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- Red Hat: 2014:1172-01: procmail: Important Advisory
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated procmail packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, and 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]
- Red Hat: 2014:1173-01: flash-plugin: Critical Advisory
LinuxSecurity.com: An updated Adobe Flash Player package that fixes multiple security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 Supplementary. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Critical security [More...]
- The road to Rust 1.0
The Rust Programming Language Blog has an articledescribing recent changes to the language and what remains to be donefor the eventual 1.0 release. "The key to all these changes has beena focus on the core concepts of ownership and borrowing. Initially, weintroduced ownership as a means of transferring data safely and efficientlybetween tasks, but over time we have realized that the same mechanismallows us to move all sorts of things out of the language and intolibraries. The resulting design is not only simpler to learn, but it isalso much 'closer to the metal' than we ever thought possible before. AllRust language constructs have a very direct mapping to machine operations,and Rust has no required runtime or external dependencies."
- RPM 4.12.0 released
Version 4.12.0 of the RPMpackage manager is out. New features include weak dependencies("suggests," "recommends," "supplements," and "enhances" tags), a newrpm2archive utility to turn a package into a tar archive,lots of internal improvements, the removal of the "collections" feature,and, for those who think it is wise, the ability to put files larger than4GB into a package.
- Intel's Edison Brings Yocto Linux to Wearables (Linux.com)
Linux.com takesa look at Intel's Edisoncomputing module. "Linux-based platforms for wearables include Android Wear, Samsung's Tizen SDK for Wearables, and now Intel's Yocto Linux and Intel Atom-based Edison computing module. The Edison was released last week in conjunction with the Intel Developer Forum. Prior to the formal launch, some 70 Intel Edison beta units have been seeded, forming the basis for about 40 Edison-based projects, says Intel."
- Freenode server compromised
The freenode infrastructure team found a serverissue that indicated that an IRC server may have been compromised."We immediately started an investigation to map the extent of theproblem and located similar issues with several other machines and havetaken those offline. For now, since network traffic may have been sniffed,we recommend that everyone change their NickServ password as aprecaution." (Thanks to Paul Wise)
- Security advisories for Monday
Fedora has updated curl (F20: twocookie-handling vulnerabilities), GraphicsMagick (F19: code execution), libreoffice (F20: file disclosure), and procmail (F20: code execution).
Mageia has updated dump (denialof service/possible code execution), glibc(two vulnerabilities), libgadu (missing sslcertificate validation), mariadb (code execution), and moodle (two vulnerabilities).
openSUSE has updated LibreOffice(13.1, 12.3: two vulnerabilities).
Red Hat has updated axis(RHEL5&6: SSL hostname verification bypass), python-django-horizon (RHEL OSP4.0:multiple vulnerabilities), and qemu-kvm-rhev (RHEL OSP4&5, RHEL6:code execution).
SUSE has updated firefox(SLES11 SP1: multiple vulnerabilities), flash-player (SLED11 SP3: multiplevulnerabilities), and glibc(SLE11 SP3: code execution).
Ubuntu has updated curl (two cookie-handling vulnerabilities).
- LedgerSMB 1.4.0 released
Version 1.4.0 of the LedgerSMB accounting system is out. It features a newcontact management subsystem, a reworked report generation subsystem,better integration with other business applications, and more. Theannouncement left out download information; those who are interested canfind the software at ledgersmb.org.
- Kernel prepatch 3.17-rc5
The fifth 3.17 prepatch is out. "SoI should probably have delayed this until Wednesday for sentimentalreasons: that will be 23 years since I uploaded the 0.01 source tree. ButI'm not an overly sentimental person, so screw that. I'm doing my normalSunday release." Linus noted that this is a relatively large set ofchanges, so any thoughts of doing an early 3.17 release (to avoid conflictsbetween the merge window and his travel plans) have to be put aside.
- Klumpp: Listaller: Back to the future!
At his blog, Matthias Klumpp provides an update on recent work in Listaller, the cross-distribution framework for third-party package installation. The core issue is that Listaller currently relies on PackageKit's plugin infrastructure, which is going away. As a result, Klumpp has started work on a substantial rewrite of Listaller that will integrate with AppStream and other up-to-date tools. He is also, notably, taking this opportunity to trim down the project in other respects: "The new incarnation of Listaller will only support installations of statically linked software at the beginning. We will start with a very small, robust core, and then add more features (like dependency-solving) gradually, but only if they are useful. There will be no feature-creep like in the previous version."
- Friday's security updates
Debian has updated bind9(denial of service) and gnupg (key disclosure).
SUSE has updated glibc (SLES10 SP4; SLES11 SP1:multiple vulnerabilities) and firefox (SLES10 SP3; SLES10 SP4: multiple vulnerabilities).
Ubuntu has updated thunderbird (12.04, 14.04: multiplevulnerabilities).
- Hertzog: Freexian’s first report about Debian Long Term Support
On his blog, Raphaël Hertzog reports on the first few months of work on Debian Long Term Support (LTS). Official support for Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) ended in May and the LTS is an effort to continue the support until February 2016 (five years after the original release). Hertzog's company, Freexian, is collecting subscriptions to pay Debian developers to work on the LTS. Reports from the two developers sponsored, Thorsten Alteholz and Holger Levsen, are also linked from the report."It’s worth noting that Freexian sponsored Holger’s work to fix the security tracker to support squeeze-lts. It’s my belief that using the money of our sponsors to make it easier for everybody to contribute to Debian LTS is money well spent.As evidenced by the progress bar on Freexian’s offer page, we have not yet reached our minimal goal of funding the equivalent of a half-time position. And it shows in the results, the dla-needed.txt still shows around 30 open issues. This is slightly better than the state two months ago but we can improve a lot on the average time to push out a security update…"(Thanks to Paul Wise.)
- Yao: The State of ZFS on Linux
At the ClusterHQ blog, Richard Yao looks at the current status of the ZFSOnLinux (ZoL) project. He argues that ZoL is ready for production use for a number of different reasons, all of which boil down to the belief that the ZFS filesystem port to Linux has achieved the same level of data integrity, runtime stability, and features as have the other platforms where ZFS runs. "Sharing a common code base with other Open ZFS platforms has given ZFS on Linux the opportunity to rapidly implement features available on other Open ZFS platforms. At present, Illumos is the reference platform in the Open ZFS community and despite its ZFS driver having hundreds of features, ZoL is only behind on about 18 of them."
- Thursday's security advisories
Debian has updated curl (twocookie-handling vulnerabilities) and file(regression in previous security update).
Fedora has updated qemu (F20:information leak).
openSUSE has updated glibc (13.1,12.3: three vulnerabilities) and procmail(13.1, 12.3: code execution).
Oracle has updated kernel 2.6.39 (OL6; OL5:denial of service), kernel 2.6.32 (OL6; OL5: twovulnerabilities), kernel 3.8.13 (OL7; OL6:denial of service), and procmail (OL5: codeexecution).
SUSE has updated firefox(SLE11SP2: two vulnerabilities) and LibreOffice (SLE11SP3: two vulnerabilities,one from 2013).
- [$] A common Markdown
The Markdown text-markup format was created in 2004 by John Gruber,and has been widely adopted—especially in applications wheresome sort of text formatting is desirable, but full HTML is, for somereason, considered overkill. Despite its wide adoption,though, there have long been differing interpretations of variousambiguities in the canonical description of the format, leading toincompatible implementations. Now a small team of Markdownenthusiasts has decided to publish a more formal specification thatcan be used as a strict guidebook for implementers concerned aboutvalid formatting.
- KDE e.V. election results
The new KDE e.V. board has been announced. "Of the five positions of the KDE e.V. board, three were up for re-election. Lydia Pintscher’s first term on the board lapsed, and she ran for re-election. Marta Rubczynska took over mid-term when Agustin Benito Bethencourt stepped down from the board, and stood for election for a regular board seat. Because of their proven commitment and steady hand, both won their seats with ease. Together with Albert Astal Cid and Pradeepto Bhattacharya they will provide the experience and continuity needed for the board to perform it’s function. The remaining board seat was contested between Jos Poortvliet and Aleix Pol, both long-standing and committed KDE community members. It was won in a tight race by Aleix Pol. He will bring his experience from building KDE Spain to the mothership of KDE e.V. Good luck to him and the whole new board, and many thanks to Jos for standing up for election."
- How to create a software RAID-1 array with mdadm on Linux
Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a storage technology that combines multiple hard disks into a single logical unit to provide fault-tolerance and/or improve disk I/O performance. Depending on how data is stored in an array of disks (e.g., with striping, mirroring, parity, or any combination thereof), different RAID levels are defined (e.g., RAID-0, […]Continue reading...The post How to create a software RAID-1 array with mdadm on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to backup a hard disk on Linux How to clean up disk space on Linux How to set up a Samba file server to use with Windows clients What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins How to manage LVM volumes on CentOS / RHEL 7 with System Storage Manager
- Linux Tech Support & Time Warner
With a sigh of resignation. I got myself into the support call queue and waited about ten minutes for my turn. Finally, “Bradley” informed me that he was pleased to help me and would I be good enough to tell him the nature of my problem. Just a tad grumpy from his enthusiasm, I ‘splained what was going on.
- Rugged COM Express module taps quad-core AMD SoC
Hectronic’s Linux-ready “H6066″ COM Express Compact Type 6 module offers a quad-core AMD G-Series SoC, soldered memory, and optional -40 to 85?C operation. Like Hectronic’s Qseven form-factor H6069 computer-on-module, the Linux-enabled H6066 uses the Embedded G-Series SoC (system-on-chip) with AMD Radeon HD 8000E graphics with AMD’s Open CL support. However, instead of the dual-core version […]
- The Court's Own Words: Life Without Title II Has Online Discrimination, Paid Prioritization, Exclusive Deals, And Maybe Blocking
To hear Tom Wheeler and most of the big broadband players explain the net neutrality situation, the appeals court decision back in February laid out a "roadmap" for the FCC to continue to use Section 706 for its open internet rules. But that's not actually true. It's a clear misrepresentation of what the court actually said. The language of the Verizon decision by the DC Circuit court is pretty clear: unless the FCC rests its rules in Title II of the Communications Act, the FCC must permit the carriers to engage in discrimination, charge access fees, cut exclusive deals, and perhaps block websites. Despite this, the FCC is proposing to use Section 706 (again), rather than Title II, and the court already ruled that Section 706 does not authorize network neutrality in January. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140912/06281128502/courts-own-words-life-without-title-ii-has-online-discrimination-paid-prioritization-exclusive-deals-maybe-blocking.shtml
- How network virtualization is used as a security tool
When people think of network virtualization, the advantages that come to mind typically include faster provisioning of networks, easier management of networks and more efficient use of resources. But network virtualization can have another major benefit as well: security.
- Fanless mini-PC runs Linux on Via QuadCore E-Series
Via’s rugged, Linux-ready “Artigo A1300″ mini-PC uses a new Via QuadCore E-Series CPU and VX11PH GPU, and offers dual HDMI, GbE, and optional 3G and WiFi. The $550 Artigo A1300 is one of a long line of Linux-ready Via Artigo mini-PCs, such as the circa 2010 Artigo A1100. The fanless, 7.28 x 6.38 x 1.75-inch […]
- Installing, troubleshooting MongoDB 2.6.4 startup failure on Fedora 20
The latest stable edition of MongoDB is version 2.6.4, but the version available in the repositories of Linux distributions, including Fedora and Debian/Ubuntu, is version 2.4.6. There are functions available on version 2.6.4 that are not supported in version 2.4.6, so if you are taking any of the online classes provided by MongoDB, Inc, you should be running version 2.6.4.
