Thursday October 23, 2014

DP Review: Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection

DP Review (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 06:01 AWST)

Ricoh Imaging is set to introduce three new colors for the company’s Pentax K-S1 DSLR camera in what it calls the 'Sweets Collection'. Already available in 12 different main body colors, the 20-million-pixel APS-C camera will now also come with a white body featuring cyan, yellow or magenta colored panels. The company has named these Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, and each features the trademark colored light strip on the handgrip of the original K-S1 that was launched in August last year.

Slashdot: Deutsche Telecom Upgrades T-Mobile 2G Encryption In US

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 05:25 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes T-Mobile, a major wireless carrier in the U.S. and subsidiary of German Deutsche Telecom, is hardening the encryption on its 2G cellular network in the U.S., reports the Washington Post. According to Cisco, 2G cellular calls still account for 13% of calls in the US and 68% of wireless calls worldwide. T-Mobile's upgrades will bring the encryption of older and inexpensive 2G GSM phone signals in the US up to par with that of more expensive 3G and 4G handsets. Parent company Deutsche Telecom had announced a similar upgrade of its German 2G network after last year's revelations of NSA surveillance. 2G is still important not only for that 13 percent of calls, but because lots of connected devices rely on it, or will, even while the 2G clock is ticking. The "internet of things" focuses on cheap and ubiquitous, and in the U.S. that still means 2G, but lots of things that might be connected that way are ones you'd like to be encrypted.

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SC Magazine: TIO reports for the first time on NBN complaints

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 05:00 AWST)

Connection delays top list, while excess mobile data charges dominate overall.

SC Magazine: NSW wants to appoint a 'data broker' to drive reform

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 04:59 AWST)

Agency execs reveal what's top of their data wish-list.

Slashdot: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 04:44 AWST)

jones_supa writes In Windows 8, there was an arrangement of two settings applications: the Control Panel for the desktop and the PC Settings app in the Modern UI side. With Windows 10, having the two different applications has started to look even more awkward, which has been voiced loud and clear in the feedback too. Thus, the work at Microsoft to unify the settings programs has begun. The traditional Control Panel is being transformed to something temporarily called "zPC Settings" (sic), which is a Modern UI app that melts together the current two settings applications.

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SC Magazine: Google rethinks email service

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 04:40 AWST)

Offers ‘Inbox’ to customers on request basis.

SC Magazine: Victorian Govt could sell off CenITex

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 04:24 AWST)

All options on the table in new tender process.

Slashdot: Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 04:04 AWST)

DemonOnIce writes with a story, as reported by Ars Technica, that a federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a proposed securities fraud class action lawsuit connected to Battlefield 4's bungled rollout. From the report: EA and several top executives were sued in December and were accused of duping investors with their public statements and concealing issues with the first-person shooter game. The suit claimed executives were painting too rosy of a picture surrounding what ultimately would be Battlefield 4's disastrous debut on various gaming consoles beginning last October, including the next-generation Xbox One. But US District Judge Susan Illston of San Francisco said their comments about EA and the first-person shooter game were essentially protected corporate speak. "The Court agrees with defendants that all of the purported misstatements are inactionable statements of opinion, corporate optimism, or puffery," Illston ruled Monday.

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GNOME Look: Ambiance-Gnome 3.12-1.9 (GNOME Shell Theme)

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 04:00 AWST)

ThumbnailAmbiance-Gnome 3.12-1.9
(GNOME Shell Theme)
Ambiance-Gnome:
Like Ubuntu's Ambiance.

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 extensions:
- Dash to Dock by michele_g
- Frippery Move Clock by rmyorston

changelog:
3.12-1.0 – 21.08.2014
- Initial release

3.12-1.1 – 26.08.2014
- modal dialogs opaque
- corrected selected item in network popup
- adapted looking glass
- other small changes

3.12-1.2 – 28.08.2014
- some changes in network popup

3.12-1.3 – 20.09.2014
- modified panel-button
- added indicator for not-running applications to the dash
- running-indicator little bit transparent
- improved hover and focus in app-view buttons
- adapted font-size in network to the popup-menu font-size
- corrected app switcher to work with lower resolution
- panel in overview mode transparent
- other small changes

3.12-1.4 – 23.09.2014
- fixed a bug that could open the main popup-menu in some situations with a huge gap on the right side
- main font-size smaller
- removed hover of running-indicator in the dash
- some other size adjusing, adapting and colouring

3.12-1.5 – 03.10.2014
- ubuntu font
- popup at dash with arrow
- many other small size changes

3.12-1.6 – 11.10.2014
- corrected panel-button-border
- paragraphs between calendar notices
- other small corrections

3.12-1.7 – 13.10.2014
- new separator for calendar and popup-menu
- toggle-switch a little bit smaller

3.12-1.8 – 21.10.2014
- more Ubuntu like modifications

3.12-1.9 – 22.10.2014
- modal dialog adapted

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GNOME Look: Radiance-Gnome 3.12-1.9 (GNOME Shell Theme)

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 03:59 AWST)

ThumbnailRadiance-Gnome 3.12-1.9
(GNOME Shell Theme)
Radiance-Gnome:
Like Ubuntu's Radiance.

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 extensions:
- Dash to Dock by michele_g
- Frippery Move Clock by rmyorston

changelog:
3.12-1.0 – 21.08.2014
- Initial release

3.12-1.1 – 26.08.2014
- modal dialogs opaque
- corrected selected item in network popup
- adapted looking glass
- other small changes

3.12-1.2 – 28.08.2014
- some changes in network popup

3.12-1.3 – 20.09.2014
- modified panel-button
- added indicator for not-running applications to the dash
- running-indicator a little bit transparent
- improved hover and focus in app-view buttons
- adapted font-size in network to the popup-menu font-size
- corrected app switcher to work with lower resolution
- panel in overview mode a little bit transparent
- other small changes

3.12-1.4 – 23.09.2014
- fixed a bug that could open the main popup-menu in some situations with a huge gap on the right side
- main font-size smaller
- removed hover of running-indicator in the dash
- some other size adjusing, adapting and colouring

3.12-1.5 – 03.10.2014
- ubuntu font
- popup at dash with arrow
- dash more transparent
- many other small size changes

3.12-1.6 – 11.10.2014
- corrected panel-button-border
- paragraphs between calendar notices
- other small corrections

3.12-1.7 – 13.10.2014
- new separator for calendar and popup-menu
- toggle-switch a little bit smaller

3.12-1.8 – 21.10.2014
- more Ubuntu like modifications

3.12-1.9 – 22.10.2014
- modal dialog adapted

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GNOME Look: Nightingale 3.12-1.4 (GNOME Shell Theme)

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 03:27 AWST)

ThumbnailNightingale 3.12-1.4
(GNOME Shell Theme)
Nightingale:
Dark GNOME Shell theme.

