Ubuntu adopts LightDM login screens to get more exciting

first_imgLightDM list “fully themeable” as a feature of the system, so Canonical may ship 11.10 with a bunch of the community’s favorite themes to use. With 3D TVs now available it’s good to know LightDM also supports a 3D interface.Read more at Digitizor and OMG!Ubuntu Login screens are something that often get overlooked on a machine because at most we spend a few seconds every day staring at them. But they are important not only because of the security they offer, but because of the loading time they can add to a system boot.Canonical has decided it is going to change the login manager it uses for Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) from the Gnome Display Manager (GDM) to the Light Display Manager (LightDM). This is a significant change for two reasons. The first is one of size, and as the name implies LightDM is much more lightweight than GDM. While GDM consists of around 50,000 lines of code, LightDM only has 5,000 for effectively doing the same job. LightDM is meant to be very fast meaning it could have a positive impact on boot times.The second reason is one of customization. LightDM has a range of easy to use options allowing you to tweak how the login screen looks and reacts to your input. This is best demonstrated by looking at some mock-ups created by Andrew over at the whyareyoureadingthisurl blog.Where as the current Ubuntu login screen may look like this:With LightDM and a bit of tinkering we could see something like this:Andrew also put together a few videos showing what’s possible due to LightDM being easy to play with. While Ubuntu may decide what we are going to see by default in Ubuntu 11.10, at least we know they have a lot of options to play with once the install or upgrade is complete.last_img read more

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Will the Cloud kill the Asus PadFone before its even here

first_imgAsus certainly started quite the buzz over the last few days with the release concept that has been dubbed the PadFone. Initial commentary, both positive and negative, have appeared across the web at an alarming pace. The idea that you could simply snap your phone into a larger screen and poof! you’ve got a tablet is an exciting concept, even if it’s not for you. Done right, and priced fairly, these devices could cause quite a stir – that is if they had been released a year ago. Today, however, I find myself wondering if the idea would be shot down immediately thanks to the explosive growth in the Cloud.The huge benefit to the PadFone concept is the instant access to everything you have on your phone, just on a bigger screen and more than likely a battery boost. You sit down on the train to work, or on your couch at home and snap your phone into the larger device and enjoy the added real estate without having to give up anything. This is a really cool concept, as long as you forget that it’s so easy to store your whole life online now.AdChoices广告This is especially true on Android, when you consider services like Google Music, SugarSync, and the native syncing of every Google App, there’s really no need to store anything on your phone exclusively. As long as you have access to the internet, you’ve got your entire life. These advancements are among the key reasons that Google seems to be heading in the direction of phasing out the SD card slot, a move that started with the Nexus S six months ago. So why have the complexity of plugging a phone into a tablet when all the tablet has to do is connect to a few cloud services to get most of the data on your phone?Now, cloud based services certainly don’t negate the product as a concept. It’s still wicked cool to be able to snap your phone into a tablet and play, but the core advantage of this design I feel has been lost. If I had a Nexus S and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, sliding my phone into my pocket and using the tablet would generate the same experience as snapping into the PadFone. Plus, the tablet part of the PadFone has to be at least a tiny bit larger than the phone itself, which will put it at an early disadvantage when compared to the ultra-thin tablets of today.Do I think the PadFone is a cool idea? Heck yes, I think it’s a great concept, but unfortunately it is no longer a concept that provides something unique, and as such will lose the only market it has left: the niche consumer. Maybe, since this is just a concept piece, Asus will come back to the table implementing some of the extremely thin designs that were shown with their upcoming line of laptops and netbooks, which may have a very significant bearing on its future.last_img read more

