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How To Find Exact Installation Date And Time Of Your Linux OS

Monday 5th of August 2019 01:44:31 PM
Ever wondered how long have you been using your Linux OS without a reinstall? Here is how to find exact installation date and time of your Linux OS.

Second quarter sees an 18 percent rise in DDoS attacks

Monday 5th of August 2019 01:42:32 PM
In the second quarter of 2019, the total number of DDoS attacks grew by 18 percent, compared to the same period in 2018 according to a new report from Kaspersky. There is, however, a drop compared to the first quarter of this year, with attacks down 44 percent. Kaspersky attributes this to seasonal variation with DDoS attack usually declining in late spring and summer. The seasonal decrease only had a negligible effect on the number of attacks on the application layer though, these reduced by just four percent compared to the previous quarter. These type of attacks target certain functions… [Continue Reading]

Verizon's New 'Unlimited' Data Plans Still Have Very Real, Problematic Limits

Monday 5th of August 2019 01:31:00 PM
Back in 2007, Verizon was forced to strike an agreement with the New York State Attorney General for marketing data plans as "unlimited" when the plans had very clear limits. Twelve years later and it's not clear the company has learned much of anything. The latest case in point: Verizon this week once again revamped the company's not really "unlimited" data plans, and they once again come with some very real limits. For example the company's entry level "unlimited" plan still bans HD video entirely, throttling everything to 480p, then forcing you to pay extra should you want to view a video stream as its originator intended. But all of the company's plans feature some kind of limits with the goal (always) of upselling you to a more expensive plan should you, you know, actually want unfettered access to the internet and use your device as intended (say as a mobile hotspot): Verizon has added a new wrinkle to the mix by banning 4K video streaming entirely unless you subscribe to a new Verizon 5G plan (still barely available in most areas) for another additional $10 per month. And again, all of these plans have limits that result in your "unlimited" connection being throttled should you, you know, actually use it. This throttling occurs after 25 GB/mo on Play More Unlimited, 50 GB/mo on Do More Unlimited and 75 GB/mo on Get More Unlimited. Other mobile carriers like Sprint have similarly experimented with throttling games, video, and music, then charging you more money if you want to bypass these arbitrary restrictions. Again, the entire function of this model is to upsell wireless data customers (who already pay some of the highest prices for mobile data in the developed world) to even more expensive plans if they just want their damn connection to work. Customers who don't know what a gigabyte is or what these restrictions mean will usually migrate to the more expensive plan "to be safe." It's a pricing funnel designed to scare consumers into paying more. It's fairly impressive that twelve years after Verizon was dinged for not understanding the definition of unlimited -- and after fifteen years of net neutrality debates -- some people still don't see the terrible precedent these kinds of pricing plans set. Letting ISPs impose arbitrary restrictions, then charge you more money to get around them, isn't a model that's going to be great for innovators over the longer haul. And with the triple punch of regulatory capture at the FCC, the death of net neutrality, and looming consolidation/competition erosion courtesy of the Sprint T-Mobile merger, there's a whole lot more of this sort of thing over the horizon. Permalink | Comments | Email This Story

Episode 24: A Chat About Redis Labs

Monday 5th of August 2019 01:14:23 PM
Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Yiftach Shoolman of Redis Labs about Redis, Open Source licenses, company culture and more.

Microsoft's War on the Right to Repair (One's Own Computers) Makes Lundgren an 'Enemy' to Microsoft

Monday 5th of August 2019 12:44:36 PM
Microsoft killed legislation that allows people to repair their own computers and gadgets (that they paid full price for), so why not also destroy the life of a prominent recycler who helps hardware repairs at a vast scale (reducing demand for new electronics with new Microsoft Windows licences)?

Everything Important You Need to Know About UID in Linux

Monday 5th of August 2019 12:14:27 PM
This Linux Basics guide teaches you everything important associated with UID in Linux.

A disturbing lack of outrage about the E3 Expo leak

Monday 5th of August 2019 12:00:52 PM
Why don’t I feel bad? I know I should. I know I ought to be alarmed by the news that the organizers of the E3 Expo accidentally leaked the personal or professional contact details for some two thousand registered journalists and members of the media. But I’m not. In fact, I’m ambivalent about the whole thing. As an early victim of some malicious "doxxing" -- by a fellow tech journalist, no less -- I’ve become a bit jaded about the matter (having satellite images of your house posted online so freaks can target your children will do that to you).… [Continue Reading]

Three Companies Bringing Innovation to Open Keyboards

Monday 5th of August 2019 12:00:29 PM
As open source hardware becomes a real thing, companies work to redesign the keyboard from the ground up using open designs. [...] Continue reading Three Companies Bringing Innovation to Open Keyboards The post Three Companies Bringing Innovation to Open Keyboards appeared first on FOSS Force.

Setting up reverse proxies with NGINX

Monday 5th of August 2019 12:00:00 PM
Learn how reverse proxies can help your network, and how to install and set one up with NGINX

Review: iZombie sets up strong fifth season, then whiffs the series finale

Monday 5th of August 2019 11:45:40 AM
The show's winning combination of horror, humor, and crime-solving deserved better

4 of the Best Download Managers for Linux Users

Monday 5th of August 2019 11:44:23 AM
Struggling to keep your file downloads organized? If you don't already have a download manager installed on your Linux machine, here are four of the best.

