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Mozilla Taps New CEO

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
The company looks to John Lilly to grow its business while ex-CEO Mitchell Baker focuses on Mozilla's vision.
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Old-School SUSE Executives Take Over Open-Xchange

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
Two of pre-Novell SUSE's top executives are taking the open-source groupware company Open-Xchange.
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Torvalds Still Will Not License Linux Under GPL v3

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
The Linux creator said copyright owners would have to agree to licensing changes, and those who didn't would have to rewrite code.
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OpenVZ to Release Pre-made Ubuntu VMs

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
OpenVZ, the open-source community arm of SWsoft, will soon be releasing ready-to-run Ubuntu server and desktop virtual machines.
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After SCO Dies

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
Opinion: Could Novell open-source Unix? What will OpenServer customers do? Can Sun claim some customers for OpenSolaris?
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Interoperability Still Stumbling Block for Open Source in 2008

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
Enterprise customers want open-source solutions to continue to work together over update cycles.
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NeoOffice: The Open-Source Office Suite Alternative for Macs

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
Opinion: Yes, it's great news that Microsoft will be releasing a new version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, but before calling in your credit card number, you should check out a free, open-source alternative: NeoOffice.
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Rocket gOS 2.0, the Latest Ubuntu-Google Marriage, Days Away

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
The new version of gOS, the desktop Linux, which combines Ubuntu with dedicated links to Google applications, will be unveiled at CES.
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A More Open Microsoft

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
Your Linux and Mac clients won't be left out in the cold when Microsoft upgrades its Windows Server 2008 software later this year.
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Debian 4.0 Gets Security Update

Linux.eWeek.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:35
One of the most popular of the community Linuxes saw out the old year with a new security release.
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New Kit Turns A Raspberry Pi Into A Robot Arm

Slashdot.org - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:34
An anonymous reader writes: A new kit turns your Raspberry Pi into a robotic arm. It's controlled by an on-board joystick, or even a web browser, and "because it's connected to the Pi you can program it through any of the various programming languages that already run on the Pi," according to its creators. "There's also free software available which lets you program it through a web interface using drag and drop programming environments like Scratch and Blockly or with Python and Javascript for the more experienced." They explain in a video on Kickstarter that "Our mission is to get children excited about technology through building and programming their own robots," and they've already raised three times their original $12,411 fundraising goal. The Raspberry Pi blog describes it as "a great kit for anyone wanting to step into the world of digital making." Long-time Slashdot reader bjpirt adds that "It's completely open source and hackable."

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Improve Your Day's Focus by Answering “What Would Make Today Great?” 

LifeHacker.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:00

In our day to day, it can be hard to focus on the truly important things when everything seems important and to-do lists can be their own sort of hell. Instead of dealing with overwhelm, start by answering, “What would make today great?” to define the things that would make you happy that you did them.

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SpaceX's Next Launch Carries Colonies Of A Drug-Resistant Superbug

Slashdot.org - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 13:34
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider: SpaceX is preparing to launch a lethal, antibiotic-resistant superbug into orbit...to live its days in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. The idea is not to weaponize space with MRSA -- a bacterium that kills more Americans every year than HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, emphysema, and homicide combined -- but to send its mutation rates into hyperdrive, allowing scientists to see the pathogen's next moves well before they appear on Earth. The NASA-funded study will see SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch colonies of MRSA into space, to be cultivated in the US National Laboratory on the International Space Station. "We will leverage the microgravity environment on the ISS to accelerate the Precision Medicine revolution here on Earth," lead researcher Anita Goel, CEO of biotech company Nanobiosym, told Yahoo News... "Our ability to anticipate drug-resistant mutations with Gene-RADAR will lead to next generation antibiotics that are more precisely tailored to stop the spread of the world's most dangerous pathogens," says Goel. That launch was scheduled for today, but postponed it to "take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle." Two more externally-mounted payloads will conduct other experiments, with one monitoring lightning strikes on earth and the other measuring chemicals in the earth's atmosphere. In addition, there's also 21 science experiments that were submitted by high school students Meanwhile, Slashdot reader tomhath brings news that researchers have discovered the red berries of a U.S. weed can help fight superbugs. The researchers found "extracts from the Brazilian peppertree, which traditional healers in the Amazon have used for hundreds of years to treat skin and soft-tissue infections, have the power to stop methicillin-resistant MRSA infections in mice." One of the researchers said the extract "weakens the bacteria so the mouse's own defenses work better."

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Write some Software by afoad

Freelancer.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 13:22
We need a guacamole developer to create a guacamole agent for Windows, Mac and Linux which managed from guacamole admin page. We need the agent to to be able to do below functions: enable RDP protocol... (Budget: $30 - $250 USD, Jobs: Java, Link Building, Linux, Software Architecture)
Categories: Freelance, Linux

Caddy A Lightweight HTTP/2 Web Server to Deploy and Test Websites Easily

LinuxToday.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 13:00

Caddy is an alternative web server easy to configure and use.

