Friday November 28, 2014

SC Magazine: ASIC to lobby Govt for metadata access

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 13:42 AWST)

Agency head bitter at being excluded.

SC Magazine: EU lawmakers vote to break up Google

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 13:04 AWST)

Want level-playing field.

SC Magazine: NICTA CEO resigns over clash with board

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 12:31 AWST)

Failure to agree on strategy for cash-poor organisation.

DFES Media Releases: Department of Fire and Emergency Services welcomes new recruits

DFES Media Releases (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 12:15 AWST)

Content:

​Twenty three of the State’s newest firefighters are ready to serve the community in the Fire and Rescue Service after graduating from the Fire and Emergency Services Academy today.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the graduates are a timely addition to Western Australia’s fire and emergency services, especially at the start of the 2014-15 bushfire season.

“Today’s graduating firefighters join more than 1100 career and approximately 29,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel across the State,” Commissioner Gregson said.

“They will be a valuable addition to the emergency services and will be on active duty at metropolitan and regional career fire stations from next week, attending structure fires, bushfires, road crashes and undertaking other response and preparation tasks.”

Three graduates from Kalgoorlie will be stationed at Kalgoorlie Fire Station and provide welcome support to their home community with the bushfire season already underway.

One graduate from Geraldton will also be stationed in his home town, with others across the Perth metropolitan area.

The graduates’ skills are expected to be in high demand, with firefighters already having battled bushfires in the north and south of the State this season.

“Our firefighters are well prepared, but everyone has a role to play and can help reduce their risk,” Commissioner Gregson said.

The graduates have completed a 17-week career firefighting course, under the guidance of experienced instructors.

The training included road crash rescue, structural and bush firefighting, urban search and rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.

Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955
Publication Time: 28/11/2014 12:15 PM

GNOME Look: Ambiance Blackout Friday Colors Suite 14.04.1 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 11:43 AWST)

ThumbnailAmbiance Blackout Friday Colors Suite 14.04.1
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Ambiance Blackout Friday Colors Suite (AKA Ambiance Blackout, We just thought it would be funny to Rename for black friday.) Is a stunning fully dark version of the Ambiance Theme. It Comes In 12 Amazing Colors. For Ubuntu, Mint, Arch, Debian Or Any distro... That has GTK Version 3.10+ And Above.

This Theme Supports Most GTK 2/3 Desktops:
Including full and tested support for: Unity, Cinnamon, Gnome Classic, Gnome 2 (Mate), XFCE ,LXDE & Openbox desktops.

HEY! Who Turned out the lights?... We did! From the Creators of the Ambiance Colors Suite Theme, Comes... Ambiance Blackout Colors, A totally new, fully dark version of the Ambiance Theme. Yes you herd it right... Ambiance Blackout brings you a fully dark version of Ambiance at long last.

However we don't go crazy with making everything "Too Dark" the theme was designed to be a calm beautiful shade of Dark Grey that is still highly visible and not too dark. We spent lots of time crafting and perfecting things so the theme could be highy usable and buttons and all elements highly visible and clear.

This theme inherits our legacy of Ambiance Colors, It comes in 12 Diffrent Colors. And with Full and tested XFCE & LXDE & MATE Suppport!

Please keep in mind dark themes are historically hard to do, because of the fact most apps and GTK its self really assume you will be using a light theme. And makes things unreadable at times, We have worked to fix most of this but in some cases we simply can't do anything or something needs to be done to the application manually.

This is our first release so we welcome all bug reports and suggestions, However please keep in mind dark themes are a pain to do and some things are out of our control, however we feel one like this needs to be done, We will do our best to address and fix issues But please note that we release on a point number basis, Incrementally with alot of things rolled into one update (We do not often release updates with 1 or 2 fixes simply because it is not feasible for are release cycle, When we release a update we have to update every color individually test everything for regressions etc, Have packages built update webpages etc.)

You Can Get The Humanity Colors Icon Theme that goes with this GTK Theme Here:http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Humanity+Icons+Colors+Version?content=148933

(!)PLEASE NOTE There Are Some NEEDED tweaks for full dark themes like this one, to work 100%, Please see our article for common fixes:
http://www.ravefinity.com/p/dark-theme-fixes.html


This Theme is NOT by the Original Ambiance/Radiance Authors but fallows it very closely for the most part.

Brought to you by:

RAVEfinty, Jared Sot.
Lead developer and designer.

This Theme would not be possible without:
Benoit T (XFCE Theme fixes) , Umair (NoobsLab.com) Packaging.

Based On Work (GPL) Originol Ambiance & Other Work By:

Kenneth Wimer, James Schriver, Andrea Cimitan ,Canonicol LTD, David Barr , P0ng.

Brought to you by RAVEfinity! An Open Source Design Project! If you like this theme, Check out our other work or just support us by visiting:http://www.ravefinity.com/

changelog:
View The Official Change-log,Release Notes And More Here:http://www.ravefinity.com/p/ambiance-blackout-colors-suite.html

Need Help Installing Or Using This Theme?
Read The Easy Howto Guide. And Other Theme Related Help At Our Website\\\'s Help Section: http://www.ravefinity.com/p/help-faq.html

Needed Theme engines:
(All engines but pixmap should be already installed on Ubuntu and Mint)

1.) "Murrine" gtk2 theme engine version 0.98+

2.) "Unico" Theme Engine. - Theme can work without Unico! but it makes some stuff look nicer.

3.) NEEDED FOR XFCE & LXDE Version "Pixmap Theme Engine"
Package name: "gtk2-engines-pixbuf"

Can be found in the REPOS Install VIA:
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-pixbuf

Ubuntu,Mint or Debian: In a ".Deb" Package or Via Our Official PPA.

Any Distribution in a generic theme tar.gz

Instructions for Installing this theme from the Official RAVEfinity PPA can now be found on the download page!

Please RATE if you have time.

Theme is now available in Debs Packages and in our PPA! Thanks to Umair of NoobsLab.com

If You Like The Theme Please Consider Spreading the word/link to our site. Not just the PPA Install Instructions... ravefinity.com - Thanks

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Take action with severe thunderstorms between Bremer Bay to Wiluna to Eyre

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 11:31 AWST)

Category: Storm
Alert Summary: If you live in parts of WA in an area bounded by Bremer Bay to Kellerberrin to Leinster to Wiluna to Balgair to Eyre and west along the coast to Bremer Bay you should take action and stay safe with the start of severe thunderstorms.
Content:

​If you live in parts of WA in an area bounded by Bremer Bay to Kellerberrin to Leinster to Wiluna to Balgair to Eyre and west along the coast to Bremer Bay you should take action and stay safe with the start of severe thunderstorms.

