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Open-Source Render Manager from Sony & Google

Google Cloud and Sony have recently teamed up to work on OpenCue, a new open-source render manager for VFX and animation. It is stated that OpenCue is based on Cue 3, the internal queuing system developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks over the last 15 years. It is also said that the system has been scaled to over 150,000 cores shared between Sony’s own on-premise data center and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for recent projects. Then, two teams decided that it should be open-sourced and renamed OpenCue. “Sony’s strong history of developing software tools has made this an ideal partnership,” pointed out Todd Prives, GCP product manager, media & entertainment, in a blog post announcing the OpenCue release. “Sony has developed and contributed to industry standard software packages such as OpenColorIO and Alembic, which are now critical pieces in the pipeline of hundreds of…

cpmemu – a CP/M emulator for Raspberry Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi #VintageComputing #RetroComputing @Raspberry_Pi

CP/M, originally standing for Control Program/Monitor and later Control Program for Microcomputers, is a mass-market operating system created in 1974 for Intel 8080/85-based microcomputers by Gary Kildall of Digital Research, Inc. Initially confined to single-tasking on 8-bit processors and no more than 64 kilobytes of memory, later versions of CP/M added multi-user variations and were migrated to 16-bit processors.Arguably, we came close to having CP/M instead of MS-DOS dominate computing on PCs. But Microsoft got the contract for PC-DOS from IBM and the rest is history.Some very cutting edge software was on CP/M including Wordstar, dBaseII and Supercalc.You can run your own version of CP/M using an affordable Raspberry Pi. There seems to be variants out there, but cpumem appears to be a great choice.CPMemu is a CP/M 2.2 emulator running on the Raspberry Pi and on other Linux systems. On the Raspberry Pi CPMemu can be used as a bare metal solution based on the Circle environment….

If you installed PEAR PHP in the last 6 months, you may be infected

Enlarge (credit: Thomas Hawk) Officials with the widely used PHP Extension and Application Repository have temporarily shut down most of their website and are urging users to inspect their systems after discovering hackers replaced the main package manager with a malicious one. “If you have downloaded this go-pear.phar [package manager] in the past six months, you should get a new copy of the same release version from GitHub (pear/pearweb_phars) and compare file hashes,” officials wrote on the site’s blog. “If different, you may have the infected file.” The officials didn’t say when the hack of their Web server occurred or precisely what the malicious version of go-pear.phar did to infected systems. Initial indications, however, look serious. For starters, the advice applies to anyone who has downloaded the package manager in the past six months. That suggests the hack may…

ULX3S: An Open-Source Lattice ECP5 FPGA PCB

The hackers over at Radiona.org, a Zagreb Makerspace, have been hard at work designing the ULX3S, an open-source development board for LATTICE ECP5 FPGAs. This board might help make 2019 the Year of the Hacker FPGA, whose occurrence has been predicted once again after not quite materializing in 2018. Even a quick look at the board and the open-source development surrounding it hints that this time might be different. Bottom side of ULX3S PCBThe ULX3S was developed primarily as an educational tool for undergraduate-level digital logic classes. As such, it falls into the “kitchen sink” category of FPGA boards, which include a comprehensive suite of peripherals and devices for development, as opposed to more bare-bones FPGA breakouts. The board includes 32 MB SDRAM, WiFi via an ESP-32 (supporting over-the-air update), a connector for an SPI OLED display, USB, HDMI, a microSD…

GitHub Free Users Now Get Unlimited Private Repositories

GitHub has always offered free accounts, but users were forced to make their code public. To get private repositories, you had to pay. Now, as TechCrunch reports, “Free GitHub users now get unlimited private projects with up to three collaborators.” From the report: The amount of collaborators is really the only limitation here and there’s no change to how the service handles public repositories, which can still have unlimited collaborators. This feels like a sign of goodwill on behalf of Microsoft, which closed its acquisition of GitHub last October, with former Xamarin CEO Nat Friedman taking over as GitHub’s CEO. Talking about teams, GitHub also today announced that it is changing the name of the GitHub Developer suite to ‘GitHub Pro.’ The company says it’s doing so in order to “help developers better identify the tools they need.” But what’s maybe…