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Awesome! High-Altitude Balloon Launch At Linux.conf.au In Ballarat

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gizmodo.com.au: What’s better than launching a high-altitude balloon into space from Adelaide 20 times? Doing it live from Linux.conf.au in Ballarat. Check out our exclusive video and learn more about the project.

The Geek's Guide to the Coolest Holiday Gifts

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linuxjournal.com: Does the thought of building your own retro arcade game seem a bit daunting? Get your nostalgia fix with this authentic arcade panel and trackball designed to inject the arcade experience into any home computer or video game console.

Sys Admin Day

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  • Sys Admin Day
  • Happy Sys Admin Day
  • 10 Ways to Give Your System Administrators a Break

Newlooks - a classic touch for GNOME 3

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Since GNOME 3 has been released, have you missed the good old user experience of GNOME 2? Marcus Moeller has created a theme called Newlooks that is meant to be used within the Fallback Mode.

It is based on Adwaita but makes use of the Clearlooks colors.

http://www.marcusmoeller.ch/gnome/newlooks-a-classic-touch-for-gnome-3.html

Windows 8 Interface Wind

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  • [Rumor] Windows 8 Will Have A New Interface Called “Wind”
  • Leading PC manufacturers dropping VGA support by 2015
  • WebSockets disabled in Firefox 4

The 10 biggest tech scandals of the decade

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techrepublic.com: Choosing the worst tech disgraces of the past 10 years isn’t easy, but CNET News recently took a crack at it. The incidents that made the cut involve sexual harassment, stripper-crazed CEOs, spies, congressional investigations, and even murder.

Red Hat buys community underprivileged a bike

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orange.mync.com (AP): Bikes cost money, and in today's economic environment parents are making tough decisions about what they can and can't afford for their children. That's where George knew Red Hat could step in and help.

Top 10 Most Hated Tech Mascots Ever

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informationweek.com: Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this.

Earth's first all Klingon opera debuts

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theregister.co.uk: Earth has witnessed its first Klingon opera. On Friday in The Hague, Netherlands, the Terran Research Ensemble raised the curtain on "U," the first Earth opera performed entirely in Klingon.

11 infamous software bugs

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  • Epic failures: 11 infamous software bugs
  • A Look at Some of Our Favorite Hollywood Computers
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  • AppStream 0.8 released!
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  • Centreon: A Free Alternative To Nagios Xi Monitoring Platform
  • imgflo 0.3: GEGL metaoperations++
    GEGL has for a long time supported meta-operations: operations which are built as a sub-graph of other operations. However, they had to be built programatically using the C API which limited tooling support and the platform-specific nature made them hard to distribute. [...] This makes Flowhub+imgflo a useful tool also outside the web-based processing workflow it is primarily built for. Feature is available in GEGL and GIMP master as of last week, and will be released in GIMP 2.10 / GEGL 0.3.
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