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25 chips that changed the world
http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/25-microchips-t hat-shook-the-world/0 -- In microchip design, as in life, small things sometimes add up to big things. Dream up a clever microcircuit, get it sculpted in a sliver of silicon, and your little creation may unleash a
Traffic cameras running Windoze?
"All of Victoria's 280 red light and speed cameras will be reviewed in the coming weeks to make sure they have not been infected with a software virus, but officials have warned they will still be operational." http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-24/victoria-speed-red-light-camera-network-to-be-r
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The Inside Story of Texas Instruments' Biggest Blunder: The TMS9900 Microprocessor
http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/history/the-inside-story-of-texas-instruments-biggest-blunder-the-tms9900-microprocessor Quoting from the URL above: If you use a laptop or desktop computer, chances are it has a microprocessor from the Intel 808x line, regardless of whether it's a
The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/06/the-rise-and-fall-of-firewire-the-standard-everyone-couldnt-quite-agree-on/?mbid=synd_digg Quoting from the URL above: The rise and fall of FireWire - IEEE 1394, an interface standard boasting high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data
You can keep your ads, I'll keep my adblocker
https://sklivvz.com/posts/you-can-keep-your-ads Quoting from the URL above: It amazed me the other day, when I commented on twitter in favor of AdBlockers, that there are still people believing the rhetoric that choosing not being subjected to ads is somehow cheating the system (and
Worse than WannaCry
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/technology/ransomware-attack-nsa-cyberweapons.html But in this case, modern-day detection systems created by Cylance, McAfee and Microsoft and patching systems by Tanium did not catch the attack on IDT. Nor did any of the 128 publicly available threat
Tabs v/s Spaces: An analysis on why tabs are better
https://www.codementor.io/aviaryan/tabs-v-s-spaces-an-analysis-on-why-tabs-are-better-96xr0bg32 Quoting from the URL above: Tabs v/s Spaces. I am sure you have encountered this dilemma in your coding career time and again. I prefer tabs. There are some people who prefer spaces
[CM] switching to Mutt
From the «if they take my mutt, I'll stop emailing» department: Title: Switching to the Mutt email client Author: Thom Holwerda Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:03:47 -0400 Link: http://osnews.com/story/29872/Switching_to_the_Mutt_email_client It was almost four years ago I switched from webmail to a
Debian 9 "Stretch" is here!
From the «RIP Ian Murdock» department: Title: Debian 9 "Stretch" released Author: Thom Holwerda Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:04:29 -0400 Link: http://osnews.com/story/29877/Debian_9_quot_Stretch_quot_released In Stretch, the default MySQL variant is now MariaDB. The replacement of packages for
toxins in the chipmaking process
From the «holding that laptop on your lap?» department: Title: American Chipmakers Had a Toxic Problem. Then They Outsourced It Author: n1 Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:11:00 -0400 Link: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/06/17/2017218&from=rss Phoenix666[1] writes with a story from
new Surface tablet gets 0/10 for fixability from iFixit
From the «as disposable as a post-peak fidget spinner» department: Title: You Can't Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop Without Literally Destroying It Author: he...@slashdot.org Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:30:00 -0400 Link: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/AiYBfu3C428/you-cant-open
Big Data firm, huge leak of personal data
More laughs as a result of big data firms compiling (often via purchase from other data gatherers/compilers/middlemen/merchants) sensitive personal data, but failing to secure it. Shits and giggles for everyone! https://gizmodo.com/gop-data-firm-accidentally-leaks-personal-details-of-ne-179621
We Could Have Had Cellphones Four Decades Earlier
http://reason.com/archives/2017/06/11/we-could-have-had-cellphones-f Quoting from the URL above: The basic idea of the cellphone was introduced to the public in 1945 - not in Popular Mechanics or Science, but in the down-home Saturday Evening Post. Millions of citizens would soon be
GopherOS: experimental OS written in Go
From the «Go needs a newsgroup» department: Title: GopherOS: an experimental operating system written in Go Author: Thom Holwerda Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:18:15 -0400 Link: http://osnews.com/story/29864/GopherOS_an_experimental_operating_system_written_in_Go It's one of many, for sure, but
Skype SMS
The Skype "community" forums seem to be the blind leading the blind, and the alleged "Contact Skype Support" does nothing of the kind. Anyone here managed to send an SMS over Skype for Android, using version 8? The information online talks about selecting a recipient, and then pressing the "+"
LowRISC
From the «but does it come pre-rooted, like Intel?» department: Title: LowRISC Announces its 0.4 Milestone Release Author: takyon Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 18:54:00 -0400 Link: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/06/10/2035225&from=rss An Anonymous Coward writes: lowRISC[1] is a project
You are not Google
From the «go microservice your ass» department: Title: You Are Not Google Author: n1 Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:07:00 -0400 Link: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/06/10/0120212&from=rss charon[1] writes: Software engineers go crazy for the most ridiculous things. We like to think
Silicon Valley power outage caused by drone crash
