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  • Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.

    06/21/2019 3:06:25 PM PDT · by upchuck · 64 replies
    WaPo ^ | June 21, 2019
    Our latest privacy experiment found Chrome ushered more than 11,000 tracker cookies into our browser — in a single week. Here’s why Firefox is better. Over a recent week of Web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my browser to let ad and data companies ride shotgun while I clicked around the Web. This was made possible by the Web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. Seen from the inside, its Chrome browser looks a lot like surveillance software. Please follow...
  • Cuphead sells over one million copies in two weeks

    05/04/2019 8:46:28 PM PDT · by vannrox · 69 replies
    MS Power user ^ | 13OCT17 | by Jennifer Locke
    Congratulations are in order to Studio MDHR. The indie studio has announced that that their sensational game Cuphead has sold over one million copies in the two weeks since it’s been out. An impressive feat for the studio’s first game. In a letter on Studio MDHR’s official website, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer thanked fans for all of their support. “Hello friends! Cuphead has only been out for two weeks and we never could have dreamed of the reception we’ve received from our amazing fans! Today, we wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for...
  • Follow up: I Need a New Laptop. Big One. Your Recommendations and Pans?

    04/03/2019 6:14:29 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 142 replies
    chickensoup | 04.03.19 | chickensoup
    Notice I posted this to the cheese hole, in hopes of a couple of responses. Prove me wrong...let's see if this thread hits 100...heck 50 from the cheesehole of chat. As a follow-up to yesterday's post : Tech Ping: Chickensoup is in Hot Water. Computer Died a Horrible Death. Need to Save Its Soul! I am now in the market for a new computer. Your recommendations. I like powerful computers, money is less of an issue than configuration. This laptop is only moving between desk and home. Got to haves: 17" screen really fast nice color Good fans and...
  • Tech Ping: Chickensoup is in Hot Water. Computer Died a Horrible Death. Need to Save Its Soul!

    04/02/2019 2:49:27 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 94 replies
    chickensoup | 04.02,19 | chickensoup
    Tech Ping: Chickensoup is in Hot Water. Computer Died a Horrible Death. Need to Save Its Soul! Chickensoup's trusty Acer Aspire E1 met its fate with a bottle of Pellegrino water yesterday afternoon. Stupidly instead of turning the computer off when the accident happened, the Soup thought it was ok to run it, and after about 5 minutes the whole thing turned off. No power nowhere. Something shorted out. Acer has not been backed up in a few weeks and the new data needs rescue. Trusty Acer needs to have a hard drive recovery including .pst outlook files The Soup...
  • Why we moved our servers to Iceland (outstanding!)

    03/30/2019 4:18:15 AM PDT · by vannrox · 38 replies
    simple analytics ^ | Adriaan van Rossum | 30mar19
    This is an amazing post of how an American company needed to move their operations outside of the USA in order to prove fourth amendment protections to their American clients. Read, learn and cry at what is left of our once great republic. Why we moved our servers to Iceland 30 Mar 2019 - Adriaan van Rossum - Help improve this post As the founder of Simple Analytics, I have always been mindful for the need of trust and transparency for our customers. We would like to be held accountable for our customers needs, so they can sleep in peace....
  • Best All-in-One Printers 2019

    03/16/2019 10:58:47 PM PDT · by fireman15 · 106 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | March 12, 2019 | Brian Westover
    We spent more than 150 hours on in-depth testing to identify the top inkjet and laser printers you can buy. And our favorite overall printer is the Canon Pixma TS9120, which offers best-in-class print speeds and high-quality output for both text and graphics. For a printer that won't break the bank, Epson's WorkForce WF-2760 inkjet packs in features like an automatic document feeder and duplexing, while also turning in fast print and copy times. What All-in-One Printers Cost All-in-one printers sell for as little as $60 (Ł45/AU$90) for inkjet models, and $150 (Ł170/AU$200) for laser printers, with high-end models ranging...
  • I Have a Confession to Make (How the dancing baby meme came into being)

