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Once again like to point all artists on my feed to this excellent painting app. Been using it over the last month or so and the features its got over other applications stun me, at least for my uses.
I'm not even much of a artist and use it mostly for technical work.
Features such as non destructive transform layers ("transform masks") appeal to me as they have direct analogy in 3d software. 
Paint on one layer, have clones/transforms elsewhere that update in realtime to reflect it- its really quite revolutionary for 2d software and you find more use's for it the more you use it.

Other features such as the ability to be able to paint in High Dynamic Range and change the exposure at will, or to have a "wrap around" mode to help make textures are really good for 3D artists.

I have linked to their Kickstarter as they very much deserve a bump, but its already fully free to download with everything I have listed and a lot more.
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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/krita/krita-free-paint-app-lets-make-it-faster-than-phot
Krita Foundation is raising funds for Krita: free paint app - let's make it faster than Photoshop! on Kickstarter! Krita is the free and open source digital painting program used by artists all over the world. Help make Krita even faster and better!
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Some very useful tools for people voting in the UK right now;
For general information about your candidates (essentially type your postcode in and see statements and such they have made);
https://yournextmp.com
For how candidates stand on internet surveillance and censorship:
https://election.openrightsgroup.org
And for a quiz on all polices to find the overall least-worst party for you;
https://voteforpolicies.org.uk
(I quite like that last one especially)
I recommend everyone voting look at this stuff as its much easier to see who believes what - Certainly compared to the the "mainstream marketing" of the parties.
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New Kickstarter for the insanely good, free, cross-platform painting application Krita.

Aside from painters, its also got a lot of features pretty cool for 3d artists.
Full HDR painting, for example , or wrap-around mode for texture painting.
Very recommended as (imho) its making an embarrassment out of Photoshop and the rest by the shear number of nifty/genuinely useful features they have added in such a short timescale.

Its already a fantastic app, the kickstarter is just to make it more so....by letting you make animations with it.
+Samuel Trumper 
+will wilson
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Just put up bunch of screenshots up from Microsofts new Hololens presentation

https://darkflame.co.uk/EverythingEverywhere/articles/

Will be updating with comments on the pics soon.

Below that is quick new details on the #Hololens as well as #Windows10.
Very impressive stuff all around from #Microsoft at the moment. Seems like they got the tech guys leading the company again.
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Opera Desktop dead? maybe :-/

""This week has been a bit emotional for some of us as we learned that the company many of us worked for before, Opera, dismantled its Oslo desktop team and fired some 70 employees around the world. As you can imagine, this is a major move for the company as this is where it all started, with the desktop browser in Oslo.

Many of our good friends around the globe lost their jobs. Our thoughts are with them all. Clearly this makes our task even more important and we will continue to work hard making the best browser available for you, our friends.""--
https://vivaldi.net/blogs/teamblog/item/25-snapshot-1-0-161-1-more-bugfixing

Vivaldi is a browser that showed up earlier this year started by a bunch of ex-opera engineers dissatisfied with the direction the browser had been going.Sort of a "spiritual successor" taking on a lot of the features Opera dropped when they ditched their old Presto engine and started using Webkit. 
Vivalid also used Webkit but also within one released managed to replace a lot of the features Opera said would take a long time to reimplement with Webkit - possibly pointing to where the skilled coders were, or that Opera was being badly managed?

In either case its a shame to see Opera go. While they only had a tiny fraction of the market they introduced a lot of features quickly adopted by Firefox & Chrome, and were always at the front of standards support - partly down to employing Håkon Wium Lie as their chief technical operator.

There is of course a possibility that they are firing people merely to rehire cheaper labour located elsewhere - but thats hardly a good sign for a company either.
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Yup, Presto was a real good engine. Its a shame it was somewhat bullied out by so many websites ignoring it. It supported standards really well.
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Disgusting.
If you think you got a better product, don't be scared of the competition.  
 
Apple has found an innovative new way to be a dick: Apps mentioning Pebble support are removed from the App Store.
We have just had the latest version of our SeaNav US iOS app rejected by Apple because we support the Pebble Smartwatch and say so in the app description and meta-data (we also state in the review notes that "This application was approved for use with the Pebble MFI Accessory in the Product Plan xxxxxx-yyyy (Pebble Smartwatch)".
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I am aware some people following me are fans of the (insanely good) classic animated series "Gargoyles".
The creator/writer of that show is doing a kickstarter for a audioplay of his book;
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1693681637/rain-of-the-ghosts-full-cast-audioplay/description
It hasn't got much attention despite a rather insane (for geeks) cast he has managed to put together. So I put it here in the hope others might like to support/spread it as the product is sort of on a threshold of being funded.
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NSA spying ruled illegal;
http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/05/07/usa-security-nsa-idINL1N0XY1OK20150507

So does that mean the poor sod that let us know about all this stuff will be allowed back to his family?
Probably not. Because reporting on illegal activity is frond upon in the US. (or, indeed, a lot of places)
Also, I hope this has some knock on effects in the UK, who's spying is just as bad (and arguably, even worse)
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Some new information on Hololens;
https://darkflame.co.uk/EverythingEverywhere/articles/

Sorry for the mess, but the info is there.
Most significant to me is the API's are just Windows10 ones. 
They specifically mentioned they hoped others would be making HMDs for their OS.
Also, all Windows10 universal apps work on Desktop,Tablets,Phones,Xbox..and Hololens.
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Anyone interested in Hololens or Windows10 I am currently updating details as they are announced here;
https://darkflame.co.uk/EverythingEverywhere/articles/5/hololens-and-windows-10-details

Be prepared for corrections/updates every few minutes.
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Interesting technical article on how to get a IBM 8088 chip to produce 1024 colours (rather then the 16 its supposed to)
http://8088mph.blogspot.se/2015/04/cga-in-1024-colors-new-mode-illustrated.html
Also interesting to learn hot NTSC works, and how those smears of colour can be exploited.
By now you may have heard of the 8088 MPH demo, the winning entry in Revision 2015's Oldskool Demo compo this month.  It's been my pleasure to combine efforts with the likes of Trixter, reenigne and Scali to make it happen - ...
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Space Invaders with lazers. Who needs a screen and microchips?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=I0yS4JuiVug#t=81
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