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  • Outlook font help

    08/28/2015 7:46:58 AM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    8/28/15
    I am using Outlook as part of Office 2003. When I open a new email page, the font automatically sets to Arial 10. How can I change this to open in another font and size? Thanks.
  • At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement

    08/28/2015 6:41:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    Linux Insider ^ | 26 August 2015 | Jack M. Germain
    Linux is a very functional operating system. It "led to the collapse of the infrastructure decision debates of many IT shops," said Guy Smith, chief strategist for Silicon Strategies Marketing. "Before Linux, long-term choices concerning the OS, database, development language, and more divided IT shops -- and the resulting incompatibilities led to dysfunctional applications."    Happy Birthday, Linux Project -- this week you turned 24.The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it -- when they search on Google, buy metro tickets or surf the Web....
  • Data Suggests That the Men of Ashley Madison Were Chatting With Fake Women

    08/27/2015 10:33:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 27, 2015 | Dayna Evans
    The Ashley Madison leak, which has since revealed hacked information on everyone from marriage evangelist Josh Duggar, to family evangelist Sam Rader, to athletes, universities, and media companies had another interesting detail come to the surface yesterday. Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz published a long survey on the women of Ashley Madison that suggests very few of the female accounts on the site were held by real women. Newitz discovered that the second-most-popular IP address in the leak looped back to a "home" IP address that likely originated at Ashley Madison. This corroborated her discovery that many of the female test...
  • The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

    08/27/2015 6:49:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/27/15 | Mark Pesce
    “Grandpa is getting pretty old. Out there all alone on that farm, he has no one to look in on him, just to see if he’s ok. He’ll use the landline, but he’s beyond of the range of mobile, and he’s never been really great with computers. No Skype or emails. Grandpa does have internet. So I built this for him.”The girl points down to a small box with a few wires coming out. “I can bring up a web browser, and take photos inside grandpa’s house. Has he moved his coffee cup today? Is the telly on? At least...
  • LEAKED: BuzzFeed Tries to Defend Planned Parenthood. Caught in Blatant Lies...

    08/27/2015 2:31:04 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 4 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 08/27/2015 | Steven Crowder
    NOTE: The leaked emails are screen-grabbed with personal info blurred out for safety. Since they are JPEGs they can be seen at the link but weren't included here. If you get your news exclusively from BuzzFeed, then today is the first day you've even heard of the Center for Medical Progresses's Planned Parenthood sting videos. Why? Because Planned Parenthood hired someone to try and prove the sting videos were faked in an attempt to discredit CMP. And that's what BuzzFeed reported: image1 First of all, are you sh***ing me? Secondly, this is pure evil. BuzzFeed has taken sides and is...
  • Believing Failed Industry Analysis

    08/27/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    TechNightOwl ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Gene Steinberg
    If you can believe what some industry analysts have been saying, Apple should now be playing third fiddle in the smartphone wars. Android and Windows Phone would be ahead of iOS. Apple would, I suppose, be destined to fall back into niche status. Have you looked at the Windows Phone and BlackBerry market shares lately? Have you noticed how Microsoft is quickly unraveling the failed Nokia handset division purchase? Have you noticed how thousands of brand new Microsoft employees are being consigned to the unemployment lines? So do you believe those predictions? There’s one more. IDC, part of IDG, which...
  • Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

    08/27/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Neil Hughes
    Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. via CNBC. This year's event comes with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint," likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for...
  • CPU Cooler Contact Pad

    08/27/2015 9:25:51 AM PDT · by Bob434 · 58 replies
    Just a quick question to all computer gurus- I have an old Pentium 4 2200, and have to replace the cpu cooler/fan, so I ordered one that is supposed to work with socket 478, but the contact pad that came with it is much smaller than the one that came with the computer's cpu cooler which needs replacing- Can I simply grease the new pad and install it? or will I need to purchase new larger pad?
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • Need Help with Opera Spell Checking

