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New features in Linux kernel 4.7

One of the biggest changes made in Linux kernel 4.7 is the support for the newly announced Radeon 480 GPUs from AMD. As expected, this support has been embedded directly into the AMDGPU video driver.

Another big change comes to Linux kernel in the form of a new security module LoadPin. It makes sure that modules loaded by the Linux kernel originate from a single file system.

Interestingly, kernel 4.7 release introduces the schedutil cpufreq governor that allows you to change your CPU’s operating frequency.

The other changes in Linux kernel 4.7 include the support for parallel directory lookups and firmware upgrade by following the EFI ‘Capsule’ mechanism.

via Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 4.7 — Here Are The New Features


Doctor Who Audio Dramas: Zylon: Rebellion

by Thomas Himinez
Four episodes
Length: 121 minutes

Zylon: Rebellion

What atrocities would you commit to save your planet?

The Zylons are here. They have killed most and are saving the rest for food. Galaxy Garrison has retreated and left those behind to fend for themselves.

Some have given up. Some have sided with the Zylons. Most just try to survive day to day. And some continue the fight, not against the Zylons but against their fellow humans.

The Doctor and Camille find themselves caught in a war of desperation, and the cost for freedom may be too high even for them..

Windows Media format

mp3 format

Part one

Part one

Part two

Part two

Part three

Part three

Part four

Part four

Yes, in fact, we libertarians don’t like being told what to do…

I’m not exactly sure why libertarians are hated so much. I hear so many strawman arguments about our position: the position that says that other people are not your property.

Take the photo, for example. “All cats are libertarians. Completely dependent on others but fully convinced of their own independence.” This is a strawman of our position, of course. Libertarians understand that we are all interdependent. No man is an island, so to speak, so we all must work together in the division of labor. The difference between the statist and the libertarian is that latter has no sense of entitlement to the labor of others, whereas the former demands it due to birthright. The “independence” that we desire is freedom from arbitrary rule.

Continue reading “Yes, in fact, we libertarians don’t like being told what to do…”

Compile-time settings and whatnot often make use of #define, #ifdef, and #if. I would like to make the case that using none of these is the best option, and plain old if-statements ought to be used most of the time.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 issues.

I want to make a log of my experiences with upgrading my email server from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04.

When the installation upgraded the mysql installation, it tried to create the database “performance_schema”, which already existed. This caused the package upgrading to fail. Continue reading “Upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 issues.”

Vocal Art Ensemble’s Sings Stars by Erik Esenvalds – YouTube

This was from last season–tonight will be amazing as we premier this season (Spring 2016)!

Overdue with twins? No excuse to not exercise!

Watch “Now Japanese Prime Minister Abe Predicts Global Economic Catastrophe is Iminent” on YouTube

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