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+ - Kubuntu 14.10 beta 1 arrives, comes with Plasma 5 preview->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Kubuntu 14.10 beta 1 is out now for testing by early adopters. This release comes with the stable Plasma 4 we know and love. It also adds another flavour — Kubuntu Plasma 5 Tech Preview. As a Plasma user I am excited about 14.10 release and Plasma 5 in particular so this is an important release of any Kubuntu user."
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+ - Koch Brothers' backed group says US constitution is a Marxists agenda->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Koch Brothers' backed American Commitment Group is sending out emails to people saying that the US constitution is a Communist and Marxist agenda and it was the first step in the fight to destroy American Capitalism altogether. In an email received by one of our journalists, American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that protecting people's rights was the "first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether" and says that the federal government has been plotting a "federal Internet takeover," since the birth of this country by the so-called Bill of Rights and Amendments. These moves "sound more like a story coming out of China or Russia.""
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+ - Linus Torvalds is my hero, says 13 years old Zachary DuPont at LinuxCon->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "His school ran a project asking children to write a letter to their heroes, while most kids wrote to celebrities Zach wrote to the ‘real’ hero Linus Torvalds. As Linus said during LinxCon that since he works from home and doesn’t disclose his address, all letter go to the foundation and are then sent to him after scanning. When the foundation saw this letter, being as generous as they are, invited Zach to come to LinuxCon and meet his hero in real. Here is an interview with Zach...."
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+ - Linus Torvalds is pissed at Change.org, starts a petition-> 1

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Linus Torvalds rarely gets upset over a wrong reason and Change.org has given him that reason. The creator of the world's most dominant technology – the linux kernel – found that someone started a petition on Change.org using his identity. So Linus took over and created a petition asking Change.org to stop its dickish ways and verify emails."
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+ - How the US army is embracing solar and wind energy->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "In the age when we have super-computers like power in our mobile phones, reliance on extremely limited natural resources like gas or coal for energy make us look ‘pre-historic’; it’s more like still using Floppy Drives as our primary source of storage! We should move towards those forms of energies which will never deplete or go away such as wind, water and sun.

The US army is doing something similar. They are using a program to cut cost and reliance on ‘will-be-gone-one-day’ energy sources. The Army, under Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Program, has nearly completed the installation of two wind turbines at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico which will produce an estimated 5 percent of the energy consumed by the installation."

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+ - Carnegie Mellon creates open source tool to 'extract' 3D obecjts from 2D images->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "It's not exactly 'extracting' in literal terms, but you can now pick an object in any image and manipulate it as if you are 'holding' it in your hands. Carnegie Mellon university has created tool which can add the ’3rd dimension’ to an object in a photo allowing the editors to turn or flip objects any way they want, even exposing surfaces not visible in the original photograph."
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+ - The Expendables 3 – what if Quentin Tarantino directed it?->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Now imagine if Sam Peckinpah (long dead bless him, but not forgotten) directed an Expendables movie – take that thought to bed with you tonight and count the slo-mo deaths as you fall asleep. Unless our reality shifts into an alternate universe, that’s not going to happen. So let’s get Peckinpah’s apprentice to direct the next Expendables – Quentin Tarantino."
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+ - Linux Kernel Shuffling Zombie Juror aka 3.16 released->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux kernel 3.16 codenamed ‘Shuffling Zombie Juror’, which brings many notable improvements. There was nothing much dramatic about this release as Linus said, “So while 3.16 looked a bit iffy for a while, things cleared up nicely, and there was no reason to do extra release candidates like I feared just a couple of weeks ago.”

It also means that working on 3.17 has started, “And as usual (previous release being the exception) that means that the merge window for 3.17 is obviously open,” said Linus."

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+ - Someone is trolling the Linux kernel mailing lists really hard-> 1

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Someone named Nicholas Krause is all over the Linux kernel mailing lists. Nick seems to have ‘started’ his kernel journey by posting a message about ‘finding’ a kernel developer jot at the kernel hub. Later he graduated to become a ‘patcher’ akin to ‘Transporter’ of Jason Statham and started sending patches to different kernel mailing lists. There are many theories around why the patcher might be doing it. Some say that he is writing a University Thesis on trolling the kernel development process (either by seeing if an obviously broken patch could be snuck past the peer review system, or to see if he can try to get someone to lose their temper much like Linus is supposed to do all the time — not realizing that this only happens to people who really should know better, not to clueless newbies), are that he’s a badly written AI chatbot, or just a clueless high school student with more tenacity than one usually expects at that age,” says Theodore."
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+ - Second alpha of Kubuntu 14.10 and other buntus released->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The Ubuntu developers have released the second alpha of the Utopic Unicorn (to become 14.10). Since Ubuntu Unity doesn’t participate in alpha releases, the alpha includes ISO images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and the Ubuntu Cloud. Xubuntu is once again missing from the alpha release."
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+ - Take control of your 'cloud' with ownCloud 7->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The best cloud is the one that you own. Once ownCloud was founded I never used public cloud offered and hosted by a company to keep my files. I do use Dropbox and Google Drive, but the primary purpose is to share files with a set of people. With each release ownCloud is becoming a very serious contender to these commercial offerings when it comes to file storage, syncing and sharing. OwnCloud Documents are already an impressive alternative to Google Docs and offer full ODF support which is missing from Google Docs. ownCloud 7 has been released which comes with many new features such as server-to-server sharing and dropbox-like web interface."
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+ - UK to use Open Document Format for government documents->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "UK has decided to use ‘open standards’ for sharing and viewing government documents. The announcement was made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. One of the primary objectives of this move is to create a level playing field for suppliers of all sizes. The move must put some pressure on Google to offer full support for ODF in Chrome, Android and Google Docs."
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