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  • Who is "USAPoliticsNow" ?

    03/26/2017 9:59:56 AM PDT · by ptsal · 16 replies
    usapoliticsnow ^ | 03-26-2016 | vanity
    Flashy headlines, but is there any "there" there? Who runs this site? Is it fake news?
  • 'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court (Win10 update suit filed)

    03/26/2017 8:29:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 51 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 24, 2017 | Thomas Claburn
    'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit Updated Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.The complaint [PDF], filed in Chicago's US District Court on Thursday, charges that Microsoft Windows 10 is a defective product and that its maker failed to provide adequate warning about the potential risks posed by Windows 10 installation Ė specifically system stability and data loss.Microsoft "failed to exercise reasonable care in designing, formulating, and manufacturing the Windows 10 upgrade and placing it into the stream of commerce," the...
  • Tech Help: PHP, Soap, and MTOM

    03/25/2017 2:07:49 PM PDT · by jimjohn · 12 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Okay, I'm throwing a Hail-Mary out here: Has anyone out there worked with sending SOAP requests with MTOM attachments using PHP? Sound geekish? It is. It's no problem using JAVA, but I needed it to work with PHP for a client.
  • *VANITY* Suggestions for a new "Home Page"

    03/25/2017 6:20:47 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 47 replies
    N/A | 03/25/2017 | outofsalt
    I am tired of MSN with their liberal slant and pulsing adds urging me to find out why Christina left Tarek. I left Fox news a while back for similar reasons. I would like to find a home page that is a safe starting point for web navigation (secure) and that offers news and not a bunch of drivel.
  • Who runs CommonSenseEvaluation?

    03/24/2017 4:57:01 PM PDT · by ptsal · 13 replies
    Ownership of CommonSenseEvaluation.com
  • Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

    03/24/2017 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 March 2016 | Helena Horton
    A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot.
  • 4-year-old uses Appleís Siri to save his momís life (999 Audio at source)

    03/24/2017 12:16:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 24, 2017
    Metropolitan Police in London have released a clip of a 999 call from a four-year-old boy who saved his mum‚Äôs life to remind parents the importance of teaching young children their address and how to use 999 in an emergency. The young boy called 999 from his mum‚Äôs mobile phone on Tuesday, 7 March and was put through to a police call handler.After the call handler asked him where his mummy was, the boy responded that he thought she was dead because ‚Äúshe‚Äôs closing her eyes and she‚Äôs not breathing.‚ÄĚRemaining calm, the call handler managed to keep the boy talking...
  • AMD rumored to be working on a 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen CPU due later this year

    03/24/2017 12:04:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | March 20, 2017 3:46 PM | Kevin Parrish
    AMD is rumored to be working on more Ryzen CPUs that add even more cores and threads to the equation. Their release is said to be several months away,†so it may not be long before AMD reveals a 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen CPU with support for quad-channel DDR4 memory.Although AMDís Ryzen CPUs have received some criticism for their single-core performance and gaming ability, they have excelled in applications and settings where the full power of their many cores and threads can be utilized. The rumored CPUs that AMD may have in the works would up the ante even more, making them...
  • iPad Optics (Appleís iPad has an installed base of over 300 million, far larger than the Macís)

    03/24/2017 10:11:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Asymco ^ | March 24, 2017 | By Horace Dediu
    The iPad has an installed base of over 300 million. This is a far larger audience than that of the Mac (which has somewhere between 100 million and 150 million). And whereas the iPad acquired this audience in about 7 years, the Mac took 33 years.Curiously however, it is the iPad that is seen as the more fragile product. The iPad is considered to be failing, with a presumption of an end of life in the near future. The evidence of this failure the year-on-year decline in units sold. This is illustrated by the following graph.  Note that the iPad decline is paired with...
  • Americans one step closer to losing control of their browser†history

    03/24/2017 6:37:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Maech 24, 2017
    The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses. Those rules, not yet in effect, would have required internet providers to ask your permission before sharing your personal information.
  • Microsoft will kill some Windows 7 and 8.1 support in April (Apr 10 Patch Tuesday)

