In the trenches with Thomas Gleixner, real-time Linux kernel patch set

Jason Perlow, Editorial Director at the Linux Foundation interviews Thomas Gleixner, Linux Foundation Fellow, CTO of Linutronix GmbH, and project leader of the PREEMPT_RT real-time kernel patch set. JP: Greetings, Thomas! It’s great to have you here this morning — although for you, it’s getting late in the afternoon in Germany. So PREEMPT_RT, the real-time […]

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Russia Mulls Withdrawing From the ISS After 2024

As the 20-year-old International Space Station (ISS) starts showing its age, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov suggested Russia would back away from the ISS as early as 2025 to pursue a national space station. Science Magazine reports: Although he and other officials have since backpedaled from such a concrete date for withdrawal, Russian skepticism over the future of the ISS could complicate U.S. efforts to keep it operating until the end of the decade. “ISS partners would have a really hard time keeping the station functional without Russia,” says Vitaly Egorov, an industry observer, writer, and former spokesperson for Dauria Aerospace, a Russian company.

On 18 April, Russia 1, a state TV channel, reported that Borisov told a meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin, “We need to honestly inform our partners about leaving the ISS in 2025.” In a statement to newswires released later that day, Borisov’s office clarified his remarks and backtracked from the date. “A technical inspection is needed, and then we can make a decision and inform our partners,” the statement said. But it reiterated that the ISS has run well past its original life span, and its condition “leaves much to be desired.”

Seemingly downplaying Borisov’s remarks this week, Dmitry Rogozin, who leads Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, said on Monday that Russia would not pull out of the ISS until the proposed new station becomes functional. “Pauses are deadly for human spaceflight,” he wrote in a Facebook post. Rogozin later added that the new station, which does not have a name yet, could be based on one of the modules initially planned for the ISS.

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Drones to Connect Small Island Communities

Akihabara News (Tokyo) — All Nippon Airways (ANA) has formed an agreement with Germany-based drone firm Wingcopter to test strategies for connecting small island communities throughout Japan.

In the initial set of tests conducted between March 21-26, Wingcopter drones made a series of flights between Fukuejima and Hisakajima in Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture.

The concept is that through the use of these drones medical supplies can be quickly delivered in cases of emergency need. This is meant to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure for remote and underserved communities.

“The ongoing tests of Wingcopter aircraft represent a significant step forward in the creation of a viable drone transportation network,” said Tetsuya Kubo, vice-president of ANA Holdings. “We are excited to partner with Wingcopter as we build on the advances and innovation of previous trials to bring drone delivery one step closer to reality. Once fully realized, a functioning drone transportation infrastructure will help improve quality of life in rural areas across Japan.”

Tom Plümmer, CEO of Wingcopter, added, “Being able to help a global company like ANA open up new business areas and at the same time pursue our mission to save and improve lives, is what we tirelessly work for. We are really looking forward to the next steps and the overall partnership with ANA in Japan and beyond.”

Wingcopter appears to have been selected as ANA’s partner because its fixed-wing drones are able to fly for longer distances and more rapidly than most other unmanned aircraft.

In 2019, ANA Holdings reached a similar agreement with the government of Zambia to conduct field tests with drones to improve the delivery of medical supplies in that African country.

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Teaching Children To Play Chess Found To Decrease Risk Aversion

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A trio of researchers from Monash University and Deakin University has found that teaching children to play chess can reduce their aversion to risk. In their paper published in Journal of Development Economics, Asad Islam, Wang-Sheng Lee and Aaron Nicholas describe studying the impact of learning chess on 400 children in the U.K. The researchers found that most of the children experienced a decrease in risk aversion in a variety of game playing scenarios. They also noticed that playing chess also led to better math scores for some of the students and improvements in logic or rational thinking.

The researchers note that the game of chess is very well suited to building confidence in risk taking when there is reason to believe it might improve an outcome. In contrast, students also learned to avoid taking risks haphazardly, finding that such risks rarely lead to a positive outcome. They […] line between good and poor risk-taking is especially evident in chess, which means that the more a person plays, the sharper their skills become. The researchers also found that the skills learned during chess playing appeared to be long lasting — most of the children retained their decrease in risk aversion a full year after the end of their participation in the study. The researchers […] did not find any evidence of changes in other cognitive skills, such as improvements in grades other than math or general creativity.