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Japan creates worlds first spherical flying robot

first_imgJapan’s Ministry of Defense has created one of the most versatile flying robots I have ever seen, and what is thought to be the world’s first spherical flying robot to boot.The robot manages to combine the best of both a helicopter and a winged plane and can hover as well as travel very fast with forward motion. In fact, this little 350 gram, 42cm diameter ball can reach speeds of up to 60km/h.As you can see in the video below, due to the use of three on-board gyro sensors it can cope with being hit while adjusting and maintaining a hovering state. Because it is a sphere, it can also land on just about any surface and even rolls around while under control on the ground.There’s a camera on board and flight time on a single charge is currently gauged at 8 minutes. The cost of building it is surprisingly cheap at just $1,400 due to the fact it only uses off-the-shelf, commercial components.Japan hopes to use the new robot in rescue missions for viewing (or carrying objects to?) locations that are otherwise inaccessible by ground or other flying machines.One thing that isn’t stated, but would be useful to know, is how much of a payload this thing can carry? Also, could it be scaled up and a seat installed for manned flight? If so, it could become a pretty awesome new type of aircraft beyond a remote control flying surveillance robot.If the flight time can be improved, we can see the Japanese government getting a lot of interest from other countries wanting to utilize the robot beyond just search and rescue missions.Read more at DigInfo TVlast_img read more

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Googles We Solve for X a lecture series aimed at solving global

first_imgGoogle X is something we’ve heard about, on and off, for a few months now. The name brings to mind some sort of Skunkworks division of the company that is working on projects other than search, email, or Google’s other activities, and that seems to be the case. The X Labs have supposedly been working on a project as diverse — and far from Google’s core business — as a space elevator and Google’s famous self-driving cars. The latest to come from the X division is Wesolveforx.com, which hasn’t been completely defined yet, but seems to be something new for Google, possibly a conference series. The site simply describes it as a “forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork, ” which leaves room for a lot of possibilities.Most of the evidence points to a series of short lectures, focused on solving serious problems with the use of technology. While some have pointed towards a think tank of sorts, Google does already have Ideas, its NYC-based “think/do tank” where it can work on non-traditional projects. Ideas was recently rated the best think tank created in the last 18 months, so we know they are doing something right, even though they don’t seem to be things that affect the average Google user (at least not to their knowledge). The conference idea does make sense because the site clearly states “Attendees login here” and there is an email submission form where anyone can put in their information, seemingly to request an invitation or at least get on the email list. This points towards something with open admissions and larger attendance than a think tank, such an an event series like the TED talks. The image below, found in the site’s CSS, makes it pretty clear that We Solve for X is a sort of open lecture series. It mentions 12 minute presentations and references “the audience you’ll be presenting to”. It seems as though the talks will be focused on solving major problem with science fiction-like applications of technology. This is totally in keeping with where we’ve seen more forward-looking parts of Google focused over the past few years.The video below was made available on the site as well as We Solve for X’s YouTube channel. It has no hard information, but gives a general tone for the program, which is aimed at thinking through larger problems than one might expect a commercial organization to be working on. So, stop by wesolveforx.com, sign up, and you should know more soon. In the meantime you might want to follow Google’s newly-hired Richard W. DeVaul who has tweeted a number of times with the #wesolveforx hashtag and works at Google X. Google X, via Android Policelast_img read more

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Curiosity landing video turned into 25fps masterpiece

first_imgThe descent of Curiosity on to the surface of Mars is one of those events that will be remembered (in awe) forever. The 7 minutes of terror the rover went through to land safely on Mars was impressive both in its planning and execution, and everyone at NASA should be very proud of their achievement.We are also lucky that the Curiosity team at NASA thought to record and share the last 2 minutes of the descent via the 2MP Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) camera on board Curiosity. It allowed us to see the descent from the moment the heat shield is released right through to the thrusters gently placing Curiosity on the surface.The original video was tiny. Then NASA released an updated, high resolution version consisting of 666 frames of footage running at around 4fps. It was great, and I thought it was the best version we were going to get. But I was wrong.YouTube user hahahaspam took that footage and interpolated it to 25 frames per second. It took four days in total to put the video you see above together, but I think you’ll agree it was worth it. And it may not be the best version to appear as others are continuing to work with the footage and improve it further.Curiosity is already hard at work on Mars. We’ve seen it interrogate a rock with the ChemCam laser, it has started moving around, and there’s going to be a ton of new footage captured by its cameras over the next couple of years. This video and the handful of images being released by NASA is thankfully just the beginning.via Redditlast_img read more