    08/26/2015 5:39:35 PM PDT · by Bigg Red · 20 replies
    My lame abilities ^ | 26 August 2015 | self
    When I compose a comment here or on Facebook, the spelling check function underlines every single word in red. Problem began about 1 week ago and occurs only when I am using Opera. I went to the Opera settings, but I could not find a way to correct this. Sorry, I am not tech savvy, and I would appreciate advice from someone who is.
  • TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung

    08/26/2015 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 26, 2015
    TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung that helped Win Apple's Chip Business (full title) In February we posted a detailed report titled "TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets". The report was about TSMC suing a former employee by the name of Liang Mong-song for giving away their crown jewels to Samsung. With TSMC and Samsung fighting it out for Apple's business every year, this story was an interesting one being that Samsung came out the winner with Apple, of all companies, rewarding Samsung unknowingly. Dick Thurston, former chief counsel for...
  • Former Game of War Dev Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets

    08/26/2015 9:33:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    GameSpot ^ | on August 26, 2015 | by Eddie Makuch
    42-year-old Jing Zeng was detained by FBI agents on August 20 as he attempted to board a plane for Beijing, China, according to federal documents obtained by the publication. Zeng is accused of stealing data from a computer at developer Machine Zone; the information he attempted to make off with reportedly pertained to in-game player behavior, including details about how players spend money--but not actual source code. Still, this type of information would theoretically be very valuable, given how big and successful Game of War is.
  • Which Smartphone Charges the Fastest? [Chart]

    08/26/2015 3:54:21 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Iclarified ^ | August 25, 2015
    An analysis of smartphone charging times comparing the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, Motorola Droid Turbo, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and HTC OnePlus 2 has been published by Tom's Guide. Here's how the tests were performed: To test each handset, we ran it down until it was powered off. Then, we charged each device back up to 5 percent. This put all of the phones on an even playing field, as some don't power down until the battery is completely dead and others cut out when there's still 3 percent or more battery remaining. Once...
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 faces stylus issue

    08/25/2015 8:29:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 66 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 25, 2015
    The Note 5 stylus has been causing problems for some users Some early adopters of a new Samsung phone have said the device's stylus suffers from a design flaw.The S-Pen stylus for Galaxy Note 5 models can be stored within the body of the phone, but when inserted upside down it appears to snag on an internal mechanism.Users have reported that when the stylus is then forcibly removed it can damage the S-Pen, the Note 5, or both. Samsung said users should follow the instruction manual.The stylus should be inserted by the pointed end first and is designed to fit...
  • Best Buy deepens links to Apple, says watch has been a smash hit

    08/25/2015 1:49:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Fortune ^ | August 25, 2015 | by Phil Wahba
    Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said Apple Watch is off to a strong start and announced steps to deepen the tech giant’s presence in the retailer’s stores. Best Buy continued its remarkable turnaround last quarter, with a big assist from Apple. The largest U.S. electronics retailer reported a rise in domestic comparable sales of 3.8% for the second quarter, well ahead of Wall Street’s expectations, and posted a better than expected profit. While Best Buy has helped its cause by cutting costs and adding floor space to growing categories like smart homes, home theaters, and shops-within-a-shop for top brands, it...
  • Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant officially launches for Android (Beta release)

    08/24/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | (none)
    Android users will now be able to use Microsoft’s digital assistant on their devices. After announcing in May, software giant Microsoft has officially rolled out the beta version of its voice-based assistant Cortana to Google’s popular platform. The Cortana app on Android will basically extend the digital assistant’s functionality across any device you carry and will do most of the things it does on your PC or Windows Phone. It will now allow Android users to easily search the web on-the-go, track flight details, set reminders, and also complete tasks across all the devices. You can now change the home...
  • Computer Security Company Founder John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack was an 'inside job'

