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Binh Nguyen: Xi Jinping, China Background, and More

Thu, 2016-01-14 00:12
One of the things that is obvious is that a lot of the people in the West don't understand Xi Jinping and China and what exactly they're up to. Moreover, the Chinese have stated outright that in general most people in the West don't understand enough of their background to have a genuine idea of why they hold certain positions. This post will hopefully address some of these issues and help you

Simon Lyall: Priorities for 2016

Wed, 2016-01-13 09:28

This is a almost New Years resolutions page but not quite. It is a list of the stuff that will take priority over other things in 2016

  • Chess – Aim to play regularly in tournaments, do weekly coaching and study at least 7 hours per week on tactics, endgames and openings.
  • Programming – Continue improving my programming skills, finish the book I am on, do a few exercises and create a few things
  • Blogging – At least 1 post each month to both my personal blog and the Auckland Chess Centre website
  • Driving – Get my Restricted Driver License
  • Reading – Read books (not online) at least half an hour per day
  • Health – 7500 steps every weekday plus get to goal weight
  • Conference – Run successful Sysadmin Miniconf at Linux.conf.au 2016

Stretch Goals – If I am keeping up with the above

  • Start working my way through Shakespeare’s plays
  • Do a couple of new website projects I’ve been putting off
  • Watch a 2-3 of hours of TV each week.

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Russell Coker: Sociological Images 2015

Tue, 2016-01-12 21:26

The above sign was at the Melbourne Docks in December 2014 when I was returning from a cruise. I have no idea why there are 3 men and 1 woman on the sign (and a dock worker was also surprised when I explained why I was photographing it). I wonder whether a sign that had 3 women and 1 man would ever have been installed or not noticed if it was installed.

At the start of the first day of LCA 2015 the above was displayed at the keynote as a flow-chart for whether someone should ask a question at a lecture. Given that the first real item in the list is that a question should fit in a tweet I think it was inspired by my blog post about the length of conference questions [1].

At the introduction to the Astronomy Miniconf the above slide was displayed. In addition to referencing the flow-chart for asking questions it recommends dimming laptop screens (among other things).

The above sign was at a restaurant in Auckland in January 2015. I thought that sort of sexist “joke” went out of fashion a few decades ago.

The above photo is from a Melbourne department store in February 2015. Why gender a nerf gun? That just doesn’t make sense. Also it appeared that the only nerf crossbow was the purple/pink one, is a crossbow considered feminine nowadays?

The above picture is a screen-shot of one of the “Talking Angela” series of Android games from March. Appropriating the traditional clothing of marginalised groups is a bad thing. People of Native American heritage who want to wear their traditional clothing face discrimination when they do so, when white people play dress-up in clothing that is a parody of Native American style it’s really offensive. The site Racialicious.com has a tag for articles about appropriation [2].

The above was in a library advertising an Ebook reader. In this case they didn’t even have pointlessly gendered products they just had pointlessly gendered adverts for the same product. They also perpetuate the myth that only girls read vampire books and only boys read about space. Also why is the girl lying down to read while the boy is sitting up?

Above is an Advent calendar on sale in a petrol station. Having end of year holiday presents that have nothing to do with religious festivals makes sense. But Advent is a religious observance. I think this would be a better candidate for “war on Christmas” paranoia than a coffee cup of the wrong colour.

The above photo is of boys and girls pipette suckers. Pointlessly gendered recreational products like Nerf guns is one thing, but I think that doing it to scientific equipment is a bigger problem. Are scientists going to stop work if they can’t find a pipette sucker of the desired gender? Is worrying about this going to distract them from their research (really bad if working with infectious or carcinogenic solutions). The Integra advertising claims to be doing this to promote breast cancer research which is also bogus. Here is a Sociological Images article about the problems of using pink to market breast cancer research [3] and the Sociological Images post about pinkwashing (boobies against breast cancer) is also worth reading [4].

As an aside I made a mistake in putting a pipette sucker over the woman’s chest in that picture. The way that Integra portreyed her chest is relevant to analysis of this advert. But unfortunately I didn’t photograph that.

Here is a link to my sociological images post from 2014 [5].

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Colin Charles: FOSDEM 2016 – See you in Brussels

Tue, 2016-01-12 21:26

Over the weekend I read in the FT (paywall): Is Brussels safe? Ring a local resident to find out. I’m sure it will be fine, and you will want to be there for FOSDEM, happening 30-31 January 2016. 

There is the excellent one day track, that is the MySQL & Friends Devroom (site). Talks hail from Oracle, MariaDB Corporation, Percona and more. We don’t have a booth this year, but we do have amazingly good content on Saturday. I’m happy to have been part of the committee that chose the talks, but you know that this is a labour of love put on by Frédéric Descamps, Liz van Dijk, Dimitri Vanoverbeke, and Kenny Gryp. I’m sure the party will be awesome.

But that is not all! In the distributions devroom, you can see me give a talk at 11:00-11:20 titled Distributions from the view of a package. This is an important topic, because you start seeing MariaDB Server becoming the default in many distributions with the last holdout being Debian. But there is a lot of discussion, especially from the security standpoint there now, about MySQL overall. But that’s not the focus of my talk — I’m going to talk to you about how we, as upstream, have had to deal with distributions, changing requirements, etc. overall. I’ve done this since the MySQL days, so have quite a bit of experience dealing with it. 

If you are making software and want to be included and supported across all distributions, I highly recommend you coming to my talk. If you happen to decide to live in an ecosystem where there are forks, I also promise to make it useful for you.

And on Sunday, you will want to go visit the RocksDB Storage Engine for MySQL talk by none other than Yoshinori Matsunobu of Facebook. This will be at the main track and I highly recommend you visit it — I’m sure Sergei Petrunia will also make an appearance as he spends a lot of time on this too.

All in, I’m extremely excited to be at FOSDEM 2016. And you don’t need to ring a local resident to find out if its going to be safe/fun — come for the learning, stay for the beer ;-)

Colin Charles: SCALE14x – lots of MySQL content there

Tue, 2016-01-12 21:26

One of my favourite events run by a grassroots organisation is SCALE, and they are now doing their 14th edition, SCALE14x. If you’re into opensource software as well as all things open, this is the place to be from January 21-24 2016. It is at a new location in Pasadena (so not quite next to LAX as it was previously), but this is due to growth — so kudos to the team.

From MariaDB Corporation you get to see Max Mether (Scaling MySQL & MariaDB – I’m extremely interested in seeing what he has to say and will likely blog the session) and me (The MySQL Server Ecosystem in 2016).

