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  • Computing with slime: Logical circuits built using living slime molds

    03/28/2014 1:31:40 PM PDT · by 12th_Monkey · 19 replies
    Elsevier ^ | March 27, 2014 | Elsevier
    Summary: A future computer might be a lot slimier than the solid silicon devices we have today. Researchers have revealed details of logic units built using living slime molds, which might act as the building blocks for computing devices and sensors.
  • Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

    03/26/2014 4:48:59 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 36 replies
    BBC Technology News ^ | Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | BBC Staff
    The Los Angeles Times was the first newspaper to publish a story about an earthquake on Monday - thanks to a robot writer. Journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke created an algorithm that automatically generates a short article when an earthquake occurs. Mr Schwencke told Slate magazine that it took around three minutes for the story to appear online. "Robo-journalism" is increasingly being used in newsrooms worldwide. The LA Times is a pioneer in the technology which draws on trusted sources - such as the US Geological Survey - and places data into a pre-written template. As well as the earthquake...
  • A Day Made of Glass

    03/19/2014 6:15:04 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 22 replies
    THE FUTURE OF GLASS - "AMAZING"! If you wonder why HP, Dell and other leading computer manufacturers believe the end of the computer as we know it is near, here’s why. It's not the iPad that has them concerned about the future. It is developments like the ones Corning is working on that are game-changers:
  • Windows XP Upgrade Question

    03/15/2014 7:57:07 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 54 replies
    n/a ^ | 03/15/2014 | Me
    Need advice on upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7
  • Anyone else have issues with Windowsupdate for Windows? (Vanity)

    I upgraded to Windows 8 about 4 months ago, and about a month ago, I started having issues with windowsupdate where the windowsupdate screen would open but everything in the screen was white, where there it normally tells you what patches you need. I tried several routes, including the Windows Update Troubleshooter found at the link above. The Windows Update Troubleshooter seems to be running, but it never comes to an end.....the blue bar just keeps rolling.....for hours if I let it. It says "Resolving problems" but nothing gets resolved. Nothing I tried worked, and so I rolled back the...
  • Why Steve Jobs’ Computer Paradigm Shift Prediction Panned Out, and What it Means for the Market

    03/08/2014 12:36:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Wiglaf Journal ^ | March 6, 2014 | David Dalka, New Media Editor
    <p>Traditional hard drive manufacturers are currently going through a paradigm shift—one where new solid-state hard drives, known as SSD, are taking market share and slowly eliminating traditional hard drives. SSD hard drives of one terabyte or more are slowly becoming affordable to the masses.</p>
  • High tech isn’t driving the economy any more

    03/07/2014 11:50:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 7, 2014 | Rex Nutting
    The growth rate of high-tech investments has slowed dramatically over the past 10 years, especially since the Great Recession. Everyone has a pet theory explaining why the economic recovery has been so weak, but here’s one overlooked factor: The productivity revolution driven by computers, software and the Internet is fading, and nothing has yet emerged to take its place as an engine of growth. For all of the incessant buzz in the markets about the latest tech start-up, few businesses are investing much in high-tech equipment or software. Investments in information processing equipment and software are growing at the slowest...
  • World Cup Security Concerns Grow as Santos Fan is Beaten to Death...

    02/27/2014 12:08:48 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    DAILY MAIL [UK] ^ | February 25, 2014 | by Mike Dawes
    SNIPPET: "Security concerns ahead of this summer's Brazilian World Cup have increased after a football fan was beaten to death in host city Sao Paulo." SNIPPET: "There are serious concerns about the safety of travelling supporters at this summer's World Cup after more than 30 people were killed in 2013 as a result of football-related violence. One of Brazil’s biggest criminal gangs last year promised a ‘Tournament of Terror’. The threat was issued by Sau Paulo's 'First Capital of the Command', who in 2012 was a group behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city’s police officers."
  • I’m Not a Child. I Am a Dog.