    03/23/2017 6:12:51 PM PDT · by dayglored · 99 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | Woody Leonhard
    Mark your calendar: Microsoft's promise to cut off Win7 and 8.1 support for the latest PCs will cause howls of pain next month Events of the past week have drawn into sharp focus the likely result of next month's patching cycle. If you have a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC that you bought, built, or upgraded in the past year or so, it would behoove you to understand exactly what Microsoft plans. Many people -- I'll raise my hand here -- thought that Skylake-based computers would continue to receive Windows 7 and 8.1 patches until the respective end-of-life. We are...
  • Apple Responds to Hackerís Threat to Wipe Hundreds of Millions of iPhones

    03/23/2017 12:34:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Fortune ^ | Mar 22, 2017 | By Robert Hackett
    Apple is reassuring customers that its systems have not been breached while a hacker, or hackers, threaten to remotely wipe hundreds of millions iPhones of all their data, including photos, videos, and messages. The hackers are using an alleged cache of stolen email accounts and passwords as leverage in an attempt to extort the world's most valuable company. They claim to have access to as many as 559 million Apple email and iCloud accounts, Vice blog Motherboard reported on Tuesday. The group, calling itself "Turkish Crime Family," said it would delete its alleged list of compromised login credentials only after...
  • Extended 'Ghost in the Shell' Clip Shows Off the Cyber of It All

    03/23/2017 7:13:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 22, 2017 | Graeme McMillan
    Five minutes of the cyberpunk story have been released online. Those unsure about how the live-action Ghost of the Shell will approach its cultural heritage need only watch a newly released five-minute clip from the movie to see that it fully embraces the "cyber"-ness of it all.
  • Intelís Bold Plan to Reinvent Computer Memory (and Keep It a Secret) (Link Only per copyright)

    03/22/2017 2:18:07 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    Wired | Mar 22, 2017 | By Cade Metz
    Summary: Intel is introducing a new type of memory it claims is 1000 times faster than previous Flash memory and can store 10 times more data than DRAM. Its newly released product is five times faster than current SSDs. Called 3D XPoint, pronounced "Three D Cross Drive," intel claims its new memory is "truly transformational" for the entire computer industry. This article is from Wired, and is link only due to copyright considerations: Intelís Bold Plan to Reinvent Computer Memory (and Keep It a Secret) Read the article at the link above.
  • How to add Continuity features to older Macs

    03/22/2017 1:57:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    idownloadblog ^ | Mar 22, 2017 | By Joaquim Barbosa
    Most of our readers will be familiar by now with Apple’s Continuity suite, a slew of features which were introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. These features include Instant Hotspot, a new AirDrop, SMS/Phone calls from Mac, and Handoff. With macOS Sierra and iOS 10, they added Auto Unlock and Universal Clipboard to the group.The catch is of course that making use of these features requires certain hardware. Therefore, Macs from before about 2010/11 appear not to support some or all of the new functionality. However, it turns out there is a way to enable Continuity on your older hardware....
  • Microsoft forcing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to install Windows 10

    03/22/2017 6:01:17 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 03/20/17 | Sarmistha Acharya
    Technology giant Microsoft is blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on Intel's seventh generation Core i3, i5 and i7 AMD's seventh generation processor (Bristol Ridge) and Qualcomm's 8996 processors. While trying to scan and download updates through Windows Update, error messages appear saying, "Windows could not search for new updates" and "code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error." As explained in Microsoft Knowledge based article the errors occur as the new processor generations require the latest Windows version. For those on Windows 7 and 8.1, Microsoft recommends updating the devices to Windows 10. In response to the matter a...
  • TSMC Will Decide To Build U.S. Fab Next Year, According To Spokesman; Plant Estimated At $16 Billion

