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Passwords are always going to be vulnerable to being cracked. Fortunately, there are solutions out there that are making it safer for users to interact with services on the web. The new standard in protecting users is Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) authentication which is already available in browsers like Google Chrome.
Mozilla currently has a bug open to start the work necessary to delivering U2F support to people around the globe and bring Firefox into parity with Chrome by offering this excellent new feature to users.
I recently reached out to the folks at Yubico who are very eager to see Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) support in Firefox. So much so that they have offered me the ability to give out up to two hundred Yubikeys with U2F support to testers and will ship them directly to Mozillians regardless of what country you live in so you can follow along with the bug we have open and begin testing U2F in Firefox the minute it becomes available in Firefox Nightly.
If you are a Firefox Nightly user and are interested in testing U2F, please use this form (offer now closed) and apply for a code to receive one of these Yubikeys for testing. (This is only available to Mozillians who use Nightly and are willing to help report bugs and test the patch when it lands)
Thanks again to the folks at Yubico for supporting U2F in Firefox!
Update: This offer is now closed check your email for a code or a request to verify you are a vouched Mozillian! We got more requests also then we had available so only the first two hundred will be fulfilled!
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This note was posted on moodle's quiz forum on January 7, 2015. https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=277922 I am working on plugging WeBWorK in as a back end for analyzing mathematics questions in a way similar to STACK. I will be using the opaque question type as a starting place.
I am just beginning this project and I expect to have questions for this forum as I proceed so I thought it a good idea to introduce myself.
I am Mike Gage, a math professor at the University of Rochester, (Rochester, NY, USA) and one of the originators of the open source online homework system WeBWorK. It was originally designed to deal with mathematics at the calculus level but it now has questions from middle school through ordinary differential equations, linear algebra and complex analysis.
It already interoperates with Moodle as an assignment module -- there is single sign-on between Moodle and WeBWorK and after the student finishes their WeBWorK homework assignment the grades are returned to the google grade book. My goal is to make WeBWorK work as a question type for Moodle2.x. We already have a question type version for Moodle1.9
For those interested in an example of WeBWorK being used to create question types in Moodle 1.9 (Created by Matt Leventi in 2007) https://devel1.webwork.rochester.edu/moodle/mod/quiz/attempt.php?q=256&forcenew=1 (you can log in using the guest button). This version could use improvement but I don't plan to work on this further unless there is a large demand -- it seems better to put the effort into a Moodle2.x version.
This is very last minute as I have not been able to find enough people interested by directly approaching folks, but I have a great mentoring opportunity for Mozillians. One of my friends is a professor at Western Oregon University and tries to expose her students to a different Open Source project each term and up to bat this term is the Mozilla Project.
So I am looking for mentors from across the project who would be willing to correspond a couple times a week and answer questions from students who are learning about Firefox for Android or Firefox for Desktop.
It is ok not to be an expert on all the questions coming your way but if you do not know then you would help find the right person and get them the answers they need so they do not hit a roadblock.
This opportunity is open to both staff and contributors and the time commitment should not exceed an hour or two a week but realistically could be as little as twenty minutes or so a week to exchange emails.
Not only does this opportunity help expose these students to Open Source but also to contributing to our project. In the past, I have mentored students from WOU and the end result was many from the class continued on as contributors.
who has been a contributor for many years. Vineel is raising money for Collab House, a Collaborative Community Space in India which has been used for many Mozilla India events and other open source projects.
By sharing the link to this campaign or contributing some money to the campaign, you will not only support the Mozilla India community but will further Mozilla’s Mission by enabling communities around the globe that help support our mission.
Lets make this campaign a success and support our fellow Mozillians! If every Mozillian shared this or contributed $5 I bet we could have this funded before the deadline!
Mozilla will be at Southern California Linux Expo (Scale13x) again this year with a booth so be sure to stop by if you live in the area or will be attending. This year the organizers have offered Mozillians a special promo code to get 50% off their registration simply use the code “MOZ” when registering!
Title: 9th International Conference on e-Learning 2015
Where: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Date: 21 - 24 July 2015
Information: This conference is part of the Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2015) which will also be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain from 21 - 24 July 2015. The website for this Multi Conference is http://www.mccsis.org/.
The e-Learning 2015 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within e-Learning. This conference covers both the technical as well as the non-technical aspects of e-Learning.
The conference accepts submissions in the following seven main areas:
1. Organisational Strategy and Management Issues 2. Technological Issues 3. e-Learning Curriculum Development Issues 4. Instructional Design Issues 5. e-Learning Delivery Issues 6. e-Learning Research Methods and Approaches 7. e-Skills and Information Literacy for Learning
For more details please check http://www.elearning-conf.org/call-for-papers
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We also participated in 3000+ events worldwide and that is a pretty amazing feat in itself and I honestly do not know of many open source projects or companies that could come close to that figure. The fact is we had a really awesome year and all of our work is not done some of the things we started in 2014 will continue into 2015 and as exciting as 2014 was for us I’m betting we can do 2015 even bigger.
