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+ - India Bans BBC Documentary on Rape

An anonymous reader writes: India's far-right Hindu Nationalist government headed by Narendra Modi has banned telecasting and viewing online of a BBC documentary on the 2012 Delhi rape which shocked the nation. The documentary consists interviews of the rapist Mukesh Singh, his lawyers and the victim's parents seems to expose the male dominant nature of Indian society. Indian government is now attempting to ban the documentary worldwide. Critics of Indian government's action has accused it for not addressing issues women face and instead trying to hide the dirty secrets of its culture from the world. Some Indian websites also reported that the views expressed by the rapist is echoed by policemen, lawyers and politicians of the nation. So far the government's attempt to ban the video online is with mixed success.

+ - Systemd looking to assimilate Gummiboot UEFI Boot Manager->

stoborrobots writes: Phoronix notes that "systemd developers are looking at integrating Gummiboot" .

Gummiboot is a bootloader manager — it loads and executes either EFI images or EFI-aware linux kernels.

Gummiboot is infrequently updated, but Kay Sievers recently added some new functionality.

Mattias Geniar also has some other notes from Lennart Poettering's recent FOSDEM talk about the state of systemd.

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+ - Warmer Pacific Ocean could release millions of tons of methane->

vinces99 writes: Off the U.S. West Coast, methane gas is trapped in frozen layers below the seafloor. New research from the University of Washington shows that water at intermediate depths is warming enough to cause these carbon deposits to melt, releasing methane into the sediments and surrounding water. Researchers found that water off the coast of Washington is gradually warming at a depth of 500 meters (about a third of a mile down), the same depth where methane transforms from a solid to a gas. The research suggests that ocean warming could be triggering the release of a powerful greenhouse gas.

Scientists believe global warming will release methane from gas hydrates worldwide, but most of the focus has been on the Arctic. The new paper estimates that, from 1970 to 2013, some 4 million metric tons of methane has been released from hydrate decomposition off Washington's coast. That’s an amount each year equal to the methane from natural gas released in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout off the coast of Louisiana, and 500 times the rate at which methane is naturally released from the seafloor.

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+ - Fedora 21 Released-> 2 2

linuxscreenshot writes: The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 21, ready to run on your desktops, servers and in the cloud. Fedora 21 is a game-changer for the Fedora Project, and we think you're going to be very pleased with the results. As part of the Fedora.next initiative, Fedora 21 comes in three flavors: Cloud, Server, and Workstation. The Fedora Workstation is a new take on desktop development from the Fedora community. Our goal is to pick the best components, and integrate and polish them. This work results in a more polished and targeted system than you've previously seen from the Fedora desktop.

Here are screenshots for Fedora 21 GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, and MATE

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+ - Monochromatic light as a species-selective insecticide-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: The harmful effects of ultraviolet light have been long known. But now researchers at Tohoku University in Japan claim that visible blue light is also lethal to many insects, possibly even more so than UV, even at reasonable daylight intensities. Moreover, they report that certain species are more sensitive to specific wavelengths: Given the same intensity (3x10^18 photons/sec/m2), light in the 440-467nm range was far more lethal to fruit flies than light of longer or shorter wavelengths. The wavelength 417nm was three times as effective at killing mosquito larvae than the shorter 404nm light, contradicting the notion that higher-energy photons always cause more damage. The research has wide implications for modeling the effect of natural and manmade environmental changes on insect populations and for selectively controlling populations of certain species.
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+ - Increased Crop Yields Adding More CO2

davidshenba writes: There are many researches that point to increased CO2 levels due to meat production. But now a new research points to increase in crop yields has a positive correlation with the raise in CO2 levels. The researcher notes that “This is another piece of evidence suggesting that when we (humans) do things at a large scale, we have the ability to greatly influence the composition of the atmosphere”.

+ - openSUSE 13.2 released->

MasterPatricko writes: The latest version of the openSUSE distribution, 13.2, has been officially released. Key features include integrated support for filesystem snapshots, enabled by a switch to btrfs as the default file system, a new network manager (Wicked), as well as the usual version updates. This release includes seven supported desktop environments (KDE 4.14, GNOME 3.14, Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment 19, Mate and Awesome) and even preview packages of Plasma 5.1, all presented with a unified openSUSE theme. Download LiveUSB and DVD images now from http://software.opensuse.org/132.
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+ - ReactOS 0.3.17 Released->

jeditobe writes: The ReactOS Project is pleased to release
version 0.3.17. A major new feature for this
release is the inclusion of NTVDM, which
provides support for a wide range of 16bit
applications, a long requested feature by the
community. NTVDM is still undergoing work but
we felt that it was ready enough to provide a
sneak peak to the wider community. In addition,
the leadup to the 0.3.17 release saw a very
impressive round of testing by the community.
Several regressions and bugs discovered in the
release candidates were promptly fixed and
incorporated into the final release. ReactOS is
quickly approaching a stage where what the
releases will offer is polish compared to previous
releases. That will be an important milestone, as
it is then that we can begin recommending to
people that they try using ReactOS for day-to-day
computing. We hope you look forward to it as
much as we do.
Users can select from a variety of images to test

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+ - Terrorists used false DMCA claims to get personal data of anti-islamic youtuber

An anonymous reader writes: German newspaper FAZ reports (google translated version) that, after facing false DMCA claims by "FirstCrist, Copyright" and threatened by youtube with takedown, a youtuber running the german version of islam-critic Al Hayat TV had to disclose their identity in order to get the channel back online, in accordance with youtube policy. Later, the channel staff got a mail containing a death threat by "FirstCrist, Copyright", containing: "thank you for your personal data. [...] take care your house gets police protection!". As the staff had already suspected that "FirstCrist, Copyright" were in fact islamists, they had tried to convince youtube youtube to find another way, but in vain.

+ - NTFS now supported in ReactOS LiveCD [experimental, read-only]->

An anonymous reader writes: ReactOS, the open-source OS aiming for binary compatibility with Windows

Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support.

While ReactOS now has NTFS read support, it's still lacking write support.
NTFS support will NOT be included into the upcoming 0.3.17 release. As this support is a bit raw.

http://iso.reactos.org/ReactOS... download test iso

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+ - World's First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

GeekyKhan writes: A new needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100% effective at stopping the transmission of Ebola in monkeys, and it could spell a breakthrough in the battle against the disease. The vaccine is administered through a nasal spray using a common cold virus genetically engineered to carry Ebola DNA.

+ - Fabiola Gianotti to Take Over as CERN Director-General-> 1 1

somegeekynick writes: The public face of the ATLAS experiement at CERN which co-discovered the the Higgs-like boson in 2012, Fabiola Gianotti, 52, has been chosen as the next Director-General of the particle physics lab. She'll become the first woman to hold the position. The 5-year term begins on Jan 1, 2016.
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+ - Government Data Requests to Facebook up by 24%

davidshenba writes: Facebook has revealed that government requests for user data has increased by 24% to nearly 35,000 during the first six months. Also content restrictions due to local laws increased by 19% in the same period. According to Facebook, they scrutinize every government request for legal sufficiency and "push back hard when we find deficiencies or are served with overly broad requests." Already Facebook is fighting its largest ever legal battle against a US court order to handover 400 users' data.

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