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2016 SouthEast LinuxFest -- Call for speakers closes soon and much MUCH more!

From: "George P. Burdell" 
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Howdy all.   The 2016 SouthEast LinuxFest will be from June 10-12 at the
Sheraton Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, NC.   As usual our event is
totally free to attend.   Our call for speakers is still open but if you
want to speak hurry and submit soon -- it closes on 4/1 (no joke! ;)).  We
love taking a generous helping of talks from regular guys from the region
as speakers.  It's a great chance to tell everybody about your passions and
network with the people who make the software you love and use every day.
We'll be streaming talks again this year free onto YouTube -- but don't
think you'll get the full experience watching from your chair!  We had
scores of people hired to work on the FOSS they love at SELF last year and
we'll have several companies at SELF again this year looking to hire YOU
for your FOSS skills.  And our geeks with guns and craft beer bottle share
events are pretty legit, too!

If anybody from this LUG will be attending -- please email me off list.
SELF is trying to coordinate to send back "swag boxes" to LUGs with
shirts/stickers/etc they can share with their members.

If anybody wants to submit a job to our job board (free!) please feel free
to send that to me off list as well and I'll get that up right away.   We
got several people hired that way last year as well!

If you are interested in submitting a talk, becoming a sponsor, getting
some propaganda to spread on your blog/social media, volunteering,
organizing a carpool, organizing a room share, finding a FOSS job, or
becoming an ambassador, you can get all that information here:
http://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/?page

We are now on the SouthEast Linux Fest's list of local FLOSS groups

From: Adam Jimerson 
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I noticed the other day we were not listed on SELF's website under the list
of local FLOSS groups, so I made them aware of us
http://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/?page

Chugalug Digest, Vol 14, Issue 36

From: Mike Robinson 
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You bring up several interesting points, answered inline:

>> "The perfect currency unit" today is probably "the ACH wire-transfer =
data packet."=20
>=20
> Oh dude.. you opened up a BIG can of worms. ACH is not the same as a =
Wire although they are similar.=20
> They are fairly well controlled "file formats" [...]
> You are talking about a transport method, a file format, a set of =
rules for transferring the government issued and controlled currency we =
commonly call a "dollar".=20

My point was that the ACH and wire-transfer systems are ... systems, =
supposedly "secure" ... by which "Money" (strictly by-agreement) can be =
transferred in real time from one place to another.  Any "government =
issued and controlled currency" can be transferred in this way, and such =
transfers are accepted by all concerned ... without the need for =
lugging-about gold bricks or printed paper.

> Bitcoins have value because people agree that they do. Dollars have a =
value set by the government AND various entities (other governments for =
example) AND the general population reaching a consensus.=20

"Only" because people (currently) agree that they do.  If someone stole =
your Dollars, and you could catch them, then you could put them in jail =
and make them give you your Dollars back.  Bitcoins, on the other hand, =
are "barter trade units" in the eyes of the law:  "someone stole your =
file."

> Gold has intrinsic value, Bullets have a more easily used by common =
people (that own guns) intrinsic value. A gallon of potable water has =
intrinsic value.. Food has intrinsic value.=20

All of these things have "intrinsic value" only to the extent that they =
are desirable.  Gold has been capturing the human imagination for =
millennia because it is pretty, malleable, and rare.  (It has a =
different sort of "intrinsic value" to an electrical engineer.)  A =
gallon of water is priceless in the Sahara; or about 80=A2 at the Golden =
Gallon.  Food is priceless to a starving-man, or on the dollar-menu at =
Wendy's.  (Maybe.  Heh...) =20

> Dollars and bitcoins, litecoins, and other "non-anchored" currencies =
have values that we, as a society mostly agree on.
>=20

The =3Didea=3D =3Dof=3D a "Dollar" has value.  The number in your =
bank-account "has value" because, well, "because you can spend it."  =
Likewise the plastic cards in your wallet.  Furthermore, if someone =
misappropriates your account, or your wallet, you have legal recourse.  =
Your deposits are guaranteed up to a quarter-million dollars ... and it =
does not make the slightest bit of difference to you where those =
replacement Dollars came from.

> They are easily exchanged and transported.=20

More specifically, they are "fungible."  "Able to replace or be replaced =
by another identical item; mutually interchangeable."  They can be, by =
agreement, "transported" (and "exchanged") by computer.  They are also =
=3Dliquid.=3D  We will never run out of, say, Dollars.  We will increase =
the supply as necessary to ensure that anyone who wants to settle a =
transaction using Dollars has, by definition, access to sufficient =
Dollars to do so (if he is entitled to possess them, and sometimes even =
if he's not).  If there was even the slightest hint that this were not =
so, we would instantly have "a run on the banks."

