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  • Fedora 21 qemu-2.1.3-11.fc21 * CVE-2015-6815: net: e1000: infinite loop issue (bz #1260225) * CVE-2015-6855:ide: divide by zero issue (bz #1261793) * CVE-2015-5278: Infinite loop inne2000_receive() (bz #1263284) * CVE-2015-5279: Heap overflow vulnerability inne2000_receive() (bz #1263287) * Make block copy more stable (bz #1264416) * Fixhang at start of live merge for large images (bz #1262901) ---- *CVE-2015-5225: heap memory corruption in vnc_refresh_server_surface (bz#1255899)

  • Fedora 22 qemu-2.3.1-5.fc22 * Fix typo causing qemu-img to link against entire world (bz #1260996) *CVE-2015-6815: net: e1000: infinite loop issue (bz #1260225) * CVE-2015-6855:ide: divide by zero issue (bz #1261793) * CVE-2015-5278: Infinite loop inne2000_receive() (bz #1263284) * CVE-2015-5279: Heap overflow vulnerability inne2000_receive() (bz #1263287) * Make block copy more stable (bz #1264416) * Fixhang at start of live merge for large images (bz #1262901) ---- Fix emulationof various instructions, required by libm in F22 ppc64 guests.

  • Fedora 23 kernel-4.2.3-300.fc23 The 4.2.3 stable kernel update contains a number of important fixes across thetree. kernel-4.2.3-300.fc23 - Linux v4.2.3 - Netdev fix race inresq_queue_unlink

  • Red Hat: 2015:1876-01: python-django: Moderate Advisory Updated python-django packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7.0. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security [More...]

  • Fedora 21 389-ds-base- 389-ds-base- - release - Ticket 48265 - Complexfilter in a search request doen't work as expected. (regression) - Ticket 47981- COS cache doesn't properly mark vattr cache as invalid when there are multiplesuffixes - Ticket 48252 - db2index creates index entry from deleted records -Ticket 48228 - wrong password check if passwordInHistory is decreased. - Ticket48252 - db2index creates index entry from deleted records - Ticket 48254 - CLIdb2index fails with usage errors - Ticket 47831 - remove debug logging fromretro cl - Ticket 48245 - Man pages and help for doesn't display"-a" option - Ticket 47931 - Fix coverity issues - Ticket 47931 - memberOf &retrocl deadlocks - Ticket 48228 - wrong password check if passwordInHistory isdecreased. - Ticket 48215 - update dbverify usage in main.c - Ticket 48215 -update dbverify usage - Ticket 48215 - doesn't verify DB specifiedby -a option - Ticket 47810 - memberOf plugin not properly rejecting updates -Ticket 48231 - logconv autobind handling regression caused by 47446 - Ticket48232 - winsync lastlogon attribute not syncing between DS and AD. - Ticket48206 - Crash during retro changelog trimming - Ticket 48224 - redux 2 should handle *.tar.xz, *.txz, *.xz log files - Ticket 48226 - InMMR, double free coould occur under some special condition - Ticket 48224 -redux - should handle *.tar.xz, *.txz, *.xz log files - Ticket 48224- redux - should handle *.tar.xz, *.txz, *.xz log files - Ticket48224 - should handle *.tar.xz, *.txz, *.xz log files - Ticket 48192- Individual abandoned simple paged results request has no chance to be cleanedup - Ticket 48212 - Dynamic nsMatchingRule changes had no effect on the attrinfothus following reindexing, as well. - Ticket 48195 - Slow replication whendeleting large quantities of multi-valued attributes - Ticket 48175 - Avoidusing regex in ACL if possible

  • Fedora 22 wireshark-1.12.7-2.fc22 - Enable libnl3 (see rhbz#1207386, rhbz#1247566) - Remove airpcap switch(doesn't have any effect on Linux) - Backport patch no. 11 - Fixedbuilding with F24+ * Ver. 1.12.7

  • Fedora 21 unzip-6.0-22.fc21 unzip-6.0-22.fc21 - Fix heap overflow and infinite loop when invalid input isgiven (#1260947) unzip-6.0-22.fc22 - Fix heap overflow and infinite loop wheninvalid input is given (#1260947) unzip-6.0-23.fc23 - Fix heap overflow andinfinite loop when invalid input is given (#1260947)

  • The new Linksys WRT1900ACS router
    The new version of the WRT1900AC router from Linksys looks like justanother high-end home router, but there is an important difference:"Linksys has collaborated with OpenWrt and Marvell to provide fullopen source support for the WRT1900ACS in OpenWrt's stable and developmentbranches." When asked, the company confirmed that the router isfully supported by free drivers. LWN is not normally filled withnew-product announcements, but, given the pervasive binary-blob problem inthis space, a router with free drivers seems noteworthy.

  • Friday's security advisories
    Arch Linux has updated opensmtpd(multiple vulnerabilities).
    Fedora has updated 389-ds-base(F21: cipher downgrade), kernel (F22: threevulnerabilities), and qemu (F22 F21: multiple vulnerabilities).
    openSUSE has updated freetype2(13.1: two vulnerabilities from 2014).
    Red Hat has updated OpenStackdirector (RHELOSP7: authentication bypass) and python-django (RHELOSP7: denial of service).
    SUSE has updated firefox(SLE11SP3, SLE11SP4: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • CC BY-SA 4.0 now one-way compatible with GPLv3
    The Creative Commons has announced that a"detailedanalysis" has determined that materials licensed under BY-SA 4.0license may be distributed under the terms of GPLv3. "But if youruse case calls for or requires (in the case of remixing CC BY-SA 4.0 andGPLv3 material to make a single adaptation) releasing a CC BY-SA 4.0adaptation under GPLv3, now you can: copyright in the guise of incompatiblecopyleft licenses is no longer a barrier to growing the part of the commonsyou’re working in. We hope that this new compatibility not only removes abarrier, but helps inspire new and creative combinations of software andculture, design, education, and science, and the adoption of software bestpractices such as source control (e.g., through “git”) in thesefields."

  • Grlin: September update for Plasma’s Wayland porting
    On his blog, Martin Grlin has posted an update on porting KDE's Plasma desktop to Wayland. There has been progress in various areas, including transient window positioning (which makes menus appear at the right location), Plasma/KWin specific extensions, support for multiple X servers, and support for "KWin in the cloud":"So on Friday I decided to dedicate my development time on a virtual framebuffer backend. This backend (to start use kwin_wayland --xwayland --virtual) doesn’t render to any device, but only “simulates” rendering by using a QImage which then isn’t used at all. Well not completely true: there is an environment variable to force the backend to store each rendered frame into a temporary directory.Why is such a virtual backend so exiting? Well it means we can run KWin anywhere. We are not bound to any hardware restrictions like screen attached or screen resolution. With other words we can run it on servers – in the cloud. The first such instance runs on our CI [continuous integration] servers in the form of an automated integration test. And in future there will be much more such tests."

  • Bottomley: Respect and the Linux Kernel Mailing Lists
    SCSI subsystem maintainer James Bottomley has posted adifferent view on the issue of civility on the kernel's mailing lists."So, by and large, I’m proud of the achievements we’ve made incivility and the way we have improved over the years. Are we perfect? byno means (but then perfection in such a large community isn’t a realisticgoal). However, we have passed our stress test: that an individual withbad patches to several mailing lists was met with courtesy and helpfuladvice, in spite of serially repeating the behaviour."

  • [$] Status updates for three graphics drivers
    Drivers for graphics hardware are an important part of the graphics stack,so it was not unexpected that the 2015 X.Org DevelopersConference had several status updates for free graphics drivers. Threeprojects had talks: theNouveau driver forNVIDIA devices, the amdgpu driver for AMDhardware, and the Etnaviv driver forVivante GPUs. Each presented an update on its progress and plans.

  • [$] strscpy() and the hazards of improved interfaces
    Back in the distant past (May 2015), LWN lookedat a couple of efforts to provide improved string-handling primitivesto the kernel. One of those two was recently merged, while the other hasrun into trouble; both cases highlight a fundamental concern Linus hasabout this type of kernel patch. The end result is that it is possible toevolve the kernel toward safer interfaces, but attempts to do so as a seriesof mass changes will probably not end well.

  • Open Invention Network Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
    Open Invention Network (OIN) marks its ten year anniversary. "Since its founding in 2005, Open Invention Network has grown its community to over 1,700 participants – from sizable multinational companies to key open source projects to emerging businesses. OIN has expanded its strategic patent portfolio to more than 1,000 worldwide patents and applications. In parallel, the zone of patent non-aggression that is defined by OIN’s Linux System definition has evolved to include more than 2,300 software packages, which ensures freedom of action in core functionality for global open source projects and technology platforms such as Linux, Red Hat, SUSE, Android, Open Stack and Apache."

  • Security updates for Tuesday
    Arch Linux has updated nodejs (denial of service).
    Fedora has updated libvpx (F21:denial of service), openjpeg2 (F22: codeexecution), pixman (F22: buffer overflow),unzip (F21: two vulnerabilities), webkitgtk (F22; F21: denial of service), and webkitgtk3 (F22; F21: denial of service).
    openSUSE has updated apache2(13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities), conntrack-tools (13.2, 13.1: denial ofservice), froxlor (13.2, 13.1: privilegeescalation), redis (13.2, 13.1: codeexecution), seamonkey (13.2, 13.1: multiplevulnerabilities), thunderbird (13.2, 13.1:multiple vulnerabilities), and vorbis-tools(13.2, 13.1: code execution).
    SUSE has updated firefox, nspr(SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Ubuntu has updated kernel (15.04; 14.04:multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-trusty(12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-utopic (14.04: multiplevulnerabilities), linux-lts-vivid (14.04:multiple vulnerabilities), and lxc (14.04:regression in previous update).

  • The 2015 Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board elections
    The nomination process has begun for the 2015 election of the TechnicalAdvisory Board for the Linux Foundation. That election will happen onOctober 26 at the Kernel Summit in Seoul, South Korea. There are fivepositions to be filled; terms are for two years.

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thoroughly reviewed (Ars Technica)
    Ars Technica presentsa lengthy review of Android 6.0 "Marshmallow". "While this is a review of the final build of "Android 6.0," we're going to cover many of Google's apps along with some other bits that aren't technically exclusive to Marshmallow. Indeed, big chunks of "Android" don't actually live in the operating system anymore. Google offloads as much of Android as possible to Google Play Services and to the Play Store for easier updating and backporting to older versions, and this structure allows the company to retain control over its open source platform. As such, consider this a look at the shipping Google Android software package rather than just the base operating system. "Review: New Android stuff Google has released recently" would be a more accurate title, though not as catchy."

  • Security advisories for Monday
    Arch Linux has updated hostapd(multiple vulnerabilities) and libunwind (denial of service).
    Fedora has updated activemq (F22:information disclosure), bind (F21: denialof service), jenkins-script-security-plugin(F22: unspecified vulnerability), kernel (F22; F21:denial of service), libwmf (F22: twovulnerabilities), scap-security-guide (F22; F21:unspecified vulnerability), seamonkey (F22; F21:multiple vulnerabilities), thunderbird(F22: multiple vulnerabilities), and xen (F22; F21:multiple vulnerabilities).
    Mageia has updated chromium-browser (MG5: information disclosure)and gdk-pixbuf2.0 (MG5: two vulnerabilities).
    openSUSE has updated phpMyAdmin(13.2, 13.1: guessable user credentials).
    Ubuntu has updated oxide-qt(15.04, 14.04: information disclosure), thunderbird (15.04, 14.04, 12.04: multiplevulnerabilities), and firefox (15.04,14.04, 12.04: regression in previous update).

  • Matthew Garrett is not forking Linux
    When Matthew Garrett, well-known Linux kernel developer and CoreOS principal security engineer, announced he was releasing a [Linux] kernel tree with patches that implement a BSD-style securelevel interface, I predicted people would say Garrett was forking Linux. I was right. They have. But, that's not what Garrett is doing.

  • Some inclusive discussion about inclusive decisions
    Week 6 of the Open Organization book club is coming to an end, and yesterday's Twitter chat was an awesome way to wrap it up. Making inclusive decisions through transparency and participation is one of my favorite topics (and practices), and we heard some great perspectives I'm excited to more

  • Linksys WRT router gains faster SoC, more RAM, OpenWrt
    Linksys has launched a “WRT1900ACS” router that updates the AC version with a faster dual-core, 1.6GHz SoC, twice the RAM (at 512MB), and OpenWrt support. In early 2014 when Linksys resurrected the hackable Linksys WRT54G WiFi router in a new WRT1900AC model, the Belkin subsidiary said the the Linux-based router would also support the lightweight, […]

  • Linus Torvalds Still Not Afraid of Being Hit by a Bus
    Torvalds himself is a maintainer of the kernel as a whole, and a question that is repeatedly asked is 'what if Linus gets hit by a bus?"It's a question that moved a tad closer to reality at the Linuxcon EU event in Dublin. Hohndel said that he had to warn Torvalds while on route to his keynote, when crossing the street to avoid being hit by a bus.

