September 01, 2015

videogame confessional forum

shy mintz

Okay. My name is Shy Mintz. I'm 25. I'm out of Malibu, California. And I guess -- I'm trying to think. Where did it all start to go wrong? [Laughs.] I guess it all started to go wrong when they...

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Annamaria Monteverdi

La neo oralità di “887” di Robert Lepage inaugura ROMAEUROPA Festival.

Robert Lepage apre il 23 settembre RomaEuropa Festival. Una scelta straordinariamente felice quella di inaugurare un Festival così prestigioso, che propone i migliori spettacoli internazionali e nazionali,  con quello che è considerato a giusta ragione l’artista che ha raggiunto ormai da almeno un decennio, la vetta dell’Olimpo dei grandissimi registi (e interpreti) del teatro. Scrollatosi […]

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The Next Layer

#AccumulatePleasureMax – Neurath im Informationszeitalter: Technopolitics Salon bei ViennaOpen Freitag 04. September

Technopolitics Timeline Design Sketch

Vorträge, Diskussion, Projektpräsentation und Party, Freitag 4. September 2015, 18 – 24 Uhr
Mit: Andreas Siekmann, Marcell Mars und dem Arbeitskreis Technopolitics. Musik: Camelizer
Ort: Mobiles Stadtlabor, Am Karlsplatz, Wien

Dieser Technopolitics Salon unter dem Titel #AccumulatePleasureMax - Neurath im Informationszeitalter geht der Frage nach, wie sich die Ideen des Philosophen und Ökonomen Otto Neurath ins Informationszeitalter übertragen lassen. Neben der gemeinsam mit Marie Reidemeister und Gerd Arntz entwickelte ISOTYPE (International System of Typographic Picture Education) spielen dabei auch Neuraths wirtschaftspolitische und wissenschaftliche Ideen eine Rolle. Der Hashtag #AccumulatePleasureMax erinnert an Neuraths Idee der Maximierung des Glücks für Alle als oberstes Prinzip der Wirtschaftstheorie. Eine ebenso wichtige Rolle spielen die von Neurath gemeinsam mit Paul Otlet ausgearbeiteten Ideen für ein Universalmuseum, das mit einer neuen Wissensarchitektur ausgestattet sein sollte, das als Vorläufer des WWW im allgemeinen und der Wikipedia im besonderen verstanden werden kann.

In diesem Sinn bietet der Abend keine Wiederaufbereitung von Neuraths Ideen, sondern nimmt Neurath als Ausgangspunkt und Orientierungshilfe für neue Projekte. Es werden drei Projekte vorgestellt und diskutiert, die bei aller Unterschiedlichkeit bestimmte Querbeziehungen aufweisen.
Eine Leitidee Neuraths wird aufgegriffen, derzufolge es nicht genügt allein darzustellen was man bereits weiß, sondern dass Methoden wie die Bildstatistik Werkzeuge des Denken sind. Ein weiterer Leitgedanke ist jener, dass es falsch ist zu behaupten, die Zusammenhänge der politischen Ökonomie seien zu komplex um dargestellt werden zu können – und das insbesondere im Zeitalter globalisierter Finanzmärkte. Es ist sehr wohl möglich, die Machenschaften der neoliberalen Eliten darzustellen. Das derzeitige vorherrschende Paradigma der neoliberalen Informationsgesellschaft ist, erstens, nicht ohne Alternativen, und zweitens trotz seines permanenten, krisenhaften Charakters nicht allein negativ. Emanzipatorische Potenziale einer offenen Wissensgesellschaft sind weiterhin gegeben und umsetzbar.

Der in Berlin lebende Künstler Andreas Siekmann stellt Arbeiten vor, welche die von Neurath, Reidemeister und Arns entwickelte Methode der Bildstatistik auf zeitgenössische Themen anwenden. So erarbeitete er zum Beispiel einen Zyklus von Werken, welche die Vorgänge um die Privatisierung der DDR-Betriebe durch die Treuhandgesellschaft darstellen. Siekmann und Partnerin Alice Creischer (die aus terminlichen Gründen leider nicht kommen kann) arbeiten allein und getrennt seit zwanzig Jahren mit der Isotype-Methode. Einen wichtigen Anstoß bildete für sie die Begegnung mit der Arbeit von Gerd Arntz, ein politischer Grafiker und Künstler aus Köln, der mit der anarcho-syndikalistischen Bewegung in Verbindung stand und eine vom Konstruktivismus beeinflusste reduzierte Bildsprache entwickelte, um gesellschaftliche Verhältnisse darzustellen. Ab 1928 arbeitete Arntz mit Neuraths Team in Wien und prägte stark das grafische System der Isotype. Gemeinsam realisierten sie 1930 einen Atlas der Bildstatistik. Creischer und Siekmann verfolgen das Projekt, diesen Atlas für die heutige Zeit zu aktualisieren. Creischer und Siekmann sind mit ihren Arbeiten auf wichtigen Internationalen Ausstellungen (Documenta 11, 12) und in internationalen Kunst-Sammlungen präsent.

