Month: February 2020

The ‘Go’ Team Releases Version 1.14

The new 1.14 release of the Go programming language “is dotted with performance and security improvements,” reports the developer news site DevClass, “but also gives devs more flexibility when it comes to module use.” And they also give a nice overview of Go’s development process: Go is the language most containerization projects are built with….

Media Streamer With E-Ink Display Keeps it Classy

The Logitech SqueezeBox was a device you hooked up to your stereo so you could stream music from a Network Attached Storage (NAS) box or your desktop computer over the network. That might not sound very exciting now, but when [Aaron Ciuffo] bought it back in 2006, it was a pretty big deal. The little…

Is Microsoft Retaliating For Chrome’s Warnings About Extension Security in Edge?

Several pundits criticized Google for warning Edge users to switch to Chrome if they wanted to use Chrome extensions “securely”. “In Chrome, a plugin can be remotely disabled by the Chrome team if it’s considered unsafe for whatever reason,” notes PC World. “Google lacks the ability to remotely disable the same plugin within Edge, prompting…

The best wireless speakers to give in 2020 – CNET

Wireless speakers make nice gifts — and some are quite affordable. Here are our top picks for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers. …read more Source:: CNet

Some Clever Farmers are Harvesting Metals From Plants

The New York Times reports: Some of Earth’s plants have fallen in love with metal. With roots that act practically like magnets, these organisms — about 700 are known — flourish in metal-rich soils that make hundreds of thousands of other plant species flee or die…. The plants not only collect the soil’s minerals into…

First coronavirus death in US confirmed – CNET

The death happened in Washington state, says the department of health there. …read more Source:: CNet

Chasing AMD, Intel Promises Full Memory Encryption in Upcoming CPUs

“Intel’s security plans sound a lot like ‘we’re going to catch up to AMD,’” argues FOSS advocate and “mercenary sysadmin” Jim Salter at Ars Technica, citing a “present-and-future” presentation by Anil Rao and Scott Woodgate at Intel’s Security Day that promised a future with Full Memory Encryption but began with Intel SGX (launched with the…

Desktop PCB Mill Review

[Carl] wanted to prototype his circuits quickly using printed circuit boards. He picked up a Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Mill and made a video about the results. His first attempt wasn’t perfect, as you could notice under the microscope. A few adjustments, though, and the result was pretty good. Be warned, this mill is pretty…

Get an Ecovacs Deebot 711 robot vacuum for $300 – CNET

Save 44% on a robot vacuum equipped with sensors to avoid collision and return to spots it has missed. …read more Source:: CNet

Oregon Engineer Proved Right About Traffic Lights

“Mats Järlström’s emotions were clearly visible Friday morning. After years of arguing red light traffic cameras are flawed, the official Journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineers said he was right,” reports a local news station in Portland, Oregon: The ITE sets traffic policy recommendations for the United States — and they said cities should…