Monday, 20 October

09:00

Clowns menace France [Boing Boing]

Coulrophobia and chaos in Sin-le-Noble, where "a girl told police she was chased by an armed person in a clown costume", among other unsettling incidents. Previously, in England.

Gimp suit accidentally bought [Boing Boing]

mer A 71-year-old Rotary Club president planned to appear in costume as a mer-man to raise money for an Air Ambulance, but ordered a BDSM costume by mistake. His wife hacked it into shape, however, resulting in the sexiest Merman tail ever to grace a Rotarian charity event.

Music by Al Cisneros (OM, Sleep) in David V. D'Andrea's stunning 7" packaging [Boing Boing]

Artist David V. D'Andrea is releasing a limited number of these absolutely gorgeous handmade art pieces in the form of 7" records containing entrancing dub music by Al Cisneros of Sleep and OM fame, available on Samaritan Press. (via OMGVinyl)

First sex happened "in Scottish lake" [Boing Boing]

Lots of great sex happens in Scotland, but it is also possible that the first sex happened there, too. Microbrachius dicki--yes, that is its name--was a primitive "bony" fish--yes, that is how the BBC describes it--that was apparently first to reproduce by having sex, not by spawning.

How comic conventions came to have so little room for comics [Boing Boing]

Comic conventions have been colonized and overwhelmed by mainstream movie, TV and game marketing, a surprisingly rapid process that has finally left comics so marginalized that the fandom despairs. Chris Butcher explains how barren the landscape is--and just how fucked you are if you are dependent on original book product. Read the rest

Florida court: Come back with a warrant to track suspects via mobile phone [Ars Technica]

In a rare decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled last Friday that law enforcement must get a warrant in order to track a suspect’s location via his or her mobile phone.

Many legal experts applauded the decision as a step in the right direction for privacy.

"[The] opinion is a resounding defense of our right to privacy in the digital age," Nate Freed Wessler, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement. "Following people’s movements by secretly turning their cell phones into tracking devices can reveal extremely sensitive details of our lives, like where we go to the doctor or psychiatrist, where we spend the night, and who our friends are. Police are now on notice that they need to get a warrant from a judge before tracking cell phones, whether using information from the service provider or their own ‘stingray’ cell phone tracking equipment."

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DC police’s “stingray” trackers sat in a vault, unused for 6 years [Ars Technica]

Newly released documents definitively show that local law enforcement in Washington, DC possessed a cellular surveillance system—commonly known as a "stingray"—since 2003. However, these stingrays literally sat unused in a police vault for six years until officers were trained on the devices in early 2009.

"It's life imitating The Wire," Chris Soghoian, a staff technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, told Ars. "There's an episode in Season 3 where [Detective Jimmy] McNulty finds a [stingray] that has been sitting on the shelf for awhile."

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request sent to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC), Ars received dozens of documents pertaining to the acquisition and training of stingrays and related upgrades. Vice News received the same documents, reporting on them last Friday.

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Forthcoming Kubuntu Interviews [Planet KDE]

Kubuntu 14.10 is due out this week brining a choice of rock solid Plasma 4 or the tech preview of Kubuntu Plasma 5.  The team has a couple of interviews lined up to talk about this.

At 21:00UTC tomorrow (Tuesday) Valorie will be talking with Jupiter Broadcasting’s Linux Unplugged about what’s new and what’s cool.
Watch it live 21:00UTC Tuesday or watch it recorded.

Then on Thursday just fresh from 14.10 being released into the wild me and Scarlett will be on the AtRandom video podcast starting at 20:30UTC.Watch it live 20:30UTC Thursday or watch it recorded.

And feel free to send in questions to either if there is anything you want to know.

 

Ebola orphans stigmatized [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Two children orphaned by Ebola play in the empty corner of a Liberian orphanage. Their parents died last month, and none of the extended family is willing to claim them.

Obama: One very successful president? [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Julian Zelizer says Paul Krugman makes some good points in his defense of President Obama but is premature in calling him one of the most successful presidents.

What Ted Cruz wants Republicans to do [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Don't say Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't have a plan.

His must-see 'Game of Thrones' audition [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Jason Momoa's audition tape for "Game of Thrones" is an impressive piece of work.

