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    thechinchinsong reacted to anodos in Ubuntu 21.04 released! Active Directory Integration by default!   
    There's nothing wrong with stock Ubuntu. It works, and takes very little time or effort to get working. Sometimes, that's all you want.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to jagdtigger in Ubuntu 21.04 released! Active Directory Integration by default!   
    The only telemtry that ubuntu has runs once at install and if you dont allow it it wont send anything. As for the rest Canonical is pretty much forced by the market to integrate AD because everyone and their dog uses it in the corpo world. MS has a perfect lock-in without any easy way out so corps just keep using it regardless how bad is it.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to Tensimeter in Ubuntu 21.04 released! Active Directory Integration by default!   
    21.04 is not an LTS release. It is supported for 9 months, and the idea is that you'd then upgrade to 21.10 using the built in easy upgrade tool later this year.
     
    22.04 will be the next LTS after 20.04.
     
    Also wayland is default in ubuntu 21.04, which is an absolutely fantastic improvement. Using it improves HIDPI, fractional scaling, and fixes many fundemental graphics issues including screen tearing.

    This is a nice video overviewing 21.04:
     
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    thechinchinsong reacted to willies leg in Ubuntu 21.04 released! Active Directory Integration by default!   
    Ubuntu today released their Linux version 21.04! In keeping with their push with Microsoft, this edition includes, by default, integration with Active Directory:
    "Ubuntu machines can join an Active Directory (AD) domain at installation for central configuration. AD administrators can now manage Ubuntu workstations, which simplifies compliance with company policies.
    Ubuntu 21.04 adds the ability to configure system settings from an AD domain controller. Using a Group Policy Client, system administrators can specify security policies on all connected clients, such as password policies and user access control, and Desktop environment settings, such as login screen, background and favourite apps."
     
    Also it's able to run Microsoft SQL server natively:
    “Native Active Directory integration and certified Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu are top priorities for our enterprise customers.” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical.
    "Canonical and Microsoft will provide integrated support for Ubuntu with Microsoft SQL Server deployed on-prem or through the Azure Marketplace, for mission-critical workloads."
     
    Flutter development too, for GUI applications, showing they can work with Google as well as Microsoft:
    "Canonical has been a fantastic contributor to Flutter, enabling Linux desktop support in Flutter and opening up the opportunity to bring high-quality Flutter apps to Linux. We look forward to our continued partnership in making Flutter the best choice for app developers, no matter which platform they target,” shared Chris Sells, Product Manager, Flutter.
     
    Other enhancements include a new dark theme, etc. etc.
     
    Summary
    Canonical and Microsoft are working well together, with Microsoft porting SQL server to Linux and making Ubuntu their premier platform, while Canonical built out native Active Directory support and enabled it by default. Also, Flutter is the icing on the cake!
     
    My thoughts
    If you're into exploring Linux for the first time, Ubuntu 21.04 might be the release for you, with integrations into Active Directory. Also you'll be able to run Microsoft SQL server fully supported on Linux!
     
    Sources
    https://ubuntu.com//blog/ubuntu-21-04-is-here
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    thechinchinsong reacted to pythonmegapixel in Microsoft rolls out an update to your taskbar - Weather and News   
    I'll believe that when I see it, and not a moment before.
     
    Seriously, even once all the remnants of Metro (and preferably Aero) are gone, it will still feel cluttered because of all of the pointless preinstalled software, constant attempts to force Microsoft products down one's throat and so on.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to FakeKGB in Microsoft rolls out an update to your taskbar - Weather and News   
    Is there a way to remove the "News" part and have it just be weather?
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    thechinchinsong reacted to GoodBytes in Microsoft rolls out an update to your taskbar - Weather and News   
    Microsoft is too excited to wait until the end of the year to release this new feature to all.
    The company is releasing the Weather and News widget to Windows 10 users. It is an item on the taskbar showing you the current weather. Clicking on it will reveal a panel with additional information, as well as traffic information in your area, stocks information (you can set what you want to follow) and news.

     
    News can be customized and sources can be filtered out via picking "..." button on each tile or clicking on "Manage Interest" button.

     
    If you are not interested, you can remove it by simply right-clicking on the task bar and pick "News & interest" and pick "Turn off"

     
    The update is coming to all in the coming month.
     
    The Verge reports:
     
    Microsoft reveal video:
     
    Sources
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/22/22397237/microsoft-windows-10-taskbar-weather-news-widget-feature-available-now
     
    I have been using it since a few months, and I personally quite like it. I find it nice to have the convenience of the having the weather on the task bar, and while these days I care less about it due to work from home, I do like the fact that it gives your local traffic information around your area so that you can quickly plan out your outing ("Oh I should leave now, heavy traffic!", for example).
     
