As I embarked on the second week of my monthlong goal to actually like running, I was not expecting miracles to happen. Despite being a fairly active person overall, that first run was a bit of a disaster. But I did learn a few things that I was able to tweak to get me to the point where I can say that while I don’t…
Source: LifeHacker – How Zombies Made Me Hate Running Slightly Less Than I Did Last Week
In my introduction to Autotools, I demonstrated how to manage building and packaging code with GNU Autotools. It[he]#039[/he]s a robust and common platform that integrates easily into many packaging systems, including RPM, APT, pkgsrc, and more. Its syntax and structure can be confusing, but luckily there are alternatives, including the open source CMake framework.
Source: LXer – Drop Autotools for CMake
As if finding a Switch wasn’t already difficult enough during the pandemic.
Source: Engadget – Nintendo says almost 6 million households bought a second Switch last year
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for Record: Ireland’s national health service, the Health Service Executive (HSE), temporarily shut down its IT systems today after suffering a ransomware attack overnight. The organization, which is in the mid of its COVID-19 vaccination program, said the attack did not impact its ability to provide urgent medical care but that some routine checks and services might be delayed or canceled. The HSE described the ransomware incident as “significant” and “human-operated,” a term used to describe high-end sophisticated ransomware groups which orchestrate targeted attacks against carefully big organizations. In a morning radio show with public broadcaster RTE, HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said the agency’s IT teams are currently investigating the incident to find out its breadth. In a different radio show, Reid identified the ransomware gang behind the attack as Conti, a ransomware gang that started operating in the summer of 2020.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – ‘Significant’ Ransomware Attack Forces Ireland’s Health Service To Shut Down IT Systems
We don’t know everything Google has in store for Google I/O 2021, but we have some educated guesses — and a few things we’re hoping against hope to see. Here’s everything we know about the show so far, and what you can expect to learn more about once the event kicks off in earnest.
Source: Engadget – What to expect at Google I/O 2021
By now we all know the importance of a long, secure password. With every new data breach in the news, we know we should change them. And if you can remember each unique password for each unique site, then good for you; but for the rest of us, we’ll need a little help keeping our passwords organized and secure, and for…
Source: LifeHacker – How to Get Started With a Password Manager
Despite creating security headaches for IT departments around the world as the password manager of choice for boomers, the Post-it Note is one of the most clever and ubiquitous office accessories ever created, and this past weekend the world, unfortunately, said goodbye—to their creator, Spencer Silver, who passed…
Source: Gizmodo – The Inventor of the Post-it Note—The Worst Thing to Happen to Password Security—Has Passed Away
Have you ever wanted to cut your keyboard’s spacebar in half and turn it into two different keys? How about relocating your keyboard’s Escape key to somewhere that might be a little more convenient, rather than stretching your pinky finger all the way up to the corner? It’s all fair game with System76’s new Launch Configurable Keyboard.
Source: Hot Hardware – System76 Reveals Open Source Launch Configurable Keyboard For Ultimate WFH Comfort
Sega is considering reviving multiple classic game franchises, including ‘Crazy Taxi’ and ‘Jet Set Radio.’
Source: Engadget – Sega considers reviving classics like ‘Crazy Taxi’ and ‘Jet Set Radio’
Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 5.12.4, 5.11.21, 5.10.37, and 5.4.119 stable kernels. These are enormous
updates, with changes throughout the kernel tree; users should upgrade.
Source: LWN.net – Stable kernels 5.12.4, 5.11.21, 5.10.37, and 5.4.119
For a show about clones, sooner rather than later Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Bad Batch was going to have to get into the idea of just how and why the newly-risen Empire would begin to replace the Republic’s legions with a different kind of soldier. But the Disney+ series’ third episode, for all the gains it makes…
Source: Gizmodo – Star Wars: The Bad Batch Dives Headfirst Into the Cost of Loyalty
Following this week’s id Tech 3 based Daemon engine update, the open-source first person shooter / real-time strategy game Unvanquished has just issued its long overdue v0.52 beta release…
Source: Phoronix – Unvanquished 0.52 Beta Released For Open-Source, First-Person RTS Game
Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, is reportedly being probed by the DoJ and IRS amid allegations that it is being used to launder money.
Source: Engadget – Crypto exchange Binance faces US money laundering probe
Now, KDE Gear 21.04.1 is here as the first point release to the open-source office suite.
Source: Linux Today – KDE Gear 21.04 Gets First Point Release with Konsole Improvements, More
Big Tech is wading into a legal fight over visas in an attempt to preserve jobs of spouses of its foreign employees who are working in the U.S. From a report: Amazon.com, Apple, Google, Microsoft and more than 20 other companies and organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on Friday urged a federal court in Washington to reject a lawsuit seeking to eliminate work authorization for more than 90,000 H-4 visa holders. Eliminating H-4 visas “would not only siphon off U.S. gross domestic product, but gift that productivity — and the innovation that comes with it — to other nations, harming America’s global economic competitiveness into the future,” the companies and organizations said in a so-called friend-of-court brief.
Under the Obama-era “H-4 Rule,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2015 issued visas to spouses, more than 90% of whom are women, of more than 580,000 highly skilled workers who live in the U.S. on H-1B visas, according to the companies’ filing. H-4 visas are critical to couples’ decisions to come to the U.S., buy homes and raise children, they argue. The Trump administration attempted to dismantle the rule, but never introduced regulation to do so.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Big Tech Enters Fray To Save Jobs for Spouses of Foreign Workers
There’s a lot going on in Resident Evil Village: Big lady. Severed hand. Resident Evil 4 parallels. There are other things that happen too, but if you’re a Steam reviewer, those three are very much the main ones.
Source: Kotaku – Resident Evil Village, As Told By Steam Reviews
Store-bought cleaning products are known for using lemon. We’ve already talked about how easy it is to clean with lemons, making it a popular alternative to chemical-based products, but what makes lemons and grapefruits such an effective cleaner is the same citric acid that you can get as a powerful cleaning powder.
Source: LifeHacker – 15 Ways You Should Be Cleaning Your Home With Citric Acid
Learn more about PipeWire—Fedora Linux’s new default audio and video daemon—in this interview with it’s creator Wim Taymans.
Source: LXer – PipeWire: the new audio and video daemon in Fedora Linux 34
KDE developers this week have issued the much anticipated Plasma 5.22 beta for testing, which is exciting this time around largely for bringing its Wayland support up to par for daily use with quite a lot of polishing and optimizations…
Source: Phoronix – KDE Plasma 5.22 Beta Ready For Testing With Much Better Wayland Experience
We reported last week that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is allegedly looking to vastly increase its investments in the United States concerning fab capacity. The company announced its decision to build a $12 billion fab in Arizona in May 2020, and the report alleged that TSMC further committed to building up to six fabs in
Source: Hot Hardware – TSMC Reportedly Eyes Next-Gen Upgrade For Its New Arizona Chip Fab