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


Nightingale_bg-image:
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Nightingale_bg-image?content=166761

changelog:
3.12-1.0 – 01.09.2014
- Initial release

3.12-1.1 – 05.09.2014
- border-color of popup-menu darker
- hover and focus of summary-source-button in message tray blue
- border of modal dialogs thicker
- notification background darker blue
- added border to window-caption and dash-label

3.12-1.2 – 12.10.2014
- liberation sans font
- fixed slippery checkbox when focused
- paragraphs between calendar notices
- new separator for calendar and popup-menu
- other small corrections

3.12-1.3 – 20.10.2014
- some small modifications

3.12-1.4 – 22.10.2014
- modal dialog and app switcher modified

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Slashdot: Microsoft, Ask.com, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 03:23 AWST)

itwbennett (1594911) writes Oracle, Microsoft and Ask.com are facing suits alleging that they conspired to restrict hiring of staff. The suits appear to refer to a memo that names a large number of companies that allegedly had special arrangements with Google to prevent poaching of staff and was filed as an exhibit on May 17, 2013 in another class action suit over hiring practices. The former employees filing lawsuits against Microsoft, Ask.com and Oracle have asked that the cases be assigned to Judge Koh as there were similarities with the case against Google, Apple and others — and it maybe doesn't hurt that Judge Koh thought the $324.5 million settlement in that case was too low.

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Slashdot: 6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 03:01 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes A massive archaeological dig of an ancient Ukrainian village first begun in 2009 has yielded a discovery that I sort of hope ends up inspiring a video game: a massive, scary-sounding temple. From the article: "Inside the temple, archaeologists found the remains of eight clay platforms, which may have been used as altars, the finds suggested. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere."Maybe this is what Putin has been after.

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Slashdot: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 02:42 AWST)

janoc writes It seems that chipmaker FTDI has started an outright war on cloners of their popular USB bridge chips. At first the clones stopped working with the official drivers, and now they are being intentionally bricked, rendering the device useless. The problem? These chips are incredibly popular and used in many consumer products. Are you sure yours doesn't contain a counterfeit one before you plug it in? Hackaday says, "It’s very hard to tell the difference between the real and fake versions by looking at the package, but a look at the silicon reveals vast differences. The new driver for the FT232 exploits these differences, reprogramming it so it won’t work with existing drivers. It’s a bold strategy to cut down on silicon counterfeiters on the part of FTDI. A reasonable company would go after the manufacturers of fake chips, not the consumers who are most likely unaware they have a fake chip."

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GNOME Look: Numix Blue Remix 2.0 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 02:21 AWST)

Numix Blue Remix 2.0
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
This is a simple remix of the amazing Numix theme (http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Numix?content=160205). I really like the flatness and the squareness of Numix, but I also like blue color. All I did with this theme is change red to blue in some graphics.

Note that the installation process is a bit more involved this time. Please, see included readme.md for more details.

changelog:
2.0 Using latest revamped Numix as a baseline.

1.2 Merged changes from latest Numix.

1.1 Changed some SVG files that I missed first time around.

1.0 First attempt at Numix Blue

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Slashdot: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 02:00 AWST)

Z80xxc! writes: The Gmail team announced "Inbox" this morning, a new way to manage email. Inbox is email, but organized differently. Messages are grouped into "bundles" of similar types. "Highlights" pull out and display key information from messages, and messages can be "snoozed" to come back later as a reminder. Inbox is invite-only right now, and you can email inbox@google.com to request an invite.

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Digital Photography School: Who Are You as a Photographer?

Digital Photography School (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 02:00 AWST)

Unpaid

This is a shot I did on my own for my portfolio. In other words, it was unpaid.

Who am I? This is a question that I ask myself all the time. What kind of photography do I do? Since I am inspired by so many different photographers, across multiple genres (fashion, portrait, photojournalist, product, commercial), it can get hard for me to remember that I can’t be all things to all people, or clients.

For the sake of time, I’ve had to learn to narrow down the types of photography that I will pursue. It takes a considerable amount of time and energy to pursue new clients, to test the waters of a different area of photography.

For example, if you’ve shot primarily weddings and families for the past few years, it will take a lot of time and hard work for you to transition over to the commercial photography world. There’s a whole other language to the commercial world. Words like Prepro Doc, Hero Shot or Call Sheet may be foreign to you. The shooting process is also different, since you are likely working with a creative director before you ever even talk to the client. You also won’t get paid in advance, like you do with a wedding. In fact, I typically have to wait 30-60 days after I shoot the job to receive payment. You’ll likely need to know how to shoot with your camera tethered to a computer. You’ll need to know how to put together a quote, including usage fees. You’ll need to be able to assemble a team, including a hair stylist, makeup artist and stylist. You’ll need to have a separate website for your non-wedding photography and decent SEO for it (which can take years to build) so that new clients can find your work. You’ll need to have a decent commercial portfolio on that non-wedding site to entice creative directors, once they find their way to your site. It’s a lot to think about.

Beyond choosing what areas of photography you are going to pursue, you need to consider what image you are putting out in to the world. If a new visiter were to come to your website or blog, what would they see? Would they see a random smattering of subjects, styles and executions or would they see a focused style, or signature, to the way you compose, light and edit your images? Take photographer Nadav Kander, for example. He’s a portrait and commerce photographer based in London, England. He is not only one of my favorite photographers, but his portraits are also some of the most easily recognizable because of his unique lighting and processing. The same applies to Neil Krug, Martin Schoeller and Dan Winters, some of my other favorite photographers.

While you are in the process of determining which market(s) you want to focus on and you start to bring in to focus a signature style to your work, you need to factor these elements in to the types of clients you take, the kind of unpaid work you shoot for leisure or for your book and which images you show to the world, via social media and your website. For example, you may have the opportunity to shoot for a shoe company, a hair salon, or your kid’s soccer team, and the money is right (as in you’re hard up for cash and it pays the same day). Just because you took the gig and executed it well doesn’t mean that the images need to go on your website or blog. It may not fit in with your other images or be an area of photography you want to delve into, and that’s okay. That doesn’t make you a sell out.

Didntblog

This is from a shoot I did for a well-paying, super kind client. However, since it’s not the type of work that I want to pursue, I didn’t post any of the images on my blog.

