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Hackable, educational walking bot can add a Raspberry Pi

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 12:08:05 PM
Robotical’s hackable, Cortex-M4 based “Marty” educational robot has flexible legs, and can be upgraded with an onboard Raspberry Pi. A startup called Robotical is seeking funds on Indiegogo for a 3D printable, mostly open source, walking robot called Marty. The WiFi-controlled bipedal bot has a 180MHz Cortex-M4 MCU, and is primarily designed to teach kids […]

Judge wipes out patent troll’s $625M verdict against Apple

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 10:53:45 AM
Nevada-based VirnetX won a jury trial against Apple earlier this year. An East Texas jury ruled that Apple must pay $625.6 million to VirnetX for infringing four patents. The patents are said to cover Apple's VPN on-demand feature, as well as FaceTime.US District Judge Robert Schroeder, who oversaw the trial, published an order (PDF) on Friday that vacates the verdict and orders a new trial to begin in September.

Gentoo-Based Pentoo 2015.0 Linux Distro for Ethical Hackers Gets New RC Release

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 09:39:25 AM
The Pentoo Linux development team proudly announces today the availability for download of the fifth Release Candidate (RC) build towards the Pentoo 2015.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

Compact Skylake and Braswell COMs share a carrier board

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 08:25:05 AM
DFI is sampling two Linux-friendly COM Express Compact Type 6 modules that use the same carrier: a 6th Gen Core based “SU968” and an Intel Braswell “BW968.” DFI has brought its line of 95 x 95mm COM Express Compact modules up to date with new Intel Skylake and Braswell models. Both the 6th Generation Core […]

Microsoft takes five months to replace broken patch

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:10:45 AM
System Centre's Windows Server Operating System MP was bad at recognising disksMicrosoft has issued a replacement for a buggy release of Windows Server Operating System MP, code that underpins efforts to proactively monitor Windows Server.…

Kodi 17 "Krypton" Alpha 3 Brings Live TV and PVR Improvements, New Skin Features

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 05:56:24 AM
Kodi's Martijn Kaijser informs us on the availability of the third Alpha development milestone of the upcoming cross-platform and open-source Kodi 17 "Krypton" media center.

Best Password Manager - For Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS and Enterprise

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 04:42:04 AM
When it comes to safeguarding your Internet security, installing an antivirus software or running a Secure Linux OS on your system does not mean you are safe enough from all kinds of cyber-threats.

Ubuntu 16.10 To Ship With Nautilus 3.20

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 03:27:44 AM
Nautilus 3.20 will ship in October's release of the Yakkety Yak. The latest version of the open-source OS offers users Nautilus 3.14 - so this will be quite the leap!

COM Express 3.0 Type 7 debuts: 10GbE added, video deleted

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 02:13:24 AM
Adlink unveiled the first COM Express 3.0 module, debuting a server-oriented Type 7 pinout that replaces graphics with 10GbE ports. Adlink’s rugged, Linux-ready “Express-BD7” module with 14nm Xeon and Pentium CPUs is the first computer-on-module to use PICMG’s preliminary COM Express 3.0 spec with its new Type 7 pinout.

Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Xfce Officially Released, Linux Mint 18 KDE Coming Soon

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 01:16:13 AM
We reported the other day on the availability for download of the long-anticipated Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Xfce Edition operating system, and we told you that an official announcement would come shortly.

A Review of the Pocket CHIP Computer

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 12:19:02 AM
The CHIP computer, a SBC that runs on Debian and is billed as “the world’s first $9 computer,” has been released. This video review of the Pocket CHIP offers a good preview of what it’s about.

Sparkling Water: Bridging Open Source Machine Learning and Apache Spark

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 11:21:51 PM
Although many people have experience with the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence through applications in their pockets, such as Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, the scope of this technology extends well beyond the smartphone. H2O.ai, formerly known as Oxdata, has carved out a unique niche in the machine learning and artificial intelligence arena because its primary tools are free and open source, and because it is connecting its tools to other widely used data analytics tools.

Easily Manage AUR Packages by enabling Yaourt on Arch Linux System

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 10:24:40 PM
Easily Manage AUR Packages by enabling Yaourt on Arch Linux System

IBM's Wager on Open Source Is Still Paying Off

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 09:27:29 PM
When IBM got involved with the Linux open source project in 1998, they were betting that giving their code and time to the community would be a worthwhile investment. Now, 18 years later, IBM is more involved than ever, with more than 62,000 employees trained and expected to contribute to open source projects, according to Todd Moore, Vice President of Open Technology at IBM, speaking at ApacheCon in May.

How to install nginx as a Reverse Proxy for Apache on Ubuntu 16.04

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 08:30:18 PM
This tutorial shows how you can set up nginx as a reverse proxy in front of an Apache 2.4 web server on Ubuntu 16.04. nginx (pronounced "engine x") is a free, open-source, high-performance HTTP server. nginx is known for its stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption.

Ghosts in the Voting Machines

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 07:33:07 PM
Whether or not foreign governments are planning on manipulating our election results in November, it’s past time we started taking the security of electronic voting seriously.

Exciting Improvements Delivered Today in Firefox for Desktop and Android

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 06:35:56 PM
Today we’re proud to announce the initial rollout of multi-process Firefox for Desktop to our general audience. With this, we’re taking a major step forward in improving Firefox for Desktop. Users should experience a Firefox that is less susceptible to … Continue reading

Better Cloud Storage with ownCloud 9.1

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 05:38:45 PM
A new version of ownCloud community edition has been released, and itbrings a number of important updates, new features and securityimprovements. The result is a more useful and safe environment forcollaboration and cloud storage.

