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  • USB Kill: The $55 Gadget That Will Fry Most Devices (Video of killer in operation)

    10/10/2016 11:56:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | October 10, 2016 | By Bryan Chaffin
    There’s a device out there called USB Kill 2.0 (or USB Killer and other variants) that can fry an electronic device with a USB port. While it looks like an every day USB flash drive, rather than memory, these devices have capacitors that can store up juice being transmitted over the USB bus and then discharge at once. The result is a high-voltage attack on your PC, Mac, smartphone, or other device that can fry the electronics.YouTuber EverythingApplePro posted a demonstration video with one of these devices where he fried a PC and tried to fry an iPhone 7 Plus...
  • N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets

    10/05/2016 11:44:46 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 17 replies
    new york times ^ | OCT 5 , 2016 | J. BECKER, A. GOLDMAN, M. S. SCHMIDT M. APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. secretly arrested a National Security Agency contractor in recent weeks and is investigating whether he stole and disclosed highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments, according to several senior law enforcement and intelligence officials. The theft raises the embarrassing prospect that for the second time in three years, an insider has managed to steal highly damaging secret information from the N.S.A. In 2013, Edward J. Snowden, who was also a contractor for the agency, took a vast trove of documents that were later passed to journalists, exposing N.S.A. surveillance programs...
  • You have one month left to buy a Windows 7 PC

    10/03/2016 4:54:44 PM PDT · by catnipman · 137 replies
    zdnet ^ | September 30, 2016 | Ed Bott
    If you want a new PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you'll have fewer options beginning on Nov. 1. Here's what the end-of-sales deadline means.
  • Need Help With RealPlayer

    10/03/2016 11:32:56 AM PDT · by txnativegop · 34 replies
    3 Oct 16 | txnativegop
    I need help with RealPlayer. I have the last free version that was made available. RealPlayer apparently tries to connect to the Internet whenever the program is opened. This is, I think, causing it to crash whenever I play videos. I was without internet access for a week and the program never stopped working once.
  • A Commodore 64 has helped run an auto shop for 25 years

    10/01/2016 11:04:05 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 72 replies ^ | September 26, 20-6 | Lee Matthews
    Apple’s Phil Schiller thinks it’s sad that people use 5-year-old computers. Well, Phil, there’s an auto repair shop in Poland that’s going to send you spiraling into a long depression.Why? Because one of the computers they’re using on a day-to-day basis is a Commodore 64, and I don’t mean one of the slick nostalgic remakes. I’m talking about a classically beautiful beige C64 and its whirring, clunking 5.25″ floppy disk drive.It’s been there for more than 25 years. See, not everyone finds the idea of using an old computer sad. Some, like the mechanics at this shop in Gdansk, treat...
  • CRN Poll: Trump Continues To Lead Clinton By Double Digits

    09/28/2016 1:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CRN ^ | September 28, 2016 | Jimmy Sheridan
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to garner more support from solution providers than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has, outpacing the former secretary of sate in the latest monthly CRN survey on the presidential race. The poll, which was taken by 208 solution providers from Sept. 6-26, revealed that 52 percent of those surveyed believe a Trump presidency would be better for business, a slight decline from the results of a similar poll in August, when 54 percent of participants chose Trump. The latest poll closed before Trump and Clinton faced off Monday night in their first debate of the...
  • The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone

    09/16/2016 7:29:23 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 35 replies
    WIRED magazine ^ | 09.14.16 7:00 AM | RON WYDEN, MATT BLAZE AND SUSAN LANDAU
    the Justice Department is planning a vast expansion of government hacking. Under a new set of rules, the FBI would have the authority to secretly use malware to hack into thousands or hundreds of thousands of computers that belong to innocent third parties and even crime victims. The unintended consequences could be staggering. The new plan to drastically expand the government’s hacking and surveillance authorities is known formally as amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the proposal would allow the government to hack a million computers or more with a single warrant. If Congress...
  • Virus Warning For Website "A Dog's Purpose" Too late for me.

