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Google Is Removing 'In the News' Section From Desktop Search After Criticism

Slashdot.org - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:40
Google today confirmed that it is removing "In the news" section from the top of desktop search, and replacing it with a carousel of "Top stories," similar to what exists on mobile. From a new report on BusinessInsider: This move had been planned for quite some time, and is being rolled out globally, according to Google. The removal of the word "news" will, hopefully, help draw a sharper line between Google's human-vetted Google News product, and its main search product. Last month, Google faced scrutiny when one of its top results for "final election count" was fake news. The top result in Google Search's "In the news" section was a Wordpress blog named "70 News," which falsely claimed Trump won the popular vote by a margin of almost 700,000. (He didnâ(TM)t). Google's search results, in contrast to Google News, are not assessed for "truth."

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Codemade Is a Big Collection of Open-Source Electronics Projects

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:30

When it comes to tracking down DIY electronics project ideas, you’ve got a lot of solid web sites out there. Codemade is a web app that gathers a bunch of those sources together.

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Install Jira, Confluence and ServiceDesk by softwareideas

Freelancer.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:05
1) Install Jira, Confluence and Service Desk on my server. 1.1) Someone already installed Jira on the server, but you have to test it if it's ok; 1.2) He installed Service Desk from Jira admin, but it has an error when we create a Service Desk project - "Hmm..... (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: Linux)
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Most Winter Boots Have Terrible Grip on Ice

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:00

Your winter boots have to protect you from the cold and prevent slush from leaking in. That’s easy enough to check in the store: just look for insulation and waterproofing. But how do you know whether those boots will keep you from slipping on an icy sidewalk? A lab in Toronto has found the answer.

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Must have Ubuntu Packages

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:00

Datamation: A list of top "must have" Ubuntu packages, along with an explanation of why you need each one.

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Information Overload No Problem For Most Americans: Survey

Slashdot.org - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:00
About 20 percent of American adults feel the burden of information overload, with that figure at least doubling among those from poorer or less educated backgrounds, Pew Research Center said in a new report. Reuters adds: "Generally, Americans appreciate lots of information and access to it," said the report into how U.S. adults cope with information demands. Roughly four in five Americans agree that they are confident about using the internet to keep up with information demands, that a lot of information gives them a feeling of more control over their lives, and that they can easily determine what information is trustworthy. Americans who are 65 or older, have a high school diploma or less and earn less than $30,000 a year are more likely to say they face a glut of information. Eighty-four percent of Americans with online access through three sources -- home broadband, smartphone and tablet computer -- say they like having so much information available. By contrast, 55 percent of those with no online source felt overwhelmed by the amount of possible information.

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solve centOS linux server "let's encrypt SSL certificate" nginx setting ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR by pollors

Freelancer.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:48
Hi, I installed "Let's Encrypt certificate" via my plesk control panel on my server, but it seems to be conflict with some nginx setting ang giving "ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR" error while browsing the websites... (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: Linux, Nginx, OpenSSL, Plesk, UNIX)
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Photography Mapped Is a Fun, Interactive Tool to Learn How Your Camera Works

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:30

We’ve seen a few great online tools for learning how to use the manual settings on a camera before, but Photography Mapped is a new web tool that’s worth playing around if you’re new to manual photography.

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Network Security, Build Perimeter Security of Internet Service Provider(ISP) by samdagba

Freelancer.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:23
More details will be provided via chat (Budget: $50 - $100 USD, Jobs: Cisco, Internet Security, Linux, Network Administration, System Admin)
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Pebble Gets Acquired By Fitbit - Ends Production and Ceases Support Of Its Existing Lineup of Smartwatches

Slashdot.org - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:20
Reader phorm writes: In a notice to Kickstarter backers, pebble has stated that -- following the acquisition by Fitbit (official now) -- they will no longer promote, manufacture, or sell devices. Further, while existing functionality may continue, it is likely to be degraded and warranty support will no longer be provided. This includes any recently shipped Pebble models. For those that were eagerly awaiting shipment of Pebble Time 2 and other newer devices, those devices will not ship at all. Pebble has indicated refunds will be made within 4-8 weeks. Those expecting their money may not want to hold their breath, however, because a contradictory statement made by to backers by email says that refunds will be made via Kickstarter by March 2017.Fitbit said it is only purchasing software assets from Pebble.

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I need you to develop some software for me. I would like this software to be developed for Linux using C by john4smith16

Freelancer.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:14
I need you to develop some software for me. I would like this software to be developed for Linux using C (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: C Programming, Linux, Software Architecture, Ubuntu)
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Make the Fluffiest, Softest Cookies With Cake Flour

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:00

All cookies are delicious in their own right, but sometimes you have a craving for specific kind, and those cravings should be indulged. If you have a hankering for the soft, fluffy, Lofthouse-style cookies, you’ll need to grab some cake flour.

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Google Determines that FIDO U2F Security Keys Improve Security

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:00

eWEEK: Google researchers publish a study based on two-years of Security Keys usage and determine that improved security, reliability and lower costs are the result.

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Disable comments on Instagram post?

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:54

You’re in luck because Instagram just added the ability for you to disable comments on your posts, and what’s even better is that you can specify no comments as you post or you can change the status of an existing post (even after you delete the dumb comments).

Which brings up a more general topic about trolls and rude folk who think that what they post online is inconsequential and that “it’s just a joke” and we’re wrong for being offended. I say bah humbug! If we all put effort into being kinder and more positive, the Internet would be a remarkably different place. But I suppose I should hope for a unicorn to knock on the office door too, while I’m at it.