One thing is for sure is that the topic I plan to present on will surely come under contention since I also represent a server maker — however I believe I will be extremely objective and will put up blog posts before/after the event as well as slides, because it is clear that MySQL is now going to be 21 years old and the ecosystem has grown tremendously. Let me reiterate my main thesis: MySQL server development has been at its most vibrant since the Oracle acquisition — the ecosystem is flourishing, and Oracle is doing a great job with MySQL, Percona with Percona Server, MariaDB Corporation/MariaDB Foundation with MariaDB Server, and lets not forget the wonderful work from the WebScaleSQL Consortium, Facebook’s MySQL tree and even Alibaba’s tree (the Twitter tree seems to be sadly not really maintained much these days, but there was innovation coming out of it in the past).

There are also going to be many other great talks at the MySQL track on Friday, from Peter Zaitsev, Dave Stokes (I’m excited about the JSON support in MySQL 5.7), Ovais Tariq/Aleksandr Kuzminsky on indexes, and Janis Griffin on query tuning. There’s also an excellent PostgreSQL track and I think one of the highlights should also be the keynote from Mark Shuttleworth at UbuCon on Thursday.

See you at SCALE14x? Oh, before I forget, MariaDB Corporation also has a booth, so you will get to see Rod Allen manning it and I’m sure there will be giveaways of some sort. 

If you have any feedback about the MySQL Server ecosystem and its developments, please feel free to leave a comment here or send an email to me. Thanks!

linux.conf.au News: Intel Fellow and cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell to keynote linux.conf.au 2016 Geelong

Tue, 2016-01-12 14:28

Intel Fellow and Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Intel, Australian-born Genevieve Bell leads a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists whose mission is to build products in tune with people’s needs and desires. An industry expert and commentator on the intersection of culture and technology, she has published widely around the societal challenges facing us all as computing becomes ubiquitous. An accomplished anthropologist and researcher, Bell joined Intel in 1998. She has been granted a number of patents for consumer electronics innovations throughout her career, with additional patents in the user experience space pending, and is the author of numerous journal papers and articles. She was named an Intel Fellow in 2008.

In addition to her position at Intel, Bell is a highly regarded industry expert and frequent commentator on the intersection of culture and technology. She has been featured in publications such as Wired, Forbes, The Atlantic, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is also a sought-after public speaker and panelist at technology conferences worldwide for the insights she has gained from extensive international field work and research. Her industry recognition includes being listed among the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company in 2010, induction in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2012, and being honored as the 2013 Woman of Vision for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute. Bell's book, "Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing," written in collaboration with Paul Dourish, was published by MIT Press in 2011. Bell holds a combined bachelor's and master's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and a master's degree and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, where she was a lecturer in the anthropology department from 1996 to 1998.

She is attributed with formalising user experience as a discipline, and ensuring that its practises are recognised as not just valuable, but vital, for ongoing technical success.

Conference 2IC and Speaker Liaison, Kathy Reid, was delighted to announce Ms Bell as one of four outstanding keynotes for linux.conf.au 2016.

“As Linux moves from servers and desktops into embedded hardware, into the cloud, into mobile devices, the need for those products to be in affinity with user needs becomes ever more important. Genevieve’s area of practise is such a natural fit for our conference theme - Life is better with Linux - and we can’t wait to learn from Genevieve!”

One of the most respected technical conferences in Australia, Linux Conference Australia (linux.conf.au) will make Geelong home between 1st-5th February 2016. The conference is expected to attract over 500 national and international professional and hobbyist developers, technicians and innovative hardware specialists, and will feature nearly 100 Speakers and presentations over five days. Deakin University’s stunning Waterfront Campus will host the conference, leveraging state of the art networking and audio visual facilities.

The conference delivers Delegates a range of presentations and tutorials on topics such as open source hardware, open source operating systems and open source software, storage, containers and related issues such as patents, copyright and technical community development.

Linux is a computer operating system, in the same way that MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS are operating systems. It can be used on desktop computers, servers, and increasingly on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Linux embodies the ‘open source’ paradigm of software development, which holds that source code – the code that is used to give computers and mobile devices functionality – should be ‘open’. That is, the source code should be viewable, modifiable and shareable by the entire community. There are a number of benefits to the open source paradigm, including facilitating innovation, sharing and re-use. The ‘open’ paradigm is increasingly extending to other areas such as open government, open culture, open health and open education.

Potential Delegates and Speakers are encouraged to remain up to date with conference news through one of the following channels;

  • Website: http://lcabythebay.org.au
  • Twitter: @linuxconfau, hashtag #lca2016
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lcabythebay
  • Google+: https://www.google.com/+LcabythebayOrgAu
  • Lanyrd: http://lanyrd.com/2016/linuxconfau/
  • IRC: #linux.conf.au on freenode.net
  • Email: info@lcabythebay.org.au
  • Announce mailing list: http://lists.linux.org.au/mailman/listinfo/lca-announce

We warmly encourage you to forward this announcement to technical communities you may be involved in.

Photo credit: J.R. Mankoff/AUGUST

Binh Nguyen: The Occupy Movement, Veterans For Peace, and More

Tue, 2016-01-12 03:49
If you're a bit like me you've probably wondered what happened to the so called 'Occupy Movement'. In my recent look at Anti-War activists it's been clear that were part of that group but have basically splintered off of them. Reasons for this include internal/external subversion/dissent/dis-harmony, breakups by law enforcement/security services who see it as a threat to the state, etc... - one

Tridge on UAVs: APM:Plane 3.5.0 beta1 released

Sat, 2016-01-09 15:07

The ArduPilot development team is proud to announce the release of the first beta version of the 3.5.0 release of APM:Plane. We think this is going to be a great release and we'd love some feedback before we do the final version.



The biggest changes in this release are:

  • switch to new EKF2 kalman filter for attitude and position estimation
  • added support for parachutes
  • added support for QuadPlanes
  • support for 3 new flight boards, the QualComm Flight, the BHAT and the PXFmini
  • support for arming on moving platforms



New Kalman Filter



The 3.4 release series was the first where APM:Plane used a Kalman Filter by default for attitude and position estimation. It works very well, but Paul Riseborough has been working hard recently on a new EKF variant which fixes many issues seen with the old estimator. The key improvements are:

  • support for separate filters on each IMU for multi-IMU boards (such as the Pixhawk), giving a high degree of redundency
  • much better handling of gyro drift estimation, especially on startup
  • much faster recovery from attitude estimation errors

After extensive testing of the new EKF code we decided to make it the default for this release. You can still use the old EKF if you want to by setting AHRS_EKF_TYPE to 1, although it is recommended that the new EKF be used for all aircraft.



