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  • Microsoft Outlook (General Computer Question)

    11/17/2017 3:36:44 AM PST · by ducttape45 · 22 replies
    I have a general software query I'm hoping someone can help me with. I'm trying to find, if something even exists, a plugin or add-in for Microsoft Outlook that I can use that can give me a "File Explorer" -ish look and feel to the program. I have lots of emails I'm trying to go through and if I had something that made navigating the thousands of emails I got more easily it would make my job a lot more pleasant. And please, this is a serious request, so no snarky remarks about using other programs and no Microsoft haters....
  • 3D Printing Gives Hackers Entirely New Ways to Wreak Havoc

    11/16/2017 11:42:02 PM PST · by fireman15 · 17 replies
    Hrvard Business Review ^ | October 25, 2017 | by Alessandro Di Fiore
    For the last decade, the 3D printing sector has been dominated by closed systems, in which 3D printers could only be used with the manufacturer’s resin and software. The trouble with closed systems is that they limit innovation. One printer manufacturer alone cannot offer the variety of materials needed for the thousands of potential 3D printing applications. As a result, the development of new end-user applications and materials has stalled, and growth in 3D printing has plateaued. To break out, the industry must reinvent itself and become open. There has been progress in that direction. Players from adjacent industries have...
  • device that 'thinks like a murderer' and produces creepy poetry to help crack the [Zodiac] ciphers

    11/16/2017 1:34:37 PM PST · by mairdie · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2017 | Ariel Zilber
    A supercomputer programmed to think like the notorious Zodiac killer produced some creepy poetry when fed all the known writings of the elusive criminal, it was learned Thursday. A University of Southern California professor created an artificial intelligence software that was designed to help crack the code of the Z340, the Zodiac killer’s famous cipher. The ciphers, which were sent with letters to the police and newspapers in Northern California during the 1960s and 70s, contain letters and symbols that may hide clues as to the killer’s identity.
  • Kaspersky software safe to use?

    11/15/2017 6:43:19 PM PST · by EinNYC · 32 replies
    A query from a friend about Kaspersky | 11/15/17 | Me, Myself, & I
    I came home tonight to find an answering machine message from a friend considering installing Kaspersky Internet Security on her computer. But, she had heard of the recent Israeli hack into Kaspersky and the rumors that Kaspersky is collecting info for the Russian government. I have read several authors' discussions about whether Kaspersky is safe to use. I have used it for about a decade or so, and find it to be excellent. I'd be interested to know what FReepers think, particularly those of you with a computer security background!
  • Philo Streams Pay TV — Without Sports or Broadcast Channels — for $16 a Month

    11/14/2017 1:02:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Recode ^ | NOV 14, 2017 | PETER KAFKA
    AMC, A&E, Scripps, Discovery and Viacom are in, and they’re investing $25 million.Do you like paying to watch cable TV over the internet? Do you hate watching sports? Then this might be an option for you: Meet Philo, the newest and long-promised “over the top” web TV service. Philo shows programming from some three dozen cable TV networks — none of which offer sports — and delivers them to your phone, laptop or connected TV. The fact that none of the programmers contributing channels, along with $25 million in new venture funding — A&E, Scripps, Discovery, AMC and Viacom —...
  • Steve Jurvetson Is Out at His Own Venture Capital Firm After Allegations of Sexual Harassment

    11/14/2017 12:33:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Recode ^ | NOV 13, 2017 | THEODORE SCHLEIFER
    The high-profile entrepreneur helped start Draper Fisher Jurvetson.Famed venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson is leaving his job at Draper Fisher Jurvetson in the wake of an investigation into sexual harassment. Jurvetson is the highest-profile venture capitalist to be forced from his job amid an industrywide evaluation of how Silicon Valley treats women. Jurvetson sits on the board of two of tech’s flashiest companies, SpaceX and Tesla, and the news has already stripped him of those posts, at least temporarily. DFJ announced the move in a letter to limited partners on Monday. The firm released a statement to Recode that read: As...
  • 5 professions that could see significant growth with the rise of Artificial Intelligence