She lost 50 pounds for her 50th reunion [CNN.com - Top Stories]

In January, Carol Highsmith, 68, began a journey of threes. She had three milestones of 50 that she planned to reach by following three simple rules:

Huge dog takes over weather forecast [CNN.com - Top Stories]

A weatherman had a dog on set during his forecast segment to promote animal adoption, but things didn't go as planned.

Can love-fests like this save oysters? [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Mike learns oysters' environmental and economical benefits as he helps orchestrate an oyster orgy to save the Chesapeake.

'The Walking Dead': How gross was that? [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Gross is par for the course when it comes to "The Walking Dead."

The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea [Slashdot]

HughPickens.com writes Alastair Philip Wiper writes that at 194 feet wide and 1,312 feet long, the Matz Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built, capable of carrying 18,000 20-foot containers. Its propellers weigh 70 tons apiece and it is too big for the Panama Canal, though it can shimmy through the Suez. A U-shaped hull design allows more room below deck, providing capacity for 18,000 shipping containers arranged in 23 rows – enough space to transport 864 million bananas. The Triple-E is constructed from 425 pre-fabricated segments, making up 21 giant "megablock" cross sections. Most of the 955,250 liters of paint used on each ship is in the form of an anti- corrosive epoxy, pre-applied to each block. Finally, a polyurethane topcoat of the proprietary Maersk brand color "Hardtop AS-Blue 504" is sprayed on. Twenty Triple-E class container ships have been commissioned by Danish shipping company Maersk Lines for delivery by 2015. The ships are being built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering factory in the South Korean port of Opko. The shipyard, about an hour from Busan in the south of the country, employs about 46,000 people, and "could reasonably be described as the worlds biggest Legoland," writes Wiper. "Smiling workers cycle around the huge shipyard as massive, abstractly over proportioned chunks of ships are craned around and set into place." The Triple E is just one small part of the output of the shipyard, as around 100 other vessels including oil rigs are in various stages of completion at the any time." The vessels will serve ports along the northern-Europe-to-Asia route, many of which have had to expand to cope with the ships' size. "You don't feel like you're inside a boat, it's more like a cathedral," Wiper says. "Imagine this space being full of consumer goods, and think about how many there are on just one ship. Then think about how many are sailing round the world every day. It's like trying to think about infinity."

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Latest Developments In The Ebola Story [News]

The family of the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease ends a 21-day observation period with no symptoms. Meanwhile, the WHO declared Nigeria Ebola-free.

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Turkey Says It's Helping Iraqi Kurds Join Fight For Kobani [News]

The remarks by the country's foreign minister could signal a shift in Ankara's largely neutral stance on the conflict at its doorstep.

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China is staging a nationwide attack on iCloud and Hotmail [The Verge - All Posts]

China got its first official shipments of new iPhones last week, but a new report from web censorship watchdog Great Fire indicates Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise when they try to connect to Apple services at large. As of last night, the Chinese firewall is blocking all local connections to iCloud.com, redirecting those connections to a dummy site designed to look exactly like Apple's login page. If you're using Firefox or Chrome, you'll land on a warning page like the one above, but if you're using the Chinese Qihoo browser, the most popular browser in China, you'll be routed straight to the dummy site with no indication that it's not being run by Apple. A similar attack is also being leveled against Microsoft's...

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08:00

Budget Cuts aboard Air Force One [Boing Boing]

Dan Lewis explores the deep, dark world... of presidential barbering. Read the rest

American cities, ranked by conservatism [Boing Boing]


A fascinating chart from Representation in Municipal Government, publishing in American Political Science Review and written by MIT political scientists Chris Tausanovitch and Christopher Warshaw. (via Bruce Sterling)

(Image: Carpintera city limit, Al Pavangkanan, CC-BY)

Antiquated ATMs are easy pickings for "jackpotting" by fraudsters [Boing Boing]

The older machines -- about half of them running Windows XP, which no longer receives security updates -- are very vulnerable to "jackpotting" attacks where criminals trick the machines into paying out money without correctly debiting any account, to the tune of millions. Read the rest

High Society: take on the role of nouveau-riche twits attempting to out-ostentate each other [Boing Boing]

Jon Seagull reviews a classic auction game. Buy castles, jewelry, precious artwork. The person who dies with the most toys wins. Read the rest

Use Your Hourly Wage to Tackle or Outsource To-Dos [Lifehacker]

Use Your Hourly Wage to Tackle or Outsource To-Dos

There are several chores you can outsource , but you need to be sure you aren't spending more than what the job is worth to you. Once you know your hourly wage, you can decide if a task is worth doing or paying someone else to do it.