    08/24/2015 5:23:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/24/2015 | Matt Smith, Digital Trends
    John McAfee may no longer be associated with the famous security company he founded, but he still writes about and consults on the topic, and he now claims to know the Ashley Madison “hack” was, in fact, data stolen by a “lone female who worked for Avid Life Media.” His argument relies on two separate bits of evidence. First, McAfee says the files found in the leaked database contain some peculiarities that he wouldn’t expect a hacker to normally access. “The data contains actual MySQL database dumps,” he says, adding “this is not just someone copying a table and making...
  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/24/2015 5:05:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    CIO Magazine ^ | Aug 24, 2015 7:00 AM PT | By Matt Kapko
    Apple's Macs, iPhones and iPads are common in the modern workplace, but relatively few of these devices comply with standard security requirements, according to a new survey. Nearly half of all U.S. employees use at least one Apple device at work, but most of those gadgets lack common security protocols required by many enterprises, according to a new survey commissioned by Centrify, a company that sells enterprise security and management software for Apple products.Last month, Centrify asked 1,004 business professionals about how they use computers and smartphones in the workplace. Respondents used a total of 1,309 Apple devices at work,...
  • John McAfee: Ashley Madison Database Stolen by Lone Female Who Worked for Avid Life Media

    08/24/2015 1:34:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | John McAfee
    Yes, it is true. Ashley Madison was not hacked - the data was stolen by a woman operating on her own who worked for Avid Life Media. The reason that I am so late to the second act of the Ashley Madison affair is that, without a supercomputer, it has taken over a week to finish the analysis of the massive data dumps that the perpetrator has so generously provided us with. A hacker is someone who uses a combination of high-tech cybertools and social engineering to gain illicit access to someone else's data. But this job was done by...
  • Apple announces iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus

    08/24/2015 1:24:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | August 24, 2015
    Apple has determined that, in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices, the iSight camera located on the back of your iPhone 6 Plus has a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry. The affected units fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015. If your iPhone 6 Plus is producing blurry photos and falls into the eligible serial number range, Apple will replace your device’s iSight camera, free of charge. If your iPhone 6 Plus is in working order and exhibits the symptom described above, use...
  • Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

    08/24/2015 11:02:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/24/15 | John Leyden
    Russian lawyers have filed a complaint calling for an outright ban – or at least tight restrictions – over the sale of Windows 10 in Russia.The complaint to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office argues that Windows 10 collects user information in a way that violates Russian laws. Moscow-based Bubnov and Partners contended that the collection of passwords, location data, typed texts and browsing history and the uploading of the information to Microsoft’s cloud violate Russian privacy legislation. A Communist Party deputy in the Russian Duma (parliament), Vadim Solovyov, also called for the Prosecutor General’s Office to review Microsoft’s technology, over...
  • High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into skyscraper shoes

    08/24/2015 4:12:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/24/15 | Darren Pauli
    Mildly nsfw A Chinese hardware hacker has built a penetration testing toolkit built into high-heeled shoes. The WiFi-popping platforms were forged in a 3D printer and contain spacing so that hacking hardware can be hidden to bypass strict security checks in place at datacentres and the like and later retrieved.The hacker and pen-tester, who goes by the handle "SexyCyborg", showcases the heels she dubs Wu Ying shoes, named after the famed "shadowless kick" that Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung used to distract opponents.The hacker showcased the shoes in a post (somewhat NFSW) showing how a router, backup battery, and...
  • Vanity - WD Passport drive not compatible with Windows 10

    08/23/2015 7:17:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    I had to go back to W8.1 tonight because my passport drive was not compatible with W10. Unless I am doing something wrong. I check the WD website and it said it was not compatible. Has anyone else experienced this?
  • Windows 95 turns 20 (Tomorrow Aug 24)

    08/23/2015 8:32:43 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    Tech Central ^ | Aug 23, 2015 | Jonathan Roberts
    The arrival of Microsoft Windows 95 on 24 August 1995 brought about a desktop PC boom. With an easier and more intuitive graphical user interface than previous versions, it appealed to more than just business, and Bill Gates’s stated aim of one PC per person per desk was set in motion. This was a time of 320MB hard drives, 8MB of RAM and 15-inch CRT monitors. For most home users, the Internet had only just arrived. Windows 95 introduced the Start menu, powered by a button in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. This gives a central point of entry...
  • Apple is sued over their 2-Step Apple ID Verification System

