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Christian Hergert: GOM Talk

Planet GNOME - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 11:09pd

You can find the slides for my GOM talk here. Optionally, you can view the HTML animated slides here.

Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Slashdot.org - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 11:02pd
dotarray (1747900) writes By now, everybody should know that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Let's apply that to EA, shall we? The publisher is giving away copies of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection, for free... and not mentioning that it includes the controversial SecuROM anti-piracy software. Nobody likes SecuROM.

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Johannes Schauer: bootstrap.debian.net temporarily not updated

Planet Debian - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 10:46pd

I'll be moving places twice within the next month and as I'm hosting the machine that generates the data, I'll temporarily suspend the bootstrap.debian.net service until maybe around September. Until then, bootstrap.debian.net will not be updated and retain the status as of 2014-07-28. Sorry if that causes any inconvenience. You can write to me if you need help with manually generating the data bootstrap.debian.net provided.

Ricardo Mones: Switching PGP keys

Planet Debian - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 10:42pd
Finally I find the mood to do this, a process which started 5 years ago in DebConf 9 at Cáceres by following Ana's post, of course with my preferred options and my name, not like some other ;-).

Said that, dear reader, if you have signed my old key:

1024D/C9B55DAC 2005-01-19 [expires: 2015-10-01] Key fingerprint = CFB7 C779 6BAE E81C 3E05 7172 2C04 5542 C9B5 5DAC
And want to sign my "new" and stronger key:

4096R/DE5BCCA6 2009-07-29 Key fingerprint = 43BC 364B 16DF 0C20 5EBD 7592 1F0F 0A88 DE5B CCA6
You're welcome to do so :-)

The new key is signed with the old, and the old key is still valid, and will probably be until expiration date next year. Don't forget to gpg --recv-keys DE5BCCA6 to get the new key and gpg --refresh-keys C9B55DAC to refresh the old (otherwise it may look expired).

Debian's Keyring Team has already processed my request to add the new key, so all should keep working smoothly. Kudos to them!

Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

Slashdot.org - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 9:01pd
The ed17 (2834807) writes Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) are now facing fewer barriers to uploading their content to Wikimedia Commons — the website that stores most of Wikipedia's images and videos. Previously, these institutions had to build customized scripts or be lucky enough to find a Wikimedia volunteer to do the work for them. According to the toolset's coordinator Liam Wyatt, 'this is a giant leap forward in giving GLAMs the agency to share with Commons on their own terms.' The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision has a short article on their use of the new toolkit to upload hundreds of videos of birds. See also the GWToolset project page and documentation on the upload system (includes screencasts). Before the toolset, organizations wishing to donate collections had to write one-off tools to translate between their metadata schema and Wikimedia's schema. The GWToolset allows the organization to generate and upload a single XML file containing metadata (using arbitrary, even mixed, schemas, with some limitations) for all items in a batch upload, prompts for mappings between the vocabulary used by the organization and the vocabulary accepted by Mediawiki, and then pulls the files into the Commons.

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The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 376

Planet UBUNTU - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 6:45pd

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #376 for the week July 21 – 27, 2014, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Jose Antonio Rey
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Slashdot.org - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 6:05pd
An anonymous reader writes UK researchers say they've devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The Lymphocyte Genome Sensitivity (LGS) test looks at white blood cells and measures the damage caused to their DNA when subjected to different intensities of ultraviolet light (UVA), which is known to damage DNA. The results of the empirical study show a distinction between the damage to the white blood cells from patients with cancer, with pre-cancerous conditions and from healthy patients. "Whilst the numbers of people we tested are, in epidemiological terms, quite small (208), in molecular epidemiological terms, the results are powerful," said the team's lead researcher. "We've identified significant differences between the healthy volunteers, suspected cancer patients and confirmed cancer patients of mixed ages at a statistically significant level .... This means that the possibility of these results happening by chance is 1 in 1000." The research is published online in the FASEB Journal, the U.S. Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

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Meg Ford: GNOME Beers @ LinuxCon + August ChicagoLUG Meeting

Planet GNOME - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 4:30pd
We are planning a GNOME beers event at LinuxCon North America. We're planning to meet at Howells and Hood at 8 pm on Thursday, August 2.  If you are going to be in town you can RSVP on the Chicago LUG's meetup page or you can put your name down on the Wiki page. Once we have an idea of how many people will be around we'll make a reservation :)

The ChicagoLUG will also be hosting a meeting at FreeGeek on Saturday, August 23rd at 2pm. If you'll be around after LinuxCon ends and you want to give a talk let us know :) or just come by and hang out.

