Well isn’t this a blast from the past? Intel just issued a new Product Change Notification (PCN) document in which it has informed customers that it is reviving the Pentium G3420 processor, and is now taking new orders for the chip. This announcement left us scratching our heads, as we initially couldn’t think of any reason why Intel would
Source: Hot Hardware – Intel Revives Zombie 22nm Pentium G3420 Haswell CPU Amid Chip Shortages
Outreachy recently kicked off their winter (December to March) round of internships for diversity in tech with 49 individuals tackling a range of open-source tasks…
Source: Phoronix – Some Of The Interesting Open-Source Projects For Outreachy’s Winter 2019 Round
Decorative pavements in the floor of a recently unearthed Roman house in Pompeii offer a glimpse into the life and work of an ancient land surveyor. The pavements depict a stylized drawing of an ancient surveyor’s tool called a groma, along with a diagram of a surveying technique and the plan of a construction project in Pompeii. So far, they’re the only original Roman illustrations of the tools and techniques the Romans used to help build an empire and its infrastructure.
The land surveyor’s house
Only a few metal fragments of a Roman groma exist today (also recovered from Pompeii), and archaeologists have found only a few images carved into surveyors’ tombstones. Otherwise, we know the tool only from descriptions in medieval versions of ancient Roman surveying manuals.
The newly unearthed pavements at Pompeii suggest that those medieval copies were pretty close to the original ancient texts. An image on the floor of the entrance hall is nearly identical to illustrations in medieval copies of Roman texts, attributed to Roman surveyor Hygius and famed architect Vitruvius.
Source: Ars Technica – Floor pavements in Pompeii illustrate surveying technology
Weston release manager Simon Ser on Friday released the Wayland’s Weston 8.0 reference compositor in alpha form…
Source: Phoronix – Wayland’s Weston 8.0 Reaches Alpha With EGL Partial Updates, Headless OpenGL
IBM’s work from over a year ago in working towards secure virtual machines on POWER hardware is finally coming to fruition with Linux 5.5 due out early next year…
Source: Phoronix – Linux 5.5 KVM Adds POWER Support For Secure Guests/VMs
As part of the ongoing effort for Intel’s plans to use their new Gallium3D OpenGL Linux driver by default on next quarter’s Mesa 20.0 for Broadwell “Gen8” graphics and newer, another step in that direction was achieved on Friday…
Source: Phoronix – Mesa 20.0 Now Includes Intel’s Gallium3D Driver To Build By Default
With NFSv4.2 is the server-side copy (SSC) functionality with the Linux 5.5 kernel’s NFS client-side support for that support in allowing “inter” copy offloads between different NFS servers…
Source: Phoronix – Linux 5.5 Adds NFS Client Support For Cross-Device Offloaded Copies (Server To Server)
When it comes to the storage/file-system changes with the in-development Linux 5.5 kernel one of the most prominent end-user-facing changes is more robust RAID1 for Btrfs with the ability to have three or four copies of the data rather than just two copies, should data safety be of utmost importance and concerned over the possibility of two disks in an array failing…
Source: Phoronix – GRUB Now Supports Btrfs 3/4-Copy RAID1 Profiles (RAID1C3 / RAID1C4 On Linux 5.5+)
It’s been five years already since the vote to transition to systemd in Debian over Upstart while now there is the new vote that has just commenced for judging the interest in “init system diversity” and just how much Debian developers care (or not) in supporting alternatives to systemd…
Source: Phoronix – Debian Developers Take To Voting Over Init System Diversity
A Los Angeles federal jury has found Elon Musk not liable for defamation in a lawsuit brought by British caver Vernon Unsworth. Musk dubbed Unsworth a “pedo guy” in a tweet last year, but argued in court that he meant this as a generic insult—not as an accusation that Unsworth was a pedophile.
“My faith in humanity is restored,” Musk reportedly said on his way out of court.
Musk and Unsworth have been trading insults since last July, when Unsworth mocked a miniature submarine SpaceX engineers created to help rescue a dozen boys trapped in a cave in Thailand (it didn’t arrive in time to be useful). In an interview with CNN, Unsworth said that Musk should “stick his submarine where it hurts.”
Source: Ars Technica – Jury sides with Elon Musk in “pedo guy” defamation case
On Friday, Boeing and United Launch Alliance conducted a number of key tests in preparation for the launch of the Starliner spacecraft later this month.
During this “Integrated Day of Launch,” flight controllers in Houston and Florida monitored data as the spacecraft and its United Launch Alliance rocket practiced fueling as if the booster were about to launch. During this test, the Atlas V rocket was loaded with propellants, and the countdown was taken to the final second at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Boeing and United Launch Alliance said this wet dress rehearsal was successful and that they remain on track for a December 20 launch. This Starliner uncrewed mission is a precursor to a flight with astronauts that will follow several months later.
Source: Ars Technica – On the day of a key test, Russia trolls Boeing’s Starliner mission
The long, give-and-take saga of 4K streaming on Hulu continues with the addition of 4K streaming for supported Roku devices. Hulu also added 5.1 surround sound capabilities on Roku.
The Disney-owned streaming platform updated its user-facing help pages with the information sometime in the past few days. Previously, only 1080p streaming was possible with the Hulu app on Roku devices, despite many Roku devices’ hardware support for 4K. Unfortunately, Hulu still does not support HDR.
