'Fallout 76' Steel Dawn update arrives a week early

Fallout 76 has had a weird run of issues going back to the bug during its beta that deleted the game and forced players to reinstall all 76GB. Now the game’s Steel Dawn update that was scheduled for release on December 1st is available now on all pla…

Source: Engadget – ‘Fallout 76’ Steel Dawn update arrives a week early

Communication by example: Which methods do high-performing open source communities use?

“Good words are worth much, and cost little.” George Herbert Although effective communication is an essential life skill, it is the most critical element in any business [2]. Lack of accurate communication is the common cause of any organization’s issues, causing conflicts, reducing client relationships, team effectiveness, and profitability [2].

Source: LXer – Communication by example: Which methods do high-performing open source communities use?

Radeon RX 6800 Series 1440p Linux Gaming Benchmarks With 15 GPUs

While the new Radeon RX 6800 series is suited for 4K gaming, a number of premium readers inquired about seeing 1440p gaming benchmarks for the cards. Now that all the initial launch coverage is out of the way, here is a look at the Radeon RX 6800 / RX 6800 XT with 15 graphics cards in total for this round of Linux gaming benchmarks focused at 1440p…

Source: Phoronix – Radeon RX 6800 Series 1440p Linux Gaming Benchmarks With 15 GPUs

FCC upholds ZTE's status as a national security threat

The FCC has rejected ZTE’s request for the reconsideration of its designation as a US national security threat. If you’ll recall, the commission formally named Shenzhen-based manufacturers ZTE and Huawei as national security threats back in June, war…

Source: Engadget – FCC upholds ZTE’s status as a national security threat

Is Apple Silicon Ready?

Programmer Abdullah Diaa has put together a website to help determine if your favorite apps work on Apple Silicon yet. An anonymous reader shares a report from The Next Web: … [P]lease say hello to Is Apple silicon ready? The idea behind the site is simple: it shows you if specific apps will work on laptops and desktops with Apple’s in-house chip. Easy to get your head around, right? It shows you a list of software and, if they have native M1 support, they’re given a green tick.

Here’s an image that shows you what’s going on far clearer than lots of words could. As you can see, the site also shows you if the app you’re after has Rosetta 2 support. Effectively, Rosetta 2 is an emulator, allowing a large number of apps designed for Intel machines to run on Apple Silicon. If this is supported, you will still be able to use that software on an M1-toting machine. Further reading: Linus Torvalds Would Like To Use An M1 Mac For Linux, But…

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Source: Slashdot – Is Apple Silicon Ready?

SpaceX prepares Starship SN8 prototype for high-altitude test flight

In September 2019 Elon Musk said he hoped SpaceX would be able to perform an orbital test of its Starship vehicle within six months, and while that didn’t happen the company is apparently ready to perform a high-altitude flight test. In a tweet, the…

Source: Engadget – SpaceX prepares Starship SN8 prototype for high-altitude test flight

Terminal Vitality

Ever since Douglas Engelbart flipped over a trackball and discovered a mouse, our interactions with computers have shifted from linguistics to hieroglyphics. That is, instead of typing commands at a prompt in what we now call a Command Line Interface (CLI), we click little icons and drag them to other little icons to guide our machines to perform the tasks we desire. 

Source: LXer – Terminal Vitality

SpaceX Starship Plans To Make Its First High Altitude Test Flight Next Week

SpaceX fired the engines on its Starship SN8 prototype on Tuesday evening, with billionaire CEO Elon Musk tweeting that the resultant “good static fire” produced during the final test had likely paved the way for the vehicle to take its first test flight sometime next week. 

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Source: Gizmodo – SpaceX Starship Plans To Make Its First High Altitude Test Flight Next Week

Monkey Island Fans Should Definitely Check Out This Enormous 30th Birthday Peek Into The Game's Source Code

Monkey Island turned 30 this year, and as part of the celebrations the Video Game History Foundation have put together this exhaustive look at the game’s source code, featuring 100x more pieces of early art and unused animation than I ever thought we’d see for a game this old.

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Source: Kotaku – Monkey Island Fans Should Definitely Check Out This Enormous 30th Birthday Peek Into The Game’s Source Code

Linus Torvalds Would Like To Use An M1 Mac For Linux, But…

Yes, Torvalds said he’d love to have one of the new M1-powered Apple laptops, but it won’t run Linux and, in an exclusive interview he explains why getting Linux to run well on it isn’t worth the trouble. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes via ZDNet: Recently, on the Real World Technologies forum, Linux’s creator Linus Torvalds was asked what he thought of the new M1-powered Apple laptops. Torvalds replied, “I’d absolutely love to have one if it just ran Linux.” You may think, “what’s the problem? Doesn’t Linux run on practically every processor on the planet from 80386s to IBM s390x to the ARM family of which Apple’s M1 chip is a child?” Well, yes, yes it does. But it takes more than a processor to run a computer.

