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  • Fedora 23 libxml2-2.9.3-1.fc23 Very large set of security issues for libxml2 and a bunch of bug fixestoo#CVE-2015-8242 #CVE-2015-7500 #CVE-2015-7499 #CVE-2015-5312 #CVE-2015-7498#CVE-2015-7497 #CVE-2015-1819 #CVE-2015-7941 #CVE-2015-7942 #CVE-2015-8035

  • Fedora 23 pcre-8.38-1.fc23 This release fixes various bugs when compiling or matching expressions. It alsofixes how pcregrep handles binary files. It also fixes a heap-based bufferoverflow in pcre_exec() when ovector has size 1 (bug #1285415)

  • Red Hat: 2015:2520-01: ntp: Important Advisory Updated ntp packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 and 6.6 Extended Update Support. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]

  • Red Hat: 2015:2519-01: thunderbird: Important Advisory An updated thunderbird package that fixes multiple security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, and 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]

  • Fedora 21 libreport-2.3.0-10.fc21 Security fix for CVE-2015-5302 abrt-2.3.0-12.fc21 - doc: fix defaultDumpLocation in abrt.conf man page - bodhi: fix typo in error messages - abrt-dump-xorg: support Xorg log backtraces prefixed by (EE libreport-2.3.0-10.fc21- fix save users changes after reviewing dump dir files - Resolves CVE-2015-5302

  • Fedora 21 abrt-2.3.0-12.fc21 Security fix for CVE-2015-5302 abrt-2.3.0-12.fc21 - doc: fix defaultDumpLocation in abrt.conf man page - bodhi: fix typo in error messages - abrt-dump-xorg: support Xorg log backtraces prefixed by (EE libreport-2.3.0-10.fc21- fix save users changes after reviewing dump dir files - Resolves CVE-2015-5302

  • Fedora 23 ca-certificates-2015.2.6-1.0.fc23 This is an update to the set of CA certificates version 2.6 as released with NSSversion 3.21 However, as in previous versions of the ca-certificates package,the CA list has been modified to keep several legacy CAs still trusted forcompatibility reasons. Please refer to the project URL for details. If youprefer to use the unchanged list provided by Mozilla, and if you accept anycompatibility issues it may cause, an administrator may configure the system byexecuting the "ca-legacy disable" command.

  • Ubuntu Community Council election results posted
    The 2015 Ubuntu Community Council (CC) elections have been concluded. The results of the vote, as announced on the Ubuntu Fridge blog, are the seven individuals who will serve on the CC for the next two years: Daniel Holbach, Laura Czajkowski, Svetlana Belkin, Michael Hall, Scarlett Clark, C de-Avillez, and Marco Ceppi.A detailed account of the ballot results, complete with links to each candidate's biographical page, is also online.

  • Friday's security updates
    CentOS has updated thunderbird (C5; C6:multiple vulnerabilities).
    Debian-LTS has updated libcommons-collections3-java (codeexecution) and smokeping (cross-site scripting).
    Fedora has updated libxml2(F23: multiple vulnerabilities) and pcre (F23: denial of service).
    Mageia has updated libsndfile (M5: buffer overflow), libxml2 (M5: multiple vulnerabilities), python-m2crypto (M5: denial of service), python-pygments (M5: command injection), and tigervnc (M5: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Thanksgiving day security updates
    Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, from all of us here at LWN.Happy November 26 to everyone else :)
    Debian has updated dpkg (codeexecution), nspr (code execution), python-django (information disclosure), and smokeping (code execution).
    Debian-LTS has updated eglibc(two vulnerabilities), python-django(information disclosure), and redmine (multiple vulnerabilities).
    Fedora has updated abrt (F21:information disclosure), jenkins (F22:three vulnerabilities), jenkins-remoting(F22: three vulnerabilities), and libreport(F21: information disclosure).
    openSUSE has updated libpng12(13.2, 13.1: two vulnerabilities), libpng16(13.2, 13.1: denial ofservice), and strongswan (authentication bypass).
    Oracle has updated abrt andlibreport (OL7: multiple vulnerabilities), glibc (OL7;OL7: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (OL7: multiple vulnerabilities), NetworkManager (OL7: denial of service), sssd (OL7: unspecified), and tigervnc (OL7: two vulnerabilities).
    Red Hat has updated git19-git(RHSC2: code execution), java-1.5.0-ibm(RHEL5&6: multiple vulnerabilities), ntp (RHEL6: denial of service), and thunderbird (multiple vulnerabilities).
    SUSE has updated kernel(SLE11SP3: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Ubuntu has updated dpkg (codeexecution) and openjdk-7 (15.10, 15.04, 14.04: unspecified vulnerability).

  • Software Freedom Conservancy Launches 2015 Fundraiser
    Software Freedom Conservancy has announceda major fundraising effort. "Pointing to the difficulty of relying on corporate funding while pursuing important but controversial issues, like GPL compliance, Conservancy has structured its fundraiser to increase individual support. The organization needs at least 750 annual Supporters to continue its basic community services and 2500 to avoid hibernating its enforcement efforts. If Conservancy does not meet its goals, it will be forced to radically restructure and wind down a substantial portion of its operations."

  • Security advisories for Wednesday
    Debian has updated libcommons-collections3-java (unsanitized input data) and symfony (two vulnerabilities).
    Debian-LTS has updated putty (memory corruption).
    Fedora has updated grub2 (F23:Secure Boot circumvention), krb5 (F21:multiple vulnerabilities), libpng10 (F23; F22; F21: two vulnerabilities), sblim-sfcb(F23; F22;F21: denial of service), and wpa_supplicant (F22: denial of service).
    Slackware has updated pcre (code execution).
    SUSE has updated linux-3.12.32(SLELP12: two vulnerabilities), linux-3.12.36 (SLELP12: two vulnerabilities),linux-3.12.38 (SLELP12: twovulnerabilities), linux-3.12.39 (SLELP12:two vulnerabilities), linux-3.12.43(SLELP12: two vulnerabilities), linux-3.12.44 (SLELP12: two vulnerabilities),and linux-3.12.44 (SLELP12: two vulnerabilities).
    Ubuntu has updated icedtea-web(15.10, 15.04, 14.04: applet execution) and python-django (15.10, 15.04, 14.04, 12.04: information disclosure).

  • [$] A journal for MD/RAID5
    RAID5 support in the MD driver has been part of mainline Linux since2.4.0 was released in early 2001. During this time it has been usedwidely by hobbyists and small installations, but there hasbeen little evidence of any impact on the larger or "enterprise"sites. Anecdotal evidence suggests that such sites are usually happier with so-called "hardware RAID" configurations where a purpose-builtcomputer, whether attached by PCI or fibre channel or similar,is dedicated to managing the array.This situation could begin to change with the 4.4 kernel, which brings someenhancements to the MD driver that should make itmore competitive with hardware-RAID controllers.

  • Security updates for Tuesday
    Debian-LTS has updated openjdk-6 (multiple vulnerabilities).
    Fedora has updated libsndfile (F22; F21:buffer overflow), mingw-freeimage (F23; F22:integer overflow), rpm (F23: denial ofservice), wpa_supplicant (F21: denial ofservice), and zarafa (F21: twovulnerabilities, one from 2012).
    Oracle has updated autofs (OL7:privilege escalation), binutils (OL7:multiple vulnerabilities), chrony (OL7:multiple vulnerabilities), cpio (OL7:denial of service), cups-filters (OL7:multiple vulnerabilities), curl (OL7:multiple vulnerabilities), file (OL7:multiple vulnerabilities), grep (OL7: heapbuffer overrun), grub2 (OL7: Secure Bootcircumvention), krb5 (OL7: twovulnerabilities), libreport (OL6: dataleak), libssh2 (OL7: information leak), net-snmp (OL7: denial of service), netcf (OL7: denial of service), ntp (OL7: multiple vulnerabilities), openhpi (OL7: world writable /var/lib/openhpidirectory), openldap (OL7: unintendedcipher usage), openssh (OL7: twovulnerabilities), python (OL7: multiplevulnerabilities), rest (OL7: denial ofservice), rubygem-bundler and rubygem-thor(OL7: installs malicious gem files), squid(OL7: certificate validation bypass), unbound (OL7: denial of service), wireshark (OL7: multiple vulnerabilities), andxfsprogs (OL7: information disclosure).
    Scientific Linux has updated libreport (SL6: data leak).
    SUSE has updated firefox(SLES10SP4: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2
    Red Hat has announcedthe release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2. "New features and capabilities focus on security, networking, and system administration, along with a continued emphasis on enterprise-ready tooling for the development and deployment of Linux container-based applications. In addition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 includes compatibility with the new Red Hat Insights, an add-on operational analytics offering designed to increase IT efficiency and reduce downtime through the proactive identification of known risks and technical issues."

