City of Nancy is France’s best example of public services that encourage the use of free, open and collaborative digital technology

Date Published: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:36:33 +0200

“Nancy recognises the value of free software for public services,” says Etienne Gonnu, public affairs officer at April, France’s main free software advocacy organisation, and one of the jury members. Speaking to OSOR, Mr Gonnu explained that the city is a fine example of how to introduce public service employees to free software. “The city focuses these discussions on the needs of their citizens and employees, and then shows how free software is the perfect fit.” Using this approach, the city has managed to increase the use of free software in all parts of its IT infrastructure, Mr Gonnu says.

The city often reaches out to the free software community, organising meetings such as ‘Libre sur la place’. These meeting bring together local politicians, public service employees, citizens and representatives of free software communities.

France’s public services are focusing increasingly on the importance of free and open source software, Pascal Kuczynski, director of Adullact - the organisation behind the Territoire Numérique Libre award - told CIO, an IT trade publication.

See https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/open-source-observatory-osor/news/territoire-numerique-libre

#FOSS #opensource #france
#^Territoire Numérique Libre | Joinup

The city of Nancy is France’s best example of public services that encourage the use of free, open and collaborative digital technology. The city was awarded the status of Territoire Numérique Libre niveau 5 (“digital free territory 5” – the highest level) during a ceremony at the Congrès des Maires de France, which took place in Paris on...

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Live International Space Station Tracking Map - Shows Position And Path

Date Published: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:47:48 +0200

The tracker (top map) shows where the Space Station is right now and its path 90 minutes ago (-1.5 hr) and 90 minutes ahead (+1.5 hr). The dark overlay indicates where it is night time in the world. The map of Earth below the tracker shows where the Space Station is flying directly above.

This useful not only for spotting it in the sky but also for amateur radio operators (and schools) wishing to talk to the astronauts.

See https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/tracking_map.cfm

#technology #space
#^Spot The Station

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See the International Space Station! As the third brightest object in the sky the space station is easy to see if you know when to look up.

Why Citymapper is better than Google Maps to get around in 41 major metros with lots of public transit options

Date Published: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:28:56 +0200

For plenty of folks, Google Maps might as well be the only navigation app that exists. It's pre-installed on lots of Android devices, and even iOS users probably trust the app with name recognition over Apple's default option.

And that's fine! Google Maps is a reliable source of navigation info and restaurant recommendations. But for big city commuters in particular, Alex Perry from Mashable thinks there's a better option. It's one he's used since he moved to New York City almost four years ago, and he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

Citymapper, as its name suggests, is a mobile navigation app primarily for use in metropolitan cities. Try opening it in Kansas, where it's not supported yet, and you'll be out of luck. But that hasn't stopped it from garnering high praise in places like the iOS App Store. If you live and work in a city with huge amounts of public transit options, Citymapper is more comprehensive than Google Maps in some key ways.

See why at https://mashable.com/article/citymapper-google-maps/ and you can see the list of supported cities at https://citymapper.com/cities

#technology #navigation
#^Why I use this app instead of Google Maps to get around

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You may love Google Maps, but for some of us, there's a better option out there.

You Don't Actually Need Blue Light-Blocking Lenses — This Eye Doctor Explains Why its Fake Marketing

Date Published: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:06:16 +0200

It's not the sinister "blue light" people keep talking about that's hurting your eyes. There is other common sense advice you should be following that will cost you nothing. Seems some optometrists are being fed fake marketing information?

Watch at https://youtu.be/NkJY9bgLyBE

#health #fakemarketing #technology

A medical doctor explains how skin tags indicate red flags with your metabolism leading to Type 2 Diabetes

Date Published: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:32:06 +0200

We should have more proper medical doctors explaining health symptoms to create awareness for people to take preventative action earlier. In this case these symptoms could indicate problems with metabolism, and they can be reversed with a low carb diet. Why fix symptoms if you can address the underlying cause.

Watch at https://youtu.be/8AqlZK2TxZA

#LCHF #health
#^What SKIN TAGS Really Mean (Does your Doctor know?)

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What do Skin Tags really mean? Of course there is a small genetic component to having skin tags. But, are skin tags really a warning Red Flag that something ...

Moonshot Moment: Europe Announces Green Deal - Included is a carbon border, ensuring companies cannot evade carbon taxes by outsourcing their emissions

Date Published: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:40:54 +0200

New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled Europe's Green Deal on Wednesday, a package of 50 far-reaching policy ideas that are still missing many key details, calling it a "man on the moon moment" for Europe.

The package of measures would see climate action woven across all the EU’s policy areas, and is as much of an economic policy as it is a climate or energy proposal.

Within 100 days, the commission will present a new climate law designed to lock in the continent’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050. The current target for 2030 is a 40 percent emissions reduction, up from an original 27 percent.

See https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/ec-president-green-deal-is-europes-moonshot-moment

#environment #EU
#^Moonshot Moment: Europe Announces Green Deal

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Among the European Commission’s plans is a carbon border, ensuring companies cannot evade carbon taxes by outsourcing their emissions.