Let’s say, for example, that you are trying to transition to the world of fashion photography. You aren’t going to start landing gigs with agencies and magazines just because you updated your bio, listing yourself as a fashion photograher. You need images – great images at that – in your portfolio to show magazine editors or modelling agencies. This means that you will need to shoot these on your own time, for likely little or no money. And once you get those first few shoots under your belt, pick a select FEW images from those shoots (read less than ten) to put on your blog and social media and ONE image from the each shoot to put on your website. Otherwise, if a client goes to your site and sees multiple images that are obviously from the same shoot, they can only assume that you aren’t very experienced in the area of fashion photography and that you’ve only done a couple shoots. You also want to make sure to shoot in a variety of settings, using a variety of different models while utilizing a variety of techniques.

Blog

These are the three images (above) that I chose to put on my blog from a recent book-building (unpaid) photo shoot that I did for my portfolio.

Port

Note the highlighted image (above) is the only image from this shoot that made it onto my website.

This process is of focusing your photography path and carving out your signature look is not a quick one. It’s been almost ten years since I graduated from college with a fine art photography degree and only within the last three or four years have I been able to start to narrow down what makes up my signature look and figure out what type of work I want to pursue. I mentioned earlier that I can’t be all things to all clients, nor do I want to be. The thought of conforming each photoshoot I do to the whims of a client’s mood board is an exhausting thought. Instead, now that I know who I am and what my style is, I can be confident that people are approaching me to shoot a job because they want me specifically. This also gives my voice more weight with a client when deciding which direction the shoot should take. Another way to ensure that you are being chosen for your style is that your prices are competitive with other photographers in the market, and the client isn’t simply choosing you because you’re the most affordable.

Myinput

This is a shot (above) I did for the cover of a local food magazine. The cover story was about edgy, high-end burgers. The editor initially asked for a photo-illustration without any people in the photo. By the end of the discussion, he went with my idea, which you can see is completely different than the editor’s original idea.

Now that I have a tightly edited portfolio, full of images that show a range of the work that I am willing and able to do, I can more easily say no to a job if it doesn’t fit in with my brand. Let’s say that a client approaches me to shoot a sexy swimsuit or lingerie editorial. I would politely decline because that’s not a part of my vision for my brand. Besides, there are plenty of talented photographers who do this exact area of work and would be happy to take the gig. Not to mention, me being a 30-something married man with a young daughter is not the image that comes to mind when I picture a swimwear or boudoir photographer. I imagine a young woman (or man) that lives and breathes sexiness. Meanwhile, I stick to what I’m passionate about.

Paid

This last image is a shot I did Charles Penzone salon, who hired me over another photographer after they saw the top image from my unpaid photo shoot.

Do you know who you are as photographer? Can you share any tips for newbies still finding their way?

The post Who Are You as a Photographer? by Nick Fancher appeared first on Digital Photography School.

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

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 01:45 AWST)

ThumbnailQuartz v.2.
(Cairo-Clock Theme)
Highly resizable, pure vector clock.
(for instal: unpack to : usr/share/cairo-clock/themes)
You can get Clocky from:
http://gtk-apps.org/content/show.php/Clocky?content=167525



changelog:
added compatibility files for screenlet, and for clocky

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Slashdot: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 01:17 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the NuSTAR satellite have discovered a pulsar so bright that it challenges how scientists think pulsars work. While observing galaxy M82 in hopes of spotting supernovae, the researchers found an unexpected source of X-rays very close to the galaxy's core. It was near another source, thought to be a black hole. But the new one was pulsing, which black holes don't do. The trouble is that according to known pulsar models, it's about 100 times brighter than the calculated limits to its luminosity (abstract). Researchers used a different method to figure out its mass, and the gap shrank, but it's still too bright to fit their theories.

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Slashdot: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Slashdot (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 00:34 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Over 4 million Raspberry Pis have been sold so far, and now founder Eben Upton has shown off a touchscreen display panel that's designed to work with it. It's a 7" panel, roughly tablet sized, but slightly thicker. "With the incoming touchscreen panel The Pi Foundation is clearly hoping to keep stoking the creative fires that have helped drive sales of the Pi by slotting another piece of DIY hardware into the mix." Upton also discussed the Model A+ Raspberry Pi board — an updated version they'll be announcing soon.

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DP Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion

DP Review (posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 00:30 AWST)

With the increasing affordability of digital full frame cameras, there's been speculation about the future of APS-C as an enthusiast format. But with the launch of the 7D Mark II, Canon has made it pretty clear it believes there's still a high-end market for crop-sensor formats. We spoke to Bettina Hansen, a photographer who regularly shoots Canon and has experience working with the original EOS 7D to see what she made of the new camera

GNOME Look: Transtitulator video audio to a subtitle 1.3-3 final (Nautilus Script)

(posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 00:11 AWST)

ThumbnailTranstitulator video audio to a subtitle 1.3-3 final
(Nautilus Script)
Transtitulator, translate audio, videos, and automatically write an susbtitles text file, .srt, do this with google speech recognition, and google-translate

Usage: Transtitulator [path-to-video] [language-from] [language-to],
Or browse to your video, and select the lenguages

Transtitulator-gtk have a zenity progress bar. Caution this script depends of been with Transtitulator , in the same folder, if you rename the script, must modify the command line.

In [language-from], its also available "auto" case you dont know the language of the audio. The languages available are 67.

Press (Ctrl+Z), to pause the process, or press (Ctrl+C) to cancel.
When is paused you can resume the translations, from where stay

You can process multiple files simultaneously

You can change the language interface by execute: /install-translation.sh

To use in nautilus-scripts. Replace VIDEO="$1", by : VIDEO="$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS", and replace $VIDEO by $@, in Transtitulator-gtk. And copy to $HOME/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts , or $HOME/.local/share/nautilus/scripts

Watch on GitHub:
https://github.com/baitsart/transtitulator
Or, to download paste this command:
git clone https://github.com/baitsart/transtitulator.git

Install dependencies:
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg curl mplayer gawk zenity

Possible fails: 1, The function when process the audio, it's cut in 8 seconds fragments, and this probably cut some words. 2, Is better to google voice recongition, use clean audio, without music, or other voices, and how ever, can give errors on the convertion, also google translate, but is real that google have got fast evolu in the sources.

I'm sure it's can be made better, but is a start, I hope be help in something.
Enjoy, greetings!

# Written by Rodrigo Esteves baitsart@gmail.com #
## http://www.youtube.com/user/baitsart ##

Final revision Oct /22 /2014

changelog:
Define in 4 seconds, the split time. To have a better audio, upload, and transcription process.