  • Security advisories for Monday
    Debian has updated openjdk-7 (unspecified vulnerability).
    Fedora has updated cyrus-imapd(F21: largely unspecified), gdm (F23:denial of service), jenkins (F23: multiplevulnerabilities), jenkins-remoting (F23:multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (F21:multiple vulnerabilities), libpng (F23:denial of service), m2crypto (F21: denialof service), pdns (F21: denial of service),perl-IPTables-Parse (F21: predictabletemporary file names), postgresql (F22: twovulnerabilities), python-rauth (F23:unspecified vulnerability), and xen (F23; F22; F21: denial of service).
    openSUSE has updated Chromium (SUSE Package Hub for SLE12; Leap42.1, 13.2, 13.1: information leak), docker (Leap42.1: two vulnerabilities), and miniupnpc (Leap42.1, 13.2, 13.1: code execution).
    Red Hat has updated abrt,libreport (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), java-1.6.0-ibm (RHEL5,6: multiplevulnerabilities), java-1.7.0-ibm (RHEL5:multiple vulnerabilities), java-1.7.1-ibm(RHEL6,7: multiple vulnerabilities), java-1.8.0-ibm (RHEL7: multiplevulnerabilities), and libreport (RHEL6: data leak).

  • Grlin: Looking at the security of Plasma/Wayland
    Martin Grlin looksat the security of the Plasma desktop running under Wayland; it'sbetter than X11, but with some ground yet to cover."Now imagine you want to write a key logger in a Plasma/Waylandworld. How would you do it? I asked myself this question recently, thoughtabout it, found a possible solution and had a key logger in less than 10minutes: ouch."

  • GIMP is 20 Years Old, What’s Next? (Libre Graphics World)
    ThisLibre Graphics World article looks at the challenges faced by the20-year-old GIMP project. "If you've been following GIMP's progressover recent years, you couldn't help yourself noticing the decreasingactivity in terms of both commits (a rather lousy metric) and amount ofparticipants (a more sensible one).'GIMP is dying', say some. 'GIMP developers are slacking', sayothers. 'You've got to go for crowdfunding' is yet another popularnotion. And no matter what, there's always a few whitebearded folks whowould blame the team for not going with changes from the FilmGIMP branch.So what's actually going on and what's the outlook for the project?"

  • Kernel prepatch 4.4-rc2
    The second 4.4 prepatch is out for testing.Linus says: "Things are looking fairly normal in 4.4-land, with nohuge surprises in rc2. There were a couple of late features: parischugepage support and some late slub bulk allocator patches were not onlymerged at the end of the week, but they strictly speaking should have beenmerge window things."

  • Poettering: Introducing sd-event
    Lennart Poettering introduces thesd-event API for the implementation of event loops. "sd-event.h, ofcourse, is not the first event loop API around, and it doesn't implementany really novel concepts. When we started working on it we tried to do ourhomework, and checked the various existing event loop APIs, maybe lookingfor candidates to adopt instead of doing our own, and to learn about thestrengths and weaknesses of the various implementationsexisting. Ultimately, we found no implementation that could deliver what weneeded, or where it would be easy to add the missing bits: as usual in thesystemd project, we wanted something that allows us access to all theLinux-specific bits, instead of limiting itself to the least commondenominator of UNIX."

  • Friday's security updates
    Debian has updated lxc (codeexecution).
    Debian-LTS has updated nspr(code execution).
    Mageia has updated dovecot(M5: denial of service), gcc (M5:predictable random values), kernel (M5: multiple vulnerabilities), latex2rtf (M5: code execution), libpng/libpng12 (M5: denial of service), and uglify-js (M5: malicious code obfuscation).
    openSUSE has updated krb5(13.1, 13.2: memory corruption) and libksba (13.1, 13.2: denial of service).
    Red Hat has updated autofs(RHEL7: privilege escalation), binutils (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), chrony (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), cpio (RHEL7: code execution), cups-filters (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), curl (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), file (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), glibc (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities; RHEL7:privilege escalation),grep (RHEL7: heap buffer overrun), grub2 (RHEL7: Secure Boot circumvention), kernel (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel-rt (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), krb5 (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), libssh2 (RHEL7: denial of service), net-snmp (RHEL7: denial of service), netcf (RHEL7: denial of service), NetworkManager (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), ntp (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), openhpi (RHEL7: world writable /var/lib/openhpi directory), openldap (RHEL7: unintended cipher usage), openssh (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), pacemaker (RHEL7: privilege escalation), pcs (RHEL7: denial of service), python (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), realmd (RHEL7: unsanitized input), rest (RHEL7: denial of service), rubygem-bundler, rubygem-thor (RHEL7:code execution), squid (RHEL7: certificate validation bypass), sssd (RHEL7: memory leak), tigervnc (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), unbound (RHEL7: denial of service), wireshark (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), and xfsprogs (RHEL7: information leak).
    Ubuntu has updated libpng(multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Toys meet open source: 8 projects with LEGO
    LEGO bricks: To a parent, they're a virtual minefield, hidden away in the carpet to inflict unimaginable pain from a seemly innocent barefoot step. But to a child, they are a tool for creatively engineering anything the mind can imagine. And for many, they are our first foray into open source. The instructions with a LEGO set start out as rigid rules, and become merely guidelines as children learn to remix, adapt, and extend the "code" which defines the object being built, and then be shared with anyone more

  • Creating a laser light show with Fedora
    Every day, people are making all kinds of incredible software powered by Fedora. The Fedora user community is broad and diverse, and sometimes, we hear about things that we never imagined possible. Rochester Institute of Technology student and Fedora user... Continue Reading →

  • Gimp 2.8.16 Released Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Or Derivatives Distros
    Gimp is one of the most popular image editors available for Linux. Gimp developers team has been releasing out new features, bug fixes and more improved GUI (Graphical User Interface). With Gimp 2.8.16, there are new set of GUI improvements, bug fixes and plugins improvements. Let's see how to install Gimp 2.8.16 in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other derivatives.

  • Pick of the Bunch: Cloud Development Tools
    Cloud computing is not simply a popular phrase; it is a very important part of how we use technology. Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

  • European Patent Office Threatens Blogger With Defamation Lawsuit For Criticism
    World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) is reporting that the European Patent Office, EPO, has threatened Roy Schestowitz with a defamation lawsuit over a blog post he did. Schestowitz writes the Techrights blog, which I personally think can go overboard with some of its stories at times. However, to argue that his stories are defamation, especially by a government agency, is crazy.

  • This $5 computer sold out in a day
    The UK-based educational nonprofit released a new, tiny computer on Thursday for $5, the Raspberry Pi Zero, and sold out of it online within a day.

  • Where is Amazon’s Kindle Voyage 2 e-reader?
    As I write this post it’s November 28, and the Kindle Voyage 2 is nowhere to be seen. As someone who buys a lot of Kindle and Audible books, I find it more than a little irritating that I can’t buy an updated version of the Kindle Voyage.

Linux Insider

  • Vinux Enhances Productivity for Visually Impaired Users
    Vinux 5.0 is a striking example of the flexibility and usability of the Linux OS. Vinux is a fully functional Linux distro that caters to blind and partially sighted users. It's based on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04.3 LTS and gives users support through 2019. The latest version was released earlier this month. It greatly improves on the usability features of other Linux distributions.

  • Microsoft Doubles Down on Open Source
    Microsoft this week announced at its Connect conference in New York City an expansion of its developer tools with a focus on Linux, Android and open source. The move is an effort to help close the gap between Microsoft's developer platforms and the open source world. The programs include free access for developers who are getting started, updates to .NET, and the renaming of Visual Studio Online.

  • Docker, Yubico Team Up to Secure App Development
    Docker this week announced new security enhancements at DockerCon EU in Barcelona, Spain, including hardware signing of container images -- an industry first -- through a partnership with Yubico. Docker Content Trust offers hardware signing through support for Yubico's YubiKey. The YubiKey 4 lets Docker users digitally sign code during initial development and through subsequent updates.

  • Ubuntu Studio Is a Treasure Trove for Creative Types
    Ubuntu Studio 15.10 is a one-stop Linux OS shop for most creative people. It bundles a nearly full range of multimedia content-creation applications for workflows involving audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing. The developers describe this distro as a multimedia content-creation hub for all five creative workflows. The last element -- publishing -- is the weakest link.

  • FBI Paid Carnegie Mellon $1M to Crack User IDs, Claims Tor
    The Tor Project last week claimed the FBI paid Carnegie Mellon University $1 million to crack the anonymity of Tor users. The claim appears to have been triggered by a report that said the FBI's arrest of an alleged member of Silk Road 2.0 was based on "information obtained by a 'university-based research institute' that operated its own computers on the anonymous network used by Silk Road 2.0."

  • Linux Leaders Join HPC Devs on Open Source Framework
    The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that it's forming the OpenHPC Collaborative Project to push the software supply to support high-powered computing. The project will provide a new open source framework to meet HPC's application demands and parallel runtime requirements. The framework will provide upstream project components, tools and interconnections to enable the software stack.

