Monday January 26, 2015

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Upper Capel in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 12:11 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in parts of Upper Capel, west of Upper Capel Road, north of Byron Road, east of Goodwood Road and south of Pearl Road, in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in parts of Upper Capel, west of Upper Capel Road, north of Byron Road, east of Goodwood Road and south of Pearl Road, in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.


• There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire is burning in grass on private property on the western side of Upper Capel Road.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is contained but not under control.
• The bushfire is currently stationary, however is subject to easterly winds which may blow smoke in a westerly direction.


WHAT TO DO:
• Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
• Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
• Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
• If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears. 
• If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222. 


ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Forty volunteer Bush Fire Service and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and blacking out. 
• Aerial support has assisted ground crews.


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 10.14am today. 
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.


The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes. 
 

Publication Time: 26/01/2015 12:10 PM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Get ready now for bad weather in Meekatharra and surrounding areas

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 11:25 AWST)

Category: Storm
Alert Summary: If you live in parts of WA bounded by Mt Magnet, Newman, Cotton Creek, Leinster and Mt Magnet you need to get ready now for the bad thunderstorms coming this afternoon and evening.
Content:
If you live in parts of WA bounded by Mt Magnet, Newman, Cotton Creek, Leinster and Mt Magnet you need to get ready now for the bad thunderstorms coming this afternoon and evening. 
 
This includes people in Meekatharra and surrounding areas.
 
This is typical weather for this time of year but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
 
WHAT TO DO:
DFES has these tips to help you and your family get ready now:
• Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
• Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
• Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
• Move vehicles under cover
• Boat owners should securely moor their boats
• Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams

If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property

THUNDERSTORM DETAILS:
As at 9.39am on 26 January 2015 the Bureau of Meteorology advises that there is a risk of severe thunderstorms developing on Monday afternoon and evening.
Storms may be accompanied by damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding.
Storms could cause damage to homes and property.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
• If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
• For the latest weather information visit http://www.bom.gov.au/  or call 1300 659 213

After a storm State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs. 
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

Publication Time: 26/01/2015 11:24 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Wellington Dam in the Shire of Dardanup

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 10:59 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Wellington Dam in the Shire of Dardanup.
Content:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the vicinity of Wellington Dam in the Shire of Dardanup.
 
•          There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.
•          Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
•          The fire started east of Wights Road and Bussell Road in pine forest. It is burning in a westerly direction towards these roads.
 
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
•          The bushfire is moving in a westerly direction.
•          It is out of control and unpredictable.
 
WHAT TO DO:
•          Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
•          Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
•          Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
•          Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
•          Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
Wights Road and Bussell Road are being closed. Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site
 
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Fire crews are in attendance. Two fixed wing water bombers and two helitacs have been sent to assist ground crews.
 
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
•          The fire was reported at 10.10am on 26 January.
•          The cause of the fire is suspicious
•          People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
•          The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire. 
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Facebook or Twitter @WAParksWildlife or listen to news bulletins. 
 
The next update will be provided by 4pm today (26 January 2015) unless the situation changes. 
Publication Time: 26/01/2015 10:58 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Nanutarra Road, west of Tom Price in the Shire of Ashburton

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 10:56 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people travelling on Nanutarra Road between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive, west of Tom Price in the Shire of Ashburton.
Content:
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people travelling on Nanutarra Road between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive, west of Tom Price in the Shire of Ashburton.

• There is no threat to lives or homes but there is smoke in the area.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire started between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive and is burning on both sides of Nanutarra Road.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving in a southerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.

WHAT TO DO:
• Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
• Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
• Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
• If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
• If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
Nanutarra Road has been closed between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive. 
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or the Shire of Ashburton.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Volunteer Bush Fire Service firefighters from Tom Price are on the scene.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 8.25pm on Thursday 22 January.
• The cause of the fire is lightning. 
• There has been approximately 1,500 hectares burnt.
• The Shire of Ashburton is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.
Publication Time: 26/01/2015 10:55 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for the North West Coastal Highway, near Nerren Nerren, in the Shire of Northampton

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 10:55 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people travelling on the North West Coastal Highway, near Nerren Nerren, in the Shire of Northampton.
Content:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people travelling on the North West Coastal Highway, near Nerren Nerren, in the Shire of Northampton.


• The bushfire that was burning approximately 12 kilometres from the North West Coastal Highway is contained and under control and is no longer impacting the Highway. 
• 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:
No roads are closed.
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 for the rest of the day.  


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 11.55am on Friday 23 January and approximately 2000 hectares were burnt.
• The cause of the fire is lightning. 
• The Shire of Northampton is managing the fire. 


No further updates will be issued.