Change the google command from:
wget, and /speech-api/v1/
to
curl, and /speech-api/v2/ with the key: &key=AIzaSyBOti4mM-6x9WDnZIjIeyEU21OpBXqWBgw


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Wednesday October 22, 2014

Slashdot: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:55 AWST)

CBC reports that a man pulled up to the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, got out of his car, and shot a soldier with a rifle. The Memorial is right next to the Canadian Parliament buildings. A shooter (reportedly the same one, but unconfirmed) also approached Parliament and got inside before he was shot and killed. "Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, said ... the man hopped over the stone fence that surrounds Parliament Hill, with his gun forcing someone out of their car. He then drove to the front doors of Parliament and fired at least two shots, Walsh said." Canadian government officials were quickly evacuated from the building, while the search continues for further suspects. This comes a day after Canada raised its domestic terrorism threat level. Most details of the situation are still unconfirmed -- CBC has live video coverage here. They have confirmed that there was a second shooting at the Rideau Center, a shopping mall nearby.

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Slashdot: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:55 AWST)

CBC reports that a man pulled up to the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, got out of his car, and shot a soldier with a rifle. The Memorial is right next to the Canadian Parliament buildings. A shooter (reportedly the same one, but unconfirmed) also approached Parliament and got inside before he was shot and killed. "Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, said ... the man hopped over the stone fence that surrounds Parliament Hill, with his gun forcing someone out of their car. He then drove to the front doors of Parliament and fired at least two shots, Walsh said." Canadian government officials were quickly evacuated from the building, while the search continues for further suspects. This comes a day after Canada raised its domestic terrorism threat level. Most details of the situation are still unconfirmed -- CBC has live video coverage here. They have confirmed that there was a second shooting at the Rideau Center, a shopping mall nearby.

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Slashdot: What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:47 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has a nice profile of SpaceX's rise to prominence — how a private startup managed to successfully compete with industry giants like Boeing in just a decade of existence. "Regardless of its inspirations, the company was forced to adopt a prosaic initial goal: Make a rocket at least 10 times cheaper than is possible today. Until it can do that, neither flowers nor people can go to Mars with any economy. With rocket technology, Musk has said, "you're really left with one key parameter against which technology improvements must be judged, and that's cost." SpaceX currently charges $61.2 million per launch. Its cost-per-kilogram of cargo to low-earth orbit, $4,653, is far less than the $14,000 to $39,000 offered by its chief American competitor, the United Launch Alliance. Other providers often charge $250 to $400 million per launch; NASA pays Russia $70 million per astronaut to hitch a ride on its three-person Soyuz spacecraft. SpaceX's costs are still nowhere near low enough to change the economics of space as Musk and his investors envision, but they have a plan to do so (of which more later)."

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GNOME Look: Octagon 3.12-1.6 (GNOME Shell Theme)

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:41 AWST)

ThumbnailOctagon 3.12-1.6
(GNOME Shell Theme)
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

3.12-1.2– 22.10.2014
- some small modifications

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Cancellation of severe thunderstorm warning from Windy Harbour to Corrigin to Esperance

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:36 AWST)

Category: Storm
Alert Summary: As at 10.51pm on 22 October 2014 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorm warning for people in parts of WA south of a line from Windy Harbour to Corrigin to Hyden to Salmon Gums to Esperance has been cancelled.
Content:

As at 10.51pm on 22 October 2014 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorm warning for people in parts of WA south of a line from Windy Harbour to Corrigin to Hyden to Salmon Gums to Esperance has been cancelled.

This includes people in, near or between Katanning and Albany and surrounding areas.

Thunderstorms are continuing in this region and although gusty winds and heavy showers are possible, severe thunderstorms are no longer expected.

To date, DFES State Emergency Service (SES) has received minimal calls for assistance.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
• If your home has been badly damaged by storm call the SES on 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
• For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au call 1300 659 210

After a storm 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.

No further updates will be issued.

Publication Time: 22/10/2014 11:35 PM
Expiration Time: 23/10/2014 11:00 AM

Drupal Contrib Security: SA-CONTRIB-2014-102 - Document - Cross Site Scripting

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:15 AWST)

Description

Document module is a basic Document Management System for Drupal.

Cross Site Scripting (XSS)

The module wasn't sanitizing user input sufficiently in a few use cases.

This vulnerability is mitigated by the the fact that a user must have permissions to add or edit documents to be able to exploit the vulnerability.

CVE identifier(s) issued

  • A CVE identifier will be requested, and added upon issuance, in accordance
    with Drupal Security Team processes.

Versions affected

  • Document 6.x-1.11 versions prior to 6.x-1.11.
  • Document 7.x-1.20 versions prior to 7.x-1.20.

Drupal core is not affected. If you do not use the contributed Document module,
there is nothing you need to do.

Solution

Install the latest version:

Also see the Document project page.

Reported by

Fixed by

Coordinated by

Contact and More Information

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at drupal.org or via the contact form at
https://www.drupal.org/contact.

Learn more about the Drupal Security team and their policies,
writing secure code for Drupal, and
securing your site.

Drupal version: 

Drupal Contrib Security: SA-CONTRIB-2014-101 - Ubercart - Cross Site Request Forgery

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:13 AWST)

Description

The Ubercart module provides a shopping cart and e-commerce features for Drupal.

Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF)

The country administration links are not properly protected. A malicious user could trick a store administrator into enabling or disabling a country by getting them to visit a specially-crafted URL.

CVE identifier(s) issued

  • A CVE identifier will be requested, and added upon issuance, in accordance
    with Drupal Security Team processes.

Versions affected

  • Ubercart 7.x-3.x versions prior to 7.x-3.8.
  • Ubercart 6.x-2.x versions prior to 6.x-2.14.

Drupal core is not affected. If you do not use the contributed Ubercart module,
there is nothing you need to do.

Solution

Install the latest version:

Also see the Ubercart project page.

Reported by

Fixed by

Coordinated by

Contact and More Information

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at drupal.org or via the contact form at
https://www.drupal.org/contact.

Learn more about the Drupal Security team and their policies,
writing secure code for Drupal, and
securing your site.

Drupal version: 

Drupal Contrib Security: SA-CONTRIB-2014-100 - Bad Behavior - Information Disclosure

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:11 AWST)

Description

This module enables you to to target any malicious software directed at a Web site, whether it be a spambot, ill-designed search engine bot, or system crackers. It blocks such access and then logs their attempts.

Information Disclosure

The module doesn't sufficiently sanitize log data, allowing usernames and passwords to get included in its logs.

This vulnerability is mitigated by the fact that an attacker must have a role with the permission "administer bad behavior".

CVE identifier(s) issued

  • A CVE identifier will be requested, and added upon issuance, in accordance
    with Drupal Security Team processes.

Versions affected

  • badbehavior 6.x-2.x versions prior to 6.x-2.2216.
  • badbehavior 7.x-2.x versions prior to 7.x-2.2216.

Drupal core is not affected. If you do not use the contributed Bad Behavior module,
there is nothing you need to do.

