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Hopeful for the Gemini?
The BBC has an article on the Mobile World Congress next week, where they note that smartphone sales are down -- maybe because they all look alike...: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43045682 Seems to me this might be good news for the somewhat different Gemini PDA! Some extracts
[Link Posting] Hachette CEO: "The eBook is a stupid product."
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[Link Posting] A Classic Scam Finds New Life Stealing Bitcoin on Twitter
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[Link Posting] 3Dfx Brought the GPU Industry to Life But Didn't Live to See It Thrive
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Hack a KDE desktop using a named USB device
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/12/kde_naming_usb_drive_vuln/ //--clip A recently resolved flaw in the KDE Linux desktop environment meant that files held on a USB stick could be executed as soon as they were plugged into a vulnerable device. The security howler created a means to
Winamp emulated in javascript
From the «simpler times» department: Title: "Whipping the Llama's Ass" with this Javascript WinAmp Emulator Author: martyb Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 02:27:00 +0200 Link: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/02/11/033228&from=rss Fnord666[1] writes: If you were an early Internet kid you'll
Who wants dancing animations and code in their email? "Everyone" says Google
From the «must have dancing bunny» department: Title: Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google Author: Thomas Claburn Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:01:41 +0200 Link: http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/13/google_amp_email/
Here's why VPN services largely don't work
From the «fully buzzword compliant though» department: Title: Don't use VPN services Author: Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:38:00 +0200 Link: https://gist.github.com/joepie91/5a9909939e6ce7d09e29 Comments[1] Links: [1]: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16371030 (link) -- Posting to
Why I won't whitelist your site
Quoting from the URL above: Many internet users - perhaps most - use an ad blocker. I'm one of them. All of us
quantum weirdness in your browser
From the «no intergalactic portals yet» department: Title: Quantum Weirdness in Your Browser Author: Al Williams Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:01:49 -0500 Link: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/hackaday/LgoM/~3/A-6Bcj2llVk/ Podcast Download URL: http://hackadaycom.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/ibmtof.
a handmade PDA
From the «suck it, Palm!» department: Title: This Home-Made PDA Is A Work Of Art Author: Jenny List Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0500 Link: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/hackaday/LgoM/~3/x5qKJI6wCIs/ Podcast Download URL: http://1.gravatar.com/avatar/1a2e669050b49124743bbbe2a7938643?s=96
[CM] Goodbye VPN in China (except for 'authorized' ones)
From the «no privacy for you!» department: Title: China to Start Blocking Unauthorized VPN Providers This April Author: Andy Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2018 06:28:36 -0500 Link: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Torrentfreak/~3/55EvBXxTN5w/ [image 1]Back in January 2017, China’s Ministry of Industry and
openVMS bug
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/06/openvms_vulnerability/ //-- clip Forget Meltdown and Spectre. Someone's found a local privilege escalation in the operating system world's elderly statesman OpenVMS when running it on VAX and Alpha processors. On Itanium CPUs, the same bug can be
The Origin of the word Daemon
Quoting from the URL above: From Richard Steinberg/Mr. Smarty Pants (The Austin Chronicle): Professor Corbato I write a trivia column for a newspaper called The Austin Chronicle. Someone has asked me the origin of the word daemon as
FreeBSD on Intel NUCs
From the «fist of steel in the silk glove» department: Title: FreeBSD on Intel NUCs Author: Murray Stokely Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:27:00 -0400 Link: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MurrayFreeBSD/~3/Vu7kJ8DOyLU/freebsd-on-intel-nucs.html I've been away from FreeBSD for a few years but I
Unix epoch and curl
From the «hope the internet still exists then» department: Title: Reducing Year 2038 Problems in curl Author: Fnord666 Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2018 04:18:00 -0500 Link: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/02/01/2147226&from=rss canopic jug[1] writes: curl is a text-based utility and library
ChromeOS and Android
From the «hard to know which to pick» department: Title: Chrome OS Is Almost Ready To Replace Android On Tablets Author: he...@slashdot.org Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:50:00 -0500 Link: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/_fxigmpI9aU/chrome-os-is-almost-ready-to-replace-android-on-tab
IOTA Cryptocurrency Users Lose $4 Million in Clever Phishing Attack
Quoting from the URL above: A clever hacker made off with nearly $4 million worth of IOTA cryptocurrency after patiently setting up an elaborate phishing site for
What really happened with Vista: insider's view
From the «kicked in the Ballmers» department: Title: What really happened with Vista: an insider's retrospective Author: Thom Holwerda Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:53:40 -0500 Link: http://osnews.com/story/30159/What_really_happened_with_Vista_an_insider_s_retrospective I enjoyed reading Terry
Diminishing support for Bitcoin
From the «bubble, meet pop» department: Title: Stripe is Dropping Bitcoin Support Author: Fnord666 Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:43:00 -0500 Link: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/01/24/1834257&from=rss canopic jug[1] writes: The payment service, Stripe, has ended its support for
Old newsreader question: which was it that used to warn you?
