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Submission + - Firefox for Linux is now Netflix compatible (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: For a while, Netflix was not available for traditional Linux-based operating systems, meaning users were unable to enjoy the popular streaming service without booting into Windows. This was due to the company's reliance on Microsoft Silverlight. Since then, Netflix adopted HTML5, and it made Google Chrome and Chromium for Linux capable of playing the videos. Unfortunately, Firefox — the open source browser choice for many Linux users — was not compatible. Today this changes, however, as Mozilla's offering is now compatible with Netflix!

"About four years ago, we shared our plans for playing premium video in HTML5, replacing Silverlight and eliminating the extra step of installing and updating browser plug-ins. Since then, we have launched HTML5 video on Chrome OS, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Firefox, and Edge on all supported operating systems. And though we do not officially support Linux, Chrome playback has worked on that platform since late 2014. Starting today, users of Firefox can also enjoy Netflix on Linux. This marks a huge milestone for us and our partners, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla that helped make it possible," says Netflix.

Submission + - GNOME 3.24 Officially Released

prisoninmate writes: GNOME 3.24 just finished its six-month development cycle, and it's now the most advanced stable version of the modern and popular desktop environment used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions. It was developed since October 2016 under the GNOME 3.23.x umbrella, during which it received numerous improvements. Prominent new features of the GNOME 3.24 desktop environment include a Night Light functionality that promises to automatically shift the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after sunset, and a brand-new GNOME Control Center with redesigned Users, Keyboard & Mouse, Online Accounts, Bluetooth, and Printer panels. As for the GNOME apps, we can mention that the Nautilus file manager now lets users browse files as root (system administrator), GNOME Photos imitates Darktable's exposure and blacks adjustment tool, GNOME Music comes with ownCloud integration and lets you edit tags, and GNOME Calendar finally brings the Week view. New apps like GNOME Recipes are also part of this release.

Submission + - SPAM: Astronomers Just Found a Star Orbiting a Black Hole at 1% the Speed of Light

schwit1 writes: Astronomers have spotted a star whizzing around a vast black hole at about 2.5 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, and it takes only half an hour to complete one orbit.

To put that into perspective, it takes roughly 28 days for our Moon to do a single lap around our relatively tiny planet at speeds of 3,683 km(2,288 miles) per hour.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Microsoft releases Skype for Linux 5.0 Beta (betanews.com) 1

BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft shares the following significant improvements.

*Calling updates: Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit, one-to-one video calls can be made from Linux to Skype users on the latest versions of Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
*Better collaboration: Linux users can now view shared screens from other Skype desktop clients (Windows 7.33 and above, Mac 7.46 and above).
*Usability improvements: Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations, online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.

Submission + - NASA's latest software catalog is available (nasa.gov) 1

mspohr writes: Eureka Magazine has a story about the latest version on NASA software catalog: (http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/design-engineering-news/nasa-grants-free-access-to-its-entire-software-catalogue-without-any-royalty-or-copyright-fees/152211/)
"NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalogue free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees.
This third edition of the publication has contributions from all the agency’s centres on data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. It includes many of the tools NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe.
“The software catalogue is our way of supporting the innovation economy by granting access to tools used by today’s top aerospace professionals to entrepreneurs, small businesses, academia and industry,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. “Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create jobs, earn revenue and save lives.”
Amazing amount of quality software... it IS rocket science.

Submission + - Why Your Boss Will Crush Your Innovative Ideas (bbc.com)

dryriver writes: BBC Capital explores why good ideas people have in the workplace almost never reach the top decision makers in a company: "Surely you’ve heard the plea from on high at your company: we want more innovation, from everyone at every level. Your boss might even agree with the sentiment — because, of course, who doesn’t like innovation? It’s good for everyone, right? Yet when it comes to innovating at your job it might be better to lower your expectations — and then some. Your idea is far more likely to die on your boss’s desk than it is to reach the CEO. It’s not that top managers don’t want new ideas. Rather, it’s the people around you — your colleagues, your manager — who are unlikely to bend toward change. “Companies are almost forced to say that they are changing these days,” says Lynn Isabella. But, “it’s not organisations that resist change; people resist,” says Isabella. “The people have to see what’s in it for them.”

