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  • Mandriva: 2014:165: krb5 Updated krb5 package fixes security vulnerabilities:MIT Kerberos 5 allows attackers to cause a denial of servicevia a buffer over-read or NULL pointer dereference, by injectinginvalid tokens into a GSSAPI application session (CVE-2014-4341,[More...]

  • Mandriva: 2014:164: phpmyadmin Updated phpmyadmin package fixes security vulnerabilities:In phpMyAdmin before, multiple XSS vulnerabilities exist inbrowse table, ENUM editor, monitor, query charts and table relationspages (CVE-2014-5273).[More...]

  • Mandriva: 2014:163: python-imaging Updated python-imaging packages fix security vulnerability:The Python Imaging Library is vulnerable to a denial of service attackin the IcnsImagePlugin (CVE-2014-3589).[More...]_______________________________________________________________________

  • Mandriva: 2014:162: catfish Updated catfish package fixes security vulnerability:Untrusted search path vulnerability in Catfish allows local users togain privileges via a Trojan horse in the current workingdirectory (CVE-2014-2093).[More...]

  • Mandriva: 2014:161: subversion Updated subversion packages fix security vulnerability:Bert Huijben discovered that Subversion did not properly handlecached credentials. A malicious server could possibly use this issueto obtain credentials cached for a different server (CVE-2014-3528).[More...]

  • Mandriva: 2014:160: gpgme Updated gpgme packages fix security vulnerability:A heap-based buffer overflow in gpgme before 1.5.1 could allow aspecially crafted certificate to cause crashes or potentially causearbitrary code execution (CVE-2014-3564).[More...]

  • The first LuneOS release
    LuneOS is the new name for the mobile system once known as WebOS; the firstrelease is available for brave testers now. "The main focus ofLuneOS is to provide an operating system which is driven by the communityand continues what we love(d) about webOS. We’re not trying to reachfeature comparison with Android or iOS but rather building a system tosatisfy basic needs in the mobile environment." The Nexus 4and HP TouchPadappear to be the best devices for those wanting to try LuneOS out on realhardware.

  • Poettering: Revisiting how we put together Linux systems
    Lennart Poettering has posted alengthy writeup of a plan put together by the "systemd cabal" (hiswords) to rework Linux software distribution. It is based heavily onnamespaces and Btrfs snapshots. "Now, with the name-spacing conceptswe introduced above, we can actually relatively freely mix and match appsand OSes, or develop against specific frameworks in specific versions onany operating system. It doesn't matter if you booted your ArchLinuxinstance, or your Fedora one, you can execute both LibreOffice and Firefoxjust fine, because at execution time they get matched up with the rightruntime, and all of them are available from all the operating systems youinstalled. You get the precise runtime that the upstream vendor ofFirefox/LibreOffice did their testing with. It doesn't matter anymore whichdistribution you run, and which distribution the vendor prefers."

  • Kernel prepatch 3.17-rc3
    The 3.17 development cycle continues with the release of 3.17-rc3. "As expected, it is largerthan rc2, since people are clearly getting back from their Kernel Summittravels etc. But happily, it's not *much* larger than rc2 was, and there'snothing particularly odd going on, so I'm going to just ignore the whole'it's summer' argument, and hope that things are just going thatwell."

  • Yahoo to stop development on YUI library
    Yahoo has announcedits decision to halt the development of Yahoo User Interface library (YUI),its open-source JavaScript library for writing HTML applicationinterfaces. In the announcement, the company cites the rise inpopularity of Node.JS, which has changed how developers build HTMLapplications, as have recent changes in package management andweb application frameworks. "The consequence of this evolutionin web technologies is that large JavaScript libraries, such as YUI,have been receiving less attention from the community. Many developerstoday look at large JavaScript libraries as walled gardens they don’twant to be locked into. As a result, the number of YUI issues and pullrequests we’ve received in the past couple of years has slowly reducedto a trickle. Most core YUI modules do not have active maintainers,relying instead on a slow stream of occasional patches from externalcontributors. Few reviewers still have the time to ensure that thepatches submitted are reviewed quickly and thoroughly."Nevertheless, it seems, YUI will be maintained for the foreseeablefuture, receiving critical fixes as they arise.

  • Friday's security updates
    Debian has updated squid3(denial of service).
    Fedora has updated glibc(F20: multiple vulnerabilities), GraphicsMagick (F20: code execution), gtk3 (F20: screen lock bypass),perl-Plack (F19; F20: information disclosure), phpMyAdmin (F19: multiplevulnerabilities), and subversion (F19; F20:credentials leak).
    Gentoo has updated apache(multiple vulnerabilities), file(denial of service), libgcrypt (keyextraction), libtasn1 (multiplevulnerabilities), and php (multiplevulnerabilities).
    SUSE has updated MySQL(SLES/SLED 11: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Ubuntu has updated eglibc(10.o4, 12.04, 14.04: denial of service).

  • Linux Foundation creates a new storage and filesystems conference: Vault
    The Linux Foundation has announced a new conference called "Vault" that will focus on storage and filesystems for Linux. It will be co-located with the annual invitation-only Linux Storage, Filesystem and Memory Management Summit and will be held March 11-12, 2015 at the Revere Hotel in Boston. "'90% of the world's data has been created in the last few years and most of that data is being stored and accessed via a Linux-based system,' said Linux Foundation Chief Marketing Officer Amanda McPherson. 'Now is the ideal time to bring the open source community together in this new forum, Vault, to collaborate on new methods of improving capacity, efficiency and security to manage the huge data volumes envisioned in the coming years. By bringing together the leading minds of Linux file systems and storage and our members who are pushing the limits of what is possible, Vault should expand the state of the art in Linux.'"

  • Containers vs Hypervisors: The Battle Has Just Begun (
    Russell Pavlicek looks at the rivalry between containers and hypervisors over at He outlines the arguments for and against each, and follows it up with a description of a new contender for a "cloud operating system": unikernels."Unikernel systems create tiny VMs. Mirage OS from the Xen Project incubator, for example, has created several network devices that run kilobytes in size (yes, that's “kilobytes” – when was the last time you heard of any VM under a megabyte?). They can get that small because the VM itself does not contain a general-purpose operating system per se, but rather a specially built piece of code that exposes only those operating system functions required by the application.There is no multi-user operating environment, no shell scripts, and no massive library of utilities to take up room – or to subvert in some nefarious exploit. There is just enough code to make the application run, and precious little for a malefactor to leverage. And in unikernels like Mirage OS, all the code that is present is statically type-safe, from the applications stack all the way down to the device drivers themselves. It's not the “end-all be-all” of security, but it is certainly heading in the right direction."

  • 5 UX Tips for Developers (Red Hat developer blog)
    On Red Hat's developer blog, Mαirνn Duffy has tips for developers on improving their application's user experience (UX). "Speaking of speeding things up for your users – one way you can do this is to limit the amount of choices users have to make while using your application. It’s you, my application developer friend, that users are relying on as an expert in the ways of whatever it is that your application does. Users trust you to make set sane defaults based on your domain expertise; when you set defaults, you are also alleviating users from having to make a choice that – depending on their level of expertise – may be quite hard for them to understand.This isn’t to say you should eliminate all choices and configuration options from your application! Let users ease into it, though. Give them a good default so that your application requires less of them to start, and as they gain expertise and confidence in using your app over time, they can explore the preferences and change those settings based on their needs when they are ready."

  • Security updates for Thursday
    Debian has updated s3ql (code execution).
    Mageia has updated x11vnc (codeexecution).
    openSUSE has updated phpMyAdmin(13.1, 12.3: multiple vulnerabilities) and python3 (12.3: two vulnerabilities).
    Ubuntu has updated squid3 (14.04,12.04: denial of service).

  • 2014 Kernel OPW internship report
    Sarah Sharp has posted anupdate on the kernel internships managed through the Outreach Programfor Women, with an emphasis on what past participants are doing now."Many people may be disappointed that those three OPW alumni aren’tworking on open source, but I’m overjoyed that these women have found jobsin the technology sector. This fact is heartening to me because many of thewomen that participate in OPW were working in retail before theirinternship. To be able to move into the technology sector is a giant stepin the right direction, and I’m happy that the OPW program could be a partof that."

  • PHP 5.6.0 released
    The PHP 5.6.0 release isavailable. There's a number of new features, including constant scalarexpressions, a new "..." operator for both variadic functions andsequence unpacking, an exponentiation operator, an integrated interactivedebugger, and more. See the PHP 5.6.0migration guide for more information.

  • [$] Visual legerdemain abounds in G'MIC 1.6.0
    A new stable release of the G'MIC image-processingframework was recently released. Version 1.6.0 adds a number of new commands and filters useful for manipulating image data, as well aschanges to the codebase that will hopefully make G'MIC easier tointegrate into other applications.
    Click below (subscribers only) for a look at the G'MIC 1.6.0 release andassociated GIMP plugin.

  • Security advisories for Wednesday
    Debian has updated eglibc (code execution).
    Fedora has updated jakarta-commons-httpclient (F20; F19: SSLserver spoofing), krb5 (F19: code execution), mediawiki (F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities), python-pillow (F20; F19: denial of service), and sks (F20; F19: cross-site scripting).
    Mageia has updated file (denialof service), grub2 (denial ofservice/possible code execution), harbour(denial of service/possible code execution), icecream (denial of service/possible codeexecution), italc (denial ofservice/possible code execution), kdenetwork4 (MG3: denial of service/possible code execution), libvncserver (denial of service/possible code execution), and serf (information leak).
    Red Hat has updated devtoolset-2-httpcomponents-client (RHDT2: SSLserver spoofing), kernel (RHEL6.4 EUS:multiple vulnerabilities), and ror40-rubygem-activerecord (RHSCL1: strong parameter protection bypass).

  • MediaGoblin 0.7.0 released
    Version0.7.0 of the MediaGoblin mediapublishing platform is available. New features include initial federationsupport, a switch to a responsive CSS system, a "featured media" option,bulk uploading via the command line, and more. "Well we’re excitedto announce that the first piece towards MediaGoblin federation has landed!We don’t have server-to-server federation working yet, but we do have thefirst parts of the Pump API in place: you can now use the Pump API as amedia upload API!"

  • OpenStack Manila project Approved for Incubation
    Manila is now an officially incubated project within the OpenStack Foundation. As an incubated project, Manila could one day land as an official integrated project, though don't look for that until at least 2015.

  • Joining Tables on the Command-Line
    This article compares 3 different ways to join tables on a common field. All 3 work OK on small tables, but there's a big difference in speed when the tables to be joined are large, as shown below.

  • Open source for slow food and small farms
    Earlier this summer I visited Funny Girl Farm, a beautiful and productive example of sustainable agriculture in Durham, North Carolina. Founded in 2012, Funny Girl Farm is now producing and selling fresh vegetables, delicious fruit, cut flowers, seasonal mushrooms, and lots of eggs. It is strategically located at the intersection of two major roads between Durham and Chapel Hill, and the roadside farm stand does a brisk business from 3pm-6pm every weekday and 10am-3pm on more

  • How to install TYPO3 CMS on Ubuntu 14.04
    How to install TYPO3 CMS on Ubuntu 14.04This document describes how to how you can install and run a TYPO3 (version 6.2 LTS) on Ubuntu 14.04 system. The version TYPO3 6.6LTS is the latest version and have its support till March,2017. The TYPO3 Universe offers highly flexible, scaleable and customizable products for Web Content Management, providing the basis for websites, intranets and web & mobile applications worldwide - always with a focus on the current needs of businesses and public institutions.