Parachute Support



This is the first release with support for parachute landings on plane. The configuration and use of a parachute is the same as the existing copter parachute support. See http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/parachute/



Note that parachute support is considered experimental in planes.



QuadPlane Support



This release includes support for hybrid plane/multi-rotors called QuadPlanes. More details are available in this blog post: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/quadplane-support-in-apm-plane-3-5-0



Support for 3 new Flight Boards



The porting of ArduPilot to more flight boards continues, with support for 3 new flight boards in this release. They are:

  • the BHAT board
  • the PXFmini
  • the Qualcomm Flight



More information about the list of supported boards is available here: http://dev.ardupilot.com/wiki/supported-autopilot-controller-boards/



Startup on a moving platform



One of the benefits of the new EKF2 estimator is that it allows for rapid estimation of gyro offset without doing a gyro calibration on startup. This makes it possible to startup and arm on a moving platform by setting the INS_GYR_CAL parameter to zero (to disable gyro calibration on boot). This should be a big help when flying off boats.



That is just a taste of all of the improvements in this release. In total the release includes over 1500 patches. Some of the other more significant changes include:

  • RPM logging
  • new waf build system
  • new async accel calibrator
  • SITL support for quadplanes
  • improved land approach logic
  • better rangefinder power control
  • ADSB adapter support
  • dataflash over mavlink support
  • settable main loop rate
  • hideable parameters
  • improved crash detection logic
  • added optional smooth speed weighting for landing
  • improved logging for dual-GPS setups
  • improvements to multiple RTK GPS drivers
  • numerous HAL_Linux improvements
  • improved logging of CAM messages
  • added support for IMU heaters in HAL_Linux
  • support for RCInput over UDP in HAL_Linux
  • improved EKF startup checks for GPS accuracy
  • added raw IMU logging for all platforms
  • added BRD_CAN_ENABLE parameter
  • support FlightGear visualisation in SITL
  • configurable RGB LED brightness



Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this release! The development team is growing at a fast pace, with 57 people contributing changes over this release cycle.



I'd like to make special mention of Tom Pittenger and Michael du Breuil who have been doing extensive testing of the plane development code, and also contributing a great deal of their own improvements. Thanks!

Tridge on UAVs: QuadPlane support in APM:Plane 3.5.0

Sat, 2016-01-09 14:04

The upcoming 3.5.0 release of APM:Plane includes support for QuadPlane - a hybrid plane/multi-rotor that allows for high speed long distance flight with vertical takeoff and landing.

The above video shows a converted HobbyKing Firstar 2000 doing a fully autonomous mission, with VTOL takeoff, followed by automatic transition to fixed wing flight and then a VTOL landing. The planes builder, Jack Pittar from CanberraUAV, is shown with the plane below.

The plane itself was fairly easy to build, with the simple additional of rectangular section aluminium arms on the Firstar wings and 4 quad motors.

One issue we found is that the battery we are using (a 3S 4Ah 65C) doesn't handle the 65A needed for vertical takeoff well, with the voltage dropping to 10V on takeoff. After takeoff completes and it transitions to fixed wing flight it quickly recovers. We will be changing the battery setup for future flights.

A second issue is that the wings tend to twist a bit in flight, especially when yaw is commanded. That greatly reduces yaw authority when hovering. We are still thinking about the best ways to prevent wing twist.

The new QuadPlane support is documented at http://plane.ardupilot.com/wiki/quadplane-support and is included in the 3.5.0beta1 release (I will do a separate blog post on that release shortly).

In the near future we expect to add support for other hybrid frame types, including tilt-rotors and fixed wing aircraft with other types of multi-rotor frames attached.

This QuadPlane follows on from our earlier Senior Telemaster QuadPlane which used two Pixhawk flight controllers.

We built the Firstar QuadPlane to test the new code where a single flight controller board running APM:Plane is used, which makes for much simpler operation. We plan on now building a much larger version, with a 50cc petrol motor for fixed wing flight.

OpenSTEM: OSDC 2015 talk: Skulling Around – Hands on History

Sat, 2016-01-09 11:29

Here’s the video of Claire’s talk at the Open Source Developers’ Conference 2015 (November) in Hobart, TAS.

Open source has opened up huge opportunities for archaeologists. As well as high quality tools for research, we can use open source to engage kids with the past. Addressing the new National Curriculum, we use 3D printed fossil skulls and replicas of archaeological material to give kids a hands-on experience, making the past Funky and Fun!

Archaeologists are usually very good at sharing knowledge with each other and the wider world. Under Creative Commons licences many files are made available, including scans of fossil skulls, artefacts and other archaeological material. Using a suite of open source tools, including a 3D printer, a series of interactive experiences for school children has been developed allowing them hands-on involvement with this material.

The kids love examining the replica fossil skulls in their hands and learning about the changing features through time, as well as learning to measure and compare in a very real sense. These experiences are modern “we had 3D printed stuff in History class!”, engaging and fun for students and teachers alike, bringing the past alive.

This talk refers to some of the materials used in the OpenSTEM Introduction to Archaeology and Fossils Workshop. We have been fortunate to find quite a few more fossil skull models, and have already printed some of those also. The “family” is growing!

OpenSTEM also has an Integrated History/Geography Program for Primary Schools (full set of resources for F-6, including teacher handbooks, student workbooks and assessment guides), available from term 1, 2016.

There were many awesome talks at OSDC 2015 (Youtube playlist). See also the OSDC 2015 program overview.

Chris Neugebauer: Three weeks until LCA2016

Fri, 2016-01-08 20:25

In February, I’m presenting my first-ever solo presentation at linux.conf.au, my favourite Free and Open Source Software Conference. This year, the conference is in Geelong (just out of Melbourne). I’ve been attending linux.conf.au since 2008 in Melbourne, and am running the conference next year in Hobart.

I’m presenting Welcoming Everyone: Five Years of Outreach and Inclusion Programmes at PyCon Australia, a five-year retrospective on how we’ve handled running financial assistance and related programmes at PyCon Australia.

Doling out financial assistance money to people often looks like it should be an easy thing to do right, but targetting and assessing grants so that the right people are interested, want to attend, and receive assistance is quite a difficult task. This talk shares our successes, our mistakes, and what we’ve learned along the way.

