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  • COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for a greybeard coder

    09/17/2019 2:54:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    The Register ^ | September 16, 2019 | Richard Speed
    COBOL is celebrating 60 years since its specifications were signed off. Darling of Y2K consultants, the language is rapidly approaching pensionable age, but many a greybeard owes their career to it. It arose from a desire to create a language that could straddle the computers of the era. Each manufacturer had its own way of working, which, while OK if a company always stuck with one maker, made portability of programs or skills a tad tricky. If only there was, say, a COmmon Business-Oriented Language? Wouldn't that be splendid? Mary Hawes, a programmer of Burroughs machines, put forward a proposal...
  • Secure Browser

    09/03/2019 9:52:33 AM PDT · by Bob434 · 15 replies
    none | Today Sept 3 | Me
    Ok- Not sure how to post vanity threads- hopefully i did it right by posting into general chit chat? Anyways, Looking for suggestions on how to run windows 7 securely on the internet since updates are gonna come to a close- I dual boot, and use Linux mint cinnamon as my main online OS- and use Windows 7 as my gaming OS, my photoshop OS- I do online Racing game which i have to connect to their site (Iracing) and occasionally have to look something up in firefox, but mostly i don't go online with windows except for those- I...
  • Vanity - Sonos control app for win 10?

    08/09/2019 10:12:57 AM PDT · by fision · 11 replies
    08/09/2019 | self
    I want to control my Sonos-connected speakers from my window 10 laptop. I found the app for my IPhone and it works fine. N0w I need an app for my laptop. Any help would be much appreciated.
  • [Vanity] Get It Off!!!!

    08/06/2019 8:35:19 PM PDT · by TBP · 87 replies
    Me | Today | Moi
    Hi, everyone. My computer has something called Cortana on it, and it constantly pops up and insists on trying to "help" me. (Like the government.) Does anyone know how I can disable it?
  • Anybody else using Brave browser?

    08/04/2019 11:04:45 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 42 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8/5/2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    I just downloaded and started using Brave. All I've done is make it the default browser and import bookmarks from Chrome. Are there any other settings I should know about or addons to make it run better? In their addons they recommended Microsoft Edge but since I've never used it before I don't see why I would be using it now. Should I add that on for some reason? I am also using AdGuard 7.0, which I installed before Brave. Is the built in ad blocker for Brave good enough to make AdGuard redundant? I've never had any problems with...
  • LAN Outlet to Wireless/Vanity

    07/18/2019 9:53:43 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 17 replies
    After this I'll try and keep my Himedia problems quiet for awhile. I moved it a few rooms away from the router and now its wireless interface cannot see the home network. But the TV right above it can????? So how does one connect a LAN outlet to a wireless interface/unit? I've been poking around and see several items but was wondering if someone else already went thru this. I didn't want to get one that might not do the job. One reply from my previous query described all the things the Himedia box can do but obviously needs to...
  • Hillary Drops Out of Cybersecurity Event [semi-satire]

    07/05/2019 11:22:46 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 July 2019 | John Semmens
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton abruptly canceled her scheduled appearance at the FireEye Cyber Defense Summit set for this coming October. Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill explained that "this conference is for the world's leading security experts. It was decided that an appearance by the Secretary would undermine her claim that she used an unsecured email server and destroyed a dozen communications devices that were under subpoena out of ignorance and unfamiliarity with using computers and cell phones. We felt it would be better for her to adopt a position that as an aging person who grew up before such...
  • New Mac malware in the wild evades security software, researchers

    07/01/2019 8:16:13 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | July 1, 2019
    New Mac malware in the wild evades security software, researchers Roger Fingas for AppleInsider: Newly uncovered Mac malware is not only in the wild, but trying to avoid detection by security researchers, according to one such firm. Dubbed “CrescentCore,” the malware comes as it usually does —in the form of a DMG file pretending to be an Adobe Flash Player installer, Intego said. If someone launches its contents, the software will check to see if it’s running inside a virtual machine — a way researchers often quarantine their subjects. The malware also checks for several popular antivirus tools, and if...
  • Can You Spot a Deepfake? Does It Matter?

