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Why conference harassment matters
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 03:29 AM EDT
This weekend was DEFCON 20, the largest and most famous hacker[1] conference in the world. I didn’t go to DEFCON because I’m a woman, and I don’t like it when strangers grab my crotch.


Every time I read about something cool happening at DEFCON, I wanted to jump on the next flight to Las Vegas. But I didn’t, because of my own bad experiences at DEFCON.


Many conference organizers have told us that they had record women’s attendance after they adopted a policy aimed at reducing harassment (and often higher overall attendance as well). One conference organizer said that the first year they worked hard to invite 30% women, everyone enjoyed the conference so much more that they’ve done it every year since. When women feel welcome at a conference, everyone enjoys the conference more.

Valerie Aurora, The Ada Initiative

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BBC uses RIPA to detect license evaders
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 05:54 AM EDT
The BBC uses Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act for the detection of television licence evasion alone,”

It is only used as a last resort once other enforcement methods have been exhausted.The reason we do not release more details on how and when it is used is to ensure people without a valid TV licence don’t use this information to their advantage when attempting to avoid detection.” link

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When things look bad change your logo
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 01:01 PM EDT
They probably only spent a few million on
these cosmetic changes that an 8 year old
would have done for free.

Now they get to spend milions more on
the rollout.

Must be fun to own their stock.


You are being MICROattacked, from various angles, in a SOFT manner.

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A Blast from the Past on LWN
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 01:12 PM EDT

I was reading the LWN (Linux Weekly News) story The GNOME project at 15, and one of the reference links was to an earlier LWN story on Gnome from the year 2000 . What I found particularly interesting was the two older stories which followed it on the same 2000 page. These were:

SCO may be purchased by Caldera

SCO may be purchased by Caldera, reports this ZDNet article. This is reminiscent of some predictions that one of the post-IPO Linux companies would pick up SGI. SCO has been around for almost twenty years and has a long track record. Now it might be purchased by a veritable "upstart". Nonetheless, this looks like a potential good match. SCO's emphasis on reseller channels matches Caldera's long-term philosophy and their support services would put Caldera on a much better footing in competition with Red Hat, particularly in the international markets.

Meanwhile, the rumored price, $70 million in stock, seems incredibly small given the prices for small Linux startups only a few months ago.

Complete rewrite planned for Perl 6

At the ongoing Perl Conference 4.0, a meeting of the perl5-porters list was held to discuss Perl's long-term future. As a result, Larry Wall and Nathan Torkington announced plans for a complete rewrite for Perl 6. Frustration has developed as Perl has become increasingly difficult to improve, extend, and embed. The core will be reimplemented, to improve speed, and they'll try to take the opportunity to remove "cruft" from the current implementation.

Simultaneously, they are trying to revamp the Perl development community as well. Personality issues caused problems on the perl5-porters list during the last development cycle -- changes will be implemented to try and change that. Perl will be moving from following Larry Wall's vision to becoming a community-driven development effort. That speaks for some pretty large potential growing pains. The alternative, though, would be to allow Perl development to stagnate.

And today ... Gnome is in version 3, the SCO lawsuit story is still staggering along, and Perl 6 is still "under development". It's an interesting perspective on progress.

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Off Topic Thread
Authored by: Tkilgore on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 02:52 PM EDT
What is happening with the Motorola ITC complaint against Apple? What is
happening with the parallel actions which the Motorola ITC complaint says are
filed in federal court, in Delaware? And, no, I am not raising a complaint that
the case is not followed up, here. I mean that I have not seen a single article
elsewhere which even briefly mentions the matter.

The silence is deafening. The only thing I have seen recently in the press about
Apple, Motorola, or for that matter Samsung is a piece in the NWT which
described what a valuable company is Apple. That was on Tuesday, but as far as I
can see nothing at all is said about the Motorola complaint.


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