Lev Lafayette is a doctoral candidate at the Ashworth Centre for Social Theory. He has an MBA (Technology Management) from the Chifley Business School, where he was on the Dean's List, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the same institution, and an honours degree from Murdoch University in Politics, Philosophy and Sociology which is commented upon by the Vice-Chancellor of the time. He is a certified PRINCE2 Practioner, and an Adult and Workplace Trainer (clearly not satisfied with one masters degree, he's started another). With a interdisciplinary approach, Lev's interests include the political implementation of universal pragmatics, the relationship between communications technology and society, and comparative economic systems.
Professionally however, Lev is an experienced systems administrator, specialising in the Linux operating system and scientific applications, a project manager, systems engineer, and quality managements systems coordinator. Previous employment and clients include several years working as a computer systems trainer and database management for the Parliamentary Labor Party in Victoria. Following this he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Timor Leste (East Timor) managing their computer network and providing training and technical expertise to that Ministry in their first year of self-governance. Dr. Ramos-Horta provided the following comments on his work.
Lev works for the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing as a systems administrator for Linux clusters. As per that organisation, this site is mostly dedicated to issues concerning High Performance Computing, Scientific Computing and Supercomputing. Lev is involved in Linux Users of Victoria, currently as President, but previously as Public Officer, Vice-President, Treasurer and Committee Member.
The crocodile logo was designed by Victoria Jankowski. It was first used on the cover of Neon-komputadór, the first IT training manual for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in East Timor which was printed and translated by the United Nations Development Programme. The crocodile represents the Timorese people and is the emblem of their land. The integrated circuit represents their independent connectivity to the wider world.
You can also find a political site that Lev subscribes to, The Isocracy Network, a synthesis of several progressive political orientations, and RPG Review which covers his interests in roleplaying and simulation games. As a secular humanist with an interfaith perspective, he manages and contributes to the Lightbringers website. He also has a livejoural, which will probably be quite boring to anyone who doesn't know him personally.
That's enough of me talking about myself in the third person like Cerebus The Aardvark.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 10:30
On Sunday, October 27th 2013 a post was made on the Linux Australia mailing list concerning an offer the GNOME Foundation in association with several FOSS provided for a three-month internship for women, specifically "to get more women involved in FOSS". On Tuesday, a poster (perhaps inspired by Sunday's post) argued against "special programmes to address an imbalance between the sexes", suggesting that such programmes are harmful, that merit "shines through inner strength", and that sex-specific programmes should be replaced with programmes for "'incompetent women in IT,' or at least to widen eligibility to include hamsters and fish."
There was, unsurprisingly, a small storm of discussion that resulted which can be mostly be broken up into two perspectives. The first were those who agreed, more or less, with the original poster with the suggestion that any gender disparity in IT may actually simply be "just how it is", that employers are almost always gender-neutral, and that any gender-specific programmes should be abolished. The second group agreed that employment should be gender neutral, but in wasn't, and there were a variety of causes (conscious and unconscious discrimination) for the disparity that justified the existence of such programmes.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 01:23
MATLAB (registered trademark implied in this post) is a popular closed-source graphical product for matrix mathematics. Whilst I certainly prefer in most cases the extremely compatible open-source competitor Octave for all the well-founded usual reasons, MATLAB does have a small mountain of libraries and a small fortune backing it, both of which aren't quite always available to the GNU Octave people. So in some cases, based invariably on user requests, some dealings with MATLAB is sometimes required.
Simbody is a multibody physics API to solve Newton's second law in any set of coordinates with arbitrary constraints. To install from source download the latest stable version to somewhere sensible, load the appropriate environment models, including cmake, ensure that a significant number of libraries are available or also added to the path, and install. The following is the most abbreviated example approach.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 04:24
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 03:44
Recently I had the experience of encountering antireligious bigotry by a free software advocate. I will not mention the person by name, but I will describe their attitudes and the effects, and by the way of elaboration on why all forms of prejudiced discrimination is not just morally wrong, but damaging to free software as a movement. The experience occurred just prior to Software Freedom Day among the organising committee.
Submission by Linux Users Victoria, Inc., on the Options Paper for the Review of the Innovation Patent System.Submitted by lev_lafayette on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 04:55
Secretariat Advisory Council on Intellectual Property
PO Box 200 Woden ACT 2606
Dear Mr. Carl,
The following is the submission by Linux Users Victoria, Inc., on the Options Paper for the Review of the Innovation Patent System.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 12:35
Previous posts have described the installation of R, and even installing some of its less than simple packages. But what do you do when a library appears to be installed by one of the normal methods and declares itself as such - until it is actually requested? In other words, a false positive, one of the most frightening creatures known in the world (although fortunately in this case trivial in damage).
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 02:38
Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) is a computational fluid dynamics model of fire-driven fluid flow. The software solves numerically a form of the Navier-Stokes equations appropriate for low-speed, thermally-driven flow, with an emphasis on smoke and heat transport from fires. It is also slightly unpleasant to install, but the following notes should make it somewhat easier.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 02:57
Agile Project Management was born from the experience that highly prescriptive, planned-based approaches to project management simply weren't working in some contexts. In response the Agile Manifesto and Declaration of Interdependence statements were issued which, on the face of it, argue for flexibility in planning, an emphasis on customer-value, teamwork, and a welcoming attitude towards change.