Remember Mozillians, we punch way above our weight and really are that David fighting Goliath and I think considering we will have a relentless focus on product next year the future for Mozilla is very bright.
Some of the things I look forwarding to working on next year:
Continued improvement of Firefox ESR for our Enterprise, Academic and Government users
Expand our presence at events that focus on Learning, Libraries (as in books) and serving underrepresented groups
Have a Mozilla presence at events we would not usually be at (we need to reach new people!)
Support Thunderbird in what will hopefully be a comeback year for the project
Growing the North America Community by 10%
What is your Mozilla New Year’s Resolutions? Aim high!
My dissertation is about the role of software in scholarly communication. Specifically, I’m interested in the way software code is itself a kind of scholarly communication, and how the informal communications around software production represent and constitute communities of scientists. I see science as a cognitive task accomplished by the sociotechnical system of science, including both scientists and their infrastructure. Looking particularly at scientist’s use of communications infrastructure such as email, issue trackers, and version control, I hope to study the mechanisms of the scientific process much like a neuroscientist studies the mechanisms of the mind by studying neural architecture and brainwave activity.
To get a grip on this problem I’ve been building BigBang, a tool for collecting data from open source projects and readying it for scientific analysis.
I have also been reading background literature to give my dissertation work theoretical heft and to procrastinate from coding. This is why I have been reading Imre Lakatos’ Proofs and Refutations (1976).
Proofs and Refutations is a brilliantly written book about the history of mathematical proof. In particular, it is an analysis of informal mathematics through an investigation of the letters written by mathematicians working on proofs about the Euler characteristic of polyhedra in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Whereas in the early 20th century, based on the work of Russel and Whitehead and others, formal logic was axiomatized, prior to this mathematical argumentation had less formal grounding. As a result, mathematicians would argue not just substantively about the theorem they were trying to prove or disprove, but also about what constitutes a proof, a conjecture, or a theorem in the first place. Lakatos demonstrates this by condensing 200+ years of scholarly communication into a fictional, impassioned classroom dialog where characters representing mathematicians throughout history banter about polyhedra and proof techniques.
What’s fascinating is how convincingly Lakatos presents the progress of mathematical understanding as an example of dialectical logic. Though he doesn’t use the word “dialectical” as far as I’m aware, he tells the story of the informal logic of pre-Russellian mathematics through dialog. But this dialog is designed to capture the timeless logic behind what’s been said before. It takes the reader through the thought process of mathematical discovery in abbreviated form.
I’ve had conversations with serious historians and ethnographers of science who would object strongly to the idea of a history of a scientific discipline reflecting a “timeless logic”. Historians are apt to think that nothing is timeless. I’m inclined to think that the objectivity of logic persists over time much the same way that it persists over space and between subjects, even illogical ones, hence its power. These are perhaps theological questions.
What I’d like to argue (but am not sure how) is that the process of informal mathematics presented by Lakatos is strikingly similar to that used by software engineers. The process of selecting a conjecture, then of writing a proof (which for Lakatos is a logical argument whether or not it is sound or valid), then having it critiqued with counterexamples, which may either be global (counter to the original conjecture) or local (counter to a lemma), then modifying the proof, then perhaps starting from scratch based on a new insight… all this reads uncannily like the process of debugging source code.
The argument for this correspondence is strengthened by later work in theory of computation and complexity theory. I learned this theory so long ago I forget who to attribute it to, but much of the foundational work in computer science was the establishment of a correspondence between classes of formal logic and classes of programming languages. So in a sense its uncontroversial within computer science to consider programs to be proofs.
As I write I am unsure whether I’m simply restating what’s obvious to computer scientists in an antiquated philosophical language (a danger I feel every time I read a book, lately) or if I’m capturing something that could be an interesting synthesis. But my point is this: that if programming language design and the construction of progressively more powerful software libraries is akin to the expanding of formal mathematical knowledge from axiomatic grounds, then the act of programming itself is much more like the informal mathematics of pre-Russellian mathematics. Specifically, in that it is unaxiomatic and proofs are in play without necessarily being sound. When we use a software system, we are depending necessarily on a system of imperfected proofs that we fix iteratively through discovered counterexamples (bugs).
Is it fair to say, then, that whereas the logic of software is formal, deductive logic, the logic of programming is dialectical logic?
Bear with me; let’s presume it is. That’s a foundational idea of my dissertation work. Proving or disproving it may or may not be out of scope of the dissertation itself, but it’s where it’s ultimately headed.
