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  • Fedora 27: wpa_supplicant Security Update Fix the for the Key Reinstallation Attacks in FT handshake (CVE-2017-13082) - Fix PTK rekeying to generate a new ANonce - Prevent reinstallation of an already in-use group key and extend protection of GTK/IGTK reinstallation of WNM-Sleep Mode cases (CVE-2017-13078,

  • Fedora 26: openvswitch Security Update Add a symlink of the OCF script in the OCF resources folder ---- Updated to Open vSwitch 2.7.3 and DPDK 16.11.3 for CVE-2017-14970 ---- Security fix for CVE-2017-9263, CVE-2017-9265 ---- Updated to Open vSwitch 2.7.1 and DPDK 16.11.2 (#1468234)

  • [$] Point releases for the GNU C Library
    The GNU C Library (glibc) project produces regular releases on anapproximately six-month cadence. The current release is 2.26from early August; the 2.27 release is expected at the beginning ofFebruary 2018. Unlike many other projects, though, glibc does not normallycreate point releases for important fixes between the major releases.The last point release from glibc was 2.14.1, which came out in 2011.A discussion on the need for a 2.26 point release led to questions aboutwhether such releases have a useful place in the currentsoftware-development environment.

  • DragonFly BSD 5.0
    DragonFly BSD 5.0 has been released. "Preliminary HAMMER2 support has been released into the wild as-of the 5.0 release. This support is considered EXPERIMENTAL and should generally not yet be used for production machines and important data. The boot loader will support both UFS and HAMMER2 /boot. The installer will still use a UFS /boot even for a HAMMER2 installation because the /boot partition is typically very small and HAMMER2, like HAMMER1, does not instantly free space when files are deleted or replaced.DragonFly 5.0 has single-image HAMMER2 support, with live dedup (for cp's), compression, fast recovery, snapshot, and boot support. HAMMER2 does not yet support multi-volume or clustering, though commands for it exist. Please use non-clustered single images for now."

  • Millions of high-security crypto keys crippled by newly discovered flaw (Ars Technica)
    Ars Technica is reporting on a flaw in the RSA library developed by Infineon that drastically reduces the amount of work needed to discover a private key from its corresponding public key. This flaw, dubbed "ROCA", mainly affects key pairs that have been generated on keycards. "While all keys generated with the library are much weaker than they should be, it's not currently practical to factorize all of them. For example, 3072-bit and 4096-bit keys aren't practically factorable. But oddly enough, the theoretically stronger, longer 4096-bit key is much weaker than the 3072-bit key and may fall within the reach of a practical (although costly) factorization if the researchers' method improves.To spare time and cost, attackers can first test a public key to see if it's vulnerable to the attack. The test is inexpensive, requires less than 1 millisecond, and its creators believe it produces practically zero false positives and zero false negatives. The fingerprinting allows attackers to expend effort only on keys that are practically factorizable. The researchers have already used the method successfully to identify weak keys, and they have provided a tool here to test if a given key was generated using the faulty library. A blog post with more details is here."

  • Security updates for Monday
    Security updates have been issued by Debian (wpa), Fedora (perl, recode, and tor), Gentoo (elfutils, gnutls, graphite2, libtasn1, puppet-agent, shadow, and webkit-gtk), Mageia (pjproject, thunderbird, and weechat), and SUSE (kernel).

  • An enforcement clarification from the kernel community
    The Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory board, in response to concernsabout exploitative license enforcement around the kernel, has put togetherthis patch adding a document to the kerneldescribing its view of license enforcement. This document has been signedor acknowledged by a long list of kernel developers.In particular, it seeks toreduce the effect of the "GPLv2 death penalty" by stating that a violator'slicense to the software will be reinstated upon a timely return tocompliance. "We view legal action as a last resort, to be initiatedonly when other community efforts have failed to resolve the problem.Finally, once a non-compliance issue is resolved, we hope the user will feelwelcome to join us in our efforts on this project. Working together, we willbe stronger."
    See thisblog post from Greg Kroah-Hartman for more information.

  • "KRACK": a severe WiFi protocol flaw
    The "krackattacks" web sitediscloses a set of WiFi protocol flaws that defeat most of the protectionthat WPA2 encryption is supposed to provide. "In a keyreinstallation attack, the adversary tricks a victim into reinstalling analready-in-use key. This is achieved by manipulating and replayingcryptographic handshake messages. When the victim reinstalls the key,associated parameters such as the incremental transmit packet number(i.e. nonce) and receive packet number (i.e. replay counter) are reset totheir initial value. Essentially, to guarantee security, a key should onlybe installed and used once. Unfortunately, we found this is not guaranteedby the WPA2 protocol".

  • Kernel prepatch 4.14-rc5
    The 4.14-rc5 kernel prepatch is out."We've certainly had smaller rc5's, but we've had bigger ones too, andthis week finally felt fairly normal in a release that has up untilnow felt a bit messier than it perhaps should have been.So assuming this trend holds, we're all good. Knock wood."

  • Bottomley: Using Elliptic Curve Cryptography with TPM2
    James Bottomley describesthe use of the trusted platform module with elliptic-curvecryptography, with a substantial digression into how the elliptic-curvealgorithm itself works."The initial attraction is the same as for RSA keys: making itimpossible to extract your private key from the system. However, themathematical calculations for EC keys are much simpler than for RSA keysand don’t involve finding strong primes, so it’s much simpler for the TPM(being a fairly weak calculation machine) to derive private and public ECkeys."

  • [$] unsafe_put_user() turns out to be unsafe
    When a veteran kernel developer introduces a severe security hole into thekernel, it can be instructive to look at how the vulnerability came about.Among other things, it can point the finger at an API that lends itselftoward the creation of such problems. And, as it turns out, the knowledgethat the API is dangerous at the outset and marking it as such may not beenough to prevent problems.

  • Security updates for Friday
    Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (botan, flyspray, go, go-pie, pcre2, thunderbird, and wireshark-cli), Fedora (chromium and mingw-poppler), Red Hat (Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6.4.6 and Red Hat JBoss BRMS 6.4.6), SUSE (git and kernel), and Ubuntu (libffi and xorg-server, xorg-server-hwe-16.04, xorg-server-lts-xenial).

  • [$] The trouble with text-only email
    Mozilla's manifesto commitsthe organization to a number of principles, including support forindividual privacy and an individual's right to control how they experiencethe Internet. As a result, when Mozilla recently stated its intent toremove the "text only" option from its mailing lists — for the purpose oftracking whether recipients are reading its emails — the reaction was, toput it lightly, not entirely positive. The text-only option has beensaved, but the motivation behind this change is indicative of thechallenges facing independent senders of email.

  • Four new stable kernels
    Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 4.13.6, 4.9.55, 4.4.92, and 3.18.75 stable kernels. As usual, theycontain fixes throughout the tree, so users should upgrade.
    Update: Kroah-Hartman released 4.9.56: "It fixes a networkingbug in 4.9.55. Don't use 4.9.55, it's busted, sorry about that, Ishould have held off and gotten more testing on it, my fault :("

  • Security updates for Thursday
    Security updates have been issued by CentOS (httpd and thunderbird), Debian (nss), Fedora (git), openSUSE (krb5, libvirt, samba, and thunderbird), Oracle (httpd and thunderbird), Red Hat (httpd, rh-mysql57-mysql, and thunderbird), Scientific Linux (httpd and thunderbird), and Ubuntu (ceph).

  • Compact Kaby Lake module loads up on USB and PCIe
    Aaeon’s COM-KBUC6 is a COM Express Type 6 Compact module with “Kaby Lake” Core-U CPUs, 5x PCIe, 12x USB, and 3x SATA III. Aaeon has revised its Intel 6th Gen Core based COM-SKUC6 COM Express Type 6 Compact module, which we covered in brief in 2015 as part of Intel’s Skylake announcement, as a new “Kaby Lake” based COM-KBUC6.

  • Protect your wifi on Fedora against KRACK
    You may have heard about KRACK (for “Key Reinstallation Attack”), a vulnerability in WPA2-protected Wi-Fi. This attack could let attackers decrypt, forge, or steal data, despite WPA2’s improved encryption capabilities. Fear not — fixes for Fedora packages are on their... Continue Reading →

  • Red Hat Releases CRI-O 1.0 for Kubernetes Container Runtime
    Red Hat announced the official 1.0 general availability release of CRI-O on Oct. 16, providing a competitive alternative to running the Docker runtime in Kubernetes deployments. The news comes as the DockerCon EU conference gets underway in Copenhagen, Denmark from Oct. 16-19.

  • Alibaba and Red Hat Partner to Take RHEL-as-a-Service to China's Largest Cloud
    Although Red Hat in the cloud is already available in China, the new arrangement is important because it makes the company's software portfolio available on the largest cloud in the largest of the emerging markets. This benefits existing customers with expansion plans that include what is now the world's second largest economy. It also promises to generate revenue from inside the country.

  • How to Deploy Clojure Web Application on Debian 9
    This guide will walk through the process of deploying a simple web application in Clojure using supervisor and Nginx. Clojure is a modern general-purpose programming language for the JVM that focuses on concurrent programming found in operating systems. Clojure enables you to make use of the existing JVM infrastructure, including tools, libraries and application servers.

  • Top 10 Hacking Techniques Used By Hackers
    We live in a world where cyber security has become more important than physical security, thousands of websites and emails are hacked daily. Hence, It is important to know the Top hacking techniques used by hackers worldwide to exploit vulnerable targets all over the internet.

  • 4 website maintenance mistakes to avoid
    Maintenance is a good idea for every website, but it's a requirement for websites using open source code. The upside of open source is that everyone can participate. The downside is that means keeping up with everyone's changes. Code gets patched, which causes other code to stop working and need patches in turn. Exploits are found and then blocked. Fancy new features are developed, and your users want them. All of this means you need to keep up! The most important weapon to combat these forces is more

  • Open Source Project Grafeas Enforces Kubernetes Supply Chain Security
    Although Grafeas isn't container specific, that's really what it's all about. It includes Kritis, a policy engine for enforcing secure software supply chain policies that connects to Kubernetes using the ImagePolicyWebHook plugin. According to Google, Kritis offers "real-time enforcement of container properties at deploy time for Kubernetes clusters based on attestations of container image properties" that are stored in Grafeas.

  • Get Your Weather Forecast From the Linux CLI
    It's be convenient to be able to retrieve the latest weather forecast right from your terminal without opening up a web browser, wouldn't it? What about scripting it or setting a cron job? Well, you can.

  • Upgrade Fedora Workstation to Fedora 27 Beta
    In case you missed the news, Fedora 27 Beta was released last week. If you’re running Fedora Workstation, it’s easy to upgrade to the Beta release. Then you can try out some of the new features early. This article explains... Continue Reading →

  • LinuxAndUbuntu Review Of BunsenLabs Linux
    Once upon a time there was Crunchbang Linux, and then it was no more, and then the community brought it back to life in another form known as BunsenLabs Linux. This distribution offers a lightweight and easily customizable Openbox desktop.

  • Lightning Talks at All Things Open 2017
    Join the community for a set of amazing lightning talks you won't want to miss during the All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC. Speakers have five minutes to enlighten the audience about an open source topic they are passionate about. We've got everything from DevOps and Kubernetes, to wearables, cloud, and more.

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  • AWS, Microsoft Offer New Open Source AI Framework
    AWS and Microsoft have announced the availability of Gluon, an open source deep learning library for building AI neural networks. Gluon will make it easier for researchers to define machine learning models using a collection of prebuilt, optimized neural network components. It will enable software developers and enterprise users to manipulate machine learning models like any other data structures.

  • Container Runtime Brings Greater Flexibility to Kubernetes and BOSH
    The Cloud Foundry Foundation has launched Container Runtime as the default deployment and management platform for containers using Kubernetes and BOSH. The foundation announced Container Runtime at its annual European user conference. Cloud Foundry is an open source Platform as a Service offering used for building and managing applications in the cloud or in data centers.

  • GNOME and Budgie: 2 Comfy Ubuntu 17.10 Environments
    Ubuntu 17.10, otherwise known as "Artful Aardvark," is a paradigm shift for Canonical. The company is set to release the official version of the much anticipated Ubuntu 17.10 desktop, server and cloud distro on Oct. 19 -- it released the final beta version late last month.  Ubuntu 17.10 comes with a new default desktop to replace the retired Unity interface.