    02/25/2014 11:47:21 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 47 replies
    Rumpy Dog ^ | February 21, 2014 | Rumpy Dog
    In case you haven’t heard, an Alaskan Malamute killed a 6 day old baby in Wales this week. The dad had brought the dog home from the pub several months earlier because someone said they were going to get rid of it. This news makes me incredibly sad. It also makes me painfully aware that the breed may soon be as demonized as the Pit Bull. But humans also carry some responsibility for this tragedy. What with your fanciful ideas about dogs and such. So at the risk of upsetting some of my readers, let me state what should be...
  • 7887 kHz, Your Home for Classic Cuban Espionage Radio

    07/07/2010 7:33:24 AM PDT · by Weird Tolkienish Figure · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:53 PM ET | Brett Sokol
    TECHNOLOGY 7887 kHz, Your Home for Classic Cuban Espionage Radio The shortwave radio signals that the alleged Russian spies were using are still surprisingly effective. By Brett Sokol Posted Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:53 PM ET The FBI documents that accompanied last week's arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies are alternately creepy—who knew the Tribeca Barnes & Noble was a hotbed of espionage?—and comical—turns out even foreign spies wanted to cash in on suburban New Jersey's real estate boom. With a nod to Boris and Natasha, the accused are also said to have used short-wave radio, a 1920s-era technology...
  • What the future holds: US futurist Peter Diamandis on the shape of things to come ("Abundance")

    02/16/2014 11:26:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gulf News ^ | February 12, 2014 | Faisal Masudi and Noor Nazzal, Staff Reporters
    Dubai: At a conference in Dubai this week, an American futurist painted an intriguing, at times unsettling, picture of the coming world. As Dr Peter Diamandis went over his presentation slides at The Government Summit on Tuesday, there were plenty of raised eyebrows. In the future, the slides suggested, privacy will be a thing of the past, robots will take over our jobs, 3D printers will pop out everything from human organs to houses, and man will mine asteroids in deep space for unfathomable mineral wealth. The 58-year-old said hyper-tech breakthroughs are already hurtling us towards that future, today. “The...
  • Intricate 3D Printed Materials Lighter Than Water And As Strong as Steel

    02/11/2014 5:31:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    SingularityHUB ^ | February 11, 2014 | Jason Dorrier
    Using precision lasers, a Nanoscribe 3D printer can print models of the Empire State building in a space the width of a human hair. Watching the machine build through the “lens” of an electron microscope is otherworldly—but the printer’s potential runs beyond microscale model making. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, led by Jens Bauer, believe such 3D printers may help craft a new generation of materials lighter than water and strong as steel. Today, the sturdiest materials tend to be the densest (like metals), and the least dense materials tend to be the weakest (like foams). Ideally, materials...
  • Vanity: Google Voice- anyone here use it?

    02/11/2014 6:46:55 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 33 replies
    Google ^ | FEB. 11, 2014 | Google
    Features Explore some of the most popular features of Google Voice by watching these videos: Overview Voicemail transcription One number Personalized greetings International calling SMS to email Share voicemails Block callers Screen callers Mobile app Conference calls Number Porting
  • What's The Best Computer/Company ?

    02/04/2014 2:47:51 AM PST · by knarf · 93 replies
    self ^ | February 4, 2014 | knarf
    I want to replace my old, very gunked up Dell, and would like to have W7, if possible
  • Windows XP home users should upgrade to Linux -- not Windows 8.1

    02/01/2014 1:57:57 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 191 replies
    Beta News ^ | 30 January 2014 | Brian Fagioli
    The Windows XP death clock is ticking away. While Microsoft has extended support for malware protection, do not be fooled -- XP will be officially unsupported on April 8. If Microsoft has its druthers, these XP users will upgrade to Windows 8 and maybe even buy a new computer. However, there is a problem with this -- the Windows 8 UI is radically different from XP and people do not like change (especially people clinging to an operating system from 2001). Also, they may not need to buy a new computer, because their existing is probably fast enough... for...
  • Qualcomm Is Working on Eight-Core 64-Bit System-on-Chip.