  • How to manage LVM volumes on CentOS / RHEL 7 with System Storage Manager
    Logical Volume Manager (LVM) is an extremely flexible disk management scheme, allowing you to create and resize logical disk volumes off of multiple physical hard drives with no downtime. However, its powerful features come with the price of a somewhat steep learning curves, with more involved steps to set up LVM using multiple command line […]Continue reading...The post How to manage LVM volumes on CentOS / RHEL 7 with System Storage Manager appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to use LVM in Linux How to set up Squid as a transparent web proxy on CentOS or RHEL How to install Puppet server and client on CentOS and RHEL How to set up a Samba file server to use with Windows clients What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins

  • Run Ubuntu Within Any Version Of Windows Using VirtualBox
    This guide shows how to run Ubuntu within VirtualBox so that Windows users can try Linux out without messing around with their hard drives. The article includes details of a current issue within the Windows version of Virtualbox and how to get the screen resolution to work properly by installing guest additions.

  • Mozilla Firefox 32 Officially Released
    Mozilla has announced that the final version of Firefox 32 has been released, concluding the development cycle for yet another branch of this Internet browser.

  • How to install Cacti (Monitoring tool) on ubuntu 14.04 server
    Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box. All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy to use interface that makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with hundreds of devices.

  • Ryan Icculus Gordon On The Linux Action Show
    Ryan Icculus Gordon has just recently been on a guest on the excellent Linux Action Show to talk about Linux gaming. Ryan Icculus Gordon is the name behind a number of big ports.

  • VMware goes deeper on OpenStack
    If you think VMware has just been fooling around with OpenStack, think again. Oh sure, VMware would prefer if you bought into vCloud Air, but VMware didn't need a weatherman to know which way the clouds were moving. They're moving to open source's OpenStack.

  • The Trouble With Android
    Don’t get me wrong, Android is a beautiful operating system if ever there was one – and dumbed down to the max, which makes it even more beautiful in the minds of many mobile users. Indeed, you can play on an Android device all day without ever even realizing that you’re working with an operating system or even a computer. Just swipe away and see what they’ll try to sell you next.

  • A free culture event in Pakistan
    Wiki Loves Monuments is one of the most successful free culture events worldwide. A global photo competition organized by local Wikimedia chapters and groups, it has been running since 2010 and has grown larger each year. For 2014, we speak to Saqib Qayyum from Wikimedia Pakistan about how the event will help promote the commons to new more

  • Try GNOME 3.14 Beta 1 with Wayland Without Installing Anything
    GNOME is working to implement official Wayland support for the upcoming 3.14 release and they seem to be more than half way there. It's difficult to test the new GNOME 3.14 Beta updates that have been made until now, especially with the Wayland integration, but a Reddit user posted a short and easy-to-follow tutorial in this regard.

Linux Insider

  • Peach OSI Is Fresh and Juicy
    Peach OSI is a new Linux distro that stands apart from the crowd. Its first stable version was just released in June -- yet it displays more performance traits and sophistication than many Linux distros that have been searching for an audience for years. In the crowded Linux distro field, it is very rare to find a newcomer that is not like any of the others.

  • Kano's Alejandro Simon: If This, Then Do That
    Imagine a world where playing Pong and Minecraft gives people the power to program their computers. That world is Kano. A crowdfunded startup, it took the idea behind Lego to teach computer programming by playing first-generation computer games. Kano launched on Kickstarter in November 2013. More than 13,000 people from some 50 countries raised $1.5 million in 30 days.

  • Open Source Software: Sailing Into Friendlier Seas
    Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation.

  • Torvalds Says Yes to the Desktop
    It was just a few short weeks ago that we here in the Linux blogosphere were rehashing the open source world's documentation dilemma -- one of those perennial topics bloggers love to resurrect whenever there appears to be a lull in the conversation. At the time, alert readers may recall, Linux Girl compared the topic to the ongoing "Year of Linux on the Desktop" debate -- another favorite.

  • OS Flaw Leaves Android Wide Open for App Hack Attacks
    A flaw in Android's GUI framework let university researchers hack into applications with up to 92 percent success. They tested apps from Gmail, H&R Block, Newegg, WebMD, Chase Bank, and Amazon. "Changes in the shared memory side channel allow an attacker to infer if there is an activity transition going on in the foreground," said researcher Zhiyun Qian, an assistant professor at UCR.

  • Hack Day Produces Oculix, a Mind-Blowing Trip Through the Netflix Catalog
    A team of Netflix programmers merged the company's videos with the virtual reality capability offered by the Oculus Rift headset as a fun project on Netflix Hack Day. The Oculix media app lets users browse a floating 3D Netflix video catalog using head turning movements and hand gestures. Once a selection is made, the user can watch the video in a VR theater setting.

  • Is Open Source an Open Invitation to Hack Webmail Encryption?
    In a move influenced by Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's email snooping, Yahoo and Google last week announced that they were cooperating on end-to-end encrypting their webmail products. While the open source approach has proven its value over and over again, the idea of opening up the code for security features to anyone with eyeballs still creates anxiety in some circles.

  • SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo
    The SparkyLinux GameOver 3.4 Edition may be one of the best Linux distros catering to game players you will find. It is a full-service specialty Linux OS with a focus on gaming. Linux distro developers usually do one of two things about games. One, they provide none or only a few low-impact card and puzzle titles. Two, they build in links to the PlayOnLinux and Steam websites.

  • Leaked Moto 360 Specs Impress, Price Point Iffy
    Specs of the forthcoming Moto 360 smartwatch from Motorola appeared briefly on a Best Buy Web page, sparking increased chatter about the device. Concerns about price -- the watch was listed at $250 -- tempered the usual gasps of delight from geeks. Amazon lists a Samsung Galaxy Gear for $150, a Gear Live for $180, a Gear 2 Neo for $200, a Pebble Steel for $230, and an LG G Black Titan for $233.

  • Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media
    Having started 4chan when he was 15, Christopher Poole, better known as "moot", is indirectly responsible for almost every meme you've ever seen. The group "Anonymous" originated on 4chan and has since engaged in a number of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Thanks to users gaming the system, moot was famously voted the world's most influential person of 2008 in an open internet poll conducted by Time magazine. He is an advocate of online anonymity and speaks on the importance of privacy online to foster creativity and open discussion. moot has agreed to answer your questions about 4chan, social media, and privacy. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Discloses Top Donors
    theodp (442580) writes "Under the leadership of, explained the ACM, it joined CSTA, NCWIT, NSF, Microsoft and Google in an effort "to reshape the U.S. education system," including passing a federal law making Computer Science a "core subject" in schools. If you're curious about whose money helped fuel the effort,'s Donors page now lists those who gave $25,000+ to $3,000,000+ to the K-12 CS cause (the nonprofit plans to raise $20-30 million for 2015-16 operations). Microsoft is at the top of the list as a Platinum Supporter ($3,000,000+), while Bill Gates is Gold ($1,000,000+), and Steve Ballmer is Silver ($500,000+). Interestingly, six of's ten biggest donors are also Founders of Mark Zuckerberg's tech immigration reform PAC."

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  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist
    An anonymous reader writes A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report — "taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps
    mrspoonsi writes One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don't. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store's iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly innocent apps. "Before you develop your app, it's important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps," explains Apple on a new webpage called "Common App Rejections." Rejections include: Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected; Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations or use names or icons similar to other Apps will be rejected.

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  • AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229
    Vigile (99919) writes AMD looks to continue addressing the mainstream PC enthusiast and gamer with a set of releases into two different component categories. First, today marks the launch of the Radeon R9 285 graphics card, a $250 option based on a brand new piece of silicon dubbed Tonga. This GPU has nearly identical performance to the R9 280 that came before it, but includes support for XDMA PCIe CrossFire, TrueAudio DSP technology and is FreeSync capable (AMD's response to NVIDIA G-Sync). On the CPU side AMD has refreshed its FX product line with three new models (FX-8370, FX-8370e and FX-8320e) with lower TDPs and supposedly better efficiency. The problem of course is that while Intel is already sampling 14nm parts these Vishera-based CPUs continue to be manufactured on GlobalFoundries' 32nm process. The result is less than expected performance boosts and efficiency gains. For a similar review of the new card, see Hot Hardware's page-by-page unpacking.

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  • Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion
    sfcrazy (1542989) writes, based on a report from Ted T'so, that Kernel developer Dmitry Monakhov was detained for 15 days for disobeying a police officer. The debacle came about when Monakhov decided to protest the recent invasion into Ukraine by Russian armed forces. Monakhov is using Twitter to keep people informed about his experience with the Russian judicial system; a human translator can probably do a better job than Google in this case.

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  • Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study
    An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports on a new study (abstract) showing that low-carb diets have better health benefits than low-fat diets in a test without calorie restrictions. "By the end of the yearlong trial, people in the low-carbohydrate group had lost about eight pounds more on average than those in the low-fat group. They had significantly greater reductions in body fat than the low-fat group, and improvements in lean muscle mass — even though neither group changed their levels of physical activity. While the low-fat group did lose weight, they appeared to lose more muscle than fat. They actually lost lean muscle mass, which is a bad thing,' Dr. Mozaffarian said. 'Your balance of lean mass versus fat mass is much more important than weight. And that's a very important finding that shows why the low-carb, high-fat group did so metabolically well.' ... In the end, people in the low-carbohydrate group saw markers of inflammation and triglycerides — a type of fat that circulates in the blood — plunge. Their HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, rose more sharply than it did for people in the low-fat group. Blood pressure, total cholesterol and LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol, stayed about the same for people in each group."

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  • Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art
    An anonymous reader writes with news of a study that suggests an engraving in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar was made by Neanderthals more than 39,000 years ago. Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species. The discovery is "a major contribution to the redefinition of our perception of Neanderthal culture," said prehistorian William Rendu of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who was not involved in the work. "It is a new and even stronger evidence of the Neanderthal capacity for developing complex symbolic thought" and "abstract expression," abilities long believed exclusive to early modern humans.

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  • Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again
    mdsolar writes with news about further delays to Finland's Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor. "Areva-Siemens, the consortium building Finland's biggest nuclear reactor, said on Monday the start date of the much delayed project will be pushed back to late 2018 — almost a decade later than originally planned. Areva-Siemens blamed disagreements with its client Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) over the plant's automation system, the latest blow for a project that has been hit by repeated delays, soaring costs and disputes. "The delays are because the planning of the plant has taken needlessly long," Jouni Silvennoinen, TVO's project head, told Reuters on Monday. "We haven't examined the supplier's detailed schedules yet, but our preliminary view is that we could do better (than 2018)."

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  • Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?
    storkus writes: The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix about the difficulties of using Linux on a multitude of motherboards. My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? I'd like to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and 'other' high-end machine with one of the above chips, so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being Windows-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a lousy attitude (despite the Steam Linux distro being under development).

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  • Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones
    An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago we talked over some of the difficulties faced by makers of autonomous car software, like dealing with weather, construction, and parking garages. Today, the NY Times has a similar article about delivery drones, examining the safety and regulatory problems that must be solved in addition to getting the basic technology ready. "[R]researchers at NASA are working on ways to manage that menagerie of low-flying aircraft. At NASA's Moffett Field, about four miles from Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., the agency has been developing a drone traffic management program that would in effect be a separate air traffic control system for things that fly low to the ground — around 400 to 500 feet for most drones. Much like the air traffic control system for conventional aircraft, the program would monitor the skies for weather and traffic. Wind is a particular hazard, because drones weigh so little compared with regular planes." Beyond that, the sheer scale of infrastructure necessary to get drone delivery up and running in cities across the U.S. is staggering. Commercial drones aren't going to have much range, particularly when carrying something heavy. They'll be noisy, and the products they're transporting will still need to be relatively close by. What other issues do Amazon, DHL, Google, and other need to solve?