    11/14/2017 7:00:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 11/14/2017 | By BABAK HODJAT, SENTIENT TECHNOLOGIES
    The words “artificial intelligence” often conjure up a sense of fear and apprehension. Fear for the unknown possibilities of AI, fear for the AI-fueled dystopian images brought about by movies like The Terminator, and most practically, fear for the possibility that AI will someday take our jobs. This fear is neither new nor totally unfounded. As with any disruptive technological invention, faster, more efficient machines are bound to replace human workers. However, those who fear AI will take their jobs can rest a little easier knowing they will at least have the potential to find a new job.A new...
  • Brain implant boosts human memory by mimicking how we learn

    11/14/2017 6:34:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | 13 November 2017 | By Jessica Hamzelou
    A “memory prosthesis” brain implant has enhanced human memory for the first time. The device is comprised of electrodes implanted in the brain, and is designed to mimic the way we naturally process memories, and can boost performance on memory tests by up to 30 per cent. A similar approach may work for enhancing other brain skills, such as vision or movement, says the team behind the work. “We are writing the neural code to enhance memory function,” says Dong Song of the University of Southern California, who presented the findings at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington DC...
  • China's supercomputers race past US to world dominance

    11/14/2017 5:54:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    CNET ^ | November 13, 2017 | Stephen Shankland
    For years, China has claimed the top spot on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers. Now it dominates the overall list, too, pushing the United States into second place. For the first time, China has the most systems on the Top500 list, 202, up from 159 six months ago. The US dropped from 169 to 144. And in terms of the total performance of those machines, China also overtook the US, the Top500 supercomputer list organizers said. The news underscores the relentless ascent of China's supercomputing trajectory in recent years. It also marks a notable shift in the international...
  • Quantum computers take a step forward with a 50-qubit prototype

    11/13/2017 10:11:56 PM PST · by ETL · 33 replies ^ | November 10, 2017 | Emily Conover
    Bit by qubit, scientists are edging closer to the realm where quantum computers will reign supreme.IBM is now testing a prototype quantum processor with 50 quantum bits, or qubits, the company announced November 10. That’s around the number needed to meet a sought-after milestone: demonstrating that quantum computers can perform specific tasks that are beyond the reach of traditional computers. Unlike standard bits, which represent either 0 or 1, qubits can indicate a combination of the two, using what’s called a quantum superposition. This property allows quantum computers to perform certain kinds of calculations more quickly. But because quantum bits...
  • Do Passwords Even Matter Anymore?

    11/13/2017 2:11:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 12, 2017 | John Crudele VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE EMAIL THE AUTHOR GET AUTHOR RSS FEED November 12, 2017 | 12:14am
    Dear John: A question: In the grand scheme of things, what is the point of having a password? Equifax gets hacked, Yahoo gets hacked. I don’t put my mother’s maiden name or my Social Security number on any of my password-protected accounts because those who do provide such information seem to get hacked. Passwords provide a false sense of security. Oh, and make sure your password includes letters, numbers and a certain number of digits, blah, blah, blah, so it is difficult to remember and difficult to compromise. Yeah, sure! M.K.
  • Laptop Assistance - Vanity Thread

    11/13/2017 10:22:56 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 38 replies
    Last night, I was listening to music and typing an e-mail to a friend when one of our cats jumped on and ran across the keyboard. Normally the screen runs in a horizontal view - but now since the cats messed with it, everything is vertical. Is anyone out there aware of a function on the keyboard that I can use that'll return the screen to its normal horizontal viewing format
  • The Password Pandemic: A password “classification scheme” for the home or small business user

    11/13/2017 8:22:15 AM PST · by Gennie · 35 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | November 13, 2017 | Jason McNew
    Humanity has a massive password problem. We might call it The Password Pandemic. Computers keep getting faster and cheaper, making passwords easier to crack, while human operators do not change their bad password habits. This is a losing proposition, with the advantage clearly toward hackers and cyber criminals. Most users of the Internet now know that they need to use “strong” passwords, and that they should use a different password for each site. With a dozen or several dozen online accounts, this quickly becomes unmanageable. Exasperated, people just use the same (usually weak) password across several accounts. Hackers know this,...
  • Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020 (Resistance is Futile)

