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Submission + - Eggdrop, IRC's oldest actively-developed bot, releases v1.8.0 (eggheads.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Eggdrop, IRC's oldest actively-developed bot, just culminated an extended period of development with the release of Eggdrop version 1.8.0. Eggdrop version 1.8.0 adds several major new features, most notably IPv6 support and SSL support to both IRC servers and its own bot-to-bot networks. A full overview of all the major changes can be found by browsing the current NEWS file.

For those of you not familiar with Eggdrop, it is a C program that was originally designed as an IRC channel administration bot in 1993, notably before the advent of modern channel services. The true utility of Eggdrop, however, is that the core functionality can be easily expanded on by adding Tcl scripts to the bot allowing a far-ranging feature set, ranging from displaying current weather stats via backend HTML requests, running triva games, advanced IRC bot administration, or relaying text between jabber and IRC channels- or whatever else you can think to script!

Eggdrop also has an official docker image in the docker library for download via Docker Hub.

The source for Eggdrop is maintained on GitHub. For more information on this and other Eggdrop-related news, you can check out the Eggheads website.

Comment Re:Excellent. (Score 1) 674

I suspect the proportion of the population who would be truly content to live off the meagre basic income earnings is low given that it won't be enough to do much of anything. You will still have to work to be able to afford anything that makes like worth living. Advertising and basic human comparing yourself to others will ensure that most people will not be content with the basic income.
Open Source

Submission + - LaTeX templates make creating beautiful documents easy

Velimir writes: "We recently saw that LaTeX is moving into the cloud to make compilation and collaboration much easier. Another way to make LaTeX easier to use is to use templates designed for specific document types and extensively commented for easy editing. LaTeXTemplates.com provides such a collection of free Creative Commons licensed templates for LaTeX. Whether you want to typeset your CV, thesis, book, cover letter, assignment or virtually any document type, there's a template available. Templates can also be used in the cloud compilers, meaning that not only do you not need to worry about creating document structure from scratch but you also don't need to worry about maintaining a LaTeX installation on your computer either."
Open Source

Submission + - LaTeX templates make creating beautiful documents easy (latextemplates.com)

Velimir writes: "We recently saw that LaTeX is moving into the cloud to make compilation and collaboration much easier. Another way to make LaTeX easier to use is to use templates designed for specific document types and extensively commented for easy editing. LaTeXTemplates.com provides such a collection of free Creative Commons licensed templates for LaTeX. Whether you want to typeset your CV, thesis, book, cover letter, assignment or virtually any document type, there's a template available. Templates can also be used in the cloud compilers, meaning that not only do you not need to worry about creating document structure from scratch but you also don't need to worry about maintaining a LaTeX installation on your computer either."
Earth

Submission + - If Extinct Species Can be Brought Back... Should We? (theatlantic.com) 2

retroworks writes: "Rebecca J. Rosen interviews experts in this edtion of The Atlantic, to ask about the ethics and wisdom of using cloning, backbreeding, or genome editing. Over 90% of species ever to exist on earth are no more. The article ponders the moral and environmental challenges of humans reintroducing species which humans made extinct."
Science

Submission + - LaTeX Needn't Be So Hard (latextemplates.com)

Velimir writes: "Few among us would argue that LaTeX is useless, but I'm sure we can agree that it is not the easiest way of creating a document. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to create a document from scratch for a specific purpose such as a CV, assignment or thesis. This is where templates come in handy since they capture the necessary elements of the document type and clearly point out where user content should go. Unfortunately, no one has created a single easy-to-use resource for LaTeX templates until now. I created LaTeXTemplates.com as a free resource of templates licensed under CC which aims to help new users of LaTeX get started making documents more quickly and to allow veteran users to focus on content over structure."
Technology

Submission + - Increasing the Usability of LaTeX With Templates (latex-community.org) 1

