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  • Programs for cleaning up a Windows 7 laptop to get it running well

    07/27/2015 5:59:20 PM PDT · by dennisw · 53 replies
    computers | July 27 2015 | self
    Hi all..... Friend will be giving me his laptop tomorrow to fix up. To clean up. For starters I am going to scan and clean it up with malware bytes. What other free programs are good to run on a slow, sludgy, messed up laptop? I am not asking for any diagnosis. Just what programs you have used to do a house cleaning on WINDOWS SEVEN computers that family and friends have thrust upon you BTW in these type of cases, first thing they do after buying the desktop/laptop is to be sure to chuck all restore DVDs in the...
  • Windows 10: Fact vs. fiction [A Guide for those asking: Should I upgrade?]

    07/27/2015 8:52:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Info World ^ | 07/27/2015 | By Woody Leonhard
    It’s a few days before Windows 10 is officially slated to drop, and still, confusion abounds. Worse, many fallacies regarding Microsoft’s plans around upgrades and support for Win10 remain in circulation, despite efforts to dispel them.Here at InfoWorld, we've been tracking Windows 10’s progress very closely, reporting the evolving technical details with each successive build in our popular “Where Windows 10 stands right now” report. We’ve also kept a close eye on the details beyond the bits, reporting on the common misconceptions around Windows 10 licensing, upgrade paths, and updates. If you haven’t already read that article, you may want...
  • Adobe Software Integrity Service

    07/26/2015 2:41:46 PM PDT · by ducttape45 · 34 replies
    I don't know if anyone else has been hit with this, but lately I've been getting a message every time I use Adobe Acrobat 10. It says, "Acrobat detected that it is not properly licensed. You may have unknowingly bought a counterfeit copy." Then it tells me to visit Adobe or call them. One problem with this error message. I BOUGHT THE SOFTWARE FROM ADOBE! Now they're telling me it's counterfeit. Just wow. I wondered if anyone else has had this happen to them, and if so how do I get this stupid popup message to stop appearing. Thank you.
  • Gamers Should Be Worried About Windows 10 Automatic Updates

    07/26/2015 12:10:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    forbes ^ | Erik Kain
    As Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly reports, the problem revolves around a conflict between automatic updates and Nvidia graphics card updates using Nvidia’s ‘Nvidia GeForce Experience’—a handy tool for all Nvidia GPU owners. Basically Microsoft has taken control away from users, and made all updates mandatory—including driver updates. This is a decision meant to increase security and stability across the PC user base, but it comes at a cost. Users are reporting problems with multi-monitor setups, dual-card configurations (SLI) and PCs not booting properly, setting off Windows 10 emergency recovery mode. More issues are likely to arise. In other words, for...
  • [Red} China will lift its nationwide game console ban

    07/25/2015 11:21:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies ^ | Jon Fingas
    China technically lifted its longstanding ban on game consoles last year, but only for companies that registered in the Shanghai free trade zone. Needless to say, that put a damper on sales in the world's most populous country. However, the gloves just came off -- China's Ministry of Culture has approved the manufacture and sale of consoles anywhere in the nation. Companies like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony no longer have to hold back ... when doing business. They'll still have to grapple with heavy censorship of the games themselves, but that beats a lack of official options.
  • Why Are ‘Customers’ So Angry About This New Book on Marriage and Religious Freedom?

    07/25/2015 8:08:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 19, 2015 | Marguerite Bowling
    Is the debate about marriage over after the Supreme Court’s June decision to redefine marriage in all fifty states? That’s what some reviewers are insisting after a new book was released last week. The book, “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” is a roadmap from Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, on how the conservative movement can move forward in promoting marriage and protecting religious freedom after the Supreme Court’s ruling. “I wrote this book for all Americans. For those who disagree with me, to at least understand the viewpoint of roughly...
  • Hillary And Communications Security

    07/25/2015 4:52:29 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 13 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 7/25/2015 | blueunicorn6
    We have all been watching the story unfold about Hillary Clinton and her e-mails. She refused to use the communications systems provided for her by the American taxpayers. Those systems are "secure", meaning that no unauthorized person can read or hear the communications. Hillary Clinton chose to not use the taxpayer provided secure system. This meant that the government agencies designed to provide secure communications and prevent the enemy from knowing our most important secrets, were intentionally bypassed by our Secretary of State. If you want to know how important communications security is, look at World War II. We knew...
  • No, 'Super Mario Maker' Is Not Racist

