Tom Chiverton | 20 Apr 18:13 2014

Europe and digital rights MEP hustings

In the run-up to the European elections (22nd May), Open Rights Group are holding MEP hustings across the
country, to ask candidates to pledge to protect digital rights.

MEPs help write laws on digital privacy, commerce, free speech online, copyright and net neutrality: most
of the big digital issues are affected by European rules.

Join ORG Manchester to hear from the MEP candidates for the North West, as we ask them to sign the charter and
discuss their views on digital rights.

When: Tuesday 6th May, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: The Main Hall, The Friends Meeting House, Mount Street

http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/176592492/
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Simon Ward | 19 Apr 11:29 2014
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Show your "love" for OpenSSL

Show your "love" for OpenSSL with this tee shirt:

http://teespring.com/iheartbleedopenssl

"I Heartbleed OpenSSL"

Some money from each tee goes to the OpenSSL foundation.

Simon
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Bob Ham | 15 Apr 01:12 2014
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Reminder: MFS Meeting. Tue, 15 Apr. GPG keysigning party and discussion: Novena, Windows XP end of support, RPi graphics, LibrePlanet conference

This meeting is later today.  Remember your ID and GPG fingerprint! :-)

On Thu, 2014-04-10 at 13:55 +0000, Bob Ham wrote:
> Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.
> 
> * Event: Manchester Free Software's April Meeting
> 
> * Date: Tuesday, 15th April 2014 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
> * Start time: 19:00
> * Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)
> 
> * Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
>   - http://madlab.org.uk/
> * Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
>   - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
>   - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639
>
> 
> Details
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> The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
> philosophy.
> 
> This meeting will be, firstly, a GPG keysigning party (discussed
> below) and secondly, a series of discussions
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Bob Ham | 10 Apr 15:55 2014
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MFS Meeting. Tue, 15 Apr. GPG keysigning party and discussion: Novena, Windows XP end of support, RPi graphics, LibrePlanet conference

Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.

* Event: Manchester Free Software's April Meeting

* Date: Tuesday, 15th April 2014 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
  - http://madlab.org.uk/
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
  - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639

Details
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The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
philosophy.

This meeting will be, firstly, a GPG keysigning party (discussed
below) and secondly, a series of discussions on the Free Software
implications of the following:

* Novena free hardware computer
The Novena free hardware computer is now being offered in a
crowd-funding campaign by Andrew "bunnie" Huang, noted Xbox hacker,
and company.  The board's PCB designs are available under a free
license and it is intended for use by free hackers, using components
which enable user freedom.  For example the CPU's datasheet and
programming manual are available without an NDA and the board includes
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Jon Spriggs | 9 Apr 13:00 2014

Heads up - OpenSSL vulnerability HEARTBLEED

I don't know if any of you follow the Security news, but there's a major issue doing the rounds at the moment in the OpenSSL library (used notably in HTTPS, but also in all sorts of other unexpected places, such as VPN software, Radius servers and Instant Messengers). It has been vulnerable since ~2011 when OpenSSL 1.0.1 was released. See http://heartbleed.com

If you have an HTTPS based site, you might want to check against your server using this tool: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

OpenVPN is affected, and under certain circumstances, FreeRadius is too. Some routers, switches, VPN terminators and firewalls may be affected - either via their web interfaces, or by using insecure libraries for internal processes. You should subscribe to at least any security mailing lists for any critical software and infrastructure you're using for your business or social sites (which is how I started hearing about this lot).

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Philip Ridout | 9 Apr 10:45 2014
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Proprietary file formats

Hi,

I'm looking to develop a library to convert proprietary song files and libraries to OpenLyric files (OpenLyrics.info).

Is there anything that I should consider which may cause legal issues?

Philip Ridout

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Yuwei Lin | 7 Apr 18:20 2014
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Fwd: [HacktionLab] paid job to set up 3 linux computers in stoke-on-trent, tuesday 15 april

List members might be of interest in this...

