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Submission + - DebConf15: Largest DebConf to take place in Heidelberg mid-August

alfino writes: Less than two weeks away, DebConf15, the 16th Debian Conference, scheduled to take place 15–22 August in Heidelberg, Germany, has been officially announced. The organisers are expecting more than 550 participants from 53 countries (making it the largest DebConf so far, and the first in history that will be closing registrations early), and have presented a schedule packed with talks and events, including several prominent, invited speakers, and yet plenty of room for informal and ad-hoc collaboration. Most events will be streamed live to allow for remote participation, and archived for later consumption.

The celebrations of Debian's 22nd birthday on 16 August, the traditional "Cheese & Wine BoF", a screening of the Oscar-award-winning documentary Citizenfour (which mentions Debian in its end credits), and a day trip for all attendees top off the programme. Additionally, DebConf15 will be preceeded by DebCamp, a week of sprints, workshops and hacking sessions. It is expected that much progress will be made on Debian (gcc5 transition, planning of the next stable release "stretch", etc.), and of course Free Software in general. The conference itself begins with an Open Weekend geared to the public, and featuring a job fair.

Attendance is free of charge thanks to numerous sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor Hewlett-Packard. Registration is required nonetheless and only very few places are left.

The conference will be tracked on various social media sites using hashtag #DebConf15. Even though Debian does not endorse proprietary services, @DebConf will have the news.

Comment Start with 2005 (Score 1) 655

Just start with the 2005 revamp. It is not dated, it assumes many of the viewers have no idea what is going on and it is fun. Also I would recommend watching the corresponding episodes of Doctor Who Confidential right after each episode. These 'making of' really explore the back story, are very funny and often show relevan bits from the old shows, so that you can understand what is really going on. :)

Comment Re:Who's this for? (Score 1) 797

BTW: you can try the Gnome 3 way now - just double click the window title bar to maximize and to 'minimize' click the middle mouse button on the title bar. Instead of minimizing the window will be sent to the back to the visual stack, which is what you want anyway most of the time. Yes, the discoverability suffers a bit, but the usability, especially for touch interfaces, skyrockets.

Comment Re:Wait, carbon trading wasn't a scam to BEGIN wit (Score 1) 228

Actually, considering that CO2 emmisions are doing harm to people (in the long term), it would make sense to have people be the source of carbon credits - We the 100k people have a right to produce X tons of carbon emissions per year (in addition to inalienable bodily emission quota), and we are willing to sell that right to that steel mill for a summ of Y USD per year. And considering that someone needs to get that money from that steel mill and make sure it is either distributed to us or spent on something that brings good to all of us, lets make a company that will do that. Lets decide by voting among us who we trust to administer that money. Let's call that 'government', and let's call the whole system 'taxation'.

Comment Re:Wait, carbon trading wasn't a scam to BEGIN wit (Score 2) 228

It is easier to force/guilt/... China and India into carbon trading if the Western world is already doing it. In my view Cap-and-trade is faulty, because it allows a default level of free pollution. If EVERYONE was fairly and equally taxed for their CO2 (and other greenhouse gas or pollutant) emissions and then the revenue from these taxes would be spent exclusively on cleaning up that pollution (most likely by purchasing carbon credits from carbon-negative businesses), then it would be fair. The pointis that a coal power plant does not pay for the pollution it causes, the harm that it causes to the whole population. If this harm is converted into actual finansial cost, then we will clearly see whether coal is really that cheap and we will see free market dump all they can into clean energy, because the dirt of the dirty energy would be taxed and make it not so profitable as it is now.

Oil, coeal and gas is only a cheap energy source to the consumer because part of the cost is hidden - the enviromental cost, as in, they don't pay for the clean air that they steal from all of them. Steal just a little bit from everyone and you have a nice profit. Government taxation and regulation is there to prevent exactly such abuses of the common good.

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