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  • Operators of Tech Support Scam Settle FTC Charges

    06/21/2016 11:48:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Imperial Valley News ^ | June 20, 2016
    Operators of Tech Support Scam Settle FTC Charges Details Written by IVN Category: National News Published: 20 June 2016 Washington, DC - The defendants behind Vast Tech Support have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission and State of Florida charges that they scammed thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars by selling them bogus technical support services. Under the settlement, Vast Tech Support, LLC and OMG Tech Help, LLC and their chief operating officer, Mark Donohue are prohibited from misleading consumers about the nature of the products they sell or market, as well as from deceptive telemarketing. In addition,...
  • New (Windows) ransomware strain coded entirely in Javascript

    06/20/2016 7:31:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | June 20, 2016
    The script is disguised as a document Security researchers have discovered a new strain of ransomware coded entirely in Javascript, which could increase its chances of being activated. Unlike executable program files, Javascript documents do not always trigger a security warning on Windows or require administrator access to run. Named RAA, the malware is disguised as a document and starts encrypting files immediately when opened. One security expert said the approach was likely to fool many victims. "It's an interesting approach to ransomware," said Ken Munro of security company Pen Test Partners. "Using Javascript as an attachment to an email...
  • Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

    06/18/2016 10:08:56 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | 16 Jun 2016 at 18:50 | Shaun Nichols
    Adobe has released an update for Flash that addresses three dozen CVE-listed vulnerabilities. The update includes a fix for the CVE-2016-4171 remote code execution vulnerability that is right now being exploited in the wild to install malware on victims' computers. Adobe is recommending that users running Flash for Windows, macOS, Linux, and ChromeOS update the plugin as quickly as possible, giving the update the "Priority 1" ranking, a designation reserved for flaws that are, according to Adobe, "being targeted, or which have a higher risk of being targeted." Adobe credited security researchers at Cisco Talos, Google Project Zero, FireEye, Microsoft...
  • Intel x86s hide another CPU that can take over your machine (you can't audit it)

    06/15/2016 7:43:51 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 44 replies
    Zicos ^ | Wednesday June 15, 2016. 02:48 PM | from BoingBoing
    The Intel Management Engine (ME) is a subsystem composed of a special 32-bit ARC microprocessor that's physically located inside the chipset. It is an extra general purpose computer running a firmware blob that is sold as a management system for big enterprise deployments. When you purchase your system with a mainboard and Intel x86 CPU, you are also buying this hardware add-on: an extra computer that controls the main CPU. This extra computer runs completely out-of-band with the main x86 CPU meaning that it can function totally independently even when your main CPU is in a low power state like...
  • This startup may have built the world's fastest networking switch chip

    06/15/2016 1:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    IT News ^ | June 14, 2016 | Stephen Lawson
    Networking has undergone radical changes in the past few years, and two startup launches this week show the revolution isn’t over yet. Barefoot Networks is making what it calls a fully programmable switch platform. It came out of stealth mode on Tuesday, the same day 128 Technology emerged claiming a new approach to routing. Both say they’re rethinking principles that haven’t changed since the 1990s. Now is a good time to shake up networking, because IT itself is changing shape, says Nemertes Research analyst John Burke. “Everybody pretty much wants and needs their IT services to work continuously and scalably,”...
  • I feel like I'm being scammed.

    06/07/2016 9:38:51 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 16 replies
    Me ^ | 6/7/2016 | The Louiswu
    I am being told by a representative of Yext.com that in order to change any of my business listings on the internet I have to PAY - that all of this information has been monetized and that information, even if I want to remove to is basically owned by someone else. Is this true? Is there a way I can correct errors in my business info without paying an arm and a leg?
  • Phone Scam ‘Onslaught’ Has Authorities Scrambling

    05/27/2016 7:17:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 139 replies
    WSJ video ^ | 5/27/2016
    Phone Scam ‘Onslaught’ Has Authorities Scrambling 5/27/2016 Telephone scammers posing as tech support, lottery reps or even government officials are inundating U.S. homes as cheap technology and the rapid rise in Internet access globally makes it easier to set up ..
  • Hillary Clinton Wasn't Adept at Using a Desktop for Email, Inquiry Is Told