Submission + - Science Fiction Actor Bill Paxton Dies At Age 61 (ew.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Bill Paxton starred in a surprising number of cult science fiction favorites. After playing the blue-haired punk rocker who confronts The Terminator , and the mean older brother in John Hughes nerd comedy Weird Science, Paton was cast as private Hudson in Aliens , the soldier who at one point wails "Game over, man!" Sigourney Weaver called his performance "brilliant', while James Cameron said Paxton's character released some of the audience's tension. "Bill made up different dialogue on every take, and he was yelling it over a machine gun, so none of it actually recorded."

Paxton also appeared in Predator 2, Apollo 13, Twister, and James Cameron's Titanic. Most recently provided the voice of the executive Kahn in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and had a recurring role as Hydra agent John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Submission + - Astronomers discover 60 new planets including 'super Earth' (nypost.com)

schwit1 writes:

An international team of astronomers has found 60 new planets orbiting stars close to Earth’s solar system, including a rocky “super Earth.”

The experts also found evidence of an additional 54 planets, bringing the potential discovery of new worlds to 114.

One planet in particular, Gliese 411b, has been generating plenty of attention. Described as a “hot super Earth with a rocky surface,” Gliese 411b is located in the fourth-nearest star system to the Sun, making it the third-nearest planetary system to the Sun, according to the U.K.’s University of Hertfordshire, which participated in the research. Gliese 411b (also known as GJ 411b or Lalande 21185) orbits the star Gliese 411 (or GJ 411).

Despite the “super Earth” label, Dr. Mikko Tuomi from University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Astrophysics told Fox News that Gliese 411b is too hot for life to exist on its surface.


Submission + - Are Gates, Musk Being "Too Aggressive" With AI Concerns? (xconomy.com)

gthuang88 writes: Bill Gates and Elon Musk are sounding the alarm “too aggressively” over artificial intelligence’s potential negative consequences for society, says MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson. The co-author of “The Second Machine Age” argues it will take at least 30 to 50 years for robots and software to eliminate the need for human laborers. In the meantime, he says, we should be investing in education so that people are prepared for the jobs of the future, and are focused on where they still have an advantage over machines---creativity, empathy, leadership, and teamwork.

Submission + - Ms. Pac-Man turns 35 (fastcompany.com)

harrymcc writes: Ms. Pac-Man--the most popular arcade game in U.S. history--was officially unveiled on February 3, 1982. Unlike Pac-Man, which was created in Japan by Namco, it was designed by a Boston-area startup called General Computer Corp., founded by MIT dropouts. (They originally intended to call the game "Crazy Otto" before selling it to Midway, Pac-Man's U.S. distributor.) In Fast Company's oral history of Ms. Pac-Man's origin, her creators tell their remarkable tale.

Submission + - Plex gets Amazon Alexa compatibility (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: Never known to stand on its laurels, Plex is constantly improving, and today, it gets a really exciting new feature. Users of the service that are also owners of Amazon Echo or other compatible devices can now leverage the Alexa voice assistant to interact with Plex.

"The Plex Alexa experience begins with a quick setup. First, tell Alexa to enable the Plex skill. Link your account and then ask her to 'open Plex' to start using the skill. From there, you can have her ask Plex to play whatever media you like on any of your players. You can ask for suggestions, 'ask Plex what's On Deck,' and more! To learn more about the Plex Alexa skill, head over to https://www.plex.tv/alexa and enjoy the future!" says Plex.

Submission + - Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' Xfce Edition Beta available for download (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: Today, Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' Xfce Edition reaches Beta status. As with other versions of Linux Mint 18.1, this version is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and offers support until 2021. The kernel version is 4.4 and the Xfce environment is updated to 4.12.

From a software perspective, there is a major shakeup regarding the included default music player. Banshee has been banished, with the superior Rhythmbox taking its place. While both players have their merits, the Linux Mint team points to bugs and a lack of Banshee development as a reason for the switch.

Submission + - Bug in libvirt allows unauthenticated VNC sessions

gavron writes: A bug in the libvirt virtualization library allows attackers to connect to VNC servers that have no password set (that are using a non simple-password authentication) but instead of denying access... no authentication will be tried and the user will be connected.

The US National Vulnerability Database rates this a 9.8 on the CVSS severity level.

Mitre

Submission + - Verizon Refuses To Brick the Samsung Note 7 (theverge.com)

caferace writes: According to this article at The Verge, Verizon has refused to push out the Samsung "No-Charge" update.

"...Today, Samsung announced an update to the Galaxy Note 7 that would stop the smartphone from charging, rendering it useless unless attached to a power charger. Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.."

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