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- Mandriva: 2014:227: ffmpeg
LinuxSecurity.com: Multiple vulnerabilities has been discovered and corrected in ffmpeg:The decode_init function in libavcodec/huffyuv.c in FFmpeg before1.1 allows remote attackers to have an unspecified impact via acrafted width in huffyuv data with the predictor set to median and[More...]
- Mandriva: 2014:226: imagemagick
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated imagemagick packages fix security vulnerabilities:ImageMagick is vulnerable to a denial of service due to out-of-boundsmemory accesses in the resize code (CVE-2014-8354), PCX parser(CVE-2014-8355), DCM decoder (CVE-2014-8562), and JPEG decoder[More...]
- Mandriva: 2014:225: ruby
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated ruby packages fix security vulnerabilities:Will Wood discovered that Ruby incorrectly handled the encodes()function. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause Ruby tocrash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary[More...]
- Red Hat: 2014:1894-01: chromium-browser: Important Advisory
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated chromium-browser packages that fix multiple security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Supplementary. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]
- Red Hat: 2014:1893-01: libXfont: Important Advisory
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated libXfont packages that fix three security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]
- Tuesday's security updates
CentOS has updated libXfont (C5: multiple vulnerabilities).
Fedora has updated kde-runtime(F20: code execution) and moodle (F20: multiple vulnerabilities).
Mageia has updated chromium-browser-stable (multiplevulnerabilities) and graphicsmagick (denialof service).
Mandriva has updated ffmpeg(multiple vulnerabilities), imagemagick(multiple vulnerabilities), and ruby(multiple vulnerabilities).
openSUSE has updated ImageMagick(13.2, 13.1, 12.3: denial of service) and zeromq (13.2: man-in-the-middle attack).
Oracle has updated libXfont (OL5:multiple vulnerabilities).
Red Hat has updated chromium-browser (RHEL6: multiplevulnerabilities) and libXfont (RHEL5: multiple vulnerabilities).
Scientific Linux has updated libXfont (SL5: multiple vulnerabilities).
SUSE has updated firefox(SLES10 SP4: multiple vulnerabilities).
Ubuntu has updated EC2 kernel(10.04: two vulnerabilities), kde-runtime(12.04: code execution), kernel (10.04; 12.04;14.04; 14.10: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-trusty (12.04: multiplevulnerabilities), and linux-ti-omap4(12.04: multiple vulnerabilities).
- [$] Some 3.18 development statistics
As of the 3.18-rc6 release, 11,186non-merge changesets have been pulled into the mainline repository for the3.18 development cycle. That makes this release about 1,000 changesetssmaller than its immediate predecessors, but still not a slow developmentcycle by any means. Since this cycle is getting close to its end, it's agood time to look at where the code that came into the mainline during thiscycle came from.
- Four-year-old comment security bug affects 86 percent of WordPress sites (Ars Technica)
- Security advisories for Monday
Fedora has updated clamav (F20:denial of service), facter (F20: privilegeescalation), libreoffice (F20: codeexecution), libvirt (F20: multiplevulnerabilities), libxml2 (F19: denial ofservice), owncloud (F19: securityrestriction bypass), php-sabredav-Sabre_CalDAV (F19: securityrestriction bypass), php-sabredav-Sabre_CardDAV (F19: securityrestriction bypass), php-sabredav-Sabre_DAV(F19: security restriction bypass), php-sabredav-Sabre_DAVACL (F19: securityrestriction bypass), php-sabredav-Sabre_HTTP (F19: securityrestriction bypass), php-sabredav-Sabre_VObject (F19: securityrestriction bypass), polarssl (F20;F19: two vulnerabilities), python (F19: script execution),python-pillow (F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities), and wget (F20: symlink attack).
Gentoo has updated aircrack-ng (multiple vulnerabilities), ansible (code execution), asterisk (multiple vulnerabilities), and openswan (denial of service).
Mageia has updated imagemagick(multiple vulnerabilities), moodle(multiple vulnerabilities), and polarssl (two vulnerabilities).
Mandriva has updated krb5 (ticketforgery), libvirt (information disclosure),php-smarty (two vulnerabilities), qemu (multiple vulnerabilities), srtp (denial of service), and wireshark (multiple vulnerabilities).
openSUSE has updated openssl (TLS handshake problem).
SUSE has updated firefox(SLES11 SP2: multiple vulnerabilities).
- Kernel prepatch 3.18-rc6
The 3.18-rc6 prepatch is out, right onschedule. Linus says: "Steady progress towards final release,although we still have a big unknown worry in a regression that Dave Jonesreported and that we haven't solved yet. In the process of chasing that onedown, there's been a fair amount of looking at various low-level details,and that found some dubious issues, but no smoking gun yet."
- Introducing AcousticBrainz
MusicBrainz, the not-for-profit project that maintains anassortment of "open content" music metadata databases, has announceda new effort named AcousticBrainz. AcousticBrainzis designed to be an open, crowd-sourced database cataloging various"audio features" of music, including "low-level spectralinformation such as tempo, and additional high level descriptors forgenres, moods, keys, scales and much more." The data collectedis more comprehensive than MusicBrainz's existing AcoustID database,which deals only with acoustic fingerprinting for song recognition.The new project is a partnership with the Music Technology Group atUniversitat Pompeu Fabra, and uses that group's free-software toolkitEssentia to perform itsacoustic analyses. A follow-uppost digs into the AcousticBrainz analysis of the project's initial650,000-track data set, including examinations of genre, mood, key,and other factors.
- A Friday kernel collection
Greg Kroah-Hartman has released three new stable kernels: 3.10.61, 3.14.25, and 3.17.4, each containing important updatesand fixes.
- Version 2 of the kdbus patches posted
The second version of the kdbus patches have been posted to the Linux kernel mailing list byGreg Kroah-Hartman. The biggest change since the original patch set (whichwe looked at in early November) is thatkdbus now provides a filesystem-based interface (kdbusfs) rather than the/dev/kdbus device-based interface. There are lots of otherchanges in response to v1 review comments as well. "kdbus is a kernel-level IPC implementation that aims for resemblance to[the] protocol layer with the existing userspace D-Bus daemon whileenabling some features that couldn't be implemented before in userspace."
- Friday's security updates
CentOS has updated libxml2(C5: denial of service).
Debian has updated drupal7(multiple vulnerabilities).
Fedora has updated kernel(F20: multiple vulnerabilities).
Gentoo has updated adobe-flash (multiple vulnerabilities).
Mageia has updated boinc-client (denial of service), ffmpeg (M3; M4:multiple vulnerabilities),hawtjni (M3: code execution), kdebase4-runtime, kwebkitpart (code execution), kdebase4-workspace (M4: privilege escalation), kdenetwork4 (M3: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (M3; M4: multiple vulnerabilities),kernel-vserver (M3: multiple vulnerabilities), krb5 (ticket forgery), libvirt (information disclosure), php-smarty (M3; M4:code execution),privoxy (denial of service), python-djblets (M4: multiple vulnerabilities), python-imaging, python-pillow (multiple vulnerabilities), qemu (M4: multiple vulnerabilities), ruby (multiple vulnerabilities), srtp (M3: denial of service), and wireshark (multiple vulnerabilities).
Mandriva has updated asterisk (BS1: multiple vulnerabilities).
openSUSE has updated gnutls(multiple vulnerabilities) and libvirt(password leak).
Oracle has updated bash (O5; O6; O7: multiple vulnerabilities), libvirt (O6: multiple vulnerabilities), libXfont (O6; O7: multiple vulnerabilities),libxml2 (O5: denial of service), mariadb (O7: multiple vulnerabilities), and mysql55-mysql (O5: multiple vulnerabilities).
Red Hat has updated java-1.5.0-ibm (RHEL5,6: multiple vulnerabilities), java-1.7.0-ibm (RHEL6: multiple vulnerabilities), java-1.7.1-ibm (RHEL6,7: multiple vulnerabilities), and libxml2 (RHEL5: denial of service).
Scientific Linux has updated libxml2 (SL5: denial of service).
Ubuntu has updated apparmor(14.04: privilege escalation) and ruby1.8, ruby1.9.1, ruby2.0,ruby2.1 (12.04, 14.04, 14.10: denial of service).
- McKenney: Stupid RCU Tricks: rcutorture Catches an RCU Bug
On his blog, Paul McKenney investigates a bug in read-copy update (RCU) in preparation for the 3.19 merge window. "Of course, we all have specific patches that we are suspicious of. So my next step was to revert suspect patches and to otherwise attempt to outguess the bug. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that the bug is difficult to reproduce, requiring something like 100 hours of focused rcutorture testing. Bisection based on 100-hour tests would have consumed the remainder of 2014 and a significant fraction of 2015, so something better was required. In fact, something way better was required because there was only a very small number of failures, which meant that the expected test time to reproduce the bug might well have been 200 hours or even 300 hours instead of my best guess of 100 hours."
