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BBC4's Micro Men: an interview and review
Ahead of tonight's Micro Men programme, which charts the rivalry between Sir Clive Sinclair and Acorn Computers in the early 1980s, drobe.co.uk spoke to the film's producer, Andrea Cornwell, to find out more about the show - and now you can read our review of the film
'Threaded' Firefox for RISC OS build released to test
An experimental build of the RISC OS port of Firefox that promises a smoother experience has been released for people to test. You'll need the latest 184.108.40.206 version and then replace its executable with the one from here. The technical bit: developer Peter Naulls has moved the browser's polling for user interaction into a separate thread to aid multitasking with the rest of the RISC OS desktop.
In brief: Acorn World show this weekend
Archive editor Jim Nagel summarises what to expect at the retro-themed show. Official website here [Update 2] A report by iconbar.com's Phil Mellor of the sell-out show is here - with pictures
RISCOScode.com webzine publishes autumn issue
Drobe man Martin Hansen has updated his personal web publishing endeavour, RISCOScode.com, with a new issue for the autumn. It includes interviews with an organiser of the inaugural London RISC OS show, to be held in October 2009, and Richard Hallas, plus more bits and pieces. Go check it out. It's free.
Tanks a lot! Double USB toy driver joy
RISC OS USB guru Dave Higton has released drivers for two remote-controlled gadgets: an 'executive mayhem' tank and a mini car. Get ready to order your armoured, missile-firing kit into position and destroy your office colleagues, or instead swap your computer's circuits for your own race track with a remote-controlled banger. The source code is available and the software should work on Simtec and Castle USB stacks.
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Pi rounded up to four
24th June saw the launch of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s latest pint-sized educational computer – the Pi 4. Sportinga faster Cortex-A72 processormore RAM (model options with 1, 2, or 4GB)built in gigabit Etherneta move to VideoCore VI for 4k graphics at 60fpsand much more besidesThe form factor is largely unchanged, apart from a few connector movements.
Raft of new bounties floated
With the bumper infusion of pledges in our end of 2018 blowout, a number of the previously accumulating bounties have since been claimed by eager developers. That’s left us with some slots to fill for where we want to steer RISC OS next – what big ticket items are missing from everyone’s favourite OS?So we’ve scoured your suggestions, checked the wish list (twice), and unfolded the roadmap to bring this next set to the surface…
Connecting with the 21st century
Barely a day goes by without a data leak or hacking attempt on some of the world’s biggest corporations, so it’s more important than ever to keep your security software up to date. One of the aims of this first step in overhauling the RISC OS network stack was to purge any out of date and weak protocols.
Another bounty gets under way for 2019
Following the unprecedented pledges made by the community during November and December, we’re able to announce that the bounty to teach the C compiler some new tricks is now under way.
Bounty matching target success!
We are delighted to announce that we reached our £5,000 bounty matching target before the end of 2018! This saw some extremely generous donations from across the community into our open bounties. We have matched each of the donations, up to our total of £5,000.As a special bonus, now we have closed-off the General bounty for 2018, we have re-distributed £3,000 across three of the open bounties (the fourth has already been snapped up!).
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Google bans politics, aka embarrassing stuff that gets leaked, from internal message boards
Chocolate Factory sees some benefits in a censorship modelGoogle may be lax in policing policy violating videos on YouTube, but at least it's adding oversight where it's needed - to mute overly opinionated employees.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Oracle OKs Oracle investors to sue Oracle: Put NetSuite suit before a judge - board panel
Investors peeved Larry Ellison owned 40% of the biz he paid billions in Big Red cash to buyThree members of Oracle's board of directors say a class-action lawsuit, filed against Oracle in the US by Oracle shareholders over Oracle's 2016 acquisition of NetSuite, should go forward.
Pokemon Go becomes Pokemon No as games biz Niantic agrees to curb trespassing addicts
It's a class action agreement so guess who gets the $4m payout? If you guessed the plaintiffs, guess againThe programmers behind augmented-reality pest-chasing Pokemon Go have settled a class-action lawsuit in the US brought by angry homeowners who claimed the video game encouraged people to trespass on their land.
Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones
Right to bear arms doesn't cover armed UAVsIf you were wondering whether your right to bear arms extends to the right to bear an armed drone, we have bad news.
Security gone in 600 seconds: Make-me-admin hole found in Lenovo Windows laptop crapware. Delete it now
Solution Centre WONTFIX amid EOL date shenanigansNot only has a vulnerability been found in Lenovo Solution Centre (LSC), but the laptop maker fiddled with end-of-life dates to make it seem less important - and is now telling the world it EOL'd the vulnerable monitoring software before its final version was released.
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