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  • [$] Whither WireGuard?
    It has been just over one full year since the WireGuard virtual privatenetwork implementation was reviewed here.WireGuard has advanced in a number of ways since that article was written;it has gained many happy users, has been endorsedby Linus Torvalds, and is now supported by tools like NetworkManager.There is one notable thing that has not happened, though: WireGuardhas not yet been merged into the mainline kernel. After a period ofsilence, WireGuard is back, and it would appear that the long process ofgetting upstream is nearly done.

  • OpenStreetMap and Deborah Nicholson win 2018 FSF Awards
    The Free Software Foundation has announcedthe winners of FSF awards, that were presented at the LibrePlanet 2019conference. OpenStreetMap received the 2018 Free Software Award forProjects of Social Benefit and Deborah Nicholson received the Award for theAdvancement of Free Software.

  • Security updates for Monday
    Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (firefox, libssh2, and powerdns), Debian (bash, firefox-esr, libapache2-mod-auth-mellon, ntfs-3g, openssh, passenger, rsync, and wireshark), Fedora (filezilla, libarchive, libssh2, mxml, php-twig, php-twig2, qemu, and tcpreplay), Slackware (mozilla), SUSE (ghostscript, kernel, libgxps, libjpeg-turbo, libqt5-qtimageformats, libqt5-qtsvg, openstack-cinder, openstack-horizon-plugin-designate-ui, openstack-neutron, openstack-neutron-lbaas, ucode-intel, and unzip), and Ubuntu (firefox).

  • Kernel prepatch 5.1-rc2
    The 5.1-rc2 kernel prepatch is out."Well, we're a week away from the merge window close, and here's rc2.Things look fairly normal, but honestly, rc2 is usually too early to tell.People haven't necessarily had time to notice problems yet. Which is justanother way of saying 'please test harder'."

  • Scribus team mourns the passing of Peter "mrdocs" Linnell
    The team behind the Scribus libre desktop-publishing toolis mourning the passing of Peter Linnell. "It is no understatement to say that without Peter Scribus wouldn’t be what it is today. It was Peter who spotted the potential of Franz Schmid’s initially humble Python program and, as a pre-press consultant at the time, contacted Franz to make him aware of the necessities of PostScript and PDF support, among other things. Peter also wrote the first version of the Scribus online documentation, which resulted in his nickname 'mrdocs' in IRC and elsewhere. Until recently, and despite his detoriating health, Peter continued to be involved in building and releasing new Scribus versions.Scribus was the project he helped to set on track and which marked the beginning of his journey into the world of Free Software development. While it remained at the heart of his commitments to Open Source in general and Libre Graphics software in particular, Peter contributed to Free Software in many other ways as well. For example via contributions to projects related to, as a package builder of many Free programs for several Linux distributions on the openSUSE Build Service, and later as an openSUSE board member. Peter was also crucial in bringing the Libre Graphics community together by way of sharing his expertise with other graphics-oriented projects and his assistance in organizing the first Libre Graphics Meetings. In the sometimes ego-driven and often emotional world of Open Source development, Peter managed to get along very well with almost everybody and never lost his sense of humour."

  • [$] The congestion-notification conflict
    Most of the time, the dreary work of writing protocol standards atorganizations like the IETF and beyond happens in the background, with mostof us being blissfully unaware of what is happening. Recently, though, adisagreement over protocols for congestion notification and latencyreduction has come to a head in a somewhat messy conflict. The outcome ofthis discussion may well affect how well the Internet of the future works —and whether Linux systems can remain first-class citizens of that net.

  • Security updates for Friday
    Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox), Debian (cron and ntfs-3g), Fedora (firefox, ghostscript, libzip, python2-django1.11, PyYAML, tcpflow, and xen), Mageia (ansible, firefox, and ImageMagick/GraphicsMagick), Red Hat (ghostscript), Scientific Linux (firefox and ghostscript), SUSE (libxml2, unzip, and wireshark), and Ubuntu (firefox, ghostscript, libsolv, ntfs-3g, p7zip, and snapd).

  • [$] Building header files into the kernel
    Kernel developers learn, one way or another, to be careful about memoryuse; any memory taken by the kernel is not available for use by the actualapplications that people keep the computer around to run. So it isunsurprising that eyebrows went up when Joel Fernandes proposed buildingthe source for all of the kernel's headers files into thekernel itself, at a cost of nearly 4MB of unswappable, kernel-space memory.The discussion is ongoing, but it has already highlighted some pain points felt by Androiddevelopers in particular.

  • Security updates for Thursday
    Security updates have been issued by Debian (drupal7, firefox-esr, and openjdk-8), Fedora (ghostscript, python2-django1.11, and SDL), Red Hat (firefox), Scientific Linux (firefox), SUSE (nodejs4 and openssl-1_1), and Ubuntu (gdk-pixbuf).

LXer Linux News

  • Backup on Fedora Silverblue with Borg
    When it comes to backing up a Fedora Silverblue system, some of the traditional tools may not function as expected. BorgBackup (Borg) is an alternative available that can provide backup capability for your Silverblue based systems. This how-to explains the steps for using BorgBackup 1.1.8 as a layered package to back up Fedora Silverblue 29 [[he]#8230[/he]]

  • Toughened up Apollo Lake box PC runs Linux
    Axiomtek’s rugged, Linux-friendly “eBOX625-312-FL” is an Apollo Lake embedded PC with 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, 2x mini-PCIe, 3x serial, lockable HDMI, and a SATA bay. The eBOX625-312-FL is the typical, rugged industrial computer of our current era. There’s nothing particularly exciting about it, but assuming that it indeed offers “effective pricing,” this could be [[he]#8230[/he]]

  • How Open Source Is Accelerating NFV Transformation
    In anticipation of the upcoming Open Networking Summit, we talked with Thomas Nadeau, Technical Director NFV at Red Hat, who gave a keynote address at last year’s event, to hear his thoughts regarding the role of open source in innovation for telecommunications service providers.

  • Episode 17: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
    Episode 17: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls talk to Bob Erdman, Security Product Manager for Helpsystems about Linux security threats.

  • Puppy Linux 8.0 Released
    Puppy Linux is one of the tiniest Linux distros. It loads into RAM and runs from it making it faster than most Linux distributions. Puppy Linux 8.0 "Bionicpup" came out yesterday with a couple of new features and latest software.

  • Tiny, octa-core Arm module targets AI on the edge
    Intrinsyc’s 50 x 25mm, $225 “Open-Q 660 ?SOM” runs Android 9.0 on the high-end Snapdragon 660 and offers 802.11ac, BT 5.1, 4GB LPDDR4, and 32GB eMMC plus support for 4K DP, 2x MIPI-DSI, 3x MIPI-CSI, and high-end digital audio. Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 660 appeared on Intrinsyc’s Open-Q 660 HDK Mini-ITX dev kit back in 2017 [[he]#8230[/he]]

  • Contribute at the Fedora Test Day for Fedora Modularity
    Modularity lets you keep the right version of an application, language runtime, or other software on your Fedora system even as the operating system is updated. You can read more about Modularity in general on the Fedora documentation site. The Modularity folks have been working on Modules for everyone. As a result, the Fedora Modularity […]


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  • SparkyLinux Incinerates the Hassle Factor
    SparkyLinux is a Linux distro that can ignite your daily computing experience. Its spark is pushing me to rethink my computing priorities. Regularly reviewing so many Linux operating systems for Linux Picks and Pans has a serious consequence for my computing sanity. Normally, I have a flirtatious episode with a new release each week. I'm always on the lookout for something new and shiny.

  • MOREbot Introduces Kids to Robotics Using 3D Printed Parts
    MORE Technologies last week launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 for development of its open source robot ecosystem. The company will fund the project if it reaches its goal by April 21. It teaches real tech skills to the next generation of innovators and problem solvers using MOREbot -- a series of open source, customizable robotics kits.

