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Mozilla acquires Pocket! RetroPie gets trademarked, Torvalds talks about SHA-1, and NVIDIA unveils the 1080Ti. All this, plus your feedback!

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News

PSA
https://retropie.org.uk/news/

  • Some people have no shame
  • RetroPie has been trademarked in the USA by some dorks.
  • A LOT of people have contacted them but the more the merrier.

 

SHA Yeah
http://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-on-sha-1-and-git-the-sky-isnt-falling/

  • We shouldn’t be afraid of an attack that requires 6500 CPU years and 110 GPU years to execute?
  • I tried to upload a bunch of files to shattered.io and I couldn’t find one vulnerable one.
    • Were those SHA-1 encrypted files?
  • Yip, we’re not moving to SHA-256 until it’s too late and SHA-1 is blown wide open.
  • That’s the ticket, right?

 

Skype Beta
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/03/skype-linux-beta-video-calling

  • We can finally call MAC/Windows users.
  • This makes getting guests on infinitely easier.
  • And they added the ability to pay them money… because you know you want to.

 

Stacer
https://github.com/oguzhaninan/Stacer/

  • I have an impression of deja vu, but we’ve reviewed so many Electron apps now.
  • Shouldn’t the root password be asked before removing system logs or stopping services.
  • Haven’t seen any PolicyKit files in the package, wonder how it’s done.
  • Sourceforge, ick.
  • Tried in on 16.04 and it does what is said on the tin.
  • I wanted to hate on it for being a tonka toy GUI but it’s alright.
  • The System Cleaner is borderline useful.

 

Gemini
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gemini-pda-android-linux-keyboard-mobile-device-phone#/

  • It’s the comeback of the PDAs! It’s the nineties all over again!
  • 10 cores divided in 3 CPUs, will that be enough?
  • Looks like a really neat device, and not overpriced
  • Wonder how that display is going to work with all the Linux apps that don’t handle HiDPI properly
    • Linux can barely UHD, bro.
  • Considering the GPD pocket did as well as it did, it’s probably a good time to be putting hardware up on the IndieGoGos… that way you don’t need working prototypes either.
  • And before Monster Cameron comes foaming at the mouth in the comments: Yes, I saw the MWC shitty 3D printed plastic mockup. It looks like arse and no, it wasn’t a working prototype.
  • Mechanical keyboard… REALLY?
    • Does it come with a pint of Newcastle and a fixie as well?
  • Dedicated button for voice commands”
    • Android already has a button, it’s called Okay Google!
    • That, and Linux doesn’t have a voice assistant.
      • What about Mycroft?
  • Two weeks of stand-by time / 12 hours of talk time”
    • Standby is not hyphenated.
    • How many hours of being a useful device” time?
  • hoping to be able to assemble Gemini in the UK”
    • You think manufacturing in Merica is cost prohibitive?

 

Pocket
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/02/27/mozilla-acquires-pocket/

  • Only mildly surprising since Pocket has been integrated in Firefox for a while now.
  • On the other hand, the founder of Wallabag, an open source alternative to Pocket was surprised that it was acquired by Mozilla.
  • He also doesn’t think it will run on a RaspberryPi when the code is open sourced, challenge accepted!
  • They acquired a bookmarking app, fascinating.
  • I give it 16 months before they kill it.

 

Ti
http://www.anandtech.com/show/11172/nvidia-unveils-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-next-week-699

  • A TitanX for almost half the price!
  • Hold on!
  • They disabled one of the ROPs (along with its memory controller) thus lowering the memory bus to 352bit but still claim to be able to reach higher bandwith (a full 4 GB/s extra) with the 1080Ti than the TitanX?
  • People who bought the Pascal Titan X are gonna be pissed, if that turns out to be the case.
  • The real story here is that the 1080 dropped $100.

Slice of Pi

NTP (From @aenertia)
https://developers.redhat.com/blog/2017/02/22/how-to-build-a-stratum-1-ntp-server-using-a-raspberry-pi/

  • I still don’t get how he got his office to be far more efficient by setting up a NTP server.
  • I guess if you needed your own internal air-gapped NTP server?

 

$10Pi
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/02/new-10-raspberry-pi-zero-comes-with-wi-fi-and-bluetooth/

  • To the surprise of no one, it’s out of stock on Adafruit!
  • I’m tempted to make a home brew PlexCast with one of these critters.

Feedback

GPL
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?f5fTSI3

  • Picard rocks
  • That’s the reason I run Ubuntu, it  runs out of the box, I don’t have to mess with it.
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