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Submission + - SPAM: 10 Maps That Explain Russia's Strategy

Patrickw1 writes: Many people think of maps in terms of their basic purpose: showing a country’s geography and topography. But maps can speak to all dimensions—political, military, and economic.
In fact, they are the first place to start thinking about a country’s strategy, which can reveal factors that are otherwise not obvious.
The 10 maps below show Russia’s difficult position since the Soviet Union collapsed and explain Putin’s long-term intentions in Europe.

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Submission + - Russia's Putin Wants to Ban Windows on Government PCs

SmartAboutThings writes: The Russian government is allegedly looking to ban Microsoft’s Windows operating system, increase taxes on foreign technology companies, develop its homegrown OS and encourage local tech companies to grow.

All these proposals comes from German Klimenko, Vladimir Putin's new 'internet czar, as Bloomberg describes him. In a 90-minute interview, Klimenko said forcing Google and Apple to pay more taxes and banning Microsoft Windows from government computers are necessary measures, as he is trying to raise taxes on U.S. companies, thus helping local Russian competitors such as Yandex and Mail.ru.

Submission + - Why Stack Overflow Doesn't Care About Ad Blockers

Press2ToContinue writes: Forging a bold step in the right direction, Stack Overflow announced today that they don't care if you use an ad blocker when you visit their site.

"The truth is: we don’t care if our users use ad blockers on Stack Overflow. More accurately: we hope that they won’t, but we understand that some people just don’t like ads. Our belief is that if someone doesn’t like them, and they won’t click on them, any impressions served to them will only annoy them-- plus, serving ads to people who won’t click on them harms campaign performance."

"Publishers can’t win by forcing ads — especially low-quality ads — in people’s faces. Think scantily-clad women selling flight deals, weight-loss supplement promos or wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube-men promoting car dealerships."


It's possible that this declaration by SO might help to clarify to advertisers that it is the overabundance of low quality ads that practically force the public to seek out ad blockers. But seriously, what is the likelihood of that?

Submission + - Raspberry Pi's Raspbian OS Finally Ships With Open-Source OpenGL Support (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With this month's Raspbian OS update, the Debian-based operating system for the Raspberry Pi ships experimental OpenGL driver support. This driver has been developed over the past two years by a former Intel developer with having a completely open and mainline DRM kernel driver and Mesa Gallium driver to open up the Pi as a replacement to the proprietary GPU driver.

Submission + - LIGO finds gravity waves right where Einstein said they would be ! (ligo.org)

An anonymous reader writes: 100 years after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the National Science Foundation gathers scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration to update the scientific community on efforts to detect them.

The paper say they have seen gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger ... Apparently the signal is spectacular."

The two black holes are claimed to be equivalent to 29 and 36 solar masses, and the signal is described as being of 5.1 sigma (which is a high enough confidence that it would be classed as a "discovery," if it's confirmed).

Submission + - Where Are The Raspberry Pi Zeros? (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: No matter how you spin it the Pi Zero is remarkably good value for a one-off or a repeat-production IoT project.
It also has one big advantage over similarly priced alternatives — a community and a track record. There are so many Pis out there that it has a stability that any IoT developer will find reassuring. Thus when the Pi Zero at $5 was announced it was a knockout blow for many of its competitors.Suddenly other previously attractive devices simply looked less interesting. The $9 C.H.I.P, the $20 CodeBug and even the free BBC MicroBit lost some of their shine and potential users.
But the Pi Zero sold out.
The Pi Zero was supposed to be available from November 26, 2015. It is now the start of February and all of the stockists, including the Pi Swag Shop, are still showing out of stock. That's two whole months, and counting, of restricted supply which is more than an initial hiccup.
Of course you would expect enough to be made available initially to meet the expected demand.
The Pi sells something in the region of 200,000 per month so what do you think the initial run of the Pi Zero actually was?
The answer is 20,000 units. Of which 10,000 were stuck to the cover of MagPi and "given away" leaving just 10,000 in the usual distribution channels. And yet Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, commented:
"You'd think we'd be used to it by now, but we're always amazed by the level of interest in new Raspberry Pi products,"
Well yes, you really would think that they might be used to it by now and perhaps even prepared for it.
At the time of writing the Pi Zero is still out of stock and when it is briefly in stock customers are limited to one unit.
A victim of its own success, yes, but the real victims are the Raspberry Pi's competitors.

Submission + - Taming Superconductors With String Theory (quantamagazine.org)

An anonymous reader writes: String theory was devised as a way to unite the laws of quantum mechanics with those of gravity, with the goal of creating the vaunted “theory of everything.”

Subir Sachdev is taking the “everything” literally. He’s applying the mathematics of string theory to a major problem at the other end of physics — the behavior of a potentially revolutionary class of materials known as high-temperature superconductors.