  • 8 Great Linux Time-Tracker Apps to Keep You on Task
    Time-tracking software records the time you spend on tasks. The time-tracking helps you create billing reports, prepare invoices, and analyze your workflow for better efficiency. This week's Linux Picks and Pans product review highlights some of the best free time-tracking applications for Linux. The apps included in this roundup are not rated or presented in any quality order.

  • Parrot Home: Enjoy the Privacy Extras
    Parrot offers several options for running a Linux OS that pays much closer attention to security. If you already are handy with digital forensic tasks and want a state-of-the-art system to handle pentesting and privacy issues, check out Parrot Security, which offers a complete all-in-one environment for pentesting, privacy, digital forensics, reverse-engineering and software development.

  • EasyOS Teaches an Old Dog New Tricks
    EasyOS is an experimental Linux distribution that either will renew your passion for using something different or leave you disappointed in its oddball approach to computing. EasyOS is a blend of the best ideas from Puppy Linux and the now discontinued Quirky Linux. I have used several of the popular Puppy Linux variants over the years. I adopted Quirky Linux a few years ago as my go-to Linux distro on a USB stick.

  • Why Children Should Learn to Code
    Learning to code, regardless of the path a child chooses to take, is crucial today. Research shows us that this knowledge will be important in any career. As both a female leader in technology and a mother of a 10-year old boy, I am acutely aware of its critical importance in both my professional and personal life. Coding is a necessary literacy in this technological age.

  • B0r0nt0K Ransomware Threatens Linux Servers
    A new cryptovirus called "B0r0nt0K" has been putting Linux and possibly Windows Web servers at risk of encrypting all of the infected domain's files. The new ransomware threat and the ransom of 20 bitcoins -- about $75,000 -- first came to light last week in a forum post. A client's website had all its files encrypted and renamed with the .rontok extension appended to them, the forum user indicated.

  • GhostBSD: A Solid Linux-Like Open Source Alternative
    The subject of this week's Linux Picks and Pans is a representative of a less well-known computing platform that coexists with Linux as an open source operating system. If you thought that the Linux kernel was the only open source engine for a free OS, think again. BSD shares many of the same features that make Linux OSes viable alternatives to proprietary computing platforms.

  • Redcore Linux Gives Gentoo a Nice Facelift
    Working with the Linux operating system offers a never-ending series of alternatives. One of the greatest benefits of using the Linux desktop is that you are never at risk of vendor lock-in or of being stranded if your chosen distro flavor suddenly sours. Take Redcore Linux, for example. Redcore is not a household name among typical Linux users. Neither was its predecessor, Kogaion Linux.

  • Linux Task Apps: Plenty of Goodies in These Oldies
    If you need a task manager application to run on your Linux operating system, tap into a software category filled with options that go far beyond the to-do list app you have stuffed into your smartphone. Keeping up to date with multiple daily activity calendars, tons of information, and never-ending must-do lists can become a never-ending challenge.


  • Once-Shrinking Greenland Glacier Is Now Growing, NASA Study Shows
    kenh shares a report from NBC News: A major Greenland glacier that was one of the fastest shrinking ice and snow masses on Earth is growing again, a new NASA study finds. The Jakobshavn (YA-cob-shawv-en) glacier around 2012 was retreating about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) and thinning nearly 130 feet (almost 40 meters) annually. But it started growing again at about the same rate in the past two years, according to a study in Monday's Nature Geoscience. Study authors and outside scientists think this is temporary.   A natural cyclical cooling of North Atlantic waters likely caused the glacier to reverse course, said study lead author Ala Khazendar, a NASA glaciologist on the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project. Khazendar and colleagues say this coincides with a flip of the North Atlantic Oscillation -- a natural and temporary cooling and warming of parts of the ocean that is like a distant cousin to El Nino in the Pacific. The water in Disko Bay, where Jakobshavn hits the ocean, is about 3.6 degrees cooler than a few years ago, study authors said. While this is "good news" on a temporary basis, this is bad news on the long term because it tells scientists that ocean temperature is a bigger player in glacier retreats and advances than previously thought, said NASA climate scientist Josh Willis, a study co-author. Over the decades the water has been and will be warming from man-made climate change, he said, noting that about 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases goes into the oceans.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Automation Threatens 1.5 Million Workers In Britain, Says ONS
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: About 1.5 million workers in Britain are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation, according to government estimates, with women and those in part-time work most affected. Supermarket checkout assistants have already borne the brunt of the phenomenon, the Office for National Statistics found, with 25.3% of jobs disappearing between 2011 and 2017. Other jobs where automation has taken its toll include laundry workers, farm workers and tyre fitters, among which numbers have dropped by 15% or more, said the ONS, as machines have replaced labor.   Women are most likely to lose out, said the ONS. "The analysis showed a higher proportion of roles currently filled by women are at risk of automation; in 2017, 70.2% of high-risk jobs were held by women." It named Tamworth, Rutland and South Holland in Lincolnshire as the areas most exposed to automation -- partly reflecting a relatively high level of farm workers -- while Camden in north London has the workers least at risk. But the ONS analysis also found many workers -- especially those in their mid to late 30s and who work in London and the south-east -- have little to fear from the rise of the robots. Those with higher levels of education appear to be better protected. "The ONS said that, of the jobs at risk, 39% were held by people whose educational attainment level was GCSE or below, while 1.2% were held by those who had been through higher education or university," the report says.

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  • McDonald's Bites on Big Data With $300 Million Acquisition
    An anonymous reader shares a report: Mention McDonald's to someone today, and they're more likely to think about Big Mac than Big Data. But that could soon change: The fast-food giant has embraced machine learning, in a fittingly super-sized way. McDonald's is set to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire Dynamic Yield, a startup based in Tel Aviv that provides retailers with algorithmically driven "decision logic" technology. When you add an item to an online shopping cart, it's the tech that nudges you about what other customers bought as well. Dynamic Yield reportedly had been recently valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars; people familiar with the details of the McDonald's offer put it at over $300 million. That would make it the company's largest purchase since it acquired Boston Market in 1999.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • We Transition Between 19 Different Brain Phases When Sleeping, Study Finds
    A new study suggests that instead of the traditional four sleep stages we generally understand the brain moves through, there are in fact at least 19 different identifiable brain patterns transitioned through while sleeping. New Atlas reports: Traditionally scientists have identified four distinct stages our brain transitions through in a general sleep cycle -- three non-REM sleep phases (N1-3) that culminate in an REM phase. The four stages have been classically determined and delineated using electroencephalographic (EEG) brainwave recordings. The new research set out to more comprehensively record whole-brain activity in a number of subjects by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study began by studying 57 healthy subjects in an fMRI scanner. Each subject was asked to lie in the scanner for 52 minutes with their eyes closed. At the same time, each subject was tracked using an EEG. This allowed the researchers to compare traditional brainwave sleep cycle data with that from the fMRI.   Due to the limited duration of the fMRI data, no subjects were found to enter REM sleep, however, 18 subjects did completely transition from wakefulness through the three non-REM sleep phases according to the EEG data. Highlighting the complexity of brain activity during our wake-to-sleep cycle the researchers confidently chronicled 19 different recurring whole-brain network states. Mapping these whole-brain states onto traditional EEG-tracked sleep phases revealed a number of compelling correlations. Wakefulness, N2 sleep and N3 sleep all could be represented by specific whole brain states. The range of different fMRI-tracked brain states did reduce as subjects fell into deeper sleep phases, with two different fMRI brain states correlating with N2 sleep, and only one with N3. However, N1 sleep as identified by EEG data, the earliest and least clearly defined sleep phase, did not consistently correspond with any fMRI brain state. The researchers conclude from this data that N1 is actually a much more complex sleep phase than previously understood. This phase, a strange mix of wakefulness and sleep, seemed to encompass a large range of the 19 different whole-brain network states identified in the fMRI data. The research was published in the journal Nature Communications.