From the «Terrorists consider the test successful» department: Title: A Power Outage In Silicon Valley Was Caused By A Drone Crash Author: he...@slashdot.org Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:58:00 -0400 Link: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/UVPEnb9Rxq4/a-power-outage-in-silicon-valley-
drag&drop on the ipad is going to tough to get used to
From the «then what shall we complain about?» department: Title: Drag-and-drop on the iPad is going to take some getting used to Author: Chris Smith Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:03:01 -0400 Link: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheBoyGeniusReport/~3/FkRi92rlvQc/ Podcast Download URL: http://0.grav
the Internet is lost; it's damage control now
https://thenextweb.com/eu/2017/06/09/pirate-bay-founder-weve-lost-the-internet-its-all-about-damage-control-now/#.tnw_9SRuqmRp At its inception, the internet was a beautifully idealistic and equal place. But the world sucks and we’ve continuously made it more and more centralized, taking power
Net neutrality: turns out, people love it
From the «us.politics.repub.douchebags» department: Title: You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people love it Author: Kieren McCarthy Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:21:05 -0400 Link: http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/09/pai_net_neutrality_plan/ Paging Commissioner
The lunacy of vinyl
"For Spalding, there are countless reasons why vinyl is superior to any other music listening format, but above all comes the fidelity, romanticism and
12hr FAQ
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Oh My Gosh, It's Covered in Rule 30s!
http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2017/06/oh-my-gosh-its-covered-in-rule-30s/ Quoting from the URL above: A British Train Station A week ago a new train station, named "Cambridge North", opened in Cambridge, UK. Normally such an event would be far outside my sphere of awareness. (I
Únicode is hard
Nothing new here but it's very well written. https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2017/05/unicode-is-hard/ Here's what's happening. I think. The restaurateur uses their till and types up the price list. The till uses Unicode and the £ symbol is stored as number 163. The till connects to a printer. The
pi-hole
Shout-outs to the team that developed Pi-Hole. I just installed and began using it, and I'm overwhelmed by how awesome it is. I first heard about it on Hacker News.[1] I have a Pi 2 hanging around the house. I'd used it for awhile as a Kodi box before I got annoyed with how poorly it worked
[CM] Surfing the Internet from a TRS-80 model 100
From the «the content remains unchanged» department: Title: Surfing the Internet… From My TRS-80 Model 100 [Updated] Author: Fnord666 Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 07:42:00 -0400 Link: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/05/28/0044250&from=rss charon[1] writes: [Update: Thanks to an AC who
British Airway IT meltdown
From the «damn you, thunderstorms» department: Title: BA's 'global IT system failure' is due to 'power supply issue' Author: Reg reporter Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 15:41:42 -0400 Link: http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/27/ba_it_systems_failure_down_to_power_supply_issue/
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FIGLIO DI PUTTANA MASSIMO DORIS (MATRIMONIO-MEDIOLANUM) LAVA CASH OMICIDA DI TANTE MAFIE, VIA GIA' 3 VOLTE IN CARCERE: PAOLO BARRAI! FOTTE IL FISCO PAGANDO 2 EURO (IN IRLANDA)! FA ORGE PEDERASTA CON "CHECCHI" PAONE, GIULIO TREMONTI, PAOLO BARRAI E... E A PROPOSITO DI QUESTO CRIMINALISSIMO
FCC net neutrality comments manipulated
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40057855 A campaign group has complained to the US Federal Communications Commission over its refusal to erase fake comments from a consultation on net neutrality. Fight for the Future's complaint is signed by 14 people who say their details were used
Automotive-grade Linux
From the «segfault on downshift» department: Title: Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Author: John Sokol Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:45:00 -0500 Link: http://churchofbsd.blogspot.com/2017/02/automotive-grade-linux-agl.html https://www.automotivelinux.org/[1] A Linux Foundation project dedicated to
[CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
From the «like Fembots but not as sexy» department: Title: Weaponising a teddy bear Author: Janina Ander Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 10:42:59 -0400 Link: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/weaponising-teddy-bear/ At primary school, I loved my Tamagotchi: it moved, it beeped, it was almost like I
[CM] now you can run OpenOffice on OS/2 (ArcaOS)
From the «so now I can use it for work» department: Title: ArcaOS 5.0 released Author: Date: Tue, 16 May 2017 14:59:51 -0400 Link: http://osnews.com/story/29817/ArcaOS_5_0_released ArcaOS 5.0 has been released and it is available to be bought at the Arca Noae shop page. It is based on OS/2
[CM] Netgear R7000 router now collects your data, too
From the «fuck it, everyone else is doing it» department: Title: Netgear Adds Support For "Collecting Analytics Data" To Popular R7000 Router Author: he...@slashdot.org Date: Sun, 21 May 2017 08:29:00 -0400 Link: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/c8pQCwDL2n8/netgear-adds-support-
the holy grail of machine learning: differentiated pricing
From the «this post sponsored by Lyft and your local Taxis» department: Title: Uber Starts Charging What It Thinks You're Willing To Pay Author: he...@slashdot.org Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 22:25:00 -0400 Link: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/rvjh0VSs1u0/uber-starts-charging-what-i
supercomputing (as a service) by Cray and HPE
I think this is the coolest thing ever. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/17/cray_dips_toe_in_supercomputingasaservice/ //--clip With AWS, Google, and IBM's Watson already camped in the high-performance cloud business, it's hardly surprising that Cray would tread carefully as a late
Google map questions.
