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  • Technical Hiring Managers - resume advice

    08/30/2014 10:33:11 AM PDT · by chrisser · 75 replies
    Hoping to get some advice from FReepers who are hiring managers for tech positions - specifically system/network admins. I've been in the field for almost 25 years. Been consistently employed with a consistently rising salary. Now mid 40s and currently employed. But I would like to relocate to another city where we own property. I don't know anyone there other than our neighbors who are either retired, farmers, or both. The area I'm looking at is Parkersburg WV. Not exactly a mecca of tech positions, but a few pop up occasionally on the job boards. I've been sending out resumes...
  • Google announces its own delivery drones project

    08/30/2014 6:04:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Economist ^ | Aug 29th, 2014
    Winging it Google announces its own delivery drones project Aug 29th 2014 | SAN FRANCISCO | Business and finance AT THE end of 2013, Amazon made quite a media splash when it revealed that it had been testing the use of small drones to deliver packages. The company is betting that the airborne marvels will eventually be able to transport parcels to customers within a ten-mile radius of the vast network of warehouses that it runs. But it is not the only tech giant with its eyes on the sky. On August 28th Google announced that its secretive "Google X"...
  • FR side bar too wide

    08/29/2014 1:54:23 PM PDT · by knarf · 41 replies
    self | August 29, 2014 | knarf
    different computer with W7 , Chrome, FR sidebar is too wide and I cant "catch" it to shrink the widthSide bar covers a lot of text unless I shrink font to 90% ... waaayyy too small for me
  • China Developing an Operating System to Take on Microsoft, Google and Apple

    08/27/2014 7:09:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/26/2014
    SHANGHAI — China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua, the government news agency, reported. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cybersecurity. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Windows from Microsoft and the mobile operating system Android from Google. The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices, Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing Ni...
  • Why Government Researchers Think We May Be Living in a 2D Hologram

    08/27/2014 7:06:43 AM PDT · by Ghost of SVR4 · 39 replies
    http://motherboard.vice.com/ ^ | 4-26-2014 | JASON KOEBLER
    Operating with cutting-edge technology out of a trailer in rural Illinois, government researchers started today on a set of experiments that they say will help them determine whether or not you and me and everything that exists are living in a two-dimensional holographic universe. It sounds completely off-the-walls insane, but the incongruities between Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and some of Max Planck's discoveries about the nature of matter can only be explained if we're living in a Matrix-style holographic illusion, according to Craig Hogan, director of the Department of Energy's Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics. ..... If so, that...
  • Seagate’s new 8TB hard drive is the first of its kind

    08/26/2014 7:18:15 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 87 replies
    SlashGear.com ^ | 8/26/14 | Brittany Hillen
    Seagate has hit a new storage milestone with its recently unveiled 8TB hard drive disk, the first of its kind to start shipping. The company calls this an "important step forward", saying its new offering meets the increasing data-heavy demands of our modern cloud-centric world. The new 8TB offering is a 3.5-inch drive, and the maker is hawking it at cloud providers and others revolving around bulk data storage. Said IDC's John Rydning, "Public and private data centers are grappling with efficiently storing massive amounts of unstructured digital content." He points towards the 8TB drive as a solution for addressing...
  • How windowless planes could be the future of cheap air travel

    08/26/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:03PM BST 26 Aug 2014 | By Alice Philipson
    Windowless planes could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel. In place of windows, plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft. It is hoped the technology will significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers. The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit. The technology could be rolled out in...
  • How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

    08/26/2014 9:52:12 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | August 18, 2014 5:21 PM ET | Laura Sydell
    Many institutions have their archives stored on CDs — but the discs aren't as stable as once thought. There is no average life span for a CD, says preservationist Michele Youket, "because there is no average disc." --- Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc. Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs...
  • Why Digital Music Looks Set to Replace Live Performances (unions)