Der Zagreber Künstler Nenad Romic, besser bekannt als Marcell Mars stellt das Projekt Public Library vor. Er greift dabei die Idee des Internet als einer öffentlichen Bibliothek auf, die das gesamte Wissen der Welt zugänglich macht. Nicht auf technischer, aber inhaltlicher Ebene entwickelte Paul Otlet bereits ähnliche Ideen in den 1920er Jahren mit dem Mundaneum, mit dem Neurath in enger Verbindung stand. Von hier führt der Weg zu Vannevar Bush's Idee der Memex und den visionären Vorstellungen des Internetpioniers JCR Licklider. Diese Idee einer für alle zugänglichen Universalbibliothek wäre eigentlich keine Utopie, sondern ein pragmatisches Ziel, wenn man allein von den technischen Möglichkeiten ausginge. Die Verbreitung von Personal Computern, aber auch anderer Devices wie Tablets und Smartphones lässt eine Welt in greifbare Nähe rücken, in der das gesamte veröffentlichte Wissen von jedem Punkt der Welt und zu jedem Zeitpunkt zugänglich wäre. Doch die Verwerfungen der politischen Ökonomie im Informationszeitalter machen genau diesen Traum einer offenen Wissensgesellschaft zunichte, unter anderem indem die Gegensätze zwischen reich und arm auf die Spitze getrieben werden. Insbesondere die Verschärfung des Copyright seit Mitte der 1990er Jahre wirft zunehmend Hindernisse für den universalen Zugang zum Wissen auf. Ein weiteres Hindernis bildet die Krise der öffentlichen Finanzen seit der Schuldenkrise 2008, die viele Staaten in hohe Schulden haben schlittern lassen, so dass Bibliotheken geschlossen werden. Marcell Mars tritt nun einerseits als öffentlicher Befürworter der Idee des universellen Zugangs zum Wissen auf, zum anderen arbeitet er an technischen Lösungen für radikale Amateur-Bibliothekare. Gemeinsam mit Initiativen wie der Website aaaaarg.org, dem Kunst- und Theoriewiki Monoskop und der Website Ubuweb verfolgt Mars Strategien, die den völlig übertriebenen und schadhaften Tendenzen zur andauernden Verschärfung des Copyright entgegenwirken. Die Public Library ermöglicht Peer-to-peer Strategien im Umgang mit Büchern.

Tracing Information Society nennt sich ein neues Projekt des Arbeitskreises Technopolitics. Dabei handelt es sich um eine grafische Timeline, welche die Entstehung und Eigenschaften des Informationszeitalters darstellt. Mit der Öffnung des WWW und der daraufhin sich entfaltenden New Economy wurde es klar, dass sich etwas fundamental verändert hatte – der lange prophezeite Übergang vom Industrie- zum Informationszeitalter war wirklich geworden. Doch während es in den 1990er Jahren einen regen öffentlichen Diskurs um das Internet gab, findet dieser heute vor allem in den Regalen der Fachbibliotheken statt. Ein großes Manko dieser spezialisierten Diskurse ist einerseits ihre institutionelle Aufteilung in immer engere Fachgebiete, andererseits ihre Bevorzugung des geschriebenen Texts – nur wenige Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaftler verwenden visuelle oder auch statistische Methoden. Der Arbeitskreis Technopolitics ist eine transdisziplinäre Gruppe von Wissenschaftern, Künstlern, Designern und Journalisten, die sich das Ziel gesetzt haben, einen neuen Blick auf die Informationsgesellschaft zu entwickeln. Die Timeline bietet dafür das Medium, diese verschiedenen Blickwinkel zusammenzufassen. Zugleich dient sie im Sinne Neuraths als Werkzeug des Denkens. Die kuratierte und zahlenmäßig beschränkte Auswahl von Einträgen in einer Timeline zwingt darauf zu fokussieren was wirklich Bedeutung hatte im Zusammenhang des Entstehens des derzeit bestehenden gesellschaftlichen Paradigmas: der Informationsgesellschaft.

Der Arbeitskreis Technopolitics ist eine fluktuierende Gruppe von Personen in Wien die seit 2011 regelmäßig zusammentrifft. An Tracing Information Society wirkten bislang mit: John Barker, Sylvia Eckermann, Doron Goldfarb, Armin Medosch, Gerald Nestler, Felix Stalder, Axel Stockburger, Matthias Tarasiewicz, Thomas Thaler und Ina Zwerger. Grafik: Fatih Aydogdu

Technopolitics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1646265908953580/

by Armin Medosch

Annamaria Monteverdi

SHAMANS OF DIGITAL ERA, Festival di arti digitali a ROMA

C.A.R.M.A.- Centro d’Arti e Ricerche Multimediali Applicate presentano “SHAMANS OF DIGITAL ERA” 4 e 5 settembre 2015 – Largo di Pietralata (Roma). Apertura ore 17:00, Mostra di videoarte 19:30.  Performance dalle 21:30 alle 00:00  Il 4 e 5 settembre in Largo di Pietralata (Roma) si terrà, nel contesto dell’Estate Romana, la prima edizione di SHAMANS OF DIGITAL ERA, il nuovo […]

by annamaria monteverdi

August 31, 2015

Annamaria Monteverdi

Motus, MDLSX a Short Theatre

MDLSX è ordigno sonoro, inno lisergico e solitario alla libertà di divenire, al gender b(l)ending, all’essere altro dai confini del corpo,dal colore della pelle, dalla nazionalità imposta, dalla territorialità forzata, dall’appartenenza a una Patria. È verso la fuoriuscita da tutte le categorie – anche artistiche – che MDLSX tende, in un “scandaloso” viaggio teatrale di Silvia […]