Publication Time: 26/01/2015 10:53 AM
Expiration Time: 26/01/2015 5:00 PM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Shadforth, west of Denmark in the Shire of Denmark

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 10:32 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in parts of Shadforth, bounded by South Coast Highway, Mount McLeod Road, Mount Shadforth Road and Sunrise Road.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in parts of Shadforth, bounded by South Coast Highway, Mount McLeod Road, Mount Shadforth Road and Sunrise Road. 


• There is no threat to lives or homes.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire started north of South Coastal Highway and west of Sunrise Road.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is contained but not under control.
• There are active hotspots within the fire ground.
• Firefighters are expecting gusty south easterly winds this afternoon.


WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible. 
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

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


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Forty volunteer Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and mopping up. 


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 2.50 pm on Sunday 25 January. 
• The cause of the fire is accidental by machinery failure. 
• The Shire of Denmark is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.


The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 26/01/2015 10:30 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Forrest Grove Road, Drummond Road and Sebbes Road in Forrest Grove in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 10:17 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people near Forrest Grove Road, Drummond Road and Sebbes Road in Forrest Grove in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
Content:
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people near Forrest Grove Road, Drummond Road and Sebbes Road in Forrest Grove in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

• There is no threat to lives or homes but there is some smoke in the area.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire started near Sebbes Road.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is now contained and under control.
WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Twenty-five volunteer Bush Fire Service and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters are mopping up and strengthening containment lines.
• Three homes, a large haystack and one hundred head of cattle have been saved.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 3.15pm on Sunday 25 January.
• The fire has currently burnt approximately 46 hectares.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.
Publication Time: 26/01/2015 10:16 AM

Slashdot: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 10:08 AWST)

HughPickens.com writes The Independent reports that hacktivist group Anonymous, in a project named Operation DeathEaters, is calling for help in its fight against international pedophile networks, or what it calls the "paedosadist industry" and has issued a video instructing activists on how they can aid in the operation. The Anonymous project is intended to break what it says is a conspiracy of silence among sympathetic politicians, police and mainstream media to downplay the full extent of the online child sex industry. "The premise behind OpDeathEaters is to expose high level complicity, obstruction of justice and cover-up in the paedo-sadist industry in order to show the need for independent inquiries," says Heather Marsh, an online activist who is helping to co-ordinate the operation and describes herself as an "old friend" of Anonymous. The Anonymous database, which will be hosted on the GitHub online repository, promises to collate cases from all around the world, cross-referencing connections within sub-groups including the police, armed forces, schoolteachers, politicians, media, academics and religious organisations. The database's ultimate purpose has yet to be fully determined, but in the first instance the group says it wants to shut down the child-sex industry by "dismantling the power structure which held it there" and by "educating to create a cultural change". The group is calling on volunteers to help with the ongoing work, which has been divided into three steps. The first is about collecting "all the factual information," second is to "share that information as widely as possible," and the third step is "to set up an independent, internationally linked, inquiry into all the areas which do not appear to have been investigated properly." Activists point to the muted media coverage given to a recent case in Washington DC in which Michael Centanni, a senior Republican fundraiser, was charged with child sex offences after investigators traced transmissions of child pornography to his computers in his basement. The case was not covered by The Washington Post or the New York Times, and was only picked up by a local NBC affiliate state and The Washington Examiner, a small conservative paper in the city. According to the court filings, Centanni was found in possession of 3,000 images, many apparently filmed in his own bedroom, including one showing a man raping a five-year-old girl who cries "no" and "mommy" while the man says "good baby" and "stop crying," according to one filing.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Medina and Calista in the City of Kwinana

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 09:50 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in Medina and Calista in the City of Kwinana.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in Medina and Calista in the City of Kwinana.


• There is no threat to lives or homes.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire started in bushland between between Gentle Road and Chalkhill Road in Medina.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is contained and under control.
• There are still hot spots within the fire ground. 

 
WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.


ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed.
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Sixteen career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and mopping up.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 2.25pm yesterday. 
• The cause of the fire is suspicious.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• DFES is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.


The next update will be provided by 4pm today unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 26/01/2015 9:49 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for the former Doolgunna pastoral lease, 120km north-east of Meekatharra, Shire of Meekatharra

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 09:48 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for the former Doolgunna pastoral lease, 120km north-east of Meekatharra in the Shire of Meekatharra. The bushfire was burning 15km east of Great Northern Highway.
Content:
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
  
An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for the former Doolgunna pastoral lease, 120km north-east of Meekatharra in the Shire of Meekatharra. The bushfire was burning 15km east of Great Northern Highway. 
 
•        The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed.
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
•        The Department of Parks and Wildlife will continue to monitor the area.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
•        The cause of the fire was lightning. About 40,000 hectares were burnt.
•        The Department of Parks and Wildlife managed the fire. 
 
 
No further updates will be issued. 
 
