Saturday October 25, 2014

Slashdot: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 23:39 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: In a post at the Free Software Foundation, lawyer Marco Ciurcina reports that the Italian Supreme Court has ruled the practice of forcing users to pay for a Windows license when they buy a new PC is illegal. Manufacturers in Italy are now legally obligated to refund that money if a buyer wants to put GNU/Linux or another free OS on the computer. Ciurcina says, "The focus of the Court's reasoning is that the sale of a PC with software preinstalled is not like the sale of a car with its components (the 4 wheels, the engine, etc.) that therefore are sold jointly. Buying a computer with preinstalled software, the user is required to conclude two different contracts: the first, when he buys the computer; the second, when he turns on the computer for the first time and he is required to accept or not the license terms of the preinstalled software. Therefore, if the user does not accept the software license, he has the right to keep the computer and install free software without having to pay the 'Microsoft tax.'"

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Slashdot: Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells

Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 22:35 AWST)

SternisheFan writes with news that medical researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully cultivated stem cells that will kill brain cancer cells in mice without damaging healthy cells. "They used genetic engineering to make stem cells that spewed out cancer-killing toxins, but, crucially, were also able to resist the effects of the poison they were producing. ... In animal tests, the stem cells were surrounded in gel and placed at the site of the brain tumor after it had been removed. Their cancer cells then died as they had no defense against the toxins (abstract)." The next step in the research is to try the treatment on humans. Chris Mason, a professor of regenerative medicine, said, "This is a clever study, which signals the beginning of the next wave of therapies. It shows you can attack solid tumors by putting mini pharmacies inside the patient which deliver the toxic payload direct to the tumor. Cells can do so much. This is the way the future is going to be."

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Slashdot: CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 21:28 AWST)

sabri writes: Following the initial suspension of a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this week, news has come out that the CHP has an entire ring of officers who steal and subsequently share nude pictures. The nudes are stolen from women who are arrested or stopped. Officer Sean Harrington of Martinez reportedly confessed to stealing explicit photos from the suspect's phone, and said he forwarded those images to at least two other CHP officers. Where is the ACLU when you need them the most?

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Digital Photography School: Getting Creative With Topaz Impression

Digital Photography School (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 21:00 AWST)

Topaz Labs recently released a new standalone image processor called Topaz Impression and I wanted to show you how it works and the kinds of things you can create with it.

However, I should make it very clear up front, that this is not a standard keep it real kind of image processor, so if you cringe at the thought of image manipulation you may want to turn away now.

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What is Topaz Impression?

On the surface Topaz Impression is a digital image processor which allows you to take any photograph and convert it into something that resembles painted or drawn art. If this sounds familiar you might be thinking of their other product, which is a plugin called Topaz Simplify (which I covered in a past article here on DPS Create Art with your Photos Using Topaz Simplify), and it does provide some similar functionality, but works in a different manner.

The basic difference is that Simplify works by removing or softening the details and edges within a photograph that you present to it, while Impression works by creating different brush strokes based on the customizations that you choose.

basicUI

The other great benefit of Topaz Impression is the user interface, which is fairly intuitive and easy to navigate, while still being fairly powerful in terms of the customization options you have available to you – in comparison Simplify’s interface can be kind of cumbersome to use.

Finding Your Way Around Topaz Impression

As I mentioned, one of the great things about Impression is that it’s fairly simple to use. Impression’s user experience is built on the idea of starting with a preset and then customizing that further to suit the needs and vision of the artist. A basic workflow would look something like this:

Pop in an image

import-image

You can do this either by choosing “Edit In Topaz Impression” from your Lightroom library or, as seen further above, you can simply uploading a photograph directly into Impression from your computer’s hard drive.

Select a preset you like

select-preset

There are a handful of presets to choose from in a variety of categories: Ancient, Impressionistic, Modern, Painting, Pencil, Charcoal & Pastel, and of course you can create your own as you work with the platform and find that you prefer certain tweaks over other ones.

Modify to your liking

customize

Like any good digital photo editor you have the ability to modify the chosen preset to suite the image you’ve uploaded. This is where Impression really can come to life. As you can see in the screen capture above, the preset has been changed in a number of ways to create an image that is drastically different than the preset I’d selected.

More on Customization Inside Topaz Impression

The customizer in Topaz Impression is where the magic happens. Inside the customizer you have a number of controls available to you, from 14 different types of brush strokes to multiple preloaded textures.

You have the ability to control things like the size of the brush, the amount and opacity of the ‘paint’ that’s making up your image, the width and length of your stroke, and spill, smudge and coverage give you even more creative control over the look of the image.

customization-tools

However, you don’t just control the way the brush strokes are presented, but Impression also lets you control how the various colors of your image are displayed. From a basic global setting, to selectively adjusting the various tones that make up your image you have the ability to get fairly specific with your modifications here.

One other interesting aspect of Impression is that it gives you the ability to control the direction of your lighting. Of course this can’t control what’s happening inside your photograph, but rather, it controls the way the lighting effects the textures that you’ve applied to the painting allowing you to match this up with the lighting inside your photograph.