I'm trying to remember which newsreader it was that gave you the dire warning about your post costing thousands of dollars worldwide. It used to give a spiel about the cost of the networks, the 'hundreds' (I think, might have been thousands) of computers that would need to process it, and was
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audio techniques for tracking web surfers from site to site
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/17/html5_online_tracking/ //-- clip For example, different browsers process sound files in slightly different ways, and allowing an ad network – or any website – to potentially work out which version of a browser is being used on which operating system.
backspace vs delete
https://virtuallyfun.com/2018/01/17/teaching_an_almost_40-year_old_unix_about_backspace/ //--clip Introduction I have been messing with the UNIX®† operating system, Seventh Edition (commonly known as UNIX V7 or just V7) for a while now. V7 dates from 1979, so it’s about 40 years old at this
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Ping Ivan Shmakov: Tnx re. twm
Finally got a round tuit, new Linux install, implemented the advice you offered last September: ForceIcons Icons { "UXTerm" "vlines2" "XTerm" "vlines2" "Firefox" "vlines2" } Works like a charm. twm no longer makes huge screen-estate gobbling icons when a
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In defence of swap: common misconceptions
Quoting from the URL above: tl;dr: Having swap is a reasonably important part of a well functioning system. Without it, sane memory management becomes harder to achieve. Swap is not generally about getting emergency
4 lessons for modern software developers from 1970s mainframe programming
Quoting from the URL above: Is 8 GB RAM cramping your style? Try writing headless programs that run in an 8 MB virtual machine, where
Reading disks from 1988 in 2018
Quoting from the URL above: I used an Apple IIe computer throughout high school and into my second year in college, before I bought a Mac SE. That following summer I sold the Apple IIe and everything that came with it - the monitor, floppy drives, and dot-matrix printer - and
Microsoft Says Windows 10 PCs Running Haswell Or Older Intel CPUs Can Expect Significant Slowdowns Post-Spectre Patch
Quoting from the URL above: The PC industry is still trying to come to grips with the fallout from the revelation of the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities.
Musings on Spectre bounds check bypass
The proposed solutions for this involve inserting an instruction to prevent speculation past a branch, with the instruction put in places where this is necessary to prevent bounds check bypass. My thinking was that it should usually not be that difficult for a JIT to prove that a program is
Pulling Teeth From a Corpse: Extracting the Vector Font From the Apple 410 Color Plotter
Quoting from the URL above: My favorite artifacts to extract from an old ROM dump are the fonts. For old 80's-era computers and control equipment, these
Goodbye, iPod
https://www.wired.com/story/goodbye-ipod-and-thanks-for-all-the-tunes/ //-- clip OK, so you're probably looking at your smartphone and wondering why you should care that a music player, which offers one very old and outdated version of one feature on your phone, no longer exists. That's fair!
