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  • what to scan PC with

    02/03/2020 6:32:51 AM PST · by conservativesister · 38 replies
    In the past I've always used Malwarebytes and SpyBot to scan my computer. Recently Malwarebytes doesn't pickup anything, probably because I use the free. Looking to replace Malwarebytes.....any suggestions. THX
  • Raytheon engineer arrested for taking US missile defense secrets to China

    02/01/2020 9:55:58 AM PST · by NorseViking · 90 replies
    Qz ^ | February 1, 2020 | Justin Rohrlich
    When Wei Sun, a 48-year-old engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, left for an overseas trip last year, he told the company he planned to bring his company-issued HP EliteBook 840 laptop along. Sun, a Chinese-born American citizen, had been working at Raytheon, the fourth-largest US defense contractor, for a decade. He held a secret-level security clearance and worked on highly sensitive missile programs used by the US military. Since Sun’s computer contained large amounts of classified data, Raytheon officials told him that taking it abroad would not only be a violation of company policy, but a serious violation of federal...
  • China completes second round of US$29 billion Big Fund aimed at investing in domestic chip industry

    10/28/2019 11:37:51 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 123 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 26JUL2019 | Sarah Dai
    China is making swift progress on its 200 billion yuan (US$29.08 billion) fund aimed at investing in home-grown semiconductor development, as the world’s second-largest economy looks to reduce dependence on foreign chips amid a tech war with the US. New investment is likely to lean towards applications in the downstream supply chain, such as chip design, advanced materials and equipment areas, according to the report. The fundraising progress comes amid an escalating tech war with the US, which has seen China tone down statements on its wider “Made in China 2025” policy ambitions, after President Xi Jinping first called for...
  • Anyone using ExpressVPN on a Mac and iOS devices (or any VPN with "Split tunneling").

    01/23/2020 1:01:38 PM PST · by BTerclinger · 59 replies
    01/22/2020 | Terclinger
    I am trying to help some family out who want to use a VPN both while on public wifi, and at home for simple privacy from their ISP. They are using 2 Mac laptops, 2 older iPhones, 2 iPads, and 1 old android phone. They do not need to use every device at the same time. They have Apple email accounts, gmail accounts, and Outlook and Hotmail email accounts; all email accounts are run through OSX Mail and iOS Mail. Whenever the VPN is enabled on the Macs, Microsoft instantly sends warning notices to the Outlook and Hotmail email accounts...
  • New Dell Windows 10 PC. Want *clean* install.

    01/05/2020 6:31:29 AM PST · by CatOwner · 153 replies
    Self | 1/5/2020 | Self
    I am about to receive a Dell PC with Windows 10 Pro installed. It will have both an SSD drive (first one for me) and a SATA drive. With the past Dell PC purchases, I would take the supplied Windows OS disk and reinstall from scratch. Too much junk gets installed by Dell, and it seems trying to delete programs is more cumbersome than just performing a fresh install. I also like learning the clean install process before I actually put personal information on the new PC. Only issues are I have not used Windows 10 at all (initial need...
  • Everything’s Gotten Better Except Computers…and Democrats

    01/05/2020 4:32:12 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 52 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 1-5-20 | MOTUS
    In case you have forgotten - or didn’t need to take note at the time - I would like to remind you again to never, ever buy a HP computer. I’m having another (major) computer problem. Less than 2 years old and I’ve already had it repaired once (to no avail) and then replaced under warranty. The new one worked for 8 months until this recent snafu. All of my issues have a common thread: drivers that will not load or load incorrectly. I’m as far from a techy as you could imagine and if I can diagnose the commonality...
  • Company shuts down because of ransomware, leaves 300 without jobs just before holidays

