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- Fedora 22 xrdp-0.9.0-4.fc22
LinuxSecurity.com: Add epoch again. New version. Close bug #1105202 again. Own /etc/xrdp/pulse directory. Reapply service file changes again. Fix sesman default configuration again.
- Real-world use of Linux multipath TCP
LWN looked at the Linux multipath TCPimplementation back in 2013. That code remains out of tree, but it nowseems that it isbeing used in some Samsung phones in Korea. "This serviceenables smartphone users to reach bandwidth of up to 1 Gbps on existingsmartphones. This is probably the fastest commercially deployed mobilenetwork. They achieve this high bandwidth by combining both fast LTE (withcarrier aggregation) and fast WiFi networks on Multipath TCP enabledsmartphones."(Thanks to Oliver Bonaventure).
- OpenSSL: License Agreements and Changes Are Coming
At the OpenSSL blog, Rich Salz has announcedthe project's decision to migrate away from the "rather uniqueand idiosyncratic" OpenSSL license to the Apache 2.0 license.In order to make the change in an upcoming release, though, theproject "will soon require almost every contributor to have asigned a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) on file."Individual and corporate versions of the CLA are posted; trivialpatches will evidently not trigger the need for the submitter to signand file an agreement. Salz closes by noting that more details arestill to come, since "there is a lot of grunt work needed to clean up the backlog and untangle all the years of work from the time when nobody paid much attention to this sort of detail."
- Mozilla criticizes browser-selection change in Windows
Mozilla has launched a multi-pronged campaign to challenge a recentchange in Windows that has the effect of overriding users' choice ofFirefox as the default web browser. Mozilla CEO Chris Beard posted ablog entry outlining the problem as well as an openletter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The change apparentlylanded with the recent Windows 10 release and, as Beard explains it,"while it is technically possible for people to preserve theirprevious settings and defaults, the design of the new Windows 10upgrade experience and user interface does not make this obvious noreasy." Mozilla has also posted tutorialsand videosto help users restore Firefox as their default browser.
- A leadership change at FFmpeg
FFmpeg leader Michael Niedermayer has announced his departure from the project. "I hope my resignation will make it easier for the teams to find backtogether and avoid a more complete split which would otherwise bethe result sooner or later as the trees diverge and merging allimprovements becomes too difficult for me to do."
- Friday's security updates
CentOS has updated java-1.6.0-openjdk (C5; C7: multiple vulnerabilities).
Debian has updated openafs(multiple vulnerabilities) and xmltooling (denial of service).
Fedora has updated libuser(F22: multiple vulnerabilities), openssh (F22: authentication limits bypass; F22: improper output filtering), and xrdp (F22: denial of service).
Mageia has updated groovy(M4, M5: code execution).
openSUSE has updated bind (11.4:multiple vulnerabilities) and openldap2 (13.1, 13.2: multiple vulnerabilities).
Oracle has updated java-1.6.0-openjdk (O6; O7: ).
Red Hat has updated java-1.6.0-openjdk (multiple vulnerabilities).
Scientific Linux has updated openafs (multiple vulnerabilities).
SUSE has updated bind(SLES 10: denial of service), java-1_7_0-openjdk (SLE 11;SLE 12: multiple vulnerabilities), java-1_7_1-ibm (SLE 11; SLE 12: multiple vulnerabilities),and kernel (SLE 12: multiple vulnerabilities).
Ubuntu has updated hplip(12.04, 14.04, 15.04: man-in-the-middle attack), kernel (14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-trusty (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and sqlite3 (12.04, 14.04, 15.04: multiple vulnerabilities).
- DebConf15 schedule and featured speakers announced
Debconf15, which will be held in Heidelberg, Germany August 15-23, has announced its schedule as well as four featured speakers: Allison Randal, President, Open Source Initiative and DistinguishedTechnologist, HP; Peter Eckersly, Chief Computer Scientist, Electronic Frontier Foundation; John Sullivan, Executive Director, Free Software Foundation; and Jon 'maddog' Hall, Executive Director, Linux International. "The DebConf content team is pleased to announce the schedule ofDebConf15, the forthcoming Debian Developers Conference. From a total ofnearly 100 talk submissions, the team selected 75 talks. Due to the highnumber of submissions, several talks had to be shortened to 20 minuteslots, of which a total of 30 talks have made it to the schedule.In addition, around 50 meetings and discussions (BoFs) have beenorganized so far, as well as several other events like lightning talksessions, live demos, a movie screening, a poetry night or stand-upcomedy."
- Oracle Linux 6.7 released
Oracle has announcedthe release of Oracle Linux 6.7. As usual this release features both aRed Hat compatible kernel and Oracle's enterprise kernel. Some notablefeatures include Open Security Content Automation Protocol (OpenSCAP),including the oscap utility for enhanced security auditing andcompliance, Load Balancing and High Availability with Keepalived andHAProxy, supported under Oracle Linux Premier Support subscriptions,Enhanced SSSD support for Active Directory, and more.See the releasenotes for details.
- Security updates for Thursday
Debian-LTS has updated squid3(security bypass).
Fedora has updated drupal7-path_breadcrumbs (F22; F21: cross-sitescripting), ecryptfs-utils (F22; F21: password disclosure from 2014), hplip (F21: key verification botch), httpd (F21: multiple vulnerabilities),ipython (F22; F21: cross-site request forgery), libunwind (F21: code execution), libwmf (F21: two denial of service flaws), nx-libs (F22: unspecified vulnerabilities), wpa_supplicant (F21: code execution), and xrdp (F21: denial of service).
openSUSE has updated lxc (13.2; 13.1:two vulnerabilities).
Oracle has updated autofs (OL6:privilege escalation from 2014), bind (OL6; OL6:denial of service), curl (OL6: multiplevulnerabilities, some from 2014), freeradius (OL6: code execution from 2014), gnutls (OL6: two vulnerabilities), grep (OL6: code execution), hivex (OL6: code execution from 2014), ipa (OL6: cross-site scripting from 2010 and2012), kernel (OL6: multiplevulnerabilities, some from 2014), kernel 3.8.13 (OL7; OL6:three vulnerabilities, one from 2014), libreoffice (OL6: code execution), libuser (OL6: privilege escalation), libxml2 (OL6: two vulnerabilities, one from2014), mailman (OL6: two vulnerabilities,one from 2002), net-snmp (OL6: denial ofservice from 2014), ntp (OL6: threevulnerabilities), pki-core (OL6: cross-sitescripting), python (OL6: twovulnerabilities from 2013 and 2014), sudo(OL6: information disclosure from 2014), wireshark (OL6: multiple vulnerabilities, somefrom 2014), and wpa_supplicant (OL6: denialof service).
SUSE has updated bind (SLE11SP1:denial of service).
Ubuntu has updated ghostscript(15.04, 14.04, 12.04: code execution), openjdk-7 (15.04, 14.04: multiplevulnerabilities), pcre3 (15.04, 14.04,12.04: multiple vulnerabilities, one from 2014), and tidy (15.04, 14.04, 12.04: two vulnerabilities).
- Mourning Nóirín Plunkett
Here are a couple sad notes from theAda Initiative and the Apache SoftwareFoundation on the abrupt passing of Nóirín Plunkett. "ThroughoutNóirín's time at the Foundation she was an Apache httpd contributor, ASFboard member, VP and ApacheCon organizer. Nóirín's passionate contributionsand warm personality will be sorely missed. Many considered Nóirín a friendand viewed Nóirín's work to improving 'Women in Technology' as a greatcontribution to this cause."
- [$] Building a Tizen IVI test experience
In November of 2013, I decided to undertake a garage-hackingproject and build an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) Linux box for myown car. Motivated hobbyists have done such things for years, ofcourse. But, after having followed the development of variousautomotive Linux projects (such as GENIVI and Tizen IVI), I wanted toput them to the test, rather than simply stuff a Raspberry Pi into theglove compartment and run Rhythmbox on a tiny screen on thedashboard. Interesting developments were happening at automakers andsoftware vendors, and they were worth exploring. It turned out to bea rather large project, so to cover it fully will take more than oneinstallment. The first major milestone involves understanding theunique hardware, power, and boot requirements of an IVI unit (as wellas finding a distribution that fits the bill).
- Security updates for Wednesday
Arch Linux has updated bind(denial of service), pacman(man-in-the-middle attack), and qemu(multiple vulnerabilities).
CentOS has updated bind (C7; C5: denialof service) and bind97 (C5: denial of service).
Debian has updated bind9 (denial of service).
Debian-LTS has updated apache2 (denial of service) and bind9 (denial of service).
Fedora has updated elfutils (F21:unspecified vulnerabilities), haproxy (F22; F21:information leak), hplip (F22:man-in-the-middle attack), libidn (F22; F21:information disclosure), php (F21: multiplevulnerabilities), roundcubemail (F22; F21:multiple vulnerabilities), subversion (F21:multiple vulnerabilities), and wpa_supplicant (F22: denial of service).
Mageia has updated ansible(MG4,5: two vulnerabilities), freeradius(MG4,5: insufficient certificate verification), openssh (MG4,5: authentication limits bypass),python-django (MG4,5: multiplevulnerabilities), and springframework (MG5:denial of service).
Oracle has updated bind (OL7; OL5:denial of service) and bind97 (OL5: denial of service).
Red Hat has updated bind (RHEL6,7; RHEL5: denial of service), bind97 (RHEL5: denial of service), and qemu-kvm-rhev (RHOSP5,6: two vulnerabilities).
Scientific Linux has updated bind(SL5: denial of service) and bind97 (SL5: denial of service).
Slackware has updated bind (denial of service).
SUSE has updated bind (SLE12; SLE11SP3,4: denial of service).
Ubuntu has updated bind9 (15.04,14.04, 12.04: denial of service) and qemu(15.04, 14.04: multiple vulnerabilities).
- Roadies vs. rock stars: The art of open leadership (Opensource.com)
Matt Thompson talkswith Allen Gunn, Executive Director of Aspiration, at Opensource.com. "I think you lead with a very earnest form of humility. The best forms of open are lovingly subversive, in that they draw others to form their own conclusions about the benefit of open rather than beating them over the head with it."
- Tuesday's security updates
CentOS has updated clutter (C7:screen lock bypass) and qemu-kvm (C7: two vulnerabilities).
Debian-LTS has updated icu(code execution).