Publication Time: 26/01/2015 9:47 AM
Expiration Time: 26/01/2015 5:00 PM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Karijini National Park in the Shire of Ashburton

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 09:31 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in Karijini National Park in the Shire of Ashburton, for a fire that is burning near Karijini Drive between Banjima Drive and Great Northern Highway.
Content:
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife  
  
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in Karijini National Park in the Shire of Ashburton, for a fire that is burning near Karijini Drive between Banjima Drive and Great Northern Highway.  

·          There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.
·          Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
 
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
·          Fire behaviour has moderated due to rainfall in the area.
 
WHAT TO DO:
·          Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
·          Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
·          Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
·          If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.   
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed. Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site
    
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.   
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Parks and Wildlife fire crews are in attendance.
    
EXTRA INFORMATION:
·          The cause of the fire is lightning.
·          The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire. 
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Facebook or Twitter @WAParksWildlife or listen to news bulletins. 
 
The next update will be provided by 4pm today (26 January 2015) unless the situation changes. 
 
Publication Time: 26/01/2015 9:30 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Gnangara Pine Plantation in the City of Swan

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 09:19 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR has been issued for people in Gnangara Pine Plantation in the City of Swan.
Content:
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife 
  
An ALL CLEAR has been issued for people in Gnangara Pine Plantation in the City of Swan. 
•        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:
No roads are closed. Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site 
 
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
•        Fire crews are currently mopping up and will monitor the area for the rest of the day.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
•        The fire was reported at 2am on 26 January and 15 hectares were burnt.
•        The cause of the fire is from a burnt out vehicle. People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
•        The Department of Parks and Wildlife managed the fire. 
 
No further updates will be issued. 
 

Publication Time: 26/01/2015 9:18 AM
Expiration Time: 26/01/2015 5:00 PM

GNOME Look: Lux 1.0 (Cinnamon Theme)

(posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 08:45 AWST)

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Slashdot: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 07:49 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes In a Sacramento Bee op-ed, (in)famous computer security researcher Ed Felten responds to the State of the Union cybersecurity proposal. He doesn't mince words: "The odds of clearing Congress: low. The odds of materially improving security: even lower. "What he suggests as an alternative, though, is a surprise. "California," he writes, "could blaze a trail for effective cybersecurity policy." He calls for the state government to protect critical infrastructure and sensitive data, relying on outside auditors and experts. It's an interesting idea. Even if it doesn't go anywhere, at least it's some fresh thinking in this area of backward policy. From Felten's essay: Critical infrastructure increasingly relies on industrial automation systems. And those systems are often vulnerable – they keep a default password, for instance, or are accessible from the public Internet. These are not subtle or sophisticated errors. Fixing them requires basic due diligence, not rocket science. Requiring the state’s critical infrastructure providers to undergo regular security audits would be straightforward and inexpensive – especially relative to the enormous risks. Areas of sensitive data are also low-hanging cyber fruit. In health care, education and finance, California already imposes security and privacy requirements that go beyond federal law. Those legal mandates, though, are mostly enforced through after-the-fact penalties. Much like critical infrastructure, sectors that rely upon sensitive data would benefit from periodic outside auditing. Of any state government's, California's policies also have the chance to help (or harm) the most people: nearly 39 million people, according to a 2014 U.S. Census estimate.

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Slashdot: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 06:47 AWST)

hypnosec writes The US Air Force and private space flight company SpaceX have settled their dispute involving the military's expendable rocket program, thereby paving the way for SpaceX to join the spy satellite launch program known as Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). The settlement opens doors for SpaceX to compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA) for launch of spy satellites. ULA is a joint Boeing-Lockheed venture – the only private player to have received clearance for launching black ops satellites.

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Slashdot: DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 05:48 AWST)

MojoKid writes After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements.

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Slashdot: A Call That Made History, 100 Years Ago Today

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 04:49 AWST)

alphadogg writes These days, making a call across the U.S. is so easy that people often don't even know they're talking coast to coast. But 100 years ago Sunday, it took a hackathon, a new technology and an international exposition to make it happen. The first commercial transcontinental phone line opened on Jan. 25, 1915, with a call from New York to the site of San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Alexander Graham Bell made the call to his assistant, Thomas Watson. Just 39 years earlier, Bell had talked to Watson on the first ever phone call, in Boston, just after Bell had patented the telephone.