    08/26/2014 9:41:04 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 44 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | David Pogue
    A scuffle at a Connecticut opera reveals the bleak future of the orchestra pit This August's production of Richard Wagner's four-opera Ring cycle in Hartford, Conn., has been postponed. Rather than hiring pit musicians, producer Charles M. Goldstein had intended to accompany the singers with sampled instrument sounds, played by a computer. Not a CD, not a synthesizer; the computer triggers the playback of individual notes (“samples”) originally recorded from real instruments. The reaction of professional musicians—and, of course, the musicians' union—was swift and furious. New York City's Local 802 president called it operatic karaoke. Hate mail poured in. In...
  • RoboBrain marks the dawn of cloud robotics

    08/26/2014 5:56:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Load The Game ^ | August 25, 2014 | Emily Smith
    RoboBrain marks the dawn of cloud robotics Posted by: Emily Smith August 25, 2014 in Tech RoboBrain is the new attempt of artificial intelligence researchers to create a cloud-based database that would help out existing and future robots. In theory, RoboBrain is supposed to be a massive database of all the information robots have been taught so far and offers the possibility of increasing that knowledge as well. The main idea behind RoboBrain is that the cumulative knowledge robots have been able to gather should be collected in the same place, namely cloud storage, and made available to every robot...
  • Actor Sylvester Stallone has been killed in a car accident in Australia (HOAX, Scam)

    08/26/2014 1:02:32 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 7 replies
    Snopes ^ | 8/26/2014 | Snopes
    Origins: Like previous death hoaxes involving actors (including Jackie Chan), the Sylvester Stallone death hoax circulating on social media sites appears to stem from common culprit mediafetcher.com, a "fake news" generator. Several such sites exist, allowing Facebook and Twitter users to plug a celebrity's name into the generator and produce a "news story" reporting the star's recent death. While these death hoaxes appear on Facebook and Twitter with relative frequency, the most recent iteration of the Sylvester Stallone death hoax looks to be slightly different. Most links point back to a specific domain that appears to be a "clickjack"...
  • How long to go 80 miles at 80MPH?

    08/25/2014 11:19:44 AM PDT · by econjack · 164 replies
    Facebook ^ | Augusts 5, 2014 | unknown
    A difficult math question. One would hope that these two did not finish high school. If they did, public education needs to refund our money. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202517290999274
  • Linus Torvalds Started a Revolution on August 25, 1991. Happy Birthday, Linux!

    08/25/2014 8:24:42 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 12 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 25 August 2014 | Silviu Stahie
    The Linux project has just turned 23 and it's now the biggest collaborative endeavor in the world, with thousands of people working on it. Back in 1991, a young programmer called Linus Torvalds wanted to make a free operating system that wasn't going to be as big as the GNU project and that was just a hobby. He started something that would turn out to be the most successful operating system on the planet, but no one would have been able to guess it back then. Linus Torvalds sent an email on August 25, 1991, asking for help in testing...
  • Any other Freeper's kids attending school online?

    08/24/2014 9:58:27 AM PDT · by TexasBarak · 67 replies
    At the end of her seventh grade year a few months ago, my daughter was of the opinion that she had not received the education that she should have, so she determined to find courses online that she could take over the summer. What she found (completely on her own) turned out to be a full time public school- online! She starts tomorrow at Connections Academy Texas. With her mother and I both working, she'll be attending school at her Grandmother's house for the time being. I'm very excited about this- my child is *very* intelligent, and with self-paced courses...
  • D.C. police sting leads to child porn charges for Tennessee woman

    08/24/2014 6:43:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Johnson City Press ^ | Lance Coleman
    The investigation that led federal and state authorities to arrest a Seymour woman on child pornography charges started when an undercover Washington, D.C., police officer arrested a man earlier this month who had images the woman allegedly had taken of her own children. Naomi Jean Justice, 21, was charged with production and distribution of child pornography, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation news release.
  • Interesting phone call I just received