Submission + - AMD Unveils 64-Bit ARM-Based Opteron A1100 System On Chip With Integrated 10GbE (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: AMD is adding a new family of Opterons to its enterprise processor line-up today called the Opteron A1100 series. Unlike AMD's previous enterprise offerings, however, these new additions are packing ARM-based processor cores, not the X86 cores AMD has been producing for years. The Opteron A1100 series is designed for a variety of use cases and applications, including networking, storage, dense and power-efficient web serving, and 64-bit ARM software development. The new family was formerly codenamed "Seattle" and it represents the first 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57-based platform from AMD. AMD Opteron A1100 Series chips will pack up to eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores with up to 4MB of shared Level 2 and 8MB of shared Level 3 cache. They offer two 64-bit DDR3/DDR4 memory channels supporting speeds up to 1866 MHz with ECC and capacities up to 128GB, dual integrated 10Gb Ethernet network connections, 8-lanes of PCI-Express Gen 3 connectivity, and 14 SATA III ports. AMD is shipping to a number of software and hardware partners now with development systems already available.

Submission + - New open-source peer-to-peer file system: Infinit (infoworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A startup just launched a new file system called Infinit, that has the particularity to aggregate storage resources (local disk, server, NAS, cloud provider etc.) into a single pool from which POSIX-compliant file systems can be created.

The file system seems to benefit from many interesting functionalities such as replication, versioning, fault tolerance, concurrency control, access control etc. everything in peer-to-peer i.e without any server involved.

The company's website indicates the its composing libraries, mostly written in C++, will soon be open source...

Comment Re:Danger! (Score 1) 339

Replace Logical Operators (&&, ||, etc) with words like "and" and "or":

Bless your c-styled bitwise- and logical operators. For example, Pascal uses 'and' and 'or' as suggested. They happen to be bitwise and and or. For true logical operations you have to jump some hoops. So, before you know your code is full of `if ((b=0) and (c<>0))` etc. That's `if ((b==0) & (c!=0))` for the C readers.

You could solve it by indicating logical or bitwise operators. Band (bitwise and) and land (logical and)? bor and lor? That would surely make code more readable.

I love the c-style logical operators. It's obvious what they do. They are very readable as they are not letters, making it much easier to parse for the brains.

To end with a quote: `I would use pascal more frequent if only it had the syntax of C`

Comment Re:Android. (Score 1) 111

Companies that make cheap commodity hardware have little incentive to provide those updates, because they are better off selling replacement hardware.

Not in my experience. The phones they sell you here with a contract rarely get patched, despite the big mobile names from both operators and manfufacturers behind it.

The cheap c-brand android phones i order in China only not offer more value for money, but happily receive regular firmware updates.

At least in Europe many telecoms offer inverse service. Instead of buying extra good service, you pay to get ripped and run outdated inferior firmware.

Their motivation may similar as you suggested though, they prefer selling you a new yearly or two-yearly contract with fresh-new-outdated-phone; instead of the customer having a perfectly fine free phone after a year and gets a cheap pre-paid plan or some.

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Journal Journal: MSWX update destroys dual boot and deletes partitions. 1

My anti-love for our friends in Redmond has just grown by another order of magnitude today.
Not only did it decide, without asking, if i wanted to run the update now - ignoring any settings regarding updates.

It automatically did so, and left my entire system in an unbootable state.

Comment Re:I'm a bit skeptical (Score 1) 194

To me, expansion is more imaginable if i imagine the `reverse` view:

"The size of the universe is 1 (just mathematical 1). At time of the big bang, and now, and ever. Matter (and all galaxies etc) 'shrink'."

Well, matter not actually shrinks and there's good theory to prove/assume that much, but as concept of imagining expansion, this approach works just fine for me.
 

Submission + - Free Pascal Compiler 3.0.0 is out, adds support for 16 bit MS-DOS and 64 bit iOS (freepascal.org) 1

Halo1 writes: Twenty-three years ago, development started on the first version of the Turbo Pascal and later also Delphi-compatible Free Pascal Compiler, for OS/2 no less. Two decades and change later, the new Free Pascal Compiler 3.0.0 release still supports OS/2, along with a host of older and newer platforms ranging from MS-DOS on an 8086 to the latest Linux and iOS running on AArch64. On the language front, the new features include support for type helpers, codepage-aware strings and a utility to automatically generate JNI bridges for Pascal code. In the mean time, development on the next versions continues, with support for generic functions, an optional LLVM code generator backend and full support for ISO and Extended Pascal progressing well.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 2) 352

5 years since development ground to a halt.

Pity really, it was hijacked by a group of people with 'certain ideas' of how everything must be, and no willingness to compromise with the general user base.[...]Compare it with Blender, [..] a continuous flow of real and useful new features

I'm actually happy that the Gimp is resilient to changes just for the sake of changes. I does what it has to do and it does it very well. It has great support for various file formats. Never crashes. Can do all kind of neat tricks and if it can't you can write or download a filter to do it.

And best of all: it doesn't bother me to learn `new improved` interface. The Gimp of 2015 is about the same as 10 years ago, with only minor conservative changes - for better or for worse - to the user interface. While i partly agree that save/export should have been combined in same menu, it's also a very minor inconvenience and actually a good habit to save your work before you export to some format that looses information.

So, if you are happy with an alternative, sure. Not everybody willing to pull a thousand $ for software and a mac. I - and many others - are very happy with Gimp just as it is and regard it as a properly maintained project. It requires some learning to unlock all abilities and know all tricks, but that's with all feature rich software.

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