Mageia has updated chromium-browser (MG4,5: multiplevulnerabilities), expat (MG4,5: denial ofservice), icu (MG5; MG4: denial of service/code execution), stunnel (MG5: authentication bypass), thunderbird (MG4,5: multiple vulnerabilities),wesnoth (MG5; MG4: information leak), and wordpress (MG4: two vulnerabilities).
Oracle has updated clutter (OL7:screen lock bypass) and qemu-kvm (OL7: two vulnerabilities).
Red Hat has updated clutter(RHEL7: screen lock bypass).
Scientific Linux has updated clutter (SL7: screen lock bypass) and qemu-kvm (SL7: two vulnerabilities).
SUSE has updated xen (SLE12; SLE11SP4: two vulnerabilities).
Ubuntu has updated apache2(15.04, 14.04, 12.04: two vulnerabilities), kernel (15.04; 14.04:multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-trusty(12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-utopic (14.04: multiplevulnerabilities), and linux-lts-vivid(14.04: multiple vulnerabilities).
- The Dronecode Foundation aims to keep UAVs open (Opensource.com)
Opensource.com followsup with the Dronecode Foundation, which was founded in October 2014."In the past year, Dronecode's developer community has grown from 1,200 to more than 2000 contributors, with more than 12,000 commits in the codebase. The rate of development is rapid with 1,000 commits being reviewed a month, with well over 2 million lines of code across the various Dronecode projects. Developers from Qualcomm, Intel, Parrot, Yuneec and many others are actively engaged in the development of the Dronecode technology stack. As a result, updates, new releases and project milestones are in motion all the time. For example, in late May, the APM project released version 3.3 of its flight code, and the PX4 project reached a milestone with the first RC candidate for release 1.0."
- Compact module runs Linux on quad-core Braswell
Congatec announced a compact, low power computer-on-module based on Intel’s 14nm “Braswell” SoCs, and featuring triple display outputs, and up to 4K video. Last month we reported that Adlink, MSC, Nexcom, and Portwell had all launched Braswell-based COMs built according to PICMG’s “COM Express Type 6 Compact” form factor specs. As of this week, that […]
- Why Mozilla Wants Firefox in Windows 10
I'm all for user choice and personally i have chosen not to run Windows, but for those that do choose Windows, Microsoft really should enable browser choice, though I'm not sure all that many will choose Firefox anymore.
- Botnet takedowns: are they worth it?
The number of botnets has grown rapidly over the last decade. From Gameover Zeus leveraging encrypted peer-to-peer command and control servers, to Conflicker, infecting millions of computers across the world - botnets are continuing to infiltrate many internet-based services and causing mass disruption, and it's getting worse.
- Kodi media player turns 15 with Isengard release
The XBMC Foundation’s Team Kodi last week released version 15 of its popular, open source Kodi media player and home theater framework. The “Isengard” release of Kodi (formerly XBMC) offers enhancements ranging from new chapter support to an improved add-on manager, but the biggest news is the completion of the Android version.
- Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software
Welcome to Microsoft's pay-pay-pay plan. Comment Windows 10 is the last version of Windows that will ever be released. If this really is the last version of Windows desktop operating system ever, though, where will Microsoft make its money?
- Build your own NAS with OpenMediaVault
OpenMediaVault is a Debian based special purpose Linux Distribution to build a Network Attached Storage (NAS) System. It provides an easy to use web-based interface, Multilanguage support, Volume Management, Monitoring and a plugin system to extend it with LDAP, Bittorrent, and iSCSI capabilities. This tutorial describes the installation and configuration of OpenMediaVault.
- Appeals court: Actually, Newegg did win that case
Newegg is famous for fighting patent trolls, and the company is currently trying to win fees from several cases where it has won or the troll has given up. In one of those cases, Newegg fought a non-practicing entity called Pragmatus Telecom, which dropped its case against Newegg before discovery was complete. Newegg asked for attorneys fees but was rejected by the Delaware district court, which found that Newegg wasn't the "prevailing party"—in other words, it hadn't really won the case at all, so it couldn't be granted fees.
- Akademy 2015 coming to an end
During the BoF days from Monday to Thursday, a great many tiny videos were shot of many of the attendees by Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen. These have been edited and cut up and turned into a video explaining, very shortly, what KDE really is. Being a community of people contributing to the development of software, the conclusion is straight forward. See the unsurprising conclusion in the video entitled What is KDE? (webm, mp4), created as a tribute to the KDE community and all the amazing people in it.
- 9 stories of science evolving with open source
Science might be looking a lot more like open source these days.Researchers and scientists around the world are calling for freely-licensed data sets; open-access publishing conditions; and collaborative, transparent peer review. They're seeking ways open source principles might enhance centuries-old practices of knowledge production in the digital age.It's becoming a movement: open science. In this year's series, learn more about how science is evolving through open source:read more
- OpenDaylight Project Picks Up Steam
The OpenDaylight Project this week announced that AT&T, ClearPath Networks and Nokia Networks have joined, bringing its membership total to 359. OpenDaylight is a collaborative open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation. Its goal is twofold: accelerate the adoption of software-defined networking; and create a solid foundation for network functions virtualization.
- Super-Scary Android Flaw Found
Zimperium on Monday revealed a stunning discovery by researcher Joshua Drake -- a flaw in Android's Stagefright media playback engine that could expose millions of mobile device users to attack without their having done anything. Stagefright, which processes several popular media formats, is implemented in native code -- C++ -- which is more prone to memory corruption than some other languages.
- Tech Giants Boost Open Source Container Collaboration
The Linux Foundation this week announced the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a consortium dedicated to the development and adoption of common container technologies. CNCF aims to make it easier for businesses to deploy containerized cloud applications oriented to microservices. Open source container-packaged applications are easier to create, manage and deploy, said tech analyst Rob Enderle.
- The New Solus: Putting the Pieces Together Again
The Solus Project is a rebranded and rereleased Linux distro trying to regain its former popularity. In a field of Linux distributions cluttered with look-alike offerings, Solus brings something simple and something new. Solus has impressive potential for being uncomplicated and different. Based in the UK, the Solus Project is the latest iteration of SolusOS, which morphed into Evolve OS.
- Commodore's Ghost Lives in New Machine
Yet another Android smartphone has hit the market -- but what's surprising is that it comes from Commodore. The Commodore PET smartphone is from Commodore Business Machines, a UK-based firm that has acquired the brand and trademark. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and has a 5.5-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 display. Two preinstalled emulators let owners play games written for old-school Commodore PCs.
- Suse Linux Enterprise 12 Says Hello to ARM
Suse Linux has announced a partnership to extend support for 64-bit ARM server processors. The goal is to give Suse Linux Enterprise 12 users greater flexibility and cost efficiencies with respect to their infrastructures. This expansion makes available to seven partners a version of Suse Linux Enterprise 12 that lets them develop, test and deliver products to the market using 64-bit ARM chips.
- Report: Android Wear Smartwatches to Get Together
It's rumored that the next version of Android Wear, reportedly scheduled for release in August, will bring tap gestures and watch-to-watch communications. The update initially was scheduled for launch on July 28th. "For now, these features simply bring parity between Android Wear and watchOS," said IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani, but neither platform "offers a compelling use case" as yet.
- Mangaka Is an Artful Blend of Simplicity and Style
Mangaka is a not-so-traditional Linux distro with a gorgeous look. After gaining some traction among fans of the manga and anime communities, Mangaka fell dormant in December 2009. Developer Animesoft International regrouped, and the latest Release Candidate version came out on June 20. The Mangaka Project -- the name means "love" in Japanese -- started out with the code name of "AngelOS."
- Gunpoder Malware Masquerades as Lesser Evil
Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 team on Tuesday published a report on Gunpoder, a family of Android malware that can evade detection scans by pretending to be adware. Cong Zheng and Zhi Xu authored the report. The team discovered the new Android malware last November. Its new report aims to spur cooperation within the security community to mount defenses against the threat.
- Poll Highlights Container Security Concerns
The results of a recent survey on container usage trends suggest that a deployment surge is likely within the next two years -- but also that companies have serious concerns about container security, certification and skills. The survey, commissioned by Red Hat and conducted by TechValidate, assessed enterprise adoption plans for application containers.
- New Android Malware Sprouting Like Weeds
Information stored on an Android smartphone or tablet is vulnerable to almost 4,900 new malware files each day, according to a report G Data SecurityLabs released Wednesday. Cybercriminals' interest in the Android operating system has grown, the firm's Q1 2015 Mobile Malware Report revealed. The number of new malware samples in the first quarter increased 6.4 percent.
- Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd
The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice. The Linux OS is notorious for its great variety of distros. Linux is also infamous for having far too many choices.
- Red Hat, Samsung Ramp Up Enterprise Mobility
Red Hat and Samsung Business Services on Tuesday announced a strategic alliance to deliver the next generation of mobile solutions for the enterprise. The alliance, announced at the Red Hat Summit 2015, combines the strengths of each company -- Samsung's mobile device portfolio and Red Hat's open source middleware, mobile and cloud technologies.
- Container Coalition Seeks Common Standard Creation
Docker and CoreOS on Monday announced the formation of a coalition of 21 industry leaders to create the Open Container Project, a nonprofit organization seeking minimal common standards for software containers for cloud storage. The two companies made the announcement on the opening day of Dockercon, a two-day conference covering all aspects of the Docker ecosystem.
- Antergos Linux Lowers the Arch Barrier
Antergos is an Arch-based Linux distribution that offers six desktop choices. This is a distro that Linux tinkerers might well embrace, but it comes with a few more stumbling blocks than other Linux options, which could make it a less welcome alternative. Its developers created a cute logo that espouses the notion that Antergos is a distro "for everyone." In some ways, that is true.
- Linux Foundation Beefs Up Scholarship Program
The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it was more than doubling the number of scholarships to be awarded this year for Linux training. The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development. Its announcement opened the door for the submission of applications for the 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program.
- Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage Software
Linbit on Tuesday announced the release of DRBD9, its new distributed replicated block device product. DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access and OpenStack integration. "It was six years of work and an 80 percent code rewrite to make it happen," said Linbit Business Development Manager Greg Eckert.
- Can Android Give BlackBerry New Life?
BlackBerry could be considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google's Android operating system, Reuters reported last week. The move would be consistent with BlackBerry's strategy to focus on software and device management instead of handsets. Such a pivot would take the company away from its current strategy to regain lost market share with a new generation of BlackBerry smartphones.
