Marcel Gagne

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Linux Mint developers planning big Cinnamon 4.0 improvements

Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux-based desktop operating systems for a reason -- it’s really good. By leveraging the excellent Ubuntu for …

Linux

News and Articles on Science and Technology

Spotlight Science News<p>sort by:<p>Making solar hydrogen generation more efficient in microgravity<p>An international team of researchers has found a way to …

sequester

What the arrest of an 18-year-old Instagram star says about Iran’s backward leaders

Like millions of other Iranians, 18-year-old Maedeh Hojabri shared photos and videos of herself on Instagram. She amassed a large following on the …

South Asia

This Is the Moment of Truth for Republicans

The GOP can either defend the United States or serve the damaged and defective man who is now its president.<p>There are exactly two possible explanations for the shameful performance the world witnessed on Monday, from a serving American president.<p>Either Donald Trump is flat-out an agent of Russian …

Donald Trump

Why Most of Us Fail to Grasp Coming Exponential Gains in AI

By now, most of us are familiar with Moore’s Law, the famous maxim that the development of computing power follows an exponential curve, doubling in …

Artificial Intelligence

Reading books is on the decline

Reading ebooks and print are on the decline and everyone involved in retail and the publishing industry are trying to figure out why. Are people …

Empowering Linux Developers for the New Wave of Innovation

by Evan Dandrea<i>New businesses with software at their core are being created every day. Developers are the lifeblood of so much of what is being built</i> …

Linux

America’s Robot Geography

The robotics industry is powered by high-tech centers as well as manufacturing hubs—with a distinct “Robot Belt” in the Midwest.<p>Robots, it seems, are everywhere these days. They clean our floors, mow our lawns, make many of our industrial products, and are even being trained to give hugs and serve …

Robotics

Google boosts its Linux Foundation membership to Platinum level

The search giant is pretty committed to open source

Linux

Violent Neo-Nazi Group Has Disturbing Plans For Canada

VICE can reveal that Northern Order, once described as a “phantom group,” is an Atomwaffen affiliated neo-Nazi cell.<p><i>This project was in collaboration with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.</i><p>An underground neo-Nazi terror cell, one linked to five murders in the United States, is organized and active in …

Rights & Freedoms

If Mars had water, this is what it would look like

If Mars were more like Minnesota, we would have to send boats along with rovers.<p>Vast quantities of liquid water are a memory from Mars' distant past, but visual artist and citizen scientist Seán Doran has imagined what the Red Planet would look like if it were covered in lakes. His computer …

Citizen Science

No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed <i>Homo sapiens</i> fossils were discovered. About 300,000 years ago, the story went, a group of primitive humans there underwent a series of genetic and cultural shifts that set them on a unique …

East Africa

What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?

On June 14, 2016, the Washington <i>Post</i> reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its …

Donald Trump

Canonical releases new infographic to show how Ubuntu Linux 'connects everything'

Microsoft owns the desktop with Windows -- it is undeniable. You know what? That's fine. But the success of Windows is not a failure for Linux. What …

Linux

Does the religious freedom debate make sense? Of course not, it's the culture war | Jeff Sparrow

The call by social services minister, Dan Tehan, for a so-called religious discrimination act provides yet another illustration of the deep divisions within the ranks of Australian conservatism.<p>Tehan proposed the new legislation as he denounced “the creeping encroachment from the state on religious …

Religion

The humbling of the atheists: How religion survived the progress of science

The O2 arena is London’s largest. It is not some poky university lecture hall. So later this month, in between shows by The Muppets and Pearl Jam, …

Religion

RIP “crypto”

RIP “crypto”. You had a good run.<p>This week veteran cryptographer Matt Blaze, finally gave in — to what must have been a near-constant, low-level drone of ‘CAn Buy Crypto.com???$$$$!’ spam — and sold the pithy domain name he registered in 1993, in the midst of the PC era crypto wars, to use as an …

Cryptocurrency

A Google Executive Just Admitted a Frightening Truth About Its Search Engine. Here It Is in 5 Words

Well, this should make a few people think a little more.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You do it all the time, don't you?<p>You're at a restaurant, in a bar, on a train, or merely prostrate on the sofa when a question comes …

Google Search

Robolinux Lets You Easily Run Linux and Windows Without Dual Booting

Title: Robolinux Lets You Easily Run Linux and Windows Without Dual Booting6 JulLearn more

Linux

Robots Are Poised to Make Life Grim for the Working Class

Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and one of the pioneers of the world wide web, once declared:<p>The spread of computers and the internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.<p>Andreessen has since repudiated this …

Machine Learning

The Trump-Putin summit should set off alarm bells

The announcement of a summit, now scheduled in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sent shivers down the spines of our European allies. Their lack of confidence that Trump understands the Russian threat to Western democracies, let alone that he …

Russia

Linux experts are crap at passwords!

Remember the Gentoo data breach story last week?<p>Someone broke into the Linux distro’s GitHub repository, took it over completely by kicking out all …

Information Systems

Linux Weather Forecast

Welcome to the Linux Weather Forecast<p>This page is an attempt to track ongoing developments in the Linux development community that have a good chance …

Linux

Should You Declare Windependence? I Switched to Linux to Find Out.

Image Credit: Ollyy / Shutterstock<p>In the U.S., July 4th is a time for barbecue, fireworks and . . . open-source software? In honor of a time when …

Linux

Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock

Skeptics say full autonomy could be farther away than the industry admits<p>If you believe the CEOs, a fully autonomous car could be only months away. In 2015, Elon Musk predicted a fully autonomous Tesla by 2018; so did Google. Delphi and MobileEye’s Level 4 system is currently slated for 2019, the …

Google Search

Breaking News! SUSE Linux Sold for $2.5 Billion

British software company Micro Focus International has agreed to sell SUSE Linux and its associated software business to Swedish private equity group …

Linux

Wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi calls for burqa ban in Ontario

The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has called on Ontario Premier Doug Ford to ban the use of Islamic face coverings in public places.<p>Ensaf …

Canada

This Is Why Suicide Is on The Rise in The US, But Falling in Most of Europe

The difference is stark.<p>Suicide now ranks in the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.<p>In 2015, 44,193 Americans died by their own hand. That was …

Income Inequality

We Have More Evidence That Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Have Stable Climates And Seasons Just Like Us

Our new home could be closer than we think.<p>Two exoplanets thought to be similar to Earth apparently are, at least when it comes to climate, …

Astronomy

Goodbye To Harlan Ellison, 'America's Weird Uncle'

<i>Editor's note: This piece uses some strong language; we think Harlan Ellison would have approved.</i><p>Harlan Ellison is dead. He was 375 years old. He died fighting alien space bears.<p>Harlan is dead. He exploded in his living room, in his favorite chair, apoplectic over the absolute garbage fire this …

Books