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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 220.127.116.11 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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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!).
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ on sale now
The latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has been released – and RISC OS 5.26/5.27 already support the new hardware. If you want to try RISC OS out on this, grab a copy of NOOBS Lite and select RISC OS from the installation menu.This Pi has a clock speed of 1.4GHz, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking and the improved thermal performance of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. It also has a smaller form factor and a lower price than the Pi 3 Model B+.
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Black Hat USA axes anti-abortion congressman as keynote speaker after outcry - and more news from infosec land
Your quick guide to hacks, patches and scandalRoundup Here's a quick roundup of recent infosec news beyond what we've already reported.
Stiff penalty: Prenda Law copyright troll gets 14 years of hard time for blue view 'n sue scam
That's a wrap for the file-sharing skin flick shakedownIt was a simple plan: obtain the rights to pornographic films, share copies of them online, then threaten to sue those downloading the skin flicks for copyright infringement unless they paid a $3,000 settlement fee.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
You like magic tricks? See this claim that IBM bungled an Obamacare IT project? Whoosh, now it's a $15m check
Big Blue hands over spare change to make allegations against subsidiary vanishIBM will cough up $15m to settle a major gripe over its development, or lack thereof, of software for a health insurance website for the US state of Maryland.
Atari finally launches its VCS console. Again.
You can now pre-order this underpowered, over-priced, untested, over-complicated toy. What are you waiting for?After two years of delays and missed deadlines, Atari has announced at the E3 games conference this week that its VCS games console is finally available. For pre-order. Again.
HP CFO Cathie Lesjak didn't even read KPMG's Autonomy due diligence before $11bn biz gobble
Now you can do exactly what she didn't: Pore over it - download our obtained copy of the reportAutonomy Trial Cathie Lesjak, HP's former chief financial officer, told the High Court in London this week that she did not read a KPMG due diligence report on British software firm Autonomy before her company blew $11bn buying it.
Accessories : X-Men Xavier Institute Crest Hat
Mutant memories. You might not be an X-Men, but if you attended the Xavier Institute you deserve a little something, even if it is just an X-Men Xavier Institute Crest Hat. $24.99
Bags & Backpacks : Magic the Gathering Planeswalker Backpack
A bag with shelves. Store all the things in this Magic the Gathering Planeswalker Backpack. Not only does if have the usual storage options, it features pocket shelves for your Magic cards. That's why they call it magic.
Home & Office : Pitfall! Atari Cartridge Throw Blanket
Blanket yourself in nostalgia. Instead of going on an adventure, stay at home where it's safe and wrap yourself up in this Pitfall! Atari Cartridge Throw Blanket. $24.99
Home & Office : Game of Thrones Hodor Doormat
Hold the door. This Game of Thrones Hodor Doormat is the most loyal door accessory we own. There's just something about having Hodor at your front door that lets people know they're safe. $24.99
Accessories : Star Wars Imperial Crest Hat
Loyalty to the Emperor. Whether you’re pledging loyalty to the Empire or just passing through the Death Star's giftshop, this Star Wars Imperial Crest Hat is going to earn you some major brownie points with the Emperor. $24.99
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