The PDA returns to CES, because everything old is new again
Quoting from the URL above: Gather round children, and let me tell you a story. It's a tale from a bygone area called the "nineteen nineties," when flannel ruled the earth, our
the raspberry pi hedgehog cam
From the «needs more badgers» department: Title: A hedgehog cam or two Author: Helen Lynn Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2018 06:42:15 -0500 Link: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/a-hedgehog-cam-or-two/ Here we are, hauling ourselves out of the Christmas and New Year holidays and into January proper.
Websites Hacked to Mint Crypto-Cash
BBC News, 9 October 2017 http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41518351 "School, charity and file-sharing websites have been caught out by scammers who are using them to generate crypto-cash." "Hackers have managed to install code on the sites that uses visitors' computers to "mine" the
Reading privileged memory with a side-channel
Quoting from the URL above: Posted by Jann Horn, Project Zero We have discovered that CPU data cache timing can be abused to efficiently leak information out of mis-speculated execution,
Hotmail
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/12/how-hotmail-changed-microsoft-and-email-forever/ //-- clip Twenty years ago this week, on December 29, 1997, Bill Gates bought Microsoft a $450 million late Christmas present: a Sunnyvale-based outfit called Hotmail. With the buy—the
PDP-10 Zork, and gaming pre-WWW
From the «a maze of twisty passages and hungry grues» department: Title: Games on the Net Before the Web, Part 1: Strategy and Simulation Author: Jimmy Maher Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:33:36 -0500 Link: http://www.filfre.net/2017/12/games-on-the-net-before-the-web-part-1-strategy-and-simulation/
2017: the year the world turned on Big Tech
From the «we love it, we hate it, we love hating it, we hate ourselves for loving it» department: Title: Tech's terrible year: how the world turned on Silicon Valley in 2017 Author: Olivia Solon in San Francisco Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2017 02:00:15 -0500 Link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology
Apple to opensource LisaOS
From the «the other, other Apple operating system» department: Title: Apple to open source the Lisa operating system and applications Author: Thom Holwerda Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2017 18:56:47 -0500 Link: http://osnews.com/story/30139/Apple_to_open_source_the_Lisa_operating_system_and_applications
curse of the modern office environment
From the «also, your co-workers suck» department: Title: The Curse of the Modern Office Author: kris de decker Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:21:27 -0500 Link: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/krisdedecker/lowtechmagazineenglish/~3/KwUPOO2T9Ws/the-curse-of-the-modern-office.html [image 2:
Monitoring Home Power Consumption for less than $25
Quoting from the URL above: On almost a daily basis, I am bombarded with ads on Facebook for the Sense. This device allows you to monitor whole-home power consumption. I could probably find room for such
Dickbars and Other Readability Excrement
Quoting from the URL above: John Gruber in Medium and the Scourge of Persistent Sharing Dickbars: Medium seems to continue to grow in popularity as a publishing platform, and as it does, I'm growing more
Reviving the Apple 410 Plotter
Really interesting story by a fun hardware hacker. https://www.nycresistor.com/2017/12/13/reviving-the-apple-410-color-plotter/ After seeing some of the jaw-dropping and inspiring plotter art that’s been popping up on #plottertwitter this year, I decided to get in on the fun. We don’t have an
Text-only news sites are slowly making a comeback. Here's why.
Quoting from the URL above: A few days before Hurricane Irma hit South Florida, I received a query on Twitter from a graphic designer named Eric Bailey. "Has anyone researched news sites
Firefox is on a slippery slope of trust
From the «needs more cat GIFs too» department: Title: Firefox is on a slippery slope Author: Thom Holwerda Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:39:14 -0500 Link: http://osnews.com/story/30132/Firefox_is_on_a_slippery_slope For a long time, it was just setting the default search provider to Google in
break up Google and Facebook if you want more innovation
From the «hmmmmmmmmmm» department: Title: 'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation' Author: Thom Holwerda Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:04:27 -0500 Link: http://osnews.com/story/30106/_Break_up_Google_and_Facebook_if_you_ever_want_innovation_ If the tech industry wants another
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