- Emulate Ubuntu Touch
Aid development for and generally test out Canonical’s own phone and tablet OS using the Ubuntu Touch emulator
- Better font support in LibreOffice on Fedora
Fedora and LibreOffice developer Caolán McNamara recently blogged about some fonts (specifically some fonts for OSX) not showing up in the font chooser in LibreOffice on Linux. It turns out […]
- Is It Time to Cleave Linux in Two?
Fires may be easy to start, but putting them out is a different matter. Case in point: the Systemd inferno. What started a few weeks ago as a relatively straightforward controversy over an oft-debated technology Visit the VMware Tech Center has now virtually blown up in Linux fans' faces. The latest flareup? None other than the suggestion that Linux be split in two.
- 7 Crazy-Named, Crazy Good Open Source Enterprise IT Tools
Enterprise IT is a very serious matter, but you might not know it judging by the software tools that are often integral to its operations. The list of odd names in today's data centers and enterprise IT shops also highlights the ongoing trend of polyglot programming. Today's applications and services are based on a wider variety of application components and run on a wider array of infrastructure.
- The Importance of Openness to the Internet of Things
Consumers today are in an awkward position. Personal privacy is being wiped out by the Internet. At the same time, new technologies that interconnect our devices, homes and offices are offering stupendous advantages. Welcome to the new Internet of Things' open world. "Openness" means something different depending on whether you're basking in the convenience or contributing to a vendor's cash flow.
- Springseed Cultivates Note-Taking Simplicity
Springseed is a simple note-taking app for Linux that features full Markdown language support. Most Linux note and text-editing tools do not incorporate Markdown symbols. The real beauty of this feature is that you do not have to use it. You still have a minimalistic yet very efficient note-taking tool that doubles as a Markdown editor. The Markdown language lets you easily format plain text.
- College Degree vs. Coding Experience: Which Matters More?
Well it was another rough week here in the Linux blogosphere, thanks to the ongoing conflagration over Systemd. Linux Girl hasn't dared shed her flame-retardant cape yet -- just in case -- but was relieved when the conversation took a turn late in the week down at the blogosphere's seedy Broken Windows Lounge. More than a few bloggers were seeking some respite from the flames.
- Matthew Miller: The Remaking of Fedora 1, 2, 3
Fedora is perhaps one of the hallmark Linux distributions. It is sponsored by Red Hat, the commercial developer of RHEL. Red Hat's investment in the Fedora community is collaborative. Fedora Linux releases often provide RHEL developers with a field test environment that incubates innovative open source software technologies. Red Hat Linux 1.0 was released in late 1994 as Red Hat Commercial Linux.
- Fanning the Flames of the Systemd Inferno
They say art imitates life, but it's surprising how often the same can be said of the Linux blogs. Case in point: Just as the world at large is filled today with fiery strife -- Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Ferguson -- so, too, is the Linux blogosphere. Of course, it's not political, social or racial struggles tearing the FOSS community apart. Rather, the dividing issue here is none other than Systemd.
- Peach OSI Is Fresh and Juicy
Peach OSI is a new Linux distro that stands apart from the crowd. Its first stable version was just released in June -- yet it displays more performance traits and sophistication than many Linux distros that have been searching for an audience for years. In the crowded Linux distro field, it is very rare to find a newcomer that is not like any of the others.
- Kano's Alejandro Simon: If This, Then Do That
Imagine a world where playing Pong and Minecraft gives people the power to program their computers. That world is Kano. A crowdfunded startup, it took the idea behind Lego to teach computer programming by playing first-generation computer games. Kano launched on Kickstarter in November 2013. More than 13,000 people from some 50 countries raised $1.5 million in 30 days.
- Open Source Software: Sailing Into Friendlier Seas
Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation.
- Torvalds Says Yes to the Desktop
It was just a few short weeks ago that we here in the Linux blogosphere were rehashing the open source world's documentation dilemma -- one of those perennial topics bloggers love to resurrect whenever there appears to be a lull in the conversation. At the time, alert readers may recall, Linux Girl compared the topic to the ongoing "Year of Linux on the Desktop" debate -- another favorite.
- Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development
jralls (537436) writes The New York Times broke a story [Monday] (paywalled if you look at more than 10 stories a month) about ToDo, "an open group of companies who run open source programs" who are seeking to "committed to working together in order to overcome" the challenges of using FOSS, "including ensuring high-quality and frequent releases, engaging with developer communities, and using and contributing back to other projects effectively." The more militant among us will read that as "It's not enough getting a free ride off of developers building great software, we want to shove our roadmap down their throats and get them to work harder for us — without having to pay for it, of course." That might be a bit harsh, but none of the companies on the page are exactly well known for cooperating with the projects they use, with Google being one of the worst offenders by forking both Linux and WebKit.
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- AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
An anonymous reader writes: The net neutrality debate has been pretty binary: ISPs want the ability to create so-called "fast lanes," and consumers want all traffic to be treated equally. Now, AT&T is proposing an alternative: fast lanes under consumer control. Their idea would "allow individual consumers to ask that some applications, such as Netflix, receive priority treatment over other services, such as e-mail or online video games. That's different from the FCC's current proposal, which tacitly allows Internet providers to charge content companies for priority access to consumers but doesn't give the consumers a choice in the matter." AT&T said, "Such an approach would preserve the ability of Internet service providers to engage in individualized negotiations with [content companies] for a host of services, while prohibiting the precise practice that has raised 'fast lane' concerns." It's not perfect, but it's probably the first earnest attempt at a compromise we've seen from either side, and it suggests the discussion can move forward without completely rejecting one group's wishes.
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- NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users
Bismillah writes Wikileaks' latest release of documents shows that the Australian New South Wales police force has spent millions on licenses for the FinFisher set of law enforcement spy- and malware tools — and still has active licenses. What it uses FinFisher, which has been deployed against dissidents by oppressive regimes, for is yet to be revealed. NSW Police spokesperson John Thompson said it would not be appropriate to comment "given this technology relates to operational capability".
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- Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't
snydeq writes: Faster innovation, better security, new markets — the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit, writes Peter Wayner. "In recent years, creators of programming languages have gone out of their way to get their code running on as many different computers as possible. This has meant open-sourcing their tools and doing everything they could to evangelize their work. Apple has never followed the same path as everyone else. The best course may be to open up Swift to everyone, but that doesn't mean Apple will. Nor should we assume that giving us something for free is in Apple's or (gasp) our best interests. The question of open-sourcing a language like Swift is trickier than it looks."
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- MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered
An anonymous reader writes: It's easy to make a robot walk, but hard to keep it from falling over. We've seen a number of crazy robot prototypes, but they're usually tethered and/or stuck on a treadmill. Now, researchers from MIT have developed an algorithm that allows their giant robot cheetah to run around outdoors at up to 10mph. They expect the robot to eventually hit speeds of 30mph. "The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot's legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In general, the faster the desired speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. ... Kim says that by adapting a force-based approach, the cheetah-bot is able to handle rougher terrain, such as bounding across a grassy field." The MIT cheetah-bot also runs on a custom electric motor, which makes it significantly quieter than gas-powered robots. "Our robot can be silent and as efficient as animals. The only things you hear are the feet hitting the ground."
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- The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming
An anonymous reader writes: Multiplayer modes used to be an extra part of most games — an optional addition that the developers could build (or not) as they saw fit. These days, it's different: many games are marketed under the illusion of being single-player, when their focus has shifted to an almost mandatory multiplayer mode. (Think always-online DRM, and games as services.) It's not that this is necessarily bad for gameplay — it's that design patterns are shifting, and if you don't like multiplayer, you're going to have a harder time finding games you do like. The article's author uses a couple recent major titles as backdrop for the discussion: "With both Diablo III and Destiny, I'm not sure where and how to attribute my enjoyment. Yes, the mechanics of both are sound, but given the resounding emptiness felt when played solo, perhaps the co-op element is compensating. I'd go so far as to argue games can be less mechanically compelling, so long as the multiplayer element is engaging. The thrill of barking orders at friends can, in a way, cover design flaws. I hem and haw on the quality of each game's mechanics because the co-op aspect literally distracted me from engaging with them to some degree."
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- Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease
An anonymous reader writes: New research from Washington University has found that the condition known as schizophrenia is not just a single disease, but instead a collection of eight different disorders. For years, researchers struggled to understand the genetic basis of schizophrenia. This new method was able to isolate and identify the different conditions (each with its own symptoms) currently classified under the same heading (abstract, full text). "In some patients with hallucinations or delusions, for example, the researchers matched distinct genetic features to patients' symptoms, demonstrating that specific genetic variations interacted to create a 95 percent certainty of schizophrenia. In another group, they found that disorganized speech and behavior were specifically associated with a set of DNA variations that carried a 100 percent risk of schizophrenia." According to one of the study's authors, "By identifying groups of genetic variations and matching them to symptoms in individual patients, it soon may be possible to target treatments to specific pathways that cause problems."
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- Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
An anonymous reader writes: A few years ago, author Neal Stephenson argued that sci-fi had forgotten how to inspire people to do great things. Indeed, much of recent science fiction has been pessimistic and skeptical, focusing on all the ways our inventions could go wrong, and how hostile the universe is to humankind. Now, a group of scientists, engineers, and authors (including Stephenson himself) is trying to change that. Arizona State University recently launched Project Hieroglyph, a hub for ideas that will influence science fiction to be more optimistic and accurate, and to focus on the great things humanity is capable of doing. For example, in the development of a short story, Stephenson wanted to know if it's possible to build a tower that's 20 kilometers tall. Keith Hjelmsad, an expert in structural stability and computational mechanics, wrote a detailed response about the challenge involved in building such a tower. Other authors are contributing questions as well, and researchers are chiming in with fascinating, science-based replies. Roboticist Srikanth Saripalli makes this interesting point: "If the government has to decide what to fund and what not to fund, they are going to get their ideas and decisions mostly from science fiction rather than what's being published in technical papers."
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- Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry
An anonymous reader writes: If you're a creative engineer looking to build a product, you're probably going to end up starting your own business or joining an established one. That's where ideas get funding, and that's where products make a difference (not to mention money). Unfortunately, it also siphons a lot of the tech-related talent away from government (and by extension, everybody else), who could really benefit from this creative brilliance. That's why investor Ron Bouganim just started a $23 million fund for investment in tech companies that develop ideas for the U.S. government. Not only is he hoping to transfer some of the $74 billion spent annually by the government on technology to more efficient targets, but also to change the perception that the best tech comes from giant, entrenched government contractors.
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- Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts
curtwoodward writes: Many states have laws that prevent car manufacturers from operating their own dealerships, a throwback to the days when Detroit tried to undercut its franchise dealers by opening company-owned shops. But dealers have taken those laws to the extreme as they battle new competition from Tesla, which is selling its cars direct to the public. In some states, dealers have succeeded in limiting Tesla's direct-sales model. But not in Massachusetts (PDF): the state's Supreme Court says the dealers don't have any right to sue Tesla for unfair competition, since they're not Tesla dealers. No harm, no foul.