    07/25/2015 4:11:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/22/2015 | Erik Kain
    Super Mario Maker is a game we’ve all been waiting for: Finally, we can create our own classic Mario levels using the Wii U’s touch-screen gamepad. (I’d sure like to have a mouse and keyboard, but the touchscreen is far superior for this kind of thing than a traditional gamepad.) Ben Gilbert of Business Insider recently demoed the game and was mostly just really disturbed by the big, white, feminine hand that appeared onscreen as a stand-in for his own. This one: Here’s Gilbert’s reaction: During a meeting with Nintendo on Thursday in New York City, I tried the game...
  • Free Republic Tech Support HELP!

    07/25/2015 11:50:23 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 26 replies
    25 July 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Ok all my desktop(Gateway) died last week and it will be awhile before I will be able to get a replacement(we are looking a Dell Desktop), anyway we have an ASUS Laptop that will have to do for now and I am looking at either a Print Server for printing or getting a whole new wireless Printer, any suggestions/recommendations?
  • Trailer for 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' shows a bold, brilliant, brutal Apple founder

    07/25/2015 10:46:29 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 24, 2015 | BY JOSH DICKEY
    Mashable Debuts exclusively premieres music, videos, artwork, trailers and more. You saw it here first! LOS ANGELES — Steve Jobs never compromised, nor did he pull punches. Neither does Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. Jobs' life, influence and legacy get Gibney's full journalistic treatment in Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, the first trailer for which Mashable debuts here. Despite an uphill climb for access, Gibney, a perennial Academy Award contender who won for 2007's Taxi to the Dark Side, captured several of Jobs' personal acquaintances for this film that debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The...
  • Report predicts drones and supersoldiers are the future of warfare

    07/25/2015 4:55:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies ^ | 07/24/15
    The report, Visualizing the Tactical Ground Battlefield in the Year 2050, was the result of a workshop held with leaders from the US Defence Department, Army Research Lab, Institute for Defence Analysis and a select number of academia. In the world envisioned, armed drones will patrol the skies searching for enemy targets to eliminate. The use of drones in the current military landscape dictates it is always a human that decides to pull the trigger, but the report suggests soldiers may only have limited control over the smart-robots of the future. “The difference being that in the former, human decisions...
  • Porn clicker keeps infecting apps on Google Play

    07/24/2015 4:52:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies ^ | 23 JUL 2015 - 01:00PM | BY LUKAS STEFANKO
    Lately we informed you how a fake Dubsmash application has been uploaded to Google Play Store at least nine times, which have tens of thousands of installs. This porn clicker Trojan, which we detect as Android/Clicker, has once more become available for download from Play Store. After we notified Google and published an article about these fake Dubsmash Trojans, we discovered other fake Dubsmash versions being uploaded again infected with the same porn clicker. We detected yet another 51 Trojan porn clickers accessible for the users to download. Four of them had more than 10,000 installs and one of...
  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

    07/24/2015 12:00:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:55 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet. The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got into the Jeep through an electronic opening in the radio and said it would update software to close it. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks, the automaker said in a statement. The vulnerability exposed by the hack rippled through the auto industry...
  • How Microsoft's Windows 10 is like Coca-Cola Classic

    07/24/2015 7:57:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/24/2015 | BY PATRICK SEITZ
    The most anticipated feature of Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10, set for release on Wednesday, isn't some new application. It's the return of the traditional Start screen, which Microsoft ditched in August 2012, with Windows 8. For that reason, Windows 10 is a lot like Coca-Cola Classic. Let me explain. When the Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) announced in April 1985 that New Coke would replace the original formula of its flagship soft drink, consumers protested. Some even hoarded cases of the original flavor beverage. New Coke is now seen as a cautionary tale about tampering with a well-established and successful brand. In October...
  • IDC: Apple’s iPhone sales up 34.9%, Samsung’s phone sales down 2.3%