  • Android Devs May Follow Apple's Face ID Lead
    Apple's use of facial recognition to unlock its iPhone X may open the gates for developers champing at the bit to bring the technology to the Android world. Face ID, which will replace fingerprint scanning in Apple's new iPhone X, uses Apple's TrueDepth 3D camera to verify the owner of a phone. Android developers have been working on similar systems, said Sensible Vision CEO George Brostoff.

  • With the Shell, You Can Go Wild(card) and Follow Your Pipe Dream
    There is more to the shell than commands composed of alphanumeric characters. In addition to those familiar programs, there is a whole host of processing tools hiding behind the symbols of a standard keyboard. To say nothing of their incredible potency in combination, each one is so powerful on its own that it helps to take a methodical approach to get familiar with them.

  • Hologram Debuts Open Source Cellular Modem for IoT
    Hologram on Thursday launched Nova, the first open source modem for cellular connectivity. Nova is a USB cellular modem purpose-built for Internet of Things development. Its Hologram software tools are compatible with most single board computers, such as Raspberry Pi. The Nova modem is open source and unlocked, so its use is not limited to Hologram's SIMs.

  • RoboCyberWall Aims to Block Linux Server Hacks
    RoboCyberWall has launched its proprietary precision firewall solution bearing the same name. RoboCyberWall is designed to protect HTTP and HTTPS ports on Linux-based Apache2 and NGINX Web servers. The patent-pending firewall blocks all known exploits and zero-day attacks on Apache2 and NGINX Web servers, according to the developer. The Linux server firewall solution targets small and mid-sized business users.

  • ArchLabs Makes Up for Parabola's Curve Balls
    If you want to stretch your Linux desktop acumen from the Debian Linux lineage to Arch Linux, Archlabs might be a better choice than Parabola. Arch Linux is something of a black sheep when it comes to installing and configuring a Linux distribution. It presents a few more stumbling blocks than other Linux options, which could make it a less welcome alternative to some users.

  • Google Poised to Add New Pixels to Growing Ecosystem
    A refresh of Google's critically acclaimed Pixel smartphones is expected Wednesday when the company holds its annual product launch event at the SFJAZZ center in San Francisco. Although their features won't be known officially until Google raises the curtain on the phones at the event, leaks -- including photos -- have given the public a good idea of what's to come.

  • Microsoft Digs Deeper to Bankroll Open Source Initiative
    Microsoft this week became a premium sponsor of the Open Source Initiative, adding more financial heft to its growing commitment to the open source software movement. The company's new financial support will not translate into any special influence in the organization's decision making, noted OSI General Manager Patrick Masson. "OSI Corporate Sponsors have no role in OSI governance," he said.

  • Red Hat, SAP Team on New Integrated Enterprise Linux Platform
    Red Hat on Tuesday announced the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions, a new platform that combines two existing systems for analytics and data management into a single offering. The new platform combines the existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Applications and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA into a single, consolidated platform.

  • SQL Server 2017 Embraces Linux, Docker
    Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of SQL Server 2017, now with support for Linux, at its Ignite conference in Orlando. The company first announced its plans for the newest iteration of its database software a year and a half ago. This is the first version of SQL Server to run on Windows Server, Linux and Docker, noted Scott Guthrie, EVP, cloud and enterprise, at Microsoft.

  • Red Hat Enlarges Its Open Source Patent Promise Umbrella
    Red Hat on Thursday announced major enhancements to the Patent Promise it first published 15 years ago, with the intention of providing new protections to innovation in the open source community. In its 2002 Patent Promise, Red Hat vowed not to pursue patent infringement actions against parties that used its covered Free and Open Source Software, or FOSS, subject to certain limitations.

  • Linux: Come for the Kernel, Stay for the Popcorn
    Linux offers so much for users to sink their teeth into that even among desktop and more casual users, it's easy to get caught up in the tradecraft. It's only too tempting to put your system's technical capabilities to the test by trying out a new program or practicing a new command. As with any other interest, though, Linux is not much fun unless you can revel in it with fellow fans.

  • AWS to Sell Cloud Services by the Second
    Amazon Web Services on Monday unveiled a new per-second pricing plan for EC2 instances and EBS volumes, which will take effect Oct. 2. The new pricing for Elastic Compute Cloud and Elastic Block Storage used with EC2 instances will allow greater flexibility and efficiency for customers wanting to expand their use of cloud computing data, AWS said.

  • The Pirate Bay Takes Heat for Testing Monero Mining
    The Pirate Bay has come under fire for testing a Monero javascript miner as a possible means for generating new revenue to replace its current model of making money through advertising on the site. It reportedly hijacked the processing power of its own users to help generate revenue. Monero is an open source digital currency, like bitcoin, with one important difference.

  • IBM Touts Top-Notch Security in Next-Gen Linux Mainframe
    IBM has launched LinuxOne Emperor II, the second generation of its open source mainframe computer system. The new model has a layer of security and privacy not seen in a Linux-based platform before, the company said. "We saw in our success stories for Emperor that security was a recurring theme attracting new customers to the platform," noted Mark Figley, director of LinuxOne Offerings at IBM.

  • Linux Gains Ascendance in Cloud Infrastructures: Report
    Linux is now the dominant operating system on Amazon's AWS cloud service and is growing rapidly on Microsoft's Azure platform this year, according to a report on public cloud adoption trends Sumo Logic released on Tuesday. The company's second annual State of Modern Apps report reveals usage trends on AWS, Azure and Google clouds, and how they impact the use of modern apps in the enterprise.

  • Apache Mounts Strong Defense, Equifax Retreats
    The Apache Software Foundation has responded to accusations that the massive data breach Equifax disclosed last week resulted from a flaw in Apache's open source code. One of the largest financial data breaches in U.S. history, it exposed names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, birth dates, driver's license numbers and other sensitive information belonging to 143 million U.S. consumers.

  • Next US Elections: Open Source vs. Commercial Software?
    San Francisco could become the first U.S. city to adopt open source software to run its voting machines. City officials last month authorized consulting group Slalom to prepare a report on the benefits and challenges involved in using an open source voting machine platform. Officials hope a move to open source will make San Francisco's voting software more transparent and secure.

  • Bodhi Linux With Moksha Is Truly Enlightening
    Bodhi Linux 4.3.1's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, released late last month, continues this distro's tradition of providing an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. When I last reviewed Bodhi Linux, I was attracted to the relatively new desktop environment. I recently installed the latest version on new hardware, and Bodhi Linux did not disappoint.

  • Ophelia Became a Major Hurricane Where No Storm Had Before
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The system formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia is moving into Ireland on Monday, bringing "status red" weather throughout the day to the island. The Irish National Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, has warned that, "Violent and destructive gusts of 120 to 150km/h are forecast countrywide, and in excess of these values in some very exposed and hilly areas. There is a danger to life and property." Ophelia transitioned from a hurricane to an extra-tropical system on Sunday, but that only marginally diminished its threat to Ireland and the United Kingdom on Monday, before it likely dissipates near Norway on Tuesday. The primary threat from the system was high winds, with heavy rains. Forecasters marveled at the intensification of Ophelia on Saturday, as it reached Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale and became a major hurricane. For a storm in the Atlantic basin, this is the farthest east that a major hurricane has been recorded during the satellite era of observations. Additionally, it was the farthest north, at 35.9 degrees north, that an Atlantic major hurricane has existed this late in the year since 1939.

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  • Google Photos Now Recognizes Your Pets
    Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its Photos app -- by allowing you to group all your pet's photos in one place, right beside the people Google Photos organized using facial recognition. TechCrunch reports: This is an improvement over typing in "dog," or another generalized term, because the app will now only group together photos of an individual pet together, instead of returning all photos you've captured with a "dog" in them. And like the face grouping feature, you can label the pet by name to more easily pull up their photos in the app, or create albums, movies or photo books using their pictures. In addition, Google Photos lets you type in an animal's breed to search for photos of pets, and it lets you search for photos using the dog and cat emojis. The company also earlier this year introduced a feature that would create a mini-movie starring your pet, but you can opt to make one yourself by manually selecting photos then choosing from a half-dozen tracks to accompany the movie, says Google.

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  • Netflix Adds 5.3 Million Subs In Q3, Beating Forecasts
    Netflix shows no signs of slowing down. The company announced its third quarter results, adding more subscribers in both the U.S. and abroad than expected. Variety reports: The company gained 850,000 streaming subs in the U.S. and 4.45 million overseas in the period. Analysts had estimated Netflix to add 784,000 net subscribers in the U.S. and 3.62 million internationally for Q3. "We added a Q3-record 5.3 million memberships globally (up 49% year-over-year) as we continued to benefit from strong appetite for our original series and films, as well as the adoption of internet entertainment across the world," the company said in announcing the results, noting that it had under-forecast both U.S. and international subscriber growth. Netflix also indicated that its content spending may be even higher next year than previously projected. The company had said it was targeting programming expenditures of $7 billion in 2018; on Monday, Netflix said it will spend between $7 billion and $8 billion on content (on a profit-and-loss basis) next year. For 2017, original content will represent more than 25% of total programming spending, and that "will continue to grow," Netflix said.

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  • Microsoft's Fall Update With Redesigned Xbox Dashboard Is Now Available To All
    Microsoft has released the next big "Fall" update for the Xbox One, which focuses on speed and simplicity. Engadget reports: The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customization. The top-level section has four shortcuts (your current game, two personalized suggestions, and a deal from the Microsoft store) and a horizontal carousel underneath. The biggest change, however, is the new "Content Blocks" that sit below this screen. Scroll down and you'll find a series of large, visual panels dedicated to games and friends. These are completely customizable and act like miniature hubs for your favorite titles and communities. The quick-access Guide has been tweaked for speed, with small, horizontal tabs that you can slide between with the Xbox controller's LB and RB bumpers, D-pad or left thumbstick. If you launch the Guide while you're streaming or part of an active party, you'll also see the corresponding broadcast and party tabs by default. Other Guide tweaks include a new Tournaments section in the Multiplayer tab, which will summarize any official, professional or community tournaments that you've entered. In addition, Microsoft has overhauled the Community tab with a modern, grid-based layout. It's also tweaked the idle and screen dimming features that kick in when you walk away from the console momentarily. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson and Mike Ybarra, the Platform Engineer, have posted a walkthrough video on YouTube highlighting all the major new changes.

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  • Every Patch For 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerability Available Right Now
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed "KRACK" -- which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack -- is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates. According to security researcher and academic Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the flaw, threat actors can leverage the vulnerability to decrypt traffic, hijack connections, perform man-in-the-middle attacks, and eavesdrop on communication sent from a WPA2-enabled device. In total, ten CVE numbers have been preserved to describe the vulnerability and its impact, and according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the main affected vendors are Aruba, Cisco, Espressif Systems, Fortinet, the FreeBSD Project, HostAP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microchip Technology, Red Hat, Samsung, various units of Toshiba and Ubiquiti Networks. A list of the patches available is below. For the most up-to-date list with links to each patch/statement (if available), visit ZDNet's article.

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  • Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept?
    snydeq writes: "The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches -- IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks," writes Dan Tynan in an article on six hard truths IT must learn to accept. "It can be hard to admit that you've lost control over how your organization deploys technology, or that your network is porous and your code poorly written. Or no matter how much bandwidth you've budgeted for, it never quite seems to be enough, and that despite its bright promise, the cloud isn't the best solution for everything." What are some hard truths your organization has been dealing with? Tynan writes about how the idea of engineering teams sticking a server in a closet and using it to run their own skunkworks has become more open; how an organization can't do everything in the cloud, contrasting the 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Gartner six years ago who believed they'd be running most of their IT operations in the cloud by now; and how your organization should assume from the get-go that your environment has already been compromised and design a security plan around that. Can you think of any other hard truths IT must learn to accept?