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  • Gmail App Changes Will Cause Most IFTTT Features To Stop Working
    Almost all of Gmail's IFTTT routines and actions will stop working at the end of the month as Google alters the Gmail API to make it more secure. The only functionality of IFTTT-Gmail integration will be sending yourself an email and sending an email to someone else. TechSpot reports: The roots of this problem reach back to a breathless report in the Wall Street Journal in the summer of 2018 that claimed Gmail app developers have been reading your email. What it actually meant was that Gmail's OAuth account access was too simple -- if you allowed an application to access to Gmail, it had access to all of it. Even apps that didn't need the full text of emails for their intended function would have access to that after you signed in. Google began tightening access to Gmail content for third-party apps, and that's where IFTTT comes in.   As of March 31, Google is placing new restrictions on Gmail apps. Apps can no longer read, create, or modify message bodies. None of IFTTT's seven Gmail triggers will work anymore after the new API rules go into effect. In conversations with Google, IFTTT was able to keep two of the Gmail actions: sending yourself an email and sending an email to someone else. However, the trigger needs to be from another service. You can log into your IFTTT account to see which of your Applets are affected by the change. The new API rules only affect Gmail. Other G Suite services like Google Drive and Assistant will remain operating normally.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Music Labels Sue Charter, Complain That High Internet Speeds Fuel Piracy
    The music industry is suing Charter Communications, claiming that the cable Internet provider profits from music piracy by failing to terminate the accounts of subscribers who illegally download copyrighted songs. The lawsuit also complains that Charter helps its subscribers pirate music by selling packages with higher Internet speeds. Ars Technica reports: While the act of providing higher Internet speeds clearly isn't a violation of any law, ISPs can be held liable for their users' copyright infringement if the ISPs repeatedly fail to disconnect repeat infringers. The top music labelsâ"Sony, Universal, Warner, and their various subsidiariesâ"sued Charter Friday in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado. While Charter has a copyright policy that says repeat copyright infringers may be disconnected, Charter has failed to disconnect those repeat infringers in practice, the complaint said: "Despite these alleged policies, and despite receiving hundreds of thousands of infringement notices from Plaintiffs, as well as thousands of similar notices from other copyright owners, Charter knowingly permitted specifically identified repeat infringers to continue to use its network to infringe. Rather than disconnect the Internet access of blatant repeat infringers to curtail their infringement, Charter knowingly continued to provide these subscribers with the Internet access that enabled them to continue to illegally download or distribute Plaintiffs' copyrighted works unabated. Charter's provision of high-speed Internet service to known infringers materially contributed to these direct infringements."   The complaint accuses Charter of contributory copyright infringement and vicarious copyright infringement. Music labels asked for statutory damages of up to $150,000 for each work infringed or for actual damages including any profit Charter allegedly made from allowing piracy. The complaint focuses on alleged violations between March 24, 2013 and May 17, 2016. During that time, plaintiffs say they sent infringement notices to Charter that "advised Charter of its subscribers' blatant and systematic use of Charter's Internet service to illegally download, copy, and distribute Plaintiffs' copyrighted music through BitTorrent and other online file-sharing services." The music industry's complaint repeatedly focused on BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer networks, saying that "online piracy committed via BitTorrent is stunning in nature, speed, and scope."

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  • The Adult Brain Does Grow New Neurons After All, Study Says
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: For decades, scientists have debated whether the birth of new neurons -- called neurogenesis -- was possible in an area of the brain that is responsible for learning, memory and mood regulation. A growing body of research suggested they could, but then a Nature paper last year raised doubts. Now, a new study published today in another of the Nature family of journals -- Nature Medicine -- tips the balance back toward "yes." In light of the new study, "I would say that there is an overwhelming case for the neurogenesis throughout life in humans," Jonas Frisen, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said in an e-mail. Frisen, who was not involved in the new research, wrote a News and Views about the study in the current issue of Nature Medicine.   The researchers, from Spain, tested a variety of methods of preserving brain tissue from 58 newly deceased people. They found that different methods of preservation led to different conclusions about whether new neurons could develop in the adult and aging brain. Brain tissue has to be preserved within a few hours after death, and specific chemicals used to preserve the tissue, or the proteins that identify newly developing cells will be destroyed, said Maria Llorens-Martin, the paper's senior author. Other researchers have missed the presence of these cells, because their brain tissue was not as precisely preserved, says Llorens-Martin, a neuroscientist at the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. Jenny Hsieh, a professor at the University of Texas San Antonio who was not involved in the new research, said the study provides a lesson for all scientists who rely on the generosity of brain donations. "If and when we go and look at something in human postmortem, we have to be very cautious about these technical issues."

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  • Google Fixes Chrome 'Evil Cursor' Bug Abused by Tech Support Scam Sites
    Google has patched a Chrome bug that was being abused in the wild by tech support scammers to create artificial mouse cursors and lock users inside browser pages by preventing them from closing and leaving browser tabs. From a report: The trick was first spotted in September 2018 by Malwarebytes analyst Jerome Segura. Called an "evil cursor," it relied on using a custom image to replace the operating system's standard mouse cursor graphic. A criminal group that Malwarebytes called Partnerstroka operated by switching the standard OS 32-by-32 pixels mouse cursor with one of 128 or 256 pixels in size. A normal cursor would still appear on screen, but in the corner of a bigger transparent bounding box. [...] The "evil cursor" fix is currently live for Google Canary users, and is scheduled to land in the Chrome 75 stable branch, to be released later this spring.

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  • Android Users' Security and Privacy At Risk From Shadowy Ecosystem of Pre-Installed Software, Study Warns
    Researchers behind a large-scale independent study of pre-installed Android apps "unearthed a complex ecosystem of players with a primary focus on advertising and 'data-driven services' -- which they argue the average Android user is likely to be unaware of (while also likely lacking the ability to uninstall/evade the baked in software's privileged access to data and resources themselves)," reports TechCrunch. From the report: The study, which was carried out by researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the IMDEA Networks Institute, in collaboration with the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at Berkeley (USA) and Stony Brook University of New York (US), encompassed more than 82,000 pre-installed Android apps across more than 1,700 devices manufactured by 214 brands, according to the IMDEA institute. "The study shows, on the one hand, that the permission model on the Android operating system and its apps allow a large number of actors to track and obtain personal user information," it writes. "At the same time, it reveals that the end user is not aware of these actors in the Android terminals or of the implications that this practice could have on their privacy. Furthermore, the presence of this privileged software in the system makes it difficult to eliminate it if one is not an expert user."   In all 1,200 developers were identified behind the pre-installed software they found in the data-set they examined, as well as more than 11,000 third party libraries (SDKs). Many of the preloaded apps were found to display what the researchers dub potentially dangerous or undesired behavior. The data-set underpinning their analysis was collected via crowd-sourcing methods -- using a purpose-built app (called Firmware Scanner), and pulling data from the Lumen Privacy Monitor app. The latter provided the researchers with visibility on mobile traffic flow -- via anonymized network flow metadata obtained from its users. They also crawled the Google Play Store to compare their findings on pre-installed apps with publicly available apps -- and found that just 9% of the package names in their dataset were publicly indexed on Play. Another concerning finding relates to permissions. In addition to standard permissions defined in Android (i.e. which can be controlled by the user) the researchers say they identified more than 4,845 owner or "personalized" permissions by different actors in the manufacture and distribution of devices. So that means they found systematic user permissions workarounds being enabled by scores of commercial deals cut in a non-transparency data-driven background Android software ecosystem. The researchers address the lack of transparency and accountability in the Android ecosystem by suggesting the introduction and use of certificates signed by globally-trusted certificate authorities, or a certificate transparency repository "dedicated to providing details and attribution for certificates used to sign various Android apps, including pre-installed apps, even if self-signed." They also suggest Android devices should be required to document all pre-installed apps, plus their purpose, and name the entity responsible for each piece of software -- and do so in a manner that is "accessible and understandable to users."