    06/28/2019 8:17:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    nymag.com ^ | 06-27-2019 | By Max Read
    Using a clip from a recent appearance on Conan, a YouTuber “deepfaked” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s head onto comedian Bill Hader’s body. Photo: YouTube ============================================================ A shadow looms over the 2020 election: Deepfakes! The newish video-editing technology (or really, host of technologies) used to seamlessly paste one person’s face on another’s body, has activated a panic among pundits and politicians. During an appearance on CBS This Morning this week, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri summed up the general attitude toward deepfakes, which his platform currently doesn’t have a policy against: “I don’t feel good about it.” Earlier this month, deepfaked and manipulated videos...
  • Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, is leaving the company

    06/27/2019 4:48:06 PM PDT · by cba123 · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | Today | Kid Leswing
    Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, is leaving the company, Apple announced on Thursday. Apple stock dropped 1% on the news in after-hours trading. Ive is considered one of the most important people at Apple, responsible for the industrial design and the look and feel of all major Apple products, including the iPhone and the Mac. He had worked at Apple for more than 20 years. (please see link for full story)
  • Florida city pays hackers $600K in bitcoin to get computer systems back

    06/21/2019 1:56:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/20/19 | Lia Eustachewich
    A small city in Florida has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 in bitcoin ransom to hackers who took control of its computer systems in a ransomware attack, according to reports. The Riviera Beach City Council on Monday unanimously approved its insurance carrier to pay 65 bitcoin — valued at about $592,000 — in hopes of regaining full access to its network, the Palm Beach Post reported. The attack two weeks ago wiped out the city’s entire computer system. The city council was left without email and phone service, direct-deposit paychecks had to be hand-delivered instead and the police department had...
  • Linux Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

    06/19/2019 3:36:47 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 17 June 2019 | Kyle Rankin
    What are these weird directories, and why are they there? If you are new to the Linux command line, you may find yourself wondering why there are so many unusual directories, what they are there for, and why things are organized the way they are. In fact, if you aren't accustomed to how Linux organizes files, the directories can seem downright arbitrary with odd truncated names and, in many cases, redundant names. It turns out there's a method to this madness based on decades of UNIX convention, and in this article, I provide an introduction to the Linux directory structure....
  • Top 9 Most Reliable Laptop Brands And Failure Rate Comparison

    06/19/2019 8:23:57 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 125 replies
    geckoandfly.com ^ | June 9, 2019 | Ngan Tengyuen
    Planned obsolescence, or built-in obsolescence, in industrial design and economics is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete (that is, unfashionable or no longer functional) after a certain period of time. No company will admit they have this policy, but we can observe this from a products’ average failure rate and the company’s sincerity in fixing it by making available parts required to fix it. This is why I am a huge fan of Japanese products and also Apple. Products are not merely hardware, Apple on the other...
  • FBI at hearing about Crowdstrike: the EPITOME of Ridiculous BS (interesting short read) [fiction]

    06/16/2019 6:41:56 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Threader ^ | 6/16/2019 | Incarnated_ET
    FBI at hearing about Crowdstrike: the EPITOME of Ridiculous BS DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Agent Smith, you testified that the Russians hacked the DNC computers, is that correct? FBI AGENT JOHN SMITH: That is correct. DEF ATT: Upon what information did you base your testimony? AGENT: Information found in reports analyzing the breach of the computers. DEF ATT: So, the FBI prepared these reports? AGENT: (cough)…. (shift in seat) No, a cyber security contractor with the FBI. DEF ATT: Pardon me, why would a contractor be preparing these reports? Do these contractors run the FBI laboratories where the server was examined? AGENT:...
  • Facebook, Not Microsoft, Is the Main Threat to Open Source

