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16 most searched stories of 2015

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2015, a year full of surprises. 

Read the infographic “16 most searched stories of 2015” 

Go back to those important moments . 

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The Other Day


Busy Bee

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Busy Bee by Paulo Furtado on 500px.com

From the eye of a MF Pentax 50mm 1.7, not completely wide open, but still nice, and perhaps a tiny bit too close. Bzzzz. 🙂

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Alien Buzz

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A winged alien buzzing, through the eye of the excellent Pentax-M SMC 50mm.

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EIHL Power Rankings 28/12/2015

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With play spanning across three days for this week there was ample opportunity to pick up some points and move up in the power rankings. However, with fairly even contests cross the double headers most teams have remained where they ended up from last week. Here is the current standings following the weeks action:

28th power rankings

The weeks biggest movers:

  1. Belfast +11.17. With a 2-0 shutout win over Cardiff and then a close contest against Braehead, beating thwm 4-3, Belfast have extended their winning streak to 7. This is putting them in a good position to break into the top three in the standings in the coming weeks.
  2. Dundee -8.24. A blowout loss against Conventry was something they couldn’t manage to recover from, despite defeating Edinburgh 5-1 to add a silver linning to their weekends play.
  3. Cardiff +5.63. There pursuit of knocking Belfast off the top spot of the rankings wasn’t helped…

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Open Source Software Went Nuclear This Year

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“WIRED”

“2015 was the year open source software gained new significance, thanks to Apple and Google and Elon Musk.

Now more than ever, even the most powerful tech companies and entrepreneurs are freely sharing the code underlying their latest technologies.

They recognize this will accelerate not only the progress of technology as a whole, but their own progress as well. It’s altruism with self-interest. And it’s how the tech world now works.

“This is not just a turning point, but a tipping point,” says Brandon Keepers, the head of open source at GitHub, the online service that sits at the heart of the open source universe.

Apple Opens Up

This year, Apple open sourced the Swift programming language—a big departure from how it operated before. For the most part, Apple kept the code underpinning its previous language, Objective-C, to itself, ensuring that it ran only on Apple devices. By…

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DHS Red Tape Stifling Adoption of Unmanned Aerial Systems

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“NATIONAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE”

“Red tape within the Department of Homeland Security is stifling the adoption of unmanned aerial systems within its 22 agencies, found a recent report.

“Bureaucratic resistance in components across DHS is threatening its ability to effectively acquire and operate unmanned systems,” including small systems that have become increasingly inexpensive and more capable, said a report titled “Unmanned Systems in Homeland Security.”

The report was put together by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, and the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a federally funded research and development center operated by ANSER, a public service research institute based in Falls Church, Virginia.

“On balance, the HSE [homeland security enterprise] is not yet well poised to capitalize on, or respond to widespread commercial and consumer use of, unmanned systems,” it said. “While work is underway in DHS, for example, it…

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