This includes people in, near and between Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie and Esperance and surrounding areas.

The warning for people in parts of WA bounded by Albany to Kellerberrin to Bremer Bay to Albany has been cancelled.

This is not unusual 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 stay safe:
• Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
• If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
• If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
• If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.

IF DRIVING:
• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
• Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
• If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
• Be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy and vehicles could become bogged.

THUNDERSTORM DETAILS:
As at 11.05am on Friday 28 November 2014 the Bureau of Meteorology advises there is a risk of severe thunderstorms from Friday morning through to Friday evening.

Storms may be accompanied by damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding.
Large hail and heavy rainfall are most likely in the area south of Kellerberrin to Leonora to Laverton to Balgair.

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 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 www.dfes.wa.gov.au , call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
Publication Time: 28/11/2014 11:26 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Marchagee Track near Carger Road in the Shire of Coorow

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 11:17 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people near the Marchagee Track and Carger Road, near the Watheroo National Park, in the Shire of Coorow.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people near the Marchagee Track and Carger Road, near the Watheroo National Park, in the Shire of Coorow.


• 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 near the intersection of Marchagee Track and Carger Road, near the Watheroo National Park. 

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

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:
Volunteer Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene strengthening containment lines.

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people near the intersection of Garribaldi-Willis Road and Willmot Road, and those south of Rose Thomson Road and Greenhead, in the Shires of Coorow and Carnamah.

• The bushfires that were burning north of the intersection of Garribaldi-Willis Road and Willmot Road, and south of Rose Thomson Road and Greenhead, have 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.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
•  Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day.  


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incidents were reported on 27 November 2014.
• The cause of the fire is lightning. 
• The Shire of Coorow 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: 28/11/2014 11:13 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Eneabba in the Shire of Carnamah

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 11:12 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in Eneabba in the Shire of Carnamah, and approximately 60 kilometres north of the town, near the intersection of Indian Ocean Drive, in the Shire of Irwin.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in Eneabba in the Shire of Carnamah, and approximately 60 kilometres north of the town, near the intersection of Indian Ocean Drive, in the Shire of Irwin.

• 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.
• There is fire on the eastern of Brand Highway near Eneabba, and on the western side of Brand Highway, approximately 60 kilometres north of Eneabba, near the intersection of Indian Ocean Drive. 

 
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfires are contained and 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.


IF DRIVING:
• 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:
Volunteer Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene, patrolling the area and mopping up hot spots. 


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported on Wednesday 26 November. 
• The cause of the fires is lightning. 
• The Shires of Carnamah and Irwin are now managing the fires.


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: 28/11/2014 11:00 AM

Slashdot: Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 11:00 AWST)

andyring writes With Christmas fast approaching, and me being notoriously hard to buy for, I thought a camera drone would be great to suggest for Christmas. But the options are dizzying, and it's nearly impossible to find something and know it'll be decent. What are /.ers suggestions/recommendations/experiences with a basic camera drone in the $100-150 range? Looks like all of them do video but I'm more interested in high-res stills although that may be a moot point.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Brand Highway, between Midlands Road and Kailis Road, in the Shire of Irwin

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 10:54 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people travelling on the Brand Highway, between Midlands Road and Kailis Road, in the Shire of Irwin.
Content:

​An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people travelling on the Brand Highway, between Midlands Road and Kailis Road, in the Shire of Irwin.

• 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:
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 11.03am on Sunday 23 November 2014 and currently there has been 400 hectares burnt.
• The cause of the fire is accidental.
• The Shire of Irwin is managing the fire.
 
No further updates will be issued.
Publication Time: 28/11/2014 10:53 AM
Expiration Time: 28/11/2014 5:00 PM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Brand Highway, between Bonniefield Road and Bookara Road, in the Shire of Irwin

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 10:45 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people near the Brand Highway, between Bonniefield Road and Bookara Road, in the Shire of Irwin.
Content:

​An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people near the Brand Highway, between Bonniefield Road and Bookara Road, in the Shire of Irwin.

• 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:
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 3.38pm on Tuesday 25 November 2014
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• The Shire of Irwin is managing the fire.
 
No further updates will be issued.
Publication Time: 28/11/2014 10:43 AM
Expiration Time: 28/11/2014 5:00 PM

SC Magazine: AMP, Vanguard to test digital financial product disclosures

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 10:42 AWST)

Team with ASIC for modernisation drive.

SC Magazine: Are body measurements the next frontier in biometric ID?

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 10:30 AWST)

More accurate than facial recognition, Adelaide researcher finds.

SC Magazine: IBM nabs $99m Transport for NSW deal

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 09:44 AWST)

Value of infrastructure mega-contract revealed.

SC Magazine: Qld Govt lawyers up for battle against IBM

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 09:35 AWST)

First stirrings in dormant case.

Slashdot: Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 08:59 AWST)

AaronW writes Engineers at Stanford University have developed an ultrathin, multilayered, nanophotonic material that not only reflects heat away from buildings but also directs internal heat away using a system called "photonic radiative cooling." The coating is capable of reflecting away 97% of incoming sunlight and when combined with the photonic radiative cooling system it becomes cooler than the surrounding air by around 9F (5C). The material is designed to radiate heat into space at a precise frequency that allows it to pass through the atmosphere without warming it.

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GNOME Look: Melange 2.0 (Cinnamon Theme)

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 08:21 AWST)

ThumbnailMelange 2.0
(Cinnamon Theme)
Cinnamon for Melange 2.1 GTK theme

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Slashdot: Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 08:01 AWST)

An anonymous reader is one of many to send word that the European Parliament has voted 384 to 174 in favor of unbundling search engines from other commercial services in order to ensure competition. "The European Parliament has voted in favor of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favors is own services in search results. Politicians have no power to enforce a break-up, but the landmark vote sends a clear message to European regulators to get tough on the net giant. US politicians and trade bodies have voiced their dismay at the vote. The ultimate decision will rest with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She has inherited the anti-competitive case lodged by Google's rivals in 2010. Google has around 90% market share for search in Europe. The Commission has never before ordered the break-up of any company, and many believe it is unlikely to do so now. But politicians are desperate to find a solution to the long-running anti-competitive dispute with Google."