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There may be another Earth just 12 light years away

first_imgSun (left), Tau Ceti (right)In 2012 a scientific paper predicted we wouldn’t have to wait much longer to discover an Earth-like planet. Sure enough, a year later the Kepler spacecraft found one in the habitable zone of the Kepler 22 system, and it was named Kepler-22b. That system is 600 light years away from Earth, but it is now thought there’s another habitable planet orbiting a single star that’s much closer to us.Tau Ceti is a single star around 12 light years away from Earth, and the closest most Sun-like star (G-type) we have discovered outside our solar system. It’s also thought to have 5 planets in orbit, the fourth of which is around 4x as large as Earth and sits in the habitable zone, potentially making it an Earth-like planet.The planets have not been seen, but are thought to exist due to “gravitational tugs” affecting the motion of Tau Ceti as observed through telescopes in Australia, Chile, and Hawaii. All five planets are thought to be between 2x and 7x as large as Earth. They all sit closer to Tau Ceti than Mars is to the Sun, however, Tau Ceti is around 78% of the Sun’s mass and only emits 45% of the light, which adjusts the location of the habitable zone for its planets.Although the evidence is there, this by no means confirms the existence of an Earth-like planet, or even that five planets are present orbiting Tau Ceti. The data is, after all, based on disturbances observed on the star’s movement that suggests planets are there.Even if a habitable planet is confirmed as orbiting Tau Ceti, the star is thought to have 10x the dust of the Sun in orbit, meaning any nearby planets would be subjected to regular impacts, making them more dangerous environments than Earth.Read more at Science Mag. Image Credit: R.J. Halllast_img read more

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Kinect used to automate control of a cockroachs movement

first_imgRemote-controlled cockroaches have been a goal of North Carolina State University since last year, when a project was kicked off to mount a chip on a roach that allowed it to be steered. Since then we’ve also seen a Kickstarter launched that aims to give you everything you need to turn any cockroach into your iPhone-controlled slave.While the RoboRoach Kickstarter seems a little cruel, the students at NC State are moving along quickly with their research. They aren’t satisfied with just having control over a cockroach, they want to automate the process, too.The research team at the university has added a Microsoft Kinect motion controller into the mix to achieve such automation. It is pointed down on to the area where the cockroach will move and a path laid out. The cockroach is then made to walk along the path by the Kinect sending left and right instructions to it wirelessly. As you can see in the video above, the system works well and keeps the cockroach moving in the right direction with only small deviations.The ultimate goal of this project is to perfect the movement steering and make it as efficient and fast as possible. At that point these modified cockroaches could be used at disaster sites, mapping out areas that are inaccessible to humans either due to collapse or hazardous conditions.If we get to that point the cockroaches will be carrying much more than just a wireless steering device on their backs. The research team envisions a microphone and speakers also being included so as they can communicate with survivors. Talking to a cockroach is surely going to feel a little strange, but the relief of actually being found will soon replace that.last_img read more

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Blood flies rotting corpses Inside Venezuelas crumbling hospitals