     
  9. Funny
    thechinchinsong reacted to pierom_qwerty in Signal Programmers reverse-engineer Cellebrite tools. Find serious security flaws.   
    I posted this in a status update but I feel like it would be funny to post here:
    Cellebrite: hey signal! we hacked your shit!
    Signal: lmfao hold my beer
    Signal: *hacks cellebrite's software to not only fix their own vulnerabilities but figures out how apps can modify cellebrite reports generated about them*
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    thechinchinsong reacted to Taf the Ghost in Signal Programmers reverse-engineer Cellebrite tools. Find serious security flaws.   
    When you're in security like Signal is, you need to use humor like this. Though the fact Signal is basically going to ship remote kill code for the Cellebrite hardware is kind of hilarious. And that's really how you should read what they're saying. But that file improves the physical security of the Signal files on a device, which is actually the point of them.
  11. Funny
    thechinchinsong reacted to Splork in Signal Programmers reverse-engineer Cellebrite tools. Find serious security flaws.   
    Summary
     
     About a year after "security" vendor Cellebrite claimed to be able to extract the Signal messenger's data, the Signal developers have hit back. After reverse-engineering "the latest versions of the Cellebrite software", Signal founder Moxie Marlinspike announced in a blog post that the software has grave security flaws which would allow an attacker to reverse-exploit a PC running the infamous forensics software.
     
     
    Marlinspike finished the blog post with a thinly-veiled threat to any organisation which uses  Cellebrite's software:
     
     
    My thoughts
    On the one hand, this is just another instance of a supposed "security" company with terrible security (like shipping ffmpeg DLLs from 2012). On the other hand, since Cellebrite has been somewhat controversial due to the cooperation with - dubious - institutions, I can certainly understand the glee with which many people are reporting on this. In any case, I was expecting something like this to happen ever since Cellebrite announced that it had "broken" Signal's security.
    Also, the blog post itself is quite funny to read with its tongue-in-cheek style (like the claim that the kit had "just fallen off a truck").
     
    Sources
    https://signal.org/blog/cellebrite-vulnerabilities/
    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/04/in-epic-hack-signal-developer-turns-the-tables-on-forensics-firm-cellebrite/
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    thechinchinsong reacted to trag1c in Youtube Using Custom-Designed Video-Transcoding Chips   
    Makes sense. ASICS will almost always blow general purpose silicon out of the water when it comes very specialized tasks. I am surprised they didn't do it sooner considering that google has the resources and personal in house to do so.
  13. Informative
    thechinchinsong reacted to ThePointblank in Youtube Using Custom-Designed Video-Transcoding Chips   
    Youtube is building and using a custom-designed video transcoding chip for use to support video transcoding for uploaded content on Youtube. This is being reported by the Youtube Blog, and Ars Technica:
     
    https://blog.youtube/inside-youtube/new-era-video-infrastructure
     
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/youtube-is-now-building-its-own-video-transcoding-chips/
     
    The new video transcoding chip is called "Argos", and is mounted on a full-length PCI-E card, with two chips per card. There is a giant heat sink that covers the entire card, and what appears to be an external power connector as well. They very much resemble a video card and this is apparently no accident; Google said that they chose the video card like format because it fits with their existing accelerator trays.
     
    Per what Google claims, the Argos chip provides "up to 20-33x improvements in compute efficiency compared to our previous optimized system, which was running software on traditional servers."
     
    The Google supplied chip diagram indicates some more details about the chip design. It lists 10 "encoder cores" on each chip, with Google's white paper adding that "all other elements are off-the-shelf IP blocks." Google further notes in the white paper that each encoder core can encode 2160p in realtime, up to 60 FPS (frames per second) using three reference frames.
     
    It is being reported that Google already has thousands of these chips already in operation, and thanks to these chips, people can watch 4k content on Youtube within hours instead of the days it previously took with their previous Intel Skylake and T4 Tensor core GPUs based systems. With these chips, Google apparently can save tons of money, even factoring in development and manufacturing costs to develop these chips.
     
    Reading over what Google is saying about their chip, I can definitely see why Google elected to develop their own video transcoding chip specifically for their workload; this appears to be a far more efficient and cost effective way to handle the workload compared to other off-the-shelf options.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to Distinctly Average in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    I don’t think many people realise that often a different architecture and OS requires far less memory for the same task. A case in point are massive databases run on mainframes. Often these will run superbly with just 8gb of memory in its VM, run even part of that same DB on a windows server and 128GB it will struggle. I have seen and done that first hand.  
     
    We also have use cases. 8GB on an M1 Mac may not sound much when running huge numbers of layers in PS, but coupled with fast SSD storage it actually works very well. This is especially true where applications are optimised for the architecture.
     
    People often read spec sheets and make assumptions without ever using a system. Marketing spec sheets rarely paint a true picture.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to AndreiArgeanu in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    Video was probably in the works or ready a few days ago. LMG has an upload schedule with certain priorities. The video was most likely in the works for a while since I'd imagine writing the script for it wasn't the easiest thing to do. Also Apple's event had no relevance whatsoever, like what was he going to say about it, 'oh look apple released devices recently and they're probably difficult to repair too'. Additionally 'PC partners' don't play a huge part in being against right to repair to my knowledge, they may have practices in place that go against RTR but they're not actively working against it like John Deere or Apple.
     
