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David Murphy: Continuous Integration with Tarmac and Vagrant

As part of our self-improvement and knowledge sharing within Canonical, within our group (Professional and Engineering Services) we regularly – at least once a month – run what we call an “InfoSession”. Basically it is Google Hangout on Air with a single presenter on a topic that is of interest/relevance to others, and one of my responsibilities is organising them. Previously we have had sessions on:

  • Go (a couple of sessions in fact)
  • SystemTap
  • Localization (l10n) and internationalization (i18n)
  • Juju
  • Graphviz
  • …and many others…

Today the session was on continuous integration with Tarmac and Vagrant, presented by Daniel Manrique from our certification team. In his own words:

Merge requests and code reviews are a fact of life in Canonical. Most projects start by manually merging approved requests, including running a test suite prior to merging.

This infosession will talk about tools that automate this workflow (Tarmac), while leveraging your project’s test suite to ensure quality, and virtual machines (using Vagrant) to provide multi-release, repeatable testing.

Like most of our sessions it is publicly available, here it is is for your viewing pleasure:

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

App Store Update: July 31

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.

Lub vs. Dub – ($0.99)

A smart twist on the common endless runner genre brings two characters into competition against each other, running on opposite sides of the same line – that line being a heart rate monitor, too. Who will emerge victorious? Lub, or Dub?

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

The Best Financial Services Companies to Work For

By Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes Staff

The recession proved to be grueling for most businesses, but the financial services industry took an especially brutal hit. Massive layoffs, government bailouts, negative headlines and countless scandals damaged the public’s perception of some of the biggest finance firms. Today, while several companies and chief executives are still struggling to rebuild a reputation and recover the prestige they once had, many have recuperated well. In fact, employees at some of the top financial services corporations are once again highly satisfied with their workplaces and their leadership. Glassdoor.com, a jobs and career website where people share information and opinions about the places where they work, just unveiled its list of The Top 10 Highest Rated Financial Services Companies, which charts how firms in this industry have fared over the past year, based on employee sentiment. In Pictures: The Best Financial Services Companies to Work For Right Now Glassdoor’s data analysis team leafed through thousands of employee reviews on more than 100 companies in the financial industry to determine how the top accounting firms, asset management companies, banks, brokerages, credit card companies, mutual fund managers, as well as transaction, credit and collections companies performed this year.  To be included in the evaluation, companies had to have at least 30 reviews submitted by employees to Glassdoor between July 24, 2012, and July 23, 2013. “The report asks employees how satisfied they are with their employer as a place to work, and to what extent they approve of the way their chief executive officer is leading the company,” says Glassdoor spokesperson Samantha Zupan. Respondents are asked to rate their company on a 5-point scale (1 = very dissatisfied, 5 = very satisfied). “The Glassdoor report highlights the companies in the financial services industry that are performing well when it comes to employee satisfaction,” Zupan adds. “For those looking for a job in this industry, this report can point to some of the companies a job seeker may want to try researching first to identify if one of these companies may be a good fit for them.” Susquehanna International Group, a 26-year-old Pennsylvania-based global investment and trading company, holds the top spot with a company rating of 4.1. Last year the firm, which services securities markets worldwide, earned a 3.7 rating. “Employees at Susquehanna speak to the opportunities to learn and grow, the manageable work weeks in terms of hours on the job and the entrepreneurial environments that allow for relative freedom and flexibility,” says Zupan. “They also speak favorably about the great benefits, the sense of autonomy at work, and the access to great technology.” A Pennsylvania-based worker said SIG is filled with smart people. “They [also] invest heavily in technology. There’s a lot of opportunity to learn new things and be surrounded be intellectual people. Benefits and pay and fairly decent, and there’s many perks – free breakfast/lunch, onsite car service, pharmacy, doctor, etc. If you take care of SIG, they will take care of you. My team had zero micromanagement, and I …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Fake Restaurant Garners Great Reviews

By Joanne Camas Ever base your restaurant choice on user-submitted online reviews? Wondered what those people were thinking? Well, The Telegraph reported yesterday on the disgruntled friend of a hotel owner who suspected rival eateries were panning his buddy’s place. He retaliated by making up a restaurant to highlight the dubious nature of some online reviews. “Oscar’s” had “mind-blowing” Michelin-star-earning food to rival the world’s best, according to its profile on TripAdvisor, and was set in a picturesque fishing village in Devon, England. In reality, though, diners turned up to find the address was just a deserted alley. “Upon investigation, as this property doesn’t meet our listing guidelines, the listing has been removed,” a TripAdvisor spokesman told The Telegraph. I guess a restaurant has to actually exist to justify its place in the listings. As one fake review of Oscar’s had noted, “there is an unbelievable quality about it.” No doubt the duped diners who traipsed there will concur. Do you post reviews of restaurants online? And do you read other people’s reviews to get a sense of a restaurant? How accurate do you find user reviews?