  • Oneplus One with Ubuntu Touch Just Got Cellular Support
    We recently covered the fact that Ubuntu Touch is being ported for the famous and elusive Oneplus 2 phone, even before the port for the Oneplus One was finished. The developer promised back then that he's working on both ports, and he just delivered.

  • Science on Android
    I have covered a lot of different scientific packages that areavailable under Linux in this space, but the focus has been on Linux running on desktopmachines. This has been rather short-sighted, however, as lots ofother platforms have Linux available and shouldn't be neglected.So in this article, I start looking at the type of science you can doon the Android platform.

  • How to split large audio files on Linux
    It is often the case that we want to split an “one-piece” audio recording into smaller files. A live concert could be broken down into songs so that you can burn it on a CD, or an interview can be separated into thematic sections. Whatever the case, here are four different ways to do it.

  • New Renesas SoCs offer 1.5GHz, 1080p, GbE, USB 3.0, PCIe
    Renesas announced an “RZ/G” series of dual-core SoCs for Linux- and Android devices in 1GHz Cortex-A7 and 1.5GHz Cortex-A15 flavors, both with PowerVR GPUs. The RZ/G updates the Renesas Electronics RZ line of system-on-chips, which includes the Linux-ready RZ/A1 line of single-core, 400MHz Cortex-A9 SoCs, as well as an RZ/T line that runs an RTOS […]

  • New Themes and Modules Available for the Moksha Desktop
    A month ago we posted about a slew of new module you can use to customize your Moksha Desktop. The next step in allowing our users to easily harness the plethora of customization options Moksha is capable of, is bringing a variety of old E17 themes up to speed so they are compatible with Moksha.

  • Expandable Panel PCs run Linux on dual-core Bay Trail Atom
    Advantech’s latest 10.1- and 15.6-inch touch-panels run Linux on a dual-core Atom E3827, and offer extended temperature support and iDoor expansion. The TPC-51WP and TPC-1551WP continue Advantech’s line of rugged touch-panel PCs, dating back to the circa-2010, Intel Atom-based TPC-651H. The new devices have a more up-to-date Atom processor: the dual-core, 1.75GHz E3827 system-on-chip that […]

  • Using open source principles to build better engineering teams
    Brandon Keepers is head of open source at GitHub. He believes open source is fundamental to build products. I caught up with Brandon prior to his talk at All Things Open about open source principles for better engineering teams.I asked him not only about the talk itself, but also about his work at GitHub. Brandon shares some interesting insights into constraints developers face and how they account for these through transparency, participation, and more

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  • At the Heart of OpenStack Evolution
    There is little question regarding the prevalence and significance of open source software in enterprise IT, but one of the best places to more deeply examine how open source software fits into today's enterprise IT landscape is the OpenStack cloud software and project. It has come to represent the primary open source cloud in the market, considered alongside rivals such as Amazon and VMware.

  • Canonical Plays With Internet of Toys Idea
    Canonical last week announced plans to launch the Internet of Toys, an open source initiative calling on toy makers, hackers, Internet of Things fans and innovators to build the next generation of Web-accessing toys. Participants will build the next generation of toys around open source tools such as Cylon JS, Gobot, Snappy Ubuntu Core, Snapcraft, ROS and Erle-Spider.

  • Slackel Linux: Not Your Father's Slackware
    Slackel is a Linux distro a step away from the mainstream Debian-based Linux OS line. It is based on Slackware and Salix. Users already familiar with that lineage are more inclined to like Slackel. Slackel offers a few advantages not usually found with the Slackware Linux lineup. The main difference is that its repository includes the current version of Slackware and the latest version of KDE.

  • Another Day, Another Billion Android Users at Risk
    Google on Monday released an over-the-air update for Nexus devices, which includes patches for the latest Stagefright vulnerabilities and other flaws. Android's Stagefright media processing feature, which recently imperiled 1 billion devices around the world, was once again putting them at risk, Zimperium revealed last week. Zimperium found two new vulnerabilities.

  • XOR Trojan Threatens Linux Networks
    Researchers for the Security Intelligence Response Team at Akamai on Tuesday issued a high-risk threat advisory for XOR DDoS proliferation. The XOR DDoS Trojan is used to hijack Linux servers to build a botnet for distributed denial-of-service attacks with SYN and DNS floods, researchers tracking the malware said. The massive Linux-based botnet can take down websites under a flood of DDoS traffic.

  • Linux Foundation's Open Source R&D Worth $5B
    The Linux Foundation has released a white paper that puts the estimated value of development R&D costs of its Collaborative Projects at $5 billion. The foundation has provided independent funding for the collaborative software projects since 2008 to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. Open source is changing the world in which we live, according to the report.

  • Microsoft and Google End Hostilities, Partner Up
    There's strong, scientifically verifiable evidence indicating Microsoft's move to join the rest of the tech world in open source and collaboration was propelled by a compelling force: the Nadella effect. Since taking the company's helm, CEO Satya Nadella's message has been one of collaboration, and meeting consumers on their terms. For example, Microsoft pushed Office 365 to all major platforms.

  • Microsoft Pushes Deeper Into Linux, Containers, IoT
    Microsoft announced a slew of corporate cloud solutions at Tuesday's AzureCon. "The value for IoT is in control, data collection and analysis, and Microsoft is apparently building a cloud service that can do all three, and wrapping it with enterprise-level security," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. Microsoft also announced a new open Azure Container Service.

  • Google Lines Up a Batch of Marshmallow-Ready Hardware
    Google on Tuesday introduced a pair of new phablets, a couple of Chromecasts and the first tablet it built by itself. The unveilings took place at its Nexus event in San Francisco. Months of leaks drew very accurate portraits of the $499 Huawei Nexus 6P and $379 LG Nexus 5X and other Android hardware, but Google filled in the details ahead of Android Marshmallow's expected Oct. 5 release.

  • VectorLinux Light Has That Old-School Linux Feeling
    VectorLinux 7.1 Light Edition targets fans of the IceWM desktop environment who own older computers. VectorLinux released its latest light edition this summer. What makes it new compared with previous editions is the shift to the lightweight IceWM. Yes, IceWM is very old school. Still, it is a handy and functional alternative that serves legacy computers well.

  • BlackBerry Sees the Android Light
    BlackBerry on Friday announced that it would introduce an Android smartphone later this year. The announcement came during the company's Q2 earnings call. The device will be known as the "Priv" and will be built around user privacy, said CEO John Chen. BlackBerry didn't offer any specifics about the Priv beyond the name -- nothing about pricing, U.S. carrier partners or any handset specs.

  • LibreOffice 5.0 Is the Office Suite Champ
    LibreOffice 5.0, The Document Foundation's latest open source office suite, deserves to top the list of contenders for best performance in this category. The foundation last month released LibreOffice 5.0 for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. It is the 10th major release since the launch of the project, and the first in the third development cycle. The release coincides with the rollout of Windows 10.

  • Patched Android Lockscreen Still a Threat
    Google recently issued a patch for Nexus mobile devices to fix an Android Lollipop vulnerability that lets hackers bypass the lockscreen and gain control of mobile devices. However, it could take weeks to months for manufacturers and service providers to roll out the patch for other Android devices. University of Texas security researcher John Gordon discovered the vulnerability.

  • Microsoft Rolls Its Own Linux Distro
    Microsoft on Thursday announced that it is building its own Linux distribution to manage cloud networks. Through the Azure Cloud Switch, or ACS, Microsoft aims to help network operators rapidly add the network features they need, while avoiding changes that would increase risk and complexity, said Kamala Subramaniam, principal architect for Azure Networking.

  • ExTiX LXQt Breathes New Life Into Weak Hardware
    The latest release of ExTiX offers a new spin on an old desktop environment and exhibits a passion for speed and ease of use. ExTiX 15.3, a fusion of the LXDE and Razor-qt desktop environments, has the economy of working in the LXQt desktop environment. LXQt is lightweight, modular, very fast and user-friendly. It is based on the popular LXDE -- that is, Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment.

  • WiFi, Move Over - Here Comes LiFi
    Disney researchers last week demonstrated Linux Light Bulbs -- a protocol for a communications system that transmits data using visible light communication, or VLC, technology. Linux Light Bulbs can communicate with each other and with other VLC devices -- such as toys, wearables and clothing -- over the Internet Protocol, functioning as a LiFi network in much the same way that WiFi works.

  • Google, Twitter Forge Open Source Publishing Partnership
    Google and Twitter reportedly are collaborating on an open source project that focuses on helping publishers bring instant articles to mobile phone subscribers. Facebook launched its Instant Articles feature earlier this year. Apple and Snapchat reportedly have similar tools in development. The Google and Twitter team-up "is a very important development," said Zebra Social CEO Jordani Sarreal.

  • Raspberry Pi Gets a Touchscreen to Call Its Own
    The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Tuesday announced the availability of a touchscreen that brings the low-cost tiny computer one step closer to becoming a standalone mobile device. The touchscreen was in development for nearly two years. The first round of screens will require some assembly of parts that arrive in a small kit, noted Gordon Hollingworth, director of software at Raspberry Pi.

  • Linux Foundation Security Checklist: Have It Your Way
    The Linux Foundation's recently published security checklist may draw more attention to best practices for protecting Linux workstations, even if IT pros do not embrace all of its recommendations. Konstantin Ryabitsev, the foundation's director of collaborative IT services, developed the list for the use of LF remote sysadmins, to harden their laptops against attacks.

  • New Android-x86 Release Peppered With Problems
    The latest Android-x86 Project release takes us one step closer to using the Android OS on a desktop or laptop computer -- but the project suffers from stability and reliability issues. If you want one Linux-based OS to run on all of your devices, Android-x86 could become a viable alternative. The major advantage would be keeping all of your settings, apps and Google services on an equal footing.

  • Intel Pumps OpenStack Up
    As part of a new strategic collaboration, Intel will lead a $100 million funding round in Mirantis, the companies announced earlier this week. Intel is a long-time investor in Mirantis. This round includes existing investors August Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Ericsson, Sapphire Ventures and WestSummit Capital, as well as new investor Goldman Sachs.

  • Pushing the Limits of Network Traffic With Open Source
    An anonymous reader writes: CloudFlare's content delivery network relies on their ability to shuffle data around. As they've scaled up, they've run into some interesting technical limits on how fast they can manage this. Last month they explained how the unmodified Linux kernel can only handle about 1 million packets per second, when easily-available NICs can manage 10 times that. So, they did what you're supposed to do when you encounter a problem with open source software: they developed a patch for the Netmap project to increase throughput. "Usually, when a network card goes into the Netmap mode, all the RX queues get disconnected from the kernel and are available to the Netmap applications. We don't want that. We want to keep most of the RX queues back in the kernel mode, and enable Netmap mode only on selected RX queues. We call this functionality: 'single RX queue mode.'" With their changes, Netmap was able to receive about 5.8 million packets per second. Their patch is currently awaiting review.

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  • Ask Slashdot: Knowledge Management Systems?
    Tom writes: Is there an enterprise level equivalent of Semantic MediaWiki, a Knowledge Management System that can store meaningful facts and allows queries on it? I'm involved in a pretty large IT project and would like to have the documentation in something better than Word. I'd like it to be in a structured format that can be queried, without knowing all the questions that will be asked in the future. I looked extensively, and while there are some graphing or network layout tools that understand predicates, they don't come with a query language. SMW has both semantic links and queries, but as a wiki is very free-form and it's not exactly an Enterprise product (I don't see many chances to convince a government to use it). Is there such a thing?

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  • The Rise and Fall of NASA's Shuttle-Centaur
    An anonymous reader writes: An article at Ars Technica tells the story of Shuttle-Centaur, a NASA project during the mid-1980s to carry a Centaur rocket to orbit within the cargo bay of a space shuttle. As you might expect, shuttle launches became vastly more complex with such heavy yet delicate cargo. Still, officials saw it as an easy way to send probes further into the solar system. They developed a plan to launch Challenger and Atlantis within 5 days of each other in mid-1986 to bring the Ulysses and Galileo probes to orbit, each with its own Shuttle-Centaur. Though popular opinion at the time was that the shuttle program was "unstoppable," individuals within NASA were beginning to push back against slipping safety standards. "While a host of unknowns remained concerning launching a volatile, liquid-fueled rocket stage on the back of a space shuttle armed with a liquid-filled tank and two solid rocket boosters, NASA and its contractors galloped full speed toward a May 1986 launch deadline for both spacecraft." The destruction of Challenger in January, 1986 put Shuttle-Centaur on hold. The safety investigation that ensued quickly came to the conclusion that it presented unacceptable risks, and the project was canceled that June.