by annamaria monteverdi

DanzEstate a Cagliari. Itinerari multidisciplinari urbani

Segnaliamo un evento multidisciplinare con il focus sulla danza che inaugura domani a Cagliari e porterà per due settimane una ventata di arte e spettacoli nel capoluogo sardo. Si chiama DanzEstate 2015 e si svolgerà dal 1 settembre al 13 settembre.  Una bella rassegna organizzata dall’ASMED Associazione Sarda Musica e Danza inserita nel progetto Il viaggio del gesto: Itinerari multidisciplinari […]

by annamaria monteverdi

LeoPad: Leonardo ai tempi dell’iPad al GAMC, Viareggio

Nell’ambito dell’esposizione Leo Ex Machina – ingegni leonardeschi nell’arte contemporanea, si svolgerà Domenica 6 Settembre alle ore 17.30 con ingresso libero presso la Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea “Lorenzo Viani” di Viareggio (Piazza Mazzini, Palazzo delle Muse) l’incontro dal titolo leoPad: Leonardo ai tempi dell’iPad a cura di Maurizio Marco Tozzi. Nel corso dell’incontro verranno proiettate opere di […]

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Annamaria Monteverdi

Remedi-Action, il videoteatro torna alla ribalta nel volume di Jennifer Malvezzi

Mi rendo conto che una mia recensione di un libro in cui io compaio come citazione nella prima pagina dell’editore Postmedia rischia di non essere credibile. Ma non ci sono dubbi sul fatto che questo libro Remedi-Action. Dieci anni di videoteatro italiano scritto dalla giovane e ben documentata Jennifer Malvezzi, borsista di ricerca all’Università di Parma, sia un ottimo […]

by annamaria monteverdi

August 30, 2015

Annamaria Monteverdi

Ars Electronica Festival | Linz, September 3-7, 2015

The Ars Electronica Festival that takes place from September 3 to 7, 2015, in Linz is an inquiry into how cities of the future will have to be configured when there are more robots than people working in factories, everything is intelligently interlinked, autos drive autonomously and drones deliver the mail. And what does it […]

by annamaria monteverdi

August 28, 2015

videogame confessional forum

nicky case

So, hi! I'm Nicky Case, I'm 20 years old, and I move all over the world, but right now I'm in Portland, Oregon. I've been here for less than three weeks. I'm probably not qualified to talk about...

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Annamaria Monteverdi

Call for videomapping by IAM project. Location: Alghero

Il Comune di Alghero, nell’ambito del progetto Europeo “I AM – International Augmented Med” di cui è capofila, ha pubblicato il bando per l’individuazione del migliore progetto di videomapping da proiettare sulla facciata esterna de Lo Quarter, complesso recentemente ristrutturato nel cuore del Centro storico. Le proposte progettuali dovranno far riferimento al patrimonio culturale e […]

by annamaria monteverdi

August 27, 2015

Vlax

Fuck work. - The Underpaid #foaas

Fuck work. - The Underpaid

#foaas

The GNU project

FSF Blogs: Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: August 28

Join the FSF and friends Friday, August 28, from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. We will be on IRC in the #fsf channel on freenode.

Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions, to providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by FSF staff and trained volunteers.

While the Free Software Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world over the past decade, it has the potential of being a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help!

If you are eager to help and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the Directory today! There are also weekly FSD Meetings pages that everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each meeting.

August 26, 2015

The GNU project

FSF Events: Richard Stallman - "Copyright vs. Community" (Gent, Belgium)

Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it.
The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright--to promote progress, for the benefit of the public--then we must make changes in the other direction.

This speech by Richard Stallman will be nontechnical, admission is gratis, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Speech start time and exact location to be determined.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around Gent.

Vlax

Mío de mi propiedad

Mío de mi propiedad

Sagrada

™ ® ©

via -> Jorge Alaminos en Litoral Gráfico

#copyright #capitalismo #sociedad #consumo

foaas@sechat.org/you/copyright/commons

foaas@sechat.org/you/copyright/commons

videogame confessional forum

jason wesley

Okay, my name is Jason Wesley. I live in Toronto, Canada, and I feel that -- as I've gotten a little older, I feel that I've fallen a little bit out of games, but I've been looking to try to recover...

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The GNU project

health @ Savannah: Join us at IWEEE 2015 : Social Medicine

Dear GNU Health and Free Software community:

In a month from now, GNU Solidario will celebrate it's 8th
International Workshop on eHealth in Emerging Economies - IWEEE 2015 : Social Medicine - (http://www.iweee.org)

During these years, IWEEE has become the point of reference for
Free/Libre software in the health care arena, as well as for social activists.

The event is divided in two days :

  • Day 1 : Technical talks and workshops. Some topics to be addressed are GNU Health 3.0, Tryton, Free Hardware in Medicine, HL7 FHIR, security and localization. We will also do installation workshops, so bring your Free/Libre OS laptop !
  • Day 2 : Social talks . This year we are honored to have Richard Stallman, to talk about Free Software and Medicine, as well as other very important organizations, such as the Red Cross. This event is free of charge, but you need to register.

