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Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

Fri, 2016-09-16 04:45
New programming language does clever things with caches to hasten parallel processing. 'Milk' claims to help code run four times faster MIT boffins have created a new programming language called “Milk” that they say runs code four times faster than rivals.

RPi-Powered pi-topCEED Makes the Case as a Low-Cost Modular Learning Desktop

Fri, 2016-09-16 03:48
It's hard to go a day without seeing interesting and compelling Indiegogoor Kickstarter projects that feature the Raspberry Pi, Pine 64 or the IntelEdison inside some sort of embedded device or standalone computer orlaptop. Last fall, I stumbled across one such project that billed itself as"the first $99 Raspberry Pi desktop", and I felt the need to haveit.

Oracle abandons NetBeans to Apache

Fri, 2016-09-16 02:51
Oracle wants to dump its NetBeans Java integrated development environment on the Apache Software Foundation.

Linux Kernel 4.7.4 Updates GPU Drivers, Adds OverlayFS and EXT4 Improvements

Fri, 2016-09-16 01:54
Renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the Linux community about the availability of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series.

Marrying Ephemeral Docker Containers to Persistent Data

Fri, 2016-09-16 00:56
Docker containers are ephemeral by design. They come and they go like a herd of hyperactive squirrels, which is great for high availability, but not so great for preserving your data. Kendrick Coleman of EMC {code} demonstrated how to have both ephemeral containers and persistent data in his talk called "Highly Available [he]amp[/he] Distributed Containers" at ContainerCon North America.

Tiny $2 IoT module runs FreeRTOS on Realtek Ameba WiFi SoC

Thu, 2016-09-15 23:59
Pine64’s $2 “PADI IoT Stamp” module is based on Realtek’s new “RTL8710AF” Cortex-M3 WiFi SoC, a cheaper FreeRTOS-ready competitor to the ESP8266. Realtek’s RTL8710AF WiFi system-on-chip began showing up on tiny “B&T” labeled modules in July in China on AliExpress, as described in this Hackaday post. The Realtek SoC offers an even lower cost, and […]

The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of All Time

Thu, 2016-09-15 23:02
This list genuinely contains the top 10 Linux distributions of all time. In fact there are 28 distributions in the list. Did you know only 3 distributions have ever held the number 1 position in Distrowatch? Can you name them? Have you ever heard of Sorceror?

How to Get Started Writing Web Applications with Node.js

Thu, 2016-09-15 22:05
You can use Node.js to create anything from a simple webchat to an app that turns your mobile phone into a game controller. If you are using a videoconferencing utility over the web, the host is probably running on Node.js. If you are accessing your email and day planner through a web browser or playing online games, Node.js is sure to be somewhere in the mix, too...

Moview Review: Snowden (Live)

Thu, 2016-09-15 21:08
I got to see "Snowden" two days prior to national release at a special event dubbed "Snowden Live" because it included a satellite feed of a live Q&A with Oilver Stone and the two leads after the film... and Snowden himself live from Russia via webcam. The review is fairly spoiler free but I do give a few details as well as some information provided from the "Live" portion... and perhaps somewhat inappropriate "Social and Political Analysis" commentary too. Enjoy!

3 open source alternatives to PowerPoint

Thu, 2016-09-15 20:11
PowerPoint is one of those programs whose use has become so ingrained in the corporate world that it is probably running the risk of becoming completely genericized, in the same way that some people use Kleenex to refer to all tissues, or BAND-AIDs to refer to all bandages.read more

What the rise of permissive open source licenses means

Thu, 2016-09-15 19:13
Restrictive licenses such as the GNU GPL are steadily falling out of favor — and lawyers may be to blame.

It's time to make LibreOffice and OpenOffice one again

Thu, 2016-09-15 18:16
Let's talk about OpenOffice. More than likely you've already read, countless times, that Apache OpenOffice is near the end. The last stable iteration was 4.1.2 (released October, 2015) and a recent major security flaw took a month to patch. A lack of coders has brought development to a creeping crawl. And then, the worst possible news hit the ether; the project suggested users switch to MS Office (or LibreOffice).

Carla Shroder: On Farming and Linux

Thu, 2016-09-15 17:19
One of the many things we like about Ms. Shroder is that she makes difficult technology easy to understand. She’s also fun to read. And as you’ll discover in this interview, she’s also a quick wit who won’t be backed into a corner.

The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone

Thu, 2016-09-15 16:22
The new plan to drastically expand the government’s hacking and surveillance authorities is known formally as amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the proposal would allow the government to hack a million computers or more with a single warrant. If Congress doesn’t pass legislation blocking this proposal, the new rules go into effect on December 1.

Teach your Grandmother to write scripts

Thu, 2016-09-15 15:25
Regular readers of The Linux Rain will know that I'm keen on writing simple shell scripts to automate repetitive and complicated tasks. Some of those scripts are for terminal use, others for GUI applications. They all have this in common: they reduce lots of keystrokes and mouse-clicks to a single keyboard shortcut or a single click (on an icon or a menu item).Power users in the corporate world and sysadmins use scripts to save time and effort. Seniors like me do it to save effort and because it's a simpler way to interact with a computer, and we really like keeping things simple.

Automating repetitive tasks for digital artists with Python

Thu, 2016-09-15 14:27
Artists and designers should know how to code. There, I said it.Now, I could go into a good in-depth exposition on how the artist mindset and the developer/engineer mindset aren't all that different, or how the image of the "non-technical artist" is a relatively recent phenomenon. Those are topics for another article. For the purposes of this article, suffice it to say that knowing a little code will not only give you a better understanding of how your digital tools work, but that knowledge will help you create your work more efficiently.read more

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is officially coming to SteamOS & Linux, port by Feral Interactive

Thu, 2016-09-15 13:30
Here’s the news you have been desperate to hear, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is officially heading to SteamOS & Linux and it’s being ported by Feral Interactive.

JDK 9 release delayed <i>another</i> four months

Thu, 2016-09-15 12:27
Devs ask for more time to do the job right, meaning July 2017 instead of next week as first plannedOracle's asking for more time to complete JDK 9.…

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