Solution

Install the latest version:

Also see the Bad Behavior project page.

Reported by

Fixed by

Coordinated by

Contact and More Information

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at drupal.org or via the contact form at
https://www.drupal.org/contact.

Learn more about the Drupal Security team and their policies,
writing secure code for Drupal, and
securing your site.

Drupal version: 

Slashdot: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 23:05 AWST)

HughPickens.com writes: Brian Fung reports at the Washington Post that earlier this year emergency services went dark for over six hours for more than 11 million people across seven states. "The outage may have gone unnoticed by some, but for the more than 6,000 people trying to reach help, April 9 may well have been the scariest time of their lives." In a 40-page report (PDF), the FCC found that an entirely preventable software error was responsible for causing 911 service to drop. "It could have been prevented. But it was not," the FCC's report reads. "The causes of this outage highlight vulnerabilities of networks as they transition from the long-familiar methods of reaching 911 to [Internet Protocol]-supported technologies." On April 9, the software responsible for assigning the identifying code to each incoming 911 call maxed out at a pre-set limit; the counter literally stopped counting at 40 million calls. As a result, the routing system stopped accepting new calls, leading to a bottleneck and a series of cascading failures elsewhere in the 911 infrastructure. Adm. David Simpson, the FCC's chief of public safety and homeland security, says having a single backup does not provide the kind of reliability that is ideal for 911. "Miami is kind of prone to hurricanes. Had a hurricane come at the same time [as the multi-state outage], we would not have had that failover, perhaps. So I think there needs to be more [distribution of 911 capabilities]."

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Slashdot: Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 22:23 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is warning users about a new Windows zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild and is primarily a risk to users on servers and workstations that open documents with embedded OLE objects. The vulnerability is currently being exploited via PowerPoint files. These specially crafted files contain a malicious OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) object. This is not the first time a vulnerability in OLE has been exploited by cybercriminals, however most previous OLE vulnerabilities have been limited to specific older versions of the Windows operating system. What makes this vulnerability dangerous is that it affects the latest fully patched versions of Windows.

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

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 22:01 AWST)

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

Most 500 Downloads!!!

Than You for Download

changelog:
Extract content in /usr/share/icons

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GNOME Look: XL Evolve Blended [MATE] 0.3 (Metacity Theme)

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 21:59 AWST)

ThumbnailXL Evolve Blended [MATE] 0.3
(Metacity Theme)
Same theme as http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/xl_Zukitwo_Evolve?content=162215

Except that it blends into the current gtk theme background, as good ol fashioned gnome 2.x themes used to do.

Compatible with Mate of course.

All credit goes to user, xlcheese



changelog:
0.3 --
- Fixed fullscreen unmaximize icon ( now consistent with the other buttons)

0.2 --
- Fixed maximized colors
- Changed to proper unmaximize icon

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Slashdot: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 21:39 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent recommendations to strengthen security on net-connected medical devices, the Department of Homeland Security is launching an investigation into 24 cases of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in hospital equipment and personal medical devices. Independent security researcher Billy Rios submitted proof-of-concept evidence to the FDA indicating that it would be possible for a hacker to force infusion pumps to fatally overdose a patient. Though the complete range of devices under investigation has not been disclosed, it is reported that one of them is an "implantable heart device." William Maisel, chief scientist at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said, "The conventional wisdom in the past was that products only had to be protected from unintentional threats. Now they also have to be protected from intentional threats too."

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GNOME Look: Emerald 1.0 (GNOME Icon Theme)

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 21:20 AWST)

ThumbnailEmerald 1.0
(GNOME Icon Theme)
This is a clean and compact icons themes I made based on Nitrus icons theme and Breeze icons theme.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\"Nitrux\": https://github.com/NitruxSA/nitrux-icons
\"Breeze\": https://github.com/NitruxSA/plasma-next-icons
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GTK theme : \"SnowBird\"
Snowbird HomePage:
gnome-look: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/SnowBird?content=167346
deviantART: http://fav.me/d824jey
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Now! Enjoy it ! ! !

changelog:
2014/10/22 v1.0


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Digital Photography School: 5 Easy Steps to Exposure Blending for High Contast Landscapes

Digital Photography School (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 21:00 AWST)

Final Image: Bear Rock, Dolly Sod Wilderness Area, West Virginia. Sunrise and Sunsets can present very challenging lighting to expose correctly for the entire scene.

Final Image: Bear Rock, Dolly Sod Wilderness Area, West Virginia. Sunrise and Sunsets can be extremely contrasting and very challenging to capture the wide exposure range.

Here’s a problem I am sure you have encountered, instances where you try to photograph an image that has a greater range of light and dark than your camera can accurately capture. In the example above, when we set our exposure to expose the sky correctly, the foreground objects are severely under-exposed. Likewise, if we set our exposure to correctly expose the foreground, the sky is blown out and loses almost all detail. One solution to this dilemma might be to use HDR software to combine several bracketed exposures into one image. However, this method can be overwhelming and time-consuming to do correctly for a pleasing result. Another solution to this problem could be to use graduated neutral density filters. Unfortunately, a good set of filters can be quite expensive and a cheap set can harm the quality of your image.

A simple solution to this problem scenario may be as easy as taking two exposures, one correctly exposed for the dark areas (in this case the foreground) and the other correctly exposed for the lighter area (in this case the sky). Place your camera on a tripod so that both images will be composed exactly the same.

image correctly exposed for the sky 1/10 of a second @ f/10. ISO 100

Image exposed for the sky: 1/10th of a second @ f/10, ISO 100

Image exposed for the foreground: 1 second @ f/10, ISO 100

Image exposed for the foreground: 1 second @ f/10, ISO 100

Now, let’s look at a simple five step exposure blending process, performed in Photoshop, to resolve this contrast issue.

Step 1: Open your images

Open the two exposures in Photoshop as layers. This can be simply done with the following script. In Photoshop, select: File/Scripts/Load files into stacks (if you use Lightroom just select both thumbnails, right click and choose “Edit in>Open as Layers in PS). Then select your two exposure files. Label the layers for identification. (In this case we label one layer “Sky” and the other “Foreground”). Drag the Sky to the top layer if not already in that position.

Step 2: Add a layer mask

Add layer mask filled with black to top layer.

Add layer mask filled with black to the top layer.

Add a layer mask, as shown below, to the highlighted Sky layer. While holding down the ALT (opt) key, select the Add layer mask button located at the bottom of the layer palette. This will add a layer mask to the Sky layer and automatically fill it with black. The black-filled layer will mask out all of the Sky layer and reveal all of the Foreground layer.

