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Comment Re:How is this supposed to work? (Score 2) 382

Most routes round here have an interchange or large station at one or both ends, usually with at least 10 minute waits. So they could be topped up through the day. There is also the idea of inductive pads at each bus stop. Even if electric buses currently only worked on 50% of routes that would be a nice saving in emissions.

Comment Re:first (Score 1) 382

It already works out cleaner even if your grid is power by fossil fuels, thanks to better efficiencis and regenerative breaking. Even in places that aren't rapidly switching to zero carbon sources, the coal -> gas migration is dropping CO2 intensity of grid electricity.

Submission + - LibreOffice 5.3 Officially Released

prisoninmate writes: The Document Foundation, a non-profit organization established to promote and advance the development of the open-source LibreOffice office suite, announced the general availability of LibreOffice 5.3. Probably the most important feature of LibreOffice 5.3 is its new user-friendly and flexible user interface concept called MUFFIN (My User Friendly & Flexible INterface), which many reported last year as a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI. In fact, the tasty new UI concept is a "personal" user interface capable of adapting to your needs and the device's screen you're currently using for editing LibreOffice documents.

While still experimental, MUFFIN is the big LibreOffice interface change that users requested for so long, providing a total of four different UI styles that will change depending on whether you're deploying the office suite on a laptop or desktop computer. These include the default look with toolbars, the Single Toolbar UI, the Sidebar UI with a Single Toolbar, and a new Notebook Bar UI. The LibreOffice Writer received a new "Go to Page" dialog so you can easily jump to another page of a lengthy document. Table Styles have been implemented as well with support for importing and exporting ODF table styles. New Arrows toolbox provides a bunch of drawing tools that were previously available only for LibreOffice Draw and Impress, borderless padding is now displayed by default, and you can now set the small capitals character property.

Submission + - Open source organizations can now apply for Google Summer of Code 2017 (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: Open source ideology is changing the world. What was once (wrongfully) viewed as something just for hobbyists, is now a billion dollar industry. In other words, closed source is not the only way to make profits. Open source code is found in many places, including mainstream consumer electronics — look no further than Android smartphones.

Speaking of Android, its creator — Google — is a huge proponent of open source. In fact, every summer, the search giant hold its "Summer of Code" program. This initiative partners inspiring developers (in college, age 18+) with organizations as a way to further the open source movement. Today, Google announces that organizations can begin applying for the program.

Submission + - Mozilla Releases The Internet Health Report, An Open-Source Document

Krystalo writes: Fresh off its brand redesign, Mozilla has released The Internet Health Report, an open-source initiative to document the state of the internet, combining research and reporting from multiple sources. The report, which will be improved and expanded throughout the year, covers five key topics: decentralization, digital inclusion, open innovation, privacy and security, and web literacy.

Submission + - Uk App Store Prices Rise By 25% After Brexit-Fuelled Drop In Value Of The Pound

Mickeycaskill writes: iPhone and iPad apps on the UK App Store will cost the same in British Pounds as in US Dollars after prices were adjusted to address the dramatic fall in the value of the pound since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June.

Essentially, if an iPhone or iPad app costs $0.99 in the US, it will now cost £0.99 in the UK – a rise from £0.79. Changes will take place across all App Store price tiers and will affect in-app purchases. At the time of writing, $0.99 is worth £0.81.

“Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business. These factors vary from region to region and over time,” an Apple spokesperson told Silicon.

It could be argued Apple has been harsher than most when implementing currency changes as the most recent MacBook Pro and Mac computers were hundreds of pounds more expensive than their predecessors.

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