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  • Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks
    An anonymous reader writes Back in August, groups of Russian hackers assembled the biggest list of compromised login credentials ever seen: 1.2 billion accounts. Now, domain registrar Namecheap reports the hackers have begun using the list to try and access accounts. "Overnight, our intrusion detection systems alerted us to a much higher than normal load against our login systems. ... The group behind this is using the stored usernames and passwords to simulate a web browser login through fake browser software. This software simulates the actual login process a user would use if they are using Firefox/Safari/Chrome to access their Namecheap account. The hackers are going through their username/password list and trying each and every one to try and get into Namecheap user accounts." They report that most login attempts are failing, but some are succeeding. Now is a good time to check that none of your important accounts share passwords.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'
    An anonymous reader writes: Rumors of back door access to Skype have plagued the communication software for the better part of a decade. Even if it's not true, Skype is owned by Microsoft, which is beholden to data requests from law enforcement. Because of these issues, a group of developers started work on Tox, which aims to rebuild the functionality of Skype with an emphasis on privacy. "The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever—not even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so there's no central hub to snoop on or take down."

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  • Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"
    blottsie writes In a move out of the anti-SOPA campaign playbook, Fight for the Future and other net neutrality activist groups have set up the Battle for the Net coalition, which plans to launch an "Internet slowdown day" later this month. No actual traffic will be slowed down. Instead, participating sites will display embeddable modules that include a spinning "loading" symbol and information about contacting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House, and members of Congress.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption
    An anonymous reader writes Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have used a program named Ash 3D to predict the impact of a Yellowstone volcano eruption, and found that cities within 300 miles from Yellowstone National Park may get covered by up to three feet of ash. From the article: "Ash3D helped the researchers understand how the previous eruptions created a widespread distribution of ash in places in the park's periphery. Aside from probing ash-distribution patterns, the Ash3D can also be used to identify potential hazards that volcanoes in Alaska may bring."

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  • Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser
    sfcrazy writes The Raspberry Pi team has announced a new browser for Raspberry Pi. They had worked with Collabora to create an HTML5-capable, modern browser for Pi users. While announcing the new browser, Eben Upton said, "Eight months and a lot of hard work later, we're finally ready. Epiphany on Pi is now a plausible alternative to a desktop browser for all but the most JavaScript-heavy sites."

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  • Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed
    ashshy writes Unlike the obvious battery needs for smartphones or electric cars, many consumers are unaware of the exploding need for enormous battery banks as modern power grids are bringing a whole new set of requirements. From the article: "'Our electricity grid was built a certain way, and that way is to have on-demand production,' Argonne National Laboratory battery researcher Jeff Chamberlain explained. 'So as I flip my light switch on at home, there's some little knob somewhere that turns the power up. There is no buffer. It's a very interesting production cycle compared to other consumer goods. It was built a certain way, and the grid is currently changing in two different ways. One is, first our demand is increasing. But another is, around the world human beings are trying to get off fossil fuels and that means using solar and wind. Well, we cannot turn up the sun or wind, or turn down the sun or wind according to our energy needs. So the more those technologies penetrate the grid, the more you need energy storage. You need a buffer. And that is a very difficult challenge that's similar to transportation because it's cost-driven,' Chamberlain said. 'But it's also different from transportation because we're not limited by volume or mass like we are in vehicles. We're working on energy storage systems that are stationary.'"

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  • Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany
    An anonymous reader writes 28 years after the Chernobyl accident, tests have found that more than one in three Saxony boars give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for consumption. In 2009 almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters in compensation for wild boar meat that was too contaminated to be sold. "It doesn't cover the loss from game sales, but at least it covers the cost of disposal," says Steffen Richter, the head of the Saxon State Hunters Association.

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  • New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet
    First time accepted submitter Adam Oxford writes Nigeria's National Identity Management System — which aims to bring together citizen information databases as diverse as driving licenses and tax returns — was introduced last week and includes a prepay MasterCard wallet. Civil liberties groups are naturally wary about the project, but proponents see it as a way to get financial services to the masses. From the article: "The director general of the commission which will implement NIMS, Chris 'E Onyemenam, said at the launch that the card will eventually be used for border control as well. 'There are many use cases for the card, including the potential to use it as an international travel document,' Onyemenam said. 'NIMC is focused on inclusive citizenship, more effective governance, and the creation of a cashless economy, all of which will stimulate economic growth, investment and trade.'"

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  • Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos
    swinferno writes with news about the leak of hundreds of private celebrity photos over the weekend. Hundreds of revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan. It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities' iCloud accounts. The accounts are designed to allow iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to synchronize images, settings, calendar information, and other data between devices, but the service has been criticized for being unreliable and confusing. Earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence herself complained about the service in an interview with MTV.

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  • Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate
    An anonymous reader writes with this bit of good news for everyone who is waiting for their homes to one day be on the beach. Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds. Near-shore waters went up by about 2mm per year more than the general trend for the Southern Ocean as a whole in the period between 1992 and 2011. Scientists say the melting of glaciers and the thinning of ice shelves are dumping 350 billion tonnes of additional water into the sea annually. This influx is warming and freshening the ocean, pushing up its surface. "Freshwater is less dense than salt water and so in regions where an excess of freshwater has accumulated we expect a localized rise in sea level," explained Dr Craig Rye from the University of Southampton, UK, and lead author on the new journal paper.

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  • Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges
    Frosty P writes The LA County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges against a sheriff's deputy who was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when he fatally struck cyclist and former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in Calabasas last December. The deputy was responding to routine work email when he drifted into the bike lane and struck and killed Mr. Olin. An official with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said it is launching its own probe into the deputy’s behavior.

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  • China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe
    An anonymous reader writes "China has given Microsoft three weeks to explain "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft's use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies. Their use "may have violated China's anti-monopoly law", the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday."

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  • Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys
    KentuckyFC writes In 1980 and 1981, Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Saturn providing unprecedented images of its magnificent ring system. At that time, its most distant discrete ring, the F ring, was about 200 kilometres wide. But puzzlingly, images sent back by Cassini show that the ring is now 580 kilometres wide and twice as bright as it was thirty years ago. Now astronomers think they have finally solved the mystery of the expanding F ring. The ring is shepherded by a number of small moons, the most famous of which is Prometheus. These moons interact gravitationally with the ring creating structures such as braids and spokes. The new thinking is that the moons' orbits resonate with the F ring, pushing clouds of dust and ice further away from Saturn. This makes the ring wider. But beyond a certain radius the orbit of the dust becomes unstable and it begins to spiral back towards Saturn and collides with the rest of the ring. This causes a chain reaction of collisions that dramatically increases the number of particles in the ring and hence its brightness. This theory also leads to a prediction--the resonant process is currently at a maximum but should reduce sharply in the coming years, if the theory is correct. So by 2018, the F ring should be back to the same configuration the Voyagers saw in 80/81.

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  • The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction
    An anonymous reader writes On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon was found dead in her aviary at the Cincinnati Zoo. When the first European settlers arrived in North America at least one of every four birds on the continent was a passenger pigeon, making them the most numerous birds in North America, and perhaps in the world. From the article: "But extinction apparently doesn't ring with the finality it used to. Researchers are working to 'de-extinct' the bird. They got their hands on some of the 1,500 or so known passenger pigeon specimens and are hoping to resurrect the species through some Jurassic Park-like genetic engineering. Instead of using frog DNA to fill out the missing parts of a dinosaur's genetic code as in Michael Crichton's story, the real-life 'bring-back-the-passenger pigeon' researchers are using the bird's closest relative, the band-tailed pigeon.

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  • NHS supplier Trustmarque seeks backers after accounting change
    Rev recognition blamed for 'funding gap' by private equity backer
    The future of major NHS supplier Trustmarque looks less certain after private equity backer Dunedin confirmed that a change in the way revenue is recognised has created a “funding gap”.…

  • Sonos burns its Bridges: Our home-grown Wi-Fi mesh will do
    Audio streaming now Bridge-free
    Until now, wireless speaker bod Sonos has required a Bridge device connected to a home wireless router to set up a mesh wireless network delivering timed audio signals to the speakers in a zone. But no longer – Sonos is going bridge-free.…

  • Facebook, WhatsApp wait on cold steel table as Euro Commish ponders painful probe
    Your hospital gowns are gaping, chaps
    Competitors of Facebook and WhatsApp have been asked to complete a whopping 88 multiple-choice, multi-part questions that range from the blindingly obvious – “To the best of your knowledge, do users use more than one social networking service?" – to the vague and indefinable – “Please provide any recent examples of consumers switching from one social networking service to another.”…

  • Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans
    That's it, big boy, come bonk on our tube
    Vodafone has announced that its SmartPass technology will work with TfL’s systems when the London Underground starts accepting mobile pay-by-bonk on 16 September – but bigger things are planned.…

  • It's official: Brit parents want their kids to be just like Steve Bong
    Career as a banker? No, no. Our sprogs should be TECH ENTREPRENEURS, sez survey
    Steve Bong is a role model for British parents, who – according to a back-of-the-beermat poll – think a career as a tech entrepreneur would be much more beneficial to their offspring than becoming a vet or a banker, or joining the police.…

  • Cave scrawls show that Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists
    Gibraltar scribble matches up well to early Hirst or Emin
    A primitive and seemingly meaningless marking chiselled into a rock by a Neanderthal using a crude implement more than 39,000 years ago would appear to support the idea that the pre-human ape-men possessed artistic faculties at least as sophisticated as those of the "young British artists" movement of the '90s.…

  • Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT
    Soundbars to Dolby Atmos: surround on Freeview, Netflix, Blu-ray et al
    Breaking Fad As Steve May wrote in the previous Breaking Fad, Dolby Atmos for the home is an impressive sound system, and this year will see the release of a range of kit that supports it from several manufacturers.…

  • iOS phone phlaw can UNMASK anonymous social media users
    Facebook, Google ... nobody read TFM, says security chap
    iThing Users can be identified, images of their faces captured and their phones forced to call numbers – all thanks to coding schemes affecting Facebook, Google, and Twitter, among other sites and services, security researchers say.…

  • Security rEsrchRs find nu way 2 spot TXT spam
    Symantec boffins analyse 400,000 TXTs to develop new spam-spotting approach
    Symantec boffins reckon it's no longer enough to shield e-mail users from malicious email and that spam and phishing over SMS are now worthy of some decent defences. They've even penned a study to back up the proposition, suggesting that SMS spam could be 97 per cent detectable with a false positive rate as low as 0.02 per cent.…

  • SHARE 'N' SINK: OneDrive corrupting Office 2013 files
    No reports of data loss as MS 'fesses up to mess, but US long weekend delays fix
    OneDrive users are complaining that Microsoft's sync 'n' share service corrupts Office 2013 files when they attempt to open them.…

  • Singapore slings £18k fine at text-spam-spaffing biz owner
    First prosecution under new ‘do not call’ rules
    A Singapore tuition agency and its director have become the first to be prosecuted and fined under the country’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), which came into force on 2 January 2014.…

