Lightroom 4 public beta opens new version brings geo support and other

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first_imgRight on schedule — about 18 months after the release of the previous version — Lightroom 4 has been unveiled. The updated photo management software brings some considerable upgrades other the previous version but is basically a refinement of Adobe’s excellent, though complicated, formula. The public beta of LR4 is available now.Adobe’s tells us that the focus of Lightroom 4 was to improved the software on three fronts: managing, editing, and sharing. These are, basically, the three things you do with Lightroom, so the larger point is that this appears to be a well-rounded update of the software, not a version bump intended on fixing a few problems. Lightroom 3 was (and remains) quite good, but it clearly needed some work in a few areas. The major new features include:Geotagging support – LR4 will tie into Google Maps, work with all Google Map controls and map styles, autotag images that have geo metadata, support .gpx tracklogs, and be able to tie images to tracklogs.Geo-specific privacy – A private zones can be set (say, around your home or office) where geo data will not be published if those photos are made public.Improved video support – There will be better video playback and processing. The LR team worked with Premier team on this. Trim controls were added to LR4 as were video adjustments (white balance, contrast, etc.), but not full video editing tools. Video editing is non-destructive, just like all Lightroom editing. Improved sharing – LR4 adds drag-and-drop video sharing with Facebook and Flickr. It can export to disk with more options then before and now there are simplified settings so users can avoid dealing with technical aspects like codecs and frame rates. Better email support – LR4 makes it super easy to email images. It can automatically work though work through Aol, Gmail, Hahoo, and custom email setups. Book module – This is a big set of features, but basically Lightoom now has support for photo book printing. It’s not InDesign, but there are a lot of customizations and it makes it easy to export your photo book to a printable format, or even straight to a printer.Over 350 lens profiles – All the big names in glass have automatic lens-based correction. LR now fixes CA on per image basis, not based on a larger ruleset that is based on camera hardware.Improved soft proofing – Points out areas of images that are out of the profile of the display or printer. You can nudges hues so you can fix them, not the software’s compromise based on your printer.Updated for DNG 1.4 specification – DNGs will be able to load faster, also can do lossy compression on DNG (this is great for time lapses) Basically you can get compressed RAW data but also less file size.Controls are simpler but more powerful – Example: shadow and highlight tools are smarter and they play well together so you can get full advantage of your camera’s dynamic range.Local noise reduction – You an apply it just to parts of the image (like the shadows). Same with local WB and highlights.Yes, that’s a lot of change to take in, but a lot of requests were hit upon (like geo support) and a lot of innovation was brought im (like that local noise reduction). Combine that with some signs of Adobe’s clear dominance in the space (continuous updates for new camera bodies and 350 lens profiles) and you have a what looks to be a must-have update for serious photographers. One interesting aspect of LR4 is something that was actually taken away from the software: support for Windows XP. The newest version of Lightroom will require Windows Vista (SP2)/OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or newer, 2GB of RAM, and 1GB of storage space. Overall the required specifications are reasonable but, as with any high-end software product, there are considerable rewards when using a better system. This change shouldn’t be a problem for too many people — some old school Mac users might take issue, but the lack of Windows XP support will only be an issue for a small part of LR4’s potential user base. You can get the Lightroom 4 beta from Adobe.last_img read more


Hackers find a way to compromise four million hotel locks

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first_imgHave you ever really stopped to think about how secure those hotel keycards and electronic locks are? If you thought that it would be very possible for someone to hack an electronic hotel lock, you’d be right. And if you thought hacking one such lock would lead to a vulnerability of millions of others, then you’re just like three men who managed to do exactly that.Security expert Matthew Jakubowski, along with two other guys who apparently had nothing better to do, managed to create a device that can infiltrate the bottom of a hotel door lock, thus enabling access. Because hotels are so standardized these days, this one vulnerability spans locations around the world and is the same kind of technology used in no fewer than four million hotel rooms.The bottom section of the lock is intended to be used with a device that hotel operators use to customize master keys for maids and other staff. The average guest has probably never even realized there was an extra point of access hidden there.The potential for such a hack was first demonstrated over the summer at the Black Hat security conference. Of course, there is a fine line between concept and execution, and even though it might be possible to hack through a hotel door lock, no one is going to sit outside a hotel room with a lot of hacking equipment so it was a moot point.This newest creation, though, is inconspicuous as you can get. The hacking mechanisms were housed inside a standard dry erase marker, so all that the hacker needs to do is insert the tip of the marker into the lock — granted, still not normal behavior but something that a genuine thief or criminal could slip through without being noticeable.The company responsible for the popular locks, Onity, has promised that it is going to find a fix to this exploit.More at Spiderlabs, via Forbeslast_img read more


