Story 2014-02-21

Next Falcon 9 Rocket to Attempt Water Landing

in space on (#3EN)
story imageThe wonderful reports that the next flight of the Falcon 9 rocket will attempt a soft water landing. The goal is to test the newly installed legs and confirm that the rocket can touch down in a controlled manner before future attempts at a landing on solid ground. The flights main mission is to resupply the ISS using the Dragon spacecraft. If all goes according to schedule, which it rarely does in the launch industry, liftoff will happen on March 16th.

OpenSource Chocolate for the masses?

in code on (#3EM)
Borgodoro started to make opensource chocolate inspired by famous opensource projects, the first two had been VideoLan and Libav .

The Chocolate recipes are available on github and they have LGPL as "moral license", claiming that this way everybody can make additional recipes out of the chocolate.

The ingredients that make up the chocolate are also available so people has no excuses to experiment and issue pull requests!

Ubuntu desktop moving application menus back into application windows

in linux on (#3EK)
story imageArs Technica reports that the next version of Ubuntu (14.04, or Trusty Tahr ; a Long Term Support Release) will allow users an option to display menu bars inside their parent application windows -- a move away from Mac OSX interface conventions towards the menu placement more commonly used in Windows.

"Despite displaying the menu contents outside of the window, the menus are still window-specific," we noted in a review of Ubuntu 12.04 in May 2012. "By design, the global menu bar displays the menu of the focused window. This proves awkward in some applications with dialogs and multiple windows."

The intended result is to "fix the main UX bug we have [had] in Unity since its very first release: the menus being hard to find or too far from their parent window ", according to a blog post Canonical employee Marco Trevisan . "The amount of technical work needed [is] not to be underestimated [...] one of the blockers we had in 12.04 was our dependency on the legacy compiz decor plugin + gtk-window-decorator, that has worked 'OK' in the last years but -- apart from using deprecated technologies (gtk2 in primis) -- it really would have made this concept impossible to realize."

A tahr appears to be some species of mountain goat indigenous to the Himalayas.