A Few Feature Requests and Suggestions

This is version 1.0.0 and I’m sure the people at Topaz have plans to build out Impression in the future, but there are a few things missing that I’d personally like to see included in future versions.

  1. Local Adjustments – At the moment there’s no way to go about modifying on a local level. This does keep the interface and customization options easy to learn and use, but limits what you can do in a way.
  2. Custom Brushes/Textures – At the moment you’re stuck using the ones that Topaz has provided with the platform. I’d like the ability to create and/or upload our own brush strokes.
  3. Undo/History – At the moment all that is available to you is a one button reset button which will take you back to square one. I’d like the option to be able to undo iterative changes, or better yet, a history option similar to Lightroom.

Topaz Impression in Action

Here’s a quick look at Topaz Impression in action. If you want to skip the Lightroom part just jump to the 5:30 mark in the video:

Overall Thoughts

As I said at the start of this article – Topaz Impression is a program for those willing to put their photography through a digital manipulation workout – but it is quite fun. I think it’s a great start and could become an interesting niche style for some photographers out there, however with it’s present iteration being a bit lacking in terms of local adjustment capabilities or the freedom to at least apply our own textures within the program, it leaves a little to be desired.

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Have you used Topaz Impression? What have you thought about it? Maybe share some of your before and after images below.

And if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself Topaz does offer a 30 day trial so you can see how it works before you buy.

The post Getting Creative With Topaz Impression by John Davenport appeared first on Digital Photography School.

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Slashdot: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 20:23 AWST)

theodp writes According to Steve Ballmer, Amazon.com is not a real business. "They make no money," Ballmer said on the Charlie Rose Show. "In my world, you're not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don't make money at some point." Ballmer's comments come as Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the third quarter, disappointing Wall Street. "If you are worth $150 billion," Ballmer added, "eventually somebody thinks you're going to make $15 billion pre-tax. They make about zero, and there's a big gap between zero and 15." Fired-up as ever, LA Clippers owner Ballmer's diss comes after fellow NBA owner Mark Cuban similarly slammed IBM, saying Big Blue is no longer a tech company (Robert X. Cringely seems to concur). "Today, they [IBM] specialize in financial engineering," Cuban told CNBC after IBM posted another disappointing quarter. "They're no longer a tech company, they are an amalgamation of different companies that they are trying to arb[itrage] on Wall Street, and I'm not a fan of that at all."

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GNOME Look: Red Smooth Conky Config Conky Manager (Screenlet)

(posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 18:29 AWST)

ThumbnailRed Smooth Conky Config Conky Manager
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Updated Red Smooth Conky Config

Added Text Open Source - Open Mind
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GNOME Look: Gnome Grey for Ubuntu GNOME 1.1.0 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 17:29 AWST)

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(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Grey touch for Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 based on Orchis gtk theme.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: ​Fire in Bayswater in the City of Bayswater controlled-contained

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 17:29 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: The structure fire in Bayswater is now contained and under control.
Content:

The structure fire in Bayswater is now contained and under control.   

WHAT TO DO: 
  • People in an area bounded by Tonkin Highway, Guildford Road, Coulston Road and Ashfield Parade will no longer be impacted by smoke.  

ROAD CLOSURES:
The following roads remain closed:
 
  • Katanning Street 
  • Goongarrie Street 

Roads are expected to open this evening. 
 
 
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and be aware of emergency services personnel.  
 
EXTRA INFORMATION: 
  • Forty five career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are on the scene making the area safe. 
  • The fire was reported at 2.49pm today.   
  • The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

KEEP UP TO DATE:
 
  • This information is also available by calling 13 DFES (13 3337) or visiting www.dfes.wa.gov.au

There will be no more information released regarding this incident. 
Publication Time: 25/10/2014 5:25 PM

Slashdot: Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 17:25 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Google has expanded its search engine with the capability to recognize video games. If your query references a game, a new Knowledge Graph panel on the right-hand side of Google's search results page will offer more information, including the series it belongs to, initial release date, supported platforms, developers, publishers, designers, and even review scores. Google spokesperson: "With today's update, you can ask questions about video games, and (while there will be ones we don't cover) you'll get answers for console and PC games as well as the most popular mobile apps."

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Slashdot: Peter Kuran:Visual Effects Artist and Atomic Bomb Archivist

Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 14:21 AWST)

Lasrick links to this interview with Peter Kuran, an animator of the original Star Wars and legendary visual effects artist, writing If you saw the recent remake of Godzilla, you saw stock footage from Atom Central, known on YouTube as 'the atomic bomb channel.' Atom Central is the brainchild of Kuran, who among his many talents is an expert on archival films of the atmospheric testing era of 1945 to 1963. Combining his film restoration and photography expertise with his interest in nuclear history, he has also produced and directed five documentaries. He is currently working with Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories to preserve and catalog images from the bomb-testing era, and to produce a technical handbook that will help people understand these images and the techniques used to create them.