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GNOME Look: snow-leopard Pack (Cinnamon+GTK+wall) (Cinnamon Theme)

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 07:41 AWST)

Thumbnail snow-leopard Pack (Cinnamon+GTK+wall)
(Cinnamon Theme)
- This theme is based on mintyMac OS X theme http://www.mintymac.com/


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Slashdot: Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 07:05 AWST)

mrspoonsi writes Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke". The entrepreneur said he had spent $10m (£6.4m) on legal costs since being arrested in New Zealand in 2012 and accused of internet piracy. Mr Dotcom had employed a local law firm to fight the US's attempt to extradite him, but his defence team stepped down a fortnight ago without explaining why. Mr Dotcom said he would now represent himself at a bail hearing on Thursday. He denies charges of racketeering, conspiring to commit copyright infringement and money laundering. He told a conference in London, via a video link, that his lawyers had resigned because he had run out of money. "The [US authorities] have certainly managed to drain my resources and dehydrate me, and without lawyers I am defenceless," he said. "They used that opportunity to try and get my bail revoked and that's what I'm facing."

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GNOME Look: Dorian Theme 3.10 + 3.12 + 3.14 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 06:49 AWST)

ThumbnailDorian Theme 3.10 & 3.12 & 3.14
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
~ A Elegant Dark Theme
Dorian has many of its own unique characteristics. To name a couple, hovered buttons grow in size, and insensitive buttons/widgets have a diagonal pattern distinguishing them from normal or active states.
Dorian's appearance is consistent between Gtk2 and Gtk3. Gtk2 uses the pixmap-engine to resemble Gtk3 as closely as possible.

Gtk 3.14 Theme
*UBUNTU users: Ubuntu uses Gtk3.12/3.10 currently. This theme is built for Gtk3.14, it will not work on UBUNTU! You will have to be patient for Ubuntu to move up to 3.14 within the next 6+ months. If you cant wait, try Fedora, or Arch. Thank YOu

INCLUDES
Gtk3/Gtk2
Metacity
Gnome-shell Theme
Cinnamon Shell-with Nemo(gtk 3.14)
Xfwm4 theme
Xfce-Notify Theme
Openbox-3 Theme
Google Chrome Theme
Firefox Patch/Theme
Thunderbird Patch/Theme

Gtk 3.12 theme

INCLUDES
Gtk3 and Gtk2 themes
Metacity Themes - Basic, and (Retro: Left and Right,for 3.6vs)/Mutter/Unity
Openbox Themes - Default(retro-box) and Dorian-Neon
Ubuntu Software-Center Theme
Chromium Browser Themes - Dorian and Dorian-Simple
Gnome-Shell Theme
Xfwm4 Theme
Xfce4-notify theme
Firefox Theme for FF 29+

Ubuntu versions available through PPA @ Noobslab.com

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dorian-theme
OR
sudo apt-get install dorian-theme-3.12[/li]

*See download page for further details.

changelog:
Fixed url bar in Opera Browser.
This is last fix/update for 3.12

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Slashdot: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 06:09 AWST)

Frankie70 (803801) writes Apple invested more than $1 billion in an effort to make sapphire one of iPhone 6's selling point. But the iPhone 6 was released without the sapphire screen. GT Advanced Technologies, the small company chosen to supply Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, declared bankruptcy a month later. Recent documents from GT's bankruptcy proceedings, and conversations with people familiar with operations at Apple and GT, provide several clues as to what went wrong. GT said that to save costs, Apple decided not to install backup power supplies, and multiple outages ruined whole batches of sapphire. The terms Apple negotiated committed GT to supplying a huge amount of sapphire, but put Apple under no obligation to buy it. In its bankruptcy documents, GT would later accuse Apple of using "bait-and-switch" tactics, and said the terms of the deal were "onerous and massively one-sided."

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Truck fire in Crossman in the Shire of Boddington contained

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 06:02 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: The truck fire in Crossman is now contained and under control and firefighters are working to make the area safe.
Content:
The truck fire in Crossman is now contained and under control and firefighters are working to make the area safe.   
 
WHAT TO DO: 
• Smoke is blowing northeast away from the town site and no evacuations were necessary, however residents and motorists should stay away from the area.
• If you are already in the area, take advice from emergency services personnel.
ROAD CLOSURES: 
The following roads remain closed: 
• Albany Highway at Crossman Road - both directions
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and be aware of emergency services personnel.  
 
EXTRA INFORMATION: 
• Firefighters from four brigades are on the scene. 
• The fire was reported at 12.55am today.

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. 
 
There will be no more information released regarding this incident. 

Publication Time: 28/11/2014 5:59 AM
Expiration Time: 28/11/2014 5:00 PM

Linux Australia: Declaration of election and call for nominations

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 05:25 AWST)

Dear Linux Australia Community,

Pursuant to clause (15) of the Linux Australia constitution [1] we
hereby declare an election open and call for nominations to the Linux Australia
Council for the term January 2015 to January 2016.

All office bearer and ordinary committee member positions are open for
election.

* Nominations will open from 19 November until 17 December
* Voting will open 17 December until 13 January 2015
* Results will be announced at the AGM in Auckland at linux.conf.au on or
after 14 January

The election can be viewed here:
https://www.linux.org.au/membership/index.php?page=view-election&id=21

What do I need to do?

First of all, make sure your details are correct in MemberDB [2]

If you wish to nominate, identify the positions you wish to nominate for
and get an understanding of what they involve. Think about what you
might bring to the role and prepare a short pitch. Then, accept the
nomination you've been given by clicking the 'Accept nomination' link.

If you wish to nominate another person for a position, you may wish to
contact them first and have a chat to make sure they're happy being
nominated. Then follow the 'Nominate' link to nominate them.

Once voting is open, you will be able to vote for candidates. Results
will be announced at the AGM at linux.conf.au.

Why should I nominate?

Being a member of Linux Australia Council is a fun way to meet new
people, work on exciting projects and expand your skill base. It gives
you excellent transferable skills to help build your career, and allows
you to grow your professional network. It looks great on a CV, and is
also a chance to give back to the vibrant Linux and open source
ecosystem in Australia and globally. If you're passionate about Linux
and open source, it's a great opportunity to help drive and steer
Australia's contribution in this field.