Step 3: Paint over sky

Click on the black layer mask and select the paintbrush tool. Set your paintbrush to paint with white, and set the size of your brush as needed. Set the hardness of your brush to a low number to give it a soft edge while you paint. Paint over the sky area of the image, which will reveal the Sky layer. By adjusting the opacity, size and hardness of the brush as you paint, blend the two exposures together.

Paint with white on your layer mask to reveal the sky in the top image. use different opacities and hardness to make the blending look natural.

Paint with white on your layer mask to reveal the sky in the top image. Use different opacities and brush hardness to make the blending look natural. This is what the mask might look like.

Step 4: Add finishing touches

Add adjustment layers (see below) as needed to adjust colors and contrast of the layers to make the image look natural.

Final layer palette

Final layer palette

Step 5: Save your file

Save your file as a Photoshop document (.PSD). This will preserve your image with layers which you can return to if you need to make further adjustments to improve the image.  You can now can flatten the layers (Layer/ Flatten Image) and Save As a single layer file such as a JPG.

This image was created from three files using Exposure blending. Exposure #1 was exposed for the light green area above the falls and exposure #2 was exposed for the shadow area below the falls. The light was hitting the rock on the left  very hard so a third exposure was need just for that rock.

This image was created from three files using exposure blending. Exposure #1 was exposed for the light green area above the falls and exposure #2 was for the shadow area below the falls. The light was hitting the rock on the left very hard so exposure #3 was needed just for just that rock.

So next time you are faced with an extremely contrasting scene, try this easy exposure blending process to extend the exposure range of your image. Do you have any exposure blending tricks that you use? Post samples of your images.

The post 5 Easy Steps to Exposure Blending for High Contast Landscapes by Bruce Wunderlich appeared first on Digital Photography School.

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Slashdot: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 20:57 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: The Hungarian government has announced a new tax on internet traffic: 150 HUF ($0.62 USD) per gigabyte. In Hungary, a monthly internet subscription costs around 4,000-10,000 HUF ($17-$41), so it could really put a constraint on different service providers, especially for streaming media. This kind of tax could set back the country's technological development by some 20 years — to the pre-internet age. As a side note, the Hungarian government's budget is running at a serious deficit. The internet tax is officially expected to bring in about 20 billion HUF in income, though a quick look at the BIX (Budapest Internet Exchange) and a bit of math suggests a better estimate of the income would probably be an order of magnitude higher.

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Slashdot: Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 20:15 AWST)

zonker writes: In 1970, the Xerox Corporation established the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with the goal to develop an "architecture of information" and lay the groundwork for future electronic office products. The pioneering Alto project that began in 1972 invented or refined many of the fundamental hardware and software ideas upon which our modern devices are based, including raster displays, mouse pointing devices, direct-manipulation user interfaces, windows and menus, the first WYSIWYG word processor, and Ethernet. The first Altos were built as research prototypes. By the fall of 1976 PARC's research was far enough along that a Xerox product group started to design products based on their prototypes. Ultimately, ~1,500 were built and deployed throughout the Xerox Corporation, as well as at universities and other sites. The Alto was never sold as a product but its legacy served as inspiration for the future. With the permission of the Palo Alto Research Center, the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use only, snapshots of Alto source code, executables, documentation, font files, and other files from 1975 to 1987. The files are organized by the original server on which they resided at PARC that correspond to files that were restored from archive tapes. An interesting look at retro-future.

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GNOME Look: Ultra-Flat-Icons 1.1 (GNOME Icon Theme)

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 18:12 AWST)

ThumbnailUltra-Flat-Icons 1.1
(GNOME Icon Theme)
A simple flat icon theme, derived from Flattr icon theme.
All credits to Uri Herrera.
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Flattr?content=161099

Looks better with this gtk theme :
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Ultra-Flat?content=167473


changelog:
2014-10-21 : apps icons update + fix for panel bluetooth icon and some notification icons
Tried to fix a scaling problem when icon were reduced to minimum size, not sure of the results...

2014-10-19 : major update. More apps icons, more lightweight theme.
Fixed folder permissions. Apologies to those who downloaded a non working theme.

2014-10-14 : Updated : added some apps icons (bleachbit, chromium...)

2014-10-14 : Updated for xfce and kde


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GNOME Look: Alien Conky Conky Manager (Screenlet)

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 17:37 AWST)

ThumbnailAlien Conky Conky Manager
(Screenlet)
Found This Amazing Wallpaper by Lacza.
Invader
Has giving me permission to use for this to display my Conky Config with his Wallpaper.

Came up with crazy Alien Ideal to make a Conky Config to go with Lacza (invader) Wallpaper Background. Enjoy guys


Made for my Display size 1440x 900 will need to make mods for your display

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Slashdot: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 17:12 AWST)

osage writes: Several colleagues and I have worked on an open source project for over 20 years under a corporate aegis. Though nothing like Apache, we have a sizable user community and the software is considered one of the de facto standards for what it does. The problem is that we have never been able to attract new, younger programmers, and members of the original set have been forced to find jobs elsewhere or are close to retirement. The corporation has no interest in supporting the software. Thus, in the near future, the project will lose its web site host and be devoid of its developers and maintainers. Our initial attempts to find someone to adopt the software haven't worked. We are looking for suggestions as to what course to pursue. We can't be the only open source project in this position.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Nanutarra Munjina Road in the Shire of Ashburton

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 17:01 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling along Nanutarra Munjina Road, between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive in the Shire of Ashburton
Content:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling along Nanutarra Munjina Road, between Paraburdoo Road and Nameless Valley Drive in the Shire of Ashburton.
 
  • 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 is burning on the southern side of Nanutarra Munjina Road.
 
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • The bushfire is moving slowly in a north 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.
 
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:
Western Turner mine site emergency response crews will monitor the fire overnight. DFES is monitoring the fire remotely.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incident was reported on Saturday 18 October 2014.
  • The cause of the fire is lightening.
  • 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, Thursday 23 October 2014 unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 22/10/2014 4:55 PM

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

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 16:52 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating today for inland parts of the Pilbara.
Content:
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating today for  inland parts of the Pilbara.
 
This includes:
  • Shire of East Pilbara - 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: 23/10/2014 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 24/10/2014 12:00 AM

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

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 16:57 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating today for the Eucla.
Content:
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating today 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: 23/10/2014 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 24/10/2014 12:00 AM

DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for central and southern parts of the Interior today

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 17:00 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating today for central and southern parts of the Interior.
Content:
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating today for central and southern parts of the Interior. 

