Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

Slashdot - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 1:29pm
jones_supa writes: Canonical released Ubuntu 15.04 a couple of weeks ago, and it seems that this release has been a success. The community is mostly reporting a nice experience, which is important since this is the first Ubuntu release that uses systemd instead of upstart. At Slashdot, people have been very nervous about systemd, and last year it was even asked to say something nice about it. To be fair, Ubuntu 15.04 hasn't changed all that much. Some minor visual changes have been implemented, along with a couple of new features, but the operating system has remained pretty much the same. Most importantly it is stable, fast, and it lacks the usual problems accompanied by new releases.

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An Ultra-Luxe Speaker Maker Now Has Models for Us Plebs

Wired News - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 1:00pm

Italian speaker company Sonus Faber has released its lowest-priced collection yet.

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US Gov't Will Reveal More About Its Secret Cellphone Tracking Devices

Slashdot - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a major review of how law enforcement around the country uses cellphone tracking technology, and they will also begin sharing more information about how it works. So-called "Stingray" devices have been in the news a lot recently, as privacy activists try to piece together how they're used. Police and federal agencies have been notably resistant to sharing how they use this tool, even after we learned that they often don't bother with warrants and may have been drastically overusing it. Still, they're not going to reveal everything about the Stingrays: "Officials said they don't want to reveal so much that it gives criminals clues about how to defeat the devices. Law-enforcement officials also don't want to reveal information that would give new ammunition to defense lawyers in prosecutions where warrants weren't used, according to officials involved in the discussions."

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Video Analysis of an Exploding Stormtrooper

Wired News - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:26pm

In the latest Star Wars VII trailer, we see a stormtrooper flung into the air from an explosion. What is the vertical acceleration of this trooper?

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Space technology 'could reduce cost of renewable energy'

Science Daily - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:26pm
Space-based radar technology could be harnessed by the renewable energy sector to drive down costs, according to researchers.
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Rheumatoid arthritis patients at increased risk of surprise heart attack

Science Daily - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:25pm
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of a surprise heart attack, according to new research. Risk was increased even when patients had no symptoms and was independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking and diabetes, researchers report.
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How chickenpox virus can cause a stroke in an HIV patient

Science Daily - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:21pm
Varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox in children and shingles in older adults. The virus typically remains dormant in patients with healthy immune systems, but can reactivate if the immune system is compromised. Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can, in rare cases, experience bleeding on the brain that causes a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage.
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Researchers find clues that may predict recovery outcomes following total hip replacement

Science Daily - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:21pm
A cross-institutional team of researchers has identified a signaling substance (MuIS) that may predict patients who will have poor muscle regeneration outcomes following hip surgery. Testing patients for the presence of MuIS before surgery may help clinicians better plan for those who will need more intensive rehab post-surgery.
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Sports: 'Performance enhancing' drugs decrease performance

Science Daily - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:21pm
Doping is damaging the image of sport without benefiting athletes' results, according to new research. Researchers collated sporting records (including Olympic and world records) of male and female athletes across 26 sports, between 1886 and 2012. Comparisons were made between pre-1932 records (when steroids became available) and post, and it was found that the times, distances and other results did not improve as expected in the doping era.
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Keeping legalized marijuana out of hands of kids

Science Daily - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:21pm
As the realities of legalized marijuana take hold in four states and the District of Columbia, legislators and regulators could learn a lot from the successes – and failures – of the tobacco and alcohol industries in keeping their harmful products out of the hands of children and adolescents.
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Uber Office Raided By Police In China, Accused of Running 'Illegal' Car Business

Slashdot - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:02pm
albert555 writes: Uber's curse keeps on striking after Uber's office in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou was raided by authorities on the 30th of April 2015. Uber is accused of running an 'illegal' transport service, according to the Guangzhou Daily. Uber has been implanted in China since August 2013 and is suspected of not having the proper qualifications to run a private car business in the city. Following the recent German court ban two weeks ago, who will win the fight for private transportation? Long-term, established transportation companies with powerful lobbying arms or the newcomer making use of disruptive technology? Does Schumpeter's creative destruction also apply to the transportation sector?

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Are You Ready to Take the WIRED Star Wars Challenge?

Wired News - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 12:00pm

This year we're celebrating Star Wars Day with a challenge: Do a different task each day until The Force Awakens. Are you up for it?

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Solar Ropes Writhe on the Sun in First Hi-Def Pictures, Video

Space.com - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 11:30am
Ropes of hot material that twist and writhe on the surface of the sun appear in unprecedented detail thanks to new observations.
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Size of the Milky Way Upgraded, Solving Galaxy Puzzle

Space.com - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 11:27am
Two ringlike structures of stars wrapping around the Milky Way's outer disk now appear to belong to the disk itself. The results show that the disk is actually rippled and about 60 percent larger than previously thought.
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Astronomers Salute Hubble Telescope, Look Forward to Its Successor

Space.com - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 11:23am
At a panel discussion Thursday (April 30) at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, scientists discussed how much Hubble has allowed humans to see, and the possibilities for the telescopes' successor, scheduled to launch in 2018.
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How Ideo Redesigned Monday to Be Less Awful

Wired News - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 11:00am

The first workday of the week has a perception problem. Ideo set out to redesign it.

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You Really Need to Be Following the Star Wars Instagram

Wired News - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 11:00am

From behind the scenes to prop photos, the 'Star Wars' Instagram has everything you could want under two suns.

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Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education

Wired News - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 11:00am

AltSchools are more than schools. They’re mini-research and development labs, where teachers and engineers are developing the formula for 21st-century education.

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The Dingoes Ate My Kitten

Wired News - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 11:00am

Feral cats threaten wildlife, but humans don't want to carry the ethical baggage of killing them.

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Game of Thrones Recap: The Rise of the Sand Snakes

Wired News - Mon, 04/05/2015 - 10:00am

In last night's Game of Thrones we finally got to see the Sand Snakes in action—and a doozy of a cliffhanger.

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