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

Submitted by stoborrobots
stoborrobots (577882) 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->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) 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

Submitted by linuxscreenshot
linuxscreenshot (3888545) 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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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

Submitted by davidshenba
davidshenba (2536122) 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->

Submitted by MasterPatricko
MasterPatricko (1414887) 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->

Submitted by jeditobe
jeditobe (2701857) 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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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]->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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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+ - Fabiola Gianotti to Take Over as CERN Director-General-> 1

Submitted by somegeekynick
somegeekynick (1011759) 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%

Submitted by davidshenba
davidshenba (2536122) 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."

+ - Wormholes may not be limited to science fiction forever

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "If you wanted to travel to the stars — to star systems beyond our own — you’d better be prepared to take your sweet time. Even at the speeds the Apollo astronauts traveled to the Moon, it would take millions of years to reach even the next nearest star beyond our own, Proxima Centauri. And yet, General Relativity admits an astounding possibility to short-cut the great cosmic distances by punching a hole in spacetime, connecting two far-separated events to one another through a cosmic bridge: a wormhole. What strikes us as the most fanciful of science fiction ideas may legitimately someday become science fact, and if it does, here's the physics of how it will work!"

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