Registration for linux.conf.au 2016 is still open, so if you’re not yet planning on attending, there’s still time to get a ticket!

James Purser: First thoughts on the Wollongong/Shellharbour Merger

Fri, 2016-01-08 11:29

So we finally have some actual detail about how the proposed Wollongong/Shellharbour LGA merger might work. Not just the fluff about "so many millions" that might be spent, but actual structural information.

First off let's have a look at how the proposed new LGA is going to work from a representative point of view.

Wollongong currently has the following:

  • 3 Wards: Four Councillors in each
  • 1 Separately Elected Lord Mayor
  • 1 Councillor (including Lord Mayor) for every 15,907 residents

Shellharbour currently has the following:

  • 7 Councillors (the entire council area is the ward essentially)
  • Mayor is elected from within and by the currently sitting Councillors
  • 1 Councillor for every 9,823 residents

The new proposed LGA is going to have the following:

  • 13 Councillors
  • 1 Councillor for every 21,197 residents
  • Nothing is mentioned about Mayor selection

I'm not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, it is an obvious reduction in Councillors to residents, especially for those coming from the Shellharbour LGA. On the other hand, even if the number of Councillors was boosted to 15 (the maximum allowed under current legislation) we're still looking at a Councillor to Resident ratio of 1:18370.

There are two other questions about representation that are not tackled in the proposal. Selection of Mayor (remember Wollongong has a Mayor elected by the electorate and Shellharbour is voted on by Councillors), and whether or not the new body will work with Wards, or a simple single ward system.

Personally I prefer the electorate to elect the mayor and wards ensure that Councillors at least nominally represent the distinct regions within the LGA. We'll have to wait and see what happens.

The financial part of the proposal is interesting as well.

Rates

Both Wollongong and Shellharbour have approval for Special Rate Variations (the ability to raise rates beyond the nominal cap imposed by the State Government). Wollongong has a cumulative 11.3% (3 years starting 14/15) and Shellharbour has a cumulative 28.9% (4 years starting 13/14). While the proposal suggests that the savings to be found in reduction of duplication in the newly merged body could reduce the pressure on rate rises, I think it's going to take a little while before the community will start seeing those benefits flow through in reduced rates bills.

Cost Reduction

Most of the cost reductions mentioned in the proposal focus around elliminating duplication in the new organisation.

  • $8 million from "streamlining senior positions"
  • $56 million from "redployment of back office and admin functions"
  • $19 million through  increased purchasing power (more bang for your buck)
  • $2.5 million from reduction of elected officials

Note all of the above numbers are spread out over 20 years. So that's meant to be a saving of about $3.75 million a year.

That's all very good and looks great.

Except, how much is going to be spent on merging the two councils systems. Just the two different IT systems are going to cost a fair chunk to merge properly (and that's assuming that things don't go wrong), then you need to look at front desk, library systems and so on. I honestly think that the estimates given are optimistic to say the least.

Infrastructure Management

The other thing I have thoughts about in this proposal is infrastructure management.

Both Shellharbour and Wollongong have large developments occuring within their borders. West Dapto has an infrastructure backlog as long as your arm, Albion park is continuing to be built out and there's an ongoing list of issues around flood management to the north of the City.

How exactly will the merged entity be any better at managing the demands, especially with the expected reduction in "back office" staff who deal with this every day?

Honestly I'm not sold on the merger. The proposed economic benefits don't really stack up, at least from a Wollongong Council point of view. For those coming from Shellharbour? Yeah I can see having access to the resources of a larger council being a benefit, but they definitely lose in terms of access to their elected reps.

We shall see.

Blog Catagories: Politicswollongongshellharbour

Francois Marier: Streamzap remotes and evdev in MythTV

Fri, 2016-01-08 03:52

Modern versions of Linux and MythTV enable infrared remote controls without the need for lirc. Here's how I migrated my Streamzap remote to evdev.

Installing packages

In order to avoid conflicts between evdev and lirc, I started by removing lirc and its config:

apt purge lirc

and then I installed this tool:

apt install ir-keytable Remapping keys

While my Streamzap remote works out of the box with kernel 3.16, the keycodes that it sends to Xorg are not the ones that MythTV expects.

I therefore copied the existing mapping:

cp /lib/udev/rc_keymaps/streamzap /home/mythtv/

and changed it to this:

0x28c0 KEY_0 0x28c1 KEY_1 0x28c2 KEY_2 0x28c3 KEY_3 0x28c4 KEY_4 0x28c5 KEY_5 0x28c6 KEY_6 0x28c7 KEY_7 0x28c8 KEY_8 0x28c9 KEY_9 0x28ca KEY_ESC 0x28cb KEY_MUTE # | 0x28cc KEY_UP 0x28cd KEY_RIGHTBRACE 0x28ce KEY_DOWN 0x28cf KEY_LEFTBRACE 0x28d0 KEY_UP 0x28d1 KEY_LEFT 0x28d2 KEY_ENTER 0x28d3 KEY_RIGHT 0x28d4 KEY_DOWN 0x28d5 KEY_M 0x28d6 KEY_ESC 0x28d7 KEY_L 0x28d8 KEY_P 0x28d9 KEY_ESC 0x28da KEY_BACK # < 0x28db KEY_FORWARD # > 0x28dc KEY_R 0x28dd KEY_PAGEUP 0x28de KEY_PAGEDOWN 0x28e0 KEY_D 0x28e1 KEY_I 0x28e2 KEY_END 0x28e3 KEY_A

The complete list of all EV_KEY keycodes can be found in the kernel.

The following command will write this mapping to the driver:

/usr/bin/ir-keytable w /home/mythtv/streamzap -d /dev/input/by-id/usb-Streamzap__Inc._Streamzap_Remote_Control-event-if00

and they should take effect once MythTV is restarted.

Applying the mapping at boot

While the naïve solution is to apply the mapping at boot (for example, by sticking it in /etc/rc.local), that only works if the right modules are loaded before rc.local runs.

A much better solution is to write a udev rule so that the mapping is written after the driver is loaded.

I created /etc/udev/rules.d/streamzap.rules with the following:

# Configure remote control for MythTV # https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/User_Manual:IR_control_via_evdev#Modify_key_codes ACTION=="add", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0e9c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0000", RUN+="/usr/bin/ir-keytable -c -w /home/mythtv/streamzap -D 1000 -P 250 -d /dev/input/by-id/usb-Streamzap__Inc._Streamzap_Remote_Control-event-if00"

and got the vendor and product IDs using:

grep '^[IN]:' /proc/bus/input/devices

The -D and -P parameters control what happens when a button on the remote is held down and the keypress must be repeated. These delays are in milliseconds.

