AMD releases amdgpu-pro driver 17.30

Just some time ago, I let myself go and wrote about how upset I was about the (missing) support for my new RX 470 on Linux.


Today AMD released the amdgpu-pro driver 17.30, with support for Kernel 4.10 and Xorg 1.19. So my setup is finally not useless anymore. Details are on the AMD download page.

I've just installed the driver without any problems, after a reboot it works just fine. Videos are playing and I could start Civilization Beyond Earth from Steam under Ubuntu 16.04.3 with HWE.

It's two and a half minutes to midnight

The doomsday clock is at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. The doomsday clock is a illustration of how close we are to a man-made global catastrophe, published by " The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board".

Last time it was at that level has been 1953, during the tests of the Hydrogen-Fusion bombs.

Source: Wikipedia

The main reasons are

  • Rise of nationalism
This already-threatening world situation was
the backdrop for a rise in strident nationalism
worldwide in 2016
  • Trump
Donald Trump, made disturbing comments about
the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and
expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific
consensus on climate change.
  • Conflict USA and Russia
both countries (USA and Russia)
continued wide-ranging
modernizations of their nuclear
forces, and serious arms control
negotiations were nowhere to
be seen
  • North Korea
North Korea conducted
its fourth and fifth underground
nuclear tests and gave every
indication it would continue
to develop nuclear weapons delivery capabilities.
The full statement is available here.

I consider this bulletin as a calibration to reality and a big F**K YOU in the direction of nationalism and the disbelief in science.
Although I'm a big Fallout fan and like the concept of Vaultec Vaults, it's not that we should now go and dig a whole in case of some president having a loose finger on the Atomic Football, but it is worrisome.
And I use it as reason to motivate more people to do a HAM-radio course and buy equipment 🙂

Lightning Monitor - Update

Because of heavy rain and thunderstorms this weekend, I had some time to work on my lightning monitor again. With success, I could reduce the "DISTURBER DETECTED" messages significantly by putting the device away from the laptop.

Even better, it was starting to measure lightnings during one of the thunderstorms! Great 🙂

The data makes sense, since we really have been in the center of the thunderstorm. I could verify that the distance estimation works pretty nice, because another thunderstorm that was in a nearby village was giving me lightnings with a distance of 5 km.

The current Arduino sketchbook is, as usual, on GitHub.


Nice thing for a rainy Sunday!

GPX to GeoJson convert tool

I hacked a C++ tool for converting GPX files to GeoJson, because the only one I could find used Node.js. The tool is available on GitHub. Binaries are available for GNU/Linux, the tool should be compatible with MacOS and Windows (Not tested).


Runtime comparison with togeojson (Node.js)

And now with my tool


It's dirty, I wrote in in about an hour, but it does the job for my purposes and I want to share it in case someone else finds it useful.