- antiX Linux Doesn't Fool Around
The antiX distro is both something old and something new. It is a handy and innovative approach to keeping aging computers fast and active. It is also an energy infuser for new computers. I started playing around with antiX when looking for something different to keep some older computers out of the trash heap. antiX is a fast, lightweight distro that is easy to install.
- Nutanix Ratchets Up Competition With VMware
Nutanix on Wednesday announced its Xtreme Computing Platform, challenging VMware's virtual machine software dominance. Nutanix's XCP comes about one year after VMware introduced its own hyperconverged storage software, which offered customers an alternative to Nutanix's offering at the time. Nutanix has a 52 percent market share in the hyperconverged infrastructure market.
- Apple Gives Open Source a Swift 2 Kick
Apple this week announced Swift 2 and said it would open-source it later this year. Swift 2 is a programming language for iOS, OS X and watchOS. It has a new error-handling model. Two new features in Objective-C -- nullability annotations and generics -- make Swift 2 work better with Apple SDKs. Swift is "a modern language where memory management is internalized," said IDC's Al Hilwa.
- One In Four Indiana Residents' E-Record Data Exposed in Hack
Reader chicksdaddy reports that a data breach involving four million patients and more than 230 different data holders (from private practices to large hospitals) hit Indiana especially hard. It's the home state of Medical Informatics Engineering, maker of electronic records system NoMoreClipBoard. While data exposed in the breach affected 3.9 million people, 1.5 millon of them are in Indiana. According to the Security Ledger, though: [The] breach affects healthcare organizations from across the country, with healthcare providers ranging from prominent hospitals to individual physicians' offices and clinics are among 195 customers of the NoMoreClipboard product that had patient information exposed in the breach. And, more than a month after the breach was discovered, some healthcare organizations whose patients were affected are still waiting for data from EMI on how many and which patients had information exposed. 'We have received no information from MIE regarding that,' said a spokeswoman for Fort Wayne Radiology Association (http://www.fwradiology.com/), one of hundreds of healthcare organizations whose information was compromised in the attack on MIE..
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- Answering Elon Musk On the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence
Lasrick points out a rebuttal by Stanford's Edward Moore Geist of claims that have led the recent panic over superintelligent machines. From the linked piece: Superintelligence is propounding a solution that will not work to a problem that probably does not exist, but Bostrom and Musk are right that now is the time to take the ethical and policy implications of artificial intelligence seriously. The extraordinary claim that machines can become so intelligent as to gain demonic powers requires extraordinary evidence, particularly since artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have struggled to create machines that show much evidence of intelligence at all.
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- Facebook's Slender 'Aquila' Drone To Provide Internet In Remote Areas
Mickeycaskill writes: Facebook will start testing a 400kg drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737 next year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said, as part of the company's drive to connect people in remote areas to the Internet. Aquila will fly between 60,000ft and 90,000ft as to avoid adverse weather conditions and commercial air routes, while the attached laster can transmit data at 10Gbps. Facebook claims it can accurately connect with a point the size of a US 5-cent coin from more than 10 miles away.
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- Ask Slashdot: Can You Disable Windows 10's Privacy-Invading Features?
An anonymous reader writes: I really want to upgrade to Windows 10, but have begun seeing stories come out about the new Terms and how they affect your privacy. It looks like the default Windows 10 system puts copies of your data out on the "cloud", gives your passwords out, and targets advertising to you. The main reason I am looking to upgrade is that Bitlocker is not available on Windows 7 Pro, but is on Windows 10 Pro, and Microsoft no longer offers Anytime Upgrades to Windows 7 Ultimate. However, I don't want to give away my privacy for security. The other option is to wait until October to see what the Windows 10 Enterprise version offers, but it may not be available through retail. Are the privacy minded Slashdot readers not going with Windows 10? For reference, I am referring to these articles. (Not to mention claims that it steals your bandwidth.)
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- ARIN IPv4 Addresses Run Out Tomorrow
jcomeau_ictx provided that teaser of a headline, but writes: Not really. But the countdown at tunnelbroker.net should go to zero sometime tomorrow around noon, considering it's at 45,107 as I write this, it's counting down about one address every two seconds, and there are 86,400 seconds per day. Just happened to notice it today. Might be worth a little celebration at every NOC and IT enterprise tomorrow.
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- In Windows 10, Ad-Free Solitaire Will Cost You $10 -- Every Year
Wired UK reports that the pre-installed Solitaire on Windows 10 capitalizes on the long-cultivated addiction that some users have to the game with an interesting bargain: rather than being an ordinary included application like it used to be, what may be the world's most pervasive on-screen office time-sink of a game now comes with ads, unless a user wants to pay (by the month, or by the year) to remove those ads. Notes the linked piece: "To be entirely fair, this is the same as on the Windows 8 version, which wasn't installed by default but could be downloaded from the Windows Store." At $1.49/month or $10/year, this might be enough to drive some people who otherwise would not to check out some of the free, open-source games out there; PySolitaire is one of many in this incomplete list.
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- Researchers Find That Queen Bees Vaccinate Their Offspring
The Washington Post reports that a team of researchers have discovered a previously unrecognized behavior in bees which gives the insects an extra layer of protection against certain diseases. Though the analogy to human-style vaccination is not perfect, it's close enough to make sense. Queen bees, the group found, break down some disease-causing pathogens found in the pollen and nectar brought to them by worker bees, but do not simply destroy them. Instead, after they are partly broken down, Bits of the pathogens are then transferred to the queen's "fat body," an organ similar to a liver, where they are packaged onto a protein called vitellogenin and delivered to eggs through the queen's blood stream. The result: newly hatched bee larvae that are already immune to the nasty germs that could have plagued the colony. The article notes that "the discovery could extend to other species throughout the animal kingdom," because all egg-laying animals have the same protein.
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- Microsoft Taps PBS To Advance Its National Talent Strategy With 'Code Trip'
theodp writes: You don't have to be Mitt Romney to question PBS's announcement that it will air the Microsoft-funded 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark will send students across the U.S. for a "transformative journey into computer science." Of the partnership, Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner said, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the tech field with more pluralistic perspectives." YouthSpark is part of Microsoft's National Talent Strategy (pdf), which the company describes as "a two-pronged approach that will couple long-term improvements in STEM education in the United States with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms." The Official Microsoft Blog reports that filming of Code Trip began this week, with the three students traveling around the country to speak with leaders including Hadi Partovi, the co-founder of Code.org and 'major supporter' of FWD.us, who coincidentally once reported to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and is the next door neighbor of Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and a jogging partner of Steve Ballmer.
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- ISPs Claim Title II Regulations Don't Apply To the Internet Because "Computers"
New submitter Gryle writes: ArsTechnica is reporting on an interesting legal tactic by ISPs in the net neutrality fight. In a 95-page brief the United States Telecom Association claims Internet access qualifies as information service, not a telecommunication service, because it involves computer processing. The brief further claims "The FCC's reclassification of mobile broadband internet access as a common-carrier service is doubly unlawful." (page 56)
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- Japanese Police Arrest Mount Gox CEO Mark Karpeles
McGruber writes with the news as carried (paywalled) by the Wall Street Journal that Mark Karpeles, who headed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, has been arrested by Japanese police: In February 2014, Mount Gox filed for bankruptcy, saying it had lost 750,000 of its customers' bitcoins as well as 100,000 of its own, worth some $500 million at the time. A police spokesman said Mr. Karpelès is suspected of manipulating his own account at the company by making it appear that $1 million was added to it. The BBC reports the arrest as well, and notes that the coins missing from Mt. Gox represent 7% of all Bitcoins in circulation.
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- "Happy Birthday" Public Domain After All?
New submitter jazzdude00021 writes: No song has had as contentious of copyright history as "Happy Birthday." The song is nearly ubiquitous at birthday parties in the USA, and even has several translations with the same tune. Due to copyrights held by Warner Music, public performances have historically commanded royalty fees. However, a new lawsuit has been brought to prove that "Happy Birthday" is, and always has been, in the public domain.The discovery phase for this lawsuit ended on July, 11 2014, yet this past week new evidence surfaced from Warner Music that may substantiate the claim that the lyrics were in the public domain long before the copyright laws changed in 1927.
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- Silicon Valley's Big Lie
HughPickens.com writes: Danny Crichton writes at TechCrunch that startups in Silicon Valley run on an alchemy of ignorance and amnesia and that lying is a requisite and daily part of being a founder, the grease that keeps the startup flywheel running. Most startups fail. The vast, vast majority of startup employees will never exercise their options, let alone become millionaires while doing it. But founders have little choice as they sell their company to everyone, whether investors, employees, potential employees, or clients. "Founders have to tell the lie – that everything is fine, that a feature is going to launch even though the engineer for that feature hasn't been hired yet, that payroll will run even though the VC dollars are still nowhere on the horizon," writes Crichton. "For one of the most hyper-rational populations in the world, Silicon Valley runs off a myth about startup success, of the lowly founder conquering the world."
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- Windows 10 Upgrade Strategies, Pitfalls and Fixes As MSFT Servers Are Hit Hard
MojoKid writes: The upgrade cycle begins, with Microsoft's latest operating system--the highly anticipated Windows 10--rolling out over Windows Update for free, for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. For those that are ready to take the plunge over the weekend, there are some things to note. So far, Microsoft has been rolling out the upgrade in waves and stages. If you are not one of the 'lucky' ones to be in the first wave, you can take matters into your own hands and begin the upgrade process manually. While the process is mostly simple, it won't be for everyone. This guide steps through a few of the strategies and pitfalls. There are two main methods to upgrade, either through Windows Update or through the Media Creation Tool. In either case, you will need to have opted-in for the Windows 10 Free Upgrade program to reserve your license. Currently, the Windows Update method is hit or miss due to the requirement for additional updates needing to be installed first and Microsoft's servers being hit hard, leading to some rather humorous error messages like the oh-so helpful description, "Something Happened." Currently, it would be best to avoid the Windows Update upgrade, at least for the time being. Numerous issues with licensing have been reported, requiring manual activation either through the dreaded phone call, or by running slmgr.vbs /ato at the command prompt to force license registration.
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- 10 Years of Intel Processors Compared
jjslash writes to Techspot's interesting look back at the evolution of Intel CPUs since the original Core 2 Duo E6600 and Core 2 Quad processors were introduced. The test pits the eight-year-old CPUs against their successors in the Nehalem, Sandy Bridge and Haswell families, including today's Celeron and Pentium parts which fare comparably well. A great reference just days before Intel's new Skylake processor debuts.