The roles do require a time commitment - generally around 2-3 hours per
week - so please consider this with your nomination.

[1]http://www.linux.org.au/constitution
[2]http://www.linux.org.au/membership

As always, your feedback and questions are warmly welcomed. If you'd
like to have a chat with anyone on Council around what it involves,
please do make contact.

With kind regards,
Kathy

--
Kathy Reid
Secretary
Linux Australia

secretary at linux.org.au
http://linux.org.au

Linux Australia Inc
GPO Box 4788
Sydney NSW 2001
Australia

ABN 56 987 117 479

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Slashdot: Syrian Electronic Army Takes Credit For News Site Hacking

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 05:08 AWST)

New submitter ddtmm writes The Syrian Electronic Army is claiming responsibility for the hacking of multiple news websites, including CBC News. Some users trying to access the CBC website reported seeing a pop-up message reading: "You've been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)." It appears the hack targeted a network used by many news organizations and businesses. A tweet from an account appearing to belong to the Syrian Electronic Army suggested the attacks were meant to coincide with the U.S. Thanksgiving on Thursday. The group claimed to have used the domain Gigya.com, a company that offers businesses a customer identity management platform, to hack into other sites via GoDaddy, its domain registrar. Gigya is "trusted by more than 700 leading brands," according to its website. The hacker or hackers redirected sites to the Syrian Electronic Army image that users saw. Gigya's operations team released a statement Thursday morning saying that it identified an issue with its domai registrar at 6:45 a.m. ET. The breach "resulted in the redirect of the Gigya.com domain for a subset of users," the company said. Among the websites known to be hacked so far are New York Times, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, PC World, Forbes, The Telegraph, Walmart and Facebook.

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SC Magazine: ACMA creates self-service portal for malware diagnosis

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 04:59 AWST)

Botnet cleaning made somewhat simpler for ISPs, network operators.

SC Magazine: Syrian Electronic Army attacks high-profile media sites

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 04:31 AWST)

Gigya login service redirected.

Slashdot: Apple and Amazon Launch Black Friday Price War

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 04:10 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Forbes magazine points out that tablet computers are receiving some of the biggest discounts for this year's day-after-Thanksgiving sales. "With slowing growth in the tablet market and an increasing array of choices, some of the strongest bargains will come in that sector," they report, noting that Target is giving away a $140 gift card with purcahses of an iPad Air 2 (and a $100 gift card with the iPad Mini or first-generation iPad Air). But Amazon has already launched a counter-strike, posting big discounts online on Thanksgiving day for their entire line of Kindles, including a black-and-white Kindle for just $49, and their 6-inch color/high-definition HD6 for just $79.

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Slashdot: Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 03:12 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Last week, Riecoin – a project that doubles as decentralized virtual currency and a distributed computing system — quietly broke the record for the largest prime number sextuplet. This happened on November 17, 2014 at 19:50 GMT and the calculation took only 70 minutes using the massive distributed computing power of its network. This week the feat was outdone and the project beat its own record on November 24, 2014 at 20:28 GMT achieving numbers 654 digits long, 21 more than its previous record.

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GNOME Look: Melange 2.1 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 02:23 AWST)

ThumbnailMelange 2.1
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
A simple, dark theme with completely re-worked pixmaps in the GTK 2.0/3.0, (GTK 2.0 is all SVG). Metacity, conky, and wallpaper included. If there is any problem you experience with this theme, please let me know and I will gladly do my best to correct it.

changelog:
Moved the Cinnamon theme to separate download:

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Melange+2.0?content=168033

Changed the scroll bar trough
Altered color scheme for better visibility

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Slashdot: Edsac Goes Live, At UK's National Museum of Computing

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 02:15 AWST)

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Britain's National Museum of Computing has flipped the switch on the venerable Edsac computer. The arduous task of reconstructing the 1949 behemoth, fraught with little in terms of the original hardware or documentation, was brought to fruition on Wednesday. As project lead, Andrew Herbert, is quoted as saying, "We face the same challenges as those remarkable pioneers who succeeded in building a machine that transformed computing." A remarkably shaky video of the event, replete with excellent views of the floor at the videographer's feet, can be found here."

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Digital Photography School: How to Create a Unique Bokeh Portrait for Under $10

Digital Photography School (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 02:00 AWST)

1

This shot was lit with one light on the subject along with the Christmas lights.

You can have a luxurious bokeh in any of your images for the low cost of $4.99. Yes, you heard me right, just $4.99. How, you ask? I’ll tell you, but you won’t believe me – Christmas lights.

Just a single strand of Christmas lights and a couple of flash units are all you need to immerse your subject in full-blown bokeh bliss. This isn’t a double exposure or a Photoshop trick. It can all be done in camera in a single exposure. I bought a strand of cheap Christmas lights from the store, draped them over a C-stand arm so that the lights were layered and overlapping. I used a Canon 100mm f/2 lens that I had borrowed from my buddy for the shoot.

I also had two flashes. The background light was set to 1/8 power (in manual mode) and gelled red, aimed at the red wall behind the subject. The second light was set to 1/16 power and shot into a silver umbrella about seven feet away from the subject.

2

Note that the output on both speedlights was set rather low so that I could shoot with a wide open aperture. The large aperture, combined with a slower shutter speed of 1/30th, helped me attain a proper exposure when shooting the low watt Christmas lights. In order to properly pull off this technique, the room you are shooting in can’t be too bright, whether it be overhead lights or window light – the ambient light can’t overpower the Christmas lights or this won’t work.

3

Once I was ready to start shooting, I made sure that I was standing within two to three feet of the lights and the subject was five feet beyond the lights. Depending on how close I was standing to the Christmas lights, the size of the bokeh would change. When I was closer to the lights, the bokeh spots were larger and, accordingly smaller when I was further away from them.

Focus issues

One issue that you may encounter when shooting through an object is that the lens will try to focus on anything in the foreground. This is a problem, since what you want to focus on is behind the Christmas lights. There are a few ways to get past this. The first is switching to manual focus. But I don’t trust my eyes enough for this option.

The second option is the enabling back button focus on your camera. This is the option that I use. Enabling this feature is a bit different for each camera, so you’ll have to look up how exactly to do it on your specific camera body. Basically what it does is allows you to shoot without the interruption of autofocus, and when you want to re-focus, you simply press the assigned button on the back of your camera and resume clicking.