  • South Korea's top wireless carrier builds Internet of Eels
    Sensors to keep farm tanks comfy to stop the eels shrieking
    Eels, a staple in many world cuisines, are apparently more sensitive to their environment when grown in aquaculture facilities than they are in the wild, so South Korean farmers are turning to industrial automation to give them a hand.…

  • Transparency by Telstra: a good start but not enough
    84,000-plus law enforcement requests, but for what?
    Telstra probably thought it was doing the right thing by joining other big names and publishing a transparency report. Instead, it's become a focus of criticism for, in the eyes of 'net freedom advocates, handing over too much customer information on too little pretext.…

  • Tesla to add charging network in China
    400 stations in deal with China Unicom
    Tesla has announced that it intends to build a huge charging network in China: 400 stations in 120 cities, and 20 supercharging stations.…

  • Carrier club's careful copyright conga
    We're not Big Content's interns, says Comms Alliance, but we might be RENT-A-COPS
    Australia's carriers club, the Communications Alliance, has published its submission to the federal government's copyright inquiry after an early copy hit media inboxes.…

  • Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit
    And at the back of the field, Windows 8.1 is sprinting away from Windows 8
    Windows XP lost nearly one per cent of global market share during August, according to both Netmarketshare and StatCounter, but there's not been a corresponding bounce in the prevalence of other Microsoft operating systems.…

  • BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
    Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
    Comment The BBC now has a policy of attaching an educational theme to each year that will be rammed into as many programmes as possible and will run across all of its channels and websites.…

  • DRAM whammer Kaminario bigs up K2 biz
    Flash array market's on the up
    Comment Upstart Kaminario seems pleased with its position at the summit of flash array performance with its SPC benchmark-topping K2 all-flash arrays. But this mid-pack player may need to emerge from the herd to prove it has what it takes.…

  • Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers
    By which we mean advertisers
    Apple is expected to unveil new products that will use the latest version of its iOS operating system, including new iPhones, on 9 September. But app developers – who've already had their hands on the mobile OS since June – will be prevented from making sensitive user data available to third parties using the "HealthKit" platform.…

  • Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist
    By the way, I have a really nice bridge you might like...
    An Indiegogo project to build a watch that projects its display onto your hand has blown the doors off its target by raising a million dollars in funding – even though no functional device has yet been built.… offline for now

  • Trying Intel OpenCL On Linux For Video Encoding
    Following my testing and reporting last weekend about Intel Beignet starting to provide very usable open-source OpenCL support on Linux, one of the most common requests was to next see if this Intel OpenCL Linux supprot benefits x264 encoding at all...

  • webOS Lives On As LuneOS With New Release
    Formerly known as webOS Ports, LuneOS was officially released today for letting the HP TouchPad and select Google Nexus devices re-live what's best about webOS...

  • AMD Launches New FX CPUs, Cuts Prices On Existing Processors
    AMD today is rolling out three new FX-Series processors (the FX-8320E, FX-8370E, and FX-8370) while cutting prices on their existing Vishera AM3+ FX processors. AMD sent over the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs last week to Phoronix (the FX-8320E is still forthcoming) so we are here with the rundown on the Linux performance of these new FX CPUs compared to a wide variety of other Intel and AMD Linux systems with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

  • Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements
    Well known open-source Radeon driver developer Marek Olšαk has landed a number of commits today inside mainline Mesa Git for improving the state of HyperZ for AMD hardware, a feature that remains disabled by default for the open-source Radeon Linux driver due to stability and artifact issues...

  • Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux
    Since last year AMD's had the FX-9590 as the top-end Vishera CPU that can top out at 5.0GHz with its Turbo Frequency, but initially this processor was only available to OEM system builds. Over time the OEM version of the FX-9590 became available to consumers while earlier this summer AMD launched a retail version of the FX-9590 that included the eight-core CPU with a closed-loop water cooling solution. Today we're reviewing this highest-end Vishera CPU to see how it compares to other AMD and Intel processors on Ubuntu Linux.

  • Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR
    The Nouveau development community released the xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.11 driver update to kick off the start of September. While you wouldn't guess it from the version number, this driver update is actually very significant and introduces a lot of new functionality and other improvements...

  • XBMC/Kodi 14 Is Going To Be Mostly About Cleaning Up
    XBMC, which renamed itself to Kodi, is out with a new alpha release for the Kodi 14 media center software. While XBMC 13 introduced a lot of new features, Kodi 14 is going to be mostly about minor refinements...

  • AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users
    August was great on Phoronix with 22 multi-page, featured articles and 242 Linux news stories being written by your's truly. Of all the content published in August -- much of which continues to not be covered elsewhere on the web -- here's the most popular stories...

  • Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
    Lennart Poettering of systemd and PulseAudio fame has published a lengthy blog post that shares his vision for how he wishes to change how Linux software systems are put together to address a wide variety of issues. The Btrfs file-system and systemd play big roles with his new vision...

  • Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD
    Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver...

  • MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users
    While most if not all of the modern motherboards produced by MSI allow BIOS/UEFI updating to happen from within the BIOS setup utility and done using a USB flash drive -- as is also the case with most other motherboard vendors -- for Linux users the updating can be a bit more of a headache for MSI motherboards...

  • How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers
    As earlier this week I did a 20-way AMD Radeon open-source comparison, looked at the most energy efficient Radeon GPUs for Linux gaming, and then yesterday provided a look at the fastest NVIDIA GPUs for open-source gaming with Nouveau, in this article is a culmination of all the open-source graphics tests this week while seeing how Intel Haswell HD Graphics fall into the mix against the open-source Radeon R600/RadeonSI and Nouveau NV50/NVC0 graphics drivers.

  • AMD Steppe Eagle Flys To Coreboot
    Besides Coreboot for the Lenovo X220, other exciting code advancements this weekend for this project to replace proprietary systems' UEFI/BIOS is support for AMD's Steppe Eagle SoC...

  • Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux
    Beignet is the project out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for exposing GPGPU/compute capabilities out of Ivy Bridge hardware and newer when using a fully open-source Linux stack. While Beignet differs greatly from Gallium3D's Clover state tracker, this Intel-specific open-source OpenCL implementation is working out quite well for Ubuntu Linux...

  • Imagination Launches A MIPS Development Board
    To compete with the growing number of single-board development computers in the ARM space and even in the x86 space, Imagination Technologies has introduced their first public MIPS single-board computer for developers. While it won't likely see the success of the Raspberry Pi, it's an interesting piece of hardware to say the least and hopefully we'll be able to benchmark it at Phoronix...

  • Getting Involved With The New Raspberry Pi Graphics Driver
    Eric Anholt, formerly a lead developer on Intel's Linux graphics driver, has been quickly working away at the VC4 Gallium3D driver and related code now being a Broadcom employee tasked with making an open-source driver for the Raspberry Pi. If you're looking to try out his in-development driver or help him out in the driver creation process, he's published a brief guide to lower the barrier to entry...

  • Learning The Process To Review Linux Kernel Patches
    Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has putout some slides covering the general process for reviewing patches, in order to help out those new to contributing to the open-source community...

  • The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
    Earlier this week I ran a 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming and that was followed by looking at The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming. The tables have now turned as we benchmark a variety of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs using the latest open-source NVIDIA driver article.

  • Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
    This morning Intel is lifting the lid on their Intel Core i7 high-end desktop processors for the LGA 2011-v3 socket. This new CPU line-up is what's been referred to as Haswell-E. We are in the process of testing Intel's Core i7 5960X Haswell-E under Linux but for now here's an overview of the new hardware.

  • Metro Redux Is Going To Require OpenGL 4.x On Linux
    Metro Redux is on its way to Linux and it will require Linux gamers have OpenGL 4.x core support. For now this means that right off the bat the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers are off-limits for the time being...

  • Jailhouse v0.1 Released As A Basic Hypervisor For Linux
    Nearly one year ago we wrote about the announcement of Jailhouse as a new Linux hypervisor and after being in development all of this time they have announced their first release that comes with the necessary features to properly support Intel x86 CPUs...


  • YouTube now lets you tip video creators

    If you've been itching to tip YouTube video producers, you'll be glad to know that you can finally reward those people for their hard work: the Fan Funding feature has launched in Australia, Japan, Mexico and the US. If a video host sets up a virtual tip jar, you can use your Google Wallet account (including any attached credit cards) to contribute right from a video page or the Android app. You can specify any amount you like, although YouTube will take a small cut to handle the deal; in the US, it's five percent of your donation plus another 21 cents. Support is coming to both other countries and iOS users soon, so don't despair if you can't contribute to your favorite channel just yet.

    [Image credit: Rego Korosi, Flickr]

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    Via: Android Police

    Source: Google Support

  • Android Wear updates will let you leave your phone at home

    One of the biggest gripes of smartwatch ownership is the (usual) dependency on your smartphone; do you really want to carry two devices when you're going out for a run? If you're an Android Wear fan, you won't have to in the near future. Google tells CNET that "several" updates are coming to its wearable platform before the end of the year, some of which will let you cut the figurative cord. Bluetooth headset support will let you put some music on the watch to listen at any time. GPS support will let you map your run while leaving your phone at home, although you'll logically need a watch with position tracking built-in -- in other words, don't expect it to show up on your early G Watch or Gear Live.
    The first of these updates is due this week, and it should improve both navigation and voice commands. Google hasn't said just when some of the deeper feature upgrades are coming, but at least one of them will include that previously promised support for custom watch faces. Android Wear might have felt a little undercooked when it first launched, but it's obvious that Google wants to fill out the feature list very quickly.
    Filed under: GPS, Wearables, Mobile, Google


    Source: CNET (1), (2)

  • Native Instruments reveals new keyboards for 'Komplete' freaks

    First came synths, samplers and drum machines. Then computers caught up, and could do much of the same stuff, for much less money (and in much less space). But, humans like to "play" things, so we then we got MIDI controllers. Now, the circle is closing -- the current trend is software-specific controllers. Example? The new Komplete Kontrol S series of keyboards from industry giant Native Instruments. Komplete is the company's, erm, comprehensive music production software package (drums, sample, sounds, synths... everything). It contains some of the most used virtual instruments on the market (Massive, for example, is behind a good chunk of Dubstep sounds).

    The new Komplete Kontrol S keyboards (apart from having a lot of "K" going on) are built to work seamlessly with all the instruments in the collection, in a similar vein to how Native Instruments' popular mixing software -- Traktor -- works with the Kontrol line of DJ hardware. The new kit arrives along with the next iteration of Komplete (version 10), so as you can imagine, there are plenty of new tools for sound-smiths, too.

    As Komplete contains a wide variety of instruments, Native Instruments has included "Native Map" technology that auto assigns all virtual the knobs and faders you see on screen, to the appropriate physical equivalent (for easy access to filters or volume etc). A "Light Guide" feature, on the other hand, uses LEDs above the keys to let you know what sounds are where and other useful feedback. For the more ham-fisted (yours truly), "Smart Play" is selection of features to make it easier (but not idiot proof) to knock a tune up quickly -- one-finger chords, ready to play progressions and preset musical scales, for example.

    No matter if you're a one-finger maestro or the next Calvin Harris, you can pick up a Komplete Kontrol S keyboard in the usual choice of sizes (25, 49 and 61 keys) starting October 1 for $500/$600/$700 respectively. In the meantime, there's the usual saliva-inducing demo video above to tide you over.