    08/23/2015 12:09:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 22, 2015 | Patently Apple Staff
    A Nevada based company is suing Apple for patent infringement. The company alleges that Apple's 2-step Apple ID verification system/process violates their patent. Verify Smart Corp. alleges that Apple makes, uses, tests, markets and sells or otherwise provides a system and method for enabling a user to authenticate their identity when initiating an electronic transaction, using a one-time pass-code sent to the user's mobile phone (hereinafter "Apple two-step verification"). They further claim that Apple's two-step verification system is designed to enable secure transactions for their customers. Verify alleges, that Apple's two-step verification infringes claims 2 and 5 of their...
  • Don't Be Apple

    08/22/2015 10:43:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 54 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | August 22, 2015 | Jon Evans
    There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb, beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history. Steve Jobs has become something akin to a modern-day patron saint of the tech industry. Tim Cook is, rightly, enormously respected.So why do I think they represent so much of what’s wrong with the tech world?It’s because they have, I think, an almost Shakespearean tragic flaw: their obsession with centralized corporate control of the devices they sell. Apple sells fantastic hardware, and excellent software … and tries to maintain an iron-fisted grip on both, throughout their lifespan. Even...
  • No Room For User On Device

    08/22/2015 5:11:46 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 38 replies
    Wayback Machine ^ | 04/18/98 | Jim Robinson
    OLLLLD Free Republic thread...
  • Photo From Phone to Freepers

    08/22/2015 10:13:43 AM PDT · by fella · 39 replies
    Vanity | 22 Aug 2015 | Fella
    How do I take a photo from my Android phone and post it to a thread on FReepers?
  • Windows 10 churning through data, blowing up usage caps

    08/22/2015 2:30:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 67 replies
    ZD-Net ^ | August 21, 2015 | By Zack Whittaker
    Data caps on internet bandwidth might make some users think twice about downloading patches, which often include security updates. For some Windows 10 users, the problems keep coming. Just shy of a month since Windows 10 was released to millions of users through a staggered upgrade, many have found they've run out of bandwidth already. That's because their internet provider sets the amount its customers can download in a monthly billing cycle. In many parts of the US, the "cap" is in the low hundreds of gigabytes, like for AT&T and Comcast customers, as well as those using mid-sized providers....
  • Real Life First Person Shooter - Behind the Scenes

    08/21/2015 7:53:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Aug 20, 2015 | RealmPictures
    We created a live action first-person zombie shooter in our garden - then invited unsuspecting people on chatroulette, omegle and skype to take control... ...and this is how we did it Many thanks to all involved!
  • Have You Ever Googled (or any search engine) the day you were born?

    08/20/2015 7:18:20 PM PDT · by jy8z · 73 replies
    Very interesting! Pure Vanity thread.
  • Google ordered to remove links to ‘right to be forgotten’ removal stories

    UK data protection watchdog orders search engine to remove search result links to news stories about right to be forgotten link removals Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner’s office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. The search engine had previously removed links relating to a 10 year-old criminal offence by an individual after requests made under the right to be forgotten ruling. Removal of those links from Google’s search results for the claimant’s name spurred new news posts detailing...
  • Mac user installs Windows 10 and he can’t stop raving about it

    08/20/2015 1:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/20/2015 | Brad Reed
    One obvious reason that Windows 8 was such a disaster for Microsoft was that a lot of longtime Windows users absolutely hated it. To express their frustrations with Windows 8, many of these users either switched back to Windows 7 or changed computing platforms all together by switching to Macs. One such person was Vivek Wadhwa, the director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, who fled Windows 8 in terror for Apple before giving Microsoft another shot with Windows 10. Writing in The Washington Post, Wadhwa explains that he recently installed Windows 10 onto his...
  • Safer Updater

    08/20/2015 11:17:23 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    8/20/15
    At startup and then every few hours I get an error window: "Safer Updater has encountered a problem and had to close." I am running XP. What is this and how can I get rid of it? Thanks.
  • A Calculator Just Whupped UN Supercomputers at Accurately Modeling Climate

    08/20/2015 9:06:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/20/2015 | Charlie Martin
    Climate is complex.This is true both in the conventional “wow, this is hard to figure out!” sense, and in the technical sense that people mean when they talk about “complex systems theory.” It’s so sensitive to the initial assumptions that it’s never feasible to compute exactly how the system will behave. Sometimes this is called “sensitive dependence on initial conditions,” or SDIC.This is basically why we can’t predict if it will rain on Monday, yet we can confidently predict that it’ll be colder in Boulder in December than it was in July.The difference here is between what is exactly true,...
  • How Much Does an iPhone Cost Around the World?

