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Submission + - How we ran a rural hacktivist skills-sharing event and what I learned (

adelayde writes: Since 2008 as part of the HacktionLab collective I've been involved in running a skills-sharing event in the UK for tech-activists, campaigners and people interested in technology. It's called BarnCamp. We cover topics from security and privacy through to foraging for food, making rocket stoves and choosing a good farmhouse cider. It takes place in a rural setting in Wales, up a valley on a farm and we have to take most of what we need. I've produced a write-up of what we did and what we've learned from doing it and I thought it might be of interest to the Slashdot massive.

Red Hat Settles Patent Case 76

darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"

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