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- JAXA Successfully Tests Its D-SEND Low-Noise Supersonic Aircraft
AmiMoJo writes: JAXA, the Japanese space agency, has successfully tested its low sonic boom demonstration aircraft D-SEND#2. The unmanned aircraft is floated up to 30,000m by balloon and released, falling back to earth and breaking the sound barrier in the process. The sonic boom created is measured on the ground. The project aims to halve the noise created by sonic booms, paving the way for future supersonic aircraft.
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- Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bacon and egg sushi
You demanded more bacon, people, so here it is: domo arigato
OK, sliced pork fans. In response to criticisms that our recent culinary trip to Hawaii – in search of the quite remarkable Spam musubi - simply did not feature enough bacon, we today present for your wobbly dining pleasure the very cutting edge of Anglo-Japanese fusion cuisine.…
- The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top
New high-end motor just better than the old. At everything
Vulture at the Wheel Too large, too ugly, too late. Luckily (for El Reg’s relationship with Audi) that’s my opinion of the outgoing Q7. Why anyone coughed up good money for a Q7 when for less you could have pretty much the same thing with a VW Touareg badge on the back was beyond me.…
- Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER
What I've got you've got to get it put it in you
Something for the Weekend, Sir? Microsoft wants to give me Windows 10 for free! Hooray for freebies! OK, some of my software no longer launches or works quite the way it’s supposed to, but I got used to that after upgrading to Windows 8, and then again with Windows 8.1.…
- Oh Jeez, not now! Activist investor threatens Violin Memory
Nice board you got there, Mr DeNuccio. Be a shame if something happened to it
Violin Memory’s board is under attack from the Clinton Group, an activist investor wanting to have talks about “a number of topics germane to creating shareholder value”, meaning an asset or company sale.…
- Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way
Master your domain – and kill it at source
Windows 10 is here. Now, while I have Windows Upgrade Fatigue and I'm in no rush to make the change, plenty of people out there received the upgrade when it arrived. There will certainly going to be a mighty spike in net traffic that day – not least because the upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 is a free one.…
- How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?
What causes drought? Laziness
Analysis That California drought - it's terrible, isn't it? But there's nothing to be done. If it doesn't rain for a few years, and doesn't snow up in the mountains, Californians must just yield to Mother Nature and stop watering their lawns, stop washing their cars, maybe even stop growing those delicious but thirsty almonds.…
- Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW
Ideal for heavy plant, but could be overkill for mobes
Canadian wireless power company Elix has announced a system which can generate and transfer 10 kW using magneto-dynamic coupling. It’s big, heavy and noisy, so is aimed at trucks and buses rather than small cars, and is certainly not suitable for desktop gadget charging.…
- PagerDuty hacked ... and finally comes clean 21 days later. Cheers
Have a great SysAdmin Day everyone
Why not celebrate SysAdmin Day by worrying about a data breach at incident management peddler PagerDuty? An attacker managed to get into the company's systems on 9 July, and a belated 21 days later the company did the decent thing and informed its customers about the incident.…
- Uber unleashes $1bn war chest to crack Indian market
Fiendish domination plans follow a billion big ones thrown at China
Uber is to throw $1bn (£642m) of investment into the Indian market, in an apparent attempt to blast incumbent "sharing economy" taxi biz Ola out of the water.…
- Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server
Supermicro 2028GR-TRT quad GPU box
Review Playing with cool technology is not why either of us chose systems administration as a career. Nor was it something we expected as part of our employment. That said, it is impossible to deny the attraction cool technology has. It is fitting, then, that on systems administrator day we get the chance to publish a review on the kind of hardware that lured us into systems administration in the first place.…
- US spied on Japanese PM Abe, Mitsubishi, and so much more
WikiLeaks exposes blanket snooping on Asian powerhouse
The NSA spied on Japan's prime minister, central bank, finance ministry and major corporations, such as the natural gas division of Mitsubishi, according to documents released today.…
- UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton
Raspberry-powered stack thumbs nose at costly broadcast convention
Britain’s first home-brewed open source-based DAB multiplex has gone live this morning. Six services will be operating on the new mux in Brighton for nine months.…
- Lying to customers, Unicom? Cough up £200k, do not pass Go
Firm has to smarten up its act if it wants to avoid another Ofcom thrashing
It’s good to know that complaints to Ofcom produce action. A probe into broken promises and lies told by Unicom has seen the company fined £200,000 by the regulator.…
- Open source Copyright Hub unveiled with '90+ projects' in the pipeline
An internet that didn't rip you off? Who'd want a thing like that?
The web has grown up without letting people own and control their own stuff, but a British-backed initiative might change all that, offering a glimpse of how the internet can work in the future. Their work will all be open sourced early next year.…
- Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man
Adobe's scars make it ugly but tough. So tough it's being attacked more than ever
Don't kill Flash; that's the message from Cisco security veteran John Stewart who says the Adobe team have put in the hard yards into reforming security and needs to weather the current bug storm.…
- Comet 67/P CAKED in LIFE-GIVING RUBBLE, say astroboffins
Science papers from Philae lander's brief burst of work appear for first time
When the Philae lander failed to touch down cleanly on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the mission looked like a mess. But the probe's four bounces across the comet's surface turn out to have been a blessing in disguise because they've given us more close-ups of 67P than expected.…
- Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'
West Yorkshire Police reveal their worst summer nuisance calls
The West Yorkshire fuzz have released recordings of nuisance calls requesting a cat be arrested for eating a man's bacon and a complaint about a noisy washing machine, as well as a request to identify the actor in Magnum PI*.…
- Sri Lanka braves monsoon with Loon broadband balloons
Google scores whole-of-country deal for internet-over-windbags
Service to launch just weeks before monsoon hits, complete with rain and wind a-plenty Sri Lanka has signed up for broadband services delivered by Google's “Project Loon” broadband balloons.…
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- Mesa Git Is Now Officially Mesa 11.0
While we knew it was coming given that Mesa core has gone from OpenGL 3.3 compliance to OpenGL 4.1, the commit finally happened this Saturday for making it Mesa 11.0...
- Part 2: Shadow of Mordor Is Easily One Of The Most Demanding Linux Games
Yesterday I delivered benchmarks of Shadow of Mordor on Linux following its native Linux client release this week. In the article today are some more graphics cards benchmarked under this visually amazing game. Shadow of Mordor is quite likely the most GPU-demanding game out right now for Linux/SteamOS.
- CUPS 2.1 Is Adding Basic 3D Printer Support
CUPS 2.1 Release Candidate 1 was released yesterday as the newest test version of this open-source printing system supported by Apple. With this new release comes basic support for 3D printers...
- Windows 10 Reportedly On 67+ Million PCs Already
Well, it looks like the Free Software Foundation's message about Windows 10 wasn't too effective: reportedly, as of this morning, Windows 10 has already been installed on more than 67 million PCs...
- AMDGPU Looks Like It Will Be Supported For Mesa 11.0
Earlier this week I delivered my initial benchmarks of the new AMDGPU Linux driver stack for supporting the AMD Radeon R9 285 "TONGA" and all new/future GPUs like Carrizo and Fiji. The new AMDGPU kernel driver is present in the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel while on the user-space side there's separate code branches required for libdrm and Mesa. Fortunately, it looks like that work will be merged soon...
- Benchmarking Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 vs. GNU/Linux
Since the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 and GNU Hurd 0.6 this year, I've been meaning to run some new performance benchmarks considering my previous Hurd benchmarks were last done in 2011.
- Benchmarking Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor On Linux
Yesterday Feral Games released Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor for Linux and Mac OS X. Since its release, I've been very busy working to get some benchmark results produced for this AAA game that's out for Linux one year after the Windows released. Included in these initial results for Shadow of Mordor are benchmark results for a few modern high-end graphics cards plus looking into the warning issued by Feral about the lack of AMD support.
- Intel Broadwell Iris Pro Graphics: Windows 10 vs. Linux
Resulting from the What Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See and The Phoronix Test Suite Is Running On Windows 10, here are our first benchmarks comparing the performance of Microsoft's newly released Windows 10 Pro x64 against Fedora 22 when looking at the Intel's OpenGL driver performance across platforms.
- Oracle Said To Be Baking A Low-Cost SPARC Chip
While Debian just dropped support for SPARC and many are writing off SPARC as dead under Oracle with their offering of x86 servers, a new report out today suggests otherwise. It's being reported that Oracle plans to introduce "Sonoma" as a low-cost SPARC processor...
- Upgrading Fedora Easily To Mesa 10.7/Git
With all of the Mesa OpenGL 4 happenings -- and most recently OpenGL 4.1 for RadeonSI -- you may be wondering how to run this latest code prior to its official release in September...
- Ubuntu 15.04 On The Tegra X1 Yields Even Better Results, More Benchmarks
Earlier this week I posted some initial benchmark figures for the NVIDIA Tegra X1 on Ubuntu Linux. Those results showed much promise for this 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC that also bears a Maxwell GPU, but that wasn't tested for the initial comparison. Here are a few more benchmark results from this Tegra X1, including an Ubuntu 15.04 installation to show the difference against the Tegra X1 on Ubuntu 14.10...
- The Phoronix Test Suite Is Running On Windows 10
I've been playing with Windows 10 since yesterday... I must applaud Microsoft that it's a heck of a lot better than Windows 8, as the Windows 10 desktop experience is alright and Edge is nicer than Internet Explorer, but I still don't have any intentions on switching back to Windows this lifetime...
- Librem 15 Rev2 To Ship With Coreboot
Following the guest post this past weekend about Purism's Librem laptop remaining "blobbed up", the crowd-funded company has put out new information...
- Uber reaches $50 billion value thanks (in part) to Microsoft
snapped up a portion of Bing's mapping tech back in June, along with a hundred of Redmond's employees.
Microsoft is neither the first nor the only tech corporation/personality that has invested in the ride-hailing service. Chinese internet giant Baidu jumped in weeks after it was announced that Uber was already valued at $40 billion with an investment that could've been as big as $600 million. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos put his money in the company way back in 2011, while Google Ventures backed it with $258 million in 2013. That was years before both companies announced their intentions to develop self-driving taxi services, making them future competitors. In all, Uber now has $5 billion to spend on the aggressive expansion it's planning in India, China and Southeast Asia.
