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Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer

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Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important. Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they’ll choose to get involved.

The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.

Four fathers!?!??

Four fathers!?!??

Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family, featuring:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
    • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Raspberry Pi Zero runs Raspbian and all your favourite applications, including Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi. It is available today in the UK from our friends at element14, The Pi Hut and Pimoroni, and in the US from Adafruit and in-store at your local branch of Micro Center. We’ve built several tens of thousands of units so far, and are building more, but we expect demand to outstrip supply for the next little while.

One more thing: because the only thing better than a $5 computer is a free computer, we are giving away a free Raspberry Pi Zero on the front of each copy of the December issue of The MagPi, which arrives in UK stores today. Russell, Rob and the team have been killing themselves putting this together, and we’re very pleased with how it’s turned out. The issue is jam-packed with everything you need to know about Zero, including a heap of project ideas, and an interview with Mike Stimson, who designed the board.

MagPi #40 in all its glory

MagPi #40 in all its glory

If you’re looking for cables to go with your free Zero, head over to the newly revamped Swag Store, where we’re offering a bundle comprising a mini-HDMI and a micro-USB adapter for just £4, or alternatively subscribe and we’ll send you them for free.


Happy hacking!​

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[Steam] Autumn Sale 2015 Megathread | Sale ends December 1st @ 10AM PST


Steam Autumn Sale 2015 - Day 1

Sale runs from November 25th - December 1st.

Prices might not be accurate and will be updated as soon as they are, Steam sales usually take a little time to fully update prices so be patient.

This year deals will remain at the same price for the entire sale, this is a change from previous sales and you should be safe to buy a game at any discount as it'll be that price for the entire sale.

Featured Deals

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Title Disc. $USD $CAD €EUR £GBP AU ($USD) BRL$ Metascore Platform Cards PCGW
Cities: Skylines50%14.9916.4913.9911.4914.9927.9986W/M/LYesNo
Ori and the Blind Forest40%11.9913.1911.998.9911.9922.1988WYesNo
Darkest Dungeon40%11.9911.9911.998.9911.9922.19N/AW/MYesNo
ARK: Survival Evolved40%17.9919.7916.7913.7917.9933.59N/AW/M/LNoNo
Life Is Strange™50%2.492.742.491.992.495.24N/AWYesNo
Endless Legend Collection66%20.3922.6020.3915.2920.3936.03N/AW/MNoNo
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth180%5.996.595.594.595.9911.1972WYesNo
Sword Coast Legends33%26.7926.7926.7921.4326.7952.9362W/M/LNoNo
Ryse: Son of Rome66%10.1911.219.517.8110.1919.0361WYesNo
Assetto Corsa50%24.9927.4922.4917.4924.9945.4985WNoNo
The Talos Principle66%13.5914.9513.5910.1913.5923.7985W/M/LYesNo
The Crew™50%14.9914.9914.9912.4920.4739.9971WNoNo
The Walking Dead75%6.246.995.744.746.2411.4982W/MYesNo
Bound By Flame80%5.996.595.993.995.9911.99N/AWYesNo
The Long Dark45%10.9912.0910.998.2410.9920.34N/AW/M/LNoNo
Shadowrun: Hong Kong50%9.9910.999.997.499.9918.4981W/M/LNoNo
From the Depths60%7.998.797.995.997.9914.79N/AW/M/LNoNo

