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Submission Summary: 2 pending, 315 declined, 316 accepted (633 total, 49.92% accepted)

Submission + - Lennart Poettering Announces the First systemd Conference->

jones_supa writes: Lennart Poettering, the creator of the controversial init system and service manager for Linux-based operating systems, had the great pleasure of announcing the first systemd conference event. Dubbed systemd.conf, the event will take place later this year, between November 5-7, in Berlin, Germany. systemd developers and hackers, DevOps professionals, and Linux distribution packagers will be able to attend various workshops, as well as to collaborate with their fellow developers and plan the future of the project. Attendees will also be able to participate in an extended hackfest event, as well as numerous presentations held by important names in the systemd project, including Poettering himself.
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Submission + - Debian Drops SPARC Platform Support

jones_supa writes: As SPARC isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore, Debian operating system is dropping support for the platform, told Joerg Jaspert last week in the "debian-sparc" mailing list. He noted that this does not block a later comeback as "sparc64". Following that announcement, a recent one tells us that SPARC support was just removed from the unstable, experimental and jessie-updates channels.

Submission + - Battle For Wesnoth Seeks For New Developers->

jones_supa writes: Twelve years ago, David White sat down over a weekend and created the small pet project that we know today as the open source strategy game The Battle For Wesnoth. At the time, Dave was the sole programmer, working alongside Francisco Muñoz, who produced the first graphics. As more and more people contributed, the game grew from a tiny personal project into an extensive one, encompassing hundreds of contributors. Today however, the ship is sinking. The project is asking for help to keep things rolling. Especially requested are C++, Python, and gameplay (WML) programmers. Any willing volunteers should have good communication skills and preferably be experienced with working alongside fellow members of a large project. More details can be found at the project website.
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Submission + - President of Finland Turns To Radio Phone-in For Parsnip Advice

jones_supa writes: Listeners to a Finnish radio phone-in show on Wednesday may have thought they heard a familiar voice when one caller rang to ask for advice about his parsnips. It was "Sauli from Naantali". So began what seemed like a casual call to Yle Radio Suomi's weekly nature discussion show, where experts offer up tips and thoughts on everything from the beauty of countryside to the best way to cultivate vegetables in the garden. The person on the line was actually President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. The keen nature lover had two questions for the experts — one regarding parsnips, the other about the wild flower sneezewort. In the recording of the show we can hear the presenters answering them with cool-headedness, only occasionally letting out giggles of surprise.

Submission + - Experiment: Installing Windows 10 on a 7 Year Old Acer Aspire One->

jones_supa writes: Windows 10 will launch in less than a week and it is supposed to work flawlessly on devices already powered by Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as Microsoft struggled to keep system requirements unchanged to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Device drivers all the way back to Windows Vista platform (WDDM 1.0) are supported. Softpedia performed a practical test to see how Windows 10 can run on a 7 year old Acer Aspire One netbook powered by Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB mechanical hard disk. The result is surprising to say the least, as installation not only went impressively fast, but the operating system itself also works fast.
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Submission + - Spurious Drones Buzzing Around Spanish Royal Palace-> 1 1

jones_supa writes: A series of unmanned aircrafts have been spotted in the restricted airspace above the residence of Spain's royal family. Staff at the Zarzuela Palace has reported seeing the drones flying over several nights, promoting concerns from the Royal Guard, the security force in charge of protecting Spain’s royal family. The aircrafts have been spotted in restricted airspace over the Palace where King Felipe and Queen Letizia live with their two daughters. The Royal Guard has not yet been able to identify the drones' controllers or their motivation. The timing of these flights consistently occurs after dark.
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Submission + - Haiku OS Will Get New Service Manager->

jones_supa writes: Axel Dörfler writes in his blog that he is working on a replacement for Haiku OS's current shell script based boot process. It would be replaced with something more flexible, a solution similar to OS X's launchd and Linux's systemd. While there is still a lot to do, the new project called launch_daemon is now feature complete in terms of being able to completely reproduce the current boot process. Since the switch to their package manager, there was no longer a way to influence the boot process at all. The only file you could change was the UserBootscript which is started only after Tracker and Deskbar — the whole system is already up at this point. The new service manager gives the power back to you, and also allows arbitrary software to be launched on startup. Alternatively, you can prevent system components from being started at all if you so wish. Furthermore, it allows for event based application start, start on demand, a multi-threaded boot process, and even enables you to talk to servers before they actually started.
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Submission + - Renderman Gets Blender Integration

jones_supa writes: Now that Renderman has been available for free for non-commercial use for a while, there has been many requests for integration with Blender. An initiative spearheaded by Pixar now presents the first Blender to Renderman plugin. With the release of PRMan 20, a small group of developers headed by Brian Savery of Pixar have been working on support for using Renderman and Blender together. The plugin is still in early alpha but has had many great developments in the last few weeks. The source code is available in GitHub.

