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A cold day indeed: BASH runs on Ubuntu running on Windows 10

A cold day indeed: BASH runs on Ubuntu running on Windows 10

We already saw the telltale signs, but you might still do a double take when you hear the official word. Microsoft and Ubuntu creator and owner Canonical have indeed made it possible to run Linux user space commands on an image of Ubuntu running on Windows 10 natively. No virtual machines, no containers, no dockers. While that might mean little to anyone except for developers, power users, and Linux users, it does open the door to possibilities but also raises some questions on Microsoft's real goal.

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Windows 10 might soon run Ubuntu, Linux utilities natively

Windows 10 might soon run Ubuntu, Linux utilities natively

2015 and 2016 might be remembered as the years when hell froze over repeatedly, in no small part thanks to Microsoft. The company whose CEO once described Linux as a cancer is seemingly now going through hoops to proclaim its love for the open source OS, and not without some amount of suspicion from the other side. Adding to its Visual Studio Code IDE for Linux and SQL Server for Linux, Microsoft might soon be revealing how it partnered with Canonical to let Ubuntu run on Windows 10 natively, without the use of a virtual machine.

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In the 21st century, computers still trip over human names

In the 21st century, computers still trip over human names

You'd think that in this day and age of the Internet, self-driving cars, and wayward chatbot AI's, computers would no longer have problems dealing with human names, whatever their form. But as some people from around the world have discovered, to their amusement and exasperation, that is plainly not the case. Today's software, especially database software, are still ill-equipped to handle corner cases when it comes to names of real, not made up, people, causing no small amount of inconvenience to those and practically stalling the evolution of information systems.

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Researchers show off first ever quantum Fredkin gate

Researchers show off first ever quantum Fredkin gate

Researchers working together from the University of Queensland and Griffith University have demonstrated a key quantum logic operation that is required for quantum computing to move forward. The team demonstrated for the first time a quantum Fredkin gate powered by entanglement that operates on photonic qubits. One of the key challenges to creating a quantum computer has been in the need to minimize the resources needed to implement processing circuits.

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Petya ransomware targets entire drives, not just files

Petya ransomware targets entire drives, not just files

Ransomware is quickly becoming the new darling among hackers looking to make a quick buck. Although it doesn't exactly jump from one infected computer to another, given how it works, it is actually more destructive and possibly more profitable than a common trojan or virus. We've seen recently what is probably the worst ransomware out in the wild. Now we're being told there's a potentially more destructive one as well. Called Petya, the ransomware tries to encrypt your entire hard drive for maximum damage and maximum profit.

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Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Tay isn't the first chatbot in history but it became the most prominent because of its ties with Microsoft. Then it became one of the most notorious chatbot in less than 24 hours after it switched from well-meaning teen to offensive, pro-Nazi, anti-feminist rebel. Naturally, Microsoft shut it down, "putting it to sleep", so to speak. Now the company has come out with a statement clarifying that Tay's words do not reflect the company's principles and values at all. They do own up to the "slight" oversight in protecting Tay from attacks.

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Microsoft’s huge, expensive Surface Hub finally starts shipping

Microsoft’s huge, expensive Surface Hub finally starts shipping

After several delays last year, Microsoft says it has now begun shipping its Surface Hub to business customers. Essentially a wall-mounted tablet, the huge display comes in two versions, a 55-inch HD model and the impressive 84-inch 4K version. They're priced at $9,000 and $22,000, respectively, so it's unlikely they will ever be offered to anyone but business and enterprise customers.

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LG 34UC98 Curved UltraWide and 27UD88 4K monitors launch

LG 34UC98 Curved UltraWide and 27UD88 4K monitors launch

LG has unveiled a pair of new monitors that are aimed at folks wanting high resolution and all the space they can get for apps and programs. The new monitors include the 34UC98 Curved UltraWide monitor and the 27UD88 4K monitor. Both of these displays were first spied during CES earlier this year and both are now available in stores for fans to purchase.

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Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

At the beginning of the year, Microsoft made an unsurprising but unpopular stance regarding support for older Windows versions on newer hardware. It is no secret that it wants everyone to use Windows 10 as soon as possible, but forcing users, especially traditionally slower adopting ones like enterprises, was bound to backfire. It previously stated that Come July 17, 2017, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 running on Intel's Skylake processors will no longer be supported. It has softened that stance, however, and has extended the date to 2018.

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Rowhammer vulnerability still threatens RAM, even DDR4

Rowhammer vulnerability still threatens RAM, even DDR4

When we speak of security exploits, we usually refer to software that take advantage of vulnerabilities in other software. Rowhammer, however, is a rare breed. Discovered almost exactly a year ago, it involved software exploiting vulnerability in hardware, in this case, dual in-line memory modules or DIMMs, in order to affect a change in software. The exploit had chip makers scrambling to get the latest DDR4 chips out the door. But apparently, the security comforts they offered were based on a presumption that researchers are now proving to be false.

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TeslaCrypt 3 might be the most dangerous ransomware in the wild

TeslaCrypt 3 might be the most dangerous ransomware in the wild

Software developers usually, or at least should, quickly work to patch up security holes that could be exploited to the detriment of their users. It seems almost ironic but also expected that the very same mentality and process would be used by those who write malware in order to plug up the holes in their own software. The end result is, of course, a more robust malware that is even harder to crack and fight. That does seem to be the case with TeslaCrypt 3, the latest version of a ransomware that is now proving to be impossible to crack.

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Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

The fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone has once again put the spotlight on security, privacy, and encryption. The last time that was a hot topic was nearly 3 years ago at the height of the "Snowden Files". Born out of that very same controversy, Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail has seen it fit to finally open up its service to the general public, removing the invite-only barricade for individuals and groups to sign up for an end-to-end encrypted secure e-mail service.

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