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Submission + - Hardware Developers Come Together to Engineer Humanity's Future (

szczys writes: The decentralization of knowledge, tools, and materials has caused a groundswell in the number of people who are doing their own hardware research and development in personal workshops, garages, and basements. This is far more widespread than at the beginning of the computer revolution, this is the unique hardware revolution. Those skills are being tested with the 2016 Hackaday Prize, a competition synonymous with creating for social change. Hardware Developers are competing in a collection of five week challenges to create the most forward-thinking Automation, Assistive Technology, Lab Equipment, and more for huge cash rewards, notoriety, and the opportunity to change the world.

Submission + - Take Your Home Internet With You

Nighttime writes: How do you use the Internet when you're in an area with no 3G or wi-fi signal. Well, a start-up on Indiegogo appears to have the answer, the WiFiEx. It's a USB device you plug into your home computer and charge it up with Internet. When you're out and about you can then use the Internet charge stored on the device; the more you've charged it, the longer you get. So far they've raised over US$2000 and the project has 9 days left to part fools from their money.

Submission + - How Munich switched 15,000 PCs from Windows to Linux (

An anonymous reader writes: It's one of the biggest migrations in the history of Linux, and it made Steve Ballmer very angry: Munich, in south west Germany, has completed its transition of 15,000 PCs from Windows to Linux. It has saved money, fuelled the local economy, and improved security. Linux Voice talked to the man behind the migration, and is making the PDF article free (CC-BY-SA) so that everyone can send it to their local councillors and encourage them to investigate Linux.

Submission + - Linux Voice Aiming to be Different

yenrabbit writes: A crowd funding campain went live today for a new magazine — Linux Voice. Begun by three members of the editorial team responsible for Linux Format who left because

we wanted to do something different. We want to create an even better magazine; a bigger, more entertaining and more accountable magazine for the community we love to serve. The magazine we want to make is called Linux Voice.

What makes this interesting is the mission behind the magazine — their plan revolves around giving back to the community (to the tune of 50% of the profits) and providing reader-oriented content as affordably as possible. In a world where print media seems to be going out of fashion, will this new approach succeed? Drop your opinion in the comments, or show them some support through their Indiegogo campaign.

Comment ~3000ms.... Poor old Zimbabwe (Score 1) 558

Lagging years behind the world as usual :) Up to last year the fastest i could concieve was 100kb/s. Now its getting slightly better but it will still be some time before we come near the speed that most of America considers slow. To be fair its usually closer to 300 ms, sometimes even faster to google or the like, sometimes slower or time-out.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Projects for a heap of junk? 2

yenrabbit writes: A friend has just told me that he has 80 CRT TVs, a stach of DVD players and hundereds of VCR machines, all broken and all mine free of charge. I can already think of a few awesome components i can extract (flyback transformers for high voltage contraptions and so on) and have a few ideas such as DVD lasers etc that i can build, but what else can be made from such a treasure-trove of components, and how would one go about processing such a large volume of stuff with the least amount of effort? Also, i don't have access to online shopping so i'd also like a pain free way of salvaging many simpler parts such as resistors as well.

Comment Re:Hahaha - Unity even fails mobile (Score 1) 202

It seems to be the trend to give Unity flack, but it was my first non-windows experience, so i approached it without any experience of desktop environments that didn't suck. Since then i have used KDE, Gnome (and variants like cinnamon) and XFCE, and to be honest out of all of them them i'd pick Unity. Just because it goes against what some people believe to be the 'One and only way of doing things' doesn't automatically make it bad. Linux is all about choice and if you don't like it, sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop or switch to a different distro

Comment As many as i want! (Score 1) 111

At least, i can throw 5+ things up in the air no problem. Keeping them there is the hardest part... Seriously though, i love juggling and it has to be good for things like spatial reasoning (i had a maths teacher who taught the class to juggle to improve our marks).

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