    07/23/2015 4:13:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | July 23, 2015
    According to the latest preliminary release from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of 2015, up 11.6% from the 302.1 million units in 2Q14. The 2Q15 shipment volume represents the second highest quarterly total on record. Following an above average first quarter, smartphone shipments were still able to remain slightly above the previous quarter thanks to robust growth in many emerging markets. In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 464.6 million units, down -0.4% from the 466.3 million units shipped...
  • Google could let you record, share and replay your memories [going forward]

    07/23/2015 2:00:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Here's how it would work: Wearing a headset similar to Google Glass, you will be able to record audio and video using a mounted camera. You could set the camera to record constantly, you could turn it on or off with a command, or you could set it to automatically start and stop recording during a set period of time or when you are at a particular location. As the video gets uploaded to Google's servers, you'd be able to go back and "Google" your own memories. To trigger memories, customers would ask Google questions like, "What were the paintings...
  • The Apple inventions that never surfaced: in pictures (Link Only)

    07/23/2015 10:54:31 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July 23, 2015
    Ten Apple patents that may or may not see the light of day. For example this patent for a virtual reality headset capable of linking to an exterior device such as an iPhone or Mac filed in 2008. . .
  • Tech Company Develops Robots to Replace $15 /Hr Workers – Can Produce 1 Burger Every 10 Seconds

    07/23/2015 5:34:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/23/15 | Jim Hoft
    On Wednesday Governor Cuomo’s New York Wage Board set a new minimum wage for New York City’s 200,000 fast food workers. City establishments will now be required to offer employees at least $15 per hour by the end of 2018. The move also makes it cost effective for companies to fire humans and hire robots. Momentum Machines has developed a robot that can put out one burger every 10 seconds.
  • Researcher unveils new privilege vulnerability in Apple's Mac OS X

    07/22/2015 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    ZDNet Zero Day ^ | July 22, 2015 | By Charlie Osborne
    The flaw allows attackers to exploit a Mac system for full privilege escalation and take over a machine. (This vulnerability requires physical possession of the computer, and local Administrator access. It cannot be accomplished remotely or by a standard user. — Swordmaker) Photo credit: NopSec >A researcher has disclosed a privilege escalation vulnerability in OS X which is yet to be fixed in the latest release of the operating system. German researcher Stefan Esser from security audit firm SektionEins disclosed the vulnerability on Tuesday. The security flaw affects OS X 10.10.x and relates to new features added by the iPad...
  • Mozilla to focus on minimizing desertions to Edge with new Windows 10 Firefox

    07/22/2015 8:30:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | July 20, 2015 | George Keizer
    Mozilla plans a campaign to stop or slow desertions from Firefox to Windows 10's new Edge browser because the OS's express setup changes previous defaults to Edge during an upgrade, according to published documents. Edge, introduced in Windows 10, will be the default browser out of the box. In fact, according to Mozilla -- supported by a video that showed what happened when Windows 7 was upgraded to Windows 10's build 10162 of July 2 -- those who upgrade by selecting "Express Settings," as most do, will find Edge the default even if they had previously specified a competitor like...
  • These Marines Lost Legs in Afghanistan and Now Hunt Child Predators

    07/22/2015 8:14:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies ^ | Richard Sisk | Jul 16, 2015
    The fist bump was their thing in Afghanistan, where both Marines lost legs in the same attack, and the fist bump is still their thing in the hunt for child predators under a special law enforcement program to train and hire medically retired veterans. Cpl. Justin Gaertner and Sgt. Gabriel Martinez in their dress blues bumped fists at an event earlier this year in Florida, just as they bumped fists while recovering from their wounds. Gaertner, 26, of Tampa, Fla., has been partnered for the last two years with retired Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Nathan Cruz, 42, executing the...
  • U.S. court says 'pocket-dialed' calls are not private

    07/22/2015 5:00:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    PC World ^ | 7/22/15 | James Niccolai
    A federal appeals court in Ohio has ruled that a person who accidentally “pocket dials” someone shouldn’t expect any overheard conversation to be considered private. The case involves the chairman of the Airport Board in Kenton, Kentucky, which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The chairman, James Huff, was on a business trip in Italy with his wife and a colleague when he accidentally pocket-dialed the secretary of the airport’s CEO back in the U.S. The secretary, Carol Spaw, said “hello” a few times and soon figured out the call wasn’t meant for her. But she overheard Huff and his...
  • Linux without Flash: User Tips

