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  • Hackers Will Take Down the Stock Exchange on Monday, or Maybe Not

    10/10/2011 4:27:49 AM PDT · by satan69 · 18 replies ^ | 10/09/2011 | Anarcho-Doritologist
    Anarcho-Doritologist hacker collective has declared war on the New York Stock Exchange and will launch a "raid" on the company's website on Monday, October 10! Or is "Operation Invade Wall Street" a "fake planted operation"? Or maybe it doesn't really matter either way. If you buy the video (which, if it's a "plant," is convincingly self-serious), Anonymous' plan is essentially the same as the one that briefly took down PayPal and MasterCard: Convince a bunch of people to download and run a program that will effect a distributed denial of service attack on the target, in this case the NYSE...
  • Some Thoughts on the Passing of Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

    10/06/2011 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Shalmaneser · 20 replies ^ | 6 October 2011 | Bruce Lewis
    Steve Jobs is dead. I'm saddened. Besides the grief his family and loved ones must feel, his death brings a loss to the world. He was a true innovator. Apple products and the technologies derived from them have reordered our way of living. While Jobs did not invent either the personal computer or the graphical interface operating system, the PCs and personal digital devices he created implement these in a way that has had an impact on society equal to that of the automobile, telephone, and antibiotic drugs. I used Apple products exclusively throughout my thirty years as a graphic...
  • Computer Help Please

    10/03/2011 9:36:03 AM PDT · by Chuckster · 30 replies
    Vanity | October 2, 2011 | Chuckster
    Little help here please. After the latest automatic update, Firefox refuses to run on my computer (Win XP Pro). I have tried everything I can think of but it just will not run. Firefox is set as the default browser on my computer but will not start by clicking the desktop shortcut, or from the start menu. I have tried starting it from the Run command line and by going into the file manager and starting it from program files. Nothing. Thanks for any help anyone can offer. I have uninstalled, reinstalled and rebooted several times - no joy. While...
  • Computer Help Please

    10/03/2011 9:35:59 AM PDT · by Chuckster · 16 replies
    Vanity | October 2, 2011 | Chuckster
    Little help here please. After the latest automatic update, Firefox refuses to run on my computer (Win XP Pro). I have tried everything I can think of but it just will not run. Firefox is set as the default browser on my computer but will not start by clicking the desktop shortcut, or from the start menu. I have tried starting it from the Run command line and by going into the file manager and starting it from program files. Nothing. Thanks for any help anyone can offer. I have uninstalled, reinstalled and rebooted several times - no joy. While...

    09/29/2011 8:20:08 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 39 replies
    I need a PDF converter quickly.Does anyone know where I can download a free one online;or a legit one to buy online that is good and not filled with spam extras and garbage?How about ADOBE 10 if I have it is there a converter in this program? Thanks ahead for your replies.
  • Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center

    12/08/2010 1:10:46 PM PST · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    LA Times/Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/8/10 | Justin Fenton and Tricia Bishop
    A 21-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested for attempting to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville with a fake bomb supplied by federal agents. Federal authorities say Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, attempted to detonate what he believed to be a vehicle bomb this morning at the Armed Forces Career Center in the 5400 block of Baltimore National Pike. Court records paint Martinez as obsessed with Jihad and intent on punishing the military. He praised Nidal Hassan, the U.S. Army major who killed 13 people at Fort Hood, and discussed obtaining weapons and shooting up military...
  • Israeli researchers create artificial rat cerebellum

    09/28/2011 8:46:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | 09-28-2011 | Bob Yirka
    Taking another step towards creating devices that could be meshed with brain function to help those with brain damage, or perhaps one day, to improve on abilities, researchers at Tel Aviv University, led by Professor of Psychobiology Matti Mintz, have developed an adjunct to a part of a rat brain. The team, who will be presenting their results this month at a biotechnology meeting in the UK, has created a computer chip that is able to emulate one of the functions of the rat cerebellum. The cerebellum is the small odd looking part of the brain that looks like a...
  • Breaking: Swedish Police Arrest Four Terror Suspects; "Preparing a Terror Attack"