    03/22/2017 5:43:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | Mar 20, 2017 | Ramish Zafar
    A lot might change for the tech industry in the near future. Donald Trumpís election as U.S. president has left a lot of companies double minded. At one end, theyíre pressured to move manufacturing facilities to the United States†Ė at the other, the decision is simply economically unfeasible. Out of all the companies, itís Apple which has faced the most pressure to move iPhone production back to the States. Today, weíve got more details on the matter.TSMC Will Decide On Whether To Build Plant In The U.S. Or Not Next Year, According To Company Spokesperson Apple and TSMC have had...
  • Mass Effect: Andromedaís Racist Game Designer No Longer Works For BioWare (SJW in flames)

    03/21/2017 11:30:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    OneAngryGamer ^ | March 19, 2017
    Mass Effect: Andromedaís Racist Game Designer No Longer Works For BioWare One of the most controversial individuals who worked at BioWare on Mass Effect: Andromeda was Manveer Heir, a game designer on the project. He had mentioned recently on his Twitter profile that Mass Effect: Andromeda was one of his past projects, but now we have confirmation that Manveer Heir is no longer working at BioWare. BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn responded to a comment on Twitter about Heirís employment at BioWare, stating the followingÖ /snip If you check Manveer Heirís Twitter profile you can see that he does indeed...
  • The Important Algorithms We Know Nothing About ó and Why We Need to Know More

    03/21/2017 10:13:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/20 | Simon Elvery
    Your life is dominated by algorithms and you know next-to-nothing about how they work or what consequences they have.With Facebook's news feed controlling the (fake!) news we see and the algorithmic robo-debt debacle engulfing Centrelink, it's time we knew more about the algorithms having a growing impact on our lives. Has an algorithm affected your life? Do you work with any algorithms we should investigate? Tell us about it. Key points: We're looking into how algorithms are changing our lives It's more interesting, important and complicated than you might imagine We've collected some interesting reporting on how algorithms are influencing...
  • Why Apple announced its new, low-priced iPad with such little fanfare

    03/21/2017 1:58:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 130 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 21, 2017 -- 3:30PM
    Apple just dropped a new iPad with all the excitement of an IRS audit,‚ÄĚ Daniel Howley writes for Yahoo Finance. ‚ÄúThat is to say, there was none. It feels like the company just woke up Tuesday morning and decided, ‚ÄėHey, let¬ís announce a new iPad.‚Äô Instead of a flashy event like Apple usually holds when it debuts a new product, we simply got a press release. I¬íve had dentist appointments that were more thrilling than Apple¬ís latest announcement.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúSo why did Apple, the company that basically owns the tablet market, debut a new iPad without making a big show of...
  • YouTube reverses some restrictions on gay-themed content

    03/20/2017 8:32:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2017 6:17 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    The YouTube video shows two women, dressed in suits and ties. They smile; they sniffle back tears; they gaze into each otherís eyes. They are reading their wedding vows to one another. The four-minute video titled ďHer VowsĒ contains no nudity, violence or swearing. Thereís no revealing clothing. No one is engaging in activities that have a ďhigh risk of injury or death.Ē And yet, YouTube had deemed the video unsuitable for people under 18. YouTube acknowledged Monday that it might have made a mistake, saying in a tweet, ďSome videos have been incorrectly labeled and thatís not right. Weíre...
  • Global brands shun Google

    03/20/2017 6:27:14 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 3/21/2017 | Alexi Mostrous
    Global brands including Volkswagen, Toyota and Tesco last night joined the more than 250 companies that have suspended advertising deals with Google as the internet giant apologised for failing to crack down on extremism. ITV, Aviva and Heinz also pulled advertising from YouTube, Googleís video platform, after an investigation by The Times found the companies promoted on videos posted by hate preachers, rape apologists and homophobic extremists banned from entering Britain. A growing number of brands have blocked Google or YouTube advertising since the revelations last week. They include Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Bank, O2, LíOrťal, RBS, the BBC, Channel...
  • Wife thought he was attacked after he suffered burns on his chest, arm and hand

