How Zombies Made Me Hate Running Slightly Less Than I Did Last Week

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…

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Source: LifeHacker – How Zombies Made Me Hate Running Slightly Less Than I Did Last Week

Drop Autotools for CMake

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

'Significant' Ransomware Attack Forces Ireland's Health Service To Shut Down IT Systems

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.

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Source: Slashdot – ‘Significant’ Ransomware Attack Forces Ireland’s Health Service To Shut Down IT Systems

How to Get Started With a Password Manager

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…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Get Started With a Password Manager

The Inventor of the Post-it Note—The Worst Thing to Happen to Password Security—Has Passed Away

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…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Inventor of the Post-it Note—The Worst Thing to Happen to Password Security—Has Passed Away

System76 Reveals Open Source Launch Configurable Keyboard For Ultimate WFH Comfort

System76 Reveals Open Source Launch Configurable Keyboard For Ultimate WFH Comfort
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.

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Source: Hot Hardware – System76 Reveals Open Source Launch Configurable Keyboard For Ultimate WFH Comfort

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Dives Headfirst Into the Cost of Loyalty

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…

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Source: Gizmodo – Star Wars: The Bad Batch Dives Headfirst Into the Cost of Loyalty

Big Tech Enters Fray To Save Jobs for Spouses of Foreign Workers

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.

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Source: Slashdot – Big Tech Enters Fray To Save Jobs for Spouses of Foreign Workers

15 Ways You Should Be Cleaning Your Home With Citric Acid

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.

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Source: LifeHacker – 15 Ways You Should Be Cleaning Your Home With Citric Acid

KDE Plasma 5.22 Beta Ready For Testing With Much Better Wayland Experience

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

TSMC Reportedly Eyes Next-Gen Upgrade For Its New Arizona Chip Fab

TSMC Reportedly Eyes Next-Gen Upgrade For Its New Arizona Chip Fab
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