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  • Windows 10 warning: anger at Microsoft rises with serious new failure

    This is the future of proprietary operating systems like Windows, macOS and iOS as their parent companies move towards services and subscription models. More and more, they’ll use their operating systems to push their services and subscriptions, to the detriment of the user experience. It’s been happening in Windows 10 for a few years now, and iOS, too, is riddled with ads for Apple’s services.

  • Linux-Based Windows 12 Promises Flawless Updates, Available for Free

    The photo gallery on the page is mostly the same screenshot with a different desktop background, and by the looks of things, it indeed appears to be a Windows 10 theme with flat icons.

  • Linux-based Windows 12 Lite is '3x faster than Windows 10' and 'immune from ransomware'

    Sounds too good to be true? Well it might not surprise you to hear that this isn’t an official Microsoft product, rather it’s a version of Linux Lite 4.8 LTS with Windows 10 wallpaper and flat icons.

    The official website looks like something out of the nineties, which makes the line that says "You have all the tools now for designing really good websites" even more entertaining.

    Windows 12 Lite isn’t available to download from the website, but you can buy it for £15 on DVD. You really shouldn’t though.

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  • Saw this at a local computer fair and couldn't stop laughing
  • Linux Encryption Tool Cryptsetup Now Supports Windows Disk Encrypted Devices

    Linux disk encryption tool, Cryptsetup, has released a new version v2.3.0 with native read-write access to Windows BitLocker-compatible devices.

    You can now access the BitLocker encrypted devices’ data in any Linux distro owing to the stable release of Cryptsetup 2.3.0 that supports the BitLocker format (BITLK format).

  • Windows 7: a major bug prevents turning off or restarting the PC

    Windows 7 is once again affected by a strange bug, the second after the end of OS support. Many users complain that they cannot shut down or restart their PC. The problem seems to be quite widespread. Dozens of messages are flowing into Reddit, Twitter and Microsoft forums. Pending a possible fix, there is a solution to fix the bug.

    Officially, Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft since January 2020, which means that the system will in principle no longer receive updates to correct bugs or security breaches. Fortunately, it is still possible to update your PC for free to Windows 10.

    However, Microsoft was forced to release an update for Windows 7 after discovering a minor, but particularly annoying bug preventing the display of wallpapers. This time, it’s a new, much more annoying bug that affects the operating system.

Sick of Windows 10? Linux-based Windows 12 Lite...

  • Sick of Windows 10? Linux-based Windows 12 Lite promises to be three times faster

    Windows 10 is experiencing a spectacularly bad run of faulty updates recently, and if you’ve had enough, then Windows 12 Lite is promising to fix those issues.

    Now, we should say straight away that this is not an official release from Microsoft. Instead, it appears to be a modified version of the Linux Lite 4.8 LTS distro made to look like Windows 10 with the default background wallpaper and custom icons.

"Windows 12 Lite" is not what you think

  • "Windows 12 Lite" is not what you think (unless you're thinking Linux-based Windows 10 knockoff)

    Microsoft has embraced Linux and open source software in recent years. The company acquired github, turned its Calculator app into an open source project, added an optional Linux terminal to Windows 10, and even developed its own Linux kernel.

    But you know what the company’s probably not going to do? Release anew operating system called Windows 12 that’s based on Linux.

    That hasn’t stopped some independent developers with lousy website design skills from doing just that though. Redditor hexsayeed spotted a GNU/Linux distribution called Windows 12 Lite at a computer fair recently.

  • This Linux distribution doesn't care about copyright [sic]

    • Windows 12 Lite: This Linux distribution doesn't care about copyright

      Webhouses describes Windows 12 Lite as a Linux Lite 4.8 LTS Desktop with the Windows 10 desktop background applied. The developers of the Linux distribution do not appear to be too concerned about potential copyright issues, and continue by writing that it is "far superior in every respect to Windows 10". Apparently, Windows 12 Lite 4.8 solves "all the problems of the poor operating system" too, the poor operating system presumably being Windows 10.

      According to the developers, Windows 12 Lite is also "the best operating system for Windows 7 users". While this could be quickly dismissed as a hoax, physical copies of the distribution are being sold. One Redditor, for example, spotted Windows 12 Lite being sold at a "local computer fair".

