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With the rise of 3D printers, is slip forming basically just going to be assimilated and renamed so we all go "Ohh cool, they 3D printed that building"?
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Yeah we have a lot of 3D printed buildings here.. never heard of slip forming. :P
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One of my favourite cafes in #edinburgh is branching out and setting sail!

Brass and Copper are expanding and opening a new place at the end of the Canal - nice and handy for my daily commute!

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I'm sure most of you would have seen the sensationalist stories on Phoronix and Slashdot about how the Gnome Foundation is "running out of money" because it "spent 25% of its income" on the Outreach Program for Women, and the inevitable troll backlash blaming the "femi-nazi" agenda, etc, etc.  Well, rather unsurprisingly, the real story is rather different, but as usual the trolls and click-bait websites don't like facts getting in the way of a good story that reinforces their preconceived biases or earns them ad-views.

The Outreach Program for Women is a sponsored internship where participating organisations like KDE or Python or Gnome find sponsors to pay for interns to work on projects as a way to encourage more women to participate in free software, and has been a huge success in doing so.  The Gnome Foundation runs this program for the other organisations, putting all the money through their own accounts, and charges an admin fee to cover their expenses in doing so.  The problem that Gnome has is a classic cash-flow crises that often hits small businesses that try to scale up too big too fast: they needed to pay all the interns before the sponsors had paid the Gnome Foundation their promised money.  As a result the Gnome Foundation dipped into their general funds to pay the interns, leaving them without any cash-in-hand to pay for their other activities.  Once the participating organisations and sponsors pay their promised money then the Gnome Foundation's cash reserves will be restored and they will be able to resume normal activities.

So the real story is that OPW was such a success that it out-grew the Gnome Foundation's ability to run it in an efficient and prudent manner.  I'm sure they will learn some important lessons and restructure the financial and admin side of OPW to keep the accounts separate and to ensure this doesn't happen again, because both the Gnome Foundation and the OPW are valuable contributors to the ongoing success of Free Software and it would be a real shame to lose either of them.

The story is also a healthy reminder that if you value the work done by organisations like the Gnome Foundation or the KDE eV or the EFF, then you should donate to ensure that they can continue that work.  These organisations run on shoe-string budgets and even small donations can make a huge difference.
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I don think the internet responds in gender bias manner I just think it responds...
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Windows XP support has ended, so obviously you'll switch to Linux right? But which distribution?

Well this month's Linux Format recommends +Mageia.Org. It's their recommended distribution beating out Mint, OpenSUSE, Fedora and Ubuntu (in that order!)

It's really nice to see all our hard work and dedication being recognised! Well done everyone!

And if you want to get involved and join our awesome community, whether as a packager, QA, helping out with sysadm or any of the other numerous teams, please drop by the site http://www.mageia.org/
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Hopefully a quick question about setting up a rather hacky container for developing various web applications at my company, +Tribalogic.

For various reasons (mainly waiting for RHEL/CentOS 7 + systemd goodness) some of my hosted servers are still on RHEL/CentOS5. In my dev environment I run +Mageia.Org but obviously this comes with much newer versions of various hosting infra (namely apache+PHP+mariadb for us).

In order to test things properly we really want our dev env to be as similar to the live env as possible. Some of our devs use OSX so for them I'll go down a VM route, but for those of us on Linux I'd rather set up a very lightweight container with as small an overhead as possible.

Ultimately bootstrapping CentOS in the container is fairly easy (there are a few quirks with yum/rpm on Mageia being newer and thus writing different rpm db than CentOS can read, but that's simply enough to work around after the container is created). But I guess my question is the best way to boot the container.

As it's old, it uses sysvinit. However, I don't really need to boot this container, I really just need to run httpd and perhaps one or two other services. I'm thinking that rather than using sysvinit, I could just hack a rather trivial script/program to spawn httpd and the other processes and wait for them to exit and just call this "init". I could also hack up rc.sysinit appropriately (i.e. kill 99% of it) and still use sysvinit binary and perhaps just put my needed stuff in inittab rather than worrying about the whole runlevel+rc.d folder thing.

