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  • New maze-like beamsplitter is world's smallest

    05/25/2015 4:57:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Physics World ^ | 05/25/2015 | Ker Than
    An ultracompact beamsplitter – the smallest one in the world – has been designed and fabricated by researchers in the US. Using a newly developed algorithm, the team built the smallest integrated polarization beamsplitter to date, which could allow computers and mobile devices of the future to function millions of times faster than current machines.
  • Extreme Networks Cuts 18 Percent Of Workforce; Plans To 'Rely More On Channel Partners' (285 jobs)

    05/23/2015 9:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CRN ^ | May 21, 2015 | Mark Haranas
    Extreme Networks on Thursday disclosed plans to restructure by cutting 18 percent of its global workforce -- 285 jobs -- and investing in software and cloud services for the channel. Some sales positions were included in the job cuts, and Extreme plans to fill those gaps by working more closely with solution providers, said Ed Meyercord, president and CEO of Extreme, during a conference call. "In certain markets, rather than have the fixed costs of a direct sales team or people in place, we'll cover that through the channel and channel partners," Meyercord said. "We're going to rely more heavily...
  • Google Tone Shares Links To Computers Within Earshot Using Beeps And Boops

    05/23/2015 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 05/22/15 | Jason Cipriani
    A new Chrome extension, called Google Tone, released this week makes it possible to share a URL with another computer in the room using a series of beeps and boops. The concept is dead simple yet instantly instills a sense of disbelief. A computer making seemingly random sounds can transmit the URL for the tab I have open in Chrome across the room? Get out. Full of skepticism, I decided to put it to the test. I installed the Chrome extension on a MacBook Air and a HP laptop running Windows 10. And you know what? It works! Click on...
  • Computing at the speed of light: Team takes big step toward much faster computers

    05/18/2015 11:32:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-18-2015 | Provided by University of Utah
    University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines. The Utah engineers have developed an ultracompact beamsplitter—the smallest on record—for dividing light waves into two separate channels of information. The device brings researchers closer to producing silicon photonic chips that compute and shuttle data with light instead of electrons. Electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon and colleagues describe their invention today in the journal Nature Photonics. Silicon photonics could significantly increase the power and speed of machines such...
  • Stephen Hawking warns computers will overtake humans within 100 years

    05/14/2015 4:46:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    Tech World ^ | 05/14/15 | Sam Shead
    Stephen Hawking today warned that computers will overtake humans in terms of intelligence at some point within the next century. Speaking at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference in London, the internationally renowned cosmologist and Cambridge University professor, said: “Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.” Hawking, who signed an open letter alongside Elon Musk earlier this year warning AI development should not go on uncontrolled, added: “Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom...
  • Conservatives Press GOP to Restrict DOJ’s Foreign Cloud Snooping

    05/13/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    An alliance of free-market conservatives is building support for a bill that would thwart the Obama administration's bid to make foreign computers, servers and data farms subject to Justice Department search and seizure.The alliance stepped up its pressure on Capitol Hill with the release of its May 1 “coalition letter” to Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R.-Va.), the two men who chair the judiciary committees in their chamber. The letter calls on the chairmen to move forward on the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act.To put things in perspective, in 1995 the email...
  • CHIP, a $9 computer with WiFi, Bluetooth, 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage

    05/10/2015 3:56:53 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 59 replies
    The Next Digit ^ | 10 May 2015 | Suzanne Jean
    With the sizes slimming down, it is certainly not a huge surprise that we have a Chip sized computer amidst us. What is really astonishing is the fact that this chip sized computer costs only $9 and can do literally everything for you. The Chip as it has been named runs on Linux and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well.In fact, CHIP from Next Thing Co. also offers a VGA or an HDMI post for monitors, adding immense versatility to it. To be true, this is certainly one invention that all of us might just have been looking forward to.CHIP has...
  • Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days

