Black lives matter.
Source: Gizmodo – : Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week
Linus has released the 5.7 kernel right on
Headline features in 5.7 include
x86 split-lock detection,
frequency invariance in the load-tracking
coexistence between BPF and realtime
support for BPF security hook programs (formerly called the KRSI security module),
a new, Microsoft-blessed exFAT filesystem implementation, and more.
The final patch to be merged was this one deprecating
the long-standing 80-column limit for kernel source.
Atari’s repeatedly delayed VCS console is nearly ready two years after its announcement. The team has revealed that the first 500 (or so) Atari VCS production models should leave the factory by mid-June. That will still leave the majority of Atari’s…
Source: Engadget – The first Atari VCS units should be ready by mid-June
Prominent vlogger Jake Paul (not to be confused with his equally obnoxious brother, the idiot behind the infamous “suicide forest” video) has landed in hot water again this weekend. Several widely circulated videos on Instagram and Twitter show him and his friends at an Arizona mall while looting is taking place,…
Source: Gizmodo – Jake Paul Swears He Wasn’t Looting, Just Being His Usual Shitty Self
A while back in February 2020, MyPaint brought the major release of its 2.0.0 version with some massive changes which I have summarised. This current release is a bug-fix and maintenance update of the prior release and brings you a solid application with features and enhancements ironing out if any bugs remained after the major version.
Source: LXer – MyPaint – Tablet Friendly Drawing Program Releases v2.0.1
“Just about the entire cast of The Lord of the Rings gathered their Zoom screens together for a reunion nearly two decades after the end of the epic fantasy film trilogy,” reports CNET:
io9 notes that it was comic actor-singer Josh Gad who “gathered the hobbits, the wizards, the elves, and the wicked menfolk to go to Isen — YouTube, where they joke, talk shop, reminisce, and just seem to really thoroughly enjoy each others’ presence. In this stream are Elijah Wood [Frodo], Sena Astin [Sam], Ian McKellen [Gandalf], Orlando Bloom [Legolas], Viggo Mortensen [Aragorn], Liv Tyler [Arwen], and more, along with director Peter Jackson and, presumably, the kind doting ghost of J.R.R. Tolkien just off-screen.”
The Wrap has more details, including the fact that the event was to support No Kid Hungry, a charity in support of ending childhood hunger, and some ways they changed J.R.R. Tolkein’s book for the movie:
“Gandalf does not say, ‘You shall not pass!’ in the book,” McKellen notes. “He says, ‘You will not pass.” [Co-writer Philippa] Boyens also notes that Gandalf’s first line in the trilogy was one she came up with herself, instead of coming from Tolkien: “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.”
Another moment from the trilogy that gained Internet immortality was Boromir’s famous “One does not simply” speech, where he warns the Council of Elrond that trying to sneak into Mordor to destroy the One Ring is impossible. Jackson admits that the speech was written the day before the council scene was filmed and while Sean Bean’s speech was done so well that it became a meme, he needed some help to remember it.
“What Sean did, which I thought was really clever, is he got a print-out of the speech taped to his knee,” Jackson said, pointing out Bean places his hand to his head to display Boromir’s sense of despair. “If you watch the scene now, you’ll see every time that Sean has to check his script.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
As expected, Linus Torvalds just released the stable Linux 5.7 kernel…
Source: Phoronix – Linux 5.7 Kernel Released With New Apple Driver, Official Intel Gen12 Graphics
Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: My Return To AAA Games Ep. 7: Dark Souls 2 Is A Sprawling Masterpiece • Chronicling The Most Anime I’ve Watched In Two Months • TAY Retro: Nintendo Entertainment System – Magic Johnson’s Fast Break [TV Commercial, NA]
Google announced this weekend that it was delaying its planned release of the public beta version of Android 11 and The Beta Launch Show, a live streamed event to present major Android updates and announcements. In a tweet announcing the news, Google said that “now is not the time to celebrate.”
Never mind a text character crashing your phone — if you’re on Android, your choice of wallpaper could be a larger problem. Users have discovered (via Android Authority and 9to5Google) that an innocuous landscape photo is “soft-bricking” some Android…
Source: Engadget – Image bricks some Android phones when used as wallpaper
Walmart uses “Everseen” AI technology in thousands of its stores “to prevent shoplifting at registers and self-checkout kiosks,” reports Wired.
But some Walmart workers claim that instead it’s often failed to stop actual instances of stealing, misidentified innocuous behavior as theft — and made it harder for them to social distance:
The workers said they had been upset about Walmart’s use of Everseen for years and claimed colleagues had raised concerns about the technology to managers but were rebuked. They decided to speak to the press, they said, after a June 2019 Business Insider article reported Walmart’s partnership with Everseen publicly for the first time. The story described how Everseen uses AI to analyze footage from surveillance cameras installed in the ceiling and can detect issues in real time, such as when a customer places an item in their bag without scanning it. When the system spots something, it automatically alerts store associates…
In interviews, the workers, whose jobs include knowledge of Walmart’s loss-prevention programs, said their top concern with Everseen was false positives at self-checkout. The employees believe that the tech frequently misinterprets innocent behavior as potential shoplifting, which frustrates customers and store associates, and leads to longer lines. “It’s like a noisy tech, a fake AI that just pretends to safeguard,” said one worker.
The coronavirus pandemic has given their concerns more urgency. One Concerned Home Office Associate said they worry false positives could be causing Walmart workers to break social-distancing guidelines unnecessarily. When Everseen flags an issue, a store associate needs to intervene and determine whether shoplifting or another problem is taking place. In an internal communication from April obtained by WIRED, a corporate Walmart manager expressed strong concern that workers were being put at risk by the additional contact necessitated by false positives and asked whether the Everseen system should be turned off to protect customers and workers.
