mercredi 13 février 2013

Minecraft Now Available On Raspberry Pi For Free

Minecraft Now Available On Raspberry Pi For Free

Minecraft Now Available On Raspberry Pi For Free

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 02:01 PM PST

Raspberry Pi users have another reason to rejoice; the popular game Minecraft is now available for Raspberry Pi. Good news is this game is available for free to download.

Owen writes on Minecraft blog:

You might remember us mentioning Minecraft: Pi Edition a few months ago. It's a free version of Minecraft that will run on the Raspberry Pi – a credit card-sized computer that can help you learn to program in an accessible, fun way. They're cheap and relatively easy to set up. Now Pi Edition is available to download! You can get it at our dedicated blog:

Liz of Raspberry Pi foundation says that when she opened her "laptop to check my mail at the airport and found something that really couldn't wait. The folks from Mojang have finished the Minecraft: Pi Edition port, and it's available for download now. For free."

There are detailed instructions on how to get started with Minecraft on Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi rival has arrived; Odroid U2 available worldwide

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 10:12 AM PST

The main Raspberry Pi rival that was announced last year is now available! It's called Odroid U2, and it's powered by a 1.7GHz Exynos4412 Prime quad-core CPU and an also quad-core Mali-400 GPU that clocks at 440MHz! And the price for this baby is $89, worldwide shipping being available (so about $110 with the shipping).

This can arguably be the most powerful "low-cost development platform" at the moment of writing, surclassing its rival "low-cost development platform" Raspberry Pi. It has a high-end mobile processor that it's found in the present superphones, an Exynos 4412 Prime 1.7GHz quad-core monster, it has a 1080p video streaming capable Mali-400 clocked at 440MHz and having 4 cores! It also covers the RAM area pretty neatly, having 2GB LP-DDR2. The standard 3.5mm headphone jack is also present, along with a RJ-45 jack for 10/100Mbps Ethernet connection, 2 USB2.0 ports, a microUSB connector, a microHDMI connector and a whole lot other neat features crammed up in this tiny board.

But HardKernel, the south-korean company behind Odroid U2 has other devices up their sleeves, also low-cost like the U2. Be sure to check their other products similar to the Raspberry Pi and U2.

And as I said, the pricing is really neat, only 89$ for what I can call a true credit-card sized powerhouse, that's available worldwide!

The Pirate Bay still banned in Finland

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 07:06 AM PST

Finland's Court of Appeal confirmed that 2 of their finnish ISPs that blocked The Pirate Bay must continue this ban, even tough another ISP tried to appeal, the Supreme Court rejected it and successfully denied the access of the most infamous torrent tracker to 80% of the finnish users. But nevertheless the downloads are not stopping!

The anti-piracy companies saw that banning the websites that cross their interests is not a smart move as they saw in the past, and now they are focusing on taking the users off websites like The Pirate Bay and Isohunt by making "blockades" with the Internet Service Providers in countries like Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland and Italy. But the most "persecuted" country is Finland, because The Pirate Bay "homeland" is indeed Finland, so they have battle efforts to put TPB down.

But despite those efforts, and the recent "renewals" of blockades in the last couple of days, the battle is lost already, because basically the finnish ISPs, after a lot of appeals and trials, they must keep The Pirate Bay blocked or face fines reaching even 100.000 euros per day.

But even tough these "barricades" are in place, obviously they're a small impendiment for the true torrent seeders, the ones who truly keep the torrent system alive, so the only true way to stop something like the P2P system is cutting off the internet access completely, but even then, we can always "borrow" CDs from our friends and neighbours right? :)

Linux Foundation Releases UEFI bootloader For Windows 8 PCs

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 04:15 AM PST

We all knew this day will come, the day when The Linux Foundation finally got a Microsoft-signed bootloader that can be used on the new Windows 8-shipped hardware, like the new ultrabooks or the new Desktop PCs.

But if the big Linux distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora got their UEFI support from Microsoft, and the small distributions got the Shim bootloader, is this a big deal?

Actually it is a big deal, because if The Linux Foundation finally got a Microsoft-signed bootloader, that means there will be a universal and more user-friendly solution to this UEFI babble. If you don't want to wait and you already want to try out the new Linux Foundation Secure Boot System instead of waiting to a stable and user-friendly implementation, you can go here and grab the .EFI files. However, if you notice the missing KeyTool.efi file, the lack of its presence is apparently caused by a exploitable bug that can compromise the whole UEFI security system:

"Originally this(the KeyTool.efi file) was going to be part of our signed release kit.  However, during testing Microsoft discovered that because of a bug in one of the UEFI platforms, it could be used to remove the platform key programmatically, which would rather subvert the UEFI security system.  Until we can resolve this (we've now got the particular vendor in the loop), they declined to sign KeyTool.efi although you can, of course, authorize it by hash in the MOK variables if you want to run it."

So basically, we are on the right track to simplify the "unlocking" process of the UEFI bootloader so the unexperienced Linux user can properly enjoy the open-source experience on his shiny new ultrabook :). How much do you think it will take to get it right?

Canadian anti-privacy bill didn't pass

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 12:29 AM PST

The already controversial Bill C-30, that's actually more known as the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, didn't passed because of the public opposition. The bill, as its known name says, was designed to aid in solving the child pornography problem, but at what cost?

As the citizens of Canada protested, the bill seriously threatens the rights of the canadians, opponents stating that it was an overly broad, "Big Brother" piece of legislation that would strip all Canadians of the right to privacy, because it required the ISPs(Internet Service Providers) to allow police to intercept and track online communications without a warrant.

So the Canadians took a stand and became outraged when Vic Toews(Public Safety Minister) stated that he could "either stand with us or with the child pornographers", helping to clear the path to C-30's doom.

"We will not be proceeding with Bill C-30 and any attempts that we will continue to have to modernize the Criminal Code will not contain the measures contained in C-30, including the warrantless mandatory disclosure of basic subscriber information or the requirement for telecommunications service providers to build intercept capability within their systems," stated Justice Minister Rob Nicholson.

"We've listened to the concerns of Canadians who have been very clear on this and responding to that."

But a bill like this doesn't just disappear like that right? Right. Because now the revised version of the bill, called C-55, would give the officers the right to intercept private communications without a warrant in somewhat rare and urgent situations, and this action needs to be notified by police within 90 days.

So what should we learn about this? The governments want more crowd control and we can only slow down the speeding train of anti-privacy... What do you think about all these anti-privacy acts?

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