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When geeks and graffiti combine

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royal.pingdom.com: There is a lot of geeky graffiti out there. Some are just scribbles on a wall (programmer art being as it is), and some definitely qualify as artwork.

10 Most Bizarre Photos of Famous Geeks

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junauza.blogspot: Do you think that geeks are boring? If your answer is yes, then perhaps some of the photographs that I’m going to show to you can change your mind:

Have Dinner with Bruce Perens in San Francisco this Tuesday

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technocrat.net: Bruce Perens will be speaking at the BALUG meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday at 6:30 PM. Chinese dinner will be served.

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.

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