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Paul Johnson: Dear Drupalists I need your help

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Those who know me will be well aware that I am both a passionate cyclist. Last June I wrote a blog about cycling. It told the dreadfully sad tale of a cyclist who died close to my home following a road traffic incident. In just 24 hours the post had over 10,000 reads. This triggered me to take positive action, the result of which is my campaign "BeyondACyclist", which has backing and support from CyclingUK.

A totally volunteer effort (entirely inspired by my work with Drupal) BeyondACyclist has a groundswell of support and active participation from the likes of Three Degrees West film company, Cheshire Fire Service, Cheshire East Council, West Midlands Police, Christie Hospital, composer Brian Lane, script writer Craig Roderick (Southpaw Agency) and Phil Jones MBE Managing Director - Brother UK to name but a few. Plans are in advanced stages to produce an ambitious cinema quality short film, supporting studio portraits and action photography, social media campaign and distribution across a variety of mediums.

Why I am reaching out to you the Drupal community

Within the next few months we will have the film completed. But there is a final missing link. I need a website designed, built and themed to drive traffic towards. A site to serve as central focal point for all campaign activity. The place where all traffic will arrive be that from TV news, print media, social or offline. I cannot do all of this alone. I already have a lot on my plate!

I'm hoping someone in the Drupal community will be reading right now and feel this is a cause they would like to get involved with. Obviously Drupal 8, it will be high traffic as I have built excellent relations with media outlets including TV, print and social. And this is a global issue. In Ireland, across USA, Australia there are currently hot news stories about cycle safety and sadly more deaths. So don't think being outside the UK is a blocker, no.

I anticipate needing 2-3 individuals to complete the task - Designer, Site builder or Site builder and Themer (as separate roles). If you would like to discuss the idea further or are just plain interested in getting involved please use my contact form to reach me. And thank you in advance. Paul.

Salt Makes You Hungry, Not Thirsty, Study Says

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wisebabo writes: Salty diet makes you hungry, not thirsty. Science Daily reports: "In a study carried out during a simulated mission to Mars, an international group of scientists has found exactly the opposite to be true. 'Cosmonauts' who ate more salt retained more water, weren't as thirsty, and needed more energy." So if you don't want to gain weight on your trip to Mars, don't eat salty chips. If you don't want to gain weight at home, maybe you should stay away from them as well. From the report: "The studies were carried out by Natalia Rakova (MD, PhD) of the Charite and MDC and her colleagues. The subjects were two groups of 10 male volunteers sealed into a mock spaceship for two simulated flights to Mars. The first group was examined for 105 days; the second over 205 days. They had identical diets except that over periods lasting several weeks, they were given three different levels of salt in their food. The results confirmed that eating more salt led to a higher salt content in urine -- no surprise there. Nor was there any surprise in a correlation between amounts of salt and overall quantity of urine. But the increase wasn't due to more drinking -- in fact, a salty diet caused the subjects to drink less. Salt was triggering a mechanism to conserve water in the kidneys."

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User-Made Patch Lets Owners of Next-Gen CPUs Install Updates On Windows 7 & 8.1

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: GitHub user Zeffy has created a patch that removes a limitation that Microsoft imposed on users of 7th generation processors, a limit that prevents users from receiving Windows updates if they still use Windows 7 and 8.1. This limitation was delivered through Windows Update KB4012218 (March 2017 Patch Tuesday) and has made many owners of Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Bristol Ridge CPUs very angry last week, as they weren't able to install any Windows updates. Microsoft's move was controversial, but the company did its due diligence, and warned customers of its intention since January 2016, giving users enough time to update to Windows 10, move to a new OS, or downgrade their CPU, if they needed to remain on Windows 7 or 8.1 for various reasons. When the April 2017 Patch Tuesday came around last week, GitHub user Zeffy finally had the chance to test four batch scripts he created in March, after the release of KB4012218. His scripts worked as intended by patching Windows DLL files, skipping the CPU version check, and delivering updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 computers running 7th generation CPUs.

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Halium is an Open Source Project Working Towards a Common Base for Non-Android Mobile Operating Systems

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The xda-developers blog looks at Project Halium. "This open-source project is trying to pool developers from Ubuntu Touch ports, Sailfish OS community developers, the open webOS Lune OS project, and KDE Plasma Mobile contributors, among other developers (Jolla, we suspect) to put an end to the fragmentation seen in their respective project’s lower-level base. Currently, Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS/Mer, Plasma Mobile, and others use different Android source trees and methods for differently-built stacks. This leads to a lot of fragmentation among the most popular non-Android, GNU/Linux-based mobile OS projects in their use of the Android source tree, how the Android init is started, and how images are flashed to the device. Many of these projects essentially do the same job, but in a different way." The goal of Halium is to work towards a common Linux base, which can be used by all of these different projects.