Linux Users of Victoria (LUV) Announce: LUV Beginners Bonus January Meeting: tcpdump/tshark (wireshark)

Thu, 2016-01-07 16:30
Start: Jan 30 2016 12:30 End: Jan 30 2016 16:30 Start: Jan 30 2016 12:30 End: Jan 30 2016 16:30 Location: 

Infoxchange, 33 Elizabeth St. Richmond

Link:  http://luv.asn.au/meetings/map

Sergey Guzenkov will look into:

  • differences between tshark and tcpdump,
  • tools that come with wireshark: dumpcap, capinfos, mergecap, tshark,
  • how to work with the capture files,
  • how to select the interface we want to capture on,
  • caveats in capturing (like vlans not being displayed),
  • capture and display filters, the difference between them,
  • statistics capabilities - this will be a big focus,
  • graphing,
  • decyphering SSL/TLS connection without access to server certificate.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Trinity College venue and VPAC for hosting.

Linux Users of Victoria Inc., is an incorporated association, registration number A0040056C.

January 30, 2016 - 12:30

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Chris Neugebauer: I’m looking for a job!

Thu, 2016-01-07 09:25

tl;dr: I’m looking for somewhere new to work. I have a résumé and an e-mail address!

I haven’t scared you off yet? Great! Let’s try being a bit more specific.

I’ve worked a lot in Free and Open Source Software communities over the last five years, both in Australia and overseas. While much of my focus has been on the Python community, I’ve also worked more broadly in the Open Source world. I’ve been doing this community work entirely as a volunteer, most of the time working in full-time software engineering jobs which haven’t related to my work in the Open Source world.

I’ve spent the last few years swapping context between building and working with communities I love, and working in a field where these strong ties weren’t useful. This hasn’t been sustainable, so late last year I resigned my job to refresh myself, and considered what my future might look like.

It’s pretty clear that I want to move into a job where I can use the skills I’ve been volunteering for the last few years, and put them to good use both for my company, and for the communities I serve.

What I’m interested in doing fits best into a developer advocacy or community management sort of role. Working full-time on helping people in tech be better at what they do would be just wonderful. That said, my background is in code, and working in software engineering with a like-minded company would also be pretty exciting.

  • Something with a strong developer relations element. I enjoy working with other developers, and I love having the opportunity to get them excited about things that I’m excited about. As a conference organiser, I’m very aware of the line between terrible marketing shilling, and genuine advocacy by and for developers: I want to help whoever I work for end up on the right side of that line.
  • Remote-Friendly. I’ve got conference travel lined up already for the first half of 2016, mostly to the US, but I need to primarily be in Australia so I can run linux.conf.au 2017. I’m happy to work from wherever I happen to be, but having the support of my employer to do so is really important.
  • Relevant to Open Source. The Open Source world is where my experience is, it’s where I know people, and it’s the world where I can be most credible. This doesn’t mean I need to be working on open source itself, but I’d love to be able to show up at OSCON or linux.conf.au and be excited to have my company’s name on my badge.

Why would I be good at this? I’ve been working on building and interacting with communities of developers, especially in the Free and Open Source Software world, for the last five years.

You can find a complete list of what I’ve done in my résumé, but here’s a selection of what I think’s notable:

  • Co-organised two editions of PyCon Australia and made a successful bid for linux.conf.au 2017. I’ve led PyCon AU, from inception, to bidding, to the successful execution for two years in a row. As the public face of PyCon AU, I made sure that the conference had the right people interested in speaking, and that we had many from Australian Python community interested in attending. PyCon AU attracted presenters from six countries, and attracted more than 300 people to my geographically isolated city in the middle of winter. I’m taking what I’ve learned, and am doing this again for linux.conf.au 2017.
  • Given talks at countless open source and developer events, both in Australia, and overseas. I’ve presented at OSCON, PyCons in four countries (soon to be five), and myriad other conferences. I’ve presented on a whole lot of technical topics, and I’ve recently started talking more about the community-level projects I’ve been involved with.
  • Designed, ran, and grew PyCon Australia’s outreach and inclusion programmes. Each year, PyCon Australia has offered upwards of $10,000 (around 10% of conference budget) in grants to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend the conference: this is not just speakers, but people whose presence would improve the conference just by being there. I’ve led a team to assess applications for these grants, and lead our outreach efforts to make sure we find the right people to receive these grants.
  • Served as a council member for Linux Australia. Linux Australia is the peak body for Open Source communities in Australia, as well as underwriting the region’s more popular Open Source and Developer conferences. In particular, I led a project to design governance policies to help make sure the conferences we underwrite are properly budgeted and planned.

So, if you know of anything going at the moment, I’d love to hear about it. I’m reachable by e-mail (mail@chrisjrn.com) but you can also find me on Twitter (@chrisjrn), or if you really need to, LinkedIn.

Anthony Towns: Bitcoin Fees in History

Thu, 2016-01-07 02:26

Prior to Christmas, Rusty did an interesting post on bitcoin fees which I thought warranted more investigation. My first go involved some python parsing of bitcoin-cli results; which was slow, and as it turned out inaccurate — bitcoin-cli returns figures denominated in bitcoin with 8 digits after the decimal point, and python happily rounds that off, making me think a bunch of transactions that paid 0.0001 BTC in fees were paying 0.00009999 BTC in fees. Embarrassing. Anyway, switching to bitcoin-iterate and working in satoshis instead of bitcoin just as Rusty did was a massive improvement.

From a miner’s perspective (ie, the people who run the computers that make bitcoin secure), fees are largely irrelevant — they’re receiving around $11000 USD every ten minutes in inflation subsidy, versus around $80 USD in fees. If that dropped to zero, it really wouldn’t make a difference. However, in around six months the inflation subsidy will halve to 12.5 BTC; which, if the value of bitcoin doesn’t rise enough to compensate, may mean miners will start looking to turn fee income into real money — earning $5500 in subsidy plus $800 from fees could be a plausible scenario, eg (though even that doesn’t seem likely any time soon).