    01/31/2014 9:34:20 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | [01/27/2014 04:23 AM] | by Anton Shilov
    Apple has managed to leave everyone behind with the world’s first 64-bit ARM architecture system-on-chip. However, if the rumours about Qualcomm’s forthcoming application processor is correct, then the world’s largest supplier of chips for mobile devices may be preparing something that will blow away not only Apple’s A7, but even Nvidia’s Tegra K1. Qualcomm is reportedly working on Snapdragon 810 system-on-chip that boasts up to eight 64-bit custom cores with up to 4MB of cache and up to 2.50GHz frequency. The app processor also packs Adreno 430 graphics core with up to 500MHz clock-rate, LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller and various...
  • Cody Wilson signs book deal after creating 3D printed gun, finalizes Dark Wallet Bitcoin anonymizer

    01/23/2014 6:32:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies ^ | January 22, 2014 | Brent McCluskey
    Cody Wilson holds the Liberator, a fully-functional firearm that can be created using a 3D-printer. After setting the Internet abuzz with a blueprint for a functional 3D-printable firearm, Cody Wilson recently signed a book deal to chronicle his journey, and in his spare time the “dark web” aficionado is placing the finishing touches on a Bitcoin anonymizer project. Wilson, 25, has been busy to say the least. Last spring he uploaded the blueprint for his 3D-printable gun dubbed the Liberator, and within two days the file was downloaded over 100,000 times. He pitched his story as a non-fiction book and...
  • Netflix earnings beat estimates; stock soars 17%

    01/22/2014 3:03:54 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 22, 2014 | Andrew Harrer
    Netflix reported higher profit for the fourth quarter as the company added 2.3 million customers to its TV and movie streaming service in the United States, sending its shares up more than 17 percent in after-hours trading. (Click here to get the latest quote.) The company on Wednesday reported net income of $48 million for the quarter, up from $8 million a year ago. Earnings-per-share were 79 cents, Netflix said in a statement.
  • LINUX and WiFi

    01/21/2014 10:04:40 AM PST · by varmintman · 34 replies
    This is in the "If the subject should ever come up" category... One of the biggest problems which comes up for people trying to get a look at one of the newer Linux distributions is what to do about WIFI. Particularly in the case of laptops and particularly in the case of laptops with Broadcom wifi radios, those radios act as if they'd gone dead. LINUX does not come with drivers for such (the drivers are Windows only and proprietary) ; information exists on websites for setting up wrappers to allow the Windows drivers to think they're running under Windows...
  • N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

    01/15/2014 4:05:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | David E. Sanger,Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.
  • Target Stores security breach just the tip of the iceberg

    01/12/2014 6:57:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2014 | Rick Moran
    Target has increased the estimate for the number of customers exposed in the massive hacking attack between Thanksgiving and December 14. It now appears at least 70 million consumers had their credit cards compromised. Also, Neiman-Marcus announced that they, too, were victims of a cyber attack over Christmas. And in an exclusive report, Reuters is saying that several other well known retailers were also hacked over the holidays. Neiman Marcus said an outside forensics firm discovered evidence on January 1 that indicated the retailer had been the victim of a cyber attack. It disclosed the breach nine days later, after...
  • Read it and blink: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'

    01/10/2014 6:22:08 AM PST · by shove_it · 7 replies ^ | 9 Jan 2014 | Brian Alexander
    Timed for the biggest gathering of screens — desktop, laptop, tablet, TV, phone — on the planet, a new survey finds 70 percent of users of those screens report some level of eye discomfort dubbed “digital eye strain.” Symptoms included dry eyes, blurry vision, fatigue and neck and shoulder cramping. The survey released Thursday by the Vision Council, a trade group for makers of eye care products, warned of serious long-term eye risk, including macular degeneration and cataracts. Here, readers might pause to blink...
  • While the NSA kills Silicon Valley, Asian startups should gear up (Obama, again!)

    01/09/2014 4:23:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Tech in Asia ^ | January 7, 2014 | Anh-Minh Do
    These days, we read about the latest reports from Edward Snowden but they’re old hat now. We all know the American government is spying on everyone. But as more leaks come out, it’s increasingly evident that the NSA’s nefarious behavior will leave a deep scar on Silicon Valley. Snowden whistleblowing and escaping from the NSA could be one of the most important boons for Asian tech companies and startups in the next decade. If, as Spiegel recently reported, the NSA has a backdoor into major US companies like Dell, Cisco, IBM, Western Digital, Seagate, and more, then Silicon Valley is...
  • What IT skills and roles will be in demand this year (2014)? Recruiters share the scoop.

