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Submission + - Kimbal Musk's Tech Revolution Starts with Mustard Greens (

mirandakatz writes: Farmers have always had a tough time—and now they're facing new competition in the form of Brooklyn hipsters, growing crops in high-tech farms at a startup co-founded by Kimbal Musk, sibling to Elon and board member of Tesla and SpaceX. Square Roots is headquartered in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant, and is currently made up of 10 shipping container farms, each manned by an individual entrepreneur. At Backchannel, Steven Levy offers a deep look at Square Roots's mission to become "the Amazon of real food" and, in the process, overthrow Big Ag.

Submission + - Shadow Brokers Release New Batch of Files Containing Windows and SWIFT Exploits (

An anonymous reader writes: On Good Friday and ahead of the Easter holiday, the Shadow Brokers have dumped a new collection of files, containing what appears to be exploits and hacking tools targeting Microsoft's Windows OS and the SWIFT banking system. The tools were dumped via the Shadow Brokers Twitter account and were accompanied by a blog post, as the group did in the past. This dump contains three folders named Windows, Swift, and Oddjob. The Windows folder contains 23 Windows exploits ranging from SMB to IIS, while the OddJob folder contains an eponymous implant for Windows operating systems. The folder claiming to hold SWIFT exploits also contains Excel files that hint the Equation Group had hacked several banks across the world, mainly in the Middle East. One of these tools was previously linked to the NSA by Snowden.

Submission + - How to upgrade Bash/Windows Subsystem for Linux in Windows 10 Creators Update (

Mark Wilson writes: You can't help but have noticed that Microsoft has started the rollout of Windows 10 Creators Update. After testing with Windows Insiders, the third big update to Windows 10 is finally making its way to the masses. But while Creators Update brings some pretty major changes to Windows 10, Windows Subsystem for Linux is not automatically updated.

The arrival of Bash/Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10 Anniversary Update meant Ubuntu 14.04 support, but you can now manually update to gain Ubuntu 16.04 support in Creators Update. Microsoft says you need to perform one of two manual update methods: the recommended option of "Remove & Replace", or "Upgrade In-Place." Here's how to perform the update.

Submission + - You thought BYOD was a thorny problem? BYO-PC will be even harder (

mattydread23 writes: As BYOD ("bring your own device") becomes ubiquitous, it's natural to consider the possibilities of extending it to PCs, Macs, and other types of notebook computers. The problem is that legacy technology and approaches may make BYO-PC much more challenging than BYOD. In particular, companies already own a ton of PCs and Macs, so adding personal computers on top of that existing infrastructure can create all kinds of thorny political and technical issues. BYO-Mac, however, may not be quite so hard for many organizations.

Submission + - Apple forcing IT shops to "adapt or die" (

alphadogg writes: Many IT departments are struggling with Apple's "take it or leave it" attitude, based on discussions last week at MacIT, which is Macworld|iWorld's companion conference for IT professionals. Much of the questioning following technical presentations wasn't about Apple technology or products. It was about the complexities and confusions of trying to sort out for the enterprise Apple's practices. Those practices include the use of Apple IDs and iTunes accounts, which are designed for individual Mac or iPad or iPhone users, and programs like Apple's Volume Purchase Program, which, according to Apple "makes it simple to find, buy, and distribute the apps your business needs" and to buy custom, third-party B2B apps.

Submission + - ST:TNG Cast Reuniting After 25 Years & SciFanT

Freshly Exhumed writes: A quarter of a century after beaming onto the airwaves in 1987, the entire cast* of Star Trek: The Next Generation will make a rare public appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo April 27-29. 'I can safely say it will be the first time we have all been gathered together at a convention,' said LeVar Burton, who played Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge, in an interview with The Canadian Press. Personalities from other SciFi shows will be there too. If you're a SciFan on the way to Calgary, don't forget to make the pilgrimage out to Vulcan, and maybe try to get a viewing of the Gibson Collection of Speculative Fiction at the UofC too. * Sigh, by 'entire cast' the journalists are not implying that everyone who ever appeared on ST:TNG will be there... just saying...

Submission + - Mysterious "Space Ball" Crashes in Namibia (

astroengine writes: "Around mid-November, authorities in Namibia were alerted to the discovery of a hollow sphere that had apparently crashed to Earth from space. Baffled, the Namibian police have appealed to NASA and the European Space Agency for an explanation. Sadly, it didn't drop off an alien spacecraft, it is in fact a "Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel" (or COPV for short) — though it did drop from orbit, it's simply an exotic-looking chunk of space junk."

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