    08/28/2016 12:36:56 PM PDT · by Excellence · 3 replies ^ | August 28, 2016 | self
    A Dog's Purpose is a real movie, but the website is infected. The trailer is on YouTube, just do not go to the website.
  • Trump launches America First app, a competitive social network

    08/27/2016 12:09:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Yahoo! Tech ^ | August 26, 2016 | Caitlin Dickson
    The Donald Trump campaign has released a new mobile app on Friday that encourages the Republican presidential nominee’s supporters to both interact with and compete against one another. The America First app serves as sort of a hybrid between social network and game, in which points are earned through actions such as checking in at a Trump-Pence rally, donating money to the campaign, and declaring support for “Team Trump” on social media....
  • Mobile and PC Monitoring Software (Vanity)

    08/17/2016 12:42:03 PM PDT · by day10 · 26 replies
    today | day10
    FR has been a great resource before, so I'll give it a whirl here: Some friends of mine have a rather "adventurous" teenage daughter. As a result, they are looking for recommendations on the best options to STEALTHILY monitor her Windows 10 PC and IOS smartphone. While I am an IT type, I have zero experience or knowledge of this stuff as I never really needed it with my now adult sons.
  • Old computer stuff

    08/17/2016 10:29:43 AM PDT · by zeugma · 179 replies
    None | 8/17/2016 | Self
    I was poking around some old data today from some old backups, and I ran across something the old time computer folks will recognize and thought I'd share. Many, many moons ago, before the internet was much more than a few government systems set up to 'talk' to each other, we still had PCs and stuff, believe it or not. Granted, compared to the system you can buy for a few hundred dollars today from just about anywhere on the internet, they weren't much, but they were what we had. There were also things called "magazines" printed on thinly sliced...
  • Cisco Systems to lay off about 14,000 employees: Report

    08/17/2016 5:01:58 AM PDT · by mykroar · 64 replies ^ | 8/17/2016 | Reuters
    Cisco Systems Inc is laying off about 14,000 employees, representing nearly 20 percent of the network equipment maker's global workforce, technology news site CRN reported, citing sources close to the company. San Jose, California-based Cisco is expected to announce the cuts within the next few weeks, the report said, as the company transition from its hardware roots into a software-centric organization. Apart from Cisco, two other big software companies, Microsoft Corp and HP Inc, have also announced job cuts this year.Microsoft said in July that it would lay off about 2,850 jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total...
  • Know your ENEMY

    08/09/2016 1:28:24 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 7 replies
    N/A ^ | 8/9/16 | Self
    Former Google Inc. executive Michelle Lee will be nominated by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she has managed a staff of roughly 10,000 federal employees since her appointment in January to deputy director, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
  • Anyone else getting weird call from MapSupport?

    08/09/2016 12:39:52 PM PDT · by The Louiswu · 43 replies
    Me ^ | 8/9/2016 | TheLouiswu
    Has anyone else received weird calls from a place called MapSupport? It starts with a recorded intro that say many people have flagged your business address as inaccurate, to correct the info press a number to talk to an associate..." I tried to get some info out of someone who identified himself as Aaron, but he became very testy when I would not cooperate with his line of questioning. I have been called several times by this company, I ask them to stop calling, my info is correct on Google and Google maps, so I'm not sure what they are...
  • Blender 2.77 Question

    08/02/2016 8:32:17 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 20 replies
    Hello all, I recently started using the free blender 2.77 software, I'm a brand new user, and have never modeled anything using 3D software. (I got it for an educational job, I'll be taking soon) I have many of the basics down, but was hoping there may be some more advance users in freeper ville who could help with a couple questions. (I know there's forums out there for this, but I'm trying to cut down on all the sign ups)If you want to download this free software, here's the link.Blender Foundation Download
  • Vortex laser offers hope for Moore’s Law

    07/31/2016 11:23:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The University of New York at Buffalo ^ | July 28, 2016 | Cory Nealon
    The optics advancement may solve an approaching data bottleneck by helping to boost computing power and information transfer rates tenfold BUFFALO, N.Y. — Like a whirlpool, a new light-based communication tool carries data in a swift, circular motion. Described in a study published today (July 28, 2016) by the journal Science, the optics advancement could become a central component of next generation computers designed to handle society’s growing demand for information sharing. It may also be a salve to those fretting over the predicted end of Moore’s Law, the idea that researchers will find new ways to continue making computers...
  • Fun with the Windows Subsystem for Linux

    07/22/2016 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Scutter · 31 replies
    Windows Blog ^ | 7/22/2016 | Pete Brown
    At Build 2016, Microsoft introduced to the world the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) [WSL], which enables developers to run native Ubuntu user-mode console binaries through the Bash shell in Windows 10. If you’re in the Windows Insider program, you’ve had the opportunity to try out this feature using the latest Windows Anniversary Update Insider Builds.
  • Maybe Now They’ll Pay Attention To The Gulen Schools

