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  • French team finds way to unlock computers infected with WannaCry virus as ransom deadline looms

    05/19/2017 2:12:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 19 May 2017 • 5:46pm | Staff
    French researchers have found a way to save Windows files encrypted by the WannaCry virus, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims' computers first infected a week ago. WannaCry, which started to sweep round the globe last Friday and has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, threatens to lock out victims who have not paid a sum of $300 to $600 (£230 to £460) within one week of infection. A loose-knit team of security researchers scattered across the globe have revealed they have collaborated to develop a workaround to unlock the encryption...
  • Russia's interior ministry says computers hit by 'virus attack'

    05/12/2017 5:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 12, 2017
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's interior ministry said Friday that some of its computers had been hit by a "virus attack" amid reports of major cyber strikes across the globe. Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk told Russian news agencies it had "recorded a virus attack on the ministry's personal computers controlled by a Windows operating system." "The virus has been localised. Technical work is under way to destroy it and renew the means of virus protection," she said.
  • Ransomware infections reported worldwide

    05/12/2017 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 12, 2017 | By Chris Baraniuk
    A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (£230) in Bitcoin. There have been reports of infections in more than 70 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan. Many security researchers are linking the incidents together. "This is huge," said Jakub Kroustek at Avast. Another, at cyber-security firm Kaspersky, said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing. There were a number of reports...
  • A Startup’s Plan To Cut Air Freight Costs In Half With 777-Size Drones

    03/27/2017 4:49:23 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 46 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 03.27.17 | 2:30 PM | DANIEL TERDIMAN
    Commercial passenger jets fly at an altitude of around 30,000 feet or higher. Imagine sitting in a window seat of one of those giant aluminum tubes a few years from now as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean. Picture looking down about 10,000 feet below. You just might see what one startup thinks could be the future of international cargo transport. The idea is simple: Shipping by air is fast, but expensive. Boat is much cheaper, but very slow. So why not send all those boxes and packages on an un-piloted, amphibious Boeing 777-sized drone that can...
  • It’s the 1940s again: IBM’s Scott Crowder on the infancy of quantum computers

    03/13/2017 2:02:51 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Brad Jones
    IBM Q isn’t vaporware. It’s a project years-in-the-making that could help quantum computation reach its massive potential. The future of quantum computers may arrive sooner than you think. When news arrived of IBM’s move to offer the first commercially available universal quantum computer last week, it was characterized as a “handoff” from IBM Research to IBM Systems. According to the company’s CTO and vice president of quantum computing, technical strategy, and systems, Scott Crowder, that’s not entirely the case. “It’s not quite a ‘handoff,’ it’s really a partnership,” explained Crowder. “This is definitely a transition point from it being pure...
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Introduces New Technology for Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries

    03/02/2017 9:47:41 PM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 104 replies
    UT News ^ | Feb. 28, 2017 | University of Texas
    A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage. Goodenough’s latest breakthrough, completed with Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga, is a low-cost all-solid-state battery that is noncombustible and has a long cycle life (battery life) with a high volumetric energy density and fast rates of charge and discharge. The engineers describe...
  • Northern Hemisphere Potentially In Great Danger, Fukushima Radiation Spikes To ‘Unimaginable’ Levels

    02/08/2017 5:55:27 PM PST · by Tours · 123 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 2-5-2017 | Michael Snyder
    Radiation inside one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power facility has reached an “unimaginable” level according to experts. Because so much nuclear material from Fukushima escaped into the Pacific Ocean, there are many scientists that believe that it was the worst environmental disaster in human history, but most people in the general population seem to think that since the mainstream media really doesn’t talk about it anymore that everything must be under control. Unfortunately, that is not true at all. In fact, PBS reported just last year that “it is incorrect to say that Fukushima is under...
  • Fire at Samsung SDI China plant caused by faulty batteries

    02/08/2017 12:29:04 PM PST · by House Atreides · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 8, 2017 | Sijia Jiang and Hyunjoo Jin
    ...The fire broke out at the Samsung Electronics Co Ltd affiliate's factory in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin earlier on Wednesday and has been extinguished, a Samsung spokesman said, adding that there were no casualties or significant impact to the plant's operations. ...The local fire department, however, said on its microblog that the fire was caused by batteries inside the facility. The "material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products", the Wuqing branch of the Tianjin Fire Department said in a post on its verified Sina Weibo account. It added it had...
  • Obama boosted White House technology; Trump sees risks

    01/01/2017 3:16:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2017 4:27 PM EST | Julie Pace
    As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House’s aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed. Not included in the modernization plans? A courier service. But that delivery method of a bygone era may be in for a comeback under Donald Trump. Despite his voracious use of Twitter, the president-elect appears to be leaning toward old tech to ensure the security of sensitive messages. “It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by...
  • Hiding your tracks from Trump: Online privacy worries heat up

