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Plan of National Chi-Nan University to Stop Purchasing Microsoft Office from 2018 Raises Heated Discussions

Posted on: Fri, 2017-04-28 - 19:06 By: danie

Ben Jai, a famous entrepreneur and public opinion leader in Taiwan, said on his Facebook page: “For a student, it should be more important to actively explore new things rather than waiting for someone to teach him. If he just waits for teachers to teach him how to use a tool and plans to use the tool all his life, he will be very easily eliminated.”

Another article on The Inside Media discussed this topic and gave a conclusion by asking this question: “Maybe Microsoft Office has been the basic skill of many enterprises. However, why our education only teaches our students a single tool, instead of training our students to learn and adopt new skills actively?”

See https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2017/04/27/taiwan-ncnu/
News about the migration to ODF in Taiwan

Plan of National Chi-Nan University to Stop Purchasing Microsoft Office from 2018 Raises Heated Discussions in TaiwanApril 23, 2017, Taiwan – The migration of ODF keeps going in many different fields in Taiwan. Since 2016 the Ministry of Education in Taiwan entrusts the Information Service Association of Chinese Colleges (ISAC) and Software Liberty Association Taiwan (SLAT) with the task o ...

We need more designers and user experience people involved in FOSS projects

Posted on: Fri, 2017-04-28 - 17:27 By: danie

#OUconnect

FOSS projects address a myriad of solutions for education, networking, finance, project management, graphics design, etc. But has anyone wondered why a powerful graphics editing application like the GIMP has not yet displaced Adobe? Often it is due to a user interface experience or #UX that is just not intuitive or friendly enough because many technical developers are good at programming, but not as good at user experience design.

Although we have had GNU Social and Diaspora, we also saw recently that the new Mastodon network doubled its user base within a week and I feel it is largely due to a more user friendly interface.

The great thing with FOSS projects is that anyone can contribute with what expertise they have. So much like people have started to assist with better manuals, language checking and translation, etc we now need more #designers and UX people to also add their bit, and at the same time for developers on projects to recognize this need.

There are already sites that give guidance and awareness around this such as http://www.openusability.org/ and at http://opensourcedesign.net/about/.

We'll all (all end users) be complaining for years to come otherwise how much slicker and better Adobe applications work unless user design is addressed seriously on FOSS projects. For this to happen we need developers to recognize the need, and for UX designers to get involved and help out. The benefit then flows to all users worldwide.

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We need more designers and user experience people involved in FOSS projects #OUconnectFOSS projects address a myriad of solutions for education, networking, finance, project management, graphics design, etc. But has anyone wondered why a powerful graphics editing application like the GIMP has not yet displaced Adobe? Often it is due to a user interface experience or #UX that is just not intuitive or friendly enough because many technical

Who’ll Be the First to Meld With the Machines? Diabetics

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 16:57 By: danie

Two main approaches right now are:
1. Soon to go commercial black-box MiniMed 670G which will be a few thousand Dollars.
2. DIY open-source hybrid loop system with Raspberry Pi at https://diyps.org/2016/05/12/how-i-designed-a-diy-closed-loop-artificial-pancreas/.

See https://www.wired.com/2017/04/wholl-first-meld-machines-diabetics/
Who’ll Be the First to Meld With the Machines? Diabetics | WIRED

Five years ago, the feds would never let a computer deliver a drug that could kill you. Then they approved the artificial pancreas.

This Video Explains How GitHub Works As Simply As Possible

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 13:12 By: danie

Ever wondered how open source projects collaborate with developers around the world to coordinate issues and input from users and contributors? One very popular platform is GitHub.

The video is essentially a beginner’s guide to GitHub’s terminology, how it works, why you’d use it, and more. It walks you through how pull requests work, when you’d fork a project, and more. It’s a straightforward introduction that doesn’t provide much more than a few vocabulary words, but it’s still useful for anyone new to GitHub.

See http://lifehacker.com/this-video-explains-how-github-works-as-simply-as-possi-1790751782
This Video Explains How GitHub Works As Simply As Possible

As ubiquitous as it is, GitHub is a little baffling for beginners because it’s not evident at the start how it actually works. So, GitHub made a video to help make sense of it all.