    05/10/2015 1:06:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 49 replies
    ZDNet ^ | May 9, 2015 | Zack Whittaker
    Storage. It's not a sexy topic. But everyone uses it in some way or another. You have iPhones, you have computers. Everyone knows how important a person's data is. But it doesn't just "disappear." Or does it? New research suggests that newer solid-state hard drives, which are faster and offer better performance, are vulnerable to an inherent flaw -- they lose data when they're left dormant in storage for periods of time where the temperature isn't properly regulated. The worrying factor is that the period of time can be weeks, months, but even in some circumstances -- just a few...
  • Taking on the Smart Criminals

    05/07/2015 11:29:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Emma Jacobs
    In the mid-1990s, Marc Goodman, then an investigator in the Los Angeles Police Department, tried to convince his boss of the need for a computer crime unit. The reaction? Utter bafflement. “This captain said to me, ‘Computer crime, what is that? Like if you take the monitor and hit somebody in the head and kill them?’” It is a telling anecdote. While law enforcement agencies have become in­creasingly sophisticated technologically, criminals have the edge, according to Mr Goodman. That was something he observed when investigating drugs and vice in LA. “In those days the only people that had pagers in...
  • Glenn Beck on Ted Cruz: 'I'm not sure that he could govern'

    05/04/2015 11:50:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 4, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Conservative radio host Glenn Beck said on his show Monday that he's "not sure" Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is able to "govern." Beck made the comment while discussing each of the potential GOP presidential nominees and what he saw as their ability to lead. "We are looking at unbelievable times ahead of us," Beck said. "And I would say on this, I'm not sure [Cruz] could get the coalition together. He'll be a bulldog and he'll stand for principles but I'm not sure that he could govern. I'm not sure yet." One of Beck's co-hosts asked how Cruz...
  • Silicon Valley Then and Now: To Invent the Future, You Must Understand the Past

    05/03/2015 6:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    BackChannel ^ | May 1, 2015 | Leslie Berlin
    “You can’t really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before.” Steve Jobs is explaining why, as a young man, he spent so much time with the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a generation older, men like Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Regis McKenna. It’s a beautiful Saturday morning in May, 2003, and I’m sitting next to Jobs on his living room sofa, interviewing him for a book I’m writing. I ask him to tell me more about why he wanted, as he put it, “to smell that second wonderful era of the valley, the semiconductor companies leading into...
  • Big adobe Illustrator Issues

    04/29/2015 11:50:22 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 26 replies
    MeshugeMikey ^ | April 29, 2015 | MeshugeMikey
    When I do a normal launch of adobe illustrator It freezes. when I do the optional launch....I get no toolbar etc etc. Im stumped and haven't been able to get anywhere on the adobe forums help! Thank you
  • Pentagon says it evicted Russian Hackers

    04/24/2015 11:38:40 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23 Apr 2015 | Phil Stewart
    The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an unclassified U.S. military network, in a episode Defense Secretary Ash Carter said showed the growing threat and the improving U.S. ability to respond.
  • Here’s How to Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You

    04/22/2015 12:03:08 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 36 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Daniel Howley
    Have you ever what Google Search really knows about you? Well, now you can check, as Google has added a new feature that lets you view and download your entire search history. Yep. Everything.
  • "Fed Up" Colorado Man, 38, Busted For Killing His Computer In Cold Blood

    04/21/2015 3:34:59 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 110 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | APRIL 21, 2015 | No Attribution
    A Colorado man who has been “fighting with his computer for the last several months” unloaded a volley of shots into his Dell tormentor, resulting in the death of the computer and his arrest for discharging a firearm, cops report. When asked about the shooting, Hinch told TSG, “I just had it,” adding that he tired of the balky computer’s “blue screen of death.” Hinch said that he whacked the computer with a 9mm Hi-Point pistol recently purchased from a Craigslist seller. The gun was seized by police, who left the computer behind. The late Dell XPS 410 model, seen...
  • Colorado man cited for 'killing' uncooperative computer with handgun

