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The Military

Submission + - German City Evacuated for WWII Bomb Removal 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "In the largest bomb-related evacuation in Germany's post-war history, life has come to a standstill in the German city of Koblenz, where 45,000 people — nearly half of the citys population — have been evacuated after the discovery of three bombs that were dropped by American and British warplanes in the last years of World War II. "Its the largest German evacuation since the end of the war," says fire brigade spokesman Ronald Eppelsheim. The largest of the explosives is a 1.8-ton British air bomb that has the potential to destroy the citys center but the focus of attention isn't on the largest bomb — it's on the much smaller, 125-kilogram American high-explosive bomb. "This one has been transformed on impact of the earth. We might have some serious problems deactivating the detonator," says bomb-disposal squad member Jurgen Wagner. The deactivation of bombs is a common practice in Germany. Last year, a bomb exploded in the German town Gottingen — killing three members of a bomb-disposal squad."

Submission + - Making a privacy monitor from an old LCD one (hackaday.com) 2

ryzvonusef writes: Instructables Member *Dimovi* utilised a spare LCD monitor and converted it into a “privacy” monitor.

He took apart the monitor’s plastic frame, cutting out the polarised film with a utility knife and removed the film adhesive from the glass panel before reassembling the monitor, which now shines a bright white regardless of what is actually being displayed on the screen.

He then removed the lenses from a pair of theatre 3D glasses, and replaced it with the polarised film he had just removed from the monitor.

Now, he is the only one who can see what he is doing on his computer.

Linux

Submission + - Linux Mint 12 Is Released Today

An anonymous reader writes: Linux Mint 12 is released today. It includes the new "MGSE" (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions), a desktop layer on top of Gnome 3 that makes it possible for you to use Gnome 3 in a traditional way. MGSE's Gnome-2-Like experience includes features such as The bottom panel, The application menu, The window list, A task-centric desktop and Visible system tray icons. MGSE is a 180 degree turn from the desktop experience the Gnome Team is developing with Gnome-Shell. At the heart of the Gnome-Shell is a feature called 'the Overview' :

The Shell is designed in order to minimise distraction and interuption and to enable users to focus on the task at hand. A persistent window list or dock would interfere with this goal, serving as a constant temptation to switch focus. The separation of window switching functionality into the overview means that an effective solution to switching is provided when it is desired by the user, but that it is hidden from view when it is not necessary.

The popularity of Mint 12 with MGSE may be an excellent barometer as to weather users prefer a Task Centric or Application Centric desktop.

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