Archive for November, 2014

(—Researchers have set a new record for the quantum factorization of the largest number to date, 56,153, smashing the previous record of 143 that was set in 2012. They have shown that the exact same room-temperature nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiment used to factor 143 can actually factor an entire class of numbers, although this was not known until now. Continue reading

After last month’s iPhone event, I was disappointed — I realized the iPhone 6 and its “Plus” sibling were still catching up to Android in a lot of ways. Regardless, the devoted iPhone fan in me still pre-ordered an iPhone 6 a few days later, in the wee hours of September 12th. Continue reading

Amazon's India Country Manager plays with a OnePlus One

Poor OnePlus just can’t take a break. Just as the company’s busy taking care of its Black Friday promotion, its store opening in Beijing and its India launch with Amazon next week, a close partner decided to drop a hurtful bomb. Cyanogen Inc., the maker of OnePlus One’s Android ROM, announced that it’s now inked a deal with Micromax to exclusively support the latter’s upcoming online brand Yu — a direct competitor of Xiaomi — in India. Continue reading

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Sony Pictures still hasn’t recovered from a comprehensive attack on its computer networks – and staff have been reduced to doing their work by hand – according to insiders. Continue reading

Recently, we told you about a supercar startup in Australia by the name of Joss, and how it had turned to crowdfunding to help finance the development of a new prototype. Well, the team at Joss, which includes a number of engineers with Formula One and Le Mans backgrounds, having been working on the project for several years and now finally appear to be getting their first big break. Continue reading

It’s no secret that people like Chromebooks. That can’t be good news for Microsoft, which used to own the market for cheap computers. Not one to take this sort of encroachment lying down, Microsoft came out with a lower-cost version of Windows 8.1 that PC makers could use to build small, lightweight devices inexpensive enough to take on Chromebooks. Continue reading

Dear Init-Freedom lovers,

The Veteran Unix Admin collective salutes you.

As many of you might know already, the Init GR Debian vote promoted by
Ian Jackson wasn’t useful to protect Debian’s legacy and its users
from the systemd avalanche. Continue reading

It’s been an interesting year for Venus Express. A few months ago, controllers deliberately dipped the spacecraft into the atmosphere of the planet—for science purposes, of course. The daring maneuver was approved because the spacecraft is near the end of its mission. It’s nearly out of fuel and will fall into Venus—sometime. Likely in 2015. No one knows exactly when, however.  Continue reading


Mesa 10.4 is being released as soon as next week and continuing in usual tradition this new version brings a lot of exciting changes for users of the open-source Linux hardware graphics drivers. Continue reading

Users of Debian and its derivatives can soon expect to find systemd 217.

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