[Image credit: Getty Images]
Filed under: Transportation, Microsoft
Source: The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal
Tags: microsoft, uber
- Sling TV says Comcast/NBC doesn't want to run its ads
dips its toe in the internet TV business, Sling TV is claiming that the giant is refusing to run ads for its service on NBC stations that it owns. According to Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch (last seen walking off with our Best of CES Overall Winner trophy), the ads are running across other broadcasters, and on NBC stations not owned by Comcast. If the idea was to cut down on the number of people seeing an alternative to the cable setup, that may have backfired since you're reading this right now. Comcast's NBC stations aren't running the ads in three cities (San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.), but the internet stretches much further.
[Image credit: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press]
Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD
Source: Sling Blog
Tags: ads, cabletv, Comcast, hdpostcross, Sling, SlingTV, streaming, video
- Microsoft's HoloLens headset will reach developers within a year
When Microsoft said that its HoloLens headset would arrive "in the Windows 10 time frame," what did it mean, exactly? Thanks to a BBC interview with Satya Nadella, we now have a better sense of when this augmented reality eyewear will show up. The company chief expects developers and enterprise users to get the first version of HoloLens "within the next year" -- you won't be getting one as a holiday gift, folks. It's not certain just when a personal version will launch, but Nadella describes the overall technology as a "5-year journey" that will eventually branch out to other fields. While that doesn't necessarily leave you high and dry until 2020, it does suggest that you'll have to be patient if you want to play some Displays, Wearables, Microsoft
Via: Piptell, The Verge
Tags: augmentedreality, holographic, hololens, microsoft, video, wearable, windows, windows10
- Apple and BMW have been exploring partnerships on cars
Apple and BMW may eventually have more in common than just some features in your car's infotainment system. Sources for both the i3. Apple reportedly likes that BMW rethought the conventional car manufacturing process for its electric vehicle, and might use what it learned to help make its own EV. While BMW claims that there aren't any active talks about jointly developing a car, a Reuters tipster hears that the firms may revive talks (not necessarily to co-produce a vehicle) later on.
Not surprisingly, BMW is cautious about any deals. Research lead Klaus Froehlich says the doesn't want to "open [its] ecosystems" to a potential rival. However, it's hard to see the two avoiding each other when they could both use each other's help. Apple knows a lot about user interfaces and integrating mobile technology into cars, but it's a newcomer in creating the cars themselves -- that's part of why it's hiring so many auto industry veterans. Meanwhile, BMW knows that it can only do so much to accommodate connected devices without collaborations. You probably won't see an Apple-designed Beemer or an Apple car with loads of BMW-sourced parts, but there's still lots of potential for the corporations to influence each other.
Filed under: Transportation, Apple
Source: Reuters, Manager Magazin (translated)
Tags: apple, autonomous, bmw, car, electricvehicle, ev, i3, partnership, self-driving, self-drivingcar, titan, transportation
- Facebook's Lollapalooza feed shows the festival you're missing
If you can't make a pilgrimage to Lollapalooza but want to get a sense of what it's like to be there beyond the concert streams, Facebook might have what you're looking for. It's testing an expansion of Place Tips that lets anyone in the US see a feed of Lollapalooza's goings-on, whether they're photos, videos, set times or updates. Ideally, this will give you a feel for the event (and possibly a twinge of regret) without having to brave the crowds and summer heat. Facebook isn't saying when you'll see the feature again, but it's promising to "explore" uses in the future. Don't be surprised if it quickly becomes commonplace. The social network is eager to capture the as-it-happens excitement that you normally find on the likes of Snapchat or Twitter -- this could keep your eyes glued to Facebook after you're done catching up with family and friends.
Filed under: Internet, Facebook
Source: Wall Street Journal
Tags: concerts, facebook, internet, lollapalooza, music, placetips, socialnetwork, socialnetworking
- A look back at Windows through the ages
Windows is 30 years old this year. Originally a graphic shell that sat on MS-DOS, Windows has blossomed over the years to be the visually rich experience it is today. That's not to say it hasn't encountered a few pitfalls along the way -- Windows ME, anyone? -- but despite weathering rivals from the likes of Apple, Microsoft's pride and joy is still the most widely used personal computer operating system on the planet. In the gallery here, we take a look back at Windows through the ages. Be sure to keep an eye out for a few cameos from Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Seinfeld and, of course, Steve Ballmer.Slideshow-307574
[Image credit: Associated Press]
Filed under: Desktops, Laptops, Microsoft
Tags: microsoft, windows10, windows10launch
- A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers
If anything's kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it's how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and -- akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hour-long labyrinths in three dimensions -- controllers have changed to accommodate that. What you'll find in the gallery below is a comprehensive look at gamepads from the past 30-plus years of gaming, including high points and missteps alike.
[Image: Adafruit Industries/Flickr]
Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo
Tags: atari, atari2600, atari5200, atari7800, atarijaguar, dualshock, dualshock2, dualshock3, dualshock4, gamecube, gamepads, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, microsoft, n64, nintendo, playstation, playstation2, playstation3, playstation4, segadreamcast, segagenesis, segasaturn, sixaxis, sony, supernes, wii, wiimote, wiiu, xbox, xbox360, xboxone
- This is the future of food
Are you ready for lab-made hamburgers, bug-filled protein bars and 3D-printed cuisine? With the Earth's population rapidly approaching 8 billion and the race to keep up with food demand intensifying, industries have begun to drain essential resources and adversely affect the environment. Thanks to some scientific know-how, we're finding new ways to bypass those issues while still bringing natural and nutritious food to the table. In honor of that quest, we've gathered an assortment of forward-thinking products and projects that aim to alleviate the environmental impact of feeding the world and help kickstart a farming future for our space-faring progeny. Slideshow-306777
[Images: David Parry / PA Wire (Cultured Beef); Chloe Rutzerveld (Edible Growth); 3D Systems (ChefJet)]
Filed under: Science
Tags: 3d systems, 3d-printed food, future food, growcubes, insects, seaweed, urban farming, veggie
- This is what happens when Facebook hacks Nintendo
When I entered the doors of the building, an approximately 7-foot Piranha Plant greeted me. Inside, I saw large question block cushions scattered throughout and 25 Wii U stations. Off in the corner was a Mario mascot, posing for photos in front of a big green pipe. If you thought I was in Nintendo Land, you'd be wrong. I was in Facebook's Menlo Park, California, offices. It was the second day of a two-day hackathon collaboration with Nintendo, where employees had the opportunity to create levels with the upcoming game Super Mario Maker. And the ultimate prize? The winning level design would be available to download when the game launches.Slideshow-308689
Of course, the event isn't quite a traditional hackathon -- you don't need special coding skills in order to create levels in Super Mario Maker. But it was a chance for Nintendo to open up the game to at least a small sampling of the public ahead of launch.
Over 100 Facebook employees participated in the event and by the end, over 40 levels were created. When I arrived, much of the hackathon had already concluded, but I could see that employees took level creation seriously. Many of the teams storyboarded their levels on whiteboards, even going so far as to draw up blueprints of bricks and coins and plot out jump points with Post-it notes. The only real rule -- and this is true for the consumer version of Super Mario Maker as well -- is that you need to be able to beat the level in order to submit it. In the regular game, the user-created levels are also vetted by Nintendo moderators to determine level difficulty before it's available for anyone to download. You can also share specific levels with friends by giving them a code.
That, however, doesn't mean the levels were easy. "Some are so mean!" said Corey Olcsvary, a Nintendo product expert who was one of the hackathon judges. He was telling me this as he was maneuvering Mario through what seemed like a hellscape of rotating fire bars and falling Thwomps [the large, spiky cinder blocks]. "I've seen a really crazy combination of enemies. There was one squid level that was just Bloopers everywhere!" he said. So what are the judges looking for in a winning level? "We're looking for a representation of Nintendo's core values -- creativity, fun and surprise -- as well as Facebook's core values, which is: Move fast; be open; and break things," said AJ Glasser, a manager for Facebook's games partnership program.
While I wasn't able to watch or play all of them, I walked with some of the judges as they played through the different submissions. Several of the levels I saw recreated the Facebook logo or spelled out "facebook" in coins and blocks, while others took the "Move Fast" motto to heart, forcing the player to speed through conveyor belts and avoid getting smashed by flying cannons.
"I think it's great," said Brandon Dillon, an Oculus software engineer who also participated in the hackathon. "Especially as a game developer, it's interesting to look at how Nintendo thinks about constructing levels." In many ways, he says that Super Mario Maker's dead-simple controls -- you only need to drag and drop different elements to create a scene -- is an idealized way of doing game design. "But more than that, it's got so much polish and love and charm," he said. Dillon was part of a team of three people from Oculus, and their level was called "Bowser's Timeline." The idea is that you would play through Bowser's Facebook page, navigating through his minions wishing him happy birthday and whether you want to accept Bowser's friend request.
When asked if he played other levels, Dillon admitted that some of them were more than a little hard. "There are people who made some pretty sadistic levels!" he laughed. "I consider myself a competent Mario player and I couldn't even get past the first screen of some of them."
After two days and several hours of judging, a winner was crowned. Created by Doug Strait and Roy McElmurry, both Facebook software engineers, the level was called "Ship Love." It takes place on a pirate ship, with coins shaped into hearts; Yoshi as your trusty companion and Bowser as your final obstacle at the end. Curious to see what they whipped up? You can either check out the video below or try it for yourself when Super Mario Maker arrives in North America on September 11th.
Filed under: Gaming, Facebook, Nintendo
Tags: facebook, nintendo, nintendowiiu, supermariomaker
- Recommended Reading: Kentucky distillery uses music to flavor its brandy
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.
Tags: alcohol, baseball, brandy, distillery, liquor, music, netflix, recommendedreading, recreading, robots, spotify, uber, umpire
- ICYMI: Internet aircraft, Uber retiree drivers and more
Today on In Case You Missed It: Facebook just built an aircraft that can stay aloft over areas without internet, beaming it down for free. Uber is announcing a partnership with AARP in an effort to get more part-time drivers from the retiree crowd. (We helpfully provided a CDC stat about fatal car accidents because we love you.) And NASA engineers are designing drones to explore areas of planets that rovers can't get to.
From the cutting room floor: We were all set to walk you through making this ejector bedbut the 'Uber teaming with AARP' story won out. But for those of you who never want to get up in the morning (*raises hand, plops back onto pillow*); news you can use.
If you come across any interesting videos, we'd love to see them. Just tweet us with the #ICYMI hashtag @engadget or @mskerryd.