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GNOME Look: The Eye of Horus (Other GNOME Wallpaper)

(posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 13:03 AWST)

ThumbnailThe Eye of Horus
(Other GNOME Wallpaper)


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Slashdot: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 11:14 AWST)

operator_error notes a report that ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has emailed the Ubuntu Devel mailing list to request that ownCloud (server) be removed from the Ubuntu repositories because it contains "multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported," through which an attacker could "gain complete control [of] the web server process." From the article: However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2). Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical. You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list. So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service."

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GNOME Look: (windows8 Style) 0.1 Sigma metro 0.1 (GNOME Icon Theme)

(posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 11:02 AWST)

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Extract content in /usr/share/icons

thank you for the first 1500 downloads!!
If you liked this,

please Give us one dollar

Thak you for download :)


Special thanks to http://www.noobslab.com for including this in your list of repositories

changelog:
Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons2

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install sigma-metro-icons

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DFES Emergency Alerts: ​Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Neerabup Lake in the City of Waneroo

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 10:35 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people bounded by Wanneroo Road, south of Wattle Avenue, north of Flynn Drive and west of Mather Drive near Neerabup Lake in the City of Wanneroo.
Content:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people bounded by Wanneroo Road, south of Wattle Avenue, north of Flynn Drive and west of Mather Drive near Neerabup Lake in the City of Wanneroo.

  • The bushfire has been extinguished
  • Firefighters have worked tirelessly together with other agencies since the fire was reported.
  • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.


WHAT TO DO: 

  • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.


    ROAD CLOSURES:
    Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. 

    WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

    • Firefighters will monitor the area three times per day over the next four weeks. This is to ensure there are no flare ups as the chance of re-ignition is high due to the fire burning peet soil. 


    EXTRA INFORMATION:

    • The fire was reported at 11.11pm on 21 October 2014.
    • The cause of the fire is a lightning strike.
    • The City of Waneroo is managing the fire. 


    No further updates will be issued.

    Publication Time: 25/10/2014 10:33 AM
    Expiration Time: 27/10/2014 8:00 AM

    GNOME Look: Oxygenium 3.12-1.1 (GNOME Shell Theme)

    (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 08:45 AWST)

    ThumbnailOxygenium 3.12-1.1
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    Oxygenium:
    Gnome Shell version of KDE's Oxygen Project plasma theme «Oxygen».

    Tested with Gnome 3.12

    install the downloaded GNOME Shell theme with the Gnome Tweak Tool,
    or extract the GNOME Shell theme to
    ~/.themes.

    Used extension:
    - Dash to Dock by michele_g

    changelog:
    3.12-1.0 – 23.10.2014
    - Initial release

    3.12-1.1 – 25.10.2014
    - dash transparent

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    GNOME Look: Octagon 3.12-1.7 (GNOME Shell Theme)

    (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 08:34 AWST)

    ThumbnailOctagon 3.12-1.7
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    Octagon:
    Dark black GNOME Shell theme.
    Inspired by HarrySnapperOrgans' screenlet clock octagon, thanks.

    Tested with Gnome 3.12

    install the downloaded GNOME Shell theme with the Gnome Tweak Tool,
    or extract the GNOME Shell theme to
    ~/.themes.

    Used extension:
    - Dash to Dock by michele_g

    changelog:
    3.12-1.0 – 17.09.2014
    - Initial release

    3.12-1.1 – 18.09.2014
    - panel a little bit smaller
    - corrected app switcher to work with lower resolution
    - new toggle-switch
    - other small changes

    3.12-1.2 – 21.09.2014
    - adapted font-size in network to the popup-menu font-size
    - panel in overview mode a little bit transparent
    - new corner-ripple
    - hover for dash applications
    - other small changes

    3.12-1.3 – 24.09.2014
    - fixed a bug that could open the main popup-menu in some situations with a huge gap on the right side
    - new process-working
    - some other size adjusing and adapting

    3.12-1.4 – 03.10.2014
    - freesans font
    - fixed slippery checkbox when focused
    - changed workspace-thumbnails, app-folder and app-folder-popup
    - dash more transparent
    - many other small changes in sizes

    3.12-1.5 – 20.10.2014
    - fixed app-folder-popup in combination with scroll bar
    - paragraphs between calendar notices
    - other small corrections

    3.12-1.6– 22.10.2014
    - some small modifications

    3.12-1.7– 25.10.2014
    - dash a little bit smaller and running-indicator more transparent

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    DP Review: Natural History Museum announces Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 winners

    DP Review (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 08:12 AWST)

    The Natural History Museum has announced winners of its 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This year's winning photos document all manner of creatures, from a pride of lions in the Serengeti, to a yellow scorpion in the northeast of Spain. The competition recognizes both adult and youth winners and awards the top photo with £10,000 and a trophy. See gallery

    Slashdot: Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 08:07 AWST)

    SmartAboutThings writes Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition. But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn't yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter, up a massive 127 percent from the $400 million this time last year. However, if we assume that the average spent amount on the purchase of this year's Surface Pro 3 was around $1000, then we have less than 1 million units sold, which isn't that impressive, but it's a good start.

