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Konilo: A personal computing system in Forth

Source: Hacker News

Article note: I love the little self-hosting, self-consistent systems designed for whole-stack comprehension, and the Forth ones (...which are not new, the Canon Cat was technically such a machine) are especially compelling even if I never quite get my head around Forth. I like the name too, Esperanto "Kon" (Know) + "Ilo" (Tool) = Tool For Knowing.
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Google is blocking RCS on rooted Android devices

Source: The Verge - All Posts

Article note: Kind of exposing the "RCS is totally an open standard guys, it's not just a google-brand-imessage-clone" lie there - not only is it effectively Google-and-Android only, it will only run on Android devices google approves of the state of.
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Google says that it’s taking measures to prevent spam and abuse on its messaging service. | Image: Google

Google is cracking down on rooted Android devices, blocking multiple people from using the RCS message feature in Google Messages. Users with rooted phones — a process that unlocks privileged access to the Android operating system, like jailbreaking iPhones — have made several reports on the Google Messages support page, Reddit, and XDA’s web forum over the last few months, finding they’re suddenly unable to send or receive RCS messages.

One example from Reddit user u/joefuf shows that RCS messages would simply vanish after hitting the send button. Several reports also mention that Google Messages gave no indication that RCS chat was no longer working, and was still showing as connected and working in Google Messages.

Heads up: Users...

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CACM Is Now Open Access

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Once again demonstrating how ACM is a much more respectable organization than IEEE.
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Anycubic 3D printers hacked worldwide to expose security flaw

Source: Published articles

Article note: MQTT configured such that any valid credential could access every device. I quite like some Anycubic printers, but their level of software sloppiness has never been something I'd want plugged into a network, because this seems entirely expected.
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HP wants you to pay up to $36/month to rent a printer that it monitors

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: Fuck that. Aside from all the other bad things in this scenario, for occasional use that's more expensive than stopping at a print shop.
HP Envy 6020e printer

Enlarge / The HP Envy 6020e is one of the printers available for rent. (credit: HP)

HP launched a subscription service today that rents people a printer, allots them a specific amount of printed pages, and sends them ink for a monthly fee. HP is framing its service as a way to simplify printing for families and small businesses, but the deal also comes with monitoring and a years-long commitment.

Prices range from $6.99 per month for a plan that includes an HP Envy printer (the current model is the 6020e) and 20 printed pages. The priciest plan includes an HP OfficeJet Pro rental and 700 printed pages for $35.99 per month.

HP says it will provide subscribers with ink deliveries when they're running low and 24/7 support via phone or chat (although it's dubious how much you want to rely on HP support). Support doesn't include on or offsite repairs or part replacements. The subscription's terms of service (TOS) note that the service doesn't cover damage or failure caused by, unsurprisingly, "use of non-HP media supplies and other products" or if you use your printer more than what your plan calls for.

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Intel Rebrands Its FPGA Business Altera in an Awesome Branding Move

Source: Hacker News

Article note: lol, they're going back to the pre-acquistion Altera name.
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KDE Plasma 6 released

Source: OSNews

Article note: I've been on KDE-on-Arch as my daily driver environment since ~2017, I've been daily-driving Wayland mode on one of my machines for a few months, and they've been (mostly) been doing a really good job making a DE that bends to my workflow, addresses weird demands of modern systems, and does so in a reasonable amount of resources. There are a few aggravating points on Wayland sessions where that already-a-mess of [wayland+extensions+portals+pipewire] is not quite a feature-complete desktop protocol suite, like the punt on input plumbing and session management, which are persistent papercuts. This release sounds like it should be an improvement, and KDE is already the best worked-around of the environments on those fronts. There's also a regression in 5.27 with how window snapping/quick tiling and virtual desktops interact that I'm hopeful they'll get back to working on now that the plumbing has been iterated.

KDE Plasma 6 has been released – and this is an important release with two massive low-level stack upgrades.

With Plasma 6, our technology stack has undergone two major upgrades: a transition to the latest version of our application framework, Qt, and a migration to the modern Linux graphics platform, Wayland. We have done our best to ensure that these changes are as smooth and unnoticeable to the users as possible, so when you install this update, you will see the same familiar desktop environment that you know and love. But these under-the-hood upgrades benefit Plasma’s security, efficiency, and performance, and improve support for modern hardware. Thus Plasma delivers an overall more reliable user experience, while paving the way for many more improvements in the future.

Aside from this, there’s so much in this release it’s hard to know where to begin. My favourite is the overhaul of KDE’s default Breeze theme, which now uses far, far fewer frames, meaning there’s fewer borders-on-borders. Spacing has also been made more consistent within Breeze. Both of these efforts make KDE applications and UI elements look a bit less cluttered and busy, which, while easily missed if you don’t look for it, certainly cleans things up nicely.

Another important improvements is the addition of support for HDR displays and colour management.

Plasma on Wayland now has partial support for High Dynamic Range (HDR). On supported monitors and software, this will provide you with richer and deeper colors for your games, videos, and visual creations.

Set an ICC profile for each screen individually and Plasma will adjust the colors accordingly. Applications are still limited to the sRGB color space, but we are working on increasing the number of supported color spaces soon.

To improve Plasma’s accessibility, we added support for color blindness correction filters. This helps with protanopia, deuteranopia or tritanopia.

Of course, this release is accompanied by updates to a large number of KDE applications, and several default settings in KDE have been changed as well to better suit what most users would expect. Plasma Search has been overhauled as well, making it faster and less resource-intensive, and giving users the ability to better control how search results are displayed.

There’s a lot more here, so be sure to dive into the release announcement, KDE Plasma 6 will find its way to your distribution or operating system of choice over the coming weeks and months.

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Apple is turning William Gibson’s Neuromancer into a TV series

Source: The Verge - All Posts

Article note: I am not hopeful that this will be a decent adaptation. Amazon's _The Peripheral_ was actually pretty OK so maybe I shouldn't be quite so skeptical, but Apple has been especially guilty of "We borrowed some names and set-pieces and made a nigh-unrelated generic character drama with them" scifi "Adaptation" behavior.
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HDMI Forum Rejects Open-Source HDMI 2.1 Driver Support Sought by AMD

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Maybe we shouldn't be using an interconnect designed by a consumer electronics standard body that exists primarily to support copyright-based rentseeking in most of our computers? Shame HDMI has propigated so far, largely on the basis of VESA picking a dumb connector for early DisplayPort.
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The Era of 1-bit LLMs: ternary parameters for cost-effective computing

Source: Hacker News

Article note: I've been suggesting that most of the shitty floating point formats could be replaced with {-1,0,1,NaN} as a joke about the terribleness of shitty number representations, and the general sloppiness of the current "AI" hype cycle... it kind of looks like it's not actually a joke, you _can_ replicate a lot of the "AI" models with only {-1,0,1}. And that definitionally doesn't involve any multiply hardware, so it's _ridiculously_ more power efficient.
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