- Security advisories for Thursday
Mandriva has updated clamav(BS1.0: denial of service from 2013) and php-ZendFramework (BS1.0: authentication bypass).
openSUSE has updated emacs (13.1:multiple vulnerabilities).
Red Hat has updated java-1.6.0-ibm (RHEL5&6: multiplevulnerabilities) and java-1.7.0-ibm (RHEL5:multiple vulnerabilities).
SUSE has updated firefox(SLE11SP3: multiple vulnerabilities).
Ubuntu has updated oxide-qt(14.10, 14.04: multiple vulnerabilities).
- Mozilla drops Google in favor of a multiple-search-partner plan
Mozilla has announced that it is not renewing the longstanding arrangement with Google that made Google the default search engine in Firefox in exchange for a sizable payment. Instead, when the current deal ends, Firefox will adopt different default search engines in different regions, a move described as a "more local and flexible approach to increase choice and innovation on the Web." Yahoo will be the default search engine in the United States, Yandex in Russia, and Baidu in China.
Mozilla CEO Chris Beard frames this change in terms of Mozilla's independence and non-commercial status. "This is why our independence matters. Being non-profit lets us make different choices. Choices that keep the Web open, everywhere and independent." The Yahoo deal, at least, lasts for five years, and one of the conditions was that Yahoo will support Mozilla's Do Not Track header. Google will remain a pre-installed search engine option, and will continue to provide Firefox's Safe Browsing and Geolocation features.
- About Linux Weekly News - Distro Review Week
This week's news includes links to reviews for Scientific Linux, openSUSE and Caine Linux. There is also an insight into one man's journey to Linux and an interview with Jens Reuterberg.
- Linux-based AUV maps Antarctic sea ice thickness
Woods Hole Oceanographic used a Linux-based “SeaBED” AUV to build the first 3D map of Antarctic sea ice — and found it’s thicker than had been estimated. Every now and then we see some good news about climate change sprinkled in with all the increasingly dire warnings. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that solar […]
- 2014: Year of open source miracles
Open source software is still software and vulnerabilities are expected. Unlike a filesystem bug or a kernel panic, they cause no pain until they strike.
- Open food developers have a message for you
Growstuff is an open source project to build a crop database from growers' knowledge, crowdsourcing information about who plants what food, when and where they plant it, and how they harvest it. Find it on GitHub.
- A review of PC-BSD 10.1
In today's open source roundup: LinuxBSDos.com reviews PC-BSD 10.1. Plus: The dangers of the Less command for Linux users, and can a Redditor get an entry level sys admin job with no degree?
- Canonical Is Still Considering Turning the Phone into a Mini-PC
Canonical is working to complete their idea of convergence with the launch of Ubuntu Touch, a new operating system for mobile devices. The desktop flavor of Ubuntu will eventually share the same code with the mobile one, and their plans go even further than that.
- Docker Update Fixes Pair of Critical Security Flaws
The open-source Docker container virtualization technology has emerged as one of the hottest and most hyped technologies of the year. Docker, however, isn't immune from security vulnerabilities, as a pair of recent updates illustrate.
- Open Seat on the Fedora Server Working Group
This past week, David Strauss chose to step down from his position on the Fedora Server Working Group, citing a lack of alignment with his current work usage. The Fedora Server SIG would like to thank David for his contributions up to this point and wish him well.
- Important Fedora vote concludes today!
The election for the two representative seats on the new Fedora Council ends today at midnight UTC. That’s afternoon or evening in timezones west of the Prime Meridian, so don’t delay. […]
- How to install ProFTPD on CentOS 7.0
How to install ProFTPD on CentOS 7.0This document describes how to install and configure ProFTPD in CentOS 7.0 Server. ProFTPD is an FTP daemon for unix and unix-like operating systems. ProFTPD is developed, released and distributed under the GNU Public License (GPL), which basically establishes it as free software, meaning that it may be sold, licensed and otherwise manipulated in any way desired as long as full and complete source code either accompanies any ProFTPD packages or is made available by any and all sites that distribute pre-compiled binaries. The software can be modified by anyone at anytime, as long as all derived works also are licensed under the GNU Public License.
- IoT Delivers Window of Opportunity to SMBs
The Internet of Things is expected to be a $7 trillion market in six years. However, many small to medium-sized IT firms that do not have the capital to acquire the Nests of the world are left to wonder how they can benefit from this lucrative trend. SMBs with little or no IT in-house support can monetize this new market without reinventing the wheel.
- 'The Practice of Cloud System Administration' Brings Network Management Down to Earth
The Practice of Cloud System Administration, Volume 2 is a look into IT gone bad in some companies, and how doing it right can salvage enterprise use of cloud computing. The authors make 11 statements about computers and their networks on the first page of the book's preface. They ask which statements are true. You most likely will get numerous wrong answers.
- Thoughts of Thanksgiving for All That Is FOSS
Well Thanksgiving week is upon us here in the land of stars and stripes, and in anticipation of all the social events soon to besiege us, more than a few Linux bloggers have been practicing keeping their favorite barstools warm down at the blogosphere's Punchy Penguin Saloon. How chilly would those stools get if we were all flitting here and there from this party to that? It would be truly unkind.
- Lollipop's Encryption Takes a Hefty Toll
The new full-disk encryption feature that's enabled by default in Android 5.0 Lollipop comes at a hefty price in terms of performance, according to a recent benchmark report. In fact, when full-disk encryption is enabled, random read performance drops by 62.9 percent, while random write performance falls by 50.5 percent, AnandTech reported late last week.
- EFF Spearheads Safer Web Initiative
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced a nonprofit organization that will aim to secure the entire Web. Let's Encrypt, starting in summer 2015, will offer free server certificates to help websites transition from HTTP to the more secure HTTPS protocol. EFF is partnering with Akamai, Mozilla, Cisco, iDenTrust and University of Michigan researchers.
- NotCompatible Mobile Malware Gets Badder
A new version of the NotCompatible malware, which first appeared in 2012, is bigger, badder and pretty much indestructible, Lookout Security reported. And it can compromise corporate networks, thanks to the BYOD trend. The malware, called "NotCompatible C," focuses on Android devices. The NotCompatible Trojan is used to spread spam campaigns, among other nefarious activities.
- Cinnamon Desktop Spices Up Makulu Linux
The Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition 1.1 marks a new path for Makulu. This latest release has numerous new features that could make it a top competitor against the Linux Mint Cinnamon edition. Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition, or MCDE, has fewer standard apps than the previous Makulu Xfce and KDE versions offered. Dropping the kitchen sink philosophy has made it a lot less unwieldy.
- Jolla's Open Source Tablet Gets Crazy Crowd Love
Jolla, the company set up by former Nokia executives to keep the Meego operating system alive, raised more than $841,000 on Wednesday, the first day of its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. That's 221 percent of its goal of $380,000 -- and the campaign has 21 days to go, closing Dec. 9. Nearly 5,325 people have contributed to the campaign, although only about 3,800 actually purchased the tablets.
- When Microsoft Went A-Courting
FOSS fans perhaps may be excused if they've felt a bit confused over the past few days. Dizziness, headaches and vertigo also have been common. What strange new ailment is this, you might ask? Well, it's no ailment -- but that doesn't mean it's any simpler to remedy. The cause is none other than the news that Microsoft is open sourcing .Net and also expanding it to run on Linux and Mac OS.
- CAINE Provides Sturdy Support for Forensic Specialists
CAINE, a professional-grade digital forensic Linux distro, uses an old-school desktop environment hardened with top-notch specialty tools. CAINE provides tight security and built-in digital investigation tools. It is less inviting for non-forensic specialists to use as an everyday Linux desktop, but it could serve the purpose for users who are willing to handle several interface inconveniences.
- The US Government's Tenuous Relationship With Open Source
The amount of open source software used by the U.S. government might be one of the biggest secrets in Washington. Not even purveyors of FOSS, as in free and open source software, know the extent of federal agency adoption of nonproprietary software. Some in the Beltway Loop contend that open source is very prevalent. Others suggest that it's avoided because its code is exposed for anyone to see.
- Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita
mpicpp sends this report from the Houston Chronicle: "Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising. The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it had reached a settlement with Sony Computer Entertainment America, the U.S.-based arm of the PlayStation business, over advertising claims that the government contended were misleading. As part of the proposed settlement, Sony will provide refunds to those who bought the PS Vita console before June 1, 2012. They'll be eligible for either a $25 cash or credit refund — or a $50 merchandise voucher from Sony. ... Among the claims challenged by the FTC: That the pocket-sized console would revolutionize gaming mobility by allowing consumers to play their PlayStation 3 games via "remote play" on the console anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection, [and] that people could engage in "cross-platform" play by starting a game on a PlayStation 3, pausing it, and continuing the game with the PS Vita from where they left off. Not really true, the FTC said.