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- Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic
ericgoldman writes Even though "googling" and "Google it" are now common phrases, a federal court ruled that the "Google" trademark is still a valid trademark instead of a generic term (unlike former trademarks such as escalator, aspirin or yo-yo). The court distinguished between consumers using Google as a verb (such as "google it"), which didn't automatically make the term generic, and consumers using Google to describe one player in the market, which 90%+ of consumers still do.
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- SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)
Edison is an Intel creation aimed squarely at the maker and prototype markets. It's smaller than an Arduino, has built-in wi-fi, and is designed to be used in embedded applications. SparkFun is "an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible." They're partnering with Intel to sell the Edison and all kinds of add-ons for it. Open source? Sure. Right down to the schematics. David Stillman, star of today's video, works for SparkFun. He talks about "a gajillion" things you can do with an Edison, up to and including the creation of an image-recognition system for your next homemade drone. (Alternate Video Link)
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- Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands
mpicpp writes with Uber's latest plans for expansion. The future of Uber is about pharmacies and rickshaws. So says CEO Travis Kalanick. One of several avenues for expansion is in a category of delivery that's about running errands. "In Los Angeles, we're doing something called Uber Fresh, which is you push a button and you get a lunch in five minutes," Kalanick told CNN's Fareed Zakaria. "In DC, we're doing Uber Corner Store. So imagine all the things you get at a corner store...FedEx isn't going to your nearest pharmacy and delivering something to you in five minutes," he continued. Another is in emerging markets, where the company may focus on rickshaws, rather than high-end black cars, Kalanick said.
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- A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech
stephendavion writes A 16-year-old from India has designed a device that converts breath into speech. High-school student Arsh Shah Dilbagi invented TALK as a portable and affordable way to aid people suffering from ALS, locked-in syndrome, and anyone else speech-impaired or paralyzed. Prototyped using a basic $25 Arduino microcontroller, Dilbagi's invention costs only $80, or about a hundred times less than the sort of Augmentative and Alternative Communication device used by Stephen Hawking. TALK works by translating breath into electric signals using a MEMS Microphone, an advanced form of listening tech that uses a diaphragm etched directly onto a silicon microchip. The user is expected to be able to give two distinguishable exhales, varying in intensity or time, so that they can spell words out using Morse code.
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- Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets
concertina226 writes Harvard scientists have invented a new artificial spleen that is able to clear toxins, fungi and deadly pathogens such as Ebola from human blood, which could potentially save millions of lives. When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying viruses release toxins in the blood that begin to multiply quickly, causing sepsis, a life-threatening condition whereby the immune system overreacts, causing blood clotting, organ damage and inflammation. To overcome this, researchers have invented a "biospleen", a device similar to a dialysis machine that makes use of magnetic nanobeads measuring 128 nanometres in diameter (one-five hundredths the width of a single human hair) coated with mannose-binding lectin (MBL), a type of genetically engineered human blood protein.
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- The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?
blottsie writes After months of heated debate, viral campaigns, deliberate "slowdowns" and record-breaking public responses, the Federal Communications Commission is finally set to decide how "net neutrality"—the principle that all data must be treated equally by Internet service providers (ISPs)—should look in the U.S., or if it should exist at all. Today, Sept. 15, the FCC officially closes its public comment period on its latest net neutrality proposal. The plan enables ISPs to discriminate against certain types of data, in certain circumstances, by charging extra for broadband “fast lanes” between content providers—like Netflix or YouTube—and users.
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- How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons
Lasrick writes Despite the UN's 1995 Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, the world is moving closer to laser weapons in both military and law enforcement situations that can cause temporary and even permanent blindness. Military-funded research in this area continues to be conducted by the Optical Radiation Bioeffects and Safety program, and already "dazzlers" have been in use in Afghanistan. Domestic versions of these weapons are intended for use by law enforcement agencies and in theory cause motion-sickness type illness but not blindness. "But something bright enough to dazzle at 300 meters can cause permanent eye damage at 50 meters, and these devices can be set to deliver a narrow (and more intense) beam."
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- Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game
wiredog writes Security researcher Michael Jordon has hacked a Canon's Pixma printer to run Doom. He did so by reverse engineering the firmware encryption and uploading via the update interface. From the BBC: "Like many modern printers, Canon's Pixma range can be accessed via the net, so owners can check the device's status. However, Mr Jordon, who works for Context Information Security, found Canon had done a poor job of securing this method of interrogating the device. 'The web interface has no user name or password on it,' he said. That meant anyone could look at the status of any device once they found it, he said. A check via the Shodan search engine suggests there are thousands of potentially vulnerable Pixma printers already discoverable online. There is no evidence that anyone is attacking printers via the route Mr Jordon found."
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- New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs
dcblogs writes "In Boyers, Pa., a recently opened 2,000-sq.-ft. data center has been purpose-built to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), either generated by a solar storm or a nuclear event. The company that built the facility isn't disclosing exactly how the data center was constructed or what materials were used. But broadly, it did say that the structure has an inner skin and an outer skin that use a combination of thicknesses and metals to provide EMP protection. Betting against an EMP event is a gamble. In 1859, the so-called Carrington solar storm lit the night skies and disrupted the only telegraph communications. William Murtagh, program coordinator at U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center, said there is ongoing concern that the earth may see an solar storm that could impact electronics on the ground. "We're concerned that can happen," A 2012 solar storm, that missed the earth, "was very powerful, and some have suggested it would have been on par with a Carrington-level event." One researcher put the odds of a catastrophic solar storm by 2020 as one in eight.
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- Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?
An anonymous reader writes Now that I've spent close to a month digitizing a desk drawer's worth of VHS tapes, deinterlacing and postprocessing the originals to minimize years of tape decay, and compressing everything down to H.264, I've found myself with a hard drive full of loosely organized videos. They'll get picked up by my existing monthly backup, but I feel like I haven't gained much in the way of redundancy, as I thought I would. Instead of having tapes slowly degrade, I'm now open to losing entire movies at once, should both of my drives go bad. Does anyone maintain a library, and if so, what would they recommend? Is having them duplicated on two drives (one of which is spun down for all but one day of the month) a good-enough long term strategy? Should I look into additionally backing up to optical discs or flash drives, building out a better (RAIDed) backup machine, or even keeping the original tapes around despite them having been digitized?
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- Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes
An anonymous reader writes The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too caught up in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. "There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cell phone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng, a spokeswoman for the district's property management company. However, she clarified that the initiative was meant to be a satirical way to highlight the dangers of texting and walking.
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- Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
schwit1 writes Scientists have declared a new record has been set for the extent of Antarctic sea ice since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometers covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago. "Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we've never seen that before, that much area."
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- European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November
An anonymous reader writes Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a comet later this year, has identified what it thinks is the safest place to touch down. From the article: "Scientists and engineers have spent weeks studying the 4km-wide "ice mountain" known as 67P, looking for a location they can place a small robot. They have chosen what they hope is a relatively smooth region on the smaller of the comet's two lobes. But the team is under no illusions as to how difficult the task will be. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, currently sweeping through space some 440 million km from Earth, is highly irregular in shape. Its surface terrain is marked by deep depressions and towering cliffs. Even the apparently flat surfaces contain potentially hazardous boulders and fractures. Avoiding all of these dangers will require a good slice of luck as well as careful planning.
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- Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones
An anonymous reader writes Google has unveiled its first set of Android One low-cost smartphones in the Indian market, partnering with Indian hardware vendors Spice, Micromax and Karbonn. The three phones will be available online on Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal and via Reliance Digital, Croma and The Mobile Store, offline. The phones provide a minimum set of features determined by Google, which has sourced several of the components to help cut manufacturing costs. The company has also teamed up with a local network to make it cheaper to download Android updates and new apps.
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- Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion
jawtheshark writes The rumors were true. Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, is being sold to Microsoft. Of course, the promise is to keep all products supported as they are. From the article: "Microsoft said it has agreed to buy Mojang AB, the Swedish video game company behind the hit Minecraft game, boosting its mobile efforts and cementing control of another hit title for its Xbox console. Minecraft, which has notched about 50 million copies sold, will be purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion, the company said in a statement. The move marks the tech giant's most ambitious video game purchase and the largest acquisition for Satya Nadella, its new chief executive. Minecraft is more than a great game franchise - it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft,' Nadella said in a statement."
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- Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
Weve, the bonk-tastic joint venture between EE, O2 and Vodafone to “create and accelerate the development of mobile marketing and wallet services in the UK”, has abandoned plans to launch a digital wallet.…
- A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
Review Samsung has been in the SSD business for over ten years. Most of that time has been spent delivering drives to the Enterprise and OEM segments. Since the introduction of its first consumer SSD drive (the SSD430) in 2010, it has since shipped over 12m drives worldwide – including the SSD840, the world’s first TLC NAND drive.…
- 'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
New videos of a "Windows 9" variant have emerged, and to this hack's eyes they look to have brought Windows up to speed with tricks that desktop Linux has been turning for at least half a decade.…
- 'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
The washup from yesterday's Dotcom-Snowden-Greenwald saga rolls on, with Southern Cross Cable Network angrily denying that New Zealand's spooks, the NSA, or anybody else for that matter has worked a tap into its cables.…
- India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction
Mangalyaan probe will feel the burn of orbital insertion on September 24th
India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has made its first course correction since June and is now on track to to arrive in orbit around the red planet on September 24th.…
- I saved Bitcoin and the PERFECT DRAFT OF HISTORY, says Assange
Heat:kitchen equation saw WikiLeaks decide not to accept BTC donations until currency could flourish
Julian Assange has alleged that Bitcoin “founder” Satoshi Nakamoto asked WikiLeaks not to use the cryptocurrency as a means of raising funds, for fear of attracting unwanted attention.…
- Chinese 'Sogou Explorer' browser sends URLs to parts unknown
APNIC sniffs the digital exhaust and finds 1 in 400 'net users have stalkers
A Chinese-language cloud-based browser seems to be snooping on its users, according to research conducted by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre's (APNIC's) Geoff Huston, George Michaelson and Byron Ellacot.…
- Cable internet won't need dose of fibre to stop feeling bloated
Standards group CableLabs tackling TCP 'bufferbloat' in 3.1 standard
CableLabs, the industry group that develops data transmission standards for cable television networks, is experimenting with Active Queue Management (AQM) to deal with the issue of bufferbloat in cable networks.…
- Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Some may fondly remember the era that bought us The Clangers, Fawlty Towers and The Sweeney. But not Apple boss Tim Cook, who reckons the goggle box is stuck in a time warp so intense that watching it is like being sucked back back into the 1970s.…
- Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Game Theory Repetition is a funny thing. If I was to write this review and say everything twice (say everything twice), you’d quite reasonably think I was daft. And yet, we gamers tend to delight in the repeat performance.…
- Maxta goes gung-ho for Grantley, cuddles up to big daddy Intel
Flashy upstart just loves getting some Intel inside it
Hyper-converged software startup Maxta has repaid Intel’s faith and investment with updated software featuring Grantley support and an Intel-flavoured reference architecture – eat this and you will have lots of Intel inside.…
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- RPM 4.12 Brings New Switches, New Rpm2Archive Utility
RPM 4.12 has been released as the latest version of the RPM Package Manager. This most recent upgrade brings a fair amount of additions, bug-fixes, API changes, binding improvements,a new plug-in system, and more...
- MSAA RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance Preview
For those curious about the performance overhead of enabling multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, here are a few benchmarks showing the performance overhead at various MSAA levels with the latest open-source AMD Linux driver.