    09/11/2011 1:24:40 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/11/11 | Aurelius
    This is breaking news, so unfortunately I do not have a tremendous amount of details. This is what is known: Swedish security police have arrested four terror suspects on suspicion of "preparing a terrorist attack." Today being September 11, fear of terrorism is much greater than on normal days. The four were arrested in Sweden's second largest city Goteborg early Sunday, according to Security police spokesman Stefan Johansson. No further comments were given.
  • Team AMD FX sets Guiness record

    09/14/2011 11:31:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 09-13-2011cpmputer | AMD Press Release
    AMD has set the world record of fastest CPU with a speed frequency of 8.429 GHz, winning the company a place in the Guiness World Records. AMD’s yet-to-ship Bulldozer-based FX chips drew the Guinness ranking for the "Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor." The AMD-FX CPU is set to debut in Q4 2011. Announced yesterday, the Guiness record news drew kudos and comments from a wide range of sites that closely follow news and events circling rivals AMD and Intel. Some reports noted the timing of AMD's announcement was made on the opening day of the Intel Developer Forum in...
  • How can we help Jim keep freerepublic robust?

    08/26/2011 9:35:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies · 1+ views
    26 August, 2011 | marktwain
    What can we do to help Jim Robinson keep freerepublic robust and online? Freerepublic is important to me and I am willing to pay to keep it up and robust. I believe that many other freepers believe this as well. I do not overstate things when I say that the health of freerepublic is essential to the health of the nation and the restoration of the Constitution. Would it be worthwhile to create a backup fund for freerepublic to buy more equipment/bandwidth/alternate mirror sites? This is Jim's site, and I will certainly defer to his wishes, but if we can...
  • Microsoft Explorer Problem. The Upgrade That Seems to Be a Downgrade

    08/24/2011 11:24:15 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 91 replies
    08.24.11 | chickensoup
    I have a windows 64 bit machine. Recently MS offered an upgrade to the next version of IE. Except it seems to be a downgrade. There is no taskbar and I cannot change my search engine default. There is no more file print properties dropdown. No more search for words dropdown. All in all it is much less useful. Is there a way I can go back to my old IE which was much better. This isnt even any faster than my old one and get the white screen more often. Please no lectures about needing to change to Firefoxes...
  • Sony announces 'WhiteMagic' - new LCD screen that uses half the power

    08/15/2011 8:06:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | August 15, 2011 | by Bob Yirka
    Sony has announced via its webpage the development of a new type of LCD display that uses either half as much power as current same-size LCD displays, or the same amount of power, but doubles the brightness. Called WhiteMagic, the new LCD screen, currently just 3 inches diagonally, achieves these results by employing a third, white pixel to create images on a screen. For the most part, most LCD displays use just three backlit pixels - Red, Green and Blue (RGB) to create one dot of color on the screen; the various colors are produced by filtering the light that...
  • IBM inventor: PC is dead

    08/12/2011 3:39:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 12, 2011 | Mark Dean
    In our increasingly smartphone-and-tablet computing-centric world, one of the computer engineers who helped design IBM's first personal computer, has made it official: The PC is dead. Thirty years ago, Mark Dean was part of the original team that helped usher in a personal computing revolution when Big Blue announced its PC. On the anniversary of that seminal announcement, Dean said it is time to move beyond the PC. (see: Today is the IBM Model 5150's 30th birthday) "My primary computer now is a tablet. When I helped design the PC, I didn't think I'd live long enough to witness its...
  • Low-income families get access to cheaper Internet(9.95/mo and a $149 computer)

    08/08/2011 3:21:34 AM PDT · by rawhide · 70 replies ^ | 8-8-11 | By Jaime Sarrio
    Comcast Corporation is partnering with several metro Atlanta school districts to educate families about a new program to offer discounted Internet access to low-income students. Today at a morning press conference, Comcast executives along with Mayor Kasim Reed, Gov. Nathan Deal and other area leaders will announce the program, which will be offered to families of students who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunch. Families who qualify will receive broadband Internet for $9.95 a month with no activation fee, no modem rental and a voucher to purchase a computer for $149.99. The Atlanta launch is part of the company's...
  • Help! When I Click on FR Links nothing happens

    08/02/2011 6:53:44 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 50 replies
    08.02.11 | chickensoup
    I was playing with the settings of my new IE. I was tired of seeing my search subjects on ads wherever I browsed. Somehow I cannot click some links. Like all the threads of FR. What did I do wrong, and how can I fix it Please?
  • Korean researchers report creation of faster, more resilient ReRam (10nS!)