The question is whether it is possible to develop a formal understanding of dialectical logic through a scientific analysis of the software collaboration. (see a mathematical model of collective creativity). If this could be done, then we could then build better software or protocols to assist this dialectical process.
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The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. We promote the values of an open Internet to the broader world. Mozilla is best known for the Firefox browser, but we advance our mission through other software projects, grants and engagement and education efforts.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development.
The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.
ACF International, a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.
These six non-profits are just one of many causes to support but these ones specifically are playing a pivotal role in protecting the internet, protecting liberties, educating people around the globe or helping reduce hunger.
Even if you cannot support one of these causes, consider giving this post a share to add visibility to your friends and family and help support these causes in the new year!
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Using a series of questions covering legal issues, governance, standards, knowledge sharing and market access, the tool helps you to identify potential problem areas for users, contributors and partners.
Unlike earlier models designed to evaluate open source projects, this model can also be applied to both open and closed source software products.
We’ve used the Openness Rating internally at OSS Watch for several years as a key part of our consultancy work, but this is the first time we’ve made the app itself open for anyone to use. It requires a fair bit of knowledge to get the most out of it, but even at a basic level its useful for highlighting questions that a project needs to be able to answer.
It has been pretty sad to see the City of Portland continue to blockade Uber from servicing people in Portland, Oregon. It really seems like the City is shielding dinosaur taxi companies that have built a reputation of providing poor service at top dollar. Yep, that’s right. I think taxi service in Portland stinks but I’m not the only one. So do the thousands who live in Portland and better yet the thousands of people who travel here to be a tourist or do business each year.
One of my friends was in town some months back and she grabbed a cab with Broadway Cab back to the airport and the driver was making misogynistic comments the entire way about how women drivers should be taken off the road, but this is just one example. There are lots of others like the one where a cab driver forced a lesbian couple out of the cab on the freeway.
Taxi service in Portland sucks and taxi service in most cities sucks but in Portland the experience hurts for locals and visitors a lot more than other cities. This is why I am a big supporter of services like Uber and Lyft coming to Portland and disrupting the status quo of an industry that does not want to provide its customers a good service at a good price.
You can listen to politicians touting how Uber doesn’t have insurance or how they are not playing by the rules but these are all just excuses. Uber does have good liability insurance and has tried to play by the city’s rules but the city has rules that block Uber and protect the taxi industry.
Now you can listen to Steve Novick posture on this issue more and more but think about it and give Uber a try and I bet you will agree that Uber is a much better service than Broadway Cab, Radio Cab, Sassys Cab or Green Cab can offer. In fact, a coalition of both big business and small business owners in Portland wrote the city council asking them to support Uber.
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What a wonderful all hands we had this past week. The entire week was full of meetings and planning and I must say I was exhausted by Thursday having been up each day working by 6:00am and going to bed by midnight.
I’m very happy to report that I made a lot of progress on meeting with more people to discuss the future of Firefox Extended Support Release and how to make it a much better offering to organizations.
I also spent some time talking to folks about Firefox in Ubuntu and rebranding Iceweasel to Firefox in Debian (fingers crossed something will happen here in 2015). Also it was great to participate in discussions around making all of the Firefox channels offer more stability and quality to our users.
It was great to hear that we will be doing some work to bring Firefox to iOS which I think will fill a gap that has existed for our users of OSX who have an iPhone. Anyways, what I can say about this all hands is that there were lots of opportunities for discussions on quality and the future is looking very bright.
Also a big thanks to Lukas Blakk who put together an early morning excursion to Sherwood Ice Arena where Mozillians played some matches of hockey which I took photos of here.
As the discussion on Ubuntu Governance has progressed, it seems the Community Council decided to host a meeting the other day to discuss the topic while the conversation pivoted around a few topics.
I want to add my two cents and say I really do not think that the Ubuntu Community has suffered from a lack of leadership and good governance, both separate things. I think Jonathan Carter (Highvoltage) really nailed it when he said this in the Community Council meeting “if you visit a canonical page on community and how to get involved, it’s *full* of whatever’s important to canonical right now” and he went on to add some examples on where Canonical has in the past just made important decisions without input from Community and pointed out there are even more recent examples he could offer.
So the real issue is if the Ubuntu Community wants to tackle it is not leadership or governance because we have brilliant leaders and members of governance but instead it is making contributors feel like they are stakeholders again and kept in the loop. Mind you, the Canonical Community Team has repeatedly promised to help Canonical employees get better at keeping the community in the loop even promising such at UDS-P but my experience has been they never really got better.