4 open source alternatives to Evernote

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 04:41:34 PM
Information: Whether we realize it or not, we collect a lot of it—interesting snippets, links, research for school or work, recipes, quotes, and a whole lot more.Millions of people turn to Evernote to organize all that information. There's no denying that Evernote is a useful and powerful tool. But it's also a closed source one.read more

Announcing the Second Cohort of Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 03:44:23 PM
The second class of fellows will embed at organizations like ColorOfChange and European Digital Rights to fight for privacy, literacy, and inclusion online ? The internet is a global public resource. It has the ability to empower, educate, connect and … Continue reading

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Leftovers: Software

  • A Quick Hands-On With Chatty, A Desktop Twitch Chat Client
    Chatty is a desktop Twitch Chat client for Windows, macOS and Linux written in Ja
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24
    The open-source HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has been updated on August 29, 2016, to version 3.16.8, a maintenance update that adds support for new printers and GNU/Linux operating systems. According to the release notes, HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 adds support for new all-in-one HP printers, including HP OfficeJet Pro 6970, HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile, HP DeskJet 3700, as well as HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700. Also new in the HPLIP 3.16.8 update is support for the recently released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and the upcoming KDE editions, the Fedora 24 Linux operating system, as well as the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" distribution. So if you're using any of these OSes, you can now update to the latest HPLIP release.
  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.20.0 Video Player Released with New Options and Commands
    The popular, open-source, and cross-platform MPV video player software received a new update, version 0.20.0, which comes only two weeks after the previous 0.19.0 maintenance release. MPV 0.20.0 is not a major update, and, according to the release notes, it only implements a couple of new options and commands, such as "--video-unscaled=downscale-big" for changing the aspect ratio. Additionally, the MPlayer-based video playback application also gets the "--image-display-duration" option for controlling the duration of image display, and a new "dcomposition" flag for controlling DirectComposition.
  • FFmpeg 3.1.3 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Now Available for Linux
    The major FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has received recently its third maintenance update, version 3.1.3, which brings updated components. FFmpeg 3.1 was announced two months ago, at the end of June, and it introduced a multitude of new features to make the popular multimedia backend even more reliable and handy to game and application developers. Dubbed Laplace, FFmpeg 3.1 is currently the most advanced FFmpeg release, cut from Git master on June 26, 2016.
  • GNU Scientific Library 2.2 released
    Version 2.2 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C. This release contains new linear algebra routines (Pivoted and Modified Cholesky, Complete Orthogonal Decomposition, matrix condition number estimation) as well as a completely rewritten nonlinear least squares module, including support for Levenberg-Marquardt, dogleg, double-dogleg, and Steihaug-Toint methods. The full NEWS file entry is appended below.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Report: If DOD Doesn't Embrace Open Source, It'll 'Be Left Behind'
    Unless the Defense Department and its military components levy increased importance on software development, they risk losing military technical superiority, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security. In the report, the Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan think tank argues the Pentagon, which for years has relied heavily on proprietary software systems, “must actively embrace open source software” and buck the status quo. Currently, DOD uses open source software “infrequently and on an ad hoc basis,” unlike tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook that wouldn’t exist without open source software.
  • The Honey Trap of Copy/Pasting Open Source Code
    I couldn’t agree more with Bill Sourour’s article ‘Copy.Paste.Code?’ which says that copying and pasting code snippets from sources like Google and StackOverflow is fine as long as you understand how they work. However, the same logic can’t be applied to open source code. When I started open source coding at the tender age of fourteen, I was none the wiser to the pitfalls of copy/pasting open source code. I took it for granted that if a particular snippet performed my desired function, I could just insert it into my code, revelling in the fact that I'd just gotten one step closer to getting my software up and running. Yet, since then, through much trial and error, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to use open source code effectively.
  • Affordable, Open Source, 3D Printable CNC Machine is Now on Kickstarter
    The appeals of Kickstarter campaigns are many. There are the rewards for backers, frequently taking the form of either deep discounts on the final product or unusual items that can’t be found anywhere else. Pledging to support any crowdfunding campaign is a gamble, but it’s an exciting gamble; just browsing Kickstarter is pretty exciting, in fact, especially in the technological categories. Inventive individuals and startups offer new twists on machines like 3D printers and CNC machines – often for much less cost than others on the market.
  • Open Standards and Open Source
    Much has changed in the telecommunications industry in the years since Standards Development Organization (SDOs) such as 3GPP, ITU and OMA were formed. In the early days of telecom and the Internet, as fundamental technology was being invented, it was imperative for the growth of the new markets that standards were established prior to large-scale deployment of technology and related services. The process for development of these standards followed a traditional "waterfall" approach, which helped to harmonize (sometimes competing) pre-standard technical solutions to market needs.

Leftovers: BSD

  • The Voicemail Scammers Never Got Past Our OpenBSD Greylisting
    We usually don't see much of the scammy spam and malware. But that one time we went looking for them, we found a campaign where our OpenBSD greylisting setup was 100% effective in stopping the miscreants' messages. During August 23rd to August 24th 2016, a spam campaign was executed with what appears to have been a ransomware payload. I had not noticed anything particularly unusual about the bsdly.net and friends setup that morning, but then Xavier Mertens' post at isc.sans.edu Voice Message Notifications Deliver Ransomware caught my attention in the tweetstream, and I decided to have a look.
  • Why FreeBSD Doesn't Aim For OpenMP Support Out-Of-The-Box