Weekend tech reading: Ubuntu 15.10 reviewed, best PSUs 2015, TrueCrypt safer than thought

By Matthew
Nov 22, 2015
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  1. Ubuntu 15.10 review: Wily Werewolf leaves scary experimentation for next year Canonical recently released Ubuntu 15.10, nicknamed Wily Werewolf. In the past, an autumn release of Ubuntu Linux like this would have been more experimental, warranting some caution when updating. Such releases weren't quite update-at-your-own-risk rough, but they were often packed full of new features that were not fully baked. (For example, the now-shuttered Ubuntu One first debuted in 9.10. Ars Technica

    Best PC power supplies: Holiday 2015 For today's holiday buyer's guide we're taking a look at power supplies. I want to kick off this year's guide by once again discussing and clarifying a common misconception among users: that a higher wattage PSU will be better. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that because all switching PSUs have been designed so as to deliver their maximum efficiency at about half-load... AnandTech

    Why I'm tired of Fallout 4 encumbrance A friend of mine visited over the weekend. He'd never played any of the Fallout games, nor had he played any of the Elder Scrolls games. But he'd seen adverts for Fallout 4 and asked me to show it to him. So on went the PlayStation 4 and on went Fallout 4. My quicksave set me loose where I'd left off: out and about, exploring Bethesda's wonderful wasteland. Eurogamer (also, Fallout 4 is full of bugs, but fixing them could ruin it)

    Happy 30th birthday, Windows! On November 20, 1985, Microsoft shipped the first version of Windows, building off the success of MS-DOS and adding a graphical layer to computing that has changed the face of business ever since. But on that date, global domination did not seem assured: The company was facing a lawsuit from Apple, and the software itself was slow and buggy. Windows IT Pro

    Digital Foundry: Hands-on with PS4's PlayStation 2 emulation It's been a long time since we first reported that classic PS1 and PS2 titles were heading to PlayStation 4, running under emulation. It's been so long in fact, that we began to wonder whether Sony had shelved the project. The company originally informed developers of the existence of the emulator at the same time it briefed them on the planned rollout for the PlayStation Now cloud service, way back in January 2014. Eurogamer

    Here's how Facebook M's artificial intelligence works Someone sent a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte to my desk at work. Which was weird because I didn’t ask for it. And even weirder because it came from some of the most sophisticated technology in the world: M, the artificial intelligence–driven virtual assistant Facebook is building into its Messenger app. AI, I thought, was supposed to outsmart and kill us, not send autumnal coffee beverages. So forgive me for being a little suspicious of the grande red cup at my desk. Buzzfeed

    In electrifying advance, researchers create circuit within living plants Talk about flower power. Researchers have crafted flexible electronic circuits inside a rose. Eventually such circuitry may help farmers eavesdrop on their crops and even control when they ripen. The advance may even allow people to harness energy from trees and shrubs not by cutting them down and using them for fuel, but by plugging directly into their photosynthesis machinery. Science Magazine

    UW team refrigerates liquids with a laser for the first time Since the first laser was invented in 1960, they’ve almost always given off heat -- either as a useful tool, a byproduct or a fictional way to vanquish intergalactic enemies. But those concentrated beams of light have never been able to cool liquids. University of Washington researchers are the first to solve a decades-old puzzle -- figuring out how to make a laser refrigerate water and other liquids under real-world conditions. University of Washington

    Review: Voltera V-One PCB printer Back in February, I was one of the first people to throw some cash at the Voltera V-One circuit board printer on Kickstarter. With an anticipated delivery date of Q4 2015, I sat back and waited. This week, my V-One arrived! I'll preface this article by pointing out that I do know the folks at Voltera as we went to university together. That being said, I did put down my own cash for the device, so I’ve bought the right to be critical. Hackaday

    TrueCrypt is safer than previously reported, detailed analysis concludes The TrueCrypt whole-disk encryption tool used by millions of privacy and security enthusiasts is safer than some studies have suggested, according to a comprehensive security analysis conducted by the prestigious Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology. The extremely detailed 77-page report... Ars Technica

    Here's a spy firm's price list for secret hacker techniques The trade in the secret hacker techniques known as “zero day exploits” has long taken place in the dark, hidden from the companies whose software those exploits target, and from the privacy advocates who revile the practice. But one zero-day broker is taking the market for these hacking techniques into the open, complete with a full price list. Wired

    Four new ways to chill computer chips Things are getting a bit too hot in the microprocessor world. Again. Moore's Law has always come with the caveat that more transistors, switched at a higher frequency, means more heat. Over the years, chipmakers have used tricks like throttling back clock speeds and putting multiple microprocessor cores on a chip to spread out the heat. IEEE Spectrum

    Time capsule from 1957 found during construction at MIT MIT is all about the future, but during a recent construction project on MIT's new nanotechnology laboratory (known as MIT.nano), builders came across a blast from the past: a glass capsule filled with strange objects. The time capsule had been buried by MIT students in 1957, during the dedication of building 26, which houses Compton Laboratories. The capsule contained papers and scientific odds and ends. Popular Science

    iPhone user blames "Wifi Assist" feature for $2,000 phone bill Not even two months ago, we warned iPhone users that the new “WiFi Assist” feature in iOS9 could result in data overages if you weren’t careful. This tale of on San Francisco-area family shows just how bad it can be. The family admits to CBS5’s ConsumerWatch that their son had received a warning text from AT&T that he was nearing the monthly limit on his data allotment, but says that was nothing new. Consumerist

    George Lucas on his decision to "break up" with "Star Wars" George Lucas, the mastermind behind the Star Wars franchise, says no more. Lucas told Vanity Fair that he didn't want to be a part of the long-awaited seventh episode of the Star Wars saga, "The Force Awakens," because "it's not much fun" when you "go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized." CBS

    Former Apple designers say the company has lost 'the fundamental principles of good design' Two early Apple designers have written a piece on Co.Design chastising Apple's new design direction, which they claim puts elegance and visual simplicity over understandability and ease of use. The Verge

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  2. Gaara

    Gaara TS Enthusiast Posts: 98   +24

    I will look forward!!

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