    11/13/2017 6:18:16 AM PST · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 13, 2017 | Andrew Silver
    Never go full Windows Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020.A coalition of Social Democrats and Conservatives on the committee voted (PDF, in Deutsche, natürlich) for the Windows migration on Wednesday, Social Democrat councillor Anne Hübner told The Register.Munich rose to fame in the open-source world for deciding to use Linux and LibreOffice to make the city independent from the claws of Microsoft. But the plan was never fully realised – mail servers, for instance, eventually wound up migrating to Microsoft Exchange – and in February the...
  • Face ID beaten by mask, not an effective security measure (with Video)

    11/12/2017 4:49:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Bkav Security, Vietnamese ^ | November 11, 2017 | By Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav VP of Cyber Security
    Questions & Answers (Updated November 11, 2017) Q: How Face ID was set up? A: It learns from human face, just like normal. Q: Were you able to use the mask to unlock the iPhone immediately after freshly enrolling the real face? The reason I ask is that, according to Apple's whitepaper, Face ID will take additional captures over time and augment its enrolled Face ID data with the newly calculated mathematical representation. Can you describe precisely how you went about conducting this experiment? A: It does not matter whether Apple Face ID "learns" new images of the face, since...
  • Gal Gadot doesn't want to work with Ratner on another 'Wonder Woman'

    11/12/2017 2:02:34 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 67 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/`2/17 | Molly McGonigle?
    Wonder Woman is using her super powers to stand up for women in Hollywood. A month after canceling to appear at a dinner to honor Brett Ratner, Gal Gadot still has a lot to say about the famed director and the accusations mounting against him. Now, Gal says she won't reprise her role for future "Wonder Woman" movies unless Brett Ratner is not involved, reports Page Six. Brett Ratner's production company produced the film in conjunction with Warner Brothers. "Wonder Woman" has already brought in over $400 million. But if Gal Gadot has anything to say about it, the producer...
  • A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

    11/12/2017 12:19:35 PM PST · by SES1066 · 10 replies
    DARPA Robotics Challenge ^ | 6/6/2015 | DARPA - 2015
    Look, it is Terminator's GG...Grandad - kind of like the naked baby pictures of humans. Yes, it was 2015 but they ain't getting all that much better yet.
  • Malwarebytes

    11/12/2017 11:19:54 AM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 32 replies
    I've used Malwarebytes Premium for quite awhile. Recently it updated itself to 3.3.1. I don't have it running anymore because it stops/hangs Firefox. I've poked around and around on the internet with no clear solution. There was a hint about uninstalling Malwarebytes and reinstalling it. I might try that if no one here has run into the same problem and fixed it. Thought I'd post this, do some chores and come back.
  • AMD, Nvidia shares drop after Intel hires AMD's ex-graphics head to take them on

    11/11/2017 2:22:53 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 9, 2017 | By Tae Kim
    Intel announced on Wednesday it hired the former head of AMD's graphics business and will start a new high-end graphics group inside the company. Raja Koduri will join Intel as chief architect and senior vice president of the newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group, and general manager of a new initiative to drive edge computing solutions. The battle over the red-hot graphics chip market just got more interesting. Raja Koduri Intel announced on Wednesday it hired the former head of AMD's graphics business and will start a new high-performance graphics group inside the company. Raja Koduri was named...
  • Anyone else having Comcast DNS Problems again this week?

    11/11/2017 6:55:37 AM PST · by usconservative · 40 replies
    Self ^ | 11/11/2017 | USConservative
    Third time in this week Comcast's DNS is messing up big time. First they blamed Century One earlier this week then their connectivity to CL's backbone was experiencing issues, now Comcrap is blaming "local service outages." Getting really sick of Comcrap, unfortunately they're the only option in my area. Anyone else on Comcrap having issues? Where are you? Is this another nationwide event that they're trying to squelch? Chicago area here. (Spare me the Chicago jokes, I've either heard 'em all, repeated 'em all, or made my fair share up about Chicago and living near the murder capital of these...