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Submission + - Morocco switches on first part of the world's largest solar plant (iflscience.com)

AmiMoJo writes: Noor 1 is just the first of three phases of a solar plant that will eventually cover an area larger than the country's capital, Rabat. It is hoped that it will eventually produce so much electricity that the nation will not only be able to meet its own energy needs, but also export the excess to Europe. The first section of the plant is now producing 160 MWp. Built near the town of Ouarzazate in central Morocco, the plant uses solar thermal technology, rather than photovoltaic solar panels. Solar thermal technology uses mirrors, which track the movement of the Sun, to concentrate solar rays to heat oil in pipes. The hot oil is used to create steam in order to power turbines, creating the electricity. The advantage of using this technique is that the oil can then be used to melt salt, which holds onto the energy, and can be used to produce power even after the Sun has gone down.

Submission + - Firefox going to 6-8 week variable release schedule (mozilla.org)

AmiMoJo writes: Four years ago Mozilla moved to a fixed-schedule release model, otherwise known as the Train Model, in which we released Firefox every six weeks to get features and updates to users faster. Now Mozilla is moving to a variable 6-8 week cycle, with the same number of releases per year but some flexibility to "respond to emerging user and market needs" and allow time for holidays.

The new release schedule looks like this:

2016-01-26 – Firefox 44
2016-03-08 – Firefox 45, ESR 45 (6 weeks cycle)
2016-04-19 – Firefox 46 (6 weeks cycle)
2016-06-07 – Firefox 47 (7 weeks cycle)
2016-08-02 – Firefox 48 (8 weeks cycle)
2016-09-13 – Firefox 49 (6 weeks cycle)
2016-11-08 – Firefox 50 (8 weeks cycle)
2016-12-13 – Firefox 50.0.1 (5 week cycle, release for critical fixes as needed)
2017-01-24 – Firefox 51 (6 weeks from prior release)

Comment Re:Management structure and meritocracy (Score 1) 223

Please don't lie about this, it's an important point and we can't discuss it properly if you try to mislead people.

The meritocracy rug was removed because GitHub isn't a meritocracy, and meritocracies tend to be bad for businesses anyway. The main problem is trying to define merit. You basically have two choices.

1. Subjective evaluation by managers, when tends to introduce a lot of bias. People see more merit in people like themselves, or people who work on projects they consider important, or people who are willing to have an unhealthy work/life balance etc.

2. Objective evaluation based on agreed criteria, which tends to make people act against the interests of the company by seeking out projects that will increase their score and screwing over colleges to get ahead. Once it becomes a game with rules, people will abuse them to get ahead.

So basically trying to run a meritocracy creates and echo chamber or similar people all trying to screw each other, or patting each other on the back for being similar. This has screwed quite a lot of companies in the past.

Comment Re:Pooh-Pooh all you want. This is great news! (Score 1) 188

Because $6k is s small change compared to the cost of a few admins familiar with Linux. There are far more admins familiar with Windows, so you can pay them less, so your $6k is saved in a few months max.

Oh, and there is the option to move your virtualized servers into the cloud. Microsoft makes it really easy to migrate, or just buy extra capacity from Azure. I'm sure there are people offering something similar for Linux, but you can bet it's not as good.

Comment Re:Management structure and meritocracy (Score 0, Troll) 223

https://github.com/apple/swift/pull/165 people complaining about the labels Master/Slave, yes seriously

More interesting is why you object to it. It's a minor change, doesn't hurt you but makes some people more comfortable... I'm guessing your complaint (since you don't state it) is that you are offended by other people being offended, which is kind of ironic.

https://github.com/nodejs/TSC/issues/8 the banning of a user who used the eggplant emoji

In a thread about not posting dick jokes, a throwaway troll account posts a phallic emoji. The real tragedy is that the trolling worked and wasted far too much time when it could just have been banned and forgotten about in a few seconds.

https://github.com/womenwhocodedc/organization/issues/26 complaining about "Too many CIS(straight) White Men at WWCDC"

You should avoid using quotes if it isn't obvious that the text you quoted isn't actually from the link, but rather something you made up.

So it's a discussion about what to do if men show up at a private meeting for female programmers and start being disruptive. Basically what to do about trolls. The debate is insightful and comes to a reasonable conclusion: don't ban men, but have clear guidelines about what to do if anyone starts being disruptive or ignoring the code of conduct.

https://github.com/joyent/libuv/pull/1015 complaining about gendered pronouns

I think you mean "submitted a patch that changed two words, he -> they in two places". Again, why does this upset you? You seem to be offended by politeness.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 463

Linux's problem is application compatibility. Either the company has an app that won't run now, or worries it will in the future. I do embedded software development and electronic engineering, and there are loads of apps that are either known not to work with WINE or no one has tried them.

I use it for browsing at home, but in a corporate environment the fact that it won't run that inventory app or runs it now but can't guarantee compatibility with future versions is a killer.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 463

Indeed, and to be clear I have issues with Windows and what Microsoft does. I'm mostly still running 7 and 8.1. But the FUD surrounding Windows 10 pisses me off because it wastes my time and makes it hard to find genuine, properly researched information. That's why I ended up doing it myself.

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