    03/20/2017 11:59:13 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 87 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 21:23 EDT | By Amie Gordon
    Coroner to warn Apple over potentially lethal iPhone chargers after man electrocuted himself while charging his phone in the bath 32-year-old Richard Bull plugged his iPhone charger into an extension cord He rested the phone on his chest while in the bath and electrocuted himself Coroner warned the devices can be as dangerous as a hairdryer in a bathroom For Mailonline A coroner is to warn Apple that iPhone chargers can be potentially lethal after a man was electrocuted in the bath. Richard Bull from Ealing in west London was pronounced dead by paramedics in his home on December...
  • Auntie Fee... fried food made her an Internet sensation, suffers heart attack and dies

    03/19/2017 9:22:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    L A Times ^ | 03/19/2017 | Esmeralda Bermudez and Christine Mai-Duc
    Felicia OíDell, 59, who won viral fame in 2014 after her son posted a four-minute clip of her cooking some dough-covered ďsweet treats for the kids,Ē died early Friday at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, her brother June OíDell said Saturday. In a Facebook post, OíDellís son Tavis Hunter wrote that ďgod made the decision to take my mother home,Ē and added that ďShe can finally Be happy.Ē ... Feeís fame has come with no small amount of criticism. Some have called her illiterate, unsanitary and unscripted... They have said her dishes ó loaded with butter, sugar and grease ó will send...
  • Could Professional Poker Players Be On The Verge Of Losing Their Livelihoods To Automation?

    03/19/2017 5:48:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Vice Sports ^ | March 17, 2017 | Callum Hamilton
    The year 2010 seems a long time ago now, but it was then that Claude Sammut, a computer science and engineering professor in Australia, made the bold claim that 2050 would be the year that robot footballers would supercede the abilities of mere humans. It's safe to say that, since then, the fears over job automation that keep supermarket checkout workers lying awake at night have not done the same for Lionel Messi. Or, for that matter, Steve Sidwell. Aside from the slightly wacky nature of the claim, there's another problem Ė who would pay to watch robot footballers? It...
  • This laptop-bricking USB stick just got even more dangerous (video at source site)

    03/18/2017 6:54:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 16, 2017 -- 19:42 GMT (12:42 PDT) | By Zack Whittaker
    When plugged in, this weaponized USB stick can destroy laptops, kiosks, ATMs, cars, and more. (Image: USBKill) Remember that USB stick that would destroy almost anything in its path, from laptops, photo booths, kiosks, to even cars? Now there's a new version, and it's even more dangerous than before. In case you missed it the first time around, a Hong Kong-based company built a weaponized pocket-sized USB stick, which when plugged into a device, will rapidly charge its capacitors from the USB power supply and then discharge, frying the affected device's circuits. Dubbed the USB Kill stick, it fries almost...
  • EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter

    03/18/2017 8:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 17, 2017 | 10:09am EDT | Julia Fioretti
    Social media companies Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Twitter Inc. will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday. U.S. technology companies have faced tight scrutiny in Europe for the way they do business, from privacy to how quickly they remove illegal or threatening content. The Commission and European consumer protection authorities will ďtake action to make sure social media companies comply with EU consumer rules,Ē the official said. The comments confirmed a Reuters report from Thursday. Germany, the most populous EU...
  • Microsoft blocks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users from updates on Windows 7 and 8.1

    03/18/2017 8:08:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 17 March 2017 | Nick Farrell
    Upgrade or die Software king of the world Microsoft is locking down system updates for those using AMDís Ryzen and Intelís Kaby Lake processors on Windows 7 and 8.1. Users are now starting to encounter the following error message: ďYour PC uses a processor that isnít supported on this version of Windows.Ē This message appears when a user attempts to update their OS and a quick look at Microsoftís support page reveals upgrading to Windows 10 is the only way to fix the problem. Microsoftís support page on the matter says that Windows 10 is the Ďonlyí OS to...
  • Windows 10 UAC Bypass Uses Backup and Restore Utility

    03/17/2017 9:40:33 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 10 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | March 16, 2017 | Catalin Cimpanu
    A new User Access Control (UAC) bypass technique relies on altering Windows registry app paths and using the Backup and Restore utility to load malicious code without any security warning. The technique revolves around the notion of "auto-elevation," which is a state that Microsoft assigns to various trusted binaries. For example, the Task Manager binary is an auto-elevated file because it's created and digitally signed by Microsoft, and is also housed in a trusted file location, under C:\Windows\system32. This means that despite the UAC security level, launching Task Manager doesn't show a UAC window. Similarly, there are tens of other...
  • Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets Apple products and services in new lawsuit

