SMLR Episode 286 134 Thousand Transistors

Posted by Tom Lawrence on September 16, 2018 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



Show 286

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Tony Bemus, Tom Lawrence, Phil Porada and Mary Tomich

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Open Source Voting System in LA



Linus Torvalds talks frankly about Intel security bugs

Linus Torvalds thinks Intel has gotten better about keeping the Linux open-source community in the loop with CPU security problems, but it started out really badly. And it’s still not fair that Linux has to fix hardware problems.



The Linux Kernel Has Grown By 225k Lines of Code So Far This Year From 3.3k Developers



It’s Looking Like WireGuard Could Be Ready In Time For Linux 4.20~5.0



SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up



Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch



Tesla Will Restore Car Firmware/OS When Hacking Goes Wrong



Mastodon 2.5 released




Life behind the tinfoil curtain: a day in the life of a paranoid system administrator.

Security and convenience rarely go hand-in-hand, but if your job (or life) requires extraordinary care against potentially targeted attacks, the security side of that tradeoff may win out. If so, running a system like Qubes OS on your desktop or CopperheadOS on your phone might make sense, which is just what Konstantin Ryabitsev, Linux Foundation (LF) director of IT security, has done.



Krita 2018 Fundraiser

It’s time for a new Krita fundraiser! Their goal this year is to make it possible for the team to focus on one thing only: stability.


“This year, we want to take a step back, look at we’ve achieved, and take stock of what got broken, what didn’t quite make the grade and what got forgotten. In short, we want to fix bugs, make Krita more stable and bring more polish and shine to all those features you all have made possible!”



Arch Linux AMA – Ask Me Anything



Remote Code Execution in Alpine Linux

Several bugs in `apk`, the default package manager for Alpine Linux. Alpine is a really lightweight distro that is very commonly used with Docker. The worst of these bugs allows a network man-in-the-middle (or a malicious package mirror) to execute arbitrary code on the user’s machine. This is especially bad because packages aren’t served over TLS when using the default repositories. This bug has been fixed and the Alpine base images have been updated. You may want to rebuild your Alpine-derived images ontop of Alpine Linux version 3.8.1!


Google Trust Services aka the Google CA

The Google Public Key Infrastructure (“Google PKI”), has been established by Google Trust Services, LLC (“Google”), to enable reliable and secure identity authentication, and to facilitate the preservation of confidentiality and integrity of data in electronic transactions.


Valve have now pushed out all the recent beta changes in Steam Play’s Proton to everyone

For those of you sticking with the stable channel of Steam Play’s Proton system, Valve have today rolled out all the recent beta changes for everyone.


Previously, you had access to Proton 3.7-3 which was what everyone used by default and you could also use the “Compatibility tool” dropdown in the Steam Play options section to switch to a beta to have the latest updates. Valve must now consider all the changes stable enough, as Proton 3.7-6 is now the default. There’s another beta channel now, which is still currently at 3.7-6 but it should remain where the latest changes go.

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