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Hacking the Casio Ex-word

Reddit - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:49

Has anyone ever hacked one of these before to run linux: http://casio.jp/exword/

Saw a Japanese girl at my hostel using one. They are really cute (typical japan) little dictionary machines. I think it would be a really nice device to run linux on. Small gaming machine / personal diary or something, since its offline.

Btw... does anyone know the basis of how you even begin to port something to a proprietary device? Some reverse-engineering magic? Is any special hardware needed?

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Leftovers: Software Releases

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:36
  • RcppRedis 0.1.7

    A new release of RcppRedis arrived on CRAN today. And just like for the previous release, Russell Pierce contributed a lot of changes via several pull requests which make for more robust operations. In addition, we have started to add support for MessagePack by relying on our recently-announced RcppMsgPack package.

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.3.2

    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.

  • Google Summer Of Code 2016

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today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:34
  • Where did we all go wrong? And why doesn't anyone remember?

    But we didn't pursue them. We replaced them with something cheaper -- with Unix machines, an OS only a nerd could love. And then we replaced the Unix machines with something cheaper still -- the IBM PC, a machine so poor that the £125 ZX Spectrum had better graphics and sound.

    And now, we all use descendants of that. Generally acknowledged as one of the poorest, most-compromised machines, based on descendants of one of the poorest, most-compromised CPUs.

    Yes, over the 40 years since then, most of rough edges have been polished out. The machines are now small, fast, power-frugal with tons of memory and storage, with great graphics and sound. But it's taken decades to get here.

    And the OSes have developed. Now they're feature-rich, fairly friendly, really very robust considering the stone-age stuff they're built from.

    But if we hadn't spent 3 or 4 decades making a pig's ear into silk purse -- if we'd started with a silk purse instead -- where might we have got to by now?

  • Your Beard Doesn’t Intimidate Me Anymore!
  • Understanding Your HPC Application Needs

    Many HPC applications began as single processor (single core) programs. If these applications take too long on a single core or need more memory than is available, they need to be modified so they can run on scalable systems. Fortunately, many of the important (and most used) HPC applications are already available for scalable systems. Not all applications require large numbers of cores for effective performance, while others are highly scalable.

  • 5 Container as a Service Tools You Should Know About

    In a previous article on next-generation cloud technologies, I mentioned Containers as a Service (CaaS), which provides a framework to manage container and application deployment.

  • Don't Worry About IBM's Mainframe Sales Collapse

    For those who know little about International Business Machines , the company's hulking System Z mainframe computers may seem like little more than a relic. The 42% year-over-year decline in System Z sales during IBM's first quarter would appear to offer proof that the mainframe business is struggling.

    But investors shouldn't worry about this mainframe sales collapse. It's happened before, and it will happen again. IBM's System Z product cycle, which sees new models introduced every few years, induces an extreme amount of sales volatility as clients rush to upgrade. While IBM doesn't report System Z sales numbers directly, the company does report year-over-year performance, and that allows us to see that the big drop in sales during the first quarter is nothing out of the ordinary.

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Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:32
  • See How Your Linux GPU Compares To Various GeForce GPUs With NVIDIA 364.19

    While waiting for today's release of Tomb Raider on Linux, for which I just posted various NVIDIA Tomb Raider benchmarks on Ubuntu, I was running some other OpenGL benchmarks.

    One of the benchmark runs I did with various graphics cards this morning while waiting for Tomb Raider was the well known and demanding Unigine Valley demo. Tests were done with various Kepler and Maxwell GeForce graphics cards while using the brand new NVIDIA 364.19 driver on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x86_64.

  • X.Org Foundation Election Results

    Two questions were up for voting, 4 seats on the Board of Directors and approval of the amended By-Laws to join SPI.

    Congratulations to our reelected and new board members Egbert Eich, Alex Deucher, Keith Packard and Bryce Harrington. Thanks a lot to Lucas Stach for running. And also big thanks to our outgoing board member Matt Dew, who stepped down for personal reasons.

  • X.Org Members Approve Becoming Part Of The SPI Organization

    The results just are in of the 2016 X.Org Foundation elections and the members have voted to become part of the SPI. The foundation thus is basically becoming dissolved to become part of Software in the Public Interest.

    After last year's vote failed for the X.Org Foundation to merge with the SPI due to not reaching the two-thirds quorum to change the by-laws, this year was a success: 61 of the 65 members voted.

