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Purism’s Security Key Will Generate Keys Directly on the Device, Now Made in the USA

Monday 1st of July 2019 10:44:23 PM
Purism, the hardware manufacturer known for its secure Linux-powered laptops and the upcoming Librem 5 security-focused Linux smartphone, announced the upcoming release of the second version of its Librem Key security key.

Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels to become a Netflix TV series

Monday 1st of July 2019 10:30:08 PM

Enlarge / Morpheus, aka Dream, aka the titular Sandman, is one of seven beings known as the Endless in Neil Gaiman's seminal graphic novel series. (credit: YouTube/DC Comics)

Author Neil Gaiman is a hot property these days, between the STARZ adaptation of American Gods and the massive success of the TV adaptation of his novel with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, on Amazon Prime. Now comes news via The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix is also jumping on the Gaiman bandwagon. The streaming giant is reportedly making a major financial commitment to adapt the Sandman graphic novel series for television.

For many of us, the Sandman comics were our first introduction to the prolific Gaiman's work. It's his re-interpretation of an earlier DC comics character. The titular "sandman" is Dream, but he is also called Morpheus, among other names. He is one of seven entities known as the Endless, and he has emerged from a long imprisonment to set right his past mistakes. (The other Endless are Destiny, Destruction, Despair, Desire, Delirium, and Death, portrayed as a perky punk/goth young woman—they became almost as popular as Dream himself and were featured in several spinoff comics.)

Gaiman's 75-issue revival of the character are an odd mix of mythology, fantasy, horror, and history, rife with literary references and a fair bit of dark humor. There really is nothing quite like it, and the series proved to be hugely popular—and enduring. One standalone story, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (The Sandman No. 19) even won the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, the only time a comic has been so honored.

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[$] TurboSched: the return of small-task packing

Monday 1st of July 2019 10:24:25 PM
CPU scheduling is a difficult task in the best of times; it is not trivial to pick the next process to run while maintaining fairness, minimizing energy use, and using the available CPUs to their fullest potential. The advent of increasingly complex system architectures is not making things easier; scheduling on asymmetric systems (such as the big.LITTLE architecture) is a case in point. The "turbo" mode provided by some recent processors is another. The TurboSched patch set from Parth Shah is an attempt to improve the scheduler's ability to get the best performance from such processors.

ICANN eliminates .org domain price caps despite lopsided opposition

Monday 1st of July 2019 09:57:06 PM

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Earlier this year, ICANN sought public comment on a new contract for the Public Interest Registry, the non-profit organization that administers the .org top-level domain. The results were stark.

More than 3,200 individuals and organizations submitted comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and most of them focused on a proposal to remove a cap on the price customers could be charged for .org domains.

The existing contract, signed in 2013, banned the Public Interest Registry from charging more than $8.25 per domain. It allowed annual price increases of no more than 10 percent. Registrars can add their own fees on top of this base amount, but competition among registrars helps keep those added fees down.

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How to Prepare for the Inevitable Security Incident with Digital Forensics Essentials

Monday 1st of July 2019 09:47:00 PM
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour As soon as you detect a security incident or breach in your environment, things move fast. You need to be able to quickly ascertain what happened and how as well as

PlayStation Vue applies a $5-a-month increase to all live TV plans

Monday 1st of July 2019 09:41:33 PM

Screenshot of PlayStation Vue live television service. (credit: Sony)

Sony announced that it is increasing the subscription cost for its live TV streaming service. PlayStation Vue customers will see all multi-channel plans increase their monthly rates by $5. The change will take effect today for new customers. Existing subscribers will see the prices go up with their first billing period after July 31.

The cheapest package for PlayStation Vue, the Access plan, will now offer a collection of live channels and DVR tools for $49.99 a month. The Core package, which adds several sports channels, will cost $54.99. The Elite level adds movie channels for $64.99 a month while Premium also adds HBO and Showtime for $84.99 a month.