    07/22/2015 10:47:53 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 13 replies
    Datamation ^ | 20 July 2015 | Matt Hartley
    Adobe Flash has been both a gift and a curse wrapped up in the same package. It's a sluggish, often insecure and horribly bloated way to watch a video and play games on your computer. For years, Flash for Linux users was even worse: audio was out of sync with the video and you needed a special wrapper to play Flash videos on 64-bit Linux distributions. Even though things have gotten better in terms of compatibility, security still remains poor. In this article, I'll examine the practicality of going without Flash, what sites still require it.The case against Flash in...
  • Google releases Kubernetes 1.0: Container management will never be the same

    07/22/2015 7:34:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 21 July 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    On July 21 at OSCon, Google announced that Kubernetes, its open source container deployment and management tool, was ready for the big time -- general use in production environments -- by releasing Kubernetes 1.0. Google wants Kubernetes to be in every one's cloud, and with the 1.0 release it's already well on its way. Chances are many of you don't know Kubernetes, but the odds are even greater that you use it every day. That's because every time you run a Google program -- Search, Gmail, Google Docs, whatever -- you are running it in Google's own container technology, lmctfy...
  • Are Broken Marriage Vows Grounds for Blowing Up Someone’s Life?

    07/21/2015 6:51:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/20 | Heather Havrilesky
    Do you miss the good old days of tarring and feathering, town-square stockades, and public guillotining as entertainment? If so, you may be savoring this week's events, which reveal that the crime of betraying one's marriage vows is now prosecutable by journalists and hackers alike, punishable by public shaming online. Last week, Gawker publicly outed a Condé Nast executive, a married father of three, for allegedly soliciting a male escort. The story was later removed from the website by Gawker executives, but the damage had been done: The executive, many argued, was not a public figure, yet his private life...
  • Why Online Comments Suck (and How to Fix Them)

    07/21/2015 5:15:17 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 07/21/2015 | Rob Pegoraro
    Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it. The recent drama at Reddit is just the latest example. The managers of that expansive archipelago of forums have apparently just realized that the site provides a platform for some singularly hateful people. And yet they don’t seem sure what to do about it, beyond hiding some of the site’s uglier neighborhoods from public view. But let’s be fair to co-founder and now chief executive Steve Huffman (whose predecessor Ellen Pao resigned under fire after removing a community leader and banning some hate-mongering “subreddits”): People have been banging their...
  • Game About Killing Poachers Vies for $50,000 Prize in Microsoft Student Tech Competition

    07/21/2015 2:55:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Geekwire ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jacob Demmitt
    A group of students from Nepal will be competing for a $50,000 prize in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup student technology competition next week. They’re competing in the video-game category, but their entry stands out for another reason: It’s a first-person shooter in which players track down and kill poachers. The game is set in a futuristic world where decades of poaching has knocked Earth’s ecosystem off-kilter and left the planet a barren dessert. The last hope for restoration involves sending a cyborg back in time to hunt the poachers. Defend Your Territory creators Amir Gc (left), Alex Rumba (middle) and Sangam...
  • Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

    07/21/2015 2:40:25 PM PDT · by Pelham · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 21, 2015 | Andy Greenberg
    Are modern computer-heavy vehicles vulnerable to being hijacked by computer hackers? They are indeed, as computer security hasn't kept pace with what hackers can do.
  • New vulnerability lets attackers hijack Chrysler vehicles over the web

    07/21/2015 1:24:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 21, 2015 10:57 am | By Russell Brandom
    A new vulnerability in the Uconnect system gives attackers frightening remote powers over Chrysler vehicles, revealed in a Wired exclusive report. In a live demo, attackers used the vulnerability to cut out a Jeep Cherokee's transmission and brakes and, when the car is in reverse, commandeer the steering wheel — all without physical access to the vehicle. "This might be the kind of software bug most likely to kill someone," said Charlie Miller, one of the researchers behind the exploit. The full vulnerability will be presented next month at Defcon, although the researchers plan to withhold crucial details so that...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things: What You Need to Know