MacBook Retina Displays have a ghosting issue Apple wont repair

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first_imgOne of the major draws to the new range of MacBooks is that fantastic Retina Display. But it turns out there may be a flaw that ruins your viewing experience, and one that Apple isn’t willing to repair.Matthew Cleevely has been an Apple user for the past 11 years, and a few months ago dropped $3,000 (with Apple Care) on a MacBook Pro with Retina Display. He’s not happy, though, because that Retina Display is faulty due to a very noticeable ghosting issue. The problem is, Apple doesn’t regard this type of ghosting as worthy of repair.Cleevely first noticed an issue on the unlock screen when lines appeared across the display. Those lines also appeared when switching from a text document to viewing a photo. This ghosting detracted from the overall quality of the viewing experience and would definitely be annoying, so he went to see an Apple Genius in a bid to get it repaired.Apple has set tests it can carry out to determine whether specific components are faulty. In the case of a display demonstrating ghosting, they place a black and white grid on the screen for 3 minutes followed by a completely gray screen for 1 minute. If the grid pattern is visible in the gray, the display is faulty and gets repaired.The problem is, the ghosting Cleevely’s MacBook Pro is experiencing does not show up on this test and therefore he doesn’t get a free repair. Instead, he’s having to pay to replace the screen himself. It seems the ghosting isn’t apparent with black on white, but it is very apparent for different shades of gray on white as the images included here clearly show. Cleevely even carried out the Apple test himself using a grid of shades of gray, and the ghosting is obvious:This has left Cleevely out of pocket and angry at Apple for not fixing a clear problem. I’m also seeing other people pop up since he posted about this and say they have the exact same problem with their Retina Displays.Apple needs to respond to this simply by introducing another test that doesn’t just involve using black and white. If it doesn’t, depending on how widespread a problem it is, they are going to have a growing group of very angry MacBook owners, many of whom won’t be willing to pay for replacement displays.More at The n Bells bloglast_img read more


Microsoft says Do Not Track will stay on by default

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first_imgMicrosoft won’t cave in to pressure and change the Do Not Track default in Internet Explorer 10, says executive VP of legal and corporate affairs Brad Smith. Microsoft ruffled feathers in the online advertising world by turning on the privacy protection feature in IE10’s express settings. Advertisers weren’t alone, either. Both Mozilla and Apache voiced their displeasure with Microsoft’s move, and Apache announced that it would refuse to recognize Microsoft’s setting unless the company changed its decision about DNT.According to Smith, however, Microsoft has “no intention of going back and have no intention of engaging in discussion on that possibility.” Microsoft has been willing to discuss certain aspects, like the way Do Not Track is described to users and simplifying the process  of turning the setting off. Microsoft’s stance from day one has been to protect users first and allow them to opt in if they see enough benefit in enabling the type of tracking DNT would prevent. Nearly everyone else in the discussion says that DNT means nothing if a user doesn’t make a conscious choice to enable it — which is exactly what really happens during the Internet Explorer 10 setup. It’s hardly Microsoft’s fault if a user blindly clicks next and agrees to default settings.In October, 75% of respondents to a Microsoft survey said they felt Do Not Track should be turned on by default. That’s all well and good, but the Association of National Advertisers says that “the Internet is funded by [advertising]” and that DNT by default will “undermine American innovation and leadership in the Internet economy.”At this point, Do Not Track remains almost totally useless. Many advertisers have said they’ll ignore the beacon if it comes from Internet Explorer. Any server that runs Apache will ignore your IE setting, even if you’ve disabled it at first run and manually enabled it later (a conscious decision on your part). Beyond that, the average user is unlikely to take the initiative to hunt down the toggle in Firefox, Opera, or Chrome — no browser really makes a big deal about describing what DNT is, why you’d want to use it, and how you go about turning it on. More savvy users have already been using privacy protection add-ons (many of which go way beyond what DNT offers) for years, and for them there’s no added incentive to use Do Not Track.More at Bloomberglast_img read more