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  • Comcast To Spend $50 Million To Create the Nation's First Video Gaming Arena
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Philly: Comcast Spectacor, which owns the Flyers, is to announce Monday morning that it will construct the first arena for gaming fans in the U.S. for the Comcast-owned Fusion, company officials say. The $50 million project is a testament to the surging popularity of esports, in which players compete in video games before large crowds. The company plans to break ground this summer on part of the 47-acre stadium complex site that Comcast Spectacor leases in South Philadelphia. The 3,500-seat arena will rise on a parking lot, next to Xfinity Live! and within walking distance of the Linc, Citizens Bank Park, and the Wells Fargo Center.   Nate Nanzer, commissioner of the 20-team Overwatch League, said there has never been a special-purpose esports arena "built anywhere. This is a huge step for esports. This is something we will see pop up all over the world." Besides housing Comcast's Fusion, one of the Overwatch League's teams, the venue is planned to be a major east coast hub for gaming events, company executives said. Comcast Spectacor expects to hold about 120 events a year in the new arena, with other gigs ranging from TED Talks to electronic dance music and K-pop concerts. K-pop is a music genre from South Korea that is popular with Fusion fans, Comcast Spectacor officials said. The Fusion Arena is looking to sell naming rights to the venue.

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  • Oracle swings axe on cloud infrastructure corps amid possible bloodbath at Big Red
    0.4 to 10% of corporate wage slaves could be up for the chop
    Oracle has laid off about 40 people in its Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) group in Seattle – and on Friday began notifying about 250 workers at its Redwood City facility and about 100 at its Santa Clara location, both in California, that they will be let go in May.…

  • HPE lawyers claim Autonomy chief Lynch knew all about 'revenue-pumping' carousel
    Biz founder also told CFO to 'do what the f*ck you like', court hears
    Autonomy Trial Former Autonomy chief exec Mike Lynch was "most certainly aware" that his British software company had fraudulently hyped up its performance using a carousel of "revenue-pumping" fake sales, HPE's lawyers told London's High Court on Monday.…

  • Get in the zone, SK Hynix tells data as it drops veil on ZNS SSD
    NVMe standard for parking different data types in different zones for faster access
    Korean chipmaker SK Hynix today announced its Zoned Name Spaces (ZNS) SSD, which stores different data types in different parts of the drive, and said it would start shipping products in the first half of 2020.… offline for now


  • LOCKDOWN Aiming To Be In Linux 5.2 For Tightening Up Hardware/Kernel Access
    Google developer Matthew Garrett recently took over work on the long-standing "LOCKDOWN" kernel patches with a goal of preventing the running kernel image from being modified and strengthen the boundary between UID 0 and the kernel. These patches, which have been around for years and shipped by some Linux distributions, didn't make it into the recent Linux 5.1 merge window but now a pull request has been issued in trying to ship it with Linux 5.2...

  • Mono 5 Might Come For Fedora 30 While Other Fedora 31 Features Discussed
    Earlier this month was the feature proposal for Fedora 31 to finally upgrade to Mono 5, which has been out for nearly two years for this open-source .NET environment. This feature request has been approved for Fedora 31 while it's also been decided to allow it into Fedora 30 if it can land within the next week...

  • Linux Tests Of The QNINE M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure To USB-C Adapter
    In the past few months a number of M.2 NVMe SSD to USB adapters have been appearing on the market. Curious about the performance potential on Linux of an NVMe SSD drive attached to a USB 3.1 connection, I recently picked up a QNINE NVMe solid-state drive enclosure for benchmarking.

  • Intel's Iris Gallium3D Driver Working On Better GPU Recovery Handling
    While Intel's Iris Gallium3D driver is not enabled by default and considered still experimental in its support of Broadwell graphics and newer, in all of our tests thus far it's been working out very well and haven't encountered any hangs so far in our tested OpenGL workloads. But with no OpenGL driver being immune from potential GPU hangs, a patch series is pending to improve the GPU recovery heuristics...

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  • Sony's premium RX0 II action cam has a flip-up screen and eye AF

    Sony has announced a follow-up to its tiny rugged camera from 2017, the RX0, and it's just as tough and handy. The RX0 II has a 15.3-megapixel sensor and a Zeiss Tessar T 24mm F4 fixed wide-angle lens with a 20-cm minimum focus distance for scenic shots. It's very similar in size to its predecessor, with a 2.3in x 1.59in x 1.38in body that weighs just 132 grams. However, it's a lot more selfie-friendly, thanks to an adjustable LCD screen that can flip 180 degrees upward and 90 degrees down.

    You can even use the screen underwater: the device is waterproof up to 33 feet, is tough enough to survive being crushed with 400 pounds of force and can withstand the impact of a drop up to 6.5 feet. That selfie-friendly screen is bolstered by Sony's Eye AF that locks onto the eyes of the subject, as well as Soft Skin Effect that can cover minor blemishes.

    Want to capture high-definition videos? The RX0 II supports internal 4K 30p recording and can stabilize your footage even when in handheld mode. In case you want to stabilize the video even further -- and those susceptible to motion sickness will likely thank you for this --- you can run it through its accompanying Movie Edit add-on app on a phone or a tablet. It also features a Super Slow Motion mode that shoots videos at 1,000 fps and has a continuous shooting mode for time-lapse-videos.

    Since the device is tiny and could make handheld shooting a bit tough, Sony has introduced an optional shooting grip with integrated controls. The device comes with a mic jack, as well, so you can plug in an external microphone if needed for vlogs and recordings that need crisp and clear audio. And if you're working on a project that requires multiple cameras, Sony's Imaging Edge Mobile application will give you the power to control up to five RX0 II cameras at once. The new action cam will start shipping in April 2019 and will be available at various North American retailers for US$700 and CA$900.

    Source: Sony

  • Samsung's earnings warning shows the impact of slower iPhone sales

    Samsung usually publishes an earnings guidance so investors know what to expect when its full earnings come in. Now, the tech giant has pre-empted its guidance with a warning in what DRAMeXchange, DRAM chip prices fell by over 20 percent in the first quarter of the year.

    In other words, the company is feeling the effects of sluggish economies and weakening smartphone sales worldwide. Samsung supplies the OLED panels for Apple's newer iPhones, for instance, so slow iPhone sales would also impact the Korean company's performance. The forecast echoes the tech giant's warning when it published its Q4 results for 2018. At the time, Samsung said it was expecting worse earnings for 2019 due to a weaker demand for memory, which is part of the reason why it's investing in new categories like folding phones. It's very much possible that we'll see more experimental ventures from the tech giant as it tries to find the right formula to remain profitable in the future.

    According to Reuters, financial analyst firm Refinitiv SmartEstimate puts Samsung's operating profit for January to March at 7.2 trillion won ($6.4 billion). That's less than half of the 15.6 trillion won ($13.8 billion) profit the company posted in the same period last year. The firm also expects its sales to drop from 60.6 trillion won ($53.5 billion) a year ago to 53.7 trillion won ($47.5 billion). We'll get more official details when Samsung releases its guidance sometime next week.

    Source: Reuters

  • What's on TV: 'Aquaman,' 'Broad City' and two 'Walking Dead' finales

    This week The Walking Dead TV show airs its season finale, at nearly the same timethe Telltale game series comes to an end. That's along with the series finale of Broad City, and the NCAA Men's basketball tournament moving through the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds. For movie fans, Aquaman is on 4K Blu-ray this week, while Amazon Prime debuts season one of its Hanna TV series and Netflix drops in another season of Santa Clarita Diet.