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  • Twitter To Begin Layoffs
    An anonymous reader writes: Just a few days ago, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to the company and took over the role of CEO. Now, the NY Times reports that the company will be facing layoffs as he cuts the company's costs. Twitter somehow manages to employ over 4,100 people across 35+ offices, so many investors are thrilled with the news. "Twitter's spending has been rising. In the last quarter for which Twitter reported financial results, costs and expenses totaled $633 million, up 37 percent from a year earlier. The layoffs will most likely affect multiple areas of the company, including the engineering and media teams, according to the people with knowledge of the plans." The company is also dropping plans to build a 100,000 square-foot expansion to its headquarters.

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  • Source Code On Trial In DNA Matching Case
    An anonymous reader writes: While computer analysis by other programs was inconclusive in matching DNA evidence to a suspect, one program, TrueAllele, gave a match. As reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, an expert witness for the defense wants access to the 170,000 lines of source code to determine whether the match is scientifically valid. Not surprisingly, the software creator is resisting. From the article: "TrueAllele, created by Dr. Perlin and in its current version since 2009, is the only computer software system of its kind that interprets DNA evidence using a statistical model. It can single out individuals in a complex DNA mixture by determining how much more probable a match is versus mere coincidence. Complex mixtures can involve multiple people, as well as degraded or small DNA samples. ... Although the technology is patented, the source code itself is not disclosed by any patent and cannot be derived from any publicly disclosed source. The source code has never been revealed, he said, and it would cause irreparable harm to the company if it were. In his declaration, Dr. Perlin said that reading the source code is unnecessary to validate the program, and that a review could be done in his office or online."

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  • Study Finds Higher Rates of Premature Birth Near Fracking Sites
    An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have published a study (abstract) noting that pregnant women are more likely to give birth prematurely if they live close to fracking sites. The researchers used data from 40 counties in Pennsylvania, in which 10,946 babies were born between January 2009 and January 2013. They compared the data with the fast spread of fracking sites across the state — thousands have been built since 2006. "The researchers found that living in the most active quartile of drilling and production activity was associated with a 40 percent increase in the likelihood of a woman giving birth before 37 weeks of gestation (considered pre-term) and a 30 percent increase in the chance that an obstetrician had labeled their pregnancy "high-risk," a designation that can include factors such as elevated blood pressure or excessive weight gain during pregnancy. When looking at all of the pregnancies in the study, 11 percent of babies were born preterm, with the majority (79 percent) born between 32 and 36 weeks."

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  • Linux Foundation: Security Problems Threaten 'Golden Age' of Open Source
    Mickeycaskill writes: Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, has outlined the organization's plans to improve open source security. He says failing to do so could threaten a "golden age" which has created billion dollar companies and seen Microsoft, Apple, and others embrace open technologies. Not long ago, the organization launched the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a body backed by 20 major IT firms, and is investing millions of dollars in grants, tools, and other support for open source projects that have been underfunded. This was never move obvious than following the discovery of the Heartbleed Open SSL bug last year. "Almost the entirety of the internet is entirely reliant on open source software," Zemlin said. "We've reached a golden age of open source. Virtually every technology and product and service is created using open source. Heartbleed literally broke the security of the Internet. Over a long period of time, whether we knew it or not, we became dependent on open source for the security and Integrity of the internet."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Firefox Support For NPAPI Plugins Ends Next Year
    An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla announced that it will follow the lead of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge in phasing out support for NPAPI plugins. They expect to have it done by the end of next year. "Plugins are a source of performance problems, crashes, and security incidents for Web users. ... Moreover, since new Firefox platforms do not have to support an existing ecosystem of users and plugins, new platforms such as 64-bit Firefox for Windows will launch without plugin support." Of course, there's an exception: "Because Adobe Flash is still a common part of the Web experience for most users, we will continue to support Flash within Firefox as an exception to the general plugin policy. Mozilla and Adobe will continue to collaborate to bring improvements to the Flash experience on Firefox, including on stability and performance, features and security architecture." There's no exception for Java, though.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Open-Source Doom 3 Advances With EAX Audio, 64-bit ARM/x86 Support
    An anonymous reader writes: Dhewm3, one of the leading implementations of the Doom 3 engine built off the open-source id Tech 4 engine, has released a new version of the GPL-licensed engine that takes Doom 3 far beyond where it was left off by id Software. The newest code has full SDL support, OpenAL + OpenAL EFX for audio, 64-bit x86/ARM support, better support for widescreen resolutions, and CMake build system support on Linux/Windows/OSX/FreeBSD. This new open-source code can be downloaded from Dhewm3 on GitHub but continues to depend upon the retail Doom 3 game assets.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • BBC Optimizing UHD Video Streaming Over IP
    johnslater writes: A friend at the BBC has written a short description of his project to deliver UHD video over IP networks. The application bypasses the OS network stack, and constructs network packets directly in a buffer shared with the network hardware, achieving a ten-fold throughput improvement. He writes: "Using this technique, we can send or receive uncompressed UHD 2160p50 video (more than 8 Gbps) using a single CPU core, leaving all the rest of the server's cores free for video processing." This is part of a broader BBC project to develop an end-to-end IP-based studio system.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Over 10,000 Problems Fixed In Detroit Thanks To Cellphone App
    An anonymous reader writes: Six months ago, Detroit's city officials launched a smartphone app called "Improve Detroit." The idea was to give residents a way to easily inform city hall of problems that needed to be fixed. For example: potholes, abandoned vehicles, broken hydrants and traffic lights, water leaks, and more. Since that time, over 10,000 issues have been fixed thanks to reports from that app. "Residents have long complained about city hall ignoring litter and broken utilities. But the app has provided a more transparent and direct approach to fixing problems." Perhaps most significant is its effect on the water supply: running water has been shut off to almost a thousand abandoned structures, and over 500 water main breaks have been located with the app's help. Crowd-sourced city improvement — imagine if apps like this become ubiquitous.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Scientists Control a Fly's Heartbeat With a Laser
    the_newsbeagle writes: Researchers have demonstrated a laser-based pacemaker in fruit flies, and say that a human version is "not impossible." The invention makes use of optogenetics, a technique in which the DNA that codes for a light-sensitive protein is inserted into certain cells, enabling those cells to be activated by pulses of light. Researchers often use this method to study neurons in the brain, but in this case the researchers altered flies' heart cells. Then they activated those cardiac cells using pulses of light, causing them to contract in time with the pulses (abstract). Voila, they had an optical pacemaker that worked on living adult fruit flies. Don't worry, no one can control your heartbeat with a laser just yet. That would require inserting foreign DNA into your heart cells, and also finding a way to shine light through the impediment of your flesh and bones. But lead researcher Chao Zhou of Lehigh University is working on it.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • EFF: the Final Leaked TPP Text Is All That We Feared
    An anonymous reader writes: Wikileaks has released the finalized Intellectual Property text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which international negotiators agreed upon a few days ago. Unfortunately, it contains many of the consumer-hostile provisions that so many organizations spoke out against beforehand. This includes the extension of the copyright term to life plus 70 years, and a ban on the circumvention of DRM. The EFF says, "If you dig deeper, you'll notice that all of the provisions that recognize the rights of the public are non-binding, whereas almost everything that benefits rightsholders is binding. That paragraph on the public domain, for example, used to be much stronger in the first leaked draft, with specific obligations to identify, preserve and promote access to public domain material. All of that has now been lost in favor of a feeble, feel-good platitude that imposes no concrete obligations on the TPP parties whatsoever." The EFF walks us through all the other awful provisions as well — it's quite a lengthy analysis.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • ARM Processor On a Breadboard
    An anonymous reader writes: A normal Arduino is easy to use and cheap, but it is a reasonably slow 8-bit processor with limited memory. Why do people use them? They are simple to use and set up. Hackaday shows how to take a cheap ($6) 32-bit CPU in a breadboard-friendly package, plug in a small number of parts (resistors, LEDs, and a cable), and use an online Arduino-like IDE to program it. The chip is way more powerful than an 8-bit Arduino and the code is comparable in complexity to an Arduino sketch that does the same thing. It's an easy way to get into embedded without having to suffer through 8-bit processors. And the new Arduinos also use 32-bit ARM, so that's an option too.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Disclosed Netgear Flaws Under Attack
    msm1267 writes: A vulnerability in Netgear routers, already disclosed by two sets of researchers at different security companies, has been publicly exploited. Netgear, meanwhile, has yet to release patched firmware, despite apparently having built one and confirmed with one of the research teams that it addressed the problem adequately. The vulnerability is a remotely exploitable authentication bypass that affects Netgear router firmware N300_1.1.0.31_1.0.1.img, and N300- The flaw allows an attacker, without knowing the router password, to access the administration interface.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Itty-bitty pyttipanna
    A right Swedish spud and meat hash
    It's fair to say that Sweden is not known as a culinary world superpower.* Indeed, the locals have generally favoured being blonder than average, writing sensational pop music and designing flat-pack furniture over pushing the nosh envelope.…

  • Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay
    ICANN evaluation takes absurdity to new levels
    This time last year, the applicants for the internet top-level domain .gay were stunned to find that their application to be recognized as a "community" was rejected because they weren't gay enough.…

  • Biz founded by Chris 'I hack airplanes' Roberts files for bankruptcy
    Meanwhile, new FAA committee to develop cybersecurity protections
    One World Labs, the infosec biz founded by Chris Roberts – the security expert famous for allegedly making an airplane move sideways mid-flight without leaving his passenger seat – has filed for bankruptcy protection.…

  • Meg Whitman: Next HP Enterprise CEO is already on the payroll
    Failure rate 'very high' when hiring outside leaders
    Canalys Channels Forum Meg Whitman this week refused to say when she'll quit as chief exec of HP Enterprise – the chunk of HP that will split away from the other half that makes printers and PCs.…

  • Oracle ZFS appliance sales hit $1 billion
    Four times slower than EMC’s XtremIO
    Oracle blogs it’s sold more than a billion dollars’ worth of its ZFS appliance, with almost 15,000 systems installed by more than 5,000 customers.…

  • Ex-Logicalis UK boss Starkey signs up as EMC SDS biggie
    Forget the hype, this is going to be bigger than the biggest thing ever, says exec
    Exclusive Former Logicalis UK boss Mark Starkey has crossed the fence into vendor land for the first time, rocking up as the lead for EMC’s software defined storage unit.…

  • Apple borks Apple News ad-blocking app due to 'privacy concerns'
    Cupertino claims it is working with the developers to get the apps back in the App Store
    Apple has confirmed having removed "a few apps" from the App Store, including Been Choice - which blocked advertisements even within the native Apple News app - over what it claims are privacy concerns.…

  • Hortonworks dismisses reports of Hadoop droop
    Customer base growing, but staff still outnumber punters
    Hadoop-pusher Hortonworks has dismissed reports by analyst house Gartner that the big data market is "yet to take off".…

  • Reseller SCC slurps up 'minority' stake in SIPCOM
    Enter hosted voice and UC-as-a-service space
    Rigby Group, the parent of Midlands-based tech dynasty SCC, has acquired a minority stake in hosted voice and unified comms-as-a-service outfit SIPCOM.…

  • The IT Pro generation gap strikes again
    Wot, never heard of thin clients?
    Study Readers are usually pretty quick to tell us when we use jargon in our surveys that we haven’t defined, and quite rightly so. We work in an industry that is riddled with language abuse, and marketeers who take liberties by redefining long-established terms and inventing buzzwords to make old stuff sound new.…

  • Crypto cadre cloud-cracks SHA-1 with just $75k of compute cost
    Plans to retire cipher in 2017 may need to be brought forward
    A crypto cadre has busted the SHA-1 security standard after using $US75,000 of cloud computing resources, handily undercutting conservative crypto cracking estimates and putting such an attack within reach of well-resourced groups.…

  • HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS
    Is this really what Meg Whitman meant by 'innovative new computing experiences'?
    HP will soon release a special Star Wars edition laptop it says will allow you to “Unleash your inner Sith”.…

  • PC shipments slump in Q3, thanks to free Windows 10
    Businesses are spending on mobile transformations, not boring old computers
    The world's personal computer factories could only shove just over 70 million machines out the door during 2015's third quarter, according to box-watchers IDC and Gartner.… offline for now

  • A Few Worrisome Regressions Appear In Ubuntu 15.04 vs. 15.10 Performance
    With Ubuntu 15.10 set to be released later this month, I've started preparing for a variety of Linux performance comparisons involving the Wily Werewolf. This morning I ran some Ubuntu 15.04 vs. 15.10 benchmarks on one of my frequent test beds and it's revealed a few significant changes in some of the benchmarks...

  • Raspberry Pi KMS Driver Updated
    Eric Anholt has published an updated BCM2835 KMS driver for supporting the Raspberry Pi budget SBCs with this DRM driver...

  • Benchmark, Read Phoronix In Style While Supporting Our Work
    Many Phoronix readers have been requesting merchandise like Phoronix T-shirts as a way to support all of our open-source and Linux work at Phoronix to complement PayPal tips and Phoronix Premium subscriptions. That's now been setup...