    07/21/2015 10:23:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 07/21/2015 | Daniel B. Kline
    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has said it intends to have one operating system for all types of devices. It apparently takes that promise seriously. The company, which has announced that Windows 10 will power not only PCs but also tablets, phones, and even Xbox, will also make a version of the OS for Internet of Things connected devices.These machines -- which include things like smart thermostats and other household appliances -- won't run the full operating system. Instead, they will run customized versions of Windows 10 designed to enable their functionality. Whether it's a smart toaster or a complicated piece of machinery...
  • 10 reasons Windows 10 is better than Chrome OS and Mac OS X

    07/21/2015 9:25:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 07/21/2015 | Krystle Vermes
    Windows 10 will be the last edition of Microsoft's operating system, so it's no wonder that the tech giant has gone all out to make it the best OS to date. Microsoft has already revealed features, such as a smarter Cortana and Xbox integration, that may appeal to existing Windows users and lure those on other operating systems. Here are 10 reasons why Windows 10 could effortlessly pull you away from your Mac or Chrome operating system when it debuts for PCs and tablets on July 29. 1. Cortana is back and better than ever Forget Siri and all of...
  • Stop Moving Links - Info Is Free

    07/21/2015 2:34:04 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 20 replies
    Freep | 7/21/2015 | CharlesOconnell
    I was principal web designer at a medium-large municipality for 4 years, about 40% of my job consisted in tracking down bad links, now with WordPress we relegate that data-toilet-cleaning to back-end databases which seamlessly and effortlessly handle that task UNLESS SOME UNTHINKING BUSIBODY IS SAVING THE WORLD BY MOVING LINKS. Guess what: They're Free. If you want to re-organize, start your new stuff in a different folder. PLEASE, PLEASE, LEAVE OLD STUFF WHERE IT IS.
  • Patch! Microsoft emits emergency fix for THIRD Hacking Team hole (Critical Windows Vulnerability)

    07/20/2015 1:58:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | July 20, 2015 | Chris Williams
    Microsoft has, in the past couple of minutes, released a security update for all supported versions of Windows to fix a critical remote-code execution vulnerability. Details of the vulnerability were found and reported to Microsoft by security researchers poring over internal memos leaked online from spyware-maker Hacking Team. This follows an elevation-of-privilege hole in Windows, and a remote-code execution vuln in Internet Explorer 11, that were also uncovered from the Hacking Team files, and patched last week by Microsoft. This latest security flaw (MS15-078) lies within the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library, and can be exploited by attackers to hijack...
  • Robots will take many of our jobs – and that's good

    07/20/2015 4:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    OC Register ^ | 07/20/2015 | By PER L. BYLUND
    New technologies fascinate us – from the precision of robotic surgery to the potential of Amazon dropping packages on our doorsteps via drone. But at the same time, there is anxiety over robots and artificial intelligence making human labor unnecessary and, ultimately, replacing us. Fear of the changes innovation brings is nothing new, and the reality is that robots will eventually replace us in many or most of today’s jobs and that’s, in fact, a glorious thing. Yes, jobs will be destroyed by innovation, as they’ve always been, but it doesn’t mean we’ll run out of jobs. New ones will...
  • AI Development: Bacteria That Can Manipulate Robot Unfurled

    07/19/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Researchers have discovered how to let bacteria control the movement and behavior of a robot, just like what the brain does to the human body. ... Scientists from Virginia tech developed bacteria that can control a robotic car. The robot’s “brain” was replaced with bacterial community, enabling the car to move towards the food sources. The bacteria in the robot’s brain send biochechemical signals to machine’s processor to move its mechanical body. The bacteria were bioengineered to emit green or red signals depending on the condition they found in their environment. Under repeated observations, the scientists noticed that the robot...
  • Is Windows Nano Server a data center game-changer?