    04/21/2015 2:03:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/21/2014
    DENVER (Reuters) - Police in Colorado have cited a 37-year-old man for carrying his computer into an alley then shooting it eight times with a handgun after what authorities said had been a long battle with the uncooperative machine. Lucas Hinch was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits after officers responded to a "shots fired" call early on Monday evening, the Colorado Springs Police Department said in a statement. "Investigation revealed a resident was fed up with fighting his computer for the last several months," said the statement, entitled "Man Kills His Computer."
  • Future of BIG DATA

    04/17/2015 11:47:03 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 1 replies
    The interesting part is the lower right hand of the pictorial.
  • Adobe Patches Flash Flaw Targeted by Exploit in the Wild

    04/14/2015 8:34:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    Intego.com ^ | April 14th, 2015 | by Derek Erwin
    Adobe Systems has released a patch for 22 vulnerabilities in Flash Player, one of which is reportedly under attack by an exploit that exists in the wild. The most critical vulnerability, CVE-2015-3043, could lead to code execution. Adobe's Flash Player security updates are available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux."Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2015-3043 exists in the wild, and recommends users update their product installations," said Adobe. If you reached this page because you're unsure if a popup alert from Adobe is real, take a look at our helpful guide for best practices how to safely install and...
  • Kaspersky releases tools to decrypt files encrypted with CoinVault Ransomware

    04/14/2015 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    TechWorm ^ | on April 14, 2015 | Abhishek Kumar Jha
    Software security group Kaspesky labs in collaboration with the Dutch police has released a tool which helps to decrypt files locked by Ransomware. Kaspersky Labs has released a decryption tool for files encrypted with CoinVault ransomware. The tool was developed by the Kaspersky lab after the The National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch police handed over the information obtained from a database of CoinVault command-and-control server containing the decryption keys.
  • More than 300 Chicago jobs lost as TigerDirect shutters stores

    04/08/2015 8:09:34 AM PDT · by fulltlt · 12 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 4/6/2015 | Crain's Chicago Business
    More than 300 Chicago-area jobs will be lost when electronics retailer TigerDirect closes all but three of its 34 stores, including four Chicago-area locations and a distribution center. About 40 employees at each location will be cut, a spokeswoman said. Stores in Orland Park, Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Vernon Hills are among those closing. According to the latest Illinois Warn report, layoffs will occur at the retail locations May 9. A distribution center adjacent to the Naperville store will also be shuttered, with 172 workers scheduled to be laid off June 8.
  • How the US thinks Russians hacked the White House

    04/08/2015 4:17:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-8-15 | Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz
    Washington (CNN)—Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. While the White House has said the breach only affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of the intrusion. The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president's schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. officials say. The White House in October said it...
  • Russia’s Invasion of White House Computers: The Story Still Has Not Been Told

    04/08/2015 4:10:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Powerline ^ | 4-7-15 | John Hinderaker
    CNN has made news with this headline: “How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House.” Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. While the White House has said the breach only affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of the intrusion. The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president’s schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and...
  • Mono 4 Released, First Version To Adopt Microsoft Code (Windows .NET for Linux)

    04/05/2015 8:26:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    Slashdot ^ | April 5, 2015 | jones_supa
    Version 4.0.0 of Mono, the FOSS implementation of the .NET Framework, has been released. This is the first release of Mono that replaces various components of Mono with code that was released by Microsoft under the MIT license. Microsoft itself is working towards .NET Core: a redistributable and re-imagined version of .NET, which has two code drops: CoreFX and CoreCLR. Mono at this point continues to provide an API that tracks the .NET desktop/server version. This means that most of the Mono code that has been integrated from Microsoft comes from the ReferenceSource code drop. ...
  • Malwarebytes Programs

