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  • Sweating the assets: Techies holding onto PCs, phones for longer than ever

    01/31/2023 9:45:56 AM PST · by FarCenter · 35 replies
    Businesses are likely to sweat device assets for longer this year as they spend conservatively in a weakening economy, and this along with shrinking demand from consumers is leaving manufacturers in a tight spot. Gartner forecasts a perfect storm with fortunes declining for shipments of PCs, tablets and mobile phones 4.4 percent year-on-year in 2023 to 1.74 billion units. If accurate, that's just slightly more than 287 million computers, down 6.8 percent, some 2.9 percent fewer tablets to almost 133 million and 1.339 billion phones, down 4 percent. This is against a backdrop of a 36 percent revenue decline for...
  • Elon Musk and his AI program, ChatGPT

    12/09/2022 5:34:46 AM PST · by SandwicheGuy · 45 replies
    CNET ^ | Stephen Shankland
    While browsing around I cam across this AI search engine by Elon Musk. Is there anything he is not into? There is a trail version at the website and is free for right now. It will ask for your name, email, and phone number. It is web based so no download. Supposedly this will put Google out of business within two years. I tried "FreeRepublic"and it came up with this: FreeRepublic is a forum website that is popular among conservatives and libertarian-leaning individuals. It was founded in 1996 by Jim Robinson, and it is known for its discussions of news...
  • Top 10 Linux Distros for Beginners in 2022 [Compared]

    07/15/2022 7:12:57 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    DebugPoint ^ | 14 July 2022 | Arindam
    We give you the ten best Linux distro(s) for beginners, which can be the perfect starting point and help you to pick the best of the lot. IntroductionIf you are manifesting joining the Linux clan and thinking about it, it’s time. It’s time to ditch Windows for good and save some money by doing so. Also, keep your sanity from monthly Windows updates that are gigabytes in size, save on your internet bill, save precious time watching a dumb blue screen (like below) and so on. The blessing of ditching the Windows list is pretty long.And you are in a...
  • How Can Quantum Computing Change the World?

    03/24/2022 9:27:14 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 3-24-2022
    There’s a reason why Microsoft, Google, IBM, and governments across the globe keep making large investments in quantum computing; they expect it will revolutionize the world by addressing issues that today’s conventional computers can’t solve. Every industry will be affected by quantum computing. They will alter the way business is done and the security systems in place which protect data, how we battle illnesses and create new materials, as well as how we tackle health and climate challenges. As the race to build the first commercially functional quantum computer heats up, here we discuss a handful of the ways quantum...
  • Quantum Computing In 2022: A Leap Into The Tremendous Future Ahead

    01/02/2022 5:33:01 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 1-2-2022 | samhitha, Analytics Insights
    Experts believe that the world has entered into the quantum decade — an era when enterprises begin to see quantum computing’s business valueQuantum computing has progressed from an experiment to a tool to an apparatus that is now making advances in the venture to tackle complex issues. Experts accept that the world has gone into the ‘Quantum Decade’ — an era when ventures start to see quantum computing’s business esteem. The advances in equipment, software development, and administrations approve the technology’s momentum, which is making it ready for additional breakthroughs in 2022 and helps the market for the inevitable reception...
  • Scientists Built an AI to Give Ethical Advice, But It Turned Out Super Racist

    10/22/2021 11:59:09 AM PDT · by Scarlett156 · 50 replies
    Futurism ^ | 10/22/2021 | Tony Tran
    We’ve all been in situations where we had to make tough ethical decisions. Why not dodge that pesky responsibility by outsourcing the choice to a machine learning algorithm? That’s the idea behind Ask Delphi, a machine-learning model from the Allen Institute for AI. You type in a situation (like “donating to charity”) or a question (“is it okay to cheat on my spouse?”), click “Ponder,” and in a few seconds Delphi will give you, well, ethical guidance.
  • The Dirty Ticking Time Bomb of Computing is About to Come Out!

    08/04/2021 3:34:04 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 76 replies
    Vanity | 8/4/2021 | Self
    The Dirty Ticking Time Bomb of Computing is About to Come Out!The Disk Manufacturers all know it. The Operating System producers have all known it. But for decades the Dirty Ticking Time Bomb of Computing is about to come out.It does not matter whether you are on a Laptop, Desktop, Smartphone or even a mainframe, the Ticking Time Bomb is on your system and you probably never knew it.It is under the heading of SPARES. Specifically when your drive runs out of them.And a couple of areas on your system disk. Sector 0. If sector 0 is bad, typically it's...
  • Google’s ‘time crystals’ could be the greatest scientific achievement of our lifetimes