    05/27/2016 1:15:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | Eric Lichtblau and Steven Lee Myers
    Hillary Clinton and her advisers have offered a series of explanations over the last year for her decision to use a private email server as secretary of state, a decision that she said again on Thursday had been "a mistake." She did not want the inconvenience of carrying two phones, Mrs. Clinton said initially. She did not want a government account that might pull in nonwork matters, she said later. Or perhaps, an adviser has said, she simply did not want Republican lawmakers rifling through her personal emails. Yet another explanation emerged Thursday: She was not comfortable with using a...
  • IRRITATING SNAPFISH POPUP

    05/25/2016 9:20:32 AM PDT · by knarf · 19 replies
    self ^ | May 25, 2016 | knarf
    About six months ago I downloaded SNAPFISH thinking it was something I wantedI soon learned it was not and went into my programs, uninstalled and everything was OK until todayI am getting a constant annoying popup saying, "We are unable to authenticate your acct." etc I've been everywhere I know and can't find this annoyance to remove ithelpW7 w/chrome
  • FTC expands tech support fraud lawsuit

    05/20/2016 8:04:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Hartford Business.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | Keith Griffin
    May 19, 2016 FTC expands tech support fraud lawsuit Keith Griffin The Federal Trade Commission has added three new defendants to an ongoing case against a tech support scam with ties to Connecticut. The scheme allegedly bilked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by pretending to represent Microsoft, Apple, and other major tech companies. Back in November, the Connecticut attorney general's office joined in the FTC action along with the state of Pennsylvania in a request to shut down a tech support scam operating out of Essex and two locations in Pennsylvania that allegedly scammed consumers out of...
  • Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not? (With discretes on a 12"x15" PCB)

    05/18/2016 10:21:45 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    The Register ^ | May 18, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    The 6502 CPU is a fondly-remembered CPU* for good reason: along with chips from Motorola, Intel and Zilog, it helped create the personal computer business in the 1980s. However, this project is affection on a grand scale: some US enthusiasts are creating a transistor-for-transistor replica of the chip's design using discrete components. It's a good thing we're in the era of surface mount components, because even with small components the 3,218 transistors, 1,019 resistors and various other bits of the MOnSter 6502 need a four-layer PCB measuring 12” x 15” with components mounted on both sides. Because a big, slow,...
  • Apple Meets With Podcasters to Hear Wide-Ranging Community Grievances

    05/07/2016 1:46:51 PM PDT · by BBB333 · 12 replies
    Apple has held a special meeting with leading podcasters in an attempt to address concerns that the company is failing to adequately support the iTunes broadcast community
  • Engineers develop micro-sized, liquid-metal particles for heat-free soldering

    04/25/2016 10:53:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | April 25, 2016 | Provided by: Iowa State University
    The vial contains liquid-metal particles suspended in ethanol. The particles were used to demonstrate heat-free soldering. Credit: Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University =========================================================================================================== Martin Thuo likes to look for new, affordable and clean ways to put science and technology to work in the world. His lab is dedicated to an idea called frugal innovation: "How do you do very high-level science or engineering with very little?" said Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. "How can you solve a problem with the least amount...
  • Most ACCURATE CDR/DVD burner

    04/22/2016 4:04:41 PM PDT · by newfreep · 49 replies
    SELF
    I'm seeking an external (USB) CDR/DVD burner that is HIGHLY accurate. Any recommendations is most welcomed and appreciated.
  • Intel Corp. (INTC) To Cut 12,000 Jobs Globally, Or 11% Of Its Workforce As PC Sales Plummet

    04/20/2016 1:20:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 19 April 2016 | Angelo Young
    Intel Corp. said Tuesday it will cut about 11 percent of its global workforce, or up to 12,000 positions, as the world’s largest chipmaker grapples with plunging global sales of desktop computers. The aggressive cost-cutting campaign will include the loss of executive staffers at the Santa Clara, California, company and will be completed by the middle of next year, the company said in a regulatory filing. The company also said it will book a one-time charge of $1.2 billion in the second quarter. The planned job losses come as Intel shifts its focus toward mobile applications, data centers and connectivity...
  • Windows Users: It’s Time to Dump Apple’s QuickTime [Vulnerable to Hackers, No Fix]