  • Unigine 2.0 Officially Released With Big Improvements For This Linux-Friendly Engine
    While the Unigine engine isn't used by too many games compared to its presence in simulation and other industries, it remains one of my favorite engines for its top-notch Linux support over the years, beautiful OpenGL capabilities, and powering the most demanding Linux graphics tech demos. Today Unigine Corp is excited to announce the release of Unigine 2.0...

  • Open-Source Doom 3 Spin Updated With Many New Features
    While many initially looked at ioDoom3 as the exciting fork of id Software's id Tech 4 / Doom 3 source-code as it was done by some of the same folks as ioquake3, there sadly hasn't been much to report on in recent times for the project. Fortunately, the independent "dhewm3" is making strides as an open-source Doom 3 project...

  • Intel Skylake Tests On Linux 4.3 Bring A Few Changes
    With development activity on the Linux 4.3 kernel settling down, here are some fresh benchmarks comparing the Linux 4.2 and Linux 4.3 Git kernels atop Ubuntu when using an Intel Core i5 6600K Skylake system.

  • Mozilla Continues Moving Away From NPAPI Plugins
    Firefox continues making progress on loosening web developers' and users' dependence on NPAPI plug-ins with a goal still in place to remove support for most NPAPI plugins by the end of 2016...

  • Radeon KMS On PC-BSD/FreeBSD 10.2 Surprisingly Worked On A FirePro+DP System
    While open-source AMD Linux users have largely been able to take it for granted for years that the Radeon DRM/KMS driver will at least light up their display when using an older GPU, after the Radeon KMS problems I ran into on DragonFlyBSD, I didn't expect this hardware to play nicely on FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.2. Fortunately, I was proven wrong and this AMD FirePro graphics card driving a DisplayPort monitor managed to run nicely out-of-the-box...

  • Julia Language 0.4 Released
    Julia, the high-performance, high-level technical computing programming language written against LLVM, has made it to version 0.4...

  • Running Some Fresh BSD vs. Linux Benchmarks
    Given the recent releases of FreeBSD 10.2 and NetBSD 7.0, plus the H2'2015 Linux distribution updates rolling around, I've just started work on a new BSD vs. Linux operating system performance comparison...

  • AMD Makes Open-Source "Iceland" GPU Support Experimental In Linux 4.3
    AMD sent in a batch of fixes for the AMDGPU kernel driver today for Linux 4.3. One notable change with this AMDGPU DRM driver update is that it marks the Iceland/Topaz graphics processor support as experimental so it's no longer enabled by default until the support has been better vetted...

  • Enlightenment Temporarily Drops Support For Wayland
    While the Enlightenment developers were quick to implement Wayland support as an alternative to X11, with this week's v0.9.12 Enlightenment release it drops the Wayland support. However, this is just temporary and isn't much of a big deal...

  • James Bottomley: The Linux Kernel Mailing List Behavior Isn't All That Bad
    Sarah Sharp stepped down as a Linux kernel developer this week over what she feels is bad and toxic behavior on the Linux kernel mailing list with a lack of respect and colorful language. Her announcement sparked a lot of people to come out with polarized views and Matthew Garrett also ended up stepping away from making mainline kernel contributions. Well known kernel developer James Bottomley has now published a blog post expressing different views...

  • Kingston HyperX Predator SSD On Linux: Still Not Making Par
    Last week I posted some initial Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 SSD Linux benchmarks. Since those results, which were rather disappointing when factoring in the cost of this solid-state storage, I've run some more tests. While the performance has improved with a newer Skylake Linux system, the results are still not as great as advertised and I'm just returning the darn drive.

  • Mir Continues Cleaning Up Their OpenGL Code, To Support Vulkan In Future
    Since this summer we've known that Canonical developers have been looking at Vulkan in regards to supporting this forthcoming graphics API by Unity 8 and Mir. Since then we've seen work done in Mir to support renderers other than OpenGL with this Ubuntu display server. As another sign of working towards Vulkan, more of Mir's OpenGL code continues to be re-factored...

  • Calligra Words 3 Is Now A "Pure" Qt5/KF5 Application
    Following the Krita 3.0 porting work to Qt5 and KF5, Calligra Words is benefiting from the porting of shared code by Krita that they too now can be a "pure" Qt5 tool-kit plus KDE Frameworks 5 application...

  • More OpenSUSE Leap Linux Kernel Benchmarks
    Earlier this week I posted a number of openSUSE Leap benchmarks of their different kernels: debug, default, desktop, and vanilla. Here's some follow-up tests with more results from comparing the openSUSE 42.1 Leap Beta kernel builds...


  • ITC finds that Samsung and Qualcomm didn't violate NVIDIA patents

    NVIDIA's first patent lawsuit campaign isn't exactly going according to plan. The US International Trade Commission has ruled that Samsung and Qualcomm aren't infringing on NVIDIA's graphics patents. The judge rejected two of the patent claims outright and deemed a third patent invalid. There's still a chance that the ITC will rethink its decision following a review in February, but this steals a lot of the thunder out of NVIDIA's legal war -- Samsung and Qualcomm aren't facing a looming government sales ban that could force them to settle the civil dispute. NVIDIA says it's still "confident" that it'll emerge triumphant, but that may be putting on a brave face despite ... especially when Samsung's counterattack is still underway.

    Via: Reuters

    Source: NVIDIA

  • Our ongoing missions to Mars are over 50 years in the making
    recent research is showing that liquid water may be more prevalent on the red planet than previously thought. Gathering the data that led to this discovery (amongst many others) didn't just happen overnight. It's the result of over 50 years' worth of missions from Earth with sights set on Mars, not all of which were successful. We've collected some highlights from humankind's long history of hurling spacecraft toward the fourth planet from the sun, and the good news is: We're getting better at it.


  • 'Steve Jobs' writer and director on avoiding the typical biopic

    Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and Aaron Sorkin's (The Social Network, Moneyball) Steve Jobs is a unique film in many ways, not the least of which is its complete disregard for the tropes of most biographical films. Instead, it's more like a play in three parts, each of which occurs before one of Steve Jobs' infamous product reveals: the Macintosh in 1984; the NeXT computer in 1988; and the iMac in 1998. For a pseudo-follow-up to Sorkin's Oscar-winning Facebook founding story, Steve Jobs basically feels like the complete opposite. We had the chance to sit down with Sorkin and Boyle to discuss how they crafted the film, how Jobs' daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, helped the production and how they dealt with the specter of The Social Network.

    Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle (left) and writer Aaron Sorkin
    What led both of you to this project?

    Sorkin: I was asked to adapt it -- I had a really good experience with producer Scott Rudin and Sony [on The Social Network and Moneyball]. This was a very big subject that ... I said yes before I knew really what I was going to do, or anything about it. ... I knew what I didn't want to do, and that was a biopic; that cradle-to-grave structure where it's the greatest hits along the way ... I wanted to do something else. What it turned out to be is almost ... a play-like construct. It was obviously going to need two things: a visual master, and someone brilliant at getting great performances from actors. Even the best actors weren't going to be able to come in and simply learn their lines and do it. And all of those things point to Danny.

    Boyle: I've never read anything like this before. I mean, I knew a bit about Steve Jobs, but kind of the lazy bits we'd all picked up. ... Just the bravado of it, and the fact that it wasn't a biopic, and the fact that you learned so much more than you would have from a biopic. And there was also the challenge of it. I mean I love that -- when you just don't know.

    Did you look beyond Walter Isaacson's book at all for material?

    Sorkin: I read everything that I could get my hands on. But what was more important, and more valuable than that, was spending time with all of the people who are represented in the film, obviously with the exception of Steve. And then with a few dozen others beyond that. I was very lucky to be able to spend time with Lisa Brennan-Jobs. She had been unwilling to speak with Walter when he was writing the book because her father was alive at the time.

    Also, John Sculley had practically been in hiding since 1986 when he left Apple -- he was eager, in fact, to speak with me. Joanna Hoffman was a huge asset. A number of people who aren't in the movie, like Lee Clow (the ad mastermind who helped come up with Apple's 1984 commercial and "Think Different" campaign) and former Apple CEO Mike Markkula were great to talk to. And Woz [Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak] was great to talk to.

    I love how you focused on the relationship between Steve and Lisa. How did she help you craft that relationship?

    Sorkin: I have a daughter and Danny has two. I'll be honest, it was very difficult for me to initially get past Steve's treatment of his daughter. I thought ... the story kind of stops there for me. I don't care what's past that. I never said that to Lisa, but Lisa helped me past that. She would tell stories about her father that weren't necessarily the most flattering stories, but she would always, at the end of it, kind of point and say, "See? He really loved me because of this." And that was very helpful.

    How did Steve's treatment of Lisa make you feel? When I first learned about it, I thought: "This guy was a genius who's done so much. ... How do you react like this to your daughter?"

    Sorkin: Asking yourself that question kind of leads to storytelling. Once you can say, that doesn't make any sense, you find yourself wanting to answer that question.

    I like how you described the film as kind of play-like. It does feel very unique. How did you go about adapting that?

    Sorkin: To be clear, the script is play-like. The film is as cinematic as it gets!

    Boyle: What was wonderful about it was obviously the very restrictiveness of it. There's a turning point where you find it very liberating. And I think that's true of the actors as well. You can see this on Michael [Fassbender, who plays Jobs], especially in the third act. The pressure on the obligation of servicing this kind of writing is both crushing at times ... but it's actually very liberating in the end when you own it. And we devised a way of doing it that would make the actors own it. So we broke it into three [parts], so that would make it manageable size-wise. And they could just focus on each story. ... Breaking it into three and then emphasizing the difference between those three was very liberating.

    It is very challenging, initially. And it's weird, the [relationship between] restriction and freedom. We've been offered a lot of money sometimes to do things, and we've always taken less money. Because I find that very liberating as well, when you're stuck a bit.

    Sorkin: I know what Danny is saying. In television, every once in a while with the West Wing, or something, the studio would say, "We've been over budget the last seven episodes, can you write an episode with no guest cast, no new sets, no extras, that kind of thing?" Those have always turned out to be my favorite episodes because those restrictions make you think, "Okay, well this is just going to take place in a few rooms." It's better than just a blank piece of paper.

    How did you both go about making this film different than The Social Network? You can't really escape that comparison.

    Boyle: No you can't, and you shouldn't either because I think it really is a successor. Aaron's slightly shyer about this, but I thought the first time I read it was: This is part two. ... Also, when you go back and look at [The Social Network], it was amazing how it's mainly people sitting down. A major motion picture with that kind of appeal and energy and everybody sits down, all the time. And the only time they don't sit down, something enormous happens. ... That led you to its successor and how it's completely different. This [film] is all about movement. When you read it, they were always in motion. That must be because Steve was about that himself.

    Sorkin: Steve loved having meetings walking around. Even in casting, an actor would come in, and Danny would talk to them about how this is a standing-up movie. And he's right. ... Now when someone sits down, it has a dramatic meaning.

    Boyle: It sounds so puerile, the difference, but it's actually fundamental to what you're doing. Because then you know you're going to be moving, and you know the equipment you need, and we got this Steadicam operator, Geoff Haley; he became like one of the players. You know, moving around the rooms with the actors -- they would trust him.

    It always seems tough to end a story when it's based on a real person. How did you go about attacking that final act -- especially that final sequence between Jobs and Lisa?

    Sorkin: I knew, again, because this wasn't going to be a biopic, that this wouldn't end with Steve dying, or going to the doctor, or anything like that. ... Danny did something fantastic that I didn't expect. Steve walks on stage at the end, flash bulbs are going off everywhere, and he looks back and winks at his daughter, and she's looking at him. Those blue flashbulbs just begin to envelop him and he disappears. So Danny did make him die at the end.

    Boyle: It's not about the fame, and success and all that. And obviously, there's an adoring public who remains faithful despite his death, because they remain addicted to him, his philosophy, his products and his company. But it was really about: She [Lisa] has lost her dad. So the [Steve Jobs] myth lives on ... but for a girl, her dad's gone. ... We tried to make it feel like that -- very personal. And she had clearly been very fundamental to Aaron's writing. Her and Joanna, especially. We felt like we owed it to her, in some way.
    [Image credits: Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy]

  • The weird and the wonderful from Japan's biggest tech show

    CEATEC 2015 is trade show that tries to thinly spread a trend across a whole range of exhibitors: traditional electronics giants like Honda, Sharp and Panasonic mix with university research projects, startups, and just outright weird things. This year, however, there wasn't a standout one. The Internet of Things, energy efficient transport and increasingly precise robots were three vague themes, but with flashes of occasional crazy brilliance. You'll find the best discoveries from half a week in Chiba, Japan, right here. And as a sort-of-sayonara to the show, here's a gallery of the freakier sights. Slideshow-327661

  • Recommended Reading: Rick Moranis on the 'Ghostbusters' reboot and more

    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.

    Rick Moranis Isn't Retired (He Just Doesn't Know How to Change His Wikipedia Page)
    by Ryan Parker
    The Hollywood Reporter

    When the new version of Ghostbusters arrives in theaters next year, a lot of the stars from the 1980s movies will make appearances in the film. Rick Moranis isn't one of them. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moranis explains that "it just makes no sense" to him and dishes on what he's been doing for the last two decades, including his iOS 9.1 woes.