    02/19/2019 4:56:18 AM PST · by vannrox · 11 replies ^ | Jan 25, 2018 at 1:41am | Editorial staff
    Jan 25, 2018 at 1:41am I Have a Confession to Make That goober you see above is me as a nerdy high school kid in my bedroom in 1998, being interviewed on TV for a dumb website I made. Allow me to explain.20 years ago this month, an episode of the TV show Ally McBeal featured a strange animated baby dancing the cha-cha in a vision experienced by the show’s titular character. It immediately became an unlikely pop culture sensation, and by the tail end of the 90s you couldn’t pass a mall t-shirt kiosk or a Spencer’s Gifts...
  • Carbonite Acquires Webroot

    02/11/2019 12:52:23 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 11 replies ^ | 2/8/19 | Anthony Spadafora
    Combined companies will offer endpoint security with built-in cloud backup. The data backup and storage company Carbonite has announced that it has acquired endpoint security provider Webroot for $618m. The deal will allow Carbonite to combine the strengths of both companies to provide customers with automated cloud security software that has emergency backup already built in.
  • How switching my parents over to Linux saved me a lot of headache and support calls

    01/21/2019 12:36:12 AM PST · by vannrox · 45 replies
    Simon Frey Blog ^ | undated | simon frey
    During me being at my parents over the holidays (Christmas 2017) I had the usual IT-support stuff to do, that always happens to tech savvy kids when they are back at home. As I am a happy Linux user for over a decade now, I asked myself if it would be a good idea to switch my parents away from Win 10 to a GNU/Linux (I will call it only Linux during the rest of the post. Sorry Richard ;) ) based system. I did that and now 2 years later I still think it was a good idea: I...
  • Hail the Perovskite Transistors

    01/17/2019 10:56:19 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 16 Jan 2019 | 21:39 GMT | By David Schneider
    Researchers have created a field-effect transistor using a single-crystal, “paint-on” perovskite Illustration: North Carolina State University =================================================================== Transistors, and the conductive traces that connect them, are routinely created by the billions on the surface of silicon wafers, which are later cut into the individual “chips” that power our computers, phones, watches, and countless other electronic gadgets. But few people think much about how those silicon wafers are made in the first place. It’s quite tricky. Very pure sand (silicon dioxide) has to be melted, at which point a seed crystal of elemental silicon is brought in contact with the melt,...
  • Need Advice on Raspberry Pi

    01/13/2019 4:53:01 PM PST · by The Louiswu · 36 replies
    Me | 1/13/19 | Me
    I am starting research into using a Raspberry Pi to run some only DOS and XP games and I was hoping to pick up some good advice, tips and tricks before I go spending money on this project. Thanks in advance.
  • Q13 Fox staffer fired after TV station airs altered Trump video

    01/10/2019 8:46:25 PM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11JAN18 | By Christine Clarridge
    snip... The video was changed to make it look as if Trump was sticking his tongue out languidly between sentences. In addition, the colors in the video look more saturated, leading the president’s skin and hair to appear more orange. During the speech, Trump said, “Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security,” before briefly licking his lips and continuing to speak. In the video broadcast on Q13, it appears that Trump lets his tongue hang out, resting it on his lower lip for an unusually long time. snip...
  • IBM Unveils World's First Quantum Computer That Businesses Can Use

    01/09/2019 6:25:05 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/09/18 | Rosalie Chan
    For many years, quantum computers have been within only the confines of the research lab. On Tuesday, though, IBM unveiled the IBM Q System One, billed as the first-ever quantum computer designed for businesses to put to their own use — though the company is clear that this is only the first step toward a broader revolution. Quantum computing is considered one of the most promising early-stage technologies out there today. That's because quantum computers can process exponentially more data and have the potential to completely transform entire industries. For example, they could streamline aerospace and military systems, calculate risk...
  • Indian Government to Intercept, Monitor, and Decrypt Citizens’ Computers

