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+ - Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A rather interesting product, Ikea's line of flatpack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week. The lightweight Better Shelter was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and beta tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for three years — far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which typically last about six months. The product is important tool in the prolonged refugee crisis that has unfolded across the Middle East. The war in Syria has spurred nearly 4 million people to leave their homes. The UNHCR has agreed to buy 10,000 of the shelters, and will begin providing them to refugee families this summer."

Comment: FPGAs (Score 3, Interesting) 86

by jones_supa (#49356127) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

We really should be preserving old computers in HDL in a form as loyal as possible to the original. Then we could always reimplement them in FPGA and make "real" hardware cheaply enough until the sun burns out.

It's doable, although these are big efforts.

There is already this Japanese guy who has done it for the SNES.

+ - Intel Helps Coreboot With Broadwell Support Code

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Intel Linux developers have landed a lot of Broadwell CPU architecture enablement code into Coreboot. While there has been basic Broadwell support code within Coreboot for a number of months, pushed in the past few hours has been a lot more Broadwell code. This is likely an indication that more Google Chromebooks based on this latest-generation Intel architecture should be surfacing soon. See the patches in Coreboot Git browser."

+ - Germanwings Crash Prompts Requirement of Two Personnel in Cockpit

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "After a co-pilot appeared to deliberately crash Germanwings flight 4U9525, some airlines are to change their rules to ensure two crew members are in plane cockpits at all times. Two low-cost European carriers EasyJet and Norwegian Air Shuttle are going to roll the new policy into effect almost immediately. The latter company said that they had already been discussing about such scenario before. Air Canada and the Canadian charter airline Air Transat also said they would go with the new rule. Many more carriers are likely to follow. Airlines in United States already follow the "rule of two"."

Comment: Why don't we have more data? (Score 1) 727

by jones_supa (#49344521) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
Geeze, why is this so hard! This was a clear crash over mainland Europe. We could quickly locate the destroyed plane and acquire the flight recorders, the whole show. Why is it still so clunky to piece together what actually happened? Shouldn't we have more data captured, for example video streams from the cabin and cockpit? It's so annoying when it's 2015 and Facebook knows what kind of socks you will be wearing today, but we have to play Sherlock Holmes with a commercial airliner crash.

+ - Effect of Xylitol in Preventing Tooth Decay Still Dubious->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Xylitol is the natural sweetener that is globally added to everyday products such as sugar-free chewing gum, toothpaste, gels, lozenges and sweets. It has been suggested that the addition of xylitol to products may help to prevent tooth decay by stopping the growth of decay-producing bacteria. However, a fresh metastudy from The University of Manchester concludes that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is actually effective in preventing dental cavities. The authors gathered together data from 5,903 participants in 10 different studies. They found only low quality evidence that levels of tooth decay were a small amount lower in those who used a fluoride toothpaste containing xylitol, compared to those who used a fluoride-only toothpaste. For other xylitol-containing products, such as syrup, lozenges and tablets, there was little or no evidence of any benefit."
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+ - First Nuclear Power Plant Planned in Jordan->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Jordan has signed an agreement with Russia's state-owned nuclear power giant Rosatom, that sets the legal basis for building the kingdom's first nuclear power plant with a total capacity of 2,000 MW. The agreement is worth $10 billion and it envisages the construction of a two-unit power plant at Amra in the north of the kingdom by 2022. The deal provides for a feasibility study, site evaluation process and an environmental impact assessment. Currently Jordan imports nearly 98% of its energy from oil products and crude and is struggling to meet electricity demand, which is growing by more than 7% annually due to a rising population and industrial expansion. The kingdom hopes that eventually nuclear power could provide almost 40% of its total electricity generating capacity."
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+ - Microsoft to Rename Modern Apps "Windows Apps"

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "While fumbling with the new application platform for Windows, Microsoft has juggled with different names for the applications: Metro, Modern UI, Windows Store apps, universal apps. Going forward, these apps will be called "Windows apps", Microsoft explained during the Developing for the Windows 10 Hardware Platform session at WinHEC 2015. This is what the future of Windows is all about, and these apps are expected to completely supplant desktop applications. A "Windows app" can run on every device category: phone, PC, Xbox, IoT, and on more obscure devices like the HoloLens. For now the classic Win32 platform will remain fully supported on x86 PCs, but Microsoft is taking a "legacy" attitude towards it."

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?

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