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Lost Package Derails Project To Preserve Super Nintendo Games

Slashdot.org - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:34
A developer's quest to preserve (and validate) every game ROM for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System has hit a glitch -- thanks to the U.S. postal service. Byuu, the creator of the Higan SNES emulator, had been expecting a package with 100 games from the PAL region (covering most of Europe, Africa, South America, and Oceania). wertigon writes: As it turns out, someone at the USPS thought it was a good idea to lose the package, thereby robbing the project of roughly $5000 and the sad hopes of ever seeing a full indexing, like the one done to the U.S set. Byuu writes... "I do still want to dump and scan the Japanese games I already purchased. But we will never have a complete PAL set. Kotaku reports the games were worth up to £8,000, and though Byuu says the sender never requested reimbursement, it's going to happen "because I can't live with myself if it doesn't." He's asking for donations on Patreon, adding "If the package ultimately arrives, I will be refunding all donations." In that Thursday update, Byuu writes that the post office had finally shipped him the label from the package "and nothing else, claiming the machine ate it." They've launched an investigation, reports Byuu, adding "It's still an incredibly long shot that they'll find anything, but we'll see. I really, really hope that they do."

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How to improve YouTube video resolution?

AskDaveTaylor - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:13

Like a lot of sophisticated Web-based services, Google’s YouTube service (you did know that Google owned YouTube, right?) tries to minimize the stalls and buffering delays of a streaming video that you’re watching. The primary tactic it uses is to essentially test your connection and choose a resolution of the video that’s a match for how fast you’re wired up. So if you’re on a super fast connection then you should always see 1080p HD videos (with one huge caveat), while a crummy, weak mobile based connection might drop down to 240 or even lower res.

The caveat to all of this is that the video producer has made the video content available on YouTube in the different resolutions. As a videographer myself, I can tell you that YouTube downsamples the video content to offer lower resolution versions, but has no way to improve or increase the resolution of a low or medium res video segment. If the producer uploads it in 360 resolution, that’s as good as it’ll get regardless of how you’re viewing it. My solution is to always upload 1080p versions of my videos and let YouTube resample and produce all the other versions for people with less bandwidth.

YouTube automatically choosing a resolution for you based on its test of your connectivity doesn’t mean you’re trapped with that choice, however. Networks vary in speed, so it’s quite possible that its probe could suggest a bad connection when in fact you’ve got a good one, for example, So let’s go through the steps of forcing a higher def version of a video you’re watching.

Here’s an example: A video I just posted on my YouTube channel – and I invite you to subscribe: AskDaveTaylor on YouTube – that’s being shown in horrible resolution. Look closely at the text to see what I mean:

Move the cursor anywhere over the video itself and a bunch of buttons pop up:

You probably are familiar with the left side controls, pause, play/stop, volume and an elapsed time display, but the right side is far more interesting. From left to right they’re closed captioning, settings for this video’s playback, “theater” (larger) mode and full screen mode.

It’s the settings icon, the little gear, that you want to utilize to up the resolution! Click on it and a list of different playback settings and preferences appears:

Notice you can speed up or slow down videos, something I bet you didn’t know! More importantly, you can choose the quality level you’d like for this YouTube playback. Choose “Quality“…

In this particular video, I uploaded the 1080p version (full HD) and YouTube automatically stepped it down to offer 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p and the truly painful 144p resolution. Pick an HD one, perhaps 720p, and after a second or two the video will look substantially better. Oh,. and the gear icon gains a tiny red “HD” sticker:

And that’s how you pick and choose to get the resolution you want on a YouTube video! Now, if you’d like to watch the video I’ve used for this demo, here it is. Just remember to try changing resolution to see what happens!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iANiClO8CI

See how that all works? I thought you might!

The post How to improve YouTube video resolution? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor.

Categories: Technology

Making Out is the Most Enjoyable Way to Prevent Tense Jaws and Headaches

LifeHacker.com - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:00

Tense jaws are, quite literally, a pain. Like many people, I tend to clench my jaw when I’m stressed—or concentrating, or awake—which often leads to not only sore jaws but terrible tension headaches. Luckily, there is a very fun way you can loosen your jaw and prevent all this; you just need a make-out buddy.

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Thousands Of Disabled People Are Living In 'Virtual Utopias' In Second Life

Slashdot.org - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:34
"For many disabled residents, who may spend 12 hours a day or more in Second Life, the most important moments and relationships of their lives happen inside the virtual world," reports Backchanel. "For them, the fevered fantasies of a decade ago have become reality: Second Life is where they live." mirandakatz shares this article: Wagner James Au, who has written extensively about Second Life, estimates they may account for roughly 20 percent of users. Some active members estimate the number higher -- at as much as 50 percent... Abundant research shows imagining movement, without actually moving the body, can have positive effects on motor skills, balance, and learning... Studies suggest the therapeutic benefits of virtual reality extend beyond movement disorders -- to chronic pain, cognitive functioning in people with ADHD and PTSD, and social skills for people on the autism spectrum. The article describes a 90-year-old former nurse, now living in a retirement community, who's spent eight years living in a Second Life archipelago called "Virtual Ability Island" with over a thousand other members. "Watching her avatar hike trails and dance gave her the confidence to try things in the physical world that she hadn't tried in a half decade -- like stepping off a curb or standing up without any help."

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