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Testing Phone-Sized Faraday Bags

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Oh neat. I kind of assumed those products were largely bogus on the basis that no one would test them, but that's proper test equipment, and it seems like a lot of them work pretty well.
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3D Printing Community Mourns The Loss of Sanjay Mortimer Of E3D

Source: Make: Online

Article note: Oh shit. He was doing good, influential work and he was _young_.

The 3D printing community is morning today the loss of one of our greatest voices, Sanjay Mortimer, Co-Founder and Director of E3D. Under Sanjay’s guidance, E3D rose to be the leading supplier of hotends to the industry with their devices being put to use in printers from Prusa Research, Lulzbot, BCN3D, IMade3D, and more. To many of us though, Sanjay was far more than just […]

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Haiku Now Has Experimental 3D Acceleration

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Dang, nice. The BeOS/Haiku family is always one of my favorites, its so cool to see the tiny team that does most of the work on Haiku manage to do so much while still basically following the design the BeOS folks were right about in the 90s.
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Why don’t we just open the windows? covid19 prevention lost in translation

Source: Hacker News

Article note: As usual when this comes up, because fixing shitty indoor ventilation costs _institutions_ money, and implies they are culpable, and we (as a society) like solutions where the cost and blame are are borne by _individuals_.
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Arcan 0.6.1 released

Source: OSNews

Article note: Arcan really is one of the very few truly interesting things happening in OS stacks right now. I don't think it's going to take over the world, but I think it is going to inform and falsify a bunch of ideas instead of simply re-making cyclical mistakes.

The “desktop-engine” Arcan has put out a new release after close to a year of development, continuing its current focus on improving network transparency. A recent and long post on Arcan as OS Design is also a worthwhile and interesting view into this fascinating project.

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The New Ten-Factor Authentication Processes

Source: Hacker News

Article note: A McSweeneys' that gets both absurd, intrusive authentication schemes and absurd academic administrative behavior in one? That's delightful.
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MacPaint and MacWrite First Public Demo (1984) [video]

Source: Hacker News

Article note: This is a fun watch. Most of the original Mac team on stage, talking in public. There's a link to a longer and slightly higher quality copy in the comments. Especially interesting to watch in layered historical context, since you have the modern stuff that makes what they're showing mundane and thus influential, you can look at the NLS and Xerox demos from the preceding decade-and-change that do all the tricks and more but not in financial reach of consumers, and we can look retrospectively at the career arcs of all the people involved.
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Backdooring Rust crates for fun and profit

Source: Hacker News

Article note: When you design your language ecosystem, you either end up with libbehemoth, or left-pad.
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Renesas enters FPGA market with the first ultra-low-power, low-cost family

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Interesting, looks like an expansion of Dialog (who they acquired)'s line, in the same vein as their GreenPAK offerings.
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Apple will soon send parts and tools to users who want to repair their phones

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: This looks like a surprisingly friendly reversal, but I feel like there is a catch. Setting up a limited program to stall regulatory action? Obscenely overpriced parts?
A blue smartphone with two cameras.

Enlarge / The back of the iPhone 13. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple will begin selling repair kits to consumers who want to perform some essential repairs on their iPhones themselves. Titled Self Service Repair, the program will first be available in the United States starting early next year, with more regions gaining access throughout 2022.

At first, the program will apply exclusively to iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 devices, but it will "soon" apply to Macs with M1 chips as well. A news release from Apple about the program says that it's intended to allow "customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs" access to the parts and support they need, but that it believes going to an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP), independent repair provider, or Apple Store will still be the best choice for most users.

But for those who do want to repair their phones or laptops themselves, Apple describes the process thusly:

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