    I'll be happily proved wrong if you can provide evidence for your theories that LMG was specifically waiting to upload this right after the Apple event, but for now, your claims are unfounded and unproven.

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    thechinchinsong reacted to LAwLz in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    I think a lot of people on this forum tend to forget that their use case might not be the same as everyone else's.
    I have taken some basic courses in AutoCAD, Blender, Photoshop and Adobe Premier, and I completed those courses on a Core 2 duo laptop with 4GB of RAM, a 5400 RPM hard drive and integrated Intel graphics. It was a bit slow from times to times, especially the startup time for the "larger" (relatively speaking) projects, but it worked just fine. It wasn't so slow that I felt "I need a new laptop!" either. 
     
    It's the same with people saying you "need" an 8 core CPU and an RTX 3070 to play games. You absolutely don't. You might want to have it, but not every needs it. Depends on use case.
     
    I mean, the example of Photoshop speaks volume. 200 layers? I wonder how many Photoshop users actually have such massive projects. If you are designing a thumbnail for your Youtube video, or are participating in "photoshop battle" on Reddit then you probably don't even need 5 layers, and if that's what you are doing you are probably fine with it being a bit slow as well.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to leadeater in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    Actually it was, though I suspect you aren't a regular WAN show viewer but it's been talked extensively on there as well as promotion of the funding campaign for it too. It's a fairly regular topic on WAN show, and if not a topic talked about within topics a lot.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to leadeater in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    Yep, M1 GPU vs dGPU is rather chalk and cheese. Completely different memory models and memory latencies (which is important for effective bandwidth not just raw spec sheet numbers). The M1 GPU is already handily out performing many mid range GPUs in real applications so spec sheeting battling is a bit pointless since very often it doesn't match real world.
     
    Will just have to wait until there is an M1 native AutoCAD version.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to hishnash in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    I expect we will see HBM2e stacks on the pro SoC (that will also be a tile based multi chip solution, apple have a load of patents in this space as to TSMC).
     
    This iMac is just a replacement for the 21" iMac (that for a while now has only supported 16GB).  Apple are still selling the 27" iMac so the message is clear that this is very much not a `professional/prosumer` device. I expect we will either get a May event or they wait until WWDC for the next round that will be the next SoC with different IO (memory and PCIe bandwidth) 
     
    Depending on your use case it is worth nothing that TBDR pipelines used in the M1 do massively reduce the memory bandwidth needs: rather than rendering out each object to a buffer then pulling all those buffers back into the gpu to blend them the screen is split into tiles and each tile is rendered on the GPU, the final output buffer stays on the GPU core (in a small high on die memory) each object is rendered and then depth tested and blended into the final output. This does massively reduce memory bandwidth needs for rendering of 3D scenes it also enables a lot more culling since the accumulated depth buffer is used before rendering the next object to cull fragments that will fail the depth test before the fragment function is called. But in compute compute tasks this is not so relevant (sure having that on core memory helps but you need to code for it very well and that is hard to do in many cases).  But in general i agree we will see HBM2e memory on the next higher end iteration. 
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    thechinchinsong reacted to leadeater in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    I don't know what you have been reading but whatever it is it's not anything official from AutoDesk, below is the actually official requirements for AutoCAD 2022
     

    https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-AutoCAD-2022-including-Specialized-Toolsets.html
     
    Aka the requirements to run AutoCAD are "be a computer"
     
    What your requirements are are for your workloads for your projects not the requirements of AutoCAD nor the requirements of everyone else. AutoCAD projects come in all different sizes and complexities, not everyone is designing a Boeing 747, not everyone is designing a simple PC case either.
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    thechinchinsong got a reaction from Delicieuxz in Chinese chip manufacturer, Loongson Technology, has developed its own CPU architecture   
    Are you really gonna label all 1.2 billion people as "hive mindset" and "have a hard time thinking outside the box". That's just as absurd as "British people all have bad teeth" or "white people are all racist".
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    thechinchinsong got a reaction from LAwLz in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    As soon as iPadOS gets more updates to make it more able to match up with MacOS, these iPads are gonna roll off the shelves (they're still gonna roll off the shelves, but even more so). But that software might come next year or in the next decade or never imo, since Apple might not actually want an iPad to do what a MacBook can.
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    thechinchinsong got a reaction from leadeater in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    As soon as iPadOS gets more updates to make it more able to match up with MacOS, these iPads are gonna roll off the shelves (they're still gonna roll off the shelves, but even more so). But that software might come next year or in the next decade or never imo, since Apple might not actually want an iPad to do what a MacBook can.
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    thechinchinsong reacted to LAwLz in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    That is one beast of an iPad.
    Fantastic hardware but it feels like it will be severely held back by software. Maybe the goal is that as more Macs become ARM based, Apple will be able to make Mac software run on the iPad as well. 
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    thechinchinsong reacted to Arika S in Apple April 20 event - New iMac and iPad Pro with M1 chips, 'AirTags' and a new iPhone color   
    they would never cannibalize their own product lines.
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