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Submission + - Microsoft Native BASH and Linux Runtime Now Available to Windows Insiders

WheezyJoe writes: The first Windows 10 Insider Preview build that includes support for native Linux bash on Windows is now available to people in the Insider program (free, with sign-up). However, BASH and the Linux Subsystem it relies on may not be installed simply by updating to the latest insider build (14316). Windows also must be put into developer mode through the Settings app. Then, the feature will need to be added from Windows Features, and finally the runtime environment will have to be fetched from the Store.

Submission + - Computer Created a 'New Rembrandt' After Analyzing Paintings (

TechnoidNash writes: Rembrandt van Rijn was one of the most influential classical painters, and the world lost his amazing talent when he died nearly four centuries ago. And yet his newest masterpiece was unveiled only yesterday. How? By scanning and analyzing Rembrandt’s works, a computer was able to create a new painting in near-perfect mimicry of Rembrandt’s style. It has been named, appropriately, ‘The Next Rembrandt’. Read more:

Submission + - Open-Source Vulnerability Database Shuts Down (

StonyCreekBare writes: From the Blog at "As of today, a decision has been made to shut down the Open Sourced Vulnerability Database (OSVDB), and will not return. We are not looking for anyone to offer assistance at this point, and it will not be resurrected in its previous form. This was not an easy decision, and several of us struggled for well over ten years trying to make it work at great personal expense. The industry simply did not want to contribute and support such an effort."

Submission + - French minister invites Elon Musk to turn nuclear site into Tesla factory (

mdsolar writes: French energy minister Ségolène Royal has suggested to Tesla founder Elon Musk that he build an electric car factory on the site of France’s oldest nuclear reactor after it closes at the end of the year, AFP reported on Tuesday.

French President Francois Hollande has pledged to close down the Fessenheim nuclear plant in the Alsace region near the German border but has met strong resistance from local politicians and unions worried about job losses.

“The main problem is the site’s transformation,” Royal said at a briefing, according to the news agency. “We need to give hope to this community. My idea is to bring a Tesla factory.”

The outspoken minister, who has courted controversy before with off-the-cuff statements, said she had mentioned the idea to Musk himself and would see Tesla’s management in 10 days.

“I said to him: ’I have a place for you, Fessenheim’. He didn’t say no,” Royal said. “Who dares, wins,” she said.

Submission + - Nvidia Goes Deep With New DGX-1 Supercomputer (

Zothecula writes: Computing giant Nvidia has announced the world's first "supercomputer in a box" – the DGX-1. With a cool 170 teraflops of performance, the machine is designed to tackle the complex worlds of deep learning and artificial intelligence, areas of research requiring massive amounts of computing power.

Submission + - Adobe To Issue Emergency Flash Patch (

itwbennett writes: Adobe is working on an emergency patch, which could come as early as Thursday, for a vulnerability that is being actively exploited on Windows XP and 7 systems running Flash Player versions and earlier. 'Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,' Adobe said in an advisory published Tuesday.

Submission + - Defence Department Takes Control of Australian Science (

An anonymous reader writes: Nature and The Canberra Times reports Australian scientists are alarmed by a new law giving the Defence Department permit and censorship powers over scientists, punishable by 10 years jail with no right to remain silent. Civil Liberties Australia says it violates scientists' rights, and Defence Report says the act violates international human rights law. Hundreds of scientists signed a petition against the law, which came into effect April 2.

Submission + - Facebook Guesses What's In Pictures To Help Visually Impaired ( 1

itwbennett writes: Taking the issue of bad image metadata into its own hands, starting today, Facebook will tell users of screen readers what appears in the photos on their timeline. Jeremy Kirk explains: 'To describe the images, Facebook built a computer vision system with a neural network trained to recognize a number of concepts, including places and the presence of people and objects. It analyzes each image for the presence of different elements, and then composes a short sentence describing it that is included in the web page as the 'alt' text of the image.'