first_img In this September 2016 photo, Marvin Osuna sits near a sunlit window in a passageway at University Hospital, in Caracas, Venezuela. Image: Fernando Llano By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3116047 12,440 Views Share Tweet Email The hospital has no specialists in infectious diseases.Instead, the doctors identify infections by the smell of the wounds, says one of them, who asked not to be named.He says he helped save a man who had been shot in the head and left in the street. The wound was infested with worms when he arrived.Flies breedingMore than 80% of Venezuela’s hospital departments are lacking surgical supplies, according to the Venezuelan Health Observatory. More than 74% of the departments are short of medicine.The observatory calculates that 100,000 hospital beds are needed, but only about 15,000 are functioning.The political opposition blames socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s economic management for the chaos. They accuse the government of corruption and incompetence.Maduro insists the shortages are temporary. He has vowed to restart national production of medical supplies to replace the lost imports.The socialist government says it has invested $250 billion in healthcare over the past 13 years, particularly in poor areas.Some of the equipment bought with that money did get to Coche. But doctors here say much of it is useless now because of a lack of spare parts.Only one of the hospital’s four elevators is working.The pit below the shaft is filled with stagnant water where flies breed, says the lift operator Rosa Herrera, 61.“In here we take up food, patients, the dead, people who have been shot,” she says. “Plus the rubbish and the human waste.”“Being a doctor in Venezuela is an act of heroism” Photocopies of unfilled doctor’s prescriptions are taped to the main gate of the Nunciature, during a protest demanding the government attend to the country’s health crisis, in Caracas, Venezuela Source: Fernando LlanoVegas earns the equivalent of about $60 a month. He can only afford to eat twice a day and says he has lost 26 kilograms in weight during the crisis.For their trouble, he and his colleagues face robberies and threats from patients and their families.“Being a doctor in Venezuela is an act of heroism,” says the doctor who asked not to be named.The country’s Medical Federation says 13,000 doctors have left the country since Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, the father of Venezuela’s “socialist revolution,” came to power in 1999.Now Vegas says he himself may follow.Freddy Herrera cannot go anywhere for now. He lies, swatting at the flies, hoping he will one day walk away.His wife used to come and see him, but her visits are fewer now. She has started treatment for cancer.- © AFP, 2016Read: Hundreds of thousands march against government in Venezuela>Read: How does an oil-rich country with an economy bigger than New Zealand have food shortages?> 76 Comments Dec 3rd 2016, 3:00 PM PLUMBER FREDDY HERRERA broke his leg in four places when he crashed his motorbike nine months ago. But his real troubles started when he got to hospital.The doctors fixed the leg. Then they had to operate 13 times more to cut out infections caught in the stinking hospital where he languishes.With open rubbish bins, flies in the corridors and rotting corpses stacked in the morgue, this public hospital in the Coche district of Caracas could be the set of a horror film.But it is all too real: the dirty, miserable human face of Venezuela’s economic and political crisis.There aren’t many doctors here — just 18 for a community of 150,000 people. Medics warn harmful bacteria has grown to resist the few antibiotics that are available.“I’m scared that after fighting this for so long, they will come and tell me they have to take off my leg because the bacteria have infected the bone,” Herrera says.I don’t want to go up to the operating theatre anymore. Every time I do, I come back feeling worse.Dying in agony In this Sept. 19, 2016 photo, the packed belongings of Ashley Pacheco sit on top of her bed, as she waits to be discharged from University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Two months after the 3-year-old was first admitted with a staph infection in her left leg, the doctor declared Ashley infection-free. Her mother sold the medication the family had left over to other mothers on the floor, putting away some of that money for future treatment. Source: Fernando LlanoCoche’s is one of hundreds of Venezuelan hospitals that are overcrowded and desperately undersupplied.Traumatologist Efraim Vegas, 29, says he recently watched helplessly as a young man died writhing in agony from a gunshot wound to the knee.“I had no serum, no spare blood, no morphine,” he says.We have had various people who have ended up having amputations because there isn’t enough antiseptic in the operating theatres.The hospital’s emergency room only has five saline drips for use during the night. During that shift, up to 20 patients arrive.“I feel like my hands are tied,” Vegas says. “I cannot heal people. I just give them relief and help them as they die.”Rotting flesh People line up to buy bread in Caracas on 29 October this year. Source: Ariana CubillosVenezuela’s economy has crashed in line with the price of crude oil — the export on which the state relies.As its revenues have plunged, imports of medical supplies have dried up.In the Coche hospital, the oxygen tubes are washed and re-used. So are the supposedly disposable electric scalpels.One of its three operating theatres is closed due to contamination.Drops of fresh blood spot the floor at the entrance to the hospital’s morgue.It is made to house four corpses, but recently it has held up to 12 at a time.“Sometimes the bodies are in there for up to three days. It is terrible,” says Vegas.It all smells of rotting flesh. This is like a hospital in wartime. In this September 2016 photo, Marvin Osuna sits near a sunlit window in a passageway at University Hospital, in Caracas, Venezuela. Image: Fernando Llano Blood, flies, rotting corpses: Inside Venezuela’s crumbling hospitals The economic situation in the country is so dire that even hospitals are being badly affected. Short URL Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 3:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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And that is when I became homeless The week in quotes

