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Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:38
SpaceShipTwo goes faster and higher than ever before

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo took its first trip into space today as the company launched the reusable rocket-powered craft on its fourth test flight above the Mojave desert in southern California.…

Telcos enlist Google, Amazon to help protect Europe's data from Big Tech

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:26
Orange, DT's plan to take on firms that create 'competitive asymmetries'

Comment Nothing sums up Europe's tech dilemma like the deep and meaningful partnership two of its biggest telcos touted this week. The CEOs of Orange (Stéphane Richard) and Deutsche Telekom (Timotheus Höttges) see more than €120bn a year flow through their combined cash tills. The two were on stage at Orange's innovation showcase in Paris to team up on AI, and they had a mission.…

PDFArranger: Merge, Split, Rotate, Crop Or Rearrange PDF Documents (PDF-Shuffler Fork)

LXer - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:23
PDFArranger is an application for merging or splitting PDF files, as well as rotating, cropping and rearranging PDF document pages, using a simple graphical user interface. The tool, which is a graphical front-end for PyPDF2, is a fork of PDF-Shuffler that aims to "make the project a bit more active".

UK spam-texting tax consultancy slapped with £200k fine

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:48
Generic privacy policies won't get you valid consent, says ICO

A London firm that sent 14.8 million spam SMSes without consent has been fined £200,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog.…

'Exclusive swag' up for grabs as GitLab flings bug bounty scheme open to world+dog

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:07
Don't worry, there are cheques, too

DevOps outfit GitLab has opened its bug bounty scheme to world+dog, having paid out $200,000 last year and fixed "nearly 200 vulnerabilities reported to us".…

Opera Launches Built-in Cryptocurrency Wallet for Android, ManagedKube Partners with Google Cloud to Provide a Monitoring App for Kubernetes Cluster Costs, QEMU 3.1 Released, IoT DevCon Call for Presentations and GNOME 3.31.3 Is Out

Linux Journal - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:46

News briefs for December 13, 2018.

Opera announced today the launch of a built-in cryptocurrency wallet for Android. According to The Verge, "The wallet will first support ethereum, with support for other coins likely to come later. Ether investors using Opera would potentially be able to more easily access their tokens using the feature." You can get Opera for Android here.

ManagedKube, a Kubernetes software development tool company, announced yesterday it is collaborating with Google Cloud to "launch a monitoring application that provides companies with visibility into their Kubernetes cluster costs". The press release notes that "ManagedKube provides an easy-to-read dashboard that gives insights on how much is being spent on each pod, node, and persistent volume across multiple time dimensions. This visibility allows companies to forecast budgets, understand product margins, and quickly identify optimization opportunities for reducing Kubernetes cloud costs."

QEMU 3.1 has been released. Phoronix reports that this update of the QEMU emulator adds "multi-threaded Tiny Code Generator support, display improvements, adds the Cortex-A72 model and other ARM improvements, and various other enhancements". For more details, see the QEMU ChangeLog.

IoT DevCon call for presentations is now open. Deadline for proposals is February 28, 2019. The conference is being held June 5–6 in Santa Clara, California.

GNOME 3.31.3 is out, and this will be the last snapshot of 2018. Note that this is development code meant for testing and hacking purposes. For a list of changes, go here, and the source packages are here.

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About ncurses Colors

LXer - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:00
Why does ncurses support only eight colors? If you've looked into the color palette available in curses, you maywonder why curses supports only eight colors.

Godmother of word processing Evelyn Berezin dies at 93

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:56
Office revolutionary developed the hefty Redactron

Obit The remarkable Evelyn Berezin, founder of Redactron, a company that successfully sold word processing systems in the early 1970s, has died aged 93.…

How to Set Up Mattermost Slack Alternative on a Ubuntu Server

LXer - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:35
Mattermost is an excellent open-source and self-hosted replacement for chat software like Slack. Learn how to install it on Ubuntu with Docker.

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:02
Job opening at Redmond points to new consumer services

Fire up the steam-powered speculation machine! A consumer-focused Microsoft 365 subscription is inbound.…

About ncurses Colors

Linux Journal - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:00
by Jim Hall

Why does ncurses support only eight colors?

If you've looked into the color palette available in curses, you may wonder why curses supports only eight colors. The curses.h include file defines these color macros:


But why only eight colors, and why these particular colors? At least with the Linux console, if you're running on a PC, the color range's origins are with the PC hardware.

