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+ - Thirteen open source workshops at colleges in 2013-> 1

Submitted by paulproteus
paulproteus (112149) writes "Three years ago, Slashdot covered a "How To Get Involved In Open Source" workshop I helped run at the University of Pennsylvania. I'm part of the team that put that together, and in 2013, we ran 13 events, 7 of which were organized by women in CS groups. There's still no shortage of students that want to get involved, so read how we're going to run even more in 2014!"
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Comment: This is w/r/t CPython, not random code in Python (Score 5, Informative) 187

by paulproteus (#44751085) Attached to: Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

The Slashdot summary is confusing, as is the headline. Reading the article, it is clear that it is about the code that powers the official Python interpreter, AKA CPython, AKA /usr/bin/python. When I clicked the link, I thought Coverity had surveyed the entire world of open source Python code and discovered that Python programmers as a whole publish higher quality code than people who e.g. program in Ruby. That's not what the article's about.

It'd be great if the headline in Slashdot were to be fixed to say, "Python interpreter has fewer code defects compared to other open source C programs, says Coverity."

GNU is Not Unix

+ - The FSF Adapts the Kickstarter Approach to Fund-raising 3

Submitted by ChronoEngineer
ChronoEngineer (1133813) writes "Recently the Free Software foundation launched a new fund-raising system starting with the GNU Mediagoblin project. Rewards from its new tiered donation reward system include physical objects such as a 3d print of the project's mascot as well as digital ones (Rewards List). This gives free software projects an alternative crowd-funding source where all of their contributions go to advancing free software since the administrative cut taken from the earnings goes to the Free Software Foundation. Chris Webber, of GNU Mediagoblin, mentions this as one of the reasons he chose the FSF over Kickstarter for his project."
GNU is Not Unix

+ - GNU Mediagoblin Project launches->

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paroneayea writes "The GNU project is starting a new federated web application project called GNU MediaGoblin, written in Python. From the article:

    The GNU Project is taking a shot photo sharing. On May 2nd, the wraps came off the GNU Mediagoblin project. If successful, the GNU Mediagoblin could solve several problems that haven't been addressed well by existing photo sharing services — namely privacy, data ownership, reliability, and software freedom.

    So what's GNU Mediagoblin? The project is starting with the goal of creating a federated photo sharing site that could stand alongside popular services like Flickr, DeviantArt, Picasa, and Facebook. Eventually, the project hopes to tackle other types of media, but the first target is photo/artwork sharing. Right now? It's very much a work in progress."

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+ - Want new contributors? Teach them how to build it->

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paulproteus writes "If you work on an open source project and want more help, try inviting people to set up their development environment.

That's what worked for Vidalia and the GIMP. Last Friday, they asked people to build the app for the first time. At the anointed time, enthusiastic users hopped on to the project's IRC channel. By the end of the day, both projects retained new faces on IRC, and Vidalia's bug tracker had new patches attached. The event invitation felt urgent, by listing a specific time, and showed a willingness to bring new people on board; we think those were the keys to success. (Plus, you can read about the event in an attendee's own words.)"

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Comment: CC licenses have been enforced already in .NL (Score 5, Informative) 227

by paulproteus (#35118696) Attached to: Are Flickr Images Abused By Foreign Businesses?

Just so you know, five years ago, a Dutch judge ruled that Creative Commons licenses are enforceable. See here: . This is the Adam Curry case from 2006, for those who follow the history of such things. There was also a later scenario in 2009 that he also won.

Summary from the Wikipedia article:

In late February 2006, Adam sued the Dutch tabloid Weekend for reprinting photos from his Flickr page and publishing details about his daughter. The photos were released under a version of the Creative Commons license that forbids commercial use and requires acknowledgement, but the tabloid printed a few of them without contacting Curry.

The verdict of the lawsuit did not award Curry any damages, but did forbid the tabloid from reprinting the photos in the future, and set a fine of 1,000€ for each subsequent violation by the tabloid. It was one of the first times the license was tested in a court.

In May 2009, Curry posted on his blog information about a different Dutch tabloid publishing another Creative Commons licenced photo from Curry's Flickr account and Curry's attempt to apply Creative Commons license requirements. The publisher settled without a trial on Curry's terms.

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+ - How to get new contributors past build problems->

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paulproteus writes "Reminiscing about troubles as a new contributor, Akarsh Simha of KStars points to a new form of interactive documentation for building an open source project."The good thing about KDE is that there is a lot of build documentation already. But it would be awesome to make it interactive, and made clear, step-by-step.""
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Comment: Free Dmitry Sklyarov! (Score 4, Informative) 118

by paulproteus (#34438256) Attached to: Canon's Image Verification System Cracked

At the time of his arrest, Dmitry Sklyarov was a 27-year-old Russian citizen, Ph.D. student, cryptographer and father of two small children (a 2-1/2 year old son, and a 3-month-old daughter).

Dmitry helped create the Advanced eBook Processor (AEBPR) software for his Russian employer Elcomsoft. According to the company's website, the software permits eBook owners to translate from Adobe's secure eBook format into the more common Portable Document Format (PDF). The software only works on legitimately purchased eBooks. It has been used by blind people to read otherwise-inaccessible PDF user's manuals, and by people who want to move an eBook from one computer to another (just like anyone can move a music CD from the home player to a portable or car).

Dmitry was arrested July 17, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV, at the behest of Adobe Systems, according to the DOJ complaint, and charged with distributing a product designed to circumvent copyright protection measures (the AEBPR). He was eventually released on $50,000 bail and restricted to California. In December 2001, was permitted to return home to Russia with his family. Charges have not been dropped, and he remains subject to prosecution in the US.

Although Dmitry is home now, the case against Elcomsoft is continuing (to the detriment of the company), Dmitry's actions in Russia are controlled by a US court, and DMCA is still the law (to the detriment of everyone). This site will carry updates as they come...

Source: (for those who don't remember 2001's Defcon incident)

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