Franchise Sales

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Title Disc. $USD $CAD €EUR £GBP AU ($USD) BRL$ Metascore Platform Cards PCGW
Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game75%2.492.742.491.993.744.9989WNoNo
Fallout 2: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game75%2.492.742.491.993.744.9986WNoNo
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel75%2.492.742.491.993.744.9982WNoNo
Fallout Classic Collection50%9.9910.999.996.9912.4919.99N/AWNoNo
Fallout 375%2.492.742.492.492.494.9991WNoNo
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition66%6.797.476.795.097.3013.5991WNoNo
Fallout: New Vegas75%2.492.742.492.493.744.9984WNoNo
Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition66%6.797.476.795.096.7913.5984WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Franchise Pack75%42.4642.4632.4627.9660.6889.71N/AWNoNo
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® 3 Gold50%4.994.992.492.494.999.9985WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Vegas 250%4.994.994.993.499.999.9978WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Vegas50%4.994.994.993.499.999.9985WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Lockdown™50%4.994.992.493.494.999.9959WNoNo
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist50%14.9914.999.997.4919.9739.50N/AWNoNo
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory®50%4.994.994.994.999.999.9992WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent®50%4.994.994.994.999.999.9980WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell®50%4.994.992.493.499.999.9991WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier™50%9.999.997.494.9912.4719.9971WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Island Thunder™50%2.492.492.491.992.494.9982WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Desert Siege™50%2.492.492.491.992.494.9982WNoNo
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon®50%4.994.992.493.494.999.9980WNoNo
Tom Clancy's EndWar™50%4.994.994.993.499.999.9968WNoNo
Company of Heroes Franchise Edition75%24.9927.2420.4916.7424.9942.49N/AWNoNo
Company of Heroes 2 - Ardennes Assault75%7.4910.997.494.997.4918.2481WNoNo
Company of Heroes 275%8.7410.997.496.2412.4917.4980W/M/LYesNo
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor75%4.995.493.242.494.988.7470WNoNo
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts75%4.995.493.242.493.738.7487WNoNo
Company of Heroes75%4.995.493.242.494.998.7493WNoNo
Company of Heroes Complete Pack75%9.249.996.244.994.9816.24N/AWNoNo
Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™50%19.9919.9918.4914.9919.9949.5081W/M/LYesNo
Sid Meier's Civilization® V75%7.498.246.994.9917.4911.2490W/M/LYesNo
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition75%12.4913.7411.498.7419.9924.99N/AW/M/LNoNo
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization75%4.995.494.992.494.997.4983W/MNoNo
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword75%2.492.742.491.492.493.7486W/MNoNo
Civilization IV®: Warlords75%1.241.371.24.741.241.9984W/MNoNo
Sid Meier's Civilization® IV75%4.995.494.992.494.997.4994W/MNoNo
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition75%7.498.246.243.747.4911.24N/AW/MNoNo
Sid Meier's Civilization® III Complete75%1.241.371.24.741.241.9990WNoNo

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  • If you notice something off with a deal, let me know either as a PM or in this thread.
  • Thanks to /u/Fafnirical and /u/SquareWheel for making tables possible. Thanks to the GameDeals mods for allowing me to step in to post this and for using most of the summer sale format.

  • Please do not submit individual games as posts during the Steam sale, they will be automatically removed. This will be the one official thread for each day (depending on the need for additional threads). If there is a standout deal you want to share, do so as a comment in this thread.

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it really is less fun when there aren't flash sales to get excited about!
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Superfish 2.0: Now Dell is Breaking HTTPS

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Earlier this year it was revealed that Lenovo was shipping computers preloaded with software called Superfish, which installed its own HTTPS root certificate on affected computers. That in and of itself wouldn't be so bad, except Superfish's certificates all used the same private key. That meant all the affected computers were vulnerable to a “man in the middle” attack in which an attacker could use that private key to eavesdrop on users' encrypted connections to websites, and even impersonate other websites.

Now it appears that Dell has done the same thing [PDF], shipping laptops pre-installed with an HTTPS root certificate issued by Dell, known as eDellRoot. The certificate could allow malicious software or an attacker to impersonate Google, your bank, or any other website. It could also allow an attacker to install malicious code that has a valid signature, bypassing Windows security controls. The security team for the Chrome browser appears to have already revoked the certificate.  People can test if their computer is affected by the bogus certificate by following this link

Ars Technica is reporting that at least two models of Dell laptop have been confirmed to contain the rogue certificate, but the actual number is possibly much higher.

The same certificate appears to be installed in every affected Dell machine, which would enable an attacker to compromise every affected Dell user if only they had the private key which Dell used to create the certificate. Fortunately attackers (and unfortunately for Dell's customers), Dell included that key on all the affected laptops as well. The result is that anyone with an affected Dell laptop could use it to create a valid HTTPS certificate for any other affected Dell laptop owner. One security researcher made this test site signed with the Dell certificate to prove that this attack was possible. During the test, the researcher confirmed that Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer all established an encrypted connection to the site with no warnings at all on an affected Dell laptop. Notably the Dell root certificate was also discovered on at least one SCADA system (the type of computer systems used to control industrial equipment, including in power plants, water treatment centers, and factories).

Less than 24 hours after Ars Technica published the story, Dell issued an apology stating:

Customer security and privacy is a top concern and priority for Dell; we deeply regret that this has happened and are taking steps to address it.

The certificate is not malware or adware. Rather, it was intended to provide the system service tag to Dell online support allowing us to quickly identify the computer model, making it easier and faster to service our customers. This certificate is not being used to collect personal customer information. It’s also important to note that the certificate will not reinstall itself once it is properly removed using the recommended Dell process.

