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Studios Flirt With Offering Movies Early in Home for $30

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It looks like Hollywood studios are not kidding around the concept of making the movies available in the home mere weeks after their theatrical debuts. Variety has a new report this week that claims that six out of seven Hollywood studios are in discussions. From the report: However, the companies, particularly Fox and Warner Bros., are showing greater flexibility about timing. Initially, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara had kicked off negotiations with exhibitors by offering to cut them in on a percentage of digital revenues if they agreed to let them debut films on-demand for $50 a rental some 17 days after they opened. Currently, most major movies are only made available to rent some 90 days after their release. Some studios offer films for sale electronically roughly 70 days after their bow in theaters. Other studios, particularly Fox and Universal, felt that $50 was too steep a price to ask consumers to pay. They are now trying to get exhibitors to agree to a plan that would involve a lower priced premium on-demand option that was made available at a slightly later date, according to three studio insiders and two exhibition insiders. Fox and Warner Bros., for instance, are considering making films available between 30 to 45 days after their opening, but at $30 a rental, a price they believe won't give customers sticker shock. Universal, which is seen as being the most aggressive negotiator in these talks, would like the home entertainment debut to remain in the 20-day range.

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DrupalCon News: Join in the discussion about the future of Drupal + Media

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It's that time of year again when everyone starts getting excited about DrupalCon.  People are getting geared up to attend sessions, meet up with team members and clients, and let's not forget, load up on as much swag as possible.  But an important piece which often gets overlooked are the Summits that happen the Monday before the conference begins.  These events are happening again in Baltimore, and the Media and Publishing Summit is one you should consider attending.

WikiLeaks' New Dump Shows How The CIA Allegedly Hacked Macs and iPhones Almost a Decade Ago

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WikiLeaks said on Thursday morning it will release new documents it claims are from the Central Intelligence Agency which show the CIA had the capability to bug iPhones and Macs even if their operating systems have been deleted and replaced. From a report on Motherboard: "These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistenc'' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware," WikiLeaks stated in a press release. EFI and UEFI is the core firmware for Macs, the Mac equivalent to the Bios for PCs. By targeting the UEFI, hackers can compromise Macs and the infection persists even after the operating system is re-installed. The documents are mostly from last decade, except a couple that are dated 2012 and 2013. While the documents are somewhat dated at this point, they show how the CIA was perhaps ahead of the curve in finding new ways to hacking and compromising Macs, according to Pedro Vilaca, a security researcher who's been studying Apple computers for years. Judging from the documents, Vilaca told Motherboard in an online chat, it "looks like CIA were very early adopters of attacks on EFI."

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Let There Be Light: Germans Switch on 'Largest Artificial Sun'

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German scientists are switching on "the world's largest artificial sun" in the hope that intense light sources can be used to generate climate-friendly fuel. From a report: The Synlight experiment in Julich, about 19 miles west of Cologne, consists 149 souped-up film projector spotlights and produces light about 10,000 times the intensity of natural sunlight on Earth. When all the lamps are swivelled to concentrate light on a single spot, the instrument can generate temperatures of around 3,500C -- around two to three times the temperature of a blast furnace. "If you went in the room when it was switched on, you'd burn directly," said Prof Bernard Hoffschmidt, a research director at the German Aerospace Center, where the experiment is housed in a protective radiation chamber. The aim of the experiment is to come up with the optimal setup for concentrating natural sunlight to power a reaction to produce hydrogen fuel.

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Security updates for Thursday

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Security updates have been issued by Debian (audiofile, jhead, libxslt, samba, suricata, and wordpress), Fedora (openslp), Mageia (icoutils, kdelibs4, and virtualbox), Oracle (icoutils and openjpeg), Red Hat (icoutils and openjpeg), and Ubuntu (audiofile, git, and samba).

Steve Purkiss: Co-operative.club - Part II: To Drupal or not

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Co-operative.club - Part II: To Drupal or not Steve Purkiss Thu, 23/03/2017 - 15:10

"You'll write about this one day" she said. "and you'll make it sound like you're the hero. You should go to L.A." she added.

Well, turns out for a number of reasons this happens to be that day, and as for the latter, I'll let you the reader decide, although to be quite honest, I don't much care either way as you weren't there, and I'm not asking for opinions. I'm writing this because I want to conclude the story about what I've been trying to create in this world whilst I am still able to. I believe there is a better, more fairer to all, way of living and that we have all the tools we need in order to achieve this change, leaving the world in a far better place than it currently is. For me, for her, for everyone. This isn't going to be an easy read, there's no pretty pictures, no subheadings and no holds barred. I'm sorry if you wanted that, I'll get back to 'normal' mode after this, but I have to get this out as it's been over ten years now and I need to move on, and this is my therapy.

In Part I of The Co-operative.club story I explained how Free Software had enabled me to connect with others through a social business network based on the Drupal platform after being made redundant and having to leave London and return to my father's house. Thirteen years hence I find myself back here/there again, broke again (and more so this time round), but still with the ability to get myself out of this situation thanks to Free Software, and Drupal. The latter however I am, and not for the first time, too sure about given the events of the past 24h, and that's where I'd value your input - not just in words but also in actions. Inaction is also action, I guess we will see.

First let's go back to where I left off last time, in Toronto, where I'd just set up a 'Test Box' which had ended up being just an expensive party and an art gallery. What I hadn't mentioned in the previous post, and which is why I found it hard to write the second part, was that I was at the time in a relationship with a girl I'd met at the Bovine Sex Club. Not a sex club, but a live music bar near where I was staying in Queen St. W. I'd been talking with this pretty girl and when she and her friends were going to leave I thought I'd ask for her number - something I'd never done before but being in another country knowing I'd probably never see her again if I didn't pluck up the courage I thought I would. I did, and she smiled and wrote her number down. I don't think you could've met a happier guy that night than me after that. Sadly, it didn't carry on that way.

I invited her out on a date - one of my favourite British comedians Dave Gorman was playing a gig in Toronto and I thought it would be a nice thing to go to, have a meal and all that jazz. Nothing too serious - a bit of fun to see if we still liked each other outside the dark sweaty confines of a Toronto music bar. The day came, I waited. And waited. And waited. She didn't turn up, I went to the gig alone. Dave was hilarious as usual, talking about the time when he decided to find all the people in the world with the same name as him then go meet some. Silly comedy, that's what I like.