Finally, I think an Ubuntu Foundation is still a great idea and could create some harmony between Canonical’s commercial interests and the community interests of the project. Projects that have had companies controlling the project have never had great success at sustaining a community because the commercial interests always win at the end of the day.
Something needs to be done otherwise there will be a continued decline in participation in Ubuntu. Let me say the only reason Ubuntu Membership has not had the same downtrend as UDS participation and governance participation is because you do not need to be re-vetted to be an Ubuntu Member. We have folks who are Ubuntu members who have not been on IRC, Mailing List or anywhere in the project in years but are still members. The reality is that if we just looked at contributions, the actual amount of contributors today is far less than the member rolls represent.
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George Siemens, a well-known expert on online education, wrote an interesting article entitled "Massive Open Online Courses: Innovation in Education?". You can obtain a PDF version of this article from this location:
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Today is Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day and I wanted to quickly recognize the following people, but before doing so, I want to thank all the contributors that make the Ubuntu Community what it is.
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph
Elizabeth is a stellar community contributor who has provided solid leadership and mentorship to thousands of Ubuntu Contributors over the years. She is always available to lend an ear to a Community Contributor and provide advice. Her leadership through the Community Council has been amazing and she has always done what is in the best interest of the Community.
Charles is a friend of the Community and long time contributor who is always providing excellent and sensical feedback as we have discussions in the community. He is among a few who will always call it how he sees it and always has the community’s best interest in mind. For me he was very helpful when I first started building communities in Ubuntu and shared his own experiences and how to get through bureaucracy and do awesome.
Michael is a Canonical Employee who started as a Community Contributor and I think of all the employees I have met that work for Canonical it is Michael who has always seemed to be able to balance his role at Canonical and contributing best. He is always fair when dealing with contributors and has an uncanny ability to see things through the Community lenses which I think many at Canonical cannot. I appreciate his leadership on the Community Council.
Thanks again to all those who make Ubuntu one of the best linux distros available for Desktop, Server and Cloud! You all rock!
Comparisons have been made about whether students who use laptops to type notes during lectures do better than those students who use pens to take notes. Beth Holland made the case for the use of technology in taking notes during seminars or lectures.
The article is labelled "The 4Ss of Note Taking With Technology by Beth Holland".
Essentially, Beth Holland proposed the following 4 questions before one can make a conclusion about this argument:
1. Adequately support the students' learning needs? 2. Allow students to save their notes to multiple locations? 3. Let students search for salient points? 4. Permit students to share with peers and teachers?
This past Saturday I co-organized Portland’s first CLSx Event which we had at Mozilla’s Offices and the discussions we had were really great with many centering around barriers to participation and increasing diversity in communities.
We also dived into some great discussion about curating resources available to communities and really picked apart six or so topics from a dozen or so angles and through various lenses of participants.
I have to say it was really impressive to see the level of diversity we had in attendee turnout with a majority of attendees being women and most attendees being from non-tech community backgrounds.
At the end of the event we spent a good 15 minutes discussing improvements for the next CLSxPortland and discussed whether having another event in a few months would be worthwhile. Overall, I think the event was a great success and I think our next CLSx will be even bigger and better.
The other day there was a trivial blog post that came across Planet Ubuntu which proclaimed that a certain LoCo in the Ubuntu Community was no longer going to use the LoCo term because they felt it was offensive in spanish.
I want to point out if there is any confusion around what LoCo means that LoCo means Local Community and is not a spanish word. There is no Ubuntu ENTERLOCALEHERE Loco or loco but only Ubuntu ENTERLOCALEHERE LoCo. If you somehow missed the meaning of this abbreviation, you now know that LoCo is a positive abbreviation and one that has been used by our Local Communities since the inception of the Local Community Program.
That being said, I would encourage people to not get so hung up on words because despite what you think Users, Distros, Linux for Human Beings, Debian are all excellent words to use and the Old Ubuntu Community you know the roots of where this project came from still means a lot to people.
I was really saddened to see Jono Bacon’s post today because it really seems like he still doesn’t get the Ubuntu Community that he managed for years. In fact, the things he is talking about are problems that the Community Council and Governance Boards really have no influence over because Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth limit the Community’s ability to participate in those kind of issues.
As such, we need to look to our leadership…the Community Council, the Technical Board, and the sub-councils for inspiration and leadership.
We need for Canonical to start caring about Community again and investing in things like a physical Ubuntu Developer Summit for contributors to come together and have a really valuable event where they can do work and build relationships that really cannot be built over Google Hangout or IRC alone.
We need these boards to not be reactive but to be proactive…to constantly observe the landscape of the Ubuntu community…the opportunities and the challenges, and to proactively capitalize on protecting the community from risk while opening up opportunity to everyone.