Dell has also released an application to uninstall the certificate [exe] and instructions for how to remove the root certificate manually.

While we applaud Dell for responding to this fiasco so quickly, the fact remains that it never should have happened in the first place. The rogue eDellRoot certificate is dated two months after the Superfish debacle happened. Furthermore, Dell used the Superfish debacle to their advantage, promoting the security of their own products. Since Dell clearly knew that installing a root certificate—à la Superfish—was a bad idea, why did they make the exact same blunder?

We hope that other computer manufactures will learn from this fiasco, if they didn't already learn from Lenovo and Superfish. Hardware manufacturers need to realize that installing their own root certificates on consumer machines is dangerous and irresponsible, since it compromises the security of the entire web. If they don't they're guaranteed to keep facing embarrassment and losing the trust of their customers.

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I have been trying to figure out what possible relationship there is between "provid[ing] the system service tag to Dell online support" and "install a whole rogue root certificate on every system shipped". WHA?
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The Lightning Dock is a sleek, versatile iPhone accessory


Apple isn’t promoting it very much, but the company offers an iPhone Lightning Dock. At US$49, it’s not inexpensive, but does offer a sleek, gorgeous little dock that perfectly matches the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The iPhone Lightning Dock is available in four metallic finishes: silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. It can be used to charge and sync not only the 6s and 6s Plus, but any iPhone that has a Lightning connector. Your Apple smartphone sits upright in the dock as it syncs or charges, so it’s great for use on a desktop or countertop.

You can insert and remove your iPhone from the iPhone Lightning Dock even when your smartphone is in an Apple-designed case (third party cases may or may not allow docking). Plus, you can unlock your iPhone or use Touch ID without having to remove it from the dock.

To use the iPhone Lightning Dock, you connect it to your computer with the USB cable to sync your iPhone and charge its battery. You’ll have to use the cable that came with your iPhone, as the Lightning Dock doesn’t come with one. You connect the dock to an electrical outlet using the Apple USB Power Adapter (also included with your iPhone) to charge the battery.

With your iPhone in the dock, it’s easy to listen and talk during speakerphone calls. You can connect your headphones to the dock so you can listen to music while you sync and charge. And you can connect the dock to powered speakers or a stereo using a 3.5-mm cable (which is —- you guessed it — sold separately) to play music and podcasts from your iPhone.

If you rarely need an iPhone dock for anything but charging, the Lightning Dock is probably overkill. Heck, you don’t need a dock at all; just use the cable and power adapter that came with your iPhone. If, however, you need a versatile dock, the Lightning Dock offers more than the basic options — and looks good while doing it.

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hm looks like a fair amount of torque is applied at the connector interface. But Apple knows what the connectors are designed to take...
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I love that for 50$ you don't get a spare lightning cable. That is just greedy.
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A transient home-directory?

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For the past few years all my important work has been stored in git repositories. Thanks to the mr tool I have a single configuration file that allows me to pull/maintain a bunch of repositories with ease.

Having recently wiped & reinstalled a pair of desktop systems I'm now wondering if I can switch to using a totally transient home-directory.

The basic intention is that:

  • Every time I login "rm -rf $HOME/*" will be executed.

I see only three problems with this:

  • Every time I login I'll have to reclone my "dotfiles", passwords, bookmarks, etc.
  • Some programs will need their configuration updated, post-login.
  • SSH key management will be a pain.

My dotfiles contain my my bookmarks, passwords, etc. But they don't contain setup for GNOME, etc.

So there might be some configuration that will become annoying - For example I like "Ctrl-Alt-t" to open a new gnome-terminal command. That's configured on each new system I login to the first time.

My images/videos/books are all stored beneath /srv and not in my home directory - so the only thing I'll be losing is program configuration, caches, and similar.

Ideally I'd be using a smartcard for my SSH keys - but I don't have one - so for the moment I might just have to rsync them into place, but that's grossly bad.

I'll be interesting to see how well this works out, but I see a potential gain in portability and discipline at the very least.

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"My dotfiles contain my my bookmarks, passwords, etc. But they don't contain setup for GNOME, etc."

reasons modern desktop environments are broken part 97: apparently you can't control their configurations just by putting dotfiles in git !?
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You can't? I've been keeping configs for parts of KDE in a git repo for years. They're simple .ini files. Not sure if this is still the case in KDE5, but it works find in versions <= 4
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Maybe it's a sequencing issue? If you put your home directory dotfiles in place only after logging in, they don't take effect until next login? something like that.
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