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    Slashdot: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 07:22 AWST)

    New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer's website featured "a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that 'disbelievers' will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity." A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed. (Please note that some articles may be partially paywalled unless opened in a private/incognito browser window.)

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    Slashdot: AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 06:47 AWST)

    As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, "AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. ... AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its network. T-Mobile's John Legere has indicated that T-Mobile's process does not lock a customer in to T-Mobile, which appears to be confirmed by Apple's support document, and Sprint's process also seems to leave the Apple SIM unlocked and able to be used with other carrier plans. Verizon, the fourth major carrier in the United States, did not opt to allow the Apple SIM to work with its network." The iPad itself can still be activated and used on other networks, but only after the installation of a new SIM.

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    Slashdot: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 06:08 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes: Sophos has a blog post up saying, "attempts to get users to choose passwords that will resist offline guessing, e.g., by composition policies, advice and strength meters, must largely be judged failures." They say a password must withstand 1,000,000 guesses to survive an online attack but 100,000,000,000,000 to have any hope against an offline one. "Not only is the difference between those two numbers mind-bogglingly large, there is no middle ground." "Passwords falling between the two thresholds offer no improvement in real-world security, they're just harder to remember." System administrators "should stop worrying about getting users to create strong passwords and should focus instead on properly securing password databases and detecting leaks when they happen."

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    Slashdot: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 05:26 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes: Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is now also a real-time data broker. According to a security researcher at Stanford, Big Red has been adding a unique identifier to web traffic. The purpose of the identifier is advertisement targeting, which is bad enough. But the design of the system also functions as a 'supercookie' for any website that a subscriber visits. "Any website can easily track a user, regardless of cookie blocking and other privacy protections. No relationship with Verizon is required. ...while Verizon offers privacy settings, they don’t prevent sending the X-UIDH header. All they do, seemingly, is prevent Verizon from selling information about a user." Just like they said they would.

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    Slashdot: Secretive Funding Fuels Ongoing Net Neutrality Astroturfing Controversy

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 04:43 AWST)

    alphadogg writes: The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process. News stories from a handful of publications in recent months have accused some think tanks and advocacy groups of "astroturfing" — quietly shilling for large broadband carriers. In a handful of cases, those criticisms appear to have some merit, although the term is so overused by people looking to discredit political opponents that it has nearly lost its original meaning. An IDG News Service investigation found that major groups opposing U.S. Federal Communications Commission reclassification and regulation of broadband as a public utility tend to be less transparent about their funding than the other side. Still, some big-name advocates of strong net neutrality rules also have limited transparency mechanisms in place.

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    Slashdot: A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 04:01 AWST)

    Sawaiz Syed's LinkedIn page says he's a "Hardware Developer at GSU [Georgia State University], Department of Physics." That's a great workplace for someone who designs low cost radiation detectors that can be air-dropped into an area where there has been a nuclear accident (or a nuclear attack; or a nuclear terrorist act) and read remotely by a flying drone or a robot ground vehicle. This isn't Sawaiz's only project; it's just the one Timothy asked him about most at the recent Maker Faire Atlanta. (Alternate Video Link)

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    GNOME Look: Kawaiki 0.9.6 (GNOME Icon Theme)

    (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 03:38 AWST)

    ThumbnailKawaiki 0.9.6
    (GNOME Icon Theme)
    PLEASE consider donating to this project if you like it, I really appreciate every little help I get.

    Please take that one second to vote up, if you like my work :)

    Thank you for more than 9000 downloads and voting Kawaiki up to >75%!

    Kawaiki is on Facebook as well: http://www.facebook.com/kawaiki.icon.theme

    ................................................................................................................

    Hello, I am happy that you found my Icon-Theme. I put lots of work into it. It's still far from perfect, but made great progress during the last year. I know, nowadays people like flat, tile-like icons. Consistency really matters, but I wanted to create a beautiful icon theme which meets the criteria of being consistent, but still giving you unique beauty with great detail. I hope you like it as much as I do and don't hesitate to comment if you have any problems with it ;)

    ................................................................................................................

    = Installing =


    - Script (RECOMMENDED) -
    Unpack Kawaiki-Icon-Theme.tar.gz and then use the installation script from the command line (pathes may be different on your pc)

    $ cd ~/Downloads/Kawaiki-Icon-Theme
    $ ./INSTALL.sh

    (ATTENTION - beta - should be safe but I am not responsible for any damage)

    - Manually -
    Download and unpack to ~/.icons or /usr/share/icons
    additionally you'll have to copy folders from "brightness" according to the brightness of your GTK theme and an index-file from "Theme-Index"-Folder

    - PPA (not up-to-date, please use script instead) -
    Ubuntu users may use Kawaiki PPA now:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eckert-georg/kawaiki && sudo apt-get update

    - in Ubuntu:
    sudo apt-get install kawaiki-ubuntu

    - in Xubuntu
    sudo apt-get install kawaiki-xubuntu

    - in UbuntuGNOME
    sudo apt-get install kawaiki-icon-theme

    ................................................................................................................

    = Issues =

    PLEASE REPORT if you find any mismatching monochrome icons when using Ambience, Radience, elementary-xfce, Numix presets from the installation script! Only that way we'll get a perfect set one day.