    04/02/2015 10:43:19 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 21 replies
    Is Malwarebytes and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploits two separate programs? If so, is it advised to have both programs on my computer? I am currently using Malwarebytes Anti-malware on my Windows 8.1 system.
  • No, it’s not always quicker to do things in memory (computer)

    03/26/2015 8:27:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 67 replies
    ITworld ^ | March 25, 2015 | Phil Johnson
    It’s a commonly held belief among software developers that avoiding disk access in favor of doing as much work as possible in-memory will results in shorter runtimes. The growth of big data has made time saving techniques such as performing operations in-memory more attractive than ever for programmers. New research, though, challenges the notion that in-memory operations are always faster than disk-access approaches and reinforces the need for developers to better understand system-level software. These findings were recently presented by researchers from the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia in a paper titled When In-Memory Computing is...
  • SSL/TLS Suffers 'Bar Mitzvah Attack'

    03/26/2015 10:43:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Dark Reading ^ | 3-26-2015 | Kelly Jackson Higgins
    SSL/TLS encryption once again is being haunted by an outdated and weak feature long past its prime:  a newly discovered attack exploits a weakness in the older, less secure RC4 encryption algorithm option in SSL/TLS that's still supported in many browsers and servers. Itsik Mantin, director of security research with Imperva, at Black Hat Asia in Singapore today will detail how an attacker could sniff credentials and other information during an SSL session in an attack he named the "Bar Mitzvah Attack" after 13-year-old weaknesses in the algorithm it abuses. The attack is a glaring reminder that the RC4 algorithm,...
  • BitWhisper turns up heat on air-gap security

    03/24/2015 9:46:52 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 4 replies
    © 2015 Tech Xplore, Phys.org ^ | March 24, 2015 - 5 hrs ago | Nancy Owano
    Ben Gurion University reported Monday that researcher Mordechai Guri, assisted by Matan Munitz and guided by Prof. Yuval Elovici, uncovered a way to breach air-gapped systems—that's quite something considering that air-gapped systems, said the Daily Mail, are among the most secure computers on the planet, used in high security settings such as classified military networks, payment networks processing credit and debit card transactions for retailers, and industrial control systems for critical infrastructure. The research initiative was given the name BitWhisper, part of research on the topic of air-gap security at the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University. Dudu Mimran,...
  • No love lost: Microsoft tries to block Linux on Windows machines

    03/24/2015 7:52:28 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    Linuxveda ^ | 21 March 2015 | Paul Hill
    Remember the most talked about story of 2014? It was Microsoft loves Linux. It looks like Microsoft’s love for Linux is more like Mark Wahlberg’s love for Reese Witherspoon as we saw in the movie Fear.If reports are to be trusted Microsoft’s survival mechanism may kick in again, with the new release of Windows. The legacy software maker may resort to ‘secure boot’ to block alternative operating systems on Windows PCs.At Microsoft’s hardware conference WinHEC, new slides were shown which could mean bad news for Linux users. Machines shipping with Windows 10 may see OEMs enforcing Secure Boot without an option...
  • Trouble with Firefox and Java

    03/23/2015 2:07:45 PM PDT · by lafroste · 23 replies
    me | 3/23/15 | lafroste
    Last week I had a very wierd computer glitch. It screwed up my text fonts, desktop icons and other stuff. At any rate I have gotten things mostly back under control, except for one thing. Java scripts refuse to run in Firefox. I have updated Firefox, I have update Java, I have gone through everywhere I can think of to enable Java script, but it still will not run. Does anyone have any suggestians on how to fix this or what the problem might be? It has me flummoxed. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  • Italian Researchers Expect 3D Printed Eyes by 2027, Providing Enhanced Vision & WiFi Connection

    03/21/2015 8:34:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 20, 2015 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    There’s one thing you may have begun to notice about digital design and 3D printing: whatever you think might happen in the future is probably going to advance far beyond whatever you envisioned or thought might be a cool idea. And literally, one day you may be envisioning your entire world, and recording it as well, through completely artificially constructed, 3D printed eyeballs. You may be able to say goodbye to prescription glasses and contact lenses — and even your camera, as your original retina is replaced by a new and digital network contained inside your head, and even able...
  • Ransomware: Pay it or fight it?