Obviously it would be nice to run systemd inside the container too, but I think this is perhaps more effort than it's worth for now (and keeping in mind I intend to switch over to CentOS 7 at some point in the not too distant future).

Anyone have any simple ideas/hacks/tricks that I could employ here?
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In the end a super cut-down inittab and a runlevel of 7 seems to do the trick for me.

Although the chroot might be a good plan, as I want a couple services, I figured it might make more sense to try and keep things working as a group rather than as independent, separately chrooted elements.

All in all this works quite nicely :)
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Anybody in lazyplus land know if there is a way to preprocess scss (sass) files and just output the included files? I'm trying to build a dep list for use in my site deployment infrastructure so that I can compare timestamps and only rebuild things when necessary (we currently do this with our minified css/js stuff and I'd like to do the same with scss.

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Rather amusing juxtaposition in my feed a moment ago from +The Independent and +Richard Branson!

Of course this shouldn't detract from the very serious message in Richard's post.
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Lovely timelapse video of the construction of the Kelpies.

I was a bit surprised the "cladding" was put on so early. Would have thought that the whole sub-structure would have been completed before they moved on to that.

For those that don't know what  Kelpie is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelpie

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Oh that sounds like a fab idea! We should see if we can round a posse together to do a photowalk with them :)
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Windows XP support has ended, so obviously you'll switch to Linux right? But which distribution?

Well this month's Linux Format recommends +Mageia.Org. It's their recommended distribution beating out Mint, OpenSUSE, Fedora and Ubuntu (in that order!)

It's really nice to see all our hard work and dedication being recognised! Well done everyone!

And if you want to get involved and join our awesome community, whether as a packager, QA, helping out with sysadm or any of the other numerous teams, please drop by the site http://www.mageia.org/
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Indeed, but it's not a general purpose distro. It's very specialist (tho' still something I recommend to some of my friends)
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I was fortunate enough to be invited to an "Evening of Wonder" at Camera Obscura and had an amazing time. The venue has been on my "to visit" list for some time after hearing great things about it from my niece (who insisted on going twice in one day on her last visit!), and I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. Set on five floors, each has it's own unique feel. From holograms that react to the direction you view them (remember the rulers you used to have in school which worked the same way!) to interactive games you play with a friend, each exhibit will instill some sense of wonder! A great day out for all the family.
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This is a nice bar but I can't help but feel a round here is more expensive than other bars in the area. They somewhat make up for that by sometimes offering free snacks (at least on a Friday for the post-work, end-of-week crowd) although I'm not 100% sure if they still do this as I didn't spot it when I was last in a week or so back. It's recently had a bit of a refit although not all that much has changed if I'm honest. And despite it's name, this is the least convincingly French themed pub I've ever been in! - essentially a few posters and that's about it!!
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Nice bar to grab a burger. Along with Holyrood 9a, this place probably ties for the best burger in Edinburgh (if a recent poll among my friends is anything to go by!). As a veggie I'm partial to the halloumi burger, although always request it with guacamole rather than the tapenade as I simply can't get enough avocado!
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One of the best pubs in the West End! Comfy seats (although getting one on a Friday evening is often difficult!), good selection of beers and plenty whisky to chase it! They like to show a bit of sport on the tellies but it's not really the primary focal point and doesn't overly distract from conversations and general banter if you couldn't care less who wins!
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What an amazing company! The people who work there are lovely, although as I'm one of them, I'm certainly a little biased!
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Lovely and atmospheric little place which is great for a either a light bite or a full meal. The vegetarian options were great when I last visited although the menu changes quite regularly which means you can keep going back without getting bored. The feel and decor of the place is very homely, laid back and relaxed and if you're waiting for your date or tardy friends, you can lose yourself staring at the fishes near the front!
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Lovely little take-away place with freshly baked bread and a wide variety of pre-made sandwiches, baguettes and wraps with daily fresh homemade soup. If you can't find what you want from the selection, they will happily make your sarnie to order. The staff are all very friendly and chatty which (along with the above) makes this one of my regular lunch stops!
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