Out with 2013, and in with 2014. No matter what this year brings, it won’t be boring. With that said, here’s some links for you to check out this week.
- Getting Involved in FOSS (opensource.com): The Red Hat sponsored website has seven ways for people to get involved in various projects that share their source code and invite collaboration from others. For those who can’t code their way out of a paper bag, there’s always writing documentation and creating digital art for the various projects, because good instructions and pretty icons can go a long way in making an application more attractive.
- Exciting Changes to 5.0 of the Phoronix Test Suite GUI (phoronix.com): Though it was initially written in GTK2, HTML 5 is being used instead. According to Michael Larabel, “This new GUI to Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 is being written as an HTML5 interface. This is being done for portability and network transparency with the Phoronix Test Suite commonly being used on embedded devices and servers where there is no connected devices — remote support for PTS 5.0 HTML5 GUI can be enabled, otherwise it’s only exposed locally.” Work on the interface is currently ongoing.
- Now It’s Our Turn (Blog of helios): Ken “helios” Starks has been through quite a bit over the years. He decided to tell the story of how he is now able to give back to those who have helped him, starting with Randy Noseworthy. It looks like the Reglue Project will be able to help bridge the digital divide more than ever.
Overlooked Pop Culture
- District Judge Rules in Favor of Warrantless Border Searches (Maximum PC): The controversy continues over warrantless border searches as a Federal Judge declared that risk of seizure was insignificant, so plaintiffs have no standing. It looks like it’s time to learn how to use encryption or data wiping techniques before traveling to other countries.
- Horrible Things Done to Male Sexual Organs (deadspin.com): In weird news, males have apparently hurt themselves in the no no parts in 2013. Some of these entries will make you laugh, others will make you cry, and the rest will make you hurt down there.
- 14 Million Doses of Potassium Iodide Ordered (infowars.com): The stuff that prevents radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid is apparently being ordered in an unprecedented quantity, according to this. It is apparently related to the problematic Fukushima reactor. U.S. Sailors have apparently come back sick after helping out in the area, and have sued the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). This tidbit may crop up again this year.