In the technical sessions, we will have talks from the GNU Health, Tryton and Free Software community members such as Nicolas Evrard (Tryton), Axel Braun (OpenSUSE), Dr. Etienne Saliez and Dr. Ferrer (telemedicine) . This is still a partial list. If you want to make a presentation, you have time until September 5th.

IWEEE is more than just technical sessions. It's about social activism and Free Software philosophy. It's about giving voice to the voiceless. It's about stepping out from the comfort zone to address, denounce and find solutions to social determinants of health, in the widest sense.

Of course, it's a also a great opportunity to get together, networking, and enjoy the beautiful city of Las Palmas, and Gran
Canaria.

Please share the news with #IWEEE2015 http://www.iweee.org

Looking forward to seeing you in Las Palmas !

--
Luis Falcon, M.D.
GNU Health: Freedom and Equity in Healthcare
http://health.gnu.org

August 25, 2015

The GNU project

Gary Benson: td_ta_map_lwp2thr

To debug live processes on modern Linux GDB needs four libthread_db functions:

  • td_ta_map_lwp2thr (required for initial attach)
  • td_thr_get_info (required for initial attach)
  • td_thr_tls_get_addr (not required for initial attach, but required for “p errno” on regular executables)
  • td_thr_tlsbase (not required for initial attach, but required for “p errno” for -static -pthread executables)

To debug a corefile on modern Linux GDB needs one more libthread_db function:

  • td_ta_thr_iter

GDB makes some other libthread_db calls too, but these are bookkeeping that won’t be required with the replacement. So, the order of work will be:

  1. Implement replacements for the four core functions.
  2. Get those approved and committed in GDB, BFD and glibc (and in binutils, coreutils readelf).
  3. Replace td_ta_thr_iter too, and get that committed.
  4. Implement runtime-linker interface stuff to allow GDB to follow dlmopen.

The first (non-bookkeeping) function GDB calls is td_ta_map_lwp2thr and it’s a pig. If I can do td_ta_map_lwp2thr I can do anything.

When you call it, td_ta_map_lwp2thr has four ways it can proceed:

  1. If __pthread_initialize_minimal has not gotten far enough we can’t rely on whatever’s in the thread registers. If this is the case, td_ta_map_lwp2thr checks that the LWP is the initial thread and sets th->th_unique to NULL. (Other bits of libthread_db spot this NULL and act accordingly.) td_ta_map_lwp2thr decides whether __pthread_initialize_minimal has gotten far enough by examining __stack_user.next in the inferior. If it’s NULL then __pthread_initialize_minimal has not gotten far enough.
  2. On ta_howto_const_thread_area architectures (x86_64, aarch64, arm)
    [glibc/sysdeps/*/nptl/tls.h has
      #define DB_THREAD_SELF CONST_THREAD_AREA(bits, value)
    which exports
      const uint32_t _thread_db_const_thread_area = value;
    from glibc/nptl_db/db_info.c]:

    • td_ta_map_lwp2thr will call ps_get_thread_area with value

    to set th->th_unique.

    ps_get_thread_area (in GDB) does different things for different
    architectures:

    1. on x86_64, value is a register number (FS or GS)
      ps_get_thread_area returns the contents of that register.
    2. on arm, GDB uses PTRACE_GET_THREAD_AREA, NULL and subtracts value from the result.
    3. on aarch64, GDB uses PTRACE_GETREGSET, NT_ARM_TLS and subtracts value from the result.
  3. On ta_howto_reg architectures (ppc*, s390*)
    [glibc/sysdeps/*/nptl/tls.h has
      #define DB_THREAD_SELF REGISTER(bits, size, regofs, bias)...
    which exports
      const uint32_t _thread_db_register32[3] = {size, regofs, bias};
    and/or
      const uint32_t _thread_db_register64[3] = {size, regofs, bias};
    from glibc/nptl_db/db_info.c]:

    td_ta_map_lwp2thr will:

    • call ps_lgetregs to get the inferior’s registers
    • get the contents of the specified register (with _td_fetch_value_local)

        and

    • SUBTRACT bias from the register’s contents

    to set th->unique.

  4. On ta_howto_reg_thread_area architectures (i386)
    [glibc/sysdeps/*/nptl/tls.h has
      #define DB_THREAD_SELF REGISTER_THREAD_AREA(bits, size, regofs, bias)...
    which exports
      const uint32_t _thread_db_register32_thread_area[3] = {size, regofs, bias};
    and/or
      const uint32_t _thread_db_register64_thread_area[3] = {size, regofs, bias};
    from glibc/nptl_db/db_info.c]:

    td_ta_map_lwp2thr will:

    • call ps_lgetregs to get the inferior’s registers
    • get the contents of the specified register (with _td_fetch_value_local)
    • RIGHT SHIFT the register’s contents by bias

        and

    • call ps_get_thread_area with that number

    to set th->unique.

    ps_get_thread_area (in GDB) does different things for different
    architectures:

    1. on i386, GDB uses PTRACE_GET_THREAD_AREA, VALUE and returns the second element of the result.

Cases 2, 3, and 4 will obviously be hardwired into the specific architecture’s libpthread. But… yeah.

Gary Benson: Infinity

I’m writing a replacement for libthread_db. It’s called Infinity.