The third option is only available if you have a zoom lens that allows you to set your focal distance. For example, I have a Canon 70-200 f/4L IS which has a switch that, when flipped one way says 1.2m to infinity, and the other way says 3m to infinity. That means that if I don’t want to focus on the object in the foreground, I would select the 3m to infinity option so the lens doesn’t look for anything closer than 3 meters, which saves the lens and battery some focusing time.

4

This shot was lit with one light on the subject and one light gelled red on a red background.

Now you’re ready to shoot. Play around with your camera’s placement in relation to the Christmas lights. As you move around, pay attention to where the colored bokeh is falling in the frame. Is it on the subject’s face? Maybe move an inch to the left so their face isn’t green. Or maybe you want it to be green. Take a shot and then move a bit and take another. Play around with size and placement of the bokeh and have fun!

5

Standing further away from the Christmas lights makes the bokeh smaller.

6

Standing closer to the Christmas lights makes the bokeh larger.

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GNOME Look: Mint-X-Mod (Cinnamon+GTK+Metacity) 0.7 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 01:27 AWST)

ThumbnailMint-X-Mod (Cinnamon+GTK+Metacity) 0.7
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Dark version of Mint-X

- GTK3 and GTK2 codes were mod from Mint-X theme from Qiana.
- Cinnamon code are mod from Linux Mint Cinnamon theme from Qiana.

Credit goes to original authors.

Tested on:
- Linux Mint 17 (Cinnamon)
- Linux Mint 17 (Mate)
- Linux Mint 17 (Xfce)

changelog:
0.7
- fixed cinnamon section settings background/border color
- fixed cinnamon settings (main window) and backgrounds (wallpapers) bg/fg color.

known issue:
- unable to change image dimensions text color in backgrounds because it was set to #555555 in cs_backgrounds.py script
(please correct me if i'm wrong)

0.6
- fixed gtk3/gtk2 column header hover color
- reverted gtk2 expanders color
- improved gtk3/gtk2 check-radio images
- fixed cinnamon on screen keyboard color
- fixed cinnamon menu border color
- fixed cinnamon menu slider color
- fixed cinnamon window list selected background
- fixed cinnamon notification background color
- fixed cinnamon LookingGlassDialog bg/fg color
- fixed cinnamon modal dialog border color
- fixed cinnamon switcher list selected box border color
- fixed cinnamon switcher list background color
- fixed cinnamon favorites button hover background color
- fixed cinnamon menu category button/app button hover background color
- fixed cinnamon desklet place holder background/border color

0.5
- fixed gtk3 toolbar background color
- fixed gtk3 column header background
- fixed gtk2 button hover backgroud color
- fixed gtk2/gtk3 notebook background/border color
- fixed gtk2 toolbar bottom line color
- fixed gtk2 expanders button color
- fixed gtk2 arrows color
- fixed gtk2 frame border color
- fixed xfwm4 color
- fixed metacity button color (mate)

0.4
- fixed gtk3/gtk2 active button/toggle border
- fixed gtk3/gtk2 active background color
- fixed gtk3 entry border
- fixed gtk3 switch through background
- fixed gtk2 checkbox background

- fixed mintmenu background color (mate)
- fixed metacity focus/unfocus text color (mate)
- fixed caja sidebar background color (mate)

0.3
- fixed gtk3 active button/toggle border
- fixed gtk2 combobox text color
- fixed gtk2 pathbar button border
- fixed cinnamon run dialog
- fixed cinnamon toggle button

0.2
- minor fixed, changed gtk2 insensitive button color.

0.1
- initial upload

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Slashdot: Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 01:12 AWST)

A few days ago you had a chance to ask the people at Hampton Creek about about their products and the science of food. Below you'll find the answers to your questions from a number of Hampton Creek employees.

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Slashdot: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Slashdot (posted on Friday November 28, 2014 at 00:19 AWST)

Zothecula writes Security researcher GironSec has pulled Uber's Android app apart and discovered that it's sending a huge amount of personal data back to base – including your call logs, what apps you've got installed, whether your phone is vulnerable to certain malware, whether your phone is rooted, and your SMS and MMS logs, which it explicitly doesn't have permission to do. It's the latest in a series of big-time missteps for a company whose core business model is, frankly, illegal in most of its markets as well.

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Thursday November 27, 2014

Slashdot: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Slashdot (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 23:23 AWST)

mpicpp writes with this news from the BBC: Google is under fresh pressure to expand the 'right to be forgotten' to its international .com search tool. A panel of EU data protection watchdogs said the move was necessary to prevent the law from being circumvented. Google currently de-lists results that appear in the European versions of its search engines, but not the international one. The panel said it would advise member states' data protection agencies of its view in new guidelines. However, a link is provided at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen offering an option to switch to the international .com version. This link does not appear if the users attempted to go to a regional version in the first place. Even so, it means it is possible for people in Europe to easily opt out of the censored lists.

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GNOME Look: e-gtk-theme 0.18.3 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 22:31 AWST)

Thumbnaile-gtk-theme 0.18.3
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
A gtk theme to match enlightenment dark theme.

This is a gtk-3.0 update, almost finished.

BIG FAT WARWING: THIS IS NOT A GNOME/SystemD OS THEME !!! AS THE NAME IMPLY. SO DO NOT EXPECT ANY GNOME/SystemD OS SUPPORT. (THERE WON'T BE ANY!)

ANOTHER BIG WARING: gtk-3 does not support any decent arrow theming but chosing a color. Go ask GNOME/SystemD OS devs why...? BRANDING !!! THEY WILL CERTAINLY SAY. Say good by to that nice gtk-2 feature as it is scheduled to be deprecated in gtk-3.14. (They should have deprecated it since gtk-3.0 because GtkArrow widget is useless since gtk-3.0.)

First screenshot with gtk-2.0 apps.

Second screen shot is SpaceFM/Evince (gtk-3.0).

