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+ - The FSF Announces New Versions of the GPL.

Submitted by Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish (3362) writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has decided to contribute to the noble cause of free and open source software’s licenses proliferation and following their popular announcement of version 3 of the GNU General Public License, or the GPL for short, which is incompatible with its version 2, they have now announced even more versions of that popular licence. Which GPL will free and open source software developers choose?"

+ - How to Get Help Online (2013 Edition) 5

Submitted by Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish (3362) writes "The document How to Get Help Online (2013), aimed at inexperienced and not too net-savvy people, aims to summarise and spread the knowledge, of where and how to get help with one’s problems (especially technical and software-related ones). While many Slashdot visitors will not gain many new insights from it, it may be useful for them to recommend less experienced people to read it. Furthermore, its Creative Commons licence (the CC-by-nc) allows others to reuse it and build upon it. And comments and suggestions for improvements are welcome."

+ - Fiction: "Summerschool at the NSA" - the NSA getting schooled on security

Submitted by Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish (3362) writes "In the fictional story Summerschool at the NSA , the Hollywood actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar (of Buffy fame), and Summer Glau (notable for being featured in xkcd), conspire to kick the ass of the NSA (= the United States National Security Agency) using special warfare that is completely non-violent, thus teaching it an important lesson about security.

For extra geek points, Summerschool at the NSA is under a Creative Commons licence (CC-by-sa) and is maintained in a GitHub repository. Share, enhance, and enjoy!"
Open Source

+ - Why "Publish or Perish" is "Life or Death"->

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "A short essay making claim that it is essential to publish almost every innovative conclusion you came up with ("publish"), rather than keeping knoweldge and insights to yourself, lie, or use other forms of camouflage, which will cause your demise (= "perish"), which eventually translates to “Life or death”. Following that, it criticises the NSA for balantly, and foolishly violating this principle."
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+ - From MIT and Jenn Lawrence to Hacking and Free Will->

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "What is a hacker and hacking? Why was the David who fought Goliath a Hacker and an action hero? How is an action hero different from a tragic hero? What is wrong with M.I.T. and why it matters less at the Technion? What is a tragic hero? What are the machines that can give us questions? And what does Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Academy Awards for Best Actress at the young age of 22 has to do with it? An ongoing blog post where I wish to stop lying to myself and to others, stop speaking in riddles, and put all the cards on the table."
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Your Rights Online

+ - Free Mickey Mouse - The Disney Way

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "In a post to the Creative Commons Community mailing list, Shlomi Fish claims that the character of Mickey Mouse has mostly become dead due to the copyright extension fiasco, and the only way to liberate it and make Mickey alive and vibrant again is to free it, and put it under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike licence (CC-BY), and in the Walt Disney Corporation way of having a big festival with fireworks, and keynotes, and with many celebrity guests and features, and a big celebration. What do you think?"
Programming

+ - Just write the tests, yo mofo!

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "A short entry titled “Just write the God-damn tests, m****f***” where I discuss why the artificial distinction between the scopes of the tests (unit tests, integration tests, system tests), etc. does not matter, and you should just write more tests when they are needed. ( Largely inspired by Zed Shaw’s Programming, M***f***. )."
Linux

+ - Audacity 2.0.0 Released->

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "Version 2.0.0 of the open-source and cross-platform Audacity audio editor and recorder was released. This is a new stable version with many bug fixes and new features in comparison to the previous stable version 1.2.6. Audacity is available for Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X and for several other OSes."
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Perl

+ - Disarm Internet Trolls - the CBT Approach->

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "The best way to react to people trolling on Internet forums is not to feed them, right? Wrong! "Don't feed the trolls" is also usually ineffective. Luckily, however, there is more effective approach, inspired by the book "Feeling Good" by David D. Burns. Read about it on the "Unarmed but still Dangerous" blog."
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Open Source

+ - Announcing Freecell Solver Enterprise Edition->

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "Freecell Solver Enterprises Inc., on behalf of the Freecell Solver development team, is glad to announce the upcoming availability of Freecell Solver Enterprise Edition. In its Enterprise Edition, Freecell Solver will be enhanced to solve generalised Freecell, in which there can be an arbitrary number of card ranks. Since generalised Freecell is NP-complete. This will allow using Freecell Solver's ingenious, cutting-edge algorithms to solve the previously hard, provably NP-Complete problems of the Travelling Salesman problem, Subset sum, Sudoku and Enterprise content management.

Read more on the announcement to learn more about this and upcoming exciting developments."

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Software

+ - Open Source Licenses Wars->

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "There is a new article on my site titled "FOSS Licenses Wars", explaining the features and differences between various the various categories of open-source licenses, and some popular individual one, and that gives some recommendations for which licenses to avoid. I also touch on the aspect of whether use of permissive open-source licenses constitutes a risk to software freedom."
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Google

+ - Slashdotted Feature Causes AdSense Termination->

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Shlomi Fish
Shlomi Fish writes "Shortly after the publication of the Slashdotted April Fools' Day feature on my site, Google suspended my AdSense account claiming it posed a "significant risk to advertisers". Read my the link for more information on what I tried to regain access to my lost account, how I was not successful, and how bad Google's AdSense support is. Apparently Google ignores their customers just like most other big corporations."
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