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Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion

Posted on: Mon, 2018-06-04 - 18:11 By: admin

Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion

Microsoft is acquiring GitHub. After reports emerged that the software giant was in talks to acquire GitHub, Microsoft is making it official today. This is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s second big acquisition, following the $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn two years ago. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, and Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion in stock for the company in a deal that should close later this year.

GitHub is a large code repository that has become very popular with developers and companies hosting entire projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. There are 85 million repositories hosted on GitHub, and 28 million developers contribute to them. GitHub will now be led by CEO Nat Friedman, the founder of Xamarin, who will report to Microsoft’s Cloud and AI chief Scott Guthrie. GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath will now become a technical fellow at Microsoft, also reporting into Guthrie.

It’s easy to imagine why Microsoft would want to acquire GitHub. Microsoft killed its own GitHub competitor, Codeplex, in December and is now the top contributor to GitHub, Microsoft now has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to GitHub repositories.

Trust and respect won’t be easy for Microsoft to win, though. Developers are already voicing their concerns about Microsoft’s past abuses, and the company’s botched acquisition of Skype and Nokia’s phone business.

GitLab, a GitHub competitor, claims it has seen a 10x increase in the amount of developers moving their repositories over to its service, an early sign that there’s some developer unrest.

This is going to be interesting but as it is the open source world, there are alternatives so you have to win trust and confidence. Unfortunately for Microsoft, that trust has been broken many times over the last few decades and many developers have long memories...

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/4/17422788/microsoft-github-acquisition-official-deal

#github #microsoft #opensource


Microsoft confirms it will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion
It’s official.

Atari Launches Linux Gaming Box Starting at $199

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-03 - 14:08 By: admin

Atari Launches Linux Gaming Box Starting at $199

Atari has now re-emerged from the fog of gaming history with an Ubuntu-based Atari VCS gaming and media streaming console aimed at retro gamers. In addition to games, the Atari VCS will also offer Internet access and optional voice control. With a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the system can be used as a standard Linux computer. The catch is that the already delayed systems won’t ship until July 2019.

Shortly after appearing on Indiegogo this week, the Atari VCS vaulted over its $100,000 funding goal to hit $1.7 million and counting. Indiegogo packages that are discounted by $50 include a basic Atari VCS Onyx model that goes for $199 or $229 with a classic joystick. These are both Early Bird deals that expire June 4.

Atari offers an Atari Vault library with more than 100 classic games in their original arcade and/or Atari 2600 formats. Next year, it will launch a new Atari VCS Store in partnership with “a leading industry partner to be announced shortly.”

See https://www.linux.com/blog/2018/5/atari-launches-linux-gaming-box-starting-199

#atari #gaming


Atari Launches Linux Gaming Box Starting at $199
Attempts to establish Linux as a gaming platform have failed time and time again, with Valve’s SteamOS being the latest high-profile casualty. Yet, Linux has emerged as a significant platform in the much smaller niche of retro gaming, especially on the Raspberry Pi. Atari has now re-emerged from the fog of gaming history with an Ubuntu-based Atari VCS gaming and media streaming console aimed at retro gamers.

CryptPad - open source private collaboration on documents, polls, kanban boards, whiteboards and source...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-03 - 13:38 By: admin

CryptPad - open source private collaboration on documents, polls, kanban boards, whiteboards and source code editing

Yes, EtherPad also does collaborative real-time editing on a document but the difference here is local encryption taking place on the client side and quite a few other services also rolled into one eg. whiteboards, source code editing, Kanban boards (like Trello), polls and even simple presentations.

You can sample a poll by going to this link and voting on whether you like CryptPad or not - https://cryptpad.fr/poll/#/2/poll/edit/1+7vPrTX2kfwIOzDJk5NaAVX/embed/.

Self-hosting, of course, will remove any file storage limitations and give you even greater peace of mind over security.

Main website is at https://cryptpad.fr where you can try the service out on a free account or you can install and host it yourself on your own server from https://github.com/xwiki-labs/cryptpad

#cryptpad #etherpad #collaboration #private #opensource

03/06/2018


My Summer Car is an open world survival game based around building your own car from the shell using...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-03 - 09:24 By: admin

My Summer Car is an open world survival game based around building your own car from the shell using parts, bolts and spanners

My Summer Car is a game currently in development by the Amistech team, with help of the community in a form of testers, people that do character voices and those that give ideas and suggestions as the game is still in Early Access on Steam.