I decided to phone and find out why she hadn't turned up - perhaps something had happened, perhaps she had just changed her mind. She said she thought I wasn't going to turn up, that I didn't really mean what I'd said, and that she didn't want to get hurt again so had decided it was better to stay at home. Coming from a broken home myself and seeing girls get hurt by blokes at college and uni, I kinda could see a little where she was coming from and assured her my intentions were honest, forgave her for not turning up, asked if she'd like to try again and was delighted when she said yes. What I didn't know at that time was she hadn't been on meds for three years and was classed as having 'Borderline Personality Disorder' and a rapid-cycling Bipolar. Heck, I didn't even know what 'meds' were.

We met up again, and again. We talked and talked, and I had stories of how bad the situation was living with her parents and within a very short space of time - perhaps a week or three, she had moved in with me. She seemed like she was in a really bad place at the time so although it seemed to me too soon, I thought I understood her situation and was willing to give cohabiting a go - this could be 'the one' and I didn't want to look back and regret missing that chance at that long-held dream I'd had until then of meeting someone and spending my life with them.

She moved in but pretty soon things started to get very strange and scary. Within a week or two she was crying uncontrollably and cut her wrists. Not in a blood-gushing out gonna die right now way, but enough to make it bleed. I didn't know what to do - I was in a country I didn't know, and I'd never experienced anything like this before. I actually ended up phoning my mum, who of course ended up worried out of her mind and could only suggest we go to the hospital, which she didn't want to do. I saw other scars and found out in time this is how she 'released the pressure'.

I slowly discovered the truth about her diagnosis and medication or lack thereof, and heard stories about how she became to be on that medication - her parents said it was a 'chemical imbalance', however her story was one of a guy at school who had tried to attack her when she had shunned his advances towards her and who had later been jailed for some predatory activity. I don't know to this day what the actual truth is, on either side of the tale. Being rapid-cycling meant she was fine half the day and, to be brutally honest, batshit crazy the other half. She was highly intelligent, with a degree from one of the top universities and previously a fairly high-powered job until that fell apart when her body started to become immune to the lithium she was taking - or not, I don't really know, that's just what she told me.

We used to argue a lot when she'd accuse me of everything under the sun - from looking at other women to me being a 'dictator' because I wanted to create these open source cafes. I remember one night when she decided to rip up my copy of Lawrence Lessig's 'Free Culture' book one page at a time and shove each page under the door of the lounge where I'd barricaded myself in so that she couldn't physically attack me. The rapid cycling meant she'd calm down in a few hours and all would be sweetness and light again, as if nothing had happened. But it had, and I couldn't forget that, which annoyed her more as I didn't feel at all in the mood for anything unlike herself, which I guess is another part of the being on her high. So the cycle would repeat. She'd punch holes in the wall then go to the DIY store and fix them up after. All things I look back at now and think "why the hell didn't I get out of that situation straight away". But you don't - well I didn't. I can't explain how it feels to be in that situation - all I knew is she said she'd be out on the street if I'd chucked her out, and I didn't know why she had this distrust of me that I'd go off with other women. For a start I hardly had the chance because we never seemed to leave the house and when we did it was a nightmare as she'd have a breakdown in the middle of a store and of course everyone would stare at me with that 'what this nasty bloke had done to this poor girl' look in their eyes.

I tried to go to networking meetings - after all I was only on a visiting visa and was there to see if I could connect and build business - but we only managed to go to a few and I wasn't getting enough business in to survive, and my credit cards by this time were maxxed out. The way I usually get business is I'm connecting with people every day, writing blog posts, and talking about Free Software. I couldn't do that in this situation where everyone we met was a 'bad person' if they were male, or a potential threat if they were female. I used to go for long walks when she was mad at me for apparently looking at another girl or whatever I was supposed to have done - I'm a networker and an essential part of that is talking to other people so yes, I talk with other people and I'm friendly with them - doesn't mean I want to go to bed with them. I used to go to the local library and read up on Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar. I read a lot, and the main thing I came away with was that saying you didn't have it was a symptom of having it. She said she didn't have it, and the meds were just to dumb her down, she would be able to cope without them.

I managed to convince her that if we were to have any future, it was going to have to be going back on the meds again - at least for a while as I simply couldn't deal with fighting every day and perhaps a different combination than before might help. She went back on them - a horrible to see process as she had such a high dose she was asleep for most of the day and yes, all they seemed to do was make her inactive so she wouldn't think or do much.

This too didn't last long though, she'd not take her meds some days, and things got progressively worse until one day during another attack she'd bitten my arm. I went to the clinic as it had started to go green and the doc said I'd gone just in time as human bites were worse than snake bites. Then another time she'd knelt on my hand so hard she broke it and I had to go to hospital, with her all the time saying "it's not broken" when it plainly was. I see that every time I look at my hand with the knuckle where it shouldn't be and the bone sticking out also where it shouldn't. I've had guys 'joke' to me suggesting that's where I punched her - if only they knew. I only ever restrained, which I hated having to do but there's pretty much nothing else you can do apart of course from getting the hell out of that situation but I hope others who have experienced similar will understand. I guess that's why I've found it hard to talk about at any length until now, because I fear what people assume. What has helped me finally write this is mostly down to people in the Drupal community who have been brave enough to talk about their situations, they know who they are and I'd like to thank every one of them for doing so, I don't think they realise just how much it helps others like me have the confidence to even consider doing this when I still worry hopefully unnecessarily about potential retribution and consequences.

Now she was back on the meds but not doing too well with me there her parents rented her a flat but that didn't go too well either, when I went to visit she hadn't eaten for days and thought she was hearing screams from down the road and had to go investigate. We decided that we wanted to be together(!) but that would involve being nearer to where her parents had moved to out on the lakes a couple of hundred miles up the lake in Kingston, Ontario. We briefly moved into a bed & board place but moved out soon after as I'd managed to find a local client who of course I couldn't work in the office as I was 'just visiting', but I have clients all over the world so work remotely and they don't employ me. That didn't last long though so I went into their office 'just visiting', but that didn't last long either as she'd be on the phone every five minutes.

I started to make connections locally and garnered quite an interest in my project - they had a 'Think Kingston' campaign who said the local uni wanted closer ties with the town as they hadn't invested much of late and this sort of thing could help - in fact so much they said it would be good to have one central location and one in each of the six suburbs to connect the community. No one person would put up the money though so it was a case of continually networking until I brought enough interested parties together to make something happen. I met some interesting people there too as Sun Microsystems had a big office there and had offered me all the computers I'd needed which was great as they had keycards so students and office workers could plug in and be on the same systems they used. I even met one of the first people to have a Unix business who said my main issue was going to be getting everything up and running at the same time - the events, the tech, the food, etc.