Before COVID-19, “it wasn’t ideal, it was a poor customer experience,” the worker said. “AI is now creating a public health risk.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The objective of this tutorial is to show you how to create a desktop shortcut launcher on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa using the default GNOME user interface.
Source: LXer – How to create desktop shortcut launcher on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
Some 19 hours after the launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule in Florida, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been welcomed aboard the International Space Station following a successful docking. When asked about their journey, Hurley told NASA officials back on the ground that he “couldn’t be happier”…
Food delivery services like Grubhub should be thriving, especially during the pandemic. But they’re not, The Markup reports:
In August 2019, analysts from the investment firm Cowen estimated that Uber Eats was losing $3.36 on every order and would continue to lose money on every order for the next five years. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged that Uber Eats is not yet profitable in an email to employees in March after its parent company laid off more than 3,700 employees…. In early March, DoorDash filed to go public despite losing an estimated $450 million in 2019, according to The New York Times. DoorDash declined to comment on that estimate or its path to profitability, but regarding the latter CEO Tony Xu told Fortune in February that “we’re working our way there….”
Meanwhile, other companies have been ditching the food delivery business: Yelp sold Eat24 to Grubhub, Square sold Caviar to DoorDash, and Amazon shut down its Amazon Restaurants delivery service.
Grubhub, which also owns Seamless, is publicly traded and the only one of the big four that has achieved profitability. Still, it lost more than a third of its value after revenue fell below investors’ expectations in the third quarter of 2019. In a letter to shareholders, the company revealed two things: Customers were “promiscuous,” or not loyal to the Grubhub platform, and the delivery part of the business was fundamentally not profitable. Instead, delivery was just a “means to an end” — getting restaurants to sign up on the Grubhub platform and then upselling them on “marketing” benefits, like greater visibility in Grubhub’s search results. In other words, like many tech companies, GrubHub is primarily an advertising company.
“Bottom line is that you need to pay someone enough money to drive to the restaurant, pick up food and drive it to a diner. . . ,” the company wrote. “At some point, delivery drones and robots may reduce the cost of fulfillment, but it will be a long time before the capital costs and ongoing operating expenses are less than the cost of paying someone for 30-45 minutes of their time.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Are Food Delivery Services Actually Losing Money?
Temirlan Blaev is a lucky kid. At twelve years old, he’s featured in major roles like a recent appearance on Killing Eve and, of course, the Broom Boy on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, making him perhaps the most iconic person to ever clean a stable in pop culture.
You no longer have to live in an Amazon-focused household for Arlo’s Video Doorbell to make the most sense. Arlo has introduced Google Assistant support to deliver notifications and send commands. If you’re worried about the ruckus outside, you can a…
Source: Engadget – Arlo Video Doorbell now takes commands from Google Assistant
“The Linux kernel has officially deprecated its coding style that the length of lines of code comply with 80 columns as the ‘strong preferred limit’,” reports Phoronix:
The Linux kernel like many long-standing open-source projects has a coding style guideline that lines of code be 80 columns or less, but now that while still recommended is no longer going to be enforced. This stems from Linus Torvalds commenting on Friday that excessive linebreaks are bad and he is against ugly wrapped code that is strictly sticking to 80 characters per line. This is part of the broader trend that most are no longer using 80×25 terminals…
This deprecation involves updating the documentation on the kernel’s coding style to be more sensible and updating the checkpatch.pl script that checks patches to no longer have a max line length of 80. Instead, the check patch script is using a maximum line length of 100.
Torvalds noted Friday that spreading code over multiple lines created problems for single-line utilities like grep, while longer lines “are fundamentally useful…”
[H]onestly, I don’t want to see patches that make the kernel reading experience worse for me and likely for the vast majority of people, based on the argument that some odd people have small terminal windows… If you or Christoph have 80 character lines, you’ll get possibly ugly wrapped output. Tough. That’s _your_ choice. Your hardware limitations shouldn’t be a pain for the rest of us…
So no. I do not care about somebody with a 80×25 terminal window getting line wrapping. For exactly the same reason I find it completely irrelevant if somebody says that their kernel compile takes 10 hours because they are doing kernel development on a Raspberry PI with 4GB of RAM. People with restrictive hardware shouldn’t make it more inconvenient for people who have better resources…
If you choose to use a 80-column terminal, you can live with the line wrapping. It’s just that simple.
“Yes, staying withing 80 columns is certainly still _preferred_,” notes the official commit message for this change. “But it’s not the hard limit that the checkpatch warnings imply, and other concerns can most certainly dominate. Increase the default limit to 100 characters. Not because 100 characters is some hard limit either, but that’s certainly a ‘what are you doing’ kind of value and less likely to be about the occasional slightly longer lines.'”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
I’m so ready to just relax with my girlfriend, turn off the news for a few hours and play 51 games on our Switch.
‘We appreciated your input and insights’Updated Keivan Beigi, developer of AppGet, has described how Microsoft nearly hired him to work on the open-source Windows package manager as an official feature, then went quiet for six months before announcing WinGet, which Beigi says is “very inspired by AppGet”.…
Source: LXer – Embrace and kill: AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job — then released remarkably similar package manager
Apple has paid developer Bhavuk Jain a $100,000 bounty for finding a serious bug in its “Sign in with Apple” login system that could have allowed malicious actors to take over a user’s account on specific websites and apps.