    07/20/2011 6:45:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 07-20-2011 | Staff
    Korean researchers working out of the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology report in a paper published in Nature Materials, that they've been able to create a non-volatile Resistance RAM (ReRam) chip capable of withstanding a trillion read/write cycles, all with a switching time of just 10ns (about a million times faster than current flash chips), paving the way for a possible upgrade to flash memory cards. ReRam chips are non-volatile, meaning they can retain stored information in the absence of power and are currently made using a Ta2O5 (tantalum) film, the new chips developed by the Samsung team uses Ta2O5-x/TaO2-x...
  • Moving data at the speed of science: Berkeley Lab lays foundation for 100 Gbps prototype network

    07/14/2011 8:05:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | July 13, 2011 | by Jon Bashor
    The DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) today announced a major step toward creating one of the world's fastest scientific networks to accelerate research in fields ranging from advanced energy solutions to particle physics. Known as the Advanced Networking Initiative (ANI), the effort represents a $62 million multi-year investment by the DOE Office of Science in next-generation networking technology. "As science becomes increasingly data-driven and global in scale, it's critical that we create an infrastructure that will enable our scientists to collaborate and compete successfully in the search for solutions to some of the world's biggest challenges in energy,"...
  • Windows 7 gadget advice needed

    07/06/2011 9:32:01 AM PDT · by MeganC · 3 replies
    Vanity/Personal | 7/6/2011 | Self
    I need some help finding a 'gadget' for Windows 7 and Active Directory and I was hoping perhaps someone on FR could help. What I'm looking for is a simple gadget that shows selected Active Directory user account logons in real time. Meaning I'd be able to see at a glance a small table of users (up to ten maybe) who are logged on and, perhaps, for how long they've been logged on. Thank you for reading this and thanks for your help.
  • F.B.I. seizes web servers, knocks sites offline

    06/22/2011 9:06:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/21/2011 | By VERNE G. KOPYTOFF
    Instapaper and Curbed Network are among the sites hit, though the cause of the raid is unknown The F.B.I. seized Web servers in a raid on a data center early Tuesday, causing several Web sites, including those run by the New York publisher Curbed Network, to go offline. The raid happened at 1:15 a.m. at a hosting facility in Reston, Va., used by DigitalOne, which is based in Switzerland, the company said. The F.B.I. did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the raid. In an e-mail to one of its clients on Tuesday afternoon, a DigitalOne employee,...
  • Web help needed

    06/22/2011 7:51:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Help, please. Can someone direct me to information on how to create and manage a website that allows people to log on and enter public comments? (like FR but much smaller). Thanks.
  • Teenage 'cyber terrorist' arrested after attack on CIA

    06/21/2011 10:01:13 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3:53 AM on 22nd June 2011 | By Rebecca Camber, Colin Fernandez and Lucy Collins
    A British teenager is suspected of masterminding computer hacking attacks on the CIA, the U.S. Senate and Sony from his bedroom. Ryan Cleary, 19, was arrested at his family’s home in Essex in a dramatic swoop following a joint inquiry by Scotland Yard and the FBI. He was held hours after the UK’s serious crime unit came under online siege from the hacking group known as LulzSec. The group recently declared on Twitter its intention to break into government websites and banks and leak confidential documents.
  • North Korea recruits hackers at school

