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+ - Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "After leaving his position as CEO of Microsoft a year ago, Steve Ballmer has still held a position as a member of the board of directors for the company. Now, he is leaving the board, along with a letter to the fresh CEO Satya Nadella. 'I have become very busy,' Ballmer explains. 'I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time.' Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice. Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in 'the mobile-first, cloud-first world.'"

+ - C++14 Is Set In Stone

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Apart from minor editorial tweaks, the ISO C++14 standard can be considered completed. Implementations are already shipping by major suppliers. C++14 is mostly an incremental update over C++11 with some new features like function return type deduction, variable templates, binary literals, generic lambdas, and so on. The official C++14 specification release will arrive later in the year, but for now Wikipedia serves as a good overview of the feature set."

+ - Man Plays Fetch With His Dog Using a Grenade->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "On a beach in Essex, UK, a man has been caught playing fetch with his dog, completely unaware that what he is lobbing is an old grenade. The man was spotted by an off-duty military explosives expert at Marine Parade in Harwich. The bomb expert halted play and set up a 30 yard cordon around the explosive, the police and coastguard were alerted, and the grenade was removed by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers. Interestingly, this was reportedly the fifth grenade to be found in the area in as many weeks. All have been detonated by EOD crew. Police suspect the grenades are from a crate carrying World War II grenades out at sea, and have now warned beachgoers to take care. People visiting the beach are asked to dial 999 if they find any more of these devices."
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+ - Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s — to Microsoft. Meanwhile Nokia has been buying up other businesses such as the Chicago-based SAC Wireless. Now Nokia is acquiring part of Panasonic's network business in an effort to boost its presence in Japan. The deal announced Thursday will give the Finnish firm control of roughly one third of Japan's mobile network market."
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+ - Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Brazilian superstar Neymar's (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 per cent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on "auto-pilot", according to Japanese neurologists Eiichi Naito and Satoshi Hirose. The findings were published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience following a series of motor skills tests carried out on the 22-year-old Neymar and several other athletes in Barcelona in February this year. Three Spanish second-division footballers and two top-level swimmers were also subjected to the same tests. Researcher Naito told Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper: "Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows [the player] to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies." In the research paper Naito concluded that the test results "provide valuable evidence that the football brain of Neymar recruits very limited neural resources in the motor-cortical foot regions during foot movements"."

+ - First Finn to Sign Major US Record Deal Comes from YouTube

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "YouTube celebrity Sara 'Smoukahontas' Forsberg has signed a record deal in the United States. As she reveals in her cheerful announcement, Sara will be first Finnish artist to sign a deal with an American major record label. Forsberg's record will be released by the major record company Capitol Records (part of Universal Music Group), her managers Jere Hietala and Johannes Ylinen report. The contract was made in Los Angeles in early April, but thus far the matter has been kept secret. The 20-year-old Pietarsaari-native Forsberg became a YouTube hit early this year. Her most popular video is called What Languages Sound Like to Foreigners, where Forsberg pretends to speak different languages, even though she speaks complete gibberish in German, French and Japanese."

+ - ScummVM 1.7.0 Released

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "It's been a while since a new ScummVM release, but version 1.7.0 is now here with many exciting features. New games supported are The Neverhood, Mortville Manor, Voyeur, Return to Ringworld and Chivalry is Not Dead. The Roland MT-32 emulator has been updated, there is an OpenGL backend, the GUI has seen improvements, AGOS engine is enhanced, tons of SCI bug fixes have been applied, and various other improvements can be found. This version also introduces support for the OUYA gaming console and brings improvements to some other more exotic platforms. Please read the release notes for an accurate description of the new version."

+ - GOG.com Begins Selling Linux Games

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "This spring, Good Old Games (GOG.com) announced plans to bring Linux support to the DRM-free online computer game store. Back then the planned date to go live was some time around this autumn, but things have been rolling so smoothly that they can start Linux operations ahead the schedule, more precisely right now. The site infrastructure is ready with 50 Linux titles — classic and new — prepared for distribution. The full list of Linux games can be found from the official announcement. If you happen to have some of them purchased already, you own the Linux version too. GOG.com will provide distro-independent compressed tape archives (tar.gz) and Debian format packages (deb), with Ubuntu and Mint being the officially supported operating systems."

+ - Nokia to Buy Mobile Phone Base Station Business from Panasonic->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Panasonic has apparently reached a basic agreement to sell its cellphone base station business to Nokia. Panasonic will part with the base station operations of subsidiary Panasonic System Networks, which include wireless control systems for communications equipment. The transaction's value is likely to be in the billions of yen. According to MCA, a Tokyo-based mobile industry research company, Japan's base station market was worth about 260 billion yen in fiscal year 2013. Nokia is the market leader with a 26% share. Since 2007, the Finnish company has had a partnership with Panasonic to develop products for NTT Docomo's LTE high-speed telecommunications services. Now Nokia intends to capitalize on Panasonic's ties with NTT Docomo to further expand its market share in Japan."
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+ - Epic Games Donates to Blender Development

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Phoronix reports that Epic Games is financially supporting the open source Blender modeling software. This will benefit Epic's software ecosystem by improving the workflow of artists using Blender and Unreal Engine 4. The donation to the Blender Development Fund is €10,000 ($13,500). Out of that donation, they're hoping for greater Autodesk Filmbox file format work and Epic-Game-Style navigation controls. Official confirmation of this investment was provided in Twitter by Blender's Ton Roosendaal."

+ - Poll suggestion: How do you relate to Edward Snowden?

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Poll suggestion: How do you relate to Edward Snowden?

— He is the ultimate hero
— The person deserves the deepest thank you
— Snowden made the world a better place
— He has had neither good or bad impact
— He unnecessarily tampered with things
— The world became a worse place by his actions
— What Snowden has done is very wrong
— I have not been following the matter
— I am not the correct person to answer"

+ - Michael J. Fox Donates $2M USD to a Finnish Medicine Company

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Biotie Therapies from Turku, Finland has signed a USD 2 million research contract with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to investigate SYN120 in Parkinson's disease patients with dementia. SYN120 is a dual antagonist of 5-HT6 and 5-HT2a receptors and these two distinct modes of action could result in a unique therapeutic profile for SYN120 combining pro-cognitive and antipsychotic activities. MJFF will fund an 80 patient, Phase 2a, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 16 weeks duration in patients with Parkinson's disease dementia. In addition to assessing safety and tolerability, the main focus of the trial will be to establish efficacy of SYN120 on cognition using the Cognitive Drug Research (CDR) Computerized Cognition Battery as the primary efficacy endpoint. This trial, which is expected to begin in H2 2014, will be conducted by the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) at approximately 10 US sites specializing in cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson's disease."

+ - Operating System U Aims For The Year of Linux Desktop 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A new Linux distribution under development is among the latest dreaming of commercial success in hopes of finally conquering the Linux desktop and having their OS pre-installed on systems being sold in brick and mortar stores. Operating System U is to be based off Arch Linux, run a modified version of the MATE Desktop Environment, and will use Wayland from the get-go. In the features page some criticism is given how buggy both MATE and X.org currently are and how better choices are needed. MATE shall also get a component they call "Startlight", which pairs the Windows Start Button with Apple's Spotlight. To make all of this a reality, the team is going to try a Kickstarter campaign later this month to raise $150,000 USD for the development of Operating System U, plus they're trying to rely on external funding as well. It is questionable whether that funding level will go very far for a team of ten with very lofty goals. Canonical has invested millions and employing hundreds of developers and still hasn't completely cracked the Linux desktop."

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