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Some Noticeable Slowdowns Spotted In Ubuntu 15.10, At Least For A Haswell-E

Phoronix - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 6:10pm
Last week I posted some Ubuntu 15.04 vs. Ubuntu 15.10 benchmarks when comparing the data to FreeBSD 10.2. Enclosed in this article are some more 15.04 Vivid Vervet vs. 15.10 Wily Werewolf performance benchmarks from another system...

Amazon Lawsuit Aims To Kill Fake Reviews

Slashdot - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 5:43pm
Mark Wilson writes with a story at Beta News (relying on this report at The Guardian) that Amazon is suing more than 1,000 fake reviewers for their misleading, paid-for reviews: The ability to read reviews of products before making a purchase is one of the great advantages of online shopping. But how do you know that what you're reading is a genuine review and not just glowing praise planted by the seller or manufacturer? Fake reviews are a serious problem, and Amazon is trying to do something about it. The retail giant has filed a lawsuit against 1,114 individuals for writing 'false, misleading, and inauthentic' reviews. Amazon says that the fakers are tarnishing its reputation, and the attempt to clean up the site is something that will be welcomed by consumers. From the Guardian's version of the story: Amazon said there had been misleading five-star reviews and comments about products, such as: “This has lit up my life” about a USB cable. A bogus comment said “definitely buying more I was impressed with how bright the lights on the cable are”, while another reviewer gave a product top marks and added the comment “cool charger”. Amazon is not suing Fiverr, a startup that raised $30m from investors last year, as the company says in its terms and conditions that advertising for services such as writing bogus reviews is banned.

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OpenBSD source tree turns 20 – version 5.8 of project preps for show time

El Reg - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 4:51pm
Founder offers a little ditty to get party started

OpenBSD's source tree just turned 20 years old. Today the project has 322,000 commits and contributions from more than 350 hackers since 1995.…

Celebrating 20 Years of OpenBSD With Release 5.8

Slashdot - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 4:29pm writes: 20 years to the day after the OpenBSD source tree was created for the new project, the project has released OpenBSD 5.8, the 38th release on CD-ROM (and 39th via FTP/HTTP). This release comes with four release songs instead of the usual one, and a long list of improvements over the last releases. (Probably a good time to donate to the project, too, even if you don't use it directly, because of all the security improvements that OpenBSD programmers contribute to the world.)

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Using Valve's Steam Controller On Ubuntu Linux

Phoronix - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 4:19pm
Valve's Steam Controller has begun shipping to those who pre-ordered the device earlier this year. Phoronix reader Thomas Frech (a.k.a. Qaridarium) has shared some of his thoughts about using the controller for some Linux gaming on Ubuntu...

OpenBSD 5.8 Released, Marks 20 Years Of OpenBSD

Phoronix - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 4:00pm
OpenBSD 5.8 was released today and its release happens to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the OpenBSD project...

The Box That Built the Modern World

Slashdot - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 3:30pm writes: Andrew Curry has an interesting article about how more than any other single innovation, the shipping container epitomizes the enormity, sophistication, and importance of our modern transportation system. It's invisible to most people, but fundamental to how practically everything in our consumer-driven lives works. "Think of the shipping container as the Internet of thing," says Curry. "Just as your email is disassembled into discrete bundles of data the minute you hit send, then re-assembled in your recipient's inbox later, the uniform, ubiquitous boxes are designed to be interchangeable, their contents irrelevant." Last year the world's container ports moved 560 million 20-foot containers. Even cars and trucks—known in the trade as "RoRo," or "roll-on, roll-off" cargo—are increasingly being loaded into containers rather than specialized ships. "Containers are just a lot easier," says James Rice. "A box is a box. All you need is a vessel, a berth, and a place to put the container on the ground. Consider the economics of a T-shirt sewn at a factory near Beijing. The total time in transit for a typical box from a Chinese factory to a customer in Europe might be as little as 35 days. Cost per shirt? "Less than one U.S. cent," says Rainer Horn. "It doesn't matter anymore where you produce something now, because transport costs aren't important."

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DragonFlyBSD 4.2 vs. Ubuntu 15.10 CPU Performance

Phoronix - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 2:50pm
In this article are benchmarks comparing the performance of DragonFlyBSD 4.2 to that of Ubuntu 15.10. With these CPU-focused benchmarks, the core scaling performance was also looked at in going from two cores through four cores plus Hyper Threading.

Radio Waves Can Be Used To Hijack Androids and iPhones Via Siri and Google Now

Slashdot - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 2:33pm
An anonymous reader writes: Two French researchers have discovered a way to use the Siri and Google Now voice assistant software to relay malicious commands to smartphones without the user's consent or knowledge. This method relies on a special hardware rig that can send radio waves to smartphones with earphones plugged into them. The radio waves get picked up by the earphone cable, get transformed into electrical signals and then to software commands. The research is accompanied by a YouTube video as well. Note that this attack, as the article explains, so far relies on some bulky dedicated equipment, and on the attacker being close to the system he wants to disrupt.

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Apple quietly swaps out MacBook Retina displays to fix skin-peeling stains

El Reg - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 2:00pm
Put the f**king lotion in the basket!

Apple has finally agreed to swap out "stained" Retina displays, months after ugly blobs of anti-reflective coating began peeling off of affected MacBooks that had cost fanbois more than $2,000 a pop.…

Moscow State University Releases 10th HEVC Video Codec Comparison

Slashdot - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 1:24pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Graphics and Media Lab Video Group of Moscow State University has released its tenth video codecs comparison. This latest comparison focuses on HEVC codecs and includes some non-HEVC codecs such as x264 and VP9. The report concludes that Intel's MSS HEVC Software codec leads the pack in the "fast transcoding" use case whereas x265 takes the lead in the "ripping" use case. VP9 compares favorably to the HEVC codecs in the fixed quality and the speed versus quality test cases. See the PDF version of the report for more details.

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Phoronix Forums Log-In Should Be Fixed

Phoronix - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 1:18pm
For those that have emailed in, tweeted, and otherwise contacted me about problems logging into the Phoronix Forums this weekend, that issue should be resolved... Now Powered By PTS 6.0-Hammerfest

Phoronix - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 1:06pm
While a brand new interface to is set to launch later this year in tandem with the Phoronix Test Suite 6.0 debut, a big underlying step forward was made this weekend...

Big Blue lets Chinese government eyeball source code – report

El Reg - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 12:21pm
Beijing officials get quick peek at IBM software in hunt for backdoor spying

IBM has reportedly granted Beijing controlled looking rights to its proprietary source code to allow government officials to scrutinise the software for spook backdoors.…

Progress On SPIR-V For The Nouveau Driver Is Moving Slow

Phoronix - Sun, 18/10/2015 - 12:05pm
Back in July I wrote about someone working on a SPIR-V to NV50 IR Nouveau translator so that this intermediate representation for Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1+ could then be fed into this open-source NVIDIA driver. A brief, indirect update was shared this weekend and so far it appears the work is progressing slowly...
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