    04/20/2016 6:46:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/18/16 | NATHAN OLIVAREZ-GILES
    U.S. government recommends uninstalling software after security holes discovered If you’re still using Apple’s QuickTime on a Windows PC, it’s time to stop. Apple confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it is no longer supporting or updating the 11-year-old QuickTime 7 for Windows, and has posted instructions for uninstalling the software. Keeping it installed on your computer may pose a risk. Last week, researchers discovered two new security holes that could allow bad guys to create malicious files to launch within Apple’s media player. Trend Micro, the security research firm that found the vulnerability, said that it hasn’t yet...
  • Microsoft, Samba Badlock flaw not critical, but serious enough

    04/13/2016 2:06:43 PM PDT · by Mannaggia l'America
    Computerworld ^ | 04/13/2016 | Lucian Constantin
    Microsoft and the Samba project fixed a vulnerability in their implementation of the SMB/CIFS protocol after the flaw was initially announced three weeks ago under the name Badlock. The vulnerability, covered by Microsoft in its MS16-047 security bulletin published Tuesday, was also fixed in Samba 4.4.2, 4.3.8 and 4.2.11. It could allow a man-in-the-middle attacker to impersonate an authenticated user and execute arbitrary network calls to the server, possibly with administrative privileges. Badlock's existence was announced on March 22 by a company called SerNet, which offers Samba consulting, support and development services. It employs the person who found the flaw:...
  • Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

    04/07/2016 10:46:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 07 April 2016 | Liam Proven
    Linux is all grown up. It has nothing left to prove. There's never been a year of the Linux desktop and there probably never will be, but it runs on the majority of the world's servers. It never took over the desktop, it did an end-run around it: there are more Linux-based client devices accessing those servers than there are Windows boxes.Linux Foundation boss Jim Zemlin puts it this way: "It's in literally billions of devices. Linux is the native development platform for every SOC. Freescale, Qualcomm, Intel, MIPS: Linux is the immediate choice. It's the de facto platform. It's...
  • Apple At 40: 12 Products That Changed Computing Forever (Slide Show)

    04/03/2016 12:43:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Information Week ^ | April 3, 2016 | by Curtis Franklin Jr.
    Apple reached its 40th anniversary this month, no mean feat in a tech industry littered with the names of long-gone giants. Here's a look at the 12 products that defined the company, and changed what we know as computing in the process.
  • MIT’s New 5-Atom Quantum Computer Could Make Today’s Encryption Obsolete

    03/24/2016 1:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Cryptogon ^ | March 6, 2016
    "all you have to do is go in the lab, apply more technology, and you should be able to make a bigger quantum computer" So the only thing preventing a more general purpose quantum computer is money and enough engineers... Hmm... (POLL-AT-LINK) Via: PC World: Much of the encryption world today depends on the challenge of factoring large numbers, but scientists now say they've created the first five-atom quantum computer with the potential to crack the security of traditional encryption schemes. In traditional computing, numbers are represented by either 0s or 1s, but quantum computing relies on atomic-scale units, or...
  • Hacker Group "Anonymous" Releases Trump's Social Security, Phone Numbers

    03/17/2016 4:42:08 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 137 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/16 | "Tyler Durden"; character name for Brad Pitt in The Fight Club
    Earlier this month, infamous hacker collective Anonymous declared "war" on Donald Trump who they accuse of being a fascist and seeking to institute a dictatorship in America. We're not sure how many people took them seriously and we're almost positive Trump himself got a good, hearty laugh at the threat (after all, the group also declared "war" on Bakr al-Baghdadi) but on Thursday, the group claims it has released Trump's phone number and social security number.
  • AlphaGo Computer wins a close one to wrap up battle of man vs. machine

    03/15/2016 1:44:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    C/NET ^ | 03/15/2016 | Lance Whitney
    It was an intense competition between man and machine, and in the end, the machine took home the title. On Tuesday, Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence program won the fifth and final round game of Go in a bout with Lee Sedol, one of the greatest Go players in the world. AlphaGo took four out of the five games in a contest that marked a noteworthy leap forward for computer smarts. That's not to say the computer was perfect. After losing the fourth game, AlphaGo hit a rough patch in game five, but continued on to defeat Lee, who resigned 280...
  • People Are Claiming Their PCs Are Automatically Upgrading To Windows 10 — Without Permission