Why? Because libthread_db is a pain in the ass for debuggers. GDB has to watch for inferiors loading thread libraries. It has to know that, for example, on GNU/Linux, when the inferior loads libpthread.so then GDB has to locate the corresponding libthread_db.so into itself and use that to inspect libpthread’s internal structures. How does GDB know where libthread_db is? It doesn’t, it has to search for it. How does it know, when it finds it, that the libthread_db it found is compatible with the libpthread the inferior loaded? It doesn’t, it has to load it to see, then unload it if it didn’t work. How does GDB know that the libthread_db it found is compatible with itself? It doesn’t, it has to load it and, erm, crash if it isn’t. How does GDB manage when the inferior (and its libthread_db) has a different ABI to GDB? Well, it doesn’t.

libthread_db means you can’t debug an application in a RHEL 6 container with a GDB in a RHEL 7 container. Probably. Not safely. Not without using gdbserver, anyway–and there’s no reason you should have to use gdbserver to debug what is essentially a native process.

So. Infinity. In Infinity, inspection functions for debuggers will be shipped as bytecode in ELF notes in the same file as the code they pertain to. libpthread.so, for example, will contain a bunch of Infinity notes, each representing some bit of functionality that GDB currently gets from libthread_db. When the inferior starts or loads libraries GDB will find the notes in the files it already loaded and register their functions. If GDB notices it has, for example, the full set of functions it requires for thread support then, boom, thread support switches on. This happens regardless of whether libpthread was dynamically or statically linked.

(If you’re using gdbserver, gdbserver gives GDB a list of Infinity functions it’s interested in. When GDB finds these functions it fires the (slightly rewritten) bytecode over to gdbserver and gdbserver takes it from there.)

Concrete things I have are: a bytecode format (but not the bytecode itself), an executable with a couple of handwritten notes (with some junk where the bytecode should be), a readelf that can decode the notes, a BFD that extracts the notes and a GDB that picks them up.

What I’m doing right now is rewriting a function I don’t understand (td_ta_map_lwp2thr) in a language I’m inventing as I go along (i8) that’ll be compiled with a compiler that barely exists (i8c) into a bytecode that’s totally undefined to be executed by an interpreter that doesn’t exist.

(The compiler’s going to be written in Python, and it’ll emit assembly language. It’s more of an assembler, really. Emitting assembler rather than going straight to bytecode simplifies things (e.g. the compiler won’t need to understand numbers!) at the expense of emitting some slightly crappy code (e.g. instruction sequences that add zero). I’m thinking GDB will eventually JIT the bytecode so this won’t matter. GDB will have to JIT if it’s to cope with millions of threads, but jitted Infinity should be faster than libthread_db. None of this is possible now, but it might be sooner than you thing with the GDB/GCC integration work that’s happening. Besides, I can think of about five different ways to make an interpreter skip null operations in zero time.)

Future applications for Infinity notes include the run-time linker interface.

Watch this space.

August 24, 2015

The GNU project

sysutils @ Savannah: Sysutils is getting some new life.

Some more shinny code and a lot of bug fixes are coming.

Mazacoin

StarCamp Shasta, Rainbows & Unicorns

StarCamp

The trip we made with Payu to Shasta was, if anything, true to the magic of the Mountain. StarCamp was a beautiful experience. People from all over the world gathered far up in the hills on the northwest side of the mountain for a weekend of Shasta mountain air, local organic foods, music, and workshops.

As our team was squeezed onto the workshop roster last minute – we had no idea what we could expect. Participants were enthusiastic, but, it was a chilly night, and the workshop dome was unheated, so attendance was light. With such a complex topic as mazacoin, or cryptocurrency in general, we wanted to gauge both the education & sophistication level of average folks, as well as their real interest – which aspects and applications of cryptocurrency generate the most excitement?

As we’ve seen through Payu’s work with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, we saw at StarCamp that “money” – no matter how free and open source, and decentralized, isn’t a terribly compelling reason to use cryptocurrencies for most people, groups, tribes. What we did see is that interest in autonomous organizations and governance structures is significant. Most folks struggle, however, to understand how agreements and smart contracts on the blockchain work with simple theoretical discussion. Most folks need real world examples.

Rainbows

After StarCamp we took a few days in Shasta to catch up online, and see if any of our attempts to reach out to area tribal leaders were successful. On one trip to find public internet, Payu met an apparent member of the Wintu tribe. Payu asked about their issues with the raising of the Shasta Dam (which would flood out many sacred Wintu sites), and informed that his tribe would like to help. Apparently Payu was mistaken for a member of the Rainbow Tribe, and received a flurry of expletives. Payu showed the man his Northern Cheyenne Tribal ID, and wished him well. It was unfortunate, but very telling experience.

Unicorns

We see that the newer tribes are most accepting of Mazacoin, and cryptocurrencies. While mazacoin was created with the intention of creating opportunity for the original tribes (like the Oglala Sioux), those tribes may need the examples of younger tribes to fully embrace the power of Mazacoin. Payu and I have agreed that we should both focus our teams’ efforts on reaching out to these groups.

As the Development Team, we find that “marketing mazacoin” is in many ways counter productive. The direct marketing of mazacoin to tribal leaders seems to tend toward confusion of mazacoin with a business, with a typical corporate structure, profits, stocks and the like. After meeting with the other developers on the team, we’ve decided that we will no longer engage in this at all, and will leave all marketing of mazacoin up to individuals and businesses with interests in mazacoin’s success.

