Lennart Poettering Announces the First Systemd Conference

jones_supa writes: Lennart Poettering, the creator of the controversial init system and service manager for Linux-based operating systems has announced the first systemd conference. The systemd.conf will take place November 5-7, in Berlin, Germany. systemd developers and hackers, DevOps professionals, and Linux distribution packagers will be able to attend various workshops, as well as to collaborate with their fellow developers and plan the future of the project. Attendees will also be able to participate in an extended hackfest event, as well as numerous presentations held by important names in the systemd project, including Poettering himself.

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Ronda Rousey told her opponent “don’t cry” after 34-second KO



If you’re going to use words as ammunition, make sure you’re not just giving your opponent material.

In the two weeks leading up to current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey‘s fight with Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian challenger set the mood with some trash talk. Relations between the two fighters are icy at best, and, according to the LA Times, Correia has even used Rousey’s father’s suicide to taunt her opponent

FOX Sports reports that Rousey couldn’t understand Correia’s Portuguese insults, though she did later find out that her opponent told her “don’t cry.” Read more…

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Epic Mega Bridge To Connect America With Russia Gets Closer To Reality

Sepa Blackforesta writes: A plan for an epic bridge connecting Russia’s easternmost border with Alaska’s westernmost border could soon be a reality, as Russia seeks to partner with China. Sijutech reports: “If this mega bridge come to reality, it would be Planet Earth’s most epic mega-road trip ever. The plans have not been officially accepted since specific details of the highway still need to be discussed, including the large budget. Allegedly the plan will cost upwards in the trillions of dollars range.”

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Cecil the lion and endangered species glow on the Empire State Building



One of the most iconic symbols of metropolitan life brought a little nature to New York City Saturday night when filmmakers projected images of endangered species on the Empire State Building

Cecil the lion, whose death sparked international outrage, was included in the display along with eagles, leopards, monkeys and manta rays lighting up the Manhattan skyline

Louie Psihoyos, director of the Oscar-winning film exploring dolphin hunting in JapanThe Cove, conceived this project, which serves as a companion to his upcoming documentary Racing Extinction airing on The Discovery Channel in December. More than 160 animals were featured, according to NBC New York Read more…

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Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair

machine learning “We’re watching you.” This was the warning that the Chicago Police Department gave to more than 400 people on its “Heat List.” The list, an attempt to identify the people most likely to commit violent crime in the city, was created with a predictive algorithm that focused on factors including, per the Chicago Tribune, “his or her acquaintances and their… Read More

Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 16.02.37 Startups start with talent, and the talent, as we all know, seems to get younger every year. But it wouldn’t happen if children themselves were not introduced to the word of technology and engineering early, and shown that it can be a fun, creative environment. For the last 6 years, a pioneer of this in the UK has been Young Rewired State, a non-profit founded by Emma Mulqueeny, which… Read More

Cilla Black, famed British singer and TV host, has died at 72



Cilla Black, a famous British singer, died on Saturday at her home in Estepona, Spain.

She was 72. Her death was announced on Sunday by Spanish police.

Black, who was born in Liverpool as Priscilla White, had a show business career that lasted around half a century

Twitter users expressed condolences and remembered her for her talent

PM: Cilla Black was a huge talent who made a significant contribution to public life in Britain. My thoughts are with her family.

— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) August 2, 2015

So sad to hear that Cilla Black has left us……you gave us a “Lorra Lorra laughs” Cilla. RIP x x

— Ruth Langsford (@RuthieeL) August 2, 2015 Read more…

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Hitchhiking Robot’s Cross-Country Trip Ends In Philadelphia

An anonymous reader writes: A hitchhiking robot that successfully traveled across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe, has met its demise in Philly. Created as a “social experiment,” hitchBOT started its journey in the U.S. in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on July 17 with its thumb raised up and tape wrapped around its head that read “San Francisco or bust.” After about two weeks in the U.S., someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair. “Sadly, sadly it’s come to an end,” said Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators. The Independent reports: “The robot was designed to be a talking travel companion and could toss out factoids and carry limited conversation. A GPS in the robot tracked its location, and a camera randomly snapped photos about every 20 minutes to document its travels.”

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25 comic books for nerdy newbies to read first



Every comic book nerd has an origin story, and it starts with opening that first book.

There are so many titles with so much history, so it’s natural for a new comic book reader to be intimidated by jumping into the fandom. When it comes to picking up comics with rich backgrounds, it can kind of feel like starting a movie half way through.

Mashable consulted with Sam Maggs, associate editor of The Mary Sue, to give her best advice for the newbies out there. “Try not to feel overwhelmed. There is so much fandom out there, and that’s beyond making your way through the entirety of the text,” she said. Read more…

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3 things you need to know about personality type and your career



In today’s diverse work world, it’s important to know as much as possible about yourself and your strengths — and that includes knowing your personality type

Are you an ambitious ENTJ? A grounded-in-reality ESFJ? An analytical INTP? A recent study of the 16 Briggs Myers personality types in the workplace by my team at Truity suggests that if you haven’t yet explored your personality type, you may be missing key information that can help you reach your potential.

We surveyed 25,759 people about their career success, their earnings, their happiness at work and the roles they play in their organization in order to find out how personality type shapes career development. Read more…

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