    08/20/2015 3:01:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Apple Gazette ^ | AUGUST 19, 2015 | BY NOEMI TASARRA-TWIGG
    Everyone wants an iPhone. Even those who use Android phones may not want to admit it, but in their heart of hearts, they wouldn’t bat an eye if they were offered an iPhone for free. But not everyone can afford an iPhone. Beautiful and easy to use it may be, the iPhone is still a premium device, like it or not. In fact, some people wouldn’t have been able to afford theirs if not for carrier subsidies (if you can call it that). Without a telco contract, the iPhone price point can be a burden. That being said, have you...
  • Gnostic Physicists: The World is a Computer Simulation in Minds of Robotic Overlords

    08/19/2015 11:05:23 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 49 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 18, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    Is the world we live in a computer simulation in the minds of Robotic Overlords who are using humanity as playthings? This is the "scientific" theory put forward by a number of physicists and Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom.(1) Bostrom is one of the founders of the World Transhumanist Association. Transhumanism is a blend of revitalized Gnostic pagan and Eastern occult pantheist elements and magic science undergirded by a strong Darwinian impulse. Thus it subscribes to the modern myth of a coming Superman that is actually a counterfeit of the Christian vision of a new and perfected human race spiritually...
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan vs Windows 10 comparison:

    08/20/2015 2:19:23 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Macworld UK ^ | August 19, 2015 | by Keir Thomas
    Windows 10 is the best Windows yet but Apple has nothing to worry aBout yet. ne’s just been released while the other will be with us in a month or two but which is best if we compare Windows 10 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan? We take a look, comparing features, security, performance, usability and more. OS X 10.11 El Capitan vs Windows 10 comparison Here at Macworld UK we’re mighty excited about the upcoming release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan but that’s not to say that we don't like to keep an eye on rival platforms, such...
  • Should I upgrade my iMac with the Maverick O/S to Yosemite?

    08/20/2015 12:14:14 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 26 replies
    My iMac | 8/20/15 | Me, Myself, & I
    For the past couple of days, I have been getting little message windows from Apple offering me a free upgrade to Yosemite from my present Maverick O/S. They tout the Yosemite as being better, more stable, etc. I am sure that there are some FReepers out there who are in a better position to evaluate Maverick vs Yosemite. Should I take Apple up on their offer of the free upgrade to Yosemite, or should I avoid Yosemite like the plague recently found in the park? Thank you for your valuable input.
  • Windows 10 Upgrade? Try A MacBook (Good reasons to run Win10 on Apple hardware)

    08/19/2015 10:26:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Information Week ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Pablo Valerio
    Subtitle: There are a number of reasons why Macs are worth considering as you migrate to Windows 10. Microsoft's Windows 10 has finally been released and many users are looking for a new computer to take advantage of its new features. While it has been advertised that Windows 10 will perform properly on most laptops currently running Windows 7 or 8, we all know that to get the most of the many features and performance enhancements, you'll want the latest high-end laptops designed for the new OS. As you consider your next PC purchase, here's something else to think about:...
  • Samsung to petition Supreme Court over Apple patent fight

    08/19/2015 7:50:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | August 19, 2015 | By Mikey Campbell
    After being denied an en banc rehearing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over a prior decision that kept intact Apple's multi-million dollar patent trial win, Samsung has voiced intent to argue the case in front of the Supreme Court. Samsung said in a court filing on Wednesday that it plans to petition the Supreme Court to hear an appeal over damages awarded to Apple in the first Apple v. Samsung jury trial. The decision comes one week after the company saw its request for a full-panel CAFC rehearing shot down. Ended in 2012, the first...
  • A novel 40 years in the making: "The Man Who Falls In Love With His Wife"