  • Valve's Steam Gaming Hardware Hits Home
    Valve this week rolled out the hardware phase of its road map from bedrooms and basements to living rooms and lounge areas with its long-awaited video game controller, PC link box and Steam boxes. Valve's road map to the living room began with Big Picture mode in 2011, continued with in-home streaming in 2014, and now includes the new Steam hardware.

  • Purism's Librem 13 Linux Laptop Is Sleek, Private and Secure
    The combination of custom-made hardware paired with a tweaked Linux OS makes the Librem laptop lineup a unique offering with several innovative security features not offered in any other computer. The Librem line is a work in progress. The operating system just reached version 2.0 and comes preinstalled on the hardware built with the modified Linux kernel in mind.

  • Decryption Tool Foils Linux Server Ransomware Attacks
    Bitdefender on Monday released a free decryption tool designed to wrest data from the grip of a rare type of ransomware that's been plaguing Linux servers. Details for performing the decryption are available on the company's website. Essentially, the solution takes advantage of a flaw in the ransomware, which Bitdefender discovered through reverse-engineering.

  • Google Opens Floodgates for TensorFlow Development
    Google released TensorFlow, its second-generation machine learning system, to the open source community. It's offering TensorFlow as a standalone library with associated tools, tutorials and examples under the Apache 2.0 license. Google uses TensorFlow in deep learning, Google Search and other applications. Apps built with TensorFlow can move seamlessly from desktops to mobile phones.

  • Microsoft and Red Hat Collaborate in the Cloud
    Microsoft and Red Hat on Wednesday announced a deal that bridges their cloud technologies, which have been separated by the competing Windows and Linux platforms. The partnership lets customers migrate their data to either Microsoft Azure or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It also integrates features in both cloud systems so customers can use them interchangeably.

  • GALPon MiniNo Makes Kid-Friendly Lightweight Linux
    GALPon MiniNo is one of the strangest and most distinctive Linux distros to grace the Linux Picks and Pans computer screens. Those two traits make it an almost ideal option for anyone looking for a reliable operating system for youngsters and educational facilities that cater to early education students. PicarOS Diego 2015 is the latest in the GALPon MiniNo family of Linux products.

  • DJI Plants Ubuntu Brain on Drone
    DJI on Monday unveiled a high-performance embedded computer running Ubuntu 14.04 for use in its Matrice 100 drone. The Manifold supports CUDA, OpenCV and ROS, and it is compatible with third-party sensors. It lets developers connect a variety of devices -- including infrared cameras, atmospheric research devices, and geographical surveying equipment -- to the Matrice 100.

  • BackBox Takes Its Security Tools Seriously
    BackBox Linux 4.4 is a great Linux distro for IT and other techies who want to do their own penetration tests and security assessments. The latest version, released this month, is an Ubuntu 14.04.3-based distribution that's speedy and simple to use. It's a fully functional Linux distro that comes well stocked with standard software and runs a desktop environment based on the Xfce window manager.

  • Element 14 to Bake Custom Raspberry Pi's
    Element14 on Tuesday revealed an exclusive agreement to offer OEM customers bespoke designs based on the Raspberry Pi platform. Raspberry Pi -- which has seen success in the educational and maker fields -- is targeting commercial manufacturers and the Internet of Things, signing up Premier Farnell through the latter's element14 brand to customize its boards.

  • Plasma 5 Powers KaOS Productivity
    KaOS is an efficient Linux distribution built around a refined KDE desktop environment that just keeps getting better. The KDE integration is more controlled than other Linux choices. I reviewed this distro last year, and I was impressed then with the solid performance of KaOS. The latest version takes it a step further, adding a calming, cleaner look and feel to the user interface.

  • MuseScore Can Turn Songwriters Into Maestros
    MuseScore is a complete tool to help musicians and songwriters write musical scores, play them back and print the sheet music. It is available in a variety of Linux distro packages and comes in versions for Windows and OS X. It is fully open source software licensed under GNU GPL. The user interface is similar to a word processor or text editor for entering notes on a blank score sheet.

  • System 76 Unleashes Wild Dog Pro
    System 76 has announced its latest desktop release, Wild Dog Pro, with a range of high-end customizable configurations to enhance video editing and media creation, software engineering, CAD, and high-end performance for demanding games. It comes preinstalled with Ubuntu 15.10, and the default desktop environment is Unity. However, users can install other Linux distros and desktop environments.

  • Liquid Lemur Linux Floats Fluid Desktop Design
    Liquid Lemur offers a new twist on the usual Linux desktop environment experience. Developer Edward Snyder recently released the second alpha version of Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0. It offers a hybrid desktop experience that combines the Window Maker window manager with elements of the Xfce desktop. Liquid Lemur has been around for a few years, but it has gone through several directional changes.

  • Google's Nexus 6P and 5X Win Some Love
    The reviews are out for Google's Nexus 6P and 5X, unveiled late last month, and they can be summed up in two words: Love them! They're described as "the best Nexus devices ever produced" and "Google's answer to Apple's iPhones," but those tired phrases are rolled out with every new Nexus or flagship Android smartphone, so what else is new? The camera, for one.

  • ONOS Project Gets Linux Foundation Bump
    The Linux Foundation has announced a strategic partnership with ON.Lab and its ONOS project community to develop open source network services. They will build infrastructure for software-defined networking and network function virtualization technology. The foundation will provide its global reach, experience and infrastructure to seed ONOS' growing community.

  • It's Getting Harder To Reside Anonymously In a Modern City
    dkatana writes: In a panel on 'Privacy in the Smart City' during this month's Smart City World Congress, Dr. Carmela Troncoso, a researcher from Spain, argued that data anonymization itself is almost impossible without using advanced cryptography. Our every transaction leaves a digital marker that can be mined by anyone with the right tools or enough determination. Most modern cities today are full of sensors and connected devices. Some are considering giving away free WiFi in exchange of personal data. LinkNYC, which was present at the congress as exhibitor, is one such example of this. The panelists insisted that it is the duty of world leaders to safeguard their citizens' privacy, just as corporations are answerable to leaks and hacks.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • How Technology Is Increasing the Number of Jobs We Have
    An anonymous reader writes: An article at The Guardian takes a look at the way in which we hold jobs as technology as changes. Its central thesis is this: "My father had one job in his life, I've had six in mine, my kids will have six at the same time." This may compress the generational changes a bit, but it's an interesting point; the average time people spend at one job has been trending downward for a long time. As technology enables the so-called "gig economy" (or "sharing economy," if you prefer), we're seeing many more people start to hold multiple jobs, working whichever one happens to give them something to do at a given time. Economist Jeremy Rifkin says, "This sharing economy is reestablishing the commons in a hi-tech landscape. Commons came about when people formed communities by taking the meager resources they had and sharing then to create more value. The method of regulation of these systems is also comparable. If people are trusted and vouched for they are accepted as part of the sharing economy group. If they behave badly they are excluded. Your social capital means everything in this new economy."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • BlackBerry Exits Pakistan Amid User Privacy Concerns
    An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry has announced that it will pull its operations in Pakistan from today, quoting a recent government notice which read that the company would not be permitted to continue its services in the country after December for 'security reasons.' In a blog post released by BlackBerry today, chief operating officer Marty Beard confirmed the decision: 'The truth is that the Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message.' He added: 'BlackBerry will not comply with that sort of directive.'

