Embedding YouTube videos allowed, EU court rules


Good news for Internet’s most famous kitten (pictured above). European Union has ruled that embedding a copyrighted YouTube video in your site is not copyright infringement (source: torrentfreak). To celebrate this EU victory let’s embed the worlds most popular kitten video:


The kitten’s name is “Atilla Fluff” according to knowyourmeme.com is 6-10 weeks old on the video and the video was recorded in November 2009. In the past years Atilla acquired over 74 million views on YouTube. His popularity makes total sense: Who does not like a video of a very small kitten getting tickled?

If you think that is weird, listen to this: There is a yearly Internet Cat Video Festival, which was recently held for the third time!

Disabling YouTube annotations when embedding

Embedding YouTube videos is great, but annoying annotations may take up important screen estate. Although viewers can click them away it often gives a bad user experience. The above video has some of these annoying annotations. Fortunately I was able to disable them. How? Just add the following parameter to the end of the URL in the embed code (source: vidiseo.com):


The above video is normally embedded with:

<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0Bmhjf0rKe8?feature=player_embedded"
frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen></iframe>

And after disabling annotations the embed code is:

<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0Bmhjf0rKe8?feature=player_embedded&iv_load_policy=3" 
frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Alternatively you can embed even better by using not an iframe but a picture and the following code:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0Bmhjf0rKe8?feature=player_embedded&iv_load_policy=3">
<img src="http://www.leaseweb.com/labs/img/surprised_kitty_video.jpg" /></a>

This is what we did on the video above and it will fully respect your privacy (where the iframe solution may not).

Enjoy embedding YouTube videos!


PyCon Australia 2014: conference videos online


PyCon Australia 2014 was held last week (1st – 5th August) at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Center.

PyCon Australia is the national conference for the Python Programming Community, bringing together professional, student and enthusiast developers with a love for developing with Python.

For all of you that did not go, most of the conference is available on YouTube (39 videos):

  1. Graphs, Networks and Python: The Power of Interconnection by Lachlan Blackhall
  2. PyBots! or how to learn to stop worrying and love coding by Anna Gerber
  3. Deploy to Android: Adventures of a Hobbyist by Brendan Scott
  4. How (not) to upgrade a platform by Edward Schofield
  5. Caching: A trip down the rabbit hole by Tom Eastman
  6. Verification: Truth in Statistics by Tennessee Leeuwenburg
  7. Record linkage: Join for real life by Rhydwyn Mcguire
  8. Command line programs for busy developers by Aaron Iles
  9. What is OpenStack? by Michael Still
  10. Software Component Architectures and circuits? by James Mills
  11. IPython parallel for distributed computing by Nathan Faggian
  12. A Fireside Chat with Simon Willison
  13. Accessibility: Myths and Delusions by Katie Cunningham
  14. Python For Every Child In Australia by Dr James R. Curran
  15. Lightning talks
  16. How to Read the Logs by Anita Kuno (HP)
  17. Serialization formats aren’t toys by Tom Eastman
  18. Django MiniConf: Lightning talks
  19. What in the World is Asyncio? by Josh Bartlett
  20. Try A Little Randomness by Larry Hastings
  21. Building Better Web APIs by HawkOwl
  22. devpi: Your One Stop Cheese Shop by Richard Jones
  23. Learning to program is hard, and how to fix that by Jackson Gatenby
  24. Lesser known data structures by Tim McNamara
  25. The Quest for the Pocket-Sized Python by Christopher Neugebauer
  26. Sounds good! by Sebastian Beswick
  27. Running Django on Docker: a workflow and code by Danielle Madeley
  28. Software Carpentry in Australia: current activity and future directions by Damien Irving
  29. The Curse of the Django Podcast by Elena Williams
  30. Grug make fire! Grug make wheel! by Russell Keith-Magee
  31. (Benford’s) Law and Order (Fraud) by Rhys Elsmore
  32. The Curse of the Django Podcast by Elena Williams
  33. Lightning talks
  34. The Curse of the Django Podcast by Elena Williams
  35. Seeing with Python by Mark Rees
  36. Descriptors: attribute access redefined by Fraser Tweedale
  37. How do debug tool bars for web applications work? by Graham Dumpleton
  38. Continuous Integration Testing for Your Database Migrations by Joshua Hesketh
  39. Closing

Have fun watching!


A series of quotes from Richard Stallman

Richard (Matthew) Stallman, often known by his initials, RMS, is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. He is a great speaker that makes some strong statements that are definitely worth being aware of, since they also well substantiated by extensive arguments. In this post, we will look at three videos featuring Richard Stallman and list some quotes that may spark your interest in the context in which they were said.

1) Richard Stallman: We’re heading for a total disaster (24:30)

In this interview from 2012, Richard is talking about the dangers of Extreme Capitalism (NB: contains religious and political views).