    You may have noticed, that some actions icons (searching glass, arrows and so on) are too bright - that's because I am working with a dark GTK-Theme right now, as soon as I have designed all icons, I will give you the option to choose between icons for dark and bright themes ;)

    It is very hard to design a theme with monochrome icons right now, as GTK2 und GTK3 are still mixed in most desktops and you need dark icons in GTK3, where you'd need bright ones at the same time, which is impossible.

    changelog:
    2014-10-24 0.9.6 Improved smaller scale folder icons, new Structure, Links instead of double files, two new Flavors: "PitchBlack" and "SnowWhite"

    2014-10-16 0.9.5 Added libreoffice icons

    2014-10-07 0.9.4 Improved places icons for smaller resolutions

    2014-10-06 0.9.3 Lost old changelog entries

    2014-01-28 0.8 Many Improvements, many icons now have different appearance in different sizes, all folder-themes are complete, many bugfixes (especially symbolic icons) - nearing final release :)

    2014-01-28 0.7 Complete Folder-Icons-Sets plus one new flavour: WildSerengeti. Started different icons for different sizes. Places (except for Grey Theme): Complete! Look forward for the final release :)

    2014-01-20 0.6 Added several Color-Flavors: GoldenSunshine, HumanEarth, SummerWine, HappyFrog, IcePrincess, PurpleGem

    2013-04-06 0.5.1 This is not really an update. I removed all the distribution-icons until I will have figured out alll the legal stuff, permissions and logo guidelines of all the applications and distributors out there.

    2013-04-06 0.5

    Complete Places
    Complete Devices

    2013-04-01 0.4 Complete Mimetype Set included

    2013-03-27 0.3 New icons and changed structure, added index.theme, it is an installable icon theme now, missing icons should be replaced by those of the gnome, tango and hicolor themes

    2013-03-26 0.2 New device icons

    2013-03-25 0.1 Folder icons and a few devides

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    Slashdot: Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 03:14 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Alan Eustace, a computer scientist and senior VP at Google, has successfully broken the record for highest freefall jump, set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012. "For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an altitude of 135,908 feet, more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. ... Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at a speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by observers on the ground. ... His technical team had designed a carbon-fiber attachment that kept him from becoming entangled in the main parachute before it opened. About four-and-a-half minutes into his flight, he opened the main parachute and glided to a landing 70 miles from the launch site."

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    GNOME Look: Vintage v.2. (Cairo-Clock Theme)

    (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 02:39 AWST)

    ThumbnailVintage v.2.
    (Cairo-Clock Theme)
    Vintage vector clock for cairo-clock.

    (for instal: unpack to : usr/share/cairo-clock/themes)
    You can use it for screenlets too
    (for instal: unpack to :/usr/share/screenlets/screenlets~/clock/themes/)

    And you can use for clocky too.
    (for clocky, unpack to: /home/YourName/.clocky)
    With Clocky, You can have the cpu-, and the memory-meter too.
    You can get Clocky from:
    http://gtk-apps.org/content/show.php/Clocky?content=167525

    For Gnome,KDE,Xfce...



    changelog:
    Added Clocky compatible files

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    Slashdot: Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 02:32 AWST)

    Trailrunner7 writes: A security researcher has identified a Tor exit node that was actively patching binaries users download, adding malware to the files dynamically. The discovery, experts say, highlights the danger of trusting files downloaded from unknown sources and the potential for attackers to abuse the trust users have in Tor and similar services. Josh Pitts of Leviathan Security Group ran across the misbehaving Tor exit node while performing some research on download servers that might be patching binaries during download through a man-in-the middle attack. What Pitts found during his research is that an attacker with a MITM position can actively patch binaries–if not security updates–with his own code. In terms of defending against the sort of attack, Pitts suggested that encrypted download channels are the best option, both for users and site operators. "SSL/TLSis the only way to prevent this from happening. End-users may want to consider installing HTTPS Everywhere or similar plugins for their browser to help ensure their traffic is always encrypted," he said via email.

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    Digital Photography School: Weekly Photography Challenge – Spooky Images for Halloween

    Digital Photography School (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 02:00 AWST)

    If you want to see some scary images head over to my earlier collection of spooky images here.

    This is the week of all the spooks and goblins so I though it would be fitting to see some scary images too. What do you consider spooky or creepy? It might be a big hairy spider, or maybe a ghostly double image, or perhaps some deep shadows in a hidden alleyway. Whatever it is, it’s your turn to photograph it and show me something that will make me have the chills.

    Let’s see some examples:

    Delta

    By Delta

    Hartwig HKD

    By Hartwig HKD

    Kevin Dooley

    By Kevin Dooley

    Alice Popkorn

    By Alice Popkorn

    Jesse Draper

    By Jesse Draper

    Liz West

    By liz west

    You get the idea. Now it’s your turn.