A view from the other side of piracy

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first_imgPiracy is a hot button topic these days. More and more it feels like there’s just as many people for it as there are against it. I’d like to offer you my perspective, as a creator of content that is apparently worthy of piracy.After writing in the tech industry for a little while, I wanted to try my hand a writing a book. A publisher called Apress was looking for someone to write about Android tablets, and that seemed right up my alley. After months of playing with every tablet available at the time, writing, re-writing, and finally applying all of the visual art to my book, it was ready to be published. The book was fairly well received, considering it was a glorified how-to manual for Android tablets, and most of the feedback I got was very positive. A few weeks later, someone pointed out to me that my book was available in a new distribution method — The Pirate Bay.I took the time to create something, and the price that was put on that item when it was finished was a statement of what my time was worth, assuming a certain number of sales. When the book was published initially, there were several people who initially complained about the price. Apparently $15 was too much for an eBook, and they weren’t interested in making the purchase for something there was no guarantee they were going to get use out of. That’s certainly an understandable position, and likely one of the reasons those same users took to piracy. Seeing the book being pirated forced me to question the quality of the work I had produced, even though the people complaining about the price had nothing to go on but my description, a few early reviews, and the cover art.Now, I wasn’t angry at whoever posted the book I had just spent months of my life on to a free download service. Honestly, my view on piracy has always been pretty supportive — to me it doesn’t make any sense to look at it as lost revenue, but for whatever reason the book was not available in a format or price some people agreed with. At the time, the book was only available on Amazon and in a few select retailers. Eventually it would come to the Google Play Store and a few other outlets, but even after that release I noticed the book was actively being downloaded.There’s a really popular defense among those who download content instead of purchasing it. Many claim that they like to try something before they buy it, and downloading is their way of doing this. It’s impossible to know how many of those people actually go and purchase something after they acquire a free copy, but I would imagine that number is fairly low if it exists at all. Books are especially confusing in this context, as there’s usually at least a chapter of the book available to preview before you buy now. Google Books had almost three and a half chapters of my book available for users to read before they made the purchase.Feedback is a surprisingly empty spot in the piracy puzzle. If I go to Amazon right now, I can see the feedback of users who bought Taking Your Android Tablets to the Max and felt the need to comment on their purchase. If I go to Google, I can see the same kind of feedback in the purchase section as well as the review section Google maintains separately. Never once have I received feedback from someone who downloaded my book without purchasing it. I’ve haven’t had a single person come to me and explain that there was this one thing that was missing, and had I included it the book would have pushed them from casually checking it out for free to purchasing it.I’m far from the only content creator out there with a mostly positive view towards piracy. HBO’s recent commentary on Game of Thrones piracy is a great example from the world of video, but there are also programmers in the world whose views on piracy are mostly accepting. Koushik Dutta, a developer responsible for some of the most popular apps in the Google Play Store today, has dealt with his apps being pirated and then sold to other users. His issue was never with the piracy of his apps, with Android there’s a reasonable amount of that to be expected. Selling someone else’s work as your own is an entirely different matter and the FBI, with help from Google, responded appropriately in that situation.I asked Sal Cangeloso, Managing Editor of Geek.com, about his experience with piracy of his book, LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future. He wrote:I’ve seen some sporatic piracy of my book, but it’s not something that has bothered me too much. The ebook version is available for under $4 from Amazon and $6 from O’Reilly in a DRM-free copy, so I didn’t imagine that too many potential buyers would opt for a pirated copy. Sure, I worked hard on the book and I think it contains information that could save people considerably more than $6 in the future, but I believe in O’Reilly/Make’s stance on DRM-free ebooks and accept that some piracy is unavoidable.I don’t depend on my book to pay the bills, so I can afford to be more lax than some other content creators. Even so, I’ve seen no gains from the piracy. Maybe some people are buying the book after downloading it for free, but I don’t believe anyone is learning about it from a torrent or pirated ebook site. I guess I’m equally parts disappointed that people feel that the book is being pirated and pleased that it’s worth pirating, but I think the overall impact has been negligible. In the end, piracy isn’t going anywhere. I don’t think I want it to, either. The next time you do pirate something, I’d ask you to think about why you are really doing it. If you’re actually just trying before you buy, and then you don’t buy, you should tell the person whose content you borrowed why they didn’t deserve your money. If you don’t feel the content was worth what they were charging, maybe that content creator is willing to make a deal with you. It’s really easy to click the download button, and it’s really easy to defend your reasoning after the fact, but if you aren’t going to contribute money to the creator you should at the very least contribute honest feedback.last_img read more


Donald and Melania Trump travel in separate cars amid affair claims from

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first_imgDonald and Melania Trump travel in separate cars amid affair claims from Playboy model The couple will travel together on board Air Force One to Florida. (Click here if video doesn’t play)US FIRST LADY Melania Trump travelled in a separate motorcade from her husband Donald as the pair travelled to Florida following this week’s school shooting.The decision by Melania to make a separate journey to the Andrew’s Air Force Base comes amid further claims of infidelity on behalf of the US President.The New Yorker magazine has published a handwritten account of a former Playboy model in which she details a nine-month extramarital affair with Donald Trump in 2006.In the account, Karen McDougal describes how Donald Trump showed her his wife’s bedroom in Trump Tower and brought her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel.The 1998 Playboy Playmate of the Year confirmed that she wrote the account but added that she was constrained in what else she could say publicly because of a confidentiality agreement.As the story broke today, Donald Trump and Melania Trump were to travel to Florida.Trump tweeted he would be meeting “some of the bravest people on earth” but it was not confirmed whether he would be meeting those affected by Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland in which 17 people were killed.Before the US President and First Lady travel from the White House to Air Force One, it is traditional that they walk across the South Lawn together, as they have done on previous trips.On this occasion they travelled separately, with the First Lady’s spokesperson telling CNN: ”With her schedule it was easier to meet him on the plane.”The White House also told CNN that Melania Trump does plan to accompany her husband when he visits with victims of the Parkland mass shooting.Donald Trump had already been slated to travel to Florida to spend the weekend at his Palm Beach estate, which is about 40 miles from Parkland.Affair Source: CNN/YouTubeIn McDougal’s account of her affair with Trump, the model said that she ended it in part after she started feeling guilty about it and after Trump made an offensive comment about her mother’s age as well as a vulgar remark about the anatomy of black men.The White House said Trump denies having an affair with McDougal.The alleged affair occurred not long after Trump married his third wife, Melania, who had recently given birth to their son Barron.- With reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Steve Bannon ‘answered every question’ in 20-hour interrogation on Trump-Russia links >Read: US Senate rejects immigration bills following White House veto threat > Short URL By Rónán Duffy Share241 Tweet Email2 Source: CNN/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 114 Comments First lady Melania Trump skipped the traditional South Lawn couple’s walk to Marine One for travel to Florida, opting instead to drive separately ahead of President Donald Trump https://t.co/dSuz7mo4fG pic.twitter.com/5zj1bCPXYy— CNN (@CNN) February 16, 2018 Feb 16th 2018, 10:34 PM Friday 16 Feb 2018, 10:34 PM http://jrnl.ie/3856868 67,278 Views last_img read more


