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  • PSA: Here’s how to check for – and remove – the Mac malware mshelper

    05/18/2018 2:19:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | May. 18th 2018 4:36 am PT | By Ben Lovejoy
    If your Mac seems to be running at high fan rates or you’re seeing reduced battery-life for no apparent reason, you may want to check for some Mac malware that seems to be going around … A couple of support threads have described people finding a process called mshelper using a lot of CPU usage.From the little that’s known about it so far, it seems this is either adware or a cryptocurrency miner. Despite the heading in the Reddit thread, there’s no evidence that it’s a virus, so the most likely explanation for its spread is a sketchy download...
  • Graphene confines light to one atom to enable ultra small optical switches, detectors and sensors

    05/16/2018 4:56:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | May 16, 2018 | Brian Wang
    Researchers have been able to confine light down to a space one atom, the smallest possible. This will pave the way to ultra-small optical switches, detectors and sensors. Light can function as an ultra-fast communication channel, for example between different sections of a computer chip, but it can also be used for ultra-sensitive sensors or on-chip nanoscale lasers. There is currently much research into how to further shrink devices that control and guide light. New techniques searching for ways to confine light into extremely tiny spaces, much smaller than current ones, have been on the rise. Researchers had previously found...
  • 6 Entry-Level Tech Jobs That Pay More Than $90,000 a Year

    05/03/2018 6:26:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Entrepreneur ^ | November 7, 2017 | Rose Leadem
    While typical entry-level jobs today pay around $40,000 to $50,000 annually, if you choose the right career route, you could be starting your career off making around six figures right off the bat. Of course, that depends on your job. Unsurprisingly, if you’re in technology, you’re in luck. A recent study by Comparably that analyzed nearly 20,000 anonymous employee salary records from companies big and small, public and private, uncovered the top six entry-level jobs that have average annual salaries of $90,000 or more. One of the highest paying jobs for people just stepping into the workforce is that of...
  • password management

    04/25/2018 3:57:45 AM PDT · by paladinkc · 27 replies
    self
    I have run into an issue with my password manager which requires a master password, for some reason I am no longer able to update it which gives me great cause for concern. anyone have recommendations for a really good one other than lastpass? I've been a happy user for years until recently
  • This AI Can Automatically Animate New Flintstones Cartoons

    04/13/2018 6:49:30 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | April 13, 2018 | Andrew Liszewski
    The Flintstones, a cartoon about life in the Stone Age, has just surpassed The Jetsons, a cartoon about life in the distant future, when it comes to technological innovation. Researchers have successfully trained artificial intelligence to generate new clips of the prehistoric animated series based on nothing but random text descriptions of what’s happening in a scene. A team of researchers from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, trained an AI by feeding it over 25,000 three-second clips of the cartoon, which hasn’t seen any new episodes in over 50 years. Most AI experiments...
  • Apple Must Pay $502.6 Million to VirnetX, Federal Jury Rules (Link Only, Bloomberg)

    04/10/2018 8:09:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Bloomberg | April 10, 2018 | By Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson
    This article is on a jury decision about Apple infringing four patents that the patent office has already ruled are invalid. . . but that are being appealed to the appellate court which allowed this trial to go ahead anyway "because it was so far along." Link Only because of Bloomberg: Read the Article here.
  • NVIDIA Reinforces Machine Learning Training Lead Via Platform Improvements At GTC 2018

    04/09/2018 7:46:27 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 9, 2018 | Patrick Moorhead
    Last week, Moor Insights & Strategy analysts Anshel Sag, Chris Wilder, Karl Freund and I attended NVIDIA GTC 2018, what I consider the industry leader’s premier GPU developer conference. If you’re unfamiliar with GTC, I wrote a preview here. As per usual with these events, the main keynote, given by CEO Jensen Huang, was the time to catch the biggest announcements coming out of the conference. More importantly, the event was also an opportunity to meet with NVIDIA developers, customers, press and senior leaders.
  • Microsoft ‘excited’ about its secret hardware built for artificial intelligence

    04/04/2018 8:35:04 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 5 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 4, 2018 | Kevin Parrish
    A.I.-driven hardware produced by Microsoft is on the horizon according to Harry Shum, executive vice president of the company’s A.I. and Research Group. It’s part of Microsoft’s initiative to integrate artificial intelligence into every product and service offered by the company. Shum says these devices will be “very, very exciting.” The comment arrives after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced yet another reorganization within the company, with the result creating two new engineering teams: the Experiences & Devices group led by Rajesh Jha, and the Cloud and A.I. Platform group led by Jason Zander. Harry Shum will continue to run the...
  • Shocking computing advances pushing 'smart cities' into Brave New [one] World

    04/03/2018 6:27:58 AM PDT · by LeoHohmann · 5 replies
    LeoHohmann.com ^ | April 1, 2018 | Leo Hohmann
    This brilliant article by technocracy expert Patrick Wood highlights the advances coming down the pike with so-called smart cities. The U.N. has made a push in recent years to bypass national governments and implement global governance through cities [Recall how when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the U.N. Paris Climate pact the mayors of many major U.S. cities said they would ignore his decision and proceed to comply with U.N. regulations, not U.S. laws]. Also remember that the UN biosphere project seeks to drive ranchers and small farmers off their land and push more people into cities.
  • Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

    03/30/2018 7:37:48 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 29, 2018 | Shaun Nichols
    If at first you don't succeed, you're Redmond Microsoft today issued an emergency security update to correct a security update it issued earlier this month to correct a security update it issued in January and February.In January and February, Redmond emitted fixes for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 machines to counter the Meltdown chip-level vulnerability in modern Intel x64 processors. Unfortunately, those patches blew a gaping hole in the operating systems: normal applications and logged-in users could now access and modify any part of physical RAM, and gain complete control over a box, with the updates installed.Rather than stop...
  • Looking for recommendations for best Apple/Mac Ad Block Application