    Filed under: Misc


    Source: Native Instruments

  • Engadget giveaway: win an HTC One M8 courtesy of MapHook!
    Albums worth of photos and scattered receipts may serve as breadcrumbs when you're trying to revisit your travels, but they're far from an ideal solution. MapHook has an alternative, though, with its free Android and iOS app that lets you tag your stops on a map, add photos, video and notes about what you saw and even share the trip with close friends or the general public. Not only can you get insights from other travelers, but MapHook is also powered by sources like Yelp, Foursquare, Wikipedia, Groupon and more. You'll have tips, deals and details on local hot spots and points of interest to enhance your adventure. To help one lucky Engadget reader get started, MapHook has even provided a new HTC One M8. All you need to do is head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning. It'll go a long way towards helping you remember that place you went that one time. a Rafflecopter giveaway Entries are handled through the Rafflecopter widget above. Comments are no longer accepted as valid methods of entry. You may enter without any obligation to social media accounts, though we may offer them as opportunities for extra entries. Your email address is required so we can get in touch with you if you win, but it will not be given to third parties. Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older! Sorry, we don't make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so direct your anger at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad. Winners will be chosen randomly. One (1) winners will receive one (1) HTC One M8 (Grey, 32GB, unlocked, P/N: 99HYK130-00 / 2002742). If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen. Make sure that the account you use to enter the contest includes your real name and a contact email or Facebook login. We do not track any of this information for marketing or third-party purposes. This unit is purely for promotional giveaway. MapHook, HTC and Engadget / AOL are not held liable to honor warranties, exchanges or customer service. The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here. Entries can be submitted until September 3rd at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!
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  • What you can expect at IFA 2014
    annual show, held this week in Berlin, has a knack for announcing new washing machines, sewing machines and kitchen appliances alongside the latest smartphones, smartwatches and tablets. Here at Engadget, we're primarily focused on the latter (though who doesn't love a free fruit smoothie sample from time to time?), and there's a lot to cover. Let's head straight into what new gadgets and devices we can expect to see announced at this week's event.

    Before 2011, very few companies launched smartphones or tablets at IFA. Only a handful of phone makers bothered showing up with new devices, and in most cases they were mid-range at best. That all changed after Samsung launched the Galaxy Note at the show -- and turned the practice into an annual IFA tradition. Now, as the company prepares to release its fourth large-screened flagship phone in as many years, several manufacturers have followed and now use IFA as a launching pad for the latest and greatest gadgets.

    Samsung has made it no secret that it plans to follow precedent and announce the next entry in the Note series, thanks to a series of teasers leading up to this week's unveiling. It's done a fantastic job of preventing major leaks, however; nobody knows for sure what it looks like, because the company's managed to keep images and specs of the Note 4 close to its chest so far. Chances are, Samsung won't be ready to ship the device for a few more weeks, which would follow the same pattern set by the Galaxy S5 this spring.

    The rumor mill is pretty dry for other Samsung phones. We've seen recent reports that Samsung has filed a trademark with the USPTO for something called the Galaxy Note Edge, but we can't take this as a guarantee that the company will introduce such a product at IFA. We're also excited to see the Galaxy Alpha, which is a sleek device with a metal frame that was officially announced a couple weeks ago.

    Whereas Samsung has done a fantastic job at keeping quiet about its upcoming Note phone, Sony's the complete opposite. Unless the company has something new up its sleeve, we've likely seen its entire holiday roadmap. At IFA, plan on seeing the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact: As you might expect, the former is the flagship, while the latter is a smaller version. If the rumors are true, the Z3 Compact will be just as close in specs to its larger brother as the Z1 Compact was. This is fantastic news, because it means that users who prefer smaller screens won't be forced to endure mid-range hardware.

    Microsoft Devices -- y'know, Nokia's phone division -- will also come to Berlin with at least one or two smartphones. The company hasn't been shy about showing it off internally to employees, as we've heard several reports indicating that Stephen Elop has been proudly talking up the devices at recent town hall meetings. The higher-end of the two is the Lumia 830, which will be the most affordable PureView-branded device. If the leaks are accurate, we can expect the 830 to look similar to the 930 and come with a 10MP camera. There'll also be a "selfie phone," presumably the Lumia 730, which will focus on bringing a solid front-facing imaging experience to mid-tier buyers.

    LG's already announced most (if not all) of its product lineup, which includes the G3 Stylus. It's a less-expensive version of the G3 that comes with a 5.5-inch qHD screen and -- you guessed it -- a stylus. We may also see the Gx2, a follow-up to a device that landed exclusively in Asia last year, and a couple of low-end L-series devices designed for emerging markets.

    IFA will house several other manufacturers, so there will be plenty of other smartphones on display. Acer, ASUS, Alcatel One Touch, HTC and Lenovo will all be there, so be on the lookout for some of their wares. Lenovo's made the most noise from this group, thanks to its Vibe X2 teaser mocking Apple's iPhone event invites. (And yes, that is indeed a lollipop in the teaser.)

    Smartwatches have been around in at least some capacity for several years -- it all started with the Microsoft SPOT and has continued on through Sony, Pebble and others -- but people didn't seem to notice or care until Samsung came out with a "mainstream" product known as the Galaxy Gear. The Android-based watch came out alongside the Galaxy Note 3 at last year's IFA. It's amazing how much can change in 12 months: Samsung is showing off its sixth watch; LG will have its second on display; Sony will have two more; and ASUS will join the party with its first.

    Both Samsung and LG officially announced their watches last week -- curiously, within just a few minutes of each other -- and the two devices are completely different from each other. The Samsung Gear S is a Tizen watch that comes with a curved display and built-in SIM slot, so you can either pair it to a phone or use it as a phone. On the other hand (wrist?), LG's newest Android Wear watch steers closer to a truly classic look thanks to its circular display. It's called the G Watch R, and despite the clunky name, it's got enough chops to give the Moto 360 some tough competition.

    Sony hasn't made any announcements yet, but the leaks for its watches, the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk, are just as prominent as the company's phones. The former is a squarish Android Wear watch, while the latter is a fitness band with an e-ink display and a mic. Finally, ASUS' first watch will be an Android Wear device called the ZenWatch, and the company will reportedly sell it for under $200, which will be aggressively priced against its competitors.
    VR and everything else

    A few months ago, we broke the news that Samsung was working on its very own virtual reality headset called the Gear VR, and reported that it would likely launch at IFA. Sure enough, plenty of leaked images and renders have followed; given the number and strength of the rumors, we'd be surprised if Samsung didn't release the product at this year's show.

    There'll also be a few tablets, but they seem like much more of an afterthought. Sony's leaked Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a horrible name, but looks like a good 8-inch tablet; Huawei's got a Mate 7 tablet inbound; and per tradition, ASUS will have at least one or two tablets there.

    Finally, expect to see some news on the chipset and Chromebook fronts. For the former, Intel is planning to introduce hardware -- likely tablets and laptops -- running its new Core M chipset based on Broadwell architecture. Additionally, Qualcomm teased a new HTC smartphone with a 64-bit processor inside. As for Chromebooks, at least a couple new models from Acer and Toshiba will pop up, although we wouldn't be surprised to see a few other options showing up.

    As always, these are simply a few products we expect to see at the show, and let's face it -- events like this hardly ever go exactly as planned. There'll be new TVs and smart home products, and we're sure a new washing machine or two. We'll be liveblogging Samsung's and Sony's product launches, and we'll be there to cover everything else that happens in Berlin, so keep our event page bookmarked!

    [Image Credit: Getty Images (washing machines), Ausdroid (Z3 Compact), Sammobile (Gear VR)]

    Filed under: Announcements, HD, Mobile, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, HTC, Nokia, ASUS, LG, Intel, Acer


  • Epson dives into fitness wearables with heart and run trackers

    How do you know when wrist-worn technology is officially a trend? When a brand best known for its printers gets in on the action. As promised, Epson is launching its first wrist-based wearables, and they're all about improving your fitness. Each line delivers a slight twist on a familiar formula. The Runsense GPS watch range (shown above) can track your running even if it loses signal thanks to stride sensors on some models, and lasts for a healthy 30 hours of continuous tracking; you may not need to recharge for days. The Pulsense line, meanwhile, monitors your heart rate, activity and sleep quality using a blend of optical and motion sensors. You theoretically never have to take the tracker off, although the 36-hour battery suggests you'll be doing that quite often.
    Both the Pulsense and Runsense gear will share data with your smartphone. The Pulsense line is split between the $129 (£130) PS-100, with a basic LED display, and the $199 (£170) PS-500, which adds a data-rich LCD and USB syncing. The Runsense series starts off with the basic SF-310 at £150; you'll need to spend £190 on the SF-510 to get the stride sensor and tap commands, and the £230 SF-710 adds training functions, altitude info and a vibration alert. You can pick up a Pulsense in both American and European stores this month. Runsense watches are due in European shops at the same time, although there's no word on their US availability so far.
    Filed under: GPS, Wearables


    Source: Epson (UK), (US)

  • Imagination Technologies to ARM: anything you can do, our new chips can do better

    Despite Intel's best efforts, ARM remains the undisputed king of the mobile world, but another chip design house, just 51 miles down the road, is hoping to change that. Imagination Technologies, the outfit famous for its PowerVR mobile graphics tech, wants to knock its better-known rival off its perch with a new 64-bit MIPS chip. The Warrior I6400 promises to be a low-power, high-performance CPU for smartphones, tablets and internet of things devices that, the company claims, has the "technical superiority" over its competition. Since Android L will support silicon of this kind, Imagination is hoping that smartphone manufacturers will consider ditching ARM chips in favor of the plucky challenger. What does this mean for the consumer? Hopefully, faster devices, less power drain and a whole new topic where people can argue the merits of one architecture against the other.

    Filed under: Cellphones


    Source: Imagination Technologies

  • Netflix teams up with Facebook to make recommending movies faster

    Man, [insert movie name here] on Netflix was awesome, wasn't it? Plenty of thoughtful action with just a smidge of the sappy stuff, and it didn't feel too ham-fisted either. As it turns out, Netflix doesn't just want you to recommend the film to your friends next time you see them -- the company teamed up with Facebook (again) so you can spread the good word just as soon as the show is over. The new sharing feature just went live today on just about nearly every platform that matters, including the Netflix site itself, iOS devices, PS3, Xbox, and a whole of host unspecified set-top boxes and smart TVs. Sorry Android fanatics, we're sure your time will come soon. In typical Netflix fashion, the process is pretty unobtrusive, too: once you've connected your Facebook and Netflix accounts, you'll able to choose exactly which friends your recommendation goes out to. If they opted to link their accounts in the same way, they'll get a notification the next time the log into Netflix; otherwise it gets routed to them in the form of a Facebook message. It's a shame Comments

    Source: Netflix Blog

  • Uber banned across Germany

    Despite putting the brakes on injunctions in both Berlin and Hamburg, Uber has once again felt the effects of a ban, but this time it's effective on a national level. Earlier today, a court in Frankfurt ruled that the car-hailing service doesn't have the necessary permits or insurance under German law. Despite facing a potential €250,000 fine for each unsanctioned journey and the risk that its directors could face time behind bars, Uber says the ban is unenforceable and has pledged to continue picking up passengers while it launches an appeal. Industry body Taxi Deutschland is happy with the ruling, though, describing Uber as a "form of locust share-economy" and also adding that smartphone ratings should not replace proper accreditation by authorities. The ruling comes just days after the company announced its intention to double capacity in the country by year-end. Despite today's court action hanging over its head, even the threat of a national ban doesn't appear to have distracted Uber from meeting its goal.

