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Conan package manager brings C and C++ to devops
Conan, a distributed, open source package and dependency manager, promises to bring C and C++ into devops.The multiplatform package manager builds and shares native binaries. Conan’s ability to quickly create builds, port packages, and run them on different operating systems (Windows, Linux, MacOS, and FreeBSD) helps make C and C++ suitable for devops, said Harry Manley, a senior solutions engineer at JFrog, which sposors the Conan project.[ What is devops? Discover how to transform software development. | Also: InfoWorld explains monitoring in the age of devops. ]C and C++ provide fragile builds, where it is difficult to re-create the build when moving from one system to another. Conan helps to overcome these limitations, Manley says. Developers specify dependencies on libraries, and Conan finds the libraries in a remote repository based on architecture, operating system, and platform and makes them available to a build, with build systems incuyding Visual Studio MSBuild and CMake.To read this article in full, please click here ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
8 hours ago
Elon Musk tweets video of SpaceX’s first broadband satellites in space
spacex-broadband-satellites-800x468.jpgEnlarge / SpaceX's first Starlink broadband satellites. (credit: Elon Musk) SpaceX founder Elon Musk today tweeted an eight-second video of the company's first broadband satellites, saying they are now "deployed and communicating to Earth stations." First two Starlink demo satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations pic.twitter.com/TfI53wHEtz — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2018 The demonstration satellites, named Tintin A and Tintin B, are being used to test SpaceX's future Starlink broadband service. Once all the necessary testing has been completed, the launch of operational satellites could begin sometime in 2019. SpaceX's ultimate goal is to provide gigabit broadband worldwide, but the first tasks for these demo satellites are a bit simpler. Musk also tweeted that the satellites "will attempt to beam 'hello world'... when they pass near LA" on Friday morning. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
10 hours ago
8,000-year-old heads on spikes found in a remote Swedish lake
Screenshot-21318-1027-AM-980x838.jpeg Antiquity In east-central Sweden, workers demolishing a railway that crossed the Motala Ström River discovered something bizarre. For roughly 7,500 years, a shallow, swampy lake in the area had hidden a pile of stones that contained the skeletal remains of at least 10 people and weapons made of stone and antler. They also found the bones of bears, deer, boar, and a badger. Two of the human skulls were mounted on pointed stakes. Thousands of years ago, this semi-submerged burial ground must have been an imposing sight for the small settlements located nearby. A pile of rocks rose above the water, covered in weapons, wooden structures, and the grisly remains of fearsome animals—as well as the skulls of some carefully chosen people. Now dubbed “Kanaljorden,” the archaeological site has finally begun to yield some secrets about the people who created it. In a recent article for Antiquity, Stockholm University archaeologist Sara Gummesson and her colleagues explain what the evidence reveals about how this ritual site was used. Read 9 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
10 hours ago
Ericsson launches new IoT Accelerator Marketplace designed to spur massive Internet of Things adoption
Application developers and partners will be able to use the new IoT Accelerator Marketplace to drive IoT adoption. ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
10 hours ago
How Ericsson is using its IoT Accelerator Marketplace to speed Internet of Things adoption
Osvaldo Aldao, Head of IoT Solutions for Ericsson, talks to TechRepublic's Teena Maddox about the company's IoT Accelerator Marketplace, which is designed increase collaboration between IoT application developers, device vendors, and service providers. ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
11 hours ago
Neanderthals were artists and thought symbolically, new studies argue
spot-the-3-hand-stencils-800x324.jpgEnlarge / Can you spot the three hand stencils? (credit: J. Zilhão) Hominins have lived in western Spain’s Maltravieso cave off and on for the last 180,000 years. At some point in those long millennia of habitation, some of them left behind hand stencils, dots and triangles, and animal figures painted in red on the stone walls, often deep in the dark recesses of the cave. The art they left behind offers some of the clearest evidence for a key moment in human evolution: the development of the ability to use symbols, like stick-figure animals on a cave wall or spoken language. Maltravieso, like La Pasiega in northern Spain and Ardales cave in the south, is a living cave, where water still flows, depositing carbonate minerals and shaping new rock formations. In these caves, flowstones and rock curtains have been slowly growing over ancient rock art. By dating those carbonate deposits, scientists can figure out a minimum age for the art without having to take samples from the pigment itself. Now, two new studies have dated cave art and decorated shell jewelry from sites in Spain to at least 20,000 years before the first Homo sapiens arrived ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
11 hours ago
The script for Star Wars: Episode IX is finished, J.J. Abrams says