> If Bitcoin reaches critical mass for larger transactions it will =
change international commerce in interesting way.=20

Bitcoin is fundamentally based on the idea of "artificial scarcity."  =
They are "gold nuggets hidden in a vast quantity of dirt."  They are =
perceived as valuable to you because they are hard to get, and because =
they are perceived as "things," that is to say, "unique."  A dollar, on =
other hand, is not unique at all.  You don't get them by digging a hole =
in the ground.  (Most of us get them by writing computer programs; some =
do it by selling food and water at Wendy's.)  But it is their very =
"scarcity" that makes them unusable as "a medium of exchange."

"Money" doesn't have "value."  "Money" is a medium of exchange; nothing =
more or less.

The "scam" issue arises from, not any technical fault of bitcoin per-se, =
but rather of human nature:  "money for nothing."  People can be and are =
persuaded to pay $5,000 USD for, literally, "a money-making machine."  =
The system is based on "trust," basically in the complexity of a =
computer algorithm and on "one another" (most of whom are people you =
have never met and never will), yet it lacks recourse.  Thus, the =
perception that "this IS a nugget of gold" can be fostered, and, having =
thus been fostered, it can and therefore will be abused.  The one =
sure-fire way to turn a bitcoin into a fungible unit of currency is to =
build and to sell a money-machine for $5,000.  (I don't see them saying =
that you can pay for 'em in bitcoin.)

I have, personally, stood in the "sanctum sanctum" of a working gold =
mine:  the final step, in which a thin stream of gold is clinging to a =
certain spot on the shaker-table and this stream is carefully scooped =
up.  (Other heavy-metals are basically discarded.)  There is a GLEAM in =
the eyes of the people who work for that mine when they stand in that =
room.  You know not to take one step closer to that table; not to make =
the slightest move.  They're nice gentlemen and you've been with them =
all day, but ... but ...  but.  "Gold Fever."  It is real, and it is an =
inextricable -- and exploitable -- part of our human nature.





Anyone need a 10/100 Layer2 managed switch?

From: Benjamin Stewart 
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We just replaced about 15 of these that had been in service for 15+ years.
Old? Yes. Solid? Yes. They even tolerate environments with lots of
metal-grinding dust in the air while never being cleaned!


On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM, Bret McHone  wrote:

> To avoid thread hijacking I started a new one..
>
> Just as a heads up to anyone interested on the list, I have about 10
> currently (and getting a lot more) old Baystack 450 switches. 24-port
> managed 10/100 switches. I've been selling them for $20 a piece with
> cascade module and cables. Some even have the 10/100/1000 Mbps fiber module
> in them if anyone is interested. I may be willing to trade for beer or ammo
> :)
>
> These are only L2 switches, but they are solid. They are configured
> through the menu so they are pretty easy to setup.
>
> Thanks,
> Bret
>
> On Jul 23, 2013, at 7:25 AM, Mike Harrison wrote:
>
> > On Mon, 22 Jul 2013, Dave Brockman wrote:
> >> On 7/22/2013 3:39 PM, Mike Harrison wrote:
> >>> I have a 24 port 3com SuperStack II 10/100 switch you can have,
> >>> free.
> >
> >> I'll donate the shell(s) to put that thing out of its misery :)
> >
> > Sounds like a Chugalug Range Day: Geeks, Guns and Gear..
> >
> > And like Dave said: It's junk gear, but it works and it's free..
> >
> > In fear of sounding like Aaron, I need a clean out the garage/office
> junk sale day..
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > 

Anyone need a 10/100 Layer2 managed switch?

From: Bret McHone 
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To avoid thread hijacking I started a new one..

Just as a heads up to anyone interested on the list, I have about 10 currently (and getting a lot more) old Baystack 450 switches. 24-port managed 10/100 switches. I've been selling them for $20 a piece with cascade module and cables. Some even have the 10/100/1000 Mbps fiber module in them if anyone is interested. I may be willing to trade for beer or ammo :)

These are only L2 switches, but they are solid. They are configured through the menu so they are pretty easy to setup.

Thanks,
Bret

On Jul 23, 2013, at 7:25 AM, Mike Harrison wrote:

> On Mon, 22 Jul 2013, Dave Brockman wrote:
>> On 7/22/2013 3:39 PM, Mike Harrison wrote:
>>> I have a 24 port 3com SuperStack II 10/100 switch you can have,
>>> free.
> 
>> I'll donate the shell(s) to put that thing out of its misery :)
> 
> Sounds like a Chugalug Range Day: Geeks, Guns and Gear..
> 
> And like Dave said: It's junk gear, but it works and it's free..
> 
> In fear of sounding like Aaron, I need a clean out the garage/office junk sale day..
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>