Twitter is funding research into a decentralized version of its platform called Bluesky... a bit like Mastodon?

Date Published: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:26:28 +0200

Twitter is funding a small team of researchers to build an “open and decentralized standard for social media,” with the goal of making Twitter a client for that standard. CEO Jack Dorsey announced the news and laid out his reasoning in a tweet thread this morning, although he acknowledged that the process could take years.

Dorsey says he was inspired partly by a proposal from Techdirt founder Mike Masnick, who has long promoted a standard of “protocols, not platforms” for the internet. He also says that a decentralized system could solve some key problems with social media — especially moderation issues.

Decentralized social networks already exist. The best-known system is likely Mastodon, which is composed of individual- or community-run servers loosely connected through a system called the “fediverse.” Mastodon itself is based on an open-source networking protocol called ActivityPub.

Maybe Twitter is anticipating the breakup of Facebook? It is odd for a very large centralised walled garden social network to go in this direction. One hopes the focus would be on an open protocol and not another closed one. But if open, we already have Mastodon and ActivityPub. This will be interesting to follow.

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/11/21010856/twitter-jack-dorsey-bluesky-decentralized-social-network-research-moderation

#technology #socialmedia
#^Twitter is funding research into a decentralized version of its platform

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CEO Jack Dorsey says Twitter could adopt the system

When Tobacco Companies Used Doctors to Sell Cigarettes - Advertisers should be prosecuted for fraud for such lies today

Date Published: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:22:55 +0200

It's not about us knowing more today with hindsight about smoking, it's about any company (it still happens today in traditional as well as online media) blatantly stating lies such as "independent" surveying by an agency which they employed. It clearly was intended to impress with skewed "fake facts".

So fake news is not at all a recent phenomenon because of the Internet. It has been around for decades but should any organisation be allowed to get away with such deliberate and deviously crafted messaging? We've seen it rearing its head around the green environment and all sorts of other organised lobbying. Some of it is calculated to push specific buttons to enrage or panic readers into creating viral reshares.

It's not actually an easy thing to legislate as people's beliefs differ but one would hope facts are facts. Principles such as stated "independent research" should really be independent with no funding from the research subject (which has not been the case even for universities).

So yes maybe the Tim Berners-Lee initiative to create "The Contract for the Web" is a step in the right direction but even though Google, Facebook and others are signing it I'm not sure how it will be policed and what teeth it will actually have to protect ordinary Internet users.

Our best weapon is to remain aware, question what we see, and don't reshare fake news.

See https://flashbak.com/when-tobacco-companies-used-doctors-to-sell-cigarettes-421928/

#technology #fakenews
#^When Tobacco Companies Used Doctors to Sell Cigarettes - Flashbak

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In 1991, the ongoing scandal of cigarette advertising in the U.S. reached an ugly climax, after decades of deception, when the American Medical Association revealed findings that young children more easily recognized Camel mascot Joe Camel than characters like Barbie or Mickey Mouse. The revelation ended the Joe Camel campaign. It also marked the … Continue reading "When Tobacco Companies Used Doctors to Sell Cigarettes"

Ksnip is a Qt based cross-platform screenshot tool that provides many annotation features for your screenshots

Date Published: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:49:24 +0200

I have always been installing the "legacy" and fairly heavyweight app called Shutter (which needed some tweaking to get annotations to work) but now there is Ksnip which has all the functions I specifically needed such as annotations, timed capture, etc. Bonus is it works on not only Linux but also Windows and macOS.

See their Github page at https://github.com/damirporobic/ksnip and I've attached an example screenshot that I took of it using a second instance of the app.

#opensource #utility

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China's government services to ditch all Windows PCs by 2022 – could this be Linux’s time to shine?

Date Published: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:53:19 +0200

In a major blow to Microsoft, the Chinese government will be replacing all PCs that run Windows by 2022, and could instead use a Chinese-created Linux distro, such as Kylin Linux. Chinese government services have been ordered to replace 30% of Windows PCs by the end of 2020, a further 50% in 2021 and the final 20% by the end of 2022.

It was something the other BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) were all considering, as they felt there was a monopoly by Microsoft and their license costs (as well as developers) were usually leaving their countries. The theory being to create a local Linux distro for use in their own countries which still maintains the broad international compatibility with all Linux applications. In this way you foster a local tax paying ecosystem, maintain compatibility, and retain your costs onshore.

It's certainly 100% possible (all existing 200+ Linux distros are created this way) and also practical (as we've seen from numerous businesses and municipalities around the world).

See https://www.techradar.com/in/news/china-to-ditch-all-windows-pcs-by-2022-could-this-be-linuxs-time-to-shine?fwa

#opensource #linux #china
#^China to ditch all Windows PCs by 2022 – could this be Linux’s time to shine?

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All government services will stop using Windows in the next three years

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