    This Is What the Future of Instagram Looks Like
    Francesca Trianni and Olivier Laurent, Time

    Five years in, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom discusses the future of the photo-driven social app.

    Scandal Erupts in Unregulated World of Fantasy Sports
    Joe Drape and Jacqueline Williams, The New York Times

    The New York Times offers a good look at the wild west of daily fantasy sports.

    China's Self-Driving Bus Shows Autonomous Tech's Real Potential
    Alex Davies, Wired
    Autonomous buses could do wonders for public transportation, and a Chinese company is hard at work developing the tech to make that happen.
    KFC: The Colonel of Two Worlds (2015) #1
    DC Comics

    Yes, seriously. And The Flash makes an appearance, too.

    [Image credit: Columbia Pictures/Getty Images]

  • Chicago's mayor wants every American high school grad to know how to code
    computer coding competency as a national requirement to graduate high school. "Just make it a requirement," Emanuel said during a recent Washington Post-sponsored policy event. "I am fine with Common Core. We adopted it in the city, one of the first cities to do it. I'm great. [But] you need this skill — national policy. Make it a high-school graduation requirement."

    "They need to know this stuff," he continued. "In the way that I can get by kind of being OK by it, they can't." To that end, the mayor has sought to make coding proficiency a graduation requirement for Chicago-area students by 2018. Under his proposal, programming classes would count for either math, science, or foreign language credit (and certainly be more useful than a year of AP Latin). Emanuel, however, did not elaborate on whether the proposed national requirement would mirror Chicago's program, nor did he reveal how often his mayoral duties require programming prowess.

    [Image Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

    Source: The Hill

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai does some exec shuffling
    CEO seat, because according to overseeing Chrome OS' development and Android's expansion into cars and wearables since last year, he's now officially the Senior Vice President handling Android, Chrome and Chromecast. Android VP Dave Burke, on the other hand, has taken up more leader-level engineering duties.

    In the ads department, Mountain View's display and video advertisement division has a new SVP in Neal Mohan. He's been involved with Google's videos and YouTube business since it acquired his company DoubleClick in 2007. Recode says Mohan is an in-demand advertising exec and was almost poached by Twitter and Dropbox on separate occasions. He and Phillip Schindler, another ads VP who's now the SVP of Global Sales and Operations, are now responsible for expanding Google's display and video businesses in the face of growing competition.

    [Image credit: pestoverde/Flickr]

    Source: Recode

  • Google search on Safari mobile to display results for iOS apps

    By the end of October, you might notice that doing a Google search via Safari on an iPhone or an iPad returns results with deep links to iOS apps. That's because Mountain View has given developers the power to do so -- they simply have to add Universal Links to their iOS apps and integrate with the Google search SDK. The company first brought app indexing to Apple's mobile platform back in May, but only the Chrome browser and the Google Search app could dig for info from within applications: Safari had no access to the feature. As we've mentioned, though, those Safari deep links won't start rolling out until late October, and you can only get them when doing a query if you've already installed iOS 9.

    Via: 9to5mac

    Source: Google Developers

  • Shovel Knight is delayed by a fortnight

    Shovel Knight was supposed to come out next week -- the operative phrase there being "supposed to". However SK's developer, Yacht Club Games, announced on Friday that the retail release for the game's 3DS, Wii U, PS4, and PC (Europe-only) versions will be delayed by two weeks until October 30th in Europe and November 4th in North America.

    Also, if you were hoping to play using physical media on your XBone, you're going to be extra pissed because the XBox One version has been nixed outright. "We really gave it our best effort, but unfortunately, because of publishing policies on that platform that are totally beyond our control, we couldn't make it happen," Yacht Club Games wrote in a recent blog post. "We're very sorry...we know there is a lot of interest - the pre-orders were really good and we thank everyone for their support!" The digital version for XBox One is still available from the Microsoft Marketplace.

    Furthermore, the Vita version has also been delayed until some time in 2016. Also, the price of the boxed games will be more expensive than previously quoted, increasing from $20 to $25 retail. This move is reportedly to prevent the games from being immediately dumped into the nearest $20-and-under bargain bin. On the plus side, each retail box will include a free download code for the game's soundtrack.

    Via: Eurogamer

    Source: Yacht Club Games

  • Only in Japan: the robot that's a smartphone that's a robot

    RoboHon ("Robot Phone") is the cutest smartphone ever: a (familiar looking) robot frame that fits in your pocket. It can take calls, dance, project photos, display maps and more. It's a 'bot with a smartphone inside. Yes, some will snort at the idea of a phone with a 2-inch touchscreen, but it's certainly an original notion -- unashamedly so. That said, is it innovative? Is there a point to it all? Does it really fit in your pocket? We'll know better when it launches here in Japan early next year. For now, here's a closer look in person, answering at least one of those questions. Slideshow-326984

    In a battle of specs, Sharp's new phone isn't going to win. It's running a special kind of smartphone software build atop Android. There's a touchscreen, camera and 4G LTE, but it's such a curiosity as to almost belong in a separate category all its own. The touchscreen is very small and pretty basic: There's only space for four icons on each home screen. Sharp's spokesman tells us this is because the primary method of using RoboHon is by talking to it; the touchscreen is a secondary interface. (You'll still need it to confirm actions, take calls and use it in noisier places.) Soft buttons are bigger and icons are huge. It could well help the RoboHon appeal to that increasingly huge subsection of Japanese smartphone shoppers: the elderly.

    There's already a range of Swarovski crystal accessories. Seriously.

    Picking up the robot-phone, it feels almost like a toy, but in a good way. It made me a little bit excited to play with it. For some reason, I just plain wanted to keep it. There's a leatherish covering on both the soles of the robot's lil' booties and his ears. And like many other plainer smartphones, there's already a range of Swarovski crystal accessories. Seriously. The emblem on the front of its chest doubles as a clip, securing it as you slide it (ridiculously, adorably) into your jacket or trouser pocket.

    The arms and legs are articulated to walk and even offer up a dance if you ask politely enough. You'll also have to brush up on your polite Japanese, because that's all it understands at the moment. It does have a pretty decent conversational grasp, accepting different wordings and directions as needed. Voice directions encompass almost everything that the robot can do: taking photos, calling people, taking memos, responding to text messages and even projecting photos and video from the tiny pico projector lodged inside its head -- including token peace-sign photos of Engadget editors that should know better.

    Sharp hasn't announced a price yet, but it's unlikely to be cheap. Then again, there's also nothing else quite like it.

  • AI could be the solution to catching tax cheats
    fear of AI usually revolves around the fear of an uprising and humans being attacked by our new robot overlords. Researchers at MIT and non-profit technology source Mitre have a new terrifying future for AI. Well, not that scary to most people, but something that could put a fright in the accountants of tax-cheating corporations. The researchers propose a using artificial intelligence to investigate complex tax shelters that keep companies and the rich from paying their fair share of taxes. It's like Skynet but with a really awesome calculator and algorithms.

    The IRS currently analyzes data from filed returns and looks for patterns from firms that are already under suspicion. It usually takes years to unravel the Gordian knot of accounting that surround dubious partnerships and good old fashioned tax evasion. The researcher's propose a system that targets partnerships and looks not just at individual returns (which on their own seem legit) but the whole network surrounding those returns that add up to fraud.

    Because the system is always looking for signals of nefarious company practices, it wouldn't need to be focus on an individual source. It could just waits until a series of tax regulations are being used concurrently that usually means someone is exploiting the system for their own gain. And, the system could evolve to detect new ways tax evaders are cheating the government.

    In their paper the researchers state: "Our approach is to model the co-evolutionary arms race between transaction sequences in ownership networks with their corresponding audit observables." Which is a fancy way of saying, it can help the IRS win. Of course it has to convince the same entity that makes you fill out a mountain of forms if you buy a house. So it might be a while before AI starts making sure we're all paying our fair share.

    Source: New York Times

  • Firefox will stop supporting web plugins (except for Flash) by the end of 2016

    Horrible browser plugins used to offer extended multimedia features for website, often at the cost of a much worse overall experience -- thankfully, they're going the way of the dodo. Chrome recently banished plugins like Java and Silverlight (and made auto-playing Flash ads disabled by default), and now Firefox is doing the same. Mozilla just announced in a blog post that nearly all old-school plugins will not be supported in Firefox by the end of 2016. That's a long ways away, but it's still good news.
    Naturally, the impossible-to-kill Adobe Flash platform is exempted from this doom, but everything else will be completely disabled. Mozilla also noted that new platforms, like the 64-bit Firefox for Windows, will launch without plugin support since they don't have to support a legacy base of users. Let's take a moment of thanks for standards like HTML5 making the web a better place to browse and start counting down the days until Flash can join Java in the internet's trash pile.
    Via: PC World

    Source: Mozilla

  • Can't accept autonomous liability? Get out of the game, says Volvo

    Volvo has an easy answer for all the hand-wringing about whose responsible when self-driving cars crash.Volvo chief executive officer and president Hkan Samuelsson says one of the most vexing challenges facing the auto industry can be solved with a simple statement: Manufacturers should be held responsible if their autonomous technology causes car accidents. Two days after the Swedish automaker pledged to be "fully liable" for accidents caused by its self-driving technology, Samuelsson pushed the entire industry to follow Volvo's lead.

    "We are the suppliers of this technology and we are liable for everything the car is doing in autonomous mode," he said Thursday during an appearance in Washington DC. "If you are not ready to make such a statement, you shouldn't try to develop an autonomous system."

    Google and Mercedes-Benz have made similar pledges, but it's not yet clear whether other automakers will follow. A spokesperson for the Auto Alliance, an industry trade group representing major OEMs says the organization has no position on whether the industry should be held liable.

    "If you are not ready to make such a statement, you shouldn't try to develop an autonomous system."

    But in the span of a few short days, the series of announcements from Volvo, Google, and Mercedes-Benz set a substantial precedent. Even though self-driving cars aren't yet on sale, the industry has been mulling questions over autonomous liability for some time, and no clear answers had emerged. Samuelsson said further inaction would hinder progress on commercial implementation of autonomobiles and stumped for federal guidance and regulation that would ready roads for deployment.

    Details of Volvo's liability pledge are still being discussed, but the CEO said his plan was ultimately a simple one. Volvo would accept liability for all crashes caused by the self-driving technology. It would not include coverage for incidents that occurred when autonomous-capable cars were under human control, nor would it cover instances when a car operated in autonomous mode could not avoid the reckless actions of another vehicle.

    "If the system is causing an accident or over-speeding because it didn't read a sign in the right way, that is what I mean," he said. "That is what should be included."

    Signs might not even be needed in an autonomous future, a possibility raised during a panel discussion at the House of Sweden, where Samuelsson made the announcement. If that prospect struck some in the transportation community as far-fetched, it struck others as obvious, just as the notion that automakers should be held responsible for their products did.

    "Why would Volvo accept liability for autonomous vehicles?" asked Alain Kornhauser, faculty chair of Princeton's Autonomous Vehicles Engineering program. "Because they know it's not going to cost them anything. They're going to make it safe. They're going to sell these suckers and make money off it, and insurance companies that see that will get rich off that."

    More than 32,000 people are killed and 400,000 injured in car crashes every year in the United States. Automakers haven't said their autonomous technology will be perfect, but with human error responsible for 94 percent of accidents, they believe they can sharply improve on that toll. Embracing the liability may be a signal the technology is nearing readiness for deployment.

    "Any corporation putting its name on something that will be driven without a driver is going to do that," said Ron Medford, director of safety for Google's self-driving car project. "Regulation is fine, and we support efforts being made to make sure the vehicle is safe. But the primary responsibility will be with the manufacturer, because it has to be."

    "The primary responsibility will be with the manufacturer, because it has to be."

    Another sign autonomous deployment may be nearing: After testing cars on public roads for six years, Google recently hired auto-industry veteran John Krafcik as the first CEO of its self-driving car program. While technology may be ready, public policy still needs development and refinement. Samuelsson, pictured above, pressed both the industry and federal government to find ways to ensure laws and regulations are adopted and consistent across the United States. In Europe, he said a patchwork of varying laws may hamper the sale and functionality of autonomous vehicles crossing from one jurisdiction into the other. He said the US could adopt a lead role by avoiding such confusion here.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials say they're researching ways to create uniform testing practices and have initiated the process of rule-making for vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which could affect how self-driving cars interact in a broader traffic environment. The irony of an automaker calling for regulations and standards, which are often loathed by industry insiders, wasn't lost on NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind.

    "From where I sit, you can have all kinds of strong voices literally yelling at us – 'Don't regulate, you'll constrain innovation!' – and at the same time, President Samuelsson is saying you need some consistency across the board," he said.