last-jedi-image-800x407.jpgEnlarge (credit: Walt Disney Co.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, where he gave an update on the status of Star Wars: Episode IX. "We have a script," he said, "which is a big deal for me." Abrams also confirmed for Colbert that shooting will begin this July. Abrams co-wrote the script with screenwriter Chris Terrio, best known for writing 2012's well-received Argo and 2016's far-less-well-received Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Abrams himself began his time in the film industry as a screenwriter; Colbert jokingly introduced him as "best known as the co-writer of the 1997 Joe Pesci and Danny Glover blockbuster comedy Gone Fishin'" rather than as the co-creator or executive producer of LostWestworld, and Alias or as the steward at various times of such mega-franchises as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Mission: Impossible. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
11 hours ago
President Trump: “We have to do something” about violent video games, movies
trump-tycoon.jpgEnlarge / Donald Trump starred in this widely panned video game released in 2002. His White House comments on Thursday did not reference its potential influence on America's youth. (credit: Activision) In a White House meeting held with lawmakers on the theme of school safety, President Donald Trump offered both a direct and vague call to action against violence in media by calling out video games and movies. "We have to do something about what [kids are] seeing and how they're seeing it," Trump said during the meeting. "And also video games. I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is shaping more and more people's thoughts." Trump followed this statement by referencing "movies [that] come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else." He made a suggestion for keeping children from watching violent films: "Maybe they have to put a rating system for that." The MPAA's ratings board began adding specific disclaimers about sexual, drug, and violent content in all rated films in the year 2000, which can be found in small text in every MPAA rating box. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
11 hours ago
Car companies are preparing to sell driver data to the highest bidder
connected-car-800x450.jpgEnlarge (credit: Getty) The confluence of the technology and automotive industries has given us mobility. It's not a great name, conjuring images of people riding rascal scooters in big box stores or those weird blue invalid carriages that the government handed out in the UK back in the last century. But in this case, it's meant as a catch-all to cover a few related trends: autonomous driving, ride-hailing, and connected cars. The last of these is what I'm here to discuss today. Specifically, the results of a pair of surveys: one that looks at consumer attitudes and awareness of connected cars and another that polled industry people. Love ’em or hate ’em, connected cars are here to stay Connected cars are booming. On Tuesday, Chetan Sharma Consulting revealed that 2017 saw more new cars added to cellular networks than new cellphones. In particular, it noted that AT&T has been adding a million or more new cars to its network each quarter for the last 11 quarters. While Chetan Sharma didn't break out numbers for other service providers, it also revealed that Verizon is set to make at least $1 billion from IoT and telematics. And previous research from ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
11 hours ago
Best small business web hosting
Every business needs a website, but finding the right hosting package isn't always easy. Many plans are targeted primarily at home users, and don't have the power that businesses need.Take email, for instance. We've seen hosting plans offer as few as five email addresses for a website, and with inboxes limited to a few hundred megabytes, that’s potentially a major issue for any business. Be sure to check out the email specs of any hosting plan before you sign up.An SSL certificate is a must-have these days for any professional or business website, but these aren't included with every plan. Fortunately, they don't have to be expensive. Many hosts now offer free SSL certificates from the Internet Security Research Group's Let's Encrypt project, and although web stores might need something more, these are perfectly adequate for standard sites.Business websites can't afford to fail – ever – so reliability is key. Choose a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or dedicated hosting plan, if you can afford it, to avoid the hassles of shared servers. Look for support that can be accessed at speed with telephone and live chat available, as well as emails and tickets. You'll probably want a plan that includes ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
11 hours ago
Crush the right rock and spread it on farms to help soil and the climate
farm_liming_mark_robinson-800x533.jpgEnlarge / Instead of adding crushed limestone to soil, we could opt for basalt. (credit: Mark Robinson) The best response to a leaking pipe is to stop the leak. But even if you haven’t quite got the leak solved, a mop can keep the pool of water on your floor from spilling into the next room. That’s kind of the situation we’re in with our emissions of greenhouse gases. The only real solution is to stop emitting them, but anything that removes existing CO2 from the atmosphere could help lower the peak warming we experience. Some techniques to do that sound like pipe dreams when you consider scaling them up, but others can plausibly make at least modest contributions. A new paper from a group of authors led by David Beerling of the University of Sheffield argues the case that something that sounds a little wild—spreading crushed basalt over the world’s croplands—could actually be pretty practical. Read 11 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