    01/07/2014 10:16:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Information Week ^ | 01/07/2014 | Kevin Casey
    Sorry, IT job-hunters: If you're hoping for surprising predictions about what 2014 has in store, you're probably going to come away dissatisfied. That's because it's unlikely there will be any seismic shifts that completely upend the technology skills, roles, and titles that employers want."There's nothing that I would say is the new 'hottest thing ever' " coming in 2014, said Jack Cullen, president of IT staffing firm Modis, in an interview.Indeed, much of what follows should sound familiar. This could be a good thing. Earth-shattering predictions have a knack for missing the mark. (Apocalypse 2012, anyone?) So the job-market calls...
  • Hacker Network Anonymous Issues Call To Arms (Revolution Calling)

    01/05/2014 8:27:51 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 128 replies
    As more and more human rights of U.S. citizens are violated in the name of safety and security, the group Anonymous stands to fight at the side of Americans. Over the holiday weekend, they have even gone as far to announce a call to arms. The fact that many people are still unaware of the “hacker” group Anonymous is sign of censorship by today’s mainstream media. There is a clear need for groups such as Anonymous as the fact of this direct censorships shows just how clouded the media’s freedom of speech has become. anon5 (See also: Obama Secretly Signs...
  • Pennsylvania woman tried to frame hubby with child porn

    12/23/2013 11:42:56 AM PST · by seacapn · 108 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 23, 2013 | Associated Press
    <p>State police have charged a western Pennsylvania woman with putting child pornography on a computer in an unsuccessful effort to frame her estranged husband.</p> <p>Online court records don't list an attorney for 42-year-old Meri Jane Woods, of Cherry Hill Township, who also doesn't have a listed phone.</p>
  • Adobe Releases Photoshop CS2 Free

    12/20/2013 4:59:16 PM PST · by Jed Eckert · 118 replies
    Techspot ^ | January 10, 2013 | Techspot
    Adobe has released this legacy version of the ever popular Photoshop as freeware. Download and enjoy. Windows Serial number: 1045-1412-5685-1654-6343-1431 Mac OS X Serial number: 1045-0410-5403-3188-5429-0639The Power to Create the Extraordinary Adobe Bridge— The next-generation File Browser for Photoshop CS2.Vanishing Point— Groundbreaking ability to clone, paint and transform in the perspective of your images.Image Warp— Warp any object, with customizable presets and adjustable control points.Noise Reduction— Advanced correction of noise created in high-ISO shooting, plus JPEG artifact reduction.32-bit HDR— Create and edit 32-bit, High Dynamic Range images, for the widest range and richest detail.Spot Healing Brush— Fast, efficient one-click retouching...
  • Teacher Nicholas Seward's 3D printer designs pushing the tech envelope & helping stretch young minds

    12/19/2013 12:03:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Arkansas Times ^ | December 19, 2013 | David Koon
    On a recent weekday in a sunny, computer-strewn classroom at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs, one of teacher Nicholas Seward's printers was busily whirring out a squirrel. Not a picture of a squirrel. Not a drawing of a squirrel. An actual, three-dimensional toy squirrel: bright orange, plastic, tough enough that when the reporter managed to drop a similar piece on the hard concrete, it simply bounced with a bright, ping-pong ball clink. The machine — called "Simpson" after the scientist George Gaylord Simpson, who came up with the idea that when animals evolve,...
  • 9 Tech Trends That Will Make Someone Billions Of Dollars Next Year

    12/15/2013 10:27:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 3, 2013 | Julie Bort
    2014 is right around the corner. Most of us can look into our crystal balls and see that a handful of tech trends which became big in 2013 will probably get bigger next year: cloud computing, big data, the rise of tablets, the Internet of Things. But market research firm IDC has gone one better by predicting how these trends will unfold next year — and generate billions of dollars. People and companies will spend $2.1 trillion on technology. Worldwide IT spending will grow 5% next year to $2.1 trillion, IDC says. People and companies will buy smartphones and tablets,...
  • Is Your Job About To Be Outsourced By A Computer (The Probability Is 47%)