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Source: Epicurious

HTC sees more basic smartphones as way to regain market share

HTC plans to introduce a series of mid-tier and entry-level smartphones later this year as a way to regain market share, after posting disappointing financial results in the second quarter. 

The new phones will arrive at the end of the third quarter, or early fourth quarter, HTC CEO Peter Chou said in an conference call on Tuesday. “We suffered a little bit in this mid-tier market share from the end of last year to so far, in terms of competition,” he added. “However, with this new range of mid-tier products we will address those challenges.”

HTC has struggled to lift its earnings over the past 18 months as its faced an increasingly competitive smartphone market. In response, the Taiwanese company has focused on boosting its brand name with its HTC One flagship series, along with spending more on marketing. 

During this year’s second quarter, the company’s newest HTC One handset was on sale globally. The high-end handset, priced at US$599 without carrier subsidies, gained many positive reviews. But at the end of the period, the smartphone maker still posted an 83 percent year-over-year decline in net profit.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

App Store Update: July 29

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.

A Brief History of the World – ($2.99)

It’s a board gaming kind of day in the App Store today, and first up is the newly released “A Brief History of the World” by the Ragnar Brothers. Starting in 3000 BC and ending in 1942, the game explores the rise and decline of major empires of the world together with minor empires and kingdoms. Players marshal armies against one another, crossing seas and oceans by fleets and building forts to better protect their lands. Capitals, cities ands monuments are built to bring the gold needed for victory. More gold is collected as the result of occupation of areas of the map.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Mars Face Discovered In NASA Photos, July 28, 2013, UFO Sighting News.

By ScottCWaring

Date of sighting: July 28, 2013
Location of sighting: Mars Surface

This is a highly detailed face of a species of alien whose face resembles half sheep and half human. Look carefully and you will see the upper and lower lips, chin, jaw, cheeks, eye, nose, nostrils, and long flowing hair.

For some reason its a difficult thing for people accept when they first see them, but understand this is not my first but just another face of thousands I have found and only published about 60 of them to date because only the higher detail ones can withstand the skeptics reviews.

You will never hear NASA even consider such a face exists, not even acknowledging the face at Cydonia, but instead when they went back to take a photo of it…the new photo was blurry and had been smoothed out with photo shop programs. The Cydonia photo taken 10 years earlier was high detail and easy to make out its features. NASA has an agenda…to hide alien life until the point that the United States Military has gotten the weapons from the aliens that they want…which by the way the aliens wont give them. LOL, so its up to us, the people to crack NASA wide open. Check out the video I made today below. SCW

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at UFO Sightings Daily

App Store Update: July 24

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.

Lums – ($0.99)

In a world where vampires have invaded and stolen the sun, it’s up to you to control the movements of the glowing Lums – as they crash into the vamps’ protective, shadowy shelters Angry Birds-style to let in light and burn the baddies to a crisp. It looks and sounds brilliant. Check out the trailer, at the very least:

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

First Drive: 2014 Buick LaCrosse

By Seyth Miersma

2014 Buick LaCrosse - front three-quarter view

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A Nice, New Buick Aims For Middle Of The Road

Any time someone describes some portion of a car or a driving experience as being “nice,” I want to either A) throttle them or B) run as fast and as far as I can from that vehicle. “Nice” is among the most insidious words in the English language – at best it’s vague, and at worst, it conveys the exact opposite of its literal meaning. Yet it seems to be used with damnable frequency when it comes to verbally illustrating vehicles. “It looks really nice,” or “These seats feel nice,” or, heaven forefend, “It’s got a nice ride,” are all windy signifiers of absolutely nothing resembling a concrete opinion. “Nice” is the adjectival equivalent of meekly smiling and nodding your head.

Of course, I’m as guilty as the next person of having thrown English’s least powerful descriptor around. There’s even a chance that, rant aside, you’ll catch me making nice in reviews to come. That’s fine, but you should know that when you stumble upon such usage, past or future, that you’ve found a sentence in which I’m simply applying a bare minimum of effort to the task.

Right, let’s talk about the newly updated 2014 Buick LaCrosse.

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2014 Buick LaCrosse originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

Edmunds.com Sues Website Over Fake Reviews

By Matt Cantor

Car website Edmunds.com is taking a stand against bogus online reviews. The company is suing a firm it says created 60 fake reviews of about two dozen car dealerships, the Los Angeles Times reports. Humankind, which runs GlowingReviews.co , was behind some 2,000 Edmunds member accounts, according to… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Home

App Store Update: July 23

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.