Google Expands Cloud Migration Tools to Ease Move to Hybrid Cloud

Monday 5th of August 2019 11:44:00 AM
Google is updating its cloud migration initiatives to help organizations move from other cloud and on-premises technologies and embrace a hybrid cloud model.

The fastest open source CPU ever, Facebook shares AI algorithms fighting harmful content, and more news

Monday 5th of August 2019 10:14:28 AM
In this edition of our open source news roundup, we share Facebook[he]#039[/he]s choice to open source two algorithms for finding harmful content, Apple[he]#039[/he]s new role in the Data Transfer Project, and more news you should know.

Introduction to MySQL/MariaDB database SQL views

Monday 5th of August 2019 10:14:27 AM
A database view is nothing but a virtual table, which does not contains data itself, but references data contained in other tables. Views are basically the result of stored queries which can vary on complexity and can be used, for example, to hide data from users, allowing access only on selected columns of a table, or simply to provide a different point of view on the existing data. In this tutorial we will see how to create, update, alter and drop a view on a MySQL, MariaDB database.

These are the Apple Card restrictions you need to know about

Monday 5th of August 2019 10:12:04 AM
Apple Card is due to launch later this month and there are a few restrictions associated with Apple's predictably-named credit card. The Apple Card Customer Agreement document drawn up by backing creditor Goldman Sachs shows that it cannot be used to buy cryptocurrencies. Additionally, the iPhone-based digital version of the credit card cannot be used on jailbroken devices. See also: Privacy: Google stops transcribing Assistant recordings and Apple stops listening to Siri recordings Apple Card: The Apple credit card is coming in August Privacy: Apple workers may well hear all of your sordid secrets via Siri Goldman Sachs' agreement document… [Continue Reading]

When did computers get smarter than us?

Monday 5th of August 2019 09:48:39 AM
There are few aspects of our everyday lives that don’t now rely on computers at some level. But does this reliance on technology mean that the machines are getting smarter than we are? Server and network monitoring specialist CloudRadar has put together an infographic examining our reliance on technology. It looks at the effects of technology failures, at how machines are good at the repetitive tasks that we find boring, and at how computers can now beat us at many games. It also looks at how computers compare to our brains. You can view the full graphic below. Photo Credit:… [Continue Reading]

How to Deploy Nginx Load Balancing on Kubernetes Cluster on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Monday 5th of August 2019 09:44:34 AM
Kubernetes is a free and open-source container orchestration system that can be used to deploy and manage container. In this tutorial, we will learn how to setup Nginx load balancing with Kubernetes on Ubuntu 18.04.

Control Screen Brightness from Ubuntu Terminal

Monday 5th of August 2019 09:44:34 AM
In this article, we will describe how you can adjust the brightness of your monitor using the Ubuntu command line. This includes getting the name of your monitor device and adjusting the brightness level, both using the Xrandr utility.

Games: Gloomhaven, Godot Engine, OpenXR and SteamVR

Monday 5th of August 2019 09:35:26 AM
  • The developer of Gloomhaven wants to see what kind of demand there is for Linux support

    Gloomhaven, he digital adaptation of the acclaimed board game recently entered Steam's Early Access program and it appears the developer Flaming Fowl Studios continued to be open about Linux support.

    This wouldn't be the first time they've talked about Linux support. In fact, their latest word on it does seem to be a bit of a backtrack from a previous statement, but priorities change and nothing is ever set in stone when a game is in development. That was multiple months before Early Access even started though, to be fair.

  • FOSS game engine "Godot Engine" making fantastic Vulkan API progress

    Godot Engine developer Juan Linietsky continues pushing ahead with Godot's move to Vulkan, with another impressive progress report now available and it all sounds great.

    Firstly, Linietsky goes over improvements to the lighting and shadows system, with Godot 4.0 having all "2D lighting is now done in a single pass", which will give it a decent performance although now there's a few limits in place but the improvements should be worth it. Additionally, they've added the ability to use "specular and shininess both as parameter and as textures supplied to Sprite, AnimatedSprite, Polygon2D and other nodes" for 2D lights.

    Further improvements include a new 2D material system, which enables writing custom shaders with their fancy new Vulkan renderer and there's no restriction on the amount of textures shaders can use. As another performance boost, shaders are compiled and cached on load reducing game stalls. Shader compilation is also now fully threaded "greatly improving performance". There's more multi-threading work being done, with even more to come later too.

  • Collabora detail more work going into Monado, their open source OpenXR runtime

    With the 1.0 release of the OpenXR 1.0 specification, Collabora have begun to detail more work going on with Monado their open source OpenXR runtime for Linux.

  • Another SteamVR release is up, further improving the VR experience on Linux

    Valve continue to move at a rapid pace to improve SteamVR across all platforms, especially with the Valve Index being so new there's plenty of teething issues to address. This is not a beta release, this is an official release of SteamVR.

    Something that has been posted across the web (and emailed to us), is an issue with the Valve Index Controller thumbsticks. Like a lot of thumbsticks, you can click it in to perform some sort of action. However, it seems you're not able to click it in all the time and in certain positions it won't click or won't register it has been clicked. To the point that VR game developers have been working to remove the need for it. So what have Valve done?

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New long-term support version of Linux Mint desktop released

Monday 5th of August 2019 09:14:30 AM
The best Linux desktop gets a refresh that will last users until 2023.