Print Isn’t Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

M-Saunders (706738) writes The death of print has been predicted for years, and many magazines and publishers have taken a big hit with the rise of eBooks and tablets. But not everyone has given up. Four geeks quit their job at an old Linux magazine to start Linux Voice, an independent GNU/Linux print and digital mag with a different publishing model: giving profits and content back to the community. Six months after a successful crowdfunding campaign, the magazine is going well, so here is the full story.

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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

An anonymous reader writes The Economist reports, “‘UNDER capitalism’, ran the old Soviet-era joke, ‘man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite.’ In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity. Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans’ willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8). … The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers … when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one.”

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Ambi Climate Wants To Make Summers In Asia More Bearable 

Ambi Climate Created by a Hong Kong startup, Ambi Climate is the latest entrant in the smart air conditioner market. The smartphone-controlled device is designed to work with split-unit air conditioners that have an infrared sensor and use machine learning to keep your home at a comfortable temperature while reducing energy consumption. Ambi Climate’s first target markets are in Asia, but it plans… Read More

Tourist Scams to Watch Out for This Summer



There are many ways that scammers take advantage of unsuspecting tourists, but more common schemes can be avoided if travelers stay alert, and take a few basic precautions.

For one thing, tourists should always be wary of anything offered for “free,” and of special deals that seem too good to be true

The oft-repeated advice to stay alert and watch your valuables is true no matter where you are. Travelers should also have a plan in case something goes wrong, including keeping some extra cash and identification in a safe spot, and knowing who to contact for help in a given destination. Read more…

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Danish People Are Genetically Programmed For Happiness



The Danish are consistently ranked as the world’s happiest people, and a new study shows that the key may be found in their DNA

Researchers at the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy wanted to find out why countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands regularly outrank similar high-GDP European countries in happiness. They found three kinds of evidence suggesting high levels of life satisfaction may not be entirely due to standard of living, but rather to genetics

The first part of the study measured the “genetic distance between countries’ populations,” a concept developed in previous studies. The researchers analyzed international survey data from 131 countries, adjusting for influences like Gross Domestic Product, geography culture, religion and strength of welfare state Read more…

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Cat-Stalking Map Lets the Internet Know Where Your Kitty Lives



Hide your kids, hide your wife — hide your cats

There’s a new data visualization project in town called “I Know Where Your Cat Lives.” It crawls the Internet collecting metadata — specifically, the 15 million images tagged “cat” — and then creates the perfect cyberstalking map detailing each feline’s exact whereabouts.

Created by Florida State University art professor Owen Mundy, the project functions in two ways: as a thought experiment in how we approach online privacy when it’s not our own privacy, and also as a resource for people on the Internet who just really like humor and felines Read more…

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Father Writes Open Letter to Daughter’s ‘Murderers’ After MH17 Tragedy



A father from the Netherlands has penned a strongly-worded letter to the men responsible for “murdering” his 17-year-old daughter in the MH17 crash.

Hans de Borst lost his only daughter Elsemiek in the devastating Malaysia Airlines crash that killed 298 people on Thursday. The plane was shot down by an unknown offender over fields in eastern Ukraine

Elsemiek de Borst

Hans de Borst lost his only daughter Elsemiek.

The letter, which has been translated into English and posted to de Borst’s Facebook page, addressed Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, leaders of the separatists and the Ukraine government. He thanked the powerful men for “murdering my loved and only child, Elsemiek de Borst” and stealing her future with their violence. Read more…

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Sea Dogs rally past Mets in seventh

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs broke a tie with two runs in the seventh and downed the Binghamton Mets 6-4 in the opener of a three-game series, Monday night at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs (65-37) held a 3-1 lead, heading into the seventh inning, but Brandon Nimmo …

Australian Journalist Criticised for Touching MH17 Victims’ Belongings



SYDNEY — Following allegations that pro-Russian rebels may have “severely compromised” the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, journalists have been caught touching victims’ belongings.

Australian ABC journalist Phil Williams has been criticised for touching the scarf of one of the plane’s 298 victimsA video report posted on the news service’s website shows his actions

In it, Williams is shown surveying the scene and saying, “As we walk through, you will see little bits and pieces of people’s everyday lives. Someone’s shawl there. Over here, one of the backs of one of the plane’s chairs.” He then leans down, and picks up the purple piece of fabric. Read more…

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South Portland City Council bans tar sands

SOUTH PORTLAND — South Portland made history Monday night when the City Council voted 6-1 to pass a land-use ordinance meant to prevent the bulk loading of tar sands oil on the city’s waterfront. It makes South Portland the first municipality in the country to ban tar sands, an…