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- Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?
An anonymous reader writes: I live in a relatively large college town that's within easy driving distance of several major metropolitan centers. In many ways, the infrastructure around here is top-notch. The major exception is the electrical grid. Lightning storm? Power outage. Heavy winds? Power outage. Lots of rain? Power outage. Some areas around town are immune to this — like around the hospital, for obvious reasons. But others seem to lose power at the drop of hat. Why is this? If it were a tiny village or in the middle of nowhere, it would make sense to me. What problems do the utility companies face that they can't keep service steady? Do you deal with a lot of outages where you live? I'm not sure if it's just an investment issue or a technological one. It hasn't gotten better in the decade I've lived here, and I can imagine it will only get worse as the infrastructure ages.
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- NSF Commits $16M To Build Cloud-Based and Data-Intensive Supercomputers
aarondubrow writes: As supercomputing becomes central to the work and progress of researchers in all fields, new kinds of computing resources and more inclusive modes of interaction are required. The National Science Foundation announced $16M in awards to support two new supercomputing acquisitions for the open science community. The systems — "Bridges" at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and "Jetstream," co-located at the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute and The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center — respond to the needs of the scientific computing community for more high-end, large-scale computing resources while helping to create a more inclusive computing environment for science and engineering. Reader 1sockchuck adds this article about why funding for the development of supercomputers is more important than ever: America's high-performance computing (HPC) community faces funding challenges and growing competition from China and other countries. At last week's SC14 conference, leading researchers focused on outlining the societal benefits of their work, and how it touches the daily lives of Americans. "When we talk at these conferences, we tend to talk to ourselves," said Wilf Pinfold, director of research and advanced technology development at Intel Federal. "We don't do a good job communicating the importance of what we do to a broader community." Why the focus on messaging? Funding for American supercomputing has been driven by the U.S. government, which is in a transition with implications for HPC funding. As ComputerWorld notes, climate change skeptic Ted Cruz is rumored to be in line to chair a Senate committee that oversees NASA and the NSF.
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- New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps
Advocatus Diaboli sends word of a new release of documents made available by Edward Snowden. The documents show British intelligence agency GCHQ had a deep partnership with telecommunications company Cable & Wireless (acquired later by Vodafone). The company allowed GCHQ to tap submarine cables around the world, and was paid millions of British pounds as compensation. The relationship was so extensive that a GCHQ employee was assigned to work full time at Cable & Wireless (referred to by the code name “Gerontic” in NSA documents) to manage cable-tap projects in February of 2009. By July of 2009, Cable & Wireless provided access to 29 out of the 63 cables on the list, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the data capacity available to surveillance programs. ... As of July of 2009, relationships with three telecom companies provided access to 592 10-gigabit-per-second pipes on the cables collectively and 69 10-gbps “egress” pipes through which data could be pulled back. The July 2009 documents included a shopping list for additional cable access—GCHQ sought to more than triple its reach, upping access to 1,693 10-gigabit connections and increasing egress capacity to 390. The documents revealed a much shorter list of "cables we do not currently have good access [to]."
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- ISS's 3-D Printer Creates Its First Object In Space
An anonymous reader writes: NASA reports that the 3-D printer now installed on the International Space Station has finally finished its first creation. After it was installed on November 17th and calibrated over the next week, ground control sent it instructions yesterday to build a faceplate for the extruder's own casing. The process was mostly a success. "[Astronaut Butch Wilmore] Wilmore removed the part from the printer and inspected it. Part adhesion on the tray was stronger than anticipated, which could mean layer bonding is different in microgravity, a question the team will investigate as future parts are printed. Wilmore installed a new print tray, and the ground team sent a command to fine-tune the printer alignment and printed a third calibration coupon. When Wilmore removes the calibration coupon, the ground team will be able to command the printer to make a second object. The ground team makes precise adjustments before every print, and the results from this first print are contributing to a better understanding about the parameters to use when 3-D printing on the space station."
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- Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?
storagedude writes: With LTO media sales down by 50% in the last six years, is the end near for tape? With such a large installed base, it may not be imminent, but the time is coming when vendors will find it increasingly difficult to justify continued investment in tape technology, writes Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. "If multiple vendors invest in a technology, it has a good chance of winning over the long haul," writes Newman, a long-time proponent of tape technology. "If multiple vendors have a technology they're not investing in, it will eventually lose over time. Of course, over time market requirements can change. It is these interactions that I fear that are playing out in the tape market."
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- The People Who Are Branding Vulnerabilities
antdude points out a story at ZDNet about how the naming of security vulnerabilities and exploits has evolved into branding and awareness campaigns. Heartbleed set the trend early this year, having a distinct name and logo to represent a serious security problem. It seemed to work; the underlying bug got massive exposure, even in the mainstream media. This raises a new set of issues — should the response to the disclosure of a vulnerability be dependent on how catchy its name is? No, but it probably will be. Heartbleed charmed the public, and in a way, it was designed to do so. By comparison Shellshock, POODLE (aka clumsy "Poodlebleed"), Sandworm, the secretively named Rootpipe, Winshock, and other vulns seem like proverbial "red headed stepchildren" — despite the fact that each of these vulns are critical issues, some are worse than Heartbleed, and all of which needed fast responses. The next "big bug" after Heartbleed was Shellshock — real name CVE-2014-6271. Shellshock didn't have a company's pocketbook or marketing team behind it. So, despite the fact that many said Shellshock was worse than Heartbleed (rated high on severity but low on complexity, making it easy for attackers), creating a celebrity out of Shellshock faced an uphill climb.
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- Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today unveiled some of the new search features coming to Firefox. The company says the new additions are "coming soon to a Firefox near you" but didn't give a more specific timeline. The news comes less than a week after Mozilla struck a deal with Yahoo to replace Google as the default search engine in its browser for U.S. users. At the time, the company said a new search experience was coming in December, so we're betting the search revamp will come with the release of Firefox 34, which is currently in beta. In the future release, when you type a search term into the Firefox search box, you will get a list of reorganized search suggestions from the default search provider. Better yet, a new array of buttons below these suggestions will let you pick which search engine you want to send the query to.
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- How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap
anavictoriasaavedra sends this quote from Wired: "Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot's staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I's and Altair 880's wouldn't be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot's people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the "Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer." The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world's first true computer. The hardware that Perot's team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion.
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- Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities
Samsung today announced a project among a group of its engineers to build an input device that allows people with limited mobility to operate a computer through eye movement alone. The EYECAN+ is a rectangular box that needs to be situated roughly 60-70cm away from a user's face. Once calibrated, it will superimpose a multifunction UI and track a user's eye movements to move the cursor where they want. Samsung says they won't be commercializing this device, but they'll soon be making the design open source for any company or organization who wants to start building them.
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- About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries
New submitter lx76 writes: The International Telecommunications Union does research on telecommunications in society worldwide, from cellphones to internet use. Since 2009, on a yearly basis, they've released their research findings in a report called the Measuring Information Society Report. This year's report is over 200 pages long, illustrated with abundant graphs and tables (PDF). It's not a light read. But one of the interesting numbers is an index showing the divide in global connectivity. From the report: "Over the past year, the world witnessed continued growth in the uptake of ICT [Information and Communication Technology] and, by end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end 2013..... Despite this encouraging progress, there are important digital divides that need to be addressed: 4.3 billion people are still not online, and 90 per cent of them live in the developing world." The report continues, "As this report finds, ICT performance is better in countries with higher shares of the population living in urban areas, where access to ICT infrastructure, usage and skills is more favorable. Yet it is precisely in poor and rural areas where ICTs can make a particularly significant impact." Projects like Google's Project Loon have their work cut out for them."
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- How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive
itwbennett writes: For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that.
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- A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)
Dan Mcculley, the interviewee in this video, works for Intel and claims they have "about 140" projects going on inside their fabs and factories, of which the Smart Toolbox is but one, and it's one some technicians came up with because Intel workers lose something like $35,000 worth of tools every year. This project is based on the same Galileo boards Intel has used to support some high-altitude balloon launches -- except this is an extremely simple, practical application. Open source? You bet! And Dan says the sensors and other parts are all off-the-shelf items anyone can buy. (Alternate Video Link)
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- NASA To Deploy Four Spacecraft To Study Magnetic Reconnection
Zothecula writes: NASA has released a video depicting the initial deployment of an undertaking designed to study a phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection. "Reconnection happens when magnetic field lines explosively realign and release massive bursts of energy, while hurling particles out at nearly the speed of light in all directions. Magnetic reconnection powers eruptions on the sun and – closer to home – it triggers the flow of material and energy from interplanetary space into near-Earth space." The launch of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will see four identical spacecraft deployed from a single Atlas V rocket, set to lift off from cape Canaveral, Florida, no earlier than March next year.