    12/29/2016 9:37:36 AM PST · by MilesVeritatis · 29 replies
    CNet ^ | 12/26/2016 | Laura Hautala
    Subtitle: In the face of a new administration, activists and regular people alike embrace tools for keeping their browsing habits and communications private. There's something about a Donald Trump administration in charge of the US National Security Agency that has folks taking government surveillance very seriously. Encrypted email provider ProtonMail and encrypted chat service Signal saw a spike in new users after the election. What's more, privacy advocates say they're hearing from more people who are interested in covering up their tracks online. Eva Galperin, a global policy analyst at the privacy-oriented Electronic Frontier Foundation, said she's received more requests...
  • Newly Discovered Radio Signals From Deep Space

    12/28/2016 7:21:33 AM PST · by Don@VB · 128 replies
    The Sun ^ | Chris Perez
    SCIENTISTS may have found proof that E.T. really is phoning home — in the form of powerful radio signals which have been detected repeatedly in the same exact location in space.
  • Onward marches the Great Pause Global temperature update

    12/18/2016 2:30:55 AM PST · by Candor7 · 23 replies
    Lord Monkton Foundation ^ | recently | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Since October 1996 there has been no global warming at all (Fig. 1 ){see at link]. This month’s RSS temperature plot push es up the period without any global warming from 18 years 1 month to 18 years 2 months (indeed, very nearly 18 years 3 months) . Will this devastating chart be display ed anywhere at the Lima conference? Don’t bet on it. Figure 1 . The least - squares linear - regression trend on the RSS satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomaly dataset shows no globa l warming for 18 years 2 month s since October 1996....
  • How Tech Can Help Save Democracy

    12/06/2016 5:19:28 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    medium.com ^ | 11/29/16 | Ben Rattray
    Americans feel government doesn’t serve them, their voice isn’t heard. Most solutions focus on the next political battle. While short-term battles are important, we need long-term solutions more profound than better policies, politicians or parties; we need a better political system. Technology has been blamed for our current political environment; for social and economic disruption that led to disaffection, for spreading fake news. Well-designed technology offers the best chance of creating the political system needed: more participatory, responsive, informed democracy. It just hasn’t been built yet. Silicon Valley invested billions designing technology to improve industries; commerce, communications, travel, transportation. Less...
  • Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

    11/25/2016 4:11:06 PM PST · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 17, 2016 | Avery Thompson
    Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect. The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.
  • Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims

    11/22/2016 7:40:46 AM PST · by snarkpup · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 22 Nov 2016 at 01:46 | Iain Thomson
    Office Depot has suspended PC Health Check – its malware-scanning service – after it was accused of lying about infections to push antivirus software. Former Office Depot technician Shane Barnett told Seattle TV station KIRO 7 that the PC Health Check service would lie to customers that their otherwise-clean PCs were infected with malware, and that this was used to flog expensive disinfection tools. He claimed he was let go from his job because he refused to run the allegedly dodgy scanner on people's machines. ... The station decided to investigate his claims and took six virgin PCs along to...
  • Let start talking Turkey...

    11/18/2016 11:41:31 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 42 replies
    Tips for A Thanksgiving Turkey!
  • Secrets Of Online Shopping Discrimination

    11/16/2016 3:08:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    CBSMIAMI.com ^ | 11-14-16
    Most people think you can usually find a better deal when you shop online. But the price you see can be different than what other people see. The type of computer you use, your online search history, even your zip code have all been used by online retailers to determine what price you pay. In a study conducted by researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, nine out of 16 online retailers and travel websites tested showed different prices or difference results for the same searches. “I always assumed all the prices would always be the same,” said Liz Owens. Owens,...
  • Even physicists are 'afraid' of mathematics

    11/13/2016 7:25:21 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 72 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | November 11, 2016 | University of Exeter
    Physicists avoid highly mathematical work despite being trained in advanced mathematics, new research suggests. The study, published in the New Journal of Physics, shows that physicists pay less attention to theories that are crammed with mathematical details.
  • Here's How the Camless Engine of the Future Works

    11/04/2016 11:13:04 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 47 replies
    Road&Track ^ | OCT 19, 2016 | COLLIN WOODARD
    Christian von Koenigsegg's namesake company is small, but it builds some of the most advanced supercars in the world. The Regera, for example, is a 1500-horsepower plug-in hybrid that doesn't have a gearbox. It's incredible. What a lot of people don't know, though, is that Koenigsegg has a sister company called Freevalve. And Freevalve is working to sell the world's first camless engine. By getting rid of camshaft and the throttle body, Koenigsegg says you get better power, torque, efficiency, fuel economy, and emissions. It's an engine that can run on multiple fuels, run as a two-stroke, use the Atkinson...
  • Upgrading Guns with hypervelocity projectiles would shoot down most of a 100 missile barrage

    10/26/2016 8:09:36 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 12 replies
    Congressional Research Report ^ | Oct 25, 2016 | Brian Wang
    US Defense Department modeling shows that “if we can close the fire support with a controlled solution,” the hypervelocity projectile (HVP) weapons would be able to shoot down most of a 100-missile raid. The Pentagon has shifted emphasis away from the electromagnetic rail gun as a next-generation missile defense platform, sees a new hypervelocity powder gun technology as the key to demonstrating to potential adversaries like China and Russia that U.S. military units on land and sea can neutralize large missile salvos in future conflicts The guided projectile being developed for EMRG (Electromagnetic Railguns) can also be fired from 5-inch...