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Welcome to Lifehacker's Fifth Annual Evil Week [Lifehacker]

Welcome to Lifehacker's Fifth Annual Evil Week

It's that time of year again: With Halloween getting closer, we're feeling the need to unleash our dark side. Welcome to Lifehacker's fifth annual Evil Week.

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Learn the Basics of Photography with This Interactive Chart [Lifehacker]

Even the best camera is only as good as the photographer's skills. The "Where to Start" interactive chart guides beginners to learn about the basics of photography.

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07:00

One place left for the 24-29 November Venice Masterclass [Ming Thein | Photographer]

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Just a gentle reminder that I’ve got one last spot available for the 2014 Venice Masterclass – it runs from 24-29 November – atmospheric enough to be different, not so cold to be unpleasant, and few enough tourists that we can still make images that are unique – but best of all, is customised for each participant to focus on what you want to learn, and will challenge you photographically in ways you never thought possible. You’ll spend six intense but inspiring days with a group of fellow enthusiasts, solo, and in individual sessions with me; your photographic brain will be rebooted.

More details on the program are here. See these posts on the recent San Francisco and Havana Masterclasses earlier this year. Please email me if you’d like to book, or for more info. Thanks, and looking forward to seeing you all in Venice! MT


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Researchers Take an Up-Close and Personal Look at What Pollution Does to the Body [INHABITAT]

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Air pollution is one of those things that we know is awful for our bodies, but it can be hard to see the actual impact. So even though about 3.7 million people died prematurely from air pollution in 2012 alone, it’s easy to forget day-to-day just how deadly that smoggy air can be. Scientists at the University of Melbourne are studying air pollution, however, and taking a close-up look to show people just how those airborne particles are harming our bodies.

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Bitybean Child Carrier [Cool Tools]

There are lots of infant and toddler carriers out there to suit personal preferences. What makes this carrier special — and a big reason why it’s become our everyday go-to carrier for our 22 pound six-month old — is its unbelievably compact size and simplicity.

Unlike other carriers like the Ergobaby and Babybjorn, when not in use our Bitybean carrier can be stuffed into a sack barely larger than a soft drink can. This means it can be easily slipped into a small diaper/travel bag, or even in our stroller’s cup holder. It’s there when we need it, out of the way when we don’t.

Its fast to put on (either front or back facing), very lightweight and stays cool in warm weather. While I was initially concerned about the relative lack of padding or support, our little one is quite content in it for short errands and trips to the grocery store.

We still occasionally use the Ergobaby carrier we got at our baby shower, but the Bitybean sees much more daily use.

-- Rayan Parikh

Bitybean UltraCompact Baby Carrier
$60

Available from Amazon

Are guides to blame for tragedy? [CNN.com - Top Stories]

CNN's Sumnima Udas reports the latest on the tragedy that resulted in the death of 39 hikers in Nepal.

2 African countries Ebola-free [CNN.com - Top Stories]

While Ebola cases keep spiraling out of control in the three West Africa countries, there are glimmers of hope elsewhere in the world.

Royal baby due in April [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will become parents for a second time in April 2015.

Only 6 northern white rhinos left [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Unique? Suni was only one of seven northern whites left in the world. Now he's dead.

Shark attacks 13-year-old girl [CNN.com - Top Stories]

A shark attacked a 13-year-old surfer off the coast of Australia. Seven Network reports.

Japan's first new jetliner in 50 years [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Japan is set to make its mark in the skies with its first new commercial jet for over 50 years, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, aka the MRJ.

TV legend has no time to binge watch [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Norman Lear, TV producer legend, sings his favorite theme song and stresses the importance of laughter in tough times.