It’s been a rocky road for 4K on Hulu. The service first offered 4K streaming on select titles for some devices in 2016, then removed support in 2018. It was then re-added on some devices like the Apple TV 4K, but it was not available on Roku sticks or boxes.
Source: Ars Technica – Hulu is finally offering 4K and 5.1 audio on Roku devices
This is The Deep Sea, a website ‘made with ♥ by Neal Agarwal.’ What is that, a cheap diamond? “It’s a heart, GW — like love.” Now don’t you get all mushy on me. I know how this goes: one minute you’re getting all mushy on me and the next we’re raising three kids in my parents’ basement. “Say what now?” This is Deep Sea, a website made with cubic zirconiums by Neal Agrwal that allows a visitor to scroll to the bottom of the ocean learning facts and figures about various depths and the animals that live there along the way. “What did you learn, GW?” I learned I saw a f***ing polar bear at 24 meters and decided to not risk scrolling any further. “Why am I not surprised?” Tell me if you spot Atlantis.
Thanks to Jessica C, who agrees there’s no way there isn’t already a plastic CVS bag at the very bottom of the ocean.
Source: Geekologie – A Website That Allows You To Scroll To The Bottom Of The Ocean With Facts, Figures And Animal Life Along The Way
Thanks to the most recent Firefox update, Mozilla’s browser is finally on par with the picture-in-picture capabilities of Google Chrome. PiP, as it’s commonly known, allows you to watch a video while browsing other websites—the ultimately productivity hack if you have a favorite show you hate missing.
Source: LifeHacker – How to Watch Picture-in-Picture Videos in Firefox and Chrome
Hackers believed to be working for the North Korean government have upped their game with a recently discovered Mac trojan that uses in-memory execution to remain stealthy.
In-memory execution, also known as fileless infection, never writes anything to a computer hard drive. Instead, it loads malicious code directly into memory and executes it from there. The technique is an effective way to evade antivirus protection because there’s no file to be analyzed or flagged as suspicious.
In-memory infections were once the sole province of state-sponsored attackers. By 2017, more advanced financially motivated hackers had adopted the technique. It has become increasingly common since then.
Source: Ars Technica – Newly discovered Mac malware uses “fileless” technique to remain stealthy
This is a video of a man dropping a screw through a turbine engine. It sounds beautiful, but it’s a sound no turbine engine technician wants to hear “because it means you have to get that thing you dropped in there back out. Jet engines are heavy and sensitive, so it’s a big deal to lift one up and turn it over, just to hopefully drop out a small piece that some dumbass dropped in there. If that does not work, the engine must be disassembled to the point where the item can be retrieved. This will be an expensive process…. that’s why it’s a bad sound.” Yeah, well *jingling pocketful of screws and pennies* I’m no jet engine repairman and I think it sounds pretty.
Keep going for the video.
Source: Geekologie – The Sound Of A Screw Falling Through A Jet Engine
There is more to a house than just walls. Danish company COBOD tells the truth about it.
Source: TreeHugger – Nobody has 3D printed a house in 24 hours
Years of teases and waiting have finally ended with this: Halo is back on PC in officially supported fashion.
In particular, this week’s launch of 2011’s Halo Reach on Windows PC is fascinating because of how it compares to the last time Microsoft tried the Halo-on-PC thing. Rewind to 2007, and Microsoft shoved out a Halo 2 port that required both Games For Windows Live and Windows Vista to run—and shipped in mod-unfriendly fashion. It received nary a patch or useful update and left diehard fans scrambling to patch it into decent shape.
Compare that to Halo Reach, which is still a Windows-only game but works on any Microsoft OS from Windows 7 and up and can be purchased either on the Windows Store or Steam. If you pay for Xbox Game Pass on PCs, you get it day-and-date via Windows Store. If you buy it on Steam, meanwhile, you get one heckuva cool option already: total mod support. Simply pick the game’s “cheat detection disabled” option upon boot and you can fiddle with every relevant file (within a “friends-only” online sandbox, which is fair enough).
Source: Ars Technica – Halo Reach on PC is the customizable combat we’ve been wanting—but just barely
Eccentric mad scientist Rick Sanchez, of Rick and Morty fame, is as notorious for his constant mid-speech belching as he is for his brilliantly eccentric inventions—and for routinely dragging grandson Morty into highly dangerous situations. Now, paralinguistic researcher Brooke Kidner of the University of Southern California has made the first acoustical analysis of Rick’s unique speech patterns. She described her work at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America this week in San Diego.
“Paralinguistics have been shown to carry significant meaning when inserted into conversation, and being able to understand the meanings of these less common sounds can lead to a greater understanding of natural language processing,” Kidner said at a press conference.
Kidner’s unusual study began with a phonetics seminar course at USC, focusing on non-speech sounds that occur in human speech—groans, gasps, sighs, the infamous “Loser!” sneeze, and so forth—and how we attribute meaning to them (sarcasm, for instance). The instructor noted that burps were an example of non-speech sounds with no meaning. Kidner brought up Rick Sanchez’s constant mid-sentence burps in Rick and Morty as a counter-argument, and the instructor encouraged her to investigate further.
Source: Ars Technica – The “burp-talking” in Rick and Morty isn’t as meaningless as you might think