    12/11/2013 7:44:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/11/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Productivity. Every employer loves it, and every employee is fascinated by it, especially if it comes in cute colors, a retina screen, and weighs under a pound... at least until such time as "productivity" results in the loss of the employee's job, which in turn makes the employer love it even more as it results in even higher profits, even if it means one more pink slip and a 91 million people outside the labor force. With a labor force already in turmoil as millions drop out every year never to be heard from again, made obscolete by the...
  • Our Final Invention: How the Human Race Goes and Gets Itself Killed

    12/09/2013 1:02:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    RealClearTechnology ^ | December 6, 2013 | Adam Gaffney
    We worry about robots. Hardly a day goes by where we're not reminded about how robots are taking our jobs and hollowing out the middle class. The worry is so acute that economists are busy devising new social contracts to cope with a potentially enormous class of obsolete humans. Documentarian James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, is worried about robots too. Only he's not worried about them taking our jobs. He's worried about them exterminating the human race. I'll repeat that: In 267 brisk pages, Barrat lays out just how...
  • 3D Systems thinks Moore's Law Applies to 3-D Printing, But is That Right?

    11/30/2013 11:55:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 19, 2013 | Daniel Sparks
    The progress in 3-D printing has been nothing short of astounding over the last decade. The soaring stock prices of publicly traded 3-D printing companies 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD ) and Stratasys clearly illustrate the industry has made advances. Today, even consumers can get their hands on a plastic 3-D printer at a reasonable price -- an unheard-of possibility just five years ago. This phenomenal industry progress has led some to believe Moore's law applies to 3-D printing. Are they right? One inventor in Colorado disagrees. Moore's law? Not really At the Inside 3D Printing conference in Chicago this year,...
  • Maker6, the new consumer-accessible game changer in 3D printing

    11/30/2013 4:45:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 28, 2013 | Paul Wallis
    Calgary - Maker6 is a very different ballgame for 3D printing. This is an integrated service, including assistance with design and consumer-friendly services. It’s also a very interesting business approach, making 3D printing easily accessible. I was fortunate enough to get an interview with MacKenzie Brown, CEO of maker6 and its related CAD design company, CAD Crowd. I was extremely interested in what looked to me to be a very effective way of managing 3D printing across a very wide range of commercial and consumer needs. I don’t need to do a lot of talking here. I was lucky enough...
  • NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software

    11/24/2013 3:08:41 PM PST · by dynachrome · 29 replies ^ | 11-23-13 | Floor Boon, Steven Derix and Huib Modderkolk
    The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this. A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses ‘Computer Network Exploitation’ (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software. One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom....
  • Another disaster hidden within Obamacare–Electronic Health Records

    11/22/2013 10:27:15 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/22/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    An important—and costly—plank of Obamacare is the forced changeover to EHR. However, as health care informatics guru Scot Silverstein MD tells us, there seem to be endless issues with EHR products. Case in point: University of Arizona Health System. As Silverstein reports, upwards of $100 million was spent on EHR, which could have financed an entire new wing to the facility. As the University’s own internal website devoted to EHR proclaims, “We’ve resolved 6,036 issues and have 3,517 open issues.” Scot continues… “These issues are in a supposedly mature product for which this organization has spent...
  • Microsoft Launches Anti-Google Merchandise Line 'Scroogled'

    11/22/2013 2:29:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Mashable ^ | 11/20/13 | SAMANTHA MURPHY KELLY
    If you're team Microsoft — or just anti-Google in general — you now have your pickings of "Scroogled" gear, a term coined by the Redmond, Calif.-based software company. The products, which range from hats to T-shirts to mugs, poke fun of Google collecting personal data about its users. The items come just in time for the holiday shopping season.
  • The Night Watch [for kernel hackers only]

    11/19/2013 6:44:17 PM PST · by re_nortex · 20 replies
    Microsoft ^ | November 2013 | James Mickens
    This article in in PDF form so be aware of that. Here's a snippet that's indicative of the overall style and the points that Mickens makes: When you debug a distributed system or an OS kernel, you do it Texas-style. You gather some mean, stoic people, people who have seen things die, and you get some primitive tools, like a compass and a rucksack and a stick that’s pointed on one end, and you walk into the wilderness and you look for trouble, possibly while using chewing tobacco. As a systems hacker, you must be prepared to do savage things,...
  • Anyone here use the "Apps" in Windows 8?