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  • Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $439.7 Million Loss
    Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling -- continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million just two years later. It then sued again in 2012, which is the suit that's being ruled on today. Apple initially lost the suit, then filed for a mistrial. It won a new trial, lost that trial, was ordered to pay around $300 million, then lost some more and is now having that amount upped even further. That's because a judge found Apple guilty of willful infringement, bumping its payment amount from $1.20 per infringing Apple device to $1.80 per device. Those include certain iPhones, iPads, and Macs. VirnetX says the ruling is "very reasonable." Apple didn't issue a statement other than to say that it plans to appeal. While $440 million isn't a lot of money for Apple, there's principle at stake here: VirnetX is a patent troll that makes its money from licensing patents and suing other parties. The company's SEC filing states, "Our portfolio of intellectual property is the foundation of our business model."

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  • Kaspersky Lab Finds Flash Vulnerability Through Microsoft Word
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Kaspersky Lab, which has been under fire by the U.S. government as possibly being an agent of the Russian government and spying on U.S. computers, has found a previously unknown bug in Adobe Flash that was apparently exploited by a hacker group on October 10. Adobe issued a patch to fix the bug today. According to Kaspersky, "the exploit is delivered through a Microsoft Word document and deploys the FinSpy commercial malware." The company worked with Adobe to get a patch ready as quickly as possible, with Adobe releasing it a few hours ago. Users and agencies running the following versions of Adobe Flash will need to update immediately, as the vulnerability has been labeled as critical. The patch updates all versions of Adobe Flash to version

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  • eBay Launches Authentication Service To Combat Counterfeit High-End Goods
    Ecommerce giant eBay has launched a previously announced service designed to combat the scourge of fake goods on the platform. From a report: eBay has proven popular with fake goods' sellers for some time, with fashion accessories and jewelry featuring highly on counterfeiters' agenda. The company announced eBay Authenticate way back in January with a broad focus on giving "high-end" goods an official stamp of approval prior to sale. Ultimately designed to encourage buyers to part with cash on expensive items, it uses a network of professional authenticators who take physical receipt of a seller's products, validates them, and then photographs, lists, and ships the goods to the successful buyer. For today's launch of eBay Authenticate, the service is only available for luxury handbags from 12 brands, including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Valentino, though the program will be expanded to cover other luxury goods and brands from next year. "With tens-of-thousands of high-end handbags currently available, eBay is primed to boost customer confidence in selling and shopping for an amazing selection of designer merchandise," noted Laura Chambers, vice president of consumer selling at eBay. "We also believe our sellers will love this service, as it provides them with a white-glove service when selling luxury handbags."

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  • EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose 'No Harmful Health Effect'
    Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The EPA's determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President Barack Obama. It could lead to the administration of President Donald Trump weakening radiation safety levels, watchdog groups critical of the move say. "It's really a huge amount of radiation they are saying is safe," said Daniel Hirsch, the retired director of the University of California, Santa Cruz's program on environmental and nuclear policy. "The position taken could readily unravel all radiation protection rules." The change was included as part of EPA "guidance" on messaging and communications in the event of a nuclear power plant meltdown or dirty bomb attack. The FAQ document, dated September 2017, is part of a broader planning document for nuclear emergencies, and does not carry the weight of federal standards or law.

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  • Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features
    Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome for Windows users. From a report: At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it. Google's Philippe Rivard explains that Chrome now has built-in hijack detection which should be able to detect when user settings are changes without consent. This is a setting that has already rolled out to users, and Google says that millions of users have already been protected against unwanted setting changes such as having their search engine altered. But it's the Chrome Cleanup tool that Google is particularly keen to highlight. A redesigned interface makes it easier to use and to see what unwanted software has been detected and singled out for removal.

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  • Leave It To the Heat to Dull Autumn's Glory
    It's autumn. Somebody tell the trees. From a report: Ordinarily, two signals alert deciduous trees that it's time to relinquish the green hues of summer in favor of autumn's yellows, oranges and reds. First, the days begin to grow shorter. Second, the temperature begins to drop. But this year, unseasonably warm weather across most of the U.S. has tricked trees into delaying the onset of fall's color extravaganza. Temperatures in the eastern half of the country have been as much as 15 degrees above normal since mid-September, and the warmth is expected to persist through the end of October. The unfortunate result for leaf peepers is a lackluster fall. Two kinds of pigments produce the season's liveliest foliage. Carotenoid, responsible for yellows and oranges, is always present in leaves but is usually masked by chlorophyll. The initial trigger for its appearance is shorter days. Anthocyanin, responsible for reds and deep purples, is different. Not all deciduous trees have this pigment, and those that do manufacture it from scratch in the fall. The primary trigger for its appearance is lower temperatures. Without that cooling cue, the colors of maple and other species that generally ignite New England with brilliant reds this time of year are likely to fizzle.

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  • Millions of High-Security Crypto Keys Crippled by Newly Discovered Flaw
    Slovak and Czech researchers have found a vulnerability that leaves government and corporate encryption cards vulnerable to hackers to impersonate key owners, inject malicious code into digitally signed software, and decrypt sensitive data, reports ArsTechnica. From the report: The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any vulnerable key using nothing more than the corresponding public portion. Hackers can then use the private key to impersonate key owners, decrypt sensitive data, sneak malicious code into digitally signed software, and bypass protections that prevent accessing or tampering with stolen PCs. The five-year-old flaw is also troubling because it's located in code that complies with two internationally recognized security certification standards that are binding on many governments, contractors, and companies around the world. The code library was developed by German chipmaker Infineon and has been generating weak keys since 2012 at the latest. The flaw is the one Estonia's government obliquely referred to last month when it warned that 750,000 digital IDs issued since 2014 were vulnerable to attack. Estonian officials said they were closing the ID card public key database to prevent abuse. On Monday, officials posted this update. Last week, Microsoft, Google, and Infineon all warned how the weakness can impair the protections built into TPM products that ironically enough are designed to give an additional measure of security to high-targeted individuals and organizations.

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  • Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars
    For the first time, scientists have caught two neutron stars in the act of colliding, revealing that these strange smash-ups are the source of heavy elements such as gold and platinum. From a report: The discovery, announced today at a news conference and in scientific reports written by some 3,500 researchers, solves a long-standing mystery about the origin of these heavy elements -- which are found in everything from wedding rings to cellphones to nuclear weapons. It's also a dramatic demonstration of how astrophysics is being transformed by humanity's newfound ability to detect gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time that are created when massive objects spin around each other and finally collide. "It's so beautiful. It's so beautiful it makes me want to cry. It's the fulfillment of dozens, hundreds, thousands of people's efforts, but it's also the fulfillment of an idea suddenly becoming real," says Peter Saulson of Syracuse University, who has spent more than three decades working on the detection of gravitational waves. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of these ripples more than a century ago, but scientists didn't manage to detect them until 2015. Until now, they'd made only four such detections, and each time the distortions in space-time were caused by the collision of two black holes. That bizarre phenomenon, however, can't normally be seen by telescopes that look for light. Neutron stars, by contrast, spew out visible cosmic fireworks when they come together. These incredibly dense stars are as small as cities like New York and yet have more mass than our sun. Further reading: 'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy' (The Atlantic), and Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode (Scientific American).

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  • Microsoft Has Already Fixed the Wi-Fi Attack Vulnerability; Android Will Be Patched Within Weeks
    Microsoft says it has already fixed the problem for customers running supported versions of Windows. From a report: "We have released a security update to address this issue," says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. "Customers who apply the update, or have automatic updates enabled, will be protected. We continue to encourage customers to turn on automatic updates to help ensure they are protected." Microsoft is planning to publish details of the update later today. While it looks like Android and Linux devices are affected by the worst part of the vulnerabilities, allowing attackers to manipulate websites, Google has promised a fix for affected devices "in the coming weeks." Google's own Pixel devices will be the first to receive fixes with security patch level of November 6, 2017, but most other handsets are still well behind even the latest updates. Security researchers claim 41 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to an "exceptionally devastating" variant of the Wi-Fi attack that involves manipulating traffic, and it will take time to patch older devices.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Australian senator wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'
    And that's not the evil bit, because there's an IETF standard that could help
    An Australian senator has come up with a cunning plan to stop phone scammers: any call from an unregistered VoIP line should show the caller's number as “666”.…

  • Nutanix launches VMware-to-Acropolis migration tool
    Migrating VMs isn't a dark art and vSphere users are sticky, but Nutanix is having a crack
    Nutanix has taken another shot at VMware, this time with a virtual machine migration tool that takes VMs from ESXi to its own Acropolis hypervisor.…

  • Review pins blame for Medicare ID breach on you. All of you
    Gov wants us to protect Medicare numbers. In return it will protect something
    Comment The Australian government's review of an incident that saw health care customer numbers offered for sale on a Tor “darknet” site has recommended retaining the numbers as acceptable proof of identity.…

  • Ernst & Young slapped with 1.8 MEEEELLION fine for crap accounting
    Watchdog takes bean-counter to task over Tech Data audit
    Ernst & Young is nursing a 1.8m fine from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) after admitting to "misconduct" when auditing 2012 P&L accounts for distributor Tech Data that were later found to contain material mistakes.…

  • Huawei dunks server triplets in Skylake for a v5 refresh
    Fifth version server threesome pops up
    Huawei has refreshed three third generation modular rack server products from older Xeons to Skylake processors with a v5 refresh giving them updated networking and storage options.…

  • SendGrid services are DOWN and OUT of action
    Tried logging in or signing up? Big bag of fail? Thought so
    Anyone wanting to log in or sign up to cloud-based email marketing service SendGrid is out of luck as an unspecificed glitch has taken its services offline.…

  • Storms decimated 2017 Solar Challenge field
    Nuon Solar wins third race straight, out of 12 finishers
    The Reg didn't physically follow this year's Solar Challenge, the biennial solar car race across Australia's dead, red heart. But we did follow this year's event, in which unfavourable weather meant this year's field didn't even get the chance to set speed records.…

  • Assange thanks USA for forcing him to invest in booming Bitcoin
    Banking blockade has actually enriched WikiLeaks
    Endurance couch-surfer and WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange has thanked US authorities for the banking blockade that made it hard to donate fiat currencies to his organisation, because it inadvertently enriched the organisation.…

  • Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada
    Everyone safe, except drone pilot who ignored local rules
    Canada's transport minster has told drone operators to stay away from airports after a remotely piloted craft bonked a passenger plane during its final approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Qubec City.…

  • Twitter to be 'aggressive' enforcer of new, stronger rules
    Grab some popcorn as we wait to see if @realdonaldtrump passes test of no hate symbols and glorifying violence
    Twitter has reacted to last week's criticism arising from its suspension of actor actress Rose McGowan's account, after she strongly criticised alleged sex fiend Harvey Weinstein – by announcing it will soon implement and aggressively police new community standards.…

  • FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'
    Americans will not only foot bill for implementation but will also need to buy another telly
    Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at America's broadcast watchdog the FCC, has criticized a proposed set of TV standards as a "household tax," due to its lack of backwards compatibility.…

  • Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers
    Mysterious malicious code silently chews up CPU cycles to craft cash on visitors' dime
    Updated Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website devoted to checking the factual accuracy of US politicians' words, appears to have been hacked so that it secretly mines cryptocurrency in visitors' browsers.… offline for now

  • Core i7 8700K vs. Ryzen 7 1800X For NVIDIA/Radeon Linux Gaming
    Following last week's look at using the new "Coffee Lake" Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPUs for Linux gaming comparison among our other ongoing tests of these new "8th Gen" processors, a frequent request has been a closer look at the gaming performance between the Core i7 8700K and the Ryzen 7 1800X. Here's a look with two AMD Radeon graphics cards and two NVIDIA GeForce offerings.

  • Fedora 26 vs. 27 Beta Benchmarks, Wayland vs. X.Org Gaming Tests
    For your viewing pleasure this weekend are our first benchmarks of the current state of Fedora 27 post-beta with a variety of different workloads. Additionally, from the latest Fedora 27 packages is a fresh gaming comparison with GNOME Shell running on Wayland versus the X.Org session.

