FOSS News №93 – digest of materials about free and open source software for October 18-24, 2021

The Pine64 company presented PinePhone Pro – an upgrade for its famous Pinephone smartphone, which was repeatedly mentioned on Habré as an alternative to desktop Linux. In fact, the smartphone runs full-fledged Linux (by default, Manjaro with KDE Plasma Mobile), you can connect a monitor, a keyboard to it – and work like a regular desktop. The new version has a lot of technical improvements: more RAM, more flash memory, better cameras, a nicer display and a six-core Rockchip RK399S processor clocked at 1.5GHz. However, with the improvement of the components, the price increased: $ 399 instead of $ 150 New Brave users can now take advantage of the Big Brothers alternative to search and browsers thanks to Brave Search built into the Brave browser. Brave Search is built on an independent index and does not track users, queries, or clicks. Brave’s Private Search is now replacing Google as the default search engine for new Brave users in the US, Canada and the UK. Search Brave will also replace Qwant in France and DuckDuckGo in Germany, with more countries to be added over the next few months. Those who already use the Brave browser will retain their currently selected default search engine settings and can set Brave search as the default search engine in both our browser and most other major browsers The busy roads of the Italian city of Modena have become a testing ground for the development of sensor technology that allows cars to “see” through buildings and other vehicles to avoid collisions. More recently, a hands-free system, and before that, power steering was installed in cars as an additional option. But there is one important feature that is still lagging behind: real-time automatic traffic safety and collision avoidance. The European CLASS project, initiated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), began in 2018 and ended in June this year. The Municipality of Modena, Atos, the automaker Maserati and the IBM Research team in Haifa, Israel, in collaboration with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), have transformed the busy roads of Modena into an open-air laboratory. We have proven that a city and cars can be equipped with sensors that allow vehicles to “know” what is behind nearby objects, as well as “peek” around corners. This solution will help drivers avoid collisions and contribute to better road conditions I would like to share with the readers of Habr a rather unusual development: a real computer, made in the form of a cellular automaton, acting according to the simple rule Fireworld2 with four states of cells. The current basic version of the computer is called “Izhora 1”. Since the 1950s, there has been a tradition of giving computers place names. The pattern, consisting of more than 6 million cells, contains 256 kilobytes of memory and is equipped with a monochrome 128×64 pixel screen that reflects the state of the on-screen RAM partition, similar to the ZX Spectrum and other popular historical models of personal computers. Programs can be written in assembler, compiled into machine code, tested on a simulator, and introduced into the cellular automaton itself with a special utility. Another utility allows you to save the current state of the computer

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