Even so, miners don’t ignore fees entirely even now — they use fees to choose how to fill up about 95% of each block (with the other 5% filled up more or less according to how old the bitcoins being spent are). In theory, that’s the economically rational thing to do, and if the theory pans out, miners will keep doing that when they start trying to get real income from fees rather than relying almost entirely on the inflation subsidy. There’s one caveat though: since different transactions are different sizes, fees are divided by the transaction size to give the fee-per-kilobyte before being compared. If you graph the fee paid by each kB in a block you thus get a fairly standard sort of result — here’s a graph of a block from a year ago, with the first 50kB (the priority area) highlighted:

You can see a clear overarching trend where the fee rate starts off high and gradually decreases, with two exceptions: first, the first 50kB (shaded in green) has much lower fees due to mining by priority; and second, there are frequent short spikes of high fees, which are likely produced by high fee transactions that spend the coins mined in the preceeding transaction — ie, if they had been put any earlier in the block, they would have been invalid. Equally, compared to the priority of the first 50kB of transactions, the the remaining almost 700kB contributes very little in terms of priority.

But, as it turns out, bitcoin wallet software often pretty much just tends to pick a particular fee and use it for all transactions no matter the size:

From the left hand graph you can see that, a year ago, wallet software was mostly paying about 10000 satoshi in fees, with a significant minority paying 50000 satoshi in fees — but since those were at the end of the block, which was ordered by satoshis per byte, those transactions were much bigger, so that their fee/kB was lower. This seems to be due to some shady maths: while the straightforward way of doing things would be to have a per-byte fee and multiply that by the transaction’s size in bytes, eg 10 satoshis/byte * 233 bytes gives 2330 satoshi fee; things are done in kilobytes instead, and a rounding mistake occurs, so rather than calculating 10000 satoshis/kilobyte * 0.233 kilobytes, the 0.233 is rounded up to 1kB first, and the result is just 10000 satoshi. The second graph reverses the maths to work out what the fee/kilobyte (or part thereof) figure would have been if this formula was used, and for this particular block, pretty much all the transactions look how you’d expect if exactly that formula was used.

As a reality check, 1 BTC was trading at about $210 USD at that time, so 10000 satoshi was worth about 2.1c at the time; the most expensive transaction in that block, which goes off the scale I’ve used, spent 240000 satoshi in fees, which cost about 50c.

Based on this understanding, we can look back through time to see how this has evolved — and in particular, if this formula and a few common fee levels explain most transactions. And it turns out that they do:

The first graph is essentially the raw data — how many of each sort of fee made it through per day; but it’s not very helpful because bitcoin’s grown substantially. Hence the second graph, which just uses the smoothed data and provides the values in percentage terms stacked one on top of the other. That way the coloured area lets you do a rough visual comparison of the proportion of transactions at each “standard” fee level.

In fact, you can break up that graph into a handful of phases where there is a fairly clear and sudden state change between each phase, while the distribution of fees used for transactions during that phase stays relatively stable:

That is:

  1. in the first phase, up until about July 2011, fees were just getting introduced and most people paid nothing; fees began at 1,000,000 satoshi (0.01 BTC) (v 0.3.21) before setting on a fee level of 50000 satoshi per transaction (0.3.23).
  2. in the second phase, up until about May 2012, maybe 40% of transactions paid 50000 satoshi per transaction, and almost everyone else didn’t pay anything
  3. in the third phase, up until about November 2012, close to 80% of transactions paid 50000 satoshi per transaction, with free transactions falling to about 20%.
  4. in the fourth phase, up until July 2013, free transactions continue to drop, however fee paying transactions split about half and half between paying 50000 satoshi and 100000 satoshi. It looks to me like there was an option somewhere to double the default fee in order to get confirmed faster (which also explains the 20000 satoshi fees in future phases)
  5. in the fifth phase, up until November 2013, the 100k satoshi fees started dropping off, and 10k satoshi fees started taking over (v 0.8.3)
  6. in the sixth phase, the year up to November 2014, transactions paying fees of 50k and 100k and free transactions pretty much disappeared, leaving 75% of transactions paying 10k satoshi, and maybe 15% or 20% of transactions paying double that at 20k satoshi.
  7. in the seventh phase, up until July 2015, pretty much everyone using standard fees had settled on 10k satoshi, but an increasing number of transactions started using non-standard fees, presumably variably chosen based on market conditions (v 0.10.0)
  8. in the eighth phase, up until now, things go a bit haywire. What I think happened is the “stress tests” in July and September caused the number of transactions with variable fees to spike substantially, which caused some delays and a lot of panic, and that in turn caused people to switch from 10k to higher fees (including 20k), as well as adopt variable fee estimation policies. However over time, it looks like the proportion of 10k transactions has crept back up, presumably as people remove the higher fees they’d set by hand during the stress tests.

Okay, apparently that was part one. The next part will take a closer look at the behaviour of transactions paying non-standard fees over the past year, in particular to see if there’s any responsiveness to market conditions — ie prices rising when there’s contention, or dropping when there’s not.

Lev Lafayette: Enduring Problems with HTML Email and Proprietary Attachments

Tue, 2016-01-05 22:29

Once upon a time, in a generation past, letters would be received with written text. There was a default form (paper with ink or pencil) and an encoding (in the language of the correspondents). Whilst this may all seem very trivial, it does have a particular importance for the subject at hand in the context of contemporary electronic mail. Can the recipient of your message actually read what you've sent them? Could imagine a situation where people knowingly sent written correspondence in a format that recipient couldn't read? Have you ever received an email attachment that you couldn't open?

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Linux Australia News: Council Minutes Wednesday 21October 2015

Tue, 2016-01-05 20:26
Wed, 2015-10-21 19:49 - 20:07

1. Meeting overview and key information

Present

Josh H, Tony, Chris, Sae Ra, Craige

Apologies:

Josh S, James

Meeting opened by Josh H at 1949hrs and quorum was achieved

MOTION that the previous minutes of 07 October are correct

Moved: Josh H

Seconded: Tony

Passed 2 abstentions

2. Log of correspondence

Motions moved on list

General correspondence

New PyconAU 2016 Subcommittee proposal from RICHARD JONES

MOTION by JOSH HESKETH to accept the proposal of creating a new subcommittee under V2 of the subcommittee policy

Site Chair

Richard Jones (bank account manager)

Conference Members

Javier Candiera

Graeme Cross

Tennessee Leeuwenburg

Rory Hart

Ryan Kelly (treasurer, bank account manager)

Community Members

Chris Neugebauer

Tim Ansell

Clinton Roy

SECONDED: Craige

Passed with 1 abstention.

ACTION: Josh H to contact Richard Jones with details and training on accounts etc.

UPDATE: In Progress.

