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Comment Re:It's an Exclusionary Club (Score 4, Interesting) 606

Essentially this.

I had a prof who would do all his lectures & demos from the command line.
Need to write a short C program to demonstrate forking? Boom! Into vim and coding up a basic example in a minute or two.
Typo in his LaTeX slides? Boom! Switch over to fix it, then recompile the slides, and on with the lecture.
Student asks a question about a command line argument? Boom! Man pages up on the big screen.

It was a little intimidating to see this CLI master hopping around typing crazy little combinations of letters and making magic appear on the screen, but at the same time it was inspiring. It was an example of what we could aspire towards.
The Almighty Buck

Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog 242

magic maverick writes "A U.S. federal jury has ordered Agence France-Presse and Getty Images to pay $1.2 million to a Daniel Morel, Haitian photographer, for their unauthorized use of photographs, from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The images, posted to Twitter, were taken by an editor at AFP and then provided to Getty. A number of other organizations had already settled out of court with the photographer."

Comment Photo Booth (Score 4, Interesting) 246

I made a photo booth which was installed inside of an old phone booth in a local cafe for a new-media art festival this past summer. I used a Raspberry Pi, a usb webcam, a big red button connected via GPIO, a coin slot connected via GPIO, and an ethernet cable running to the router in the back room. People would insert their dime or two nickles and the button would light up. Pressing the button would take a photo. The Pi then uploaded the photos to a website which looped through all of the photos taken during the festival. People could visit the website on their own devices, but there were also a few screens set up around the town in shop windows displaying the photos. The program to do all this was a simple python script with a loop.

You can still see the photos taken here: http://donttakemypicture.org/
The site uses javascript to keep checking for new photos and to change the photo displayed for you every few seconds.

Submission + - Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

An anonymous reader writes: The world's oldest Linux distribution currently being maintained has released yet another version! According to the official announcement, Slackware 14.1 includes the following: "Slackware 14.1 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.10.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.10.5, a recent stable release of the 4.10.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment." Installation ISOs can be found here.

Submission + - Slackware 14.1 Released

shadowknot writes: Patrick Volkerding announced the release of Slackware 14.1 today: "Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.1!" The latest release features a 3.10.17 kernel as well as the KDE 4.10.5 and Xfce 4.10.1 desktop environments. Slackware 14.1 also marks the first major release to feature MariaDB in favor of MySQL in the light of ongoing licensing concerns with the latter.

Comment News for nerds? (Score 4, Interesting) 267

The Slashdot tagline used to be: "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters". I no longer see this on the front page, and it's not even in the page title. A conversation about what Slashdot is, what it used to be, and what it's becoming, notwithstanding, I would expect the 'Nerd' option to be the highest, as the site is (or at the very least, used to be) 'news for nerds'.

Submission + - ISS laptops switching from Windows XP to Debian

SgtKeeling writes: Dozens of Windows XP laptops on the International Space Station are being switched to Debian 6. A manager involved in the switch said, "We needed an operating system that was stable and reliable – one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could." The Linux Foundation provided two development courses to help with developing apps related specifically to the needs of the ISS.
In 2008 Slashdot noted a story about a virus on the ISS laptops which had come up on an astronaut's USB flash drive.

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