Archive for August, 2008

Open source movie: The Last Drug

August 31, 2008

We will release The Last Drug under a Creative Commons BY License, making it the first free HD feature film. All footage, project files, sounds and special effects will be available for those of you that are eager to get hands on experience on the first Open Source feature film project ever or for those that are able to turn it into something different. We don’t ask for license fees and you are free to use it for commercial purposes. This Open Source approach worked for us with our first film, so we decided to stick to it.

Three backpackers cross South America searching for one of the world´s most powerful drugs. The self-experiment turns into a race against insanity, in a world, where the mind transcends the senses.

An Open Source feature film that takes you to and beyond the edge of the world. Genre: Mystery / Sci-Fi / Cyberpunk, approximate time: ca. 80 min.

More about the film…

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One day in a life of the black block

August 30, 2008

or: The RNC welcoming committee.

Police raids and over reactions in Denver during the Democratic National Convention

The quiet start to a week of protests against the Democrats at the DNC in Denver was shattered when the Denver Police over-reacted to a small group of young anarchists and opened fire with pepper bullets and pepper spray into the crowd indiscriminately. Until the incident tonight, the major media story about the DNC protests was how few protesters actually showed up and how easy it would be for the Denver Police to keep track of them. [more]

Police raids converence center at the beginning of the Republican National Convention

At 9:15 Friday night, the Saint Paul Police entered all doors of the RNC Convergence Space in St. Paul, MN with guns drawn. The Space serves as a community center and organizing space for the upcoming protests against the Republican National Convention. At the time of the raid, people were sitting down to dinner and watching a movie. [more]

How to make your software project fail

August 29, 2008

Why do 66% of all IT projects fail, 20% go over time and budget ? With over 20 years of IT experience, Sander Hoogendoorn talks about project anti-patterns stereotyping them as Titanic projects, Golf course projects and many more.

You can see this talk on Parleys.com. Its about one hour and teach you how to fail a project. You may know some of the anti patterns. But it’s always good to be reminded about it.

Videos from DebConf08

August 28, 2008

Debian Conference is the annual Debian developers meeting, an event filled with coding parties, discussions and workshops – all of them highly technical in nature. It will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from August 10th to August 16th, 2008.

Previous Debian Conferences have featured speakers from around the world. They have also been extremely beneficial for developing key Debian software components, including the new Debian Installer, and for improving Debian’s internationalization.

Videos about this event can be found through an RSS feed providing you with ogg video files.

VMware executive: Windows days are numbered

August 24, 2008

Harapin’s [VMware exec] not just thinking servers though. He’s thinking the end of all “large commercial operating systems.” Instead, we’ll use special-purpose computers that are customized to run a particular application or set of applications. “They essentially package that up as an appliance, a running server or a running application, and they send it to you.”

Basis of this applications is gnu/linux. The whole article can be read on blogs.computerworld.com.

Source: lwn.net

What Linux Will Look Like In 2012

August 14, 2008

The difference between the Linux of four years ago and the Linux of today is striking enough — not just in its diversity, but in the way it’s consolidating its strengths as a server platform, an OS for portable devices and emerging hardware markets — and as a way to make the most out of whatever else we see in the next four years, too.

This is the conclusion of Serdar Yegulalp predicting the state of GNU/Linux in 4 years on informationweek.com.

Source: Lwn.net

An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube

August 12, 2008

Michael Wesch, creator of the strikingly insightful videos “A Vision of Students Today” and “The Machine is Us/ing Us”, gave a presentation at the Library of Congress back in May on the anthropology of YouTube. The presentation was the third in a series called “Digital Natives,” natives being basically my and probably your generation if you’re reading this. It’s about the net and the people who grew up with a computer humming by their bed stands. Wesch delves into this phenomenon that is us—how we think and how we perceive and connect with the world differently due to the internet and new media like YouTube.

Source: CreativeCommons.org

Sock puppets explaing the failing nature of the market

August 11, 2008

Monochrom‘s doing it again. They try to explain the inhuman consequence of the free market with sock puppets.

Freedom-loving Republicans!

August 10, 2008

An extensive website about Freedom Loving Republicans.

Source: elisabethkerschbaum

How to feed your family?

August 9, 2008

Ever recognized that commercials only show women eating yoghurt’s? Women cooking and getting appreciated for their house wife skills?
Mädchenmannschaft have found two good videos explaining and criticizing this phenomenon.

Source: Mädchenmannschaft.net