We will be removing this site in the next couple weeks, and replacing it with a much simpler version, with links to mazacoin related services, software, and sites. We’ll provide general information about mazacoin, but will not be providing “news” related to mazacoin – this is the job of the blogs, social media, and mainstream media. Major development announcements, developer’s meetings, and similar will be posted on this site as well.

The Mazacoin Development Team is not a formal organization. It is comprised of the committers and submitters to the various repositories at https://github.com/mazacoin. You can contribute by testing & filing issues on github, enhancing documentation, or developing code. Mazacoin is always in need of qualified C/C++, Java, Python coders. If you’re not a coder, but would like to see mazacoin improve, you can contribute financially by placing bounties on github issues. We will be providing additional means of financial contribution in the future.

Recent developments in Bitcoin suggest that the time is now for Mazacoin to diverge, grow, and flourish. Please come by #mazacoin-dev on Freenode IRC to share your thoughts, ideas, or code. We’re very interested in ideas that will prevent future hostile alterations of the mazacoin protocol, as we see being attempted in Bitcoin today.

by Rob Nelson

The GNU project

FSF Blogs: New version of the Emacs Manual plus GNU Press discounts

GNU Press announces the release of Emacs Manual Version 24.5, which contains approximately 2.5 more years of Emacs documentation than version 24.2. Each manual comes with an Emacs Reference Card Version 24.5, which can also be purchased separately. Also, there are a few copies of Emacs Manual Version 24.2, which has now been reduced to $35.

There are a few logo knives left in the shop, and they will not be reordered. The logo knives come in two types: the larger cybertool, which is the perfect toolkit for system administrators on the go, and the rally knives, which are more compact.

An Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp, 3rd Edition is the perfect book to learn about programming and is now reduced in price to $25! Now, you may also pick up a copy of the book signed by Richard Stallman.

As always, if you can't find something in the store but think we should offer it, please add your suggestion to our Ideas page. And remember, associate members of the Free Software Foundation get a 20% discount on all purchases made through the GNU Press store, so if you are not a member already, join today! To keep up with announcements about new products available in the GNU Press store, subscribe to the mailing list.

Annamaria Monteverdi

Un parco giochi firmato Bansky ovvero l’altra Disneyland

Ci voleva un artista come BANSKY a sovvertire le regole dei terribili parchi giochi di cui Disneyland è l’emblema assoluto: e così a Weston-super-Mare, una spiaggia non di grande attrattiva dell’Inghilterra, nasce Dismaland, luogo di divertimento artistico che trasforma il castello del logo disneyano in una location degna di un film horror. Inaugurato il 22 agosto durerà […]

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August 22, 2015

The GNU project

gnuzilla @ Savannah: IceCat 31.8.0-gnu2 release

GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license restricts distribution in several ways incompatible with freedom 0.
https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/

The user manual pages are at http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group:IceCat/
You can contribute by joining the wiki and editing the manuals.

Source tarballs, binaries for generic GNU/Linux systems and translations are available at http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuzilla/31.8.0-gnu2/
GPG key ID:D7E04784 GNU IceCat releases
Fingerprint: A573 69A8 BABC 2542 B5A0 368C 3C76 EED7 D7E0 4784
https://savannah.gnu.org/project/memberlist-gpgkeys.php?group=gnuzilla

Changes since v31.8.0

  • Applied patch for CVE-2015-4473 CVE-2015-4482 CVE-2015-4488 CVE-2015-4489 CVE-2015-4491 CVE-2015-4492 CVE-2015-4495 from Guix

The GNU project

FSF Events: Richard Stallman to speak in Seattle, WA

Richard Stallman will be speaking at Washington University. His speech will be nontechnical, admission is gratis, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Speech topic, start time, and exact location to be determined.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around Seattle.

parallel @ Savannah: GNU Parallel 20150822 ('Hans Vibeke') released

GNU Parallel 20150822 ('Hans Vibeke') has been released. It is available for download at: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/parallel/

Haiku of the month:

Single job is slow.
Hundred parallel are fast.
Use GNU Parallel.
-- Ole Tange

New in this release:

  • If $job->skip() is called in {= =} the job will not be run.
  • @arg can now be used in {= =}: parallel echo '{= $arg[2] < 5 and $_="j" =}' ::: 1 2 3 ::: 4 5 6
  • Bug fixes and man page updates.

GNU Parallel - For people who live life in the parallel lane.

About GNU Parallel

GNU Parallel is a shell tool for executing jobs in parallel using one or more computers. A job is can be a single command or a small script that has to be run for each of the lines in the input. The typical input is a list of files, a list of hosts, a list of users, a list of URLs, or a list of tables. A job can also be a command that reads from a pipe. GNU Parallel can then split the input and pipe it into commands in parallel.

If you use xargs and tee today you will find GNU Parallel very easy to use as GNU Parallel is written to have the same options as xargs. If you write loops in shell, you will find GNU Parallel may be able to replace most of the loops and make them run faster by running several jobs in parallel. GNU Parallel can even replace nested loops.

GNU Parallel makes sure output from the commands is the same output as you would get had you run the commands sequentially. This makes it possible to use output from GNU Parallel as input for other programs.