    06/20/2011 8:22:09 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 6 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 20 Jun 2011 | Sangwon Yoon
    A child becomes computer literate at primary school. Meanwhile, North Korea's most prodigious young students are identified and trained in advanced cyberwarfare techniques As South Korea blames North Korea for a recent slew of cyberattacks, two defectors share their experiences, as a hacker and trainer of "cyberwarriors" in the reclusive communist country, with Al Jazeera shedding some light into the inner workings of the North's cyberwarfare programme. In the process, Kim Heung-kwang and Jang Se-yul also warn of the regime's concentrated efforts to bolster its cyberwarfare capabilities. The hackers' professor Kim Heung-kwang was a computer science professor in North...
  • Glitch Grounds United Airlines Passengers

    06/17/2011 10:04:23 PM PDT · by tarpit · 13 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Friday, Jun 17, 2011 | BJ Lutz
    Throngs of passengers stranded in the United Airlines terminal at O'Hare International Airport on Friday night were told to go home or get a hotel after a "nationwide computer malfunction" took out the airline's reservations systems. The systems went down shortly after 7 p.m., a United Airlines spokeswoman said. After roughly three hours, passengers were told that there would be no more flights. Local travelers were told to go home and some travelers from out of town were given discount vouchers to nearby hotels. Passengers said they were frustrated they were kept in line waiting for about two hours before...
  • Question Concerning IPV6 - Vanity

    06/13/2011 1:00:23 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 9 replies
    6/13/11 | self
    I got a pop-up when I was at the Yahoo Web Site the other day. It said I could check to make sure that I had IPV6 capability. When I tested it, Yahoo said that I had a problem. But, I DO have the IPV6 protocol [Win XP] enabled on my computer. I then checked Microsoft and it ran an automatic program that said my computer was IPV6 ready, but that I only had IPV4 connectivity. Am I correct in assuming that it is my ISP that is limiting me to IPV4 at the moment?
  • A Preview of Future Disk Drives

    06/13/2011 8:26:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Monday, June 13, 2011 | By Tom Simonite
    A prototype disk drive based on phase-change memory can outperform an off-the-shelf flash hard disk . A new type of data storage technology, called phase-change memory, has proven capable of writing some types of data faster than conventional flash based storage. The tests used a hard drive based on prototype phase-change memory chips. Disks based on solid-state, flash memory chips are increasingly used in computers and servers because they perform faster than conventional magnetic hard drives. The performance of the experimental phase-change disk drive, created by researchers at University of California San Diego, suggests that it won't be long before...
  • Al Qaeda's East Africa chief Fazul Mohammed killed in Somalia

    06/11/2011 2:08:06 PM PDT · by csvset · 38 replies
    The Long Wsar Journal ^ | 11 june 2011 | Bill Roggio
    Somali officials confirmed today that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, al Qaeda's leader in East Africa and a senior Shabaab commander, was killed at a Somali military checkpoint in Mogadishu earlier this week. Fazul is one of the most wanted terrorists in East Africa for his role in attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania as well as his role within Shabaab. Somalia's minister of information confirmed Fazul's death, according to The Associated Press. "We've compared the pictures of the body to his old pictures," he said. "They are the same. It is confirmed. He is the man and he is...
  • PC Boot-up Time Reduced by Half With 8GB SSD, Software

    06/08/2011 2:00:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    TechOn! ^ | 06-07-2011 | Tomohisa Takei, Nikkei Electronics
    Diskeeper Corp developed "ExpressCache," software that enhances operating speed of personal computers (PCs) by using a small-capacity SSD as a cache for HDD, and demonstrated it at Computex Taipei 2011. In the demonstration, operations such as booting Windows 7 and launching applications were compared between a PC equipped with a 500-Gbyte HDD (5,400rpm) and a PC using the same hardware in addition to an 8-Gbyte SSD for a cache (made by SanDisk Corp, connected via mSATA). As a result, the software and the SDD halved the time it takes to perform those operations. ExpressCache is software that monitors the read/write...
  • Harddrive Crash (looking for help)

    05/30/2011 9:08:08 AM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 116 replies
    05/30/2011 | ow
    Harddrive Failure Start up menu is empty (No outlook express, no list of program files) but still has My Computer on it. OS XP Home Pentium R D 2 80GHz
  • (Vanity) Computer Help (a desperation 3 pointer!)