  1. “..a program is free or proprietary depending on whether the users control the program or the program controls the users..” [2:04-2:12]
  2. “I saw myself facing a life of proprietary software and it was ugly, it was disgusting.” [5:13-5:19]
  3. “Free software combines capitalist ideas, socialist ideas and anarchist ideas, it does not fit in any of those camps.”  [8:18-8:26]
  4. “You father was assuming that when you buy something you control it, and this used to be true, and often it still is true, but not with software.” [10:16-10:26]
  5. “..Microsoft Windows has known malicious features. [It] has features to spy on the user, features to restrict the user, these are called ‘digital handcuffs’, and it has known back-doors..” [10:46-10:56]
  6. “The recent Apple products, the ‘i-things’ have known spy-features, know ‘digital handcuffs’, the nastiest ever, and a known back-door.” [11:05-11:16]

2) Richard Stallman Talks About Ubuntu (6:10)

In this 2013 video, Richard Stallman talks about Ubuntu and its privacy invading features (see related blog).

  1. “Ubuntu has an unusual flaw, which is: it is spyware” [1:38-1:43]

3) Richard Stallman: The Danger of Software Patents (1:57:30)

In 2005, Richard Stallman explains at the University of Calgary (Canada) thoroughly what he thinks about software patents.

  1. “I don’t have an opinion about ‘Intellectual Property’. I have opinions about copyright law. I have a different opinions about patent law. I have an even different opinions about trademark law. I think of these three different subjects separately, and I hope that you will too.” [2:13-2:35]
  2. “You might also think: Let me find out about all the patents that might restrict this program, and then I can try to deal with all of them; that is impossible.” [15:58-16:07]
  3. “They quoted an engineer saying: I can’t recognize my own inventions in patentees [claims].” [24:34-24:38]

EuroPython 2014: full conference on YouTube


EuroPython 2014 was held last week (July 21 – 27) at the Berlin Congress Center (BCC) in Germany.

The EuroPython conference is the second largest global conference for the popular programming language Python, after the PyCon US conference in North America.

For all of you that did not go, the full conference is available on YouTube (120 videos):