Third screenshot Meld/Evince (gtk-3.0)

changelog:
0.18.3:

* gtk-2: use bg_notebok for menu; gtk-[23]: use png button for toolbar;
* gtk-3: improved (again) (small) button and toolbar; GtkGrid fix;
* gtk-3: spinner update; minor image clean up; toolbar separator fix;

0.18.2: (gtk-3)

* fix toolbar buttons state (broken in 0.18.1);
* entry update with a nice focus/insensitive/progressbar;
* added a few GtkFlow/ListBox widgets;

0.18.1: (gtk-3)

* BIG gtk-2 clean up (aka TAB HELL);
* major gtk-3 notebook overhaul (visual from gt-2) and clean up;
* minor spinbutton, button, toolbar and therminal update;

0.18.0: (gtk-3)

* Added makefiles to avoid plain copying the whole directory;
* (gtk-3:) entry update; insensitive sym_{lef,righ}t update;

0.17.4: (gtk-3)

* Fix button, dialog, separator and menuitem widget;

0.17.3: (gtk-3)

* Fix arrow-size and GtkTexView (transparent background in GtkDialog);

0.17.2:

* support larger toolbar (gtk-[23].0;
* Re-fixed dialog; Fix separator; Fix check (almost functionnal);
button update (nicer look).

0.17.1: (gtk-3)

* fixed scroll button (removed unecessary adwaita engine),
gtk+-3.0 support themable scroll button (arrows are not);
* fix background color (set default) and GtkBox/ToolButton/Dialog;
* fix grip, menuitem, {action,info,header,search}-bar;
* and clean up headers (still check&radio buttons are too buggy).

0.17.0:

* updated notebook bg;
* added a menubar separator;
* cropped button image to get fewer shadow;
* minor fixes;
* gtk+-3 cannot be finished because of... lack of documentation.

0.16.9/10:

* clean up gtk+-2;
* added spinner animation (not tested);
* updated GtkNotebook (gtk+-2) to the new menu like tabs;
* fixed button state (look much better);
* added expander arrows (gtk+-2 only, how to make gtk+3 counterpart?);
* update progressbar to GtkScale like look;

0.16.8:

* fix: added tab images (forgoten from previous bug fix release);
* improved gtk+-3 GtkNotebook and GtkTreeView;
* added adwaita engine dependency to fix insensitive arrows for now;

0.16.7:

* reverted unified tabs (left/right/top tabs were more than awfull);
* GtkNotebook update (gtk+-3 notebook page focus is nice(?), cannot do the
same for gtk+-2), now bottom tabs (for upper notebook pages) aren't that nice;
* added metacity and start-here.pngg forgetted image files;
* fixed base color definitions (thanks to a. özkan for reporting),
normaly >=gtk+-2.12 (iirc) shoud support `; ' instead of `\n';

0.16.6:

* fixed gtk-2.0/tabs following 0.16.5 version bump;

0.16.5:

* unified tabs;
* added gtk-3.0/img symlink;
* fixes and fixes.

0.16.3:

* gtk+-2: fixed notebook tab images; minor fixes/edits/update;
* gtk+-3: major updates/edits/fixes; remain: GtkComboBox, GtkSpinButton,
GtkEntry to name the major widgets and how to globally define GtkShadowType
and GtkArrow globaly.

0.16.2:

* gtk+-2: minor fixes/edits/updates;
* gtk+-3: initial gtk-3.0 files/commit;

0.16.0:

* see commits;


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Slashdot: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Slashdot (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 22:25 AWST)

jones_supa writes Windows Media Player is going to become a more useful media player for those who want to play geeky file formats. Microsoft has earlier confirmed that Windows 10 will come with native support for Matroska Video, but the company now talks about also adding FLAC support. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul posted a teaser screenshot in Twitter showing support for this particular format. It can be expected to arrive in a future update for people running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Not many GUI changes seem to be happening around Media Player, but work is done under the hood.

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Slashdot: Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

Slashdot (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 21:28 AWST)

HughPickens.com writes Brian Fung writes in the Washington Post that Wikipedia has been a little hesitant to weigh in on net neutrality, the idea that all Web traffic should be treated equally by Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable. That's because the folks behind Wikipedia actually see a non-neutral Internet as one way to spread information cheaply to users in developing countries. With Wikipedia Zero, users in places like Pakistan and Malaysia can browse the site without it counting it counting against the data caps on their cellphones or tablets. This preferential treatment for Wikipedia's site helps those who can't afford to pay for pricey data — but it sets the precedent for deals that cut against the net neutrality principle. "We believe in net neutrality in America," says Gayle Karen Young adding that Wikipedia Zero requires a different perspective elsewhere. "Partnering with telecom companies in the near term, it blurs the net neutrality line in those areas. It fulfills our overall mission, though, which is providing free knowledge." Facebook and Google also operate programs internationally that are exempted from users' data caps — a tactic known somewhat cryptically as "zero rating". Facebook in particular has made "Facebook Zero" not just a sales pitch in developing markets but also part of an Internet.org initiative to expand access "to the two thirds of the world's population that doesn't have it." But a surprising decision in Chile shows what happens when policies of neutrality are applied without nuance. Chile recently put an end to the practice, widespread in developing countries, of big companies "zero-rating" access to their services. "That might seem perverse," says Glyn Moody, "since it means that Chilean mobile users must now pay to access those services, but it is nonetheless exactly what governments that have mandated net neutrality need to do."

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Digital Photography School: A Practical Review of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

Digital Photography School (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 21:00 AWST)

The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 Lens

The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 Lens

You will hear this from many photographers – “invest in your lenses”. Camera bodies will come and go, but a good lens can last a very long time. This was the advice that I first received when I started taking my photography seriously. Initially, I thought it was a bit hyped. I bought a cheap 70-300mm lens and used it at the first wedding I shot. I thought the images were fantastic until I bought a better lens a year later. I then realized how much difference a good lens can make.

This review is not going to be a technical review of the lens. You want to know how this lens performs, what the strong points are and what the weak points are – I will cover that. You will see images taken with the lens, many will be edited in Photoshop, some will be straight out of the camera, I will point out to you which are which.

About this lens

This lens is regularly praised as the best midrange zoom lens that Nikon has ever made. That sounds like a crazy statement, but when you look at the image results from this lens you can understand why. The lens is a high spec lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and a minimum of f/22. Here is a quick look at the technical specs:

Focal Length: 24-70mm
Format: Full Frame – 35mm, can be used on a DX body, but will be cropped
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Minimum aperture: f/22
Dimensions: 83mm (diameter) x 133mm (length)
Weight: 900g
Zoom ratio: 2.9X
Minimum focusing distance: 38cm

This lens is a perfect “all rounder” lens. You may find that you keep the lens on your camera most of the time. It has a really good focal range for everyday photography. It is a good travel lens too. Many photographers have said that this lens was the only lens they went on vacation with and it worked really well.

