HDR Display Support Coming To Some Intel Gen9 Graphics On Linux

For the very common Intel “Gen9” graphics found on pretty much all current pre-Icelake hardware that is available through retail channels, high dynamic range (HDR) display support could soon be enabled under Linux for a subset of devices…

Source: Phoronix – HDR Display Support Coming To Some Intel Gen9 Graphics On Linux

NYT Investigates America's 'Lost Month' for Coronavirus Testing

The New York Times interviewed over 50 current and former U.S. health officials, senior scientists, company executives, and administration officials to investigate America’s “lost month” without widespread coronavirus testing, “when the world’s richest country — armed with some of the most highly trained scientists and infectious disease specialists — squandered its best chance of containing the virus’s spread.”
With capacity so limited, the Center for Disease Control’s criteria for who was tested remained extremely narrow for weeks to come: only people who had recently traveled to China or had been in contact with someone who had the virus. The lack of tests in the states also meant local public health officials could not use another essential epidemiological tool: surveillance testing. To see where the virus might be hiding, nasal swab samples from people screened for the common flu would also be checked for the coronavirus…

Even though researchers around the country quickly began creating tests that could diagnose Covid-19, many said they were hindered by the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process. The new tests sat unused at labs around the country. Stanford was one of them. Researchers at the world-renowned university had a working test by February, based on protocols published by the World Health Organization…. By early March, after federal officials finally announced changes to expand testing, it was too late. With the early lapses, containment was no longer an option. The tool kit of epidemiology would shift — lockdowns, social disruption, intensive medical treatment — in hopes of mitigating the harm.

Now, the United States has more than 100,000 coronavirus cases, the most of any country in the world… And still, many Americans sickened by the virus cannot get tested… In tacit acknowledgment of the shortage, Mr. Trump asked South Korea’s president on Monday to send as many test kits as possible from the 100,000 produced there daily, more than the country needs. Public health experts reacted positively to the increased capacity. But having the ability to diagnose the disease three months after it was first disclosed by China does little to address why the United States was unable to do so sooner, when it might have helped reduce the toll of the pandemic.

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Source: Slashdot – NYT Investigates America’s ‘Lost Month’ for Coronavirus Testing

Russia busts card fraud ring that included an infamous hacker

Russia tends to turn a blind eye to some fraudsters and hackers, but it just clamped down on a particularly large group. Investigators have charged at least 25 people involved in a credit card fraud ring that included a notorious hacker. While Russ…

Source: Engadget – Russia busts card fraud ring that included an infamous hacker

This New Coronavirus Test Can Detect the Disease in Five Minutes

Medical device maker Abbott has received emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new molecular point-of-care covid-19 test, which will allow healthcare providers in a variety of different settings to obtain results almost immediately. The new test can deliver positive results…

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Source: Gizmodo – This New Coronavirus Test Can Detect the Disease in Five Minutes

Converting your Python 2 code to Python 3

Python 2 reached the end of life on January 1, 2020. Python 3 has been available since 2008, but converting from 2 to 3 has been slow because of dependencies on libraries that were not available in Python 3 initially. This tutorial will show you how to convert Python 2 code to Python 3 using the 2to3 tool.

Source: LXer – Converting your Python 2 code to Python 3

One Woman Can Smell Parkinson's Disease Before Symptoms Manifest

“For most of her life, Joy Milne had a superpower that she was totally oblivious to,” reports NPR. Long-time Slashdot reader doug141 explains what happened next:
Milne’s husband’s natural odor changed when he was 31. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 45. When Joy walked into a Parkinson’s support group, she smelled the same odor on everybody. A Parkinson’s researcher tested her with blind samples from early stage patients, late-stage patients, and controls…
NPR tells the story of that test, which took place at the University of Edinburgh with a Parkinson’s researcher named Tilo Kunath:
[O]ut of all the samples, Joy made only one mistake. She identified a man in the control group, the group without Parkinson’s, as having the disease. But many months later, Kunath says, that man actually approached him at an event and said, “Tilo, you’re going to have to put me in the Parkinson’s pile because I’ve just been diagnosed.”

It was incontrovertible: Joy not only could smell Parkinson’s but could smell it even in the absence of its typical medical presentation.

Kunath and fellow scientists published their work in ACS Central Science in March 2019, listing Joy as a co-author. Their research identified certain specific compounds that may contribute to the smell that Joy noticed on her husband and other Parkinson’s patients. Joy and her super smelling abilities have opened up a whole new realm of research, Kunath says… Joy’s superpower is so unusual that researchers all over the world have started working with her and have discovered that she can identify several kinds of illnesses — tuberculosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and diabetes.
Kunath says the ultimate goal is developing a new tool that can detect detect Parkinson’s early. “Imagine a society where you could detect such a devastating condition before it’s causing problems and then prevent the problems from even occurring.”

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Source: Slashdot – One Woman Can Smell Parkinson’s Disease Before Symptoms Manifest

Install and Use PHP Composer on CentOS 8

Composer is a dependency manager for PHP. Composer will pull in all the required PHP packages your project depends on and manages them for you. It is used in all modern PHP frameworks and platforms such as Laravel, Symfony, Drupal, and Magento 2. This tutorial goes through the steps of installing Composer on CentOS 8.

