28 Jan 2015

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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Deathspawner writes: Following its huge Windows 10 event last Wednesday, Microsoft released a brand-new preview build to the public, versioned 9926. We were told that it'd give us Cortana, Microsoft's AI assistant, as well as a revamped Start menu and updated notifications pane. But as it turns out, that's not even close to summing up all that's new with this build. In fact, 9926 is easily the most substantial update rolled out so far in the beta program, with some UI elements and integral Windows features seeing their first overhaul in multiple generations.

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28 Jan 2015 4:05am GMT

Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

HughPickens.com writes: Halfway up the Shard, London's tallest skyscraper, you are asked to step out of the elevator at the transfer floor, or "sky lobby," a necessary inconvenience in order to reach the upper half of the building, and a symptom of the limits of elevators today. To ascend a mile-high (1.6km) tower using the same technology could necessitate changing elevators as many as 10 times. Elevators traveling distances of more than 500m [1,640 ft] have not been feasible because the weight of the steel cables themselves becomes so great. Now, after nine years of rigorous testing, Kone has released Ultrarope - a material composed of carbon-fiber covered in a friction-proof coating that weighs a seventh of the steel cables, making elevators of up to 1km (0.6 miles) in height feasible to build. Kone's creation was chosen to be installed in what's destined to become the world's tallest building, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. When completed in 2020, the tower will stand a full kilometer in height, and will boast the world's tallest elevator at 660m (2,165ft). A 1km-tall tower may seem staggering, but is this the build-able limit? Most probably not, according to Dr. Sang Dae Kim. "With Kingdom Tower we now have a design that reaches around 1 km in height. Later on, someone will push for 1 mile, and then 2 km," says Kim. He adds that, technically speaking, 2 km might be possible at the current time. Anything higher would require new materials and building techniques.

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28 Jan 2015 3:02am GMT

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The dream of Windows Phone on tablets is almost coming true

Desktopless Windows confirmed-coming to sub-8 inch devices

28 Jan 2015 1:30am GMT

Google Lunar XPRIZE gives out Milestone awards, but no Moon landing yet

In San Francisco, five teams were given a couple million for their advancements.

28 Jan 2015 1:00am GMT

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The DIY, Clutter-Free Photo Editing Workspace

The DIY, Clutter-Free Photo Editing Workspace

London-based portrait photographer Tom Barnes has built himself one impressive, massive desk. It's as functional and clutter-free as it is unique.

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28 Jan 2015 1:00am GMT

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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

Nerval's Lobster writes: What does it take to become a great - or even just a good - software developer? According to developer Michael O. Church's posting on Quora (later posted on LifeHacker), it's a long list: great developers are unafraid to learn on the job, manage their careers aggressively, know the politics of software development (which he refers to as 'CS666'), avoid long days when feasible, and can tell fads from technologies that actually endure... and those are just a few of his points. Over at Salsita Software's corporate blog, meanwhile, CEO and founder Matthew Gertner boils it all down to a single point: experienced programmers and developers know when to slow down. What do you think separates the great developers from the not-so-fantastic ones?

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28 Jan 2015 1:00am GMT

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Grim Fandango Remastered is a flawed remake of a considered masterpiece

Bugs and pacing issues don't quite deflate this classic's incredible personality.

28 Jan 2015 12:30am GMT

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Silence a Loud-Clicking Mouse with a Little Memory Foam

Silence a Loud-Clicking Mouse with a Little Memory Foam

The repetitive, clicking sound of a mouse can become pretty irritating. If you want to silence your mouse for your own peace -and the peace of others around you-a little memory foam can do the trick with no soldering required.

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28 Jan 2015 12:09am GMT

27 Jan 2015

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Microsoft Surface sales increase by 24%

The Surface line has officially crossed the billion dollar mark for revenue demonstrating a 24% growth from the previous quarter. In other words, the big holiday season looks to have been successful in pushing the Surface Pro 3, which drove the growth, into more hands than ever. The Surface Pro is an amazingly well-built product. I'm glad it's finding modest success.

27 Jan 2015 11:20pm GMT

Apple Watch will be released in April

Apple CEO Tim Cook just announced that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in April. Cook revealed the shipping timeframe during Apple's quarterly earnings call with investors; the company enjoyed a blockbuster quarter backed by massive iPhone sales and huge growth in China. Now it will look to carry that success forward with the launch of Apple Watch, its first major new product since the debut of iPad in 2010. "We’re making great progress in the development of it," Cook said. He also revealed that Apple is encouraged by the response from developers and app makers so far, saying "We’re seeing some incredible innovation." The Apple Watch could be a crappy product, but with these kinds of iPhone sales numbers, even a dud would be a huge success. These numbers are beyond my comprehension.