    Filed under: Transportation, Internet


    Via: GigaOm,

    Source: Uber Blog

  • You can now unplug Sonos kit from the router

    Sonos has made a name for itself as a wireless home audio system. The problem is -- up until today -- that you still needed to plug something into the router (one of your speakers, or a "Bridge" device). What's new today? Sonos has come good on its promise, letting you drop that pesky "last cable" -- ignoring power leads, of course -- completely (excluding Sonos 3.1 and 5.1 cinema setups). The update means you can set up your Sonos system on your home WiFi network just like your phone, TV or anything else. Via the mobile app, punch in the credentials, and let all your Sonos speakers sort themselves out. You're still encouraged to use a Bridge if you have multiple devices and want to guarantee a more robust connection between them, though. Which brings us neatly on to "Boost," a new souped-up hub, that Sonos has announced it'll introduce later this year for "the most challenging home WiFi environments" -- paradoxically, that's probably baller-style cribs and basement conversions alike. No word on price for Boost, but depending where how you live, you might not want to chuck that CAT5 just yet. Read in for instructions on testing this with your existing set-up (don't just pull the cable).

    From Sonos:

    Please note, if you are already a Sonos user, and immediately unplug your Bridge, your system will stop working.

    If you would like to test the bridge-free option an existing system, you'll need to do the following:
    1) Update the app; 2) With the BRIDGE still plugged in, select BRIDGE SETUP in your Settings; 3) Follow the steps described in the app; 4) Once these steps have been followed you will be able to unplug the BRIDGE and test this simpler setup without the need to reset your system. You can then plug the BRIDGE back in at any time and switch back to 'Standard Setup' as you wish.

    Filed under: Wireless


  • Digitsole's smart insoles keep your tootsies warm as you walk

    Most people believe that wrist-worn wearables are technology's next frontier, but only one company that we know of has thought about our feet. Today, that number increases to two, now that Digitsole has announced an interactive insole that's designed to heat your feet. Connecting to your smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0, you use the companion app for iOS or Android to set the temperature to a maximum of 40 C/104 F. Of course, no piece of wearable technology is complete without some sort of activity tracking, so in addition to keeping your little piggies warm, the smart insoles will monitor the distance that you've walked and the calories that you've burned.

    Hardware-wise, we're looking at an insole weighing around 3.5 ounces, with a Neotech heel, which is good for preventing vibration, and a Poron sole that we're told is a good shock absorber. The battery is sandwiched inside, charges over microUSB and has a rated life of between 7 hours and a few days, depending on use. Unfortunately, you can't buy Digitsole at the Sharper Image, at least not yet, and instead will have to buy one through Kickstarter. Super early-bird users will be able to get a pair for $100, while Johnny-come-lateleys will rue their cold feet (geddit?) after spending $150.

    Filed under: Wearables


    Source: Digitsole (Kickstarter)

  • Sony's next smartphone-mounted camera will let you change lenses

    If you're looking to rule Instagram, Sony's about to give you the ultimate smartphone weapon, judging by a leak from QX10 and QX100 models. The QX100, for instance, is based on Sony's fantastic RX100 camera and priced for serious smartphone photographers at $500. Assuming the rumor pans out, the QX1 would have an even larger APS-C (26.7mm) sensor and take compatible E-Mount lenses. There are no other specs, but as before, we'd expect that your smartphone will control the QX1 and capture images from it, with a mount that adapts to a wide variety of handsets. It'll also likely have a built-in memory card. There's no pricing yet, but as a rule, interchangeable-lens cameras are usually more expensive than fixed-lens models. Then again, Sony tends to break that rule.

    Update: Oh, and yes, that phone in the images appears to be the alleged Xperia Z3 that we spotted back in July.

    Filed under: Cameras, Sony


    Source: Xperia Blog

  • Philips' Hue Beyond brings smart lighting to lamps and table lights

    Here's a thing that we learned today: an enclosed light fitting, like a table lamp or a pendant light is technically called a luminaire. The reason that we now know this, is because that's the phrase Philips is using to describe the latest addition to its lineup of connected lighting devices. Hue Beyond, despite the sci-fi sounding name, is a range of lamps and ceiling lights luminaires with a dual light source -- a "tunable" white light for seeing and a color-changing bulb that you can tweak to your heart's content. Of course, as a Hue device, it's this second element that'll offer the same smart integration with online services like email alerts and IFTTT recipes. It'll hit stores in the US and Europe toward the end of this month, but be warned, adding a little bit of technical ambience to your home doesn't come cheap. The table lamp version of Beyond, for instance, will set you back €330 ($430, £260), while both the ceiling light and pendant light editions are priced up at a whopping €530 ($695, £420)

    Filed under: Misc


  • NASA explains why you won't get a drone delivery anytime soon

    Delivery drones are great at exactly one job right now: generating buzz. However, NASA has told the NextGen system for "real" planes. Armed with that know-how, it sees a number of problems for UAV couriers.

    For one, a decent gust could easily push a drone into a building and crash it, so tracking weather would be a must, adding a layer of complexity. Maintaining separation between low-flying drones and obstacles and manned air traffic would also be tricky, especially in urban areas. Though Google and other companies have proposed obstacle avoidance systems for drones, we haven't seen any plans to tie it into the ATC system. And drones would have to fly within the existing system in order to avoid no-fly zones, airports and other classified airspace. Finally, there's the acceptance issue. As one researcher put it, they'll need to operate in the "presence of a grandma doing landscaping and kids playing soccer" -- meaning noise and safety will be strong factors. The FAA will also have to be sure they can't be commandeered by "rogue elements" for illicit or dangerous purposes.

    On the other hand, NASA is optimistic about commercial drones in lightly populated areas. It sees drones doing crop or pipeline inspections, two jobs that have already been partially authorized by the FAA. However, NASA thinks it'll take at least five years before remote deliveries over sparsely populated areas happen. And deliveries to densely populated areas -- necessary to make such services economically viable -- are much farther in the future. So enjoy the drone-and-pony shows for now, but don't count on getting a Blu-ray disk dropped on your doorstep in the near future.

    Filed under: Robots, Transportation


  • Photos show the Xperia Z3 Compact is (another) chip off the old block

    To say that Sony's Xperia devices have become a bit... "samey" would be an understatement. If the picture above is anything to go by, don't expect that trend to change any time soon. The snaps (more at the source) show what is claimed to be the Xperia Z3 Compact. It's worth noting that would mean the Z2 Compact got skipped altogether here in the west (we loved the Z1 Compact though, so all forgiven). Other than the fact it's nigh on the same design, all the photos tell us is that there are some new mint and... orangey-pinky-red color schemes coming. Ausdroid (who sourced the pics) claims it was also tipped that the Z3 Compact will have a 4.6-inch screen, 2.5GHz (Snapdragon 801) processor and that now Xperia-standard 20.7-megapixel camera. So, what's more appealing? A gentle bump in spec, or the snazzy new hues? We'll find out for sure once we get hands on at IFA this week.

    Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Sony


    Via: Xperia Blog

    Source: Ausdroid

  • BBC launches kid coding lessons as schools increase focus on computing

    This week marks a new chapter in how computing is taught in Britain's schools, with children as young as five learning how to code as part of the government's new national curriculum. With the help of hardware like the Raspberry Pi, schools are expected to help pupils understand and exercise the basic principles of computer science, giving them a basic grounding in programming and how algorithms are implemented in the devices they use every day. It's a tough task, but the BBC wants to help, so it's expanded the support materials on its Bitesize website (having already helped schoolchildren learn more about core subjects for more than 15 years) to include basic computing skills. Content will include a number of interactive games and online guides, but the BBC also intends to deliver a number of new technology-themed TV shows, 30 years after it launched its first computing initiative centred around the BBC Microcomputer. With smartphones and tablets at their disposal, younger generations are now surrounded by technology -- the government now (finally) believes it's time for them to get a better grasp of how it all works.
    [Image credit: David Gilmour, Flickr]
    Filed under: Internet, Software


    Source: BBC News

  • Korean carrier upgrades eel farm, makes the Internet of (slimey) Things

    By definition, the Internet of Things (IoT) should connect with anything -- even writhing, kinda gross, but often delicious eels. SK Telecom's latest project is aimed at showcasing its IoT skills with a pilot connected eel farm that uses a network of sensors to monitor thousands of eels, mostly autonomously. Sensors dotted across multiple 20-foot-wide tanks check on water temperature, pH and oxygen levels, Data is then collated and analyzed by the Korean carrier's cloud system, and bounced to a simplified smartphone app -- all in pretty much real time. "Why?" is a good question, but there's a good answer too: apparently minute changes in those factors above can be fatal to young eels. Before, this meant regular tank checks by workers every two-to-six hours. Now, it's mostly automated and sudden changes will even ping a warning to eel farmers' smartphones when needed. SK Telecom is planning to roll out the system commercially next year -- who knew eel farming was big business?

    Filed under: Internet, Alt


  • webOS granted a second life on mobile as LuneOS

    It's been some time since we heard from the Open webOS project, but work is still ongoing. The port has changed names in the last year to go by LuneOS, and the first release under the new name is now available. This particular version is called "Affogato," and while it supports the HP TouchPad, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 (2012 with WiFi), the team says that going forward it's focusing just on the Nexus 4 and TouchPad. Owners of other devices don't have to give up their card-flicking dreams though, as it hopes others will step up to work on ports for other hardware (the OnePlus One above is just showing a screenshot as an example). If you're expecting the features of Android or iOS it's still a long way from that, but the team promises a focus on the community and monthly updates. If you're willing to give it a shot, install instructions are here.

    We are proud to present LuneOS! Read the official release on @pivotCE #LuneOSishere
    - webOS Ports (@webosports) September 1, 2014
    Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, HP


    Source: PivotCE

  • Sound Wallet can keep your Bitcoins secure with vinyl-based encryption

    If you're anything like us, you've already made millions of dollars on Bitcoin. But how to keep it safe from loved ones, co-workers and other people we don't trust? Sound Wallet promises to keep your private access keys secure as encrypted audio, either on CDs or 7-inch vinyl, presumably just because it can. The system isn't limited to Bitcoin - other less popular brands of cryptocurrency can also benefit from the nostalgia-tinged protection. Your encrypted login key is converted into a sound file less than a minute long, and while it'll sound like white noise to anyone listening, a spectroscope app (yeah, you're going to need your smartphone), will be able to pluck the appropriate information out of the track.

    Sound Wallet's Theodore Goodman said that vinyl was the "ultimate archive medium." which is going to make some people here very happy. He said that records can outlast memory cards, paper wallets or CDs, all of which degrade with time. Naturally, vinyl doesn't look like it would house the key to your cryptocurrency fortune, either, so there's that security boon too. Its crowdfunding target may not have been met, but Internet


    Via: CoinDesk

  • LG's Swarovski-encrusted OLED TV is a thing that exists

    There are few things that scream class more loudly than coating a piece of consumer electronics in gold. Except, perhaps, for doing the same thing, but with Swarovski crystals. That's the truth-bomb that LG has just deposited into our laps, having announced it's bringing an OLED HDTV with such glittery detailing here at IFA. Why? We can't even begin to answer that question, but LG claims the 460-crystal pattern "turns a cutting-edge television into a work of art." There's no word on a price, but LG says this TV will go on sale in Europe this year -- we'd rather forego the crystals to get OLED down to a price that competes with the best LCDs and Ultra HD TVs instead.