    03/15/2016 10:14:40 AM PDT · by blam · 97 replies
    BI ^ | 3-15-2016 | Matt Weinberger
    Matt WeinbergerMarch 15, 2016Microsoft's aggressive campaign to get customers to Windows 10 is raising some eyebrows, with scattered reports that some people's PCs are automatically upgrading from Windows 7 — without their explicit permission. For instance, in a post titled "My PC Upgraded To Windows 10 Without Asking, Then Immediately Broke," Kotaku's Patrick Klepek shares the story of how, last week, his Windows 7 PC installed the Windows 10 update automatically overnight. "Maybe I forgot to push back the upgrade schedule, maybe I accidentally scheduled it by clicking the wrong button. Whatever the case, I definitely did not intend to...
  • Google's AlphaGo AI defeats human in first game of Go contest

    03/09/2016 5:55:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 9, 2016 | Steve Borowiec
    Lee Sedol started with a bow, a traditional Korean gesture of respect for an opponent who could neither see him nor sense his presence. The world champion at Go – an ancient Chinese board game – looked nervous. His eyes darted from side to side. He took a sip of water, and made his first move. Lee could be forgiven some nerves: his opponent was AlphaGo, an artificial-intelligence program designed by Google DeepMind, their five-game series billed as a landmark face-off between human and computer. “History is really being made here,” said commentator Chris Garlock, as the first game in...
  • Heat doesn't kill hard drives. Here's what does (humidity)

    03/08/2016 8:34:18 AM PST · by dennisw · 54 replies
    zdnet.com ^ | March 8, 2016 | By Robin Harris for Storage Bits
    Heat doesn't kill hard drives. Here's what does"Free-cooled" datacenters use ambient outside air instead of air conditioning. That lets us see how environment affects system components. Biggest surprise: temperature is not the disk drive killing monster we thought. Here's what is. At last months Usenix FAST 16 conference, in the Best Paper award winner Environmental Conditions and Disk Reliability in Free-cooled Datacenters, researchers Ioannis Manousakis and Thu D. Nguyen, of Rutgers, Sriram Sankar of GoDaddy, and Gregg McKnight and Ricardo Bianchini of Microsoft, studied how the higher and more variable temperatures and humidity of free-cooling affect hardware components. They reached...
  • Dual Bootin' Linux Windows 10

    02/29/2016 3:05:35 PM PST · by Bob434 · 69 replies
    Me | Feb | Me
    Ok good linuxian folks, Here's what I'd like to do IF possible- Dual boot windows 10 and linux mint cinnamon BUT have windows 10 run again in linux under a virtual machine (yes I know it sounds redundant, but i have a reason for this setup if possible) I'm not sure if I coudl install windows 10 twice on one machine or not, but let's for now just assume i could- (windows 10 is 'free' and you can download the iso for it and use it without activating it legally- the iso is direct from MS- and while I don't...
  • DVD DRM Circumvention Firm Shuts Down Surrounded by Mystery

    02/25/2016 10:21:16 PM PST · by Utilizer · 10 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 25, 2016 18:37 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    SlySoft Inc. is a software company registered in the Carribean country of Antigua and Barbuda. For the past few years, the firm has been a thorn in the side of Hollywood studios and game makers by creating and releasing software that would circumvent DRM and copyright protections on CDs and DVDs. Its product line includes tools like AnyDVD, AnyDVD HD, Clone CD, CloneDVD mobile, Virtual Clone Drive, Game Jackal, and Game Jackal Enterprise. With no doubt, the company's most known product is AnyDVD, a device driver used by many movie, game, and software piracy groups (and even home users) to...
  • Use a wireless mouse? This $15 hack could compromise your laptop

    02/25/2016 6:36:42 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 30 replies
    CNET ^ | 23 February 2016 | Sean Hollister
    They broke in like it was nothing. They could have wiped my hard drive, stolen my files, or practically anything nefarious you can do with a computer. All because I had a wireless mouse dongle plugged into my laptop. And all they needed was a simple antenna that costs as little as $15 at Amazon. Thankfully, "they" were a pair of security researchers from a company called Bastille, and every company that builds wireless mice and keyboards has already been alerted to the issue. If you have a Logitech Unifying receiver, there's already a fix. (Here is a link to...
  • Wesley A. Clark, Legendary Computer Engineer, Dies at 88

