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+ - China plans to land on the far side of the moon by 2020->

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An anonymous reader writes: According to a story in Quartz, the Chinese have decided to land the Chang’e 4 probe on the far side of the moon. Chang’e 4 is a backup probe to the Chang’e 3, which landed on the lunar surface in December 2013 and carried a rover called Yutu. Because the spacecraft will have to be reconfigured, its scheduled launch will be delayed until sometime before 2020, likely after the Chang’e 5 sample return mission which is currently scheduled to launch in 2017.
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+ - Why there needs to be a quantum theory of gravity

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StartsWithABang writes: If you’re not a theoretical physicist yourself, you might think that physics is physics — we ask questions about the Universe, do experiments/make observations, and get the answers — and math is just a tool that we use to help us get there. But that really sells the power of mathematics short. For a physical theory to be valid, there are a whole host of mathematical properties that theory needs to possess, including being free of logical inconsistencies, making predictions about observables, and that those predictions agree with observations. Yet when we look at our theory of gravitation at the smallest scales and with the strongest gravitational fields, our theory itself fails, which is precisely why we need a quantum theory of gravity.

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

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jrepin 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 ->

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schwit1 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).

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