    12/22/2018 6:28:50 PM PST · by vannrox · 20 replies
    Blacklisted news ^ | 22DEC18 | Editorial Staff
    The Indian government has authorized 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt data on any computer, sending a shock wave through citizens and privacy watchdogs. Narendra Modi’s government late Thursday broadened the scope of Section 69 of the nation’s IT Act, 2000 to require a subscriber, service provider, or any person in charge of a computer to “extend all facilities and technical assistance to the agencies.” Failure to comply with the agencies could result in seven years of imprisonment and an unspecified fine. In a clarification posted today, the Ministry of Home Affairs said each case of interception, monitoring,...
  • Best Alternative to Gmail

    10/10/2018 5:48:50 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 93 replies
    I am looking to shed all things Google, starting with my gmail account. I opened it in 2007 with the thought that I would have it for decades as Google was a behemoth of a company which would not disappear and which could be trusted. But alas, I now have not an ounce of trust in Google. So much is tied to my gmail account that I want to make a move to a company which will 1) stand the test of time and 2) can be trusted. I am quite sure I am not the only person thinking this...
  • The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away

    09/12/2018 7:38:37 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 53 replies ^ | 9/7/18 | Jonathan Shieber
    The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away Quantum computing has moved out of the realm of theoretical physics and into the real world, but its potential and promise are still years away. Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, a powerhouse in the world of quantum research and a young upstart in the field presented visions for the future of the industry that illustrated both how far the industry has come and how far the technology has to go. For both Dario Gil, the chief operating officer of IBM Research and the company’s vice president of artificial intelligence...
  • 'Hacky hack hack': Australia teen breaches Apple's secure network

    08/17/2018 2:18:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | August 17, 2018 | Staff
    A schoolboy who "dreamed" of working for Apple hacked the firm's computer systems, Australian media has reported, although the tech giant said Friday no customer data was compromised. The Children's Court of Victoria was told the teenager broke into Apple's mainframe—a large, powerful data processing system—from his home in the suburbs of Melbourne and downloaded 90GB of secure files, The Age reported late Thursday. The boy, then aged 16, accessed the system multiple times over a year as he was a fan of Apple and had "dreamed of" working for the US firm, the newspaper said, citing his lawyer. Apple...
  • It’s official: Oak Ridge has fastest computer

    07/02/2018 8:23:36 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 36 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 7-2-18 | Jim Gaines
    Oak Ridge’s Summit supercomputer, designed to reclaim the title “world’s fastest,” has officially done so. The designation came Tuesday at the ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt, Germany, according to a news release from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Eight times more powerful than its predecessor, Titan, the Summit supercomputer reclaims the title from China’s Sunway TaihuLight.
  • Facebook Wants To Spy On You Via Hidden Inaudible TV Ad Messages

    06/26/2018 4:48:32 PM PDT · by vannrox · 41 replies ^ | June 25th, 2018 | Mac Slavo
    Social media giant Facebook continues to ramp up the creepy factor. According to a recently filed patent, Facebook wants to spy on you by hiding inaudible messages in TV ads.Facebook has filed a patent for a system that hides audio clips in TV commercials. These sounds would be so high-pitched that they are inaudible to human beings. They would then trigger your phone to record all the background noises in your home. The patent application is called “broadcast content view analysis based on ambient audio recording.”According to The Daily Mail, these secret messages would force your phone to record the audio...
  • Are you ready for June 30th's PCI deadline? Say hello to TLS v 1.2

    05/29/2018 6:48:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Concerto Cloud Services ^ | 04.16.2018 | Bill Davison
    The PCI Security Standards Council, the body governing credit card transactions, has set a deadline for disabling early versions of TLS/SSL to June 30, 2018. What are these technologies? TLS (Transport Layer Security) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) are fundamental to internet transport security. Early versions are still fairly common in older infrastructure. Not updating to the newer versions by the deadline could cause your organization to incur a major fee and potentially halt taking credit card transactions. Why is the TLS update critical?  Let’s take a step back and lay some groundwork. TLS and its predecessor SSL are a set...