    02/23/2016 1:32:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | February 23, 2016 | Evan Koblentz
    Wes Clark, the computer engineer whose work largely influenced the design of DEC minicomputers, CAD software, graphical user interfaces, and the ARPAnet, died Monday. Wesley Allison Clark, a revered computer engineer whose work from the 1950s through 1970s underpinned the revolutions in personal computing, computer graphics, and the internet, died Monday. He was 88. Clark trained in physics at the University of California / Berkeley and joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory in 1952. His first computer job was to test the nascent memory technology for MIT's Whirlwind, which was a vacuum tube computer for the U.S. Navy....
  • Hollywood Hospital Succumbs to Hacker Shakedown

    02/19/2016 9:44:19 PM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    TechNewsWorld ^ | Feb 19, 2016 | John P. Mello Jr.
    Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on Wednesday announced that it paid approximately US$17,000 to resume normal operations after digital extortionists knocked its computer systems offline. The Los Angeles hospital discovered its computer network infected with ransomware earlier this month. Ransomware is a form of malware that scrambles data and key files on a system and demands a ransom be paid for a digital key to unscramble the data. After paying a ransom of 40 bitcoins, or $17,000, to the extortionists, the hospital was able to bring its electronic medical record system online, HPMC said. Bitcoins are a digital currency favored by...
  • Need a new computer

    02/17/2016 2:00:49 PM PST · by Hot Tabasco · 80 replies
    2/17/2016 | Me
    I'm looking to purchase a new computer and would like some advice.
  • UCL sets new digital data speed record: 50,000 times faster than today's superfast internet

    02/14/2016 6:24:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Cosmos ^ | February 12, 2016 | Viviane Richter
    Imagine downloading Game of Thrones - all seasons, in HD - within a single second. That's what a next-generation optical transmission system developed by University College London scientists could do. Their system can handle a rate of 1.125 terabit per second - that's 50,000 times faster than the average "superfast" broadband connection in the UK. The team set the record for the fastest ever data rate for digital information. The infrastructure itself isn't revolutionary. The system uses optical fibres, which are already used to carry binary code as light signals through thousands of kilometres of wire. What has made the...
  • Toshiba issues big recall for laptop batteries over fire fears

    02/11/2016 7:28:06 PM PST · by Utilizer · 13 replies
    iTnews-aus ^ | Feb 12 2016 9:35AM (AUS) | By Staff Writer
    54 models affected. Toshiba has issued a recall for Li-Ion battery packs sold with certain models of its laptops and notebooks due a risk of the device catching fire. The hardware company yesterday advised customers to immediately turn off their PC and remove their battery to check whether their device was affected. The vendor is offering free replacement battery packs for customers with affected units. Around 54 different PC models are affected, sold nationally from retail stores like Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi from June 2011 to September 2015. A full list can be found here. "There is a risk...
  • How bad decisions and poor IT killed Target Canada

    02/11/2016 10:41:34 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    ZDNet ^ | February 11, 2016 | David Gewirtz
    Unmanageable deadlines and disastrous IT wrecked this top US retailer's attempt at international expansion. The moral of the story: IT drives the enterprise. Business school case studies tend to fall into two categories: epic wins and oh-my-gosh-how-could-they-possibly-have-been-so-stupid epic failures. This article discusses a real-world billion dollar story that falls into the second category. As epic failures go, this one is worthy of the history books. . . EVERYTHING WENT TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY WRONG . . .
  • DLL Hijacking Issue Plagues Products like Firefox, Chrome, iTunes, OpenOffice

    02/08/2016 6:41:43 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 8, 2016 12:00 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Oracle has released new Java installers to fix a well-known security issue (CVE-2016-0603) that also affects a plethora of other applications, from Web browsers to antivirus products, and from file compressors to home cinema software. The problem is called DLL hijacking (or DLL side-loading) and refers to the fact that malware authors can place DLLs of the same name in specific locations on the target's filesystem and have it inadvertently load the malicious DLL instead of the safe one. DLL hijacking is a very well-known issue This type of attack is very old and has been known to many software...
  • Misdirection in Politics and Computer Servers

    02/01/2016 2:26:28 PM PST · by PeaRidge · 8 replies
    self | 2/01/16 | Pearidge
    I've been watching late night movies lately, especially spy spoofs. I like twists and misdirection. The most obvious example was when James Bond learned that Goldfinger really was not trying to take the gold out, but to make Ft. Knox useless. Try explaining that to your boss James.....he would hand you a tin foil hat. But it was genius. Several years ago I argued at length with a friend about the yellow cake story out of Iran. I had read that the British intelligence community, that Bush quoted, had revealed that the Iraqi government was buying nuclear material. Well, everybody...
  • SF Startup Creates $15 64-Bit Computer