27 Jan 2015 11:15pm GMT

Mezzano: operating system written in Common Lisp

Mezzano, an operating system written in Common Lisp. What is says on the tin. Instructions for building this for VirtualBox are also available.

27 Jan 2015 11:05pm GMT

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When Time Tracking May Not Save You Any Time at All

When Time Tracking May Not Save You Any Time at All

Your productivity can largely be determined by how you spend your time, and that makes tracking your time seem like a big help. It can also be a trap that eats up more time than it saves.

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27 Jan 2015 11:00pm GMT

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BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

When there's something strange in your gethostbyname, who y'gonna call? Ghostbusters

Security researchers have uncovered a critical bug in the GNU C Library (glibc), a key component of Linux and some other operating systems, which could render countless machines vulnerable to remote code execution attacks.…

27 Jan 2015 9:42pm GMT

26 Jan 2015

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

Change as constant in Redmond's browser strategy

Two years after its last browser strategy policy change in Windows 8, Microsoft is shifting the pieces around the board again.…

26 Jan 2015 11:58am GMT

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Transition of KDE software to the KDE Framework and Qt 5

The KDE Software Collection has been updated to KDE Applications 14.12.

The KDE developers have started porting their software to KDE Frameworks and Qt 5. For a list of the software that has been ported see the announcement.

When a KDE Frameworks port of a KDE application is considered stable, it is released with KDE Applications and development and bug fixes are no longer applied to the Qt4/KDE4 version. This means that as ported versions of applications are released, we will switch to the newer version. At the same time, we are getting rid of KDE module prefixes (e.g. kdebase-konsole -> konsole).

The result of this transition is that some packages will be using Qt5 and some will be using Qt4. We are working hard to make the transition smooth for KDE4 users, but things might look different depending on your configuration. Please adjust themes and colors as necessary for the two toolkits. See the wiki for help. We also recommend switching to Plasma 5.2 which will be released this week.

Please report upstream bugs to the KDE bugzilla. Feel free to CC me.

26 Jan 2015 10:20am GMT

23 Jan 2015

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

No need to wait until next week, after all

Microsoft has released the next preview build of Windows 10 to members of its Windows Insider program, slightly ahead of schedule.…

23 Jan 2015 9:23pm GMT

20 Jan 2015

feedPlanet Arch Linux

Packaging changes in lirc 0.9.2

For consistency with upstream naming, the lirc-utils package was renamed to lirc. The wpc8769l kernel drivers were dropped and can be obtained by installing lirc-wpc8769l from the AUR.

Note that 0.9.2 is a major release and comes along with several upstream and packaging changes. In particular, the irexec.service systemd unit was removed. Please edit and copy the template /usr/share/lirc/contrib/irexec.service if you want to keep using that service.

20 Jan 2015 5:36pm GMT

19 Jan 2015

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Replacing “makepkg –asroot”

An alarming number of people have noticed, the pacman-4.2 release removed the --asroot option from makepkg. This means that you can no longer build packages as the root user. There are good reasons for this and the option was only Continue reading

19 Jan 2015 1:42pm GMT

20 May 2012

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Annular Solar Eclipse on Sunday, May 20th 2012

On Sunday, May 20th 2012, people in a narrow strip from Japan to the western United States will be able to see an annular solar eclipse, the first in 18 years. The moon will cover as much as 94% of the sun. An Annular Solar Eclipse is different from a Total Solar Eclipse, when the […]

20 May 2012 9:51pm GMT

09 Nov 2011

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2 Million Leave World of Warcraft

In the last year the number of World of Warcraft subscribers has fallen in the from 12 million to 10.3 million...

09 Nov 2011 11:55am GMT

AC: Revelations First-Person Missions

Assassin's Creed: Revelations will have first-person missions...

09 Nov 2011 10:58am GMT

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Zone-H: http://gkppondokmelati.org

http://gkppondokmelati.org defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 7:01am GMT

Zone-H: http://www.gentapublishing.com

http://www.gentapublishing.com defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 6:42am GMT

Zone-H: http://gagap.net

http://gagap.net defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 6:42am GMT

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An Experience Loophole in Battlefield 3

Via YouTube user DarkSydeGeoff, we came across a Battlefield 3 exploit that allows friends to boost enormous amounts of experience in hardcore matches...

09 Nov 2011 1:43am GMT

13 May 2011

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The story behind Planet Sun

Some words about history of Planet Sun. For round about six years Planet Sun has been an aggregation of public weblogs written by employees of Sun Microsystems. Though it never was a product or publication of Sun Microsystems itself. The website was powered by Planet and run by David Edmondson. On 01 Mar 2010 David […]

13 May 2011 12:36am GMT

10 May 2011

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Hello world!

A warm welcome to our guests. This is your first wordpress post. We should edit or delete it, and then start blogging! Let's save our planet. Renewable energy is the future. Bio & Nature.

10 May 2011 10:18pm GMT