- CppCon Wrapped Up & There Was A Lot For C++ Developers
CppCon ended last week as the annual meeting for any and all C++ developers. CppCon is filled with many interesting talks and the conference overall received rave reviews from C++ developers. While we weren't in attendance at the event, there's interesting notes and slides coming out from those in attendance...
- LLVM Clang Now Builds Even More Debian Packages
Going back two years has been an initiative to build the Debian package base with LLVM/Clang rather than GCC -- for much the same reasons as building the Linux kernel with Clang. Thanks to Google's Summer of Code, there's been more progress on building out Debian using the latest Clang compiler...
- Pyston 0.2 Is A Heck Of A Lot Better At Running Python Programs
Earlier this year cloud storage provider Dropbox open-sourced their own high-performance Python implementation, Pyston. Pyston is a JIT-based Python implementation built atop the LLVM compiler stack. The initial Pyston release was a bit basic but now after months of work, Dropbox is announcing the second version of Pyston...
- NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Support On Nouveau Still Requires More Work
While the Maxwell-based GTX 900 series graphics cards are rumored to be launching in the weeks ahead, the GTX 750 Maxwell graphics cards on the open-source "Nouveau" Linux driver still need some more work before they'll play nicely when not using NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver...
- The Meizu MX4 Phone With Ubuntu Is Expected To Be Out In December
Back in February we wrote about Ubuntu having two phone partners with plans to launch in 2014. Those partners were BQ and Meizu, with the latter Chinese brand at least now expecting to have a working Ubuntu Touch software stack in December to begin shipping their Unicorn-loaded phone...
- Intel Core i7 5960X CPU Core Scaling Under Linux
With the Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E is an eight-core processor with Hyper Threading to yield sixteen logical threads, we're seeing how well this extreme Haswell processor really scales with modern open-source workloads as we benchmark the i7-5960X under Ubuntu Linux and see how the benchmarks scale with varying core counts.
- Intel Haswell-ULT Graphics Don't Change Much With Linux 3.17, Mesa 10.4
The Linux 3.17 kernel that's currently under development does provide many new features overall but for those using the Intel HD Graphics of Haswell-ULT chips, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of any performance improvements and at least no regressions. Likewise, Mesa 10.4 isn't doing too much for the Haswell hardware on the matter of frame-rates...
- Scythe Mugen MAX
If you plan to buy an Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E or any other high-end processor, a good heatsink is needed especially if you plan to do any overclocking. In looking at a new cooling option today we're trying out the Scythe Mugen MAX.
- Running GCC 5 On Intel's Haswell-E i7-5960X
After comparing GCC 4.9 and LLVM Clang 3.5 as the latest stable compilers on the new Intel Core i7 5960X "Haswell-E" system, here's benchmarks of the thousand dollar processor with the in-development GCC 5...
- Wayland Is Still In Ubuntu 14.10
While Canonical is putting all of its eggs with their Mir display server to fulfill their desktop convergence strategy and providing the next-generation Ubuntu display experience, Wayland isn't totally off-limits for users -- at least through Ubuntu 14.10...
- CompuLab's Intense-PC2 Is A Great Haswell-Based Mini Linux PC
Compared to most Linux PC vendors targeting consumers that are just selling re-branded white box systems with Linux preloaded, CompuLab continues to have an interesting set of original offerings that are Linux-friendly and built really well. The latest system we've had the pleasure of trying out is the Intense-PC2...
- For Now Intel's Beignet Seems Better Off Than Radeon Gallium3D Clover
While Intel's Beignet project for providing open-source OpenCL support for their hardware on Linux was widely criticized upon its debut for being a new project rather than basing the work on Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker, Beignet has matured much more quickly and for now at least seems to be better off than the Gallium3D OpenCL support...
- X.Org Server 1.16 Lands Officially In Ubuntu 14.10
After writing earlier this week about a new AMD Catalyst driver paving the way for X Server 1.16 in Ubuntu 14.10, the updated packages have officially landed within the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" archive...
- Spliet Spills More Nouveau Re-Clocking Patches
Roy Spliet has been one of the few open-source developers working to tackle re-clocking support for Nouveau so that this open-source, reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux graphics driver can better perform. He's already published several sets of patches improving various bits of GPU re-clocking through this work that's being funded by the X.Org Foundation. Today he's published another patch series...
- Wayland/Weston 1.6 RC2 Released
The final release candidate of Wayland 1.6 along with the Weston reference compositor is now available for testing with hopes of officially releasing this quarterly update next week...
- AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance For 4K Linux Gaming
While we routinely carry out Ultra HD (4K) Linux graphics/gaming benchmarks at Phoronix, it's generally been conducted with the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers since the open-source drivers traditionally have had a challenge on performance even at 1080p. However, thanks to the maturing open-source Radeon driver stack, it's possible with higher-end AMD graphics processors with the latest open-source Linux driver code to begin running at the 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160.
- Intel Skylake's MPX Is Closer To Providing Linux Memory Protection
Besides Intel publicly working on Skylake "Gen9" graphics support for Linux, Intel open-source developers are also working on other areas of Skylake hardware enablement for Linux. Work on supporting the Intel Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) that are new to the Skylake micro-architecture are still being revised for the Linux kernel and the many other operating system code-bases that need to be updated to work with this security feature...
- FiftyThree's new Mix service invites Paper users to collaborate with each other
Some artists find inspiration in their peers' artworks and even think it boring to draw alone. If you feel that way and you use FiftyThree's Paper app (and maybe its Pencil stylus, as well) religiously, you can take advantage of the startup's new service to collaborate with anyone you want. This new product is called Mix, and it's an open platform where all users can share their work by uploading it straight from the Paper app. The latest version of Paper comes loaded with the Mix sharing option, as you can see in the video below -- after you've uploaded your work, other members can finish it or put their own spin on it.
According to a FiftyThree rep, they've already seen a bunch of "incredible projects" during the beta testing phase, ranging from fun co-drawn pieces to collaborative inventions. If you want to start collaborating right now, you may want to launch Paper or to go to the Mix portal to sign up for an invitation ASAP -- the startup's sending out thousands of invites per week on a first-come-first-serve basis, letting people in by batches. By the end of October, though, the service will ultimately open its gates to the public, and everyone who signs up will instantly get an account.
Filed under: Tablets, Apple
Source: Mix, FiftyThree
- â€‹NVIDIA's LTE Shield tablet is finally available for pre-order
If we were to cherry-pick one major fault from our NVIDIA Shield tablet review, it would definitely be the slate's storage space -- 16GB just isn't enough for a device built for gaming and media consumption. If you were holding off until the company put out a larger capacity version, your day has come: NVIDIA just announced that the 32GB LTE variant of the Shield is now available for pre-order. $399 buys the unlocked LTE tablet in its own right, but NVIDIA tells us that AT&T will be offering it for $299 on contract.
We dropped by NVIDIA's Santa Clara offices for a quick demo earlier this week and found exactly what we expected: last month's gaming tablet with lighting fast wireless connectivity. Naturally, like most LTE devices under ideal conditions, it performed admirably -- successfully streaming games from NVIDIA's GRID and a remote PC over the cellular network. The company is also announcing the availability of three new Tegra K1 optimized games: Beach Buggy Racing, BombSquad and Broadsword: Age of Chivalry. Sounds good, but you'll have to wait until next month to play if you're ordering today -- new tablets don't start shipping out until the September 30th.
Filed under: Gaming, Tablets
- How to start making contactless card and NFC payments on the Tube
Using contactless cards instead of an Oyster to pay your travel fare has been possible on London buses for almost two years. From today, contactless card and NFC payments will also work on the capital's Tube, Overground, DLR and Tramlink networks, as well as on some rail services. For many commuters and regular visitors to The Smoke, using the iconic Oyster card has likely become a habit, and one you're not too bothered about breaking. While the Oyster will continue to be an easy way to get around, there are now several other options to consider. Join us as we explore the new ways to pay -- you never know, you might find one of them that little bit more convenient.
No doubt you've used your credit or debit card to pay for the odd small transaction without entering a PIN code. That's thanks to the RFID chip hidden inside, and just like tapping on the petrol station card reader, you can now do exactly the same at station barriers. It's as simple as that: the gate reads the card just like it would an Oyster. The same daily fare caps are in place (this varies on the number of zones you've passed through) and for the new methods of contactless payment, there's also a weekly cap that calculates the best fare based on your activity from Monday to Sunday. People have been eager to give it a go, as Transport for London (TfL) reported more than 1,605 contactless cards were used at barriers before 8am on launch day.
One of the best things about using a bank card is that you never have to top up, but as MayorWatch explains, there are other benefits to using this method. Oyster charges are calculated at the gate level, and if you forget to tap in and out of a station (particularly where there are no obvious barriers), you can be billed for a maximum fare of up to £8.60 that doesn't factor into the daily cap. Contactless cards are treated a little differently, however, as they're charged only once at the end of the day, and the best fare is calculated by a back-end system, not by the barriers. If you haven't tapped in and out correctly, then TfL will attempt to fill in the gaps using your previous travel history and a bit of a guesswork based on where you could've gone wrong. Hopefully this'll mean less maximum fares for you and less refund processing for TfL.
While you can now keep track of how much travel is costing you from your bank statements, you can also register your card to a TfL account, or add one to an account you already use to manage your Oyster. It'll keep a record of your journeys from the past 12 months, and let you request a refund directly if you think you've been wrongly overcharged.
"Card clash" may well be the reason for a higher-than-expected fare, and TfL has been careful to highlight the danger. If you have a wallet full of debit and credit cards (and possibly even an Oyster), then it's best not to try and tap in with it. Not only does this avoid the potential embarrassment of walking straight into the barriers because the gate doesn't know which card to charge, but the worst-case scenario is that it picks up different cards each time. If you'd rather not pay a maximum fare on three different cards during the day, then be sure to always use the same card and not gamble with a wallet full of them.
Alongside contactless cards, NFC payments are also now supported on the Tube et al after its recent introduction on London buses. Right now, though, there's only one mobile wallet in the UK that currently works with the NFC chip inside phones. That's EE's Cash on Tap app, but you have to be one of the network's customers use of it, and have a compatible handset, of which there are only a handful currently. Cash on Tap is more of an Oyster replacement, as you still need to top-up your account when you've depleted the available funds. Still, you won't need to queue up at a station as that's done from within the app, and you can also set it to add money from saved cards automatically when your virtual wallet's running low.
NFC payments are also covered by the new weekly fare cap, not that many of you will be using the smartphone option right away, given it's only available to EE customers with a supported device. We expect that others might be able to get in on the action eventually, but that requires the launch of more mobile wallet options. There's a chance other networks could follow suit, though carrier-agnostic solutions like Google Wallet would be preferable (not that we're sure the search specialist will ever release its app in the UK). Apple Pay has the potential to the resolve the issue for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, but we've no idea when that will be available over here. Any mobile wallet is also at the whim of companies drafted in to process the transactions, so it's not as simple as just building an app.
There are a couple of other ways to pay for travel by NFC sans smartphone, however, as Barclays has been enthusiastic about the technology for some time. The bank's PayTag NFC sticker, which you can attach to your phone (or anywhere else that takes your fancy), behaves much like a contactless card. It's only available to Barclaycard customers, mind, as it's tied directly to their account. That means you don't have top it up like you do with Cash on Tap, making it a pretty convenient option if you're still rocking old cards with no contactless support.
