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Astronaut Wally Schirra dies

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One of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Walter Schirra Jr., has died of a heart attack at the age of 84.

Kurt Vonnegut, Writer of Classics of the American Counterculture, Dies at 84

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Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like “Slaughterhouse-Five,” “Cat’s Cradle” and “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died Wednesday night in Manhattan. He was 84.

Fortran developer John Backus dies at 82

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John W. Backus, who led the team at IBM that created the computer language Fortran, died Saturday, at age 82.

Fortran, released in 1957, was considered a major step forward in computer programming languages. It was used for intensive supercomputing problems, and thanks to the creation of multiple compilers, was one of the first languages to be widely used across different architectures.

Oh no, Boston Lead Singer Dead at 55

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New Hampshire authorities are investigating the death of Boston lead singer Bradley Delp, who was found dead in his home at the age of 55.

Legendary Singer James Brown Dies at 73

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'Godfather of Soul' James Brown, Whose Singing and Dancing Inspired Generations, Dies at 73

Oh No, Peter Boyle of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dies

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Peter Boyle, who played the tap-dancing monster in "Young Frankenstein" and the curmudgeonly father in the long-running sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 71.

Ray Noorda, Father Of Network Computers, Dies

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Ray Noorda, the Novell Inc. founder who battled Microsoft Corp. in the early years of network computers, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.

In Memoriam: Ralph Griswold(1934-2006)

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Ralph Griswold, creator of SNOBOL and Icon, former staff member at Bell Labs and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Arizona, died 4 October 2006, losing a bout of cancer.

Oh no. RIP lilo

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On the 12th September Rob Levin, known to many as Freenode's lilo, was hit by a car while riding his bike. He suffered head injuries and passed away in hospital on the 16th. For more information please visit #freenode-announce

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Oh no. Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead

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Australian television personality and environmentalist Steve Irwin has died in a marine accident in north Queensland, Australian state government sources say.

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Proprietary Software Leftovers

  • Google launches the $649 Pixelbook Go Chromebook

    At its annual hardware event, Google today announced the launch of the Pixelbook Go, the latest iteration of its first-party Chromebook lineup. Starting at $649, the Pixelbook Go marks a return to the standard laptop format after last year’s Pixelbook with a 180-degree hinge and the Pixel Slate 2-in-1. The Go will come with a 16:9 13.3-inch touch screen and either an HD or 4K display, two USB-C ports, a built-in Titan-C security chip, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It’s powered by Intel Core CPUs, starting with an m3 chip at the low end and an i7 at the top end. Available colors are black and “not pink” and pre-orders start now, but only for the black version. “Not pink” is coming soon.

  • BGH Capital backs major new cyber security player

    Former national cyber security adviser Alastair MacGibbon and former Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis joined forces to create the country's largest pure cyber security company, with 400 staff and backing from private equity firm BGH Capital.

    Led by Mr Paitaridis, CyberCX brings together 12 niche cyber security players to form one large company.

  • Malware That Spits Cash Out of ATMs Has Spread Across the World [iophk: Windows TCO]

    Part of the security issue for ATMs is that many of them are, in essence, aged Windows computers.

  • Migration Complete – Amazon’s Consumer Business Just Turned off its Final Oracle Database

    We migrated 75 petabytes of internal data stored in nearly 7,500 Oracle databases to multiple AWS database services including Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), and Amazon Redshift. The migrations were accomplished with little or no downtime, and covered 100% of our proprietary systems. This includes complex purchasing, catalog management, order fulfillment, accounting, and video streaming workloads. We kept careful track of the costs and the performance, and realized the following results: [...]

Open Hardware: DS3231 and CHIPS Alliance

  • i2c clock : DS3231

    Like any clock, the DS3231 must be set at the 1st start. The registers listed in Figure 4 are accessible for reading and writing. This allows us to program the exact time and date at the time of initialization. Then the DS3231 operates autonomously, with leap years up to 2100 ;-) To compensate for the power failure, a CR1220 battery can be added to the back of the Adafruit ADA3013.

  • CHIPS Alliance Growth Continues With New Members and Design Workshop this November
  • CHIPS Alliance growth continues with new members and design workshop this November

    CHIPS Alliance, the leading consortium advancing common, open hardware for interfaces, processors and systems, today announced Codasip GmbH and Munich University of Applied Science have joined the CHIPS Alliance. In addition, on November 14–15, CHIPS Alliance will be joining the university for a workshop on open source design verification. CHIPS Alliance is a project hosted by the Linux Foundation to foster a collaborative environment to accelerate the creation and deployment of open SoCs, peripherals and software tools for use in mobile, computing, consumer electronics, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The CHIPS Alliance project develops high-quality open source Register Transfer Level (RTL) code relevant to the design of open source CPUs, RISC-V-based SoCs, and complex peripherals for Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and custom silicon. Codasip is a leading supplier of configurable RISC-V® embedded processor IP. Codasip provides a portfolio of various RISC-V implementations along with a suite of processor developers tools to allow for rapid core customization, and will contribute to working groups on verification platforms and open cores. “Codasip has years of processor development experience and has shown its dedication to open platforms by its contributions to open source compiler and compliance projects. We welcome their participation in the CHIPS Alliance to facilitate the adoption of open architectures,” said Zvonimir Bandić, senior director of next-generation platforms architecture at Western Digital and Chairman, CHIPS Alliance.

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Handwritten Notes And PDF Annotation Tool Xournal++ Update Brings New Floating Toolbox

Xournal++ was updated to version 1.0.14 recently, quickly followed by a minor 1.0.15 release. With this update, the application has received a new experimental floating toolbox, redesigned preferences, and some notable quality of life changes. Xournal++ is a handwriting notetaking application that supports PDF annotations, which runs on Linux, macOS and Windows 10. Written in C++ with GTK+ 3, the tool can be used to take notes with pen input devices such as Wacom Tablets, while also allowing users to take audio notes thanks to its audio recording and playback functionality. This application is not just for taking handwritten and audio notes though, as it can also annotate PDF documents (and more) - it can insert text / LaTeX, draw shapes, and insert black or delete existing PDF pages. Read more