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New mainframe uses: Blockchain, containerized apps

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A survey of 153 IT decision makers found that 50% of organizations will continue with the mainframe and increase its use over the next two years, while just 5% plan to decrease or remove mainframe activity.
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networkworld.com/article/34461

Hackers Breach Avast Antivirus Network Through Insecure VPN Profile

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Hackers accessed the internal network of Czech cybersecurity company Avast, likely aiming for a supply chain attack targeting CCleaner. Detected on September 25, intrusion attempts started since May 14.

Following an investigation, the antivirus maker determined that the attacker was able to gain access using compromised credentials via a temporary VPN account.
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bleepingcomputer.com/news/secu

Fedora IoT Review

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With the rise in IoT use, we are witnessing a demand for ready-made operating systems to support smart device development. Currently, the race is between proprietary versions such as IoT Plug and Play by Microsoft and open-source operating systems.
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iottechtrends.com/fedora-iot-r

Libre RISC-V Open-Source Effort Now Looking At POWER Instead Of RISC-V

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While RISC-V is royalty-free and open-source in nature, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton is not content with the RISC-V Foundation and is evaluating the likes of POWER and MIPS.
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phoronix.com/scan.php?page=new

OpenSSL 3.0 — Accelerating forwards

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The 3.0 project is the first major overhaul of the internal dispatch structure throughout the library. The clunky methods of connecting between a user’s request and the associated implementation are being removed and replaced by one uniform mechanism.
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blog.apnic.net/2019/10/21/open

Intel's Cloud Hypervisor 0.3 Adds Block Device Offloading, Paravirtualized IOMMU

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Intel developers have been working on the Cloud Hypervisor that is written in Rust and built atop KVM as an open-source VMM designed for running modern cloud workloads while being focused on just supporting modern software/interfaces and relying upon para-virtualized (VirtIO) devices without legacy support.
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phoronix.com/scan.php?page=new

Four-Year-Old Critical Linux Wi-Fi Bug Allows System Compromise

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The flaw (CVE-2019-17666), which was classified as critical in severity, exists in the “rtlwifi” driver, which is a software component used to allow certain Realtek Wi-Fi modules, used in Linux devices, to communicate with the Linux operating system.
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threatpost.com/critical-linux-

Mega65 Puts Call Out for Donations

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The development team behind the Mega65 are looking to raise €66,000 for steel moulds that will allow for the production of the machine at more reasonable prices.

The Mega65 is slated to be an open sourced FPGA based 8-bit computer with Commodore 64 and Commodore 65 compatibility.
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vintageisthenewold.com/mega65-

Cozy Bear Russian Hackers Spotted After Staying Undetected for Years

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Cyber-espionage operations from Cozy Bear, a threat actor believed to work for the Russian government, continued undetected for the past years by using malware families previously unknown to security researchers.
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bleepingcomputer.com/news/secu

Aaeon launches M.2 and mini-PCIe based AI accelerators

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Aaeon’s M.2 and mini-PCIe “AI Edge Computing Modules” are based on Kneron’s energy-efficient, dual Cortex-M4-enabled KL520 AI SoC, which offers 0.3 TOP NPU performance on only half a Watt.
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linuxgizmos.com/aaeon-launches

kitty – hardware-accelerated terminal emulator

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What distinguishes kitty from the vast majority of terminal emulators? It offers GPU-acceleration combined with a wide feature set. It’s targeted at power keyboard users. It’s billed as a modern, hackable, featureful, OpenGL based terminal emulator.
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linuxlinks.com/kitty-hardware-

Ubuntu 19.10 Has Two Outstanding New Features For Linux Users

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Ubuntu 19.10 officially launches today, and if this release is any indication, next year’s Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa” is going to be one outstanding desktop Linux distribution. But let’s not dismiss the OS you can actually install today. What makes 19.10 so special to me personally? ZFS and great graphics card support.
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forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelh

Samsung To Fabricate RISC-V Chip

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The company will now fabricate non-ARM IP with its foundry in collaboration with the processor design company SemiFive.
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wccftech.com/samsung-risc-v-ch

VisiData: a table explorer for the terminal

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VisiData lets you quickly open, explore, filter and analyse tables of data, without leaving the terminal. The list of supported data formats is long and includes pandas and R data frames. VisiData also decompresses .zip, .gz, .bz2, and .xz archives on the fly.
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datafix.com.au/BASHing/2019-10

Major SUDO Vulnerability Disclosed

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When sudo is configured to allow a user to run commands as an arbitrary user via the ALL keyword in a Runas specification, it is possible to run commands as root by specifying the user ID -1 or 4294967295.
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sudo.ws/alerts/minus_1_uid.htm

Tiny Rock Pi S and NanoPi Neo2 Black boards

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Radxa CEO Tom Cubie teased some features and images for the Rock Pi S in June in conjunction with the v1.4 update of the RK3399-based Rock Pi 4.
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linuxgizmos.com/tiny-rock-pi-s

China's App Allows "Superuser" Access to Entire Data of Over 100 Million Android-Based Phones

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The Chinese Communist Party's app called 'Study the Great Nation' released in January is reported to have "superuser" access to the entire data of over 100 million Android-based phones via a back door.
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circleid.com/posts/20191014_ch

Apple Shares Some Browsing History with Chinese Company

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Apple is sending some browsing history of iOS 13 Safari users to Tencent Holdings Limited, a Chinese multinational conglomerate. The data shared is tied to the Safari Safe Browsing technology. Revelations of the relationship have drawn criticism from security and privacy experts.
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threatpost.com/apple-shares-so

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