    Filed under: Displays, Home Entertainment, HD, LG


    Source: LG

  • Elgato announces $50 Avea smart lightbulb and Eve smart home sensors

    Apparently, the world needs another smart lightbulb, and Elgato's going to sell it to you. Called Avea, the $50 bulb connects to your iDevice directly using Bluetooth (no external hub needed), and lets you set the mood in any room with an appropriate shade of light. Just one iPhone (4S and up), 5th gen iPod Touch or iPad (3rd gen or newer) can control a whole house full of lights and give users multiple lighting scenes to choose from. Plus, there's an alarm feature that wakes you with the gentle gleam of a 7W LED bulb pumping out 430 lumens (which is just a bit brighter than its competitor from Lumen, and is roughly equivalent to a 40W incandescent bulb).

    Joining Avea in Elgato's smart home of the future is a whole host of sensors, dubbed Eve, for measuring air quality, temperature, humidity, energy and water consumption, too. These sensors will utilize Bluetooth and presumably work with Apple's HomeKit networking protocol -- meaning that you'll be able to monitor your home from your iOS device and interact with the sensors using Siri. The idea is to make abodes more comfy and efficient, but we don't yet know how much it'll cost to reap Eve's benefits. A preview of the sensors can be had this week in Germany at IFA 2014, with pricing and availability to come "soon."

    Filed under: Household


    Source: Elgato

  • What's on your HDTV: NFL, 'Drunk History', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Trailer Park Boys'

    It's time. This week NFL football is back (and so are the Engadget HD Podcast fantasy leagues), and the season kicks off Thursday night as the Packers face the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks on NBC. Boardwalk Empire on HBO starts its final season Sunday night, and we get our last episode of Drunk History for a while this week too. The League is back on FXX, and a downloadable, or through an app on mobile devices. Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

    Blu-ray, Streaming movies & Games
    Draft Day Person of Interest (S3) The Originals (S1) Firestarter Dracula (1979) The People Under the Stairs White Noise They Came Together Casper Dance Central Spotlight (Xbox One) The Sims 4 (PC) Warframe (Xbox One) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (Xbox One, PS3, PS4) Dead Rising 3 (PC)
    Miami (FL) / Louisville college football, ESPN, 8PM Running Wild with Bear Grylls, NBC, 8PM WWE Raw, USA, 8PM CBS Fall Preview, CBS, 8:30PM Houdini (Part 1 of 2), History, 9PM American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 9PM Dallas, TNT, 9PM Partners (season finale), FX, 9 & 9:30PM Teen Wolf, MTV, 10PM Anger Management, FX, 10 & 10:30PM Under the Dome, CBS, 10PM
    FIBA World Basketball 2014 New Zealand vs. USA, ESPN2, 11:30AM The Story of Frozen, ABC, 8PM Food Fighters, NBC, 8PM America's Got Talent, NBC, 9PM Inside the NFL (season premiere), Showtime, 9PM Houdini (Part 2 of 2), History, 9PM 4th and Loud, A&E, 9PM Face Off, Syfy, 9PM Matador, El Rey, 9PM Rizzoli & Isles (summer finale), TNT, 9PM Royal Pains (season finale), USA, 9PM 60 Minutes Sports, Showtime, 10PM Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons (season finale), HBO, 10PM The Singles Project, Bravo, 10PM Finding Carter, MTV, 10PM Sullivan & Son, TBS, 10PM Drunk History (season finale), Comedy Central, 10:30PM
    FIBA World Basketball 2014 USA vs. Dominican Republic, ESPN2, 3:30PM America's Game 2013: Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network, 8PM Penn & Teller: Fool Us, CW, 8PM Unsung: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, TV One, 8PM Big Brother, CBS, 8PM So You Think You Can Dance (season finale), Fox, 8PM Legends, TNT, 9PM The League (season premiere), FXX, 10PM Franklin & Bash, TNT, 10PM Extant, CBS, 10PM The Bridge, FX, 10PM Graceland, USA, 10PM Taxi Brooklyn, NBC, 10PM Ali G: Rezurection (season premiere), FXX, 10:30PM Virgin Territory, MTV, 11PM
    FIBA World Basketball 2014 USA vs. Ukraine, ESPN2, 11:30AM Packers/Seahawks football, NBC, 8:30PM The Quest, ABC, 8PM Rush, USA, 9PM Dating Naked, VH1, 9PM Big Brother, CBS, 9PM Working the Engels, NBC, 9:30PM Married, FX, 10PM Satisfaction, USA, 10PM Ridiculousness, MTV, 10PM Garfunkel & Oates, IFC, 10PM You're The Worst, FX, 10:30PM Black Jesus, Cartoon Network, 11PM Seven Deadly Sins, Showtime, 11PM
    Trailer Park Boys (S8), Netflix, 3AM Stand Up to Cancer, CBS Fox ABC NBC, 8PM Masters of Illusion, CW, 8PM WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded, Showtime, 10PM The Knick, Cinemax, 10PM Jonah from Tonga (season finale), HBO, 10PM The Almighty Johnsons (season finale), Syfy, 11PM
    USC / Stanford college football, ABC, 3:30PM Michigan State / Oregon college football, Fox, 6:30PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Richmond, ABC, 7PM Michigan / Notre Dame college football, NBC, 7:30PM Virginia Tech / Ohio State college football, ESPN, 8PM Doctor Who, BBC America, 8PM Cedar Cove, Hallmark, 8PM Unforgettable, CBS, 8PM The Brittany Murphy Story, Lifetime, 8PM Hell on Wheels, AMC, 9PM Outlander, Starz, 9PM Intruders, BBC America, 10PM The Chair (series premiere), Starz, 11PM
    WNBA Finals Game 1, ABC, 3:30PM Utopia (series premiere), Fox, 8PM Colts / Broncos football, NBC, 8:20PM Wipeout (season finale), ABC, 8PM Giants/Tigers baseball, ESPN, 8PM Big Brother, CBS, 8PM Boardwalk Empire (season premiere) Breathless (season finale), PBS, 9PM Ray Donovan, Showtime, 9PM Unforgettable, CBS, 9PM The Leftovers (season finale), HBO, 10PM Manhattan, WGN, 10PM The Strain, FX, 10PM Masters of Sex, Showtime, 10PM Reckless, CBS, 10PM Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO, 11PM
    Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD


  • Apple reveals the most common reasons that it rejects apps

    Apple is such an opaque company that even app developers can be left, out in the cold, wondering why their app was rejected from the app store. Thankfully, the company does have some sympathy for those dejected coders, which is why it's published a list (in full, after the break) of the most common reasons their digital magnum opus failed to pass muster. Thankfully, the biggest reason is simply administrative: if devs fail to provide enough information or a valid demonstration account, then their work will be ignored out of hand. There's no surprises further down the list, either, with most apps getting dumped for buggy code, misleading content or because its name doesn't align with its intended purpose. The only reason that may annoy some is that Apple will turn down an app that doesn't meet its high standards for user interface design - so you'd better hope that your avant-garde menu items don't alienate Cupertino's QA mavens.

    Filed under: Software, Mobile, Apple


    Via: Gizmodo, Cult of Mac

    Source: Apple

  • Say hello to those who hate the NSA, but invade women's privacy
    Over the weekend someone released hundreds of revealing photos of celebrities that appear to have been stolen from private storage. In response to this, a bunch of anonymous guys on the internet copied them and posted them all over the town square, because the internet is written in ink and if you are ever a victim once in your life the internet will remind you of it forever.  These men are the detritus of human society for whom the internet provides a warm blanket, so let's remove the warm blanket for a minute.  If the NSA spies on us, it's a massive violation of privacy and omg government and #impeachobama. When some (hopefully not for much longer) anonymous hacker breaks into the personal, private accounts of dozens of famous women, steals their most private photographs, and posts them online, these same men shouting from the rooftops about the NSA retreat to their bunkers, share the photos as much as they can, and do much more I'd rather not imagine right now.  Props to The Verge for this article.

  • FreeRTOS 8.1.0 released
    Version 8.1.0 of FreeRTOS was released a few days ago. Probably the most important feature is support for non contiguous heap space (heap_5.c), needed for allocation of memory (for creation of tasks, queues, semaphores, etc. and also user applications).

  • AnandTech founder leaves site, joins Apple
    Anand Lal Shimpi, the editor and publisher of the well-regarded AnandTech site, is going to work at Apple.  An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn't provide any other details.  Last night, via a post on the site he founded in 1997, Shimpi said he was "officially retiring from the tech publishing world," but didn't say what he was doing next. "I won't stay idle forever. There are a bunch of challenges out there :)", he wrote.  This is great news for him, and after 17 years of some of the best technology journalism in the world, he certainly deserves a change of pace. Still, the rest of us lose a great voice, one of the best technology journalists of all time.  Inside Apple, nobody hears you scream.

  • Seeing through the illusion: Apple's mastery of the media
    Apple's public relations (PR) department is probably the best in the world - certainly more impressive at shaping and controlling the discussion of its products than any other technology company. Before customers get their first chance to see or touch a new Apple product, the company has carefully orchestrated almost every one of its public appearances: controlled leaks and advance briefings for favored writers, an invite-only media debut, and a special early review process for a group of pre-screened, known-positive writers. Nothing is left to chance, and in the rare case where Apple doesn't control the initial message, it remedies that by using proxies to deliver carefully crafted, off-the-record responses.  A well-written article by Mark Gurman, detailing Apple's PR practices. Especially the parts about how Apple carefully manipulates journalists, bloggers, and newspapers is very interesting. We all know that they do this, of course, but it's great to see it all penned down like this.  It's a long read, but definitely worth it.

  • A failed experiment: how LG screwed up its webOS acquisition
    Things were looking up in early 2013 for the team behind webOS, a pioneering but star-crossed mobile operating system. After surviving the implosion of Palm and a rocky acquisition by HP, LG stepped in to buy the team. The consumer electronics giant seemed like a white knight with a plan: To make webOS the core of LG's next-generation smart TV platform, and use the brains behind webOS to create a much-needed engine of innovation at LG. To create a unit that was meant to help the company to beat competitors like Samsung with Silicon Valley smarts. A disruptive force.  Eighteen months later, the acquisition looks a lot like a failure.  I wondered why it got so awfully quiet after that CES showing.

  • 'How we're addressing misleading apps in Windows Store'
    Microsoft has explained that they have removed more than 1500 apps from the store.  Every app store finds its own balance between app quality and choice, which in turn opens the door to people trying to game the system with misleading titles or descriptions. Our approach has long been to create and enforce strong but transparent policies to govern our certification and store experience. Earlier this year we heard loud and clear that people were finding it more difficult to find the apps they were searching for; often having to sort through lists of apps with confusing or misleading titles.   [...]  This process is continuing as we work to be as thorough and transparent as possible in our review. Most of the developers behind apps that are found to violate our policies have good intentions and agree to make the necessary changes when notified. Others have been less receptive, causing us to remove more than 1,500 apps as part of this review so far (as always we will gladly refund the cost of an app that is downloaded as a result of an erroneous title or description).  The upside is that the store becomes a better, less cluttered and misleading place; the downside is that the walled garden is stronger. Is a top down approach really what we want, or is there a a better, community driven, approach that could be taken?