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- The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God
rossgneumann writes: Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, has spent 10 years building an operating system to talk to God. He's done this work because God told him to. According to the TempleOS charter, it is "God's official temple. Just like Solomon's temple, this is a community focal point where offerings are made and God's oracle is consulted." [The TempleOS V2.17 welcome screen] greets the user with a riot of 16-color, scrolling, blinking text; depending on your frame of reference, it might recall DESQview, the Commodore 64, or a host of early DOS-based graphical user interfaces. In style if not in specifics, it evokes a particular era, a time when the then-new concept of "personal computing" necessarily meant programming and tinkering and breaking things.
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- Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives
reifman writes Upstart social networking startup Ello burst on the scene in September with promises of a utopian, post-Facebook platform that respected user's privacy. I was surprised to see so many public figures and media entities jump on board — mainly because of what Ello isn't. It isn't an open source, decentralized social networking technology. It's just another privately held, VC-funded silo. Remember Diaspora? In 2010, it raised $200,641 on Kickstarter to take on Facebook with "an open source personal web server to share all your stuff online." Two years later, they essentially gave up, leaving their code to the open source community to carry forward. In part one of "Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives," I revisit/review six open source social networking alternatives in search of a path forward beyond Facebook.
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- Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal
An anonymous reader writes Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the world's fastest growing eSports, but the community has been rocked by scandal in the last week, with several top players being banned by Valve for using various hacking tools to improve their performance. With the huge Dreamhack Winter tournament taking place this weekend, the purge could not have come at a worse time for the game, and fans are now poring over the archives for other signs of foul play in top tier games — be sure to look out for these tell tale signs while playing.
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- Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change
_Sharp'r_ writes Two Standford PhDs, Ross Koningstein and David Fork, worked for Google on the RE<C project to figure out how to make renewables cheaper than coal and solve climate change. After four years of study they gave up, determining "Renewable energy technologies simply won't work; we need a fundamentally different approach." As a result, is nuclear going to be acknowledged as the future of energy production?
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- Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"
concertina226 writes Kim Dotcom has spoken out about his long battle over copyright with the U.S. government and his regrets about the events that have led to his arrest ahead of his bail breach hearing on Thursday that could see him return to jail in New Zealand. "Would I have done things differently? Of course. My biggest regret is I didn't take the threat of the copyright law and the MPAA seriously enough," Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand at the Unbound Digital conference in London on Tuesday. ... "We never for a minute thought that anyone would bring any criminal actions against us. We had in-house legal counsel, we had three outside firms working for us who reviewed our sites, and not once had any of them mentioned any form of legal risk, so I wish I had known that there was a risk."
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- Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from The Guardian: "Internet companies are allowing their networks to be used to plot "murder and mayhem", David Cameron has said in response to the official inquiry into the intelligence agencies' actions ahead of the killing of Lee Rigby. He demanded that internet companies live up to their social responsibilities to report potential terror threats and said there was no reason for such firms to be willing to cooperate with state agencies over child abuse but not over combatting terrorism. His comments to the House of Commons came after the parliamentary intelligence and security committee concluded that the brutal murder of Rigby could have been prevented if an internet company had passed on an online exchange in which one of the killers expressed "in the most graphic terms" his intention to carry out an Islamist jihadi attack.
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- ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST
Paid tongue action nipped by adland watchdog
The Advertising Standards Authority has rapped the knuckles of video bloggers for making it unclear when they’re actually recommending something and when they’ve been paid to hawk it to unsuspecting YouTubers.…
- Look out: That data protection watchdog can bite
Regulation set to get tougher
Despite all the furores, calamities and Snowden-related shenanigans of recent years, the UK’s privacy watchdog remains something of a pussycat, and a lean one at that.…
- I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Most films take a sombre view of time travel. Beings from the future will look back on our concepts of time travel seen in films as different as the Time Bandits and the Edge of Tomorrow and wonder what the hell we were thinking.…
- Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
Most car marques – Lagonda, Ford, Morgan and so on – have a proud history and the respective car clubs often worship the original form; if you present a car for judging, it had better be exactly as per factory spec. Or else.…
- Yes, UK. Johnny Foreigner has better mobe services than you
EE best of a disappointing lot
UK readers, what you've always suspected has been proven true – even the weakest mobile networks abroad perform better than some of our best. This is according to German mobile network survey company P3, which this week published solid numbers on mobile network coverage.…
- Amazon Fire Phone: What's MISSING... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Review Having a headline piece of consumer tech crash and burn in the US market is every company's nightmare and that's exactly what happened to Amazon’s Fire Phone. Sales of the AT&T exclusive have been disappointing, to put it mildly, with the failure blamed on overly ambitious pricing and mediocre hardware.…
- Inside Aurora: how disruptive is Amazon’s MySQL clone?
Storage engine made for the cloud – shame it's only for MySQL
At its recent re:Invent conference in Atlanta, Amazon announced its new database engine Aurora, claiming it to be a commercial grade database engine at open-source cost. “It’s at least as available, durable and fault-tolerant as the enterprise editions of the proprietary commercial database engines and high-end SANs,” said senior AWS VP Andy Jassy, “and it’s a tenth of the cost.”…
- Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
Product round-up Cheap Android smartphones have their place ultimately in a landfill site1 for those on a tight budget or as an extra for convenience abroad or elsewhere. So what if you fall into the middle ground?…
- Calls for probe of UK.gov's DOESN'T VERIFY ID service
Identity system is two years late and doesn't work, says Labour
Britain's opposition Labour party is calling on the government to urgently address its gaffe-prone identity assurance system "Verify" – the key component in getting citizens to use transactional digital services – or face an official investigation.…
- As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?
Um, NOT BLOODY LIKELY!
Worstall on Wednesday Amazingly, economists have figured out a few things...even things that can help in this brave new digital world. One of these is the "marketplaces vs firm" debate.…
- Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces
Surprising what you can do with a river and 13Mbps over old telly frequencies
Geeks in Oxford, England, have squeezed 13Mbps down and 3Mbps up a single channel of White Space – unused TV frequencies in their area – and used the tech to connect up river flood sensors.…
- BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
BT's patent spat with US company ASSIA will start to be noticed by customers, with the carrier reportedly shutting down boxes that provide rate adaptation after it lost a crucial round of legal action.…
- NBN Co makes it official - backhaul charges will fall
CVC down by 12.5 per cent as of February 2015
NBN Co has followed through on its promise to cut the price of its services with a 12.5 per cent snip off the price of its connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) as of 1 February 2015.…
- NASA preps mission to probe Earth's magnetic mysteries
Magnetospheric Multiscale mission to launch March 2015
Video Next March, all going well, NASA will launch a bunch of spacecraft to try and unravel the mechanism of what's called magnetic reconnection, a process by which Earth's magnetic fields connect and disconnect.…
- Security seals clobbered ahead of Black Friday bonanza
Hackers' delight as vendors certify phishing sites
This Black Friday, beware the shop with the security seal: researchers have shown that issuers of common good webkeeping seals of approval sometimes miss basic flaws, happily certify phishing sites and inadvertently function as a hackers' black book of vulnerable sites.…
- IDC predicts iPad sales crash, says Win 8 is killing 2-in-1 Typoslabs
Death of the PC? Death of the touch screen revolution more like it
Market-watcher IDC has bad news for vendors of fondleslabs and two-in-one Typoslabs like Microsoft's Surface: sales of the former are going to slow markedly and punters are avoiding the latter because of Windows 8.…
- KCOM Group results hit by Phones4U woes
But flaky PSN demand and slowing carrier biz didn't help
Brit telco and tech services playa KCOM Group has kickstarted a cost-cutting programme to counter a wobbly top and bottom line, not helped by the collapse of Phone4You and slower than expected PSN demand.…
- Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED
Proof Google is planning on charging the man in the street*
Vid Workmen are digging up the spot outside Google's London headquarters where a mysterious "beam" once made pedestrians' hair stand on end.…
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- Qt 5.4 Planned For Release On 9 December
As a continuation of yesterday's story about the Qt 5.4 release candidate being expected later this week, The Qt Company has now expressed their plans for a final release date...
