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The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

TheRegister - 5 hours 10 min ago
If this all feels rather familiar, you'd be right

Analysis For a company that just four years ago vowed not to "engage in significant advertising campaigns", Huawei now puts on vast displays of wealth and technological prowess. Yesterday's extravaganza drew over 5,000 to London's Excel centre to see four new phones and two wearables, ranging from €99 to €2,099.…

Raspberry Pi based garden monitoring system supplies five sensors

LXer - 5 hours 30 min ago
On Kickstarter: SwitchDoc Labs’ “Smart Garden System” is a Raspberry Pi and Grove-based environmental monitoring and plant watering system with sensors for soil moisture, sunlight, air quality, temperature, and humidity. Spokane Valley, Wash. based SwitchDoc Labs (SDL) has launched a more advanced, up to nine plant Smart Garden System (SGS) kit version of its earlier […]

Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

TheRegister - 5 hours 41 min ago
Fear not! A swift sudo and your computational prayers will be answered

Knickers have become ever so twisty over the last few days as fans of the diminutive Raspberry Pi computer and its Raspbian operating system noted that Mathematica had been "removed".…

Professional Videogamers Are Working Out

Slashdot - 5 hours 50 min ago
Hoping to avoid injuries, gamers get physical training; squat jumps, ginger smoothies and yoga. From a report: Esports, the world of professional videogaming, is looking more and more like other sports, with big sponsors, prize money, fan bases -- and player injuries. In response, teams are educating players on ergonomics, hiring personal chefs and sending gamers to the gym [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. Sweden's Ninjas in Pyjamas, one of esports' most accomplished teams, distributes an illustrated fitness guide to players with nearly two dozen recommended "core" exercises like burpees, Superman lifts and squat jumps. It has also instituted a "no pizza" rule before morning matches and mandated teams take pregame walks. Before matches, hand-warming packets are doled out to its two dozen players. "If you have warm hands, you reduce the risk of injury versus cold hands," says Hicham Chahine, Ninjas' chief executive. The potential for injuries -- most frequently in the wrists, hands and fingers -- is rising due to the popularity of the $900 million esports universe. With new leagues and a proliferation of competitions, for some games, tournaments are popping up nearly every other week. "Everyone is susceptible to injuries in everything that is done to an extreme," says Veli-Matti Karhulahti, of Finland's University of Turku, who along with co-author Tuomas Kari, has published peer-reviewed research on physical activity in esports. South Korean team KT Rolster hired a nutritionist two years ago who dictates breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brown rice was substituted for white rice. Players craving fast food or instant ramen must now make a special request to do so, says Jeong Je-seung, KT Rolster's coach and a former professional gamer. In his playing days, Mr. Jeong says low salaries meant "if you could eat three times a day as an esports player back then it was enough." Top players can now earn millions of dollars annually in prize money and sponsorships. The 2018 world championship for "Dota 2," a game where teams raid opponentsâ(TM) bases, carried a purse of nearly $25 million.

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Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

TheRegister - 6 hours 16 min ago
Second Insider build with more fixes for 1809. Could third time be the charm?

Microsoft’s efforts to recover from the Windows 10 October 2018 Update debacle continued last night as a fresh build of the troubled operating system was emitted to Windows Insiders.…

Last year, D-Link flubbed a router bug-fix, so it's back with total pwnage

TheRegister - 6 hours 44 min ago
Plain text password storage? Check. Directory traversal? Check. SOHOpeless? Check

Eight D-Link router variants are vulnerable to complete pwnage via a combination of security screwups, and only two are going to get patched.…

Configure System Locale on Debian 9

LXer - 6 hours 44 min ago
We will show you how to configure system locale on Debian 9. The system locale defines the language and country-specific setting for the programs running on your system and the shell sessions. You can use locales to see the time and date, numbers, currency and other values formatted as per your language or country. Configuring system locale on Debian 9 is a fairly easy task and it should be configured in less than 10 minutes.

Find these, er, appealing? UK.gov takes red pen to spy court rules, asks for Parliament's OK

TheRegister - 7 hours 40 min ago
New right to appeal findings of Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The British government has finally offered up its proposed changes to the way the UK's spy court operates – including the right to appeal its decisions – for approval by the country's Parliament.…

Spinnaker: The Kubernetes of Continuous Delivery

LXer - 7 hours 59 min ago
Just like Kubernetes, Spinnaker is a technology that is battle tested, with Netflix using Spinnaker internally for continuous delivery.

Battling a multi-cloud deployment? Get our expert IT advice in this handy catch-up video

TheRegister - 8 hours 47 min ago
There are many mistakes you can make – learn how to avoid them from gurus

Webcast For those of you who missed out on our live online broadcast on the the seven deadly sins of multi-cloud last week, fear not, a catch-up video is available now.

