What is Debian all about, really? Or: friction, packaging complex applications
- To use that library, I would download the source code archive of the latest release, and laboriously decipher and follow the build and installation instructions, fix any problems, rinse, repeat.
- I run the language-specific package manager (pip, cpan, gem, npm, cargo, etc), it downloads the library, installs it in my home directory or my application source tree, and in less than the time it takes to have sip of tea, I can get back to developing my application.
- The primary approach to achieve this goal is to produce a "distribution" of free software, to make installing a free software operating system and applications, and to maintain such a computer, a feasible thing for our users.
- On the one hand, so much new software is being written by people using the low-friction approach, that Linux distributions may fail to attract new users and especially new developers, and this will hurt them and their users.
The alleged reason Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux split is a cautionary tale for any couple
- The news came out Thursday from an official statement by the couple to the Associated Press.
- While no reasons for the breakup were listed in the official statement, an anonymous source spoke to ET, suggesting a major reason for the separation is the couple's inability to decide where to live together.
- While Aniston allegedly prefers Los Angeles, "[Theroux] much prefers being [in New York], and that's been a major issue for them for a long time," the source told ET.
- One of the questions the article suggests asking a partner is "How do you see us 10 years from now?" to help resolve current conflicts while ultimately working towards your larger-picture goals, including how and where you want to live.
- Licensed clinical psychologist Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., also suggests discussing expectations about where you want to live with your partner.
'Hall of Fame coaches should be scared': report suggests there are more dominoes to fall in NCAA basketball bribery scandal
- Pitino had spent 17 seasons with the Cardinals, and was one of the winningest active coaches in college basketball at the time.
- The media buzz surrounding the case had settled down for some time, but now a new report from Pete Thamel at Yahoo Sports suggests that more dominoes in the head coaching world may be soon to fall and some of the nation's biggest programs could soon feel the wrath of the NCAA.
- One anonymous source suggested to Thamel that the case could very well bring down many more well known coaches, and have repercussions felt across numerous powerhouse programs.
- There's no telling how soon we may learn which teams the case involves, but depending on when it happens and the degree to which programs are exposed, it's possible that the top of the college basketball world will be drastically changed.
Russian military contractors reportedly tried to test the US military in Syria — but they got whooped
- Bloomberg first reported this week that Russian military contractors took place in what the US called an "unprovoked attack" on a well-known headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a rebel cohort the US has trained, equipped, and fought alongside for years.
- The purpose of the attack, which saw 500 or so pro-regime fighters get close to the US-backed position, was to test the US's response, according to Reuters' sources.
- Reports increasingly indicate that Russia has taken to using military contractors as a means of concealing their combat losses as they look to bolster Syrian President Bashar Assad's flagging forces.
- The pro-regime attempt to test the US military in Syria proved costly, and it appears now that without the full air power of the Russian military behind them, Assad's forces may be too weak to budge the US.
Bang & Olufsen will help you turn classic speakers into smart ones
- Bang & Olufsen has partnered with HiFiBerry to launch a new DIY open-source product that’ll help you upgrade your vintage speakers and turn them into wireless ones.
- It can work on its own as a digital amplifier, but you’ll need a Raspberry Pi to enable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
- HiFiBerry says it’s capable of driving up to four of 4-8 Ohm speakers, with sample rates of up to 192kHz. The Raspberry Pi just plugs into the amplifier, so there’s no need for any soldering, and the speakers can be connected via screw terminals.
- The Beocreate 4 comes with software that allows users to activate a Beovox CX50, CX100 or any generic speaker and use them to play music via Airplay, Bluetooth, or Spotify.
- HiFiBerry says the software is open-source, with plans to add more functionality in the future.
Twitter's local news feature got a trial by fire during Florida shooting
- Twitter tested a new livestreaming service which allows users to watch local news coverage of events live — by broadcasting during a terrifying school shooting.
- Twitter livestreams offer users access to the most accurate and current local information, especially if they aren’t from the area and don’t know where to find it.
- That can be invaluable during a crisis, especially if you’re using Twitter as a primary source of information, as many do nowadays.
- Within moments of the shooting, pictures of the “shooter” were circulating online, as was a rumor about a second shooter — none of which had any basis in fact, but nevertheless could be taken as such by someone without any more access to up-to-date news.
- It certainly won’t stop the problem, but it offers an alternative to Twitter’s drip feed of unconfirmed reports from dubious sources.