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Real-Time Communication in FOSDEM 2016 main track

FOSDEM is nearly here and Real-Time Communications is back with a bang. Whether you are keen on finding the perfect privacy solution, innovative new features or just improving the efficiency of existing telephony, you will find plenty of opportunities at FOSDEM.

TADHack Paris - 12-13 December 2015

I'm currently in Paris for TADHack, an opportunity to collaborate on a range of telephony APIs and services. People can also win prizes by doing something innovative with the platforms promoted by the sponsors.

Is WebRTC one of your goals for 2016?

WebRTC continues to gather momentum around the world. Over the next week, Paris will host a TADHack event on WebRTC (12-13 December) followed by Europe's most well known meeting of the WebRTC community, the annual WebRTC Conference and Expo, 16-18 December.

Comparison of free, open source accounting software

There are a diverse range of free software solutions for accounting.

Is giving money to Conservancy the best course of action?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about Software Freedom Conservancy's fundraiser.

Various questions come to my mind:

Is this the only way to achieve goals such as defending copyright? (There are other options, like corporate legal insurance policies)

Disabling Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) in Airbnb

In many travel-related web sites for airlines and hotels, there is some attempt to sting the customer with an extra fee by performing a currency conversion at an inflated exchange rate. Sometimes it is only about five percent and this may not appear to be a lot but in one case a hotel was trying to use a rate that increased the cost of my booking by 30%. This scheme/scam is referred to as Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC). Sometimes the website says that they are making it "easy" for you by giving you a "guaranteed" exchange rate that "might" be better than the rate from your bank.

Introducing elfpatch, for safely patching ELF binaries

I recently had a problem with a program behaving badly. As a developer familiar with open source, my normal strategy in this case would be to find the source and debug or patch it. Although I was familiar with the source code, I didn't have it on hand and would have faced significant inconvenience having it patched, recompiled and introduced to the runtime environment.

Drone strikes coming to Molenbeek?

The St Denis siege last week and the Brussels lockdown this week provides all of us in Europe with an opportunity to reflect on why over ten thousand refugees per day have been coming here from the middle east, especially Syria.

Databases of Muslims and homosexuals?

One US presidential candidate has said a lot recently, but the comments about making a database of Muslims may qualify as the most extreme.

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