Disgruntled fans have a right to protest whatever way they want

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first_img Short URL Share7 Tweet Email1 ‘Disgruntled fans have a right to protest whatever way they want’ Tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch during last night’s game against Georgia in protest at FAI governance. Subscribe https://the42.ie/4562968 64 Comments 22,043 Views Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 12:00 PM WHILE ADMITTING THAT the timing of the protest initially seemed questionable, Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan insisted after last night’s game against Georgia that supporters were entitled to air their grievances.In the 33rd minute of the 1-0 victory at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland were awarded a free-kick in a promising position for a foul on David McGoldrick by Guram Kashia.As Whelan and Conor Hourihane addressed the opportunity that had presented itself, tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch by fans as a means of expressing dissatisfaction with governance of the Football Association of Ireland. A section of Ireland supporters pictured during last night’s protest. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOIn spite of a brief delay, Hourihane was unfazed. The Aston Villa midfielder beat Giorgi Loria in the Georgia goal with a superb strike that secured the win for Ireland, as Mick McCarthy’s side made it six points from six in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. “There was something said in the press about some sort of protest,” said Whelan. “Listen, it was probably bad timing. In saying that now, Conor has gone on to score. The next time we get a free kick, hopefully [the fans] have all got their tennis balls!“The fans are disgruntled, they have a right to protest whatever way they want. We can only worry about what happens on the pitch,” the veteran midfielder added.“Obviously I play with Conor week-in-week-out [at Aston Villa], so to be honest with you, once he set the ball down I knew something was going to happen — either he’d make the goalkeeper work or it’d be a goal. It was a fantastic piece of play from Conor.”The majority of the tennis balls appeared to be launched from the stand behind Darren Randolph. The Middlesbrough goalkeeper assisted stewards in gathering up the projectiles before Hourihane scored at the other end.“We were given a heads-up yesterday so we were expecting it,” Randolph said of the protest. “We just didn’t know if it was going to be at the start of the game, the end of the game or what. I had totally forgotten until the tennis balls started coming onto the pitch.” Conor Hourihane, Shane Duffy and Glenn Whelan celebrate after Ireland’s goal. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHORandolph, who has now kept four consecutive clean sheets for Ireland, added: “It was a brilliant free-kick. Obviously the tennis ball saga worked in our favour!” By Paul Dollery Mar 27th 2019, 12:01 PM Shane Duffy explained that the players had been hoping the rumoured protest wouldn’t materialise, lest it have a detrimental impact on their efforts to pick up an important result in their bid to qualify for the European Championships.However, the Brighton & Hove Albion defender was also keen to empathise with supporters, stating that the onus was on the team to ensure that their performance wasn’t disrupted.“I think we all sort of expected it to happen,” he said. “We all read about it. We were hoping it wasn’t going to happen but we’re professionals, we dealt with it and the best response was to put the ball in the net, which is what we did. That got the crowd going again.“Everyone reads social media and newspapers these days. It happened. The fans have their opinions and rightly so. All we have to do is take care of our business on the pitch and hopefully it can distract them from whatever is going on.” Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Heres a short history of the battle for LGBT rights in Ireland

