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Inkscape adds multi-page support with v1.2 update

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 14:30
Pain points plugged in open-source vector art package

Open-source vector drawing package Inkscape has resolved at least one user pain point with v1.2 – multiple-page documents.…

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Percona launches management system aimed at open-source databases

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 14:01
PostgreSQL, MongoDB, MySQL tools for overly busy DBAs, less experienced devs

Percona Live  Open-source database services biz Percona has confirmed general availability of a database management platform initially targeted at PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MongoDB.…

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Miami's Mayor Backed MiamiCoin Crypto -- Then Its Price Dropped 95%

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 14:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: On Feb. 2, the city of Miami cashed out its cryptocurrency MiamiCoin for the first time, depositing $5.25 million into city coffers. Miami mayor Francis Suarez hailed it as a "historic moment" and predicted the cryptocurrency could one day even replace municipal taxes as the government's primary source of funding. MiamiCoin's creator, an organization called CityCoins, has been no less enthusiastic, portraying the coin as a financial experiment that will empower citizens with a "community-driven revenue stream" while spurring new digital city services. Miami is not the only city with big cryptocurrency dreams. CityCoins announced a similar cryptocurrency for New York in November 2021, and plans to release a coin for Austin, Texas, soon. Other cities have launched their own crypto ventures: Forth Worth, Texas, for example, will soon be running bitcoin mining rigs in city hall. But only Miami's mayor has thrown his full endorsement behind a CityCoin-branded cryptocurrency so far. After promoting MiamiCoin to residents and investors since its launch in August, the city of Miami received millions of dollars through its agreement with CityCoins. Over the last nine months, however, MiamiCoin has lost nearly all of its value, falling about 95% from its September peak to just $0.0032 as of May 13. Its rapid descent has burned investors on the way down, muting the dreams of Miami's city leaders, and possibly raising red flags for regulators now investigating cryptocurrency transactions.

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Intel shareholders revolt against Pat Gelsinger's pay package

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 12:49
Investors want to link compensation to performance, but boss's manufacturing plan will dent bottom line

Intel shareholders last week voted to reject the compensation packages for the chipmaker's top executives, according to regulatory documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), although the vote was non-binding on the company.…

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Harlow murder trial: Man accused of murder 'feared for his life' after witnessing fatal stabbing, court hears

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 12:36
Jaden Drake told a jury an argument broke out over lost keys
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Turing Pi 2 crowdfunding goal smashed within a day

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 12:04
Go host yourself with a tiny Arm cluster in a box for $219

The Turing Pi 2 crowdfunding campaign has soared past its $64,000 goal in single a day, currently standing at $1,027,428 with more than 3,400 backers.…

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Essex traffic and travel: Police chase stolen car as it drives the wrong way down the A13

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 11:13
Police tactically crashed into the car to bring it to a stop
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Tech pros warn EU 'data adequacy' at risk if Brexit Britain goes its own way

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 11:10
Show us that benefits outweigh the cost, BCS challenges government

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has warned that proposed changes to Britain's data protection rules must not put the flow of data between the EU and the UK at risk.…

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Playing Video Games Has An Unexpected Effect On Kids' IQ, Says New Study

Slashdot - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 11:00
Researchers have linked spending more time playing video games with a boost in intelligence in children, which goes some way to contradicting the narrative that gaming is bad for young minds. ScienceAlert reports: While the difference in cognitive abilities was a small one and isn't enough to show a causal relationship, it is enough to be notable -- and the study was careful to factor in variables including differences in genetics and the child's socio-economic background. Meanwhile, watching TV and using social media didn't seem to have a positive or negative effect on intelligence. The research should prove useful in the debate over how much screen time is suitable for young minds. The researchers looked at screen time records for 9,855 kids in the ABCD Study, all in the US and aged 9 or 10. On average, the youngsters reported spending 2.5 hours a day watching TV or online videos, 1 hour playing video games, and half an hour socializing over the internet. Researchers then accessed data for more than 5,000 of those children two years later. Over the intervening period, those in the study who reported spending more time than the norm on video games saw an increase of 2.5 IQ points above the average rise. The IQ point increase was based on the kids' performance on tasks that included reading comprehension, visual-spatial processing, and a task focused on memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. The report notes that the study "only looked at children in the US and did not differentiate between video game types (mobile versus console games)." The research has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Michael Ugwa died at Lakeside after chest stab wound - inquest hears

Chelmsford Weekly News - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 10:49
A MAN described as “the kindest soul of all” by his family died after being stabbed in the chest, an inquest has heard.
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Michael Ugwa died at Lakeside after chest stab wound - inquest hears

Braintree and Witham Times - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 10:49
A MAN described as “the kindest soul of all” by his family died after being stabbed in the chest, an inquest has heard.
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Former TOWIE star Samantha Faiers shares adorable clip of daughter helping home birth

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 10:48
Samantha Faiers revealed the gender of her newest baby in an adorable montage, which shows her two children offering a helping hand during the home birth
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Stansted Airport: Fight involving group of people breaks out at Stansted Airport as two people arrested

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 10:42
Essex Police are now asking anyone with any information to come forward
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Arm, Microsoft at pains to say this CPU arch can be trusted with real server work

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 10:24
It should just run like x86, pair basically stress

Arm is this week celebrating passing a few of its own self-set milestones in its long quest to compete against x86 stalwarts Intel and AMD in the server processor space.…

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Essex crime: Six people injured in 'disturbance' at the University of Essex as teenager arrested

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 10:21
The University of Essex said they're supporting those affected
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The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 09:30
You look like Windows, and you look like Windows and you look like Windows ...

Analysis  As a mainstream desktop OS, Linux is doing better than ever. The Year of Linux on the Desktop came some time ago, and it's ChromeOS (Chromebooks were outselling Macs until recently). But there's a problem – there is almost no diversity of design.…

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M11 huge crash brings traffic to a standstill near Harlow - live updates

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 09:26
There are long delays following the crash which has blocked the motorway
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Facebook rated least safe e-commerce option in government rankings

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 08:55
Singapore's safety scheme measures scam-combatting capability

A newly implemented e-commerce rating system in the city-state of Singapore has rated Facebook's Marketplace as the least trustworthy e-commerce platform, behind Amazon and its Alibaba-owned Asian analogue Lazada.…

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Essex traffic: M25 Waltham Abbey crash causes 9 mile delays to M11 - recap

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 08:55
A lorry and a car were reportedly involved in the motorway crash which caused huge queues
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Europe moves closer to stricter cybersecurity standards, reporting regs

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 08:26
More types of biz fall under expanded rules – and fines for those who fall short

Europe has moved closer toward new cybersecurity standards and reporting rules following a provisional network and information systems agreement dubbed NIS2 by the European Council and Parliament. …

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