    03/21/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    Network World ^ | Mar 16, 2015 | Colin Neagle
    Ask security experts what to do when hit with ransomware – the sophisticated malware that infects a device or network, uses military-grade encryption to restrict access, and demands payment for the decryption key – and you'll typically get the same answer: "never pay the ransom." But for many, that's simply not an option. For example, last November an employee in the Sheriff's Department in Dickinson County, Tenn., accidentally clicked on a malicious ad and exposed the office network to the infamous CryptoWall ransomware. Detective Jeff McCliss told local News Channel 5 that CryptoWall had encrypted "every sort of document you...
  • Ethereum, IT Dreamed Up By a Wunderkind 19 y.o. That Could One Day Transform Law, Finance & Society

    03/19/2015 11:50:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jim Epstein
    Ethereum, the brainchild of wunderkind software developer Vitalik Buterin, who was just 19 when he came up with the idea, is the most buzzed-about project right now in the cryptocurrency community. It has attracted an all-star team of computer scientists and raised $18.4 million in a crowdfunding campaign—the third most successful of all time. And now, according to the official Ethereum blog, it's on the verge of being rolled out to the public. Ethereum's developers use a rolling ticker tape of bold tag lines to describe what they're creating, including a “Social Operating System for Planet Earth,” and “the Upcoming...
  • Classic FPS Descent to be rebooted by Star Citizen alums

    03/19/2015 6:45:45 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 18 replies
    Ars Technica | Mar 18, 2015 4:30am PDT | Lee Hutchinson
    For those of you who remember such classic computer games such as Descent (a Doom-type First Person Shooter) and Descent II, ars technica has an article posted about how some alums of the game are attempting a reboot of the game for PC/MAC called "Descent Underground". Another source states that a Linux version is planned but no reference is found in this article. More info, history, and some nice graphics are at the website.
  • Why Does Laptop Keep Going Out When I Watch Video?

    03/17/2015 9:08:00 PM PDT · by onedoug · 38 replies
    Personal ^ | 17 MAR 2015 | onedoug
    My computer shuts down completely upon watching certain video. For example, the earlier posted Tom Cotton speech. When I clicked onto it, I was able to watch essentially the introduction, then, BLANK. The thing just shuts off. FR, or stuff like my library account, or the weather forecasts, etc, are fine. But the minute I switch to a video format, or try to watch a CD...blank. It suddenly shuts down completely. Is it my system, or is there a fix that I'm unaware of? I know there are many knowledgeable herein. Thank you all in advance.
  • Microsoft Is Phasing Out Internet Explorer

    03/17/2015 8:18:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 46 replies
    Atlantic Monthly ^ | March 17, 2015 | ZACH WENER-FLIGNER
    The end is finally in sight for Microsoft’s long-fraught Internet Explorer. At the Microsoft Convergence conference yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia, Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s head of marketing, said that the new flagship browser for Windows, which was announced in January and is codenamed Project Spartan, will not be associated with the Internet Explorer brand. While Internet Explorer will still exist on Windows 10 for compatibility purposes, it will take a back seat to the new browser.
  • FBI’s Plan to Expand Hacking Power Advances Despite Privacy Fears

    03/16/2015 8:14:08 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    National Journal ^ | 3-16-2015 | DUSTIN VOLZ
    A judicial advisory panel Monday quietly approved a rule change that will broaden the FBI's hacking authority despite fears raised by Google that the amended language represents a "monumental" constitutional concern. The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules voted 11-1 to modify an arcane federal rule to allow judges more flexibility in how they approve search warrants for electronic data, according to a Justice Department spokesman. Known as Rule 41, the existing provision generally allows judges to approve search warrants only for material within the geographic bounds of their judicial district. But the rule change, as requested by the...
  • Help with Sending Mass E mailings