      To be clear, this distribution likely infringes on multiple trademarks. We would not recommend trying "Windows 12 Lite" in at all, but the website is a fun read, as are the comments on the ensuing Reddit thread.

    There’s a ‘Windows 12 Lite’ OS in the market but you shouldn’t u

    • There’s a ‘Windows 12 Lite’ OS in the market but you shouldn’t use it

      Microsoft has its own Windows NT kernel, based on which is the latest Windows 10 operating system. But as interesting as it may sound, there’s a Windows OS version based on Linux kernel as well. Spotted by a Redditor and shared by Liliputing website, there is a ‘Windows 12 Lite’ operating system available in the market. It has been mentioned that Windows 12 Lite, a software that has not been announced officially anywhere, is a Linux distro based on LiteOS that has a Windows 10 wallpaper.

      From the image of the pamphlet shared by the Reddit user and the official website named webhouses.co.uk/lite, ‘Windows 12 Lite’ is said to be for those users who wish to upgrade from Windows 7. “Lite’s 4.8 desktop is designed for those who migrate from Windows 7 with the Lite background. You just add it to your pictures then select it as background using System settings,” states the website.

    Windows 12 Lite ships as Linux in drag

    • Windows 12 Lite ships as Linux in drag

      A version of Linux which rips off Windows has shipped and we really expect Vole to take notice – even if it is keen to say it is all open sauce friendly these days.

      Windows 12 Lite resembles Windows 10, but it is really just Ubuntu in drag. It is being touted by its developers as superior to Windows 10 "in every respect". Someone is even selling physical install discs of the dodgy Linux distribution, too.

      The software is made by an UK outfit called Webhouses which says Windows 12 Lite is a Linux Lite 4.8 LTS Desktop with the Windows 10 desktop background applied.

    Linux-Based Windows 12 Lite Is Three Times Faster Than Windows

    • [Older] Linux-Based Windows 12 Lite Is Three Times Faster Than Windows 10

      Since its advent in 2015, Windows 10 has been affected by countless problems and bugs. Sadly, the updates meant to fix the flaws in this operating system work the other way round. If you’ve had enough of Windows 10 and wish to switch to a different operating system, then the Linux-based Windows 12 Lite might impress you.

      A Redditor recently discovered Windows 12 Lite discs being sold at a local computer fair. It is worth noting that Microsoft didn’t officially launch Windows 12 Lite. In fact, Microsoft in no way is associated with this newly discovered operating system.

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    • Singapore to open-source national Coronavirus encounter-tracing app and the Bluetooth research behind it

      The app, named TraceTogether and its government is urging citizens to run so that if they encounter a Coronavirus carrier, it’s easier to trace who else may have been exposed to the virus. With that info in hand, health authorities are better-informed about who needs to go into quarantine and can focus their resources on those who most need assistance. The app is opt-in and doesn’t track users through space, instead recording who you have encountered. To do so, it requires Bluetooth and location services to be turned on when another phone running the app comes into range exchanges four nuggets of information - a timestamp, Bluetooth signal strength, the phone’s model, and a temporary identifier or device nickname. While location services are required, the app doesn't track users, instead helping to calculate distances between them.

    • Singapore says it will make its contact tracing tech freely available to developers

      Less than a week after launching an app to track potential exposure to the coronavirus, Singapore is making the technology freely available to developers worldwide. The city-state rolled out an app called TraceTogether on March 20 and described it as a supplementary tool for its contact tracing efforts that relied on the recall and memory of infected individuals. Contact tracing is the process of identifying those with close contact with infected patients.

    • Over 600k users installed TraceTogether, app to be made open source

      A mobile application developed by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) that helps in contact tracing for Covid-19 has been installed by more than 620,000 users since its launch last Friday. With a decision to make the technology behind it available to developers around the world, even more people could stand to benefit. Developed in collaboration with the Health Ministry (MOH), the TraceTogether mobile app works by exchanging short-distance Bluetooth signals between phones.

    • 620,000 people installed TraceTogether in 3 days, S’pore’s open source contact tracing app

      TraceTogether, a mobile app to support contact tracing efforts developed by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), was launched on Friday, Mar. 20.