    05/29/2011 5:09:43 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 162 replies · 1+ views
    5/29/11 | me
    I'm typing fast. My computer is restarting itself every 20 minutes or so. While finishing my news site browsing before bed, I got a pop up claiming Adobe. I tried to ignore it. Since I had an Adobe file open, I finally relented and agreed to install. BIG MISTAKE. It was a Trojan virus and is in the process of destroying my computer. Trojan.Win32.Generic.paklacobra I heard that Macs are better as far as viruses. Is there a reputable dealer that sells Macs? I don't imagine I can afford a brand new Mac. Failing that, would there be another browser other...
  • World Record in Ultra-Rapid Data Transmission

    05/24/2011 7:27:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 05-24-2011 | Staff
    Scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have succeeded in encoding data at a rate of 26 terabits per second on a single laser beam, transmitting the data over a distance of 50 kilometers, and decoding the information successfully. This is the largest data volume ever transported on a laser beam. The process developed by KIT enables the transmission of 700 DVDs' worth of content in just one second. The advance is reported in the journal Nature Photonics. In this experiment, KIT scientists led by Professor Jürg Leuthold beat their own record in high-speed data transmission of 2010, when they...
  • AP sources: White House set to unveil cyber plan

    05/12/2011 3:41:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/12/11 | Lolita Baldor
    The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, financial systems and nuclear power plants. The Obama administration also is insisting that companies tell consumers when their personal information has been compromised. According to cybersecurity experts familiar with the plan, the administration's proposed legislation also would instruct federal agencies to more closely monitor their computer networks. Several House and Senate committees have been working on cybersecurity legislation for the past two years, while waiting for...
  • Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC for $25

    05/06/2011 10:37:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 48 replies ^ | 5/5/11 | Matthew Humphries
    David Braben is a very well-known game developer who runs the UK development studio Frontier Developments, but is just as well known for being the co-developer of Elite. Over his career his studio has brought us the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, Thrillville, Lost Winds, and most recently Kinectimals. In the background, however, Braben has been trying to tackle another problem: getting programming and general learning of how computers work back into schools. Braben argues that education since we entered the 2000s has turned towards ICT which teaches useful skills such as writing documents in a word processor, how to create presentations,...

    05/03/2011 2:08:32 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 60 replies
    self | May 03, 2011 | swampsniper
    I reformatted last weekend, now I'm getting this popup at random sites I try to open. Sometimes I can cycle things 2 or 3 times and access the page, sometimes I can't gain access.I know vista is a problem but I'm stuck with it for now.
  • Jackpot: U.S. finds huge amount of data on Bin Laden’s computers (What's on that hard drive?)

    05/03/2011 7:16:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/03/2011 | Allahpundit
    Would you care for some whipped cream and sprinkles on your sundae? The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden, officials told POLITICO…“Hundreds of people are going through it now,” an official said, adding that intelligence operatives back in Washington are very excited to find out what they have.“It’s going to be great even if...
  • Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data

    05/02/2011 5:12:39 PM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/2/11 | MIKE ALLEN
    The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.” The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden, officials told POLITICO.
  • How to fix any computer

    04/25/2011 5:41:46 PM PDT · by max americana · 23 replies
    vanity | April 24, 2011 | max
  • Seagate lands Samsung's hard drive unit for $1.37 billion

    04/20/2011 8:33:19 AM PDT · by TheBattman · 20 replies
    ZDNet ^ | April 19, 2011 | Larry Dignan
    Seagate has acquired Samsung Electronics’ hard disk drive (HDD) operations for $1.37 billion in a move that boils the market down to two players. Seagate and Western Digital now control 90 percent of the HDD market with Toshiba a distant third. Under the terms of the deal, Samsung will lump its HDD unit into Seagate in exchange for a cash and stock deal worth $1.375 billion. Samsung will own nearly 10 percent of Seagate and the two companies will cross-license patents. Samsung will also provide NAND flash memory for Seagate’s solid-state drives. In addition, Seagate will supply drives for Samsung’s...
  • Batteries that Recharge in Seconds

