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gerald schenk
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Sleater-Kinney is back! And anyone who finds my life before internet can keep it.

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No Linux options on Canadian market?

Did anyone in Canada manage to get the price of a Windows license back from the vendor when buying a computer directly from their online stores?

no linux option available?
I've noticed that while big note book manufacturers like Lenovo or Dell provide Linux or no-OS options when configuring machines on their US shops, it doesn't seem to be available on the Canadian market. This might be just an artefact of limited information and coincidence. Is there more to it?

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+gerald schenk I rarely see questions about opacity on this; Microsoft has made it very clear that their aim is to control all aspects of computing.  Not much of a secret. :)

To Dell's credit, they offer several models with Ubuntu preinstalled, including the XPS 13, XPS 15, and the very nice M3800: http://www.zdnet.com/article/dell-offers-new-ubuntu-linux-workstation-laptop/

That said, System76 and ZaReason are great options too.
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openSuse with Gnome?

How well does openSuse run with Gnome rather than KDE?
I am considering some distributions to suggest to someone and I know that there is not much desire for the old, windows like, desktop metaphor of KDE. Gnome Shell's or Unity's more intuitive approach is prefered though.

I've heard much good about openSuse and therefore: How well does it work (i) with GTK desktop environments, and (ii) enitrely without KDE, to conserve SSD space.

#openSuse   #kde   #gnome  
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Currently I like openSUSE with Plasma 5 (KDE5). Gnome is not tested, I always have prefered KDE. Test Plasma 5! 😊 
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Not brand new, but still relevant.

I suppose there is a small distortion with regard to Germany, it looks much better on this graph, since Nurses and early child educators are in general not trained at universities.

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The HAT that you see in this photograph is Astro Pi. The European Space Agency tells us it's the most advanced educational payload they’ve seen, it's bristling with sensors, and we're sending it to the International Space Station with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake.

We're working hard to get them manufactured in volume, so schools will be able to use the exact same hardware in the classroom. Even better, UK schools will be able to win it in the Astro Pi competition: students will have the chance to have their code sent to the ISS so that Tim Peake can run their experiments and applications in space!

Registration for secondary schools is now open at http://astro-pi.org/secondary-school-competition/, and primary schools (whose students are asked to come up with ideas, but not necessarily their own code) can enter at http://astro-pi.org/primary-school-competition/.

Read more in our first mission update, now on our blog at www.raspberrypi.org/astro-pi-mission-update-1/.

#AstroPi   #PiHATs   #esa   #ISS   #ukspaceagency   #timpeake   #principia    #kids   #yourcodeinspace
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gnuplot 5.0 released

Version 5.0 of gnuplot has been released a few days ago. It adds a couple of very useful and interesting new plotting options. Nearly 30 years old gnuplot is still one of the most versatile programmes for plotting scientific data, in publication quality.


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This is one of the reasons why a fertility rate well below the replacement rate is a very good thing.
 
Fantastic video about an issue that is still widely ignored!

Humans Need Not Apply: https://youtu.be/7Pq-S557XQU
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Ich stimme der +NZZ Neue Zürcher Zeitung  da ganz und gar zu.

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Der deutsche Showmaster Günther Jauch hat gegen fundamentale journalistische Standards verstossen. Deshalb sollte ihn die ARD vor die Tür setzen.
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When this is seen in the light of  http://econ.st/1KqsZqg  this is especially unfair. As in the strongest economies in Europe women have much better education than men, since 40 years.

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On average, across the economy, for every euro men get paid in the EU, women get paid only 84 cents.

Ahead of the #InternationalWomensDay on Sunday, read what the European Commission is doing for women's rights and gender equality: http://europa.eu/!JC48MB and have a look at our "Report on equality between women and men 2014" out today: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/files/annual_reports/150304_annual_report_2014_web_en.pdf #IWD2015 #genderequality #genderinequality #womensrights #equality  
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Replacing an SSD with an HDD had the unexpected side effect of increasing my power consumption by nearly 40% on my X220. Used to be 10W, now its nearly 14W most of the time.

Perhaps I ought to mount \var again on SSD again, as it apperars writing to log prevents the HDD from spinning down.
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+Dekks Herton I've got it under controll now. I've change HDD sleep time and mount it through systemd only when it is needed. All in all my average is about the same as before. I can't tell reliably, but it seems the mSATA disk draws even less power than the SATA SSD did.
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On Lemons and their use in Baking

Baking recipes often require the use of lemon peel of unwaxed lemons. There is a specific reason for this, and great care ought to be taken not to use treated lemons.

Not the wax is the problem here, but rather the fungicide treatment that accompanies the waxing. In Europe it mostly is done with thiadibendazole. Thiadibendazole is not very soluble in water. When you peel the lemon and eat it, you will only incoroporate a very tiny amount. However it is very soluble in oil, and it is solved in the wax coating and much more importantly in the aromatic oils in the lemon peel. Washing the latter away would make using the lemon peel pointless.

Now for the amounts, when talking about toxicity the dose always is the most important aspect. Within the European Union it is permitted to have 0.01 mg/kg in fruit juices. I.e. it is considered save to consume that amount. On the other hand it is permitted to have 5 mg/kg on lemon peels.[1] This is a 500 times larger concentration. Even if you would wash of 90% of the thiadibendazole from your lemon peel, you would have 50 times higher concentrations than permitted for consumption. This is perfectly OK when you eat the lemon.

Wash it with warm soapy water and you do not have to worry at all when peeling or cutting it. Even putting such lemons into a soft drink is certainly not problematic (after washing!).* However peeling or zesting the lemons to eat the peel is an entirely different matter.

The only way to go is to use untreated (not unwaxed!)** or organic lemons.

* This is different in cocktails, when it has a high alcohol content it will solve the thiadibendazole very readily.

** There is no reason whatsoever to worry about the wax, if it bothers you mix the lemon zests with a little bit of alcohol. This is also recommended to extract the aroma. Gin is lovely for that purpose.

[1] http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:058:0001:0398:en:PDF

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who usually knows the way to the nearest emergency exit and the best bakery in town.
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