Photographic Genres that it can be used for:

1. Landscape Photography

This is not considered a super wide angle lens, but at 24mm on a full frame sensor, you will get a viewing angle of of 84 degrees which gives a pretty wide angle of view. This lens can be used for landscape photography for a few reasons. Firstly, it has really good glass elements that handle light beautifully. There is some distortion at 24mm, but this is easily corrected in Photoshop. Secondly the lens is really sharp, it makes an image seem almost too sharp. You may find that you won’t need to sharpen your image as much if you use a tripod and are properly focused. The colour rendition on this lens is really good too, colours are true and vibrant. This lens is good for landscapes, not necessarily as a dedicated landscape photography lens (you may want to look at some wide angle lenses) but it can certainly perform well for this type of photography.

This seascape image was shot at 24mm. The clarity and colour was amazing, this has been edited in Photoshop

This seascape image was shot at 24mm. The clarity and colour was amazing, this has been edited in Photoshop

2. People Photography

This lens can work well for people photography as well which can encompass portraiture, weddings, and even street photography. This lens will do a really good job in any of these genres. In people photography, you will want to have a lens with minimal distortion. If you are using the 24-70mm for people photography, you will want to be shooting at 50mm and upwards. With a wide open aperture at f/2.8 you will be able to isolate your subject easily and have a soft out of focus background. The bokeh on this lens is good, but more on this later.

A scene in a coffee shop, taken at 24mm. Converted to B&W and edited in Photoshop

A scene in a coffee shop, taken at 24mm. Converted to B&W and edited in Photoshop

3. Close-up and Macro Photography

While the 24-70mm is not a macro lens, it has a 37 cm (14.5″) minimum focusing distance. That sounds like a long way, but at 70mm you can get pretty close to your subject. If you are shooting on a high resolution sensor (16 megapixels and above) you will be able to crop in quite a bit and so you will be able to get some good close up images. Bear in mind, this is not a macro lens, but if you want to get in close to a subject, really nice and close, this lens can do that. The sharpness and clarity is amazing, and it is good to have this ability on this lens.

This badge on the hood of a car was taken at 70mm and handheld. The clarity and sharpness is good and the close up shot isolates the badge

This badge on the hood of a car was taken at 70mm and handheld. The clarity and sharpness is good and the close-up shot isolates the badge

4. Street Photography

Most street photographers will traditionally use a prime lens for their work. You will often find a 50mm f/1.8 or and 85mm f/2.8 on their cameras. Sometimes though, it is good to have a little more flexibility and the 24-70mm is perfect for this. You can shoot at 35mm, 50mm, or 70mm and you will get great results. Based on your creative desire, you can shoot at f/2.8 or up to f/8 depending on your scene. The beauty of the lens is that it can focus really quickly and easily. It has a SWM (Silent Wave Motor) which means the autofocus is quick and quiet, really useful in street photography. There is some vignetting when the lens is wide open at f/2.8, but this adds some depth and contrast to street photography images.

This lens gives you flexibility when shooting street photography.

This lens gives you flexibility when shooting street photography.

5. Travel Photography

When you are planning to travel, there is always the consideration of what lenses to pack. Weight is always a challenge and of course, space. Many photographers have found that the 24-70mm is a prefect travel lens. At the low end, you can capture some great images of wide open spaces and the interiors of  churches and cathedrals easily. Zoom in and you can get pretty close to your subject, step in closer and you can do some wonderful cameo and detail shots. The 24-70mm is almost designed for travel photography. Yes, it lacks a little in the zoom category, 70mm is not a huge zoom, but you will come home with bright, sharp, colour-filled images.

The magnificent Peyto Lake in the Canadian Rockies, made with the 24-70mm lens

The magnificent Peyto Lake in the Canadian Rockies, made with the 24-70mm lens

Performance

The Nikon 24-70mm has amazing optics. It is sharp throughout the zoom range and has a fixed aperture of f/2.8 which means you can get a very shallow depth of field throughout the entire range.

1. Autofocus

This lens focuses quickly and accurately. I use it on a Nikon D800 and it works really well on that camera. You can of course manually focus, but I would only suggest doing that when you are shooting landscapes or close-up photography. If you have a subject that is moving, autofocus is necessary.

2. Colour rendition

The lens produces good colour, which is vibrant and rich.

3. Distortion

If the lens is zoomed out to 24mm you will see some barrel distortion. Once you zoom in though, the distortion goes away, so be aware of the distortion when shooting at 24mm. It is easily fixed in Photoshop or Lightrooom, so don’t be too overly concerned about that.

4. Handling

The lens is quite large and heavy, mostly because the lens has all glass elements and the body of the lens is metal. It is a hardy lens and can take some rough handling, but be careful with it as it is an expensive lens and you wouldn’t want to repair it unnecessarily. When mounted on a Nikon D800 without a battery back, the combined weight of the lens and camera body will be at least 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds). Thats a fair amount of weight to carry around at the end of your hand, so be aware if you plan to buy this lens.

5. Bokeh

Many lenses are judged not only on how sharp they are, but how smooth and creamy are the out of focus areas (bokeh) of the image. In this area, the 24-70mm does okay. The bokeh on this lens is not a wow, but it is smooth and soft. On a lens that offers so much, the bokeh is not perfect, but it is acceptable.

Overall Conclusion

This lens has been praised as one of the best lenses Nikon has ever made. It is a great addition to any photography bag. You will find that you may keep it on your camera most of the time. It really is a sharp lens and is a perfect “all-round” everyday lens. Its specifications make it a “pro-spec” lens which means it’s not cheap (just under $2000). Remember though, it is recommended to invest in your lenses. Generally they will outlast your camera bodies and you will have them for many years if you look after them. This is one of those types of lenses, it will last well and produce great images for many years.

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GNOME Look: Blue 7 for Linux Mint Qiana 0.1 (Cinnamon Theme)

(posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 18:50 AWST)

ThumbnailBlue 7 for Linux Mint Qiana 0.1
(Cinnamon Theme)
Hi,
this free pack under CC-BY-NC-SA does run on every linux Mint qiana version.

It wopuld be great if you could only link to this page if you want other people know about it.

The installer script is tested and works. Re-login recommended.