    03/15/2018 4:02:45 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 31 replies
    I installed AdBlock Plus a year or more ago and have had no problem with pop ups on my iPad. All of a sudden I am getting a ton of pop ups that take over the page that I am working on, despite having updated the blocking software.......Any suggestions for the latest and greatest ad block programs? ...Thanks in advance.
  • Even After 22 Trillion Digits, We’re Still No Closer To The End Of Pi

    03/15/2018 2:50:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | March 14, 2018 | Oliver Roeder
    Depending on your philosophical views on time and calendars and so on, today is something like the 4.5 billionth Pi Day that Earth has witnessed. But that long history is nothing compared to the infinity of pi itself. A refresher for those of you who have forgotten your seventh-grade math lessons1: Pi, or the Greek letter π , is a mathematical constant equal to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — C/d. It lurks in every circle, and equals approximately 3.14. (Hence Pi Day, which takes place on March 14, aka 3/14.) But the simplicity of its...
  • Cybercrime, the New Tool in Geopolitics

    02/03/2018 2:53:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    CSO ^ | 1 February, 2018 | Michael Sentonas
    With the digital revolution, we have seen impressive growth of global connectivity initiatives, the opening of new markets and the creation of a global community driving innovation that is fundamentally changing the business landscape. Unfortunately, with the good has come the bad and itÂ’s estimated that cybercrime costs the Australian economy over $4.5 billion annually. Beyond criminals and hacktivist groups, cybercrime has become an increasingly instrumental tool in geopolitics and conflicts. Nation states are leveraging their cyber capabilities to gain a disproportionate advantage to defend or advance their national interests and the lines between the state, criminal and hacktivist have...
  • Artificial Intelligence - Extermination of Humanity

    01/17/2018 9:59:41 AM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 1-17-2017 | BATR
    The confusion about AI stems from the different perceptions of exactly what it means. A widely accepted definition indicates that Artificial Intelligence is the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior. The far more exoteric interpretations of its meaning can be speculated ad infinitum. Despite this lack of consensus the implications from the effect of AI upon humanity is incontestable. Everyone is familiar with the understanding of components that make up the human species, but who among us can guarantee that the consistent nature of man will continue into the future? Dylan Love wrote back in 2014 the...
  • Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

    01/13/2018 7:40:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | 12/13/17 | Gordon Mah Ung
    As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes.And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted.My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft’s original Surface Book. It’s based on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is running the 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creator’s Update.[ Further reading: How to remove malware from your...
  • BSOD w/ newest MS patch - what to do ??? Help !

    01/09/2018 4:35:41 PM PST · by sushiman · 31 replies
    1/9/18 | sushiman
    Yesterday , my wife shut down our HP before I could stop Windows Updates for the time being until MS gets the patch issue resolved . Athlon 2 prosessor / Windows 7 / 64 bit . After rebooting a few times yesterday we got the computer to work again and I left it on all night so I could use this morning . Seemed to be working OK but after I went into Windows Update to check download history - where I discovered the newest patch had been installed " successfully " - and then closed that window and again...
  • Microsoft Patches for CPU Flaws Break Windows, Apps

    01/08/2018 4:26:46 PM PST · by bitt · 62 replies
    security week ^ | 1/8/2018 | Eduard Kovacs
    Users have complained that the updates released by Microsoft last week for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities cause Windows to break down on some computers with AMD processors. Several individuals whose computers rely on AMD processors, particularly older Athlon models, say they are unable to start Windows 10 after installing KB4056892, an update released by Microsoft in response to the disclosure of serious flaws affecting Intel, AMD and ARM processors. The security holes have been dubbed Spectre and Meltdown and they allow malicious applications to bypass memory isolation mechanisms and access passwords, photos, documents, emails, and other sensitive information. Both...
  • Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    01/03/2018 8:32:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | 01/03/2017
    Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre, the two huge bugs that affect practically every computer and device out there. What are these flaws? Short answer: Bugs at a fundamental level that allow critical information stored deep inside computer systems to be exposed. Security researchers released official documentation — complete with nicknames and logos —  of two major flaws found in nearly all modern central processing units, or CPUs. It’s not a physical problem with the CPUs themselves, or a plain software bug you might find in an application like Word or Chrome. It’s in between, at...
  • Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    01/03/2018 6:43:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 54 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 1/3/18 | Devin Coldewey
    If you’re confused by the avalanche of early reports, denials, and conflicting statements about the massive security issues announced today, don’t worry — you’re far from the only one. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre, the two huge bugs that affect practically every computer and device out there. What are these flaws? Short answer: Bugs at a fundamental level that allow critical information stored deep inside computer systems to be exposed. Security researchers released official documentation — complete with nicknames and logos —  of two major flaws found in nearly all modern central processing units, or...
  • Windows 10 Creators Update Fail (vanity)

    12/09/2017 8:56:58 PM PST · by Pearls Before Swine · 85 replies
    Self | Dec. 9, 2017 | (self) Pearls Before Swine
    Looking for some helpful hints and discussion on Windows 10 update. I have a G751 Asus ROG computer, which is pretty capable and modern (Intel quad core 4710HQ, 32 GB RAM, NVIDIA 970 GTX), only a couple of years old. I've been using Windows 10 Home Edition happily for the last 2+ years, accepting upgrades as they are pushed to me without problems. Now comes the Creators Update (the 1703 series of Windows 10), and I have big problems. First off, MS is pushing it on me, by clogging up my computer with the Windows 10 upgrade download. When I...