of the web. It’s potentially the beginning of a slippery slope of web pages being locked off because that’s what the ebook people want. I wrote about this last year. Jeremy says that it is precisely because other technologies are locked down that it’s important to keep the web open, and he’s right.

    But… that didn’t happen. The web is not open. Google and Microsoft and Apple have already started implementing EME, over the complaints of precisely nobody. The argument that adding DRMed video divides the web into haves and have-nots apparently didn’t cut any ice with those browser vendors. So Mozilla reluctantly fall in line, and are castigated for it in a way that the others weren’t.

    Now, there’s a reasonable argument that Mozilla should be held to a higher standard, because their goal actually embodies the Open Web and the others are primarily about profits and market share. Mozilla should stand on principle, precisely because they have principles. I admire this argument, but unfortunately it’s like perpetual motion machines, the 200mpg carburettor, and the rehydrateable pizza from Back to the Future — it doesn’t work. The world isn’t nice just because you wish real hard. Mozilla have stood on principle in the past, by refusing to implement H.264 format video. It made no difference. They were laughed at for not being “modern”, their users just found that some videos mysteriously wouldn’t play, they were told that standing on principle made them irrelevant, and it made no difference to the market. They have a voice at the table, but it’s not loud enough to move the industry when the industry want something else.

    The last people to try this other than Mozilla were Opera. The Opera team devoted their time to being standards compliant, working to improve those standards where possible, taking the decision to be correct rather than compatible in most cases, and what happened? Nobody used their browser because it didn’t work, and now they use Blink as their renderer instead.

    I like the warm fuzzy feeling I get from knowing that Mozilla are out there doing the right thing. But there’s always been an edge of, well, they’re doing the right thing which means that I don’t have to. Firefox should stand on principle here and refuse to play DRMed videos… but of course I’m not going to stop using DRMed video, I’ll just use Safari for that. The warm fuzzy feeling is jolly nice, but it’s not enough to actually keep the Mozilla organisation running. If you dislike Mozilla doing this (which I do, too), then where’s the outcry against Apple and Microsoft and Google for doing the same thing? Where’s the outcry against them for doing it first? Mozilla helps keep the web open for us, but in return we have to help keep the web open for Mozilla. And we aren’t.

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    Jono Bacon: Announcing Ubuntu Pioneers

    Planet WolvesLUG - Tue, 13/05/2014 - 17:24

    Ubuntu has always been about breaking new ground. We broke the ground with the desktop back in 2004, we have broken the ground with cloud orchestration across multiple clouds and providers, and we are building a powerful, innovative mobile and desktop platform that is breaking ground with convergence.

    The hardest part about breaking new ground and innovating is not having the vision and creating the technology, it is getting people on board to be part of it.

    We knew this was going to be a challenge when we first took the wraps off the Ubuntu app developer platform: we have a brand new platform that was still being developed, and when we started many of the key pieces were not there such as a solid developer portal, documentation, API references, training and more. Today the story is very different with a compelling, end-to-end, developer story for building powerful convergent apps.

    We believed and always have believed in the power of this platform, and every single one of those people who also believed in what we are doing and wrote apps have shared the same spirit of pioneering a new platform that we have.

    As such, we want to acknowledge those people.

    And with this, I present Ubuntu Pioneers.

    The idea is simple, we want to celebrate the first 200 app developers who get their apps in Ubuntu. We are doing this in two ways.

    Firstly, we have created http://developer.ubuntu.com/pioneers which displays all of these developers and lists the apps that they have created. This will provide a permanent record of those who were there right at the beginning.

    Secondly, we have designed a custom, limited-edition Ubuntu Pioneers t-shirt that we want to send to all of our pioneers. For those of you who are listed on this page, please ensure that your email address is correct in MyApps as we will be getting in touch soon.

    Thank-you so much to every single person listed on that page. You are an inspiration for me, my team, and the wider Ubuntu project.

    If you have that pioneering spirit and wished you were up there, fear not! We still have some space before we hit 200 developers, so go here to get started building an app.

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