Torvalds would like to run Linux on these next-generation Macs. As he said, “I’ve been waiting for an ARM laptop that can run Linux for a long time. The new Air would be almost perfect, except for the OS. And I don’t have the time to tinker with it, or the inclination to fight companies that don’t want to help.” Aye, there’s the rub. In an exclusive interview, Torvalds expanded on why he can’t see porting Linux to the M1-based Macs. “The main problem with the M1 for me is the GPU and other devices around it, because that’s likely what would hold me off using it because it wouldn’t have any Linux support unless Apple opens up.”

Still, while Torvalds knows Apple opening up their chipsets “seems unlikely, but hey, you can always hope.” Even if that “wasn’t an issue,” Torvalds continued, “My personal hope would be more cores. Even in a laptop, I don’t care about 20-hour battery life (and I wouldn’t get it building kernels anyway). I’d rather plug it in a bit more often, and have 8 big cores.” As for the Mac’s limited RAM — no more than 16GBs on current models — he can live with that. “16GBs is actually ok by me because I don’t tend to do things that require a lot more RAM. All I do is read email, do git and kernel compiles. And yes, I have 64GB in my desktop, but that’s because I have 32 cores and 64 threads, and I do hugely parallel builds. Honestly, even then 32GB would be sufficient for my loads.” That said, other developers and power users may want more from the new Macs, Torvalds thinks. “The people who really want tons of memory are the ones doing multiple VMs or huge RAW file photography and video.”

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Source: Slashdot – Linus Torvalds Would Like To Use An M1 Mac For Linux, But…

We Almost Got to See Bill and Ted as Little Dudes

Feel-good movie of the summer Bill & Ted Face the Music just scored a Grammy nomination for its soundtrack, featuring Weezer and (of course) Wyld Stallyns. While that air-guitar-worthy news isn’t a total surprise, a little script edit revealed by co-writer Ed Solomon is a bit more startling: we almost met kid Bill…

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Source: io9 – We Almost Got to See Bill and Ted as Little Dudes

Twitter Will Warn You If You 'Like' Misleading Tweets

Earlier this year, Twitter started flagging disputed and potentially misleading tweets. Now, it’s expanding the feature so that you’ll also get a warning if you attempt to “like” a disputed tweet. Engadget reports: Tapping the heart button on a post that’s been labeled as misleading will trigger a prompt with a “Find out more” button to pop up. App experimental feature researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered the expanded function earlier this month. The tweets she tested, which were related to the elections, showed a warning that says “Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted.”

A week after election day, Twitter revealed that it labeled 300,000 tweets as misleading between October 27th and November 11th. Out of all those, 456 were blocked from being retweeted or liked and were hidden behind a warning before they could even be viewed. The company says its efforts have led to a 29 percent decrease in quoted tweets containing misleading information. In other Twitter news, the company said today that it would relaunch its verification process early next year along with brand-new guidelines for users seeking out that small, blue badge.

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Source: Slashdot – Twitter Will Warn You If You ‘Like’ Misleading Tweets

Slimy Agents Have Tried Bribing Football Manager's Developers

There’s a lot wrong with modern football, but few influences have been as toxic as big-time agents, whose conduct has gotten so out of control in recent years that FIFA—itself hardly a paragon of virtue—is trying to crack down on them.

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Source: Kotaku – Slimy Agents Have Tried Bribing Football Manager’s Developers

Iconic Nuketown Easter Egg Goes ‘80s Synthwave In Black Ops Cold War

As is Call of Duty tradition, the Nuketown mannequin Easter egg returns in Black Ops Cold War. The map originated in the original Black Ops as a nuclear test site mocked up as a 1950s American suburb with cars and mannequins styled to fit the era. Nuketown’s been reimagined for every Black Ops title since, and now the…

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Source: Kotaku – Iconic Nuketown Easter Egg Goes ‘80s Synthwave In Black Ops Cold War

Watch 200 Drones Perform a Choreographed Lip Sync in VWLS' Latest Music Video

One of many things we’re missing during quarantine has been the kind high-profile, high-budget music video release we’ve come to expect from our pop stars in the 21st century. Sure, Cardi B brought out a live tiger and Kylie Jenner for her “WAP” music video in August, but social distancing requirements — and the…

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Source: Gizmodo – Watch 200 Drones Perform a Choreographed Lip Sync in VWLS’ Latest Music Video

Stop overpaying online with Capital One Shopping's browser extension

If you’re an avid online shopper, you know the power of a great promo code. After all, why would you buy something at full retail price, when you could own it for a fraction of the cost? Part of the beauty of online shopping is that it’s easier (and…

Source: Engadget – Stop overpaying online with Capital One Shopping’s browser extension