Comment Heck yeah, I write in shorthand daily (Score 1) 307

I don't know the solution to OP's problem, although I had a flip phone for a while a couple years ago and it had amazing battery life...I think I charged it twice a week max, overnight.

Also, if I was volunteering for a political campaign I'd be using a different phone and number entirely. In my volunteer work I use the $13/mo. plan from Page Plus for this purpose and it's just fine.

As far as dead tech goes, I write in shorthand, definitely dead tech at this point. I do it because I enjoy writing by hand and shorthand saves me lots of time. I write at least 2-3x faster and I can still read what I wrote afterward. Plus nobody can look over and read my personal notes when I'm at a conference, that sort of thing.

Comment You have to pick an area and focus (Score 2) 206

There is so much innovation these days that it has transcended the separation-by-OS that used to handily signal where and what kind of changes you could expect. As an example, if you're looking for an experimental graphical terminal emulator it turns out you can use it in Windows and OS X, but not in Linux. But the point is, it's not available on one OS in particular and it's even a virtue now to be cross-platform. There's so much new tech out there and it all happens on a huge variety of platforms. So trying out new tech is just a matter of focusing (for example: system software, graphics software, hardware support, kernel-level new stuff, software in embedded systems, hardware sensors, etc.) and then deciding what the required resources are to dive in on that specific level. What OS or OSes would be best, what packages should you install, and so on.

Going back to your examples, 3D/VR desktop work has been going on since the 80s at least, and AI before that, and "drastically better performance" has always been on peoples' minds. The GUI mashups even ring a bell, though everything is so scriptable these days that anyone who's doing a GUI mashup would probably be less frustrated just typing it into a reusable script. These aren't new topics, they change over time incrementally, and the only advice I can give is to make sure you are _really_ looking at the high-end tech that you think you are. If you are frustrated with a slow system, did it cost less than $10K? Because that's commodity-level pricing. If you are frustrated with the 3D effects you just enabled on your desktop, did you really research the state of the art? And so on.

Also, just to nitpick--you say Ubuntu is dumbed-down in "default configuration" but Windows and OS X are dumbed down by default too, aren't they? That's why you have package managers, Ninite, the App Store, etc. Restore your purchases or download a set of things and you're out of the dumbzone.

Comment Re:I prefer to browse the local library. (Score 1) 83

I do the same with gifts (usually because it's a last-minute thing), but lately I've been looking at AbeBooks before Amazon. In most cases I'm looking for books that have been out for longer than a year and it's amazing how many almost-recently-published books are available for the cost of shipping (around $3.50 USD). I make sure I'm buying from a bookseller that's relatively close to my location and things arrive quickly, too. We did a lot of Christmas book shopping that way last year and I have zero complaints about the book quality. Amazon holds my main wish list and I still buy a bunch of stuff there, but if I can support a smaller bookseller and reduce waste, that's a bonus. Plus the recent Amazon Smile thing kind of upset me with its de facto stinginess WRT Amazon's resources vs. Amazon's claims of great social contributions.

Comment Named after my favorite Styx song (Score 1) 33

From what I understand, the existing theory of UV dust excitement is pretty solid...sometimes I wish people would keep their own spoiler theories to themselves, especially when we send up a multi-million dollar spacecraft and the conclusion is "yep, it's like we always thought." KEEP IT TO YOURSELF IT WAS A SURPRISE TO ME UNTIL NOW.

Comment OS X Upgrade Fear (Score 3, Insightful) 362

I'm still on Lion. I have a 2011 MBP and I'm thinking I might stay on Lion. I'll be handing it down to my wife and would consider the big version upgrade, but my recent experience with iOS upgrades was that the new OS was way more resource-intensive than the old, even though people told me it'd be so great and Apple doesn't do upgrades that slow your machine down, etc. Thoughts? Should I think about an upgrade to Mavericks?

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