    01/31/2016 8:13:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jan 29, 2016 | Tamara Palmer
    A San Francisco startup has created a $15 computer. Pine 64 is now taking pre-orders for its Quad core 64-Bit expandable single board supercomputer, which will ship in May. The product can be combined with a keyboard and mouse to function as a full Android 5.1 computer. The company recently raised $1,731,465 on a Kickstarter campaign that had a goal of $31,416.
  • Microsoft cuts short support for downgraded Windows Skylake PCs

    01/24/2016 6:59:32 PM PST · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 25 2016 10:00AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft and its hardware partners have revealed the list of Intel Skylake-based PCs that will lose support after 18 months if the computers are downgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1. The software giant along with Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC today outlined a list of 100 PCs that will fall victim to a policy change outlined by Microsoft earlier this month. The company previously said it would support downgrades to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until January 2020 and January 2023. But on January 16, Microsoft backtracked on its pledge for newer hardware featuring Intel's Skylake processors....
  • Any Linux Gurus On FR?

    01/24/2016 4:32:58 PM PST · by Washi · 32 replies
    http://freerepublic.com ^ | 1/24/2016 | Self
    Are there any Linux gurus here? I've looked around online and asked some questions in various forums, but I'm not getting anywhere. I've found explanations of how to set it up, but no examples. I have yet to get it working. I am trying to configure an environment with several Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 virtual machines. All of these machines need to be NTP clients of my NTP server. The NTP server uses MD5 authentication, and I need to have the Linux clients authenticate the NTP traffic. Can someone please post a working "ntp.conf" and "keys" file so that...
  • Any Jerry Pournelle fans?

    01/24/2016 2:57:47 AM PST · by Fhios · 31 replies
    WWW ^ | 1/24/2016 | Vanity
    I was a big fan in the early 80's. I had a week long correspondence with him in the mid 90's. I loved reading his Chaos Manner column in Byte magazine along with Garcia s circuit cellar. It was a great mag. I've been rereading some of his works lately and just reminiscing. Jerry Pournelle s Iron law: ...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach...
  • Microsoft patches critical vulnerabilities in January update

    01/19/2016 6:56:29 PM PST · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 13 2016 6:55AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft's first Patch Wednesday update for the year has taken care of multiple vulnerabilities rated as critical. No known exploits are available for the vulnerabilities, but Microsoft recommends that users apply the patches through Windows Update as soon as possible. Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 see two common vulnerabilities and exploits (CVEs) fixed - CVE-2016-0002 and CVE-2016-0005 - as part of a cumulative update. Supported version of the Windows client and server operating systems are all affected by the vulnerabilities, which Microsoft rates as critical and exploitable. Microsoft's new Edge browser in Windows 10 is also being...
  • Electronics That Last: How I Built an Heirloom Laptop

    01/18/2016 6:30:20 PM PST · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    Makezine ^ | January 15, 2016, 5:30 am PST | Kurt Mottweiler
    The Novena Heirloom is a limited edition custom enclosure system I built for use with the open-source Novena computer designed by Bunnie Huang and Sean Cross. It was crowd funded in cooperation with Portland, Oregon-based Crowd Supply. Several prototype concepts were developed for the campaign. After consulting with Huang, we decided to forgo an easel design in favor of a more traditional clam shell laptop. The requirement for user access to the internal components argued for a removable keypad and drove the final result. The thrust of the design concept is informed by, and hopefully serves as homage to, the...
  • Does Anyone Here Write Phone Apps?

    01/13/2016 6:26:49 PM PST · by 50sDad · 15 replies
    Self ^ | 01/13/16 | 50sDad
    I have an idea for a brilliant, sarcastic Conservative phone app called "Happy Safe Space Filter" that would be a wonderfully hot ticket with Conservatives, and/or Sarcastic Teenagers. It could either be a freebie for the Cause, or in true Capitalist fashion, would probably sell well at 99 cents. (The joke works I a lot of ways, but would include a little body copy crediting Conservatives.) I claim the idea and would be willing to give it up for 10% of gross. It is a pretty simple thing. If you have App writing experience, please message me here on Free...
  • Will Infrastructure Sabotage Be the Next Pearl Harbor?