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The Total Idiot's Guide To Doing Basic Motorcycle Repairs 

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:54

I’ll be honest: I’m a terrible mechanic. I’ve got a scar on my forearm from the last time I changed the brakes on my Mini. Any repair work I’ve ever done has been a financial decision, not a leisure one. But! Even someone like me, who has the dexterity of a drunken penguin, can do basic motorcycle maintenance.

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YouTube's $1 Billion Royalties Are Not Enough, Says Music Industry

Slashdot.org - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:40
YouTube said Tuesday that it has paid the music industry over one billion dollars in advertising revenue in the past 12 months. The music industry thinks that sum is not enough. From a report on BBC: "Google has issued more unexplained numbers on what it claims YouTube pays the music industry," said a spokesperson for the global music body, the IFPI. "The announcement gives little reason to celebrate, however. With 800 million music users worldwide, YouTube is generating revenues of just over $1 per user for the entire year. "This pales in comparison to the revenue generated by other services, ranging from Apple to Deezer to Spotify. For example, in 2015 Spotify alone paid record labels some $2bn, equivalent to an estimated $18 per user." In his blog post, Mr Kyncl conceded that the current model was not perfect, arguing: "There is a lot of work that must be done by YouTube and the industry as a whole. "But we are excited to see the momentum," he added.

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PF Sense Expert - Site-to-Site IPSec VPN configuration by oneitbrazil

Freelancer.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:34
I have a firewall solution based on the PFSense Linux software and I need some support from a PFsense Expert in order to configure and troubleshot a Site-to-Site IPSec VPN. (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: Computer Security, Linux, Network Administration, System Admin, Web Security)
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Send Files Between Devices Without Uploading to an Intermediary With Takeafile

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:30

Whenever you email yourself a file or use something like Dropbox to transfer files between devices, your data lives on a server somewhere as an intermediary. If you’d rather cut out the middleman, Takeafile.com uses peer-to-peer technology to transfer files, no plugins required.

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The nature of water: unveiling the most detailed view of water on EarthThe nature of water: unveiling the most detailed view of water on EarthChief Extraterrestrial Observer

GoogleBlog - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:10

In 1926, the Mississippi river flooded to its highest level in history, destroying towns and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Since then, dams and thousands of kilometers of levees have been built to control the mighty Mississippi. 60 years on, another effect of the historic flood is becoming apparent. As the river has become calmer, it now also carries a lot less of the sediment that created and replenished the delta. Without that, more than 13 thousand square kilometers of the delta -- an area 10 times the size of London -- is slowly slipping into the Gulf of Mexico. Once again the river is threatening to displace thousands and drown the fragile delta wetlands.

Mississippi delta sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. Blue is water, white is land, red shows areas of transition. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The change of the Mississippi over decades is just one of the hundreds of stories of similarly dramatic change around the globe; from the draining of the Aral Sea in the Middle East for crops, to the effects of dam construction in China, or the impacts of the multi-year drought on the Western U.S.  Water has been shaping our planet since it was formed, and still plays a direct and crucial role in all of our lives.

The Aral Sea, Kazakhstan Poyang Lake, Jiangxi China Lake Mead, Nevada

Thanks to a partnership between the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and Google, we can now get a view into the past three decades of water on the surface of Earth and see how stories like these have shaped the world over time, in unprecedented detail.   

This project has been a monumental undertaking and was made possible by new data processing methods, running the analysis on thousands of high performance computers at the same time. It took three years to download 1.8 petabytes of data from the USGS/NASA Landsat satellite program and prepare that for analysis. Each pixel in 3 million satellite images, going all the way back to 1984, was examined by a computer algorithm developed by the Joint Research Center running on the Google Earth Engine platform. More than 10 million hours of computing time was needed for this, roughly equivalent to a modern 2-core computer running day and night for 600 years.  

Karkheh River in Iran backing up behind a dam from 1984 to 2015 (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The results for the first time allow us to map and measure changes in the water surface over time with a 30-meter accuracy, month-by-month, over 32 years. Here are some of our findings:  

  • 90 thousand square kilometers of water - the equivalent of half of the lakes in Europe - have vanished altogether. Over 200 thousand square kilometers of new, mostly man-made water bodies came into existence.

  • The continuing drying up of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan accounts for the biggest loss in the world.

  • Iran and Afghanistan lost over a half, Iraq over a third of its water area.

  • Although the area covered by water in the U.S. has overall increased a little, a combination of drought and sustained demand for water have seen six western states, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, account for a third of the loss in U.S. water surface. 

Lakes throughout the Tibetan Plateau have expanded in size over the past 30 years. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The research findings and the maps, published today in the journal Nature, are available for you to explore on this new website.  The data are also freely available in Google Earth Engine for further research, use, and download.  These new maps, statistics and the stories of change they reveal provide essential information which can aid global water security, agricultural planning, disaster preparedness, public health, climate understanding and more, offering the most detailed view to date of one of our planet’s most vital resources.

With contributions from Alan Belward, Andrew Cottam and Jean-François Pekel, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Thanks to a partnership between the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and Google, we can now get a view into the past three decades of water on the surface of Earth and see how stories like these have shaped the world over time, in unprecedented detail.
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How to Download Netflix Movies to Your SD Card and Save Space on Your Phone

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:00

Rejoice, you can download Netflix movies and TV shows to watch offline. Unfortunately, it only downloads to your built-in storage by default, which can lead to some slow, cluttered phones. If you’d rather use the extra space on your SD card for all those Stranger Things episodes, here’s how.

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