Best wishes,
Yuwei

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From: helen varley jamieson <helen@...>
Date: 7 April 2014 09:06
Subject: [HacktionLab] paid job to set up 3 linux computers in
stoke-on-trent, tuesday 15 april
To: HacktionLab@...

hi everyone,
i'm a lurker on this list - i don't live in the uk so haven't
participated in any of your events but i'm an interested lurker :)

at the moment i'm working on a project in stoke-on-trent for which i'm
going to need a bit of help & i wondered if there was anyone on this
list in that area who might be interested & able. it's an interactive
theatre/digital arts project for 9-13 year olds in libraries in stoke
on trent, & i'm the digital artist on the project. we are creating a
kiosk where the kids will input story endings, there are 3 computers
with touchscreens & i need to set it up on tuesday 15th april (that's
next week).

i am going to need help to:
- install hard drives & RAM into 3 zotac boxes
- hook the boxes up to Elo touchscreens
- install linux (crashbang is the recommended version)
- attach peripherals (keyboards, webcams)
- & have everything up & running.

i haven't done this before, so i'm guessing that with the help of
someone who has experience in this kind of install it is maybe half a
day's work? there is payment.

if there is anyone out there who is interested in this job, please
contact me asap; & please forward this on to anyone you know who might
be interested.

thanks very much,
h : )
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http://www.wehaveasituation.net
http://www.upstage.org.nz

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Leslie I'Anson | 3 Apr 13:56 2014

Project Novena

Hi all,

No doubt most of you will have come across this already but for the benefit of those who haven't...

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/novena/

I look forward to seeing you all again when I return from Germany.

Best wishes,
Leslie

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Paul Waring | 31 Mar 13:04 2014
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Fri 4 Apr: Currybeer social

On Friday 4th April, a number of us from various geek groups will be 
going out for a curry and some drinks. We'll be meeting in our usual 
venue of Hardy's Well pub at the end of Rusholme from 7pm and moving on 
to a nearby curry house after a drink or two - usually this means by 8pm 
at the latest.

Everyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to forward this email 
to other lists.

Hope to see you there!

Paul

P.S. You can always find details of upcoming socials at the Currybeer 
web site, where there is also a Google Calendar.

http://www.currybeer.com

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Space Apps York | 17 Mar 18:19 2014
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NASA's International Space Apps Challenge - York: 12-13 April 2014

Dear members of the Manchester Free Software,

My name is Pedro Ribeiro and I am a member of the organising committee for NASA's Space Apps Challenge at York - a 2-day global hackathon led by NASA. Here in York, this free event will be hosted by the Department of Computer Science, University of York, on the 12th and 13th of April 2014.

I was wondering whether any of your members would be interested in participating. For further information please check the message included below. You are welcome to forward it to other recipients. I am also attaching a poster that you are free to print and circulate.

Best regards,
Pedro Ribeiro

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Hi there,

For a second consecutive time, on the weekend of the 12th and 13th April 2014, the Department of Computer Science, University of York, will be hosting the third edition of NASA's International Space Apps Challenge - a free 2-day global hackathon. This is an opportunity for you to tackle real-world challenges to improve life on Earth and in space!

Whether you are a designer, software developer, technologist or simply have an enthusiasm for solving problems, this is the event for you! No programming experience is necessary. However, if you are a programmer and want to develop an app you are more than welcome to participate!

The International Space Apps Challenge, now in its third edition, is a unique annual hackathon type of event, which will take place in over 90 locations worldwide simultaneously. In 2013 it attracted more than 9000 simultaneous participants from all over the globe!

At the event, you will form a team with others taking part in the hackathon, and you and your team will be focused on solving a particular challenge. You will compete with other teams around the world and you will be able to use publicly available data to create your own solution to NASA's global challenges. This year's challenges will focus on five themes: Earth Watch, Technology in Space, Human Spaceflight, Robotics and Asteroids.

Participants compete against teams locally and globally to win prizes, with the global winning team receiving special attention from NASA, including a support package to further develop the winning app. UK winners will also be invited to present their solutions at the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

In order to attend the event you must register on-line at: 
https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/york/

You can also keep in touch via Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/SpaceAppsYork

or follow us on twitter at:
https://twitter.com/spaceappsyork

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on spaceapps-3oYoeGyd3e21Qrn1Bg8BZw@public.gmane.org

Best wishes,

Pedro Ribeiro
York lead for Space Apps Challenge


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Paul Waring | 12 Mar 20:13 2014
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Fri 21 Mar: Meatbeer geek social

On Friday 21st March a number of us from various geek groups will be 
going for a Brazilian "meatbeer" social at Bem Brasil in the Northern 
Quarter[1]. We'll be meeting outside the restaurant at 7pm and going 
straight in for a meal, followed by drinks at a nearby pub.

The food is a fixed price (around £25) and drinks are extra.

Everyone is welcome to attend, but I have not booked a table as this 
restaurant requires a per-person deposit and collecting that from a 
variable number of dispersed people is a pain. In the event that there 
isn't a large enough table, the group might have to split over several 
tables, or in the worse case move on to a nearby thai restaurant.

Paul

[1] http://www.bembrasilrestaurants.com/restaurants/northern-quarter

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