    For gamers there's Yoshi's Crafted World on Switch, while Final Fantasy VII is available on both Xbox One and Switch. Sandra Oh hosts Saturday Night Live ahead of the season premiere for Killing Eve next week, while Barry and Veep both kick off new seasons this weekend. 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 & Games
    Aquaman (4K) Pet Sematary For a Few Dollars More The Street Fighter Collection If Beale Street Could Talk Multiplicity MLB: The Show 19 (PS4) Assassin's Creed III Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, PC) Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs (PS VR) Dracula's Legacy (PS4) Generation Zero (PS4, Xbox One) Path of Exile (PS4) Outward (PS4, Xbox One) The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Episode 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) Final Fantasy VII (Xbox One, Switch) DayZ (Xbox One) Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch - 3/29)
    Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid, Netflix, 3 AM WWE SmackDown, USA, 8 PM Ellen's Game of Games, NBC, 8 PM The Flash, CW, 8 PM Good Trouble, Freeform, 8 PM NCIS, CBS, 8 PM FBI, CBS, 9 PM American Soul, BET, 9 PM Black-ish, ABC, 9 PM Mental Samurai, Fox, 9 PM This is Us, NBC, 9 PM Roswell, New Mexico, CW, 9 PM Splitting Up Together, ABC, 9 PM Boomerang, BET, 10 PM New Amsterdam, NBC, 10 PM The Rookie, ABC, 10 PM Temptation Island (season finale), USA, 10 PM NCIS: NO, CBS, 10 PM New Amsterdam, NBC, 10 PM The Jim Jefferies Show, Comedy Central, 10:30 PM Miracle Workers (season finale), TBS, 10:30 PM
    The Act, Hulu, 3 AM Empire, Fox, 8 PM Survivor, CBS, 8 PM Riverdale, CW, 8 PM Jane the Virgin (season premiere), CW, 9 PM Star, Fox, 9 PM The Magicians, Syfy, 9 PM Vice Live, Viceland, 9 PM Million Dollar Mile (Series premiere), CBS, 9 PM What We Do in the Shadows (series premiere), FX, 10 PM Whiskey Cavalier, ABC, 10 PM Happy! The War on Easter (season premiere), Syfy, 10 PM Drop the Mic (season finale), TNT, 10 PM You're the Worst, FXX, 10 PM Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, TBS, 10:30 PM Snoop Dogg presents the Jokers Wild (season finale), TNT, 10:30 PM Documentary Now! (season finale), IFC, 11 PM
    The Good Fight, CBS All Access, 3 AM Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey (S2), Netflix, 3 AM Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 8 PM Superstore, NBC, 8 PM Star Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access, 8:30 PM A.P. Bio, NBC, 8:30 PM Legacies (season fianel), CW, 9 PM Will & Grave, NBC, 9 PM The Orville, Fox, 9 PM Station 19, ABC, 9 PM NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sweet 16: Texas Tech vs. Michigan, CBS, 9:39 PM NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sweet 16: Oregon vs. Virginia, TBS, 9:57 PM Abby's (series premiere), NBC, 9:30 PM Broad City (series finale), Comedy Central, 10 PM Better Things, FX, 10 PM For the People, ABC, 10 PM The Other Two (season finale), Comedy Central, 10:30 PM Desus & Mero, Showtime, 11 PM
    Hanna (S1), Amazon Prime, 3 AM The Legend of Cocaine Island, Netflix, 3 AM The Grand Tour, Amazon Prime, 3 AM On My Block (S2), Netflix, 3 AM Santa Clarita Diet (S3), Netflix, 3 AM Bayoneta, Netflix, 3 AM Osmosis (S1), Netflix, 3 AM Traitors (S1), Netflix, 3 AM 15 August, Netflix, 3 AM Doom Patrol, DC Universe, 9 AM NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sweet 16: LSU vs. Michigan State, CBS, 7 PM NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sweet 16: Auburn vs. North Carolina, TBS 7:30 PM The Blacklist, NBC, 8 PM Dynasty, CW, 8 PM Fresh Off the Boat, ABC, 8 PM Speechless, ABC, 8:30 PM The Cool Kids, Fox, 8:30 PM Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, CW, 9 PM Proven Innocent, Fox, 9 PM NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sweet 16: Virginia Tech vs. Duke, CBS, 9:39 PM NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sweet 16: Houston vs. Kentucky, TBS, 9:57 PM Strike Back (season finale), Cinemax, 10 PM This is Not Happening, Comedy Central, 11 PM
    ELeague: CS: Go 2019 Grand Finals, TBS, 1:30 M The Killer Next Door, Lifetime, 8 PM Ransom, CBS, 8 PM Saturday Night Live: Sandra Oh / Tame Impala, NBC, 11:30 PM
    Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series, Netflix, 3 AM F1 Bahrain Grand Prix, ESPN, 11 AM American Idol, ABC, 8 PM God Friended Me, CBS, 8 PM American Gods, Starz, 8 PM The Simpsons, Fox, 8 PM Supergirl, CW, 8 PM World of Dance, NBC, 8 PM Family Guy, Fox, 9 PM Billions, Showtime, 9 PM Tricky Dick, CNN, 9 PM The Case Against Adnan Syed (season finale), HBO, 9 PM Now Apocalypse, Starz, 9 PM Hustle (season finale), Viceland, 9 PM Charmed, CW, 9 PM Unsung: Crystal Waters, TV One, 9 PM The Walking Dead (season finale), AMC, 9 PM Barry (season premiere), HBO, 10 PM Good Girls, NBC, 10 PM Black Monday, Showtime, 10 PM Madam Secretary, CBS, 10 PM Smilf (season finale), Showtime, 10:30 PM Veep (season premiere), HBO, 10:30 PM Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO, 11 PM

  • IKEA offers a peek at its Sonos-based speaker

    IKEA isn't officially unveiling its first Sonos-powered speaker until April, but that isn't stopping the furniture store from offering a look in the meantime. As you can see here, the SYMFONISK looks like... well, a Sonos speaker with IKEA design cues. Its boxy, fabric-covered style appears to be a fitting complement to your plywood tables and cabinets. The company even suggests that it could serve as a wall-mounted shelf (below), although that would make it an awfully expensive part of your decor.

    There are still many unknowns, such as the audio quality and price, although their compatibility with IKEA's other smart home devices suggests they might not be entry-level. You might only have to wait until April 9th to find out. Just remember that SYMFONISK isn't due to ship until August -- it's going to be a while before you can judge them for yourself.

  • NBA’s Magic Leap app lets you watch basketball in augmented reality

    Basketball fans can now experience the game in augmented reality. The NBA now has a mixed-reality appfor the Magic Leap Oneheadset that will allow for a wide range of immersive features. Fans with the mixed-reality headset can now view live NBA games, game replays, and highlights across multiple virtual "screens."

    The app includes team vs. team and player vs. player stats comparisons or highlights. It will even allows you to scale the screens to any size or move their location. Live games are only available on the app for NBA League Pass and NBA Single-Game subscribers. But an extra catalog of on-demand content is available on the NBA app even for those without subscriptions.

    The NBA announced it was teaming up with the AR startup last year at Recode's Code Media conference. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that partnering with Magic Leapwould allow the NBA to make traditional sports more interactive (as Twitch has done for esports) and appeal to more younger viewers. But even older audiences have grown used to watching the game on television while browsing stats or Twitter reactions on their smartphones or laptops. An augmented reality app for the NBA will just condense the "second screen" viewing habits of most modern sports fans onto one platform -- which could be an easy sell for many basketball fans, regardless of generation.
    The new #NBA App for #MagicLeapOne features LIVE games, 3D stats, replays and more. Read how @NBA & #TurnerSports are writing the future of at-home sports entertainment with the #magicleap Screens framework
    — Magic Leap (@magicleap) March 25, 2019
    Source: Magic Leap

  • HTC's work-oriented Vive Focus Plus headset arrives mid-April for $799

    If you're eager to don HTC's professional Vive Focus Plus headset, you won't have much longer to wait... although you will pay a hefty sum for the privilege. The company has announced that the Focus Plus will be available through the Vive website in mid-April for $799 in 25 markets around the world. That's a hefty increase over the $599 you'd pay for the enterprise version of the original Vive Focus, but HTC is clearly betting that the Plus' advanced performance will make all the difference for exacting users.

    Most notably, you get dual six-degrees-of-freedom controllers instead of the simpler single controller from before. It'll be much more useful for complex, precise tasks like the medical simulations we tried in February. You'll also find sharper fresnel lenses that reduce the screen door effect you frequently see with the displays in VR headsets, and a multi-mode capability lets you access VR content from across PCs, mobile devices, game consoles and other devices -- namely the recently-launched Insta360 Evo VR camera. You wouldn't want to buy this just for fun (the Oculus Quest is arguably better suited for that), but you might not be limited to work apps in your off-hours.