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Node.js 16 released with Apple Silicon binaries, JavaScript V8 engine turned up to nine

All supported releases will now support ECMAScript modules – but progress on moving away from CommonJS is slow. Node.js 16 has been released with prebuilt Apple Silicon binaries and version 9.0 of the V8 JavaScript engine.…

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Lord Of The Rings Online Hobbit Hits Level Cap By Baking Pies

Lord of the Rings Online has a level cap of 130, and most players get there by killing things and doing magic shit. Except that is for Cookingwithsim, who playing as a humble Hobbit managed to get there almost exclusively by…baking pies.

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Concept Audi A6 E-Tron Has Headlights That Can Project Video Games

Audi has revealed its all-electric A6 E-tron concept, a luxury sedan that will come packed with tech including the ability to project video games on to a wall. Tom’s Guide reports: The A6 E-tron, which was unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2021 today, is built on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) chassis architecture that Audi is developing in collaboration with Porsche. And though a production version of the car isn’t likely to be available until later in 2022, its development is well under way; the car you see here shouldn’t be miles away from the final version.

The A6 E-tron Concept boasts almost 435 miles of range and comes armed with a 100 kWh battery, which can be replenished from 5 to 80% in under 25 minutes as well as being able to accept fast 270kW charging. Featuring a motor on each axle, with a combined power output of 469 bhp and 590lb ft of torque, the Audi A6 E-tron should be quick, too, with a 0-62 mph time of under 4 seconds. However, Audi also plans PPE-based models with a single motor mounted on the rear axle to keep energy efficiency and prices in check.

Standout cosmetic touches include digital matrix LED headlights, which have the party trick of being able to project images. Audi suggests that owners can park facing a wall during recharging and pass the time playing a video game using the technology, or watch a movie. Audi has even developed a game, which is playable via a smartphone, to show how the concept works. Four more LED projectors are housed in the corners of the car to shine animated turn signals on the road. OLED technology in the taillights promises more electrical trickery and there are additional projectors that switch on when the doors are opened. These, suggest Audi, can be used to issue greetings to passengers or warnings to passing cyclists when the doors are opening.

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Brace yourselves. Facebook has a new mega-leak on its hands

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How to Install Guest Additions in Virtualbox VM

In the previous article, we have seen how to install Centos 7 Minimal on VirtualBox. In this article, you will learn how to install guest additions in VirtualBox. Guest additions are drivers and software applications that enable some of the features in VirtualBox which is not enabled by default.

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[$] Rust heads into the kernel?

In a lengthy
message
to the linux-kernel mailing list, Miguel Ojeda “introduced” the
Rust for Linux project. It
was likely not the first time that most kernel developers had heard of the
effort; there was an extensive discussion
of the project at the 2020 Linux Plumbers
Conference
, for example. It has also been raised
before
on the list. Now, the project is looking for feedback from
the kernel community about its plans, thus the RFC posting on April 14.

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MI5 Warns of Spies Using LinkedIn To Trick Staff Into Spilling Secrets

According to the United Kingdom’s Security Service, known as MI5, hostile states are creating fake LinkedIn profiles to trick users into spilling secrets. The BBC reports: At least 10,000 UK nationals have been approached by fake profiles linked to hostile states, on the professional social network LinkedIn, over the past five years, according to MI5. “Malicious profiles” are being used on “an industrial scale,” the security agency’s chief, Ken McCallum, said. A campaign has been launched to educate government workers about the threat. The effort — Think Before You Link — warns foreign spies are targeting those with access to sensitive information. One concern is the victims’ colleagues, in turn, become more willing to accept follow-up requests – because it looks as if they share a mutual acquaintance.

MI5 did not specifically name LinkedIn but BBC News has learned the Microsoft-owned service is indeed the platform involved. The 10,000-plus figure includes staff in virtually every government departments as well as key industries, who might be offered speaking or business and travel opportunities that could lead to attempts to recruit them to provide confidential information. And it is thought a large number of those approached engaged initially with the profiles that contacted them online.

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