Global music sales hit high on streaming boom

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 13:01 By: danie

Music sales rose robustly for a second straight year to show growth not seen in two decades thanks to the rapid adoption of streaming, the global industry body said Tuesday.

Despite sliding CD sales and downloads, revenue from recorded music around the world grew 5.9 percent in 2016 to total $15.7 billion, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said.

Streaming revenue jumped 60 percent in 2016. Spotify led the way but the report said the market was buoyed by rising consumer choice among on-demand platforms including Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer.

See https://sg.news.yahoo.com/global-music-sales-grow-robustly-second-004230213.html
Global music sales hit high on streaming boom

Music sales rose robustly for a second straight year to show growth not seen in two decades thanks to the rapid adoption of streaming, the global industry body said Tuesday. Despite sliding CD sales and downloads, revenue from recorded music around the world grew 5.9 percent in 2016 to total $15.7 billion

Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 12:54 By: danie

Following the recent cabinet reshuffle and subsequent downgrade of South Africa's economic rating, there has been a surge in the number of public tweets and posts on related topics. Praesignis, in partnership with Insights Radar, conducted an advanced social media analysis on the protest actions in South Africa.

No real surprises actually but it is good top see South Africans able to communicate with each other online. It also helps keep politicians in tune with what their electorates are thinking and saying.

See http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161329:Social-media-analysis-report-on-RSA-protest-actions&catid=160
Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions | ITWeb

Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions | ITWeb

Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 12:40 By: danie
glynmoody@joindiaspora.com 2017-04-27 07:16:30:

Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/27/plain-cigarette-packaging-could-drive-300000-britons-to-quit-smoking let's hope so, & that others follow suit
Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking

Review by research organisation Cochrane suggests impact of UK’s ban on branded packs could echo results seen in Australia

A Dark Year for Press Freedom

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 23:33 By: danie

Violations of press freedom are less and less the exclusive prerogative of authoritarian regimes and dictatorships, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The France-based NGO has today released its 2017 World Press Freedom Index, detailing that in democracies media freedom is proving to be increasingly fragile. “In sickening statements, draconian laws, conflicts of interest, and even the use of physical violence, democratic governments are trampling on a freedom that should, in principle, be one of their leading performance indicators,” the organization says.

See https://international.thenewslens.com/article/66930
A Dark Year for Press Freedom - The News Lens International Edition

The underlying story in Asia is that most countries in the region are in a 'difficult situation' or a 'very serious situation,' according to the world's press freedom watchdog.

Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong”

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 23:00 By: danie

The poplar belief that saturated fats clog up arteries is just plain wrong. That’s the message from three cardiologists in a just published editorial, summarizing the fairly convincing evidence:

"BJSM: Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions"

Instead of worrying about saturated fats or cholesterol, the cardiologists advise people to eat “real food” (like a higher-fat Mediterranean diet), stop smoking and consider stress reduction and regular physical activity.

See https://www.dietdoctor.com/experts-popular-belief-saturated-fats-clog-arteries-plain-wrong

#fat #heart
Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong” - Diet Doctor

The poplar belief that saturated fats clog up arteries is just plain wrong. That’s the message from three cardiologists in a just published editorial, summarizing the fairly convincing evidence: BJSM: Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy...

Here’s hoping this Google Pixel low-light photography experiment gets real

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 22:48 By: danie

Google’s Pixel already boasts a formidable camera, among the best in smartphone photography. A Google Daydream engineer Florian Kainz revealed how much more incredible it could be specifically in the area of night photography, when he set himself the task of reproducing DLSR-style nighttime picture quality using both a Pixel and a Nexus 6P.

So why isn’t this ready to go for general consumer use? Well, because if you’re not already deeply in love with painstaking desktop image processing, it’s going to be well beyond the average user’s patience or skill level. But Kainz expresses hope at the end of the Research blog post that software “should be able to process the images internally” on a phone, once developed, and that the only ingredient required thereafter from a user’s perspective would be setting up their smartphone on a tripod – a relatively low bar these days, even for casual mobile photographers.

See https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/26/heres-hoping-this-google-pixel-low-light-photography-experiment-gets-real/

#photography #night #camera
Here’s hoping this Google Pixel low-light photography experiment gets real | TechCrunch

Here’s hoping this Google Pixel low-light photography experiment gets real | TechCrunch

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