The most common reason prices increase for media subscriptions, both with live video like PlayStation Vue and on-demand viewing like Hulu or Netflix, is the cost of licensing content. Those costs are only going up because several channels that provide that content are going it alone. Disney and NBCUniversal are both gearing up to launch their own streaming services, which gives them leverage to charge other providers even more for access to their programming or risk losing access completely.

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Ubuntu Ex86s 32-Bit, OpenMandriva, Alpine, openSUSE, EndeavourOS, Regolith | This Week in Linux 71

Monday 1st of July 2019 09:14:22 PM
On this episode of This Week in Linux, we have a BIG announcement from Ubuntu to talk about that is bound to be polarizing. We’re also going to cover some other Distro News from OpenMandriva, Alpine Linux, openSUSE, EndeavourOS, and Regolith Linux. Then we’re going to check out some Hardware News from Pine64 for the Pinebook Pro and Slimbook’s new All in One PC. Later in the show we’ll take a look at some news from CERN, Netflix, Huawei, Mattermost, Wayfire (Wayland compositor), and more!

How to List and Delete UFW Firewall Rules

Monday 1st of July 2019 09:14:22 PM
UFW stands for Uncomplicated Firewall, and is a user-friendly frontend for managing iptables (netfilter) firewall rules. It is the default firewall configuration tool for Ubuntu and is also available for other popular Linux distributions such as Debian and Arch Linux.

Paradox exec: Steam’s 30 percent fee is “outrageous”

Monday 1st of July 2019 09:03:15 PM

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Paradox Interactive (Cities: Skylines, Surviving Mars) seems to be getting fed up with the "standard" 30 percent fee on sales charged by Steam and many other game platforms. Speaking at a Gamelab panel hosted by last week, Paradox Chairman of the Board and former CEO Fredrik Wester called that state of affairs "outrageous," adding "I think the platform holders are taking too much money. Everyone in the press here, just quote me on that."

The 30 percent fee baseline, Wester argues, can trace its origins back to the economics of the home video market in the 1970s, when studios like Warner Bros. negotiated similar fees with retailers selling early VHS tapes. "That was physical. It cost a lot of money," he said. "This doesn't cost anything. So Epic has done a great job for the whole industry, because you get 88 percent. Fantastic move. Thank you very much."

Saying that it "doesn't cost anything" for stores like Steam to distribute and service a game is going a bit far. Beyond the simple costs associated with processing payments and providing download bandwidth, platforms often provide everything from multiplayer APIs to achievement and leaderboard systems to anti-cheat services and a whole host of other useful features. The Epic Game Store, with its undercutting 12 percent fees, does not provide many of these features as of yet (but the company does have a public roadmap for adding many of them in the near future).

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Ryuk, Ryuk, Ryuk: Georgia’s courts hit by ransomware

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:52:48 PM

Enlarge / Court systems in Georgia are down due to a ransomware attack. Surprise. (credit: Rivers Langley / SaveRivers / Wikimedia)

Georgia's Judicial Council and Administrative Office of the Courts is the victim of the latest ransomware attack against state and local agencies. And this looks like the same type of attack that took down the systems of at least two Florida municipal governments in June.

Administrative Office of the Courts spokesman Bruce Shaw confirmed the ransomware attack to Atlanta's Channel 11 News. The Administrative Office of the Courts' website is currently offline.

Shaw told 11 News that some systems had not been affected by the ransomware but that all systems connected to the network had been taken offline to prevent the ransomware from spreading. The Courts' IT department was in contact with "external agencies" to coordinate a response to the attack, Shaw said.

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Steam and Ubuntu: support until 2025 and 20.04 LTS

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:47:12 PM

Steam customers who run the gaming client on Ubuntu machines were in for a shock when Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, announced that it would not support 32-bit packages on Ubuntu going forward. Valve Software, parent company of Steam, revealed that Steam would not support Ubuntu anymore once the change landed and that Valve would not recommended Ubuntu either anymore.

