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Looking for laptop w/ content-creating suitable screen [<700€]

First, thanks a lot in advance! Here's the form:

  • Total budget and country of purchase: 700€ max
  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Best specs.
  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Do not care.
  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Whatever, I'll install Linux and Win if needed.
  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 15.6+ preferred, but I can go with smaller if it's at least 1080p.
  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. In order of relevance: Graphic Design, Motion Design, Video Editing, Light Gaming.
  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Content creating acceptable IPS display.
  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. SSD as boot, can be 128GB, preferrably with second drive slot to expand in the future. 8GB RAM minimum, 16GB preferred or at least the option to add another stick later on.
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Gas jets make beautiful lens for light we can’t normally focus

Ars Technica - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:30

Enlarge (credit: Shal Farley)

I try not to write about optics too often because, well, I love optics, but no one else does. Unfortunately for you, I can’t resist the subject.

If you turn over your cell phone, you will find the lens on your camera. This is what lets the camera create a nice image. But for light in the wavelength range of 1-100nm (called the extreme ultraviolet), lenses don’t work. Or, rather, that was the accepted wisdom until now. But that wisdom will change, as researchers have shown how to make a lens for extreme ultraviolet radiation.

Lenses don’t work? You need your eyes checked

Lenses are basically a curved surface of a material in which light moves at a different speed. When light hits the material of a glass lens, for example, it slows down (by about 30 percent)—this is the effect of the refractive index of the material. Since the lens is curved, the light at the edge of the lens gets to travel that little bit further before it slows down, putting it ahead of light that is near the center of the lens.

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KStars v3.0.0 Now Available, Malware Targeting IoT Devices Is Growing, Enhanced Privacy Settings for Mozilla's Latest Firefox Focus, Coreboot 4.9 Released and Pivotal Announces Pivotal Cloud Foundry Platform Version 2.4

Linux Journal - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:30

News briefs for December 21, 2018.

KStars v3.0.0 was released today after four months of development. Jasem's Ekosphere blog post lists all the new features including the XPlanet Solar System View developed by Robert Lancaster, significant improvements to FITS viewer GUI, scheduler improvements and more.

Malware targeting IoT devices is growing. BetaNews reports that according to McAfee Labs, "new malware targeting IoT devices grew 72 percent with total malware growing 203 percent in the last four quarters". The growth is partly attributed to devices being harnessed for cryptomining. See the McAfee Labs Threats Report, December 2018 for all the details.

Mozilla announces the latest release of Firefox Focus, introducing enhanced privacy settings. According to the Mozilla blog, "You can choose to block all cookies on a website, no cookies at all—the default so far—third party cookies or only 3rd party tracking cookies as defined by Disconnect's Tracking Protection list. If you go with the latter option, which is new to Firefox Focus and also the new default, cross-site tracking will be prevented." You can get the latest version of Firefox Focus from Google Play and in the App Store.

Coreboot 4.9 was released this week sporting more than 2,600 changes and ports to 56 new motherboards. According to Phoronix, Coreboot 4.9 "features a number of code clean-ups to the different motherboard ports and all over, the Coreboot documentation is now hosted within the repository, the Intel FSP binaries are now integrated within the build system, and a number of older boards have been deprecated". See the release notes for more details.

Pivotal yesterday announced the release of version 2.4 of its Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform, which is a commercial distribution, based on the open-source Cloud Foundry project. New to this version, according to eWeek is "zero downtime updates for application deployments, enabling organizations to roll out upgrades without downtime. PCF 2.4 also introduces a new compliance scanner in beta that will enable organizations to validate that the configuration of PCF deployments meets best practices".

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Old Beyoncé and SZA tracks briefly popped up on streaming services

Engadget - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:30
A couple of previously unseen albums under the name "Queen Carter" have popped up on Apple Music and Spotify. It wasn't another surprise album launch, though -- the fact that it didn't happen on Tidal was kinda telling -- it was a leak. The two ten-t...

Vmware addict / "gamer"

Need some suggestions for a potential new laptop.

My ROG752VT kicked the bucket and Asus being the champs they are asked me USD 1000 to replace a 970m based motherboard.

I use vmware, a lot. But I also like gaming a bit but then not the heavy stuff. I have 32GB DDR4 from the broken Asus so if I can stick that into a new machine I'd be super happy.

I think 1050ti is on par with 970m and maybe better? The 1060 grabs my fancy a lot, but it tends to shoot through the USD 1000 mark and I'm not in the States so that threshold gets inflated a lot.

Also something that doesn't look like a teenager's laptop would go some way.

USD 1k. Help. Me. Please.

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