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Looking forward to updating my desktop!
 
Xfce 4.12 has been released!
Xfce 4.12 is be the best release ever (yes, we like to party!)! Source : Internet comments. Today, after 2 years and 10 months of work, we are pleased to announce the release of the Xfce desktop 4.12, a new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.10. This long period can only be explained by how ...
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I've been hanging out in #intel  on freenode.net. There's not too many others that stick around, but I've noticed a consistent stream of people looking for "directions". Would be fun if more colleagues and people interested in Open Source at Intel could join me and discuss all the cool stuff we do.
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+Jani Nikula  Have done so several times already!
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You ask me why a dutch person in the USA doesn't ride a bike?
 
Schutz durch Masse: Länder, in denen die Menschen mehr Rad fahren, verzeichnen weniger tödliche Unfälle mit Radlern als solche, in denen Rad fahren kaum...
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from what I found, based on the mortality rate, the UK comes after germany, folowed by belgium (2007 numbers)
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+Kevin Ochs​' #intel NUC based robot is starting too look more menacing than +John Hawley​'s K9!
 
A quick test of my ROS hexapod auto leveling the body using the IMU readings. It's also the first video with the speech enabled. #ROS   #robotics   #hexapod   #robotis  
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Search spider slayer and it looks just like this.
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Test shot for tomorrow's time-lapse project: At sunset tomorrow, the full will moon rise exactly from behind Mt. Hood from our property, so I'm hauling my camera up there at this time tomorrow to setup a ~2hr time-lapse.

Plan is to shoot roughly 2 hrs at 0.5Hz (one shot every 2 seconds) in RAW format, roughly 30Gb of data, then post-process and convert at home to a ~2 minute 30fps video at 4K resolution, from where I can crop or adjust more than needed.

But first I have to find the right exposure level for the entire series. Can't be too dark as the end of the time-lapse will get all black, and it can't be too light as I'll overexpose the start and the moon will look like a white blob.

This one seems about right - it's roughly 1/200s at f8 at 200ISO, and should give plenty of headroom both ways in exposure. Hope it works.

I'm shooting a video at the same time as well, with a slightly wider zoom. Results will take a few days since processing 3500 RAW photographs can take a few hours :^).
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About 10 years back now I was a system administrator - slash - network engineer at the +ESA site in Noordwijk. I maintained their engineering compute resources (and printers, sadly) for two years and walked every day from the parking lot, through the test center, to my desk that looked out on the dunes.

For several months, there was a smallish car-sized cube of metal and electronics sitting in this test facility. Safely behind thick glass and in a dust free environment, of course. I could see the local engineers daily poke at it and subject it to the Large Space Simulator.

Today, this little cube is now in orbit around a grey deformed lump of icy rubble that looks like a rubber ducky. It is flying 6bln km from Earth, and doing 55000km/hr. Yes, that was the Rosetta spacecraft.

On Tuesday, March 2nd in 2004, I sat in the ESTEC launch center together with maybe a hundred colleagues including the two Dutch astronauts Wubbo Ockels and Andre Kuipers, and my then girlfriend and now wife, +Stacey Serafin. And there we watched this modest cube remove itself from earth's gravity influence at the top of an Ariane 5 rocket.

I'm incredibly proud to have been part for 2 years of the department of about 100 engineers that worked on the thermal modelling and orbit calculations, rockets and help them do their work.

Some days I wonder why I left that job to move to the US. Not too long, obviously ;)

http://spaceflightnow.com/ariane/v158/status.html

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That story went under my skin :) Thank you.
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This has to be said out loud: +SourceForge  - your download site is THE WORST EVER for anyone doing any form of automation. There is so much wrong with it, I can't even start.

First, you MINDLESSLY redirect http:// requests to https://. Not every `wget` or `curl` has proper SSL checking and so downloads fail needlessly on machines that just need one tarball.

Second, your MAZE of mirrors is utterly useless. Really, I don't give a pijama button about how fast the download goes on my headless VM console login, please please stop trying to make me guess which URL mirror will give me 10kb/s better. I just want the one thing: that tarball I needed.

I realize you NEED advertising to survive, but CAN YOU PLEASE allow me to "copy link location" WITHOUT already opening the download in my browser? I need that 100mb file on that remote VM, not on my desktop. My ~/Downloads/ on my system is littered with downloads that I never wanted. You're actively wasting a gazillion bits this way.

And for the love of the flying spaghetti monster, please stop listing mirrors that don't have the files you link to.

Damn you make life hard for people working on Linux Distributions.
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Wait sourceforge still exists?
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+Darren Hart​​ is a great guy and mentor to work with... This is a great opportunity.
 
Embedded is big at Intel and we're hiring! There is a strong preference for Portland, OR for this position. EDIT: technically, this is a Hillsboro, OR location.
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Seconding this.
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64F Today in Portland, OR. Anecdotal evidence confirms Global Warming is real (and man made). New temperature record and it's barely mid February already.
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0F (-17C) in DC/MD/VA, waiting for another snowstorm tonight...
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I'm having a hard time finding a link to the +Samsung USA / +Best Buy commercial I saw on TV last night, but I'm just appalled, appalled by the proliferation of gender stereotypes that women can't be technical that are portrayed.

The whole commercial revolves around a middle-aged dad bringing his "surely doesn't want to be a one-person IT shop" daughter to a Best Buy so she doesn't have to learn about technology.

I'm sure they've just added some more reasons why OPW programs still need to exist.
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In the commercial's defense, it's no fun being your parents' personal helpdesk, even if you are technically inclined. Still could have been conveyed better though.
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Definition of a dud... Forest fire smoke from Central Oregon completely obscured Mt. Hood as viewed from our property, making this a rather dull time lapse.

It wasn't bad practice for me to work a bit on the workflow. I ended up shooting at 1 frame every 3 seconds, the video represents about 1hr20min total time. During that time, I'm doing some exposure compensation otherwise the moon would be too dark to see, so at least that part was useful as a learning experience.

It won't be until April next year before an opportunity like this will occur again, and then it won't be a super moon :/.
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I'm thinking the odd video resolution is the culprit, and yes, their preview generation is just weird. It cut out most of the middle part of the video, and it looks like jitter/shaking fixing (stabilization) was run on it that caused the horizon shift.
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Dear lazyweb, how do I get mailman to automatically reject spam from people who fake sending as the list address? Such weird abuse...
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Privacy options -> Sender filters -> List of non-member addresses whose postings will be automatically discarded
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