    08/23/2014 7:32:59 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 109 replies
    August 23, 2014 | Me
    I just received an interesting phone call from "Credit Card Services". It wasn't the call that was interesting it was that they used my OWN phone number as the identifying number on the Caller ID. I'm not sure where this falls in the "legality' scale but from my own point of view if this company can use my own phone number on the caller ID to identify themselves then they or anyone else can use it also to conduct business that is truly illegal. Try explaining to the authorities that you didn't order that kilogram of 'drugs' when your home...
  • Tech help needed: Problem with Windows Live MovieMaker 2011

    08/22/2014 3:20:09 PM PDT · by Maceman · 28 replies
    Maceman
    Never used this program before, but I am trying to learn it for a project and have been watching tutorials on youtube. My problem is that the preview screen on the left side of my screen doesn't work, either for individual images on the right side of the screen, or when I try to run the images as a movie. All I get is a black screen, although I can hear the soundtrack. I have searched online and learned that this has not been an uncommon problem for WLMM 2011 (or 2012, apparently), as there are many discussions about it...
  • Fergus/Croche parody

    08/22/2014 11:30:18 AM PDT · by 2harddrive · 2 replies
    Vanity | Vanity
    Bad, Bad Michael Brown Well the north side of St Louie’ Is the baddest part of town And if you go down there You better just beware Of a man name of Michael Brown Now Michael more than trouble You see he stand ‘bout six foot four All those downtown ladies call him "Treetop Lover" All the men just call him "Sir" And he's bad, bad Michael Brown The baddest man in the whole damn town Badder than old King Kong And meaner than a junkyard dog Now Michael he a gambler And he like his fancy clothes And he...
  • UCLA Microbiologist Accused Of Making Bizarre Death Threat On Facebook

    08/22/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 21, 2014 10:34 PM | Rachel Kim
    A UCLA researcher is accused of making a death threat to a writer about an opinion article he wrote for the Harvard Crimson entitled “Troubles with Thai Studies.” “I swear that if I saw this (expletive) on the street I’d elbow his middle meningeal artery and leave him dead from epidural hematoma,” UCLA microbiologist Peera Hemarajata allegedly posted on Facebook. The bizarre threat was aimed at writer Ilya Garger who is in Hong Kong. Rachel Kim spoke with Garger Thursday via Skype. It’s a story that is Only On KCAL9. Garger said the point of his article was not to...
  • Sneak Attack: Android Apps Can Ambush Each Other

    08/21/2014 4:48:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    tomsguide.com ^ | August 21, 2014 3:04 PM | Paul Wagenseil
    The problem arises because, due to limited resources, running applications must share some memory with other running applications so that they can all operate efficiently. Truly sensitive data is compartmentalized, but mundane tasks are often carried out in shared memory — and there's no task more mundane than running the nuts and bolts of the device's graphical user interface (GUI). However, each change an app makes to the GUI requires a specific amount of memory, an amount that often directly and instantly affects the total amount of shared memory used on a given device. As the app's GUI changes, the...
  • Richard Dawkins gets owned by parents of kids who have Down syndrome [pics]

    08/21/2014 7:29:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    twitchy ^ | staff
    In order to debate with compassion, empathy and humility you first must have compassion, empathy and humility. It’s becoming increasingly clear Dawkins possesses none of these qualities.
  • EU justice chief criticizes Google on ‘right to be forgotten’

    08/21/2014 3:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 19.08.14 @ 09:30 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU’s justice commissioner has accused internet giant Google of leading a campaign to shoot down data protection reforms. Speaking in Lyon, France on Monday (18 August), the commissioner, Martine Reicherts, said: “Google and other affected companies who complain loudly” about a recent EU court verdict on personal data are “detractors … attempting to throw a new spanner in the works”. The Luxembourg-based EU court in May ruled that Google must remove links to any content that is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” or face a fine.The ruling was based on the bloc’s 1995 data protection law, which are...
  • U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    08/20/2014 5:54:39 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies
    Billboard ^ | August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT | By Richard Smirke, London
    Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children from graphic content,' British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday (Aug. 18). Cameron has previously attempted to crack down on pornography. The scheme commences Oct. 1 and will be implemented by YouTube and Vevo, working in association with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The U.K. arms of Sony, Universal and Warner Music have all given their support to the initiative, which will see will see record...
  • Vanity: Question about GooglePlus/YouTube