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • MST3K Kickstarter Poised To Break Kickstarter Record
    New submitter the_Bionic_lemming writes: Recently Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science 3000 -- which had a successful run of over 197 shows -- has after 15 years launched a kickstarter to relaunch the series. In just over two weeks Joel has been wildly successful in not only having over 25000 fans contribute, but actually scoring the second-highest show kickstarter on record — he has just under two weeks to shoot past the Number 1 kickstarter, Veronica Mars.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Diamond Nanothreads Could Support Space Elevator
    Taco Cowboy writes with news that Penn State researchers have discovered a way to produce ultra-thin diamond nanothreads that could be ideal for a space elevator. According to the report at, The team, led by chemistry professor John Badding, applied alternating cycles of pressure to isolated, liquid-state benzene molecules and were amazed to find that rings of carbon atoms assembled into neat and orderly chains. While they were expecting the benzene molecules to react in a disorganized way, they instead created a neat thread 20,000 times smaller than a strand of human hair but perhaps the strongest material ever made. ... Just recently, a team from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia modeled the diamond nanothreads using large-scale molecular dynamics simulations and concluded that the material is far more versatile than previously thought and has great promise for aerospace properties.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • VW Officials Knew Since Last Year of Misleading Fuel Economy Claims
    It's not just CO2 levels that Volkswagen manipulated; according to a wire story, Volkswagen officials knew at least a year ago that some of the company's officially-reported fuel-efficiency claims were overstated. From the linked article:  Volkswagen's top executives knew a year ago that some of the company's cars were markedly less fuel efficient than had been officially stated, Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag reported, without specifying its sources. ... Months after becoming aware of excessive fuel consumption, former Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn decided this spring to pull one model off the market where the discrepancy was particularly pronounced, the Polo TDI BlueMotion, the paper cited sources close to Winterkorn as saying.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Israel Meets With Google and YouTube To Discuss Censoring Videos
    An anonymous reader writes: Various sources report Israel's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely meeting with representatives of Google and YouTube to discuss censoring Palestinian videos believed to incite violence. Original aricle (in Hebrew) from Maariv  The open question is how Google and Youtube will define "inciting violence."  Currently, all foreign journalists in the Palestinian territories are required to register with the Israeli military, and all footage must be approved through the Israeli Military Censor's office before being released. However, according to the article in alternet individual Palestinians have been uploading videos showing violence by Israeli soldiers, including execution-style killings, and highlighting the living conditions in the territories, which Israeli authorities consider inflammatory.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Contractors or Not, Seattle Uber Drivers Might Get Collective Bargaining
    The Seattle Times reports on a development in Seattle that might have implications for other cities with contentious relationships with transportation coordinating services like Uber. Seattle councilman Mike O'Brien has proposed a system under which drivers for Lyft, Uber, and similar companies would be represented in collective bargaining agreements with the companies they do work for.  The proposal would require taxi companies, for-hire vehicle companies and app-based ride-dispatch companies, including Uber and Lyft, to negotiate agreements with drivers on issues such as payment and working conditions.  The approach would be novel because of the drivers’ employment status. The National Labor Relations Act gives employees, but not independent contractors, the right to bargain as a union. ... Under O’Brien’s plan, a nonprofit organization would need to show support from a majority of a company’s drivers to be designated by the city as their bargaining representative. The organization would use a list of drivers provided by the company.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Amazon Reveals New Delivery Drone Design With Range of 15 Miles
    reifman writes: Amazon released new video of its futuristic drones (honestly, the thought of them buzzing around is the only thing that makes me want to join the NRA) but there's some hopefulness here. Prime Air vehicles will take advantage of sophisticated 'sense and avoid' technology, as well as a high degree of automation, to safely operate beyond the line of sight to distances of 10 miles or more. 'It looks like science fiction, but it's real: One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.' Amazon said its drones fly under 400 feet and weigh less than 55 pounds.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Purdue Experiments With Income-Contingent Student Loans writes: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel writes in the Washington Post that Purdue University is partnering with Vemo Education, a Reston-based financial services firm, to create income-share agreements, or ISAs, that its students can tap to pay for tuition, room and board. In return, students would pay a percentage of their earnings after graduation for a set number of years, replenishing the fund for future investments. Purdue president Mitch Daniels calls the contracts a constructive addition to today's government loan programs and perhaps the only option for students and families who have low credit ratings and extra financial need. "From the student's standpoint, ISAs assure a manageable payback amount, never more than the agreed portion of their incomes. Best of all, they shift the risk of career shortcomings from student to investor: If the graduate earns less than expected, it is the investors who are disappointed; if the student decides to go off to find himself in Nepal instead of working, the loss is entirely on the funding providers, who will presumably price that risk accordingly when offering their terms. This is true "debt-free" college."   However some observers worry that students pursuing profitable degrees in engineering or business would get better repayment terms than those studying to become nurses or teachers. "Income share agreements have the potential to create another option for students looking to pay for college while seeking assurances they will not be overwhelmed by future payments," says Robert Kelchen. "However, given the current generosity of federal income-based repayment programs and the likely hesitation of those who expect six-figure salaries to sign away a percentage of their income for years to come, the market for these programs may be somewhat limited."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Facebook Expands Parental Leave Policy For All Employees Globally
    Reuters reports that Mark Zuckerberg's not the only Facebook employee who will enjoy a nice chunk of time off to spend with a new baby; the company is expanding its parental leave policy (and posting on Facebook about it). The benefit includes up to four months of paid leave, to all full-time employees, including those outside the U.S., regardless of sex, within a new child's first year. That means that new parents of either sex will be allowed to take a longer absence; previously, non-U.S. employees who were not primary caregivers were granted four weeks of leave. From the Reuters story: [Facebook HR head Lori Matloff] Goler said the new policy will primarily help new fathers and employees in same-sex relationships outside the United States, noting that it will not change maternity leave already available to employees worldwide. ... Technology companies in Silicon Valley have been rushing to extend parental leave allowances and other benefits to help recruit and retain employees. Many high-tech workers, however, do not take advantage of such benefits for fear of falling behind at work or missing out on promotions.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Ethics: A Good Reason To Sit Further Away From Your Boss
    schwit1 writes to point out an interesting finding about ethics in the workplace, but one that might not surprise anyone in the vast majority of workplaces: namely, that sitting far from your boss has some important advantages when it comes to stopping the spread of unethical behavior; ethics are a chief focus of researcher Gijs van Houwelingen . The research, published in the Journal of Management, sought to find out "how spatial distance between higher and lower management" affects the spread of behaviour and fair procedures in the work place. "Distance is a very useful tool that can be used to stop negative behaviours from spreading through an organization,... It creates the freedom to make up your own mind."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Cortana Coming To iOS, For 2000 Beta Testers
    TechCrunch, InformationWeek, PC World, and other sources report that Microsoft's voice-recognition based personal assistant app Cortana is coming to iOS for a small group of beta testers.  From TechCrunch: According to the description that accompanies the test build of Cortana for iOS, Microsoft explains how the assistant can help Windows users with iPhones connect the two platforms. For example, Microsoft suggests how you can set reminders on your PC – like a reminder to pick up milk on the way home – then be notified via your iPhone when you’re on the road. ... Testers report that the beta build is being distributed by Apple’s TestFlight. As one blogger and earlier tester points out that could mean only a small number of testers will be brought on initially, given TestFlight’s limitation of 2,000 testers per application. That may also explain why a good many who signed up for Cortana’s beta are saying that have still yet to receive their invite at this time. (A staged rollout is another possibility.)

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Canadian, UK Law Professors Condemn Space Mining Provisions of Commercial Space Act
    MarkWhittington writes: The Commercial Space Launch Act, which includes provisions allowing American companies the right to keep resources that they mine in space, was recently signed into law by President Barack Obama. While the act has been hailed as groundbreaking in the United States, the space mining title has gotten an angry reaction overseas. In an article in Science Alert, Gbenga Oduntan, Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law, University of Kent, condemned the space mining provisions as environmentally risky and a violation of international law. Ram Jakhu, a professor at Canada's McGill University's Institute of air and space law, adds that space mining is a violation of the Outer Space Treaty and should not be allowed.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Swedish Court Says ISPs Can't Be Forced To Block Pirate Bay
    The Next Web reports that a district court in Sweden has ruled that it cannot simply force ISPs to block The Pirate Bay, despite its role in large-scale copyright violation. A coalition of copyright holders including Sony and a group representing the Swedish film industry wanted the court to force Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget to curtail access, as courts have done in various cases around the world.  The court found that Bredbandsbolaget couldn’t be held responsible for the copyright infringement of its customers’ actions while using the service as it doesn’t constitute a crime under Swedish law, according to the report. As such, it’s also not liable for any of the fines.  While it could still be overturned by a higher authority appeals court, the group representing the copyright holders will have to pay the ISPs legal costs thus far, which is more than $150,000 according to TorrentFreak. (And here's TorrentFreak's report.) Update: 11/29 15:55 GMT by T : Oops -- sorry, we've mentioned this once already.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Visual Studio Code: The top five features
    Getting started with the new open-source code editor
    Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight, and open-source code editor that can be installed on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. The first of this short series of articles, published in association with Microsoft, Sergii Baidachnyi, a Tech Evangelist at Microsoft Canada, will take us through the following features of Visual Studio Code:…

  • Guess who doesn't do cyber resilience testing? Yep, air traffic control
    ...and the National Grid
    Analysis Although Chancellor George Osborne recently spoke of the National Grid, hospitals and air traffic control as being potential targets of online attacks in a recent high-profile speech at GCHQ, only the financial services sector runs comprehensive stress tests.…

  • Snooping Scottish plod to be taken to tribunal by spied-on detective
    Talking about a bungled murder inquiry? You'll be targeted under terror powers
    A former detective for Police Scotland who was targeted by anti-terrorism powers as the force sought to discover a journalist's source after exposing concerns regarding a bungled murder inquiry has stated he will follow his complaint through to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.…

  • Italians to spend €150m ... snooping on PS4 jabber
    Vulgar, misogynist, violent, barely literate threats? Let's play Terrorists or Teens!
    Italian counter-terror agents are to monitor Sony's PlayStation Network for jihadi chatter, according to the nation's justice minister, following alarmingly silly reports that a PS4 was used to coordinate the terrorist attacks in Paris.…

  • KCOM: We're selling our national network assets...
    Apart from Hull and East Yorkshire. We're sticking with those babies
    Tech-integrator-cum-comms-provider KCOM Group has slapped a for sale sign on its national network infrastructure (except in Hull and East Yorkhire) as management continues to reshape the organisation.…