    01/09/2016 7:12:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 9, 2016 | R. James Woolsey & Peter Vincent Pry
    Revolutions in warfare, though they may be predicted by theorists, are often unnoticed by governments and their military establishments -- until it is too late. On November 11, 1940, during the Battle of Taranto, torpedo planes from the British aircraft carrier Illustrious sank the Italian battleship Conte di Cavour. It was the first time in history that an aircraft carrier sank a battleship....
  • Raspberry Pi: computing for pocket change -- $5 computer unleashes a storm of creative computing

    01/04/2016 12:36:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    CBC News ^ | 01/04/2016 | By Greg Rasmussen, CBC News
    The era of the $5 computer has arrived.The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is even being given away free with a magazine. Not a subscription. Just buy the single issue of Magpi and you get a free computer.The devices have hobbyists and entrepreneurs excited about the possibilities of Pi. Raspberry Pi Zero $5 computer unveiledThe Next Thing unveils $9 computer, CHIP Ben Z. Cooper is using one as the brains behind a spectacular light show at Vancouver's VanDusen Gardens."You wave your hand in the air and control a whole grove of maple trees lighting up," Cooper told CBC News...
  • Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder [Agreement between grass roots left & right?]

    12/26/2015 7:38:04 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/15 | Joel Achenbach
    Astra Taylor's iPhone has a cracked screen. She has bandaged it with clear packing tape and plans to use the phone until it disintegrates. She objects to the planned obsolescence of today’s gadgetry, and to the way the big tech companies pressure customers to upgrade. Taylor, 36, is a documentary filmmaker, musician and political activist. She's also an emerging star in the world of technology criticism. She's not paranoid, but she keeps duct tape over the camera lens on her laptop computer - because, as everyone knows, these gadgets can be taken over by nefarious agents of all kinds. Taylor...
  • Washington State AG sues major tech support provider alleging deceptive scam

    12/24/2015 1:05:18 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    KOMO News ^ | December 16th 2015 | Connie Thompson
    State AG sues major tech support provider alleging deceptive scam By Connie Thompson Wednesday, December 16th 2015 State investigators just sued one of the rising stars in the tech-support industry claiming part of the operation is based on a scam. The company, called iYogi, is accused of tricking people into paying for tech support services they don't need. According to investigators iYogi engaged in a different twist on the notorious tech support scams where someone call you claiming your computer has problems. What's significant in this case is workers don't call you, you call them. And iYogi is one of...
  • Competition is Shifting to the High End

    12/18/2015 11:46:36 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    TechPinions ^ | December 17th, 2015 | by Jan Dawson
    The consumer electronics industry has always fascinated me. I spent my first ten years as an analyst covering the telecom industry, which historically has had very good margins. But, when I started covering the consumer electronics industry, I was struck by the fact the vast majority of players in that market make razor-thin margins, if they’re profitable at all. Even more striking is Apple, which might be described accurately, if incompletely, as a player in the consumer electronics market, makes telecom-like margins while competing with those barely profitable vendors. And just as interesting is the fact that, as players that...
  • Common Core Computer Crack-up

    12/08/2015 7:47:11 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    What do Common Core and Obamacare have in common, other than the enthusiasm they engender in the White House and widespread disappointment they generate outside of it? Both programs have fatal computer glitches. "New Hampshire-based company Measured Progress, which developed online Common Core tests used in Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota, has acknowledged a major glitch in the tests' rollout," Chris Neal reported in School Reform News. "Technical malfunctions, such as servers crashing during testing, resulted in only 37 percent of Nevada students being able to take their exams." "Meanwhile, Montana and North Dakota only managed to test 76 percent...
  • Geek Gift Advice From Feepers

    12/07/2015 2:07:50 PM PST · by Bill Russell · 28 replies
    My Own Mind ^ | 12/07/2015 | Bill Russell
    Fellow Freepers, I am looking into getting my son (13, soon to be 14) a build-it-yourself computer kit. He has ripped apart a couple of old laptops, but they don't have compatible parts. I am looking for a kit that he can use to learn to put together a working cpu that is usable and can be loaded with an operating system. I see a couple available on Amazon, but one looks too simplistic and the other is too complicated. When it comes to hardware and operating systems, I am very much a novice. I welcome your insights. Thanks so...