You can find more about GNU Parallel at: http://www.gnu.org/s/parallel/

You can install GNU Parallel in just 10 seconds with: (wget -O - pi.dk/3 || curl pi.dk/3/) | bash

Watch the intro video on http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL284C9FF2488BC6D1

Walk through the tutorial (man parallel_tutorial). Your commandline will love you for it.

When using programs that use GNU Parallel to process data for publication please cite:

O. Tange (2011): GNU Parallel - The Command-Line Power Tool, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, February 2011:42-47.

If you like GNU Parallel:

  • Give a demo at your local user group/team/colleagues
  • Post the intro videos on Reddit/Diaspora*/forums/blogs/ Identi.ca/Google+/Twitter/Facebook/Linkedin/mailing lists
  • Get the merchandise https://www.gnu.org/s/parallel/merchandise.html
  • Request or write a review for your favourite blog or magazine
  • Request or build a package for your favourite distribution (if it is not already there)
  • Invite me for your next conference

If you use GNU Parallel for research:

  • Please cite GNU Parallel in you publications (use --bibtex)

If GNU Parallel saves you money:

About GNU SQL

GNU sql aims to give a simple, unified interface for accessing databases through all the different databases' command line clients. So far the focus has been on giving a common way to specify login information (protocol, username, password, hostname, and port number), size (database and table size), and running queries.

The database is addressed using a DBURL. If commands are left out you will get that database's interactive shell.

When using GNU SQL for a publication please cite:

O. Tange (2011): GNU SQL - A Command Line Tool for Accessing Different Databases Using DBURLs, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, April 2011:29-32.

About GNU Niceload

GNU niceload slows down a program when the computer load average (or other system activity) is above a certain limit. When the limit is reached the program will be suspended for some time. If the limit is a soft limit the program will be allowed to run for short amounts of time before being suspended again. If the limit is a hard limit the program will only be allowed to run when the system is below the limit.

August 21, 2015

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bruce williams

Okay, well, my name is Bruce Williams. I live in Seattle. I've been in Seattle for 30 years or more now. I got started with -- well, personally I got interested in flight simulation because I grew...

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Informatic school is in southwest Cameroon

END OF HOLIDAY CLASSES 2015

The Holiday classes ended today the 21-08-2015. The studentsshare their joy to be part of the holiday classes, they promise to come next year and to tell people more about the Association of Linux Friends. The were 25 in number  and were so happy to pay only 3300frs monthly.

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August 20, 2015

Decentralized Citizen Engagement Technologies

D-CENT Roundtable: Technologies for network democracy and citizen actions

On the 8th of July 2015 D-CENT took part at the second International conference organised by CAPS2015 (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation) in Brussels.

CAPS2015 is organised by the European Commission through the CAPS2020 project, coordinated by Sigma Orionis. The CAPS projects are leveraging the emerging “network effect” by combining data coming from people, social media and real environments (“Internet of Things”) in order to build public, distributed, and privacy aware collective awareness platforms to address social challenges and present possible solutions.

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The two-day conference sparked a variety of discussions around strategic ways to harness the power of collective intelligence, involve citizens and support new bottom-up approaches in EU research programs. The conference was attended by hundreds of social innovation practicioners, experts and policy makers from the European Commission’s DG Connect. Panellists presented ways to develop privacy-aware technologies, strenghten commons-based peer production communities, investiged the conditions which favour collaborative creation and the logic of value of these emerging forms. Workshops and debates also explored what it means to move away from an Internet of Things in the hands of commercial companies to an Internet of Communities where sensors, data and knowledge commons are harnessed for the public good.

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D-CENT organised a well attended session with a roundtable chaired by Francesca Bria with citizen movements, European policy makers and developers brought together to explore the opportunities and the tensions emerging in the new forms of political movements that are using technologies to empower citizens and reinvent democracy.

The first part of the panel discussed how it is possible to build public, decentralized, and privacy aware ecosystems designed for citizen empowerment and what are the ways then to scale up these systems.

Francesca Bria explained how the D-CENT project seeks to work in a space of hybridisation between bottom-up and top-down policy, between online and offline activities. She emphasised how new bottom-up democratic experiments are bringing excitement but also challenges, in particular around how new hybrid and partecipatory institutional innovations can emerge that will transform current political institutions. This led to an interesting discussion about the interplay between society, democracy and technology.

Miguel Arana Catania, from LaboDemo and recently nominated director of the citizen participation and transparency office of Madrid City Council, brought the example of the growth of a grassroots collective intelligence movement such as the 15-M. Thanks to a new democratic process and the use of tools for large scale participation the movement formed a citizen-led coailition involving Podemos and win the latest municipal elections in Madrid, Barcelona and other 6 spanish cities. They are now committed to make the new City Governments the most democratic in the world. Miguel argued that a mix between grassroots movements and more traditional hierarchical structures is needed in order to present new ways of doing politics through citizens’ initiatives, collaborative budgeting and new tools for deliberation.

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Jaakko Korhonen, from Open Knowledge Finland explained that Cities need to open source their data so that citizens can access them and make collective decisions. Opening up the data from the city enables citizens to co-create counter designs and self-management of the city and make more efffective bottom-up policy proposals. For instance the City of Helsinki is putting in practice an open decision making policy and has built a user-friendly API to access the data. Within D-CENT the Open Knowledge Finland together with ThoughtWorks are working on linking the open decision making data stream of the City Hall to citizens campaigns, so that people can use information to come together and mobilise.

