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  • Google’s ‘time crystals’ could be the greatest scientific achievement of our lifetimes

    08/02/2021 3:03:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 75 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
    https://www.nextgov.com ^ | 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) (unclebob@cleancoder.com) 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • [Vanity] Get It Off!!!!

    08/06/2019 8:35:19 PM PDT · by TBP · 88 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?
  • Anybody else using Brave browser?

    08/04/2019 11:04:45 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 42 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8/5/2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    I just downloaded and started using Brave. All I've done is make it the default browser and import bookmarks from Chrome. Are there any other settings I should know about or addons to make it run better? In their addons they recommended Microsoft Edge but since I've never used it before I don't see why I would be using it now. Should I add that on for some reason? I am also using AdGuard 7.0, which I installed before Brave. Is the built in ad blocker for Brave good enough to make AdGuard redundant? I've never had any problems with...
  • LAN Outlet to Wireless/Vanity

    07/18/2019 9:53:43 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 17 replies
    After this I'll try and keep my Himedia problems quiet for awhile. I moved it a few rooms away from the router and now its wireless interface cannot see the home network. But the TV right above it can????? So how does one connect a LAN outlet to a wireless interface/unit? I've been poking around and see several items but was wondering if someone else already went thru this. I didn't want to get one that might not do the job. One reply from my previous query described all the things the Himedia box can do but obviously needs to...
  • Linux Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

    06/19/2019 3:36:47 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 17 June 2019 | Kyle Rankin
    What are these weird directories, and why are they there? If you are new to the Linux command line, you may find yourself wondering why there are so many unusual directories, what they are there for, and why things are organized the way they are. In fact, if you aren't accustomed to how Linux organizes files, the directories can seem downright arbitrary with odd truncated names and, in many cases, redundant names. It turns out there's a method to this madness based on decades of UNIX convention, and in this article, I provide an introduction to the Linux directory structure....
  • Facebook, Not Microsoft, Is the Main Threat to Open Source

    06/10/2019 5:15:49 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 4 June 2019 | Glyn Moody
    In the future, Facebook won't be a social-media site. Facebook is under a lot of scrutiny and pressure at the moment. It's accused of helping foreign actors to subvert elections by using ads and fake accounts to spread lies—in the US, for example—and of acting as a conduit for terrorism in New Zealand and elsewhere. There are calls to break up the company or at least to rein it in. In an evident attempt to head off those moves, and to limit the damage that recent events have caused to Facebook's reputation, Mark Zuckerberg has been publishing some long, philosophical...
  • How Big Printer Is Trying to Crush the Counterfeit Ink Trade [HP-Epson-Canon]

    05/17/2019 9:09:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    onezero.medium.com ^ | 04-25-2019 | Lance Ulanoff
    he team moves through a dark, narrow hallway, emerging into a room crammed with an odd sort of contraband: toner and ink cartridges stacked almost to the ceiling. Authorities question a woman who deflects at first before finally admitting that all of them are counterfeits. The video, shot in India and shared with me by Hewlett-Packard (HP Inc), illustrates the raids local authorities have conducted hundreds of times around the world to try and stem the flow of counterfeit ink and toner cartridges. It’s reminiscent of a drug bust, and the economic stakes are nearly as high. According to the...
  • Controllable fast, tiny magnetic bits

    01/04/2019 7:06:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Phys.org ^ | January 4, 2019 by | Denis Paiste, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    [A] bit of heat production from resistance is a desirable characteristic in metallic thin films for spintronic applications such as solid-state computer memory. Similarly, while defects are often undesirable in materials science, they can be used to control creation of magnetic quasi-particles known as skyrmions. In separate papers published this month in the journals Nature Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, researchers in the group of MIT Professor Geoffrey S.D. Beach and colleagues in California, Germany, Switzerland, and Korea, showed that they can generate stable and fast moving skyrmions in specially formulated layered materials at room temperature, setting world records for size...