  • Intel Xeon Silver 4108 + Tyan Tempest HX S7100
    One of the latest server platforms under our bombardment of Linux benchmarks recently has been the Tyan Tempest HX S7100 (S7100AG2NR) motherboard which at the moment is paired with an Intel Xeon Silver 4108 processor. This ~$430 Xeon Scalable processor has eight cores plus Hyper Threading to yield 16 threads, a low 1.8GHz base frequency but with 3.0GHz turbo, 11MB L3 cache, six-channel memory support, AVX-512 capabilities, and has a 85 Watt TDP.

  • 7-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On The Intel Core i7 8700K
    Our latest benchmarking of Intel's 8th Gen Core "Coffee Lake" processors entailed seeing how well the i7-8700K performs on a variety of modern Linux distributions. Tested for this comparison was Ubuntu 17.10, Antergos 17.10, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Clear Linux, Debian Testing, Solus 3, and Fedora 26.

  • Rust 1.21 Released With Minor Updates
    For fans of the Rust "safe, concurrent, practical systems language", the Rust 1.21 update is available today with some modest updates and additions...


  • Huffington: Uber 'very likely' to close Softbank deal in the next week
    An Uber-Softbank deal is "very likely" to occur within the next week, according to Arianna Huffington, who spoke at Wall Street Journal's D.Live event in Laguna Beach, CA. She wouldn't disclose the price -- it seems they're still working out the details -- but she did say that the Softbank investment would involve primary investing at the last valuation of the company, as well as secondary investing in additional shares. This means that the Japanese company could end up with at least 14 percent of Uber's shares.

    "The Softbank investment is so important," said Huffington, adding that Uber has lost quite a lot of money because of the competition (aka Lyft). "Having them on your cap table is very important when they're also investing in so many of our competitors around the world," she added, referring to rivals like Singapore's Grab and China's Didi Chuxing. As for whether she's concerned about Softbank investing in Uber's competitors, she waved it off, saying "This is not marriage; this is a business."

    Huffington also talked about how Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's new CEO, is making the company leaner by ending problems that burn too much cash, such as its car leasing program. It's part of the grand preparation plan for Uber's eventual IPO in 2019.

    She also went on to talk about Uber and how it's attempting to reshape its culture following the accusations of sexual harassment and the ousting of former CEO Travis Kalanick. "The company needs to stand for something beyond growth," she said, adding that "the worship at the altar of hyper growth" has led to company-wide burnout, which then leads to people acting out in ways they shouldn't. "You then forget to build the culture," she said. "Culture is the immune system of a company [...] When the culture is so driven by growth, there are other consequences."

    Yet, she said that even at the lowest moment in the company's history, people still loved the product. "They didn't love the company, but they loved the product," Huffington said. "Now Dara's goal is to get people to love the company, and not just the product."

  • Lawsuit claims Essential stole modular accessory tech
    Andy Rubin's Essential Products is facing more legal troubles. The ex-Android chief's company previously found itself in hot water with smartphone accessory maker Spigen over its use of the "Essential" name. Now -- less than two months since the release of the Essential Phone -- it's getting sued for allegedly stealing trade secrets relating to its modular connector, reports Keyssa, the company behind the lawsuit, is best known for developing a wireless standard that lets you make gigabit-sized transfers in seconds. Its backers include Nest co-founder Tony Fadell, Samsung, and Playground Global (the venture fund Rubin heads).

    But, Essential's Phone beat Keyssa to the punch by launching with a magnetic connector for modular parts and wireless data transfers in September. Keyssa claims Essential held design and tech talks with it for 10 months, before dumping it in favor of its rival SiBEAM's chip in November 2016. The lawsuit alleges that the Essential Phone carries many of the wireless connector elements Keyssa developed specifically for handsets -- from antenna designs to methods of testing phones during production. Keyssa said it's been working on its tech since 2009, and signed a non-disclosure agreement blocking Essential from using its feature. Now, it's taking the matter to a San Francisco federal court.

    Essential's path to its debut smartphone has been a bumpy one, plagued by delays, privacy blunders, and trademark disputes. Just when it thought it was in the clear, it's staring down yet another obstacle.

    Source: Reuters

  • Google's refined Security Checkup identifies account vulnerabilities
    While Google might soon switch VIPs over to advanced protection in the form of physical keys, the rest of us are fine with typical security practices -- so long as we follow them. To better secure your Google account, the company has a new version of its Security Checkup feature that points out vulnerabilities. Instead of needing to run through the same generic checklist of questions, the tool will instead identify weak areas in your account setup and bring them to your attention.

    None of the security suggestions (removing certain extensions, for example, or enabling 2-step verification) are new, and it still uses green checks marking safe setup and yellow/red checks denoting areas that need fixing. Only the personalized system is new, but hey, any time not spent glossing over what you've already correctly set up is more mental bandwidth to make your account less vulnerable. Visit the Security Checkup page to see the updated version.

    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: Google blog

  • What's on TV: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Gran Turismo Sport,' NBA
    The fall TV heavyweights are back, and this week that includes AMC's The Walking Dead, returning for season number eight. Sports fans can get ready for NBA action, while gamers can finally get a fresh taste of Gran Turismo. South Park's long-awaited game is finally arriving as well, while Spider-Man Homecoming tops the 4K Blu-ray list and Netflix premieres season two of Miranda Sings' Haters Back Off. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

    Blu-ray & Games & Streaming
    Annabelle Creation (VOD) The Dark Tower (VOD) Spider-Man: Homecoming (4K, 3D) Girls Trip Samurai Jack: The Complete Series Serenity (4K) Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Apollo 13 (4K) Barry Lyndon American Gods (S1) Stranger Things (S1) Gran Turismo Sport (PS4) The Jackbox Party Pack 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch) Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2 (PS4, PC, Switch) Let's Sing 2018 (PS4, Wii) South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Xbox One, PS4) Elex (Xbox One, PS4) Dungeons 3 (Xbox One, PS4) Megaton Rainfall (PS VR) Rogue Troper Redux (PS4, Xbox One) WWE 2K18 (Xbox One, PS4)
    Colts/Titans, ESPN, 8:15 PM Lucifer, Fox, 8 PM The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8 PM The Voice, NBC, 8 PM 9jkl, CBS, 8:30 PM Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 8 PM WWE Raw, USA, 8 PM Supergirl, CW, 8 PM 3 Hikers, Starz, 9 PM Valor, CW, 9 PM The Gifted, Fox, 9 PM Kevin Can Wait, CBS, 9 PM Me, Myself & I, CBS, 9:30 PM Scorpion, CBS, 10 PM The Brave, NBC, 10 PM The Good Doctor, ABC, 10 PM Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11 PM
    The Mindy Project, Hulu, 3 AM Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, Netflix, 3 AM Slasher (S2), Netflix 3 AM Celtics/Cavaliers, TNT, 8 PM Rockets/Warriors, TNT, 10:30 PM The Flash, CW, 8 PM Finding Your Roots, PBS, 8 PM The Voice, NBC, 8 PM Lethal Weapon, Fox, 8 PM NCIS, CBS, 8 PM WWE Smackdown, USA, 8 PM The Middle, ABC, 8 PM Fresh Off the Boat, ABC, 8:30 PM DC's Legends of Tomorrow, CW, 9 PM Black-ish, ABC, 9 PM Bull, CBS, 9 PM The Mick, Fox, 9 PM This is Us, NBC, 9 PM Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9 PM Fantomworks, Velocity, 9 PM The Mayor, ABC, 9:30 PM Brooklyn Nine-nine, Fox, 9:30 PM The Mane Event (series premiere), BET, 10 PM Undercover High, A&E, 10 PM Cyberwar, Viceland, 10 PM Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, ABC, 10 PM Law & Order: True Crime, NBC, 10 PM NCIS: NO, CBS, 10 PM American Horror Story, FX, 10 PM The Challenge, MTV, 10 PM Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10 PM Weediquette (season premiere), Viceland, 10:30 PM 90s House, MTV, 11 PM Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11 PM
    Chance, Hulu, 3 AM Freakish (season premiere), Hulu, 3 AM 76ers/Wizards, ESPN, 7 PM The Blacklist, NBC, 8 PM Empire, Fox, 8 PM The Goldbergs, ABC, 8 PM Survivor, CBS, 8 PM Lucha Underground (season finale), El Rey, 8 PM Riverdale, CW, 8 PM Speechless, ABC, 8:30 PM Dynasty, CW, 9 PM Modern Family, ABC, 9 PM Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 9 PM Seal Team, CBS, 9 PM Star, Fox, 9 PM American Housewife, ABC, 9:30 PM Timberwolves/Spurs, ESPN, 9:30 PM Mr. Robot, USA, 10 PM Shannara Chronicles, Spike TV, 10 PM Criminal Minds, CBS, 10 PM Chicago PD, NBC, 10 PM Designated Survivor, ABC, 10 PM Liar, Sundance, 10 PM Are You the One, MTV, 10 PM Channel Zero, Syfy, 10 PM You're the Worst, FXX, 10 PM Garage Squad, Velocity, 10 PM South Park, Comedy Central, 10 PM Broad City, Comedy Central, 10:30 PM Rosehaven (season finale), Sundance, 11 PM Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11 PM
    Bomb Scared, Netflix, 3 AM I Love You America, Hulu, 3 AM Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 8 PM Superstore, NBC, 8 PM Gotham, Fox, 8 PM Supernatural, CW, 8 PM Chiefs/Raiders, CBS, 8:30 PM The Good Place, NBC, 8:30 PM The Eleven (series premiere), A&E, 9 PM Arrow, CW, 9 PM Scandal, ABC, 9 PM Van Helsing, Syfy, 9 PM The Orville, Fox, 9 PM Will & Grace, NBC, 9 PM Great News, NBC, 9:30 PM The Walking Dead: Behind the Dead, AMC, 10 PM Chicago Fire, NBC, 10 PM Better Things, FX, 10 PM The Mist, Spike TV, 10 PM Bong Appetit, Viceland, 10:30 PM The Rundown with Robin Thede, BET, 11 PM The Timeline, NFL Network, 11 PM Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11 PM
    Haters Back Off (S2), Netflix, 3 AM Wheelman, Netflix, 3 AM The Day I Met El Chapo (Episodes 1 - 3), Netflix, 3 AM Red Oaks (S3), Amazon Prime, 3 AM Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, CW, 8 PM Macgyver, CBS, 8 PM Once Upon a Time, ABC, 8 PM Tackle My Ride, NFL Network, 8 PM Jane the Virgin, CW, 9 PM Marvel's Inhumans, ABC, 9 PM Active Shooter, Showtime, 9 PM Z Nation, Syfy, 9 PM The Exorcist, Fox, 9 PM A Football Life: Sam Mills, NFL Network, 9 PM Tough Guys, Showtime, 9 PM Superstition (series premiere), Syfy, 10 PM The Walking Dead: Walker World, AMC, 10 PM Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus, Cinemax, 10 PM Superstition, Syfy, 10 PM Tracey Ullman's Show (season premiere), HBO, 11 PM Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, Comedy Central, 12 AM
    Too Funny to Fail, Hulu, 3 AM Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America, 9 PM The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far, AMC, 9 PM
    The Toy Box, ABC, 7 PM Outlander, Starz, 8 PM Shark Tank, ABC, 8 PM The Simpsons, Fox, 8 PM Falcons/Patriots, NBC 8:20 PM Star Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access, 8:30 PM Ghosted, Fox, 8:30 PM Wisdom of the Crowd, CBS, 8 PM Outlander, Starz, 8 PM The Walking Dead (season premiere), AMC, 9 PM Family Guy, Fox, 9 PM Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN, 9 PM Poldark, PBS, 9 PM Ray Donovan, Showtime, 9 PM The Deuce, HBO, 9 PM The Last Man on Earth, Fox, 9:30 PM NCIS: LA, CBS, 9 PM Talking Dead (Season premiere), AMC, 10 PM Good Behavior, TNT, 10 PM Madam Secretary, CBS, 10 PM Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 10 PM Ten Days in the Valley, ABC, 10 PM This is Life with Lisa Ling, CNN, 10 PM Unsung Hollywood, TV One, 10 PM Vice Principals, HBO, 10:30 PM
    [All times listed are in ET]

  • Qualcomm's new chip brings ultra-wide screens to mid-range phones
    Ultra-wide screens are hot stuff on smartphones these days, but there still isn't a whole lot of choice: you tend to either spring for the high end or make do with budget models. Where are the in-between options? Qualcomm might just help. It's introducing the Snapdragon 636 processor, an upgrade to the mid-tier 630 whose centerpiece is support for extra-tall FHD+ resolution (roughly 2,160 x 1,080) screens. You should get a reasonably speedy, dramatic-looking phone without making your bank account cry for mercy. It supports Assertive Display, too, so you can expect better visibility in less-than-ideal lighting.