12 hours ago
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update reaches 85 percent of PCs
windows-version-transition-2018-02-800x468.pngEnlarge (credit: AdDuplex) The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now on almost all Windows 10 PCs, reaching 85 percent of machines, according to the latest numbers provided by AdDuplex. One swallow doesn't make a summer, but the rollout of version 1709 suggests that Microsoft has found its rhythm for these updates. In response to a range of annoying problems around the deployment of version 1607, the company was very conservative with the release of version 1703. Microsoft uses a phased rollout scheme, initially pushing each update only to systems with hardware configurations known to be compatible and then expanding its availability to cover a greater and greater proportion of the Windows install base. Version 1703 was only installed on around 75 percent of Windows 10 PCs when 1709 was released. 1709 has already passed that level, and we're still some weeks away from the release of 1803. Microsoft hasn't yet announced when that version will be released, but based on the releases of 1709 and 1703, we'd be very surprised to see it before around mid-April. The new version also doesn't yet have a name; we've hoped that Microsoft would just stick with version numbers (as the ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
12 hours ago
100-mile-range electric delivery van could beat diesel in lifetime cost
UPS-Workhorse-Truck-800x448.jpgEnlarge / A mockup of the Workhorse truck. (credit: Workhorse) Electric van company Workhorse announced today that it will provide 50 custom-made all-electric vans with 100 miles of range to UPS for a price lower than that of comparable off-the-shelf diesel vans, without subsidies. Getting cost-competitive with diesel vans in acquisition price is a big step, especially because total cost of ownership (TCO) is expected to be lower on electric vehicles. That means the Workhorse vans could be significantly cheaper than comparable vans over time. TCO is generally lower on electric vehicles because fewer moving parts means less maintenance and, as long as filling up a tank with gasoline costs more than charging up a car on electricity, electric vehicle owners can expect to save over the lifetime of the vehicle. But electric vehicle upfront cost tends to be higher than that of a traditional vehicle because lithium-ion batteries are relatively expensive. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
12 hours ago
Star Control countersuit aims to invalidate Stardock’s trademarks
scsc-800x423.jpgEnlarge This morning, original Star Control creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III filed a response to Stardock’s Star Control lawsuit, which seeks injunctions and damages against Ford and Reiche for, among other things, alleged willful and intentional trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting. Ford and Reiche also filed a countersuit against Stardock seeking their own injunctions and damages. The response and counterclaim can be viewed here and here respectively. Stardock's original filing is over here. The filings are the latest escalation in what is turning into a deeply acrimonious legal battle over who possesses the rights to publish and sell the classic Star Control trilogy of video games—and who has the rights to create new Star Control games. (Or at least who can name their games "Star Control.") It’s a twisted tale, and understanding what is going on requires digging back through 30 years of agreements and contracts involving companies that no longer exist. It’s not quite as screwed up as the situation around No One Lives Forever, but it is a hot mess—and now that litigation is starting, things stand to get a lot messier. Read 41 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
13 hours ago
Amateur astronomer tries out new camera, catches supernova at its start
Screen-Shot-2018-02-22-at-1.24.35-PM-800x570.pngEnlarge / The dot in the lower-right foreground is the supernova, from an image taken by an amateur astronomer. (credit: Víctor Buso and Gastón Folatelli) Back in 2016, an astronomy enthusiast named Víctor Buso decided it was a good night to test a new camera on his telescope. The test went well enough that hardware in space was redirected to image what he spotted, and Buso now has his name on a paper in Nature. Lots of amateurs, like Buso, have spotted supernovae. That typically leads to a search of image archives to determine when the last time a specific location was imaged when the supernova wasn't present—this is often years earlier. Buso didn't have to search, because his first batch of images contained no sign of the supernova. Then 45 minutes later, it was there, and the supernova continued to brighten as he captured more pictures. Buso had essentially captured the moment when the explosion of a supernova burst out of the surface of a star, and the analysis of the follow-on observations was published on Wednesday. It went boom The odd thing about many supernova (specifically those in the category called type II) is that they're ... read more
Published on 02-22-2018
13 hours ago
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