  • Connected smart cars are easily trackable, warns infosec bod
    Your car rolls along shouting 'I'M HERE' to world+dog
    Black Hat Europe Upcoming connected cars that communicate with other vehicles or roadside systems might easily be tracked even by snoopers with limited resources unless the technology is tweaked, an expert in automated and connected vehicle cybersecurity warns.…

  • Ice cold: How hard man of storage made Everest climb look easy
    Rack 'em and stack 'em: The only thing in the cloud was Sagarmatha’s peak
    Feature It’s terrifyingly real, so true to life you are convinced the climbers are there, actually crossing the aluminium ladder bridge, poised above the terrifying drop of a Khumbu Glacier’s ice-fall crevasse in Everest’s Western Cwm.…

  • VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder
    Torrent users especially exposed by IPSec, PPTP and OpenVPN mess, we're told
    Virtual Private Network (VPN) protocols have a design flaw that can be potentially exploited by snoops to identify some users' real IP addresses.…

  • Walmart spied on workers' Tweets, blogs before protests
    Defence contractor Lockheed Martin provided intelligence services before Black Friday
    Walmart has recruited aerospace, defence and security concern Lockheed Martin to comb open source intelligence in the lead up to Black Friday union protests, Bloomberg reports.…

  • OLPC's modular heir hits the crowdfunding trail
    The only thing slower than the original XO is the timeline for delivery of new kiddie-tab
    One Education, the Australian offshoot of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, has hit the crowdfunding trail to find the resources needed to build its heir to the project's XO computer.…

  • Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo
    1Gbps demo was a lovely light bulb moment, but where are the standards?
    We've talked about Li-Fi – using modulated LEDs as data channels – before at The Register, but last week's announcements warrant revisiting the idea.…

  • Microsoft takes PUPs behind the shed with gun in hand
    Cute canines safe, 'Potentially unwanted programs' now nixed by System Centre or Forefront
    Remond has updated its paid System Center Endpoint Protection and Forefront Endpoint Protection services with a feature to kill spammy and advertising injecting programs operating from within enterprise networks.…

  • Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims
    Doll leaks data, even before the tear-downs are finished
    Back in February, The Register queried the security and privacy implications of Mattel's “Hello Barbie”, and now the doll has hit the shelves, a prominent security researcher has turned up the first security problems with the toy.…

  • Telegram Messenger delivers candygrams to stalkers
    Too easy to work out who's talking to whom, says researcher
    Mere days after opsec expert The Grugq warned that popular messaging app Telegram Messenger couldn't be regarded as secure, another researcher has demonstrated how its metadata leaks expose users to stalking.…

  • Kids charity hit by server theft
    Some personal data stored, but motive likely equipment theft, says Plan UK
    A two-man break in at the London offices of children's charity Plan UK has resulted in theft of five computer servers.…

  • Hungryhouse resets thousands of customers' passwords
    Good security hygiene after third-party data breach
    Online takeaway service Hungryhouse has reset the passwords of thousands of its customers following an apparent data breach at a third party hosting company.…

  • Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act
    It is dangerous and potentially illegal, claims legal expert
    Comment An event of cosmic proportions occurred on 18 November when the US congress passed the Space Act of 2015 into law. The legislation will give US space firms the rights to own and sell natural resources they mine from bodies in space, including asteroids.…

  • NASA pours cold comets on aliens-make-star-flutter theory
    Comet swarm, not super space, thought to make star KIC 8462852's light fluctuate
    KIC 8462852 is a star in the Cygnus constellation about 1500 light years from here. Were it not for the fact that Kepler Space Telescope photos reveal fluctuates in brightness to a degree we've not previously seen in the cosmos, nobody would care.… offline for now

  • The NVIDIA/AMD Cards On Linux With The Best Value For 2015 Holiday Shopping
    If you are wanting to buy an AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics card this holiday season, here is a fresh round-up of thirteen different graphics cards using the latest AMD/NVIDIA drivers. Beyond just running several Linux OpenGL game tests -- including some Steam tests -- these results also have the performance-per-dollar benchmark results computed too for finding the best value for 1080p Linux gaming this season.

  • Linux 4.4-rc3 Kernel Released
    Linus Torvalds has continued his Sunday evening tradition of releasing new Linux kernel test builds: meet Linux 4.4-rc3...

  • Gigabyte GA-H110M-A: A Sub-$60 Intel Skylake Motherboard
    When recently buying the Intel Pentium G4400, a ~$60 Skylake dual-core processor, for Linux testing I was also looking for a Skylake motherboard that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. The motherboard I ended up pairing for this Pentium G4400 in the test lab was the Gigabyte GA-H110M-A, a micro-ATX board using Intel's H110 chipset.

  • Radeon DRM Linux 4.4 + Mesa 11.1 + DRI3 vs. AMD's Proprietary Driver
    On Friday I posted benchmarks showing Nouveau's re-clocked performance relative to NVIDIA's proprietary driver for showing the performance potential of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 600/700 series with the performance state code there beginning to work. That article was followed by AMDGPU driver tests on Linux 4.4 against Catalyst for the newest AMD GPU tech that uses this newer Direct Rendering Manager driver. The third test now is comparing the Radeon DRM performance on Linux 4.4 against AMD's binary blob when using older AMD GCN GPUs as well as a Northern Islands GPU for reference.

  • AMD A10-8700P "Carrizo" Linux Laptop Testing
    As a follow up to What Sub-$500 Laptops Are You Most Interested In For Linux?, one of them has been chosen so far and will satisfy the many from the dozens of comments wanting to see an AMD Carrizo laptop tested under Linux...

  • LZHAM Is Still Ticking Along To Further Open-Source Lossless Compression
    It's been nearly one year since last talking about LZHAM, the lossless data compression codec designed by a former Valve developer and has been showing great potential -- particularly by game developers for compressing assets. While LZHAM news has been quiet, Rich Geldreich has still been hard at work on advancing open-source lossless compression...

  • Thecus N4310: A 4-Disk Linux NAS
    The Thecus N4310 is a small business oriented Linux NAS (Network Attached Storage) device that makes it easy to setup an EXT4-based RAID storage environment with encryption support. The Thecus web-based software makes it easy to take full advantage of the NAS with features such as BitTorrent support, media streaming for iOS/Android, and more.

  • KTorrent Ported To KDE Frameworks 5
    It's been a year and a half since the original KDE Frameworks 5 release and more KDE applications continue to be ported over to this modern framework alongside Qt5. The latest to be ported over is KTorrent...

  • Contemplating A New, Public Linux Daily Kernel Build Server For Ubuntu/Fedora
    For the past many years the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA has generally been a reliable, quick, and easy manner of getting new mainline Linux kernel builds and to have the latest Git kernel fresh every morning. However, as of late, the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA has been letting me down and I'm looking at setting up my own kernel build system for the community and also extend that to include some extra graphics patches, etc...

  • Intel Pentium G4400: Benchmarking A ~$60 Skylake Processor
    The Pentium G4400 is currently the cheapest available Skylake socketed processor with a retail price of under $70 USD. Curious about the performance for this dual-core Skylake CPU, I decided to buy one for some Linux benchmarking at Phoronix for looking at the dual-core Skylake performance and the HD Graphics 510 capabilities.

  • Playing With Intel Skylake OpenCL On Ubuntu 15.10
    As it's been a while since last playing with Intel's Beignet project, the open-source effort to allow OpenCL compute capabilities on HD/Iris Graphics under Linux, I decided to try it out on an Ubuntu 15.10 system this weekend with a Skylake processor...

  • Our Black Friday Linux Deal Has Been Extended!
    On Friday we rolled out our first-ever discount deal on Phoronix Premium as part of Black Friday and those wishing to support our site over the holidays. Given the much interest in the significant savings, I've decided to extend this deal through the end of the month...

  • AMDGPU With PowerPlay Compared To AMD's Catalyst Linux Driver
    With earlier today showing new OpenGL performance numbers for how the Nouveau driver with working re-clocking compared to NVIDIA's proprietary driver, here are some benchmarks to show how the AMDGPU kernel DRM driver with PowerPlay patches compare to AMD's Catalyst driver for the R9 285 (Tonga) and R9 Fury (Fiji) graphics cards.

  • Features To Find With Mesa 11.1
    Mesa 11.1 is set to be released next month and while it won't advance the OpenGL 4 state for the Intel/Radeon/Nouveau drivers, there is a lot of other changes that have built up over the past quarter to get excited about for users of this open-source Linux graphics driver stack...

  • How Nouveau Compares To NVIDIA's Linux Driver When Kepler Re-Clocking Works
    With the upcoming Linux 4.4 kernel, the Kepler re-clocking is in much better shape and for select GeForce GTX 600/700 series cards now allows the open-source driver to run them at their fully-rated clock frequencies. Here's some tests showing how Nouveau now compares to NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver in such a comparison.

  • Are Intel Skylake Graphics Any Faster With Linux 4.4?
    Following the recent Mesa 11.2-devel Git tests on Skylake I also ran a comparison to see if the OpenGL performance differed at all when comparing Linux 4.3.0 to Linux 4.4 in its second release candidate form...


