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  • FCC releases final proposal to end net neutrality

    Wed 5:58pm
    The FCC has released the final draft of its proposal to destroy net neutrality. The order removes nearly every net neutrality rule on the books - internet providers will be free to experiment with fast and slow lanes, prioritize their own traffic, and block…
  • Replacing x86 firmware with Linux and Go

    Wed 5:58pm
    The Intel Management Engine (ME), which is a separate processor and operating system running outside of user control on most x86 systems, has long been of concern to users who are security and privacy conscious. Google and others have been working on ways to…
  • Android collects locations when location services are disabled

    Tue 11:09am
    Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers - even when location services are disabled - and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has…
  • "Desktop compositing latency is real and it annoys me"

    Tue 11:03am
    I wiped off my Windows 10 installation today. It wasn't because of the intrusive telemetry or the ads in the start menu but desktop composition. It adds some slight but noticeable latency that makes typing feel uncomfortable. In Windows 7 you can turn it off.…
  • Google adds Fuchsia support to Apple's Swift

    Mon 4:56pm
    Google's in-development operating system, named 'Fuchsia,' first appeared over a year ago. It's quite different from Android and Chrome OS, as it runs on top of the real-time 'Magenta' kernel instead of Linux. According to recent code commits, Google is…
  • Intel plans to end legacy BIOS support by 2020

    Mon 4:42pm
    Computer users of a certain age will remember BIOS as ubiquitous firmware that came loaded on PCs. It was the thing you saw briefly before your operating system loaded, and you could dig into the settings to change your computer's boot order, enable or disable…
  • IBM Blue Lightning: world's fastest 386?

    Mon 3:41pm
    The Blue Lightning CPU is an interesting beast. There is not a whole lot of information about what the processor really is, but it can be pieced together from various scraps of information. Around 1990, IBM needed low-power 32-bit processors with good…
  • Sun's Project Looking Glass debuted 14 years ago

    Mon 3:37pm
    Almost 14 years ago, way back in 2003, Sun Microsystems unveiled Project Looking Glass, a 3D desktop environment written in Java and making extensive use of Java 3D. The demo, by Jonathan Schwartz, always stuck with me over the years, and since YouTube…
  • Did Microsoft manually patch their Equation Editor executable?

    Nov 17, 2017, 6:51 am
    Really, quite literally, some pretty skilled Microsoft employee or contractor reverse engineered our friend EQNEDT32.EXE, located the flawed code, and corrected it by manually overwriting existing instructions with better ones (making sure to only use the…
  • How to set up a Pixelbook for programming

    Nov 16, 2017, 5:47 pm
    Well, I've really done it. I've taken a pure and unsullied Google Pixelbook, which at one time was fast and secure in all ways, and made it into a crashy mess. My crime? The desire to code.…
  • RISC-V port merged to Linux

    Nov 16, 2017, 4:56 pm
    The RISC-V port was just merged to Linux a few minutes ago. This means we will be in the 4.15 release, which should be out about 10 weeks from last Sunday. As soon as the tarballs are created, the RISC-V Linux ABI will be stable, and…
  • Scripting the Haiku GUI with 'hey'

    Nov 15, 2017, 6:59 pm
    Haiku's GUI is in principle entirely scriptable. You can change a window's position and size and manipulate pretty much every widget in it. The tool to do this is hey. It sends BMessages to an application, thus emulating what happens if the user clicks on a…
  • The Xerox Alto struts its stuff on its 40th birthday

    Nov 15, 2017, 6:58 pm
    The Xerox Alto, widely recognized as the first modern personal computer, pioneered just about every basic concept we are familiar with in computers today. These include windows, bit-mapped computer displays, the whole idea of WYSIWIG interfaces, the…
  • * More than 1 billion Android devices run outdated software *

    Nov 14, 2017, 8:13 am
    This is horrifying:…
  • OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices with root access

    Nov 14, 2017, 5:37 am
    Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics. While the company eventually reversed course on the data collection, another discovery has been made in the software of…