    Weekly Photography Challenge – Spooky Images

    Try and think about this one not so literally. I’ve done some photo competition judging and something similar was the theme for one category. I saw a lot of images trying too hard to be scary. Think subtle. We don’t need to see blood and guts to be scared. Less is more. A simple, dark, moody image of a creepy looking alley or lane-way could be all that’s needed. How about doing some double exposures at night using flash to create some ghosts, or just long exposures on a busy street to catch all the moving people at night. If you have some ideas share them here, then go shoot it and share the images too.

    Share your spooky photos

    Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section as pictured below) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge.

    Here are a few more images to scare you!

    Yamabxl

    By Yamabxl

    JayRaz

    By jayRaz

    Howard Ignatius

    By Howard Ignatius

    Tommy Clark

    By Tommy Clark

    Jorge Mexicano

    By Jorge Mexicano

    Slworking2

    By slworking2

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    Slashdot: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 01:49 AWST)

    Nerval's Lobster writes: Every company needs employees who can analyze information effectively, discarding what's unnecessary and digging down into what's actually useful. But employers are getting a little bit worried that U.S. schools aren't teaching students the necessary critical-thinking skills to actually succeed once they hit the open marketplace. The Wall Street Journal talked with several companies about how they judge critical-thinking skills, a few of which ask candidates to submit to written tests to judge their problem-solving abilities. But that sidesteps the larger question: do schools need to shift their focus onto different teaching methods (i.e., downplaying the need for students to memorize lots of information), or is our educational pipeline just fine, thank you very much?

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    GNOME Look: Vertex - Theme 20141024 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

    (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 01:47 AWST)

    ThumbnailVertex - Theme 20141024
    (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
    Vertex GTK theme contains three variants: Vertex (dark header-bars and toolbars), Vertex-Light (completely light) and Vertex-Dark (completely dark).

    This theme supports Gnome 3.10, 3.12, 3.14, Ubuntu 14.04 and Elementary OS Freya. Also the tabs you are seeing in nautilus, gedit, etc. are only included in the Gnome 3.12 and above versions due to the reworked tab system.

    For Ubuntu 14.04, please use the 3.10 version and for Elementary OS Freya, please use the 3.12 version.

    A Chrome/Chromium theme is included.


    Requirements

    gnome-themes-standard package for the GTK3 theme. Murrine and pixbuf engines for the GTK2 theme.


    For installation instructions please read the included README, especially the troubleshooting section if you have any issues. If this doesn't fix your problem file a bug report at https://github.com/horst3180/Vertex-theme/issues

    If you have problems with sublime text download the Sublime Text fix below and make sure to read the included instructions first.

    If Gnome-Shell crashes with this theme, have a look at READMEs troubleshooting section.


    Get the latest version at Github:

    https://github.com/horst3180/Vertex-theme

    But beware this contains untested changes and may break.

    Other Info

    Wallpaper: http://enioku.deviantart.com/art/Spring-weather-206189761 by enioku
    Icons used in the preview:
    Folder icons: selfmade mod of http://metalbone1988.deviantart.com/art/BeautyFolds-383653748 by Metalbone1988
    Launcher icons: http://darkdawg.deviantart.com/art/White-Pixel-Icons-252310560 by darkdawg

    changelog:
    2014-07-25
    Initial release

    2014-07-26
    Fixed Synaptic toolbar
    Included fix for Sublime Text
    Fixed index.theme file

    2014-08-03
    Added Gnome Shell theme

    2014-08-17
    Changed destructive button background color to fit with the Gnome Shell theme
    Improved linked buttons in Gnome Shell
    Panel height now scales with font size
    Other small improvements

    2014-08-23
    Better pressed destructive and suggested button border
    Improved osd buttons
    Hovered primary-toolbar buttons now looks like normal buttons
    Better contrast for hovered inactive tab background
    Use border images for progressbars for more consistent look
    Small fixes all over the place

    2014-08-29
    Added button animations
    Reworked selection mode
    Nicer searchbars
    Improved assets for the dark theme
    Some minor tweaks and fixes

    2014-09-06
    Nicer tab borders
    Improved assets
    Bugfixes

    2014-09-14
    Add Gnome 3.14 support
    Add global dark variant (with dark gtk2 theme)
    Initial support for Elementary OS Freya (needs some improvements)
    Reworked tabs (again) to be consistent across 3.12 and 3.14
    Remove nautilus tab hacks

    2014-09-23
    Add MATE support
    Add XFCE support (panel needs work)
    Improve Unity integration
    Improve Gtk 2 themes
    Bugfixes

    2014-09-24
    Quick bugfixes for Gtk 3.14

    2014-09-28
    Add Cinnamon theme (tested with Cinnamon 2.2)
    Bug fixes

    2014-10-18
    Colored Unity launchers for running apps
    Make firefox entries in dark theme readable
    Bugfixes

    2014-10-24
    Dark theme improvements
    Ubuntu 14.10 support
    Style vertical linked buttons and entries
    Bugfixes

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    Slashdot: Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 01:07 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes: Eric Betzig recently shared in the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on high-resolution microscopy. Just yesterday, Betzig and a team of researchers published a new microscopy technique (abstract) that "allows them to observe living cellular processes at groundbreaking resolution and speed." According to the article, "Until now, the best microscope for viewing living systems as they moved were confocal microscopes. They beam light down onto a sample of cells. The light penetrates the whole sample and bounces back. ... The light is toxic, and degrades the living system over time. Betzig's new microscope solves this by generating a sheet of light that comes in from the side of the sample, made up of a series of beams that harm the sample less than one solid cone of light. Scientists can now snap a high-res image of the entire section they're illuminating, without exposing the rest of the sample to any light at all."