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first_img https://jrnl.ie/4078424 TODAY MARKS THE 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the Republic of Ireland.Earlier this week, the government apologised to men who were convicted of engaging in consensual same-sex activity prior to the decriminalisation in 1993.While the decriminalisation came 25 years ago, the battle to end the inequality of LGBT people in Ireland dates back long before that.So, where did it all begin? Here are some of the main events throughout the years.1861 – Offences Against the Persons ActFor most of Ireland’s history, its laws against homosexuality dated back to the Victorian era and were felt for more than 140 years.The Offences Against the Persons Act, 1861 made “buggery” an offence punishable by penal servitude.Under the section “Unnatural Offences”, the Act read: “Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery, committed either with mankind or with any animal shall be liable … to be kept in penal servitude for life.”1970s – The beginning of a social movementOne of the first notable actions against the crimality of homoesxuality was led by David Norris, who at the time was a lecturer in English at Trinity College Dublin.The movement was known as the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform. It aimed to decriminalise homosexuality in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. David Norris Source: RollingNews.ieNorris began legal proceedings to decriminalise homosexuality in 1977 – stating that such laws contravened the Constitution’s stand on privacy. In 1980, Norris’ case was defeated in the High Court. It was subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court and defeated.We’ll get back to Norris’ legal battles later.1983 – Ireland’s first Pride paradeOn 10 September 1982, gay man Declan Flynn was attacked in Dublin’s Fairview Park. He later died from his injuries.The five men who attacked Flynn were brought before the court and Justice Sean Gannon gave them suspended sentences for manslaughter.Following his death, Ireland’s first Pride parade took place in March 1983. The first event was a one-day affair and aimed a highlighting the levels of violence against LGBT men and women. Source: Irish Queer Archive via Facebook1988 – Norris vs IrelandBack to David Norris.In 1988, Norris (who was at this stage a Senator) went on to bring his case to the European Court of Human Rights.His case against the Irish State over the constitutional status of the criminalisation of certain homosexual acts was subsequently won.The ECHR case paved the way for future changes to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.1993 – Decriminalisation of homosexuality in IrelandOn 24 June 1993, Ireland officially passed legislation which finally decriminalised homosexuality.The legislation, called the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) 1993 Bill, was proposed by then-Fianna Fáil TD and Minister for Justice Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.The bill removed laws from the Irish Constitution which criminalised sexual acts between men. Kieran Rose, Chris Robson, Phil Moore and Suzy Byrne celebrating the change of legislation in 1993. Source: GLEN.ieSpeaking about the Bill at the time, the future Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, said:The sexual activities of consenting adults in the privacy of their home are a matter for the people concerned and should not be the business of the Dáil, the Garda or anybody else, including the peeping Toms of the self-appointed moral police from whom we hear a great deal nowadays.2010 – Civil Partnership ActMoving on 17 years, the Civil Partnership Act passed through the Dáil in 2010 and gave LGBT couples more rights than they had previously.While the Act provided broadly the same rights and obligations of married couples towards each other, it did not change the law on issues relating to children, for example, guardianship, adoption, custody, access or maintenance.2011 – First openly LGBT TDs elected to the DáilAnother milestone came at the end of the 2011 General Election, with three openly gay TDs being returned.Jerry Buttimer, John Lyons and Dominic Hannigan took their seats in the Dáil representing Cork South-Central, Dublin North-West and Meath East respectively. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeMay 2015 – Same-sex marriage referendumThe Irish nation took to the polls on 22 May 2015 to vote on the legalisation of same-sex marriage.In total, 62% of voters backed the amendment, while 38% voted against it.Ireland had voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Thousands of people filled the grounds of Dublin Castle to celebrate the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum on 23 May 2015 Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieIt made Ireland the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal by popular vote.The Bill that enacted the marriage referendum was signed into law on 29 October 2015.July 2015 – Gender Recognition ActIn May 2010, the government set up the Gender Recognition Advisory Group (GRAG) to advise on the legislation to recognise transgender people as their preferred gender.In July 2011, the group published its recommendations and proposed gender recognition legislation. Members of TENI and Flac outside the Dáil after the Gender Recognition Bill passed through the Oireachtas Source: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ieThe Gender Recognition Act was passed on 15 July 2015. It meant that a person can apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate to the Department of Social Protection in order to have their preferred gender recognised by the State.January 2017 – Lifetime ban on men who have sex with men donating blood liftedIn 2015, Galway student Tomás Heneghan took a case against the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) to get rid of the lifelong ban on men who had sex with men giving blood.The lifetime ban on men who have sex with men donating blood to the IBTS was lifted on 16 January 2017.However, the ban has not been completely lifted yet.Under reformed law, only men who have not had sex with another man within the past 12 months is allowed to donate blood, if they meet the other blood donor selection criteria.June 2017 – Ireland’s first openly gay TaoiseachOn 14 June 2017, Leo Varadkar became Ireland’s first openly gay Taoiseach.Varadkar first spoke publicly about being gay during an interview with Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One, while he was still Minister for Health. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Dublin Pride 2017 Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie“It’s not something that defines me, I’m not a half-Indian politician or a doctor politician, I’m not a gay politician for that matter, it’s just part of who I am,” he told O”Callaghan.June 2018 – 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexualityToday marks the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.On Tuesday, the government issued an apology to men who were convicted of engaging in consensual same-sex activity prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993.Between 1940 and 1978 an average of 13 men a year were jailed for homosexual offences, while between 1962 and 1972, there were 455 convictions.A Labour Party motion on the issue, tabled by Senator Ged Nash, received all-party support in the Dáil.Addressing the Dáil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar thanked the people who “helped change minds and change laws” and said these people “fought for me before I did so myself”.And so, while there is an abundance of more events and battles that the LGBT people of Ireland have fought and faced through the years, this has been a short history of the major markings since the mid-1800s. Dublin Pride 2016 Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie Jun 24th 2018, 8:31 AM Dublin Pride 2016 Short URL Here’s a short history of the battle for LGBT rights in Ireland Today marks the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland. Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.iecenter_img 38 Comments By Hayley Halpin 21,392 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 8:30 AM Share951 Tweet Email7 last_img read more


Greece planning to sell diaspora bonds

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first_imgGreece plans to sell bonds to Greeks abroad as it eyes a return to international bond markets some time next year, the Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou said on Wednesday. We are talking at the moment and designing what is called a ‘diaspora bond’ to tap Greek money that is abroad and we feel that we will be quite successful.Greece is keen to return to markets after plunging into a debt crisis last year, when its budget deficit hit 13.6 percent of GDP, driving borrowing costs to prohibitive levels and prompting a 110 billion euro bailout from the International Monetary Fund and European Union. “We are talking at the moment and designing what is called a ‘diaspora bond’ to tap Greek money that is abroad and we feel that we will be quite successful,” Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou told Reuters Insider TV. Analysts said details were needed to see what amount Greece could raise from a diaspora bond and what would make it more attractive than other Greek debt offerings. Government officials said the diaspora bond was still in the planning stage. “With Greek debt we are always talking of billions; it is more important to convince those who really have the money, European institutional investors, to purchase Greek debt instead of individuals.” Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Greece may opt for unusual president to avoid snap polls Venizelos says