If this is what we need, then Canonical and Mark need to make it so Community Members and Ubuntu Governance have some real say in the project. Sure, right now the Governance Boards can give advice to Canonical or Mark but it should be more than advice. There should be a scenario where the Contributors and Governance are stakeholders.
I will add that one Ubuntu Community Council’s members remark to Jono on IRC about his blog post really made the most sense:
the board have no power to be inspirational and forging new directions, Canonical does
I really like that this council member spoke up on this and I agree with that assessment of things.
I am sure this post may offend some members of these boards, but it is not mean’t too. This is not a reflection of the current staffing, this is a reflection of the charter and purpose of these boards. Our current board members do excellent work with good and strong intentions, but within that current charter. We need to change that charter though, staff appropriately, and build an inspirational network of leaders that sets everyone in this great community up for success. This, I believe will transform Ubuntu into a new world of potential, a level of potential I have always passionately believed in.
Honestly, if this is the way Jono felt then I think he should have been going to bat for the Community and Ubuntu Governance when he was Community Manager because right now the Community and Governance cannot be inspirational leaders because Canonical controls the future of Ubuntu and the Community Council, Governance Boards and Ubuntu Members have very little say in the direction of the project.
I encourage folks to go read Jono’s post and share your thoughts with him but also read the comments in his blog post from current and former members of Ubuntu’s Governance and contributors to Ubuntu. In closing I would like to also applaud the work of the current and former Community Councils and Governance Boards you all do great work!
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Today is an important day because today we celebrate a decade of Firefox. Yep, that’s right. Firefox 1.0 was released 10 years ago today. I can’t imagine what the Internet would be like today if Firefox had not existed for the past decade, but I can imagine what the future of Firefox looks like and I think it is a bright future. Every week I hear from users and organizations using Mozilla Firefox and it puts a smile on my face to hear the stories from users who talk about why Firefox is so important to them whether it be Privacy, Security or simply because they support Mozilla’s mission.
I’m glad to be a part of the Mozilla Firefox story and its incredible to be able to be a part of the team that releases Firefox to millions of users each release. I’m really excited to see what the next ten years hold for Mozilla and for Firefox and I think that there is a lot of new ways Mozilla can continue to have a positive impact on the Open Web and help enable younger generations of people to learn the Open Web.
I hope you will get involved in Mozilla’s efforts by being a supporter or contributor and don’t forget you too can celebrate Firefox’s birthday and more information on how to do that can be found here.
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I’m really excited to have joined the OpenPOWER Foundation as an individual member (The first Ubuntu member even) just yesterday. I have already started contributing to projects and joined a workgroup of the foundation where I hope to offer my experience around software and hardware.
I think the OpenPOWER Foundation is going to move forward some really important innovation and am looking forward to being part of that.
Here are some good articles and pages that you can learn more about the OpenPOWER Foundation from:
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How many projects are there in this category? about 20 pages
How many different programming languages are used to write software in this category? 15 different languages
List the top four programming languages used to write programs in this category.
Identify the meaning of each of the statuses below:
Inactive : No contributions lately
Production/Stable : In production mode
Beta : Beta Release
Alpha : Alpha Release
Pre-Alpha : Pre Alpha release
Planning : In planning phase
Compare two projects in this category that have two different statuses. Describe the differences between the statuses.
Madbit’s FM Tracker is an Inactive project. It was last updated 2013-05. I can download the exe
Canticum is project in planning. I cannot download it but I can browse the code on Git Repository.
Which projects are the most used? How do you know?
Popular Project have a higher rating and more downloads
Pick a project in your category. What does it do? Music Download Center is a software used to help you find and download music
What programming language is the project written in?
Java ScriptWho is likely to use the project? How do you know this?
Any one instreset in music
When was the most recent change made to the project?
Latest commit is on 2012-01-25
How active is the project? How can you tell?
Not active since the last commit is in 2012
How many committers does the project have?
two comittersWould you use the project? Why or why not?
It has high rating and over 2K of downloads.
Part 2: Open-hub- Explore Mifos
What is the main programming language used in Mifos?
How many lines of code does Mifos have?
Click on “User & Contributor Locations” (lower right side of screen). List some of the locations of the developers.
Go back to the main Mifos page. Click on the “Languages” link. How many languages is Mifos written in?
Java, XML, PHP, Other
What language has the second highest number of lines of code?
Of the programming languages used in Mifos, which language the has the highest comment ratio?
Click on the “Contributors” link under “SCM Data” menu.What is the average number of contributors in the last 12 months?
Scroll down to the Top Contributors section. How long have the top three contributors been involved in the project?
More than four years ago
Use the information on the project summary page to compute the 12-month average of commits.
What is the average number of commits over the past 12 months?.