Ubuntu has been the only Linux distribution that Steam supported officially up until now. While Steam works fine on many other Linux distributions, Valve would not offer any kind of support if Steam was not run on Ubuntu.

The dropping of 32-bit packages from Ubuntu would pose serious troubles for Steam going forward. Valve notes that the Steam client requires 32-bit libraries and while Valve might be able to fix that in time, Linux users would find out soon thereafter that thousands of games would not play anymore because they required 32-bit environments.

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How to Install and Use R on Ubuntu

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:44:24 PM
This tutorial teaches you to install R on Ubuntu. You’ll also learn how to run your first R program in Ubuntu using various methods.

An Initial Look At The IBM POWER9 4-Core / 16-Thread CPU Performance On The Blackbird

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:42:13 PM

A few weeks ago we received a POWER9 Raptor Blackbird for testing that features an IBM POWER9 4-core (16 thread) processor clocked at 3.80GHz. For those curious about the performance potential for low-end POWER9 parts compared to the more common high-core/thread count POWER processors we have benchmarked before like in the Talos II server, here are some initial tests of that petite POWER9 processor.

The Blackbird configuration we have been testing features the single POWER9 4c/16t CPU with Blackbird motherboard, 128GB of RAM, 1TB Samsung NVMe SSD, and onboard ASpeed display (dGPU testing to come). I ran some benchmarks of this POWER9 processor against a few other low and higher-end Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors for reference perspective.

The 4-core POWER9 CPU has a 3.2GHz base frequency with 3.8GHz turbo, 90 Watt TDP, 32KB L1 cache, 512KB L2 cache/core, and 10MB L3 cache/core. This CP9M01 processor is manufactured on a 14nm FinFET process. Raptor Computing Systems sells the 4-core processor for $375 USD.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home film review: Far from necessary

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:38:42 PM

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Comic and superhero film fans spent months wondering exactly what would happen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe once Avengers: Endgame concluded. Who would die? What would happen to the space-time continuum? Am I Groot?

While the movie answered some major MCU questions and was a solid entertainment, it also ended with an unclear path forward. (It's probably not a spoiler that a multi-part superhero epic concluded with some grim ramifications.) In some ways, Endgame seemed to set up crazy possibilities for Marvel films to come. But I'm here to tell you that, for now, those filmmakers are barreling ahead with exactly the business-as-usual fare you'd expect (or fear) from a multi-corporation entertainment franchise.

That fact lands with a thud in the form of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which plops into theaters on Tuesday, July 2. The powers that be at Disney, Marvel, and Sony Pictures (FFH's studio) followed one major Endgame plot thread to make this MCU superhero carry the whole load, and it was clearly the wrong move. The resulting adventure still offers solid action and laughs, but Spider-Man reboot lightning doesn't strike twice.

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Somerville, Massachusetts Becomes The Second US City To Ban Facial Recognition Tech

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:37:20 PM

Is it a movement? Or just a couple of outliers that will forever remain on the periphery of the surveillance state? It's too early to say, but at least we can now say San Francisco isn't an anomaly.

Somerville, Massachusetts just became the second U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition in public space.

The "Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance," which passed through Somerville's City Council on Thursday night, forbids any “department, agency, bureau, and/or subordinate division of the City of Somerville” from using facial recognition software in public spaces. The ordinance passed Somerville’s Legislative Matters Committee on earlier this week.

Last month, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ban the use of facial recognition tech by city government agencies. While it can't keep the federales from rolling in and deploying the software against city residents, it does prevent local law enforcement from deciding this is the tech toy it can't live without.

The ordinance passed in Somerville is pretty much the same thing. No local use, but federal-level use is OK. To be fair, the city can't regulate the activities of the federal government. It could have forbidden local agencies from working with federal agencies using facial recognition tech, but it didn't go quite that far.

This is a solid move, one that certainly looks smarter than allowing local cops to load up on tech that's been roasted by Congress and (still!) sports a pretty gaudy failure rate.