  • Stephen Hawking: 'The real risk with AI isn't malice but competence'
    answers to that Q&A session, released by Reddit yesterday, by clarifying his stance on dangerous artificial intelligence. "The real risk with AI isn't malice but competence," he wrote to a teacher who's tired of having the "The Terminator Conversation" with his students -- that is, explaining away the notion that evil, killer robots will be the main danger with AI. "A superintelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren't aligned with ours, we're in trouble." Hawking previously warned that AI could "spell the end of the human race," and he also joined Elon Musk and other notable technologists to call for a ban on autonomous weapons.

    While it's a bit less exciting than robots bent on destroying humanity, Hawking's reasoning is no less worrisome. The idea that the equivalent of an AI software bug could eventually have world-changing implications isn't exactly reassuring.

    "You're probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you're in charge of a hydroelectric green energy project and there's an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants," Hawking added. "Let's not place humanity in the position of those ants."

    Responding to another question about when AI will reach human levels of intelligence, Hawking stressed that we don't really know when that will happen. But, he noted, "When it eventually does occur, it's likely to be either the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity, so there's huge value in getting it right." To that end, he calls for being more careful about how we develop AI. Rather than just exploring "pure undirected artificial intelligence," we should instead be focusing on creating "beneficial intelligence."

    Hawking also noted that an evolved AI will be able to have drives or goals similar to living organisms. But where living creatures focus on surviving and reproducing, he notes that AI could be driven to collect more resources to fulfill its goals, citing scientist Steve Omohundro. And once again, that could spell trouble if it's taking away resources for humans.

    Pointing to a slightly more pressing issue, one Redditor asked Hawking about his thoughts on technological unemployment -- especially around the idea that we might one day reach a point where most tasks are automated, and most humans are out of work. Hawking described commonly-discussed scenarios: One where most people can live a slightly more luxurious life, if the resources produced by the machines are shared. And another where most people end up "miserably poor" and the rich people who own those machines end up consolidating wealth. At this point, Hawking sees things trending towards the second reality.

    On the lighter end of things, we also learned that Hawking's favorite movie is Truffaut's Jules and Jim, and that he somehow finds The Big Bang Theory funny. Perhaps the funniest takeaway: When one Redditor asked if Hawking remembered briefly watching Wayne's World 2 at a Cambridge video store, Hawking replied with a resounding, "NO."

    [Photo credit: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images]

    Source: Reddit

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership could spell the end of filesharing sites

    According to documents leaked by Wikileaks -- specifically, the TPP's finalized chapter on Intellectual Property -- the days of filesharing sites could quickly be coming to a close. Per the agreement, which would be enforced across all 12 member states, ISPs would be required to "remove or disable access" as soon as they "become aware" of a court decision that deems a piece of content infringes upon an existing copyright. This is a more extreme version of America's DMCA takedown notices and would effectively tie domestic ISP actions to another nation's legal decisions. So if, say, a court in Malaysia says a piece of content infringes on a Malaysian copyright, ISPs in America (really ISPs in all 12 member nations) would be required to remove it -- regardless of whether or not it infringes upon any local copyrights.

    This is especially worrisome for Canada, which has a rather relaxed "stepped" approach to content takedowns where every involved party must be notified before any action is taken. "The broadly worded provision could force Canadian ISPs to block content on websites after being notified of a foreign court order—without first having to assess whether the site is even legal under Canadian law," internet law analyst Michael Geist wrote in a recent blog post. This would constitute a significant change to Canadian copyright law and one made without input from Canadian voters.

    But don't freak out just yet. This is just the currently agreed-upon wording. The entire deal still has to be ratified by the member nations, which could see further debate and clarification on this issue. It will be a couple more months until the rest of the agreement will even be publically released -- and President Obama has promised the American people ample opportunity to review the documents once they do come out -- so just keep your pants unbunched until then.

    [Image Credit: LatinContent/Getty Images]

    Via: Motherboard

    Source: Michael Geist

  • TwitchCon made me a Twitch convert

    I'm going to admit this right up front: I wasn't looking forward to covering the first-ever TwitchCon. Sure, I co-host our weekly Playdate broadcasts and absolutely adore talking with our community of regulars who show up three times per week to watch us play games, but outside of that, I didn't spend time on Twitch. My worry for TwitchCon was that I'd be trapped inside Moscone West in San Francisco with thousands of screaming "personalities" -- like the guy I'd watched (for approximately 45 seconds, max) shout and swear his way through Community is the bedrock of Twitch. Over 20,000 fans made their pilgrimage to San Francisco for a weekend in September without a clue of what to expect from TwitchCon. What they got was an event that catered specifically to them. But somehow, it didn't seem pandering; it felt earnest. The overt fan focus of the show was all too evident: From the opening keynote where Twitch Director of Programming Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham self-deprecatingly recounted his history of broadcasting to the final moments of Deadmau5's thumping set at the official after-party.

    Flush with cash from Amazon's $970 million acquisition, Twitch could've gotten practically anyone to play its after-party at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Instead, the company hired electronic artists Darude and Deadmau5. The former likely because his 1999 track "Sandstorm" got a second life thanks to feature placement ahead of League of Legends streams, and the latter because he's an incredibly active broadcaster on the service and a massive gamer in his own right.

    Both artists seemed incredibly happy to be there, and the audience responded in kind. Chants of "We love TwitchCon" filled the gaps in Darude's beats while Twitch-specific emoticons flashed on the massive video screen above the stage. "Way to restore my faith in the gaming community," Deadmau5 later exclaimed from his LED-packed dais. "Way fucking better crowd than at the
    — Timothy J. Sepultura (@timseppala) September 27, 2015
    That feeling of gratitude for the community was a running theme throughout the entire weekend. Panels and shows took place on the Kappa stage (the "main" Twitch emoticon), and in the Sandstorm, BibleThump and FrankerZ theaters -- each name a heartfelt wink to the Twitch user-base. The talks themselves were largely focused on every facet of how to become a better broadcaster. I showed up a few minutes late to the "Broadcasting on a Budget" panel and had a hard time finding a seat. Near the end of that talk, there were people standing along the sides of the theater and snaking through the doorway.

    When the floor opened for a question-and-answer session, six people immediately jumped up to the mic, asking everything from how to stream from a Mac (use Boot Camp), how to get discovered on the service (persistence) and how much to spend on a streaming setup (around $800 for your computer). The "Women in Gaming" panel was even more popular, with BibleThump (one of the bigger theaters) at capacity, and at least 20 folks in line for the open-mic question session.

    Even at their most tired, the people I ran into were all smiles. As I sat at San Francisco International Airport at 3AM on Sunday to catch my early flight home, I noticed a small group of TwitchCon attendees draped in the company's trademark shade of purple. They were parting ways, heading back to their respective corners of the country, hugging, laughing and promising to come back next year. Almost every person I talked to that weekend was friendly and more than willing to give advice or just talk for a few minutes. Hell, I even had a chance to meet up with one of our Playdate regulars, Austin "Yauddle" Busch, take him out for drinks and break his five-year Taco Bell abstinence.

  • The best $150 over-ear headphones

    By Lauren Dragan

    This post was done in partnership with Sony MDR-7506, for the third year running, is the model I'd buy. After we researched all of the over-ears in this price range that are currently available (around 110 units in total), read countless professional and user reviews, and conducted three separate listening panels of audio professionals, the Sony MDR-7506 emerged as the clear winner.
    Who should buy this
    Over-ear headphones in this price range are made for people seeking a first serious pair to immerse themselves in the listening experience. They should offer a clear, balanced sound that accurately represents what the recording artist (be it musician, movie composer, or game sound designer) intended. Closed-back headphones in this price range, which are what we focused on in this guide, should also seal in the listening material and shut out ambient noise.

    These are great headphones for students, office workers looking to block distractions, musicians, DJs, or anyone who wants the best sound possible at a reasonable "entry-level" price.

    If you need help deciding on the best headphones for your intended use, check out our Which Headphones Should I Get? guide for decision-making assistance.
    How we chose what to test
    We listened to headphones using iPhones, iPods, iPads, Androids, and a receiver.

    First, I read lots of reviews, including those from CNET, InnerFidelity, Sound & Vision, What Hi-Fi, enthusiast forum sites, user reviews on Amazon and Crutchfield, and more. I also hold a bachelor's in both music performance and audio production from Ithaca College, and I spent several years in terrestrial radio before moving on to become a professional voice actor in Los Angeles. Additionally, I've been in charge of the headphones section at The Wirecutter for over two years, which has given me the opportunity to listen to and test hundreds and hundreds of headphones.

    After our research, we brought in all of the top and newest headphones priced from $70 to $190 so that our testing panel could hear them all back-to-back. In total, we've tested over 110 pairs, including 15 in our most recent update. Our four-listener panel has decades of experience with sound and headphones, as well as various sonic preferences, head shapes, and ear shapes, so you can be sure that if we all like something, it's pretty darn fantastic. For a full explanation of our testing methods, check out the full article.
    Our pick
    Every audio professional we interviewed spoke highly of the Sony MDR-7506.

    The Sony MDR-7506 has been our top pick three times in a row for a number of reasons. To start, this model has great reviews. CNET and Head-Fi users gush over it, and so do Amazon users, who currently give it 4 out of five stars with well over 2,000 reviews. Every audio professional I interviewed spoke highly of the MDR-7506.

    The MDR-7506 headphones sound fantastic and remain very comfortable, and every one of our panelists ranked this pair as the top choice. The design has been around forever, and these headphones last forever. They have great build quality, replaceable earcups, and a one-year warranty on parts. Some reviewers on Head-Fi and Amazon claim to have pairs over 10 years old and going strong. Finally (and perhaps most important), they're an incredible value: While they have an MSRP of $130, they typically sell on Amazon for about $90. You can feel very confident in your purchase.

    Although we love just about everything about the Sony MDR-7506, we wish the cable were removable and replaceable. Being able to swap it out for a shorter cord with a remote and a mic for mobile-device usage would be nice. And let's be honest: The MDR-7506 won't win any beauty contests. That said, many headphones that look twice as fancy also cost twice as much and sound half as good as the MDR-7506.
    The Audio Technica ATH-M40x headphones are pretty well balanced for their $100 price tag.

    Second place goes to Audio-Technica's ATH-M40x. We liked this set better than its more expensive sibling, the M50x. The 40x pair offers a dynamic, clear sound as well as a light feel and comfortable fit. The cords are removable and replaceable, too. And although this model has an MSRP of $140, it currently retails on Amazon for about $100. People who listen to a lot of rock, electronic music, hip-hop, and pop might really enjoy the top- and bottom-boosted sound. However, we liked the Sony pair's more neutral sound profile better.
    Our other options
    15 of the 110 pairs of headphones that we've tested in total.

    Third place went to the $200 Onkyo ES-CTI300, which has a lot to offer, including an inline three-button Apple-compatible remote and microphone. Our panelists were mixed in how much they liked the slightly non-neutral sound, and the fit isn't fantastic. Definitely try these headphones before you buy, if possible. If you're on a budget, we recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x, which is a pretty good buy for $70 on Amazon. On the other hand, our upgrade pick is the $400 OPPO PM-3, which is our favorite set of headphones priced less than $1,000.
    Wrapping it up
    If you're looking for an introduction to studio-level audio and you want to get it without breaking the bank, Sony's MDR-7506 is your best bet. Terrific reviews, great sound, an impressive track record, and a nice price—no wonder this pair reigns as our three-time champion. You can't go wrong.

    This guide may have been updated by The Wirecutter. To see the current recommendation, please go 'here'.

  • DARPA wants to build vehicles that disappear after delivering supplies
    DARPA is hoping to do just that. The research unit it looking to develop solutions that can carry supplies to their intended destinations and then disappear. Named for the story of a man who's wings of feathers and wax melted when he flew too close to the sun, DARPA's new ICARUS program that'll examine the possibilities is an extension of its VAPR project. Of course, we expect DARPA is aiming for a more positive outcome. VAPR, which stands for Vanishing Programmable Resources, has developed self-destructing electronic components since it began two years ago. Aside from the obvious military uses, DARPA says a vehicle that vanishes in to thin air could also offer an unmanned solution for taking critical supplies to hard to reach areas in the aftermath of events like a natural disaster. Once the load is delivered, personnel wouldn't have to worry about getting the vehicle back out of the area.

    [Image credit: SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images]

  • The Wall Street Journal's customer database was hacked
    released a statement in which he reveals the company's subscriber database was compromised by a hack. It sounds like the intrusion isn't nearly as widespread or damaging as other recent hacks have been, at least. While Lewis admits that the company found evidence of unauthorized access to its systems, the company "has not uncovered any direct evidence that information was stolen."

    It seems the attack was mostly targeted at accessing contact information like names, addresses, email addresses and other similar data. However, Lewis also noted that credit card information for about 3,500 customers "could have been accessed" -- though again, he says there's no direct evidence yet that the data was actually stolen. Those who may have had their financial information compromised will be notified in writing from by the WSJ, so if you don't get a letter, you can assume your data is safe.