    04/18/2011 1:08:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Monday, April 11, 2011 | By Katherine Bourzac
    A new process could let your laptop and cell phone recharge a hundred times faster than they do now. A new way of making battery electrodes based on nanostructured metal foams has been used to make a lithium-ion battery that can be 90 percent charged in two minutes. If the method can be commercialized, it could lead to laptops that charge in a few minutes or cell phones that charge in 30 seconds. The methods used to make the ultrafast-charging electrodes are compatible with a range of battery chemistries; the researchers have also used them to make nickel-metal-hydride batteries, the...
  • Super-Small Transistor Created: Artificial Atom Powered by Single Electrons

    04/18/2011 12:57:55 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 04-18-2011 | University of Pittsburgh
    A University of Pittsburgh-led team has created a single-electron transistor that provides a building block for new, more powerful computer memories, advanced electronic materials, and the basic components of quantum computers. The researchers report in Nature Nanotechnology that the transistor's central component -- an island only 1.5 nanometers in diameter -- operates with the addition of only one or two electrons. That capability would make the transistor important to a range of computational applications, from ultradense memories to quantum processors, powerful devices that promise to solve problems so complex that all of the world's computers working together for billions of...
  • Remember the Commodore 64? It's Baaaaaack!

    04/07/2011 6:57:43 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 71 replies
    the stir ^ | 7-april-2011 | Linda Sharps
    The outside looks the same: a big keyboard with a full computer beneath it, and those fat-ass clickety-clack keys. The keyboard description is such a loving homage to that vintage typing sensation, it sounds downright pornographic: "...the new Commodore 64 features genuine Cherry brand key switches, which provide a feel much better than the original, with a lovely IBM classic mechanism and click sound." Inside is where things get modern, because the whole system's had a major overhaul. The new C64 comes with a 1.8GHz Intel processor, up to 4GB RAM, runs Windows 7, and plays back Blu-ray discs. There’s...
  • BREAKING: Computer Error Could Give Prosser 7,381 More Votes, Victory

    04/07/2011 3:02:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/7/11 | Christian Schneider
    After Tuesday night’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election, a computer error in heavily Republican Waukesha County failed to send election results for the entire City of Brookfield to the Associated Press. The error, revealed today, would give incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser a net 7,381 votes against his challenger, attorney Joanne Kloppenburg. On Wednesday, Kloppenburg declared victory after the AP reported she finished the election with a 204-vote lead, out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast. On election night, AP results showed a turnout of 110,000 voters in Waukesha County — well short of the 180,000 voters that turned out...
  • Massive Breach at Epsilon Compromises Customer Lists of Major Brands

    04/02/2011 8:46:19 PM PDT · by brytlea · 48 replies
    Security Week ^ | April 2, 2011 | Mike Lennon
    Due to the growing list of brands disclosing that they have been compromised as a result of this breach, I’m going to go ahead and tag this as a massive breach. And I only expect it to get bigger as more announcements come out from Epsilon customers. Last night we reported on a breach at marketing services provider, Epsilon, the world’s largest permission-based email marketing provider. Initially we wrote that the breach had affected Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer. There is a list of companies at the link (but I don't know if that is going to be...
  • Unpleasant surprise from new Ford automobile

    03/26/2011 7:49:43 AM PDT · by chickadee · 114 replies
    3/26/11 | Self
    Yesterday, I decided to take my relatively new car out for a spin. Due to a combination of ugly winter weather and health issues, I hadn't driven the car in a couple of months and wanted to give it a spin to keep its "juices" flowing. I got in the car and tried to start it. Nothing. All the symbols lit up and went nuts, but no sound of cranking. Fortunately, Ford gives new owners 5 years of Roadside Assistance. Ford's service responded quickly and professionally. The technician came prepared with a "box" to start the car in my garage....
  • The First Plastic Computer Processor

    03/25/2011 12:18:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Technology Review ^ | 3/25/11 | Tom Simonite
    Two recent developments—a plastic processor and printed memory—show that computing doesn't have to rely on inflexible silicon.Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere. The first computer processor and memory chips made out of plastic semiconductors suggest that, someday, nowhere will be out of bounds for computer power. Researchers in Europe used 4,000 plastic, or organic, transistors to create the plastic microprocessor, which measures roughly two centimeters square and is built on top of flexible plastic foil. "Compared to using silicon, this has the advantage of lower price...
  • Help! Something VERY strange happened to my computer.

