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this is exactly what wandering around Monaco on your own at night is like. You feel that if you didn't pay attention to where you were going and wander into the wrong part of town you might find yourself somewhere rather pleasant. And I did take a helicopter to Nice airport to connect with my Easyjet flight home.
 
"It gets really bad after dark when the art dealers come out and start selling on the street corners."
MONACO—Saying they avoided the inner-city-state at all costs unless they had no other choice, Monaco residents admitted to reporters Friday they were terrified to walk through the principality’s sprawling penthousing projects.
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I updated my laptop, seems great, just like the last release. I did move my launcher to the bottom edge, that can be done with dconf-editor (doesn't appear to be a regular user interface for it). In general everything seems to work fine. Not too many changes, but as things were working well before I am OK with that.
For those who have been paying attention to the Ubuntu project for a while you will probably know that the distinctive Orange colour has a colour reference of #DD4814. You know it, but you would be wrong. It is now #E95420 which is very very slightly different. This change appears to have been done by a group of Canonical folk who are using github and a secret trello board rather than launchpad, and it affects some things on the phone and some things on the desktop - but not others. So, if you update to Xenial and are wondering why the oranges seem a little mismatched and brighter in places (there actually are not that many blocks of solid colour to find) that is why.
I asked the community team about the change earlier this week, answers have not been particularly forthcoming but hopefully now that the release is done the designers will have a few minutes to tell us what they have done!
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-community-team/2016-April/date.html#1202
 
One of the things which has kept me busy lately... :-)
Ubuntu 16.04 – yet another LTS? Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, aka the Xenial Xerus, has just been released. It's incredible that it's already the 24th Ubuntu release and the 6th LTS release. If you have been around for a while and need a blast from the past, check out this video: ...
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yeah, 2 years ago I decided I was tired of upgrading every ½ year, so I decided to stay on 14.04 until 16.04. I'm not sure if I'm entirely happy with that decision, but I've stuck to it, to see how it was.
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Step 0 install Windows.
 
HOWTO: Ubuntu on Windows
As announced last week , Microsoft and Canonical have worked together to bring Ubuntu's userspace natively into Windows 10. As of today, Windows 10 Insiders can now take Ubuntu on Windows for a test drive!  Here's how... 1) You need to have a system running...
As announced last week, Microsoft and Canonical have worked together to bring Ubuntu's userspace natively into Windows 10. As of today, Windows 10 Insiders can now take Ubuntu on Windows for a test drive! Here's how... 1) Yo...
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https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/03/30/run-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windows/ ". . . this is a developer toolset to help you write and build all your code for all your scenarios and platforms. This is not a server platform upon which you will host websites, run server infrastructure, etc. "
Which is a bit of a shame, as that is exactly what I thought it would be useful for. I am not going to install Windows on my own laptop, but I thought it might be handy to deploy stuff to Windows and know that it is going to work right.

Since we started planning and building Windows 10, we’ve been talking to a lot of you about what you would like to see in Windows to make it a great place for you to build awesome apps, sites and s…
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That isn't the scenario at all. The situation is you want to deploy something into a LAN on hardware and the IT support staff say no.
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I want a web service or javascript library where I can give it two partially overlapping geoJSON shapes and ask it to subtract the second shape from the first, so it gives me back all of the first shape not covered by the second as a new geoJSON object. Anyone know of such a thing or will I have to write it myself?
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proof of concept looks like it works, it appears that turf are in the middle of a rename of that method from "erase" to "difference" and it doesn't work on feature groups, just individual features, but i can work with that.
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found a CAD tool that is perfect for me https://blockscad.einsteinsworkshop.com/#
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Anyone got anywhere with unity8-desktop-session-mir on a PC? It allows me to log in (have to log in twice, which is clunky but fine) then my laptop screen rotates and tells me it is a touchscreen for the external display, and the external display has a scope window on it, with no application scope, just music and pictures. The notification bar has some stuff in it but as I can't start any applications I can't seem to do anything much with it. I would really like to start using Mir and xmir on the desktop but I am not really far enough in to attempt to use it on a regular basis. All I really need is a browser and a text editor!
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Eclipse-Mars does not work!
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don't talk back!
Ubuntu 16.10 will be codenamed "Yakkety Yak" . The announcement was made by Mark Shuttle...
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Google isn't making any friends on the news that the company is effectively bricking working smart home hardware for a large number of users. About seventeen months ago Google acquired Revolv, rolling the smart-home vendor's products in with...
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Reminds me of anther related issue even if the hardware remains supported... what happens when the firmware/software updates with new features and you do NOT want to agree to the new new TOS (ie. a privacy policy change) and the the device/service requires the new firmware/software to continue operating. Recently the NEST TOS updated when new features were added, either you agreed to it or lost the ability to use a majoity of the devices functions... just food for thought!
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This is an interesting development, Ubuntu binaries running natively on the windows kernel. Not sure I would ever intentionally go for that combination, however from time to time customers say "our IT department only knows Windows, so you must install your stuff on Windows" which is a complete and utter pain in the butt, you have to download exe files and there are no auto updates to software you have installed, and there is not even a functional text editor. Things like MariaDB are configured slightly differently to an Ubuntu install so things generally just don't work right, powershell is an abomination and mysqldump through powershell requires conversion from utf-16 to utf-8 before you can do anything with it, the whole thing is a bag of nasty worms. Now if customers say they want an application to run on WIndows we can say OK and just get on with it, and it will just work, and updates that we expect to get for a LAMP stack will just work.
I am not jumping up and down in excitement, however I had pretty much decided never to work with customers who insist on Windows again, so this is a good thing.
 
My quick and dirty explanation: Think of it as WINE in reverse."
Ubuntu, but not Linux per se, will be running on in the next major Windows 10 update, Redstone.
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The interesting bit isn't networking, I don't think. Providing a network interface to a container is a fairly easy thing to have. Interesting will be what the /dev tree looks like, and how much hardware access there is, for the container.
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Nope, phones come first. Human you shall wait if you want your Ubuntu Phone to know where you are.
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/location-service/+bug/1554604

I really don't get the reluctance to address the problem here. If you have an Ubuntu phone it is really reluctant to use the battery to figure out where on the planet it is. If you take photos they will be geotagged to the last place you used a navigation application, basically the phone only ever wakes up the GPS if you are using a moving dot map application.
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+Alan Bell I do see a checkbox on CM13 about a power saving mode for location that does sound like it tries to avoid switching it on if possible.
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This is quite spectacular, it is really hard to squeeze more wrongness into a single sentence than this. No idea what point he was trying to make.
http://radio951.iheart.com/onair/bill-moran-57136/ben-carson-said-the-most-confusing-14326690/?platform=hootsuite

"Putin is a one-horse country: oil and energy"
That's saying something for someone who says a lot of confusing things...
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+Swapnil Bhartiya apparently he was a good brain surgeon before this. Maybe he should just go back 
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