Malaysia Air Is First Airline to Track Fleet With Satellites

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From a report: Malaysia Air, which lost a wide-body jet with 239 people aboard three years ago in one of history's most enduring aviation mysteries, has become the first airline to sign an agreement for space-based flight tracking of its aircraft. The subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System Bhd reached a deal with Aireon LLC, SITAONAIR and FlightAware LLC to enable it to monitor the flight paths of its aircraft anywhere in the world including over the polar regions and the most remote oceans, according to an emailed press release from Aireon. Aireon is launching a new satellite network with Iridium Communications Inc. that will allow it to monitor air traffic around the globe. It's projected to be completed in 2018. Most international flights are already transmitting their position with technology known as ADS-B and the signals can be tracked from the ground or space. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has already installed a ground-based tracking system for ADS-B. "Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community," Malaysia Chief Operating Officer Izham Ismail said in the release. "We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution."

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Hook 42: Baltimore!! We're Excited!

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We're all thrilled to be heading to Baltimore soon for DrupalCon!

The Hook 42 team is on their way to the historic city of Baltimore. Its early days helped shape the narrative of America. This year it hosts DrupalCon North America and perhaps it will share a role in shaping the future of Drupal.

The team is excited to share what they are looking forward to, not only at DrupalCon, but also what the city might have in store for them during their down time.

Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users

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Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free. From a report: iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free. Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.

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Platform.sh: Free SSL certificates for every project & every environment

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Free SSL certificates for every project & every environment Crell Tue, 04/18/2017 - 19:16 New Features

At Platform.sh, we believe that all websites deserve to be secure, fast, and feature-rich, and that it should be easy to have all three. Secure has always meant that a site is encrypted using SSL, which is why we’ve never charged for an SSL certificate. Fast means using HTTP/2, which we added support for earlier this year, but most browsers only support HTTP/2 over SSL. And feature-rich means allowing the full range of newer web functionality such as geolocation, access to media devices, or notifications, many of which browsers are now only permitting over SSL connections. You know what? The modern web only works properly with SSL so let’s cut out the middleman. Let’s Encrypt everything.

We’re happy to announce automatic support for Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates on every production site on Platform.sh Professional, at no charge.

Starting today for all new projects, on every deploy we will automatically provision and install an SSL certificate for you using the free Let’s Encrypt service. You don’t have to do anything. It will just be there.

For existing projects, we're bringing that functionality online in batches to avoid overwhelming the Let's Encrypt servers. We expect to finish getting through them all within the next few weeks. If you're about to bring a site live and want to make sure you get Let's Encrypt functionality before that, just file a support ticket and we'll bump you to the front of the line.

Wait, what does this mean for my site?

If you currently just have HTTP routes defined in your routes.yaml file, then as of your next deploy HTTPS requests will be served as HTTPS requests rather than being redirected to HTTP. Both will “just work”.

If you want to serve your entire site over HTTPS all the time (and yes, you do), simply change all http:// routes in your routing file to be https://. That will automatically redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS going forward.

See the Routes section of the documentation for more details, but really, there’s not many details beyond that. It just works.

What about Platform.sh Enterprise?

Most Platform.sh Enterprise sites are served through a Content Delivery Network already, in which case the SSL certificate is handled by the CDN. This change has no impact on Platform.sh Enterprise customers.

Neat! So what should I do?

You don’t have to do anything. HTTPS just works now. As above, you can configure your site to use HTTPS exclusively by adding the letter "s" to your routes.yaml file in a few places. (We told you it was easy.)

Of course, now that you know your site will use SSL, you also know it will be using HTTP/2. All SSL-protected sites on Platform.sh use HTTP/2. HTTP/2 is supported by nearly 80% of web browsers in the world. That makes it safe, and a good investment, to start optimizing your site for HTTP/2, layering in HTTP/2-specific capabilities like server push, and so forth.

Secure, fast, feature-rich, and easy. Welcome to Platform.sh!

Larry Garfield 20 Apr, 2017

Introducing Moby Project: a new open-source project to advance the software containerization movement (Docker blog)

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The Docker blog introduces the Moby Project, which aims to advance the software containerization movement. "It provides a “Lego set” of dozens of components, a framework for assembling them into custom container-based systems, and a place for all container enthusiasts to experiment and exchange ideas. Think of Moby as the “Lego Club” of container systems."

Facebook Adds a Login Shortcut To Other Android Apps

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Today at F8, Facebook announced it's giving the developers of third-party Android apps the ability to recognize if you've already linked a service with the social network. Soon when you download or reinstall something like Pinterest, you won't have to wonder what your password is if you've already installed Facebook. The supported app will prompt you to log in via the social network. The social network is also giving third-party developers the opportunity to use Facebook as an account recovery solution for when you forget your password.

