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+ - European Commision Will Increase Use of Open Source Software->

Submitted by jrepin
jrepin (667425) writes "The European Commission has updated its strategy for internal use of Open Source Software. The Commission, which is already using open source for many of its key ICT services and software solutions, will further increase the role of this type of software internally. The renewed strategy puts a special emphasis on procurement, contribution to open source software projects and providing more of the software developed within the Commission as open source."
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+ - German Airbus A320 plane crashes in French Alps ->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Germanwings A320 aircraft flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf goes down in southern French Alps with 148 on board

A distress call was made by the aircraft at 10.47am, while the plane was “in an abnormal situation”, the French transport ministry said. The crash happened shortly afterwards, it added. The aircraft disappeared off the radar at around 11.20am, Le Figaro reported. The plane dropped from 11,500 metres to 2,100 metres (38,000ft to 6,925ft) in nine minutes between 10.31am and 10.40am, air radar services said. The distress call to air traffic control in Marseilles was “mayday, mayday, mayday” and the pilot requested an emergency descent, meaning all air space had to be cleared below the route of the aircraft."

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Comment: Re:I must be missing something. (Score 1) 240

by Alien1024 (#49265873) Attached to: Windows 10 Enables Switching Between Desktop and Tablet Modes

I didn't say it was a good GUI. It's horribly unproductive.

I have a Windows 8 tablet, and half the settings are burried in either Control Panel or Regedit, both of which are set to run in desktop mode, which is useless without a mouse, as even my small finger covers two or three checkboxes at the same time. How do I switch to metro mode?

Doesn't the tablet have a Windows button? Alternatively you can swipe from the right edge to get a Start button, which takes you to the metro home screen. But you highlight a different issue - the fact that some setting screens are metro apps, others are desktop programs and yet others have both metro and desktop versions. This is awful design, there is no argument about that.

Please tell me how to switch those to desktop mode, without the need to install Start8 or Classic Shell

Of course, click on the "Desktop" tile, but it seems to me that you want to switch them permanently. I don't think that's possible, nor did I claim it was (even with Start8, etc you will still be taken to metro mode when you launch a metro app).

Comment: Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (Score 1) 145

by Alien1024 (#48881321) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move
That would be a valid point if human lifespan was in the millions of years. Unfortunately, the oldest verified person ever lived for ~122 years. Globally catastrophic asteroid strikes of the scale that killed dinosaurs don't happen very often. The last one happened 65 million years ago. So that's a red herring.

An astronomer estimated the chance of being killed by an asteroid as 1 in 700,000.

As natural disasters go, any person is far more likely to die from tsunamis, earthquakes and extreme weather events.

Comment: Towelroot (Score 1) 186

by Alien1024 (#48846055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?
I rooted my Nexus 4 and my Kindle Fire HDX using Towelroot (on the Nexus 4 it is extremely easy to apply - just allow non-store apps and install tr.apk; on the Kindle, I had to install HDXposed, the Xposed framework and Google Apps before I could do that). IIRC it worked fine on Android 4.4 (despite scary warnings issued by Google, which can be safely ignored). But it doesn't work on Android 5. Last time I looked into it (a couple of months ago), there was not an easy way to root Lollipop - you had to back up your data and settings and re-flash.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.