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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 36 declined, 3 accepted (39 total, 7.69% accepted)

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Submission + - Announcing HTML 6, the New Version of the Web

Shlomi Fish writes: The World-Wide-Web Consortium (W3C) is excited to announce HTML 6 ("HTML Sicks"), the new version of the Web standards, that will supplant and succeed HTML5, and will feature many new features and innovations. Do you find it exciting as well?

Submission + - Summerschool at the NSA (Reloaded)

Shlomi Fish writes: An article on Advogato on the “Summerschool at the NSA” meme, including them depicted getting their ass kicked by two famous Hollywood actresses. Among other things, I propose the fact that most of the NSA workers have lost their minds, and are now mentally ill and delusional which may explain some of the hard-to-believe findings by Edward Snowden"

Submission + - The FSF Announces New Versions of the GPL.

Shlomi Fish 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?

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

Shlomi Fish 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.

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

Shlomi Fish 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

Submission + - Why "Publish or Perish" is "Life or Death" (shlomifish.org)

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."

Submission + - From MIT and Jenn Lawrence to Hacking and Free Will (shlomifish.org)

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."
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Free Mickey Mouse - The Disney Way

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?"

Submission + - Just write the tests, yo mofo!

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***. )."

Submission + - Disarm Internet Trolls - the CBT Approach (shlomifish.org)

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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