    12/12/2013 6:51:24 AM PST · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 11 Dec 13 | Christopher Holton
    Wednesday afternoon the story broke in Baton Rouge media that the Kenilworth Science & Technology School had been raided by the FBI. The FBI indicated that the raid, which evidently was conducted to gather material evidence in the form of documents and computers, was not a matter of public safety. As a result, it probably was not related to a report earlier this year that a teacher at the school was accused of having inappropriate pictures of children on his cell phone. Had those charges stuck, that would have been the second scandal of a sexual nature involving a Gulenist...
  • New ‘Ranscam’ Ransomware Lowers The Bar But Raises The Stakes

    07/14/2016 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    DarkReading ^ | 7/11/2016 05:15 PM | Kelly Jackson Higgins
    ... Ransomware variants are multiplying like rabbits: while some are more sophisticated and tougher to combat, others are more about scamming than kidnapping. Take the new Ranscam malware discovered by Cisco’s Talos team, a low-tech but highly destructive attack that demands ransom from its victims but never returns them their files because it actually deleted them. Ranscam isn’t the first ransomware variant to destroy files rather than return them after victims pay up—there’s AnonPop and JIGSAW, for example—but it’s a glaring example of how the ransomware scam itself is so lucrative and easy to pull off that less sophisticated attackers...

    07/14/2016 1:41:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 14, 2016 | BY LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court delivered a victory to U.S. companies housing customer data overseas, ruling Thursday that prosecutors cannot force Microsoft to reveal content from a customer's email account stored in Ireland. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a lower court order finding the company in civil contempt for not handing over the data. Microsoft offers storage through its "public cloud," which places data from over 1 billion customers and over 20 million businesses on servers in over 40 countries, the court noted.
  • Ruling could make sharing passwords for subscription services a federal crime

    07/11/2016 11:12:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies ^ | 7-11-2016 |
    A new federal court ruling could make sharing your passwords for subscription services -- covering everything from Netflix to HBO GO -- a federal crime punishable by prison time, according to a judge who opposed the decision. The ruling, issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week, pertained to a trade-secrets case and found that certain instances of sharing passwords are prosecutable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) - legislation predominantly concerned with hacking. The case involved David Nosal, a headhunter who left his former company Korn/Ferry and then used the password of an employee to...
  • Cameras Catch break in at Whistleblower's law firm

    07/07/2013 5:02:23 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 114 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | July 7,2013 | John Hudson
    The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets. But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident. The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department's Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and...
  • Symantec scrambles to patch severe holes in 26 products

    07/06/2016 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 27 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 29 2016 12:09PM | Juha Saarinen
    Symantec enterprise and Norton security product users are being urged to patch their applications immediately after multiple dangerous vulnerabilities were discovered. The security firm has advised that 17 enterprise security products and nine Norton consumer offerings are affected. Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered the flaws. The most serious is that the products unpack compressed executables in the operating system kernel to analyse them for malicious code. He said this dangerous practice means the vulnerability can be exploited by simply sending a link or an email - users don't need to do anything to activate an attack.
  • Feel Extreme Workbench Envy After Seeing The Tempel

    07/04/2016 7:25:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 32 replies
    Hackaday ^ | July 4, 2016 | Gerrit Coetzee
    For those of us with space to spare, our workbenches tend to sprawl. The others who are more space limited will certainly feel envy at [Love Hultén]’s beautiful Tempel workbench. The workbench appears at first to be a modern interpretation of a secretary’s desk. There are some subtle hints that it is no ordinary piece of furniture. The glowing model of our solar system on the front, for example.
  • Trump Starts Tracking, Targeting Fans With Web Ad Software

    06/27/2016 8:09:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 27, 2016 | Ari Levy, CNBC
    Donald Trump is finally acknowledging that his online activity has to go beyond just posting on Twitter and Facebook. The Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president has started using online advertising software from ad-tech company Rocket Fuelthat can help the campaign track user behavior, send targeted messages to prospective supporters and engage with fans. learned of the addition by using Ghostery, a browser plug-in that shows all the data tracking tools running on a website. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders turned to ad-tech software early on in the Democratic primary, as did Ted Cruz and others on the Republican...
  • Coding bootcamps: Can you believe their claims?

    06/25/2016 6:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 25, 2016 | Max Lewontin
    The bootcamps promise 12-week immersive training programs, but critics say high job placement numbers may not be credible. Will federal loans help or undermine credibility and costs? To many students and career-changers hoping to gain programming skills and break into the lucrative tech world, coding bootcamps can seem like a promising option. Since 2012, such bootcamps have offered hands-on, intensive technical training in as little as 12 weeks, boasting job placements as high as 98 or 99 percent once students complete the program. But while advocates pitch them as an alternative to a traditional degree program, critics point to their...
  • 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 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 · 140 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...

    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
    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...