    03/17/2017 8:05:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Appleinsider ^ | March 17, 2017, 8:08 PM PST | By Mikey Campbell
    Soverain Software, a non-practicing entity that gained media attention for suing Newegg and other online retailers over "shopping cart" patents, on Thursday filed a complaint against Apple for alleged infringement of IP relating to internet-based services. Screenshot of Soverain's webpage. Public access to the site was removed sometime last year. In its lawsuit, filed with the patent holder friendly Eastern District Court of Texas, Soverain leverages four patents developed by e-commerce startup OpenMarket, including the now-bankrupt firm's Transact product. Transact, along with other technologies describing basic digital shopping carts, were at the heart of Soverain's attack on major online companies...
  • Donate Link on Chrome: Your connection is not private

    03/17/2017 3:32:11 PM PDT · by NYAmerican · 10 replies
    My apologies if this topic has been covered, I did a search and couldn't find it. Using Chrome, when I click on the "Donate Now" link, I get a message from Chrome: "Your connection is not private. Attackers might be trying to steal your information from secure.freerepublic.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Net::ERR_CERT_WEAK_SIGNATURE_ALGORITHM" I assume this message is nonsense, but just wondering what the deal is.
  • How to Convert Linux to Windows

    03/17/2017 7:43:57 AM PDT · by lafroste · 56 replies
    me ^ | 3/17/17 | lafroste
    I am currently in the process of ditching Dish satellite cable and switching to all online. Part of my motivation is to defund CNN et al. and part because it is really expensive. My Dish DVR has a lot of movies on it I would like to save. They are (apparently) in Linux format. I can transfer the movies to a flash drive OK, but then I cannot read the flash drive on any other computer (all Windows).Can anyone tell me how I can save these movies so I can watch them in the future? My online search only talked...
  • Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 & 8.1 Updates On Current Generation AMD & Intel Processors

    03/16/2017 5:59:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 65 replies
    TechGage ^ | Mar 16, 2017 | Rob Williams
    Have you upgraded to Intelís Kaby Lake or AMDís Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7? Going forward, thatís going to become a bit of a problem, as Microsoft has said that itís cutting off Windows Update support for such a configuration Ė one that also includes Windows 8.1. In effect, this means that if you are running one of the newest CPUs and either Windows 7 or 8.1, Windows Update will refuse to update. You should still be able to upgrade straight to Windows 10, but as for those minor updates that get pushed through on...
  • Google Now Demoting Baseless & Offensive Search Results

    03/16/2017 11:49:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    androidheadlines.com ^ | 03/15/2017 | Daniel Fuller
    The company is doing this by rolling out new guidelines for their content quality raters, a worldwide collection of around 10,000 independent contractors that Google hires to rate content yielded by its search engine regarding how well it fits a particular search. Google is now asking raters to do a better job of fact-checking search results and is introducing a new content tag called ďUpsetting-Offensive.Ē The ďUpsetting-OffensiveĒ tag is to be used when raters believe a site is deliberately trying to push a negative viewpoint, promote hatred, or outright mislead users in a majorly upsetting way. ... [A] news article...
  • 5 fatal flaws that dog the new Windows 10

    03/16/2017 10:02:00 AM PDT · by upchuck · 43 replies
    Info World ^ | March 14, 2017 | Woody Leonhard
    Microsoft's forthcoming Creators Update offers a mixed bag of fixes for Win10's biggest knocks Windows 10 will get better in the forthcoming Creators Update. That isnít a hollow promise or more marketing drivel. Itís a straightforward observation, comparing the most egregious parts of the current version, Win10 1607 Anniversary Update, with near-final betas of the next version, 1703. While itís too early to gauge 1703ís stability, the feature improvements are very real. Windows 10 beta build 15031, which appeared on Feb. 8, was the first Win10 build in the rs2_release branch. Thatís the point where a fork in the Win10...
  • Researchers Uncover macOS and Safari Exploits at Pwn2Own 2017