Velimir writes: LaTeX produces beautiful high-quality documents but anyone who has used it casually can attest that it can be cumbersome and time consuming to create a new document from scratch. We use templates for websites and Word documents, so why not for LaTeX? A template should capture the main elements of the document type it is written for and display these elements in a stylish way. It should also be easy to edit with commenting on almost every line and clear instructions for where to place user content. If this is done correctly, the template allows both novice and advanced LaTeX users to focus more on content rather than layout. This article explains what a LaTeX template is, why you should use one and introduces a new resource for LaTeX templates.
Science

Submission + - Helping Bring LaTeX to the Masses (latex-community.org)

Velimir writes: LaTeX produces beautiful high-quality documents but anyone who has used it casually can attest that it can be cumbersome and time consuming to create a new document from scratch. We use templates for websites and Word documents, so why not for LaTeX? A template should capture the main elements of the document type it is written for and display these elements in a stylish way. It should also be easy to edit with commenting on almost every line and clear instructions for where to place user content. If this is done correctly, the template allows both novice and advanced LaTeX users to focus more on content rather than layout. This article explains what a LaTeX template is, why you should use one and introduces a new resource for LaTeX templates.
Science

Submission + - Increasing the Usability of LaTeX With Templates (latex-community.org)

Velimir writes: LaTeX produces beautiful high-quality documents but anyone who has used it casually can attest that it can be cumbersome and time consuming to create a new document from scratch. We use templates for websites and Word documents, so why not for LaTeX? A template should capture the main elements of the document type it is written for and display these elements in a stylish way. It should also be easy to edit with commenting on almost every line and clear instructions for where to place user content. If this is done correctly, the template allows both novice and advanced LaTeX users to focus more on content rather than layout. This article explains what a LaTeX template is, why you should use one and introduces a new resource for LaTeX templates.
Science

Submission + - LaTeX needn't be so hard (latextemplates.com)

Velimir writes: Few among us would argue that LaTeX is useless, but I'm sure we can agree that it is not the easiest way of creating a document. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to create a document from scratch for a specific purpose such as a CV, assignment or thesis. This is where templates come in handy since they capture the necessary elements of the document type and clearly point out where user content should go. Unfortunately, no one has created a single easy to use resource for LaTeX templates until now. LaTeXTemplates.com aims to provide such a resource to help new users of LaTeX get started making documents more quickly and to allow veteran users to focus on content over structure.
Science

Submission + - We Come From Earth Bearing Life

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "About 65 million years ago, Earth was struck by an asteroid some 10 km in diameter with a mass of well over a trillion tonnes that created megatsunamis, global wildfires ignited by giant clouds of superheated ash and, the mass extinction of land-based life on Earth. Now astrobiologists have begun to study a less well known consequence: the ejection of billions of tons of life-bearing rocks and water into space that has made its way not just to other planets but other solar systems as well. Calculations by Tetsuya Hara and his collegues at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan show that a surprisingly large amount of life-bearing material ended up not on the Moon and Mars, as might be expected, but the Jovian moon Europa and the Saturnian moon Enceladus also received tons of life-bearing rock from earth. Even more amazingly calculations suggest that most Earth ejecta ended up in interstellar space and some has probably already arrived at Earth-like exoplanets orbiting other stars. Hara estimates that about a thousand Earth-rocks from this event would have made the trip to Gliese 581, a red dwarf some 20 light years away that is thought to have a super-Earth orbiting at the edge of the habitable zone, taking about a million years to reach its destination. Of course, nobody knows if microbes can survive that kind of journey or even the shorter trips to Europa and Enceladus. But Hara says that if microbes can survive that kind of journey, they ought to flourish on a super-Earth in the habitable zone (PDF). "If we consider the possibility that the fragmented ejecta (smaller than 1cm) are accreted to comets and other icy bodies, then buried fertile material could make the interstellar journey throughout the Galaxy," writes Hara. "Under these circumstances fragments could continue the interstellar journey and Earth origin meteorites could be transferred to Gl 581 system. If we take it is viable, we should consider the panspermia theories more seriously.""

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