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myDropWizard.com: Drupal 6 security update for CCK

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As you may know, Drupal 6 has reached End-of-Life (EOL) which means the Drupal Security Team is no longer doing Security Advisories or working on security patches for Drupal 6 core or contrib modules - but the Drupal 6 LTS vendors are and we're one of them!

Today, there is a Moderately Critical security release for the CCK module to fix an Access Bypass vulnerability.

CCK allows you to add custom fields to any content type.

The Node Reference sub-module had a bug where it could list the node titles of nodes that the user doesn't have access to.

Here you can download the Drupal 6 patch.

If you have a Drupal 6 site using the CCK module, we recommend you update immediately! We have already deployed the patch for all of our Drupal 6 Long-Term Support clients. :-)

If you'd like all your Drupal 6 modules to receive security updates and have the fixes deployed the same day they're released, please check out our D6LTS plans.

Note: if you use the myDropWizard module (totally free!), you'll be alerted to these and any future security updates, and will be able to use drush to install them (even though they won't necessarily have a release on Drupal.org).

Drupal.org blog: What's new on Drupal.org? - March 2017

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Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.

The Drupal Association team is gearing up for DrupalCon Baltimore. We're excited to see you there and we'll presenting a panel giving an update on our work since Dublin, and our plans for the coming months.

Drupal.org updates Project application revamp

As we announced in mid-March, new contributors on Drupal.org can now create full projects and releases! Contributors no longer have to wait in the project application queue for a manual review before they are able to contribute projects.

This is a very significant change in the Drupal contribution landscape, and it's something we approached carefully and will continue to monitor over the coming months. Drupal has always had a reputation for a high quality code, and we want to make sure that reputation is preserved with good security signals, project quality signals, and continued incentives for peer code review.

That said, we're very excited to see how this change opens up Drupal to a wider audience of contributors.

Please note that the removal of project applications to create full projects and releases means a change in the security advisory policy (see below for details).

Security Advisory Opt-in and new Security Signals for Projects Are you responsible for the security of your clients' Drupal sites?

Please note that Drupal's security advisory coverage policy has changed. Security advisory coverage for contributed projects is now only available for projects that have both opted in to receive coverage and made a stable release. You can see which projects have opted in by checking their project pages. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

Because users may now create full projects and releases without opting in to security advisory coverage, it's critically important that we provide good security signals to users evaluating projects on Drupal.org. This is why we've added a security coverage warning to projects that aren't opted in to coverage.

We've also:

2017 Community Elections Update

The 2017 elections for the community-at-large seat on the board were held successfully in March. Drupal Association community board elections are conducted with the Instant Runoff Voting system. This voting methodology requires that voters rank their preferred candidates on their ballot, and we've heard that this system has been somewhat unwieldy in the past.

Each year we try to improve the voter experience and so this year we deployed a new drag-and-drop ballot.

Finally, we want to congratulate our newest board member Ryan Szrama!

Better international datetime support throughout Drupal.org

Drupal.org has grown organically over the course of more than a decade, and as features have been built out they were not always consistent in their display of datetime information. While it sometimes makes sense to have a few different formats for displaying date and time, many of the formats in use were simply arbitrary historical decisions.

As a quality of life improvement, especially for users outside of the USA, we've standardized the datetime format used on Drupal.org. That format is: DD MMM YYYY - hh:mm (UTC±h). For example: 11 Aug 2016 - 16:42 (UTC+8)

DrupalCI CSS Lint check style results

When we implemented coding standards testing in DrupalCI in February we were not able to add CSS Lint testing until the CSSLint configuration file in core was fixed. That issue was fixed in late February and so we added CSSLint to support coding standards testing for CSS at the beginning of March.

Cleaning up coding standards results

The addition of coding standards results to DrupalCI means that Drupal.org is now storing even more test data about the code we test on Drupal.org. Our initial implementation of coding standards testing did not include clean up of older results, and so to preserve database space and testing resources, we implemented some clean-up routines in March. In particular we are now:

  • Cleaning up all results for closed issues
  • For custom one-off tests, keeping results for 30 days to match what is shown on project’s automated testing tab
  • For tests triggered on a schedule or commit, keeping the most recent per-environment per-branch, and keeping anything less than 24h old
Infrastructure Protecting Git services

We experienced some minor Git outages in March, due to malicious authentication attempts. To mitigate these issues in the future, we've implemented fail2ban rules to protect Git authentication. This should improve the stability and uptime of Git services for all developers on Drupal.org.

We want to thank Drupal.org infrastructure volunteer mlhess for his assistance with this.

