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Pulseway Announces Release of Pulseway 6.0, Feral Interactive's Life Is Strange 2 Coming to Linux in 2019, Fedora 29 Achieves "Flicker-Free" Boot Experience, Red Hat's Satellite 6.4 Now Available and Stratis 1.0 Is Out

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News briefs for October 2, 2018.

Pulseway recently announced the release of Pulseway 6.0. This new version, known as Pulseway Scale, "empowers IT professionals to remotely monitor and manage IT systems with thousands of endpoints from a smartphone or tablet—anytime, anywhere—and easily take corrective action before clients are impacted". New capabilities include a new organization structure, simplified and faster deployment, seamless collaboration, enhanced agent security, and antivirus and OS patch management. For more info, visit https://www.pulseway.com/new.

Feral Interactive's Life Is Strange 2 is coming to Linux and macOS in 2019. This narrative adventure game is the next installment of 2015's BAFTA Award-winning Life Is Strange, originally developed by DONTNOD Entertainment and published by Square Enix on Windows and console. You can view the trailer here.

Fedora 29 has achieved a "flicker-free" boot experience. According to Phoronix, this was accomplished by "preserving the EFI frame-buffer and any initial system PC/motherboard logo all the way until fading to the GDM log-in screen for the desktop. This has required changes so the EFI frame-buffer wouldn't be messed up when the kernel starts, changes to the Plymouth boot handling, hiding the GRUB boot menu, and also making use of the Intel driver's 'fastboot' option that eliminates unnecessary mode-set operations."

Red Hat yesterday announced Satellite 6.4, "the latest version of Red Hat's infrastructure management solution", at AnsibleFest Austin. With this version, Red Hat Satellite will now "be enhanced with a deeper integration with Red Hat Ansible Automation technology for an automation-centric approach to IT management".

Stratis 1.0 was released last week. After two years of development, "Stratis 1.0 has stabilized its on-disk metadata format and command-line interface, and is ready for more widespread testing and evaluation by potential users. Stratis is implemented as a daemon—stratisd—as well as a command-line configuration tool called stratis, and works with Linux kernel versions 4.14 and up".

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Shall We Study Amazon's Pricing Together?

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by Doc Searls

Is it possible to figure out how we're being profiled online?

This past July, I spent a quality week getting rained out in a series of brainstorms by alpha data geeks at the Pacific Northwest BI & Analytics Summit in Rogue River, Oregon. Among the many things I failed to understand fully there was how much, or how well, we could know about how the commercial sites and services of the online world deal with us, based on what they gather about us, on the fly or over time, as we interact with them.

The short answer was "not much". But none of the experts I talked to said "Don't bother trying." On the contrary, the consensus was that the sums of data gathered by most companies are (in the words of one expert) "spaghetti balls" that are hard, if not possible, to unravel completely. More to my mission in life and work, they said it wouldn't hurt to have humans take some interest in the subject.

In fact, that was pretty much why I was invited there, as a Special Guest. My topic was "When customers are in full command of what companies do with their data—and data about them". As it says at that link, "The end of this story...is a new beginning for business, in a world where customers are fully in charge of their lives in the marketplace—both online and off: a world that was implicit in both the peer-to-peer design of the Internet and the nature of public markets in the pre-industrial world."

Obviously, this hasn't happened yet.

This became even more obvious during a break when I drove to our AirBnB nearby. By chance, my rental car radio was tuned to a program called From Scurvy to Surgery: The History Of Randomized Trials. It was an Innovation Hub interview with Andrew Leigh, Ph.D. (@ALeighMP), economist and member of the Australian Parliament, discussing his new book, Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World (Yale University Press, 2018). At one point, Leigh reported that "One expert says, 'Every pixel on Amazon's home page has had to justify its existence through a randomized trial.'"

I thought, Wow. How much of my own experience of Amazon has been as a randomized test subject? And can I possibly be in anything even remotely close to full charge of my own life inside Amazon's vast silo?

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