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GNOME Look: yeKcim's scripts 20150125 (Nautilus Script)

(posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 04:32 AWST)

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There is a lot of nautilus scripts pack all over the web. But a lot of these scripts are not working very well:
* no dependency error notification
* Some of them only works in nautilus, some others only in nemo
* Some of them only works with files that not contained spaces
* etc
So I decided to write my own scripts, with functions, with my own rules,…

⇒ work well in prompt as in files managers (no use of $NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS or NEMO equivalent)
⇒ notifications (dependency errors or mime-type not supported)
⇒ mime-type check with file --mime-type -b "$input" and not 3 last letters!
⇒ all texts in english (translations are difficult to maintain)
⇒ output ≠ input, never erase input!
⇒ utf-8 symbols in script names to be easiest to identify (←↑→↓⇐⇑⇒⇓↕↔↻↶↷…)
⇒ Direct use: No input box to ask how many, which orientation,…

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Slashdot: Fish Found Living Half a Mile Under Antarctic Ice

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 03:54 AWST)

BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "Researchers were startled to find fish, crustaceans and jellyfish investigating a submersible camera after drilling through nearly 2,500 feet (740 meters) of Antarctic ice. The swimmers are in one of the world's most extreme ecosystems, hidden beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, roughly 530 miles (850 kilometers) from the open ocean. "This is the closest we can get to something like Europa," said Slawek Tulaczyk, a glaciologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a chief scientist on the drilling project. More pictures here."

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Slashdot: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 02:59 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes In the recent Slashdot discussion on the D programming language, I was surprised to see criticisms of Pascal that were based on old information and outdated implementations. While I'm sure that, for example, Brian Kernighan's criticisms of Pascal were valid in 1981, things have moved on since then. Current Object Pascal largely addresses Kernighan's critique and also includes language features such as anonymous methods, reflection and attributes, class helpers, generics and more (see also Marco Cantu's recent Object Pascal presentation). Cross-platform development is fairly straightforward with Pascal. Delphi targets Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. Free Pascal targets many operating systems and architectures and Lazarus provides a Delphi-like IDE for Free Pascal. So what do you think? Is Pascal underrated?

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Slashdot: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 02:06 AWST)

New submitter AlCapwn writes [Fark founder] Drew Curtis announced on Friday that he will be running for governor of Kentucky. "We have a theory that we're about to see a huge change in how elections and politics work. Across the country, we have seen regular citizens stepping up and challenging the status quo built by political parties and career politicians. They have been getting closer and closer to victory and, here in Kentucky, we believe we have a chance to win and break the political party stronghold for good."

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Digital Photography School: Understanding the Basic Sliders in Adobe Camera Raw

Digital Photography School (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 02:00 AWST)

In this short video tutorial by Tuts+ you can get a quick overview of how the basic sliders work in Adobe Camera Raw. It has a great demonstration using a white to black grayscale image which shows what each slider does, and which parts of your image each are affecting. There is also a good indicator of why you want to be shooting RAW format instead of JPG, showing the same corrections done on both formats and the difference the the larger RAW file makes.

Enjoy the video:

For more Photoshop tips check out our post-processing section. The Basic sliders in Lightroom do pretty much the same thing, but they have slightly different names. Give it a try yourself and see if this helps make sense of the basic panel.

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DP Review: DPReview Readers' best shots of 2014

DP Review (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 01:43 AWST)

As the calendar flipped to 2015, we asked DPReview readers to look back at their photographic year and send us their favorite shots from 2014 so we could feature some standouts on our homepage. The response was overwhelming. We've sorted through 1400+ submissions and made selections of our favorites in three categories - people, places and things. Take a look at some of our readers' best work from the last year. See galleries

DP Review: 2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

DP Review (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 01:43 AWST)

Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

DP Review: 2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

DP Review (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 01:42 AWST)

Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

DP Review: 2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

DP Review (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 01:42 AWST)

Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

Slashdot: Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 01:12 AWST)

Press2ToContinue writes While you can make a public domain dedication or (more recently) use the Creative Commons CC0 tool to do so, there's no clear way within the law to actually declare something in the public domain. Instead, the public domain declarations are really more of a promise not to make use of the exclusionary rights provided under copyright. On the "public domain day" of Copyright Week, Public Knowledge has pointed out that it's time that it became much easier to put things into the public domain. Specifically, the PK post highlights that thanks to the way copyright termination works, even someone who puts their works into the public domain could pull them back out of the public domain after 35 years.

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GNOME Look: linux metal mega pack hd 1.0 (GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)

(posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 01:06 AWST)

Thumbnaillinux metal mega pack hd 1.0
(GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)
Linux multi metal pack hd

Mega Pack Wallpaper, drops in metal, at high resolution.
The logos of the linux distributions, I have created with Inkscape and stained and finished with Gimp.
wallpaper in the package:

* Arch Linux
* Centos
* Debian
* Fedora
* FreeBsd
* Gentoo
* Mandriva
* Mint
* openSUSE
* PCLinuxOS
* Puppy Linux
* Red Hat
* Slackware
* Tux
* Ubuntu

PS. you preview in full screen.
size 2560x1600 HD
Made in Gimp + inkscape

I hope you like it. Thanks in advance for the comments and downloads.