Apa Itu Internet.ORG - Saya Pikir Banyak yang setuju jika kedatangan internet.org akan membawa angin segar bagi perkembangan internet di indonesia mengingat kualitas internet di indonesia yang masih tergolong rendah. Ini adalah Sebuah mimpi Mark yang menjadi nyata Mark pernah mengatakan bahwa dia ingin membuat seluruh dunia saling terbuka dan terhubung, dan mungkin inilah jalan awal atas usaha
If you are feeling adventurous, we can always use testers of Firefox Nightly not only on Ubuntu but really across all Linux distros and enabling Telemetry and also enabling e10s (Electrolysis) will help us deliver a fast and better Firefox with each release!
Instructions for installing Firefox Nightly on: Ubuntu
A Cell dies if it has less than 2 neighbors, as if caused by under-population.
A Cell dies if it has more than 4 neighbors as if by overcrowding.
A Cell with 4 neighbors lives on to the next generation.
An empty tile becomes a live cell if it has 3 or 5 neighbors as if by reproduction.
The actual code for the project is harder to do like I did using a 2d/plane Cartesian coordinate system, it would be much easier to attempt with an axial coordinate plane. As you can see below there is a small comment giving incite to how the each tile can check its neighbor.
* There are 6 neighbors for every tile, the direction input is below:
* __/ \__
* / \_3/ \
* \_2/ \4_/
* / 1\__/5 \
* \__/0 \__/
Cara Membuat Acara Atau Undangan di Facebook - memang banyak manfaatnya punya akun facebook itu salah satunya adalah bisa mengundang dan di undang di acara teman-teman. apalagi Jika sobat mempunyai teman banyak di facebook dan merasa bahwa mereka adalah teman-teman yang dekat dan semua mengumpul juga di facebook itu adalah sesuatu yang sangat menguntungkan karena sobat bisa dengan mudah
This week saw the launch of KAIYUANSHE (开源社), an association comprising both companies and universities with the aim of providing developers in China with education, tools and services to foster a healthy and robust open source ecosystem.
KAIYUANSHE from the outset is working through two core programs. The first, Open Source Star, helps software developers apply an open source license to their projects, and specifically recognize those that use one of the several available OSI-approved licenses.
The second program is called Open Source Ambassadors. Through this program, the alliance aims to recognize individuals and organizations who are actively engaged in community efforts, for their work to champion best practices and collaboration.
At OSS Watch here at the University of Oxford we’ve also been collaborating with the new initiative, providing access to our content and tools so that they can be localised and translated. You can find Chinese versions of some of our briefing notes on the KAIYUANSHE website already, and I’m sure more will soon follow.
Initial members of the association include Ubuntu Kylin, Microsoft Open Technologies, GitCafe, CSDN and Mozilla. For more information visit the KAIYUANSHE website.
You can also check out the press coverage of the launch (in Chinese) at Evolife, ZOL and ChinaByte.
Here is a good website which provides free images for developing e-learning courses on Safety Training: http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/free-images-safety-training-courses/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RapidElearningBlog+%28The+Rapid+E-Learning+Blog%29
Pendiri Facebook Mark Zuckerberg Menikmati Pagi Di Borobudur Indonesia - Inilah pertama kali pemilik facebook Mark Zuckerberg datang ke indonesia dengan sangat antusias mengkampanyekan proyek internet.org setelah mengunjungi India seperti yang di tulis di media tempo.co.id pihak facebook akan bermitra dengan operator untuk menyediakan layanan dasar gratis, termasuk alat untuk kesehatan,
Last weekend I organised the first OggCamp to be held in Oxford. OggCamp is an annual free culture unconference, where 300 people with a variety of interests related to open source, open hardware, creative commons and more meet up to share projects, ideas and experience.
OggCamp name plate made with a Handibot CNC router
As an unconference, the vast majority of the scheudle is decided on the day. This means that we never really know what’s going to happen, but we always have a great range of interesting talks, and this year was no different. Talks this year included a demo of a hydrogen-powered Raspberry Pi, the beginnings of a project to create an open source wireless presentation dongle, software-defined radio, and several live podcast recordings.
I wanted to share some tips I have for running events. In the last seven years or so, I have run events that were small meetup style events all the way up to conferences where accountability and planning spanned dealing with thousands of attendees and a large team of volunteers to get work done. Here are some of the best practices I have learned through experience or from other event planners.
Communication is King
As an event organizer, one of the most important responsibilities you have is communicating regular updates to those who volunteer or are on your team that is supporting your event. That means keeping a roster of those who have offered to help and sending out high level updates on a regular basis. Additionally, it is the responsibility of an organizer to ensure that each person who has offered to help is giving instructions on their task and knows the deadline for their deliverables.