I m already writing on a backup script.
But you can always restore default settings in the meantime by yourself if you really need to do it. Hope not!

regards bluedxca93


WARNING: The installationsscript install-on-cinnamon.sh needs sudo privileges for copying files. Type simply in your paasword once and it`ll work in general.

IMPORTANT: It uses motified versions of the following projects:

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/WinOxy?content=167607

https://github.com/mintystark/starkmenu

https://github.com/jake-phy/WindowIconList

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Win2-7+Pack?content=113264

All of them are as far as i know under GPL or creative-comments by nc sa. With using this pack you do also accept the License of their work. They didn`t write their artwork for this pack only and i also don\'t know them.
If you really like their artwork vote them up and write positive comments on their pages too.

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Slashdot: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

Slashdot (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 18:23 AWST)

hcs_$reboot writes Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday, 8 March 2014, while flying from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people on board. And 8 months later, after millions of dollars invested in a gigantic search operation, there is still no sign of the aircraft. Now, Australia is developing a new model to predict where the debris of the missing MH370 could wash up. Authorities had initially predicted that the plane's wreckage could drift and come ashore on Indonesia's West Sumatra island after about 4 months of Flight MH370's disappearance. "We are currently working... to see if we can get an updated drift model for a much wider area where there might be possibilities of debris washing ashore," search co-ordinator Peter Foley told reporters in Perth.

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GNOME Look: Ciliora-Secunda (GNOME Shell Theme)

(posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 18:10 AWST)

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Ciliora-Secunda for gnome-shell 3.10, 3.12 & 3.14.

If you choose to apply the GDM theme, MAKE SURE YOU READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!

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GNOME Look: DeLorean/DeLorean-Dark 3.14-15.11242014 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 16:45 AWST)

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Gnome 3.14's Metalic theme. All brushed steel or polished chrome.
It includes a light theme with all the bells and whistles. And also includes DeLorean-Dark Theme with its matching dark gtk2 theme.

*UBUNTU users: Ubuntu uses Gtk3.12/3.10 currently. This theme is built for Gtk3.14, it will not work on UBUNTU! You will have to be patient for Ubuntu to move up to 3.14 within the next 6+ months. If you cant wait, try Fedora, or Arch. Thank You

INCLUDES for both DeLorean & DeLorean-Dark
Gtk3/Gtk2 themes
Metacity Theme
Gnome-Shell Theme
Cinnamon-Shell with Nemo (for-3.14)
Xfwm4 Theme
Xfce-Notify Theme
Openbox-3 Theme
Google Chrome Theme
Firefox Patch/Theme


changelog:
See Download Page.

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

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 16:45 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Friday 27 November, for the Eucla and the Goldfields.
Content:
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger Rating for today, Friday 27 November, for the Eucla and the Goldfields. 
 
This includes:
• City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder local government area
• Shire of Coolgardie
• Shire of  Dundas
• Shire of Laverton – south western corner
• Shire of Leonora
• Shire of Menzies – central part
• Shire of Sandstone – part adjacent to Leonora Shire
• Shire of Wiluna – south western corner

Bushfires can threaten suddenly and without warning. Stay alert and watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames. Have your bushfire survival plan and kit ready.
 
Keep up to date with bushfire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for a warning before you act. If you see flames call triple zero.

These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.
 
If a fire starts and takes hold:
• It will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control.
• Spot fires will start and move quickly. Embers may come from many directions.

If you live in or near bush with high fuel loads then you are at risk and need to act:
• Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if a fire starts.
• If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.
• Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety.

You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.
 
To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.
 
Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).
 
 

Publication Time: 28/11/2014 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 29/11/2014 12:00 AM

GNOME Look: Just-Dark 1.0 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 16:21 AWST)

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This theme is for use with gtk 3.14.Just getting tired of there being no good dark themes without a ton of blue in them. I Just made some changes to the gtk theme Vertex Dark, so all props go to it's creator. I made it darker and took out allof the blue except for button borders. Would appreciate any comments or criticism since this is the first theme i've posted.

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Slashdot: UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

Slashdot (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 16:08 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes The UK's Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey today revealed a new scheme where undergraduates will be able to avoid student fees and student loans by working for companies for three years whilst simultaneously undertaking academic studies with participating universities, resulting in a degree at the end of their successful involvement in the scheme. The British government will fund two-thirds of the cost of tuition and the host employer the remainder. The "Digital Apprenticeship" scheme will remunerate students at an unspecified level of pay, and though details are currently sketchy, is reported to obviate the need for student loans. The initiative is targeting the skills gap in the digital sector, particularly in the field of web-development and technical analysis.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for multiple areas within the Shires of Coorow and Carnamah

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 15:59 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the following areas in the Shires of Coorow and Carnamah: • North of the interesection of Garribaldi-Willis Road and Willmot Road • Near the Marchagee Track and Carger Road, near the Watheroo National Park • South of Rose Thomson Road and Greenhead
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people in the following areas in the Shires of Coorow and Carnamah:


• North of the interesection of Garribaldi-Willis Road and Willmot Road
• Near the Marchagee Track and Carger Road, near the Watheroo National Park
• South of Rose Thomson Road and Greenhead


• 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:
• The bushfires are now contained but not under control. 


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:
Fire crews are on the scene strengthening containment lines and mopping up hot spots. 


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incidents were reported yesterday, 27 November 2014.
• The cause of the fires is lightning.
• The Shires of Coorow and Carnamah are managing the fires.


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, Friday 28 November, unless the situation changes. 
 

Publication Time: 27/11/2014 3:58 PM

GNOME Look: Cinnamon Grey (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 15:30 AWST)

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GTK 3 Theme

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Slashdot: BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

Slashdot (posted on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 13:35 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes This weekend both BT and Sky implemented the new changes, making it harder for their subscribers to reach these sites. Interestingly, however, BT appears to have gone above and beyond the court order, limiting access to various other sites as well. Over the past several days TorrentFreak has received reports from several users of private torrent sites who get an 'error blocked' message instead of their favorite sites. These include the popular IPTorrents.com and TorrentDay.com trackers, as well as scene release site Scnsrc.me. IPTorrents and Torrentday are significant targets. Although both sites require prospective users to obtain an invite from a current member (or from the site itself in exchange for cash), they have over a hundred thousand active users. The error displayed when BT subscribers try to access the above URLs is similar to that returned when users to try access sites covered by High Court injunctions.

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