    08/20/2014 10:00:32 AM PDT · by ru4liberty · 8 replies
    What does it mean when someone on YouTube adds you to their circle? I'm not familiar with this person. I don't participate in circles and am unclear how they work. Social media is creepy to me, so I don't participate in any of it. I hate GooglePlus, but I had to sign onto it in order to continue to participate on YouTube. Now I'm creeped out when some stranger puts me in their circle. Am I justified in my paranoia or is it harmless when someone does that? Does my YouTube name show up somewhere where I have no control...
  • With Liberty and iPads For All

    08/20/2014 5:47:04 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 29 replies
    vanity | 8-20-14 | vanity
    All textbooks on iPad at my child's high school, computers for all from K-12 in the school district where I live. This even though most kids already have one and some have more than one computer of their own, the schools private and public have purchased from Apple zillions of MacBook Airs and iPad Airs to bestow upon their students. Students are to use a program called Noteability to write on the screens with the stylus that came with the "device" and use Google connect to send in to their teachers. Did anyone ask the parents for input on any...
  • Why John Oliver is wrong about native advertising

    08/19/2014 6:40:25 AM PDT · by ensignsj · 15 replies
    Strategy Online ^ | 8/18/14 | Scott Ensign
    Comedian John Oliver recently took an admittedly pretty funny shot at the concept of native advertising. His basic point was that the blurring lines between objective content and marketing pieces threatens journalistic integrity and consumer trust in the media. Now, I find Oliver to be a funny and talented guy, and he’s done some spot-on stuff (particularly his most famous piece on net neutrality). However, on this topic, he’s really off-base. Native advertising is everywhere, and all signs point to it becoming even more ubiquitous, particularly as news outlets try to come up with meaningful business models for their online...
  • Microsoft pulls Windows 8.1 updates, which can cause blue screens of death, restart loops

    08/18/2014 9:17:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Konrad Krawczyk —
    Many people who downloaded last week’s Windows 8.1 patch have experienced blue screens of death, and looping system restarts. In fact, the problem has been so significant, that Microsoft has pulled the patches from Windows Update. They also recommend that you uninstall them. In all, the problems have been associated with four patches, which aimed to address a number of issues. Aside from the symptoms associated with system instability, these could cause problems with any of your computer’s fonts in the event that any of them aren’t installed in the typical fonts directory in Windows.
  • Streaming use drives Disney’s exit from broadcast radio (selling off 23 of 24 stations)

    08/18/2014 3:02:05 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Radio and Internet News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Brad Hill
    In what Bloomberg calls a “digital push,” Disney announced that it is closing 23 of its 24 terrestrial stations, laying off nearly 200 people in sales and operations. (See the intra-company memo from GM Phil Guerini below.) Disney is shifting its efforts and resources from terrestrial to the broadly-termed “digital” realm, which in this case means program distribution on SiriusXM and online streaming platforms. The company maintains a Radio Disney mobile app. The strategy shift represents what Disney calls “the habits of the consumers we serve.” Inside Radio reports that only 18% of Disney’s radio audience tune in via AM.FM...
  • Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

    08/18/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | By Simon Sharwood,
    Windows Phone cracks, Blackberry's out of juice and even Apple's squeezed The Google spawn's market share is up a third compared to the same quarter in 2013. Every other mobile operating system is not even eating Android's dust – they're so far back on the road they can see the plume of dust Android throws up are falling behind and don't even look to have a chance of choking. We offer that analysis because, as the chart below shows, Android's nearest rival – Apple's iOS – now has just 11.7 per cent market share.Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments,...
  • A Comprehensive Guide to YouTube’s Dumbest and Most Dangerous Teen Trends