    07/19/2015 7:52:51 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    CIO ^ | July 8, 2015 | Jonathan Hassell
    Back in April, Microsoft somewhat quietly previewed what its Windows Server engineering teams had been working on for quite some time... Windows Nano Server has the potential to reinvent your data center. Windows Nano Server is a project that was previously codenamed Tuva... and is designed to be Windows without the GUI or legacy baggage. It’s different than Server Core, the GUI-less installation option introduced in Windows Server 2008, because Windows Nano Server strips out basically every part of Windows that is designed to ever service the GUI or a GUI oriented application. Server Core merely takes off the GUI...
  • All editions of Windows 10 get 10 years of updates, support

    07/19/2015 4:55:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 07/19/2015 | By Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft today refreshed its Windows support lifecycle fact sheet to include Windows 10, saying there that it would provide updates to the new OS for 10 years, or until October 2025. The new information puts to rest one of the biggest remaining questions about Windows 10: what has Microsoft meant since January by describing the policy as running for the supported lifetime of the device when it described the operating system's support timeline? "The traditional 10-year support lifecycle applies to all SKUs [stock-keeping units]," a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed in a follow-up email [emphasis added]. SKUs represent the various editions of...
  • Microsoft to spoofed Skype users: Change your account passwords NOW

    07/19/2015 1:31:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | 7/19/15 | Kelly Fiveash
    An unknown number of frustrated Skype customers have been pestered by spoof messages on the Microsoft service for weeks, but the company is yet to close what appears to be a gaping hole in its software.Instead, Redmond has advised Skype users to change their account passwords. But complaints are building up about the lack of communication coming out of the Microsoft camp regarding what seems to be a Skype security flaw.The problem first appeared late last month. One Skype user, posting in a thread that now runs to 22 pages long, said: I received a message earlier today from a...
  • Ransomeware attack, need advice

    07/19/2015 6:34:05 AM PDT · by fwdude · 84 replies
    self | 07/16/15 | fwdude
    I have recently had the unpleasant experience of having one of the new variants of the cryptolocker malware infect our computer servers at work. In case someone doesn't know, its a computer worm that encrypts all the standard-format files on a system so that the use can't open the file without a "key," supplied by the hacker for a ransom. My question, which I have researched extensively over over the internet, is whether it is advisable consider paying the ransom, if there is enough "honor among thieves" to trust that the files will be unlock if I pay, and if...
  • Google's self-driving cars crash 'surprisingly often,' but it's not their fault

    07/18/2015 6:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Mashable ^ | 07/18/2015 | Stan Schroeder
    Google's self-driving cars have got into quite a few accidents, but they've been caused by human-driven cars crashing into them, not the other way around. "Our self-driving cars are being hit surprisingly often by other drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the road," head of Google's driverless car program Chris Urmson wrote in a blog post Thursday. He describes an incident in which a human-driven car (can you imagine: In a few years we may have to indicate that a car is human-driven more often than not) slammed into the back of Google's self-driving Lexus. Google's car,...
  • San Francisco techies are hiring this Wiccan witch to protect their computers from viruses and...

    07/18/2015 5:15:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/17/15 | Nathan McAlone
    Many people have had their computer or smartphone possessed by an evil demon — or at least that’s what it can feel like when some mysterious bug keeps causing an app to crash, or your phone keeps shutting off for no reason.But if you truly think your electronics have been invaded by an evil spirit, there's someone who will take your call — Reverend Joey Talley — a Wiccan witch from the San Francisco Bay Area who claims to solve supernatural issues for techies.The Bay Area has always had a freewheeling spirit, which is part of the reason the tech...
  • Apple IIgs System 6.0.2 Update Rolls Out After 22 Years - No Kidding LINK

    07/17/2015 10:12:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | Jul 17th, 2015 | By Jeff Gamet
    Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple's Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on. What makes this so cool is that it's Apple IIgs fans who created the update. The IIgs was a great cross-over machine in its time because it also supported Apple IIe software and offered multimedia support you couldn't find on other computers....
  • 'Hooli Sucks:' Real Silicon Valley Company Creates Offbeat Billboards to Lure Engineers

    07/17/2015 9:44:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Jul 16, 2015
    First there was the "Pied Piper" billboards popping up all over Silicon Valley. Now there is "Hooli Sucks." But this time it's not HBO or its hugely popular show "Silicon Valley" that's behind them. It's Tubi TV — a San Fracisco based streaming service for TV shows and movies, including Korean dramas, comedies and reality shows who want to lure talented engineers with some creative marketing. Back in April, when the "Pied Piper" billboards went up, "Silicon Valley" creator Mike Judge said he wanted to surprise and delight his audience with real-life advertising. The show — which spoofs tech culture...
  • Study: San Jose State University is Top School for Most Silicon Valley Hires

