not all change is progress
November 15, 2015
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0:47:41 Over a Pint
Back on track with our regular news and opinion show, we brought you plenty of both. From the UK Security Services’ predictable grab for all our metadata, to Red Hat’s predictable grab for cash, our news segment once again covered all that’s been happening in the FOSS world without fear or favour. Later, we relaxed over a pint and pondered how to create the ideal environment for a truly engaging Free Software and Free Culture event.0:03:14 News
In the UK, Web browsing history must now be stored for a
My work at GCHQ and the surveillance myths that need busting
MI5 ‘secretly collected phone data’ for decade
MI5 Says It Has Relied on Hacking in ‘Majority of High Priority Investigations’
UK’s internet spy law: How £250m costs could balloon to £2 BILLION
Tor Project Claims FBI Paid $1 Million For Carnegie Mellon Researchers To Uncloak Users
FBI: “The allegation that we paid CMU $1M to hack into Tor is inaccurate”
The Ubuntu Software Centre To Be Replaced in 16.04
Ubuntu 16.04 Drops Brasero and Empathy, GNOME Calendar to Be Adopted
Digression: Optical media longevity
Python3 Only on the images
Red Hat, Microsoft Forge Wide-Ranging Cloud
With Microsoft and Red Hat in bed, what happens to SUSE?
Fedora 23 Linux Secures Servers and the Cloud
Fedora KDE Takes A Blow; Fedora 23 KDE Spin Is “Easily The Worst” They’ve Spun
Gene Amdahl, IBM Designer Who Founded Rival, Dies at
Supercomputer leaders come together on new open-source framework
Why technology spending isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
Firefox now blocks ads and trackers in Private Browsing
E-mail crypto is as usable as it ever was, say boffins
New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove
User data plundering by Android and iOS apps is as rampant as you suspected
NET OF INSECURITY – The kernel of the argument
Kernel Self Protection Project
0:47:41 Over a Pint
With things still fresh in our minds, we mulled over what was good and what less so about this year’s OggCamp, and tried to offer some constructive advice for anyone seeking to stage similar Free Software and Free Culture events in the future.
I installed Fedora 18 on the then new laptop I got from
my employer to get used to some of the new stuff I
expected to end up in CentOS 7. By the time RHEL 7
happend I was at Fedora 21 and got (somewhat grumblingly)
used to most things. That’s kinda the obvious benefit for
people running RedHat and derivatives in production.
I did the same thing years ago when switching my workstation at work from OpenSolaris to Ubuntu*: Our devs encountered issues on their workstations I haven’t seen before and thus took me longer to fix. Also we started to install Ubuntu for all of them working on Linux & more of them asked for Ubuntu on servers. So I had to get used to Ubuntu anyway.
*) was running Gentoo before ;)
Oh, right, short one on the IoT stuff will never get updated: I totally agree that this it’s what’s gonna happen. Even with stuff not being connected to the internet (like there would be anything left in a few years…) future proving it is important. That’s why the OpenBSD folks are pushing for 64bit types for time: Embedded stuff deployed in as few years or even today may still run when y2038 will strike. And you don’t want power plants and oil pipelines to stop working because they decide they’re no supposed to do their job yet as their clocks say it’s 1901-mm-dd.
Re: Paddy’s Butlins idea. Many Universities hire out halls of residence, out of term time, for events. Might be worth investigating.
Ian, do you have a Jesse filter on your podcast? I ask as I’m pretty sure I talked about uni’s after Paddy. In fact I rabbited on for a while about the logistics, so maybe you just switched off ;)
I tend to listen to most of my podcasts in the car, so I was probably paying more attention to not crashing than listening attentively:)
Your friendly neighborhood rookie HPC sysadmin checking in here. One area with huge growth coming in the HPC space is healthcare. Current DNA sequencing technology has reached the price point where it will begin being used in the treatment of a number of illnesses, with cancers perhaps being at the forefront. Whole human genomes are definitely big data and require HPC systems for processing. There are other applications of HPC in healthcare as well, including advanced microscopy.
Here is a page with some pretty graphs about the drop in sequencing costs: http://www.genome.gov/sequencingcosts/
Interesting reading. In a previous career I learnt how to sequence DNA at Sanger’s labs in Cambridge. In those days (mid 1980’s) the process was slow and labour intensive. Also, computer analysis of the data was in its infancy, with affordable computing power just becoming available.
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