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first_imgGreece’s coalition government may propose a non-political figure for president in March to seek consensus and avoid snap elections that could derail its economic progress, Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos told Reuters this week.Although the Greek president’s role is largely ceremonial, failure by parliament to elect one would force early national elections with no likely outright winner, plunging Greece into a political crisis a few years after narrowly avoiding default.Venizelos, who is also Foreign Minister, said in an interview that the government was open to candidates who may not be politicians but in the field of academics or even culture, breaking with a decades-long tradition.“The list for president is very limited,” Venizelos said in New York where he was attending the UN General Assembly. He did not disclose names for candidates to replace incumbent Karolos Papoulias whose five-year term ends in March. “We have some scenarios but we are absolutely open.”If parliament elects a non-politician, it would be the first time since 1985, when the late socialist prime minister Andreas Papandreou proposed a supreme court judge for the job.But Greece’s 300-seat house is too fragmented to easily come up with the 180 votes needed to elect a president. The ruling coalition of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ conservative New Democracy and Venizelos’ socialist PASOK party has 154 seats.Venizelos said they would need to convince 26 deputies from other parties to back the government’s choice.“I’m optimistic because public opinion … is against the idea of premature elections. The large majority of public opinion understands very well the need to protect the political, governmental stability,” he said.Opinion polls also show that no party could win outright if elections are held now. New Democracy is seen garnering about 22 percent, behind the radical left main opposition SYRIZA, which has 71 seats in parliament, and leads polls with 26 percent.“It’s not possible to form a one-party government. It’s absolutely vital to prepare a coalition,” Venizelos said.But coalitions will be even harder to forge with PASOK’s power diminished for backing waves of austerity measures to satisfy the international lenders who pulled Greece back from the brink of bankruptcy in 2010.After six years of recession marked by strikes and violent protests, Greece returned to the debt markets and is expecting to report a primary surplus this year. It hopes for an early end to the emergency programme and austerity measures.Athens expects to reach agreement on additional debt relief late this year, which it hopes will be Greece’s final step towards funding itself without outside help.A major hurdle in its path is the political instability stemming from the president’s election, a process Venizelos said needs to begin in early February. Venizelos said parties and deputies must weigh the gravity of the situation.“The nationally right option is to protect the stability and to elect the new president as a result of a consensual process,” Venizelos said. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


5th place for Guy Sebastian

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgSweden’s Mans Zelmerlow won Eurovision, which to be honest didn’t come as a huge surprise, giving his country the opportunity to host the competition for the sixth time.“I have so much to say… I’m so extremely happy,” Zelmerlow who scored 365 points said as he accepted the award.“We are all heroes, no matter who we love , who we are or what we believe in.”Sweden’s song was a loud statement against bullying, beating Russia into second place.Italy came third and Belgium snatched fourth place. Australia’s Guy Sebastian, who was dubbed ‘budget Bruno Mars’ offered a wonderful one-off experience to the ‘Lucky Country’, which luckily or not, won’t be able to take part again next year as its only chance to return would apply if Guy won.Greece’s and Cyprus’ songs only made it in 19th and 22th respectively. It is worth mentioning that this was the first time Greece and Cyprus didn’t give each other their highest points. The Eurovision press office has announced that the jury results from the FYR Macedonia and Montenegro have been disqualified.Austria and Germany finished last without receiving any points.“The jury results of FYR Macedonia and Montenegro for the grand final have been excluded after consultation of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the contest’s independent voting observer, and upon the decision of the executive supervisor and the chairman of the reference group,” it said.“In both countries, televoting applied for 100%. The exclusion of two juries will be further discussed in the next reference group meeting in June.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Four in 10 firms mulling moving abroad

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgNearly four in every 10 Greek enterprises are contemplating leaving the country, which translates into some 9,000 companies, a survey by Endeavor Greece conducted on March 23-31 has shown.What this 39 per cent of local enterprises are seeking and cannot find in Greece is a favourable tax environment: They are leaving or considering doing so as they want stability, access to funds and less bureaucracy.Some 15 per cent of the enterprises sampled have already moved the base of their operations abroad. Worse, the companies that have already emigrated and those about to do so in the near future are active in sectors with high added value, such as those of technology and healthcare.The above rate compares with just 23 per cent of enterprises who were eyeing a move abroad in July 2015, immediately after Greek banks were shuttered and the capital controls were imposed. In other words, now that the dust from the dramatic events of last summer has settled, and despite the signing of the third bailout agreement, the enterprises see no light at the end of the tunnel.That pessimism is also reflected in the survey as 56 per cent of respondents estimate that the situation in the country will not improve for at least another five years, while two years ago (in May 2014) only 4 per cent of respondents had given the same answer. At that time, 62 per cent had said they expected an improvement within two years. It is no coincidence that eight out of 10 entrepreneurs now say that if they were to start up a business again they would do it abroad.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