  • UN says dating apps helped foster a teen HIV epidemic
    Dating apps certainly have their virtues, but a new UN study suggests that they could sometimes play a big role in spreading sexually transmitted diseases. The report finds that dating apps helped spread an HIV epidemic among teens in the Asia-Pacific region by facilitating more casual sex. Effectively, they created networks where infections could quickly spread -- one HIV-positive person could easily ruin numerous lives.

    Source: The Guardian

  • Londoners will soon be able to share an Uber with strangers

    If you're willing to share an Uber with a stranger, travelling across London could soon be a little bit cheaper. The company is launching UberPool this Friday (December 4th) at 4pm, starting with a small patch in the centre of the city -- it stretches between Highbury in the North, Wapping in the East, Brixton in the South and Shepherd's Bush in the West. Sharing a ride will, the company claims, make your fare 25 percent cheaper than if you had travelled with UberX, the company's next best option. You simply open the app, choose the UberPool icon and your destination; it'll then ask how many seats you need (for now, two is the limit) and give a final fare. If you're the driver's second stop, Uber will tell you the name of your fellow traveller immediately, otherwise you'll get a notification mid-journey.

  • Wileyfox Swift and Storm review: Two cheap UK phones, one worth buying
    There are two ways you can go about buying a new smartphone: Either you spread the cost over a year or two with a carrier contract, or purchase the thing outright. When you're finally done paying it off, a subsidised handset often ends up costing more than it's worth. However, considering the price of new iPhones, Samsung flagships and peers, that can still be preferable to emptying your bank account in one fell swoop. Thankfully, companies big and small are addressing this conundrum with phones that offer the kind of specs and user experience customers want at prices they're happy to pay upfront. Despite an abundance of competition in contract-free handsets already, new British brand Wileyfox is one such company, and it's hoping to make its mark in the UK with the affordable 129 Swift and higher-end 199 Storm. Slideshow-343835

  • Black hole ejects massive energy jet after devouring a star

    For the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of a black hole ejecting a hot "flare" of matter after devouring a star the size of our sun. The discovery was made thanks to the quick action of of scientists from John Hopkins University, who worked in conjunction with a team from the University of Oxford. Hubble fellow Sjoert van Velzen from Hopkins heard last year that Ohio State U researchers had spotted a transient star that was caught in the gravitational pull of a black hole some 300 million light years away. In theory, the event (dubbed ASASSN-14li) would result in a "tidal disruption" of the star, resulting in a hot flare burst energy jet emitted by the supermassive black hole.

    Source: John Hopkins University

  • BlackBerry is leaving Pakistan over demands for backdoor access
    BlackBerry has announced it's formally shutting down shop in Pakistan over demands from the country's Telecommunications Authority that backdoor access be granted to the company's encrypted services. Back in July, local carriers were ordered to shut off BlackBerry Enterprise Service from the end of November, because "security reasons." While the order has been pushed back to the end of the year, Pakistan's government isn't budging, leaving BlackBerry no other option but to abandon the country. As the company explains, "remaining in Pakistan would have meant forfeiting our commitment to protect our users' privacy. That is a compromise we are not willing to make."

    Source: BlackBerry

  • Swatch's payments watch is coming to the US
    Swatch has announced that themobile payments watch that it's sending to China will also make its way over here. The watchmaker has teamed up with Visa in order to offer the Swatch Bellamy in the US, Brazil and Switzerland. It's the third entry on that list that's the most eyebrow-raising, since Swatch CEO Nick Hayek very recently criticized his home nation's own banks for being slow to embrace new payments tech. It looks as if Visa has stepped in to make its relations in Switzerland look fusty and slow by comparison.

    Source: Swatch

  • Gates, Zuckerberg and Bezos invest in huge clean energy fund

    After announcing the Mission Innovation program to convince nations to double their clean energy investment budgets, Bill Gates has launched another massive initiative at the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is backed by a who's who of tech leaders, including Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma and Richard Branson. The idea is to develop new green technology that will increase the world's energy output -- especially in poor countries -- without contributing to global warming. Such tech, however, poses a risk that regular investors might shy away from. "We need the basic research, but we need to pair that with people who are willing to fund high-risk, breakthrough energy companies," said Gates.

    Source: Gates Notes

  • Virtual wound will teach medics how to treat soldiers

    Field medics have ways to practice their craft before they're helping soldiers on the battlefield, but it's hard for them to understand how wounds work until they're involved in a life-or-death rescue. UCLA scientists may have the tool these medics need, however: they've developed the first detailed injury simulation to show medics what to expect. The virtual gash could make you a bit queasy (sorry!), but it's uncannily accurate. A mix of fluid dynamics and in-depth mechanics (such as bones, skin and vessels) makes sure that blood flows much as it would from a real person.

    Via: New Scientist, Gizmodo

    Source: APS Physics

  • Turning sunlight into clean fuel is now cheap and simple
    artificial photosynthesis, but it has been an exotic process until now. You aren't about to replace the oxygen-giving plants around your home, in other words. However, researchers at Florida State University researcher have found a way to make it practical. They've developed a single-layer manganese oxide material that efficiently traps sunlight and makes it easy to break down that energy into hydrogen and oxygen. Current light-gathering techniques, like solar cells, frequently need multiple layers just to work at all -- this would be far cheaper and simpler to make.

    Via: CNBC

    Source: Florida State University

  • App turns your writing into trippy 3D images

    It's easy to imagine a piece of art in your head, but making it real is another matter if you're not an artist. Wouldn't it be nice if you could simply describe what you wanted? WordsEye is trying just that. Its beta web app lets you describe a scene using natural-language text, and uses statistical parsing to translate that into a 3D image. You can name objects and their qualities using terms that are as fuzzy or exacting as you like, including relative concepts like position. It's easy to use, although the results can be more than a little surreal -- just look at the pictured rat on a cat on a Christmas cow if you need proof.

    Via: Product Hunt, The Next Web

    Source: WordsEye

  • Amazon and Jeremy Clarkson hint at the future of delivery drones

    Former Top Gear co-host Jeremy Clarkson isn't just working on a new motoring show for Amazon... he's helping the internet giant pitch its vision for delivery drones, too. Amazon has unveiled a splashy new Prime Air ad where Clarkson shows off a new, more powerful drone design (with promises of a "whole family" of others) and outlines how these robots would ship a pair of running shoes. All you'd have to do is place your order and plunk down a marker to tell the drone where to land. From there, the robot would use its mix of horizontal and vertical propellers to ferry your cargo (up to 15 miles from its home base) in 30 minutes or less. You'd even get a heads-up when the drone is close, so you wouldn't have to worry about someone swiping your package the moment it arrives.

    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: Amazon

  • The AfterMath: A week of excesses

    Too much food? Too many bargains? With a handful of antacids nearby, we hope you've enjoyed this Thanksgiving week. Following in tradition of all that indulgence, we're all about size and excess here at TAM. Nuclear-powered data centers, puffy nuggets of gold, huge numbers of user names hacked... and a suggestion for next year's Thanksgiving dessert. We'd suggest you start making room now. Slideshow-343061

  • Professor saves home with smart sprinklers from 3,000km away
    swept across South Australia this week, destroying countless properties and natural spaces. One ingenious professor was able to save his rural home, however, by remotely activating sprinklers using a smartphone. Simon Maddocks, the President and Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, had been notified of the fires by friends and messages sent by the Country Fire Service (CFS). He was sitting comfortably in his Darwin office, far from danger, but knew his wheat farm on the other side of the country was at risk. Maddocks started tracking the flames from over 3,000 kilometers away using CFS maps on his phone before connecting to CCTV cameras at his house.

    Via: CNET

    Source: ABC News

  • Amazon's new Fire TV can talk to your connected home

    Amazon's Echo speaker and 4K Fire TV just got much better at handling around-the-house tasks. The Fire TV now controls smart home devices with a simple voice command -- you can ask it to dim the lights right before you start a movie. It'll search for local businesses and restaurants, too, in case you want to get some sushi when you're done watching. The Echo already has these features, but you can now ask it when a TV show starts to make sure you catch that big season premiere. Both the Echo and Fire TV upgrades are relatively straightforward, but they'll mean a lot if you're tired of bringing out your phone to ask simple questions.

    Source: Amazon (1), (2)

  • This 'Super Mario Bros.' watch will cost you $18,950

    How much of a Nintendo fan are you? Enough that you could spend as much as you would on a car, just to show the world where your allegiances lie? You'll want to talk to luxury watchmaker Romain Jerome, then. It just unveiled a limited edition Super Mario Bros. mechanical timepiece that marks the 30th anniversary of the plumber's adventures in style. And we do mean style: its 46mm case is made out of black titanium, and the three-layer dial is loaded with enamel-coated pixel figurines to remind you of Mario's early days. It's quite posh-looking, then, although the eye-watering $18,950 price will likely rule this out unless you're a high roller with some fond gaming memories. On the plus side, that ultra-rare Nintendo World Championship cartridge suddenly seems like a bargain.