Filed under: Misc, Peripherals, Robots, Transportation, Wireless, Science, Internet, Google, Facebook
Tags: AARP, aircraft, drones, engadget daily show, engadget video, engineers, Ex, Facebook, free internet, Google, icymi, In Case You Missed It, internet, Internet.org, NASA, old drivers, Project Loon, retirees, ride sharing, robots, Russia, Uber, video, Vladimir Putin
- PlayStation Plus members will soon vote on what games go free
"free" games every month, but they haven't had any say about what the gratis titles would be. Until now. With Vote to Play, you'll have a chance to make your voice heard. PlayStation VP of platforms marketing John Koller writes on the PlayStation Blog that the game with the most votes will automatically be added to the upcoming month's offerings, and that in the first round of voting the runner-up will be available at a discount. Pretty cool, huh? Exactly how the voting process will work (if there will be videos or whatnot to help make informed choices) isn't clear just yet, but Koller writes that more info is coming soon enough. The real question though is if you would've voted for Rocket League, the dark horse from last month's promo that's absolutely dominating the gaming conversation right now.
Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Sony
Source: PlayStation Blog
Tags: free, games, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, playstation, playstation4, playstationplus, ps4, sony, vote, votetoplay
- Surgeons practice on 3D-printed models for kids' operations
Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital started using 3D-printed copies of patients' affected body parts to prepare for procedures last year. Now, that move has helped save the lives of four children aged two months to 16 years old who suffered from life-threatening blood vessel malformation in their brains. Their condition gave ride to distinctive anatomies that one of the hospital's neurosurgeon, Edward Smith, said were really tricky to operate on. So, the doctors used a combination of 3D printing and synthetic resins to conjure up copies of the kids' deformed vessels, along with nearby normal counterparts and surrounding brain anatomy. That gave them the chance to practice extensively beforehand and reduce possible complications on the operating table.
Smith said the models allowed them to "view [the formations] from different angles, practice the operation with real instruments and get tactile feedback." It was especially beneficial for three of the four patients, as they had arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) -- their arteries and veins were all tangled up -- that required the surgeons to cut blood vessels as quickly as possible, and in a certain sequence. Thanks to their preparations, the surgeons managed to fix the kids' distorted blood vessels and cut surgery time by 30 minutes each. Smith and his colleague Darren Orbach now plan to use 3D printing to train younger doctors and for even trickier cases in the future.
[Image credit: Boston Children's Hospital]
Filed under: Science
Source: Boston Children's Hospital
Tags: BostonChildrensHospital, medicine
- Former Mt. Gox CEO arrested in Japan over missing bitcoin
was an inside job, and tonight they arrested its former CEO, Mark Karpeles. Some 650,000 bitcoin still remain unaccounted for since the exchange shut down in 2014, which Karpeles blamed on a computer flaw. According to the Wall Street Journal and #bitcoin exchanges are still holding customer coins, while it'd be possible not to...
— Mark Karpeles (@MagicalTux) June 1, 2015
At the time, the total amount of missing bitcoin was worth nearly $500 million, although prices have dropped significantly since then. In an email, Karpeles told the WSJ the charges were false, and he would deny them. He has not been formally charged yet, and in Japan, one can be detained for up to 23 days before charges are filed. In blog posts since Mt. Gox shut down Karpeles has pledged to "continue fighting" to get the truth out about what happened, but at the moment, the authorities aren't buying it.
[Image credit: AFP/Getty Images]
Filed under: Internet
Source: Wall Street Journal, BBC, Coindesk, The Japan News
Tags: arrested, bitcoin, breaking news, Cryptocurrency, markkarpeles, mtgox, theft
- US reportedly planning to scare off China's hackers, somehow
So how will the US government respond to a recent spate of attacks by hackers, including one that extracted an unprecedented amount of data on government employees from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)? The LA Times and believed to be behind the attacks, but is still working out how to do it. Comments from government officials like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have highlighted "deterrence" as an ideal outcome, but how?
NSA director and military Cyber Command...commander Admiral Michael Rogers has mentioned "creating a cost" for hackers like the ones that hit Sony Pictures, and NYT sources suggest that as an alternative to economic sanctions or lawsuits by the Justice Department, retaliatory attacks may be on the table. One idea is apparently to pierce the "Great Firewall" China uses to restrict information. If any of this is even possible, just leaking it out to the media might actually be creating the desired effect, but none of that even matters until the government and potential business targets secure their own data -- exactly the point of the White House's recent "30 day cybersecurity sprint."
Source: New York Times, LA Times
Tags: china, CyberCommand, cybersecurity, deterrent, hacking, NSA, opm, security, us
- FDA tells hospitals to ditch IV pumps that can be hacked remotely
The Food and Drug Administration "strongly encourages" hospitals to stop using Hospira's Symbiq Infusion System, because it's vulnerable to cyberattacks that would allow a third party to remotely control dosages delivered via the computerized pumps. Unauthorized users are able to access the Symbiq system through connected hospital networks, according to the FDA and the Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team. ICS-CERT reported the vulnerability on July 21st and the FDA released its own safety alerton Friday, July 31st. Thankfully, there are no reported incidences of the Symbiq system being hacked.
Hospira does not sell the Symbiq system anymore, but it's still available for purchase from some third-party retailers and the FDA warns against buying it. The network vulnerability would "allow an unauthorized user to control the device and change the dosage the pump delivers, which could lead to over- or under-infusion of critical patient therapies," the organization says.
This safety alert marks the FDA's entrance into cybersecurity territory. Recently, corporate giants GM, Fiat Chrysler, Anthem insurance and United Airlines (to name a few) have faced reported hacks. Last month, the US Office of Personnel Management was the subject of a cyberattack that put the social security information of 21.5 million Americans at risk. Welcome to the digital age.
Filed under: Gaming, Science, HD
Via: Reuters (via Yahoo Finance)
Tags: CyberAttack, fda, hack, Hospira, hospital, InfusionPump, security, symbiq, us-cert
- You can delete Samsung's phone bloatware in China
Samsung isn't waiting around for the verdict of a Chinese lawsuit over bloatware to take action. The company will offer patches in August that let local Android phone owners delete unwanted pre-installed apps on both the Galaxy Note 3, the example cited in the suit, as well as more recent phones like the Galaxy S6. It's not clear just which apps you can purge, but it's safe to presume that many of the non-essential apps are now eligible.
Not that this necessarily lets Samsung off the hook. The Shanghai Consumer Council is waiting to see if Samsung will "meet its own promise" before dropping its legal action, and it's even threatening to expand its campaign if the Galaxy maker drops the ball. Either way, this won't mean much if you live outside of China -- that American or British smartphone will still have just as much non-removable cruft as it does today.
Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Samsung
Via: UberGizmo, SammyHub
Source: The Korea Times
Tags: android, bloatware, china, law, mobilepostcross, regulation, samsung, smartphone
- Yahoo's latest purchase is digital fashion community Polyvore
once again, and this time it was to buy the "leading social shopping site," Polyvore. Yahoo's purchasing the whole kit and caboodle from the sounds of it too with Mayer writing on her Tumblr page that it's acquiring not just the service, but the team that built it as well. She says the purchase will work to bolster Yahoo's digital content growth and that current CEO Jess Lee (apparently a Polyvore community member prior to joining the company proper) will report directly to her. And if you're a current Polyvore enthusiast yourself, it doesn't sound like too much should change aside from where current employees report for work -- we'll let you know if those turn out to be offices for ants.
[Image credit: Pink Cow Photography/Flickr]
Filed under: Internet
Source: Yahoo (Tumblr), Marissa Mayer (Tumblr)
Tags: acquisition, caseoftheblacklung, fashion, internet, MarissaMayer, polyvore, purchase, yahoo
- Security researcher: Globalstar GPS at risk of hackers
a security researcher has found that GPS devices which connect to the Globalstar satellite network are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle hacking. According to Synack Inc researcher Colby Moore, who is presenting his findings next week at BlackHat, transmissions within this system are not encrypted. This means they can be intercepted and altered between the sender and recipient -- not good when you're trying to find survivors after a natural disaster. What's more, Moore states that the flaw is a fault in the system's architecture and one that is nearly impossible to patch.
Millions of devices already run on the Globalstar system. It's employed by private citizens and major corporations alike. And, according to Moore, likely already has a few intelligence agencies listening in to boot. There's no word on whether other private GPS satellite systems, such as Iridium or Inmarsat, are equally vulnerable.
[Image Credit: Shutterstock / Pincasso]
Filed under: Internet
Tags: BlackHat2015, BlackHatConference, globalstar, gps, hackers, security, tracking
- Marine Corps finally declares the F-35B ready for combat
initial operational capability (IOC) within the US Marine Corps. That means that the F-35B can now be deployed around the world and employed in active combat.
Developed by Lockheed Martin, the F-35B Lightning II is a fifth generation fighter similar to the F-22. The B designates it as the Marine's variant and, as such, is outfitted with a short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) system. The Marines plan to buy about 340 of these jets (and another 80 of the C models) to replace the outgoing F/A-18 Hornet. The F-35B is expected to engage in "close air support, offensive and defensive counter-air, air interdiction, assault support escort and armed reconnaissance as part of a Marine Air Ground Task Force, or in support of the Joint Force," Gen. Joe Dunford, outgoing Marine Corps commandant, said in a statement.
This milestone is even more impressive given the growing pains that the F-35 line endured. The program experienced numerous delays and cost overruns almost as soon as the first prototype took off in 2006. Between 2007 and 2008 foreign spies reportedly got their hands on several terabytes technical specs related to the F-35's design and electronics. By 2010, the program had exceeded its initial budget by more than 50 percent. And by 2012, the entire Department of Defense was so tired of delays that it reduced its operational requirements for the jets just so they wouldn't have to go through another redesign.
The first F-35B is expected to deploy in 2017 to Iwakuni, Japan. The Air Forces F-35A variant is expected to be operational this Fall and the carrier-based C variant, which both the Navy and Marines will use, is expected sometime in 2018.