first_img Short URL Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the possibility of the result of the UK’s upcoming election being a large Conservative majority. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieLet me be very clear: there will be no financial gain to any religious order from the development of this hospital. I have heard people say that nuns will be running the hospital. Not true. I have heard that nuns will be gifted the hospital. Not true.Minister for Health Simon Harris faced down growing controversy over the new National Maternity Hospital, after it was announced that the Sisters of Charity would own the new facility. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubePeople do doubt you, because people think, ‘well, that can’t possibly all be true, you can’t possibly have all that wrong with you’, and you start to doubt yourself.Jo Allen spoke to us about what living with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, is like. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who faced accusations of becoming a dictator this week after a referendum was passed transforming the country into a executive presidency. Source: Alex Brandon/PA WireWhenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his plans to clamp down on leaking from government departments. Apr 23rd 2017, 6:30 PM 17,332 Views Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 6:30 PM Source: Shutterstock/Brian A JacksonI am immensely remorseful, I’m always mindful of the immense impact my actions had. If I could turn back time to have John Fox back with his family again, I would make it happen in a heartbeat.Richard Kelly, who was sentenced for the manslaughter of John Fox in 1987, apologised to the victim’s family on RTÉ Radio 1′s Liveline, saying he wished he could turn back time. Source: Leon/Farrell RollingNews.ieI packed my things and moved to a bedsit I’d found, but I only ended up lasting one night. It was filthy, damp, mouldy, and crawling with insects. The neighbours were scary. I left. And that is when I became homeless.The experience of Paula, a 19-year-old woman who was the subject of Focus Ireland’s Easter appeal. She recently experienced a period of sleeping on the streets and in emergency accomodation after leaving care. Source: Depo Photos/PA WireI am a mortal really, I could die at any time. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: The British Monarchy/YouTube https://jrnl.ie/3350809 No Comments By Nicky Ryan Share Tweet Email For too long there has been a taboo about talking about some important issues. If you were anxious; it’s because you were weak. If you couldn’t cope with whatever life threw at you, it’s because you were failing. Successful, strong people don’t suffer like that, do they? But of course – we all do. It’s just that few of us speak about it. Attitudes are changing and this is being helped by high profile people talking about their experience.Prince William had a chat with Lady Gaga about mental health. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesA virtual one-party Tory state is a horrifying prospect… ‘And that is when I became homeless’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week.last_img read more

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It feels so cruel Family of critically ill Irish man plead for

first_img Share104 Tweet Email3 By Garreth MacNamee 56,932 Views THE FAMILY OF a man who suffered a serious heart attack in Canada is pleading with the public to help bring him back to Ireland.Ciaran Kelly, from Bray, Wicklow, suffered a cardiac arrest on St Patrick’s Day. He had been living in Vancouver, Canada at the time. Due to oxygen deprivation brought on by the heart attack, Ciaran was left with severe brain damage.The family flew out to be by his bedside but it is costing $15,000 a day just to keep him in hospital.The family is looking for €100,000 to bring Ciaran back to Ireland so he can continue his recovery at home.According to a GoFund me page set up to raise money for the medical bills: “On the 17th of March, our whole life was turned upside down. We received the devastating news that our son Ciaran, aged 32, suffered a cardiac arrest and, as a result of this, his brain was deprived of oxygen.“Upon arrival, we were told the devastating news that Ciaran was critically ill on life support with severe brain damage.” ‘It feels so cruel’: Family of critically ill Irish man plead for donations to bring him home The family is looking for €100,000 to bring Ciaran back to Ireland. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As a family, our main concern is to get Ciaran home to Ireland so we can provide him with the care and support he so desperately requires.

The current cost of Ciaran’s medical care in the ICU in Burnaby Hospital Vancouver is $15,000 a day. At present ,which is only day 5, it has accumulated to $75,000. As you can imagine, the stress and worry of what is happening is unbearable for us and feels so terribly cruel.The family has pleaded with the Irish and Canadian governments for help but they were told that there was nothing which could be done.The statement from the Kelly family added: “We cannot express the urgency of this situation at this horrendous time. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for any donation you can contribute as it will bring us one step closer to bringing Ciaran home.”Read: Hopes that dives to wreckage of Rescue 116 can begin today >Read: Poll: Do you support the strike by Bus Éireann workers? >center_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3304094 Mar 24th 2017, 8:51 AM Friday 24 Mar 2017, 8:51 AM 59 Comments last_img read more

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