    Source: A Blog to Watch, Romain Jerome

  • E-paper sneakers change your style on the fly

    If you're the sort to buy multiple pairs of sneakers just to make sure your footwear is always fashionable, you might soon have a way to save a lot of money. David Coelho is crowdfunding ShiftWear, or sneakers that have color e-paper displays in their sides. You only need a mobile app to change your look at a moment's notice (there are promises of a shoe design store), and you can even use animations if you're feeling ostentatious. The shoes are machine-washable, and the e-paper consumes virtually no power if you're using static imagery -- there's even talk of walk-to-charge tech that would save you from ever having to plug in or swap batteries.

    Source: Indiegogo

  • The NSA's mass US phone surveillance ends tonight
    mass phone surveillance program is coming to an end. As promised, the USA Freedom Act will forbid the NSA from indiscriminately collecting Americans' call metadata at midnight on November 29th. Agents will have to get court orders to collect data from telecoms regarding specific people or groups, and then only for six months at a time -- they can't just scoop up everything in case something useful turns up. The NSA will still have access to five years' worth of legacy data through February 29th, but that's as far as its access will go.

    Source: Reuters

  • From OS X to FreeBSD: a return to form
    I am less frustrated, and more focused working on this setup. A big chunk of that is even outside the constant popups in OS X, there's simply less to be distracted by.  I've gone so far as to have to literally switch a cable to move between machines (as opposed to a KVM), to help me train my brain into a different context.  Overall I'm quite happy with the choices I made here.  A nice write-up from someone switching from OS X to FreeBSD, and everything that entails.

  • XINU stands for Xinu Is Not Unix -- although it shares concepts and even names with Unix, the internal design differs completely. Xinu is a small, elegant operating system that supports dynamic process creation, dynamic memory allocation, network communication, local and remote file systems, a shell, and device-independent I/O functions. The small size makes Xinu suitable for embedded environments.

  • Superfish 2.0: now Dell is breaking HTTPS
    From the good women and men over at the EFF:  Earlier this year it was revealed that Lenovo was shipping computers preloaded with software called Superfish, which installed its own HTTPS root certificate on affected computers. That in and of itself wouldn't be so bad, except Superfish's certificates all used the same private key. That meant all the affected computers were vulnerable to a "man in the middle" attack in which an attacker could use that private key to eavesdrop on users' encrypted connections to websites, and even impersonate other websites. Now it appears that Dell has done the same thing, shipping laptops pre-installed with an HTTPS root certificate issued by Dell, known as eDellRoot. The certificate could allow malicious software or an attacker to impersonate Google, your bank, or any other website. It could also allow an attacker to install malicious code that has a valid signature, bypassing Windows security controls. The security team for the Chrome browser appears to have already revoked the certificate. People can test if their computer is affected by the bogus certificate by following this link.  Did you buy a Dell computer during your Black Friday shopping thing over there in the US? Might want to look it over before handing it your loved one.  Alternatively, just buy a Mac and don't deal with this nonsense.

  • How the Atari ST almost had Real Unix
    The latest problem I was working out was how to run Unix on the Atari ST. The Tramiels had somehow wrangled a license for AT&T's SVR-something-or-other version of Unix (might have been SVR3, but this was in the bad old days when AT&T was actively fucking up Unix, and it could have been just about any version, including SVR666). The license was for a mind boggling, nay, jaw-dropping ten bucks a seat. The problem was that the ST didn€™t have any kind of memory management hardware, just a raw CPU flinging real addresses at naked DRAM, and the machine's cheap-ass vanilla 68000 was incapable of recovering from a fault unless you cheated.  On a related note, there's MiNT.

  • The surprising complexity inside Apple's power adapter
    Have you ever wondered what's inside your Macbook's charger? There's a lot more circuitry crammed into the compact power adapter than you'd expect, including a microprocessor. This charger teardown looks at the numerous components in the charger and explains how they work together to power your laptop.  Fascinating little bit of technology you don't really pay much attention to.

  • Open letter to Jolla community: through the tough times
    From the Jolla Blog:  Many of you have been rightfully asking, where did our tablet money go? Below is an analysis of it in a simple graph. Big part of the tablet project went to Sailfish OS software development (more than 50% of project costs). As I have said in earlier blogs, hardware is the easy part, software is the king (and the beast).  [...]  Overall, as I also explained in a recent TechCrunch interview, the alternative OS is a really big and challenging agenda. But I still believe it is moving ahead, yet very slowly. The primary challenge for us is that our agenda might be somewhat forward leaning, and we need to wait until the world catches up with this vision that other OSs are heavily needed to create an alternative for Android. The interest for our agenda is just now emerging. I firmly believe that companies and consumers will soon realize that the world really needs options in mobile OSs. We've already had many interesting discussions with potential new partners about using Sailfish OS in their own projects. I'm looking forward to announcing the results of these talks soon.  I wonder how the story would have been different if Sailfish OS were free software and had a strong community to aid in software development.

  • 'Microsoft's software is Malware'
    Malware means software designed to function in ways that mistreat or harm the user. (This does not include accidental errors.) This page explains how Microsoft software is malware.  Malware and nonfree software are two different issues. The difference between free software and nonfree software is in whether the users have control of the program or vice versa. It's not directly a question of what the program does when it runs. However, in practice nonfree software is often malware, because the developer's awareness that the users would be powerless to fix any malicious functionalities tempts the developer to impose some.  Discuss.

  • Running a mainline kernel on a cellphone
    One of the biggest freedoms associated with free software is the ability to replace a program with an updated or modified version. Even so, of the many millions of people using Linux-powered phones, few are able to run a mainline kernel on those phones, even if they have the technical skills to do the replacement. The sad fact is that no mainstream phone available runs mainline kernels. A session at the 2015 Kernel Summit, led by Rob Herring, explored this problem and what might be done to address it.  This indeed a big problem, and I'm glad it's finally being picked up.

  • Android Studio 2.0 preview released
    One the most requested features we receive is to make app builds and deployment faster in Android Studio. Today at the Android Developer Summit, we're announcing a preview of Android Studio 2.0 featuring Instant Run that will dramatically improve your development workflow. With Android Studio 2.0, we are also including a preview of a new GPU Profiler.  Instant Run allows you to change the code of your program as it's running on your device or emulator, and if it indeed works as advertised, this should be a major boon for developers. TechCrunch claims Google's also improved the emulator in this release, and if there's one thing I know about programming for Android, it's that the emulator was absolutely terrible, so good to know they're working on it.

  • Breaking the fourth wall with Minecraft
    Recently I started playing Minecraft, again. I find vanilla Minecraft somewhat boring, so I always look out for modpacks. After searching for new modpacks, I stumpled upon FTB Horizons: Daybreaker. Looking at the included mods list, OpenComputers caught my eye.  As the name suggests, OpenComputers adds computers to Minecraft. Real computers! They are highly modular too. You can add peripherals, from monitors to keyboards and expansion cards that add capabilities such as graphics and network. They can also be programmed in Lua, in-game. Another type of card also exists, the Internet card which, as you can imagine, can communicate with the real-life Internet. Awesome.  It never ceases to amaze me what can be done with Minecraft.

  • Lumia 950 reviews: too little, too late
    The first reviews for Microsoft's latest flagship smartphones are coming in, the first device with Windows 10 for phones. This is going to be the big one, right? After several false starts and restarts, this was finally going to be it, everyone told us.  The Verge:  In the mobile world, Microsoft is way behind Google and Apple, and has what many would say is an insurmountable deficit to make up. It could have pulled out all of the stops and produced a phone that was visually impactful, wildly innovative, and truly riveting compared to anything else to make up lost ground.  The Lumia 950 is, unfortunately, none of those things. Sure, Microsoft put some newer guts in it, and Windows 10 has some interesting features, but there's nothing really here that would drive anyone but the most die hard Windows fan to buy it.  The WSJ:  It feels like the Lumia 950 is a proof of concept that might help Microsoft get momentum for its new strategy. But I can't recommend buying a $600 proof of concept. For now, your phone stays... A phone.  And Ars Technica:  If the Lumia 950 were more keenly priced then it might be easier to get excited about it. Along with its bigger brother, it fills a glaring gap in the Lumia range and does at last offer an upgrade path. For Windows Phone fans (and I am one), this phone, or its bigger brother, is much needed and very welcome. But this is not a phone that is likely to win over new converts. It does its job, and it keeps the platform ticking over. The struggle to attract new users, however, remains.  Way too little, way too late. Windows Phone is done.

