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Egyptian Government To Adopt Free Software On Larger Scale

December 31st, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

Open Source

ezabi writes “After announcing a 43 Million USD license agreement with Microsoft, the Egyptian government was faced with a protest from FOSS enthusiasts staging a stand before the cabinet http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-protest-microsoft-deal Later, representatives from the community had a meeting with the minister of communications and information technology, such a meeting led to the ministry issuing a press release (in Arabic) stating its commitment to gradually move to open source (Google Translate to English) as a strategic option for future projects. It’s worth mentioning that all governmental websites used in the elections and constitution referendum were all based on open source solutions.”

Source: Egyptian Government To Adopt Free Software On Larger Scale

Ask Slashdot: What Web Platform For a Small Municipality?

November 29th, 2012 11:50 admin View Comments

Communications

First time accepted submitter r3dR0v3r writes “I have the opportunity to help improve / replace the website of my small U.S. town (~6000 people). The town leaders are open to most any suggestions, and are open to the idea of having the website facilitate a more open government — by being a place at which town documents, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, legal forms, ordinances, etc. can be found in an organized way and downloaded. And of course the site should provide general info about the town, it’s services, recreation opportunities, etc.. Now, we have no budget, so we’ll be looking at free/open software. I’ve considered options such as Drupal, but I’m doing this as volunteer work so I don’t want to start from scratch and spend overly much time. Thus, I’m looking for advice about any existing platforms made specifically for municipalities as a great way to get a jump start. I’m guessing there are other slashdotters that have helped their communities in this way. Your suggestions please?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: What Web Platform For a Small Municipality?

Australian Govt Holding Secretive Anti-Piracy Talks

February 12th, 2012 02:50 admin View Comments

Government

daria42 writes “Looks like Australia’s Government prefers to keep its ongoing anti-piracy discussions behind closed doors. It held an initial meeting in September last year to try to get the content and ISP industries to thrash out an agreement on how to handle Internet piracy. Consumer representative groups were explicitly blocked from attending the meeting, and attendees are not allowed to reveal what was discussed behind closed doors. Now a second meeting has been held, and again, no information has been revealed about what’s being discussed. Quelle conspiracy?”

Source: Australian Govt Holding Secretive Anti-Piracy Talks

Copyright Industry Calls For Broad Search Engine Controls

January 29th, 2012 01:14 admin View Comments

Government

The copyright battles going on right now are not all about SOPA, PIPA, or even the wider-reaching ACTA: suraj.sun snips thus from TorrentFreak: “At a behind-closed-doors meeting facilitated by the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport, copyright holders have handed out a list of demands to Google, Bing and Yahoo. To curb the growing piracy problem, Hollywood and the major music labels want the search engines to de-list popular filesharing sites such as The Pirate Bay, and give higher ranking to authorized sites. … If the copyright industry had their way, Google and other search engines would no longer link to sites such as The Pirate Bay and isoHunt. In a detailed proposal handed out during a meeting with Google, Yahoo and Bing, various copyright holders made their demands clear. The document, which describes a government-overlooked ‘Voluntary Code of Practice’ for search engines, was not intended for public consumption but the Open Rights Group obtained it through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.”

Source: Copyright Industry Calls For Broad Search Engine Controls

EU To Sign ACTA Later This Month

January 19th, 2012 01:29 admin View Comments

Censorship

rysiek writes “At a meeting of Polish Government officials with Polish NGOs and business representatives it was confirmed that the European Union is poised to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement as soon as January 26th. But all is not lost. The Treaty still needs to be ratified by the Euro Parliament and member states individually. The ratification vote is important, as it is an either-or vote — if not ratified there, ACTA gets rejected in its entirety. The Ministry of Administration and Digitization is not amused and has asked the Prime Minister (who promised this May to hold ACTA adoption until the kinks are worked out) to cancel the signing authorization for the time being.”

Source: EU To Sign ACTA Later This Month

EU To Sign ACTA Later This Month

January 19th, 2012 01:29 admin View Comments

Censorship

rysiek writes “At a meeting of Polish Government officials with Polish NGOs and business representatives it was confirmed that the European Union is poised to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement as soon as January 26th. But all is not lost. The Treaty still needs to be ratified by the Euro Parliament and member states individually. The ratification vote is important, as it is an either-or vote — if not ratified there, ACTA gets rejected in its entirety. The Ministry of Administration and Digitization is not amused and has asked the Prime Minister (who promised this May to hold ACTA adoption until the kinks are worked out) to cancel the signing authorization for the time being.”

Source: EU To Sign ACTA Later This Month

Teamviewer v7 Eases Remote Access

December 1st, 2011 12:00 admin View Comments

teamviewer_logo_150.jpgTeamviewer, one of the most popular remote access apps for programmers now has a new version and plenty of features. Earlier this year, Pam Baker wrote that Teamviewer is “A very comprehensive tool that’s incredibly easy to use” and we’re in agreement. This week v7 was out of beta. It allows the creation of an online meeting with just a single click. You have a full collection of collaboration tools, including screen sharing, video conferencing, text chat, a whiteboard for presentations, and the new ‘File Box’ for drag and drop document sharing. You can even record your sessions and save them as AVI files for documentation.

New is a TeamViewer Meeting App, available for Android and (later this year) iOS devices. Meetings are hosted on any Windows OS, but can be viewed on Mac, Linux, and mobile machines. There are also performance improvements, too. Up to 25 people can view a meeting concurrently. Business licenses for the complete solution, including support and minor version updates, start at a one-time fee of $749. For private use, TeamViewer is completely free, without any limitations to functionality.

Source: Teamviewer v7 Eases Remote Access

Apple Addresses Factory Pollution In China

November 17th, 2011 11:07 admin View Comments

Businesses

redletterdave writes “Apple reportedly sent five employees to meet with five different Chinese environmental groups on Nov. 15, only to learn about several troubling environmental issues at as many as 22 different product parts suppliers. In the three-hour meeting, the Chinese environmentalist coalition claimed the factories were releasing toxic gasses, heavy metal sludge and other pollutants. Apple acknowledged that a number of its supply firms have failed to properly keep track of their wastewater emissions and vowed to improve its environmental standards for suppliers; this is the first time Apple has admitted any wrongdoing in relation to environmental pollution from any of its Chinese supply chains. The meeting comes one month after one of Apple’s Chinese suppliers of MacBook parts was shut down by China’s government in response to resident complaints of ‘unbearable odors,’ which were described as a mix of chemical fertilizer and burning plastic.”

Source: Apple Addresses Factory Pollution In China

Microsoft Shareholders Unhappy After Annual Meeting

November 15th, 2011 11:05 admin View Comments

Businesses

Kozar_The_Malignant writes “Microsoft shareholders left today’s annual meeting grumbling about the 15 minute Q&A period with Bill Gates and Steve Balmer and the lack of any real specifics about corporate direction. Many shareholders are concerned about Microsoft’s static share price over the last decade.”

Source: Microsoft Shareholders Unhappy After Annual Meeting

HP Delays WebOS Decision

November 9th, 2011 11:54 admin View Comments

HP

itwbennett writes “Following Tuesday’s report that HP is looking to sell WebOS, CEO Meg Whitman and HP employees gathered for a late-afternoon meeting. According to The Verge, Whitman told those gathered at the meeting ‘It’s really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision,’ adding that a decision would come in the next three to four weeks.”

Source: HP Delays WebOS Decision

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