    Logically, there's some added power under the hood to back this up. The Adreno 509 graphics are only about 10 percent faster when you stack them up against the 630, but the Kryo 260 CPU is about 40 percent faster -- you're probably going to notice the difference with intensive tasks. Don't expect a complete revolution when the 630 was still brand new half a year ago, though. You're still getting the familiar 600Mbps LTE support, and the Spectra 160 image signal processor delivers the same photo-taking quality. This is is ultimately a speed bump, it's just one that will have a very visible effect on mid-range Android phone designs.

    Qualcomm isn't naming customers, but it's shipping the 636 to phone makers in November. And importantly, companies can use it on boards that were originally intended for the 630 or 660. If your favorite brand wants to make an ultra-wide phone at a modest price, it can reuse the innards from an existing design and put the new device in your hands that much sooner.

    Source: Qualcomm

  • Qualcomm’s 5G dreams are closer to reality
    A year after Qualcomm introduced its first 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, the company is making another next-generation mobile push. Qualcomm announced today that it's made the first 5G data connection using the X50, which reached gigabit speeds using the 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum. Additionally, the company is also debuting its first 5G smartphone reference design, which will help guide phone makers as they start working on next year's devices.
    While the 5G data connection news doesn't sound very exciting on its own, it's a sign that Qualcomm's technology is closer to something that consumers can actually use. It's also developed a tiny millimeter wave antenna module (above), which is the size of a nickel -- significantly smaller than competing designs. The company claimed the X50 could see speeds up to 5Gbps last year, but those speeds are far from what we'll initially see with 5G deployments. Gigabit is more feasible to begin with, especially since that's just the next step beyond what we're seeing with gigabit LTE (which actually get between 100 Mbps and 300 Mbps speeds in real world performance).

    According to Qualcomm reps, the 5G specification could be completed much sooner than we think. The first version will likely be finished by this December, and the company expects 5G phones to reach consumers in the first half of 2019. That's a full year later than Qualcomm was expecting last October, but it seems much more realistic.

    As for its 5G reference device, it's the first proof we've seen that the X50 chip can fit inside a smartphone. Don't judge its looks too harshly, though. Reference designs aren't usually very pretty -- they're more of a testbed for how other companies can deploy Qualcomm's technology.

  • Australia tackles revenge porn with a national reporting tool
    Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to address the issue, Gizmodo reports, and the result is a national portal to help victims of revenge porn.

    Last year, the Australian government granted its eSafety Commissioner $4.8 million for the development of the portal, which is now currently in a pilot phase. It provides users with information on how to report revenge porn to the companies that are hosting it, links for reporting it to the eSafety Commissioner and how to get help from law enforcement. There's also a section of the website dedicating to support, both where victims can find it and how family and friends of victims can provide it. Additionally, the portal offers information about laws regarding revenge porn and how to get in touch with lawyer.

    California launched a similar hub in 2015, but Australia's, which is boosted by its national government backing, is more detailed and also applicable to the entire country, not just a particular state. The pilot phase will allow the eSafety team to see how many reports are likely to be filed as well as the complexity of those reports, all of which will help them tweak the portal prior to its full launch early next year.

    Via: Gizmodo

    Source: eSafety Commissioner, Mitch Fifield

  • Marvel’s full ‘Black Panther’ trailer shows a ruthless hero-king
    Marvel dropped a teaser for its upcoming Black Panther film during the NBA Finals back in June, and our first look at the hero-king was glorious. Chadwick Boseman is electric and imposing as the monarch of the hidden, advanced African nation of Wakanda, accompanied by an incredible supporting cast of allies and villains. Today, the studio released a full trailer that dials up all the action and character conflict we saw earlier.

    First introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Boseman's T'Challa is both king and protector of his country, facing challenges from Michael B. Jordan's exiled would-be usurper Erik Killmonger and Andy Serkis' arms dealer Ulysses Klaue. The trailer is more of a highlight reel of the incredible sights and fights waiting for us in the full film, but visible throughout is T'Challa ferociously defending his rule, nation and people -- in that order. In a cinematic universe of uncertain everyman do-gooders, Black Panther is about an imperious African royal keeping his country safe from outsiders...and itself.

    The star-studded cast includes Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Angela Basset, Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown and The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, many of whom we see for the first time in the trailer. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Black Panther comes out in February 16th, 2018.

    Via: Variety

    Source: Black Panther trailer (YouTube)

  • Microsoft delays its 'Age of Empires' remaster to 2018
    Were you planning your gaming calendar around pushed back the launch of the remastered real-time strategy collection at the last minute, anticipating a launch sometime in early 2018. The developers pin the sudden delay to a desire to tweak the game as much as possible. They want to invite "thousands" more people into the closed beta to adjust everything from the multiplayer balance to the lobby system.

    This is bound to be frustrating if you were hoping to have a 'new' AoE release to play around the time of the original's 20th anniversary (the first title shipped October 15th, 1997). As the studio explains, though, the goal is to remaster the trilogy "as we all remember it" -- not the way it really was in the days when Windows 95 was all the rage. From all indications, Microsoft's team would rather release a game that's fun in the modern era than stick to a 'pure' version which only appeals to the most loyal of fans. As it stands, it's hard to gripe too much when the rework will be followed by an honest-to-goodness sequel.

    Via: Windows Central

    Source: Age of Empires

  • Honeywell will crowdfund a DIY home security system
    In the tech world, Honeywell is a long-established (century-old!) brand known for its appliances and devices, which are just now getting hooked up to Google Home. But its next venture is usually a move made by less-resourced companies and startups. Soon, Honeywell will launch an Indiegogo campaign and ask folks to crowdfund its new product, a home security system you can install yourself.

    A DIY home security setup seems intriguing, though details are scarce (we've reached out for more information). But it's a little crazy that a well-resourced company like Honeywell would turn to crowdfunding for its next product. Their reason? Backers provide "very valuable feedback," a Honeywell spokesperson told The Verge: "We can engage, look for new features, and improve the product based on that first launch via Indiegogo."

    They're far from the first company to do so: Sony had a line of crowdfunded watches in the past few years, while electronics brand Anker launching a crowdfunding campaign for a soda can-sized bluetooth speaker weeks ago. Heck, even Atari is turning to Indiegogo to jumpstart their Ataribox console soon. Regardless, Honeywell's mystery campaign goes live on November 1st.

    Source: The Verge

  • Google Photos can pick your pet out of a furry lineup
    Google Photos has long been adept at recognizing animals in a generic sense. But let's be honest: the real reason you're digging through photos is to find shots of your specific pets when they were little balls of fur. Accordingly, Google has made those pet searches much easier. Photos is now smart enough to recognize individual and dogs, placing their shots alongside people. You can name pets, too, so you can look for Chairman Meow or Rover instead of typing in generic "cat" and "dog" queries.

    This isn't perfect. Google was quick to acknowledge to BuzzFeed that Photos might get confused if you have different pets from a similar breed, so don't expect it to tell the difference between your golden retrievers. Nonetheless, it's a welcome addition -- it beats having to scroll through page after page of unrelated images just to find that one omgsocute snapshot you want to share with your friends.

    Via: BuzzFeed News

    Source: Google

  • Netflix could spend $8 billion on content next year
    Once again, Netflix's quarterly earnings report (PDF) shows it's added even more customers (5 million in the US alone), and now boasts more than 115 million subscribers worldwide. The company is now five years into its "original content strategy" that first drew attention with House of Cards, which turned into a string of series including hits like Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black.

    Of course, with more competition turning up (Amazon, Hulu, CBS All Access and, eventually, Disney), things are getting more expensive, as the company says it will spend "$7-8 billion on content" next year -- even if it's off the hook for prices are going up on some of its plans, as it continues a push to become more profitable. The company is predicting it will add slightly fewer new customers next quarter than it did last year, although it's unclear if that's due to the price changes or simply running out of people who want Netflix but don't have it yet. The company will broadcast the video from its quarterly earnings call on YouTube at 6 PM ET, if there are any interesting anecdotes, we'll update this post.

    Update: Execs did mention, among other things, that they intend to work with airlines to make streaming on a plane easier -- helpful if you didn't download the latest season of something before taking off on a long trip.

    Source: Netflix Q3 2017 earnings report (PDF)

  • Facebook is testing a LinkedIn-like résumé feature
    Business Insider reports that Facebook appears to be testing a LinkedIn-like rsum/CV feature. The new addition was spotted by web developer Jane Manchun Wong and screenshots of the feature were posted on Twitter by The Next Web's Matt Navarra.
    New! Facebook is testing a Resume / CV feature for job hunters

    h/t @wongmjane
    — Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) October 15, 2017
    While Facebook has let users list their job and education histories on their pages for quite some time, this would allow those who want to use it to add additional information like contact details and an image. And Facebook puts all of this information together in its own separate package. However, people might not want their Facebook profile being so closely associated with job application documents. In fact, when on the job market, plenty of people make their social media profiles private and even go so far as to change their names and pictures in order to disguise their social media presence from potential employers. So, while this could infringe upon LinkedIn's services, there might be enough people wanting to keep the job hunt away from their Facebook accounts to prevent the new feature from pulling too many users from LinkedIn.

    It's not clear how many people have access to the feature or when Facebook might roll it out more widely. But a spokesperson for the company told us, "At Facebook, we're always building and testing new products and services. We're currently testing a work histories feature to continue to help people find, and businesses hire, for jobs on Facebook."

    Via: Business Insider

    Source: Matt Navarra

  • Explore (most of) the solar system in Google Maps
    Google first added the moon and Mars to Google Maps back in 2014 to commemorate the Curiosity rover's second year exploring the red planet. Sure, you couldn't zoom down to Street View level, but it's the closest many of us will get to the celestial bodies. If that wasn't enough extraterrestrial fun, Google has answered your prayers: Mercury, Venus, Pluto and ten moons from other planets have been included in the roster.

    Notably missing are the gas giants. Instead, users can venture around several moons from Jupiter and Saturn, including Enceladus where the recently-deceased probe Cassini discovered evidence of a global ocean. After you've ventured out to the edge of our solar system viewing the non-planet Pluto, make sure to take a walkthrough of the ISS on the way back, which Google Maps added in July.

    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: Google

  • Outlook for desktops will behave a lot like the mobile app
    Outlook on computers can be overwhelming, to put it gently. The interface is loaded with buttons you probably aren't using, and it generally isn't as intuitive or fluid as the mobile and web versions. Thankfully, Microsoft knows this -- and it's planning a revamp that could give the email and calendar app a breath of fresh air. Microsoft recently previewed Outlook redesigns for Mac and Windows that are nearly as clean and intuitive as their mobile counterparts. You can still have a customizable "ribbon" at the top, but it's stripped down and less intimidating to newcomers. The navigation panel (on the left) also takes its cues from Outlook's mobile apps, making it much easier to switch folders or entire accounts.

    Mac users may notice the difference the most. This time around, Microsoft is aiming for an "authentically Mac" look instead of shoehorning the Windows interface into a Mac app. This won't matter much if you're interested in features above all else, but it could help you adjust if you're switching from Apple Mail or another Mac-native email program.

    There's no mention of when the new Outlook will hit your PC, although it wouldn't be surprising if Microsoft rolls this into Office 2019's release next year. Whenever it arrives, it'll reflect how much Microsoft's software priorities have changed in the past few years. Where Outlook's desktop version has largely focused on business users circulating memos and scheduling meetings, it now has to court home users who may just be looking for an app similar to what they have on their phones. Microsoft's challenge will be to please these relative newcomers without alienating the corporate crowd.