    Source: HTC

  • 'Doom Eternal' and other Bethesda games are coming to Steam

    The rise of proprietary game launchers appears to be getting worse, but there's at least one company headed in the opposite direction. Bethesda has announced that its upcoming games will be available through Steam, including fare any better, it will at least ensure that you can start complaining about the game that much sooner.

    We've asked Bethesda if the releases will be exclusive to Steam. It didn't mention as much in the announcement, but we wouldn't expect these titles to come to the Epic Games Store (or other portals) regardless.

    The developer isn't necessarily taking sides in the battle between Steam and Epic's store. Still, it's hard to shake the comparisons -- Bethesda is making its move right as a slew of big releases have been announced as EGS exclusives. Like it or not, you might have to run at least two launchers to cover the bulk of major new releases in the future.
    We're pleased to announce that RAGE 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, and DOOM Eternal will be released on Steam as well as We will also be bringing Fallout 76 to Steam later this year.
    — Bethesda (@bethesda) March 25, 2019
    Source: Bethesda (Twitter)

  • The old 1080p Apple TV box is now 'Apple TV HD'

    After today's event, Apple changed the name of its fourth-generation Apple TV to Apple TV HD. The 1080p device, first introduced in 2015, is still priced at $149 and now has a clear title that differentiates it from the Apple TV 4K -- a slightly newer, pricier and, of course, 4K-compatible version of the set-top box.

    The name change comes as Apple gets ready to ramp up its push into original programming. The company spent the majority of its event highlighting Apple TV+, an ad-free subscription-based streaming video service. A number of celebrities including Reese Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa, Kumail Nanjiani, Big Bird and Oprah all took the stage to highlight projects they have been working on for the service.

    While the name change to Apple TV HD provides a bit of clarity for Apple's set-top box offerings, the company has gone all in on the Apple TV branding, and it's not the most intuitive naming system. The company now has the Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K set-top boxes. Then there's the Apple TV app that houses its new Channels service and will soon be available on smart TVs as well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices. Finally, there is Apple TV+, which will host the company's original content offerings.

    Via: 9to5Mac

    Source: Apple

  • Beats' answer to the latest AirPods found hiding in iOS code

    It didn't take long to learn more about Beats' equivalent to the AirPods. The 9to5Mac team has discovered that iOS 12.2 includes imagery for the Powerbeats Pro, an all-wireless earbud set aimed more at the gym-going crowd. From a cursory glance, they're cosmetically similar to (though not identical to) the Powerbeats 3 from 2016. The difference, of course, is that lack of cabling -- like the AirPods, you'll slip them into a case to get a recharge. It's not certain if the case itself supports wireless power.

    There aren't many technical details available, although they will support "Hey Siri" like the new AirPods. That corroborates a CNET report that the new Powerbeats would include the AirPods' H1 chip, which could also deliver stronger battery life.

    Although there's no confirmation of the rumored April release, the presence of the imagery certainly supports that time frame. The real unknown may be the cost. Apple officially sells the Powerbeats 3 for $199, but that's a more conventional design. The charging case and other changes might lead to the company charging a premium. Not that the target audience might object. AirPods may be convenient, but they're not really meant for fast-paced, sweaty workouts like Beats' expected offering.

    Source: 9to5Mac

  • 'Iron Man VR' puts you in the suit

    During the State of Play event on Monday, PSVR players got their first look at the upcoming Iron Man game from Camouflaj, which is slated for release later this year.

    You play, unsurprisingly, as Tony Stark the billionaire genius superhero, jetting around the world, fighting villains alongside other classic Marvel heroes. "We've set our sights on not only giving the player thrilling moment-to-moment action," Camouflaj director, Ryan Peyton, wrote in a Sony has already announced that it will be foregoing the tradeshow for the first time since 1995.


  • Swift 5 released
    Swift 5 is a major milestone in the evolution of the language. Thanks to ABI stability, the Swift runtime is now included in current and future versions of Apple’s platform operating systems: macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS. Swift 5 also introduces new capabilities that are building blocks for future versions, including a reimplementation of String, enforcement of exclusive access to memory during runtime, new data types, and support for dynamically callable types. You can test the new features and changes in an Xcode playground.

  • Apple releases iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4
    Apple has released iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4. Both are minor releases, but at least macOS 10.14.4 has some nifty changes for Safari: macOS Mojave 10.14.4 includes support for Safari AutoFill using Touch ID and it offers automatic dark mode themes in Safari. If you have Dark Mode enabled in Mojave, when you visit a website that has an option for a dark theme after installing the update, it will be activated automatically. Every one of you using iOS devices or PCs running macOS know exactly where to get the updates.

  • Apple announces Apple Card credit card
    At Apple’s “show time” services event today, it announced a new Apple Card credit card, promising to improve things about the credit card experience with simpler applications, no fees, lower interest rates, and better rewards. Instead of a points-based reward program, Apple Card gives cash back rewards in the form of Daily Cash, which is applied straight to your Apple Card to spend or put toward your purchases. Apple is offering 2 percent cash back on purchases made through Apple Pay using an Apple Card, and purchases from Apple will get 3 percent cash back. Purchases made through the physical card will get just 1 percent cash back, though. I cant shake the image of those shady cash-4-gold! stores with a dude spinning an arrow sign outside out of my head. Is this really what Apples been reduced to? A credit card company?

  • Chromium-based Edge leaks in its entirety, and you can install it now
    Microsofts Chromium-based Edge follow-up has leaked, and The Verge took a look at it. For an early version of Edge built on Chromium, Microsoft’s new browser feels very polished. It’s also very fast to launch and browse around with. If Microsoft can keep up this good work and keep Edge optimized in the future, I can’t see a reason to need to use Chrome on Windows anymore. I would never have recommended Edge before as it was often slow, clunky, and didn’t always work with websites properly. This new Edge feels entirely different, thanks to its Chromium backend. Thats odd, since one of the main reasons I used Edge for a long time was just how fast it was compared to Chrome. Im not so sure I like the idea of Edge with Googles Blink.

  • Digging into RISC-V
    I became fascinated by what is happening in the RISC-V space just by seeing it pop up every now and then in my Twitter feed. Since I am currently unemployed I have a lot of time and autonomy to dig into whatever I wish. RISC-V is a new instruction set architecture. To understand RISC-V, we must first dig into what an instruction set architecture is. This is my learning technique. I bounce from one thing to another, recursively digging deeper as I learn more. Some more RISC-V information. I wouldnt be surprised to see more and more RISC-V articles and even hardware to buy over the coming years.

  • Intel to stop developing Compute Cards
    Intel will not develop new Compute Cards, the company has confirmed to Toms Hardware. Compute Cards were Intels vision of modular computing that would allow customers to continually update point of sale systems, all-in-one desktops, laptops and other devices. Pull out one card, replace it with another, and you have a new CPU, plus RAM and storage. We continue to believe modular computing is a market where there are many opportunities for innovation,! an Intel spokesperson told Toms Hardware. However, as we look at the best way to address this opportunity, we’ve made the decision that we will not develop new Compute Card products moving forward. We will continue to sell and support the current Compute Card products through 2019 to ensure our customers receive the support they need with their current solutions, and we are thankful for their partnership on this change.! Ive always been fascinated by the Compute Cards concept, but it never seemed to receive much support from partners, stores, or even Intel itself. Im not surprised theyre cancelling the product line.

  • Can MIPS leapfrog RISC-V?
    When Wave Computing acquired MIPS, “going open source” was the plan Wave’s CEO Derek Meyer had in mind. But Meyer, a long-time MIPS veteran, couldn’t casually mention his plan then. Wave was hardly ready with the solid infrastructure it needed to support a legion of hardware developers interested in coming to the MIPS open-source community. To say “go open source” is easy. Pulling it off has meant a huge shift from MIPS, long accustomed to the traditional IP licensing business. MIPS will compete with and exist alongside RISC-V. The future of truly open source hardware is getting more and more interesting.