Source: LXer – Install and Use PHP Composer on CentOS 8

Satellite internet startup OneWeb declares bankruptcy to look for a buyer

OneWeb’s dreams of satellite internet access have hit a major setback. The startup has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after attempts to get crucial financing fell through. The company said it was “close” to getting support, but the COVID-19 pandem…

Source: Engadget – Satellite internet startup OneWeb declares bankruptcy to look for a buyer

Cringely Predicts 2020 Will See 'the Death of IT'

Long-time technology pundit Robert Cringely writes:
IT — Information Technology — grew out of something we called MIS — Management Information Systems — but both meant a kid in a white shirt who brought you a new keyboard when yours broke. Well, the kid is now gone, sent home with everyone else, and that kid isn’t coming back… ever. IT is near death, fading by the day. But don’t blame COVID-19 because the death of IT was inevitable. This novel coronavirus just made it happen a little quicker…

Amazon has been replacing all of our keyboards for some time now, along with our mice and our failed cables, and even entire PCs. IT has been changing steadily from kids taking elevators up from the sub-basement to Amazon Prime trucks rolling-up to your mailbox. At the same time, our network providers have been working to limit their truck rolls entirely. Stop by the Comcast storefront to get your cable modem, because nobody is going to come to install it if you aren’t the first person living there to have cable…

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) extends both the network and a security model end-to-end over any network including 4G or 5G wireless. Some folks will run their applications in their end device, whether it is a PC, phone, tablet, whatever, and some will run their applications in the same cloud as SASE, in which case everything will be that much faster and more secure. That’s end end-game if there is one — everything in the cloud with your device strictly for input and output, painting screens compressed with HTML5. It’s the end of IT because your device will no longer contain anything so it can be simply replaced via Amazon if it is damaged or lost, with the IT kid in the white shirt becoming an Uber driver.
Since COVID-19 is trapping us in our homes it is forcing this transition to happen faster than it might have. But it was always going to happen.

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Source: Slashdot – Cringely Predicts 2020 Will See ‘the Death of IT’

Working From Home Hasn't Broken the Internet

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Home internet and wireless connectivity in the U.S. have largely withstood unprecedented demands as more Americans work and learn remotely. Broadband and wireless service providers say traffic has jumped in residential areas at times of the day when families would typically head to offices and schools. Still, that surge in usage hasn’t yet resulted in widespread outages or unusually long service disruptions, industry executives and analysts say. That is because the biggest increases in usage are happening during normally fallow periods.

Some service providers have joked that internet usage during the pandemic doesn’t compare to the Super Bowl or season finale of the popular HBO show “Game of Thrones” in terms of strain on their networks, Evan Swarztrauber, senior policy adviser to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said this week on a call hosted by consulting company Recon Analytics Inc.Broadband consumption during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m . has risen by more than 50% since January, according to broadband data company OpenVault, which measured connections in more than one million homes. Usage during the peak early-evening hours increased 20% as of March 25. OpenVault estimates that average data consumption per household in March will reach nearly 400 gigabytes, a nearly 11% increase over the previous monthly record in January….
Some carriers that use cells on wheels and aerial network-support drones after hurricanes or tornadoes are now deploying those resources to neighborhoods with heavy wireless-service usage and places where health-care facilities need additional connectivity. Several wireless carriers including Verizon, T-Mobile US Inc. and AT&T Inc. have been given temporary access to fresh spectrum over the past week to bolster network capacity.

While Netflix is lowering its video quality in Canada, the Journal reports Netflix isn’t as worried about the EU:

Netflix Vice President Dave Temkin, speaking on a videoconference hosted by the network analytics company Kentik, said his engineers took some upgrades originally planned for the holiday season near the end of 2020 and simply made them sooner. A European regulator earlier this month asked Netflix to shift all its videos to standard-definition to avoid taxing domestic networks. Mr. Temkin said Netflix managed to shave its bandwidth usage using less drastic measures. “None of it is actually melting down,” he said.

And the article also has stats from America’s ISPs and cellphone providers:

AT&T said cellular-data traffic was almost flat, with more customers using their home wi-fi networks instead — but voice phone calls increased as much as 44%.Charter saw increases in daytime network activity, but in most markets “levels remain well below capacity and typical peak evening usage.”Comcast says its peak traffic increased 20%, but they’re still running at 40% capacity.

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Source: Slashdot – Working From Home Hasn’t Broken the Internet

US officials use mobile ad location data to study how COVID-19 spreads

The use of phone location tracking to keep tabs on COVID-19 is becoming increasingly common, and the US appears to be no exception. Wall Street Journal sources say federal (via the CDC), state and local governments have been receiving location data…

Source: Engadget – US officials use mobile ad location data to study how COVID-19 spreads

Lyft Spurs Its Drivers to Deliver Packages for Amazon to Offset Lost Income Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Facing a sudden drop in demand for rides due to the covid-19 pandemic, Lyft is encouraging its drivers to work for Amazon “to earn additional income right now.” The company is partnering with Amazon on a new recruitment program that aims to help its drivers offset some of the financial difficulties associated with the…

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Source: Gizmodo – Lyft Spurs Its Drivers to Deliver Packages for Amazon to Offset Lost Income Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Liven Up Social Isolation With a G.I. Joe Marathon, Courtesy of Hasbro

G.I Joe is both one of the cheesiest and one of the most fondly remembered of the ‘80s wave of toyetic action cartoons. Does it hold up to your nostalgia? Well, now, during this period of widespread social distancing amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic, is certainly the time to find out.

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Source: io9 – Liven Up Social Isolation With a G.I. Joe Marathon, Courtesy of Hasbro

Roku Customers Can Get 30 Days of Free Premium Content Right Now

We’re all spending a lot more time at home right now. If you’ve started to run out of things to watch, Roku is offering 30-day free trials of a number of different channels including Showtime, Epix, and Smithsonian.

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Source: LifeHacker – Roku Customers Can Get 30 Days of Free Premium Content Right Now