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State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:46
I talked with Chris Kelly of GitHub at last week's LinuxCon about GitHub. He's got interesting things to say about the demographics and language choices on what has become in short order (just six years) one of the largest repositories of code in the world, and one with an increasingly sophisticated front-end, and several million users. Not all of the code on GitHub is open source, but the majority is -- handy, when that means an account is free as in beer, too. (And if you're reading on the beta or otherwise can't view the video below, here's the alternative video link.)

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Polish premier Tusk seriously considering top EU job

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:43
WARSAW/BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is seriously considering a proposal that he take the post of president of the European Council, a Warsaw government spokeswoman said on Thursday, linking his decision to the crisis in neighboring Ukraine.
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Arab East Jerusalem seethes with protests and raids

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:07
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Violent protests in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem have been raging nightly beyond the spotlight on the Gaza war, leading to a crackdown by Israeli police in which hundreds of Palestinians have been detained.
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PHP 5.6.0 Released

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:04
An anonymous reader writes The PHP team has announced the release of PHP 5.6.0. New features include constant scalar expressions, exponentiation using the ** operator, function and constant importing with the use keyword, support for file uploads larger than 2 GB, and phpdbg as an interactive integrated debugger SAPI. The team also notes important changes affecting compatibility. For example: "Array keys won't be overwritten when defining an array as a property of a class via an array literal," json_decode() is now more strict at parsing JSON syntax, and GMP resources are now objects. Here is the migration guide, the full change log, and the downloads page.

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Egypt queries Mursi over documents 'leaked' to Al Jazeera: security sources

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:01
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite news channel, security sources said on Thursday.






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Announcing Apache CloudMonkey 5.2.0

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:00

Apache: Apache CloudMonkey v5.2.0 is the latest feature release of the CloudStack command line interface tool.

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Pakistan's powerful army steps in to resolve political crisis

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:44
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's army stepped into a political struggle between the country's embattled prime minister and the opposition on Thursday, signaling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilized the coup-prone nation.






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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

The Register - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:35
Filing suggests handset with display strips

Apple has filed for a patent on technology to put small displays in the sidewalls of a smartphone.…

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The American Workday, By Profession

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:23
An anonymous reader writes NPR has created an interesting visualization of workday data from the American Time Survey. It shows what the typical working times are for each profession. You can see some interesting trends, like which professions distribute their work throughout the day (firefighters and police), which professions take their lunch breaks the most seriously (construction), and which professions reverse the typical trends (food service). "Still, Americans work more night and weekend hours than people in other advanced economies, according to Dan Hamermesh and Elena Stancanelli's forthcoming paper (PDF). They found that about 27 percent of Americans have worked between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. at least once a week, compared with 19 percent in the U.K. and 13 percent in Germany."

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How to use on-screen virtual keyboard on Linux

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:00

 xmodulo: On-screen virtual keyboard is an alternative input method that can replace a real hardware keyboard.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:41
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:41
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:41
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:41
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:41
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:41
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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Considering Legacy UNIX/Linux Issues

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:34

Gah, so frustrating! Ten years ago I wrote a rather popular book called Wicked Cool Shell Scripts, and I'm working on a new edition—a Tenth Anniversary release. There are lots of new scripts, entirely new chapters and updates to the older stuff. more>>

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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

The Register - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:04
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks

Hewlett-Packard has announced the first in a series of new Gen9 servers, racks and blades it reckons turn HP’s existing designs on their head.…

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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:01
SternisheFan writes: I am not a "gamer," per se. I grew up on "old school" arcade/Atari-type games. My question is: What are the very best games to own? Let's assume platform is irrelevant — any console, any computer, any operating system, any mobile device. I'd just like to know what you think are the most indispensable games to have in your collection. Let's expand this to include board games and other tabletop games as well. What games do you make sure to always have on hand for get-togethers?

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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-08-28 12:01
SternisheFan writes: I am not a "gamer," per se. I grew up on "old school" arcade/Atari-type games. My question is: What are the very best games to own? Let's assume platform is irrelevant — any console, any computer, any operating system, any mobile device. I'd just like to know what you think are the most indispensable games to have in your collection. Let's expand this to include board games and other tabletop games as well. What games do you make sure to always have on hand for get-togethers?

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