A Brief History of Color

Linux started as a PC operating system, so the first Linux console was a PC running in text mode. And to understand the color palette on the PC console, you need to go all the way back to the old CGA days. In text mode, the PC terminal had a color palette of 16 colors, enumerated 0 (black) to 15 (white). Backgrounds were limited to the first eight colors:

  • 0. Black
  • 1. Blue
  • 2. Green
  • 3. Cyan
  • 4. Red
  • 5. Magenta
  • 6. Brown
  • 7. White ("Light Gray")
  • 8. Bright Black ("Gray")
  • 9. Bright Blue
  • 10. Bright Green
  • 11. Bright Cyan
  • 12. Bright Red
  • 13. Bright Magenta
  • 14. Yellow
  • 15. Bright White

These colors go back to CGA, IBM's Color/Graphics Adapter from the earlier PC-compatible computers. This was a step up from the plain monochrome displays; as the name implies, monochrome could display only black or white. CGA could display a limited range of colors.

CGA supports mixing red (R), green (G) and blue (B) colors. In its simplest form, RGB is either "on" or "off". In this case, you can mix the RGB colors in 2x2x2=8 ways. Table 1 shows the binary and decimal representations of RGB.

Table 1. Binary and Decimal Representations of RGB 000 (0) Black 001 (1) Blue 010 (2) Green 011 (3) Cyan 100 (4) Red 101 (5) Magenta 110 (6) Yellow 111 (7) White

To double the number of colors, CGA added an extra bit called the "intensifier" bit. With the intensifier bit set, the red, green and blue colors would be set to their maximum values. Without the intensifier bit, each RGB value would be set to a "midrange" intensity. Let's represent that intensifier bit as an extra 1 or 0 in the binary color representation, as iRGB (Table 2).

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Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:24
Swifties' faces scanned against DB of 'known stalkers' at US gig – reports

Spotify's one-time nemesis Taylor Swift has reportedly used controversial facial recognition tech on fans while they've been getting down to her sick beats.…

How to Install Jitsi Meet Video Conference Platform on Ubuntu

LXer - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:21
Jitsi Meet is a free, open source, secure, simple and scalable video conferencing solution that you use as a standalone app or embed in your web application. The Jitsi Meet client runs in your browser. In this tutorial, we will be going to learn how to install Jitsi Meet video conferencing service on an Ubuntu 18.04 server.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:35
All your activity are belong to us

Updated A feature introduced in the April 2018 Update of Windows 10 may have set off a privacy landmine within the bowels of Redmond as users have discovered that their data was still flowing into the intestines of the Windows giant, even with the thing apparently turned off.…

CLL '19 to span DevOps, Containers, Continuous Delivery and Serverless

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:11
Agenda is set, blind bird tickets going soon

Events We'll be revealing the first tranche of speakers for Continuous Lifecycle 2019 next week, meaning you have just days to save hundreds of pounds with our blind bird ticket offer.…

Lessons in Vendor Lock-in: Shaving

LXer - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:07
Freedom is powerful. When you start using free software, a whole world opens upto you, and you start viewing everything in a different light. You startnoticing when vendors don't release their code or when they try to lock youin to their products with proprietary protocols. These vendor lock-in techniquesaren't new or even unique to software. Shaving companies long have tried to forcecustomer loyalty with incompatible proprietary products that make you stay on anupgrade treadmill.

The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:10
Doug Engelbart retrofitted for mystical bullsh!t

Comment There was a time, happy days, when no one wanted to read about the titans of tech. Or so the editors at the newspapers thought.…

Arctic Posts Second Warmest Year On Record In 2018, NOAA Says

Slashdot - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:00
According to a new report released on Tuesday by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Arctic had its second-hottest year on record in 2018. "Arctic air temperatures for the past five years have exceeded all previous records since 1900," according to the annual NOAA study, the 2018 Arctic Report Card, which said the year was second only to 2016 in overall warmth in the region. Reuters reports: The study said the Arctic warming continues at about double the rate of the rest of the planet, and that the trend appears to be altering the shape and strength of the jet stream air current that influences weather in the Northern Hemisphere. "Growing atmospheric warmth in the Arctic results in a sluggish and unusually wavy jet-stream that coincided with abnormal weather events," it said, noting that the changing patterns have often brought unusually frigid temperatures to areas south of the Arctic Circle. Some examples are "a swarm of severe winter storms in the eastern United States in 2018, and the extreme cold outbreak in Europe in March 2018 known as 'the Beast from the East.'"

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Taking notes with Standard Notes

LXer - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:52
Online note-taking tools seem to have bloomed like 100 flowers. The tallest ones in that garden are usually proprietary, closed source applications like Evernote, Zoho Notebook, Google Keep, and Notion.read more

Oxford startup magics up metamaterials for next-gen charging

TheRegister - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:10
It doesn't make you invisible, but it could make powerups less painful

Imagine throwing your phone onto a car dashboard or table, knowing it'll power up. And imagine that tabletop or dashboard powering up several randomly aligned devices at once. Above an unassuming street in Oxford, engineers are ironing out the problems.…

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