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"Total disconnect": Voices from marathon Madrid climate summit

Reuters - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 14:36
A U.N. climate summit closed on Sunday with major states snubbing calls for tougher action to combat global warming, prompting sharp criticism from smaller countries and environmental activists.

Vim Releases 'Killersheep' Game To Demo Two New Features In Vim 8.2

Slashdot - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 14:34
The creators of Vim have released a game called "Killersheep" to show off two new features in Vim 8.2. "Before I did the keynote at VimConf 2018 I asked plugin developers what they wanted from Vim," reads the announcement at "The result was a very long list of requested features. The top two items were clear: Popup windows and text properties." After more than a year of development the new features are now ready for the Vim crowds. Popup windows make it possible to show messages, function prototypes, code snippets and anything else on top of the text being edited. They open and close quickly and can be highlighted in many ways... This was no small effort. Although the existing window support could be used, popup windows are different enough to require a lot of extra logic. Especially to update the screen efficiently. Also to make it easy for plugin writers to use them; you don't need to tell Vim exactly where to show one, just give a reference point and the text to display, Vim will figure out the size and where the popup fits best. Text properties can be used for something as simple as highlighting a text snippet or something as complicated as using an external parser to locate syntax items and highlight them asynchronously. This can be used instead of the pattern based syntax highlighting. A text property sticks with the text, also when inserting a word before it. And this is done efficiently by storing the properties with the text.

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Braintree Panfield Lane: Woman stabbed multiple times in weekend fight outside post office

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 14:31
A Section 60 has been authorised in Braintree
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Arsenal-Man City game removed from broadcast schedule by China state TV-report

Reuters - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 13:57
China's state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday removed Arsenal's Premier League game against Manchester City from its broadcast schedule following Mesut Ozil's messages that criticised the country's policy towards its Muslim Uighur minority.

Woman suffers number of stab wounds during street brawl

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 13:31
A woman suffered a number of minor stab wounds during a fight.
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Sixteen years of first day at school photos from around Essex infants

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 13:30
There are some questionable hairstyles among the beaming faces
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Live A12 traffic updates as serious crash completely shuts road

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 13:19
Stay with us for the latest updates
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Major states snub calls for climate action as U.N. summit wraps up

Reuters - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 12:54
A handful of major states resisted pressure on Sunday to ramp up efforts to combat global warming as a U.N. climate summit ground to a delayed close, prompting sharp criticism from smaller countries and environmental activists.

Do You Remember the Y2K Bug?

Slashdot - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 12:34
harrymcc writes: In the late 1990s, lots of people were concerned that the Y2K bug could lead to power outages, financial collapse, riots, and worse when the clock rolled over to January 1, 2000. Hundreds of books about the problem and suggestions on how to respond (quit your job, move to the country, stockpile food) not only capitalized on this fear but helped to spread it. Over at Fast Company, I marked the 20th anniversary of the "crisis" with a retrospective on the survival guides and what we can learn from them. The article calls them "an eternally useful guide to how not to give people advice about technology and its role in their lives... They provided a brief layperson's guide to the origins of the problem, and then segued into nightmare scenarios." They had scary titles like Time Bomb 2000 and The Millennium Meltdown. Their covers featured grim declarations such as "The illusion of social stability is about to be shattered... and nothing can stop it" and garish artwork of the earth aflame and bombs tumbling toward skylines. Inside, they told readers that the bug could lead to a decade or more of calamity, and advised them to stockpile food, cash, and (sometimes) weapons. There were hundreds of these books from publishers large and small, some produced by people who turned the topic into mini-media empires... Spoiler alert: When January 1, 2000, rolled around, nothing terrible happened. By then, techies had spent years patching up creaky code so it could deal with 21st-century dates, and the billions invested in the effort paid off. Some problems did crop up, but even alarming-sounding ones -- such as glitches at nuclear power plants -- were minor and resolvable. On December 31st, 1999, Roblimo posted a call for comments from Slashdot readers, writing "This thread ought to make an interesting chronicle of Y2K events -- or non-events, as the case may be." But NBC had even filmed a made-for-TV Y2K disaster movie (which Jon Katz called "profoundly stupid and irresponsible.") And one survivalist videotape even featured an ominous narration by Leonard Nimoy.

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Coca-Cola cancel final stop on 2019 Christmas truck tour due to 'planned protests'

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 12:26
The truck stopped in two different Essex locations this week
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Telenor says Huawei will still play role in 5G rollout

Reuters - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 12:21
Telenor will use equipment from Huawei [HWT.UL] in building Norway's 5G network, the telecoms operator said on Sunday, one of several companies to continue working with the Chinese company despite U.S. pressure.

Johnson eyes parliament vote before Christmas to "get Brexit done"

Reuters - Sun, 15/12/2019 - 12:07
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will "get Brexit done" by Jan. 31 and then agree a new trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020, cabinet office minister Michael Gove said on Sunday, vowing to deliver on the government's top priority.


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