Andrés Muñiz Piniella | 28 Mar 10:06 2015
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Teaching Programming with Computational and Informational Thinking | Michaelson | Journal of Pedagogic Development

https://journals.beds.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/jpd/article/view/81

I think we discussed this at length with the 'esperanto' programming language. It goes over my head but in
case someone can find it useful.

The literature review was very interesting.
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David Hirst | 26 Mar 13:24 2015

The Value of Public Domain

This article talks of the value of the “public domain” to the economy and the rest of us. Well worth reading. I have not yet read the official report it describes (and links to).

http://theconversation.com/a-healthy-public-domain-generates-millions-in-economic-value-not-bad-for-free-39290?

Cheers

David

 

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klez | 23 Mar 22:22 2015

The JS Trap expanding

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Hi all

I've noticed a couple of site that at the moment work quite well
without JavaScript enabled, but are rolling out new JS heavy versions
that don't work at all if scripts are disabled.

In particular, I'm singling out:

 * Startpage: https://new.startpage.com/

 * The Internet Archive: https://archive.org/v2


I already gave feedback to the Internet Archive about the issue,
asking them to consider freeing their JS, linking to the relevant pages
from the GNU and LibreJS pages. I found out the FSF conducted a
campaign to ask Reddit to free their JS, and I was wondering if
something similar for these other websites would be of interest to
this community.

Greetings

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mes3hacklab - http://mes3hacklab.org

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Aaron Wolf | 23 Mar 17:42 2015
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Re-use Lanyards / badges, also printing…

I just filled out the feedback form but forgot to add this thought:

I wish there had been a collection of lanyards at the end of conference,
and an announcement at the closing keynote so that we don't create extra
trash and reuse lanyards next year.

Also, it's preferable to have names on both sides of name tags when used
with lanyards. To avoid double-sided printing (although that's the least
paper use), you can do double-one-sided badges with one upside-down
where people then fold the paper.

Cheers,
Aaron

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Link to recorded sessions at libreplanet

Anyone.can.supply the link to
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Miles Fidelman | 22 Mar 21:32 2015
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opinions please: expanding the definition of "software freedom"

Folks,

I've been watching the ongoing battles raging around systemd - and being 
bitten by it, as I consider upgrading a bunch of Debian based system, 
and dread the lurking dependencies that come with a radical 
re-architecting of critical system components.

The weekend of Libreplanet seems to be as good an opportunity to raise 
this, as any.

I've begun to wonder if there is a conflict between software freedom and 
key pieces of software that create massive dependency webs.  Or put 
another way, "vendor lock-in."

The basic FSF definition of software freedom focuses on four basic freedoms:

  * The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  * The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does
    your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is
    a precondition for this.
  * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
    (freedom 2).
  * The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others
    (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance
    to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a
    precondition for this.

I begin to wonder if programs that create massive dependencies - such as 
systemd - directly conflict with freedom 0.  The more that a specific 
piece of code becomes required, for other code to work - the less free 
we become to run other programs.   In general, there has been a trend 
toward cross-platform development, along with cleanly defined interfaces 
that allow for interchangeable parts (e.g., exim vs. postfix vs. 
sendmail).  To date, this carries down to the o/s level (Linux vs. Hurd 
vs. BSD vs. Illumos).   But systemd reverses that, creating a LOT of 
vendor lock-in.  (I expect there are other examples, but systemd is the 
one that's on stage at the moment - some would say the clear and present 
danger.)

One might also argue that systemd, in particular, conflicts with freedom 
1 - in terms of feature creep, poorly documented code, changing APIs, 
etc., etc.

Which leads me to wonder if we, perhaps, need a 5th freedom:

  * "Freedom from vendor lock-in," or words to that effect.

One might also want to consider whether the spread of spyware and 
malware might inspire a 6th freedom:

  * "Freedom from hidden software" or something like that.

Or maybe, these are both part of "freedom to control the configuration 
of your computing system."

Opinions?

Miles Fidelman

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Don Saklad | 22 Mar 20:29 2015
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Please fix the audio for the video streaming of Room 155 !

Please fix the audio for the video streaming of Room 155 !

klez | 22 Mar 14:41 2015

Decentralized blog comment system

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Hi LibrePlanet

Does anyone know of a system that allows to put comments on a
blog, a-la Disqus, but that is federated? I mean, the comments for a
single post can be hosted on different server, depending on which one
the user is registered to.

If not, would anyone be interested in helping to develop such a
solution? Or just to discuss its utility.

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Federico klez Culloca
mes3hacklab - http://mes3hacklab.org

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Aurélien DESBRIÈRES | 22 Mar 11:22 2015

Fight Trademark with Libremark


Hello LibrePlanet mates,

Recently I have created https://gitbull.org to create a fully free
solution in front the trouble of gitorious.

Then, the Software Freedom Conservancy contact me because we use *git*
in the name.

I understand their position and *hope* for a solution.

This point make me think that with trademark we are not Free As In
Freedom and so, we all need something more corresponding to our way of
think: Freedom.

Thank *LibreMark* Born \o/

http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group:LibreMark

Now, we need lawyer improvement to make it powerfull and to protect our
freedom higher.

Thanks to all.

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GitBull.org - Community coding
James Lawrie | 21 Mar 16:24 2015
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SSL certificate for lists.libreplanet.org invalid

Hi,  

The CN is *.gnu.org and the unsubscribe links for this list redirect to http://lists.libreplanet.org so without skipping security warnings it’s not possible to unsubscribe.  

No big deal, but wanted to raise it.

Thanks.
Mary-Anne Wolf | 21 Mar 17:58 2015
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Curated Lightning Talks?

Does anyone know whether there is a list of speakers and topics for the curated lightning talks, and if so,
what its URL is?

Thanks,

Mary-Anne


Gmane