    06/10/2019 5:15:49 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 4 June 2019 | Glyn Moody
    In the future, Facebook won't be a social-media site. Facebook is under a lot of scrutiny and pressure at the moment. It's accused of helping foreign actors to subvert elections by using ads and fake accounts to spread lies—in the US, for example—and of acting as a conduit for terrorism in New Zealand and elsewhere. There are calls to break up the company or at least to rein it in. In an evident attempt to head off those moves, and to limit the damage that recent events have caused to Facebook's reputation, Mark Zuckerberg has been publishing some long, philosophical...
  • When will new computer processors be made without critical vulnerabilities?

    06/05/2019 10:14:48 AM PDT · by killermosquito · 40 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 6/5/2019 | killermosquito
    Meltdown, Spectre, Foreshadow, and ZombieLoad are critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. I need a new computer. How long do I have to wait until a new processor will be available that is designed without those problems? Or am I going to have to go ahead and buy and live with the patches that reportedly cripple performance?
  • Deepfake porn and the ethics of being able to watch whatever your imagination desires

    05/31/2019 6:20:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    metro.co.uk ^ | Friday 31 May 2019 8:22 am | Jessica Lindsay
    Pornography online attracts millions of erotica-hungry people ready to see sex on-demand. You can simply ask your phone to show you anything you desire and there it is: any time, any place. With the advent of deepfake porn, the possibilities have expanded even further, with people who have never starred in adult films looking as though they’re doing sexual acts on camera. Experts have warned that these videos enable all sorts of bad things to happen, from paedophilia to fabricated revenge porn. What are deepfakes? Deepfakes are videos and images that use deep learning AI to forge something not actually...
  • An NSA cyber weapon is reportedly being used against American cities by the very adversaries it...

    05/26/2019 1:01:53 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | 25 May 2019 | Jared Keller
    FULL TITLE: An NSA cyber weapon is reportedly being used against American cities by the very adversaries it was meant to target In less than three years after the National Security Agency found itself subject to an unprecedentedly catastrophic hacking episode, one of the agency's most powerful cyber weapons is reportedly being turned against American cities with alarming frequency by the very foreign hackers it was once intended to counter. An explosive New York Times story published Saturday detailing how the NSA's Tailored Access Operations lost control of its so-called 'EternalBlue' malware tool to a cadre of hackers known as...
  • A.I. Songwriting Has Arrived. Don't Panic (I disagree)

    05/24/2019 3:44:17 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 91 replies
    Fortune ^ | October 25, 2018 | Dan Rielly
    “IT’S CHEATING.” That’s the response you’ll hear from self-proclaimed music purists talking about technological innovation in song creation. Sampling, synthesizers, drum machines, Auto-Tune—all have been derided as lazy ways to make chart-topping hits because they take away the human element. (With apologies to Vanilla Ice, Gary Numan, Prince, and T-Pain.) The new argument among fans and musicians will be about the use of artificial intelligence in songwriting. According to several estimates, in the next decade, between 20% and 30% of the top 40 singles will be written partially or totally with machine-learning software. Today, recording pros can use A.I.-powered programs...
  • How Big Printer Is Trying to Crush the Counterfeit Ink Trade [HP-Epson-Canon]

    05/17/2019 9:09:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    onezero.medium.com ^ | 04-25-2019 | Lance Ulanoff
    he team moves through a dark, narrow hallway, emerging into a room crammed with an odd sort of contraband: toner and ink cartridges stacked almost to the ceiling. Authorities question a woman who deflects at first before finally admitting that all of them are counterfeits. The video, shot in India and shared with me by Hewlett-Packard (HP Inc), illustrates the raids local authorities have conducted hundreds of times around the world to try and stem the flow of counterfeit ink and toner cartridges. It’s reminiscent of a drug bust, and the economic stakes are nearly as high. According to the...