The game takes place in the Finnish countryside. You play as a 19 year old male whose main goal is to assemble a taken apart, rusty old Satsuma, the in-game equivalent to a Datsun 100A that came out of use for the family and spent it's last years in the garage, and make it pass the inspection. While doing so, the player must manage their bodily needs and acquire money to pay for food, electricity, fuel and even performance and visual upgrades later for the car. In order to make money, the player has to do different jobs like pumping septic tanks, delivering wrecked cars, brewing kilju or doing vandalism.

The gameplay detail though is what really makes this game. There is no quick start and you have to do jobs to first earn money to buy parts to complete and modify your car. (your car starts as a shell dissembled down to the last bolt, and you have to source and buy stacks of engine and car parts right down to cylinders, spark plugs, etc and assemble it using the correct tools) You have to sleep, eat, wash and look after your health. But the mindblowing part is all the mechanical accuracy - over tighten the fan belt and it will break. Before you get parts you have to order them, wait for them to arrive and then fetch them at the post office. Don't put the wrong grade of fuel in the vehicles either! The diesel fan first needs to warm the spark plugs before you can start it. And you can die!

The best way to get a feel for what the time is about is to watch Squirrel's intro video below and to have a look at the wiki at http://my-summer-car.wikia.com/wiki/My_Summer_Car_Wikia. To get going, as it is a detailed simulation, it is a good idea to read this getting started guide at http://my-summer-car.wikia.com/wiki/MY_SUMMER_CAR_GUIDE_2:_ELECTRIC_BOOGALOO.

Watch Squirrel's video of the game at https://youtu.be/BAgAU83yhe0

#mysummercar #gaming #simulation


A cellphone taped to someone's wrist:' Woman looking at Apple Watch found guilty of distracted driving...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-03 - 08:59 By: admin

A cellphone taped to someone's wrist:' Woman looking at Apple Watch found guilty of distracted driving

A driver looking at an Apple Watch while stopped at a traffic light is still guilty of breaking Ontario’s distracted driving law, despite the trendy device’s new technology and her claim she was only checking the time.

Even with its miniaturization and trendy technology, an Apple Watch is no safer “than a cellphone taped to someone’s wrist,” said a justice of the peace, while convicting a Guelph woman this month of holding or using a hand-held wireless communication device while driving.

Victoria Ambrose was stopped at a red light on South Ring Road in Guelph in April when a University of Guelph police officer, beside her in his cruiser, noticed the glow of an electronic device. The officer testified he saw her looking up and down about four times, court heard.

A sign of modern times... the issue should be about the "distraction" and not the "device". But the same could be said of a navigation device, and what would be different from one mounted on the dash or one that comes mounted inside the dash? I expect this is also why we are seeing more and more devices being voice controlled. From my Google Maps, Waze, my Android phone in general (Google Assistant) and even my Garmin Dash Cam are all voice controlled. Maybe we need to start actively learning to use this voice control.

See http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-cellphone-taped-to-someones-wrist-woman-looking-at-apple-iwatch-found-guilty-of-distracted-driving


‘A cellphone taped to someone’s wrist:’ Woman looking at Apple Watch found guilty of distracted driving | National Post

The 1903 Gillette Double Ring: The Razor that Started it All

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 19:30 By: admin

The 1903 Gillette Double Ring: The Razor that Started it All

If you’re using a Double Edge (DE) razor you may not realize where or when the actual concept came to shape. Traditional wet shaving has had its share of innovation, but none of it can compare to the introduction of the disposable blade razor. There’s one man you can personally thank for this particular design that has been replicated times over the past 115 years. His name is King Camp Gillette.