At the same time the half/half life was still going on and although she was managing to go to a few Cognitive-based therapy meetings it wasn't working. One day I got a black eye - I'm not sure if it's the same day I was asking about food regulations to the librarian who happened to be female but I have a feeling it might've been. I decided to call the police but they said there wasn't much they could do, she could only admit herself back in hospital. We went to the doctor, she ended up getting up on his desk waving an umbrella at him and shouting racist comments at him. She went back into hospital, I saw her trying to bend her fingers back, and she ended up talking her way around the weekend staff as they weren't as trained and she was back, attacking me. I left. My friend who I'd met through the networking in Toronto offered to pay for my flight home but when I went back to Toronto I decided, in my stupidity, to go back again.

It didn't last long again, I'd be in the kitchen making food and I'd forget something so the light ended up being switched on and off a couple of times - this apparently was me making secret signals to the next-door neighbours wife who I was apparently having an affair with. I kept myself busy online and it was at this time I rediscovered Drupal as one of the fairly high-profile sites I'd built back in the UK had been rebuilt in Drupal - I'd built it in another Open Source CMS called XOOPS. I had a pretty similar view of Drupal as many still have "Ugh, Drupal", however this time I decided to look under the hood at the code and saw that it was just as - if not more so - capable as the system I'd been involved with back in the dotcom days. I saw an API with business logic infused, and all the hallmarks of a system which anyone could use, whether they could code or not. It was modular, capable, and could build anything. I didn't however realise there was a whole community behind it as every time I went to the forums I'd get questions about who I was talking to and they'd end up with the usual fighting, so I just saw the code.

Things go worse again and I found myself many nights out in the freezing temperatures wandering around until she'd calm down. My friend again paid for my flight home, but this time I went. I had no baggage, just a big winter jacket and they thought they'd caught their terrorist so searched and searched but all they found was my tired soul waiting to get the hell out of there.

There were good times, but there were also many very bad times. I haven't covered everything that happened because it's amazing how much did in such a relatively short period of my life and yes I know it's only my side of the story, however I'm not the one who was on meds who then went off them and one of the first things I did when I arrived home was get checked out as she told me that it takes one to know one. I went through interviews and they said I was 'normal'. To be honest, I don't know what normal is, I don't think there is such a thing as normal. I do know where we were in Canada was around the area where the "pill for every ill" started with placebos and the medical world doesn't know much of how our brain works. I also know the culture there seems to be if you don't fit into the 9-5 lifestyle you're obviously in need of meds, whereas here in the UK it's getting more that way but different.

So why am I writing about this now? Because I find myself again questioning whether Drupal is the right tool I want to use for my project, and this time I feel it has relevance with the experience I went through and the knowledge I gained about the wonders of the brain. A prominent member of the Drupal community whom I've had the pleasure of meeting a few times has been 'ousted' due to his personal beliefs. The founder of Drupal, Dries, says he is doing it to protect the values of the community, however the facts as they are available at the time of writing seem to show that nothing nefarious has actually happened, only that there is the perceived chance that something might happen. I don't follow these beliefs, in fact I hadn't heard of this specific community previously and I, along with many others, do worry about it. I have seen vulnerable people and know how people can manipulate situations, and even though there is consent in the situation it is often a blurry line as to whether people are in a capacity to really know what that is and whether it's a good thing or not to be doing it. My personal view on the situation is though that it is none of our business and it should not be affecting the project, it is however and that's a problem. We now have a situation where another person who has practically dedicated their life to the project is now in a place they don't want - or need - to be, all in the name of 'inclusion'. 

Our project recently ousted another member of the community who has given similar amount of their life to it and who now has a gaping hole where friends, fun, and code used to be. I made an official complaint but was met with the usual brush-off and told that there was not much they could do with "undiagnosed autism". So we are now the medical establishment diagnosing people?

We are all human beings with our quirks and strange ways. Free Software (more specifically Copyleft software which ensures users freedom both up and downstream) gives people the opportunity to be included in society no matter who they are and we need to preserve that. If Drupal is to decide who is and who isn't allowed to be part of this, without them actually doing anything which is breaking the law of their respective residential countries, then where does this leave the platform? A Minority Report way of thinking will just keep it to a very small minority. Yes, we need to look after our community and make it as welcome to everyone - and from what I've seen of the actual work this community member who's just been ousted has done he's been nothing but a boon to this. He hasn't - as far as we've seen - done anything illegal or untoward, yet we are branding him otherwise, causing untold damage to his reputation in the process. And that's not fair.

So why do I even bother with Drupal? Aren't there other things I can use? Sure, but none are as advanced as Drupal is in terms of the ability for non-coders to build what they want in order to be able to communicate via the medium of the internet, for free. Drupal although a much smaller share of the market currently than other certain systems, has freedom built in its DNA. I don't have to buy a plugin to do what I want, and if I don't know how to code something it doesn't stop me from using modules or giving something to the community from my skill set which will help others and perhaps others will then be more likely to help me when I need help with something that needs some code. Drupal is pervasive in government institutions and education, and, if the community is scaled organically then we have the opportunity to change the world with it. We can save tax money by sharing code, local communities can be involved in building and maintaining the technology they need, and people who want to build their own businesses and lives online can do it freely and often without code. On top of that, creatives can publish their videos and art and writings online, and we can build a framework for freedom. But not in this current configuration, not when it is seemingly the business players who are supported. Those same ones who many in the community have had to help rescue projects from and been squeezed out because they don't conform to the 9-5 mentality so don't fit into the current corporate structure which seems to be gradually taking over this project. Those corporates who we hear find it fine to take people to strip clubs to help make a sale but then say they are ousting people because they don't align with their values. Well, I don't value taking people to strip clubs just to win a sale - does that mean I'm not Drupal enough? If so, then I don't really want to be part of that, I find that way more harmful actions than any alleged future actions.

Back to the story, because that's why I do support Drupal as it enabled me to earn and live. I began to build my life back up again. I rented a room in my sister's ex's house who lived just down the road from her - they had a son together so were still in contact regularly. I had my newly found interest in Drupal and I did various things to promote it as I thought it was amazing. There was a site which you could post up short videos of 12 (I think) seconds so I used to do my 'module of the day' and tried to make them entertaining - I think I still have them somewhere. But it was when I put the word 'Drupal' on my LinkedIn profile that things changed as I had a call the next day from a London agency who needed some 'urgent' help. It was for a sponsor of the triathlon who wanted a Facebook app integration so people could support their friends. The agency had promised the app but it was late, however they were under contract to deliver so although I built it, it was only live for a day before the event itself. This was my first experience of the digital agency world, there have been many to follow, most of which haven't been that good, which is why I believe the agency model is dead.

