Submission + - Ultimate Electronics Launches Interactive Online Basic Electronics Textbook (circuitlab.com)

compumike writes: The group that first brought schematics and circuit simulation to the browser has now released the first few chapters of Ultimate Electronics: Practical Circuit Design and Analysis, an interactive online textbook for people learning electronics. The materials released today cover about half of a first semester undergraduate electronics course.

Submission + - Mageia 6 Linux distribution now available for download (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: A fairly popular operating system with in-the-know Linux users (that doesn't get enough attention) is Mageia. After a long time, the newest version of the community-driven distro is finally here. Mageia 6 can be had today with your choice of several excellent desktop environments — GNOME (3.24.2), KDE Plasma (5.8.7), Xfce (4.12.1), Cinnamon (3.2.8), MATE (1.18), and LXQt (0.11). It comes with a fairly modern version of the Linux kernel, 4.9.35, and LibreOffice Since it is impossible to please everyone, there are two web browsers included by default — Firefox 52.2.0 ESR and Chromium 57.

"The whole Mageia community is extremely happy to announce the release of Mageia 6, the shiny result of our longest release cycle so far! It comes with many new and exciting features, a new range of installation media and the usability and stability that can be expected from any Mageia release. Though Mageia 6â(TM)s development was much longer than anticipated, we took the time to polish it and ensure that it will be our greatest release so far. We thank our community for their patience, and also our packagers and QA team who provided an extended support for Mageia 5 far beyond the initial schedule," says Rémi Verschelde, Mageia Team.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What else does IT do?

chadenright writes: On the same day that I was hired into a new IT position, my new employer also bought a pair of $1500 conference phones from a third-party vendor, which turned out to be defective; I've spent a chunk of the last two weeks arguing with the vendor. During the process I've learned that, as the IT guy, I'm also the antibody of the corporation and my job is to prevent not just malware and viruses but also junk hardware from entering my business's system. As a software engineer who is new to the IT side of things, I have to ask, what else have you learned about IT?

Submission + - The Ministry of Twitter: Inside Trump's Bullhorn (smartup.life)

susannacamp writes: It’s make or break time for Twitter, which recently reported its first quarterly revenue decline since going public in 2013. Tweets are currency, and political tweets are easy money. Calls by a Congressman to ban Trump from the medium for his violent threats and gender-based attacks that patently violate Twitter’s “hateful conduct” rule have fallen on deaf ears at the social media giant.

Trump now is Twitter’s biggest attraction, and he makes the rules. (According to the New York Times, as of June 28, 2017, Trump had insulted 337 people, places and things.) Trump’s hate is music to Twitter’s bottom line. The company’s CEO spoke to Bloomberg last week at the exclusive invitation-only Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, amid a who’s who of tech and media CEOs, along with newcomers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The executive made clear the where the company stands. Donald Trump is good for business. Said Twitter CEO Omid Kordestani: “It’s good to have him talk on Twitter.”

Submission + - 13th Doctor Who ill be female (bbc.co.uk) 1

Coisiche writes: It's undoubtedly going to be a controversial decision but the 13th incarnation of Doctor Who will be portrayed by an actress who will make her debut in this year's Christmas special.

I think the BBC may have underestimated the outrage they will face.

Submission + - Windows 10 is failing us (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: While Windows 10 is arguably successful from a market share perspective, it is still failing in one big way — the user experience. Windows 8.x was an absolute disaster, and Microsoft's latest is certainly better than that, but it is still not an enjoyable experience. Quite frankly, the people clutching to Windows 7 aren't so crazy.

Windows 10 is certainly not a lost cause — the foundation is solid, and Microsoft has a lot of smart people working for it that can turn it around. Before the company tries to add new features (and misses deadlines) like Timeline and Cloud Clipboard, it should focus more on improving the existing user experience. Right now it is failing us and things are not getting better.

Come on, Microsoft — make Windows great again.

Submission + - Fields Medal Winner Maryam Mirzakhani Dies at Age 40 after battling cancer (stanford.edu)

McGruber writes: Stanford mathematics Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and to-date only female winner of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936, died July 15 after a long battle with cancer. Mirzakhani was 40 years old.

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran, and – by her own estimation – was fortunate to come of age after the Iran-Iraq war when the political, social and economic environment had stabilized enough that she could focus on her studies. She dreamed of becoming a writer, but mathematics eventually swept her away. She attended an all-girls high school in Tehran, led by a principal unbowed by the fact that no girl had ever competed for Iran’s International Mathematical Olympiad team. Mirzakhani first gained international recognition during the 1994 and 1995 competitions. In 1994, she earned a gold medal. In 1995, she notched a perfect score and two gold medals.

After graduating college at Sharif University in Tehran, she headed to graduate school at Harvard University, where she was guided by Curtis McMullen, a fellow Fields Medal winner. At Harvard, Mirzakhani was distinguished by her determination and relentless questioning, despite the language barrier. She peppered her professors with questions in English. She jotted her notes in Farsi.

McMullen described Mirzakhani as filled with “fearless ambition.” Her 2004 dissertation was a masterpiece. In it, she solved two longstanding problems. Either solution would have been newsworthy in its own right, according to Benson Farb, a mathematician at the University of Chicago, but then Mirzakhani connected the two into a thesis described as “truly spectacular.” It yielded papers in each of the top three mathematics journals. “The majority of mathematicians will never produce something as good,” Farb said at the time. “And that’s what she did in her thesis.”

In recent years, she collaborated with Alex Eskin at the University of Chicago to answer a mathematical challenge that physicists have struggled with for a century: the trajectory of a billiard ball around a polygonal table. That investigation into this seemingly simple action led to a 200-page paper which, when it was published in 2013, was hailed as “the beginning of a new era” in mathematics and “a titanic work.” “You’re torturing yourself along the way,” she would offer, “but life isn’t supposed to be easy.”

Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, Jan Vondrák, and a daughter, Anahita.

The Fields Medal is awarded every four years during the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). It recognizes outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. Two to four medals are awarded to mathematicians who have to be of age less than forty years on January 1 of the Congress year (http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/blog/awards/fields-medal/).

Submission + - Ask SlashDot: What paid email hosts do you recommend?

pincorrect writes: I'm consolidating two domains used for personal and family email to one registrar (actually NameCheap), and at the same time consolidating email hosting. We have about 5-6 distinct email boxes, plus a few aliases that forward to some of them. I could use NameCheap's email hosting. Although they charge per box, it still may work out to be cheaper than what I'm doing now. Before I make a final decision, are there email hosting providers you like and recommend?

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