Submitted by lev_lafayette on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 10:30
On Sunday, October 27th 2013 a post was made on the Linux Australia mailing list concerning an offer the GNOME Foundation in association with several FOSS provided for a three-month internship for women, specifically "to get more women involved in FOSS". On Tuesday, a poster (perhaps inspired by Sunday's post) argued against "special programmes to address an imbalance between the sexes", suggesting that such programmes are harmful, that merit "shines through inner strength", and that sex-specific programmes should be replaced with programmes for "'incompetent women in IT,' or at least to widen eligibility to include hamsters and fish."
There was, unsurprisingly, a small storm of discussion that resulted which can be mostly be broken up into two perspectives. The first were those who agreed, more or less, with the original poster with the suggestion that any gender disparity in IT may actually simply be "just how it is", that employers are almost always gender-neutral, and that any gender-specific programmes should be abolished. The second group agreed that employment should be gender neutral, but in wasn't, and there were a variety of causes (conscious and unconscious discrimination) for the disparity that justified the existence of such programmes.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 01:23
MATLAB (registered trademark implied in this post) is a popular closed-source graphical product for matrix mathematics. Whilst I certainly prefer in most cases the extremely compatible open-source competitor Octave for all the well-founded usual reasons, MATLAB does have a small mountain of libraries and a small fortune backing it, both of which aren't quite always available to the GNU Octave people. So in some cases, based invariably on user requests, some dealings with MATLAB is sometimes required.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 04:24
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 03:44
Recently I had the experience of encountering antireligious bigotry by a free software advocate. I will not mention the person by name, but I will describe their attitudes and the effects, and by the way of elaboration on why all forms of prejudiced discrimination is not just morally wrong, but damaging to free software as a movement. The experience occurred just prior to Software Freedom Day among the organising committee.
Submission by Linux Users Victoria, Inc., on the Options Paper for the Review of the Innovation Patent System.Submitted by lev_lafayette on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 04:55
Secretariat Advisory Council on Intellectual Property
PO Box 200 Woden ACT 2606
Dear Mr. Carl,
The following is the submission by Linux Users Victoria, Inc., on the Options Paper for the Review of the Innovation Patent System.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 12:35
Previous posts have described the installation of R, and even installing some of its less than simple packages. But what do you do when a library appears to be installed by one of the normal methods and declares itself as such - until it is actually requested? In other words, a false positive, one of the most frightening creatures known in the world (although fortunately in this case trivial in damage).
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 02:38
Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) is a computational fluid dynamics model of fire-driven fluid flow. The software solves numerically a form of the Navier-Stokes equations appropriate for low-speed, thermally-driven flow, with an emphasis on smoke and heat transport from fires. It is also slightly unpleasant to install, but the following notes should make it somewhat easier.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 02:57
Agile Project Management was born from the experience that highly prescriptive, planned-based approaches to project management simply weren't working in some contexts. In response the Agile Manifesto and Declaration of Interdependence statements were issued which, on the face of it, argue for flexibility in planning, an emphasis on customer-value, teamwork, and a welcoming attitude towards change.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 09:15
This has been a very good year for Linux Users of Victoria, Inc. By all major metrics, we have improved. Our membership has increased, the attendance at our main meetings and beginners workshops have improved, and we are in a better financial state that we were last year. We held an excellent Software Freedom Day last year with larger attendance and international, and a very successful annual picnic.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Sat, 08/24/2013 - 04:13
In a few weeks, Linux Users of Victoria, Inc., will be holding another Annual General Meeting. But this one is somewhat different to others. At this meeting, the very existence of LUV as an independent organisation may come to an end. A motion is on the agenda that LUV dis-incorporates and merges into Linux Australia, Inc., as a subcommittee of that group. It is an issue which I personally have given some serious thought to over the past several months, and more fleeting consideration over the past few years.