The project gave me enough money to move to Brighton - a place I'd heard was the epicentre for the web in the UK so thought it would be a good place to set up my open source coworking cafe concept, and I could fund through my Drupal work. I'd made a little block for my website which displayed my LinkedIn profile and as Drupal had helped me, I decided to post it to the site so others could use it too. I got no response (well I did six years later after talking about it), so I still didn't see the community side of it much. I networked like hell in Brighton and within a short time had gained a couple of high-profile sites to work on, one of which the developer I worked with decided he was moving to London and gave me a couple of his old projects he didn't want to deal with any more. Not realising the amount of work involved with one of these projects I ended up massively underquoting but I'd promised the work so I did it, ending up moving out of my flat into a small bedsit to save money in the process. When I handed over the project I said "you'll need to work with a designer now as I've only selected rounded corners" but still to today all they've done is put a front-page on the site. It's still one of the projects I'm most proud of - it's got more information on children's books than amazon and is highly respected in the industry. I'm surprised it's still going, but my background has always been making things work well so they don't break - not so good for business I guess but I like to take pride in the work I do. You can check the site out at BooksForKeeps.co.uk.

I finished that project and did more networking, including going to an event called 'Connecting Innovation' where I saw Ken Thompson present his work on 'Virtual Enterprise Networks' in which he details how the organisations of the future aren't the big monolithic corporations but instead networks of smaller organisations, freelancers, and so on. He'd written a book including all the models he'd used in practice to build these Virtual Enterprise Networks around the world, for example when NASA wanted to deal with suppliers from outside the U.S. but had no interface for doing this. To me it was an eye-opener as this was precisely how the Drupal community worked. I had set up a local Drupal Users Group and we all shared code and information. I still hadn't been to an 'official' Drupal event, I simply didn't have the funds at the time so only dreamed of attending.

Business grew and after less than a year in my tiny bedsit with an outlook of a wall I managed to have enough to move out. I'd been checking the property ads every day and this amazing-looking apartment with floor to ceiling windows became available in the centre of Brighton which I thought would be a great base for my business, not only the Drupal side as I worked from home but also to start something up on my vision of the open source coworking cafe side. It was central, I could fit a few people in for lunchtime talks, all was good. So I thought, more on that later, first back to the Drupal.

I also had enough funds to attend my first DrupalCon, this year it was in Copenhagen so I decided to go. It was weird though, there were all these people sitting around long tables working away at their laptops to which just confused me - why would they go to the trouble of paying to get to a conference then not go to the talks and just sit tapping away at their computers? Didn't make sense. 

I was keen to talk to someone 'in power' about my findings about the Virtual Enterprise Networks as I thought I'd be bringing them a potential answer as to how they could spread 'good' Drupal by connecting and helping each other out - just as we did with the code and at our local meetups. I saw someone go past who I recognised from the Drupal Association so asked him if there was anyone I could talk to at the DA about this, to which he replied that they were 'all too busy working for large corporations' and brushed me off. I was later told he was 'autistic'. My friend who I was with at the time just looked at me, both of us in surprise. I resigned myself to finding out what else was going on and decided to stop at one of the tables where people were working away and find out what was going on. That's when I first met Angie/webchick who said they were testing the upgrade script from 6 to 7 so I could try that on a site I'd built. The only one I had was the children's book site however I was in my 'module buffet' phase so there were masses of modules on it (tabs within mini-panels within panels and so on!) and surprisingly it didn't work.

This experience didn't stop my pursuit of what I thought was trying to help the community solve its scaling issues though and I started to go to more events. I went to my first DrupalCamp in Cambridge and that's where I met a team of guys who were building native CRM in Drupal which I thought was amazing. Having come from an integrated platform previously I could see how this made Drupal much more of a full product and how essential to the framework it could be. I ran a couple of DrupalCamps in Brighton at which one of them they did a 36 hour BoF on the CRM which again I thought was amazing as this was how software should be debated and developed, by collaboration not everyone in their own pigeon hole making their own version of some common functionality.

I started to go to the CxO meetups which were happening as I wanted to achieve two things - grow my own business so I could build my vision, and connect the Drupal business as that would support my vision too. A platform where we commoditise common functionality across the world - every business vertical has similar functionality required, it's the people and the products that are the differentiators, unless you're a software company. I tried out one of the exercises from the Virtual Enterprise Network book at one of the CxO events - the synergy discovery - but I'm not a good person at this type of thing and when getting people to put up post-it notes of their skills they all just put Drupal. The idea is people obviously have all different skills, experience and expertise and the goal is to group and cluster those and connect with complementary skills so as to create collaborative products and services. I was told at the time by the organiser that it was the way of the community - if something didn't work then people simply weren't interested and the idea wasn't worth pursuing. I realise now that's just another person's opinion, you have to have belief in your own thoughts in order to make things happen.

So, on we go and a few more CxO events down I find we're all talking about the same issues over and over again. Where the code is shared and discussed online via the drupal.org infrastructure, the business people don't use the complicated site and so don't have anywhere online to share. They do collaborate in 'secret' in their own groups, and as I went to more events they all seemed to get further away from community and more 'business', with restrictions on the size of company you had to be to attend, which basically pushed me out of the picture. At one of the last events I went to though I met another Director of the DA and it was at the time when they first introduced community elections for an 'at large' Director. I asked how many had applied to which I was told three, to which I though did no-body care and decided that night to apply. With my following I had grown on social networks by helping others out with their Drupal issues due to the seeming lack of support channels due to many businesses making money from the support side so no want to fund and/or foster the free ways of support, I was voted in and within a week I found I was now also a Director of the DA.

Obviously having to cut a very long story short before we all fall asleep, I didn't get much in the way of communication or involvement in my time there, I did manage to help push through a Marketing & Branding Committee which wasn't really supported that much, and I found myself realising that the agenda was there to stay and they had their way and that was it, I was just seen as trouble. I remember once sitting around the table when they were talking about revenue and how much the individual memberships didn't bring in (look at how they compare to total revenue) and the founder's remarks were "well why do we even bother having them". Now I understand that could've been taken out of context, but then I look back and wonder - this guy is running the fastest growing private software company in the country and has known pretty much nothing else apart from uni and successful career, I don't think he's ever had to really worry about where his next meal is coming from. He's obviously good at business, and seems to be good at people skills when in public, so I gave him the benefit of doubt that I'd just either heard it wrong or taken it the wrong way. Drupal may have been released by him, but it's his army of contributors who build and maintain it, many of whom work tirelessly and often for free in their spare time, even those who do get paid to work on it.