    03/16/2017 9:32:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | March 16, 2017 | By Tim Hardwick
    The seventeenth annual CanSecWest security conference is underway in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, where researchers are competing in the 10th anniversary Pwn2Own computer hacking contest for over $1 million in prizes. Day one results have already been published over at the Zero Day Initiative website, with a couple of successful Mac-related exploits already appearing in the list of achievements. Independent hackers Samuel GroŖ and Niklas Baumstark landed a partial success and earned $28,000 after targeting Safari with an escalation to root on macOS, which allowed them to scroll a message on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar. In a partial win,...
  • What is Pinterest good for? (I haven't figured it out.)

    03/16/2017 9:23:34 AM PDT · by fwdude · 98 replies
    March 16, 2017 | fwdude
    I'm relatively new to "social networks" in the truest sense of the word. My sister raves about Pinterest, and tried to get me interested, but I'm not seeing any usefulness in it. What is it, what does it do, how does it advance my place in the universe, and who cares? It looks like a bunch of pictures to me. Pretty shallow. I'm thinking it might be useful for widening exposure to some items I'm selling on Etsy, but don't know. Anyone with hands-on knowledge?
  • Microsoft unveils new ARM server designs, threatening Intelís dominance

    03/16/2017 8:48:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    theverge.com ^ | Mar 9, 2017, 7:45am EST | James Vincent
    **************************************************************************** Intel has a near-monopoly in the server industry, with its own ads proclaiming that ď98 percent of the cloud runs on Intel.Ē Thatís why Microsoftís pledge to use ARM chips in its severs ó hinted at for a while and outlined more fully at the Open Compute Summit this week ó is such a big deal. Microsoft is the second biggest cloud company in the US after Amazon, and if it moves even a small bit of its business away from Intelís products, it threatens the veteran chipmakerís most lucrative revenue stream, responsible for $7.5 billion in operating...
  • High-profile Twitter accounts hacked over spat between Holland and Turkey

    03/16/2017 7:24:48 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5-15-2017 | MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN J.J. GALLAGHER
    Hundreds of Twitter accounts were hacked early Wednesday morning as part of an apparent pro-Turkey social media operation that was used to spread messages deriding the German and Dutch governments in Turkish, according to statements from owners of several of the accounts and Twitter.
  • Desktop Linux the best itís ever beenóand keeps getting better

    03/16/2017 2:54:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    Network World ^ | 3/16/17 | Bryan Lunduke
    While users of proprietary operating systems suffer with new, slower, buggier, more spy-filled systems, Linux users are enjoying better performance and more support.I can be a pretty pessimistic guy. Iím fairly convinced that the Internet of Things spells certain doom for mankind, and Iíve made a habit of standing in front of large rooms full of people simply to tell them how much I think ďLinux sucks.Ē†If you were to call me a Negative Nancy, you wouldnít be far off.To make matters worse, Iím about to publish three new articlesóeach of them extremely pessimistic and gloomyóover the next week.† otal...
  • State Ordered to Provide Disabled Inmate with Motorized Wheelchair

    03/15/2017 5:01:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | March 15, 2017 | Joel Stashenko
    ALBANY - Denying an inmate a motorized wheelchair is discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, a federal judge has ruled. Northern District Judge Mae D'Agostino found that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision...failed to show that there were such safety risks in giving Nathaniel Wright the electric wheelchair that they outweighed his right to have the device.... Wright, 55, will complete a five-year sentence from Monroe County for first-degree sexual abuse next month.
  • Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia (short news video at source)

    03/15/2017 1:58:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 15, 2017 | By Martin PARRY
    "As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face," the woman said "I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire." (AFP Photo/Handout) Sydney (AFP) - A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne on February 19 when there was a...
  • Preinstalled Malware Targeting Mobile Users (Android)