    01/04/2020 8:00:04 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 61 replies
    ZDNET ^ | 3 Jan 2020 | Catalin Cimpanu
    An Arkansas-based telemarketing firm sent home more than 300 employees and told them to find new jobs after IT recovery efforts didn't go according to plan following a ransomware incident that took place at the start of October 2019. "Unfortunately, approximately two months ago our Heritage servers were attacked by malicious software that basically 'held us hostage for ransom' and we were forced to pay the crooks to get the 'key' just to get our systems back up and running," wrote Sandra Franecke, the company's CEO, in the letter sent to employees.
  • Researchers close in on new nonvolatile memory [Faster, Cheaper]

    12/26/2019 10:01:52 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | December 17, 2019 | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
    Members of the research team that conducted the experiment, standing in front of the high-energy X-ray photoemission spectroscopy setup at the PETRA III synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany. Left to right: Andrei Gloskovskii, Yury Matveyev, Dmitry Negrov, Vitalii Mikheev, and Andrei Zenkevich. Credit: Andrei Zenkevich/MIPT ==================================================================== Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, along with their colleagues from Germany and the U.S., have achieved a breakthrough in nonvolatile memory devices. The team came up with a unique method for measuring the electric potential distribution across a ferroelectric capacitor, which could lead to the creation of memory orders of magnitude...
  • Ransomware response—to pay or not to pay?

    12/19/2019 6:48:51 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 18 replies
    Microsoft News ^ | 16 Dec 2019 | Ola Peters
    The increased connectivity of computers and the growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in most organizations is making the distribution of malicious software (malware) easier. Unlike other types of malicious programs that may usually go undetected for a longer period, a ransomware attack is usually experienced immediately, and its impact on information technology infrastructure is often irreversible. As part of Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART) Incident Response engagements, we regularly get asked by customers about “paying the ransom” following a ransomware attack. Unfortunately, this situation often leaves most customers with limited options, depending on the business continuity and...
  • New Orleans mayor declares state of emergency in wake of city cyberattack

    12/14/2019 7:02:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | December 13, 2019 | Amir Vera,
    Phishing attempts and suspicious activity were detected on the city's network around 5 a.m., New Orleans chief information officer Kim LaGrue said during a press conference. By 11 a.m., technician investigators detected "a cybersecurity incident" and the city's information technology department began powering down servers and city computers as a precaution, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a series of tweets. While ransomware was detected, no ransom has been demanded in the cyberattack, Cantrell said.
  • Looking for a Linux distro similar to Windows 7

    12/11/2019 3:05:26 PM PST · by CatOwner · 67 replies
    Self | 12/11/2019 | Self
    Requesting feedback for a distribution of Linux to install on a spare PC. The PC has a 4th Gen Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive, so I should be good to go. While I used UNIX a lot during my 30+ year career, I have minimal Linux experience.
  • Mapping autonomously: The cost of helping a self-driving car get around the city

    12/04/2019 1:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 2, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    In the highly competitive race to get self-driving cars to the market, most companies hold their secrets close. But when it comes to helping those cars figure out where they are on the road, some experts are ready to open up. Argo AI, based in the Strip District, and Aptiv, based in O’Hara, publicly released some of their own data sets earlier this year in an effort to further advancement in the field. The companies shared parts of their own maps of cities where they are testing self-driving cars, including Pittsburgh. That may seem strange considering the abundance of applications...
  • IBM, Microsoft and Linux Foundation link arms to fight patent trolls with 'multimillion' scheme

    11/20/2019 5:30:57 AM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2019 | Tim Anderson
    Linux was a 'cancer' but Microsoft is now defending it IBM, Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have partnered with the Open Invention Network (OIN), a company formed to protect Linux from patent threats, to take on "Patent Assertion Entities", also known as patent trolls.Specifically, the group will help fund the Open Source Zone of Unified Patents, an organisation which provides legal services to deter "unsubstantiated or invalid patent assertions".The move had already been flagged at the Open Source Summit in Lyon last month, but the identity of the participating companies was not then known. OIN CEO Keith Bergelt spoke to...
  • Open Letter to the Linux Foundation (Programmer banned from conference for MAGA hat)