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Joonas Pekkanen, from the Open Ministry, gave the example of how citizen initiatives in Finland are already institutionalized, allowing citizens to submit a law initiative to the Parliament. This has led to the rise of new citizen movements, and the approval of progressive legislations such as same-sex marragie and animal rights.

The second part of the panel raised questions on how to scale, and make sure privacy-awareness, decentralisation, open standard and open source become the norm.

Aral Balkan, founder of Ind.ie, argued that technological monopolistic platforms with a single advertising-fueled business model such as Google and Facebook risk to reproduce systemic inequality. Thus, democratic institutions need to to fund alternatives that can systemically grow and challenge the power of Silicon Valley.

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Gareth Rogers, technology lead for D-CENT at ThoughtWorks, argued that privacy should not just be one of the features users can choose but the default mode of every software that is built. To obtain a decentralized system it is important to start decentralizing power from the ‘facebooks’ of the world to smaller grassroots organizations so that they can acquire the capabilities to deploy the technology and run it autonomously in a federated manner.

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For Samer Hassan, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, who is working on P2P value project, the problem is the ownership of the infrastructure and how the value generated by the users is appropriated. To solve this problem it is important to start to develop decentralised infrastructures and use free software.

The last part of the panel brought the focus on the necessary transition that needs to happen not only at the level of technology but also at an institutional level in order to bring about systemic change. The panel also discussed the importance of transparency practices and the fight against corruption and the dominance of corporate lobbies in European policy.

As Daniel Freund, from Transparency International, put it “technology should be the watchdog function for citizens towards political institutions”. Institutions, particularly in the EU, have an old approach in responding to citizen’s rights to claim data. A staggering 79% of requests from citizens are made for documents that are already in the public domain but that people have trouble finding. It is clear that we need to tackle the problem of how data is made available and make it more searchable.

Ileana Apostol, co-founder of Nethood (platform for networking of local initiatives) says that whilst the benefit of keeping initiatives at local scale promotes transparency and a direct connection between people, we need transition platforms at continental level that can offer connections and communication between different initiatives.

The session brought concrete inspiring examples on how to devolve power to citizens and how to scale grassroots social tech initiatives in a way that will make privacy aware, decentralised infrastructures and open source become the norm. One point that echoed through the session was that no single force can make this happen; transparency alone is not a solution, technology alone is not a solution. There are many factors at play and support needs to come from the bottom-up and the top-down in order to drive change.

Photos Credit Valentina Sommariva

Original article has been published in the Nesta website, visit here.

by admin

August 19, 2015

Vlax

#Capitalismo #cibernético para una #sociedad en #red

#Capitalismo #cibernético para una #sociedad en #red

  • un mundo transparente, traducido íntegramente a información, donde cada gesto, cada servicio, cada decisión y cada proceso generan una masa de datos, a procesar posteriormente por máquinas, algoritmos, reglas automáticas; una sociedad-red, donde toda relación se establece como feedback o interacción

#información #pensamiento #datos #comunicación #gobierno #cultura #política #control #libro

  • El liberalismo está muerto y enterrado, en los campos de batalla de las dos Guerras Mundiales, en los efectos de la crisis del 29, etc. Hoy vivimos bajo el imperio de otro paradigma, del que en todo caso el liberalismo es la cobertura ideológica: la Hipótesis Cibernética.

* Texto de Amador Fernández-Savater sobre el libro "La hipótesis cibernética (Acuarela Libros), del autor colectivo Tiqqun"

http://www.eldiario.es/interferencias/pesadilla-mundo-red_6_412668752.html

Informatic school is in southwest Cameroon

LINUX FRIENDS NGAMBE TIKAR AUGUST 2015

Linux Friends Ngambe Tikar is a branche of the association of Linux Friends. It started on the 20th of July 2015. Oumarou is the teacher

of this center. The center has 10 students. It is a big chance for the youth of this area to learn how to used the computer without going to big cities of Cameroon, in this place there is no light so the computers are electrified with solar energy installed by the Association of Linux Friends Limbe

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Annamaria Monteverdi

GIF Artist: Erdal Inci.

Il formato animato GIF – Graphics Interchange Format –  è stato introdotto da Compu Serve nel 1987 e inventato da Steve Wilhite; la Rete l’ha riportato in auge e oggi spopola su siti e social di tutto il mondo. Usa un formato compresso LZW per immagini digitali di tipo bitmap, che consente di memorizzare in un unico file […]

by annamaria monteverdi

August 16, 2015

Evgeny Morozov

Google may have changed its name but the game remains the same

Its nifty restructuring has impressed Wall Street analysts but the company still has to pander to the short-term needs of investors

Google’s bombshell announcement that it’s going to fold itself into a new conglomerate called Alphabet has been met with overwhelmingly positive responses from the financial markets and technology pundits alike.

It will no longer live by search alone: stand-alone companies will advance Google’s nascent efforts in fields such as health, energy and transport.

Continue reading...

by Evgeny Morozov

August 14, 2015

videogame confessional forum

jonathon howard

Okay. My name is Jonathon Howard. Thirty-four. I live in Davis, California. I talked about it in the email exchange, but it wasn't -- you just lose time. I mean, you said you didn't even stop...

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