See you then, and happy hacking.

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

Slashdot.org - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 4:03pd
First time accepted submitter baka_toroi (1194359) writes I got a Tungsten E2 from a friend and I wanted to give it some life by programming for it a little bit. The main problem I'm bumping up against is that HP thought it would be awesome to just shut down every single thing related to Palm OS development. After Googling a lot I found out CodeWarrior was the de facto IDE for Palm OS development... but I was soon disappointed as I learned that Palm moved from the 68K architecture to ARM, and of course, CodeWarrior was just focused on Palm OS 4 development. Now, I realize Palm OS 4 software can be run on Palm OS 5, but I'm looking to use some of the 'newer' APIs. Also, I have the Wi-fi add-on card so I wanted to create something that uses it. I thought what I needed was PODS (Palm OS Development Suite) but not only I can't find it anywhere but also it seems it was deprecated during Palm OS's lifetime. It really doesn't help the fact that I'm a beginner, but I really want to give this platform some life. Any general tip, book, working link or even anecdotes related to all this will be greatly appreciated.

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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

Slashdot.org - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 2:00pd
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Pregnant women who smoke don't just harm the health of their baby—they may actually impair their child's DNA, according to new research. A genetic analysis shows that the children of mothers who smoke harbor far more chemical modifications of their genome — known as epigenetic changes — than kids of non-smoking mothers. Many of these are on genes tied to addiction and fetal development. The finding may explain why the children of smokers continue to suffer health complications later in life.

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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Slashdot.org - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 1:15pd
With recent news that Facebook altered users' feeds as part of a psychology experiment, OKCupid has jumped in and noted that they too have altered their algorithms and experimented with their users (some unintentional) and "if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.". Findings include that removing pictures from profiles resulted in deeper conversations, but as soon as the pictures returned appearance took over; personality ratings are highly correlated with appearance ratings (profiles with attractive pictures and no other information still scored as having a great personality); and that suggesting a bad match is a good match causes people to converse nearly as much as ideal matches would.

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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

Slashdot.org - Mar, 29/07/2014 - 12:33pd
New submitter tekxtc (136198) writes Slashdot has reported in the past that a Tizen phone is coming and that the design and photos leaked. But, it has just been announced that the launch of the first Tizen phone has been delayed because of its Tizen's small ecosystem. Should it ever ship? Haven't Android and iOS completely cornered the market? Is there any hope for the likes of Tizen, Firefox OS, and Windows on phones and tablets?

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New Findings On Graphene As a Conductor With IC Components

Slashdot.org - Hën, 28/07/2014 - 11:52md
ClockEndGooner (1323377) writes Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, WHYY FM, reported today on their Newsworks program that a research team at the University of Pennsylvania have released their preliminary findings on the use of graphene as a conductor in the next generation of computer chips. From the article: "'It's very, very strong mechanically, and it is an excellent electronic material that might be used in future computer chips,' said Charlie Johnson, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. ... Future graphene transistors, Johnson said, are likely to be only tens of atoms across."

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Matthias Clasen: A talk in 9 images

Planet GNOME - Hën, 28/07/2014 - 11:22md

My talk at GUADEC this year was about GTK+ dialogs. The first half of the talk consisted of a comparison of dialogs in GTK+ 2, in GTK+ 3 under gnome-shell and in GTK+ 3 under xfwm4 (as an example of an environment that does not favor client-side decorations).

The main take-away here should be that in 3.14, all GTK+ dialogs will again have traditional decorations if that is what works best in the environment it is used in.

The second part of my talk was discussing best practices for dealing with various issues that can come up with custom GTK+ dialogs; I’ve summarized the main points in this HowDoI page.

The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Slashdot.org - Hën, 28/07/2014 - 11:10md
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a ghost. Why build a municipal fiber network, one asked, when "internet service [is] already offered by two respectable private businesses?" In the corner, in tiny print, each postcard said "paid for by SBC" or "paid for by Comcast." The postcards are pretty absurd and worth a look.