New chapter for Customs House in Sydney

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of Circular Quay’s most important heritage buildings will remain in public hands after being purchased by the City of Sydney.The City has acquired Customs House from the Commonwealth Department of Finance, having leased and managed the building since 1994.“Customs House is one of Australia’s finest buildings and I’m delighted it will remain in public hands,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.“From 1845 to 1990, Customs House was the gateway to Australia, welcoming goods and people through its doors. Four years after the Australian Customs Service moved out, the city began leasing and managing the building, transforming it into a wonderful public space.“It remains one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings, welcoming a million visitors through its doors each year. It’s a cultural centre, public library, exhibition space and provides commercial offices, cafes and space for events. It’s also home to an ever-evolving scale model of our city centre which is loved by children and visitors.READ MORE: Peter Conistis turns Geelong’s Customs House into a seafood taverna“The building has hosted Olympic live sites and Vivid light displays and, with its proximity to one of Sydney’s busiest public transport hubs, it has become a popular meeting place.“We will now look at how we can improve the building to ensure it remains a valuable community asset for generations to come.”City Historian Dr Lisa Murray said the 174-year-old building has had a rich history and served as the original gateway for imports into Sydney.“The role of customs, powerfully symbolised by Customs House at Circular Quay, has always been a dual role of revenue raising through taxing trade, and protecting society from socially unacceptable goods, products, ideas and diseases,” Dr Murray said.“In Sydney’s early days as a commercial centre, smugglers were active not only in relation to banned goods, but to any goods which attracted a significant tariff. Opium for instance was legal until well into the 20th century, but attracted a high tax, so it was at the centre of many smuggling scandals.READ MORE: Spinaloga could make it onto UNESCO’s world heritage sites listings“The government first introduced income tax during World War 1. Prior to this, customs income was the chief source of government revenue.“As late as 1924, customs tax still contributed more than 70 per cent of the nation’s revenue, meaning Customs House played an enormous role in funding Australia during the early years of federation.”last_img read more


Windows Phone 7 privé de Skype

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first_imgWindows Phone 7 privé de SkypeÉtats-Unis – Le logiciel de communication sur Internet Skype a décidé de ne pas se greffer à Windows Phone 7. Un coup dur pour Microsoft.Microsoft ne verra pas Skype se développer sur son système d’exploitation mobile Windows Phone 7. Les dirigeants du logiciel de VoIP (voix sur réseau IP) ont justifié cette décision en expliquant que Skype n’était pas utilisé au maximum sous l’angle proposé par Microsoft. D’ailleurs, la diffusion de l’application pour Windows Mobile a été arrêtée en février dernier. Pour le moment, les développeurs de Skype travailleraient sur des solutions pour iPhone. De son côté, Symbian pour Nokia bénéficie aussi du logiciel. Les déclarations officielles ne devraient pas tarder.Le 14 mai 2010 à 11:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Afsset des experts laccusent davoir trompé le public au sujet des lignes

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first_imgAfsset : des experts l’accusent d’avoir trompé le public au sujet des lignes à haute tension France – Dans une lettre adressée au gouvernement, huit experts ayant travaillé sur des rapports de l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement et du travail (Afsset) accusent cette dernière d’avoir trompé le public quant aux impacts des champs électromagnétiques de très basses fréquences.Dans une lettre destinée aux ministres de la Santé et de l’Écologie, plusieurs membres des groupes de travail mis en place par l’Afsset pour étudier les effets des lignes à haute tension ou des antennes-relais critiquent vivement l’avis de l’agence. Ils estiment que sur ses deux sujets, l’Afsset a “trompé délibérément le public et bafoué l’expertise scientifique”.En avril dernier, l’Afsset avait recommandé la création d’une zone d’exclusion de 100 mètres autour des lignes à très haute tension pour les nouvelles constructions recevant du public. Une recommandation faisant suite à des “associations statistiques claires” entre l’exposition aux champs électromagnétiques extrêmement basses fréquences et les leucémies infantiles, bien qu’aucun lien de cause à effet n’ait été clairement identifié (voir article). Dans leur lettre, les scientifiques dénoncent une “interprétation irrationnelle du principe de précaution” contribuant à “inquiéter inutilement les 300.000 riverains des lignes de transport de l’électricité”.À lire aussiParis décide de suspendre l’installation de nouvelles antennes relaisEn réponse à ces accusations, Martin Guespereau, directeur général de l’Afsset, estime qu’il est du devoir de l’agence de “faire des recommandations de gestion du risque”, soulignant que “les riverains ont besoin de toute l’information et de toute la lumière sur les éléments scientifiques”.C’est la seconde fois que l’Afsset est ainsi critiquée quant à ses rapports et recommandations. En décembre 2009, l’Académie nationale de médecine, l’Académie des sciences et l’Académie des technologies avaient en effet dénoncé un avis de l’agence préconisant la réduction des expositions aux radiofréquences (voir article).Le 25 mai 2010 à 18:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


LApp Store ne peut plus héberger le médiaplayer VLC

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first_imgL’App Store ne peut plus héberger le médiaplayer VLCEtats-Unis – Arrivé depuis une semaine à peine sur l’App Store, VLC ne pourra être téléchargé davantage sur les mobiles d’Apple. La raison ? Des droits numériques de la firme à la pomme sont en contradiction avec la licence du célèbre logiciel.L’événement n’aura duré que quelques jours. Apple avait créé une “petite” surprise en acceptant d’accueillir le logiciel VLC dans son App Store. Habituellement protectionniste vis-à-vis de ses propres outils, la firme à la pomme avait ouvert la porte à un lecteur très apprécié des utilisateurs.Néanmoins, l’aventure a rapidement capoté. La version iOS de VLC transgresse le copyright des développeurs du projet Vidéolan, auteurs de la version sur ordinateur. L’un d’eux, Rémi Denis-Courmont explique leur mécontentement : “VLC et les logiciels open source en général n’auraient pas atteint leur niveau de qualité actuel et de popularité sans ces licences. De ce fait, la violation manifeste d’une licence ne peut être tolérée en aucune façon”. Néanmoins, Apple annonce avoir été aidé par des développeurs de Vidéolan pour assurer cette version iOS. Ce refus tardif d’être sur l’App Store aura au moins permis aux développeurs de VLC de faire parler encore plus de leur logiciel.Le 2 novembre 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