    • The Shield: the open source Israeli Government app which warns of Coronavirus exposure
    • Israel Unveils Open Source App to Warn Users of Coronavirus Cases

      A new Israeli app can instantly tell users if they have crossed paths with someone known to have been infected with the coronavirus. On Sunday, the country’s health ministry unveiled the app, called “The Shield”(“HaMagen”, in Hebrew.) The app takes location data from the user’s phone and compares it with the information in Health Ministry servers regarding the location histories of confirmed cases during the 14 days before their diagnosis.

    OSS Leftovers

    • Open source platforms, flexible airframes for new drones

      Multirotor drones excel at vertical lift and hover, while fixed wing drones are great at both distance and wide-open spaces. In February, Auterion Government Solutions and Quantum-Systems announced a two-pronged approach to the rotor- or fixed-wing drone market, with a pair of drones that use the same sensor packages and fuselage to operate as either the Scorpion Trirotor or the Vector fixed wing craft. “As we started to develop our tactical UAS Platform, our plan was only to develop a VTOL fixed wing solution (like our Vector),” said Florian Siebel, managing director of Quantum-Systems. “During the development process we decided to build a Tri-Copter Platform as well, as a result of many discussions with law enforcement agencies and Search and Rescue Units.” Adapting the fixed-wing fuselage to the tri-copter attachments means the drone can now operate in narrow spaces and harsh conditions. Scorpion, with the rotors, can fly for about 45 minutes, with a cruising speed of zero to 33 mph. Put the fixed wings back on for Vector, and the flight time is now two hours, with a cruising speed of 33 to 44 mph.

    • IEEE Standards Association Launches a Platform for Open Source Collaboration
    • Greg Smith on the strengths and drawbacks of open source software

      There are a lot of tire models available in the world. Most are closed source (or black box), meaning the program code behind them is not available to end users. This is understandable as the code can easily be licensed and its development paid for. Everyone’s got to make a living! This approach, however, makes it much harder to get the best out of the models – if you can’t see their internal workings, it’s harder to maximize their usefulness. Other models, such as Magic Formula, are effectively open source, with the equations published in books and journal papers. This means that anyone (if they invest the time) can build and use their own Magic Formula solvers and, in the process, learn the details of how the model works. In April 2015, during a session at the 4th International Tire Colloquium at Surrey University, UK, the general idea of open sourcing was discussed. In attendance were various figures from the commercial tire model development community, representatives from car and tire companies who use the models, and a large group of academics involved in more fundamental research. Issues were raised regarding everything from intellectual property concerns and licensing through to technical advances, development strategies and training. Boiling all this down, most discussions centered on one of two approaches.

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    • Huawei announced AI Computing Framework MindSpore as Open Source

      During the Huawei 2020 Developer Conference continues online, bringing the latest progress of The Wei Peng and Yan Teng Ecology. According to the agenda of the meeting, the first day of the developer conference (March 27) will focus on Peng Peng, the next day (March 28) will focus on The Teng.

    • New Chinese open-source AI platform launched

      Megvii Technology Limited has announced the launch of a new open-source artificial intelligence platform for developers, Shanghai Daily learned on Thursday. Other firms offering such platforms include tech giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Baidu.

    • Open-source AI infrastructure to boost innovation in China

      From smart fever-screening at subway stations to scan-reading diagnosis, artificial intelligence (AI) is on the frontline of China's battle against the novel coronavirus. Behind the smart systems are deep-learning frameworks that emulate the way the human brain learns, like recognizing patterns and coping with ambiguity.

    • Megvii makes deep learning AI framework open-source as China moves to reduce reliance on US platforms
    • Noble.AI Contributes to TensorFlow, Google's Open-Source AI Library and the Most Popular Deep Learning Framework

      Noble.AI, whose artificial intelligence (AI) software is purpose-built for engineers, scientists, and researchers and enables them to innovate and make discoveries faster, today announced that it had completed contributions to TensorFlow, the world's most popular open-source framework for deep learning created by Google.

    • Google open-sources framework that reduces AI training costs by up to 80%

      Google researchers recently published a paper describing a framework — SEED RL — that scales AI model training to thousands of machines. They say that it could facilitate training at millions of frames per second on a machine while reducing costs by up to 80%, potentially leveling the playing field for startups that couldn’t previously compete with large AI labs.

