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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19689554
Posted by mariuz (karma: 8554)
Post stats: Points: 87 - Comments: 91 - 2019-04-18T08:18:33Z
#HackerNews #1904 #exhaustive #the #update #xubuntu
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In the past, Roku seemed to be more of a neutral platform compared with streaming media player rivals like Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. The company gave everyone else’s content equal footing through…
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19618541
Posted by e1ven (karma: 11846)
Post stats: Points: 91 - Comments: 65 - 2019-04-09T20:19:48Z
#HackerNews #after #longer #neutral #platform #roku #todays #update
In the past, Roku seemed to be more of a neutral platform compared with streaming media player rivals like Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. The company gave everyone else’s content equal footing through its add-on channels and in Roku search, as it had nothing of its own to promote. That’s changing with the rollout of Roku OS 9.1, beginning today. The update adds a feature that automatically plays back The Roku Channel’s movies and TV shows at times; another that better showcases the channel’s free content in genre-focused searches; and one that introduces a new navigation menu with offers for other Roku products.
These features arrive alongside other changes, like a new guest mode and easier sign-in to subscriptions.
Among the more innocuous changes are the new guest mode and automatic account linking.
Roku in January first announced an “auto sign out mode,” which allowed guests to sign into subscription channels using their own accounts instead of the Roku owner’s credentials. And guests could specify when their credentials would expire on that device — a useful feature in particular for Airbnb operators. Today, “auto sign out mode” is being rebranded as “guest mode,” and can now be enabled or disabled on select devices. It also now allows Roku owners to sign out the guests themselves.
Meanwhile, Roku is making it easier for customers who move to set up new Roku devices by addressing one of the bigger headaches: logging in again to all your streaming account subscriptions. With Automatic Account Link, Roku users won’t have to re-enter their credentials when activating a new Roku player or Roku TV — the subscription data will simply copy over from their existing account.
At launch, this feature is supported on less than 10 subscriptions, including Pandora and Sling TV. But Roku says more are in the works.
More notably are the changes Roku is introducing today that will see it promoting its own content and products to users.
For starters, a change to Roku Search (currently only in the U.S.) is now organizing content more visually.
When users search for a genre like “comedy” or “action,” the content is displayed in a more Netflix-like fashion with larger image thumbnails and rows you scroll through horizontally. However, Roku has decided to organize content by type instead of, say, subsets of “comedy” or “action,” or whatever genre was being searched.
So while a service like Netflix lets you drill down into genres (e.g. Romantic Comedy, Action Comedy, Family Comedy, TV Comedy, etc.), Roku instead is organizing search results by whether the content is free, subscription, on-demand or 4K.
That’s not really an issue — in fact, it can be useful — but it’s worth noting that the second row from the top is “free.” Not surprisingly, this points users to the free, ad-supported content from The Roku Channel alongside other free sources.
That’s similar to how a search for “free” works on Roku today, but Roku OS 9.1 is giving free content more visibility by giving it a prominent spot in the now more visual, genre-based searches, too.
With Voice Search, however, The Roku Channel gets its biggest push yet.
With Roku OS 9.1, when you search for movies and TV shows using your voice, content available on The Roku Channel that matches those results will automatically begin playing in some scenarios. That includes The Roku Channel’s ad-supported fare as well as content from any of the premium subscriptions you have through The Roku Channel.
“Playback will occur when the movie or show is available only in The Roku Channel, or when a customer specifically indicates the channel name in their voice command,” writes Roku, in a blog post.
The company even acknowledges that this product change introduces a bit of favoritism into its previously unbiased search platform.
“If playback from a voice command is not available for a specific movie or show, you’ll continue to see unbiased search results ordered by price, so you can choose the best viewing option,” the company says, detailing how voice search works when The Roku Channel can’t be favored.
It’s not exactly a huge disservice to customers to start playing a title from the only available source for their request. But it is a way to juice views of The Roku Channel content instead of allowing users to choose to rent or buy the title elsewhere.
Today, voice search kicks users over to a search results list where users see all the options for streaming a title, which includes The Roku Channel, when available, as well as places where the movie or show can be purchased or rented. Those who don’t like ads often choose to buy or rent, rather than stream a free, ad-supported version. The 9.1 update makes this choice more difficult because titles autoplay.
Roku says other channels will gain automatic playback in the weeks ahead, which will work best when a customer says the full title and the channel name in the voice command.
Along with autoplaying some voice search results, Roku is adding voice commands: “replay” to go back a few seconds; “turn closed captions on/off; and “turn display off” for Roku TVs that offer the Fast TV Start feature.
Roku TV models will also receive the Automatic Volume Leveling feature that arrived to Roku players in Roku OS 9.
Another Roku OS 9.1 feature will advertise more Roku products to users through a My Offers link that appears in the left navigation menu of the Roku home screen.
Here, users can check to see if they’re eligible for special discounts on Roku products, accessories or — yep, even content subscriptions. The link appears when those personalized discounts are available, and users can make a purchase directly from the ad itself using their remote.
Roku OS 9.1 is rolling out as a software update to select Roku streaming players today (a full list is in the release notes), and will reach all supported players in the coming weeks. Roku TV models are expected to receive the update in early summer.
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The researchers estimate half a million #Windows machines received the malicious #backdoor through the ASUS #update server, although the attackers appear to have been targeting only about 600 of those systems. The malware searched for targeted systems through their unique MAC addresses. Once on a system, if it found one of these targeted addresses, the malware reached out to a command-and-control server the attackers operated, which then installed additional #malware on those machines....
This is not the first time attackers have used trusted software updates to infect systems....
