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Microsoft's Latest Open-Source Contribution: A New Font For Terminals & Code Editors

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Cascadia Code is Microsoft's new font designed for "command line experiences and code editors" and designed to go along with their Windows Terminal program.
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phoronix.com/scan.php?page=new

IBM will soon launch a 53-qubit quantum computer

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The new machine will be part of IBM’s new Quantum Computation Center in New York State, which the company also announced today. The new center, which is essentially a data center for IBM’s quantum machines, will also feature five 20-qubit machines, but that number will grow to 14 within the next month. IBM promises a 95% service availability for its quantum machines.
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techcrunch.com/2019/09/18/ibm-

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS 6 Receive Important Kernel Security Update

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Marked by the Red Hat Product Security team as having a security impact of "Important," the new Linux kernel security update is here to patch a memory corruption (CVE-2018-9568) that occurred due to incorrect socket cloning and a NULL pointer dereference (CVE-2019-11810) discovered in megaraid_sas_base.c, which could lead to a denial of service.
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news.softpedia.com/news/red-ha

Are Application Servers Dying a Slow Death?

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There has been concern for nearly five years application servers are dead. Truth be told, they are not dead, but is their usage in decline? The simple answer is yes. Over the years, it appears corporate environments have decided the "return on investment" is not there when looking at Java application servers.
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linuxcareer.com/are-applicatio

manisandro / gImageReader

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* Import PDF documents and images from disk, scanning devices, clipboard and screenshots

* Process multiple images and documents in one go
Manual or automatic recognition area definition

* Recognize to plain text or to hOCR documents

* Recognized text displayed directly next to the image

* Post-process the recognized text, including spellchecking

* Generate PDF documents from hOCR documents
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github.com/manisandro/gImageRe

hyperfine – command-line benchmarking tool

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It’s designed to measure the full execution time of a program. This open source tool is written in the Rust programming language.
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linuxlinks.com/essential-syste

microsoft/PowerToys

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PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.

Inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project, this reboot provides power users with ways to squeeze more efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for individual workflows.
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github.com/microsoft/PowerToys

16-Core HoneyComb LX2K ARM Workstation Looks To Offer A Decent Performance Oomph

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While still in the pre-production / early access state, they are listing this board for $550 USD with the LX2160A SoC that features 16 ARMv8 cores at 2.0GHz. Sixteen ARM Cortex-A72 cores at 2.0GHz should yield some decent performance
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phoronix.com/scan.php?page=new

Going Retro with an Altair 8800 Emulator: Introducing the Altair-Duino

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Now, history aside, why are we here? Many months ago I stumbled onto an exciting kit in which one can assemble an Altair 8800 emulator (and at a fraction of the size and weight of the original Altair).
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koutoupis.com/2019/08/12/going

Huawei Just Started Selling Laptops With A Beautiful Linux OS Pre-Installed

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Some of the best and most affordable premium laptops on the market are now shipping with Linux pre-installed. More specifically they’re shipping with Deepin, a beautiful and polished desktop Linux distribution which, like Huawei, are based in China.
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forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelh

Media Demands Richard Stallman Be Fired

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I tried to warn you guys. Now it's here. Mainstream media outlets are demanding Richard Stallman be fired for his recent comments defending men accused of sexually assaulting underage girls involved with the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking ring.
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youtube.com/watch?v=g2s5hPLUHN

Meet PineTime: A $25 Linux Smartwatch in Making

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Right after PINE64 announced the existence of its PinePhone, they shared a picture on what’s coming next – a smartwatch (PineTime) aimed as a companion device for Linux smartphones.

Now that we have Librem 5 up for preorders and PinePhone soon to be available. It is definitely a great time to introduce a companion device to compliment and expand the ecosystem for Linux compatible devices.
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itsfoss.com/pinetime-linux-sma

New NetCAT Attack Can Leak Sensitive Data From Intel CPUs

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A weakness named NetCAT (Network Cache ATtack) affects all Intel server-grade processors since 2012 and allows sniffing sensitive details by mounting a side-channel attack over the network.

Researchers from the VUSec group at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam discovered that information present in the CPU cache on systems with Intel’s Data Direct I/O (DDIO) feature enabled.
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bleepingcomputer.com/news/secu

Intel Issues Second Release Of Its Rust-Written Cloud-Hypervisor For Modern Linux VMs

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The Intel Cloud Hypervisor is their experimental VMM running atop KVM designed for modern Linux distributions and VirtIO para-virtualized devices without any legacy device support.
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phoronix.com/scan.php?page=new

daytripper

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Daytripper: Hide-My-Windows Laser Tripwire

Do you always slack off on your computer and worry about getting busted?

Not anymore because Daytripper is here to save the day!
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github.com/dekuNukem/daytrippe

Microsoft Addresses Two Zero-Days Under Active Attack

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Two elevation-of-privilege vulnerabilities that have been exploited in the wild as zero-days are at the heart of September’s Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft.
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threatpost.com/microsoft-addre

Microsoft Teams Can Be Used To Execute Arbitrary Payloads

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Attackers can use genuine binaries from Microsoft Teams to execute a malicious payload using a mock installation folder for the collaboration software.

A list of impacted products, as tested by the security researcher that made the discovery, includes WhatsApp, Grammarly, GitHub, Slack, and Discord.
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bleepingcomputer.com/news/secu

Google To Fix Malicious Invites Issue For 1 Billion Calendar Users

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Gmail users are finding themselves on the wrong end of a sophisticated scam which leverages misplaced trust through the use of malicious and unsolicited Google Calendar notifications.
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www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.

5 of the Best Linux Writing Tools

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Writing is not an easy task, and therefore any assistance provided by a useful app can be very much appreciated, and even totally relied upon. The apps included here needed to satisfy only three criteria to make it to this list: they had to be compatible for Linux, they had to be a writing tool but not a word processing app, and they had to be great.
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linuxblog.darkduck.com/2019/09

CompuLab's Airtop 3

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The past month and a half we have been putting CompuLab's Airtop 3 computer through some demanding benchmarks and a variety of endurance workloads. But after all of this testing, the Airtop 3 continues running strong and another shining example of CompuLab's engineering strength.
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phoronix.com/scan.php?page=art

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