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    Slashdot: Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

    Slashdot (posted on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 00:23 AWST)

    sciencehabit writes: Here's one reason libraries hang on to old science journals: A paper from an experiment conducted 32 years ago may shed light on the nature of dark matter, the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to keep the galaxies from flying apart. The old data put a crimp in the newfangled concept of a 'dark photon' and suggest that a simple bargain-basement experiment could put the idea to the test. The data come from E137, a "beam dump" experiment that ran from 1980 to 1982 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. In the experiment, physicists slammed a beam of high-energy electrons, left over from other experiments, into an aluminum target to see what would come out. Researchers placed a detector 383 meters behind the target, on the other side of a sandstone hill 179 meters thick that blocked any ordinary particles.

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    Friday October 24, 2014

    Slashdot: PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

    Slashdot (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 23:40 AWST)

    AberBeta writes: PCGamingWiki contributor Soeb has been looking into the recent larger budget game releases to appear on Linux, including XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands: The Pre–Sequel produced by Mac porting houses Feral and Aspyr. Soeb reports that while feature parity is high, performance could be a bit better. Performance differences aside, the games are finally arriving on Linux — now the userbase needs to expand to make a virtuous cycle.

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    GNOME Look: GIMP Theme Project (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

    (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 23:10 AWST)

    ThumbnailGIMP Theme Project
    (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
    You can download 6 new Themes for GIMP :
    • 2 Highlight color version - grey and blue
    • Dark Color Interface
    • 98% icons changed to mono
    • New Splash Screen
    • Turn off Wilber Logo - small and big logo turned off by default
    • CS6 Keyboard Shortcuts - for fans of Adobe

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    Slashdot: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

    Slashdot (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 22:57 AWST)

    New submitter Intrepid imaginaut sends word of a study (PDF) into how e-commerce sites show online shoppers different prices depending on how they found an item and what the sites know about the customer. "For instance, the study found, users logged in to Cheaptickets and Orbitz saw lower hotel prices than shoppers who were not registered with the sites. Home Depot shoppers on mobile devices saw higher prices than users browsing on desktops. Some searchers on Expedia and Hotels.com consistently received higher-priced options, a result of randomized testing by the websites. Shoppers at Sears, Walmart, Priceline, and others received results in a different order than control groups, a tactic known as “steering.” To get a better price, the article advises deleting cookies before shopping, using your browser's private mode, putting the items in your shopping cart without buying them right away, and using tools like Camelcamelcamel to keep an eye out for price drops.

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    GNOME Look: dusk (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

    (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 22:20 AWST)

    Thumbnaildusk
    (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)


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    Slashdot: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

    Slashdot (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 22:15 AWST)

    dcblogs writes: McDonald's this week told financial analysts of its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. This news prompted the Wall Street Journal to editorialize, in " Minimum Wage Backfire," that while it may be true for McDonald's to say that its tech plans will improve customer experience, the move is also "a convenient way...to justify a reduction in the chain's global workforce." Minimum wage increase advocates, the Journal argued, are speeding along an automation backlash. But banks have long relied on ATMs, and grocery stores, including Walmart, have deployed self-service checkouts. In contrast, McDonald's hasn't changed its basic system of taking orders since its founding in the 1950s, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, a research group focused on the restaurant industry. While mobile, kiosks and table ordering systems may help reduce labor costs, the automated self-serve technology is seen as an essential. It will take the stress out of ordering (lines) at fast food restaurants, and the wait for checks at more casual restaurants. It also helps with upselling and membership to loyalty programs. People who can order a drink refill off a tablet, instead of waving down waitstaff, may be more inclined to do so. Moreover, analysts say younger customers want self-service options.

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    Slashdot: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

    Slashdot (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 21:32 AWST)

    New submitter weilawei writes: Last night, FTDI, a Scottish manufacturer of USB-to-serial ICs, posted a response to the ongoing debacle over its allegedly intentional bricking of competitors' chips. In their statement, FTDI CEO Fred Dart said, "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user's hardware being directly affected." This may have resulted from a discussion with Microsoft engineers about the implications of distributing potentially malicious driver software. If you design hardware, what's your stance on this? Will you continue to integrate FTDI chips into your products? What alternatives are available to replace their functionality?

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    Digital Photography School: Spooky Images to Scare you for Halloween Week

    Digital Photography School (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 21:00 AWST)

    Are you scared yet? You should be – because this collection of images is straight out of a horror movie, designed to give you the creeps, make your skin crawl and keep you up at night!  Oooooh scary!

    In honor of All Hallow’s Eve coming soon I thought it would be appropriate to see a few scary images. Enjoy, if you dare!