    11/08/2019 11:14:39 AM PST · by karpov · 36 replies
    The Clean Code Blog ^ | November 8, 2019 | Robert C. Martin
    To: The Linux Foundation Jim Zemlin: Executive Director Angela Brown: VP of Events Andy Updegrove: Legal Council From: Robert Martin (@unclebobmartin) ( Re: Code of Conduct case of Charles Max Wood. Dear Linux Foundation: I am writing to you as a concerned member of the software development community which I have enjoyed serving for the last 50 years. I am writing in public because the events I wish to describe took place in public. I fear that something has gone terribly wrong within your organization; and that it will have deep repercussions within this industry that I cherish. The timeline...
  • Symantec antivirus crashes something again. This time Chrome 78 browsers

    10/26/2019 1:09:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    ZDNet ^ | Oct 24, 2019 | Catalin Cimpanu
    Fourth time in three months when Symantec's antivirus crashes something. For the fourth time in three months, a Symantec security product is crashing user apps, and this time it's the latest Chrome release, v78, which rolled out earlier this week, on Tuesday, October 22.According to reports on Reddit [1, 2] the Google support forums [1, 2], and in comments on the official Google Chrome blog, Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 is crashing Chrome 78 instances with an "Aw, Snap! Something went wrong while displaying this webpage." error, as seen in the screenshot above.Users have been unable to use Chrome 78 at...
  • Game Over: These Monkeys Just Crushed Humans on a Computer Game

    10/17/2019 10:25:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Live Science ^ | Nicoletta Lanese -
    Monkeys may show off their physical flexibility as they clamber over tangled tree branches, but the animals also display impressive "cognitive flexibility," or the ability to quickly change how they think about, and work to solve, a problem. In the game, four squares appeared on screen during each trial: one striped, one spotted and two blank. In training sessions, players learned that clicking the striped square and then the spotted square would cause a blue triangle to pop up in place of one of the blank squares. Clicking the blue triangle produced a reward — in this case, an auditory...
  • COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for a greybeard coder

    09/17/2019 2:54:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    The Register ^ | September 16, 2019 | Richard Speed
    COBOL is celebrating 60 years since its specifications were signed off. Darling of Y2K consultants, the language is rapidly approaching pensionable age, but many a greybeard owes their career to it. It arose from a desire to create a language that could straddle the computers of the era. Each manufacturer had its own way of working, which, while OK if a company always stuck with one maker, made portability of programs or skills a tad tricky. If only there was, say, a COmmon Business-Oriented Language? Wouldn't that be splendid? Mary Hawes, a programmer of Burroughs machines, put forward a proposal...
  • Secure Browser

    09/03/2019 9:52:33 AM PDT · by Bob434 · 15 replies
    none | Today Sept 3 | Me
    Ok- Not sure how to post vanity threads- hopefully i did it right by posting into general chit chat? Anyways, Looking for suggestions on how to run windows 7 securely on the internet since updates are gonna come to a close- I dual boot, and use Linux mint cinnamon as my main online OS- and use Windows 7 as my gaming OS, my photoshop OS- I do online Racing game which i have to connect to their site (Iracing) and occasionally have to look something up in firefox, but mostly i don't go online with windows except for those- I...
  • Vanity - Sonos control app for win 10?

    08/09/2019 10:12:57 AM PDT · by fision · 11 replies
    08/09/2019 | self
    I want to control my Sonos-connected speakers from my window 10 laptop. I found the app for my IPhone and it works fine. N0w I need an app for my laptop. Any help would be much appreciated.
  • [Vanity] Get It Off!!!!

    08/06/2019 8:35:19 PM PDT · by TBP · 87 replies
    Me | Today | Moi
    Hi, everyone. My computer has something called Cortana on it, and it constantly pops up and insists on trying to "help" me. (Like the government.) Does anyone know how I can disable it?