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GNOME Look: Archlinux Theatre HD (GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)

(posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 01:04 AWST)

ThumbnailArchlinux Theatre HD
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Archlinux Theatre
is a set of wallpapers in HD (the smaller file weighs 4.6 mb).
Inspired by the Arch Linux Operating System (I love very much).
The all package includes 3 walpaper in 4 different resolutions:
-2560x2048 maximum resolution for 5:4 screens.
-2560x1600 maximum resolution screens 8:5-16:10.
-2560x1440 maximum resolution for 16:9 screens.
I hope I have done something to please all users.
Thanks for the comments and downloads.
** important **
download the file to see the image in high resolution!
(presenting the logo looks very bad, in the original file is very cute and translucent)

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GNOME Look: Linux Mint Low Poly Pack 1920x1080 (GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)

(posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 00:44 AWST)

ThumbnailLinux Mint Low Poly Pack 1920x1080
(GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)
Linux Mint Low Poly Wallpaper Pack
1920x1080
rendered in Blender 2.72
with Cycles (1200 samples)

post-correction made in Gimp 2.8

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Slashdot: Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Slashdot (posted on Monday January 26, 2015 at 00:12 AWST)

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that In an abrupt U-turn, the California Department of Motor Vehicles late Friday retracted its finding that drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar must obtain commercial license plates. That determination — based on a 1935 state law — ignited a firestorm of criticism from the San Francisco startups and their supporters as stifling innovation. Commercial licenses are cumbersome to obtain, meaning they could impede the companies’ growth, which relies on getting new drivers, many of whom work just part time, into service quickly. And commercial registration probably would have necessitated that drivers get commercial insurance, which is significantly more expensive than personal auto insurance. Republican Assembly members threatened legislation over the “nonsensical” interpretation if the DMV didn’t reconsider its stance before Feb. 17. Now the department says it will do just that. That doesn't mean drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft can expect to be left alone by the DMV, though, which according to the article "will meet with regulators and the industry to work through the issue."

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Sunday January 25, 2015

Slashdot: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Slashdot (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 23:38 AWST)

Bram Stolk writes So, I am running GNU/Linux on a modern Haswell CPU, with an old Radeon HD5xxx from 2009. I'm pretty happy with the open source Gallium driver for 3D acceleration. But now I want to do some GPGPU development using OpenCL on this box, and the old GPU will no longer cut it. What do my fellow technophiles from Slashdot recommend as a replacement GPU? Go NVIDIA, go AMD, or just use the integrated Intel GPU instead? Bonus points for open sourced solutions. Performance not really important, but OpenCL driver maturity is.

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Slashdot: NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

Slashdot (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 23:15 AWST)

SternisheFan (2529412) writes with this story at the Verge about an approach being considered by NASA to overcome some of the difficulties in moving a wheeled or multi-legged ground vehicle around the surface of Mars, which has proven to be a difficult task. Rover teams still have a tough time with the Martian surface even though they're flush with terrestrial data. The alien surface is uneven, and ridges and valleys make navigating the terrain difficult. The newest solution proposed by JPL is the Mars Helicopter, an autonomous drone that could 'triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day,' according to NASA. The helicopter would fly ahead of a rover when its view is blocked and send Earth-bound engineers the right data to plan the rover's route.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Leda in the City of Kwinana

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 22:38 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in Leda in the City of Kwinana.
Content:
An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in Leda in the City of Kwinana.
• 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.
• Gilmore Avenue is currently closed and will reopen at midnight tonight.
 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
•  Firefighters are currently mopping up the and will leave the area safe.
 

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 2.09 pm and currently there has been 6.6 hectares burnt.
• The cause of the fire is suspicious.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 
• DFES is managing the fire. 
No further updates will be issued.

Publication Time: 25/01/2015 10:34 PM
Expiration Time: 26/01/2015 5:00 PM

Slashdot: Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Slashdot (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 22:22 AWST)

theodp writes Maybe Bill Gates' Summer Reading this year will include The Art of R Programming. Pushing further into Big Data, Microsoft on Friday announced it's buying Revolution Analytics, the top commercial provider of software and services for the open-source R programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics. "By leveraging Revolution Analytics technology and services," blogged Microsoft's Joseph Sirosh, "we will empower enterprises, R developers and data scientists to more easily and cost effectively build applications and analytics solutions at scale." Revolution Analytics' David Smith added, "Now, Microsoft might seem like a strange bedfellow for an open-source company [RedHat:Linux as Revolution Analytics:R], but the company continues to make great strides in the open-source arena recently." Now that it has Microsoft's blessing, is it finally time for AP Statistics to switch its computational vehicle to R?