    [Image credit: Shutterstock]

    Source: Dow Jones

  • Ebro Darden: the DJ who curates the sound of New York on Beats 1
    Apple Music. When the service was announced, Apple was already late to the music-streaming battle. But it hoped to gain some ground, and listeners, with a human edge. In addition to streaming music on demand and personalized playlists, Apple threw Beats 1 into the mix. The radio station would offer "human curation" in the form of three distinctly different DJs in music capitals of the world. But it also promised a star-studded lineup of hosts who would share their own playlists. Ever since, Drake's OVO Sound Radio has dropped exclusives; St. Vincent's quirky mixtapes have struck a note with fans sending in personal snippets; and Elton John's Rocket Hour has often taken listeners back to a pre-streaming era.

    Darden's two-hour spot on the radio, however, is programmed for a diverse range of listeners. On any given day, he plays a heady mix of chart-toppers and obscure tracks. But for the most part, his eclectic tastes reflect the city he's been chosen to represent. While he switches between the likes of J Balvin, Fugees, Fetty Wap, Justin Bieber and Beyonc, his sensibility remains clearly rooted in hip-hop. His interview with Chvrches, for instance, sounded like an awkward first date, but his recent interaction with Skepta, a London-based artist often called the "King of Grime," felt like a private conversation between two friends.

    "I get scared; I've been scared for hip-hop several times," Darden told Skepta on-air. "I get scared that, you know, obviously when it goes mainstream, it goes pop; it gets watered down, right? And I know that's a part of the process. But I always trust that in hip-hop the essence of it is street. So there's always gonna be someone who wants to ram their stories over music, so I know it's never gonna be gone; you know what I mean?"

    Darden's been on the radio since the early '90s. After his first stint at a station in Northern California, where he was raised, he worked his way to Hot 97, a popular New York-based radio station that's dedicated to hip-hop. "[He's] a real radio veteran, who knows every single side of it," says Peter Rosenberg, who co-hosts "Ebro in the Morning" with Darden on Hot 97. "He's a classic radio guy in that sense, he's been on the air and behind the scenes in multiple markets and lots of different stations so you get someone who really understands that side of the business."

    Over the last decade, Darden carved his niche with his unabashed opinions and personal insight into the world of hip-hop. While he presented legends on-air, he kept his ear to the ground for the next big names. As the music director and, later, program director of Hot 97, he became well-versed in the dynamics of the industry, where labels, MCs, DJs and clubs come together to make artists. "He knows all sides of music breaking in [the city]," says Rosenberg. "You get someone who has a complete view of the music landscape."​ This view made Darden one of three DJs, along with Zane Lowe in LA and Julie Adenuga in London, who were chosen to be on the front lines of Apple Music's multibillion-dollar gamble on Beats radio.

    Now, three months in, post-free trial, Apple Music's fate hangs in the balance. Whether or not its human DJs and star guests will help convert free listeners into paid customers has become a question that's more pertinent than ever. Even so, while the tech giant's music aspirations are abundantly clear, its operations and consumer base have been hidden from view.

    I recently caught up with Darden while he hosted his evening show on Beats 1. In between frequent pauses -- where he stopped to queue the next track, shared snippets about an upcoming artist or dropped his hashtag (#EbroBeats1) -- he talked about his love for hip-hop and his role as the gatekeeper of New York sound.

    As someone who represents New York on Beats 1, what would you say is the sound of New York?

    If you go around New York, you have everything from the Ramones to disco to electronic, which became house music, became hip-hop music, became freestyle. You know, obviously, you have the break beat bands of the '80s, Malcolm McLaren and things like that, which all kinda play into this overarching idea of hip-hop that we've fallen in love with. [It] pools music samples from all formats of music, and people tell their stories about being New Yorkers over that music whether it's singing or rapping.

    New York's music sound is really diverse. It's as diverse as the cultural roots here. Today while you have hip-hop, you also have Dembow, which is going on in the Dominican clubs. You have reggae music and Afrobeat; there's a big Nigerian population here and Afrobeat's really popular. Then you still have soca music, which is big and, all the while, there's been pop music; like disco was pop music. You know you gonna go to a club and you're gonna hear all of that music. That's what we try and create everyday on Beats 1 -- the things that are popular internationally, nationally and then things that are popular locally. It's like artist discovery ... discovering new artists from the local scene, whether they're pop artists or indie bands or indie hip-hop -- whatever it is.

    You're one of the most recognizable voices on Hot 97. How do you go from a hip-hop-centric station to Apple's more global, mainstream radio? In what ways are the two formats different for you?

    You must know, to be in love with hip-hop, in its truest sense, you have to be in love with music first. Hip-hop pulls from all formats to create sound. If you look at A Tribe Called Quest, their records are basically jazz samples. If you look at Run-DMC and Beastie Boys, that was rock and roll. If you look at even what Jay Z has done, there's rock samples and soul music. The basis for all that music pulls from other places. In hip-hop, when I was growing up, it was not only about enjoying the songs that are available, but doing research to know the original song that's been used. Hip-hop, to me, was loving all formats.

    I started in radio in 1990 when I was 15 years old. [Back then] hip-hop was not allowed to be played on the radio before 6PM or [it was] only on weekends. It wasn't mainstream; it was seen as aggressive. Obviously as the '90s progressed, hip-hop formats became more common. Working in a multi-format radio station is where I started.

    But in terms of format, on Hot 97, there's a lot of room for you to set the record straight or come in strong with your opinions on many hip-hop issues. Are there some things that you can and cannot do on Beats 1?

    You have to know your audience; I think that's anywhere. If you're live in a club, you gotta know who your audience is so you're always aware of what they're coming to you for and what their expectations are. Also keep in mind: We're in over 100 countries. You wanna be careful about subtle things like cultural nuances country to country. You wanna keep things just about loving the music and [not] get into things that are not about the music.

    There are a lot of opinions about Beats 1 -- what it does and doesn't do -- but there's been very little insight from the curators and the company. What does it take to build a daily show for a global audience? How do you decide what goes on the air?

    The first is what's popular, no matter where it's from. Is it popular with a large quantity of people on Earth? So that's kinda the first thing: Is the song popular or is the artist popular? Let's expose that. After that, you wanna throw in things and hits from the past that people already love. And then layered on top of that is, "Hey, you like these songs and you fell in love with these songs many years ago; here's some new music that falls in line and has a level of cohesiveness with all of these things you already love."

    For each [of us], whether it's our London crew, our LA or New York crew, we have a collective of people. We get together each week and talk about music that we're hearing and love and things we believe are ready -- you know, cause you wanna make sure an artist is ready for the opportunity. Like I may fall in love with a song from an artist, but they're not prepared for me to say, "Hey world, check this guy out," because if that song kicks off they may not have a manager or an album prepared; they may not be able to see that moment, go on tour. Here comes this moment; this song becomes super popular and now the band is not able to connect with the consumer and then that moment is gone and the band loses out on that opportunity. So we really try to be in step with the music that the artist is creating as well as give the consumer enough time to digest the things that we're exposing them to.

    What makes human curation such a big part of what Apple Music wants to do?

    In the simplest terms, people like people. Social is the world we live in. Human curation is in and around someone that you trust or someone you just met. It's like walking up to a bar to have a drink or sitting next to somebody listening to something. That's what we're trying to create: a gathering moment, sitting around discovering music together. If I haven't heard a song that Julie in London or Zane in LA [dropped] and I just walked in ... I'm like, "You know what, let's play it and let's all listen to it together; hear it for the first time together." It's about having fun, listening to music and connecting to people in a real way. I don't believe it's more complicated than that.

    Your playlists on Beats 1 often introduce new artists to listeners. Is that a personal choice as a DJ or is it something Apple Music wants to do?

    That was our mantra from the beginning. We wanted to be the place that's helping artists contact consumers as well as helping the consumer have discovery. That is the basis of what we're doing, creating a place for people to discover music. It's what we set out to do.

    Broadcast radio has been around for decades. But with internet radio, there's a sense that "radio" is somehow new. What's new about this format and what's old?

    The old and traditional is that we still call everything radio. Even though streaming technically is not radio, [because of] our love for what radio means to our culture and music, you know, we call everything radio. Even though it's not necessarily a broadcast.

    I would also say human curation is also not a new concept. Radio stations got so corporate that they began to get watered down by the desire to chase advertising. Like everything that goes mainstream -- broadcast television or radio -- everything gets repetitive and redundant and watered down in its effort to simplify and garner the biggest audience that you can. There's some still human curation pieces to that. I would say what's new is the fact that we at Apple and Beats 1 have knocked down format barriers, knocked down the structure and format of repetitive radio and broadcast. So we're giving a larger sample of what's available daily. There's still some repetition, because obviously people are coming in and coming out sampling their product, but all in all we're taking more risks and breaking more acts than traditional radio is. So that's new.

    Even though you've been on-air for years, would you say the Beats 1 format is challenging for you?

    I would say the only challenge today is not knowing the exact data on usage, so we don't know what's working [and] what's not, technically, other than the fact that we're getting a great response. Because we're new, we can't actually see how people are consuming the platform just yet. We wanna know what's working, so we can make the product better and do a better job.
    Beats 1 DJs, from left, Julie Adenuga, Ebro Darden and Zane Lowe

    What about the impact of playlists on individual artists? Whether it's humans or algorithms curating them, what do you think playlists bring to the listeners and what do they take away from the experience of an artist's catalog?

    If a consumer wants their music that way, who can say it's wrong? I'm sure an artist that creates an album might not be happy that their album has been plucked apart, taken out of order and placed in a playlist because they created something and they want it that way. But you know, it's up to the consumer to decide what they want. There's no one right answer on that.

    I'm not the guy who wants to tell people how to consume their entertainment. I believe people [who like] an artist will go buy an album and buy concert tickets and a T-shirt, et cetera. For people who don't have that deeper relationship with an artist, they won't buy an album. That choice is amazing for the consumer; it may not be so amazing for the artist and the creators of content because they have less control. But I'm in favor of the consumer having the choice. Power to the people; that's just the kind of person I am.

    What inspires you to stay on radio decade after decade?

    First, I was raised around music -- the instruments, the melodies and stories. I love great voices and great soulful music -- I mean heartfelt, not specifically just a soul sound; really just the human spirit. Next after that, being able to put something together that would allow someone to escape from their problems or be connected in a real way to someone else who's going through a similar problem. That's kinda how I fell in love with radio ... creating something for someone that's helping them through their day.

    [Image credit: Robin Marchant via Getty Images (top), Beats 1 (center and bottom)]

  • Debian dropping the Linux Standard Base
    The Linux Standard Base (LSB) is a specification that purports to define the services and application-level ABIs that a Linux distribution will provide for use by third-party programs. But some in the Debian project are questioning the value of maintaining LSB compliance - it has become, they say, a considerable amount of work for little measurable benefit.  It's too much work for little benefit, and nobody wants to do it, so what's the point - just drop it. At least, that seems to be the reasoning.  But Debian's not throwing all of the LSB overboard: we're still firmly standing behind the FHS (version 2.3 through Debian Policy; although 3.0 was released in August this year) and our SysV init scripts mostly conform to LSB VIII.22.{2-8}. But don't get me wrong, this src:lsb upload is an explicit move away from the LSB.  That's too bad - the FHS is an abomination, a useless, needlesly complex relic from a time we were still using punch cards, and it has no place in any modern computing platform. All operating systems have absolutely horrible and disastrous directory layouts, but the FHS is one of the absolute worst in history.

  • NetBSD 7.0 released
    NetBSD 7.0 has been released. It's got kernel scripting with Lua now, and introduces support for a whole bunch of new ARM boards, as well as support for multiprocessor support for ARM. There's a whole lot more, so go check it out.

  • Elon Musk takes shots at Apple
    Elon Musk, in an interview over at Handelsblatt:  Apple just hired some of Tesla's most important engineers. Do you have to worry about a new competitor?  Important engineers? They have hired people we've fired. We always jokingly call Apple the "Tesla Graveyard." If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding.  Do you take Apple's ambitions seriously?  Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? (laughs) No, seriously: It's good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches. You can't just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car. But for Apple, the car is the next logical thing to finally offer a significant innovation. A new pencil or a bigger iPad alone were not relevant enough.  He's not wrong. Should be interesting: Tesla and Apple are companies with some of the most.... Enthusiastic fans, and I'm sure there's quite some overlap.