  • Genode 14.08 introduces new GUI architecture
    The new Genode version 14.08 extends the graphical abilities of the framework to the level of flexibility expected from a general-purpose OS. In contrast to contemporary GUI stacks, Genode approaches the problem from the angle of maximizing security. This premise led to a fairly unique design. Further highlights of the new version are a new port of OpenVPN, an upgraded DDE Linux, vast performance improvements of the base-hw kernel, and networking for VirtualBox on top of the NOVA microhypervisor.  It goes without saying that a flexible and dynamic GUI stack is needed for a general-purpose operating system. Since Genode strives to become such a system, this problem had to be covered at some point. The starting point was the existing nitpicker GUI server, which is a secure multiplexer for the physical display and input devices. Regarding widget sets, the framework already featured a few custom graphical applications talking directly to nitpicker, and came with support for Qt and libSDL. However, there was a missing link between the low-level nitpicker GUI server and the applications, namely a window manager and desktop environment. The open question was how to maintain the rigid security provided by nitpicker while also supporting sophisticated window management, visually appealing window decorations, and customizability.  The solution took the Genode team more than a year to fall into place. At its core, it is a clever combination of small components that use existing Genode interfaces and facilitate two features unique to Genode: the virtualization of arbitrary OS services and the sandboxing of each individual process. The solution that comes with the new release adds merely 3000 lines of code to the trusted computing base of graphical applications while enabling advanced dynamic GUIs. The complex parts of the GUI such as the rendering and behavior of window decorations and window-layout management are stuffed away in sandboxes so that those complex (and potentially bug-prone) parts cannot compromise the privacy of the user. In fact, the security of the GUI stack does not even depend on a correctly working C runtime. So its attack surface is orders of magnitude smaller compared with commodity OSes. Of course, the current version is just a step on the road towards an integrated desktop environment but now, in contrast to one year ago, the path to walk on is clear.  Besides addressing the GUI stack, the new release comes with an updated execution environment for device drivers of the Linux 3.14.5 kernel. Thanks to DDE Linux, Linux subsystems such as the TCP/IP stack and the USB stack can be executed directly on the microkernels supported by Genode. The primary motivation behind the update was ongoing work on bringing the Intel wireless stack to Genode.  Functionality-wise, the highlights of the new release are a new port of the OpenVPN client that can now be used as Genode component, added networking support for guest OSes running in VirtualBox on top of NOVA, the use of multiple processors by the Seoul virtual-machine monitor, and the addition of pluggable file systems. Those and many more topics are covered in the detailed release documentation.

  • An awful week to care about video games
    What an awful week for the culture that surrounds and influences video games.  That's putting it very mildly. The people responsible for all of this - like the people who threatened a critic of the portrayal of women in games with physical/sexual violence - should be sent to jail. Especially the 'Kevin Dobson' character should probably be locked up in a mental institution for life.  Especially the treatment of women in the gaming industry - whether on-screen or off-screen - is absolutely horrible. As an n=1 social experiment, I often pretend to be female in my League of Legends matches, and the kind of shit you get thrown at you when you do so is disgusting.  I can shake it off because I'm actually not female - but I shudder at the thought of not being able to do so.

  • Pre-release BlackBerry Passport review video
    Via CrackBerry:  It would seem as though the floodgates have REALLY opened up on the BlackBerry Passport and the device is popping up all over the place. This time around, to go along with the typical photos of the device, has given the BlackBerry Passport a look in a 28 minute long video, along with putting its camera and video camera to the test.  Almost 28 minutes of Passport goodness - in Czech, which you may not understand. However, even without knowledge of the Czech language, that's still 28 minutes of Passport goodness. I really, really want this device.

  • What happened to Motorola
    Getting outflanked by tech upstarts, hacked in two by a fearsome corporate raider, and finally taken over in part by a Chinese company that exists largely because of the world Motorola made for it: Such a fate would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Motorola was then one of America's greatest companies, having racked up a stunning record of innovation that continually spawned new businesses, which in turn created enormous wealth. Motorola had the vision to invest in China long before most multinational companies. It even developed Six Sigma, a rigorous process for improving quality that would be embraced by management gurus and change the way companies nearly everywhere operate.  However, as the history of many giant corporations (Lehman Brothers, General Motors) shows, great success can lead to great trouble. Interviews with key players in and around Motorola and its spinoffs indicate that the problems began when management jettisoned a powerful corporate culture that had been inculcated over decades. When healthy internal competition degenerated into damaging infighting. "I loved most of my time there," says Mike DiNanno, a former controller of several Motorola divisions, who worked at the company from 1984 to 2003. "But I hated the last few years."  Very detailed in-depth look at the rise and fall of Motorola.

  • Apple reportedly working on 12.9-inch iPad
    Apple is developing a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch display that it plans to begin manufacturing early next year, according to Bloomberg. It's not stated when the larger iPad will actually be released, but reports have swirled around the development of an iPad at this size for about a year now, so it's quite possible that it's finally headed toward a launch. Apple's existing iPads, the Air and the mini, have 9.7- and 7.9-inch displays. At 12.9 inches, this purported iPad would be closer in size to a laptop, like the MacBook Air.  A little birdie has provided us with an exclusive photo of the device.

  • The world's best mobile OS?
    How do you determine what makes a good OS? What makes iOS vs. Android or Windows Phone vs. BB10, or any other such comparison not just about the fanboyism? Is it even possible to arrive at a scientific conclusion to this question? If we look at entire ecosystems, Android and iOS are obvious choices for buyers because of the sheer amount of apps they have available. However, what's that got to do with an answer to the question, "What's the best designed OS out of the box?"  Not going to spoil it for you.

  • MenuetOS 0.99.71 released
    A new version of MenuetOS has been released.  Updates and improvements (httpc, ehci, picview, memcheck, menu, wallpaper, ohci, uhci, maps/streetview, icons, dhcp, freeform window, smp threads, smp init, onscreen keyboard, utf8 support, tcp/ip, keyboard layouts: western, cyrillic, hebrew, greek)  MenuetOS is open source (MIT) and written entirely in 32/64 bit assembly. It's important to note that development is focused entirely on the 64bit version.

  • Two countries, two vastly different phone bills
    If your monthly cellphone bill seems high, that may be because American cellphone service is among the most costly in the world. A comparison of two similar plans, one in the United States and one in Britain, reveals a marked difference.  Both plans include a new iPhone 5S with 16 gigabytes of memory. Both require a two-year commitment and allow unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texting. The plan offered by the British provider, Three UK, offers unlimited data and requires no upfront payment. With Britain's 20 percent tax included, the plan costs 41 pounds a month, or $67.97 at current exchange rates.  The plan provided by the American carrier, Verizon Wireless, has an upfront cost of $99.99 and then $90 a month, not including taxes. Spreading the upfront cost over 24 months and adding 17 percent tax - typical for the United States - comes to $109.47 a month. But while the British plan includes unlimited data, the American plan does not. It includes two gigabytes a month, with an additional gigabyte free during an introductory period.  This should not surprise anyone. Companies like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, et al., are state-owned monopolies in all but name. They are not state-owned, but the way the US government - both local and federal - protects them essentially makes them the equivalent of being state-owned. They have no competition, and they know it. There is no incentive for them to lower prices, improve service, or expand coverage to less important areas.  Meanwhile, here in The Netherlands (I can't speak for other countries), our government mandated that the owners of the physical cables provide access to other players, ensuring competition across the board, which has benefited all of us. Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure something like 95%-99% of Dutch households can get broadband internet via several different media and through several different ISPs. All because our government was smart enough to realise that it would take government intervention to ensure competition.  Of course, it's unfair to compare one of the smallest and most densely populated western countries to the United States, which is crazy large and has large stretches of impoverished areas that probably do not have access to the financial means to create a proper network infrastructure. Still, the US is supposed to be the richest country on earth, and if it really wanted to, it could definitely provide good broadband access to every American citizen at low prices.  It's just that the monopoly companies don't want to.

  • Amazon acquires
    Everybody thought it would be Google, but it's actually Amazon.  Today, I'm pleased to announce we've been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We're keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon's support we'll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.  Most of the times some hot startup gets acquired it's some vague nonsense I don't care about, but Twitch - Twitch I care about. I use it almost every day, and seeing it in the hands of a company with zero presence in my home country and no history with video, streaming (like I said, Amazon has no presence here), or gaming makes me uneasy.  Twitch is one of the very rare cases where I would have actually preferred Google - or better put, YouTube - buy it. Google+ is by no universally accepted as a mistake, Google is backtracking from it, so that most likely would not have been an issue. The combination Twitch+YouTube looked great on paper - much better than Amazon+Twitch.  This acquisition has me worried for the future of Twitch.

  • Considering Legacy UNIX/Linux Issues
    Gah, so frustrating! Ten years ago I wrote a rather popular book called Wicked Cool Shell Scripts, and I'm working on a new edition—a Tenth Anniversary release. There are lots of new scripts, entirely new chapters and updates to the older stuff.

  • Getting Good Vibrations with Linux
    Vibrations and wave motions describe many different physical systems. In fact, most systems that dissipate energy do so through waves of one form or another. In this article, I take a look at gvb (Good ViBrations,, a Linux application you can use to visualize and model wave motion and vibrations.  

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

  • Security Hardening with Ansible
    Ansible is an open-source automation tool developed and released by Michael DeHaan and others in 2012. DeHaan calls it a "general-purpose automation pipeline" (see Resources for a link to the article "Ansible's Architecture: Beyond Configuration Management").

  • IndieBox: for Gamers Who Miss Boxes!
    There are lots of cool ideas on the Internet that never really make it out of the "startup" phase. IndieBox has been around only for a few months, but I really, really hope it catches on.

    Here's the idea:

    Every month, you get a Linux/Mac/Windows-compatible Indie game in the mail. 

  • Non-Linux FOSS: a Virtualized Cisco Infrastructure?
    We're all familiar with the idea of virtualized computers. Not only are they a great way to better utilize resources in a server room, but they also allow you to create and destroy servers in the blink of an eye. That's perfect for a lab or training environment. Unfortunately, it's always taken a rack of actual hardware to create a training lab for Cisco hardware.

  • Linux Security Threats on the Rise
    Every year, heck...every month, Linux is adopted by more companies and organizations as an important if not primary component of their enterprise platform. And the more serious the hardware platform, the more likely it is to be running Linux. 60% of servers, 70% of Web servers and 95% of all supercomputers are Linux-based! 

  • Android Candy: Oyster—Netflix for Books!
    For avid readers who can't find the time to visit their local library or struggle to carry giant tomes of awesomeness around with them, eBooks have become a convenient way to consume books. Whether it's on a Kindle, a Nook or in an app on your phone, eBooks are the ultimate in portability. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to find the book you want in a format you can read.

  • Roll Your Own YouTube/Flickr with MediaGoblin
    Everyone has wasted an afternoon on YouTube clicking through videos of talking cats, screaming goats and bad-lip-reading renditions of popular movies. Heck, there are plenty of YouTube videos of me doing odd and silly things as well. (Does anyone remember 'Buntu Family Theater?) For important family videos, however, I much prefer to control my own data.

  • Can We Stop Playing Card Games with Business?
    A friend who works in one of the big banks recently told me that any new-fangled approach to identity and payments is going to have a hard time getting traction while credit cards continue to work as well as they do. "Using credit cards is too easy, too normal, too entrenched in Business As Usual", he said. They used to say the same thing about Windows. 

  • Open-Source Space
    As I write this, NASA has just passed another milestone in releasing its work to the Open Source community. A press release came out announcing the release on April 10, 2014, of a new catalog of NASA software that is available as open source. This new catalog includes both older software that was previously available, along with new software being released for the first time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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