    Via: MSPowerUser, The Verge

    Source: Microsoft Ignite (YouTube)

  • Waymo is training cops how to respond to autonomous car crashes
    There are a lot of hurdles to clear before autonomous cars can fully take over the roadways. Chief among them is training the police on how to react and handle a self-driving car error, as LIDAR setups, which means that they can detect sirens in the distance. This benefit is two-fold. For one, it means that the car can react appropriately by pulling over to give emergency vehicles a wide berth. It also means that the vehicles can tell when help is arriving after a crash, and be ready when the police or paramedics arrive.

    Insurance companies and governments are still figuring out the at-fault quandaries, and it seems like Alphabet is working to answer other questions regarding the non-human driver equation. There's an awful lot to chew on in Waymo's report, so if you need something to read this afternoon, hit the source links below.

    Via: Recode

    Source: Waymo (PDF)

  • Apple ordered to pay $440 million to FaceTime patent troll
    VirnetX's seemingly endless FaceTime patent lawsuit against Apple is winding down... sort of. An Eastern District of Texas court has denied all of Apple's motions to end the case in a non-infringement ruling or retrial, leaving the tech giant with a final judgment that orders it to pay VirnetX $439.7 million. That's much more than the $302.4 million Apple was told to pay last year. VirnetX, widely considered a patent troll, is unsurprisingly "elated" at having won its third jury battle against Apple. However, it can't really rest on its laurels -- that judgment isn't as final as it seems at first blush.

    To begin with, Apple tells TechCrunch that it plans to appeal the final judgment. And it's no small matter that the USPTO has already invalidated all of VirnetX's patents. That doesn't stop the ongoing case, but the invalidation kicks in the moment all appeals have been exhausted. If Apple has better luck in court, VirnetX won't get a second shot -- and it can't wield those patents in new lawsuits regardless of what happens with Apple.

    The judgment could still raise concerns for companies affected by other VirnetX-held patents, as it might set a higher bar for payouts in future cases. Microsoft 'only' had to pay $200 million, for example. However, VirnetX may have more trouble winning lawsuits going forward. A Supreme Court ruling in May forced companies to sue in places where they're either based or do a large chunk of their business, preventing companies from cherry-picking court districts that tend to favor trolls (such as the Eastern District of Texas). While this doesn't rule out future VirnetX victories, the firm will likely face a slower legal process and courts that aren't quite so receptive to its demands.

    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: PR Newswire

  • Latest Adobe Flash vulnerability allowed hackers to plant malware
    Adobe Flash may be on its way out, but apparently, its goodbye tour is going to be marred by security issues just as the software has for most of its existence. Kaspersky Labs reports that a new Adobe Flash vulnerability was exploited by a group called BlackOasis, which used it to plant malware on computers across a number of countries. Kaspersky says the group appears to be interested in Middle Eastern politics, United Nations officials, opposition activists and journalists, and BlackOasis victims have so far been located in Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Libya, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Netherlands, Bahrain, United Kingdom and Angola.

    The attack took place on October 10th and the malware planted by BlackOasis is a commercial product called FinSpy or FinFisher, typically sold to governments and law enforcement agencies. Kaspersky notified Adobe of the vulnerability and it has since released a Flash Player security update for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS. Kaspersky said that it believes BlackOasis, which it has been tracking since last year, was behind a similar exploit in September.

    Via: Reuters

    Source: Kaspersky Labs

  • Microsoft's redesigned Xbox dashboard is now available to all
    Microsoft's next big update to the Xbox dashboard is now ready for public consumption. The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customisation. The top-level section has four shortcuts (your current game, two personalised suggestions, and a deal from the Microsoft store) and a horizontal carousel underneath. The biggest change, however, is the new "Content Blocks" that sit below this screen. Scroll down and you'll find a series of large, visual panels dedicated to games and friends. These are completely customisable and act like miniature hubs for your favorite titles and communities.

    The quick-access Guide has been tweaked for speed, with small, horizontal tabs that you can slide between with the Xbox controller's LB and RB bumpers, D-pad or left thumbstick. If you launch the Guide while you're streaming or part of an active party, you'll also see the corresponding broadcast and party tabs by default. Other Guide tweaks include a new Tournaments section in the Multiplayer tab, which will summarise any official, professional or community tournaments that you've entered.

    In addition, Microsoft has overhauled the Community tab with a modern, grid-based layout. It's also tweaked the idle and screen dimming features that kick in when you walk away from the console momentarily. These might sound like small changes, but together they represent a pretty significant visual overhaul. We first heard about them in August, when Microsoft rolled the update out to Xbox One Insiders on the alpha ring. Starting today, however, they should be available to everyone. Microsoft has long-struggled with the look and feel of the Xbox dashboard, but now, finally, it seems to have landed on something simple and cohesive.

  • Amazon Fire HD 10 review (2017): A $150 tablet that's actually good
    It's hard to get excited about an Android tablet in 2017. Samsung is still trying to take on the iPad with its premiumGalaxy Tab S lineup, and there are countless slates from other companies that seem more obligatory than innovative. Mostly it boils down to one thing: Google hasn't done much to make Android tablet-friendly. That makes Amazon's newest Fire HD 10 tablet all the more special. It features a great 10-inch screen, it's fast enough to run plenty of apps, and, most important, it costs just $150.
    From the beginning, Amazon took a different route with its Fire tablets. They use Android at their core, but they feature a custom "Fire OS" that puts all of the shopping giant's services front and center. In a way, they're basically digital Amazon catalogs, allowing you to easily shop and catch up on the latest Prime Video shows. While the company dabbled in the high-end arena with its Fire HDX line, it eventually shifted focus entirely to inexpensive tablets. They're not exciting, but they're ideal for people who want a cheap and easy-to-use slate that can run the occasional Android app.

    In that vein, not much has changed with the new Fire HD 10. It has the same overall design as the 2015 model, with a plastic body and large bezels around the 10.1-inch screen. Notably, there's no aluminum case, like there was withlast year's entry, but that makes sense, since Amazon was clearly trying to cut costs. At 9.8 millimeters thick, the Fire HD 10 isn't exactly slim, but its rounded edges make it easy to hold. It's only a tad heavier than the 9.7-inch iPad, clocking in at 1.1 pounds.

    I don't expect much from a $150 tablet, but the Fire HD 10 surprised me -- first, with its sturdiness. The plastic case didn't flex when I tried to bend it, and there weren't any any noticeable creaking noises either. It feels like something that could take a tumble with ease. That makes it particularly well suited to children and the chronically clumsy. It's odd that Amazon didn't make an extra-strong "Kids Edition," even though it did for the smaller Fire 7 and HD 8. Those are more expensive than the standard versions, but they come with protective cases and, most important, a two-year warranty against all sorts of damage.

    The most immediate upgrade is the Fire HD 10's 1080p screen (224ppi), which is a solid bump up from the 720p (1,280 x 800–pixel) display of its predecessor. Under the hood, it packs in 2GB of RAM (twice as much as before), as well as a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, which Amazon claims is 30 percent faster than the last model's. The tablet also includes 32GB of storage, and you can add an additional 256GB via the microSD slot.

    The Fire HD 10 features two stereo speakers, as well as Dolby Atmos for headphones, which helps to make surround-sound audio more immersive. Amazon also included a 2-megapixel camera on the rear, which is a laughably low resolution for a front-facing camera these days, let alone a primary shooter. There's also a front-facing VGA (640 x 480 pixels) camera that feels like a blast from the past. It's been more than a decade since I last saw such a low-res camera on anything. Beyond that, the HD 10's hardware is fairly straightforward. It still charges over micro-USB -- you'll have to wait a bit longer for Amazon to jump on the USB-C bandwagon.

    While we'veseen Alexa in the Fire HD 8 before, the new Fire HD 10 is Amazon's first tablet to offer completely hands-free communication with its virtual assistant. Instead of pressing a button to issue commands, you can simply say "Alexa" out loud, even when the tablet is asleep. It works much like Amazon's Echo devices, except you also get some on-screen feedback in addition to the assistant's voice responses.

    Aside from the addition of hands-free Alexa, Amazon's Fire OS hasn't changed much. It's still broken down into several columns: "For You," which directs you to Kindle and Prime Video content in your library; "Home," where all of your apps live; and sections for books, videos, games, apps, Audible and newsstand content. And, of course, there's also one category dedicated to shopping on Amazon. It's all fairly straightforward, though the huge variety of sections can be intimidating at first.
    In useDevindra Hardawar/Engadget

    I'll admit, I typically dread testing out Amazon's tablets. They're not bad, especially given their low prices, but they're much slower than the gear I normally use. Not so with the Fire HD 10. It's the first inexpensive Amazon tablet that's fast enough to keep up with my needs. That's mostly because the company has finally moved beyond a paltry 1GB of RAM. But I also appreciated having some extra CPU horsepower under the hood.

    It didn't matter whether I was scrolling through Twitter feeds, browsing demanding websites, playing Amazon Prime movies or hopping between apps -- the Fire HD 10 handled it all without slowing down. Surprisingly, the stereo speakers sound great, even at high volumes. The tablet can even run some games decently, though it would stutter with anything graphically demanding. While the tablet has received a huge performance boost, its GPU is still underwhelming.

    Really, though, the biggest improvement you'll notice in the Fire HD 10 is its 1080p screen. That might not sound very exciting these days, but it's a significant leap for Amazon. The higher resolution makes videos and photos much clearer than before, and the improved brightness makes everything pop. It's also sharp enough to display text clearly, which is ideal for Kindle books. Sure, the screen doesn't hold a candle to the insanely bright OLED displays Samsung is using in the Galaxy Tab S2 and S3, but they're also far more expensive.

    If you haven't been bitten by the Amazon Echo bug yet, the Fire HD 10's Alexa integration will give you a taste of what you've been missing. You can ask the virtual assistant to do things like tell you the weather, set timers and relay the latest news. But it also takes advantage of the tablet's screen to display cards with more information. For example, when you ask about the weather, you also get a preview of what's to come over the next few days. Alexa can also start playing a video or song on Prime services at your request -- unfortunately, that doesn't work for other platforms like Netflix. The tablet has only one microphone, but it managed to hear my voice requests most of the time, even in noisy environments.

    Compared with other Android tablets, Amazon's interface feels far more refined, despite being a bit cluttered. You're never more than a few swipes away from a new TV show to binge, a book to read or a pair of Cole Haan boots. It's a consumption machine, for better or worse. The Fire HD 10 lasted nine hours and 45 minutes while playing a downloaded HD video on loop. That's pretty close to Amazon's 10-hour battery life claim.

    While you can install popular Android apps on the Fire HD 10, like Netflix, Evernote and Spotify, Google's services are noticeably absent from Fire OS. That means no Gmail, no Google Maps and no Google Calendar. Of course, that's been the case with all of Amazon's tablets, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating. You can, of course, use the built-in email app and Amazon's Silk browser, but they're no match for native Android Gmail and Chrome. There are also ways to hack the Fire HD 10 and install Google's services, but that's not something that'll help mainstream users.

    Given just how much Amazon had to customize Android for Fire OS, there's little chance Google would ever grant access to its apps. But since Android slates have been in a death spiral over the past few years, it'd be wise for Google to work more closely with the one company that's built successful tablets on its platform. Let's face it: The search giant needs to do more than just shove Android apps into Chromebooks.
    Pricing and the competition

    In addition to the standard 32GB Fire HD 10 for $150, there's a 64GB model going for $190. You can also remove Amazon's special-offer ads on both for an additional $15. While there are plenty of cheap Android tablets on the market, there aren't many I'd actually recommend. Even Google has given up on its Nexus tablet lineup (a shame, because the Nexus 7 was great).

    Consequently, Amazon basically competes with itself when it comes to low-end slates. The new Fire HD 8 starts at $80, with 16GB of storage, and the svelte Fire 7 goes for just $50, with 8GB. If you're worried about the portability of the HD 10, the 8-inch model might be a solid compromise.

    If you want something even more powerful, with a wider assortment of apps (including Google's), then it's worth looking at Apple's newest iPad. It's just $329 and features a much better screen and superior hardware. Of course, that means hopping over to iOS, but your only other alternative in the Android arena is theGalaxy Tab S2, a two-year-old slate that still sells for $300. It has a gorgeous screen and it's incredibly thin, but its aging hardware doesn't seem like a good investment today. (If you find it on sale, though, it's worth a close look.)