- Expensive "Free/Libre Software Laptop" Uses A NVIDIA GPU
While there's been an ongoing discussion this week about delivering a $500 "open to the core" laptop that runs Ubuntu Linux and would be comprised of open-source software down to the firmware and Coreboot, announced last week was a high-end laptop that also aims to promote free/libre software. Though don't get out your wallets quite yet...
- Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance
While I delivered some OS X 10.10 Yosemite preview benchmarks back in August, here's my first tests of the official release of Apple OS X 10.10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 Linux. Tests were done of OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.10.1 against Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn when running the benchmarks under both GCC and LLVM Clang compilers.
- GCW Zero Starts Seeing New Game Releases
The Kickstarter-funded GCW Zero open-source gaming handheld console is finally starting to see more games out there for those that backed the device last year...
- Intel's Cherry Trail Delayed To Next Year
While we've been quite excited to get our hands on Cherry Trail hardware after the great encounters with Bay Trail on Linux, it looks like we'll be waiting a few more months...
- ArrayFire Accelerated Compute Library Open-Sourced
The ArrayFire GPU compute library that allows for simplified GPU computing via targeting its own optimized library and API for GPGPU kernel generation than writing your own CUDA/OpenCL kernels, has been open-sourced...
- Amazon's Fire TV Stick: A Nice, Affordable Media Center Option
Last week Amazon started shipping their new Fire TV Stick device to compete with the likes of Google's Chromecast. I've been trying out the Fire TV Stick since its launch date last week and have been happy with the device, especially considering its low cost...
- There's New In-Fighting Over The Future Of Compiz
Unless you're a user of Ubuntu with Unity 7, you probably haven't heard much about Compiz in quite some time. However, some developers are looking to further revive its development but not everyone is in agreement...
- More File-System Tests Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel
Earlier this week on Phoronix I posted benchmarks indicating potential block/file-system performance regressions using the Linux 3.18 kernel. Since then I've been carrying out more tests looking for any file-system performance problems on other hardware...
- PowerVR SGX Driver Code Gets Leaked
Luc Verhaegen has out a new blog post about Imagination's PowerVR SGX user-space driver source code and the microcode source also getting leaked. However, don't get too excited...
- NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel
As a continuation of the Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming? article from earlier this week, here's the results of the latest NVIDIA Linux proprietary graphics driver compared to the Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel graphics driver stack when running two of Valve's most popular Steam on Linux gamers.
- HHVM 3.4 Adds New Features, Support
Facebook has released HHVM 3.4.0 today for those looking towards a high-performance PHP implementation or for using Facebook's Hack language...
- UK music industry pushes for a new tax on CD copying
Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). This is especially important when it comes to music. Although it might be hard to believe, if you've ever ripped a CD and moved the digital copies to an MP3 player or your phone, you were technically committing a crime.
Thus, the private copying exception was introduced to clear the air, and your name. Various music industry-backed organisations in the UK aren't happy about the way it's been implemented, however, and have asked for a judicial review after the government declined to include fair compensation to music-makers, sometimes known as a copyright levy, into the new law.
To achieve this, a coalition formed by The Musicians' Union, The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and UK Music is asking for what it calls a "bad piece of legislation" to be put before a judge at the High Court. It argues that the UK is one of the only European member states that doesn't include levies for private copying, which "damages the musician and composer community" as a result.
If you buy a CD (or vinyl) and want to listen to it on your iPhone, music labels ideally want you to pay out again for the digital version, not rip it to your computer and transfer across. However, the government argued that because its private copying laws are narrower than most European countries, a levy shouldn't be applied in the UK.
Music watchdogs aren't having that, so they're lobbying for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders to get additional kickbacks, which could be deducted from sales of MP3 players, blank CDs and hard drives. The High Court now has to decide whether the music industry is being overly greedy or justified in charging for private copyrights. Although, given the low price of music, it's likely that you won't even notice it, whatever the judge(s) decide.
[Image credit: animaux, Flickr]
Filed under: Internet
Via: Mark Sweeney (Twitter)
Source: UK Music
- Don't call it a fire sale: Amazon's Phone is now $199
When we reviewed Amazon's Fire Phone, we said that you'd better off waiting for the sequel. That's good advice for you, but not ideal for the company, since it ate a $170 million loss and has $83 million worth of unsold devices piled high in warehouses. It's probably for that reason that the company has, once again, slashed the off-contract price of the handset down from $449 to $199. Technically, of course, since the device comes with a year's free Prime subscription (worth $99), you're only really paying $100, which you have to admit is pretty damn cheap. You're still probably better to wait for the follow-up, though.
Filed under: Cellphones, Amazon
- Sony Pictures' computers are still locked as hackers demand equality
Sony Pictures' employees around the globe are still locked out of their company computers after they were hacked on the 24th by a group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace." Now, new details have emerged that shed some light on what they want and how they did it. Someone who claims to be part of the group and identifies himself as "Lena" told extortion modus operandi, if the group truly isn't demanding money. Instead, the GOP claims to have stolen sensitive data from Sony's computers and threatens to release them if their demands aren't met. It doesn't seem as if they've leaked anything, thus far, though it's unclear if Sony has already negotiated with them.
[Image credit: Sony Rumors]
Filed under: Misc, Sony
Source: CSO, The Verge
- Blinkbox extends offline movie and TV playback to Android tablets
When offline playback arrived for Blinkbox's video streaming service on the iPad, we knew that Android support couldn't be far behind. After all, Tesco has plenty of Hudl 2 tablets to sell this Christmas, which all heavily promote its services. So for your next commute or agonising car journey with the little ones, Blinkbox now lets you queue up some sweet flicks in advance. Unlike Apple's tablets, you can both purchase titles and manage your downloads from inside the Blinkbox app, although offline playback isn't supported on Android 4.4.3 and higher. Early Lollipop adopters might be left out in the cold, but Tesco hopes to make amends with new movies via Entertainment Film Distributors, including American Hustle, Transcendence and Her -- plenty to keep you occupied during the wet and chilly winter months.
Filed under: Software
- China's Google will launch a smart bike later this year
What's the next hot connected gadget category? Forget watches, we're thinking bikes, judging by the overwhelming interest in crazy, innovative new models like Teague's 'Denny' e-bike. Chinese search giant Baidu is all over that with the Dubike, a non-motorized bicycle equipped with regenerative electric tech and laden with smart fitness technology. It sports heart rate, pedal rate, peddle pressure and other sensors which which connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. With that info, it'll monitor your health stats, provide mapping directions, track your bike's position and recommend cycling routes or fitness programs via social networks -- to name just a few possible functions.
The high-tech-looking bike (designed by Baidu and Tsinghua University's design department) will also have a "self-generation hub that converts kinetic into electrical energy." That means it'll store electrical power to run all its sensors and charge your phone or other device. In case you had your hopes up, it doesn't appear to provide any e-bike motorized option like Teague's "Denny" model.
Baidu's slightly sinister-sounding research arm, the Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), launched a smart bike OS last month, with the intent to build crowdsourced riding maps, fitness programs and other intelligent features. It plans to use that tech for Dubike and share it with other manufacturers. There's no other info about the bike like pricing, weight or other specs, but the company intends to launch it by the end of the year. We doubt it'll arrive in Europe or the US, but hopefully Baidu will inspire its western counterparts to get pedaling with their own smart bike programs.
Filed under: Transportation
Via: Yahoo (ZDNet)
Source: Baidu Dubike
- EE confirms it's also talking to BT about a possible sale
BT surprised many when it confirmed it's currently in talks to buy back mobile operator O2, nearly 10 years after it sold the company to TelefoniÄ‡a. However, the telecoms giant said at the time that it wasn't interested in just one carrier. Rumours suggested that EE is the other subject of BT's affections, and sure enough those predictions were spot on. In a move to clear things up, Orange and Deutsche Telekom (50/50 owners of the UK's biggest mobile operator), today confirmed that they are engaged in "highly preliminary exploratory discussions with BT" over a possible sale. Its owners say they are keen to maximise value for shareholders while strengthening EE's market position, but say it's currently "too early to state whether any transaction may occur."
Should an agreement be reached, gaining approval could be pretty difficult. BT is already the UK's largest provider of fixed-line services, and with EE under its wing, it would be the runaway leader in the mobile market (in both customers and spectrum). Communications watchdog Ofcom would presumably have something to say if BT and EE were to join forces, as would regulators at European Commission. While it looks certain that BT will soon buy its way back into the mobile industry, there's no saying which route it will take. Will it choose O2 and slowly build out its network or buy market leader EE and attempt to run the regulatory gauntlet? We could find out very soon.
Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile
Via: Justin Springham (Twitter)
- Skype now lets you videocall while doing other things on Android
A call comes in on Skype from that old family friend who's now living in Sweden, but you're in the middle of a pretty amazing game of Threes, or finely honing a very important email that needs to be sent this hour. Take the call? Pretend you're not there? Well, you can now multitask on your Android phone in the latest Skype app update. It adds a picture-in-picture floating window of the incoming video call, which can rest over whatever you're already doing on that device. Just remember to keep those filler noises flowin', even if you're paying no attention.
Now, the funny thing is, the Android version for tablets has been able to do this for almost a year. Is it because of the influx of giant Android phones, or a feature that the Skype team works on only in fall? Whatever the reason, you can test the feature in latest iteration, available here.
Filed under: Internet, Microsoft
Source: Skype (Google Play)
- The CIA and Homeland Security want to delete almost all their emails
Usually, deleting emails is a no-fanfare, one-click affair -- but not when you're the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Homeland Security. Both agencies have recently submitted proposals to the National Archives and Records Administration that outline their plans to delete years' worth of emails, which the Archives has already tentatively approved. The CIA apparently turned one in to comply with the administration's directive, ordering federal agencies to conjure up viable plans to better manage government emails by 2016. If approved, all the correspondences of every person to ever be employed by the CIA will be flushed down the digital toilet three years after they leave. All messages older than seven years old will also be nuked, and only the digital missives of 22 top officials will be preserved -- something which several senators do not want to happen.
Led by California Senator Dianne Fenstein, the group sent NARA a letter detailing why they want the Archives to reconsider its tentative approval of the CIA's proposal. Based on what was written there, the senators seem concerned that the agency might use that opportunity to expunge any important correspondence or materials (say, any evidence of dubious activities) not filed as a permanent record.
Homeland Security, on the other hand, says it submitted a similar proposal, because the emails it wants to get rid of don't contain any research significance and would save the government money meant for storage (which costs around $50 per terabyte a month). Its critics worry that this would delete important records of the agency's surveillance system called Einstein, among other things, which monitors government websites' traffic. Losing Einstein documentation could either mean bidding valuable data farewell or destroying evidence that it never worked as the agency intended in the first place.
Funny thing is, while their plans might have been applauded by privacy advocates more than a decade ago, they're met with opposition now in light of what we've recently found out about widescale surveillance. Also, getting of rid years of correspondence from key government agencies goes against the President's promise of a more transparent and open government.
As Electronic Frontier Foundation Lee Tien told contacting NARA via email or through its website.
[Image credit: Getty Images]
Filed under: Misc
Via: Gizmodo, Next Gov
Source: Federal Register
- One of Sony's first 'new' ideas is a smartwatch that's all e-ink
Sony's first idea to be born out of its new built-in "venture style" plan to create new products and impress, well, you and me, is apparently a combination of its e-ink reader tech and a smartwatch device. According to people familiar with the matter, both the watch face and wristband will be crafted from a "patented material" that'll be able to offer up all kinds of displays and different designs -- something that is also the thinking between the image you see above. That's no Sony prototype, but FES' e-ink watch: a device that's seeking crowdfunding in, oh, Japan. Using e-ink could also differentiate the product, if it happens, from the Pebble, which uses a lower-resolution monochrome LCD instead.
littleBits. The interface would be delivered through a tablet app for the sake of accessibility. Of course, when we'll actually see either product isn't yet known, but it could offer up some new uses for any resources that might need repurposing.
Filed under: Wearables, Sony
- If you've ever wanted a video-based contacts list, now's your chance
Tired of just having static pictures to visually guide you through your contacts list? If so, you're in luck. A new app for iOS brings video updates to said collection of names and numbers so "you can see what all your friends are up to." The software is called Rinbw, and it replaces images for your pals that opt in with 5-second clips updated at will. You can also "fruit" a clip, which is the app's term for letting folks know you've seen their latest work. And as you might expect, notifications alert you every time a fellow Rinbw user posts a new status. "Scrolling through your contact list used to be boring and unexciting. Rinbw turns it into a fun way to share moments of your life with your friends at any time and place," the company explains. Itchin' to give it a go? The app available for free via the iTunes link that follows.
Filed under: Software, Mobile
- HBO teams up with Tencent to sell its TV shows in China
China's strained relationship with the concept of intellectual property is one of the reasons that you can buy a local copy of a Range Rover Evoque for a third of the price. That's one of the reasons why western businesses are wary about selling their products in the nation, since it can often be time consuming and expensive. Still, it looks as if HBO is going to try and buck the trend after recruiting Tencent to distribute shows such as crackdown on sites like YYETS, which offered downloads of popular US shows. Both as a pean to its trading partners in the west but also as a method of exerting control over what its citizens watch. For instance, these HBO shows will have to be run in front of China's notorious censors, which is likely chop out the sex, language and violence so commonplace in shows like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. There's no date on when localized episodes will be made available to buy, but we imagine that the finished product will look a little like the video below.
Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet
- BlackBerry offers up to $550 if you ditch your iPhone for a Passport
If the industry based its grades solely on effort, there's no doubt BlackBerry would be among the first top spots. Now, whether or not those efforts are actually effective, well, that's a completely different story. Since its notable decline, the Canadian company's had to get creative to try and bring back customers it lost, namely to other competitors in the mobile space like Google and Apple. With that in mind, BlackBerry has a introduced the Trade-Up Program, which it intends to use to convince iPhone users to trade in their device for its flagship smartphone, the Passport.
In exchange, iPhone 4S, 5c, 5s and 6 owners can get up to $550, with proof of purchase of a BlackBerry Passport -- if qualified, payments will then be made via Visa Prepaid Card. The offer, which is only available in the US and Canada, runs December 1st to February 13th of next year, and it's a solid option for those interested in that trademark physical keyboard and the square-shaped display. Best Buy, for instance, pays about $460 for an iPhone 6 with 128GB of storage.
Intrigued? Then don't forget to peruse the ever-important terms and conditions.
Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Apple, Blackberry
- NASA is 3D printing objects in space
At long last, 3D printing has conquered its final frontier: space. NASA has successfully printed its first 3D object aboard the International Space Station. It's just a tiny faceplate that identifies the printer maker (Made In Space), but it's both a symbolic milestone and a source of valuable feedback for tweaking the printer's output. For instance, NASA now knows that parts stick to the print tray more in microgravity than they do on Earth; it's possible that plastic layers bond differently in orbit.
It'll be a while before there's significant progress. More 3D-printed objects are coming, but they won't come back to Earth for studies until early 2015. And like you'd imagine, it'll take longer still before spaceborne printing is truly ready for prime time. Eventually, though, NASA expects spacecraft to be 3D printing their own spare parts, saving crews from having to carry a lot of extra supplies just in case something goes wrong.
Filed under: Peripherals, Science
- Neither Spotify nor musicians are making much money from streaming
Spotify may be a big name when it comes to music streaming, but the company is hardly rolling in the dough. The private company disclosed today that it took in 747 million euros (around $1.03 billion at the time) in 2013, up about 74 percent from 2012. However, shelling out a good portion of that to record companies and publishers led to net losses of $80 million for the year -- a near 70 percent cut that takes the majority of the service's revenue. The numbers reveal that Spotify isn't quite lining its pockets with cash. In fact, more folks opt for the free option instead of paying a monthly fee. Only 8 million of the 36 million active listeners at the end of last year were opening their wallets. Some quick math shows that to be a little less than a quarter of the total user base.
In the financial statement, Spotify said 91 percent of sales ($897 million) are from subscriptions with an additional $90 million coming from ads. If the same 70 percent cut heads to licensing fees for both, the free listeners are obviously earning labels, and in turn artists, much less. It's quite easy to see why acts like Taylor Swift and others are upset that the service isn't paying what they think it should, especially for the non-paying customers. And of course, YouTube's recent effort and the pending integration of Beats Music into Apple's music plans could make the uphill climb a bit steeper.
Filed under: Internet
- TuneIn brings over 100,000 radio stations to your Chromecast
Today is a great day to be a Chromecast owner. Joining Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street Go and others, TuneIn is now also making its mobile apps compatible with Google's budget-friendly streaming dongle. Now that TuneIn has added support for Chromecast, you can start casting more than 100,000 radio stations, including local and international, as well as a ton of different news, music and sports podcasts. Oddly enough, the TuneIn Radio Pro applications don't appear to have been updated, but nothing's keeping those users from going to the non-paid version to get their Chromecast fix.
Update: Looks like TuneIn's Radio Pro apps have been updated as well.