Barclays has also announced it's releasing a fresh batch of bPay bands that can get you through Tube barriers or onto the top deck of the bus. The wrist-worn wearable includes an NFC chip, and works like a mobile wallet, in that you replenish funds using an online account. Any Visa or Mastercard can be used to top it up, too, so it's not exclusive to Barclays customers. It's been trialled at numerous events and festivals before now, and the bank is giving away another 10,000 on a first-come, first-served basis to celebrate its compatibility with much of London's transport network. You can register your interest here, and if successful, you'll receive a free bPay band sometime during September. Barclays told us the plan is for a wider launch of the wearable early next year, but there's no word on how much it might cost those who didn't get in on the promotional roll-out.
[Lead image credit: TfL/Flickr]
Filed under: Transportation, Wearables
Source: Transport for London (1), (2), EE Cash on Tap (Play store), MayorWatch
- Polaroid's real-life Instagram logo camera can also print your photos
When we first saw Polaroid's Socialmatic camera, the obvious conclusion to make was that the company had simply decided to turn the Instagram logo into a device. Of course, given that the social network's logo was based on Polaroid's device designs, it's a surreal case of pop culture eating itself. Polaroid's jumping on the bandwagon of connected cameras - devices that straddle the line between point-and-shoot snapper and smartphone, but there's one small tweak that'll see this hardware stand out against the Lumix CM1 and Lumia 1020: this one's also got an old-school photo printer tucked inside.
The first thing to say is that I'm in disbelief, purely that a product like this got past the legions of designers, managers and sense-checkers who must have been skeptical that this camera would even be made. That's not a criticism, either, because it's great to see companies experimenting with new form-factors and wacky ideas that the industry seemed to have turned its back upon. Pedants amongst you may rile up when I say the Socialmatic is square, but since there's only 0.1-inch of a difference (5.19 x 5.18-inches), I'm just gonna go ahead and say it's square. It's also thick, like a paperback book where someone's hacked off the top third.
Camera-wise, there's a 14-megapixel forward facing lens up front, straddled next to a speaker. In the top right-corner, where the viewfinder would have sat in an analog age, you'll now find a small LCD. The company describes this as a "Frontal LCD with mood assistant AI," but all it really does is show you a smiley face. The face gets happier the more photos of your dinner you take and share with Instagram, and turns all frowny if you've not used it for a while.
Flip it over, however, and you'll see a smartphone awkwardly baked into the center of this bulky plastic frame. The 4.5-inch touchscreen (no word on resolution yet) looks small by comparison, and has a slightly weaker backlight then you'd appreciate on a camera. Nestled above it is a 2-megapixel forward-facing lens, although on the prototype we got to use, it wasn't able to be accessed with the software. In all other respects, then, the Socialmatic is a smartphone without the calling module, relying instead on Bluetooth and WiFi for connectivity and GPS for photo tagging.
The biggest twist on the social camera trend, however, is the fact that the Socialmatic also includes an old-school photo printer inside the body. Lift open the hinge on the side and the whole device opens, enabling you to cram in 10 sheets of 2 x 3-inch ZINK instant photo paper. These little snaps will then shoot out of the side when developed, and while there's no price yet, will retail in packs of 50. If you'd rather not waste paper, however, then images can be saved to the 4GB of internal storage, while a microSD card slot will enable you to boost that further.
Admittedly, it's an early prototype, but it's hard not to be sad that the company hasn't done more with the software. The stock version of Android may be practical for app support, but it breaks the quirky left-field design of the rest of the gear. Of course, there's still a question as to if anyone would actually want to buy a device like this. I assume that it'd be a more expensive version of those Native Union phones you see hipsters toting around in their jeans - a statement purchase for those who deliberately eschew convenience for cool.
Unfortunately, Polaroid was originally targeting a fall launch for the Socialmatic, the current release has been pushed back to early 2015. It's priced at €300, which roughly translates to $388, but that's a small price to pay for a walking, talking Instagram logo, right?
Steve Dent contributed to this report.
Filed under: Cameras
- Ecobee's new smart thermostat knows conditions throughout your home
As clever as smart thermostats can be, they usually have only a limited sense of what's going on in your home. They may know that it's cool in the hallway, but not that it's roasting in the living room. Ecobee may have a better, more holistic approach with its third-generation climate controller, the Ecobee 3. Rather than gradually learn what conditions work best over time, it uses remote sensors to determine which rooms are occupied and whether or not they're at the right temperature. The more detectors you add, the more cozy you're likely to be -- you can have up to 32, if you're determined to warm up your mansion.
Whether or not you need that kind of detailed monitoring, the 3 is a welcome upgrade between its slicker design and a 3.5-inch touchscreen interface built to work like the smartphone in your pocket. Get ready to shell out extra cash if you want the most comfortable home possible, though. The $249 core kit will get you both the hub and one sensor when it ships on September 29th, but you'll have to spend $79 for every extra pair of additional sensors.
Filed under: Household
- Hands-on with Leica's super-rare $19,400 M Edition 60
As of this writing, 15,000 Euro is the equivalent of $19,400 -- a very reasonable exchange rate indeed, and a fair price to pay for a mid-range car or a year of college. Only a select few can justify handing over that sum for a digital camera, however, regardless of the exclusivity that comes in tow. Leica's counting on at least a few die-hard fans to fork over the cash, though, for the M Edition 60, a very special model created to celebrate the M system's 60th anniversary. Only 600 have been made, and each is numbered between 001 and 600. Most peculiar is what this camera doesn't include -- a display, menu system, electronic viewfinder or any indicators at all, besides a tiny red light that flashes when the SD card is in use.
Instead, the only way to review your shoot is to pop the SD card into a computer. There's no USB port to speak of, or an HDMI output. Not even a monochrome LCD readout. A large ISO dial (from 200-6400) occupies the area where you'd normally find a display. You set the aperture directly on the bundled Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, and the shutter speed using a dedicated dial beside the shutter release. The M Edition 60, which is based on the 24-megapixel Leica M-P and includes a stainless steel build, shoots RAW image files (but not JPEGs). You can only adjust focus manually, using the rangefinder system. Expect to find it in very select stores beginning next month.
Photos by Edgar Alvarez.
Filed under: Cameras
- Nothing says you're a Sony fanboy like a pair of PS4-themed Air Jordans
There's nothing like a set of fresh kicks to add the finishing touch to your get-up, but then there's the problem of tracking down the perfect pair. We know that's exactly why you haven't been cracking out your PS4-themed outfits recently, but luckily there's now a shoe for that[TM]. Custom kick designer Jonny Barry from FreakerSNEAKS has seen this gaping hole in the market, and intends to fill it with the "JRDN X PS4," a remix of the Air Jordan 4 that takes inspiration from Sony's latest console. They're actually one of his less-extensive mods, with the PS4/PlayStation logos replacing the normal dunking graphics on the back of the sneakers, and an image of the mischievous robots from Playroom on the tongue. What's more, there's a (completely non-functional) HDMI port built into the sole, and a Jordan-branded cable for plugging them into, well, each other. As Barry tells Wearables, Sony
Via: The Verge
- Lockheed Martin's 360-degree laser turret gets cleared for take-off
Lockheed Martin has an affinity for lasers -- that much is apparent. Not satisfied with simply having ground-based energy weapons, though, the outfit has recently tested its airplane-mounted death ray over the skies of America's High Five, Michigan. The Aero-optic Beam Control (or ABC, as its friends are fond of saying) was recently run through its paces to prove airworthiness, among other things. The kicker here is that the laser can rotate 360 degrees and eliminate targets from basically any direction. Yeah. Lockheed says that the turret's been designed to engage bogies at basically any position and there's tech in place to counterbalance any turbulence caused by the protruding sphere (pictured above). The trials aren't done just yet however, and they'll only increase in complexity to further prove the system's military-aircraft mettle as time wears on. So, you know, enjoy hiding out in your secret lair while it lasts.
Filed under: Transportation, Science
Source: Lockheed Martin
- Kindle security flaw can be exploited by hidden codes in e-books
Next time you come across a Kindle e-book link somewhere other than Amazon itself, you may want to make sure it's not some dubious website before you hit download or "Send to Kindle." A security researcher by the name of Benjamin Daniel Musser has discovered that the "Manage Your Kindle" page contains a security hole -- one that hackers can take advantage of with the help of e-books hiding malicious lines of code. Once you load the Kindle Library with a corrupted e-book (typically with a subject that includes ), a hacker gets access to your cookies, and, hence, your Amazon account credentials.
Based on the updates Musser wrote at the bottom of the report's web page, he first discovered the flaw in October last year. Amazon patched it up shortly after he reported it, but it made its way back after a "Manage Your Kindle" overhaul. Still, he believes the issue should be easy to avoid, so long as you don't download e-books (pirated or otherwise) from websites you don't know. Aside from Kindle, another Amazon-owned service was also thrust into the spotlight earlier for exhibiting a security flaw. Audible, the company's audiobooks service, apparently allowed users to use fake emails and credit card numbers in order to download as many files as they want. An Audible spokesperson stressed, however, that transactions made using fake credit cards were "closed quickly" and that the service takes credit card fraud seriously.
Filed under: Tablets, Amazon
Via: The Digital Reader
- Security app automatically encrypts your shared files so you don't have to
In this post-PRISM world, basically everyone is worried about privacy (and rightly so!) -- especially when it comes to cloud-based storage. Offloading your files to the likes of Dropbox doesn't come without a share of caveats regarding security, so that's where Places comes in. What sets the startup's service apart from its peers, digital life is encrypted on the client side, Places claims it doesn't have the key to unlock anything stored on its end should the government or anyone else come knocking. That, of course, is reserved for the intended recipient and no one else.
More than just file sharing and storage, Places offers a secure instant messaging system, too, with voice over IP in the works for a forthcoming update. Intrigued? You can check out the alpha or throw a few ducats toward the project when it hits Indiegogo sometime later this year.
Filed under: Cellphones, Desktops, Internet, Mobile
- Roku has sold over 10 million players, but is that enough?
Tonight Roku is announcing that over 10 million of its tiny media streamers have sold, dating back to when they were first introduced in 2008. That's good news, and shows sales are continuing to pick up after it crossed 5 million just last spring and eight million at the beginning of the year. Just as ever, the company has a solid product that we like at a reasonable price, and a library of smart TV apps that's second to none. The only bad news? The competition is getting stronger too. Sales of the Apple TV have exploded along with the iPad and it was up to 20 million at last count, while Google is readying another Android TV attack and Amazon is pushing its own Fire TV media box. In response, Roku is expanding by putting its software directly into Smart TVs and using its partnership with Sky TV in the UK to get cheaper hardware on the shelves. Roku's infographic (here) cites stats suggesting customers like it better, and use it more, than the competition, and claims it has more than 1,000 more channels than options like the Chromecast.
According to CEO Anthony Wood, NPD data shows the Roku accounts for some 37 million streaming hours per week, followed by the Apple TV at 15 million, Chromecast at 12 million and Fire TV at six million. Roku's difference is that it's a company that only sells streaming media players and isn't trying to fit it into an entire ecosystem like the rest. The danger is that this approach could cut it off from apps as developers and services choose sides. While it's true, the Roku doesn't have all of the AirPlay/Cast features others like Apple, Google and Amazon have been able to tie together, that hasn't hurt it yet in picking up new services, and what looks like a weakness could actually be a strength -- as long as these sales numbers keep rising. If you somehow don't have one yet, the company is running a giveaway over the next ten days to celebrate.
Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD
Source: Roku Blog
- MIT's soft robotic tentacle can squeeze into tight spots (video)
MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Lab (CSAIL) has been developing different types of soft robots for a while: you might remember the mechanical fish from earlier this year that can swim like a real one. Now, that same laboratory has come up with another soft robot, and this time it's inspired by a wriggly, slithery octopus tentacle. CSAIL's robotic "arm" is made entirely out of silicone using 3D-printed molds -- even the "motors" that propel it forward are merely hollow expandable silicone divided into sections. Air is then pumped into the appropriate sections in order for the tentacle to bend, slither and squeeze through.
The researchers believe their soft robots have the potential to move through human environments a lot better than metal ones can. In the future, for instance, the arm could help handle delicate specimens in labs and even assist doctors on minimally invasive surgeries... but not until the team's done making a second version with fingers to pick up objects. Aside from CSAIL, there are many other educational institutions developing soft robots of their own, from a slug that oozes along and a three-legged one that can jump like a grasshopper to a rugged starfish-like machine that can take a beating.
Filed under: Robots
- US fines over data requests would have destroyed Yahoo in a year
The US government's threat that it would fine Yahoo $250,000 per day back in 2008 was bad enough by itself, but declassified documents show that the penalties could easily have been much, much worse. Marc Zwillinger and Jacob Sommer (who were on Yahoo's side in the case) note that $250,000 was merely the baseline, and that the requested fines would double for every week that Yahoo refused to hand over user data. There wasn't a ceiling, either. At that rate, holding out for any significant amount of time would have been impossible -- Yahoo would have lost all of its assets, or $13.8 billion, in just over a year. As such, the fine wasn't so much a punishment as a weapon that forced the internet firm to comply with a surveillance order it was planning to contest in court.
Not that Yahoo had much chance of success even if the fine had been down to Earth. The Director of National Intelligence put tremendous pressure on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to deny Yahoo's call for a stay on the data requests, saying that a pause "could cause great harm" to the country. Moreover, the government denied Yahoo access to evidence that would help its defense -- it couldn't cast doubt on the demands by showing that the US scoops up incidental data about innocent Americans, for example. That Yahoo resisted at all is significant given the tall odds, but it's clearer than ever that US companies have few viable ways of fighting requests for your online info when national security is allegedly at stake.
[Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]
Filed under: Internet
Via: Washington Post
Source: ZwillGen Blog
- Google's fix to test self-driving cars: temporary steering wheels
Apparently, Google has always known that the California DMV wouldn't allow it to test self-driving cars on the road unless they have manual controls and a backup driver onboard. The company has just revealed in a new Google+ post that its latest prototypes (designed to live without the now-vestigial controls) can accommodate temporary steering wheels and controls, as seen above. Once testing's done, folks working on the self-driving car division can easily remove the steering wheel and any manual control they've had to add. Convenient, right?
Some of that prototype testing will take place at Moffett Field, home to NASA's Ames Research Center. Unlike its California-bound cars, though, those slated to hit the federal property's roads don't need to have manual controls at all. According to Google, its private test track simulates traffic lights, construction zones and even wobbly cyclists to create a busy street environment. In fact, a month or two after their initial testing (that's slated to begin three to six months from now), the prototypes don't even need to have backup drivers onboard. Google started leasing Hangar One and its surrounding air field at Moffett earlier this year, so it'll at least have a ton of parking space for its diminutive, cartoon-like vehicles.
Filed under: Transportation, Google
Source: Google Self-Driving Car Project (Google+)
- Chrome for Android starts answering your questions in search suggestions
Google's as-you-type search suggestions have only offered the tiniest bit of help so far. They can handle basic math, but they won't answer questions that require more than a few numbers. However, that might soon change. Chrome for Android now has an experimental feature that answers some of your queries before you've even finished asking. Switch it on and you can get the weather, historic dates and other valuable info without ever seeing Google's usual results page. While the feature isn't all that vital when you have access to Google Now, it may save you the trouble of switching apps (or leaving the page you're on) when you just want to get a small factoid. There's also no hint as to when Google might make the feature standard on Android or bring it to the desktop, but let's hope that an upgrade comes soon -- it could save a lot of unnecessary keystrokes.
Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile, Google
- What's on your HDTV: 'Godzilla', 'Ghostbusters' and 'New Girl'
It didn't get the best reception in theaters, but this year's new Godzilla flick is coming home this week on Blu-ray, along with a re-release of Ghostbusters 1 & 2. We're also getting our first taste of fall TV, as Fox lines up The Mindy Project and The New Girl (season three will be on Netflix if you haven't seen it) on Tuesday night. If you don't have Amazon Prime but want to watch Alpha House, the first season of that series is also on Blu-ray. Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).
Blu-ray, Streaming movies & Games
Godzilla (3D) Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Arrow (S2) Hannibal (S2) Sleepy Hollow (S1) The Roosevelts Grimm (S3) South Park (S17) The Big Bang Theory (S7) The Fault in Our Stars The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (40th Anniversary Edition) The Nutty Professor (50th Anniversary) Alpha House (S1) Congo Fibbage (PS3) Flockers (PC, Xbox One) Silver Linings Playbook, Netflix Beginners, Netflix
Monday Night Football: Eagles vs. Colts, ESPN, 8:15PM Dancing with the Stars (season premiere), ABC, 8PM American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 8PM WWE Raw, USA, 8PM Terror at the Mall, HBO, 9PM Lotus Caves (special presentation), Syfy, 9PM Dallas, TNT, 9PM Under the Dome, CBS, 10PM
New Girl (S3), Netflix Bones (S9), Netflix Alan Alda and the Actor Within You, HBO, 7:30PM Big Brother, CBS, 8PM Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 8PM The Roosevelts, PBS, 8PM Utopia, Fox, 8PM New Girl (season premiere), Fox, 9PM Fashion Rocks, CBS, 9PM America's Got Talent, NBC, 9PM Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9PM 4th and Loud, A&E, 9PM Face Off, Syfy, 9PM Matador, El Rey, 9PM The Mindy Project (season premiere), Fox, 9:30PM Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM The Singles Project, Bravo, 10PM Finding Carter (season finale), MTV, 10PM Brickleberry (season premiere), Comedy Central, 10:30PM
Penn & Teller: Fool Us, CW, 8PM Unsung: The Chi-lites, TV One, 8PM Big Brother, CBS, 8PM The Roosevelts, PBS, 8PM The Director's Chair: Quentin Tarantino pt 2, El Rey Network, 9PM Red Band Society (series premiere), Fox, 9PM America's Got Talent (season finale), NBC, 9PM Legends, TNT, 9PM Under the Lights, CBS, 9PM The League, FXX, 10PM Franklin & Bash, TNT, 10PM Extant (season finale), CBS, 10PM The Mysteries of Laura (series premiere), NBC, 10PM The Bridge, FX, 10PM Ali G: Rezurection, FXX, 10:30PM Virgin Territory, MTV, 11PM The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (season finale), Comedy Central, 12:30AM
Buccaneers/Falcons football, CBS, 8:25PM The Biggest Loser, NBC, 8PM Haven, Syfy, 8PM The Roosevelts, PBS, 8PM Rush (season finale), USA, 9PM Dating Naked: Wedding Special (season finale), VH1, 9PM Big Brother, CBS, 9PM Working the Engels, NBC, 9:30PM Married (season finale), FX, 10PM Satisfaction (season finale), USA, 10PM Ridiculousness, MTV, 10PM Garfunkel & Oates, IFC, 10PM You're The Worst (season finale), FX, 10:30PM Black Jesus, Cartoon Network, 11PM Seven Deadly Sins (season finale), Showtime, 11PM Adam Devine's House Party, Comedy Central, 12:30AM
Utopia, Fox, 8PM The Roosevelts, PBS, 8PM Big Brother, CBS, 8PM Masters of Illusion, CW, 8PM WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM A Football Life: Brandon Marshall, NFL Network, 9PM Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 10PM Z Nation, Syfy, 10PM The Knick, Cinemax, 10PM
F1 Singapore GP, NBC Sports Network, 7:30AM Florida/Alabama college football, CBS, 3:30PM Mississippi/LSU college football, ESPN, 7PM Clemson/Florida State college football, ABC, 8PM Oregon/Washington State college football, ESPN, 10:30PM The Assault, Lifetime, 8PM The Roosevelts, PBS, 8PM Cedar Cove, Hallmark, 8PM Perfect on Paper, Hallmark, 9PM On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay-Z, HBO, 9PM Doctor Who, BBC America, 9PM Hell on Wheels, AMC, 9PM Outlander, Starz, 9PM Intruders, BBC America, 10PM The Chair, Starz, 11PM
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ New Hampshire, ESPN, 2PM 60 Minutes (season premiere), CBS, 7:30PM The Hazing Secret, Lifetime, 8PM Reds/Cardinals baseball, ESPN, 8PM Miss Marple (season premiere), PBS, 8PM Steelers / Panthers football, NBC, 8:20PM Madam Secretary (series premiere), CBS, 8:30PM Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM Ray Donovan, Showtime, 9PM American Dad, Fox, 9:30PM The Good Wife (season premiere), CBS, 9:30PM Manhattan, WGN, 10PM The Strain, FX, 10PM Naked & Afraid, Discovery, 10PM Masters of Sex, Showtime, 10PM Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO, 11PM
Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD
- Invisibility suits are coming thanks to squid-like displays
It's not as hard to make an invisibility cloak as you might think, but making one that's truly sophisticated is another matter; metamaterials (substances that change the behavior of light) are hard to build. Rice University appears to have solved part of the problem, however. It just developed a squid-like color display (shown below) that should eventually lead to smart camouflage. The new technology uses grids of nanoscopic aluminum rods to both create vivid, finely-tuned colors as well as polarize light. By its lonesome, the invention could lead to very sharp, long-lasting screens. The pixels are about 40 times smaller than those in LCDs, and they won't fade after sustained light exposure.
That's just the start, though. Rice eventually hopes to combine its invention with light-sensing tech that changes the colors to match the surroundings. If that happens, you could easily see combat uniforms and vehicles draped in displays that render them almost invisible. That's not going to happen in the near future, but the discovery suggests that the disguises you see in Harry Potter and Predator aren't all that far-fetched.
Filed under: Displays, Science
Source: Rice University
- Play 3DS games on Oculus Rift (some assembly required)
Got a little too much money and an abundance of gaming gadgetry on your hands? Here's a weekend project that may be right up your alley. As demonstrated by KatsuKity, the makers of a 3DS capture card, you can rig up a way to play your favorite games on an Oculus Rift complete with those rad stereoscopic 3D effects (assuming the game in question actually has them). It's actually pretty simple once everything's hooked up -- KatsuKity's viewer software has been updated with support for the DK2, so once your tiny console is sending 3D video to your PC, you shouldn't have much trouble running that into your Rift. As for how you get that capture card up and running in the first place... well, that's another story entirely. You can either buy a a capture board and shoehorn it into your 3DS yourself, or take the easy way out and purchase a pre-modded unit. It's a pretty proposition either way, but it may just be a small price to pay to catch a few glimpses of Super Smash Brothers in three dimensions.
- The Big Picture: Scientists pick a landing site for their historic comet probe
You're not just looking at an unassuming piece of rock -- if anything, it's a piece of history. That's Site J, the European Space Agency's long-awaited choice of landing spot for Philae, the first probe built to reach a comet's surface. Scientists chose the seemingly uneventful location because it should offer the best chances of studying the comet's nucleus and other material without worrying about impurities. It should also guarantee that Philae both stays in touch with its Rosetta mothership and maintains just enough power to get its job done. You'll likely have to wait until touchdown on November 11th to get a closer look, but this at least serves as a good preview.
[Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA]
Filed under: Science
- How to get the new U2 album 'Songs of Innocence' out of your iTunes
Apple capped its iPhone 6 & Apple Watch launch event last week by announcing it would aren't happy about it. In apparently shocking news to the folks from Cupertino, not every single person in the world is a fan of the Irish rock band. Many were upset when the album suddenly appeared in their iTunes library, and, depending on a user's settings, sometimes downloaded itself onto mobile devices. There is a way to hide albums from view in iTunes, but if you just can't live with Songs of Innocence being tied to your account, Apple has pushed out a tool to eradicate it from your account forever. Go to this webpage, click remove album, enter your account info and poof -- it's gone, although you may still need to delete any downloaded copies. We hope next time Apple will ask before shoving a new LP into our libraries -- unless it's Detox.
Filed under: Internet, Apple
Source: Remove 'Songs of Innocence', iTunes Support FAQ
- Over 3 million comments on net neutrality registered with the FCC
initially thought. The FCC has just announced that it's received more than 3 million comments on the topic, which blows away the previous estimate of 1.48 million and is more than twice that of the hubbub caused by Janet Jackson's "Nipplegate" back in 2004. Of course, seeing as net neutrality has gained quite a bit of coverage thanks to John Oliver and the recent "Day of Action" campaign, it's not exactly surprising that citizens everywhere are up in arms about the issue. If you want to chime in as well, you had better do so soon (either via this form or emailing email@example.com) -- comments on the topic end in just a few hours.
[Image credit: Washington Post/Getty Images]
We have passed the 3 million mark for #OpenInternet comments received. We are still receiving & processing comments. More updates to come.
- Kim Hart (@khart) September 15, 2014
Source: Twitter (Kim Hart)
- Amazon shutting down little-used person-to-person payment service
On October 13th, you'll have one less option for sending cash to individuals online. Amazon's WebPay, a feature of the company's broader Payments platform, will be shuttered. According to a FAQ posted on its site, the service is being closed down because it's "not addressing a customer pain point particularly better than anyone else." Users have until the 13th to initiate any transactions, then there will be a 30-day grace period in which customers can claim their funds before WebPay disappears completely. Axing the unpopular service will allow Amazon to use its resources elsewhere -- perhaps by turning Payments into a more full-fledged mobile wallet service à la Google Wallet or Apple Pay. Of course, there are no shortage of options out there if you want to send money to friends and family electronically. Apparently there's a company called PayPal, or something, that's been doing it for a long time.
Filed under: Internet, Amazon
Via: The Next Web
- MIT's electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus
We've seen MIT's super-fast four-legged Cheetah bot sprint on a treadmill many times, but it seems that the team at MIT is finally ready to let the thing outside. Now, quadrupedal bots traversing hill and daleare nothing new, but the Cheetah's doing so using a new algorithm and without the benefit of an internal combustion engine or hydraulics. That algorithm determines the amount of force the bot's custom high-torque electrical motors deliver, which in turn controls how fast the robot runs and how high it leaps. Using this force-based approach, the Cheetah is more stable and agile, according to the boffins at MIT, and it can maintain its balance as the speed of its gait increases. Not to mention that the electric motors are quiet, so instead of an exhaust note, you only hear the pitter-patter of robot feet. This all adds up to a robot that can silently bound across uneven ground and even jump over obstacles. It's not as fast as its furry namesake... yet, but you can hear from its creators and see its bounding baby steps in the video after the break.
[Image Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT]
Filed under: Robots, Alt
Source: MIT News
- Apple releases U2 album removal tool
Apple has released a tool to remove U2's new album from its customers' iTunes accounts six days after giving away the music for free. Some users had complained about the fact that Songs of Innocence had automatically been downloaded to their devices without their permission. It had not been immediately obvious to many of the account holders how to delete the tracks. The US tech firm now offers a one-click removal button. Great headline. Great story. Great everything. This is just great.
- Microsoft acquires Mojang for $2.5 billion
Update: In Notch' own words (Pastebin version because his site is being hammered): I'm aware this goes against a lot of what I've said in public. I have no good response to that. I'm also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. IâÂ€Â™m not. IâÂ€Â™m a person, and I'm right there struggling with you. I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can't be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it's belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change. ItâÂ€Â™s not about the money. It's about my sanity. His honesty and openness is very welcome. I bought Minecraft way back in the alpha days (September 29, 2010, to be exact), and I haven't ever regretted it one bit. Thank you for Minecraft, Markus. It's official. Microsoft has acquired Mojang, and thus, Minecraft. From Mojang's announcement: Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we're massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never NotchâÂ€Â™s intention for it to get this big. As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He's decided that he doesn't want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he's made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He'll continue to do cool stuff though. Don't worry about that. While I'm not particularly happy about Minecraft going to Microsoft - of all places - I fully understand Notch' reasoning. Even my own little one-man translation company is a huge amount of effort to run, both in actual working hours (translating) and all the stuff that comes with owning a company (the administrative and office crap nobody likes to do). I can only imagine that is must be a thousand times more difficult to run a company as successful as Mojang, and I can understand him wanting to get rid of it, get a huge pile of money, and use it do new stuff, free from pressure. So, thank you for Minecraft, Notch, and you and your colleagues deserve this massive break. Congratulations! So, what about Minecraft's future? From Microsoft's announcement: Minecraft fans are loyal, with nearly 90 percent of paid customers on the PC having signed in within the past 12 months. That sentence. That sentence, Microsoft. That sentence tells me all I need to know. If you've paid any attention to the negative developments in gaming over the recent years, that sentence should send chills down your spine.
- Windows 9's new Start menu demonstrated on video
Microsoft may have demonstrated its new Start menu earlier this year, but thanks to a recent "Windows 9" leak we're now seeing every single part of the companyâÂ€Â™s plans for bringing back this popular feature. German site WinFuture has posted a two-minute video that demonstrates how the Start menu works in the next major release of Windows. As you'd expect, it's very similar to what Microsoft demonstrated with traditional apps mixing with modern apps (and their Live Tiles) into a familiar Start menu. It boggles my mind why Microsoft doesn't just remove Metro from the desktop altogether. Is there anyone who wants to run those comically large touch-optimised applications in windows on their desktop? Why not restrict Metro to where it belongs, i.e., mobile? Why all this extra work? It just doesn't seem to make any sense.
- Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court's June ruling on the patentability of software - its first in 33 years - raised as many questions at it answered. One specific software patent went down in flames in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank, but the abstract reasoning of the decision didn't provide much clarity on which other patents might be in danger. Now a series of decisions from lower courts is starting to bring the ruling's practical practical consequences into focus. And the results have been ugly for fans of software patents. By my count there have been 10 court rulings on the patentability of software since the Supreme Court's decision - including six that were decided this month. Every single one of them has led to the patent being invalidated. This doesn't necessarily mean that all software patents are in danger - these are mostly patents that are particularly vulnerable to challenge under the new Alice precedent. But it does mean that the pendulum of patent law is now clearly swinging in an anti-patent direction. Every time a patent gets invalidated, it strengthens the bargaining position of every defendant facing a lawsuit from a patent troll. Great news.
- First set of Android apps coming to a Chromebook near you
Chromebooks were designed to keep up with you on the go - they're thin and light, have long battery lives, resume instantly, and are easy to use. Today, we're making Chromebooks even more mobile by bringing the first set of Android apps to Chrome OS. These first apps are the result of a project called the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta), which we announced earlier this summer at Google I/O. Over the coming months, we'll be working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so youâÂ€Â™ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook. I was under the impression all applications would work when they announced this at I/O. I had no idea only select applications would work. That's a bit of a bummer.
- Microsoft to drop Nokia and Windows Phone brands
Nokia and Windows Phone are history. Now we can confirm that Microsoft will be completely dropping the "Nokia" branding from their devices, leaving "Lumia" as the hero brand for upcoming devices. In fact we understand that the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 will be the final two devices to launch with "Nokia" branded on the phone. Future devices will most likely carry the "Microsoft" name along with "Lumia". Furthermore the document also reveals that Microsoft is shying away from placing the Windows Phone logo next to their devices in promotions and advertisements, and will instead place the standard Windows logo alongside them (sans the "Phone"). In fact we understand, from a source with knowledge of the plans, that this is part of the preparation to leave the "Windows Phone" logo behind, as part of a gradual phase out of the Windows Phone name (and OS) which will merge with the desktop version of Windows in the upcoming updates (i.e. no Windows Phone 9). This is verified by The Verge's sources inside Microsoft. So, we now not only live in the crazy world where a version 1 Google product looks (and seems to work) way better than the comparable version 1 Apple product, but also in a world where Microsoft has a very simple naming scheme, and Apple just unveiled the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. I will miss my worn-out Windows Mobile PocketPC Embedded 2003 Compact Standard Edition CE Service Pack 2 Pro jokes, though.
- WSJ: Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker Mojang
Well, file this under 'holy crap'. Microsoft is nearing a deal to buy Mojang AB, makers of the Minecraft video game franchise, according to a new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal would value Mojang at more than $2 billion and could be signed as soon as this week. No. Just no.
- Apple announces new iPhones, Apple Watch
It's that time of the year again: Apple announced a bunch of new products. First, the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus - 4.7" and 5.5", with upgraded silicon, better camera, and a new design. They both look like fantastic and worthy upgrades for iOS users, although I'm sure some are going to cringe over the camera bulge and the hilarious, Samsung-y one-handed mode called Reachability (yes. That is a thing. A thing Tim Cook showed off as a feature). Moving on, the biggest news, of course, is Apple's entry into the smartwatch market. It's called the Apple Watch, and to sum it up: they put an iPhone on your wrist - including a homescreen, endless applications, a long list of features like using it to control other Apple devices, and so on. The user interface is operated through a combination of a crown on the side of the device and the touchscreen. The touch screen can sense the difference between a tap and a press, with the latter being used a right-click sort of thing. If this sounds complex for a watch, you're not alone. The interface looked incredibly cumbersome and complex to me - far more so than what I've seen of Android Wear. For instance, the homescreen is a grid of round, zoomed-out icons that you navigate by panning with touch, but zooming in with the crown on the side. In other words, you have to shift from screen to crown to screen to launch an application. Add in the various up/down/right/left swipes, touch+holds, and the difference between taps and presses, as well as the tiny display, and it just sounds cumbersome and complex to me. Take a look at the photos application - now zoom with the crown, pan with swipes, zoom with the crown, pan with the screen, until you find the photo you want (and remember: you have to do it all that with just one hand!). Good luck, with that. As for the hardware - it's square, and that will most likely be the most dividing aspect of it all. Some prefer square watches, some round. I'm firmly in the round camp, and combined with the 'bulgy' and curvy design of the Apple Watch it just looks entirely unappealing to me - not to mention uncomfortable, with that huge sensor bulge pressing into your wrist. It looks and operates like a tiny computer strapped to your wrist - and that's exactly not what I would want in a smartwatch. Then there's the weirdest thing about the Apple Watch: that awkwardly huge button underneath the crown. Press it, and it will open a messaging application, allowing you to send messages and make calls to a select group of friends (after scrolling with the crown, of course). Yes, they dedicated the only button on the device to that. It's indicative of something I'm not used to seeing from Apple: everything and the kitchen sink. In a nutshell - it seems like the Android Wear team is a lot better at saying 'no' than the Apple Watch Team. The Apple Watch will go on sale "early 2015", will come in two sizes, and six different materials. Straps are interchangeable. Apple only announced the price of the cheapest model (no sapphire on this one): $349. Missing from the entire presentation? Battery life. Apple made zero mentions or references to battery life, which tells you all you need to know. In current versions, it sucks. The biggest drawback? It requires an iPhone 5 or higher. Other platforms are not supported. It's very hard to make any predictions about where this is going. Will users prefer the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, complex approach from Apple, or the simpler, restricted approach from Google? This is a new device category, so I have absolutely no idea. This thing is either going to be Tim Cook's iPhone, or Tim Cook's Newton (Peter Bright had the same idea). I'm not placing any bets.