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Slashdot: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Slashdot (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 21:22 AWST)

HughPickens.com writes Jennifer Abel writes at the LA Times that according to a recent survey (PDF), over 80% of Americans says they support "mandatory labels on foods containing DNA," roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods "produced with genetic engineering." Ilya Somin, writing about the survey at the Washington Post, suggested that a mandatory label for foods containing DNA might sound like this: "WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children." The report echoes a well-known joke/prank wherein people discuss the dangers of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide" also known as hydrogen oxide and hydrogen hydroxide. Search online for information about dihydrogen monoxide, and you'll find a long list of scary-sounding and absolutely true warnings about it: the nuclear power industry uses enormous quantities of it every year. Dihydrogen monoxide is used in the production of many highly toxic pesticides, and chemical weapons banned by the Geneva Conventions. Dihydrogen monoxide is found in all tumors removed from cancer patients, and is guaranteed fatal to humans in large quantities and even small quantities can kill you, if it enters your respiratory system. In 2006, in Louisville, Kentucky, David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corporation, a public body that operates Waterfront Park, wished to deter bathers from using a large public fountain. "Counting on a lack of understanding about water's chemical makeup," he arranged for signs reading: "DANGER! – WATER CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF HYDROGEN – KEEP OUT" to be posted on the fountain at public expense.

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Digital Photography School: 6 Steps to Growing Your Photography Business Using a Recommended Vendors List

Digital Photography School (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 21:00 AWST)

In this article I talk about a technique used in all types of business, but of course will relate it to photography. To make it easy to understand, I am going to discuss the technique specifically for wedding photographers. But it is important to know that the technique you will learn in this article can work for any type of photography niche or genre.

Wedding cake

Utilizing a business partner vendor list to grow your business

How so? By creating something of value to offer website visitors, which will in turn get them to give you their name and email address. When someone offers you contact information in exchange for something of value, they are now considered a lead. From there you have the potential to convert that lead into a paying customer.

Let’s break it down piece by piece. I’ll start with a list and then talk about each individually:

  1. Create a PDF document that is attractive to your potential customers. This PDF is intended to act as a conversion tool – a free offer.
  2. The offer utilizes a business partner vendor list by recommending preferred and partner vendors. This helps add more value to the download and also improves the relationship between you and the vendor.
  3. Create a way for site visitors to enter their contact information on a landing page, a magnetic spot like blog sidebars, or a pop-up box.
  4. Capture emails of website visitors, which then turn into quality leads (because they downloaded something specifically for their intention of hiring a photographer).
  5. The vendors included in the document are also likely to further promote the document.
  6. You now have huge potential of converting those leads into customers, via phone calls and email marketing.

Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty of each of those points. As mentioned earlier, this is geared to wedding photography. So if you are not a wedding photographer, take all I am saying and relate it to the type of photography you do.

Step one – create a PDF

The first step is to come up with a PDF document which you can offer for free on your website. Ideally it will contain everything that your potential customer would need to know about planning a wedding. It’s important that the document is branded to your business, and has an attractive design overall. You can use your letterhead (with logo of course), or a pre-made design for the task at hand (which I have made available) or templates from Keynote or PowerPoint. The important part is that your branding is in the design and that it won’t turn people away by looking unprofessional.

Photographer free pdf

Step two – utilize your list

Inside the PDF categorize it for different types of vendors. You may have a page of florists, and another for wedding venues that you recommend. Ideally make each a two-page spread if possible. One page would provide the information on the vendors, and the other page would contain your photography examples related to the vendor. Think of it like a portfolio of your best work combined with your recommended vendor list.

The beauty of this is that you are getting your photographs in front of couples planning their wedding. Your brand is there as well vendors, which the couple might also hire.

Step three – create the opt-in

Next up is creating a way convert website visitors into leads. This is a bigger section due to the complexity. By this point you will have already created the PDF, which leads will download. But the process of gathering the email addresses confuses many people.

The first step is to use an email marketing service like Mailchimp or Aweber. Both are fantastic. I personally use Mailchimp for its ease of use and pricing.

Both services offer a feature, which can automatically send emails based on certain actions. In Mailchimp it is called Automation, in Aweber it’s called Follow Up Series. There you will set up an automated email, which will be sent to anyone who signs up for the “Free PDF” list that you will have created. Definitely name the list something you will recognize immediately when logging into your account.

These services allow you to attach a PDF to an email, which is what I recommend. But if you are using a service that does not allow attachments then create a Dropbox or Google Drive link and include that in the email.

This is where the fun part starts. There are many places where you can place what’s called an opt-in form. That means, a form which asks a website visitors for a name and email address, or any other information you want to request like a phone number.
Note that the less information you request the higher your conversion rate will be – meaning, the more people will fill it out. So I typically ask for email addresses only (you will see why later).

The first place you want to place the opt-in form is on a landing page specific to the free PDF. The benefit of having a unique page for the document is connected to SEO (search engine optimization). A dedicated page can be filled with additional text and image content optimized to rank well on search engines. It can also increase the conversion rate (percentage of people who sign up compared to number of page visits) for the opt-in because there are no distractions from blog articles or other content available only your website. Services like Mailchimp and Aweber offer embed codes for your opt-in forms. You use it like you were copying and pasting HTML from YouTube, Vimeo or 500px.