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet? [News]

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

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The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success [News]

Just as women were entering the corporate workplace in big numbers, the shapeless power suit emerged. Over time, the "power look" changed. How do women project power in the modern office?

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Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word [News]

There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.

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Spotify Family lets you share a subscription from $14.99 per month [The Verge - All Posts]

Spotify is finally letting subscribers share their accounts with family and friends. The streaming music service is unveiling Spotify Family today, a way to share a premium subscription with up to four other Spotify users. Pricing starts at $14.99 for two users per month, $19.99 for three, $24.99 for four, and all the way up to $29.99 for all five users. Spotify says the new plans will be made available globally in the coming weeks.

While Spotify will share the premium subscription across all users, accounts will remain separate so that playlists and recommendations aren’t mixed into a single shared account. A single premium subscription is currently priced at $9.99 per month, so the new family pricing works out at an extra $5 per user....

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Google's redesigned Gmail app supports Yahoo and Outlook accounts [The Verge - All Posts]

Google has been updating a number of its Android apps with its new material design recently, and it looks like Gmail will be the latest to get a visual overhaul shortly. Android Police has obtained early access to Gmail 5.0 for Android, and there’s a surprise addition of Yahoo and Outlook.com support inside the app. Gmail for Android has traditionally supported just Google’s own mail service, but it looks like the search giant wants to help Android users manage all of their mail from within its Gmail app.

Could spell the end of switching between Android email apps

A leaked video demonstrates the new Gmail app, and Google notes within it that more than just Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook.com accounts are supported. It’s not clear whether the...

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06:00

Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection? [Slashdot]

New submitter iamacat writes I am thinking of canceling my regular voice plan and using an LTE hotspot for all my voice and data needs. One big draw is ability to easily use multiple devices without expensive additional lines or constantly swapping SIMs. So I can have an ultra compact Android phone and an iPod touch and operate whichever has the apps I feel like using. Or, if I anticipate needing more screen real estate, I can bring only a Nexus 7 or a laptop and still be able to make and receive VoIP calls. When I am home or at work, I would be within range of regular WiFi and not need to eat into the data plan or battery life of the hotspot. Has anyone done something similar? Did the setup work well? Which devices and VoIP services did you end up using? How about software for automatic WiFi handoffs between the hotspot and regular home/work networks?

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05:00

Calligra Gemini - now also for Linux :) [Planet KDE]


Some people may remember earlier this year when Krita Gemini became (to my knowledge) the first open source software to become greenlit on Steam. For those who don't, yeah, that really happened ;) Krita Gemini was a project created in cooperation between the KDE community's Calligra team, the little software consultancy KO GmbH, and a large semiconductor manufacturer named Intel, who had some devices they needed to be able to show off. Krita Gemini is available on the Steam store, though not yet for Linux (as it turns out, Steam packaging for Linux is even more awkward than building stand-alone installers for Windows, an odd sort of situation for us used to sensible package managers)


Earlier this year (late April 2014) the team from KO and Calligra which built Krita Gemini had a teleconference with the Intel team, and we agreed that other applications would be well suited to a similar attention, and we came up with the idea of building Calligra Gemini, an application which would encapsulate Words and Stage, Calligra's word processor and presentation tool respectively, in the same way that Krita Gemini encapsulates Krita, with automatic switching between the existing desktop UX and a new touch friendly UX created for the purpose. Over the last little while, i've been posting builds on the project minisite (along with release notes and screenshots and such).


So now, with the initial work on that project reaching its conclusion, i decided that it was time to expose a few more people to it than what's been the case so far. So, over the course of this weekend, between making some tasty bread, cleaning and cooking dinner, i have been working on some packages for people who don't run Windows. Specifically, i have made a set of packages for openSUSE (just 13.1, in various guises, for now - others will follow), and they're available right here (and also shown on the project's minisite linked above)


Finally, i also released a short story i've been writing over the last couple of weeks (while waiting on the editors to get back to me on the novel i've also been working on). This is relevant here because i have been dogfooding; it was written entirely using Calligra Gemini, and the pdf and ePub versions were produced using the Calligra features as well. Finally, the work is stored in a git repository, which is also controlled by Calligra Gemini's support for using Git as cloud storage. The story is available as pdf and ePub on my deviantArt page :)

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