La BNF va numériser 500000 livres épuisés

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Hawaï activité intense pour le volcan le plus actif du monde

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first_imgHawaï : activité intense pour le volcan le plus actif du mondeUne nouvelle cheminée du volcan Kilauea s’est ouverte ce week-end, crachant des jets de lave de plus de 20 mètres de haut, ont indiqué les scientifiques de l’Observatoire volcanologique d’Hawaï.Un des volcans les plus actifs du monde, le Kilauea à Hawaï, offre depuis samedi un spectacle à couper le souffle aux scientifiques de l’Observatoire volcanologique de l’archipel américain. Ces derniers ont pu observer des fissures se former, ainsi qu’un cratère, le Pu’u O’o, s’effondrer. Un événement qui a entraîné des jets de lave de plus de 20 mètres de haut. Par ailleurs, 150 tremblements de terre d’une faible intensité ont été enregistrés samedi et dimanche.Les visiteurs et randonneurs doivent faire très attention, ont indiqué les scientifiques. Les zones se trouvant à proximité de la nouvelle cheminée peuvent entrer en éruption ou s’effondrer sans prévenir. À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueDepuis 1983, le cône du Pu’u O’o crache, sans interruption, des millions de mètres cubes de lave chaque année. Cette lave coule vers l’océan situé à environ onze kilomètres en aval. Plusieurs hameaux ont déjà été rayés de la carte. En même temps, la lave refroidissant et durcissant au contact de l’océan a jusqu’à présent agrandi l’île de plus de 200 hectares de nouvelle terre.Découvrez l’éruption de cette nouvelle cheminée en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 7 mars 2011 à 12:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Free inaugure sa première boutique à Rouen

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first_imgFree inaugure sa première boutique à RouenLe premier Free Center a ouvert ses portes lundi à Rouen. Si jusqu’alors Free avait négligé le contact direct avec ses clients, une nouvelle stratégie est adoptée pour accompagner la future offre mobile du FAI (fournisseur d’accès à Internet).La première boutique de Free a été inaugurée lundi dans le centre ville de Rouen, en Haute Normandie, rapporte le site ZDnet. Avec son design très épuré, le premier Free Center n’a pour l’instant aucune offre mobile à faire découvrir à ses visiteurs. Il propose alors en attendant de tester la nouvelle Freebox et des conseillers accueilleront les clients pour leur présenter les différents services liés. Cette enseigne, sorte de boutique-test, est la première d’une longue liste puisque d’ici à 2018, le FAI entend ouvrir quelque 420 boutiques en France. C’est du moins ce qu’il avait annoncé lors du dépôt de sa candidature auprès de l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep) en vue d’obtenir la quatrième licence de téléphonie mobile. Dans les mois à venir, six points de vente devraient ouvrir leurs portes dans une zone allant de cinquante à deux cents kilomètres autour de Paris. Pendant cette phase d’expérimentation, Free étudiera la réaction des clients avant de lancer ses offres mobiles au début de l’année 2012.Le 11 mai 2011 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Xbox Live Stephen Toulouse demissionne

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first_imgXbox Live : Stephen Toulouse demissionneLe chef de la sécurité du Xbox Live quitte Microsoft après 17 ans de bons et loyaux services.Stephen Toulouse vient de l’annoncer sur son site personnel, il vient de quitter, en bon terme, les services de Microsoft. La firme n’a pour l’instant pas désigné de successeur, mais à bien assuré que son équipe, le “the Xbox Live Enforcement Squad » continuerait son travail : assurer aux joueurs du Xbox Live une expérience sécurisée et tranquille.Les 40 millions de joueurs du Xbox live comportent des hackers et des amateurs qui profitent de la souplesse du système de Microsoft pour trafiquer les jeux en ligne. Le secteur Policy and Enforcement est donc important pour éviter que le Xbox Live ne devienne un genre de far-ouest informatique. Rappelons que le concurrent Sony avait connu de bien mauvais moments l’été dernier, à cause de Hackers non identifiés, et qu’il est, actuellement, victime d’une nouvelle interruption.Stephen Toulouse confie sur son blog n’avoir aucun plan particulier pour l’avenir, excepté visiter sa famille et se reposer. « À 40 ans, j’ai 18 ans de carrière à Microsoft derrière moi, et c’est le seul monde que j’ai jamais vraiment connu. » Et malgré tout le plaisir qu’il dit avoir eu à travailler pour la firme de Redmond, il souhaite découvrir de nouveaux horizons. Gageons qu’avec 18 ans d’expérience dans la technologie et la communication il n’aura pas de mal à se replacer. Sa démission prendra effet le 15 février.  Pour parler de sa vie, Stephen Toulouse a sorti un audiobook titré « A Microsoft Life ».Le 6 février 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more