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Pictures of the Week 9.28.17

Found: A Haunting Swirl of Sea Ice Caught in Ocean Currents

Looks like a hurricane, is actually sea ice.<p>Jeff Davis has flown many times over the Atlantic Ocean—he’s a pilot on international flights—but rarely …

Pmxkcd Is a Simple XKCD Comic Viewer for the Linux Desktop - OMG! Ubuntu!

<b>Are you a fan of xkcd, the popular webcomic created by American cartoonist Randall Munroe? If so, today’s small app tip is aimed at you.</b><p>Pmxkcd (which …

Python standard logging pattern

(this article originally appeared in Websauna documentation)1. IntroductionPython standard library provides logging module as a de facto solution for …

This Functional DIY Stirling Engine Is Basically Just Paper and Cardboard

And it can run off of as little as a bowl of warm water.<p>A tiny Stirling engine is one of the coolest desk toys you can have. Since it requires nothing more than a difference in temperature to get going, you can just throw it on your laptop, charging phone, or even put it in your hand to make it go. …

Knife-wielding crab in viral video was 'absolutely distressed' and weapon was forced into its claw, expert says

A viral video that apparently showed a crab hilariously wielding a knife actually probably just showed humans being mean, an expert has said.<p>The …

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

DIY log beehives bring beekeeping closer to nature

An innovative beehive design by Gaia Bees helps fight colony collapse disorder while creating habitats that more closely resemble how bees live in …

How I Taught Myself to Code in Eight Weeks

To a lot of non-developers, learning to code seems like an impossibly daunting task. However, thanks to a number of great resources that have …

Web Applications

Man’s hoard of nearly 5,000 guns shows ease of amassing arms in U.S.

PAGELAND, South Carolina (Reuters) - As sheriff’s investigators threaded past the battered cars, cast-off tires and rusted farm equipment cluttering Brent Nicholson’s front yard, there was no hint of the sinister stockpile hidden behind his windowless front door.<p>Inside, the guns were everywhere: …

tcpconnect and tcpaccept for Linux (bcc)

What hosts am I connecting over TCP to?<p>And where am I accepting TCP connections from?<p>Are these tools wrappers to tcpdump? Hell no! I don't want to …

Sailing in North Easter 25-35 knots Near Gale

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Would You Let A Robot Manage Your Retirement Savings?

Comfortable with technology and skeptical of Wall Street, a growing number of young investors have turned to low-fee automated financial advisers for help saving for retirement.<p>They're called roboadvisers — or robos — and they appeal to Jesus Adrian Perez, 29, a biometric analyst from Albuquerque, …

What happens if you open the plane door during a flight?

It’s one of the nervous flier’s (numerous) nightmare scenarios. A potty fellow passenger makes a beeline for the emergency exit and yanks the door open, sending themselves, and any unsecured trolley dollies and holidaymakers, spinning into the stratosphere.<p>That nightmare almost became reality last …

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

My Free and Open Source Photography Workflow

After several years of trial and error, I finally have a complete RAW photography workflow in Linux that I am happy with.<p>The applications in this …

5 secrets to happiness that took me 40 years to learn and will change your life

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article called "It Took Me 40 Years to Learn This, But It Can Change Your Life Now." This article was widely …

BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

Back in September, <i>The Register's</i> networking desk chatted to a company called Teclo about the limitations of TCP performance in the Linux stack.<p>That …

Meet Pocket Programming: An app for learning to code via your Android phone

<i>(By Yuki Sato, The Bridge)</i> – Japanese app developer duo Ffab0 (pronounced “fab zero”) recently launched the English edition of a mobile learning app focused on Ruby and Ruby on Rails, called Pocket Programming. Prior to this, the team released the Japanese version of the app in late August.<p>I had a …

NASA Releases Apollo Moon Mission Photos: Pictures

How to use Linux Commands

It won't be long after starting to use Linux that you ask a question and the answer begins with, "Open a terminal and..." At this point, you may be …

Awesome Open Source Documents

This is not a list of free programming books. This is a curated list of open source or open source licensed documents, guides, books which can read, …

Display Awesome Linux Logo With Basic Hardware Info Using screenfetch and linux_logo Tools

Do you want to display a super cool logo of your Linux distribution along with basic hardware information? Look no further try awesome screenfetch …

This Pretty DIY Welcome Mat Will Make Your Visitors All Kinds Of Happy

Most welcome mats are either really ugly, really boring, or really, really cheesy. Seriously, when was the last time someone purchased a “Wipe Your …

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BaBE - Bash By Examples

BaBE - Bash By Examples; Your significant Linux scripting tutorial;;<p>MindMap<p>Hello world<p>The easiest way to get your feet wet with a programming …

The Everyday Uses of Sailor Craft Knots

Even as the summer wanes, the allure of the ocean remains. Nautical themes have long found their way into the world of design, perhaps for this reason, but for those familiar with sailing, there’s nothing quite as important as a knot. A good understanding of sailing knots has helped guarantee …

We just got the clearest sign yet that Russia doesn't really care about fighting ISIS in Syria

"This system is the advanced version used by Russia, and it's meant to be operated by Russians in Syria," a Western diplomat who is regularly briefed on US, Israeli, and other intelligence assessments told Reuters.<p>Russia has substantially increased its military presence in Syria over the past two …

Southern Ocean sucks up 1.2bn tonnes of carbon in 2011 and buries it deep

The enormous uptake of greenhouse gases is roughly equivalent to the European Union’s annual carbon output<p>The Southern Ocean has started to absorb more greenhouse gases after a period when the vast ocean’s uptake had slumped by about a half, a study has found.<p>The ocean’s role as a crucial carbon …

How to check weather forecasts from the command line on Linux

<b>Question:</b> I often check local weather forecasts on the Linux desktop. However, is there an easy way to access weather forecast information in the …