[Image Credit: Associated Press]
Filed under: Transportation
Via: Defense News
Source: US Marine Corps
Tags: airplanes, Associated Press, Commandant of the Marine Corps, F-35B, lightning, Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, Marine Air-Ground Task Force, McDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornet, military, Northrop Grumman, stovl, US Marines, USMC, war
- Kim Dotcom promises to launch an open-source competitor to Mega (updated)
Third time's a charm. Kim Dotcom -- creator of Megaupload and Mega file-sharing sites, New Zealand politician, US fugitive -- plans to launch a third cloud-storage company when his existing non-compete clause runs out at the end of the year. Dotcom briefly outlined his plans for a new site in a #Mega next week. Then you can make an educated decision if you still want to use it.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) July 31, 2015
Filed under: Internet, Software
Source: Wired UK
Tags: china, cloud, CloudStorage, KimDotcom, Mega, megaupload, NewZealand, streaming, UnitedStates
- HBO is selling 'Game of Thrones' S5 downloads earlier than usual
In another sign that HBO is trying to convert some of the Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and Google Play for $39 (HD) -- unless of course you live in another country like Australia, where season five has been on sale since it finished airing, or are already subscribing to HBO Now. Of course, you don't really need to hurry, as HBO announced during yesterday's TCA panel that it expects the series to last about eight seasons.
Send a raven. For the first time, #GoTSeason5 is available early for digital download on 8/31. http://t.co/7uGr0IlWK0 pic.twitter.com/xvQcj92CNS
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) July 30, 2015
Game of Thrones S5 extras (* marks digital exclusives)
Introduction to Dorne* - Visit the kingdom of Dorne in this special that delves inside the impressive realm and its many colorful characters, including Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) and the fiery Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and her venomous Sand Snakes (Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers and Jessica Henwick). Poisons of Westeros* - Explore the devious methods of poisoning seen throughout Game of Thrones in this featurette. Invitation to the Set - Visit the set of Game of Thrones for this intriguing preview. A Day in the Life - Glimpse the epic scale of Game of Thrones in this featurette that spends one day touring various Season 5 sets in Croatia, Spain and Ireland. See cast members preparing to shoot scenes while prominent members of the show's massive crew talk about the many jobs they must oversee-sets and costumes, hair and makeup, and much more-to keep the production operating smoothly. Set Design - Production designer Deborah Riley reveals the thought process behind the impressive sets used to create the territory of Dorne in Season 5. The Weapons of Dorne - Game of Thrones weapons master Tommy Dunne takes a close-up look at the razor-sharp armaments he created for the Sand Snakes and other inhabitants of Dorne in this featurette. New Characters & Locations - Take a tour of the new locations in Season 5 and meet some of the new players in this featurette. Included are visits to the sets of Dorne and the House of Black and White as well as introductions to Doran Martell, the Sand Snakes, the High Sparrow, and more. Season 4 Recap - Revisit every twist and turn from the thrilling fourth season. Trailer - Whet your appetite for Season 5 with this exhilarating glimpse at things to come
Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD
Tags: blu-ray, digitaldownload, gameofthrones, hbo, hdpostcross, piracy, seasonfive
- These disposable vapes let you huff your caffeine instead of drink it
Eagle Energy caffeine vaporizers. Oof, my heart is still racing.
Eagle Energy vapes are self-contained atomizers that operate much like Blu disposable e-cigs or the Blackout X hash pens, except that it's loaded with caffeine instead of nicotine or THC. Each EE pen measures about five inches in length and is maybe a half-inch in diameter. Inside, a small reservoir holds about 3ml of liquid and 0.08 percent caffeine per milliliter. This liquid passes through a small atomizer driven by a non-rechargeable lithium ion battery where it is converted into a vapor and inhaled.
According to the included documentation, regular coffee drinkers will need about 10-20 puffs to notice the effects -- a figure I found to be pretty accurate during my testing. Each pen is rated to last about 500 puffs before the battery conks out, which seems about right as well.
Eagle Energy's kick comes from a mixture of caffeine (guarana extract), taurine and ginseng -- basically the same stuff as in a Red Bull. Unsurprisingly, these things taste uncannily like the popular energy drink. The vapor does not, however, contain sugar or calories. But man, these pens gave me heartburn something awful. Even when huffing the recommended number of times over a three- to five-minute span, I immediately felt as if I'd just chugged a Big Gulp's worth of espresso or a carton of apple juice on an empty stomach.
I also noticed that the kick didn't last as long as a standard cup of coffee. I mean I typically average a 350 ml mug of Peet's Major Dickason blend every hour for the first three hours of my workday with each cup's effects lasting around an hour. According to Caffeine Informer, a 16-ounce cup of this blend contains 267 mg of caffeine. As such, Eagle Energy's kick isn't nearly as potent as the coffee's. There isn't the sip-sip-wheeeeeomgthisisawesomeImhavingeverythoughtinthewoooooooorld feeling you get with a good cup of coffee. It's subtler and less of a jolt, though that also means there's less of a crash later.
Overall, I rather like these things. They're obviously never going to be a 1-to-1 replacement for my morning coffee and I can't absentmindedly puff on it as I would a hash pen, but for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or an emergency morning kickstart, you could do worse. Eagle Energy is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to fund both the 3-pack and 10-pack options, although the company's rep has assured me that it will move forward with the 3-packs regardless of whether the campaign funds. They're expected to retail for $9 apiece, $20 a 3-pack and $75 for 10.
Filed under: Misc
Tags: atomizer, caffeine, coffee, eagleenergy, engadgetirl, irl, uk-feature, vaporizer
- The best of Public Access Vol.7: online security and Android frustrations
Microsoft set the world on fire this week with the release of Windows 10 as a free download for existing Windows users. And in our review of the OS, we found that Edge, Windows 10's new web browser, is a sleek and speedy onramp to the information superhighway. Simply upgrading to the latest and greatest software doesn't make you impervious to harm on the internet, however, so last week we asked you to share how you stay secure online. Caroline Leopold doles out some handy tips for password management and stresses the importance of HTTPS. Meanwhile, Jess James has a bone to pick with Google's all-encompassing power over Android, and Bob Summerwill thinks we could all be more efficient at our jobs if we eliminated synchronous operations from the workplace and embraced asynchronous communication instead.
Since we've told you what we think of Microsoft's latest version of Windows, we want to hear your thoughts too. This week, tell us if you've taken advantage of Satya Nadella's largesse to grab a copy, and what you think of Win10. If you're a Windows person, but don't plan to upgrade, well, tell us why not? And finally, if you're a Mac user, are you tempted to leave the cozy confines of OS X?
P.S. The homepage is coming soon! in the meantime you can check out the latest from Public Access right here. Not a member? Apply, and keep the weird alive.
"Well guess what? Our work "work streams" suffer from exactly the same concurrency problems as computers, because these patterns are the nature of the beast for any coordinated activities, whether that is in digital form for computers or in organization form for team activities within corporations."
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Tags: android, best of public access, community, PublicAccess, windows 10
- Mini review video: our verdict of Windows 10 in 45 seconds
Didn't read all the way through our nearly 3,700-word review of Windows 10? You really should: Devindra makes some good points. That said, if you're short on time, or just have a hopelessly short attention span, we've distilled our writeup into a mini review video. As you can tell by the score alone (91 out of 100), we really, really dig the new software, and found very little fault with it. In particular, we love how the new, Live Tile-ized Start menu seems to combine the best of Windows 7 and 8, all the while correcting some big UX mistakes that Microsoft made over the past few years. In addition, new features like Cortana search and the Edge browser are in and of themselves worth the upgrade (and what an easy upgrade process it is too). Find the highlights in the short video above, and head over to our full review at the link below if you decide you want a little more detail after all.
Filed under: Software, Microsoft
Source: Engadget's Windows 10 review
Tags: microsoft, review, reviewvideo, video, windows, windows10, windows10launch
- A company copes with backlash against the raise that roared
Three months ago, Mr. Price, 31, announced he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and slashing his own million-dollar pay package to do it. He wasn't thinking about the current political clamor over low wages or the growing gap between rich and poor, he said. He was just thinking of the 120 people who worked for him and, let's be honest, a bit of free publicity. The idea struck him when a friend shared her worries about paying both her rent and student loans on a $40,000 salary. He realized a lot of his own employees earned that or less. Yet almost overnight, a decision by one small-business man in the northwestern corner of the country became a swashbuckling blow against income inequality. Whether you support his actions or not, ask yourself this question: what does it say about our society that a young man slashing his own salary to increase that of his employees draws more ire than a CEO raising his own salary to 70 times that of an average employee? Most mystifying of all, though, are the employees leaving because their coworkers got a pay raise to $70000, while they themselves already earned $70000. I don't understand this mindset. You still have your salary. You still get your $70000, except now your fellow men and women on the work floor also get it. Is your self-worth really derived from earning more than the people around you? Is your sense of self really dictated by how much more you earn than Jim from accounting or Alice from engineering? Maybe I'm just too Dutch and too little American to understand this mindset, but I firmly believe this world would be a massively better place if more CEOs cut their own salaries to raise that of their employees.
- How does Voxel Quest work now?
If you're interested in the intricacies of game engine development, you should definitely keep track of Gavan Woolery's Voxel Quest. The latest blog post deals with a whole bunch of new stuff implemented in the voxel-based engine. The fact that VQ has undergone three tech revisions over two years probably seems a bit ridiculous, and maybe it is. Something like this would normally kill a game. That said, the point here is not just to make a game (plenty of people are doing that already), but to make a unique engine, and that could not happen in a vacuum. All I know is that I am finally happy with where the engine is at in terms of performance and flexibility, and I couldn't have gotten here without knowing everything I've learned since the start. So the most common question I get, of course, is how does this stuff work? It is actually simpler than it might seem. Voxel Quest is more about developing a unique game engine than it is about developing a unique game, but its developer wants to release the engine as open source so that others can do cool stuff with it too.
- Why Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 for free
When Microsoft released Windows 95 almost 20 years ago, people packed into stores to be among the first lucky buyers to get their hands on this cutting edge new technology. Microsoft had an iron grip on productivity software in the enterprise, but even ordinary consumers were accustomed to paying hundreds of dollars for software. Two decades later, Microsoft is releasing Windows 10. But most people wonâÂ€Â™t have to rush out and purchase a copy. Anyone with a copy of Windows dating back to Windows 7 can upgrade for free, a first for Microsoft. Whether we're talking tiny smartphone applications, or entire operating systems, people now expect software to be free. It's a reality that, obviously, hurts software makers the most. If you'd told me only a few years ago Microsoft would adapt to this new reality this (relatively) quickly, I wouldn't have believed it.
- Unsurpsingly, Android M Developer Preview 3 has been delayed
With Lollipop, Google did something that developers had wanted for a while: a dev preview of the upcoming Android build. With the M release, it made that even better with OTA updates for the first time... But that hasn't gone quite as smoothly as we'd hoped it would. I'm not going to make the joke about Android updates.