    03/13/2015 8:19:14 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 19 replies
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    I am doing some clerical work for an insurance adjustor and he has asked that I assist in setting up a system where one email would be sent to 50 recipients. He does not want it done in BCC format as he claims those on the BCC list would be able to discover who the email was sent to. I do not want to make this more difficult than it has to be. He said an email blast program may be the way to go but I know nothing about these. Your advice/assistance is most appreciated.
  • Ransomware victims pay cybercriminals to save family photos

    03/11/2015 10:42:15 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    CBC News ^ | March 11, 2015 | David Common
    Theresa and Billy Niedermayer paid an $800 ransom to get precious family photos of their three young boys back from cybercriminals. Their home computer had been seized by one of the more malicious malware programs spreading fast around the world. Ransomware takes computer files hostage. Cybercriminals target photos, videos, spreadsheets, documents, slide presentations — anything that someone will pay to recover. The initial infection takes seconds. In some cases, the malicious software encrypts the files so their owners can no longer read them. The data isn't compromised or removed, just locked down and inaccessible. Try to access them and a...
  • DevMountain. The Coding Factory

    03/07/2015 5:47:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Startup Hook ^ | November 19, 2014 | Staff
    IÂ’ll be honest, when it comes to coding IÂ’m just about the last person anyone would consider asking advice from. DonÂ’t get me wrong, I find what programmers do to be both extremely interesting, and (of course) integral to our continued push for innovation in a digitized world, but studying the developers at my day job is like monitoring a team of archaeologists making sense out of hieroglyphics. There are countless people who feel the same way, which is unfortunate since development is a potentially rewarding career path, and one thatÂ’s constantly expanding. One of the stumbling blocks, as mentioned...
  • Battling the bloatware blight

    03/06/2015 5:25:59 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Globe ^ | March 04, 2015 | Hiawatha Bray
    Many new devices are cluttered with programs that you never installed, never requested, and many not want. There’s nothing like the fresh, clean feeling of unboxing a brand-new computer or smartphone. Too bad the feeling usually comes to an end the moment you hit the power button. ... Bloatware isn’t all bad — you might end up buying that antivirus program. But it can also slow down your machine and waste valuable storage space. And every now and then, these unwanted programs will even threaten your privacy. Late last month, the Chinese computer maker Lenovo admitted that a bit of...
  • Audible ads on web pages......

    03/03/2015 11:27:56 AM PST · by leopardseal · 39 replies
    This is turning into a curse. I'm getting ads which come up making all kinds of noise and racket ten or twenty minutes after I've had a website open and if I've had ten or fifteen sites open, it can be all but impossible to figure out which one is even causing the trouble. Do any of the current browsers offer any way to block audible ads?
  • The computer of the future

    03/01/2015 8:28:02 PM PST · by leopardseal · 47 replies
    It might actually be that something like this would be possible with today's technology or it may be more like five or ten years out, but this is the computer I'd like to have. The thing would look like two Iphones held together face to face with magnets or snaps of some sort and fit in a shirt pocket. You'd take it out of your pocket, take the two halves of the thing apart, and set the one half on any flat surface to be the mouse. The other half would sit on the same surface and somehow generate a...
  • HACKED HARDWARE COULD CAUSE THE NEXT BIG SECURITY BREACH

    02/24/2015 5:08:22 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 4 replies
    Popular Science ^ | February 17, 2015 | By P.W. Singer
    Sinister Circuit Board Peter Shanks via Flickr CC By 2.0 In late summer of 2006, the Japanese division of McDonald’s decided to run a new promotion. When customers ordered a Coca-Cola soft drink, they would receive a cup with a code. If they entered that code on a designated website and were among 10,000 lucky winners, they would receive an MP3 player pre-loaded with 10 songs. Cleverly constructed, the promotion seemed destined for success. Who doesn’t like a Coke and a free MP3 player? But there was one problem the marketers at McDonald’s could not anticipate: In addition to 10...
  • Lenovo Has Been Selling Laptops with Malware Pre-Installed