Don’t expect volunteers to come to you but instead make communication a part of your workflow for the event and better yet update the community, project or company that is associated with the event so everyone knows the progress of the event.
Document All the Things
Keeping a roster is one good way of documenting who your event supporters are but it is also good to have a master plan highlighting all the tasks that need completion in order to make your event a success, who the owner of each task is, and what the current status is and when the task is due.
Overestimate Your Budget
There is nothing worse than being short in your budget so always give yourself a little bit of padding after you have listed all your expected costs that way if some failure happens for a purchase not arriving or something to that effect you can go ahead and purchase that item the day of the event and have budget to cover it.
Recognize Your Teams Contribution
Be sure to regularly thank your team for the hard work they are putting in to make the event a success. In the case of working with a team of volunteers, they choose to be there and so recognizing their daily work and praising them will make them feel good about that work. Recognition will also increase likelihood of future volunteering for events.
Ensure Attendee Enjoyment
Make sure that you plan some fun events for not only your team but for event participants in order to make sure the event is fun and not just work. In the case of your team, you could have an icebreaker activity and team dinner and for participants you could offer a mixer on the first night of your event.
Promoting the Event
Do go through your contacts and let people who might be interested know about the event. Use mailing lists, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and perhaps even sites like Lanyrd. Engage local meetups and coworking spaces and tell them about your upcoming event.
At the very minimum, you should start promoting your event four weeks before it happens and continually promote it until the last day of the event or the day of in the case of a single day event.
During the Event
Be sure to have people introduce themselves and you should also go out an try and meet every participant and find out what they do and what they are interested in. The hallway track of any event can be one of the most valuable experiences for any attendee.
After the Event
Create a Facebook Group, mailing list or some other way of keeping people connected this will help create a community around your event that will help it grow in the future and help it continue for many future iterations. Also be sure to encourage attendees and the event team to share out memorable photos on social media so your even reaches those who couldn’t attend.
Do you have any tips for planning and running an awesome event? Share them below in the comments!
20 Productivity Apps that will ensure efficiency by Paula Mooney at http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/finally-20-productivity-apps-that-will-ensure-efficiency.html?mid=20141002&ref=mail&uid=76046
1. Microsoft Office for Mobile Devices 2. Dial my calls 3. When I work 4. Chase Mobile app for iPhone 5. Pocket Informant 6. Asana 7. Trello 8. Google Mobile 9. 1Password 10. Voxer 11. Google Voice 12. Anylist 13. Mega 14. Launcher 15. HP ePrint 16. MyScript Calculator 17. Cozi 18. Google Slides 19. Prezi 20. Super Notes
Cara Membuat Status Polling / Voting Facebook - Sobat tentunya tahu apa itu polling bukan..? apalagi untuk seorang officer tentu nama poling sudah sangat melekat. Polling atau pilihan suara ternyata bisa di buat dan share ke facebook dengan mudah tujuannya adalah mengetahui suara teman facebook atau pun suara di grup tentang suatu pertanyaan penting yang hasilnya nanti akan dijadikan evaluasi.
“Pick a frog, any frog” – an image automatically imported from PubMed to Wikipedia
Back in August Wikimania came to London and I heard some interesting discussion there of Wikipedia’s approach to open access materials and the tools they are developing to support that approach. This github repo contains some interesting open source projects designed mainly to automate the process of identifying cited external resources that can be copied into Wikipedia’s repositories of supporting material wikisource (for texts) and upload.wikimedia.org (for pictures, video and sound).
open-access-media-importer for example is a tool which searches the online repository of academic biology papers PubMed for media files licensed under the Creative Commons attribution licence and copies them into the wikimedia repository. Where the files are in media formats that are encumbered by patents, the script also attempts to convert them to the patent free ogg format framework.
In the same github repo is the OA-Signalling project presents a developing framework for flagging open access academic papers using standardised metadata, perhaps integrated in future with the systems being developed by DOAJ and CrossRef. This wikipedia project page explains further:
Some automated tools which work with open access articles are already created. They impose nothing upon anyone who does not wish to use them. For those who wish to use them, they would automate some parts of the citation process and make an odd Wikipedia-specific citation which, contrary to academic tradition, notes whether a work is free to read rather than subscription only. The tools also rip everything usable out of open access works, including the text of the article, pictures or media used, and some metadata, then places this content in multiple Wikimedia projects including Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource, and Wikidata, as well as generating the citation on Wikipedia.
During the sessions in which open access and these tools were discussed, many participants expressed strong dislike for academic publishers and their current closed practices. Clearly for many the idea that Wikipedia could become the de facto platform for academic publication was a charming idea, and more open access was seen as the best route to achieving this.