- Microsoft said to consider funding Uber
Microsoft Corp. is considering an investment in Uber Technologies Inc. at a valuation of about $50 billion, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The WSJ confirms the report. I'm not so sure what to think of Uber. They are disrupting the horrible, horrible taxi market with a clearly superior product - I loved using Uber when I was in New York late last year - but at the same time, they are incredibly slimy. Not sure I would want to be associated with a company like this.
- Improving Facebook performance on Android with FlatBuffers
The Facebook application for Android isn't exactly, shall we say, best-in-class for a multitude of reasons, but at least Facebook is trying to improve it. This is their latest effort. In our exploration of alternate formats, we came across FlatBuffers, an open source project from Google. FlatBuffers is an evolution of protocol buffers that includes object metadata, allowing direct access to individual subcomponents of the data without having to deserialize the entire object (in this case, a tree) up front. Might be useful for other Android developers as well.
- Windows 10 installed on 67 million PCs as of this morning
A Microsoft employee who wishes to remain anonymous to the public has informed Windows Central that as of 8 AM this morning, the Windows 10 OS has reportedly been installed on a massive 67 million machines. Even more interesting is the claim that Microsoft hit a max bandwidth of 15 Tb/s, topping the previous record of Apple's 8 Tb/s during their last OS push. Microsoft has reportedly reserved up to 40Tb/s "from all of the third-party CDNs combined". These are pretty insane numbers.
- Windows 10's useful error message
Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10, its shiny new operating system from 29th of July and there have been reports of bugs and issues with installing the Windows 10 operating system on PC/Laptops. Of course, with new OS come new error messages but this one takes the cake. Question time: which mail application of which operating system has a dialog that reads "bummer"? Your prize will be a firm handshake, to be administered by yourself or by whoever is standing closest to you.
- Haiku Media Kit: new and old pieces
Hello, it has been some time since my last article, in the meantime I continued to improve things out and since I changed some important parts of the media_kit, I think it's correct to notify the community about new and 'old' features added recently. This is an article mostly written for application developers, but I tried to explain the improvements made with simple words so I hope it will be interesting to anyone. Of all the alternative operating systems from the golden days (2000-2005 or so), Haiku is one of the very few - possibly the only one - still going strong. And by "going strong" I mean seeing a ton of development seemingly without seeing a sort of definitive release. They're trying to reach zero by endlessly dividing by 2, it seems, getting ever so much closer to zero without actually getting there.
- Next version of Google Glass aimed at the workplace
Google may soon offer a new version of its Google Glass wearable later this fall. A new report says that the company will keep the hype down on this release, as it plans to offer it to businesses working in healthcare, manufacturing, and energy. Like I said over a year ago: No, I think the real value of Glass lies in an entirely different area Google seems to have been ignoring so far. It's a far less sexy area than the world of designer glasses and paragliders, but one that offers far, far more potential: 'traditional' workplaces. Construction. Road works. Law enforcement. The military. Farmers. Firefighters. Plumbers. Roofers. You name it. People who work with their hands in potentially dangerous environments, who can use the heads-up display for at-a-glance, crucial information while out in the field. If I can come up with something, anybody can.
- Tablet market keeps shrinking
The latest numbers from market research firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker show that Apple remains the largest vendor in a declining tablet market, shipping 10.9 million iPads in the second quarter of 2015. While the iPad continues to be the best-selling tablet, its worldwide market share fell below 25% as Apple faced increased competition from low-cost rivals Lenovo, Huawei and LG. With phones hitting 5.5-6.0" now, there's very little need for tablets.
- The story of Windows 10 from inside Microsoft
Tom Warren's got a good piece up in which he interviews a number of people responsible for the development of Windows 10. Lots of interesting bits of information, but this one stood out to me. He's also surprisingly blunt when he characterizes Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, products he was intimately involved in developing. "We've had a couple of, sort of, practice runs with phone and PC," Belfiore says, before pivoting to the presumably brighter future with Windows 10, "We now have all the devices lined up. I don't expect to see the platform change again, in the same way it has before." What he calls "practice runs", I call the most expensive failure in Microsoft's - and possibly all of technology's - history. When you add up all the years of development, marketing, the endless amount of bribes cash injections to keep Nokia from dumping Windows Phone, the actual acquisition of Nokia's mobile assets, the subsequent wholesale dumping of all those assets - it adds up to billions and billions of dollars down the drain, wasted, for naught. And the poison icing on this horrible cake? They're continuing to scale down the phone part of Windows even further. The practice run quote made me look back upon the past few years of reporting about Windows Phone and Nokia, about how many of us - myself at the forefront here on OSNews - realised years ago what a colossal failure Windows Phone was, and that small number of people insisting all was well with Windows Phone, how its market share was growing rapidly, how Nokia was doing great financially (*), and so on, and so forth. There were no tanks in Baghdad. In this case, it sucks to be right, because these "practice runs" cost thousands and thousands of people their jobs.
- The Itanium processor
The Itanium may not have been much of a commercial success, but it is interesting as a processor architecture because it is different from anything else commonly seen today. It's like learning a foreign language: It gives you an insight into how others view the world. The next two weeks will be devoted to an introduction to the Itanium processor architecture, as employed by Win32. There's part one, two, and three - with more to come.
- Microsoft's new small print
Summing up these 45 pages, one can say that Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent "or as necessary". You done got Scroogled.
- Microsoft releases tool to block Windows 10 updates
Microsoft has been releasing updates to build 10240 on an almost daily basis since it hit RTM. Most of the patches are important security or bug fixes and rather useful but some have reported crashes occurring as a result of the updates. As we had previously reported, Microsoft has made updates mandatory and automatic, thus stopping users from opting out of unwanted updates or till the update has been checked by other users. A new troubleshooting package, KB3073930, however, allows you to hide or block Windows or driver updates. With Windows 10 being released in a few hours, bookmark the knowledge base article or download the update blocker tool mentioned in the article right away. While one can debate the merits - or lack thereof - of forced automatic updates, there's one huge, giant misstep Microsoft has taken with this: they will also force graphics drivers updates through Windows Update, and without this tool, there's no way to block them. I have had such horrible experiences with graphics drivers updates over the course of my life - from back in the 3dfx days all the way up until my current Radeon 970X Special Overlocked Whatever Edition With Kittens - that I am very careful and deliberate about these updates. I generally schedule some time for these late on Friday, but only when I know I won't have any work over the weekend so I have a few days of performing possible fixes. So, when I checked Windows Update last night and say that Microsoft secretly wanted to shove an AMD Radeon graphics driver update down my throat, I nearly panicked. To be clear: my machine is running the official AMD drivers from the AMD website, and not the AMD drivers Microsoft itself distributes through Windows Update. Had I not blocked this update, who knows what could've happend with possible conflicts or version mismatches or whatever. Luckily, I found this tool and blocked the update - and as it turns out, that was probably the right thing to do. This past weekend, Microsoft forced a completely broken NVIDIA graphics driver update to its Windows 10 users, causing a whole slew of problems. My view might be horribly jaded, but I have the suspicion that graphics driver updates are a huge source of issues with Windows. As such, who in their right mind at Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to force these update upon users?
- Django Models and Migrations
In my last two articles, I looked at the Django Web application framework, written in Python. Django's documentation describes it as an MTV framework, in which the acronym stands for model, template and views.
- Secure Server Deployments in Hostile Territory, Part II
In my last article, I started a series on some of the challenges related to spawning secure servers on Amazon EC2. In that column, I discussed some of the overall challenges EC2 presents for security compared to a traditional infrastructure and elaborated on how I configure security groups and manage secrets.
- Hacking a Safe with Bash
Through the years, I have settled on maintaining my sensitive data in plain-text files that I then encrypt asymmetrically. Although I take care to harden my system and encrypt partitions with LUKS wherever possible, I want to secure my most important data using higher-level tools, thereby lessening dependence on the underlying system configuration.
- Huge Package Overhaul for Debian and Ubuntu
Debian and Ubuntu are moving to update all C++ packages with GCC5, which was released in April. GCC stands for Gnu Compiler Collection, and it is used to convert source code to executable code and libraries. These compilers are used to build everything from the Linux kernel to user applications, so it's a far-reaching change.
- diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
There's a slow effort underway to allow virtually any part of the kernel to be extracted into its own shared library, thus enabling users to use any alternative subsystem they please. There's a long history of this, going back to the debate between micro-kernels and monolithic kernels.
- Shashlik - a Tasty New Android Simulator
Although the Linux kernel forms the beating heart of the Android operating system, it's still a very different platform from most distros. In fact, beyond the kernel, most of the libraries, services and applications are completely different. While there are hundreds of different Linux distros out there, they all share components from the GNU project.
- Embed Linux in Monitoring and Control Systems
The target vehicle for this project is a vintage intercity transport bus (think Greyhound) whose instrument panel was sparse and mostly nonfunctional. The speedometer cable was twisted off some place back in 40 feet of cable, and the fuel sensor had sunk long ago. What I wanted was an instrument panel more in line with modern practice.
- The Controversy Behind Canonical's Intellectual Property Policy
In the world of FOSS, a small change to a license can be a big deal. For users of proprietary software, changes in the EULA are hardly even registered. Those users click "Ok" and forget about it in the blink of an eye. They have accepted that they are severely limited as far as their rights to alter or redistribute the software is concerned.
- Non-Linux FOSS: Portable Apps, in the Cloud!
The concept of PortableApps has been around for a long time. It's a great way to take your Windows apps from computer to computer using a USB drive and never worry about being without your favorite program. Honestly, remembering to carry around a USB drive can be a bit of a pain though.
- General Relativity in Python
I have covered several different software packages for doing scientific computation in Linux Journal, but I haven't spent as much time describing available libraries and the kind of work that can be done with those libraries.
- Look Mom! I'm on the Internet!
Streaming video to multiple people always has been a challenge. Back when Kyle Rankin and I did "Linux Journal Live", we'd use services like ustream or justin.tv in order to accommodate the bandwidth requirements. The problem with those services is that unless you pay significant money, the features are extremely limited.
- Android Candy: Google Photos
Google has become the company that we love and can't live without, but at the same time, I think we all worry a little about just how much Google knows about us. With that caveat, it's hard to ignore Google's newest offering: Google Photos.
- Home Automation with Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi has been very popular among hobbyists and educators ever since its launch in 2011. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer with a Broadcom BCM 2835 SoC, 256MB to 512MB of RAM, USB ports, GPIO pins, Ethernet, HDMI out, camera header and an SD card slot.
- 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
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