    The Fire HD 10 is a glimmer of hope in the barren Android tablet wasteland. It fixes everything we didn't like about the last model, while dropping down to an incredibly low price for a 10.1-inch slate. It's just a shame that such a well-crafted Android device can't run Google's services. As it stands, though, the Fire HD 10 is still the cheap slate to beat this year.

  • 'Doom' arrives on Nintendo Switch November 10th
    Turns out that you won't have to wait too long to raze some Hell on your Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. That's to be expected though, because the Switch is running on a standard NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip versus the PS4's and Xbox One's AMD Radeon processors. What's impressive is that the game's fancy lighting tricks appear to be intact. However, the video doesn't indicate if the game footage was captured during handheld mode or in TV mode.

    Those other versions also target 60 frames per-second for gameplay, versus the Switch's 30 FPS. But you can't exactly stuff those consoles into a messenger bag and play them on a cross-country flight, so it's a matter of what's important to you.

    The Switch port is being handled by developer Panic Button, which is also working on the console's version of other projects. A recent kill Nazis on Switch, they'll have to open their wallet as a sign of encouragement.
    Etched in the Slayer's Testament lies an ancient prophecy: "DOOM shall arrive on Nintendo Switch November 10th!"
    — DOOM (@DOOM) October 16, 2017
    Source: Nintendo (YouTube)

  • #MeToo becomes a rallying cry for survivors of sexual assault
    Yesterday, a campaign geared towards demonstrating just how common sexual assault and harassment are began to spread on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Alongside the hashtag #MeToo, women began posting their own stories of harassment in response to a prompt by Alyssa Milano.
    If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet.
    — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
    The tweet has generated thousands of retweets and likes as well as over 40,000 responses. Among some of the celebrities that have joined the campaign are Lady Gaga, Debra Messing, Anna Paquin and Evan Rachel Wood.
    Because I was shamed and considered a "party girl" I felt I deserved it. I shouldnt have been there, I shouldn't have been "bad" #metoo
    — #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) October 16, 2017
    The move comes after a New York Times report about Harvey Weinstein and the now many, many accusations of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and rape that surround him. The #MeToo campaign was generated in order to show just how prevalent sexual assault is, the risks posed to women in any workplace including Hollywood and how easy it is for someone like Weinstein to get away with what he did.

    Following the recent reports, Rose McGowan began discussing her experiences with sexual assault in Hollywood on Twitter and the platform temporarily limited her account. It has since been reinstated, but the move from Twitter, which has come under a lot of criticism for how it handles harassment, spurred the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest last week. The company has since said that new rules for the platform are on the way.

    Via: New York Times

  • A 747 'Supertanker' rains retardant on California's wildfires
    A converted Boeing 747-400 used to fight fires is a great example of old technology reborn with a new purpose. The aircraft, the largest passenger model in Boeing's jumbo lineup, first entered service with Japan Airlines in 1991. After being converted to a water tanker, it can now dump up to 19,200 gallons of water or retardant in just six seconds as low as 200 feet above ground level (AGL), then climb away at 6,000 feet per minute. Those stellar capabilities have made it a big help in fighting California's insanely aggressive wine country fires, which have so far killed 40 people and destroyed over 200 homes.

    The 747, dubbed "The Spirit of John Muir," was converted to a tanker in 2012 by the previous owner, Evergreen airlines, before being purchased by Global Supertanker. Because it once served as a passenger craft, it has outstanding high and low-speed performance, flying at up to 600 mph and as slow as 165 mph with the flaps down in a landing configuration. Ground operators can refill it with gel, foam or water in as little as 30 minutes.

    Suffice to say, maneuvering a massive jumbo jet loaded with 80 tons of water at 200 feet above ground level is not for the faint of heart. Low and slow flying, especially in large aircraft, is fraught with danger and requires piloting skills of the highest order, especially in the hilly, rising terrain around California's Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other counties.

    In another video, a pilot of the twin-engine lead plane describes how the drops work. The lead pilot first flies to the fire area and assesses the situation, choosing the altitude, heading and "escape" route for the 747 Supertanker. Both planes then fly the route, with the lead plane tracking it first and then getting out of the way while the 747 makes its tank run. To see several drops from the 747's cockpit, check out this insane video from an operation in Chile (the lead aircraft is visible at around 1:06).

    If you think such a plane is impractical for firefighting, Global Supertanker assures us it's not. Despite its enormous size, the 747 often flies just 200 feet over the highest obstacle at very low flying speeds, something that makes even Cessna pilots like me pucker up. But the enormous plane is astonishingly maneuverable and powerful, and offers the the best forward and peripheral visibility of nearly any jet. It's also less expensive than you'd think, offering the lowest cost-per-gallon drops of any fire tanker aircraft.

  • The encryption many major companies rely on has a serious flaw
    Researchers at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic uncovered a major security vulnerability in RSA keys generated by Infineon Technologies-produced chips. These chips are used in products manufactured by Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Toshiba and Chromebook vendors, reports Bleeping Computer and the RSA keys generated by Infineon's chips are used in government-issued identity documents, during software signing, in authentication tokens, with message protection like PGP, in programmable smartcards and during secure browsing.

    The researchers say that key lengths of 1024 and 2048 bits are able to be figured out with little effort using the public portion of the key. "A remote attacker can compute an RSA private key from the value of a public key. The private key can be misused for impersonation of a legitimate owner, decryption of sensitive messages, forgery of signatures (such as for software releases) and other related attacks," they said in a report. "The vulnerability does NOT depend on a weak or a faulty random number generator - all RSA keys generated by a vulnerable chip are impacted. The attack was practically verified for several randomly selected 1024-bit RSA keys and for several selected 2048-bit keys." And the affected RSA library has been generating weak keys since 2012. "The currently confirmed number of vulnerable keys found is about 760,000 but possibly up to two to three magnitudes more are vulnerable," said the researchers. As Ars Technica reports, a number of the vulnerable keys included those used in Estonian government-issued documents like e-residency cards.

    The vulnerability was discovered and reported to Infineon in February and as per the agreed upon delay before public disclosure, the researchers will be releasing their full report on November 2nd at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. The delay is to ensure that people have time to change affected keys before the details of how the vulnerability works are released. It has also allowed vendors like Microsoft, Google, HP, Lenovo and Fujitsu to release software updates to mitigate the impact of the flaw.

    The researchers have released a blog post about the vulnerability, which includes tools for testing whether existing RSA keys are secure or vulnerable. It also provides advice on what to do if you find your RSA key is compromised.

    Via: Ars Technica, Bleeping Computer

    Source: CRoCS

  • DragonFlyBSD 5.0 released
    DragonFlyBSD 5.0 is the first release with preliminary boot support for HAMMER2, the project's new filesystem.  Preliminary HAMMER2 support has been released into the wild as-of the 5.0 release. This support is considered EXPERIMENTAL and should generally not yet be used for production machines and important data. The boot loader will support both UFS and HAMMER2 /boot. The installer will still use a UFS /boot even for a HAMMER2 installation because the /boot partition is typically very small and HAMMER2, like HAMMER1, does not instantly free space when files are deleted or replaced.

  • Microsoft shows off its Fluent Design changes to Windows 10
    All of the new design changes to Windows 10 are demonstrated in a new video from Microsoft. It€™s a good showcase of how subtle the changes are, but it doesn€™t tease much for the future. Microsoft€™s Fluent Design System is designed to be the true successor to Microsoft's Metro design, and will appear across apps and services on Windows, iOS, and Android. Microsoft is focusing on light, depth, motion, material, and scale for its Fluent Design, with animations that make the design feel like it's moving during interactions in Windows.  Like Metro applications before them, these Fluent applications look really nice, but it's all for naught. Microsoft showed off its redesigned Outlook application for Windows (and macOS), and guess what? It's a Win32 application.  If not even Microsoft itself is interested in making Metro/Fluent applications, why should anyone else?  Microsoft's approach to Metro/Fluent has been baffling from day one, and it doesn't seem like anything's changing any time soon. They made really great Metro Office applications, but then proceed to hide them from the Windows Store behind the "mobile" tag, and artificially cripple them by not allowing you to open more than one document per Office application.  Even when Microsoft does make great Metro/Fluent applications, they artificially cripple them.  I have no idea what Microsoft is doing, and I don't blame developers for giving them the finger. They are telling an unreliable, unfocused, unclear, and chaotic developer story, and any developer worth her salt wouldn't touch the Windows Store/Metro/Fluent with a ten-foot pole.

  • Where is Haiku R1?
    With all the infrastructure changes and improvements, paired with the bug fixes in our master Haiku branch, we are slowly and steadily moving towards the R1 Beta 1 release which will live in its own R1(!) branch.  R1 Beta 1 installations should slowly roll towards the final R1 release via package updates. R1 Beta 1 is going to be a big step towards our first stable release.  The exact dates are still not solid. I know we have been saying "soon" for quite a while... But soon.  ...

  • ChrysaLisp: an assembler/C-Script/Lisp 64bit OS
    Assembler/C-Script/Lisp 64 bit OS. MIMD, multi CPU, multi threaded, multi core, multi user.  Runs on OSX or Linux for x64, PI64 Linux for Aarch64. Will move to bare metal eventually but it's useful for now to run hosted while experimenting. When time allows I will be doing a VM boot image for UniKernel type appliances and a WebAssembly target to play around within the browser.  Allows modelling of various network topologies with point to point links. Each CPU in the network is modelled as a separate host process, point to point links use shared memory to simulate CPU to CPU, point to point, bi directional connections. There is no global bus based networking on purpose.

  • What nobody told me about the Netherlands
    Some years ago, already working in 'active transport', and seeking to deepen my understanding around urban design, I took the opportunity to take a family holiday for a week in the Netherlands. Among many many reactions to the experience, one big one I experienced was simply surprise that nobody had told me about most of the amazing things I'd see.  I've been meaning simply to write a list of these amazing things for years now. Unfortunately I'm not all that sure that there is any way to convey the 'amazingness' to those who haven't visited.  The Netherlands is one of the most - if not the most - densely populated western countries, which forced urban planners to get creative. Growing up and living in The Netherlands it's easy to take for granted just how good we are at traffic and urban design. That is, until you take a trip abroad to pretty much any other country - even our beloved neighbours like Germany or Belgium - and realise just how terrible everyone else is at properly segmenting and protecting cyclists and pedestrians, even in densely populated and tightly packed cities.  Urban design is a fascinating subject, and once you start paying attention to it here in The Netherlands, you'll discover an endless array of affordances to protect cyclists, pedestrians, and cars (yes!), while also creating neighbourhoods that usually have only one entry/exit point for cars so they can't be used for through traffic, all designed with the goal of corralling cars away from where people actually live.  I often wonder - will this make The Netherlands a haven for self-driving cars, or a hell?

  • Microsoft breaches Dutch data protection law with Windows 10
    Microsoft breaches the Dutch data protection law by processing personal data of people that use the Windows 10 operating system on their computers. This is the conclusion of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) after its investigation of Windows 10 Home and Pro. Microsoft does not clearly inform users about the type of data it uses, and for which purpose. Also, people cannot provide valid consent for the processing of their personal data, because of the approach used by Microsoft. The company does not clearly inform users that it continuously collects personal data about the usage of apps and web surfing behaviour through its web browser Edge, when the default settings are used. Microsoft has indicated that it wants to end all violations. If this is not the case, the Dutch DPA can decide to impose a sanction on Microsoft.  Kind of weird how Microsoft is found to be breaking the law, but they don't get punished for it; only if they refuse to stop breaking the law will they be fined. Interesting.

  • Samsung CEO to resign citing 'unprecedented crisis'
    Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung Electronics' CEO, vice chairman, and the head of its hugely successful components business, has announced his resignation. He will step down from the CEO role, as well as his positions on the board and as CEO of Samsung Display, in March 2018.  "It is something I had been thinking long and hard about for quite some time. It has not been an easy decision, but I feel I can no longer put it off," Kwon said in a letter sent to employees. "As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, I believe that time has now come for the company start anew, with a new spirit and young leadership to better respond to challenges arising from the rapidly changing IT industry."  The unnamed "crisis" in Kwon's letter no doubt includes the imprisonment of Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of the entire Samsung group, on corruption charges. While Lee didn't take a hands-on role in Samsung Electronics' regular business, Kwon's resignation is the first sign that the scandal could have a major impact on the company's operations and culture.  South Korea are a bunch of amateurs. Everybody knows real freedom-loving countries legalise corruption and rebrand it as Lobbying„ so that companies like Apple, Google, and others can legally bribe politicians and buy political favours without fear of being imprisoned.  Get with the program, South Korea.