  • Why does Microsoft exist? An interview with Satya Nadella
    Yesterday's Windows 10 hardware launch event was without question the best Microsoft in ages - and arguably the tech launch event of the year. Microsoft unveiled its first-ever laptop, showed off an updated Surface Pro 4, and announced a new lineup of phones, all while articulating a confident, aggressive strategy of turning Windows 10 into the underlying software service and platform for virtually everything in your life.  That huge bet might not pay off - Apple and Google are still formidable competitors, and the road back to mobile relevance will be a long one - but it's more vision and purpose than we've seen from Redmond in years. So I sat down with new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the soon-to-open Microsoft flagship store in Manhattan to ask him how he'd changed the entire vibe at Microsoft in the past 18 months, and what he hopes to accomplish in the next 18 months. We also talked about how he plans to keep his Windows OEM partners happy even as Microsoft's Surface Book laptop competes directly with their high-end products, and just how he plans to get back in the phone game.  I like Nadella, and I like what Microsoft is doing right now. Even though I can't really put my finger on it, I have a fondness for the Surface line-up, and if it wasn't for Metro being useless, I would not have opted for a MacBook Pro. I've also always liked Windows Phone, and even though I don't believe it's going anywhere, and despite the many, many stumbles Microsoft has made along the way, I still think it's definitely the most unique of the three major mobile platforms.  By letting go of 'Windows everywhere' and instead focussing on making great products for everyone - no matter your platform of choice - I think Microsoft has a real shot at getting back in the consumer game.

  • Google launches Accelerated Mobile Pages
    Facebook's got Instant Articles and Apple's got Apple News, and now Google has something called Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, together with a whole bunch of partners.  AMP HTML is a new way to make web pages that are optimized to load instantly on users' mobile devices. It is designed to support smart caching, predictable performance, and modern, beautiful mobile content. Since AMP HTML is built on existing web technologies, and not a template based system, publishers continue to host their own content, innovate on their user experiences, and flexibly integrate their advertising and business models - all within a technical architecture optimized for speed and performance.  The big difference between AMP and other initiatives: AMP is open source and available on Github, and anybody can use the code as they see fit.

  • League of Legends' chat service architecture
    League of Legends players collectively send millions of messages every day. They're asking friends to duo-queue, suggesting a team comp on the champ select screen, and thanking opponents for a good game. On July 21st of this year (I picked a day at random), players forged 1.7 million new friendships in the game - that's a lot of love! And each time players send a message they trigger a number of operations on the back-end technology that powers Riot chat.  In the previous episode of this series on chat, I discussed the protocol we chose to communicate between client and server: XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol). Today I'll dive into the mechanisms in place on the server-side and the architecture of the infrastructure, and I€™ll discuss the work we€™ve done to ensure that our servers are scalable and robust. Like the last article, I hope it€™ll be interesting to anyone building out chat features to a distributed client base.

  • Microsoft unveils new Lumias, Surface laptop
    Microsoft announced a whole bunch of new products today - all from the devices team. We've got two new high-end Lumia phones, the 950 and 950XL. These phones have all the latest specifications, and peculiarly enough, they are water-cooled (I'm not joking). They obviously run Windows Phone 10, and support the Continuum feature, so you can hook them up to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and you'll be greeted by something that looks a lot like a regular windows 10 desktop. Universal application swill automatically scale between the two different screen sizes. Pretty nifty.  Microsoft also unveiled two new Surface devices: the Surface Pro 4 - a thinner, faster, and all-around better version of the Surface Pro 3 - but also the long-awaited Surface laptop, dubbed the Surface Book. The Surface Book is crazy powerful, has a beautiful display and full, regular keyboard, a crazy hinge that really sets it apart, and just like any other Surface, the screen can some off - but this time, using something Microsoft calls "Muscle Wire", electrified attachment points that keep the two parts firmly together - you can grab it by the screen and dangle it without any fear of the two parts disconnecting.  The keyboard half contains a discrete graphics chip and some batteries, while the rest of the computery parts are housed within the display. Microsoft makes some crazy claims about performance, but we'll have to see some proper benchmarks first. In any case, it looks like the kind of laptop Microsoft wanted its partner to build - but we all know something like this is simply beyond the capabilities of the likes of Dell or HP.  That being said, the Surface Book ain't cheap, and starts at $1500.

  • Google posts Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images
    Last night, Google posted the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images online, for the Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 (Wi-Fi), and Player. since these are factory images, you'll have to perform a wipe and install. If you don't want to go through the hassle of doing so, you'll have to wait for the OTA updates rolling out in the coming weeks.  If you want to take the plunge, AndroidCentral has a great guide on how to do so.

  • EU's highest court rejects 'safe harbor' agreement with US
    The European Court of Justice has just ruled that the transatlantic Safe Harbour agreement, which lets American companies use a single standard for consumer privacy and data storage in both the US and Europe, is invalid. The ruling came after Edward Snowden's NSA leaks showed that European data stored by US companies was not safe from surveillance that would be illegal in Europe.  This could have far-reaching consequences for Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other US tech giants operating in Europe.

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thoroughly reviewed
    If we were to ask for any new feature from a new Android version, it would be some kind of scalable update solution. Right now a custom update still needs to be built for every single individual device model, and that's really not a workable solution when you have more than 24,000 models out there. The Stagefright vulnerability seemed to be a wakeup call for the Android ecosystem, but it came too late to affect anything in Marshmallow. Google instituted monthly updates for Nexus devices, and OEMs are pledging to bring the monthly update program to flagship devices. The majority of Android devices, though - the low-end devices - are being ignored. Monthly updates for Google, Samsung, and LG flagships only works out to a very small percentage of the Android install base.  Android 6.0 could dispense gold nuggets and clean my bathroom for free, but as long as this update hell exists, it's all for naught.

  • HP announces OpenSwitch
    HP today announced the launch of the OpenSwitch community and a new open source network operating system (NOS). HP and key supporters, Accton Technology Corporation, Arista, Broadcom, Intel, and VMware, are delivering a community-based platform that provides developers and users the ability to accelerate innovation, avoid vendor lock-in, and realize investment protection as they rapidly build data center networks customized for unique business applications.  Here's the official OpenSwitch site - and I'll admit, this goes way over my head.

  • Microsoft's new Windows Phones
    The Lumia 950 and its bigger sibling are intended not as a revolution, but as a solid foundation to a brighter and better future for Microsoft's mobile efforts. They should be judged on that basis, not on whether they're able to make a dent in the Apple and Google duopoly. To achieve that lofty goal, Microsoft will need multiple generations of devices as well as the collaboration of other service providers willing to bring their apps to its platform. Tomorrow's event will be indicative of how progress is going along that path, while also giving us a pair of interesting new devices to talk about.  I have little to no hope for Windows Phone. It's done.  One interesting note for tomorrow's Microsoft event: there's rumblings and rumours about Google unveiling official Google applications for Windows 10 tomorrow. It's nothing solid, and take it with some salt, but it wouldn't be that surprising - just as Microsoft needed Apple almost 20 years ago, Google may need Microsoft today.

  • Apple vs. Android usage stats on Pornhub
    September means the beginning of sweater weather, the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the launch of a new iPhone. Now that the highly anticipated iPhone 6s line has finally hit stores and is smashing sales records, the Pornhub statisticians have decided to dig through the data and found out what it is that separates iPhone-wielding Pornhub users from our Android-loyal visitors, in terms of how they interact with the site and what kinds of content they prefer. Currently, just over 60% of our traffic comes from mobile devices, so without any further ado, let's take a look at what makes each of these major subsets of Pornhub's viewership tick.  I didn't put the link in the copied blurb itself. The following link is to the company blog, and not the Pornhub site itself, so it's completely safe for work, and contains no nudity or otherwise inappropriate content, so you can read it for the interesting mobile stats without any worries. It's still a link to the Pornhub domain, so you might want to skip this one if you're on a work computer or someone else's machine.  Here's the link. And yes I find it totally hilarious the OSNews database now contains a link to the Pornhub domain.

  • "Google's Nexus phones are just ads"
    I've spent the past couple of days desperately trying to puzzle out the purpose behind Google's newly announced Nexus 5X and 6P smartphones. Unlike predecessors such as the Nexus One and Nexus 5, these phones don't have a clear reason for being, and are not in themselves terribly unique. That's led me (and others) to question Google's overall aim with the Nexus line of pure Android smartphones, and I think I've finally arrived at an answer. The Nexus program is not so much about carrier independence or purity of Android design as it is about presenting Google in an overwhelmingly positive light. In other words, Google, the ultimate ad seller, sells Nexus phones as ads for itself.  This article feels a bit like a trainwreck to me. It just doesn't make any sense. Of course Nexus devices are built specifically to put Android and Google's services on a pedestal - has anyone ever claimed otherwise? Has anyone ever seen them as anything but? The tone of the article also tries to somehow posit this as a negative thing, which I don't understand either. Some of the very best Android phones of all time have been Nexus phones, so aren't they a great thing for us consumers? What's the problem here?  Making Android profitable for Android phone makers is one of the great challenges of our time. We're all better off when we buy things from sustainable companies that we know will still be around when we have an issue months or years down the line. I wish Google would recognize that and try to do more to support Android as a whole rather than just its own good name. Nexus devices have in the past and can still serve nobler purposes than just making Google look good.  No, it's not. The goal of Android is to reach as many people as possible, and do so in a way that benefits us as consumers as much as possible. Expensive Android devices with 50% profit margins don't benefit us at all - they just allow major corporations to suck money out the economy and shadily funnel it to foreign tax havens. We benefit from access to high-quality phones at reasonable prices running Android-proper - and anything that pushes the Samsungs and HTCs of this world to do so is a huge win for consumers.

  • El Capitan's System Integrity Protection
    With El Capitan released, there's one 'feature' that really needs to be highlighted - for better or worse.  System Integrity Protection (SIP, sometimes referred to as rootless) is a security feature of OS X El Capitan, the operating system by Apple Inc. It protects certain system processes, files and folders from being modified or tampered with by other processes even when executed by the root user or by a user with root privileges (sudo). Apple says that the root user can be a significant risk factor to the system's security, especially on systems with a single user account on which that user is also the administrator. System Integrity Protection is enabled by default, but can be disabled.  Here's Apple's WWDC presentation about SIP, and here's the Ars review's section about it.

  • Science on Android
    I have covered a lot of different scientific packages that are available under Linux in this space, but the focus has been on Linux running on desktop machines. This has been rather short-sighted, however, as lots of other platforms have Linux available and shouldn't be neglected. So in this article, I start looking at the type of science you can do on the Android platform.

  • A First Look at IBM's New Linux Servers
    Today, IBM announces the latest of its Power Systems line of high-end servers. These are the Power Systems S812LC, the Power Systems S822LC (for commercial computing) and the high-performance Power Systems S822LC. All of them are custom-built for Linux. 

  • The Ubuntu Conspiracy
    A recent rumor has sparked waves of fear and outrage throughout the Linux community. The word is that Microsoft is in secret negotiations to purchase Canonical, the Ubuntu company. 

  • Vigilante Malware
    Vigilante. The word itself conjures up images of a man in a mask, leaping across rooftops as he chases wrongdoers, dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight. In films and on TV, the vigilante is usually the character we support. But would you welcome a vigilante into your home in real life? 

  • Non-Linux FOSS: Code Your Way To Victory!
    One of my favorite things about grade school was when the teacher would review for a test by playing Jeopardy. I'm pretty old, so my version of classroom Jeopardy was done on a chalkboard with the teacher reading answers from index cards, but the new computer-based versions I see in schools are at least as cool.

  • Dealing with Boundary Issues
    The other evening a bunch of us were sitting in a friend's living room while a series of photos scrolled across her TV. The photos were a screen saver served up by her new Apple TV box. Some of the pictures were of people, birds, flowers, cats and other typical stuff.

  • System Status as SMS Text Messages
    If you're paying really close attention, you'll remember that in my last article, I was exploring the rudiments of a script that would accept a list of words as input and create a word search grid, suitable for printing.

  • Libreboot on an X60, Part I: the Setup
    Recently I wrote a review for the Linux Journal Web site on the Purism Librem 15 laptop. The goal of this laptop is to provide a piece of modern hardware that can run 100% free software not just for the OS, but also all device drivers and firmware up to and including the BIOS.

  • New Products
    Please send information about releases of Linux-related products to or New Products c/o Linux Journal, PO Box 980985, Houston, TX 77098. Submissions are edited for length and content.   

  • Vagrant Simplified
    I admit it, some tools confuse me. I know they must be amazing, because programs don't get popular by being dumb (well, reality TV, but that's another story). I have the same sort of confusion with Vagrant that I have with Wine, Docker, Chef and countless other amazing tools people constantly rave about. So in this article, I'm going to break down Vagrant into its simplest form. 

  • Bluetooth Hacks
    Connect to the Internet, work with your files, lock your workspace, listen to music and do so much more with the help of Bluetooth technology. 

  • Disney's Linux Light Bulbs (Not a "Luxo Jr." Reboot)
        Last week, Disney announced its latest project: Linux Light Bulbs. Although it sounds like an adorable animated feature starring our favorite OS, it's actually an exciting new networking technology. Of course, Linux plays a central role.    

  • Linux and the Internet of Things
    I wake up in the middle of the night, mouth parched and vision blurry, and fumble around to find my iPhone. I press my thumb to the fingerprint scanner, and in the dim blue light, just out of instinct, I squint at the screen, find the right app, open it, and check the ambient temperature and air quality indoors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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