    • A case study: Improving patient outcomes with Open Source

      South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provides the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK with 52 inpatient wards, outpatient, and community services. As recognition of their digital accomplishments, SLaM have been awarded GDE (Global Digital Exemplar) status. Following a two-year pilot of Open-eObs software, the trust had proven the long-term benefits of an open source approach and needed a supplier to further drive their digital ambition.

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    • Azul Systems Extends Open Source Java Offerings with a new Zulu Distribution of OpenJDK 14
    • Azul Systems brews up fresh blend for open source Java

      Java runtime solutions company Azul Systems has announced the general availability of its Zulu release of OpenJDK 14 builds. [...] All Zulu 14 JDKs and JREs are verified against and pass the TCK certification tests required to ensure the correct execution of Java SE 14 applications.

    • Python File I/O

      Start writing here..In this article, you'll learn about Python file operations. More specifically, opening a file, reading from it, writing into it, closing it and various file methods you should be aware of. What is a file? File is a named location on disk to store related information. It is used to permanently store data in a non-volatile memory (e.g. hard disk). Since, random access memory (RAM) is volatile which loses its data when computer is turned off, we use files for future use of the data.

    • Python: Pros and Cons of Lambda

      lambda is a keyword in Python, we use it to create an anonymous function. So we also call lambda functions as anonymous functions.

    • Learning pandas by Exploring COVID-19 Data

      The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control provides daily-updated worldwide COVID-19 data that is easy to download in JSON, CSV or XML formats. In this tutorial, we will use the pandas data analysis tool on the comma-separated values (CSV) data to learn some of the basic pandas commands and explore what is contained within the data set.

    • Rotation in R^2 - CY's take on PWC#053 Task 1

      This is a part of Perl Weekly Challenge(PWC) #053 and the followings are related to my solution. If you want to challenge yourself on Perl, go to https://perlweeklychallenge.org, code the latest challenges, submit codes on-time (by GitHub or email) if possible, before reading my blog post.

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    • IoT Adoption Survey Reveals Open Source Rules

      The Eclipse Foundation's IoT Working Group has issued a report that reveals that for commercial organizations the IoT is real and adoption is growing, albeit with a degree of caution. As far as IoT is concerned, the open source model clearly dominates. Conducted online between October and December 2019, with 366 respondents, the IoT Commercial Adoption Survey was the first exercise of its kind. Its aim was gain a better understanding of the IoT industry landscape by identifying the requirements, priorities, and challenges faced by organizations that are deploying and using commercial IoT solutions. It can be seen as the counterpart of the IoT Developer Survey, which since 2015 has been an annual exercise reporting on the programming languages, platforms, infrastructure and tools used for building IoT solutions.

    • What happens when the maintainer of a JS library downloaded 26m times a week goes to prison for killing someone with a motorbike? Core-js just found out

      In November 2019, Denis Pushkarev, maintainer of the popular core-js library, lost an appeal to overturn an 18-month prison sentence imposed for driving his motorcycle into two pedestrians, killing one of them. As a result, he's expected to be unavailable to update core-js, a situation that has project contributors and other developers concerned about the fate of his code library.

    • [Old] When to assume neural networks can solve a problem

      The question: “What are the problems we should assume can be solved with machine learning?”, or even narrower and more focused on current developments “What are the problems we should assume a neural network is able to solve?”, is one I haven’t seen addressed much.

      There are theories like PAC learning and AIX which at a glance seem to revolve around this, as it pertains to machine learning in general, but if actually applied in practice won’t yield any meaningful answers.

      However, when someone asks me this question about a specific problem, I can often give a fairly reasonable confidence answer provided I can take a look at the data.

      Thus, I thought it might be helpful to lay down the heuristic that generate such answers. I by no means claim these are precise or evidence based in the scientific sense, but I think they might be helpful, maybe even a good start point for further discussion on the subject.

    • Uber Open Sources Piranha Stale Code Remover

      Uber has released an open source version of Piranha, a tool that scans source code to delete code related to stale, or obsolete, feature flags. Piranha is run at Uber in an ongoing pipeline for its Android and iOS codebases and has been used to remove around two thousand stale feature flags and their related code. Uber says it has led to a cleaner, safer, more performant, and more maintainable code base.

    • Piranha Is An Open Source Tool That Automatically Deletes Obsolete Code