So skipping along, when my term finished at the DA I decided to set up a co-operative online as I'd met many people from many Drupal businesses who were more than keen to help market the project and product better, and who lacked a place to communicate and gather online. Sure there's the partner networks and the DA itself they can sponsor, and the events, but they're all run by someone else with their own agenda - a Virtual Enterprise Network is where the members own and operate the group, much like a co-operative if you look at something like Mondragon Corporation. This was surely a better way to scale than a top-down infrastructure which seemed to result in many issues - helping some get richer but at the expense of making the product and processes harder for the rest. I set up the site, I set up some skills tags and people connected and did business but I failed to capture the business model myself and at the time had high monthly costs so could not keep it going without revenue. I asked for membership dues, of which about four people paid, of which was the equivalent to about half a day's Drupal development, so didn't last long.

By that time I was quite disheartened so I kind of went back to just doing projects but then in 2014 an opportunity came along to rent an annexe opposite the coworking space in Brighton which I had been a member of on-and-off since its inception and as I'd heard that this space was now full I thought this could be an opportunity to finally get my space up and running. I took a gamble and paid the deposit and rent, and worked on two projects at the same time to ensure it had some time to get up and running whilst the overspill from next door came forth. This didn't happen, and I didn't have the time to do enough promotion. The building wasn't exactly right either, and it ended up being a costly three-month experiment and I lost over ten grand. We did however have another spectacular party, and I was proud to host the first VR Brighton events, something I shall never forget being a huge VR fan. As for getting enough things up and running at the same time - well apart from not having enough time, the space wasn't big enough to do that and so it never would've been the dream. I knew most of that but was hoping at least I would be able to get enough members to cover costs and start to build the rest. 

I then started to do my first commercial collaborations with the CRM guys and decided it was something I should promote more as it was profitable and gave me time to work on my other project as opposed to if I was sitting there building sites all day. I was once again too confident and as DrupalCon was in L.A. that year I decided I should go and spread the word about CRM, and I wanted to see the place in real life too, after all, I'd been told I should go there by you-know-who so I thought what the hell and booked my tickets. I guess I was on a high too as I decided as the hotel was the main cost I would take along my friend as he was looking for a way to change his work and I'd been extolling the virtues of Drupal to him and saying how it helped anyone build a career if they wanted to. He obviously just saw it as a free trip, but I don't regret offering, I just need to choose more carefully whom I offer opportunities like this too if I am ever in a position to again.

So L.A. was fun, and we did a BoF on the CRM where a few people turned up - all from very large corporations, but nothing came of it as I didn't have the team around me to make something like this happen. I returned back to Brighton and carried on the continued search for work and odd project. But times were different now and many agencies had grown up and the available pool of work was less. I didn't do front-end so I worked with others on that, but one kept continually letting me down and mocked me when I worked with them again at the fact I had, and in the process had practically lost me any faith that client had in my judgement by then. 

Then came along winter and my flat where I was day in day out became infested with mice. This had happened a few years back but this time they were back with a vengeance. The landlord flat refused to do anything proper about it, a temporary fix was just that, and I was getting ill with the stress of it all. I managed to get some work with a local digital agency but they were another one who knew little about the product they were building so I had to, for the sake of the client's project, do the opposite of what they asked. I implemented a rock solid architecture of custom entities, purposely making it hard for them to mess around with and as far as I know the site is still based on those. They wanted to play around with different views and lots of front-end stuff, which you can do fine if you have the base to do it on, but if you start by doing that you soon end up in trouble. I couldn't deal with their want of me being in the office all the time as nothing apart from seemingly useless meetings happened all day then at the end of the day they'd asked how it was going and I'm sure they must've thought I had a double working on the stuff whilst I was at their inconsequential meetings they just wanted a face at. I ended up working all over the Xmas period with mice running around my flat making me more ill, and I turned up the day they all came back from hols with their architecture and recommended they find someone now with more front-end skills than myself. I recommended a couple of people, they eventually found someone who is still there today but I hear they don't have the project any more. That was the idea that it would be handed over to the client to maintain, but it was months overdue so I don't know what went on after I left. I do know that when I tested the site out I did a search which resulted in no results, that wouldn't have happened if they'd followed my advice using facets and bottom-up SOLR search from actual data instead of top-down "nice looking" but fundamentally flawed implementation they made. Such is life.

So I'm back in the flat, mice running around, and a landlord who refuses to fix it. Why is this relevant? Well it took me four years to get a replacement boiler - the original one made loud bangs and I ended up boiling water for years as I gave up trying. I think this is relevant because I see a pattern of me getting into interdependent relationships where I'm the submissive and I let people dominate me. Do I do it for kinks? No. Am I vulnerable? Maybe - stupid more like and just need to raise my own self-confidence and put up a few barriers, at least know when to get out of situations and when to say no to stuff. I said no to my landlord, I refused to pay him rent until he sorted out the mice problem, and he then decided to use the law to evict me from the flat as laws to stop this were only introduced in 2015 and my contract with him was from before that.

He finally evicted me in June last year and served me notice that he was taking me to court. I wrote up my defence, including all the info about the boiler and how he'd left me without a gas safety certificate for months when the original one finally failed it. His solicitor sent me copies of all the certificates which I thanked him for as it proved my defence, but he still didn't back down. I decided it wasn't worth trying to stay in Brighton and pay expensive living costs when I couldn't afford to start my other business vision due to the extortionate rents there (higher than Silicon Roundabout in London), the town was full of rubbish and with 1 in 69 people homeless the streets were lined with those I wanted to help but couldn't because there was no funding for that sort of thing down south. Sure, if you want to make an internet of things gadget which will suck up lots of data you can sell to the system you'll be fine, but do something which will benefit many but not maybe those who are currently rich getting richer and you're sod out of luck.

As funny as the world goes, I decided to stay with a friend for a week before returning back to Essex to stay with my folks for a while until the next DrupalCamp visit or going abroad opportunity came up (couldn't see the point in staying in expensive UK), and whilst staying there I found my dream space to set up my vision. It was the White Hart Hotel in Lewes and it was where Thomas Paine used to attend the debating society there. He used to talk about his ideas and vision but it was only when a fellow attendee said he should write about them and publish it that he ended up writing Common Sense, attributed to helping the American and French Revolutions. I believe we are now at this point with the internet - we have all the tools we need to communicate, share our ideas, and co-operate together for a better world, we just don't use them. We have the corporate version of the internet where it isn't their interests to help you but to grow their own business. So instead of having local spaces where people can go make use of things like video studios, rooms for presenting in front of people and streamed online, art on the walls and online, and everything else I cover in the Co-operative.club concept, we have instead a surveillance society and a few corporations at the top with many working to keep their systems going for little or no pay.