If other cities are interested in joining the very short list of facial recognition banners, activists have created a few road maps for governments to use. At the moment, the greatest chance for success appears to be at the hyper-local level. The ACLU says it all comes down to cities making the most of their limited power.

Kade Crockford, director of the technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, said in a phone call that at the state level, the ACLU is advocating for a moratorium or pause of facial recognition technology, while at the local level, the ACLU is advocating for bans.

“At the municipal level, it’s different,” Crockford said. “State governments have the capacity to regulate, whereas local governments really don’t. They don’t have the ability, for example, to create new institutions that could oversee, with sufficient care and attention, the implementation of an oversight or accountability system to guard against civil rights and civil liberties abuses.”

Generating momentum at the state level may be difficult until more cities are on board. If bans like these become more common, state legislators may respond favorably to wind direction changes and finally push back a bit against entrenched interests with an inordinate amount of power, like police unions and incumbent politicians with an authoritarian bent.

Somerville and its small network of 30 government-owned surveillance cameras may not seem like much, but a ban on the books is still effective if the city decides it needs to expand its set of eyes. And, as Vice News reports, it's not just small towns taking up San Francisco's anti-surveillance creep torch. Oakland -- which has already made major strides in curbing local government use of surveillance gear -- is considering a ban of its own.

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First open-spec 96Boards SOM modules go on sale with carrier board

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:35:05 PM

Seeed and Beiquicloud have opened pre-orders for the first two 96Boards SOM modules and their common $125 carrier board: the $59 BeiQi RK1808 AIoT and $119 BeiQi RK3399Pro AIoT.

In early April, Linaro’s 96Boards project announced the first two 96Boards System-on-Module (SOM) specifications, as well as the first two compute modules to support the 96Boards SOM Compute Module spec: the TB-96AIoT module, which runs Linux on the Rockchip RK1808 and the TB-96AI based on a Rockchip RK3399Pro SoC running Linux or Android. These open-spec modules are now open for pre-order from Seeed with July ship dates for $59 and $119, respectively. There’s also a $125 BeiQi CarrierBoard Kit that supports both modules.

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Anti-vax teen that fought ban amid chickenpox outbreak loses in court—again

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:20:48 PM

Child with chickenpox rash on her back held by her mother. (credit: Getty | Photofusion)

Judges in Kentucky have handed down another legal defeat to the unvaccinated teenager who sued his local health department for banning him from school and extracurricular activities amid a chickenpox outbreak earlier this year.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday quietly sided with the health department, saying that it was acting well within its powers to protect public health. The appeals court quoted an earlier ruling by the US Supreme Court saying that “Of paramount necessity, a community has the right to protect itself against an epidemic of disease which threatens the safety of its members.”

The Northern Kentucky Health Department declared the latest court decision a “resounding victory for public health in Kentucky,” in a statement.

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How to Install KDE Plasma in Arch Linux (Video Guide)

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:14:21 PM
This guide will help you unleash the full potential of your system by showing you how exactly to install KDE in Arch Linux.

KaOS Linux Gets July Release with KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop, Linux Kernel 5.1

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:01:00 PM
The KaOS Linux operating system received July 2019's snapshot release with all the latest updates and security fixes published in the main repositories since the previous ISO milestone.

Packed with all the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software, KaOS 2019.07 is now available for download and comes with the KDE Plamsa 5.16.2 desktop environment accompanied by the KDE Applications 19.04.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.59.0 software suites, all build against the Qt 5.13.0 application framework.

It also ships with the LibreOffice 6.2 office suite featuring native support for the Qt5/KF5 toolkit, replacing Calligra as the default Office app for KaOS. Other updated components include Linux kernel 5.1.15, X.Org Server 1.20.5, Glib2 2.60.4, ICU 64.2, 1.69.0, NetworkManager 1.18.1, GStreamer 1.16.0, iptables 1.8.3, GNU nano 4.3, Krb5 1.17, Proj 6.0.0, and Poppler 0.78.0.

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