    03/21/2011 8:56:33 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 44 replies
    21 March 2011 | Mene
    Very strange. Suddenly my computer is unilaterally running Utility Man and Narrator and trying to search for files and enter things all by itself. What kind of shenanigans is this? Can anyone explain. Shouldn't have a virus based on activity at all. Deleted utilman.exe and narrator from System32 folder. Still having weird things happening but attempts to access system stopped.
  • $99 iPad rival NoteSlate: Not quite real, not quite fake

    02/25/2011 8:25:15 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    There is no working prototype. No video. No proof that it exists Yet NoteSlate -- a digital drawing pad, or at least the idea of one -- is burning a hole in the blogosphere. A few weeks ago, descriptions and mockups appeared online at technology news and gossip sites around the globe have written about it n at least half a dozen languages, heralding the imminent arrival of a $99 e-ink digital tablet that mimics the simplicity of old-fashioned pen and paper. NoteSlate's homepage opens with a question, handwritten in sloppy capital letters on a graphica rendering of the tablet:...
  • Blue Screen of Death on WinXP computer (img) -- Is it a terminal disease? (vanity)

    02/25/2011 10:50:08 AM PST · by webschooner · 63 replies
    self | self
    We have two desktops in our household. Just a couple of weeks ago, my wife's WinXP desktop, at that time just under 3 years old (not on warranty), started going blue screen every day at least once, always when she was using it, but you could always reboot it. I took a pic of the BSOD and emailed it to a computer service guy friend, and he said that machine was on the way out, and not worth repairing. We turned off the machine, bought a new computer, then I transferred my wife's data to the new machine. I wanted...
  • Steve Jobs Receiving Treatment At Cancer Clinic Where Patrick Swayze Was Patient

    02/17/2011 5:33:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 16 Feb 2011 | Staff
    Steve Jobs - who is on another medical leave of absence from Apple, the company he co-founded and manages as its longtime CEO - is receiving treatment at a cancer clinic where Hollywood star Patrick Swayze was a patient in his final days. has confirmed Jobs, 55, has been attending the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California, where Swayze sought radical chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer before his death in September, 2009. The skeletal-looking Apple boss was photographed outside the clinic in images set to be published in the next edition of The National Enquirer. In one photo, Jobs...
  • DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead

    02/08/2011 5:46:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    The Register ^ | Chris Mellor
    Obituary Ken Olsen, the founder of minicomputer and client/server company Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) died on Sunday. He was 84 years-old. Olsen started out a maverick, pioneered and drove the minicomputer and supermini revolutions, and then became a dinosaur. But unlike many other senior DEC executives he remains a much-loved and revered figure based on what he did and even taking into account what he stopped DEC from doing. His legacy lives on at HP, which bought Compaq, which bought DEC, and at Xiotech, where Steve Sicola's ISE team started at DEC. Ken Olsen was an engineer first and foremost....
  • Hackers Penetrate Nasdaq Computers

    02/05/2011 9:44:06 AM PST · by FromLori · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/5/2011 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    Hackers have repeatedly penetrated the computer network of the company that runs the Nasdaq Stock Market during the past year, and federal investigators are trying to identify the perpetrators and their purpose, according to people familiar with the matter. The exchange's trading platform—the part of the system that executes trades—wasn't compromised, these people said. However, it couldn't be determined which other parts of Nasdaq's computer network were accessed. Investigators are considering a range of possible motives, including unlawful financial gain, theft of trade secrets and a national-security threat designed to damage the exchange. The Nasdaq situation has set off alarms...