The second place you can have the opt-in form is on your blog’s sidebar, or in a pop-up form. These are called magnetic areas because they draw the attention of a visitor’s eye directly to them. There are a few ways you can do the magnetic opt-ins. For sidebars you can use the standard embed code. Some services offer pop-up codes as well. For WordPress sites I recommend services like OptinMonster or Pippity, which come with many design options as well as timing and split testing so you can see what converts the best. I have helped a many photographers with this method.

Optinmonster

Step four – leads versus quality leads

Now that you have the PDF done, and everything set up for visitors to convert into leads – it is important to note the difference between a lead and a quality lead.

A lead is anyone who contacts you about anything. An example of a standard lead is a couple who contacts you for a price list. They might be interested in your services, but there is no way of knowing how interested they really are, how far along they are in their wedding planning, or how serious they are about you.

A quality lead is someone who has taken specific actions to do research and wants valuable information. For example, a quality lead would be a couple downloading your free PDF because it contains information specific to their needs. They understand that it will contain every vendor they need to know about to plan their wedding.

Quality leads have a much higher chance of converting into paying customers over standard leads. That’s because a quality lead is already more interested in your services than a standard lead.

Step five – inform your vendors

If the couple books a venue listed on your PDF, then it is highly possible they will mention you as a referral. Your vendor partners will appreciate that. So, be sure to send a copy to your partners so they know what you are offering potential customers. Then they are also more likely to promote it, and promote you.

Your best sales people are your brand advocates. Those are your customers and your business partners.

Biz partners

Step six – converting to customers

You have your free PDF and are converting site visitors into leads. You are utilizing an email marketing service as recommended. Next is where it really comes into play.

I mentioned earlier that I typically only ask for email addresses. That is because with email marketing you can learn more about your leads, so names and phone numbers are NOT essential. In fact, you may find that through nurturing those leads via email marketing that you will have more people contacting you than you contacting them.

After doing some testing, I came to the conclusion that sending one email a week to my list is most effective. You may find yourself in a different situation. But having an email marketing service that tracks statistics will help you identify the optimal sending scenario – days and times.

One effective trick I find for converting leads into paying customers is to ask a question, which warrants a reply. Whatever the question might be, you will find people replying. That is where the conversation really takes off. Something like this perhaps:

As a wedding photographer I am always so curious what types of gowns brides pick.  Please reply with the type of dress you will be wearing at your wedding.  Or if you already picked it out, I’d love to see a photo!

What have you learned

To wrap-up this article, I want to restate what you learned here and what your first step should be.

Your business partner vendors are more important than ever to your business. You can foster those relationships online, and offline, by creating a free PDF as described here. That PDF will be used as leverage for converting website visitors into quality leads. Using email-marketing you can nurture those leads and convert them into paying customers. All with a little help from a simple PDF that includes super valuable information.

New family

Once again, I used wedding photography as an example, so if you are not a wedding photographer then be sure to think hard about your vendor list and what your clients would need. Then start creating that document.

Hop to it!

Disclaimer: dPS does not agree or disagree with any recommendations made by the author. The author receives no extra compensation for these referrals and benefits in no way. He only recommends them because these are the services he uses – do your own due diligence when selecting any service for your business.

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GNOME Look: Pidgin EAP (Other GNOME Stuff)

(posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 19:09 AWST)

ThumbnailPidgin EAP
(Other GNOME Stuff)
This is a emoticon theme for Pidgin, for all and originals protocols.

This contain emoticons themes for :
- AIM
- Apple
- MightyText
- Facebook
- Gadu-Gadu
- ICQ
- MySpaceIM
- NateOn
- QQ
- Sametime
- Skype
- MSN
- WLM
- Tlen
- Yahoo

This contain some buddy list themes, and some sounds themes

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Slashdot: Europe and China Will Team Up For a Robotic Space Mission

Slashdot (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 18:27 AWST)

Taco Cowboy writes with this excerpt from Space.com: On Monday (Jan. 19), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) issued a call for proposals for a robotic space mission that the two organizations will develop jointly. "The goal of the present Call is to define a scientific space mission to be implemented by ESA and CAS as a cooperative endeavor between the European and Chinese scientific communities," ESA officials wrote in a statement Monday. "The mission selected as an outcome of the present Joint Call will follow a collaborative approach through all the phases: study, definition, implementation, operations and scientific exploitation." The call envisions a low-budget mission, saying that ESA and CAS are each prepared to contribute about 53 million euros (U.S. $61.5 million at current exchange rates). The spacecraft must weigh less than 661 lbs. (300 kilograms) at launch and be designed to operate for at least two to three years, ESA officials wrote in the call for proposals. All proposals are due by March 16, and the peer-review process will start in April. Mission selection is expected to occur in late 2015, followed by six years of development, with a launch in 2021.

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DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for coastal parts of the Central West today

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 17:22 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, 26 January for coastal parts of the Central West.
Content:
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, 26 January for coastal parts of the Central West. 
 