    07/16/2015 7:52:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/16 | Scott Budman
    According to a recent survey by Jobvite, San Jose State University is the top school in the nation pushing for tech talent. The Jobvite survey shows that SJSU has the most students hired by top tech companies in the Silicon Valley. The career center at SJSU helps students bridge the gap between school and work. "We promote and advocate internships and having that real-world experience while you’re in school, so that when you walk out of here with a degree, you also have years of experience as an intern," said Daniel Newell, Program Manager of Workforce and Economic Development. San...
  • ID Theft Service Proprietor Gets 13 Years

    07/16/2015 5:58:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | 7/16/15 | Brian Krebs
    A Vietnamese man who ran an online identity theft service that sold access to Social Security numbers and other personal information on more than 200 million Americans has been sentenced to 13 years in a U.S. prison. Hieu Minh Ngo, 25, ran an ID theft service variously named and Ngo admitted hacking into or otherwise illegally gaining access to databases belonging to some of the world’s largest data brokers, including a Court Ventures, a subsidiary of the major consumer credit bureau Experian.Ngo’s service sold access to “fullz,” the slang term for packages of consumer data that could be...
  • Let’s laugh at this Forbes article on why ‘you shouldn’t upgrade’ to Windows 10

    07/16/2015 3:32:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    BGR ^ | 07/16/2015 | Brad Reed
    Oh, Forbes contributors. Is there any opinion too silly for you to have? Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly has written a piece in which he explicitly argues that “you shouldn’t upgrade” to Windows 10 because he’s worried that Microsoft is trying to pull a sneaky trick over on its user base.DON’T MISS: The most ironic Google job opening everWhy is Kelly so suspicious of Microsoft’s intentions? He gives us two major reasons. First, he’s concerned that even though Microsoft says Windows 10 will be free “over the lifetime of the device,” he notes that “Microsoft’s own internal slides reference ‘two to four years’ and that...
  • Facebook’s Oculus to Pay About $60 Million for Gesture-Control Firm Pebbles

    07/16/2015 1:48:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    wsj ^ | Orr Hirschauge
    Oculus, the virtual-reality headset maker that Facebook bought last year, said Pebbles “will be joining the hardware engineering and computer vision teams at Oculus to help advance virtual reality, tracking, and human-computer interactions,” the company said on its blog. It didn’t disclose a price tag, but one person familiar with the matter said it was around $60 million. ... Pebbles has recently integrated its technology into the virtual-reality headset developed by Facebook’s Oculus VR, enabling users to interact with the device via hand and finger gestures. Unlike competing gesture-identification technologies, Pebbles’ enables users to see images of their own arms...
  • Free Broadband for 5 NYC Housing Developments

    07/16/2015 10:13:01 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    AP via ABCNews ^ | Jul 16, 2015 | JONATHAN LEMIRE
    The city is poised to begin providing free Internet broadband access to more than 16,000 residents of its sprawling public housing system.[snip]
  • How Kerry Conran saw Hollywood's future - then got left behind (Sky Captain and the World..) [tr]

    07/16/2015 9:46:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 16, 2015 | Olly Richards
    Shortly after completing their first movie, in 2004, Kerry and Kevin Conran received an invitation from George Lucas. The Star Wars mastermind would be hosting a summit at Skywalker Ranch, his production facility-cum-small town in San Francisco, gathering some of the most forward-thinking people in the movie business to discuss the future of film. James Cameron was there, as were Robert Zemeckis and Brad Bird. The brothers were newcomers, but that day they were treated as peers; each of their fellow directors told the Conrans how impressed they were with what they’d accomplished. Their work, they were told, was way...
  • 'How tall is Bruce Jenner? Caitlyn Jenner is 6ft 2': Siri is correcting users...

    07/16/2015 9:20:23 AM PDT · by Moltke · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 16 July 2015 | DailyMail Reporter
    ...who refer to the Olympic athlete by her previous name Apple's voice recognition software always refers to the athlete as Caitlyn -- If the user asks about Bruce Jenner, the content of the question is changed -- One Tumblr user asked: 'What is Bruce Jenner's real name?' -- Siri quickly replies: 'The full name of Caitlyn Jenner is Caitlyn Jenner'