I should probably know this, but I do not. Where can I find out the meaning of an obscure symbolism on a google map? Sometimes BUT NOT always, in the satellite view at https://www.google.com/maps/@34.1337211,-118.2639109,422m/data=!3m1!1e3 I see a group of faint lines (2 amber, 2 green)
the Kotlin programming language
From the «never ever ever heard of it» department: Title: Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs Author: Thomas Claburn Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 20:17:59 -0400 Link: http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/17/android_kotlin_java_alternative/
It's ALIVE! The MOnSter 6502 Returns to Maker Faire
http://makezine.com/2017/05/15/alive-monster-6502-returns-maker-faire/ Quoting from the URL above: One of my favorite projects at the 2016 Maker Faire Bay Area was Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories' insane MOnSter 6502 board. The MOnSter 6502 is a "dis-integrated" circuit project, a
Bizarre behavior of a non-smart mobile phone
That a modern smartphone with Internet access and a multitude of nice features is liable of being hacked similar to a PC is evident. On the other hand, a non-smart mobile phone, of design of the earlier generation, unintelligent, clumsy, no Internet access, though yet purchasable for telephone
Cultural Social Media Differences
A dissertation by Agniescka Chwialkowska found cultural differences in how people use the social media. In social media, Finnish people tend to share such content they believe to be useful to their online friends or content that helps them keep
Report warns computers may threaten constitutional rights (1982)
An interesting read, and quite "predictive" of where things seem to have landed now, in 2017, 35 years later. Link directly to the page where the article exists on archive.org: https://archive.org/stream/80_Microcomputing_Issue_26_1982-02_1001001_US#page/n295/mode/1up Link to the .pdf of the
how Google took over the classroom
//--clip In the space of just five years, Google has helped upend the sales methods companies use to place their products in classrooms. It has enlisted teachers and administrators to promote Google’s products to other schools. It has directly reached out to educators to test its products —
WannaCry OS vulnerability
A piece of ransomware called WannaCry or WanaCrypt0r is in the news. I wondered what makes some OSes vulnerable to it. Here are some notes on what I found that might be relevant to OS design. It uses SMB to spread itself to neighbouring Windows computers which have a certain vulnerability. That
HP laptops secretly recording user keystrokes
Since we recently discussed BIOS-level compromises.... Security researchers have discovered that a feature installed in a number of HP laptops is recording all of the keystrokes that the laptop users make. In capturing everything users press on their keyboards the software is recording
A federal court has ruled that an open-source license is an enforceable contract
https://qz.com/981029/a-federal-court-has-ruled-that-an-open-source-license-is-an-enforceable-contract/ Quoting from the URL above: When the South Korean developer of a suite of productivity apps called Hancom Office incorporated an open-source PDF interpreter called Ghostscript into
egating complex treatments to filters in shell programs
https://michipili.github.io/shell/2015/04/12/shell-filter-programming.html Quoting from the URL above: Novice shell programmers tend to reproduce procedural structures they learnt from classical procedural languages like Pascal or C1. While it produces results, this approach is
Apple preannounces good stuff for 2017
From the «about time» department: Title: Apple planning new iMac for 2017 and 'completely rethinking' Mac Pro Author: Alex Hern Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:24:06 -0400 Link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/04/apple-planning-new-imac-mac-pro Podcast Download URL: https://i.guim.c
the era of software plug-ins/extensions ended with the iphone
From the «die flash, die» department: Title: Zeldman Called It Author: John Gruber Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:18:51 -0400 Link: http://www.zeldman.com/2010/02/01/flash-ipad-standards/ Jeffrey Zeldman, back in February 2010 (two months before Steve Jobs’s “Thoughts on Flash”): Flash won’t die
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