This includes the local government districts of:
• City of Greater Geraldton – coastal part
• Shire of Chapman Valley – coastal part
• Shire of Northampton  – coastal 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 (000).
 
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, or a forested area you are at risk and need to act now:
• 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.auor call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.
 
Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.auor call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).

Publication Time: 26/01/2015 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 27/01/2015 12:00 AM

DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for parts of the Gascoyne today

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 17:31 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for today, 26 January for parts of the Gascoyne.
Content:
 A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for today, 26 January  for parts of the Gascoyne.
This includes the local government districts of:
• Shire of  Carnarvon
• Shire of  Cue
• Shire of  Meekatharra
• Shire of  Menzies – the far western part
• Shire of  Mount Magnet
• Shire of  Murchison
• Shire of  Sandstone
• Shire of  Shark Bay
• Shire of  Upper Gascoyne
• Shire of  Wiluna – western edge and the south western tip
• Shire of  Yalgoo
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: 26/01/2015 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 27/01/2015 12:00 AM

DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for inland parts of the Pilbara today

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 17:43 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for today, 26 January for inland parts of the Pilbara.
Content:
 A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for today, 26 January for inland parts of the Pilbara.  
This includes the local government districts of:
• Shire of Ashburton – inland 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: 26/01/2015 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 27/01/2015 12:00 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Nanutarra Road, west of Tom Price in the Shire of Ashburton

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 15:32 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people travelling on Nanutarra Road between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive, west of Tom Price in the Shire of Ashburton.
Content:
A bushfire ADVICE remains for people travelling on Nanutarra Road between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive, west of Tom Price in the Shire of Ashburton.

• There is no threat to lives or homes but there is smoke in the area.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire started between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive and is burning on both sides of Nanutarra Road.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving slowly in a south easterly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.

WHAT TO DO:
• Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
• Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
• Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
• If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
• If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
Nanutarra Road has been closed between Paraburdoo Road and the Western Turner Minesite.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or the Shire of Ashburton.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Eight volunteer Bush Fire Service firefighters from Tom Price are on the scene.
• Firefighters are conducting backburning along the road.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 8.25pm on Thursday 22 January.
• The cause of the fire is lightning. 
• There has been approximately 1,500 hectares burnt.
• The Shire of Ashburton is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

The next update will be provided by 11am tomorrow, Monday 26 January, unless the situation changes.
Publication Time: 25/01/2015 3:30 PM

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Slashdot (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 15:29 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes As reported by CNN and Time, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved their famed Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. Now at 23:57, this clock attempts to personify humanity's closeness to a global catastrophe (as caused by either climate change or nuclear war). According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, this change is due to a lack of action regarding climate issues, the continued existence of nuclear weapon stockpiles, and the increased animosity that now exists between the United States and Russia.

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

(posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 14:42 AWST)

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thank you for the first 5000 downloads!!
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please Give us one dollar

Thak you for download :)


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GNOME Look: (Sovietec-OS) Sigma Cyan Tron Style 0.2 (GNOME Icon Theme)

(posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 14:41 AWST)

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The Cyan Theme Tron Legacy Style
If you like this Please Give us one dollar bowl of cereal for those who did it. Thanks for download :)

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GNOME Look: Ring Serie for Right Handed 2.0.0 (X11 Mouse Theme)

(posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 13:09 AWST)

ThumbnailRing Serie for Right Handed 2.0.0
(X11 Mouse Theme)
Ring Serie for Right Handed : Black, Accent Blue Base, Accent Green Base, Orange Base, Accent Red Base and White. Available cursors size: 24, 32, 40, 48, 56 and 64 pixels. I am offering the full serie for right and left handed, with property multi sized and also as pack for those who don't like or have trouble for choose the cursor size with mouse themes multi sized.

The pointers were modified and the new pointers and animations made with Inkscape. They are an attractive pointers, for people who like this fantastic cursor theme. Cursors are looking well in both dark and clear backgrounds. I will appreciate any comments to improve this cursor theme.

The icons are slightly translucent and flats: no shadows, no blurs and no degradated image. Has always worked fine in Gnome and Unity, and now I've added some symlinks to Steam, and everything needed for KDE with Kwin, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Xcfe.

I decided to upload it, and after will go improving it. I would like change a few things so you can expect updates. If you find any bugs, please let me know in comments section.

If you don't know how to install a mouse theme with multi sized property or to choose a cursor size, go to http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=164300, there you can see the instructions for Gnome2/3.x, Unity, KDE, Cinnamon, Pantheon and Xfce.

Thanks,
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  • 2014 Apr 13 v1.3.0 added new size of 24 pixels.

  • 2014 Apr 11 v1.2.1 Fixed left_ptr hotspot.

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    Slashdot (posted on Sunday January 25, 2015 at 09:38 AWST)

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