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Michael Meeks: 2014-07-28: Monday

Planet GNOME - Hën, 28/07/2014 - 11:05md
  • Up early; mini team meeting, update, tried to deal with the most urgent E-mail; off to Carls for lunch with Robert. Back, continued to wade through the mail.

A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

Slashdot.org - Hën, 28/07/2014 - 10:31md
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes The 'Weissman Score' — created for HBO's "Silicon Valley" to add dramatic flair to the show's race to build the best compression algorithm — creates a single score by considering both the compression ratio and the compression speed. While it was created for a TV show, it does really work, and it's quickly migrating into academia. Computer science and engineering students will begin to encounter the Weissman Score in the classroom this fall."

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Lubuntu Blog: Lubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

Planet UBUNTU - Hën, 28/07/2014 - 10:24md
It's already available Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, the first update on Trusty Tahr, a recommended by-default setup for all flavours including, of course, Lubuntu. This comes with extended support (until 2019). Various bugs that required updates are rolled into this update: A bug for btrfs has been found, this is scheduled to be fixed in 14.04.2 A bug affecting Alt-F2 is still present For PPC the bug

Olav Vitters: Pre commit hook for PO files on git.gnome.org

Planet GNOME - Hën, 28/07/2014 - 10:22md

After a little pestering by André I’ve made the following changes regarding PO file checking on git.gnome.org:

  1. PO files are actually checked using msgfmt
  2. Added a simple check to ensure keyword header in .desktop is properly translated

That PO files weren’t checked for syntax issues was pretty surprising for me, it seems no translator ever uploaded a PO file with a wrong syntax, else I assume the sysadmin team would’ve received a bugreport/ticket.

The check for a properly translated keyword header is implemented using sed:

sed -rn '/^#: [^\n]+\.desktop/{:start /\nmsgstr/!{N;b start};/\nmsgid [^\n]+;"/{/\nmsgstr [^\n]+;"/!p}}'

Or in English: match from /^#: .*\.desktop/ until /\nmsgstr/. Then if there is a msgid ending with ";, check if there also is a msgstr ending with ;". If msgstr doesn’t end with ;" but all other conditions apply: print the buffer (so #: line up to msgstr). The git hook itself just looks if the output is empty or not.

Example of the error message.

$ git push Counting objects: 23, done. Delta compression using up to 2 threads. Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done. Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 313 bytes | 0 bytes/s, done. Total 3 (delta 2), reused 0 (delta 0) remote: --- remote: The following translation (.po) file should ensure the translated content ends with a semicolon. (When updating branch 'master'.) remote: remote: po/sl.po remote: remote: The following part of the file fails to do this. Please correct the translation and try to push again. remote: remote: #: ../data/nautilus.desktop.in.in.h:3 remote: msgid "folder;manager;explore;disk;filesystem;" remote: msgstr "mapa;upravljalnik;datoteke;raziskovalec;datotečni sistem;disk" remote: remote: After making fixes, modify your commit to include them, by doing: remote: remote: git add sl.po remote: git commit --amend remote: remote: If you have any further problems or questions, please contact the GNOME Translation Project mailing list <gnome-i18n@gnome.org>. Thank you. remote: --- To ssh://git.gnome.org/git/nautilus ! [remote rejected] master -> master (pre-receive hook declined) error: failed to push some refs to 'ssh://git.gnome.org/git/nautilus'

Note: explanation can probably be improved. The check is not just for Keywords, also for other things like e.g. mime types, etc.

A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

Slashdot.org - Hën, 28/07/2014 - 9:50md
Slashdot's Tim Lord was cruising the halls at OSCON, where he spotted Kevin Bates and his tiny Arduino-based device, called the Arduboy. On Kevin's Tindie.com sales page, he says the games it can run include, "Space Rocks, Snake, Flappy Ball, Chess, Breakout, and many more...The most exciting one could be made by you!" || His work with Arduboy got Kevin invited to the recent White House Maker Faire, where he rubbed shoulders (and shot selfies with) Bill Nye the Science Guy, Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, and Arduino creator Massimo Banzi. || Does Kevin have a Kickstarter in the works? There's nothing about Arduboy on Kickstarter.com, and given the Arduboy's simplicity and low price (currently $50), plus stories about it everywhere from Time.com to engadget to Slashdot, he may not need any financing or capital to make his idea succeed. (Alternate Video Link)

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