    (These first few images are by my friend Renee Robyn, she has some masterful spooky images)

    Last of all – a classic, by the legend himself.

    The post Spooky Images to Scare you for Halloween Week by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.

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    Slashdot: Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

    Slashdot (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 20:50 AWST)

    BarbaraHudson writes: The Globe and Mail is reporting the success of a procedure to implant a replacement retina grown from cells from the patient's skin. Quoting: "Transplant doctors are stepping gingerly into a new world, one month after a Japanese woman received the first-ever tissue transplant using stem cells that came from her own skin, not an embryo. On Sept. 12, doctors in a Kobe hospital replaced the retina of a 70-year-old woman suffering from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. The otherwise routine surgery was radical because scientists had grown the replacement retina in a petri dish, using skin scraped from the patient's arm. The Japanese woman is fine and her retinal implant remains in place. Researchers around the world are now hoping to test other stem-cell-derived tissues in therapy. Dr. Jeanne Loring from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., expects to get approval within a few years to see whether neurons derived from stem cells can be used to treat Parkinson's disease."

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    GNOME Look: CAIRO-theme for METROlux menu METROluxGRACA.all (GnoMenu Theme)

    (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 20:34 AWST)

    ThumbnailCAIRO-theme for METROlux menu METROluxGRACA.all
    (GnoMenu Theme)


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    Slashdot: Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

    Slashdot (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 20:07 AWST)

    bmahersciwriter writes Tiny bubbles of cell membrane — called exosomes — are shed by most cells. Long thought to be mere trash, researchers had recently noticed that they often contain short, regulatory RNA molecules, suggesting that exosomes may be one way that cells communicate with one another. Now, it appears that RNA in the exosomes shed by tumor cells can get into healthy cells and 'transform' them, putting them on the path to becoming cancerous themselves.

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    GNOME Look: Metropolis 4 Conky Config Conky Manager (Screenlet)

    (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 19:40 AWST)

    ThumbnailMetropolis 4 Conky Config Conky Manager
    (Screenlet)
    just another useful conky config.
    I just used a art deco font and found this classic Metropolis wallpaper to go with the config.

    Enjoy guys

    Conky Manager link below. Just drop into gui and go

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    DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for the Eucla for today

    DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 16:18 AWST)

    Category: Fire Danger Severe
    Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Saturday 25 October for the Eucla.
    Content:
    The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Saturday 25 October for the Eucla. 

    This includes:
    • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder local government area - eastern part
    • Shire of Dundas - eastern part 
     
    Bushfires can threaten suddenly and without warning. Stay alert and watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames. Have your bushfire survival plan and kit ready.
     
    Keep up to date with bushfire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for a warning before you act. If you see flames call triple zero.
    These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.

    If a fire starts and takes hold:
    • It will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control.
    • Spot fires will start and move quickly. Embers may come from many directions.
     
    If you live in or near bush with high fuel loads then you are at risk and need to act:
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if a fire starts.
    • If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.
    • Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety.
     
    You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

    To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit
    www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.

    Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting
    www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).
     

    Publication Time: 25/10/2014 12:00 AM
    Expiration Time: 26/10/2014 12:00 AM

    DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for the Goldfields for today

    DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 16:21 AWST)

    Category: Fire Danger Severe
    Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Saturday 25 October for the Goldfields.
    Content:
    The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today,  Saturday 25 October for the Goldfields. 

    This includes:
    • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder local government area – western part
    • Shire of Coolgardie
    • Shire of Dundas – western part
    • Shire of Laverton – south western corner
    • Shire of Leonora
    • Shire of Menzies – central part
    • Shire of Sandstone – part adjacent to Leonora Shire
    • Shire of Wiluna – south western corner
    Bushfires can threaten suddenly and without warning. Stay alert and watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames. Have your bushfire survival plan and kit ready.
     
    Keep up to date with bushfire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for a warning before you act. If you see flames call triple zero.
    These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.

    If a fire starts and takes hold:
    • It will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control.
    • Spot fires will start and move quickly. Embers may come from many directions.
    If you live in or near bush with high fuel loads then you are at risk and need to act:
    • Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if a fire starts.
    • If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.
    • Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety.
    You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

    To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit
    www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.

    Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting
    www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).
     

    Publication Time: 25/10/2014 12:00 AM
    Expiration Time: 26/10/2014 12:00 AM

    SC Magazine: How Queensland Urban Utilities dealt with its workload explosion

    (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 16:10 AWST)

    Cloud-based portal eases the strain.

    SC Magazine: iiNet founder Michael Malone backs new infosec company

    (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 14:39 AWST)

    Wants to bring Defence Force discipline to the private sector.

    SC Magazine: Would you trust Telstra with your healthcare?

    (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 13:20 AWST)

    [Opinion] Why the telco faces an uphill battle making telehealth work.

    SC Magazine: NSW Privacy Commissioner 'disappointed' by slow rate of progress

    (posted on Friday October 24, 2014 at 11:53 AWST)

    Resourcing fails to grow despite agency pleading.