  • Sailfish 2.1.2 released
    This update, 2.1.2 alias Kiiminkijoki, fixes dozens of bugs reported by our community and adds many improvements. It makes the new Dropbox service interface available and improves some security features. 2.1.2 also contains the basic support for Sony Xperia X devices for development purposes (available for a limited user group only).  This might be the first release I've seen which contains a feature or fix that isn't coming to the original Jolla Phone - namely,  the updated Android support. The original Jolla Phone was released in December 2014, so that's not a hugely terrible run.

  • TwinKick: dual Kickstart boot via floppy for Amiga 1000
    A "new" piece of software, quietly created 15 years ago, that allows Amiga 1000 users to load their Kickstart 1.3 or 3.1 (or "morph" between the two on a soft reset after loading 3.1) off a single disk has been discovered. The software is called TwinKick and is downloadable via Aminet. The linked post includes detailed instructions on how to create this disk.  Being able to switch between the two Kickstarts is pretty incredible. Although seeing 3.1 load onto a Amiga 1000 - off a floppy - is pretty mind blowing by itself.

  • KDE Plasma 5.11 released
    Today KDE publishes this autumn's Plasma feature release, KDE Plasma 5.11. Plasma 5.11 brings a redesigned settings app, improved notifications, a more powerful task manager. Plasma 5.11 is the first release to contain the new "Vault", a system to allow the user to encrypt and open sets of documents in a secure and user-friendly way, making Plasma an excellent choice for people dealing with private and confidential information.  This screenshot of the new Vault feature with a selection in a selection because you like selections is just so KDE - and I mean that in a teasing, loving way.

  • Disabling the Intel Management Engine
    The Intel Management Engine ('IME' or 'ME') is an out-of-band co-processor integrated in all post-2006 Intel-CPU-based PCs. It has full network and memory access and runs proprietary, signed, closed-source software at ring -2, independently of the BIOS, main CPU and platform operating system - a fact which many regard as an unacceptable security risk (particularly given that at least one remotely exploitable security hole has already been reported).  In this mini-guide, I'll run through the process of disabling the IME on your target PC.  Apparently, the IME co-processor runs... MINIX 3. That is incredibly fascinating. This means every post-2006 Intel PC runs MINIX.

  • Microsoft finally admits Windows Phone is dead
    In a series of tweets, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it's now clear the operating system has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates for existing users.  I was a first adopter of Windows Phone 7 - so much so I imported a device from the US during launch week. It was an amazing operating system to use, and I loved it. Soon, however, it became clear Microsoft was unable to attract developers to the platform, and even those applications that did make it weren't particularly good - not even the ones written by Microsoft itself, which were often simple HTML-based apps, which simply weren't good advocates for the platform. As a Windows Phone user, you were always scraping the very bottom of the barrel when it came to applications.  To make matters worse, the move to Windows NT with Windows Phone 8 was a disaster. Existing phones weren't updated, and instead, only got an entirely pointless Windows Phone 7.8 update. This didn't do anything to enamour users to the platform, which makes it all the more weird when Microsoft did it again when Windows Phone 10 was released. In any event, Windows Phone 8 did mature over its short lifetime, gaining many features other platforms had had for ages. Sadly, the application situation never improved, and to this day, the Windows Store is a ghost town.  It really sucks that Windows Phone became a victim of blatant mismanagement and market forces, because I still love the operating system and its unique UI. One day, I'll have to sit down and write the counterpart to my Palm retrospective, covering the entire PocketPC/Windows Mobile/Windows Phone era.  It's been a wild ride.

  • Reverse engineering the macOS High Sierra supplemental update
    Reported by Matheus Mariano, a Brazilian software developer, a programming error was discovered in Apple€™s most recent operating system, High Sierra, that exposed passwords of encrypted volumes as password hints. A serious bug that quickly made the headlines in technology websites everywhere.  Apple was prompt to provide macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update to customers via the App Store, and ensured that every distribution of High Sierra in their servers included this update.  I decided to apply a binary diffing technique to the update to learn more about the root cause of this bug and hypothesize about how the defect could have been prevented.

  • On notches, chins, and foreheads
    Joshua Topolsky:  The "notch" on the new iPhone X is not just strange, interesting, or even odd - it is bad. It is bad design, and as a result, bad for the user experience. The justification for the notch (the new Face ID tech, which lets you unlock the device just by looking at it) could have easily been accomplished with no visual break in the display. Yet here is this awkward blind spot cradled by two blobs of actual screenspace.  [...]  Plenty has been written about the mind-numbing, face-palming, irritating stupidity of the notch. And yet, I can't stop thinking about it. I would love to say that this awful design compromise is an anomaly for Apple. But it would be more accurate to describe it as the norm.  Apple really, really wants you to "embrace the notch" and consider it a design element. With the home button gone, the iPhone X lost the iconic shape we've come to expect from iPhones, and to set a recognisable shape for the iPhone for the next decade, Apple chose the notch, and decided to embrace it.  The goal of the industry is clearly to move to truly fullscreen displays; no notches like the Essential phone or the iPhone X, and no thin chins and foreheads like the Galaxy S8 or the LG V30. With Apple trying to build a visual brand around the notch, we're going to be inundated with article after article explaining how the notch is great design, how it's a good idea, how it actually makes a lot of sense to have the notch because of [insert pseudoscience], how it is the pinnacle of design.  And all those articles will look entirely foolish once Android phones start moving to true fullscreen with under-display cameras and sensors in a few years from now, after which Apple will drag its feet, only to eventually move to true fullscreen displays 2-3 years later, at which point the authors of the aforementioned articles will do a complete 180 overnight, as if the notch never happened.  Notches and chins and foreheads are necessary imperfections due to technological limitations on the way to fullscreen perfection. Pretending they are not will only make you look foolish five years from now.

  • Control the operating system, control the future
    My thoughts tend to go to dark places these days. And so when I watched Google on Wednesday trot out one after another of its homegrown computing devices for every task and every nook of our homes, I went straight to dystopia: R.I.P. digital competition.  Nothing to add.

  • Datamation's "Leading Big Data Companies" Report

    The Big Data market is in a period of remarkable transition. If keeping tabs on this dynamic sector is in your wheelhouse, Datamation has made your homework easier by developing "Leading Big Data Companies", a report that provides "a snapshot of a market sector in transition".

  • Creating an Application-Based Terminal Session

    One of my first exposures to computers in a work environment was using a Wyse terminal to access a console-based application for data entry. It wasn't until a while later that I learned about terminals in UNIX and how they work. Once I understood it, I wanted to create my own self-contained application that was tied to a telnet or SSH session. 


    Many proprietary high-availability (HA) software providers require users to pay extra for system-management capabilities. Bucking this convention and driving down costs is LINBIT, whose DRBD HA software solution, part of the Linux kernel since 2009, powers thousands of digital enterprises.  

  • Working with YouTube and Extracting Audio

    In my last few articles, I've been exploring the capabilities of ImageMagick, showing that just because you're working on a command line doesn't mean you're stuck processing only text.

  • SUSE and SAP: Shared Roots Produce Fruit

    SUSE and SAP have been collaborating for 18 years now. SAP is ubiquitous in the enterprise environment, and SUSE is now powering its robust SAP Cloud Platform. 

  • How to Make Windows Better? Make It Chocolatey!

    Once again, my friend and fellow Linux Journal club member Kris Occhipinti introduced me to an awesome bit of software. This time, it's an open-source project that brings Linux-like package management to Windows! Don't get me wrong; installing software on Windows isn't difficult, but it's definitely more cumbersome than with Linux.

  • iStorage diskAshur Storage Drives

    With software-free setup and operation, the new iStorage diskAshur group of ultra-secure storage drives works across all operating systems, including Linux, macOS, Android, Chrome, thin and zero clients, MS Windows and embedded systems. 

  • Say Hi to Subutai

    I learned about Subutai from Philip Sheldrake of the Digital Life Collective (and much else) and thought it deserved attention here at Linux Journal, so I offered this space for that. Alex Karasulu did most of the writing, but it was a team effort with help from Jon 'maddog' Hall, Philip Sheldrake and Steve Taylor.—Doc Searls 

  • StarNet Communications Corp's FastX

    WebAssembly browser technology is important for making the browser go beyond what JavaScript can do. StarNet Communications Corp says it is the first to plant a WebAssembly flag in the EDA space by integrating WebAssembly technology into its FastX remote Linux display solution.  

  • Becoming a Cloud Native Organization
    As Linux has become the mainstay of Enterprise IT, it has become increasingly challenging to install, test and ultimately review properly new products built for large, scalable environments. Although Linux Journal publishes substantial, in-depth product reviews, we can’t possibly review every worthwhile product, especially in an arena like ours that grows and changes so fast.   

  • Gaming Like It's 1989

    It's no secret that I love classic gaming. It seems like every other month, I write about an emulation project or some online version of a 1980s classic. The system that defined my youth was the Nintendo Entertainment System, or the NES. Its chunky rectangle controller and two-button setup may seem simple today, but back then, it was revolutionary.

  • Linux Journal October 2017
    Bash and Cats 
    If someone asked me how the internet stays running, I'd probably say something like, "Bash scripts and cat photos." Because really, those two things pretty much encompass the h

  • Extended File Attributes Rock!
    Worldwide, data is growing at a tremendous rate. However, one recent study has pointed out that the size of files is not necessarily growing at the same rate; meaning the number of files is growing rapidly. How do we manage all of this data and files? While the answer to that question is complex, one place we can start is with Extended File Attributes. Continue reading

  • Checksumming Files to Find Bit-Rot
    In a previous article extended file attributes were presented. These are additional bits of metadata that are tied to the file and can be used in a variety of ways. One of these ways is to add checksums to the file so that corrupted data can be detected. Let's take a look at how we can do this including some simple Python examples. Continue reading

  • What’s an inode?
    As you might have noticed, we love talking about file systems. In these discussions the term "inode" is often thrown about. But what is an inode and how does it relate to a file system? Glad you asked. Continue reading

  • Emailing HPC
    Email is not unlike MPI. The similarities may help non-geeks understand parallel computers a little better. Continue reading

  • iotop: Per Process I/O Usage
    Based on a reader comment, we take iotop for a spin to see if it can be used for monitoring the IO usage of individual processes on a system. The result? It has some interesting capability that we haven't found in other tools. Continue reading

  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing, Part 3: Detailed Throughput Analysis
    Our last two articles have presented an initial performance examination of a consumer SandForce based SSD from a throughput and IOPS perspective. In this article we dive deeper into the throughput performance of the drive, along with a comparison to an Intel X-25E SSD. I think you will be surprised at what is discovered. Continue reading

  • Putting Drupal to Work
    Drupal is a simple but powerful CMS. However, you'll probably want to configure it. Learn how to tweak Drupal's settings to your liking. Continue reading

  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing – Part 2: Initial IOPS Results
    SandForce has developed a very interesting and unique SSD controller that uses real-time data compression. This affects data throughput and SSD longevity. In this article, we perform an initial examination of the IOPS performance of a SandForce 1222-based SSD. The results can be pretty amazing. Continue reading

  • Drupal at Warp Speed
    Need to setup Drupal CMS but don't have the time to learn how? Try this 30 minute quick start guide. Continue reading

  • Chasing The Number
    The Top500 list is a valuable measure of HPC progress, but the race it has spawned maybe over for many organizations Continue reading

  • Stick a Fork in Flock: Why it Failed
    This probably won't come as a surprise to many, but the "social Web browser" has thrown in the towel. Don't cry for the Flock team - they're flying the coop for Zynga to go make Facebook games or something. But Flock's loyal fans are out in the cold. Why'd Flock fail? There's a few lessons to be learned. Continue reading

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