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dimethylxanthine writes "Niue residents will soon be able to choose from several collections of Star Wars themed coince, including a set featuring Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan, R2-D2 + C3PO, Yoda and Han Solo / Chewbacca. While legal tender with a denominations of $2NZ, the coins will be minted from 1oz pure silver and as such not for daily use by most people — "No one is going to go buy an ice-cream with them", as New Zealand Mint spokesman Chris Kirkness put it. A total of 7500 will be minted, so coin collectors should be thiking about finding a transport for this pacific island, which is far far away from most places before November, which is when the coints will go into production." Link to Original Source top
dimethylxanthine writes "May 25th, 2011. Today, KDE has released a first beta of the upcoming 4.7 release of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks, which is planned for July 27, 2011. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing new and old functionality.
The 4.7 release will bring a number of exciting improvments:
KWin, Plasma's window manager now supports OpenGL-ES 2.0, improving performance and deployability on mobile devices
Dolphin, KDE's flexible file manager has seen user interface improvements and now sports a better user experience for searching in files' metadata.
KDM, KDE's login manager now interfaces with the Grub2 bootloader
Marble, the virtual globe now supports offline address search, especially making its mobile version more useful on the road" Link to Original Source top
dimethylxanthine writes "Greetings Earthlings!
Biotech is the best topic I could find for this inquiry (I was looking for the Ecology/Nature section, which seem to be missing from the list at the moment), but before I digress...
The reason I implore upon your wisdom, is because I believe that among you (us?) might be those exotic individuals that willingly chose to put themselves in harsh outdoor environments extended periods of time outdoors, studying nature, plants animals and trying to figure out how humans or aliens (ecology), can fit in the mix without disrupting the balance, or better yet, figuring out how to restore it.
The real reason behind the question, is that my soul mate, who has been doing work not related to her degree for past 3 years wants to get back to her life's passion and do research in Ecology, namely subaquatic marine aliens and their mediation. Also since finding the right information which would fit one's needs like the right gear ratio on a converted electric Aprila is hard to hit even on the internet, so I'm directing this to the crowd who might have the relevant information for an aspiring environmental scientist.
(Note to editor: feel free to edit links/comparisons at your convenience)"