This includes:
  • Shire of Laverton – north western, central and eastern parts
  • Shire of Menzies – eastern part
  • Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
  • Shire of Wiluna – central and eastern parts

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: 23/10/2014 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 24/10/2014 12:00 AM

GNOME Look: METROlux menu with CLOUD apps.auto inst. 1.0.0.16 (GnoMenu Theme)

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 16:34 AWST)

ThumbnailMETROlux menu with CLOUD apps.auto inst. 1.0.0.16
(GnoMenu Theme)
METROluxPRO 1.0.0.16 with cloud apps & MS Office 365 cloud.

You can start direct the cloud apps with this free version.

Plugged:Cloud apps & 10 Gb + 15 Gb storage.

The menu works with this icons:

3D@pro-1.0.0.13
3D@pro-1.0.0.14
3D@pro-1.0.0.15

NEW with easy installer.


Download & unpack the auto menu installer & uninstaller.

just double klik on it and restart your Gnomenu after select this version.

Installer dont start?

-Open your terminal and type:
su
then your root password.

cd /the-location-untarred-download/

Then you must see the location and you can find the installer with the command:

ls.

copy the name of the installer and type:

./

and paste the the installer name:

you get:

./COLOHpro-menu-1.0.0.16-Linux-x86-Install

now press enter and click to install.




version 1.0.0.16 -- howto cloud apps
------------------- OneDrive
------------------- Google Drive
------------------- OwnCloud demo
------------------- some browser changes
------------------- update icons.

A update with serveral NEW cloud apps and MS office online with the free version of METROlux PRO menu!.

For professional users, and advertising
SEE The INFO menu.

First use:
- Install GnoMenu with your distribution manager.
- Please install the "midori" browser (search in google)to let the info,help and cloud function work.

There are 3 necessairy maps & files to complete the menu.

1-install the download on the bottom.


2-install this download:

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/METROluxIItiles?content=165733.

Download and extract this one in a map on your system and klick on the installer.

( In METROluxIItiles i have embedded the tiles and applet)



3- install locations:
the METROluxIItiles:

the auto installer & un installer installs the map "3D@pro-1.0.0.15" in:

/usr/share/gnomenu/Themes/Icon/

launcher is installed in:

/usr/share/gnomenu/Themes/applet)


succes.

All the menus Works perfect with great performance and usability.

If you are interested to the binairy installer (Windows installer for Linux)
with all the necessairy components an a install script for the applications you need.
You can install it with simple mouse clicks.

please contact me.

You can get the METROlux theme in a PRO and a home version.

Thanks for your interest in my menus.
If you are interested in the commercial versions Grafeen (Graphene) €19,- with support,own language and a script that install all the applications and implemented plugins.

Please sent a email to metroluxmenu@gmail.com.
First you receive a link and information so you can downloaded it from the server.

All the versions *can be modified with personal preferences.

The goal is to make a usefull menu that have a complete furnished desktop for non nerd, that
everyone can modify, with one install that runs with exactly the same look and feel on any flavor of linux with supporting apllications on other systems as Microsoft office 365, onedrive, cloudapss, builtin manuals and more.

The first layout was W8.

* The cost to modify versions are not included.


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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Neerabup Lake in the City of Wanneroo

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 15:31 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains 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:

A bushfire ADVICE remains 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.

• 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 bushland surrounding Neerabup Lake.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is stationary.
• It is contained but not under control.

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:
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 from Wanneroo, East Swan, Gosnells , Muchea and Quinns Rocks Bush Fire Brigade, Bullsbrook Volunteer Fire Service are actively fighting the fire.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 1.11pm Tuesday 21 October 2014.
• The cause of the fire is a lightning strike.
• It has burnt approximately three hectares.
• The City of Wanneroo 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, 23 Thursday October 2014 unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 22/10/2014 3:30 PM

GNOME Look: Zukiwi 2014.10.22 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 15:23 AWST)

ThumbnailZukiwi 2014.10.22
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Important note: This theme is designed for Gnome 3.14. May or may not work with other versions of Gnome-shell and GTK.

Get the absolute latest version from github: https://github.com/lassekongo83/zuki-themes

Old versions can be found here: https://launchpad.net/zukitwo/+series
Click: Browse code > View revision > download tarball.

The included INSTALL file have all the installation instructions.

GTK2 ENGINES REQUIREMENT
- GTK2 engine Murrine 0.98.1.1 or later.
- GTK2 pixbuf engine or the gtk(2)-engines package.

Fedora/RedHat distros:
yum install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines

Ubuntu/Mint/Debian distros:
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf

ArchLinux:
pacman -S gtk-engine-murrine gtk-engines

Other:
Search for the engines in your distribution's repository or install the engines from source.

OTHER INFO
Wall: http://mustberesult.deviantart.com/art/Almora-212657321
Icons: Faenza and http://hpluslabels.deviantart.com/art/ServianaGetPLUS-by-request-281600769
Font: Droid Sans

NOTE:
Since Gnome 3.14 you may have to use the default icon theme or an icon theme compatible with Gnome 3.14. There may be some issues with the theme if you for example use the Faenza icon theme or any other outdated theme that haven't been updated for Gnome 3.14.

changelog:
2014.10.22
- Some tweaks and fixes.

2014.10.18
- Updated for Gnome 3.14.
- New shell theme for all Zuki* themes.

2014.05.23
- GTK3: Fixed CSD fallback menu button.
- GTK3: Fixed some other bugs and made some minor improvements.

2014.05.14
- GTK3: Fixed progressbar through.
- Assets: Better focused button border.

2014.04.26
- GTK3: Some minor bugfixes.

2014.04.13
- GTK3: Added support for unity client side decoration. (This package is still only for GTK 3.12 though. Ubuntu 14.04 uses GTK 3.10.)
- GTK3: Improved progressbars a bit.
- GTK3: Added the metacity buttons to the client side decorations.

2014.03.29
- Updated to work with Gnome 3.12.
Note: Don't upgrade if you're still using an earlier version of Gnome.
You can grab earlier versions here: https://launchpad.net/zukitwo/+series

2013.12.10
- Added an index.theme file.
- GTK3: Sidebar hover effect added in Nautilus/Nemo.
- GTK3/2: Various tweaks.

2013.11.07
- GTK2: Thunar style added.
- GTK3: Fixed border below active tabs.

2013.10.27
- GTK3: Better column headers. Nemo fixes. Fixed fine-tune scrollbar.
- GTK2: Removed unused assets for outdated apps.

2013.10.17
- GTK3: A couple of fixes.

2013.10.12
- GTK3: Updated to work with Gnome 3.10. The theme will break in earlier versions of Gnome-shell. Grab earlier versions here: https://launchpad.net/zukitwo/+series
- Shell theme removed at the moment. See the Zukitwo shell theme for now.

2013.04.24
- GTK3: Client Side Decoration CSS added. (For wayland.)
- GTK3: Support .rubberband in .content-view plus some more fixes.
- Mutter/Metacity: Fixed left aligned buttons and removed unused assets.

