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Submission + - PHP Is First Language To Add "Modern" Cryptography Library To Its Core (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The PHP team has unanimously voted to integrate the Libsodium library in the PHP core, and by doing so, becoming the first programming language to support a modern cryptography library by default. Developers approved a proposal with a vote of 37 to 0 and decided that Libsodium will be added to the upcoming PHP 7.2 release that will be launched towards the end of 2017.

Scott Arciszewski, the cryptography expert who made the proposal says that by supporting modern crypto in the PHP core, the PHP team will force the WordPress team to implement better security in its CMS, something they avoided until now. Additionally, it will allow PHP and CMS developers to add advanced cryptography features to their apps that run on shared hosting providers, where until now they weren't able to install custom PHP extensions to support modern cryptography. Other reasons on why he made the proposal are detailed in depth here.

Arciszewski also says that PHP is actually "the first" programming language to support a "modern" cryptography library in its core, despite Erlang and Go including similar libraries, which he claims are not as powerful and up-to-date as PHP's upcoming Libsodium implementation.

Submission + - How DOOM Renders a Frame

An anonymous reader writes: While the original DOOM defined the FPS genre back in 1993, the 4th DOOM released last spring pushes back the boundaries of what is currently possible in term of graphics and performance.
Adrian Courrèges presents on his blog a breakdown of the rendering process of a frame of DOOM.
The game is one of the first to make use of the Vulkan API and implements several state-of-the-art rendering techniques to achieve a staggering amount of calculation in less than 16ms.

Submission + - Android runs on 98% of devices in India but is it really so good?

An anonymous reader writes: Overall if you compare your experience with Apple iOS and Google Android, which one you think is more suitable for the average Joe? What are personal pet peeves about each platform? Which one of them is more suitable for the power user? Which one of them is easier to earn money from? Which one do you prefer in regard to aesthetics and UI? Which one is more suitable to get things done instead of idly browsing 9gag?

Submission + - TP-Link confirms Wifi freedom is dead- All routers to be locked down (ninux.org)

An anonymous reader writes: We got confirmation today from one of the largest router manufacturer that they have begun locking router firmware down due to recent FCC rule changes. This is exactly what the Save Wifi campaign participants had been arguing would happen for the past several months. Despite the FCC unequivocally denying that this was there intention it was irrelevant to the outcome, and the expected response of manufacturers to the new rules. The competitiveness of the market and costs of compliance means the only real solution for manufactures to comply is the lock down of there router's firmware. The TP-Link rep went on to say that all future routers would be locked down as a direct result of the rule changes.

These rules are bad and already hindering user freedom. The FCC has pulled a fast one and we need to fight back. This is a major security and privacy threat which will lead to even buggier and more insecure wireless hardware. A legal campaign to end this nonsense will require significantly more funding and criticism. Unfortunately the major players on fighting this are burning out. Christopher Waid, of ThinkPenguin, Dave Taht, of BufferBloat, Eric Schultz, Josh Gay of the FSF, and others just don't have the time or resources to keep fighting this. Don't let this be the end.

The Save Wifi campaign needs major financial help if we're going to put an end to this. Please donate to the effort at: https://www.gofundme.com/savew... . Please see www.SaveWIfi.org for updates.

Read more about what TP-Link had to say here:


Submission + - Destroying the Windows 10 hype train

An anonymous reader writes: Now that Windows 10 is out and the clamour in its regard has substantially subdued it's time to revisit what it's given and what it's taken from us. An unknown person has compiled a wonderful list of the new Windows 10 features which show that in many ways this version of Windows is worse than almost universally abhorred Windows 8.

What's your take? How do you like Windows 10 two weeks after it was released? Has it improved your productivity? Do you believe Microsoft has redeemed itself after the Windows 8 fiasco?

Submission + - Everything Wrong with Windows 10

An anonymous reader writes: Many have been wondering why people usually ridicule every OS out there except Windows which, given its monopolistic position in the market, hasn't seen its own share of criticism. This gap has recently been filled with fervor and diligence, meet everything wrong with windows 10. It's worth noting that the document also lists problem in all Windows releases in general.

Submission + - Linux problems to be solved before it can really conquer the Desktop (narod.ru) 1

An anonymous reader writes: All over the Internet people keep arguing why Linux hasn't gained any substantial traction on the desktop and why most developers shun Linux like a plague, and even the ones who once contemplated it (John Carmack) gave up on it many years ago. An unknown author has gathered a profound list of intrinsic Linux problems which impede Linux adoption.

Submission + - Main Linux problems to be solved for conquering the Desktop and developers (narod.ru)

An anonymous reader writes: Over time people keep arguing why Linux hasn't gained any substantial traction on the desktop and why most developers shun Linux like a plague, and even the ones who once contemplated it (John Carmack) gave up on it many years ago. An unknown author has gathered a profound list of intrinsic Linux problems which impede Linux adoption.

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