    02/19/2015 11:58:24 AM PST · by Wolfie · 51 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | Feb. 19, 2015
    Lenovo Has Been Selling Laptops with Malware Pre-Installed Computer maker Lenovo has been shipping laptops prepackaged with malware that makes you more vulnerable to hackers — all for the sake of serving you advertisements. Made by a company called “Superfish,” the software is essentially an Internet browser add-on that injects ads onto websites you visit. Besides taking up space in your Lenovo computer, the add-on is also dangerous because it undermines basic computer security protocols. That’s because it tampers with a widely-used system of official website certificates. That makes it hard for your computer to recognize a fake bank website,...
  • Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware

    02/17/2015 7:03:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | Feb 17, 2015 5:40 AM | Jeremy Kirk
    The malware reprograms the hard drive’s firmware, creating hidden sectors on the drive that can only be accessed through a secret API (application programming interface). Once installed, the malware is impossible to remove: disk formatting and reinstalling the OS doesn’t affect it, and the hidden storage sector remains. “Theoretically, we were aware of this possibility, but as far as I know this is the only case ever that we have seen of an attacker having such an incredibly advanced capability,” said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team, in a phone interview Monday.
  • Alan Turing and the New Emergentists

    02/18/2015 5:46:00 AM PST · by Heartlander · 38 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | February 18, 2015 | Erik J. Larson
    Alan Turing and the New Emergentists Erik J. Larson February 18, 2015 4:29 AM | Permalink The acclaimed Alan Turing biographical film The Imitation Game is up for multiple Oscars on Sunday. It is a tale of Turing as a tragic hero and misunderstood genius, irascible, certainly idiosyncratic, who insinuates himself into a job interview at Bletchley Park as a self-proclaimed mathematical genius, which later is born out as true. He "invents" the digital computer to solve the decryption challenge posed by the German Enigma machines, and thus saves the Allied powers from Hitler.  The film is a human-interest story,...
  • Researchers stumble across Arab-speaking cybercriminal group

    02/18/2015 6:43:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | Posted: 2 hours, 35 mins ago | Michael Hatamoto
    The Operation Arid Viper campaign has successfully stolen more than 1 million files with current malware campaigns underway, though it's not the usual suspects, according to Kaspersky Lab and Trend Micro. The Arab-speaking group, with ties to Gaza, have targeted foreign government offices, critical infrastructure, military, universities, and other high-profile targets. The attacks likely occurred starting in mid-2013 and a full investigation into their actions is underway.   "Whoever the real culprits are, it is clear that they are part of the Arab world, evidence of a budding generation of Arab hackers and malware creators intent on taking down their...
  • Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age'

    02/18/2015 3:31:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/13/15 | Pallab Ghosh
    Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost. Currently a Google vice-president, he believes this could occur as hardware and software become obsolete. He fears that future generations will have little or no record of the 21st Century as we enter what he describes as a "digital Dark Age".
  • Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

    02/16/2015 11:44:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
  • Authorities investigating triple homicide in Kentucky (Parents took away teens computer privileges)

    02/15/2015 7:51:10 PM PST · by PROCON · 95 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | Feb. 15, 2015 | ADAM BEAM and BRUCE SCHREINER
    CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy killed in a shootout Saturday with police in Maryland, prompted the search of his home over 500 miles away in Kentucky, where authorities found the bodies of his parents and younger sister. Friends and relatives of Jason Hendrix were struggling to understand how the boy, a faithful churchgoer who was baptized just two months ago, could end up as the suspect in the slayings. Hendrix, a Kentucky high school ROTC student and active church member, was angry at his parents for taking away his computer privileges when he's suspected of killing his family...