  • Nokia firmware blunder sent some user data to China
    HMD Global, the Finnish company that sublicensed the Nokia smartphone brand from Microsoft, is under investigation in Finland for collecting and sending some phone owners information to a server located in China. In a statement to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the company blamed the data collection on a coding mistake during which an activation package! was accidentally included in some phones firmware. HMD Global said that only a single batch of Nokia 7 Plus devices were impacted and included this package. Why does stuff like this keep happening? It seems like such a simple thing to not preinstall dodgy stuff on factory-set smartphones.

  • Facebook stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text for years
    Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Facebook says an ongoing investigation has so far found no indication that employees have abused access to this data. Facebook is a criminal enterprise that needs to be broken up into its constituent parts sooner rather than later.

  • Remastering Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with machine learning
    As a little side-project, I have been working on putting the artificial neural networks of AI Gigapixel to the test and having them upscale another favorite thing of mine0 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9). Just like Final Fantasy 7, of which I am upscaling the backgrounds, textures, and videos in Remako mod, DS9 was also relegated to a non-HD future. While the popular Original Series and The Next Generation were mostly shot on film, the mid 90s DS9 had its visual effects shots (space battles and such) shot on video. While you can rescan analog film at a higher resolution, video is digital and cant be rescanned. This makes it much costlier to remaster this TV show, which is one of the reasons why it hasnt happened. Fascinating methodology, and the results speak for themselves. Amazing work.

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  • Subscribers: Auto-Download Linux Journal From the Command Line (v2.0)
        by mitchfrazier   
    There's an old saying, "anything worth doing, is worth automating"—or something like that. Downloading and reading Linux Journal always has been worth doing, and now you can automate it with our autolj script, which you can get here (updated to version 2.0, see the end of this article for a list of feature enhancements).

    Follow the below few simple steps and you can download the entire magazine as a PDF, .epub or .mobi file with the greatest of ease each month. New to version 2.0 of this script, we've added the ability for you to pull down an individual Linux Journal article from the most recent issue within a terminal window (sometimes just reading one article at a time makes our wonderfully lengthy issues easier to get through!)

    1) First download the script and save it somewhere; ~/bin is a good choice. You can name it whatever you like; it doesn't need to be called

    2) Open a terminal/shell and execute the following commands:
      $ chmod +x ~/bin/ $ ~/bin/ --init Enter the email and zip/postal code associated with your Linux Journal subscription EMail: # Enter your email address Zip : 88888 # Enter your zip/postal code Creating initial config file. Change your preferences in '/home/YOU/.config/autolj.cfg'. Sample crontab configuration is in '/home/YOU/.config/autolj.crontab'.  
    If you want to run the script from cron automatically each month, you can do this:
      $ cp /home/YOU/.config/autolj.crontab mycrontab $ crontab -l >>mycrontab $ crontab

  • EU Copyright Directive Vote, GNU nano 4.0 Released, Redox OS 0.5.0 Announced, Sailfish OS 3.0.2 "Oulanka" Now Available and Linux Kernel 5.1-rc2 Released

    News briefs for March 25, 2019.

    Members of the European Parliament vote tomorrow on the Directive on Copyright. Those in the EU can go to SaveYourInternet to ask their representatives to vote against Article 17 (previously Article 13). See this Creative Commons blog post for more information. From the post: "The dramatic negative effects of upload filters would be disastrous to the vision Creative Commons cares about as an organisation and global community."

    GNU nano 4.0 "Thy Rope of Sands" was released yesterday. Changes in this new version of the GNU nano text editor include overlong lines are no longer hard-wrapped automatically, smooth scrolling is now the default, newline characters are no longer added at the end of buffer and much more. You can download version 4.0 from here.

    Redox OS 0.5.0 was released yesterday. From the announcement: "It has been one year and four days since the last release of Redox OS! In this time, we have been hard at work improving the Redox ecosystem. Much of this work was related to relibc, a new C library written in Rust and maintained by the Redox OS project, and adding new packages to the cookbook. We are proud to report that we have now far exceeded the capabilities of newlib, which we were using as our system C library before."

    Sailfish OS 3.0.2 "Oulanka" is now available. Named after the Oulanka national park in Lapland and the Northern Ostrobothnia regions of Finland, this new version fixes more than 44 bugs. In addition, "With this new update you will find that the Top Menu has a new switch for silencing ringtones and there's a new battery saving mode to make the most out of low battery in those moments you need to stretch productivity. Email app supports now sending read receipts to inform that you have read the senders' email. Connectivity was improved in terms of firewall and global proxy. As for the user interface, home screen had memory optimizations for handling wallpapers, freeing memory for running other apps."

    Linux 5.1-rc2 was released yesterday. Linus Torvalds writes: "Nothing particularly stands out. Yes, we had some fixes for the new io_ring code for issues that were discussed when merging it. Other than that, worth noting is that the bulk of the patches are for tooling, not the core kernel. In fact, about two thirds of the patch is just for the tools/ subdirectory, most of it due to some late perf tool updates. The people involved promise they're done."
          News  EU  Copyright  creative commons  GNU Nano  Redox  Rust  Sailfish  kernel                   

  • Fun with Mail Merge and Cool Bash Arrays
        by Dave Taylor   
    Creating a sed-based file substitution tool.

    A few weeks ago, I was digging through my spam folder and found an email message that started out like this:
      Dear #name# Congratulations on winning the $15.7 million lottery payout! To learn how to claim your winnings, please...  
    Obviously, it was a scam (does anyone actually fall for these?), but what captured my attention was the #name# sequence. Clearly that was a fail on the part of the sender who presumably didn't know how to use AnnoyingSpamTool 1.3 or whatever the heck he or she was using.

    The more general notation for bulk email and file transformations is pretty interesting, however. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to use this sort of substitution, ranging from email newsletters (like the one I send every week from AskDaveTaylor.comcheck it out!) to stockholder announcements and much more.

    With that as the inspiration, let's build a tool that offers just this capability.

    The simple version will be a 1:1 substitution, so #name# becomes, say, "Rick Deckard", while #first# might be "Rick" and #last# might be "Deckard". Let's build on that, but let's start small.
     Simple Word Substitution in Linux
    There are plenty of ways to tackle the word substitution from the command line, ranging from Perl to awk, but here I'm using the original UNIX command sed (stream editor) designed for exactly this purpose. General notation for a substitution is s/old/new/, and if you tack on a g at the end, it matches every occurrence on a line, not only the first, so the full command is s/old/new/g.

    Before going further, here's a simple document that has necessary substitutions embedded:
      $ cat convertme.txt #date#  Dear #name#, I wanted to start by again thanking you for your generous donation of #amount# in #month#. We couldn't do our work without support from humans like you, #first#.  This year we're looking at some unexpected expenses, particularly in Sector 5, which encompasses #state#, as you know. I'm hoping you can start the year with an additional contribution? Even #suggested# would be tremendously helpful.  Thanks for your ongoing support. With regards,  Rick Deckard Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Replicants  
    Scan through it, and you'll see there's a lot of substitutions to do: #date#, #name#, #amount#, #month#, #first#, #state# and #suggested#. It turns out that #date# will be replaced with the current date, and #suggested# is one that'll be calculated as the letter is processed, but that's for a bit later, so stay tuned for that.
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  • Weekend Reading: Do-It-Yourself Projects
        by Carlie Fairchild   
    Join us this weekend as we bring the DIY movement back. Not only is it a chance to start working on those ideas you've been putting off for months, but it's also a great way to learn while playing.
    Why You Should Do It Yourself
    by Kyle Rankin

    Bring back the DIY movement and start with your own Linux servers.