The Lewes building is £2m. It could work from crowd-funding, but quite rightly I see you need to build community first and grow from there. So I've thought about starting one up here, but first just building the network online and running a few events locally to get things up and running. I didn't do that before because I thought it would take too long but here I am 13 years in, £60k or more in debt, and a community I'm not even sure I actually should be worrying about as although it's kept me alive for years, I've never wanted to build websites and that's where I fail on the business side because my heart simply isn't in it. On top of that we have all the community issues which people again and again talk about and a community which isn't equipped currently to collaborate at scale as a community, they all seem too happy to take the quick cash, keep in their top-down partner networks and everything's ok. Well, I personally don't think that's going to work in the long run, and I'm more upset about the vision we won't be seeing if it just turns totally corporate. You can't pay people to have passion, and some of us aren't equipped or indeed want to 'have a job'. 

I want to help people, including myself, enjoy the time they have on this planet by exploiting free software. It's the LibrePlanet conference this weekend which I hope some will be streamed as it will give me a boost I need. I was lucky enough to attend when I first went to Toronto back in 2005 before all the crazy stuff hit the fan, that's where I met Larry Lessig and one of my heros Eben Moglen who I believe is one of the best orators in the world. I spoke to them about my concept and they 'got it', and that counts for a lot to me. Or is that just my attachment issues again? Am I still suffering from worry about being abandoned when my parents split up? Should I just "get off my arse and do a job?". Well, on the latter front I've a little money due, but no - no job in the immediate future, once I decide on a direction I'll be out there networking like crazy whether on or offline, I don't have the want for trinkets I used to have as I realise that's not what makes me happy and there's a lot cheaper places than the UK I can go live. I did start a daily vlog on my project but I've focused it on the Drupal community as I thought that would be a constraint good enough because we do already collaborate. But now with all the issues I'm not sure of whether it's worth pursuing without some serious backing, and it seems everyone's hunky dory with the way the business runs, down to the everyone-except-for-me clapping at the recent talk mentioning we should stop all the debate about Free vs Open when it is so obviously not an insignificant thing, Open Source is for business, Free Software is for life.

Anyway, that's the ramble. I was going to write this up much nicer but it's been three months and that hasn't happened until today, I'm just sad it took such a shitty event to make it happen and I hope things will change. I certainly need to as I keep seeing buildings which would be perfect for connected community spaces.

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18 To 24-Year-Olds Are Hitting the Big Screen at Lower Rates

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An anonymous reader shares a report: For data and movie geeks, the MPAA's latest "Theatrical Market Statistics" report is a wealth of information about the health of the movie business. The big picture: 246 million people went to the movies in the United States and Canada last year, a 2% increase from the year before. But dig into the trends and things start to get a little more interesting. For instance, looking at per capita attendance broken down by age group shows 18- to 24-year-olds are hitting the big screen at lower rates than they were in 2012, although they saw an uptick last year.

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.VDMi/Blog: Creating default pages in Drupal 8

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Here at .VDMi/ we like to use nodes for everything, even for things where you would normally use a View page, a search page for example. We do this because nodes bring a great deal of advantages. This blog explains how we create these default pages, make sure they don’t get deleted accidentally and how to use different nodes as frontpage for different languages.

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

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Writing for The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino documents stories of several people -- a nine-month pregnant Lyft driver, for instance -- who contribute to companies that work on the model of gig economy. Through these tales, Tolentino underscores an increasingly growing pattern in the Silicon Valley (and elsewhere) where companies offer hard-labor contracts to people, pay them peanuts (with little liabilities), and yet find a reason to celebrate their business and encourage more to come onboard. From the article: Fiverr, which had raised a hundred and ten million dollars in venture capital by November, 2015, has more about the "In Doers We Trust" campaign on its Web site. In one video, a peppy female voice-over urges "doers" to "always be available," to think about beating "the trust-fund kids," and to pitch themselves to everyone they see, including their dentist. A Fiverr press release about "In Doers We Trust" states, "The campaign positions Fiverr to seize today's emerging zeitgeist of entrepreneurial flexibility, rapid experimentation, and doing more with less. It pushes against bureaucratic overthinking, analysis-paralysis, and excessive whiteboarding." This is the jargon through which the essentially cannibalistic nature of the gig economy is dressed up as an aesthetic. No one wants to eat coffee for lunch or go on a bender of sleep deprivation -- or answer a call from a client while having sex, as recommended in the video. It's a stretch to feel cheerful at all about the Fiverr marketplace, perusing the thousands of listings of people who will record any song, make any happy-birthday video, or design any book cover for five dollars. I'd guess that plenty of the people who advertise services on Fiverr would accept some "whiteboarding" in exchange for employer-sponsored health insurance. At the root of this is the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system. The contrast between the gig economy's rhetoric (everyone is always connecting, having fun, and killing it!) and the conditions that allow it to exist (a lack of dependable employment that pays a living wage) makes this kink in our thinking especially clear.

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Pronovix: Web APIs in Drupal: success takes more than an endpoint

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Web APIs are not just useful when making headless sites in Drupal: large Drupal sites often hold valuable information that could also be useful outside the site's context. Media companies might want to expose historical media content, community sites could show data about their community activities, e-commerce sites tend to open an API for their affiliates and partners.

While it is possible to use Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 as an API backend, a lot of functionalities that describe a mature API service do not come out of the box. In this post we will explain what key concepts you have to keep in mind when designing an API service, why they are important and how APIgee Edge can make it easier to build a full-featured API webservice in Drupal successfully.

Chromatic: Dependency Injection in Drupal 8 Plugins

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Dependency Injection in Drupal 8 Plugins can trip you up if you focus on the Dependency Injection part and forget about the Plugin part. This blog post shows key differences to keep in mind when you're working with D8 Plugins.