    11/19/2013 3:33:27 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 47 replies
    I just upgraded my home PC, reluctantly so because my XP worked so well. But as all support for XP will be stopping in 4/2014, I knew I had no choice. But I have no idea why the people at Microsoft changed the OS from something people got used to over a period of 20 years. I find myself using the desktop almost exclusively and never using what I consider to be silly apps. Am I seeing this incorrectly and these apps are truly useful? After a day of using this, I think I may never use them. Would be...
  • Feds blame spam, consumer computers for new Obamacare glitches

    11/13/2013 1:27:18 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 13, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    Spam filters, overflowing browser histories and web caches on the computers of Americans trying to sign up for Obamacare are now being cited for why consumers can’t complete their applications for federally-sanctioned health insurance.
  • Obama: I'd fix myself, "but I don't write code"

    11/08/2013 12:51:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 8, 2013 | Lindsey Boerma
    President Obama wanted to go in himself and fix glitches that have plagued since its rollout last month, he told a crowd Friday at the Port of New Orleans, "but," he added, "I don't write code." The president couldn't ignore altogether lingering dissatisfaction with the botched health insurance exchanges, despite that the crux of the speech was intended to move back on the offensive with other aspects of his second-term agenda - specifically, job growth through investments in infrastructure and increasing U.S. exports.
  • The Barrier Between the Geeks and the Suits

    11/08/2013 9:36:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | November 8, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Edward Snowden's stolen secrets and the dismal failure of the rollout of Obamacare is giving electronic technology a bad name. But blaming high-tech tools is more like blaming the messenger. We have to work harder to master the secrets of the Internet, but the human element remains our biggest weakness. It's hardly news that the screening process for giving Snowden access to sensitive data was deeply flawed. So, too, were the instructions to the National Security Agency that enabled the abuse of the rest of us. For whatever good intentions the NSA might have had, the snoops cost America the...
  • Crypto Locker Virus Takes Over Windows PCs With 'Ransomware'

    10/27/2013 10:48:13 AM PDT · by Windflier · 72 replies
    The Inquisitor ^ | 27 October 2013 | James Kosur
    The Crypto Locker virus is a new piece of “ransomware” that is said to be one of the worst viruses to ever infect Windows PCs. The virus takes over a computers files, encrypts them, and then holds the files ransom until a user pays to have them freed by clearing out the virus. The Crypto Locker virus is sent to users through emails that have innocent enough looking senders, such as UPS or FedEx. Once the file is installed a display pops up demanding upwards of $100 to restore a users important files. In same cases users have stated that...
  • What Happened to All of Obama's Technology Czars?

    10/25/2013 4:27:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 25, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Why does the White House need a private-sector "tech surge" to repair its wretched Obamacare website failures? Weren't all of the president's myriad IT czars and their underlings supposed to ensure that taxpayers got the most effective, innovative, cutting-edge and secure technology for their money? Now is the perfect time for an update on Obama's top government titans of information technology. As usual, "screw up, move up" is standard bureaucratic operating procedure. Let's start with the "federal chief information officer." In 2009, Obama named then 34-year-old "whiz kid" Vivek Kundra to the post overseeing $80 billion in government IT spending....
  • vanity- Heads up interesting spearfishing scam(computer security)

    10/24/2013 8:22:36 PM PDT · by waynesa98 · 37 replies
    happened to me | 10/24/2013 | self
    So I get a private call, dead air for a few seconds, then the phone rings back to the caller. Indian accented man answers claiming my computer is infected with a virus, no company name nothing. So I ask which computer. a few meaningless back and forth. Ask me to google, instead of just going to wanted access to my system, wouldn't tell me the virus. did an off line scan anyway. So note to selfs, do not let anyone your not 100% sure is legit connect to your system with teamviewer
  • Debugging A Live Saturn V