TuneIn is now available on #Chromecast! Follow & RT to #WIN 1 of 5 Chromecasts now! T&C: http://t.co/FmbwZjTEN9 pic.twitter.com/dEOHyUWChr
- TuneIn (@tunein) November 25, 2014
Filed under: Home Entertainment, Portable Audio/Video, Internet, Mobile, Google
Source: App Store, Google Play
- The Big Picture: cooling molten metal in space
Ever wonder what hot metal would be like if it weren't bound by containers, liquids... or even gravity? You're looking at it. The European Space Agency has developed an electromagnetic levitator that the International Space Station is using to see how molten metal cools when it's free of the constraints you typically find on Earth. This experiment isn't intended solely as eye candy, of course. The station crew will use a high-speed camera to record the cooling process and make note of how it affects material structures. If the tests prove fruitful, they could teach people on the ground how to forge metal alloys with greater strength, exotic patterns and other traits that are very hard to produce using modern day techniques.
Filed under: Science
Via: Popular Science
Source: New Scientist
- Sony to refund some customers after misleading PS Vita ads
According to the Federal Trade Commission, Sony deceived consumers by falsely advertising the PlayStation Vita's "game-changing" features when the console launched in the US. And, perhaps in an effort to stay out of court, the electronics company has agreed and, more importantly, settled with the FTC. As a result, Sony will be providing a partial refund of $25 cash or credit, or a $50 voucher for select, as-of-yet-unnamed games and/or services, to people who bought its handheld console prior to June 1st, 2012. The FTC cites Sony's Cross-Platform Gaming, Cross-Save, Remote Play and 3G connectivity as the features used to mislead consumers, noting that some of these a) didn't work as advertised or b) were nowhere to be found.
"Sony claimed, for example, that PS Vita users could pause any PS3 game at any time and continue to play the game on their PS Vita from where they left off. This feature, however, was only available for a few PS3 games, and the pause-and-save capability described in the ads varied significantly from game to game," explained the FTC in a statement. "The FTC's complaint also alleges that Sony's PS Vita ads falsely implied that consumers who owned the 3G version of the device (which cost an extra $50 plus monthly fees) could engage in live, multiplayer gaming through a 3G network. In fact, consumers could not engage in live, multiplayer gaming."
With the holiday shopping season upon us, the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection Director, Jessica Rich, says the agency won't hesitate to have the consumer's back against companies making deceiving claims about their products. "Companies need to be reminded that if they make product promises to consumers -- as Sony did with the 'game changing' features of its PS Vita -- they must deliver on those pledges," she stated.
Unfortunately for Sony, its PlayStation Vita seemingly took advantage of buyers. Do you agree? Either way, those who qualify should keep an eye out on their inbox -- refunds are due to arrive once the commission puts the final touches on the settlement.
Filed under: Gaming, Handhelds, Home Entertainment, HD, Sony
- Vine now lets you know when your favorite users post clips
If you're a Vine aficionado, you probably have a short list of people whose six-second videos you want to see right away -- you may want to marvel at a Zach King illusion or scratch your head at one of Will Sasso's lemon clips, for instance. Well, you won't have to wade through your feed to find gems from now on. Vine has updated its apps (we're only seeing the iOS update as of this writing) to let you favorite accounts; tap a star in the corner and you'll get a notification whenever that person posts something new. You can manage all your favorites from your settings if you ever lose interest. Yes, this is a super-simple addition, but it should help you cut through the clutter when you just want to see the hits.
Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile
Source: Vine Blog
- Dropbox's Carousel will offer to delete local photos you've backed up
The photo backup features in mobile apps like Dropbox's Carousel and Google+ are there partly to take the load off of your phone -- you don't have to keep every shot close at hand. Wouldn't it be nice if the software got rid of local images when they're merely taking up space? Apparently, it will soon. Dropbox is giving some Carousel users a "sneak peek" at a feature that offers to scrap local photos (after they've been backed up, of course) when your device storage is almost full. It's a simple gesture, but it could save you some time; you won't have to fret over which pictures to delete just to make sure you can snap a few new ones. We've reached out to Dropbox to get an inkling of when this feature will be available to everyone, and we'll let you know if it can provide a timetable.
Filed under: Storage, Internet, Mobile
Source: The Next Web
- Comcast wants customers to track and rate its technicians
Comcast's reputation on the matter is far from being healthy. Every now and then, the company gets put on the map for making its subscribers go through rather tedious experiences -- to get an idea, just listen to the recording of this call. But Comcast knows it can do better, so it's taking some necessary steps to get to where it wants to be. As such, it is now testing a feature that lets its customers track and rate technicians whenever they have a scheduled appointment.
The new service, which is set to begin trials in Boston this week, will be available within Comcast's MyAccount app, using push notifications to alert users of how far out the tech representative is from arriving. And if it all goes well, this could become available in your area in the near future. It's a baby step, sure, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.
[Image credit: JeepersMedia/Flickr]
Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD
- Apple could ditch Google for Bing or Yahoo next year
Google risks losing its spot as the default search provider in Apple's Safari browser next year, according to a report from The Information. The latest extension of a deal that's put Google Search in the hands of iPhone owners since 2007 is set to expire in 2015, and Mountain View rivals Microsoft and Yahoo are already making a case for change with Apple's leadership. Per the report, each company has pitched Apple SVP Eddy Cue on the idea of replacing Google as the default iOS search provider; Microsoft wants Bing to be the default option out of the box, and Yahoo is vying for the same spot. This will be an interesting claim of Apple's claim that they care about consumers. If they renew the deal, they place their customer's interests first, because their customers massively prefer Google Search. However, if they ditch Google and replace it with some inferior nonsense like Bing or Yahoo, they care more about their personal vendetta than their customers' best interests. If they go the privacy angle, switching to Bing or Yahoo is even more laughable, since those companies track just as much as Google does. If Apple opts for DDG as default - well, then they earn some respect.
- God's lonely programmer
TempleOS is more than an exercise in retro computing, or a hobbyist's space for programming close to the bare metal. It's the brainchild - perhaps the life's work - of 44-year-old Terry Davis, the founder and sole employee of Trivial Solutions. For more than a decade Davis has worked on it; today, TempleOS is 121,176 lines of code, which puts it on par with Photoshop 1.0. (By comparison, Windows 7, a full-fledged modern operating system designed to be everything to everyone, filled with decades of cruft, is âÂ€Â‹about 40 million lines.) If you read just one article today, make sure it's this one.
- FreeBSD improves arm64 support
The FreeBSD Foundation published a report yesterday on the status of FreeBSD running on 64-bit ARM processors. Work to port FreeBSD to the 64-bit ARM architecture has been progressing quickly and it is now possible to boot a FreeBSD installation into single user mode on the young architecture. The kernel bring-up portion of the project is nearing completion; FreeBSD/arm64 boots to single-user mode on ARM's reference simulator. Work is underway on the remaining kernel drivers, and on userland support. This project's overall goal is to bring FreeBSD/arm64 to a Tier-1 status, including release media and prebuilt package sets. More information about the arm64 port can be found on the FreeBSD wiki.
- WSJ: Galaxy S5 sales 40 percent below Samsung's expectations
Samsung's mobile business has been having a rough year - it's still one of the biggest and most profitable players in the Android ecosystem, but profits are down. That can be attributed at least in part to lower than expected sales of the company's flagship Galaxy S5. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung increased production by 20 percent relative to last year's Galaxy S4, but that it actually sold 40 percent less than it expected to. The S4 sold around 16 million phones in its first three months on the market, compared to just 12 million for the S5. Samsung was becoming far too dominant, so I'm glad they're being taken down a notch on both the high and the low end. Other Android manufacturers (and Apple, but that's nothing new) are putting the squeeze on Samsung, and that leads to more choice for consumers, as well as lower prices, and in many cases, better quality for the same or less money. We all benefit.
- The final countdown for NPAPI in Chrome
Currently Chrome supports NPAPI plugins, but they are blocked by default unless the user chooses to allow them for specific sites (via the page action UI). A small number of the most popular plugins are whitelisted and allowed by default. In January 2015 we will remove the whitelist, meaning all plugins will be blocked by default. In April 2015 NPAPI support will be disabled by default in Chrome and we will unpublish extensions requiring NPAPI plugins from the Chrome Web Store. Although plugin vendors are working hard to move to alternate technologies, a small number of users still rely on plugins that havenâÂ€Â™t completed the transition yet. We will provide an override for advanced users (via chrome://flags/#enable-npapi) and enterprises (via Enterprise Policy) to temporarily re-enable NPAPI while they wait for mission-critical plugins to make the transition. Definitely a big chance some Chrome users will have to account for.
- iMac with Retina display vs. the original Apple Macintosh
When first released in 1984, the Apple Macintosh shipped with a black-and-white 512 x 342 display. Fast forward 30 years to the release of the iMac with Retina 5K display, which ships with a 5,120 x 2,880 display with support for millions of colours. That's an increase from 175,000 pixels to more than 14.7 million - an 8,400% increase. 80 of the original Macintosh displays fit within a single Retina 5K display. The picture really does speak a thousand words. This post turns everything around.