MOTION by Josh H to approve the PyCon AU budget as put forward on Sep 25th

SECONDED: James

Passed with 2 abstentions

ACTION: Josh H to advise this outcome to the subcommittee

Completed and removed from the agenda.

Garnishee Order - Office of State Revenue NSW

Same person, different address, new Garnishee order number.

ACTION: Sae Ra to call and follow-up with Kathy Reid

Emailed and awaiting a response.

3. Review of action items from previous meetings

Request from infrastructure subcommittee for assistance around previous LCA websites.

ACTION: Sae Ra to work with Steve W around this

In Progress

Email from DONNA BENJAMIN regarding website and update to D8 or possible rebuild.

Discussion held about means of finding people willing to assist with both the maintenance of the website platform as well as the content available on this.

JOSH H to speak to Donna regarding this

UPDATE: Ongoing

UPDATE: to be moved to a general action item. To do a call for help to work on the website. Could this be treated as a project.

We need to at least get the website to D8 and automate the updating process.

ACTION: Josh to get a backup of the site to Craig

ACTION: Craige to stage the website to see how easy it is to update.

UPDATE: Craige to log in to the website to elevate permissions.

UPDATE: Still in progress

ACTION: Josh H to tarball the site.

Outstanding action

In Progress

ACTION: Josh H and Tony to assess an appropriate amount to transfer funds back from NZ to Australia.

Update: Still in progress

ACTION: Josh H to follow-up on Invoices from WordCamp Sydney

UPDATE: Would be interested in changing the subcommittee structure for ongoing conferences. Conference committees to draft a policy.

UPDATE: Currently being followed up.

ACTION: Josh H to follow this up

Admin Team draft budget from STEVEN WALSH

UPDATE: Awaiting for a more firm budget

UPDATE: Still awaiting

UPDATE: Steve is on holidays and it will be followed up later.

UPDATE: Tony to follow up.

4. Items for discussion

LCA2016 update

Congratulations for opening up regos. 50% sold out on Early Bird

Get in with your Accommodation now as they are selling out.

Payment gateway to close soon to switch over to the new payment gateway.

LCA2017 update

Whole team meeting has occurred to regroup. Deposits are to be lined up before the beginning of January. College rooms and Wrest Point deposits.

ACTION: Chris to ping Council regarding Xero and Westpac access for accounts.

LCA2018 update

Team is actively working on the bid.

PyCon AU update

Venue deposit has been paid and the contract has been signed. Landing page should be ready soon.

Drupal South

ACTION: Josh to ping the team

OSDConf

Conference is next week.

Second deposit

Registrations are coming through.

Chris to thank organisers on behalf of LA.

GovHack

To be deferred until the next meeting.

JoomlaDay

Event has concluded successfully congratulations

Accounts to be wrapped up.

ACTION: Josh H to seek closure report

5. Items for noting

Second F2F

Dates have been set for 20th-22nd November F2F

Confirmations from council members received and bookings to commence

Meeting room for AGM has been booked.

6. Other business

Membership of auDA

ACTION: Josh H to sign up with LA CC

UPDATE: In progress

Application has been received. We will be informed of the results in the coming weeks.

Meetup payments for LCA, Humbug, LibrePlanet.

Clinton Roy has been funding the account.

We are currently paying for the SLUG meetup.

Deferred until current meetup account is evaluated and if it can use the LA account or if we have to create a new account.

LCA is now under the Linux Australia account

ACTION: Josh H to find out how to consume the other Meetup events: Humbug, LibrePlanet.

Humbug meetup has a subscription for the next 6 months.

To go onto the Face-To-Face agenda

7. In camera

3 Items was discussed in camera

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Linux Australia News: Council Minutes 07 October 2015

Tue, 2016-01-05 20:26

1. Meeting overview and key information

Present: Josh H, Chris, Josh S, Craige, James

Apologies: Sae Ra Germaine, Tony

Meeting opened by Josh Hesketh at 1949hrs and quorum was achieved

MOTION that the previous minutes of 30 September are correct

Moved: Chris N

Seconded: Josh S

2. Log of correspondence

Motions moved on list

General correspondence

New PyconAU 2016 Subcommittee proposal from RICHARD JONES

MOTION by JOSH HESKETH to accept the proposal of creating a new subcommittee under V2 of the subcommittee policy

Site Chair

Richard Jones (bank account manager)

Conference Members

Javier Candiera

Graeme Cross

Tennessee Leeuwenburg

Rory Hart

Ryan Kelly (treasurer, bank account manager)

Community Members

Chris Neugebauer

Tim Ansell

Clinton Roy

SECONDED: Craige

Passed with 1 abstention.

ACTION: Josh H to contact Richard Jones with details and training on accounts etc.

UPDATE: In Progress.

MOTION by Josh H to approve the PyCon AU budget as put forward on Sep 25th

SECONDED: James

Passed with 2 abstentions

ACTION: Josh H to advise this outcome to the subcommittee

Garnishee Order - Office of State Revenue NSW

Same person, different address, new Garnishee order number.

ACTION: Sae Ra to call and follow-up with Kathy Reid

3. Review of action items from previous meetings

Request from infrastructure subcommittee for assistance around previous LCA websites.

ACTION: Sae RA to work with Steve W around this

Email from DONNA BENJAMIN regarding website and update to D8 or possible rebuild.

Discussion held about means of finding people willing to assist with both the maintenance of the website platform as well as the content available on this.

JOSH H to speak to Donna regarding this

UPDATE: Ongoing

UPDATE: to be moved to a general action item. To do a call for help to work on the website. Could this be treated as a project.

We need to at least get the website to D8 and automate the updating process.

ACTION: Josh to get a backup of the site to Craig

ACTION: Craige to stage the website to see how easy it is to update.

UPDATE: Craige to log in to the website to elevate permissions.

UPDATE: Still in progress

ACTION: Josh H to tarball the site.

Outstanding action

ACTION: Josh H and Tony to assess an appropriate amount to transfer funds back from NZ to Australia.

Update: Still in progress

ACTION: Josh H to follow-up on Invoices from WordCamp Sydney

UPDATE: Would be interested in changing the subcommittee structure for ongoing conferences. Conference committees to draft a policy.

UPDATE: Currently being followed up.

ACTION: Josh H to follow this up

Admin Team draft budget from STEVEN WALSH

UPDATE: Awaiting for a more firm budget

UPDATE: Still awaiting

UPDATE: Steve is on holidays and it will be followed up later.

UPDATE: Tony to follow up.