The attackers used two different ASUS digital certificates to sign their malware. The first expired in mid-2018, so the attackers then switched to a second legitimate ASUS #certificate to sign their malware after this.
Trust nobody and certificates are useless without #security.
#fail #warning #cybercrime #news #economy #computer #wtf
- #Hackers #Hijacked #Updates #Install #Backdoors #Computers
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19443925
Posted by SamuelAdams (karma: 366)
Post stats: Points: 265 - Comments: 250 - 2019-03-20T16:39:22Z
#HackerNews #after #again #barriers #drives #fine #months #software #tesla #update #working
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Linux 5.0 ist da: Geschwindigkeit zurückerobern und moderner speichern | c't Magazin
Linux 5.0 ist da: Geschwindigkeit zurückerobern und moderner speichern
Don't think this whole thing is just a flash in the pan, because it's not. I can't sustain the blitz of last weekend's rebel postings. That was the summation of a long term plan and a weeks nights on the GIMP doing the #ArtHarder to produce graphics. Even though the frequency of Rebel postings might slow a little, rest assured this alliance is here to stay and will remain a permanent addition to the diaspora* landscape. Slow and steady is the pace.
As expected, the opposition has been relentless but we are thankful for our many supporters, both overt and covert. You know who you are. ;) I appreciate you all, when things seem dark and I start to feel demoralized, you guys lift me up and give me hope. I am eternally grateful for that. The opposition posts reek of desperation, and their talking points are tired and redundant. Our future is looking bright.
In the near future there are more rebel posts planned. I intend to release a bunch of the badges and flags I've made as CC creative commons, so that the d* community can freely use them. Also I am noticing a lot of the same comments and questions are being repeatedly asked, so I plan on putting together a Rebel Alliance FAQ post.
So stay tuned true believers, there is much more to come.
#Thanks #Appreciation #Gratitude #Perseverance #Network #SocialMedia #Federation #Community #GrassRoots #Public #Pub #Freedom #FC #FreedomClub #Motivational #Hope #NeverGiveUp #NoSurrender #qotd #uncleTed #Inspiration #Gunday #SKS
We announced our React Native Open Source roadmap in Q4 2018 after deciding to invest more in the React Native open source…
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19286335
Posted by cpojer (karma: 1285)
Post stats: Points: 134 - Comments: 51 - 2019-03-01T23:32:48Z
#HackerNews #native #open #react #source #update
We announced our React Native Open Source roadmap in Q4 2018 after deciding to invest more in the React Native open source community.
For our first milestone, we focused on identifying and improving the most visible aspects of our community. Our goals were to reduce outstanding pull requests, reduce the projectʼs surface area, identify leading user problems, and establish guidelines for community management.
In the past two months, we made more progress than we expected. Read on for more details:
In order to build a healthy community, we must respond quickly to code contributions. In past years, we de-prioritized reviewing community contributions and accumulated 280 pull requests (December 2018). In the first milestone, we reduced the number of open pull requests to ~65. Simultaneously, the average number of pull requests opened per day increased from 3.5 to 7 which means we have handled about 600 pull requests in the last three months.
We merged almost two-thirds and closed one-third of the pull requests. They were closed without being merged if they are obsolete or low quality, or if they unnecessarily increase the projectʼs surface area. Most of the merged pull requests fixed bugs, improved cross-platform parity, or introduced new features. Notable contributions include improving type safety and the ongoing work to support AndroidX.
At Facebook, we run React Native from master, so we test all changes first before they make it into a React Native Release. Out of all the merged pull requests, only six caused issues: four only affected internal development and two were caught in the release candidate state.
One of the more visible community contributions was the updated “RedBox” screen. Itʼs a good example of how the community is making the developer experience friendlier.
React Native currently has a very wide surface area with many unmaintained abstractions that we do not use a lot at Facebook. We are working on reducing the surface area in order to make React Native smaller and allow the community to take better care of abstractions that are mostly unused used at Facebook.
In the first milestone, we asked the community for help on the Lean Core project. The response was overwhelming and we could barely keep up with all the progress. Check out all the work completed in less than a month!
What we are most excited about is that maintainers have jumped in fixing long standing issues, adding tests, and supporting long requested features. These modules are getting more support than they ever did within React Native, showing that this is a great step for the community. Examples of such projects are WebView that has received many pull requests since their extraction and the CLI that is now maintained by members of the community and received much needed improvements and fixes.
Leading User Problems
In December, we asked the community what they disliked about React Native. We aggregated the responses and replied to each and every problem. Fortunately, many of the issues that our community faces are also problems at Facebook. In our next milestone, we plan to address some of the main problems.
One of the highest voted problems was the developer experience of upgrading to newer versions of React Native. Unfortunately, this is not something that we experience ourselves because we run React Native from master. Thankfully, members from the community already stepped up to address this problem:
Without the help of the React Native community, especially Mike Grabowski and Lorenzo Sciandra, we would not be able to ship releases. We want to improve the release management process and plan to be more involved from now on:
* We will work with community members to create a blog post for each major release. * We will show breaking changes directly in the CLI when people upgrade to new versions. * We will reduce the time it takes to make a release. We are exploring ways to increase automated testing and also creating an improved manual test plan.
For the next two months, we will continue managing pull requests to stay on track while also starting to reduce the number of outstanding GitHub issues. We will continue reducing the surface area of React Native through the Lean Core project. We plan to address 5 of the top community problems. As we finalize the community guidelines, we will turn attention to our website and documentation.
We are very excited to host over ten contributors from our community at Facebook London in March to help drive several of these efforts. We are glad that you are using React Native and hope that youʼll see and feel the improvements we are working on in 2019. Weʼll be back with another update in a few months and will be merging your pull requests in the meantime! ⚛️✌️
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