Read more about the Double Ring at https://sharpologist.com/2018/05/gillette-double-ring-razor-started.html


The Gillette Double Ring: The Razor that Started it All - Sharpologist
If you’re using a Double Edge (DE) razor you may not realize where or when the actual concept came to shape. Traditional wet shaving has had its share of innovation, but none of it can compare to the introduction of the disposable blade razor. There’s one man you can personally thank for this particular design …

These are the best times to avoid traffic in Joburg and Cape Town right now - In case Capetonians wondered...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 18:38 By: admin

These are the best times to avoid traffic in Joburg and Cape Town right now - In case Capetonians wondered how bad their traffic really is

“Several possibilities lie behind these scores. Neither Cape Town nor Johannesburg have mass-transit rail systems, meaning road is a more important part of the average commute. Cape Town also suffers from a ‘mono-mode’ spatial legacy, whereby a large majority of the jobs are in the city centre and a majority of housing is in the suburbs, resulting in inefficient ‘tidal’ passenger flows (empty buses on return journeys).”

It added that many LA residents might work in a business near to their suburban home, this is not possible for most Capetonians.

See https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/248691/these-are-the-best-times-to-avoid-traffic-in-joburg-and-cape-town-right-now/

#capetown #traffic


These are the best times to avoid traffic in Joburg and Cape Town right now
While Cape Town’s traffic levels are no worse than other similar cities across the world – its citizens don’t necessarily feel the same way.

Human Connection Network - a nonprofit social network that connects information to action and promotes...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 17:42 By: admin

Human Connection Network - a nonprofit social network that connects information to action and promotes positive local and global change in all areas of life

It looks quite a bit like Google+ but has some quite unique functionality for supporting opposing factual arguments which will then be voted on my 100 strangers. It also has very powerful filtering helping you find what you want. It is certainly something of interest for charities, non-profits and activists wanting to mobile support or ideas. Looks like it could also be a very good general social network too. They are wanting to complete their funding target to get the network publicly launched.

Here are some of the unique functionalities listed:
- Giving you all standard functionalities of a social network + easy to use and smart tools, map and even a highly efficient project management tool within a simple all-in-one user interface
- Filter and sort EVERYTHING, to find EVERYTHING
- With a MORE INFO and TAKE ACTION button connecting you to matching content to see what you can do on the matter you just read about
- Connecting everyone within ONE COLLECTIVE, collaborating for the greater good
- 100% solution orientated
- Designed to be an independent news portal, with the overview of a news magazine (predefined topics), discussion board and knowledge base - by people for people
- Crowd-moderated
- User-friendly basic settings
- Endless possibilities for advanced users
- Open-source, transparent, fair
- Developer API interconnection for external charity content & tools
- Full privacy, ad-free
- Charity status

You can watch a video about its functionality at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwSx06DK2oU&feature=youtu.be or visit the site at https://human-connection.org/en/

#socialnetwork #activists #NGO #charity #causes


Counter-Strike, FIFA, and Fortnite players will share in R220,000 in prizes at a tournament in South...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 16:20 By: admin

Counter-Strike, FIFA, and Fortnite players will share in R220,000 in prizes at a tournament in South Africa at the end of June – and anyone can enter

Contestants stand the chance to win over R220,000 in prizes, and 11 smartphones, at Africa’s largest esports tournament at the end of this month.

Gamers will battle it out Rush, taking place at the Sun Arena in Pretoria from the 29th of June to 1 July, in three main tournaments which include Counter Strike on PC, FIFA on PS4, and Fortnite on mobile.

See https://www.businessinsider.co.za/counter-strike-fifa-and-fortnite-share-r220000-prizes-at-esports-tournament-rush-2018-6

#esports #gaming #southafica


Counter-Strike, FIFA, and Fortnite players will share in R220,000 in prizes at a tournament at the end of June – and anyone can enter
And 11 Huawei P20 Pro and Huawei Y7 smartphones are also up for grabs.
Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 14:57 By: admin

Rolling Line - Amazing VR Model Train Simulator - Driving Model Trains In VR

Rolling Line is an awesome VR Model Train Simulator where you can experience Model Trains in full scale! Build and ride your creations in this awesome Train Simulator.

Gives a good taste of what VR can do for us. Now imagine this in another few years time as the resolution and detail gets even better! Train sets take up quite a bit of space so imagine having this to play with ina small apartment.

Watch it at https://youtu.be/ypXSL2gUUSY

#modeltrains #VR #trains




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