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This release is the most important KDE release for me. It marks the demise of Nepomuk, and the introduction of Baloo. The concepts are still the same, but the implementation is quite different. We've been trying to be more pragmatic and focus on "what matters to the user" and less on technical considerations such how the data should be stored / visualized, and what is "semantically" correct.

I'm fairly happy with the amount of testing we've gotten over the betas and release candidates, but you never know. So go forth and try out the new "semantic search".
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Off to shoot a new Plasma Next wallpaper now...
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+Matthias Welwarsky Ah, cool. I guess that is a pretty obvious explanation I overlooked.
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The networks widget in Plasma Next is coming along nicely...
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Good lord that is sexy.
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So Japan's whalers lied when they promised to follow the international court of justice's ruling, disproving the legitimacy of Japan's so-called "research program". They will return to the Southern ocean to kill more whales next year. With the ICJ's court ruling being very clear, I hope the International community will now finally take measures to enforce the ruling, though sadly, I have little hope this will happen.

I will donate to +Sea Shepherd to help them prevent this slaughter from happening again, and I hope with the justification by the international court of justice, others will do the same. The message that this behavior will not be accepted must be very clear, now more than ever.
 
Breaking News Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) Shames Themselves in Defiance of World Court Ruling

The ICR Today Filed Court Briefs Stating They Intend to Return to Antarctica to Hunt Whales in 2015-2016; Will Seek to Enjoin Other Sea Shepherd Entities from Obstructing Their Operations

#SeaShepherd #Japan #ICR #ICJ Please Read and Share !
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+Sebastian Kügler I have not made my point clear enough. What I see is, that many people - not you - are looking elsewhere and IGNORE the crimes of their own country. If you do that, I think, you have no real basis for speaking out against the crimes of other countries.
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Nice to see Unity catching up a bit. KDE's Plasma showed this switching between different form factor UIs already 2.5 years ago with the introduction of Plasma Active in its first stable release, with prototypes dating back to as early as February 2010.

Now Plasma already today goes a lot further than the demo shown here, since it actually shares the underlying software stack (as opposed to Unity 7 and 8 which use different toolkits, different display servers and different UI level code) to do do their tricks. This is one of the goals of Unity, so it's likely a matter of time until Unity can do this as well.

In Plasma Next, due this summer, we are taking this convergence to the logical next level and make it possible to switch at runtime, and based on system events, like the plugging in of a keyboard and mouse, which can trigger the UI to switch from a tablet-oriented workspace to a traditional desktop setup: No need to go back to the login manager as shown in this Unity demo. The summer release will not deliver this runtime experience yet, since we are focusing on getting the desktop UI first and will then port the other form factor UIs to the new architecture, but the bulk of the work on the underlying platform is already done.

This makes me wonder how far along Plasma and Unity could be with the convergence concept, had Canonical chosen to work together with us and share the work. That, unfortunately is purely hypothetical.

If you want to see a converged UI happening on Ubuntu faster, and in a more collaborative fashion, you could help the Kubuntu team improving the existing Plasma Active packaging, as there are some quality and I integration issues right now, but nothing that can't be solved with a bit of T, L and C.
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+Martin Gräßlin what is this "work" you are taking about? :)

I'm having a great and relaxed time, Vietnam is wonderful.
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Nice, non-technical explanation of Open Source principles. Also fun to watch.
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Hm. I'vee been skating for 12years and I don't know about a TED talk by Rodney Mullen? I feel a little bad for that. Thanks a lot for the link, +Sebastian Kügler ! :)
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I was very pleased to see today's ruling of the International Court of Justice, which condemns Japanese whaling activities in the Southern Ocean. Japan has previously indicated to follow the ICJ's ruling, and according to their promise, they should not send their whaling fleet down south next (southern) summer.

I remember having set up a signature collection run in the eighties, especially targeting Japan's practice of poaching whales under the disguise of researching them. More than 10.000 whales have been killed,  if follow animal rights activitists, more than 15.000. It's pretty clear that without the intervention of these activists, many more whales would have been killed. All this "research" has produced two papers have of questionable significance, while the same research results could have been gotten from non-fatal research. It was never denied that most of the whale meat ended up in supermarkets and restaurants.

I've been watching some of the hearings of the court when they were conducted a few months back, and I must say it felt quite good to see the "researchers" having to justify themselves. They could not, and they've lost the case.

I am hopeful, but wary, that this ruling puts a nail in the coffin of whaling in the Southern ocean, but at the same time, destruction of the oceans and its inhabitants is continuing at full speed. It's a battle won, but not the war.

One organisation which deserves special thanks for tirelessly keeping this issue in the public mind, +Sea Shepherd. Much respect and many thanks to the guys and gals who risk their lives protecting ocean wildlife.

There's one thing that everybody can do to protect the oceans a little, it's very easy: Do not eat tuna. Tuna are among the central pieces in marine ecosystems and they're threatened. While many argue that all fish (and perhaps all animals) should be protected from humans, the least we can do is not slash the population of the most endangered species. In other words: If you would like to be able to eat tuna in 20 years, stop eating it today.
Activists say case brought before international court of justice by Australia is make-or-break for whales' future in Southern Ocean
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+Wolfgang Romey
 I hardly ever eat meat or eggs ;)
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The moment one of your colleagues pulls an automatic rifle during a meeting is the moment your appreciation for working remotely doubles.
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Meh, usually not a big concern. In the US so few crimes are committed by assault rifles(because usually criminals don't go through the effort or thought and length of getting one.. Handgun is easier and cheaper) .. It's handguns that are the problem. And without those it'd probably be knives. 
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