Researchers Develop App That Accurately Determines Sperm Quality

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New submitter omaha393 writes: A team of researchers at Harvard Medical School have developed a point-of-care microfluidic detector capable of determining sperm quality using the simple device and a standard smartphone. Typical male fertility screens require a team of trained laboratory professionals and a screening process taking days to weeks and incurring high costs. The alternative home sperm measuring kits rely on chemical probes and only give measurements of quantity, not quality.The new method offers an easier, cheaper approach, with processing time taking about 5 seconds with no sample processing or wash steps required. The team found their device meets WHO guidelines with 98% accuracy of sperm quality measurements and is comparable to clinical results. The new device uses 35 microliters of sample to accurately measure both concentration and motility at a manufacturing cost of less than $5 per device. The device must still undergo FDA evaluations before being available to consumers, and the technology has yet to be named. The results of the study were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Further reading: NPR, Ars Technica, Scientific American

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Alan worked for Maria in the Books-and-Records department of a massive conglomerate. Her team was responsible for keeping all the historical customer transaction records on line and accessible for auditors and regulatory inquiries. There was a ginormous quantity of records of varying sizes in countless tables, going back decades.

Maria was constantly bombarded with performance issues caused by auditors issuing queries without PK fields, or even where-clauses. Naturally, these would bring the servers to their proverbial knees and essentially prevent anyone else from doing any work.

To solve this problem, Maria decided that all auditors and regulators would be locked out of the database for purposes of direct queries. Instead, they would be provided with an API that would allow them to mimic a where-clause. The underlying code would check to see if no PKs were specified, or if a where clause was missing altogether. If so, it would run the query at a much lower priority and the auditor issuing the offending query would wait while the servers did the massive scans in the background, so the other auditors could continue working with a reasonably responsive database.

So far, so good.

Alan wanted to build a mechanism to query the list of available tables, and the columns available in each. This could be provided via the API, which the auditors' developers could then programmatically use to create the objectified where-clause to submit as part of a query.

Maria would have nothing to do with that. Instead, she wanted to sit with each potential auditor and have them define every single query that they could possibly ever need (table(s), column(s), join(s), etc). Alan pointed out that the auditors could not possibly know this in advance until some issue arose and they had to find the data relevant to the issue. Since this would vary by issue, the queries would be different every time. As such, there was no way to hard-wire them into the API.

She put her foot down and demanded a specific list of queries since that was the only way to build an API.

Alan went to every auditor and asked for a list of all the queries they had issued in the past year. They grudgingly obliged.

Maria then went on to design each API function call with specific arguments required to execute the given underlying query. The results would then be returned in a dedicated POJO.

Again, Alan groaned that defining a POJO for each and every subset of columns was inappropriate; they should at least design the POJOs to handle the entire column set of the given table, and have getters that represented columns that were not requested as part of a given API query throw a column-not-queried exception. Maria said No and insisted on separate POJOs for each query.

Some time later, Alan had finished building the API. Once it was tested and deployed, the other development teams built relevant GUIs to use it and allow the auditors to pick the desired query and appropriate parameters to pass to it.

This worked well until an auditor needed to add a column to one of the queries. If Maria had let Alan use table-wide column pick-lists and POJOs that had all the fields of a table, this would have been easy. However, she didn't, and made him create another virtually identical API function, but with a parameter for the additional column.

Then it happened with another query. And another. And another.

After a while, there were so many versions of the API that the managers of the other teams blasted her choice of implementation (they had to deal with the different versions of the POJOs for each table in their code too) and demanded that it be made sane.

Finally, under pressure from above, Maria relented and instructed Alan to change the API to use the pick lists and POJOs he had originally wanted to provide.

To implement this required changing the signature of every method in the API. Fearing a riot from his counterparts, he got them all together and offered a two month window during which both old and new versions of the method calls would be supported. This would give their teams a chance to make the code changes without forcing them to drop their current priorities. The other developers and managers quickly agreed to the dual-mode window and thanked Alan.

Then a few of the other managers made the mistake of thanking Maria for the window in which to make changes.

She royally reamed Alan: "Did I tell you to give them a dual-mode window? Did I? You will immediately pull the old methods from the API and re-deploy. You will NOT email the other teams about this. Get it done; NOW!"

Alan had worked very hard to develop a good working relationship with his peers and their respective managers. Now he had been ordered to do something that was downright nasty and would absolutely destroy said relationships.

Alan changed the API, ran the tests, and entered the command to deploy it, but did not hit ENTER.

Then he quietly went around to each of the other managers, told them what he had been instructed to do and apologized for what was about to happen. He was somewhat taken aback when every single one of them told him not to worry; they had dealt with Maria before, that they appreciated his well-intentioned but ill-fated attempt to be a team player, and that they completely understood.

After that, he went back to his desk, hit ENTER, and contemplated asking the other managers if they could use a good developer.

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SpaceX Disappointed In Lack of NASA Mars Funding; Starts Looking For Landing Sites For Its Own Mars Missions

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frank249 writes: Elon Musk says that the new NASA authorization legislation "changes almost nothing about what NASA is doing. Existing programs stay in place and there is no added funding for Mars." From a report via Ars Technica: "Musk is absolutely correct on two counts. First, an 'authorization' bill does not provide funding. That comes from appropriations committees. Secondly, while Congress has been interested in building rockets and spacecraft, it is far less interested in investing in the kinds of technology and research that would actually enable a full-fledged Mars exploration program." In other news, SpaceNews reports that "SpaceX has been working with NASA to identify potential landing sites on Mars for both its Red Dragon spacecraft (starting in 2020) and future human missions." From the report: "Paul Wooster of SpaceX said the company, working with scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and elsewhere, had identified several potential landing sites, including one that looks particularly promising -- Arcadia Planitia. Those landing sites are of particular interest, he said, for SpaceX's long-term vision of establishing a human settlement on Mars, but he said the company wouldn't rule out sending Red Dragon spacecraft elsewhere on the planet to serve other customers. 'We're quite open to making use of this platform to take various payloads to other locations as well,' he said. 'We're really looking to turn this into a steady cadence, where we're sending Dragons to Mars on basically every opportunity.' The Red Dragon spacecraft, he said, could carry about one ton of useful payload to Mars, with options for those payloads to remain in the capsule after landing or be deployed on the surface. 'SpaceX is a transportation company,' he said. 'We transport cargo to the space station, we deliver payloads to orbit, so we're very happy to deliver payloads to Mars.'" Fans of the book/movie "The Martian" would be happy if SpaceX does select Arcadia Planitia for their first landing site as that was the landing site of the Ares 3.

