ReHacked vol. 194: One-Kilometer Residential Complex in Rome, Windows Update on Windows XP, Vista, Server 2008, 2003, and 2000, The Longest Ever Flight and more

ReHacked vol. 194: One-Kilometer Residential Complex in Rome, Windows Update on Windows XP, Vista, Server 2008, 2003, and 2000, The Longest Ever Flight and more
Corviale, a One-Kilometer Residential Complex in Rome. © Flickr user 0000ff, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Jack Ma flees tech crackdown to Tokyo in twilight of neoliberalism - Nikkei Asia #politics #world

It's been two years since Ma incurred the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party with a daring comment.

At a financial conference in Shanghai in the autumn of 2020, the outspoken billionaire assailed Chinese regulators. "Good innovation is not afraid of regulation," he said.

Ma has not been seen in public since.

There were rumors that he had been placed under surveillance by Chinese authorities and had been unable to leave the country freely.

But Ma apparently has been living in Tokyo for nearly half a year.

Corviale, a One-Kilometer Residential Complex in Rome | ArchDaily #architecture #urbanism #history

The Corviale housing complex, located in the south-western periphery of Rome, was designed in the 1970s as a solution to the growing number of dormitory districts in the Roman suburbs, caused by the significant population increase between the 1950s and 1970s - when the population grew from approximately 1.6 million to 2.7 million inhabitants - followed by suburban sprawl.

The project, also known as Serpentone because of its huge proportions, was developed by a team of architects under the leadership of Mario Fiorentino between 1972 and 1974. Construction took place between 1973 and 1982, but the original plan to use the fourth floor of the main building for commercial uses, services, and common areas, was dropped because the contractor went bankrupt. The floor was eventually taken over by informal settlements, and this event is considered to be the root of the problems with this emblematic project in the history of housing in Italy.

Legacy Update: Fix Windows Update on Windows XP, Vista, Server 2008, 2003, and 2000 #software

This is a community-run resource to help you fix the Windows Update service on earlier versions of Windows.

Since Windows XP was discontinued in 2014, followed by Windows 7 in 2020, Microsoft’s support for their earlier OSes has significantly dwindled. As XP and earlier don’t officially support modern security improvements, such as the SHA256 hash algorithm required by modern SSL and Authenticode certificates as of 2019, much of the internet has become inaccessible to these devices. Adding insult to injury, Microsoft actively removed many downloads for XP and earlier versions in 2020. In effect, working with these OSes is now incredibly difficult.

Windows Update provides many optional and recommended updates, in addition to drivers for your system, but Windows XP and 2000 can only install critical security updates through the built-in Automatic Updates feature. Legacy Update revives the original Windows Update website - the only way to see and install every update available for your system.

Use a laptop as a 2nd display on Linux using FreeRDP #software #hardware

Dual monitors using a laptop as a second display. This guide assumes that you are using a Debian based distro (X11 only). Both devices must be connected to the same network.

China bans AI-generated media without watermarks | Ars Technica #ai #copyrights

China's Cyberspace Administration recently issued regulations prohibiting the creation of AI-generated media without clear labels, such as watermarks—among other policies—reports The Register. The new rules come as part of China's evolving response to the generative AI trend that has swept the tech world in 2022, and they will take effect on January 10, 2023.

In China, the Cyberspace Administration oversees the regulation, oversight, and censorship of the Internet. Under the new regulations, the administration will keep a closer eye on what it calls "deep synthesis" technology.

The Longest Ever Flight Was Over 64 Days In A Cessna 172 | Hackaday #history #interesting

Often, when we think of long-endurance flights, our first thoughts jump to military operations. Big planes with highly-trained crew will fly for long periods, using air-to-air refuelling to stay aloft for extended periods.

However, many of the longest duration flights have been undertaken as entirely civilian operations. The longest of all happened to be undertaken by that most humble of aircraft, the Cessna 172. From December 1958 to February 1959, Bob Timm and John Cook set out to make history. The duo remained aloft for a full 64 days, 22 hours and 19 minutes, setting a record that stands to this day.

Doors of McMurdo #interesting #longread #photo

Chronicles and interesting stories from the Antarctic station of McMurdo.

Mars Now | Explore – NASA Mars Exploration #space

This visualization shows the current location and communication activity of all operating landers, rovers and orbiters at Mars that transmit data to Earth via NASA’s Mars Relay Network.

Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch’s composer on Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and more, dies aged 85 | Music | The Guardian #promemoria #music #history

Angelo Badalamenti, the acclaimed composer who created haunting music for David Lynch projects including Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive, has died at the age of 85.

Badalamenti died on Sunday of natural causes, surrounded by family at his New Jersey home, his niece told the Hollywood Reporter.

Lynch and Badalamenti would become close friends and collaborators, working together on Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Lost Highway, The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive. Badalamenti also appeared on screen as the coffee-loving gangster Luigi Castigliane in Mulholland Drive, and played piano with Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet.

Joshua Topolsky: "If you’re wondering about Mast…" - Mastodon #internet #socialnetworks

If you’re wondering about Mastodon’s impact, Twitter is now automatically marking links to mastodon as “sensitive” (aka dangerous) and forcing users who get them to “appeal” the claim. In case Elon didn’t seem desperate enough for you already…

Shipwreck discovered at the bottom of Norway’s largest lake – possibly 700 years old #history

Possibly a medieval shipwreck. The ship is about ten metres long – it’s possible that it originally was a bit longer – and 2,5 metres wide. This places it somewhere in between the categories of a large boat or a ship, according to Ødegård.

At one end, it looks as though the strakes are no longer fastened properly to the ship, which indicates that the iron nails fastening them have probably begun to rust and disintegrate.

“This tells us that the ship has probably been at the bottom of Mjøsa for a while,” Ødegård says.

The Norwegian newspaper VG excitedly announced for a brief time that the archaeologists had discovered a Viking ship, but this is not the case.

Who Really Invented the Thumb Drive? - IEEE Spectrum #hardware #history

In 2000, at a trade fair in Germany, an obscure Singapore company called Trek 2000 unveiled a solid-state memory chip encased in plastic and attached to a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector. The gadget, roughly the size of a pack of chewing gum, held 8 megabytes of data and required no external power source, drawing power directly from a computer when connected. It was called the ThumbDrive.

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