    08/17/2014 12:43:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    YouTube has known its fair share of dangerous, destructive and ill-advised trends, but even by those standards, the “fire challenge” hits new lows. The so-called challenge consists of pouring rubbing alcohol on oneself, lighting it on fire, and putting the resulting blaze out before you sustain third-degree burns and/or burn your house down. Needless to say, not everyone succeeds — a 15-year-old in Kentucky sustained second-degree burns this week. Why, precisely, would you do such a thing? In the words of one enraged YouTube vlogger, whose rant against the trend has earned almost 10,000 views: “Are you dumb? No, seriously...
  • Way over sensationalized headlines about Ferguson from last night....

    08/17/2014 9:03:54 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    8/18/2014 | ME
  • I have a stupid Computer Question:

    08/16/2014 6:16:56 PM PDT · by Vinylly · 33 replies
    It used to be that when I misspell a word, if it's mispelled it is underlined in red. This doen't happen anymore. How do I reactivate this spell checker feature? I'm cumputer illiterate so you will have to give to me slow. Somebody said it's in the toolbar, but what and where is the toolbar? Somebody else said look for the Microsoft symbol on the screen, I don't see that either. There is suppose to be a symbol of a wrench, which I can't find. I couldn't find anything about the toolbar in the minus. I'm using a Dell laptop...
  • Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?

    08/16/2014 7:22:36 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 68 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | 14 August 2014 | Jack Wallen
    In the world of consumer electronics, if you don't give the buyer what they want, they'll go elsewhere. We've recently witnessed this with the Firefox browser. The consumer wanted a faster, less-bloated piece of software, and the developers went in the other direction. In the end, the users migrated to Chrome or Chromium.Linux needs to gaze deep into their crystal ball, watch carefully the final fallout of that browser war, and heed this bit of advice:If you don't give them what they want, they'll leave.Another great illustration of this backfiring is Windows 8. The consumer didn't want that interface. Microsoft,...
  • Suicide -Vs- Abortion! Why Is One Considered Selfish While The Other Isn't?

    08/15/2014 1:50:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    MrMadness Sotomayor ^ | Tommy Sotomayor
    Suicide -Vs- Abortion! Why Is One Considered Selfish While The Other Isn't? Video only
  • The Feline Uprising Is Upon Us

    08/15/2014 10:32:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jessica Roy
    The feline uprising is upon us, and to be fair, it's about damn time. Our cat companions have suffered for too long at the hands of the internet, as we rush to monetize their every move. Have you ever stopped and considered the fact that maybe they don't want to be internet famous? While we continue to ignore their right to privacy, cats across the nation are rising up against their owners to say: We're mad as hell, and we're not gonna take it anymore, and also, meow, please give us more dry food. Earlier this year, a 20-pound cat...
  • We Might See HUGE Taxes Just For Using The Internet, Thanks To Harry Reid

    08/15/2014 7:29:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/13/2014 | Kate Patrick
    State governments always seem to find creative ways to tax Americans, so why haven’t they taxed us for using the Internet yet? It’s because we’re protected by the Internet Tax Freedom Act — but if the Senate doesn’t pass a permanent extension of the act by Nov. 1, we might see $15-$20 additions to our phone bills for Internet usage. On July 15, the House passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) via voice vote — in true bipartisan fashion — which would allow permanent freedom from Internet taxes and eliminate the need for extensions. The Senate still has...
  • The Complete Beginner's Guide to Linux

    08/15/2014 4:37:21 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 13 August 2014 | Jack Wallen
    Linux. It’s been around since the mid ‘90s, and has since reached a user-base that spans industries and continents. For those in the know, you understand that Linux is actually everywhere. It’s in your phones, in your cars, in your refrigerators, your Roku devices. It runs most of the Internet, the supercomputers making scientific breakthroughs, and the world's stock exchanges. But before Linux became the platform to run desktops, servers, and embedded systems across the globe, it was (and still is) one of the most reliable, secure, and worry-free operating systems available.For those not in the know, worry not –...
  • Anyone else seeing ads on FR?