Expander – ($0.99)

Getting things started today is Expander, a “how fast are your reflexes?” reaction challenge that sends a block sailing through a hallway and tasks you to keep it from crashing into walls as its size swells and contracts. Take a look:

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

The Latest Insidious Tactic to Scrub Online Consumer Reviews

By Eric Goldman, Contributor

Like many other business owners, Richard Goren, a Massachusetts attorney, was unhappy with an online consumer review about his business. Like many other business owners, he was frustrated by his inability to remove the review from Ripoff Report, which says it doesn’t remove consumer reviews and won’t let authors remove them either. Where Goren’s story diverges from prior stories is that he thinks he found an innovative way to use copyright law to solve his problem. This post will explain the different tactics businesses typically use to redress unwanted consumer reviews, Goren’s novel approach to dealing with Ripoff Report, and why his tactic will fail. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Read This: Is it time for American carmakers to give up on dual-clutch transmissions? [w/poll]

By Damon Lowney

Dual-clutch transmissions in plant

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Last week, in the midst of Detroit’s first days seeking relief in Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code, Automotive News contributor Larry P. Vellequette penned an editorial suggesting that American car companies raise the white flag on dual clutch transmissions and give up on trying to persuade Americans to buy cars fitted with them. Why? Because, Vellequette says, like CVT transmissions, they “just don’t sound right or feel right to American drivers.” (Note: In the article, it’s not clear if Vellequette is arguing against wet-clutch and dry-clutch DCTs or just dry-clutch DCTs, which is what Ford and Chrysler use.) The article goes on to state that Ford and Chrysler have experimented with DCTs and that both consumers and the automotive press haven’t exactly given them glowing reviews, despite their quicker shifts and increased fuel efficiency potential compared to torque-converter automatic transmissions.

Autoblog staffers who weighed in on the relevance of DCTs in American cars generally disagreed with the blanket nature of Vellequette’s statement that they don’t sound or feel right, but admit that their lack of refinement compared to traditional automatics can be an issue for consumers. That’s particularly true in workaday cars like the Ford Focus and Dodge Dart, both of which have come in for criticism in reviews and owner surveys. From where we sit, the higher-performance orientation of such transmissions doesn’t always meld as well with the marching orders of everyday commuters (particularly if drivers haven’t been educated as to the transmission’s benefits and tradeoffs), and in models not fitted with paddle shifters, it’s particularly hard for drivers to use a DCT to its best advantage.

Finally, we also note that DCT tuning is very much an evolving science. For instance, Autoblog editors who objected to dual-clutch tuning in the Dart have more recently found the technology agreeable in the Fiat 500L. Practice makes perfect – or at least more acceptable.

What do you think? Vote in our poll below, then have your say in Comments.

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Is it time for American carmakers to give up on dual-clutch transmissions? [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

App Store Update: July 22

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.

Freedom Fall – (Free)

Freedom Fall fits in with the endless runner genre, but directs its constantly moving hero downward instead of to the right. Can you help him avoid obstacles on his descent?

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Battery charger compatible with Black & Decker PS120 9.6 V battery?

By Dani Crain

A friend gave me her extra Black and Decker drill because she was tired of dealing with the charger issues. I looked up the B&D charger in question (Black and Decker #418352-00 PS150 Charger – input / 120 Volts AC, 60Hz, 9W, output (NOM 10, 15V) 10.15 Volts DC, 210mA (NOM 11, 6V) 11.6 Volts DC, 165mA for PS120 9.6 Volt Battery Pack – Amazon.com) and it has really awful reviews. Is there another charger I can use out there for a 9.6V cordless drill battery that’s NOT from Black & Decker? This is for a Black and Decker cordless drill that’s probably nearing it’s 5th birthday. Thanks everyone!

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Source: DoItYourself.com

First global top-level domain signed is Arabic for .web

The client of an Australian domain registrar has signed the first global generic top-level domain (gTLD) contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

ARI Registry Services announced that its client dotShabaka Registry signed an agreement with ICANN for the 4(C). top-level domain, which is pronounced .shabaka and translates to .web. It will be the world’s first borderless Arabic new top-level domain.

The new domain is expected to go live in the “coming months,” ARI Registry Services said.

Applications for addresses in Arabic and other non-Latin scripts comprised the first group of gTLDs to be approved by ICANN. ICANN published evaluation results of the first 27 new gTLDs in late March. ICANN decided the order in which it reviews applications in December.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

The Worst Companies To Work For In The U.S.: 24/7 Wall St.

By The Huffington Post News Editors

From 24/7 Wall St.: For the second year in a row, 24/7 Wall St. has identified America’s worst companies to work for. While company management can improve employee satisfaction, most of the companies on our list continue to make workers miserable.

In order to identify America’s worst companies to work for, 24/7 Wall St. examined employee reviews at jobs and career community site Glassdoor. Based on the reviews, Glassdoor scores companies on a scale of one to five with an average score of 3.2 for the over 250,000 companies measured. 24/7 Wall St. identified the nine publicly traded companies that received scores of 2.5 or lower.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post