  • Jolla files for debt restructuring
    Jolla Ltd, the mobile company from Finland today announced that its latest financing round which aimed to end in November, has been postponed and the company needs to adjust its operations accordingly. At the same time the company has filed for a debt restructuring program in Finland, to ensure the continuity of its business. Jolla will also temporarily lay off a big part of its personnel.  To anyone capable of basic pattern recognition, this does not come as a surprise. I doubt I'm getting my tablet, even though I backed it in the first hour of availability, but to be honest, I'm much more concerned about the people being "temporarily" laid off. These are all people who took an incredible risk to follow a dream, and I hope - despite the dire signs - Jolla pulls through and they can keep their jobs, or that they can easily and quickly find new jobs.  Almost two years ago, I wrote in my Jolla review:  Few devices have a history as complicated as the Jolla and Sailfish. The ten-year journey from the Nokia N770 to the Jolla was long, arduous, filled with focus shifts, mergers, and other complications. Like the nameless protagonist in The Last Resort, in order to step out of the shadows of the old world, Jolla had to leave Providence behind, traverse the Great Divide, cross the Rockies to reach the Malibu, and set sail across the Pacific to end up on the pearly white beaches of Lahaina.  However, also just like the nameless protagonist, they found that the natural beauty of Lahaina had already been framed and plasticised by hotel chains and fast food restaurants. It is in that environment that Jolla must make a stand and survive - because there's no more new frontier.  It seems like Jolla was unable to survive amidst the hotel chains and fast food restaurants of the mobile technology industry.  Only a few days ago, my brother had a gift for me. Something special, something I know he cares about a lot. A square black box, embossed with the outline of a phone with a slide-out keyboard, and, in silver lettering, the timeless "NOKIA Nseries" and "Nokia N900". None of you know my brother - obviously - but I know just how huge of a moment this was. Up until only a few months ago, he still used his Nokia N900 as his one and only smartphone. Not as a curiosity for parlour tricks - no, as his primary, day-to-day smartphone.  His attachment and love for his N900 is something you don't see very often in technology. It's not the kind of deluded fandom you see in some other circles, but more of a "I know this device is outdated and slow and that the software isn't very modern, but it works for me". Talk to any current N900 user, and you'll get the same vibe. In fact, the N900 my brother gave to me wasn't his only one, he still has another one as back-up.  As a back-up to what? Well, after a short stint with a Nokia N9 - which I bought from him a few years ago - he went back to his N900, until a few months ago, when he finally settled on a new device, a Sony Z3 Compact. After the last few months, he finally felt comfortable enough to donate one of his N900s (but not both!). Unsurprisingly, he was always interested in Jolla and kept an eye on them, and while he certainly played with mine on occasion, it never clicked.  When, as Jolla, spiritual successor to the infamous and beloved Nokia Maemo/Harmattan family, you can't even entice someone like my brother, you know you're lost in a world where you're never going to compete with Android or iOS.  My limited edition Jolla The First One will always have a special place in my heart, and the tablet, if it ever ships to me, will certainly be one of the more prized curiosities in my collection, but I'm afraid the ship has sailed on Jolla.  It's probably in Fiji by now.

  • The iPad Pro has an App Store problem
    Much of the marketing around Apple's new iPad Pro has been centered on its ability to run professional grade software and the variety of creativity apps it supports. But for smaller developers of pro software, the iPad Pro may present more of a quandary than a new computing platform.  The reason? Despite the new tablet's processing power and capabilities, it's still running on mobile software - and developers aren't totally convinced the economic incentives exist in the App Store for iOS. In short, they feel they wouldn't be able to charge users the amounts they normally would for a version of their software that runs on a desktop.  It's a problem that exists not only around the iPad Pro, but mobile software development in general, and highlights the very real challenges that smaller software companies face when deciding which software platforms to prioritize - especially as mobile tablets and PCs converge.  This is a huge problem for closed, mobile-first devices like Apple's iPad Pro. Large companies like Adobe can run comprehensive cloud infrastructures and fund the burden of mobile development with the sales of proper software. Smaller developers, however, cannot. This problem doesn't exist on competitors like the Surface Pro, because they run a traditional, proper desktop.  After the starry eyes of the initial gold rush subsided, it became clear centralised application stores wreaked havoc in the software industry, and caused a spiraling race to the bottom. Sadly, it seems like Apple has no answer to this problem for its iPad Pro.

  • Google starts streaming some Android applications
    In addition, you're also going to start seeing an option to "stream" some apps you don't have installed, right from Google Search, provided you're on good Wifi. For example, with one tap on a "Stream" button next to the HotelTonight app result, you'll get a streamed version of the app, so that you can quickly and easily find what you need, and even complete a booking, just as if you were in the app itself. And if you like what you see, installing it is just a click away. This uses a new cloud-based technology that we're currently experimenting with.  This seems like a hell of a lot of work and infrastructure for something that could be solved by, uh, I don't know, installing the application?  I'm getting old.

  • Microsoft investigating Win32 support for Continuum
    With Continuum, capable Windows 10 Mobile devices will be able to act like PCs, hooking up to keyboards, mice, and monitors for a full Windows desktop experience, and Microsoft is looking into ways of expanding these capabilities. Apparently, that involves investigating the possibility of running Win32 apps from phones, according to Microsoft's Kevin Gallo during the Connect() 2015 conference.  I have two things to say about this. First, this is totally cool. The idea of having just one smartphone with me that can hook up to a display, keyboard, and mouse, and then also run proper Win32 applications (instead of crappy Metro applications) is incredibly appealing to me. I like the concept of the Surface and Continuum (the device being smart enough to adapt the UI to the current input method), but a desktop with just Metro (and yes I will keep using that name) applications is pretty much useless. It's going to need big girl applications.  Second, while cool, this is also yet another admission from Microsoft that they just can't get developers - either inside or outside - to care much about Metro and all that it entails. Microsoft would love to move everyone - users and developers alike - over to Metro, but it just isn't happening, and there's no signs that it's going to get any better in the near future. I would love for Metro to be adopted enough (and capable enough) so that it can start replacing Win32 - but it's been years now, and it's pretty clear that we're just not getting there.

  • Microsoft and Linux: True Romance or Toxic Love?
        Every now and then, you come across a news story that makes you choke on your coffee or splutter hot latte all over your monitor. Microsoft's recent proclamations of love for Linux is an outstanding example of such a story.


  • PuppetLabs Introduces Application Orchestration
    Article Sponsor:   Puppet Labs               Everybody loves Puppet! Or at the very least, an awful lot of people USE Puppet and in the IT world, “love” is often best expressed by the opening of one’s wallet. I know, in the FOSS world wallets are unnecessary, and Puppet does indeed have an Open Source version.   

  • Non-Linux FOSS: Install Windows? Yeah, Open Source Can Do That.
    For my day job, I occasionally have to demonstrate concepts in a Windows environment. The most time-consuming part of the process is almost always the installation. Don't get me wrong; Linux takes a long time to install, but in order to set up a multi-system lab of Windows computers, it can take days! 

  • Cipher Security: How to harden TLS and SSH
    Encryption and secure communications are critical to our life on the Internet. Without the ability to authenticate and preserve secrecy, we cannot engage in commerce, nor can we trust the words of our friends and colleagues. 

  • Web Stores Held Hostage
    Last week has seen an explosion of e-commerce sites infected with the Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware. For those not familiar with the term, ransomware is a particularly vicious type of malware that aims to extort money from the owners of compromised systems.

  • diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
    The NMI (non-masking interrupt) system in Linux has been a notorious patchwork for a long time, and Andy Lutomirski recently decided to try to clean it up. NMIs occur when something's wrong with the hardware underlying a running system.

  • Recipy for Science
    More and more journals are demanding that the science being published be reproducible. Ideally, if you publish your code, that should be enough for someone else to reproduce the results you are claiming. But, anyone who has done any actual computational science knows that this is not true.

  • Firefox's New Feature for Tighter Security
    Freedom and privacy go hand in hand. In an ideal world, we wouldn't have to worry about who was looking over our shoulders. None of us would have anything to hide, and we would have ulterior motives. As citizens of the real world though, we have to take measures to protect ourselves. 

  • Simple Photo Editing, Linux Edition!
    A while back I wrote about the awesome open-source image editing program Paint.NET, which is available only for Windows. Although I'm thrilled there is an open-source option for Windows users, Paint.NET is one of those apps that is so cool, I wish it worked in Linux! Thankfully, there's another app in town with similar features, and it's cross-platform! 

  • Android Candy: If You're Not Using This, Then Do That
    The "If This Then That" site has been around for a long time, but if you haven't checked it out in a while, you owe it to yourself to do so. The Android app (which had a recent name change to simply "IF") makes it easy to manipulate on the fly, and you're still able to interact with your account on its Web site.

  • Tiny Makers
    If you've ever dropped Mentos in a bottle of Coke with kids or grown your own rock candy in a jar with string, you know how excited children get when doing science. For some of us, that fascination never goes away, which is why things like Maker Faire exist.

  • How Will the Big Data Craze Play Out?
    I was in the buzz-making business long before I learned how it was done. That happened here, at Linux Journal. Some of it I learned by watching kernel developers make Linux so useful that it became irresponsible for anybody doing serious development not to consider it—and, eventually, not to use it. Some I learned just by doing my job here.

  • It's a Bird. It's Another Bird!
    Editor's Note: Shawn will be revisiting his birdcam in the December issue of Linux Journal, so here's the original article in the series to refresh your memory.

  • 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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