How Paul Allen Saved the American Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Slashdot - 8 hours 50 min ago
dmoberhaus writes: Paul Allen died on Monday evening at the age of 65. Motherboard spoke with SETI researchers about how the Microsoft co-founder single-handedly saved the American Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by building the first dedicated SETI radio telescope and its legacy one decade later. Less than a year after NASA's SETI program started, it was shut down by members of Congress who didn't want to spend money on the "great Martian chase." In order for the program to continue, it needed private funding. "Fortunately, one of the earliest SETI Institute supporters was Barney Oliver, who founded and directed Hewlett Packard laboratories," reports Motherboard. "So in 1993 Oliver called Bill Hewlett and David Packard of Hewlett Packard, Intel founder Gordon Moore, and Paul Allen to ask for their support." They supported Project Phoenix, a SETI program that ran from 1995 to 1998. SETI astronomers then realized that they needed a dedicated SETI radio telescope, or array of small telescopes, if the search were to have any chance of success. Allen was able to foot the $25-million bill required to build this array of telescopes. The telescope array was built in northern California, "the first facility specifically built for SETI in the U.S.," Motherboard notes. "The cost of building a 350-telescope array ended up being far more expensive than anyone at the SETI Institute had anticipated, however. By the time the Allen Telescope Array came online in 2007, only 42 telescopes had been built and Allen's donation had largely been consumed." The report notes that the Allen Telescope Array "has analyzed 200 million signals from thousands of stars, studied unusual high-energy radio emissions, and even scanned the "spliff-shaped" Oumuamua asteroid for signs of intelligent life."

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KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop Environment Gets First Point Release, Update Now

LXer - 9 hours 13 min ago
The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the first point release of the latest KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment series.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

TheRegister - 9 hours 42 min ago
Ad giant to charge for key applications amid license shakeup and antitrust fine

In an effort to placate Europe's regulators furious at its anticompetitive tactics, Google has overhauled its Android licensing practices for the continent.…

Have a Plan for Netplan

LXer - 10 hours 27 min ago
The old way of configuring Debian-based network interfaces was based on theifupdown package. The new default is called Netplan, andalthough it's notterribly difficult to use, it's drastically different. Netplan is sort ofthe interface used to configure the back-end dæmons that actuallyconfigure the interfaces. Right now, the back ends supported areNetworkManager and networkd.

Party like it's 1987... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

TheRegister - 10 hours 49 min ago
Malicious code in VMs can leap over ESXi, Workstation, Fusion hypervisor security

Get busy, VMware admins and users: the virtualisation virtuoso has patched a programming blunder in ESXi, Workstation Pro and Player, and Fusion and Fusion Pro products that can be exploited by malicious code to jump from guest OS to host machine.…

How to Setup FTP Server with VSFTPD on Ubuntu 18.04

LXer - 11 hours 42 min ago
In this tutorial we’ll be installing vsftpd. It is a stable, secure and fast FTP server. We will also show you how configure vsftpd to restrict users to their home directory and encrypt the entire transmission with SSL/TLS. Although this tutorial is written for Ubuntu 18.04 the same instructions apply for Ubuntu 16.04 and any Debian based distribution, including Debian, Linux Mint and Elementary OS.

'Do Not Track,' the Privacy Tool Used By Millions of People, Doesn't Do Anything

Slashdot - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: When you go into the privacy settings on your browser, there's a little option there to turn on the "Do Not Track" function, which will send an invisible request on your behalf to all the websites you visit telling them not to track you. A reasonable person might think that enabling it will stop a porn site from keeping track of what she watches, or keep Facebook from collecting the addresses of all the places she visits on the internet, or prevent third-party trackers she's never heard of from following her from site to site. According to a recent survey by Forrester Research, a quarter of American adults use "Do Not Track" to protect their privacy. (Our own stats at Gizmodo Media Group show that 9% of visitors have it turned on.) We've got bad news for those millions of privacy-minded people, though: "Do Not Track" is like spray-on sunscreen, a product that makes you feel safe while doing little to actually protect you. Yahoo and Twitter initially said they would respect it, only to later abandon it. The most popular sites on the internet, from Google and Facebook to Pornhub and xHamster, never honored it in the first place. Facebook says that while it doesn't respect DNT, it does "provide multiple ways for people to control how we use their data for advertising." (That is of course only true so far as it goes, as there's some data about themselves users can't access.) From the department of irony, Google's Chrome browser offers users the ability to turn off tracking, but Google itself doesn't honor the request, a fact Google added to its support page some time in the last year. [...] "It is, in many respects, a failed experiment," said Jonathan Mayer, an assistant computer science professor at Princeton University. "There's a question of whether it's time to declare failure, move on, and withdraw the feature from web browsers." That's a big deal coming from Mayer: He spent four years of his life helping to bring Do Not Track into existence in the first place. Only a handful of sites actually respect the request -- the most prominent of which are Pinterest and Medium (Pinterest won't use offsite data to target ads to a visitor who's elected not to be tracked, while Medium won't send their data to third parties.)

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How To Improve Typing Speed For Free

LXer - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 20:53
Ever met a friend who could type 50+ Words Per Minute easily? Surely you must have already met one or many :) And if we ask them how they were able to do it, their response would vary because some would mention a very cool proprietary program while others would mention some random cool web apps on the internet.

YouTube is Down

Slashdot - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 20:00
YouTube is facing outage worldwide, users and web tracker DownDetector reported Tuesday evening. Users attempting to visit the site have reported seeing a blank website frame instead of the usual homepage. The YouTube app also showed the same problems. In a tweet, YouTube said it was working on resolving the issues on YouTube, YouTube TV, and YouTube Music. Update: The issue has been resolved.

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Manage your OpenStack cloud with Ansible: Day two operations

LXer - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 19:39
Managing an application on OpenStack presents a host of challenges for the system administrator, and finding ways to reduce complexity and produce consistency are key ingredients to achieving success. By using Ansible, an agentless IT automation technology, a system administrator can create Ansible playbooks that provide consistency and reduce complexity.read more
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