Community Initiatives Contrib Documentation Migration

New tools for Documentation have been available on Drupal.org for more than half a year. While most of the core documentation has been migrated to the new system, we are still encouraging Contrib maintainers to migrate their docs.

To make it easier for contrib project maintainers to migrate their documentation to the new documentation tools, we've made two improvements:

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As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects. In particular we want to thank:

If you would like to support our work as an individual or an organization, consider becoming a member of the Drupal Association.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

Apple To Launch Three New iPhones This Year: Bloomberg

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Apple is reportedly building three new iPhones, though the one with the most new features might not launch until a couple of months after the others. According to a report on Bloomberg, Apple is testing three new phones that it plans to launch this fall, including two with the same screen sizes as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The third iPhone, which may be named to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone's launch, is said to pack a new design with a stainless steel frame and curved glass. It's said to feature an embedded fingerprint reader and use OLED panels from Samsung and may have a screen that takes up most of the front of the smartphone's face. From the article: Apple also tested a more ambitious prototype with the same slightly curved front and steel frame, but a glass back with more dramatic curves on the top and bottom like the original iPhone design from 2007, one of the people said.

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Facebook Launches Augmented Reality Camera Effects Developer Platform

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From a report: Facebook will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences to its new Camera Effects platform. Later today the first effects will become availabe inside Facebook's Camera feature on smartphones, but the Camera Effects platform is designed to eventually be compatible with future augmented reality hardware such as eyeglasses.

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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Getting Started with Acquia Cloud CD

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The engineers at Acquia recently launched Acquia Cloud CD, a set of developer tools to automatically and continuously assure the quality of Drupal applications on Acquia Cloud.

To help you get started with these powerful tools, Acquia Learning Services has created a task-oriented, hands-on tutorial, to walk you through implementing continuous integration for your Drupal application.

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DrupalCon News: Additional ways to participate in Drupal training

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A week at DrupalCon is a fantastic way to level up your skills and bring new knowledge back to your work. We have had such high interest in these training courses, that many have sold out!  We know there are still people out there who want to learn these valuable skills, and we want to be sure you have that chance, even if it's not at DrupalCon. 

Web Wash: How to Crop Images using Crop API, Image Widget Crop and Focal Point in Drupal 8

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If you’ve done any Drupal site building, I’m sure you’ve experienced this issue. You create an image style with the “Scale and crop” effect and everything is going great until an editor uploads an image with a different aspect ratio. Now instead of images getting cropped correctly, they’re getting cut in half, or the top part is chopped off, and images are not displaying nicely. You could fix this problem by tweaking the image style to handle different aspect ratios, but it’ll never be the perfect solution. The best option is to crop image directly in Drupal, and this is what you’ll learn today. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to avoid these situations by using Crop API. Now, Crop API doesn’t offer any interface on its own; it’s just an API. The two modules that provide an interface are Image Widget Crop and Focal Point. We’ll take a look at these modules in detail, in this tutorial.

AMD Launches Higher Performance Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 Polaris Graphics Cards

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Reader MojoKid writes: In preparation for the impending launch of AMD's next-generation Vega GPU architecture, which will eventually reside at the top of the company's graphics product stack, the company unveiled a refresh of its mainstream graphics card line-up with more-powerful Polaris-based GPUs. The new AMD Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 are built around AMD's Polaris 20 GPU, which is an updated revision of Polaris 10. The Radeon RX 580 features 36 Compute Units, with a total of 2,304 shader processors and boost / base GPU clocks of 1340MHz and 1257MHz, respectively, along with 8GB of GDDR5 over a 256-bit interface. The Radeon RX 580 offers up a total of 6.17 TFLOPs of compute performance with up to 256GB/s of peak memory bandwidth. Though based on the same chip, the Radeon RX 570 has only 32 active CUs and 2048 shader processors. Boost and base reference clocks are 1244MHz and 1168MHz, respectively with 4GB of GDDR5 memory also connected over a 256-bit interface. At reference clocks, the peak compute performance of the Radeon RX 570 is 5.1TFLOPs with 224GB/s of memory bandwidth. In the benchmarks, the AMD Radeon RX 580 clearly outpaced AMD's previous gen Radeon RX 480, and was faster than an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder's Edition card more often than not. It was more evenly matched with factory-overclocked OEM GeForce GTX 1060 cards, however. Expected retail price points are around $245 and $175 for 8GB Radeon RX 580 and 4GB RX 570s cards, though more affordable options will also be available.

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Mikkel Høgh: Why I care about the Drupal drama

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Why I care about the Drupal drama

There’s been a lot said and written about the most recent drama in the Drupal community, quite a few people have asked me why I care. This is hard to answer without sounding flippant in 140 characters, so I’ve taken the time to write another blog post about the topic. This one a little less angry and more reasoned than the first.

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