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Anything else, off-topic, or stuff that's difficult to classify

Torvalds pleased that DRM music is dying

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zdnet.com.au: Linus Torvalds, coordinator of the Linux kernel, is pleased that music publishers have started selling more DRM-free music -- last year he said the technology was a lot of "hot air".

Geek gift guide 2007

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Red Hat Magazine: We’re getting down to serious shopping time for the holidays. Lucky for you, we’ve got ideas for you and the geeks you love. And like last year, we’re giving away loot.

Adobe's PDF now an ISO standard

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arstechnica: At the end of January 2007, Adobe submitted its Portable Document Format (PDF) to the ISO. Now, as the year winds to a close, Adobe has announced that PDF 1.7 has been approved by the ISO and will become the ISO 32000 standard (DIS).

And what exactly will sudo rm -rf do?

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kmandla.wordpress: The furor around the sudo rm -rf clowns has subsided (but will no doubt resurface in the future), but just for the record, what will that command do?

“Is a cursory look at the CentOS LIVE CD worth every penny?”

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Enterprise Linux Log: The review in question in this case is one for CentOS 5. Or, I should say, it is a review for the CentOS 5 LiveCD that proclaims to be a review for the enterprise release of CentOS. It’s an important distinction to make and, if you’re trying to catch a break as a Linux review site, you should probably know the difference before your fingers hit the keys to type out a headline.

Looking for Algae--the Next Voyage

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Jon maddog Hall: Algae is very important to our lives. It is estimated that 73% to 87% of the net global production of oxygen is produced by algae. It is at the bottom of the food chain. How does this fit in with computing?

PRISM Coalition lobbies against open access

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linux.com: Forces are mashaling to oppose the open access movement, the open source-inspired movement to make academic research publicly available online. The American Association of Publishers (AAP) recently announced the creation of the Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine (PRISM), an apparent lobby group organized to resist efforts to compel academic publishers to make publicly funded research generally available.

Hypocrisy off the port bow!

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jem report: I be Robert Wales, notoriously known as Bob The Burner, privateer in mine own good service, Captain of the famous galleon Asus Core II, proud member of the brotherhood o' pirates. This official document'll be servin' as your confession. Thou'rt a pirate. Sack up, ye cowards, and admit thy crimes!

The free software journalism club

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jem report: After I posted yesterday's call for stories from or about people who claim to have had comment posts deleted from Groklaw, I received an email from Pamela Jones asking me why I was "doing this." Since such a question presumes a certain level of conspiracy, I replied that the call for stories is self-explanatory. The next email I got on the subject was from Ziff Davis Enterprise editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

It's time to retire the mom test

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linux.com: One of the more humorous ad series today is the Geico "caveman" commercials, featuring a caveman complaining about the stereotype of something being "so easy a caveman could do it." Since we don't have to worry about offending cavemen (or cavewomen), companies can safely poke humor at that demographic group and not worry about alienating anyone. However, you might want to think twice about saying "it's so easy your mom can do it."

Off Topics

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  • Tales From The Tech Side (or...would you like valium with your cube?)

  • Diamond goes head to head against Nvidia
  • Isn't It Time We Forked the Concept of a Computer?
  • Thoughts about Captchas: Today animated GIFs, tomorrow Flash videos?

Linux Corporation scam targets the unwary

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linux.com: Be on guard against alleged representatives of Linux Corporation offering to buy your photos -- it's a scam. That's the message that Indian models and photographers should take to heart, if the experiences of Rohan Patwari and Praveen Toshniwal are any indication.

Beware of Skype

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freesoftware mag: On Sunday, August 5, 2007 Bush signed the revised Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) into law, in which the U.S. Congress spinelessly caved in and gave legal authority to the Bush administration to continue to intercept and spy on electronic communications. Then, on Thursday, August 16, 2007 the whole worldwide Skype network goes down. Coincidence?

Ubuntu founder advises SA on IT strategy

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tectonic: Speaking in a keynote address at the Govtech conference in Cape Town this morning, Mark Shuttleworth discussed strategies that government should take on in developing IT locally.

I survived the Peruvian quake

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Richard M. Stallman: On the evening of August 15 I was answering email in the offices of COSOLIG, the free software organization of the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima. I was just about to do a batch mail transfer when the earthquake began. It was strong enough to shake my body in an interesting way, but insufficient to damage a concrete building, or even to make a bookshelf fall over.

Thirteen Blog Clichés

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coding horror: I started out in early 2004. As a result, I've developed some rather strong opinions about what makes blogs work so well, and what makes blogs sometimes not work so well. I'd like to share some of the latter with you today, in a piece I call Thirteen Blog Clichés.

Dear Linux Journal: News Flash- Women Are People

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Carla Schroder: This just keeps getting worse. Please tell me how anyone could think this is a good idea: "Me and my husband’s gonna be bringing you tech tips just about every month now….I don’t know nothing about Linux. Chester, he’s the smart one…”

Information sharing at the NSA (video)

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linux.com: The topic of information sharing among US intelligence agencies, the FBI, and other federal agencies has attracted attention since 9/11. At Defcon XV, I had the opportunity to ask Tony Sager, chief of the National Security Agency's Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group, about information sharing within the agency.

"Fake Steve Jobs" is Daniel Lyons, in case anyone wants to sue

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groklaw: The New York Times has the news that Fake Steve Jobs, the anonymous blogger pretending to be Apple's Steve Jobs, is actually Daniel Lyons of Forbes. Why am I not surprised?

Black Hat USA 2007: That's a wrap

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linux.com: Black Hat USA 2007 was fast-paced, fun, and informative. It demonstrated that security is big business. The halls were lined with vendors, some new, some old, and the smell of money was everywhere. Still, I'm left thinking this year's show had a different tone to it than last year's.

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