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@robpike Along with the ability to support electrification, as others have mentioned, heat pumps can reach 3-500% efficiency — better than fossil fuels and vastly better than electric resistance heating.
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@drewdevault You're talking about the practice whereby every instance immediately fetches the page when somebody posts a URL? I've wondered about the thinking behind that for a while...
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@monsieuricon @vbabka Sigh, I guess nobody will need @LWN anymore...
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@lcamtuf I have to say that Tom Christiansen's advice on operator precedence still is the best... https://lwn.net/Articles/382023/
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@torvalds It sounds like a mechanism designed by the same people who ensured that the "I want a battery" scream happens at 3:00AM...
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@coldclimate So I just tried this on my Pixel 7...it stayed cold and quiet. It seems that not all Android phones do that.
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@luis_in_brief When I really want comfort food I go back to the Lensman series by EE Doc Smith...takes me right back to my childhood (where it had already been around for a while - I'm not *that* old!)

What I like to recommend to people is the Terra Ignota series by @adapalmer - a great and (mostly) hopeful look forward by somebody who is clearly far smarter than I am...one of the few things I've reread in recent years.
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Jonathan Corbet

Edited 27 days ago
What a world we have built ... https://www.tomshardware.com/networking/three-million-malware-infected-smart-toothbrushes-used-in-swiss-ddos-attacks-botnet-causes-millions-of-euros-in-damages

Edit: there are suggestions out there that this story is not actually true. So sad, who ever heard of something not being true on the Internet? But does anybody doubt that something like this *will* be true in the near future?
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Jonathan Corbet

On the radar: Debian is launching into its 64-bit-time transition:

https://lwn.net/ml/debian-devel-announce/Zb0WpSukajgythGe@homer.dodds.net/

"By my reckoning, this is the largest cross-archive ABI transition we've ever
had in Debian".
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Jonathan Corbet

Edited 1 month ago
At the risk of spoiling next week's "quote of the week": @monsieuricon 's post on why projects like the kernel and Git continue working over email is definitely worth a read.
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Jonathan Corbet

Edited 1 month ago
Even in January, some days are just too nice to stay at the keyboard
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Jonathan Corbet

Sigh...it seems that almost anything good can be wrecked by adding the finance industry to it...

https://time.com/6565415/rooftop-solar-industry-collapse/

When we put the panels on our house, we dealt with a local installer (which are not in short supply in Boulder) and just paid for it like any other house work. No regrets so far.
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Jonathan Corbet

On the radar: proposals from the C standards committee (as seen in kernelland):

https://lwn.net/ml/linux-toolchains/9162660e-2d6b-47a3-bfa2-77bfc55c817b@paulmck-laptop/
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Jonathan Corbet

On the radar: the value of CXL (or the lack thereof):

https://lwn.net/ml/linux-mm/75f21150-1e12-4f4b-e578-e170e4fea18b@google.com/

A pre-LSFMM discussion on whether CXL memory is as wonderful as the vendors would have us believe.
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@monsieuricon Public-inbox is a significant part of LWN's operation as well, definitely good stuff.
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Jonathan Corbet

A drill with 25 CVE numbers: https://www.securityweek.com/bosch-nutrunner-vulnerabilities-could-aid-hacker-attacks-against-automotive-production-lines/ Of course they only use this thing to assemble cars and airplanes and stuff...
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Jonathan Corbet

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Many years ago, my father set out to create a book that would help new spinal-cord-injury victims come to terms with (and love) their new life. The result, called Options, was widely distributed in rehabilitation centers for years and helped thousands of people before finally going out of print.

Inspired by the creation of the Full Circle film, which quotes extensively from the book, we have been working to bring Options back. Now, we're happy to say that Options is available, under the Creative Commons SA 4.0 license, in a number of forms. Enjoy!

As an aside, I have to say that the tools for scanning and OCR work have gotten pretty good. All of this was made possible by SANE, unpaper, tesseract, Sphinx, and surely some other tools I'm forgetting now.

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@jejb Didn't miss it, even quoted a bit of it.

The funny thing being, of course, that Huawai pretty much always appears in the top-ten companies supporting kernel development:

https://lwn.net/Articles/956765/

...so they can't be entirely clueless about its origins...
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Jonathan Corbet

Not quite sure what to make of this:

https://www.huaweicentral.com/harmonyos-next-is-true-operating-system-with-self-developed-components-huawei-ceo/

"Eventually, HarmonyOS NEXT is not an Android skin but a true OS. It doesn’t run on a primitive Linux Kernel that’s used to bind the operating system in the U.S. hands."

It's also evidently "three times more efficient than Linux"

https://www.huaweicentral.com/huaweis-self-developed-harmony-kernel-is-3-times-more-efficient-than-linux/

It must certainly be good stuff! I'm not finding a repository link, though.
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