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Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: Drupal Logos Showing Emotions

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It's not over yet. There are still Druplicons that need to be presented. After already exploring the fields of Humans and Superhumans, Fruits and Vegetables, Animals, Outdoor Activities and National Identities, it's now time to look in the field of emotions and see, which emotions are shown by Drupal Logos. After expecting to find many Druplicons in the area of national identities, we came up with an idea of exploring something more challenging. After some thought, we decided it's time to look in the area of emotions. After all, Druplicon was designed with a mischievous smile, so it looks… READ MORE

Mars Rover Spots Clouds Shaped By Gravity Waves

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sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: NASA's Curiosity rover has shot more than 500 movies of the clouds above Mars, including the first ground-based view of martian clouds shaped by gravity waves, researchers reported this week at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The shots are the best record made so far of a mysterious recurring belt of equatorial clouds known to influence the martian climate. Understanding these clouds will help inform estimates of ground ice depth and perhaps recurring slope lineae, potential flows of salty water on the surface, says John Moores, a planetary scientist at York University in Toronto, Canada, who led the study with his graduate student, Jake Kloos. "If we wish to understand the water story of Mars's past," Moores says, "we first need to [separate out] contributions from the present-day water cycle." Using Curiosity's navigation camera, Moores and Kloos recorded eight-frame movies of this wispy cloud belt for two martian years. They've used two angles to capture the clouds: one pointed directly up, to see wind direction and speed, and another that keeps the rover's horizon in the frame, allowing a view into the clouds' depth. Given the limited water vapor, solar energy, and atmosphere, the martian clouds lack the variety of shapes seen on Earth. But during one day of cloud gazing -- Curiosity's 1302th martian day, to be precise -- the team got lucky and saw something unusual. That day, when Curiosity looked to the horizon, it saw a sequence of straight, parallel rows of clouds flowing in the same direction: the first ground-based view of a gravity wave cloud. Similar to the waves that follow a pebble tossed into a pond, gravity waves are created when some unknown feature of the martian landscape causes a ripple in the atmosphere that is then seen in clouds. Such waves are common at the edge of the martian ice caps, but thought to be less frequent over its equator.

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Mikkel Høgh: A vote of no confidence in the Drupal Association leadership

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A vote of no confidence in the Drupal Association leadership

I have had many differences with the Drupal Association in the past, starting with the many clashes we had with their erstwhile leadership when we were organising DrupalCon Copenhagen 2010, so I’ll admit I wasn’t their biggest fan before the latest events.

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Dries Buytaert: Living our values

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The Drupal community is committed to welcome and accept all people. That includes a commitment to not discriminate against anyone based on their heritage or culture, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, and more. Being diverse has strength and as such we work hard to foster a culture of open-mindedness toward differences.

A few weeks ago, I privately asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor, to leave the Drupal project. I did this because it came to my attention that he holds views that are in opposition with the values of the Drupal project.

I had hoped to avoid discussing this decision publicly out of respect for Larry's private life, but now that Larry has written about it on his blog and it is being discussed publicly, I believe I have no choice but to respond on behalf of the Drupal project.

It is not for me to share any of the confidential information that I've received, so I won't point out the omissions in Larry's blog post. However, I can tell you that those who have reviewed Larry's writing, including me, suffered from varying degrees of shock and concern.

In the end, I fundamentally believe that all people are created equally. This belief has shaped the values that the Drupal project has held since it's early days. I cannot in good faith support someone who actively promotes a philosophy that is contrary to this.

While the decision was unpleasant, the choice was clear. I remain steadfast in my obligation to protect the shared values of the Drupal project. This is unpleasant because I appreciate Larry's many contributions to Drupal, because this risks setting a complicated precedent, and because it involves a friend's personal life. The matter is further complicated by the fact that this information was shared by others in a manner I don't find acceptable either.

It's not for me to judge the choices anyone makes in their private life or what beliefs they subscribe to. I certainly don't take offense to the role-playing activities of Larry's alternative lifestyle. However, when a highly-visible community member's private views become public, controversial, and disruptive for the project, I must consider the impact that his words and actions have on others and the project itself. In this case, Larry has entwined his private and professional online identities in such a way that it blurs the lines with the Drupal project. Ultimately, I can't get past the fundamental misalignment of values.

First, collectively, we work hard to ensure that Drupal has a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our goal is not just to have a variety of different people within our community, but to foster an environment of connection, participation and respect. We have a lot of work to do on this and we can't afford to ignore discrepancies between the espoused views of those in leadership roles and the values of our culture. It's my opinion that any association with Larry's belief system is inconsistent with our project's goals.

Second, I believe someone's belief system inherently influences their actions, in both explicit and subtle ways, and I'm unwilling to take this risk going forward.

Third, Larry's continued representation of the Drupal project could harm the reputation of the project and cause harm to the Drupal ecosystem. Any further participation in a leadership role implies our community is complicit with and/or endorses these views, which we do not.

It is my responsibility and obligation to act in the best interest of the project at large and to uphold our values. Decisions like this are unpleasant and disruptive, but important. It is moments like this that test our commitment to our values. We must stand up and act in ways that demonstrate these values. For these reasons, I'm asking Larry to resign from the Drupal project.

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A Lithuanian Phisher Tricked Two Big US Tech Companies Into Wiring Him $100 Million

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According to a recent indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice, a 48-year-old Lithuanian scammer named Evaldas Rimasauskas managed to trick two American technology companies into wiring him $100 million. He was able to perform this feat "by masquerading as a prominent Asian hardware manufacturer," reports The Verge, citing court documents, "and tricking employees into depositing tens of millions of dollars into bank accounts in Latvia, Cyprus, and numerous other countries." From the report: What makes this remarkable is not Rimasauskas' particular phishing scam, which sounds rather standard in the grand scheme of wire fraud and cybersecurity exploits. Rather, it's the amount of money he managed to score and the industry from which he stole it. The indictment specifically describes the companies in vague terms. The first company is "multinational technology company, specializing in internet-related services and products, with headquarters in the United States," the documents read. The second company is a "multinational corporation providing online social media and networking services." Both apparently worked with the same "Asia-based manufacturer of computer hardware," a supplier that the documents indicate was founded some time in the late '80s. What's more important is that representatives at both companies with the power to wire vast sums of money were still tricked by fraudulent email accounts. Rimasauskas even went so far as to create fake contracts on forged company letterhead, fake bank invoices, and various other official-looking documents to convince employees of the two companies to send him money. Rimasauskas has been charged with one count of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, and aggravated identity theft. In other words, he faces serious prison time of convicted -- each charge of wire fraud and laundering carries a max sentence of 20 years. The court documents don't reveal the names of the two companies. Though, one could surely think of a few candidates that would fit the descriptions provided in the court documents.

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