taikedz (2782065) writes "A few months ago, the Linux community was awash with pride as the City of Munich responded to Windows XP's EOL by offering Ubuntu installation CDs for free. It was a triumph in the choice of Free Software over the most significant prorpietary software vendor in desktop space.
That EOL date is still looming, but we've had scant news since. The media has moved swiftly on, and no updates relating to this have appeared recently — at least, not in publications in Englisch.
Did the citizens take up the offer?
How many people converted their machines?
Did local computer consultants sudddenly get a surge of requests for help installing Ubuntu?
Or was this apparent win actually a quiet fail?
Did giving an alternate operating system away do anything in the bid to wrest computers from the dying grip of Windows XP?" top
Gates Spends Entire First Day Back in Office Trying to Install Windows 8.1
A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’s first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7." Link to Original Source top
Surrey UK: "mini-tornado" lifts feral cats in the air
Shirley Blay, who keeps horses at the Jolly Blossom Stables on Station Road, Chobham, told BBC Surrey: "It was a mini-tornado, I can't describe it as anything less. "It started with very heavy rain, hailstones and very strong wind and all of a sudden, the wind was very, very strong, to the point of lifting roofs.
"We've got four feral cats in the yard and they were being lifted off the ground — about 6ft off the ground — they just went round like a big paper bag." She said the people and animals who were caught up in the storm were uninjured. A spokesman from Valgrays Animal Rescue in Warlingham said: "It was like something out of a Steven Spielberg film." Link to Original Source top
Win/GALLUP's annual survey names USA as greatest threat to world peace
"The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%) and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat.
These results show that although the US is widely regarded as posing the greatest threat to peace, it is, paradoxically, still the most desired country to live in. This could show that for many of the people surveyed across the globe it appears that the notion of the ‘American Dream’ is still alive."" Link to Original Source top
EU parliament rejects ban on destructive deep sea trawling
taikedz (2782065) writes "The practice of deep sea trawling, known as bottom fishing, is practiced by extremely few, the benefits of doing so are so small that without subsidies, the industry would fail — and yet:
"The European Parliament on Tuesday narrowly rejected a ban on bottom-fishing trawlers, blamed by environmentalists for massive deep-sea destruction but defended by France and Spain. Bottom fishing with heavy trawl nets scoops up everything on the seabed, a practice environmentalists say destroys fragile ecosystems such as coral reefs which are home to a wide variety of species and essential breeding grounds.
"Without subsidies, deep-sea trawling would be unprofitable," [Environment group Greenpeace] said, noting that while relatively "few fishermen in France, Spain and Portugal specialise in deep-sea fishing with trawls... their impact is disproportionately large."" Link to Original Source top
Google wants to write your social media responses for you
"Essentially, the program analyzes the messages a user makes through social networks, email, text messaging, microblogging, and other systems. Then, the program offers suggestions for responses, where the original messages are displayed, with information about others reactions to the same messages, and then the user can send the suggested messages in response to those users. The more the user utilizes the program and uses the responses, the more the bot can narrow down the types of responses you make."
taikedz (2782065) writes "Artist Jon Perry has teamed up with Rosemary Mosco of Bird and Moon Comics fame, along with a host of other artists, to launch a Kickstarter campaign for their series Stated Clearly, to further explain the theory and science of evolution in friendly manner to all, with careful consideration engage with audiences who otherwise shun it on moral or religious grounds, to help promote better understanding of the natural world and allow us to make informed decisions on health, agriculture, environment, conservation and many other topics.
Genetics and Evolution are two topics which are greatly misunderstood by the American public and the world. Genetics is often considered too complicated to bother studying, and Evolution is often rejected for perceived conflicts with personal beliefs. Both topics have been butchered by the media and popular culture which contributes to the public’s confusion.
Our teachers need better tools for teaching evolution, and curious free learners need good online resources for evolution.
At StatedClearly.com we are creating 21 short animations which teach genetics and evolution to the greater public in simple friendly language. We have created 4 so far. The videos are on YouTube for everyone to watch and enjoy.
Some are offended by the fact that humans are related to other animals. Others are offended by perceived conflicts with religious beliefs. The Theory of Evolution, even though it says nothing directly about God or religion, is strongly associated with Atheism in pop-culture.
Our videos use language that is friendly and religiously neutral without jeopardizing the science.
taikedz (2782065) writes "Photoshop allegedly being the most pirated software on the net, it should come as no surprise that someone has already circumvented the security mechanisms that would normally tether the user to a subscription-based access to the software by regularly calling home.
taikedz (2782065) writes "Fiona Fox, chief executive of the Science Media Centre (SMC), has claimed that leading scientists independently advising the UK government are being actively prevented from speaking to the public and media, especially in times of crisis when scientific evidence is necessary for a fully open and educated public debate, such as the current badger culling policy, and the past volcanic eruptions and ash fallout and their effects. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), whom many of these scientists are advising, denies any such practices." Link to Original Source top
Google's new image search experience harms content producers' revenues
taikedz writes "Some job descriptions I have come across request candidates to have "strong virtualization skills." Aside from knowing how to setup a virtual machine, what other technologies and techniques do you think fall under this subject?" top
taikedz writes "Citrix Xenapp with Receiver/Metaframe allows publishing individual applications installed on a Windows server to users on remote machines. These applications open in their own windows, along side others as if they were installed locally. I am looking to do the same at home, with free software, publishing applications from Mac, Linux, and Windows machines (and yes, I've verified the license agreements for the apps I am going to do this with!). Up until now, the only alternatives I have found are full-on remote desktop login, not seamlessly-intergrated.
Can the Slashdot community recommend any tools that can achieve the goal of remote individual application access across platforms for free or at low-cost?"