2013.04.18
- Mutter theme: Fixed a lot of stuff.
- Legacy metacity theme: New everything.

2013.04.08
- ALL: Updated to work with Gnome 3.8. Many new changes to certain looks.

2012.08.17
- GTK3: Gnome classic indicator applet fix.
- GTK3: Added support for slickpanel.
- Mutter: Fixed button alignment if you have your buttons on the left.

2012.07.09
- Unity: New theme and buttons added.
- Xfwm: Theme added.
- Metacity: Minor color fix.

2012.07.08
- First release.

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GNOME Look: Zukitwo 2014.10.22 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 15:23 AWST)

ThumbnailZukitwo 2014.10.22
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Important note: This theme is designed for Gnome 3.14. May or may not work with other versions of Gnome-shell and GTK.

Get the absolute latest version from github: https://github.com/lassekongo83/zuki-themes

Old versions can be found here: https://launchpad.net/zukitwo/+series
Click: Browse code > View revision > download tarball.

THEME INFO

The included INSTALL file have all the installation instructions.

GTK2 ENGINES REQUIREMENT
- GTK2 engine Murrine 0.98.1.1 or later.
- GTK2 pixbuf engine or the gtk(2)-engines package.

Fedora/RedHat distros:
yum install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines

Ubuntu/Mint/Debian distros:
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf

ArchLinux:
pacman -S gtk-engine-murrine gtk-engines

Other:
Search for the engines in your distribution's repository or install the engines from source.

OTHER INFO
Wallpaper: http://fiftyfootshadows.net/2011/09/14/between-here-and-there/
Font: Droid Sans
Icons: Faenza-Dark

NOTE:
Since Gnome 3.14 you may have to use the default icon theme or an icon theme compatible with Gnome 3.14. There may be some issues with the theme if you for example use the Faenza icon theme or any other outdated theme that haven't been updated for Gnome 3.14.

Known bugs:

- Libreoffice have a bug that displays active text color on menus wrong. It's a libreoffice bug primarily.

- The IDE software Eclipse/Aptana may have some strange color bugs. If you know of any fixes, please let me know.

changelog:
2014.10.22
- Some tweaks and fixes.

2014.10.18
- Updated for Gnome 3.14.
- New shell theme for all Zuki* themes.

2014.05.23
- GTK3: Fixed CSD fallback menu button.
- GTK3: Fixed some other bugs and made some minor improvements.

2014.05.14
- GTK3: Fixed progressbar through.
- Assets: Better focused button border.

2014.04.26
- GTK3: Some minor bugfixes.

2014.04.13
- GTK3: Added support for unity client side decoration. (This package is still only for GTK 3.12 though. Ubuntu 14.04 uses GTK 3.10.)
- GTK3: Improved progressbars a bit.
- GTK3: Added the metacity buttons to the client side decorations.

2014.03.29
- Updated to work with Gnome 3.12.
Note: Don't upgrade if you're still using an earlier version of Gnome.
You can grab earlier versions here: https://launchpad.net/zukitwo/+series

2013.12.10
- Added an index.theme file.
- GTK3: Sidebar hover effect added in Nautilus/Nemo.
- GTK3/2: Various tweaks.
- Shell: Removed the arrow on the app-menu (and other stuff) to make it look like it did before 3.10.

2013.11.07
- GTK2: Thunar style added.
- GTK3: Fixed border below active tabs.

2013.10.27
- GTK3: Better column headers. Nemo fixes. Fixed fine-tune scrollbar.
- GTK2: Removed unused assets for outdated apps.

2013.10.17
- GTK3/Shell: A couple of fixes.

2013.10.12
- GTK3: Updated to work with Gnome 3.10. The theme will break in earlier versions of Gnome-shell. Grab earlier versions here: https://launchpad.net/zukitwo/+series
- Shell theme: Revamped (Again!). :-P

2013.04.24
- GTK3: Client Side Decoration CSS added. (For wayland.)
- GTK3: Support .rubberband in .content-view plus some more fixes.
- Mutter/Metacity: Fixed left aligned buttons and removed unused assets.

2013.04.18
- Mutter theme: Fixed a lot of stuff.
- Legacy metacity theme: New everything.
- GTK3: Improved scale troughs.

2013.03.29
- Mutter/Metacity: Previous release used the Zukiwi borders, this has now been fixed.
- Shell theme: New scrollbars and checkbuttons.

2013.03.28
- ALL: Updated to work with Gnome 3.8. If you use Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 (or 12.10) I would not recommend an upgrade. It should work, but there may be some issues with the gnome-shell theme because 13.04 will use Gnome 3.6 components.
- ALL: New borders, switches, sliders, progressbars etc. New look for menus and stuff in the gnome-shell theme.

2013.02.07
- GTK3/Mutter: Some minor bug fixes.

2013.02.06
- GTK3: Some bug fixes and some changes to the treeview list.
- GTK3: Nemo style added.
- GTK2: Fixes for xfce-panel. (May behave a bit inconsistent with some applets.)
- XFWM4: Left and right border now 2px in size because of a xorg or driver bug that made them invisible.

2012.12.16
- GTK3: New switch buttons. Active focus border added. Better tabs and column headers. Some other minor fixes.

2012.12.11
- Shell theme: Some fixes and default font changed from Liberation to Droid. (Make sure to include ttf-droid to the depends if you're maintaining a package of this.)
- GTK3/GTK2: Separators added to menus.
- GTK3: Improved button borders.
- GTK3: Some other minor fixes and tweaks.

2012.12.07
- Unity: Changed the panel color to match the rest of the theme, plus added the new buttons.
- GTK3: Osd support added.
- GTK3: Several fixes and some minor changes.

2012.12.04
- GTK3: Some minor improvements and bug fixes.
- Shell theme: Switch buttons now visible again.
- XFWM4: Updated the theme to the new look. (If you don't have any left or right borders see: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=54168 )

2012.12.02
- GTK3/GTK2/Metacity: Some bug fixes.
- GTK3: Some minor improvements to linked buttons and entrys.

2012.12.01
- GTK3/Shell: Updated to work with Gnome (GTK+) 3.6. Will break in any earlier or later versions of Gnome.
- Shell theme: Changed the previous look on buttons and borders etc. Made the panel a bit darker.
- Mutter: New buttons taken from my previous Zukiwi theme.

Note: Because Gnome 3.6 is the worst release of Gnome so far - this theme no longer contains Zukitwo-Dark. I had no motivation to maintain it any longer. There are also plenty of old and new bugs plus regressions.

This theme also no longer requires the Unico GTK3 engine.

... Purged changelog.

2011.04.05
- First release.

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