- NetBSD launches stability updates
The NetBSD project has announced two important stability updates for its highly portable operating system. The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 5.1.5, the fifth security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 5.1 release branch, and NetBSD 5.2.3, the third security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 5.2 release branch. They represent a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons, and if you are running a prior release of either branch, we strongly suggest that you update to one of these releases. Details on the two updated branches of NetBSD can be found in the release notes for NetBSD 5.1.5 and NetBSD 5.2.3.
- Quartz OS aims to bring Material Design to the desktop
Quantum OS aims to build a new operating system based on Linux, with a user interface built on Qt and designed according to Google's Material Design guidelines. We plan to develop the desktop shell and applications primarily using Qt 5 and QML, which will allow us to build highly polished and dynamic user interfaces and will work well for implementing Material Design. If possible, we will build the desktop shell in as much QML as possible built on top of the QtCompositor API, which provides a Qt framework for building a Wayland compositor. As for the base system, they're still not sure if they're going for Ubuntu or Arch. We plan to initially leverage an existing operating system, most likely Arch or Ubuntu. Arch is a strong possibility because of the simple packaging manager, lightweight base system, and the rolling release concept. Our goal is to base our work on the latest upstream versions available, with no patches or modifications, so our work will run on any base Linux distro that supports Wayland.
- Adobe's got Photoshop running in Chrome
Using Photoshop usually requires lugging a typically cumbersome, expensive computer around, and changing that experience has been the dream of many creatives for years. As we found out back in September, it's a problem that Adobe has been actively working with Google to solve. The two companies have been working together for almost two years to bring Photoshop to the browser, and they finally have a working version called Photoshop Streaming that they're letting educational institutions apply to test over the next six months. Yesterday, I got a look at it in action when Adobe's director of engineering, Kirk Gould, remotely ran me through a brief demo of the program.
- How to add a dedicated number row to the Android keyboard
Here's one of those things that's been around for a little bit, but well hidden. If you're a fan of the stock Google keyboard but would love to have a dedicated number row - particularly given the size of many of today's smartphones - you can do it. It's not just an Android 5.0 Lollipop feature, so you're able to do this on the Nexus 6 or LG G3 or HTC One or whatever. You will, however, have to do a little digging in the keyboard settings. One of those little tips that can really make your phone better.
- Haiku progress update towards beta 1
This week I continued work on moving Beta1 forward, fixing some important and less important bugs. To make things clear about what to expect in the upcoming weeks, I will spend more time on Beta1 tasks, but I'll also continue working on WebKit. However, my work there will focus on fixing bugs, rather than adding new features. Haiku gives some insights into recent progress towards the first beta release. Definitely worth a read if you want to keep up with how far along they are.
- Windows 10 Technical Preview first impressions
AnandTech on the Windows 10 Technical Preview: Although we have only seen the Technical Preview and a single update to it so far, you can see the potential for Windows 10 and what it will be able to accomplish. It is an ambitious goal to provide a single platform across such a swath of different devices, and one that was held back by the user interface before. With Continuum, it appears that it may be the best of both worlds. Even more exciting is how much more upfront and open Microsoft has been on this entire process, with not just the technical preview but also soliciting and requesting user feedback on the changes. One of the biggest change requests was a simple animation on the Start Menu, and that has already been implemented, so this really is a different world than when Windows 8 was given a sneak peek. From a technical point of view, Windows 8 was great. However, it was hampered by bad user interface and interaction design at virtually every level. If Windows 10 will undo at least some of the damage done, then it's a great leap forward.
- Google and Rockstar wind down their year-long patent war
Good news, I guess. The patent troll Rockstar - a consortium lead by Apple, Microsoft, and a few others - has kissed and made up with Google. A court document (PDF) filed Monday revealed that Google and Rockstar had settled, "in principle, all matters in controversy between the parties," and the two sides signed a term sheet. It isn't clear if the deal will also resolve Rockstar's allegations of infringement against Google's Android partners who got sued, including Samsung and HTC. One patent troll lawsuit less.
- Mageia 3 reaches its end of life
Version 3 of the Mageia distribution reaches its end of life on November 26, 2014. The developers of this user friendly Linux distribution are turning their efforts toward working on the upcoming Mageia 5 and urge users of Mageia 3 to upgrade their installations to continue receiving security updates. The Mageia blog reports: As you all know, we canâÂ€Â™t maintain Mageia releases forever. And itâÂ€Â™s time to say goodbye to Mageia 3. After Wednesday the 26th of November, this release wonâÂ€Â™t benefit from any more security or bugfix updates. This will allow QA team to give more time for polishing our coming Mageia 5. So you have only one week left to upgrade to Mageia 4 if you want to keep an up-to-date system. People who wish to upgrade their Mageia 3 installations without performing a fresh install of the operating system can follow the upgrade instructions on Mageia's website.
- Firefox to switch to Yahoo by default for US users
Google has been the Firefox global search default since 2004. Our agreement came up for renewal this year, and we took this as an opportunity to review our competitive strategy and explore our options. US users will now get Yahoo as the default search engine in Firefox. The question here is this: did Google decide that it was no longer worth it to keep Mozilla afloat financially, or did Mozilla decide to cut the agreement?
- The Awesome Program You Never Should Use
I've been hesitating for a couple months about whether to mention sshpass. Conceptually, it's a horrible, horrible program. It basically allows you to enter an SSH user name and password on the command line, so you can create a connection without any interaction. A far better way to accomplish that is with public/private keypairs.
- New Products
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- Days Between Dates?
Alert readers will know that I'm working on a major revision to my popular Wicked Cool Shell Scripts book to come out later this year. Although most of the scripts in this now ten-year-old book still are current and valuable, a few definitely are obsolete or have been supplanted by new technology or utilities. No worries—that's why I'm doing the update.
- Synchronize Your Life with ownCloud
Like most families these days, our family is extremely busy. We have four boys who have activities and appointments. My wife and I both have our own businesses as well as outside activities. For years, we've been using eGroupware to help coordinate our schedules and manage contacts. The eGroupware system has served us well for a long time. However, it is starting to show its age.
- A GUI for Your CLI?
For new Linux users, the command line is arguably the most intimidating thing. For crusty veterans like me, green text on a black background is as cozy as fuzzy slippers by a fireplace, but I still see CLI Companion as a pretty cool application.
- Android Candy: Party Like It's 1994!
I really stink at video games. I write about gaming occasionally, but the truth of the matter is, I'm just not very good. If we play Quake, you'll frag me just about as often as I respawn. I don't have great reflexes, and my coordination is horrible.
- An Introduction to OpenGL Programming
OpenGL is a well-known standard for generating 3-D as well as 2-D graphics that is extremely powerful and has many capabilities. OpenGL is defined and released by the OpenGL Architecture Review Board (ARB).
This article is a gentle introduction to OpenGL that will help you understand drawing using OpenGL.
- diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
Hardware errors are tough to code for. In some cases, they're impossible to code for. A particular brand of hardware error is the Machine-Check Exception (MCE), which means a CPU has a problem. On Windows systems, it's one of the causes of the Blue Screen of Death.
- Tomahawk, the World Is Your Music Collection
I don't listen to music very often, but when I do, my tastes tend to be across the board. That's one of the reasons I really like Pandora, because the music selection is incredible (in fact, I can't recommend the Pithos client for Pandora enough—I've written about it in past issues). Unfortunately, with Pandora, you don't get to pick specific songs.
- Big Bad Data
Obsession with Big Data has gotten out of hand. Here's how.
- November 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: System Administration
Every time I write a Bash script or schedule a cron job, I worry about the day I'll star in my very own IT version of a Folger's commercial. Instead of "secretly replacing coffee with Folger's Instant Crystals", however, I worry I'll be replaced by an automation framework and a few crafty FOR loops.
- Weapons of MaaS Deployment
My Day with Canonical
I've been researching OpenStack deployment methods lately and so when I got an email from Canonical inviting me to check out how they deploy OpenStack using their Metal as a Service (MaaS) software on their fantastic Orange Box demo platform I jumped at the opportunity.
- Ubuntu & SUSE & CentOS, Oh My!
It's Halloween week, and the big names in Linux are determined not to disappoint the trick-or-treaters. No less than three mainline distributions have released new versions this week, led by perennially-loved-and-hated crowd favourite Ubuntu.
- Easy Watermarking with ImageMagick
Let's start with some homework. Go to Google (or Bing) and search for "privacy is dead, get over it". I first heard this from Bill Joy, cofounder of Sun Microsystems, but it's attributed to a number of tech folk, and there's an element of truth to it. Put something on-line and it's in the wild, however much you'd prefer to keep it under control.
- 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 ’