- Videogames are for everybody
This, then, is what we want to articulate here: weâÂ€Â™re now in a place where our pursuit can be made by anyone, can be about anything, and can be enjoyed almost anywhere. If games were diversifying when we started the site in 2007, now they actually have diversified. Games can be for everyone. Games are by everyone. Games are about everything. That is their great power. That is their utterly vital quality. It is why they matter so, so much. Games can be for everybody. Games should be for everybody. They should be for you. RPS is probably the best gaming website on the web, and this article only cements that position. Fantastic job.
- 'The wrong size'
Marco Arment: The Apple fans who had previously defended the 3.5-inch screen - myself included - got the new one, got used to it, and never wanted to go back to the smaller screens. It turned out that while the larger screen did make the phone slightly taller, technological progress also let Apple make the phone thinner and much lighter. We had resisted the idea of bigger screens not because we hated screen space, but because we thought they'd bring major costs in size and weight. But the iPhone 5 really didn't. The "right size" principle was disproven. We were wrong. This is an interesting bit of revisionist history. The argument that in those earlier days, phones with larger screens had to be thicker, heavier, and have less battery life simply does not add up. The Galaxy SII, for instance, was only 4 grams heavier than the iPhone 5, and was unveiled in the timeframe Arment is referring to (early 2011). Battery life on the SII was about two days of use, which is not very different from an iPhone 4/5 either. It was, however, slightly thicker (8.5mm vs. 7.6mm). This is just one phone, but it illustrates that while it's nice that he's admitting both he and Gruber were wrong about display sizes, it's a bit embarrassing to see him make claims that are provably false. It was obvious to everyone who wasn't part of any camp that phones with larger screens were going to be the norm - and aside from the obvious argument that they're bigger, the arguments about weight, battery life, and thickness were untrue then just as much as they are untrue now. What I'm most interested in tomorrow - aside from the possible smartwatch, which I'm very excited about - is in what ways Tim Cook is going to spin, twist, turn, and revise history to explain why large screen phones are suddenly okay. Because those will be the arguments copy/pasted on every technology forum for years and years to come.
- The Surface Pro 3: using it more and less than expected
And that's when it hit me, OneNote is the Pro 3 killer feature. This is what makes it not just another tablet or a laptop, it's OneNote and if you are not in the OneNote world, the competitive advantage of this feature diminishes the use of the device. But here is where it all made sense and not just with the Surface Pro 3. I'll be on vacation in the US late October/early November, and since electronics are a lot cheaper in the US than here, I'm going to buy a new laptop while I'm there. I've been debating the MacBook Air, Acer S7, and the Surface Pro 3, but when I line up all my needs and wants, the Pro 3 comes out so far ahead it's just a humiliation for the other two. The MBA is out of the question because I prefer the Windows version of Office (Office is hugely important for my line of work). On top of that, its display is far too outdated and low-resolution to warrant the total laptop's price tag. The choice between the S7 and the Pro 3 is more interesting, but in the end, I know the quality feel of Surface devices first-hand. The lightness and thinness really stand out too (this photo really illustrates just how thin the Pro 3 really is). Software-wise, I will use the Pro 3 as a laptop, and I like using Windows 8.x as a desktop operating system, so after disabling the horrid Metro crap it'll be my ideal laptop. I'll of course play around with all these machines before making the actual choice, but on paper, it's no contest for me. The whole OneNote stuff that this article highlights hadn't even crossed my mind. I'm currently not really a OneNote user, and I don't make a whole lot of notes as it is (my memory is creepy good - I remember almost every posted and submitted story on OSNews going back 8 years), but the idea of using the pen and quickly note down a thought and have it synced everywhere appeals to me. I think the eventual sales figures for the Surface Pro 3 will not reflect its actual quality very well - much like how Windows Phone sales do not really match its quality either. It's the reality of the market, and it's easy to laugh it off 'because Microsoft', but remember that this reality affects many promising, quality products - which are not made by the big boys.
- 'The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung's most beautiful phone ever'
The Galaxy Alpha is terrifically thin and light, though that's not the first thing you'll notice about it. It happens to be damn good looking too. The sheen from those polished edges makes all the difference, combining with the lustrous Super AMOLED display to make a great first impression. Some devices look better in press photos than reality - the LG G Watch R is a recent example - but the Galaxy Alpha is exactly the opposite. You have to see it in person to appreciate its slick and refined look. Everything is appropriately proportioned, the 4.7-inch screen size feels just right, and ease of one-handed use is as good as you'll get from any device in that size class. Those who might have felt let down by the new Moto X moving to a larger 5.2-inch screen may find solace in Samsung's more compact Alpha. Ergonomically, this phone is a delight. I don't want to call it perfect, but it kind of is. The Galaxy Alpha is a very interesting device, because it's essentially Samsung's answer to Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, while the upcoming iPhone 6 is Apple's answer to Samsung's devices with larger screens. The same applies to Samsung's Note 4, which now also sports a metal construction. Over the coming months, we're going to see which of these two answers will have the biggest impact. I don't like making predictions - people, and thus the market, are fickle - but I'm fairly convinced that once the dust of the new iPhones settles down (they will sell very well, of course), nothing much will have changed, market share-wise, compared to now. People aren't going to switch away from iOS because Samsung now offers metal phones, and similarly, Android users aren't going to switch to iOS because they're going to get an extra row of icons on their homescreen. Still, all this shows competition in action: companies producing better products. We, the people, win.
- First Moto360 reviews: terrible battery life
The first reviews of the Moto360 are in, and they're basically all unanimous: this is the first proper smartwatch, and if you want to buy a smartwatch today, this is the one you should go for. Reception is apparently good, since Motorola states they are already sold out - but they're not providing any numbers, so take that with a grain of salt. That being said, there's one huge drawback to the Moto360, and in my view, it's a massive dealbreaker: battery life if poor. Very poor. Most reviews are reporting about 12 hours of battery life, which, for a watch, is completely, utterly, and wholly unacceptable. People had to put it back on its chargers late in the afternoon, which effectively makes it a useless device. Apple, it's your turn. I wonder if you've solved the battery problem.
- New VIA CPU/chipset might be a good alternative for Free OS fans
VIA is working on a new x86 compatible CPU codenamed Isaiah II, the first in years from the company. Its low power, highly efficient design compares favorably to offerings from AMD and Intel in the same market. It was tested on a VIA branded motherboard with a VIA chipset, giving hope to Free Software users who currently struggle with locked down or unsupported boards from the major manufacturers.
- A closer look at LG's circular G Watch R
LG was one of the first out of the gate with an Android Wear smartwatch and, well, let's just say there was room for improvement. The original G Watch suffered from short battery life, a high price and a homely design. Now, just a few months later, LG is back with the G Watch R, the first smartwatch with a completely circular screen (read: no black strip at the bottom, like on the Moto 360). Unfortunately, the G Watch R doesn't correct all of the original's shortcomings - it has a similar-sized battery, rated for up to two days, and an LG rep told us it will be more expensive. This - and the Moto360 - looks like the first smartwatch that appeals to me. The Gear things from Samsung, the Pebble devices, and so on, all look like you strapped a computer to your wrist that happens to be able to display the time. They look like computers, not watches. This, however, is starting to look like an actual watch - that also happens to display Android notifications. Today, I devised the funeral test. You see, a watch is something I always wear when I'm outside the house, no exceptions. All my regular watches can be worn at any time, during any occasion - even a funeral. The moment I can wear a smartwatch to a funeral and not look like an inconsiderate ass (because it looks like a smartphone and thus people might think I'm checking Twitter or something - which I will not be doing, of course), that's the smartwatch that will be a winner, because it can replace an actual watch. This LG watch is getting closer, but it's still not there - it's still bigger than even my biggest watch (the red one in this photo), and looks uncomfortable. However, it's getting closer, and I'm very curious to see what Apple will come up with.
- Readers' Choice Awards--Nominate Your Apps & Gadgets Now!
The Readers' Choice issue is just around the corner, and we want to give everyone a chance to nominate their favorites before the vote. Have you stumbled across the most amazing game ever in 2014? Are you an Android developer that created the equivalent of digital sliced bread? Did you order a Linux-powered Borg implant on eBay, and think we all should be assimilated?
- Non-Linux FOSS: AutoHotkey
Text expansion and hotkey automation are the sort of things you don't realize you need until you try them. Those of you who ever have played with system settings in order to change the function of a keystroke on you system understand the value of custom hotkeys.
- diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
Sometimes a new piece of code turns out to be more useful than its author suspected. Alejandra Morales recently came out with the Cryogenic Project as part of his Master's thesis, supervised by Christian Grothoff. The idea was to reduce energy consumption by scheduling input/output operations in batches.
- One Charger to Rule Them All
If you're anything like me, your nightstand is full of electronic devices that need to be charged regularly. Every night I have:
Nexus 7 tablet.
- Android Candy: Quit Thumbing Your Passwords!
I use my phone more often to log in to on-line accounts than I use a computer. I can assure you it's not because typing passwords on a tiny keyboard is fun. For most of us, we just have instant access to our phones at any given time during the day.
- Stuff That Matters
I'm writing this in a hotel room entered through two doors. The hall door is the normal kind: you stick a card in a slot, a light turns green, and the door unlocks. The inner one is three inches thick, has no lock and serves a single purpose: protection from an explosion.
- Considering Legacy UNIX/Linux Issues
Gah, so frustrating! Ten years ago I wrote a rather popular book called Wicked Cool Shell Scripts, and I'm working on a new edition—a Tenth Anniversary release. There are lots of new scripts, entirely new chapters and updates to the older stuff.
- Getting Good Vibrations with Linux
Vibrations and wave motions describe many different physical systems. In fact, most systems that dissipate energy do so through waves of one form or another. In this article, I take a look at gvb (Good ViBrations, http://www.pietrobattiston.it/gvb), a Linux application you can use to visualize and model wave motion and vibrations.
- New Products
Please send information about releases of Linux-related products to firstname.lastname@example.org or New Products c/o Linux Journal, PO Box 980985, Houston, TX 77098. Submissions are edited for length and content.
- Security Hardening with Ansible
Ansible is an open-source automation tool developed and released by Michael DeHaan and others in 2012. DeHaan calls it a "general-purpose automation pipeline" (see Resources for a link to the article "Ansible's Architecture: Beyond Configuration Management").
- IndieBox: for Gamers Who Miss Boxes!
There are lots of cool ideas on the Internet that never really make it out of the "startup" phase. IndieBox has been around only for a few months, but I really, really hope it catches on.
Here's the idea:
Every month, you get a Linux/Mac/Windows-compatible Indie game in the mail.
- 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 ’