    08/14/2014 7:35:30 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 127 replies
    8/14/14 | Self
    Tonight for some strange reason ads began popping up in the upper right corner of the main index page. Anyone else experiencing this?
  • EA Games Creates New Video Game to Kill Racist Tea Party Members

    08/14/2014 10:27:58 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/13/2014 | Noah Dulis
    In the upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield Hardline, players will shoot and kill racist anti-government Tea Party types, Gadsden flag and all. Video Clip of Game Gamers got their first look at Battlefield Hardline’s singleplayer campaign, from developer Visceral Games and publisher Electronic Arts, at the Gamescom gaming convention in Cologne, Germany, on Wednesday, but the reveal included an unexpected partisan shot across the bow of conservative gamers...
  • From Bellhops to Burger Flippers, Robots Look to Steal Even More Jobs

    08/14/2014 7:32:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 08/14/2014 | BY ANDREW LUMBY
    Hotel rooms for the introverts among us are an anti-social haven. Nothing beats a hot shower, followed by settling into a freshly made bed in a terrycloth robe to watch mediocre television with a glass of wine. No one bothers you and for an exquisite moment in time, you have nary a care in the world. Then the realization hits. You’ve forgotten your toothbrush at home! You’re going to have to call the snooty concierge. You’re going to have to smile and tip and say thank you. You’ll have to deal with people. The chain of hotels has introduced the...
  • The 5 easiest to use modern Linux distributions

    08/14/2014 4:12:43 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 31 replies
    Everyday Linux User ^ | 13 August 2014 | Gary Newell
    Introduction This is part 2 of a series looking to help people find the best Linux distribution for them. In the first part of the series, I looked at some of the best Linux Desktop Environments so that you could eliminate distributions which only use desktops that won't work for you and your setup. The title of this post says it all really. Here are the 5 distributions I would turn to if I wanted to use Linux and I didn't want to be too hassled setting things up and they just work. Notice that the title includes the...
  • Murder Suspect Asks Siri Where to Dump His Dead Roommate's Body

    08/13/2014 3:54:26 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 23 replies
    Betabeat ^ | 8/13/14 | Jordan Valinsky
    Who says Siri is useless? A Florida man accused of killing his roommate found a novel use for Siri. Police say 20-year-old Pedro Bravo allegedly kidnapped and strangled his friend in 2012, but didn’t know where to dispose of the body — that was, until Siri helped him out. According to his iPhone’s records, Mr. Bravo allegedly asked Siri “I need to hide my roommate.” The personal assistant app kindly responded by asking “What kind of place are you looking for?” and then offered him four ideal places, including metal foundries, dumps, swamps and reservoirs.
  • With Profits Slipping, Cisco Announces Job Cuts [6,000 on the chopping block, 8% of workforce]

    08/13/2014 3:45:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/13/2014 | By QUENTIN HARDY
    SAN FRANCISCO — Cisco Systems may be doing a little better than Wall Street expects, considering its technology and sales challenges. But that doesn’t mean the company will avoid layoffs in the coming months. On Wednesday, Cisco released fourth-quarter earnings that illustrated its troubles as one of the tech industry’s giants competing in a rapidly changing environment. Fourth-quarter revenues, Cisco said, were $12.36 billion, down from $12.42 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Net income was $2.25 billion, or 43 cents a share, down from $2.27 billion a year ago. Using nonstandard accounting common to many tech companies,...
  • Apple's iOS blocks gov't spying efforts, Gamma's FinSpy useless against iPhone