Submission + - Nokia Licenses Smartphone IP To LG->

jones_supa writes: Nokia – the bit in Finland, not the bit absorbed by Microsoft – isn't making mobile phones anymore, but is still making money from them. The company will license its smartphone intellectual property to LG, the first such deal Nokia has done since selling its phone biz to Microsoft. A lot of deals like this were done in the old days. In a canned statement, Nokia said: "The Korean company is the latest of more than 60 licensees for Nokia's 2G, 3G and 4G mobile communication technologies." Importantly, this is a cash deal. LG will be paying to use the patents rather than engaging in a technology swap. Nokia isn’t prepared to be explicit on which patents are covered by the agreement, saying that the company has over 10,000 patent families – or 30,000 individual patents – and only Microsoft has the rights to use them all.
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Submission + - Earth Heading For 'Mini Ice Age' Within 15 Years->

jones_supa writes: The earth is 15 years from a "mini ice age" that will cause bitterly cold winters, scientists have predicted. Solar researchers at the University of Northumbria have created a new model of the sun's activity which they claim produces "unprecedentedly accurate predictions". They said that fluid movements within the sun, which are thought to create 11-year cycles in the weather, will converge in such a way that temperatures will drop dramatically in the 2030s. Solar activity will fall by 60% as two waves of fluid effectively cancel each other out. The result would be similar to freezing conditions of the late 17th century, during which the river Thames froze over for seven weeks, making it passable by foot.
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Submission + - Linux Foundation's Census Project Ranks Software At Risk

jones_supa writes: The Core Infrastructure Initiative, a Linux Foundation effort assembled in the wake of the Heartbleed fiasco to provide development support for key Internet protocols, has opened the doors on its Census Project — an effort to figure out what software projects need support now, instead of waiting for them to break. Census assembles metrics about open source projects found in Debian's package list and on openhub.net, and then scores them based on the amount of risk each presents. Risk scores are an aggregate of multiple factors: how many people are known to have contributed to the project in the last 12 months, how many CVEs have been filed for it, how widely used it is, and how much exposure it has to the network. According to the current iteration of the survey, the programs most in need of attention are not previously cited infrastructure projects, but common core Linux system utilities that have network access and little development activity around them.

Submission + - Microsoft To Cut 7,800 More Jobs, Mostly Hardware People

jones_supa writes: Microsoft is about to announce another round of layoffs. A company press release confirms the plan, saying that it will target up to 7,800 employees and will be aimed mostly at the hardware division. The hardware division includes the lion's share of former Nokia employees, which became part of Microsoft last year. In an e-mail to employees, chief executive officer Satya Nadella reiterated the company's commitment to its phone business, though he also said that some refocusing was necessary and that Microsoft's phone business would reflect the overall Windows strategy: "We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family," the e-mail reads.

Submission + - Harry Shearer Returns To The Simpsons

jones_supa writes: Fans of The Simpsons will find this turn of events nothing short of excellent: seven weeks after telling that he was exiting the Fox's forever-running animated comedy, Harry Shearer has agreed to rejoin the show. Shearer has now signed the same four season contract as the other five primary voice actors. He previously tweeted "I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work." Executive producer Al Jean found that tweet confusing, saying, "Everybody on the show does lots of outside projects. He actually gets to record on the phone and do the [table] reads on the phone. So we've never kept him from doing that stuff."

Submission + - Biological Age Can Deviate Widely From Chronological Age

jones_supa writes: A study of people has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age. The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function, gum health and brain function. The research group followed 954 people from the same town in New Zealand who were all born in 1972 or 1973. The scientists looked at 18 different ageing-related traits when the group turned 26, 32 and 38 years old. Most people's biological age was within a few years of their chronological age. Some people had almost stopped ageing during the period of the study, while others were gaining nearly three years of biological age for every year that passed. Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their biological age was on the cusp of retirement. It is unclear how the pace of biological ageing changes through life with these measures.

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