    08/02/2021 3:03:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 81 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 7/30/2021 | Tristan Greene
    Eureka! A research team featuring dozens of scientists working in partnership with Google‘s quantum computing labs may have created the world’s first time crystal inside a quantum computer. This is the kind of news that makes me want to jump up and do a happy dance. These scientists may have produced an entirely new phase of matter. I’m going to do my best to explain what that means and why I personally believe this is the most important scientific breakthrough in our lifetimes. However, for the sake of clarity, there’s two points I need to make first: 1. Time crystals...
  • Deputy Defense Secretary Outlines Responsible AI Tenets in New Memo

    06/07/2021 8:08:38 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 10 replies ^ | JUNE 4, 2021 | By Mila Jasper
    The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will lead implementation of responsible AI across the Defense Department, according to a new directive. In a departmentwide memo signed last week, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks enumerated foundational tenets for responsible AI, reaffirmed the ethical AI principles the department adopted last year, and mandated the JAIC director start work on four activities for developing a responsible AI ecosystem. “As the DoD embraces artificial intelligence (AI), it is imperative that we adopt responsible behavior, processes, and outcomes in a manner that reflects the Department's commitment to its ethical principles, including the protection of privacy and...
  • Chinese Scientists Claim Breakthrough In Quantum Computing Race

    12/04/2020 9:20:54 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12-4-2020
    Chinese scientists claim to have built a quantum computer that is able to perform certain computations nearly 100 trillion times faster than the world’s most advanced supercomputer, representing the first milestone in the country’s efforts to develop the technology. The researchers have built a quantum computer prototype that is able to detect up to 76 photons through Gaussian boson sampling, a standard simulation algorithm, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, citing research published in Science magazine. That’s exponentially faster than existing supercomputers. The breakthrough represents a quantum computational advantage, also known as quantum supremacy, in which no traditional computer can...
  • Thunderbolt flaws affect millions of computers – even locking unattended devices won't help

    05/11/2020 9:07:49 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    ZDNet ^ | May 11, 2020 | By Liam Tung
    Thunderbolt vulnerabilities can let attacker with physical access steal data from memory and encrypted drives. A Dutch researcher has detailed nine attack scenarios that work against all computers with Thunderbolt shipped since 2011 and which allow an attacker with physical access to quickly steal data from encrypted drives and memory. Researcher Björn Ruytenberg detailed the so-called Thunderspy attacks in a report published on Sunday, warning that the attacks work even when users follow security best practice, such as locking an unattended computer, setting up Secure Boot, using strong BIOS and operating system account passwords, and enabling full disk encryption. Microsoft...
  • 12 Linux Commands to Have Some Fun in the Terminal

    04/20/2020 9:51:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    It's FOSS ^ | 16 April 2020 | Srimanta Koley
    The Linux terminal is the place to get serious work done. We have plenty of useful linux command tips and tricks to help you with that.But, did you know that you can have a lot of fun using the terminal? Well, if you did not, then you are not alone. Most Linux users see the terminal as an interface that is designed and built for system management and development tasks.However, you will be surprised to know that there are tons of terminal based games and ASCII games that you can play in the terminal. And, in this article, I’m going...
  • Magnet research takes giant leap

    04/11/2020 12:54:47 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 36 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 04/10/2020 | University of Central Florida
    Researchers pushing the limits of magnets as a means to create faster electronics published their proof of concept findings today, April 10, in the journal Science. . . . The team exploring methods for creating machines that operate at trillions of cycles per second includes the University of California, Santa Cruz and Riverside, Ohio State University, Oakland University (Michigan) and New York University, among others. Today's computers rely on ferromagnets (the same kind that stick to your refrigerator) to align the binary 1s and 0s that process and store information. Anti-ferromagnets are much more powerful, but their natural state, displaying...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Google researchers have reportedly achieved “quantum supremacy”

    09/20/2019 3:20:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 9/17/19 | Martin Giles
    Google researchers have reportedly achieved “quantum supremacy” The news: According to a report in the Financial Times, a team of researchers from Google led by John Martinis have demonstrated quantum supremacy for the first time. This is the point at which a quantum computer is shown to be capable of performing a task that’s beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputer. The claim appeared in a paper that was posted on a NASA website, but the publication was then taken down. Google did not respond to a request for comment from MIT Technology Review.Why NASA? Google struck...
  • Ransomware Attack Hits At Least 20 Government Entities In Texas

    08/17/2019 2:21:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | August 17, 2019 | Beth Bauman
    A ransomware attack has hit at least 20 local government entities in Texas, the State's Department of Information Resources (DIR) announced on Friday. When a ransomware attack occurs, a computer cannot be utilized until a ransom is paid.The Texas Division of Emergency Management is currently assisting. As of now, DIR, the Texas Military Department and the Texas A&M University System’s Cyber Response and Security Operations Center have deployed teams to the "most critically impacted jurisdictions." As requests come in, other resources will be implemented. The goal is to provide computing services and expertise that would get local entities back online, The...