  1. Welcome [20:56]
  2. pymove3D Winner Announcement [21:05]
  3. One year of Snowden, what’s next? [58:00]
  4. What can python learn from Haskell? [41:20]
  5. Lightning Talks [40:18]
  6. Amanda: A New Generation of Distributed Services Framework [24:50]
  7. Will I still be able to get a job in 2024 if I don’t do… [46:47]
  8. Cutting-edge APIs using hypermedia at BSkyB [32:30]
  9. Mobile Games to the Cloud With Python [29:45]
  10. Statistics 101 for System Administrators [29:45]
  11. The Magic of Attribute Access [26:47]
  12. Pythonista: A full-featured Python environment for iOS … [40:32]
  13. Brain Waves for Hackers [33:36]
  14. Rethinking packaging, development and deployment [40:21]
  15. The Sorry State of SSL [44:56]
  16. Traversing Mazes the pythonic way and other Algorithmic… [44:50]
  17. The Cython Compiler for Python [48:01]
  18. Message-passing concurrency for Python [42:02]
  19. Extending Python, what is the best option for me? [32:22]
  20. Marconi – OpenStack Queuing and Notification Service [24:37]
  21. Solution oriented error handling [28:19]
  22. Web Scraping in Python 101 [20:18]
  23. Jigna: a seamless Python-JS bridge to create rich HTML … [23:36]
  24. How to make a full fledged REST API with Django OAuth T… [23:59]
  25. Documenting your project with MkDocs. [22:09]
  26. VPython goes to School [25:17]
  27. Full Stack Python [25:47]
  28. Using python, LXC and linux to create a mass VM hosting… [23:09]
  29. log everything with logstash and elasticsearch [18:29]
  30. Gamers do REST [24:20]
  31. Teaching Python [28:09]
  32. PyPy status talk (a.k.a.: no no, PyPy is not dead) [31:38]
  33. pymove3D – Python moves the world – Attractive programm… [23:10]
  34. Designing NRT(NearRealTime) stream processing systems :… [36:35]
  35. GNU/Linux Hardware Emulation with Python [20:34]
  36. Lightning Talks [1:22:47]
  37. Our decentralized future [47:06]
  38. Writing multi-language documentation using Sphinx [24:46]
  39. How we switched our 800+ projects from Apache to uWSGI [28:20]
  40. Introduction to pytest [29:16]
  41. Embedding Python: Charming the Snake with C++ [28:06]
  42. SQLAlchemy Drill [28:37]
  43. Design considerations while Evaluating, Developing, Dep… [40:39]
  44. Using All These Cores: Transactional Memory in PyPy [42:01]
  45. gevent: asynchronous I/O made easy [44:01]
  46. Scaling with Ansible [40:37]
  47. Don’t fear our new robot overlords! [38:43]
  48. Systems Integration: The OpenStack success story [40:00]
  49. Performance Python for Numerical Algorithms [48:28]
  50. DevOps Risk Mitigation: Test Driven Infrastructure [47:25]
  51. Compress Me, Stupid! [35:45]
  52. Stackless: Recent advancements and future goals [44:41]
  53. Design Your Tests [25:32]
  54. Automatic code reviews [20:49]
  55. Supercharge your development environment using Docker [22:36]
  56. An HTTP request’s journey through a platform-as-a-service [24:13]
  57. 3D sensors and Python: A space odyssey [22:40]
  58. How to Setup a new Python Project [24:45]
  59. Graph Databases, a little connected tour [25:33]
  60. Identifying Bugs Before Runtime With Jedi [25:04]
  61. Python refactoring with Rope and Traad [25:02]
  62. I want to help! How to make your first contribution to … [19:14]
  63. Managing the Cloud with a Few Lines of Python [25:37]
  64. How to become an Agile company – case study [22:30]
  65. For lack of a better name(server): DNS Explained [24:54]
  66. Python in system testing [23:10]
  67. Lightning Talks [1:28:23]
  68. Advanced Uses of py.test Fixtures [26:32]
  69. Multiplatform binary packaging and distribution of your… [20:20]
  70. Conversing with people living in poverty [29:12]
  71. Eve – REST APIs for Humans™ [30:44]
  72. The Shogun Machine Learning Toolbox [19:47]
  73. RISCy Business: Development of a RNAi design and off-ta… [25:05]
  74. How Disqus is using Django as the basis of our Service … [30:59]
  75. Metaprogramming, from decorators to macros [39:03]
  76. Support Python 2 and 3 with the same code [39:58]
  77. The Return of “The Return of Peer to Peer Computing”. [39:35]
  78. Python Debugger Uncovered [31:12]
  79. Writing Awesome Command-Line Programs in Python [41:25]
  80. Elasticsearch from the bottom up [36:54]
  81. Scikit-learn to “learn them all” [40:17]
  82. How Pony ORM translates Python generators to SQL queries [44:55]
  83. Probabilistic Programming in Python [45:35]
  84. Morepath: a Python Web Framework with Super Powers [27:46]
  85. Python for Zombies: 15.000 enrolled in the first Brazil… [26:11]
  86. The inner guts of Bitbucket [28:50]
  87. Learning Chess from data [21:58]
  88. Red Hat Loves Python [23:28]
  89. Jython in practice [25:51]
  90. packaging and testing with devpi and tox [26:46]
  91. Non Sequitur: An exploration of Python’s random module [29:13]
  92. Packaging in packaging: dh-virtualenv [31:34]
  93. The Continuum Platform: Advanced Analytics and Web-base… [24:55]
  94. Farewell and Welcome Home: Python in Two Genders [31:42]
  95. Lessons learned from building Elasticsearch client [24:41]
  96. Pioneering the Future of Computing Education [25:55]
  97. Lightning Talks [1:31:25]
  98. How to become a software developer in science? [24:53]
  99. Python’s Role in Big Data Analytics: Past, Present, and… [49:45]
  100. Combining the powerful worlds of Python and R [25:54]
  101. Scientific Visualization with GR [23:19]
  102. Scalable Realtime Architectures in Python [28:31]
  103. Python Driven Company [35:12]
  104. Out-of-Core Columnar Datasets [22:32]
  105. Twisted Names: DNS Building Blocks for Python Programmers [27:51]
  106. Event discrete simulation with SimPy [25:16]
  107. Advanced Database Programming with Python [31:00]
  108. Using asyncio (aka Tulip) for home automation [26:57]
  109. Concurrent programming with Python and my little experiment [21:12]
  110. Big Data Analytics with Python using Stratosphere [20:26]
  111. Practical PyBuilder [23:01]
  112. Building Realtime Web Applications with WebRTC and Python [20:18]
  113. Ganga: an interface to the LHC computing grid [24:28]
  114. Extending Scikit-Learn with your own Regressor [25:54]
  115. Post-Mortem Debugging with Heap-Dumps [26:54]
  116. Fun with cPython memory allocator [28:36]
  117. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Memory in Python But Were Afraid to Ask [29:04]
  118. Conference Closing [15:52]
  119. Lightning Talks [1:16:09]
  120. Sponsoring von Open Source [28:02]

If you manage to watch all of them… you deserve a medal! 😉

source: http://www.youtube.com/user/europython2014


Best Linux commercials (TV ads)

There are a few commercials (TV ads) for Linux. There are not many and they are not very well-known either. So for old times sake and to promote the good cause I will share my three favorite videos.

#1. IBM: The Future is Open

This is a Linux advertisement from IBM, released in September 2003 titled “The Future is Open”.

#2. RedHat Linux Commercial

This is a Linux advertisement from RedHat. I have not found any background information on it (does anyone know?).

#3. Linux Foundation: How Linux is Built

The following video was published in 2012 by the Linux Foundation. In my opinion, it is not as powerful as the above two.

Ideas or suggestions? Use the comments!