Microsoft to Open Source Chakra JavaScript Engine

Microsoft last week revealed that it will release the core components of its Chakra JavaScript engine to open source as ChakraCore.

It will be available next month on GitHub under the MIT license.

ChakraCore offers best-in-class JavaScript execution with the broadest set of ES2015 feature coverage and dependable performance, reliability and scalability, Microsoft said. It will target cloud-based services, the Internet of Things and beyond.

Microsoft will work with Intel, AMD and NodeSource to develop the ChakraCore community.

“Microsoft, once the undisputed champion of de facto Web standards, now looks to open source as the key to regaining that crown for JavaScript,” commented Bill Weinberg, president and principal analyst at LinuxPundit.

“Like other core infrastructure open source software products, Chakra has the potential to turn the standards world on its head, putting de facto implementation ahead of de jure standardization,” he told LinuxInsider.

“Releasing Chakra as open source paves the way for adoption by other software products and projects across the ecosystem, from the cloud to desktop to IoT,” Weinberg said.

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Deepin 15 - See What’s New

Deepin 15 is the latest stable release of Linux Deepin, released and announced by Deepin Developer on December 24. this release based on Debian SID, uses linux kernel 4.2 and features the latest version  of Deepin Desktop Environment 3.0.

Another features of deepin 15, the Control Center and Dock components are now fully pluggable, the Upstart init system has been removed and systemd has been added in its place, the GTK+ 3.18.6, Qt 5.5.1 and GCC 5.3.1 packages have been added, and the default shell is now Bash instead of Zsh

Researchers identify a previously unknown regulatory mechanism of neurogenesis.

Researchers identify a previously unknown regulatory mechanism of neurogenesis. Thoughts health innovators?

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The human nervous system is made up of an astonishing diversity of neurons. And yet only a very small number of proteins are needed to generate and determine the identity of these billions of neurons. An even smaller number of proteins, called proneural proteins, initiate and regulate neurogenesis, the manufacture of functional neurons from neural stem cells. These proneural proteins are…

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The Hardest Button to Button

“Hey kids, you gonna make a game tout seul using RedWire! Topic’s ‘machines’, so have fun.”

*starts hyperventilating*

*but not in the good way*

Code. Tout seul. Even though RedWire is all about cannibalizing other people’s games, if you just can’t get your head around what is syntactically possible in code, no amount of drag and drop may help you.

My pessimistic self is adorable.

In the end I decided not to aim for a game with a) exaggeratedly nice graphics, since this would have been nothing but high quality procrastination, b) complex gameplay. First, I wouldn’t know how to do it, secondly, it would have lead to robots. And c) I totally didn’t want to make a robot game.

After some thinking I found the perfect primitive candidate for this game. It even involves a machine. It has two lights, red and green, that flash on/off, in random order. The player has to button the only button of the machine (see what I did there?), whenever both lights are lit. As often and as accurate as possible throughout a set amount of time.

Amaze. Such complexity.

I will aim for pixel art once more, since I’ve got a crush on them square cuties and I want to level up my game. I need two animated lights (red and green, both on and off) and one animated button (idle and pushed). I want to add a machinery kind of background, but this will be the treat once the coding is done. Otherwise I’ll spend my days pushing pixels instead of fighting the real fight. Concerning sounds, I will probably – if time allows it – just make stupid sounds and tune them using Audacity. Simple. Primitive. Beautiful.

Now for the fun part. Not.


With help from the RedWire authorities I obtained the secret power to randomize the light switching. The Boolean values for light on/off depend on the randomly determined values

lightA (red): Math.random() > 0.5
lightB (green): Math.random() < 0.5

and are switched every 600 ms (for now) via Limit Rate, saved as lastRefreshTime in RedWire’s memory.

Now for the even funnier To Do part.

I need to relate the Boolean values to the right sprites (false = off, true = on) for both lights and display them according to their values

I additionally want to create an output after the time runs out to give player feedback on clicking accuracy (kinda like a high score, since a friend of mine is very insistent about high scores and how they improve every game 8947581%)


(aka “Parts I stole from others”. Long live open source.)

I’ve got a counter that adds 1 to the score on each mouse up. Eaaaaand I’ve got a timer, that counts down for a number of undetermined seconds (atm it’s 20 s, might be less in the end)

Of course I still have a couple of To Dos for these hijacked body parts, too.

I need to tweak the score counter to only count, if the winning conditions (lightA = true && lightB = true) are fulfilled, otherwise it shall not increase the score. Though my basic idea included to count the wrong clicks, too, to determine a percentage of reflexes, attention and perfect clicking.

And I would like the countdown to result in displaying some panicky “Badaaaammm! YOUR TIME IS OVER!” (relevance level 0.63)

Nah, well. At least I managed to change the colour of both score board and timer to the same blue the button has (yeah, that’s how good I am.)




The Hardest Button to Button on RedWire

MAKE UPDATE: Steve Cox prints HackBerry by exiii

“…the cost of 3D printing this has been less than £12.”

Steve Cox has finally completed the assembly of his very first exiii HACKberry. All the parts were produced on an Ultimaker 2 3D Printer at 0.1mm layer height using Faberdashery Arctic White PLA filament.

The parts were produced using techniques that Steve has developed for efficient Fused Filament 3D Printing. As a result, the use of support material to produce these parts has been minimised, along with the cost. 

“Incredible to think that a prosthesis this complex can be manufactured so inexpensively!” - Steve Cox

Check out Steve’s Make Update with more pictures right here.


“Open Source Ecology founder Dr. Marcin Jakubowski and the OSE team explain the philosophy behind their work.“

Researchers identify mechanism which ‘turns thyroid on’. Thoughts health innovators?

Thyroid disease affects about 12 percent of the U.S. population. While many people with thyroid disease don’t even know they have it, an overactive or underactive thyroid can cause a slew of problems, including weight gain or loss, mood changes and infertility.


Budgie Desktop 10 is new release of budgie desktop developed by Solus project. this release include an all-new notification and customization center called Raven, proper support for HiDPI displays, support for multiple panels, proper support for keyboard layouts and keyboard switching, as well as support for multi-monitor configurations.
The Process: Oscilloscope Music
An oscilloscope is a device used to measure the frequency of electrical signals and display waveforms of those signals against a graph. If that sounds boring, it's because you haven't considered the creative capacity of this kind of tool. Jer…

I did a little walkthrough for the Kickstarter blog. Check it out and try for yourself with the provided Pure Data patch!

Researchers identify an epigenetic switch for obesity. Thoughts health innovators?

Current estimates place obesity incidence at more than 600 million individuals worldwide.  As a prime risk factor for heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and neurodegeneration, obesity poses a major socio-economic challenge.


KaOS 2016.01 - See what’s new

KaOS, a Linux distribution built from scratch and Focus on KDE and Qt,  has released the new KaOS 2016.1 ISO images to users worldwide. this release ships with the KDE Plasma 5.5.3 desktop environment, KDE Applications 15.12 software suite, KDE Frameworks 5.18.0 and Powered by linux Kernel 4.3.3.

KaOS 2016.01 release notes | Download KaOS 2016.01

First liver-generated hormone to work with brain to control sugar-intake identified.

First liver-generated hormone to work with brain to control sugar-intake identified. Thoughts health innovators?

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The recent surge in obesity prevalence has been greatly influenced by food intake and diet composition. Energy from food comes in three macronutrient forms- fat, protein, and carbohydrate.  Over the past 50 years, excessive consumption of carbohydrate in the U.S. has been linked with metabolic disease. However, although there is abundant physiological evidence for independent appetites for fats,…

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