4. Items for discussion

LCA2016 update

Regos expected to open within 1 week

LCA2017 update

No update

LCA2018 update

1 potential bid developing and council working with this team.

Further updates to be provided for next meeting

PyCon AU update

Deposit to be paid to venue

Drupal South

No update

OSDConf

Additional sponsorship obtained. Sales continuing

GovHack

No update

JoomlaDay

JoomlaDay taking place this weekend

5. Items for noting

Second F2F

Dates have been set for 20th-22nd November F2F

Confirmations from council members received and bookings to commence

MOTION moved by Josh H to congratulate council member Craige on his recent wedding

Seconded by Chris N

Passed unanimously

Meeting room for AGM has been booked.

6. Other business

Membership of auDA

ACTION: Josh H to sign up with LA CC

UPDATE: In progress

Application has been received. We will be informed of the results in the coming weeks.

Meetup payments for LCA, Humbug, LibrePlanet.

Clinton Roy has been funding the account.

We are currently paying for the SLUG meetup.

Deferred until current meetup account is evaluated and if it can use the LA account or if we have to create a new account.

LCA is now under the Linux Australia account

ACTION: Josh H to find out how to consume the other Meetup events: Humbug, LibrePlanet.

Humbug meetup has a subscription for the next 6 months.

7. In camera

3 items were discussed in camera

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Linux Australia News: Council Minutes 23 September 2015

Tue, 2016-01-05 20:26
Wed, 2015-09-23 19:50 - 20:20

1. Meeting overview and key information

Present

Chris, Josh Stewart, Sae Ra, James, Tony

Apologies:

Josh Hesketh, Craig,

Meeting opened by Josh Stewart at 1950hrs and quorum was achieved

MOTION that the previous minutes of 09 September are correct

Moved: Josh Stewart

Seconded: Tony Breeds

Passed with 1 abstention

2. Log of correspondence

Motions moved on list

MOTION by JOSHUA HESKETH to approve the Grant Request from Andrew Donnellan to fund Russell Keith-Magee as a presenter at CompCon 2015 to the value of $1,200.

SECONDED by CHRIS NEUGEBAUER

PASSED unanimously.

General correspondence

New PyconAU 2016 Subcommittee proposal from RICHARD JONES

MOTION by JOSH HESKETH to accept the proposal of creating a new subcommittee under V2 of the subcommittee policy

Site Chair

Richard Jones (bank account manager)

Conference Members

Javier Candiera

Graeme Cross

Tennessee Leeuwenburg

Rory Hart

Ryan Kelly (treasurer, bank account manager)

Community Members

Chris Neugebauer

Tim Ansell

Clinton Roy

SECONDED: Craige

Passed with 1 abstention.

ACTION: Josh H to contact Richard Jones with details and training on accounts etc.

UPDATE: In Progress.

Cheque from Milton State School

PyconAU Registration cheque

ACTION: Sae Ra to deposit the cheque.

UPdate: will be completed tomorrow

Garnishee Order - Office of State Revenue NSW

Same person, different address, new Garnishee order number.

ACTION: Sae Ra to call and follow-up with Kathy Reid

3. Review of action items from previous meetings

Email from DONNA BENJAMIN regarding website and update to D8 or possible rebuild.

Discussion held about means of finding people willing to assist with both the maintenance of the website platform as well as the content available on this.

JOSH H to speak to Donna regarding this

UPDATE: Ongoing

UPDATE: to be moved to a general action item. To do a call for help to work on the website. Could this be treated as a project.

We need to at least get the website to D8 and automate the updating process.

ACTION: Josh to get a backup of the site to Craig

ACTION: Craige to stage the website to see how easy it is to update.

UPDATE: Craige to log in to the website to elevate permissions.

UPDATE: Still in progress

ACTION: Josh H to tarball the site.

Outstanding action

ACTION: Josh H and Tony to assess an appropriate amount to transfer funds back from NZ to Australia.

Update: Still in progress

ACTION WordCamp Brisbane - JOSH H to contact Brisbane members who may possibly be able to attend conference closing

ACTION: Sae Ra to send through notes on what to say to James.

UPDATE: James delivered a thank you message to WordCamp.

WordCamp was a successful event. Thank you to the organisers.

ACTION: Josh H to get a wrap up/closing report

UPDATE: Organisers are meeting and will submit a closing report.

UPDATE: Still in progress

ACTION: Josh H to ping the team

ACTION: We have a closure report and this is to now be closed off.

ACTION: Josh H to follow-up on Invoices from WordCamp Sydney

UPDATE: Would be interested in changing the subcommittee structure for ongoing conferences. Conference committees to draft a policy.

UPDATE: Currently being followed up.

Admin Team draft budget from STEVEN WALSH

UPDATE: Awaiting for a more firm budget

UPDATE: Still awaiting

UPDATE: Steve is on holidays and it will be followed up later.

UPDATE: Tony to follow up.

Sponsorship for DrupalCamp event:

for Silver Sponsorship valued at $500

MOTION: Approve the expense of $500 for DrupalCamp Sydney

Seconded James

Passed unanimously.

ACTION: Josh H to let DrupalCamp know.

UPDATE: All has been paid.

4. Items for discussion

LCA2016 update

All notification has gone out. Largely completed.

Rego to open in the next couple of weeks.

Josh H to follow up

LCA2017 update

No updates

LCA2018 update

Contact has been made to talk with multiple teams for multiple bids

PyCon AU update

2016 team are having the first sub-committee meeting. So far so good.

Drupal South

Nothing to report

OSDConf

To be held in October 2015

GovHack

Keen to help out next year. Will be taken off items for discussion until subcommittee was reformed

JoomlaDay

Reviewed budget has been sent through.

to be held October 10-11 October 2015

5. Items for noting

Second F2F

Dates have been set for 20th-22nd November F2F

ACTION: Send an email on list. Chris will not be able to attend.

ACTION: Council to reply to Josh

Meeting room for AGM has been booked.

6. Other business

Membership of auDA

ACTION: Josh H to sign up with LA CC

UPDATE: In progress

Application has been received. We will be informed of the results in the coming weeks.

Meetup payments for LCA, Humbug, LibrePlanet.

Clinton Roy has been funding the account.

We are currently paying for the SLUG meetup.

Deferred until current meetup account is evaluated and if it can use the LA account or if we have to create a new account.

LCA is now under the Linux Australia account

ACTION: Josh H to find out how to consume the other Meetup events: Humbug, LibrePlanet.

Humbug meetup has a subscription for the next 6 months.

7. In camera

3 items was discussed in camera

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