    03/14/2017 9:59:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    CheckPoint ^ | March 14, 2017 | by Oren Koriat, Check Point Mobile Research Team
    The Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention has recently detected a severe infection in 36 Android devices, belonging to a large telecommunications company and a multinational technology company. While this is not unusual, one detail of the attacks stands out. In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the usersí use, it arrived with it.According to the findings, the malware were already present on the devices even before the users received them. The malicious apps were not part of the official ROM supplied by the vendor, and were added somewhere along the supply...
  • Microsoft Adds Advertisements to Windows 10 File Explorer

    03/13/2017 6:12:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Mar 2017 | Jack Hadfield
    Microsoft has taken the next step in pushing advertising on customers of its Windows 10 operating system, with users reporting an advertisement for Microsoft OneDrive now appearing in their File Explorer. Windows 10 has been repeatedly reprimanded by technology journalists over the past year for the increasing amounts of advertising that are baked into the system. Advertisements in various forms have appeared in the Start menu, the lock screen, the taskbar, in the Windows Store, and various other areas. This seems to be the first time that users are noticing them in the File Explorer, the application that allows users...
  • Wikileak's VAULT 7 FULL of END-TIME SECRETS | Uncovered by Steve Cioccolanti

    03/13/2017 1:09:43 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 33 replies
    Steve Cioccolanti & Discover Ministries ^ | Mar 13, 2017 | Steve Cioccolanti, BA, M.Ed.
    Steve Cioccolanti explains the significance of the Wikileat's Vault 7 release during the Feast of Ester.
  • Ethereum Explodes Above $30, Soars 35% In Past 24 Hours

    03/13/2017 11:14:44 AM PDT · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 13 March 2017 | Tyler Durden
    While much of the media and public attention has been understandably focused on Bitcoin in recent months, a far more dramatic move has taken place in Bitcoin's less popular peer, Ethereum. To be sure, one month ago, when we noticed the first tangible move higher in ETH since last summer's dramatic plunge following a highly public hacking scandal which involved a "forking" in the blockchain, we mused if China's furious momentum chasers were turning their attention from bitcoin to ethereum. While the jury is still out on whether Chinese traders have shifted their attention to the less popular digital currency,...
  • How AMDís Naples X86 Server Chip Stacks Up To Intelís Xeons

    03/13/2017 6:24:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    nextplatform.com ^ | March 8, 2017 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Ever so slowly, and not so fast as to give competitor Intel too much information about what it is up to, but just fast enough to build interest in the years of engineering smarts that has gone into its forthcoming ďNaplesĒ X86 server processor, AMD is lifting the veil on the product that will bring it back into the datacenter and that will bring direct competition to the Xeon platform that dominates modern computing infrastructure.It has been a bit of a rolling thunder revelation of information about the Zen core used in the ďNaplesĒ server chip, the brand of...
  • As many as 48 million Twitter accounts aren't people, says study

    03/11/2017 8:21:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | Michael Newberg
    A big chunk of those "likes," "retweets," and "followers" lighting up your Twitter (TWTR)account may not be coming from human hands. According to new research from the University of Southern California, up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are in fact bots rather than people. The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base in the face of growing competition from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and others.
  • AMD's Naples: Outspecing and outperforming $5000 CPU from Intel

    03/11/2017 10:19:46 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | 09 March 2017 | Fuad Abazovic
    AMD has given details of Naples and talked about its support at the Open Compute conference and it also shared a few performance numbers of a dual socket Naples with 64 core and 128 threes versus Intelís latest dual socket Xeon E5-2699A. Intelís latest dual socket Xeon E5-2699A is commercially available from a major server OEM. Intel has 22 cores with 44 threads support per socket. A dual socket Intel system supports total 88 threads while the dual socket Naples supports 128 threads. Intel's platform supports total eight memory channels while Naples supports 16, twice the number. Total memory capacity...
  • Heads Up Windows users

    03/10/2017 11:03:56 AM PST · by loucon · 14 replies
    vanity | 3/10/17 | loucon
    Windows 7 critical update 6:00 AM CST Crashed the print spooler. Had to restore to a previous set point. symptoms: Print spooler service would stop running when sent a print job.