    08/13/2014 3:41:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    ZD Net ^ | August 12, 2014 -- 12:36 GMT | By Charlie Osborne
    While Android phones are constantly targeted by cybercriminals, the iPhone is considered more secure. Now, leaked documents from one of the world's leading surveillance companies have reaffirmed the idea. As spotted by the Washington Post, a leaked document from Gamma Group, a secretive seller of surveillance tools, emerged on the Internet last week. Hosted on Netzpolitik, the document (.PDF) reveals interesting information concerning Gamma Groups' extensive range of surveillance tools, but in particular, notes that the iPhone is notoriously difficult to infiltrate -- the only exception being when a user has jailbroken their device. A particular piece of software is...
  • A Global Consortium to Build New Trans-Pacific Cable System "FASTER"

    08/13/2014 1:22:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    nec.com press release ^ | August 11, 2014 | NEC Press Re;ease
    Contract has been awarded to NEC to build new 60Tb/s system expected to be ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016 Trans-Pacific route of FASTER August 11, 2014 – A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million. In order to address the intense traffic...
  • The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's installed on every Mac

    08/13/2014 1:30:56 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    TUAW ^ | Aug 12th 2014 at 9:00AM Share: 447841 | by Steven Sande
    Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we might begin to see them paying more attention to this document that outlines the supreme law of the land. Why? Well, there's a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac in the Dictionary app. To see this information from The New Oxford American Dictionary, just launch the Dictionary app from your Applications...
  • Multifunctional Search Tool for Pale Moon and Firefox

    08/12/2014 5:30:16 PM PDT · by W. · 23 replies
    None | 8/12/2014 | W.
    I ran across a multifunctional search tool for both Pale Moon and Firefox that I use every day. It's free, and expands one's browsing experience quite nicely. To use it merely highlight the word/words you want info on, then right-click the highlight. A box pops up, you put your mouse on the term 'search for' and a list of your available search/info selections pops up. Pick your tool and a new tab will open up automatically with your info at hand. *Note: I have both my browser and FR set to open links in new tabs. YMMV but it works...
  • Hidden Linux Benefits, Clear Linux Challenges

    08/12/2014 8:22:18 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 50 replies
    Datamation ^ | 11 August 2014 | Matt Hartley
    I have tried and enjoyed a number of great Linux distributions over the years. Some were more popular than others. But the one thing they all have in common is each provides the end user with hidden benefits and unexpected disadvantages over proprietary desktop operating systems.In this article, I'll explore what make the Linux desktop a superb fit for some users while providing thoughts on overcoming the challenges had by others.Desktop Linux is free Perhaps one of the most stunning benefits of the Linux desktop is the price – zero. Modern Linux distros designed for desktop end users remain completely...
  • Many home routers supplied by ISPs can be compromised en masse, researchers say

    08/11/2014 9:36:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 44 replies
    CSO ^ | 10 August, 2014 23:33 | Lucian Constantin (IDG News Service)
    Specialized servers used by many ISPs to manage routers and other gateway devices provisioned to their customers are accessible from the Internet and can easily be taken over by attackers, researchers warn. By gaining access to such servers, hackers or intelligence agencies could potentially compromise millions of routers and implicitly the home networks they serve, said Shahar Tal, a security researcher at Check Point Software Technologies. Tal gave a presentation Saturday at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas. At the core of the problem is an increasingly used protocol known as TR-069 or CWMP (customer-premises equipment wide area network...
  • The Importance Of Maintaining A Tax-Free Internet

    08/11/2014 2:22:00 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-29-14 | Aaron Bisla
    Chances are, you’ve never thought of having to pay a tax to check your Email or your Facebook account. That’s because the Internet Tax Freedom Act has prevented local, state, and federal governments from taxing Internet access. Widespread adoption of the Internet has been due, in no small part, to the absence of tax barriers to access. But now, taxes loom on the Internet’s horizon as Congress nears the sunset of the law. The affordability and accessibility of the Web will be in jeopardy if Congress fails to do something before the moratorium expires on November 1. There are a...