Many years ago I worked in a digital archive, and one of the problems we faced was that academics who were depositing their databases and papers wanted to be able to revise them and effectively remove the earlier, unrevised versions. Naturally this made our jobs more challenging, and to a certain extent seemed to be opposed to the preservation role of the archive. My experiences there make me wonder how the same academics would react to their papers being hoovered up by Wikipedia, potentially to become unalterable ‘source’ copies attached to articles in the world’s most used reference work. On the one hand it is a great practical application of the freedoms that this particular kind of open access provides. On the other hand, it perhaps risks scaring authors into more conservative forms of open access publication in the future. Personally I hope that academics will engage with the tools and communities that Wikipedia provides, and handle any potential friction through communication and personal engagement. And in the end, as these tools are open source, they could always build their own hoover.
Dampak Pengaruh Negatif Facebook yang Sering Terjadi Di Sekitar Kita - Bagi sobat yang hendak mendaftar facebook ataupun yang sudah mempunyai akun facebook artikel ini mungkin bisa menambah wawasan. Artikel tak hanya berlaku untuk facebook saja ini juga berlaku untuk semua sosial media lain seperti twitter, dan google +, instagram, dan lain sebagainya. Mengingat sekarang Facebook masih menjadi
We change the world with millions of tiny patches… our world of open technology and culture is built one patch, one line, one edit at a time — and that’s precisely why it’s powerful. It brings billions of tiny, ordinary moments together to transform the world. If we teach it for our code, we can preach it for our giving. If you’d buy me a drink, or treat an open source newcomer to dinner, send that $3-$20 to the Ada Initiative tonight. –August 30, 2013
Why do we need to do this? Well, being a woman in open technology and culture is like riding a bike on a street made for cars, where rain and dirt get kicked into your face, and you are constantly, painfully aware that if you have any sort of collision with a car… the car will win. Yes, this is happening in our world, to our friends and to our colleagues; it’s happened to me personally more times than I care to remember. The farther you are from the straight white male difficulty setting, the rougher the terrain becomes.
And quite honestly, we’re busy. I’m busy. You’re busy. This isn’t our job — we have so many other things to do. I mean, we’re all:
playing with code
writing science fiction
co-authoring open content articles
redesigning user interfaces
<insert your favorite open technology and culture activity here>
The less time women spend dealing with that stuff, the more time they have to help us with our work. And the more people will want to help us with our work. I mean, wouldyou want to accept a job description that included the item “must put up with demeaning harassment and sexual jokes at any time, with no warning, up to 40+ hours per week”?
Making our world a good environment for all sorts of people is, in fact, our job — or at least part of it. The folks at the Ada Initiative have made supporting women in open tech/culture their entire job — supporting it, supporting people who support it, and basically being the equivalent of code maintainers… except instead of code, the patches they’re watching and pushing and nudging are about diversity, inclusion, hospitality, and just plain ol’ recognition of the dignity of human beings.
They want to support you. With better conference environments, training workshops and materials, and really awesome stickers, among many other things. (Did you know that the Ada Initiative was one of the first woman-focused tech organizations to actually say the word “feminism”?)
So please, donate and support them, so they can support you — and me, and all of us — in supporting women in open tech/culture.
Now, my own contribution is a bit… sparse, financially. I’m a grad student earning less than $800 a month, and I’m waiting for my paycheck to come in so I can contribute just a few dollars — but every little bit helps. And there’s another way I can help out: I can bribe you, dear readers, to donate.
Remember that “active vs reflective” learning styles post I wrote in August? Well, there are 3 more: sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and global/sequential. I’ve got them all transcribed here and ready to go. And if we reach $1024 in donations to the Ada Initiative under the Learning Styles campaign within the next week, I will release them under a creative-commons license.
What’s more: the first 3 people who donate $128 or more to this campaign and email me their receipt will get a free 1-hour Skype call with me to discuss their personal programming learning styles, and will be featured as case studies on one of those three posts (I’ll link to your website and everything).
The Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) 2014 is around the corner, and it's shaping up to be the best in years. We have well over 30 talks spread over 2 days, covering just about every corner of open source from new and upcoming technologies through business models. We have a keynote from my colleague David Humphrey examining the implications of Heartbleed, as well as keynotes from Chris Aniszczyk (Twitter) and Bob Young (Lulu/Red Hat/TiCats). There are speakers from Canada, the US, Hungary, the UK, Cuba, and India, representing open source communities, academia, entrepreneurs, startups, and companies such as Mozilla, Cisco, AMD, Red Hat, and Rackspace.
Until October 10, registration for this event is just $40 (or, for students and faculty of any school, $20), which includes access to all of the keynotes, talks, and workshops, two lunches, a wine/beer/soft drink reception, a t-shirt, and swag.
Full details can be found at fsoss.ca -- see you October 23/24!