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Breaking: physical access still a problem
- You know what other operating system is vulnerable to having someone getting physical access to a machine?
- All of them!
- Not all of these 79 vulnerabilities have been reported, let alone patched.
- Most are simple DoS (Denial of Service) bugs that freeze or restart the OS.
- You know what prevents all of this? Glue.
Intel’s minix OS now open for business
- AMD has a similarly terrifying thing living in it and many other architectures
- I am curious to see what kind of tomfoolery can be achieved with a standard run of the mill intel processor after the internet at large grabs a hold of this.
- What if we went through all this trouble and nothing malicious was found.
Modern day Java has image issues
- TLDNR: Electron is for the lazy.
- It’s the lazy man’s framework. Baby’s first app maker.
- There’s a reason most electron apps chug worse than a high school freshman at a frat party.
- Electron is a lot like Virtual Programming’s eON, a crappy wrapper which its sole selling point is quickly dissipating.
Year of the Linux desktop is here
- Again, this will not become a “thing” until it’s 100% wireless.
- I still support the one phone army knife concept of a single device.
- While you’re walking about during the work day, it’s your phone.
- You get home, you plug it into a dock with an external GPU enclosure, a few monitors and peripherals, boom! You got all your device needs in something which fits in your pocket.
- This still isn’t it.
- Installed it on the 17.10 box using mainline.
- No issues and the NVIDIA binary blob worked OOTB.
- Alright, one issue with the Steam controlla but it was a bit bizarre.
- Memory limits have been increased to 128PiB of virtual address space and 4PiB of physical address space.
- AMD Secure Memory Encryption support has been added.
- Heterogeneous Memory Management has been added for GPUs.
- There’s also lots of fixes for the recent crop of USB vulnerabilities that have turned up.
- First to have a six-year support cycle.
Begun, the encroachment has
- With parts like the Centriq 2400 server system-on-a-chip (SoC) about to show up this comes as no surprise.
- For the server space ARM just makes sense.
- And servers mean RHEL… in any type of environment where people care more about getting stuff done than politics.
Let it go, let it go
- Improved image quality and playback smoothness.
- Yeah, at this point you would have to introduce something that would bring me back.
- That, that ain’t going to do it.
Opera is still a thing
- Opera 49 offers a snapshot tool with editing features, including a selfie camera.
- VK Messenger joins built-in sidebar communicators.
- Five new currencies for currency converter.
- I noticed the other day I still have Opera installed in this box.
Quantum of browsers
- Seems about the same in Google Docs.
- Good luck getting me back, and I mean that, no snark.
- The style inspector feels a lot more like Chrome.
- Google is now default for search.
- Still runs like a dog on Android.
- Remember when I said Firefox betas are always faster than the actual released version?
- Well, someone better pick up that phone because I called it!
Fedora brings the Pipes
- Not going to lie, I really want to start messing around with Pipewire.
- GNOME 3.26
- LibreOffice 5.4
- GNOME Boxes
Is Google Docs too mainstream?
- Something similar to Google Docs, but without any coordinating server.
- Right now you can edit a text document but that’s about it.
- It’s google docs without any other functionality than the multiple people editing it at once.
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