    10/22/2013 9:47:15 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies ^ | 13OCT2013 | Brennan Moore
    We all have stories, as engineers, of fixing some crazy thing at the last minute right before the demo goes up. We have all encountered situations where we needed to fix something that was our fault and we needed to fix it now. This story is something that I think about in those times to remember to stay calm. No last minute fix could ever be this dramatic or important. My grandfather passed away about a week ago. At the service, I was asked to say a few words and read from his memoirs. This was my choice. RED TEAM...
  • Ada Lovelace Day: A Celebration of the World’s First Computer Programmer

    10/15/2013 3:08:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 15 Oct 2013
    If you happen to do anything other than sleep in a cave today, chances are you have Ada Lovelace to thank for it. She is responsible for the first ever computer program. And she came up with it long before the computer even existed. Today is the fifth annual Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating the achievement of a Victorian mother-of-three who would change the world. Let’s travel back through time for a moment. Before the ZX Spectrum and before the Atari 2600, there was a thing that historians like to call the 19th century. The computer may have existed as a...
  • Help with antique computer (vanity)

    10/12/2013 8:25:24 AM PDT · by ottbmare · 46 replies
    Self | Self
    Back in the early 1980s I was a first-adopter and bought an AT&T 6300 PC. Believe it or not, it still fires up and runs (though the monitor fizzes now and won't display anything). It runs MS-DOS and had Wordstar on it. I backed up the work I had on that machine with both hard copies and floppy disks, (you young whipper-snappers might have heard of those), but they were all destroyed in a fire. Always intended to ask someone if there was a way to get the information off the old hard drive, but I kept thinking, "mańana," and...
  • Police foil attempt to steal millions from bank using remote control KVM device

    10/08/2013 6:39:52 AM PDT · by Innovative · 3 replies
    CSO Online ^ | Sept 13, 2013 | John E. Dunn
    The Metropolitan Police have foiled an extraordinary plot to steal millions of pounds from a London branch of Santander Bank using a remote control device planted on one of its computers by a bogus maintenance man. On Thursday evening, the Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) arrested 12 men between the ages of 23 and 50 years old accused of being involved in the alleged attempted heist at addresses in London, a statement said. A bank source confirmed to press that a KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) was fitted by someone posing as a maintenance worker, something that would have allowed the...
  • Oxford Professors: Robots And Computers Could Take Half Our Jobs Within The Next 20 Years

    09/30/2013 12:37:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/30/2013 | Michael Snyder
    <p>What are human workers going to do when super-intelligent robots and computers are better than us at doing everything? That is one of the questions that a new study by Dr. Carl Frey and Dr. Michael Osborne of Oxford University sought to address, and what they concluded was that 47 percent of all U.S. jobs could be automated within the next 20 years. Considering the fact that the percentage of the U.S. population that is employed is already far lower than it was a decade ago, it is frightening to think that tens of millions more jobs could disappear due to technological advances over the next couple of decades. I have written extensively about how we are already losing millions of jobs to super cheap labor on the other side of the globe. What are middle class families going to do as technology also takes away huge numbers of our jobs at an ever increasing pace? We live during a period of history when knowledge is increasing an an exponential rate. In the past, when human workers were displaced by technology it also created new kinds of jobs that the world had never seen before. But what happens when the day arrives when computers and robots can do almost everything more cheaply and more efficiently than humans can?</p>
  • Bill Gates: Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake

    09/26/2013 3:34:53 PM PDT · by shego · 132 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/26/13 | Doug Gross
    If you pressed Control-Alt-Delete to log on before reading this, Bill Gates says he's sorry. The Microsoft founder says the triple-key login should have been made easier, ŕ la Apple's Macs, but that a designer insisted on the more complicated step. "We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't want to give us our single button," Gates said Saturday during a question-and-answer session to launch a Harvard University fund-raising campaign. His comments have gained attention since a video of his Harvard Q&A was posted on YouTube on Tuesday....