    It wasn't very long ago that we lived in a society where it was a given that average people would do things themselves. There was a built-in assumption that you would perform basic repairs on household items, do general maintenance and repairs on your car, mow your lawn, cook your food and patch your clothes. The items around you reflected this assumption with visible and easy-to-access screws, spare buttons sewn on the bottom of shirts and user-replaceable parts. Through the years though, culture has changed toward one more focused on convenience.
    Building a Voice-Controlled Front End to IoT Devices
    by Michael J. Hammel

    Apple, Google and Amazon are taking voice control to the next level. But can voice control be a DIY project? Turns out, it can. And, it isn't as hard as you might think.

    This article covers the Jarvis project, a Java application for capturing audio, translating to text, extracting and executing commands and vocally responding to the user. It also explores the programming issues related to integrating these components for programmed results. That means there is no machine learning or neural networks involved. The end goal is to have a selection of key words cause a specific method to be called to perform an action.
    Two Portable DIY Retro Gaming Consoles
    by Kyle Rankin

    A look at Adafruit's PiGRRL Zero vs. Hardkernel's ODROID-GO.

    If you enjoy retro gaming, there are so many options, it can be tough to know what to get. The choices range from officially sanctioned systems from Nintendo all the way to homemade RetroPie projects like I've covered in Linux Journal in the past. Of course, those systems are designed to be permanently attached to a TV. But, what if you want to play retro games on the road?
    Build a Custom Minimal Linux Distribution from Source
    by Petros Koutoupis

    Follow along with this step-by-step guide to build your own distribution from source and learn how it installs, loads and runs.
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  • Wizard Kit: How I Protect Myself from Surveillance
        by Augustine Fou   
    Ever since the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s ZDNet, Feb 8, 2019), and Android apps with more than 2 billion downloads were committing ad fraud on real humans’ devices behind their backs (see Know Who’s Spying on You at All Times.


    The popular apps that many humans use continue to track then even if they are logged out, and they also track users who never created an account in the first place (see Facebook tracks both non-users and logged out users). And Google tracks users’ locations even if they turned off location and denied permissions to apps (see Google Tracks Location Even When Users Turn Service Off). Even good apps that never intended to track users may actually be doing so because the SDKs (software development kits) with which they were built may be tracking users and sending data off to others’ servers without their knowledge. Remember the story about the low cost bathroom scale that didn’t work if location was turned off on the smartphone and there was no internet connection? It turns out that the scale was sending data to bare IP addresses that could be traced back to China.

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  • LibreOffice 6.2.2 Released, New PocketBeagle SBC, Google Enforcing Permissions Rules on Apps, OpenShot 2.4.4 Now Available and Has Joined The Linux Foundation

    News briefs for March 21, 2019.

    The Document Foundation announces the release of LibreOffice 6.2.2. This version "provides over 50 bug and regression fixes over the previous version". You can view the changelog for details, and go here to download. Note that "LibreOffice 6.2.2 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise class deployments, where features are less important than robustness. Users wanting a more mature version can download LibreOffice 6.1.5, which includes some months of back-ported fixes."

    The new PocketBeagle Linux computer is now available for $29.95 from Adafruit. According to Geeky Gadgets, the PocketBeagle "offers a powerful 1GHz AM3358 powered Linux single board computer with a tiny form factor and open source architecture". The article quotes Adafruit on the new SBC: "what differentiates the BeagleBone is that it has multiple I2C, SPI and UART peripherals (many boards only have one of each), built in hardware PWMs, analog inputs, and two separate 200MHz microcontroller system called the PRU that can handle real-time tasks like displaying to RGB matrix displays or NeoPixels. It's not too much larger than our Feathers, but comes with 72 expansion pin headers, high-speed USB, 8 analog pins, 44 digital I/Os, and plenty of digital interface peripherals. You can also add a USB host connection by wiring a USB A socket to the broken out USB host connections labeled VI, D+, D-, ID and GND. Then plug in any USB Ethernet, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi device with available Linux drivers."

    Google has started enforcing new permissions rules on applications' ability to access a phone's call and text logs. OpenShot 2.4.4 was released yesterday. From the OpenShot Blog: "This release brings huge performance and stability improvements, along with some major bug fixes, lots of polish, and many new features." Improvements to the video editor include keyframe scaling, timeline and preview performance, SVG rendering, docking and tracks and much more. You can download OpenShot 2.4.4 from here. has joined The Linux Foundation and is publishing a "free open courseware platform for data teamwork. From the press release: "The goal of the Data Practices movement was to start movement similar to 'Agile for Data' that could help offer direction and improved data literacy across the ecosystem. The Data Practices Manifesto has had more signatories in its first year than the Agile manifesto."
          News  LibreOffice  PocketBeagle  Adafruit  SBCs  Google  Android  Mobile  Audio/Video  multimedia  OpenShot  The Linux Foundation  Big Data                   

  • Bare-Bones Monitoring with Monit and RRDtool
        by Andy Carlson   
    How to provide robust monitoring to low-end systems.

    When running a critical system, it's necessary to know what resources the system is consuming, to be alerted when resource utilization reaches a specific level and to trend long-term performance. Zabbix and Nagios are two large-scale solutions that monitor, alert and trend system performance, and they each provide a rich user interface. Due to the requirements of those solutions, however, dedicated hardware/VM resources typically are required to host the monitoring solution. For smaller server implementations, options exist for providing basic monitoring, alerting and trending functionality. This article shows how to accomplish basic and custom monitoring and alerting using Monit. It also covers how to monitor long-term trending of system performance with RRDtool.
     Initial Monit Configuration
    On many popular Linux distros, you can install Monit from the associated software repository. Once installed, you can handle all the configuration with the monitrc configuration file. That file generally is located within the /etc directory structure, but the exact location varies based on your distribution.

    The config file has two sections: Global and Services. The Global section allows for custom configuration of the Monit application. The Monit service contains a web-based front end that is fully configurable through the config file. Although the section is commented out by default, you can uncomment items selectively for granular customization. The web configuration block looks like this:
      set httpd port 2812 and  use address localhost  allow localhost  allow admin:monit  
    The first line sets the port number where you can access Monit via web browser. The second line sets the hostname (the HTTP Host header) that's used to access Monit. The third line sets the host from which the Monit application can be accessed. Note that you also can do this using a local firewall access restriction if a firewall is currently in place. The fourth line allows the configuration of a user name/password pair for use when accessing Monit. There's also a section that allows SSL options for encrypted connections to Monit. Although enabling SSL is recommended when passing authentication data, you also could reverse-proxy Monit through an existing web server, such as nginx or Apache, provided SSL is already configured on the web server. For more information on reverse-proxying Monit through Apache, see the Resources section at the end of this article.

    The next items you need to enable deal with configuring email alerts. To set up the email server through which email will be relayed to the recipient, add or enable the following line:
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  • New Version of PuTTY Fixes Several Vulnerabilities, Google Announces the Stadia Cloud Gaming Service, Save the Internet Day March 23, Google Fined $1.49 Billion and NVIDIA Launches the Jetson Nano

    News briefs for March 20, 2019.

    A new version of the PuTTY SSH client received several security patches over the weekend, including one that "fixed a 'game over' level vulnerability", according to Save the Internet Day is planned for March 23 in response to the planned EU copyright reform: "The planned EU copyright reform constitutes a massive threat to the free exchange of opinions and culture online. Together, on 23 March 2019 we call for a Europe-wide day of protests against the dangers of the reform." Visit here for an overview of the planned protests.

    Google is fined $1.49 billion by the European commission for search ad brokering antitrust violations. TechCrunch quotes EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: "Today's decision is about how Google abused its dominance to stop websites using brokers other than the AdSense platform".

    NVIDIA launched the Jetson Nano module and Jetson Nano Dev Kit. Linux Gizmos reports that the Jetson Nano Developer kit is available for pre-order for $99 and that it will ship sometime in April. The post quotes NVIDIA, who says the Jetson Nano "delivers 472 GFLOPS of compute performance for running modern AI workloads and is highly power-efficient, consuming as little as 5 watts".
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