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today's howtos

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:31

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Red Hat and Fedora

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:29

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Tails 2.3 Screenshot Tour

LXer - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:24
Upgrades and changes: You can now copy and paste your GnuPG passphrases into the pinentry dialog, for example from KeePassX or the clipboard. Upgrade Tor Browser to 5.5.5. Upgrade I2P to 0.9.25. Upgrade Electrum from 2.5.4 to 2.6.3. Fixed problems: Clarify that users migrating from Claws Mail to Icedove should delete all their Claws Mail data to remove the warning when starting Icedove. Make both panes of Onion Circuits scrollable to fix display issues on smaller screens.

Devices and Android

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:22

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Leftovers: OSS, Transparency, and Sharing

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:21

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Development News

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:19

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Security Leftovers

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-04-28 13:18
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says

    A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility's operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station's operator said on Tuesday.

    The Gundremmingen plant, located about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Munich, is run by the German utility RWE (RWEG.DE).

    The viruses, which include "W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker", were discovered at Gundremmingen's B unit in a computer system retrofitted in 2008 with data visualization software associated with equipment for moving nuclear fuel rods, RWE said.

    Malware was also found on 18 removable data drives, mainly USB sticks, in office computers maintained separately from the plant's operating systems. RWE said it had increased cyber-security measures as a result.

  • Death of the enterprise VPN - if remote access is not secure what comes next? [iophk: "Spam. Besides, if an app cannot be put on the net without a VPN then it does not belong on the net in the first place."]

    VPNs are the backbone of enterprise remote access and yet their security limitations are starting to pile up. The problem is that the very thing that once made them so useful, network access, is now their biggest weakness. As the 2014 attacks on retailers Target and Home Depot painfully illustrate, this architecture can easily be exploited by attackers armed with stolen credentials to move around networks from within in ways that are difficult to spot until it’s too late.

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New DRM Driver Set For Linux 4.7: ARC PGU

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-04-28 12:57
David Airlie has pulled the ARC PGU DRM driver into his DRM-Next tree for in turn landing with the Linux 4.7 kernel...

Missing Skylake HD/Iris Graphics Devices Get Added To Mesa DRM

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-04-28 12:45
It turns out that Skylake's HD Graphics 510, HD Graphics 535, Iris Graphics 550, and Iris Graphics P555 were missing their open-source driver support from an important piece of the Linux graphics stack...

Firefox 47 Beta Enables VP9, Embedded YouTube Videos Use HTML5

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-04-28 12:38
Running hot off this week's release of Firefox 46 is the beta release issued by Mozilla for Firefox 47...

KDE e.V. Quarterly Report - 1st Half of 2015

LXer - Thu, 2016-04-28 12:27
The KDE e.V. report for the first half of 2015 is now available. It presents a survey of all the activities and events carried out, supported, and funded by KDE e.V. in that period, as well as the reporting of major events, conferences and mentoring programs that KDE has been involved in.

Is building Linux From Scratch worth for a newbie?

Reddit - Thu, 2016-04-28 11:40

I've been using Linux (mainly Ubuntu) on a regular basis since 1-1.5 years, and I feel rather comfortable with the command line, but I can't say I'm a Linux wizard. However, I do want to gain a deep understanding of how a complex operating system works, and I'd rather do it in a practical way.

I recently discovered LFS, and it looks like a great way to learn all this stuff, but I'm a bit worried.

The official website lists as prerequisites:

"the ability to use the command line (shell) to copy or move files and directories, list directory and file contents, and change the current directory. It is also expected that you have a reasonable knowledge of using and installing Linux software"

I know that sometimes, when you're about to start a new course/project/..., you read the prerequisites and say "cool! I can do it", and then you find yourself after several months thinking "why on earth did I start doing this?".

I can do all the stuff listed in the prerequisites, but (for example) I don't know much about C.

Is it worth to start building LFS for a newbie like me?

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Switchable Intel + AMD graphics.

Reddit - Thu, 2016-04-28 11:38

I recently bought a Thinkpad e450. Specs:

i5 4300u

4GB RAM

2GB dedicated R7 m260 GPU

This is GPU uses 'xf86-video-amdgpu' as driver instead of the usual 'xf86-video-ati'

I'm using Manjaro. I have removed the stock bumblebee setup.

when i run 'xrander --listproviders' is only lists the Intel card.

Also when i run 'lspci' the AMD is listed as a 'Display Controller' than the usual 'VGA compatible controller'

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Tomb Raider 2013 Reboot Officially Released for Steam on Linux and SteamOS

LXer - Thu, 2016-04-28 11:30
After being in the works for more than a month, the thrilling Tomb Raider 2013 reboot developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix has been successfully ported to Linux.

EnterpriseDB's EDB Postgres Advanced Server and EDB Postgres Enterprise Manager

LXer - Thu, 2016-04-28 10:33
The elegance of open source is on full display with new product releases like EnterpriseDB's (EDB's) new PostreSQL-based database solutions.

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