    08/19/2015 6:47:49 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 19 replies
    LinkeddIn ^ | August 8, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I wrote the first draft of this novel circa 1976 when I was living on West 105th Street in Manhattan. The original title was Crucial Moments. Somehow I got Joe Fox, a huge name at Random House, to look at the opening chapters. He actually called me up to say: not for him. (Imagine this big shot talking to a nobody. Clearly, it was another age.) Probably I did another two or three edits and in 1992 I showed it to an agent. She said: I love it. She took me on as a writer because of this book and...
  • Google is testing drones in US airspace by piggybacking on Nasa exemption

    08/19/2015 4:41:58 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 12 August 2015 12.26 EDT | By: Mark Harris
    Documents show the tech company has skirted regulations for private firms for a year by flying its Project Wing aircraft over private land as part of a deal with Nasa. Google has been quietly testing its drone delivery program in US airspace and is planning further tests in rural California after striking a deal with Nasa, the Guardian has learned. Documents seen by the Guardian also reveal technical details of Google’s drone, which is capable of speeds of up to 100 mph and weighs less than 25kg (55lb). The papers also reveal Google’s safety plans should a drone lose contact...
  • Windows 10's usage share ascent routs Windows 7's ascension six years ago

    08/19/2015 4:20:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    MIS Asia ^ | 08/19/2015 | Gregg Keizer (Computerworld (US)
    Microsoft's Windows 10 has easily surpassed the global usage share ascension of Windows 7 six years ago, putting it on track to become the company's most successful OS introduction ever. Windows 10's usage share neared 6.6 percent on Sunday, data from analytics vendor StatCounter showed. That was a 23 percent increase over what the OS logged the Sunday prior, continuing the unbroken stretch of double-digit-or-more, week-over-week increases since Windows 10's July 29 debut. The operating system's usage share increase has comfortably exceeded that of its closest rival, Windows 7, during the latter's first 18 days of availability in the fall...
  • New features let you cheat your way through 'Final Fantasy VII' on iOS

    08/19/2015 1:09:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    masahble ^ | Adam Rosenberg
    Video games are hard — unless they're Square Enix mobile releases with built-in cheats that let you focus on the story. Such is the case with Final Fantasy VII, which comes to iOS with some new features in place for those that would prefer to eliminate any challenge from the game. First is the ability to turn off the game's random encounters, meaning you can wander the world without worry and focus only on the major, story-linked battles. Eliminating random encounters breaks the game; you need to fight smaller stuff so that you can level up and take on the...
  • CAPTION FUN: Hillary on EmailGate

    08/19/2015 6:39:23 AM PDT · by McGruff · 58 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 8/19/2015 | Anyone
    It's time to have a little fun. Caption Hillary trying to explain how to wipe a server. With a cloth or something.
  • A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement [Hebrews 9]

    08/19/2015 5:56:14 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 4 replies
    Outer Places ^ | 8/14/2015 | Janey Tracey
    Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there's a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of eternal...
  • Upstarts Raid Giants for Talent in Silicon Valley: The Expensive Tech Recruitment Battle

    08/19/2015 5:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/19/2015 | Mike Isaac
    For the last year, Google’s work force has increasingly been under attack from a herd of unicorns. The unicorns, a class of hot start-ups valued at $1 billion or more, are all aggressively pursuing the best and brightest minds in Silicon Valley with promises of talked-about workplaces and eye-popping payouts. Amid a general scramble for talent, Google, the Internet search company, has undergone specific raids from unicorns for engineers who specialize in crucial technologies like mapping. In particular, Uber — the largest unicorn, with a valuation of more than $50 billion — has plundered Google’s mapping unit over the last...
  • How to make a movie with an iPhone: An interview with Tangerine director Sean Baker

    08/18/2015 10:33:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Macworld.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | By Caitlin McGarry
    Plus the five tools you need to make your iPhone footage look cinematic. Shih-Ching TsouTangerine is a movie so vivid and real that you feel like you’re walking the streets of Los Angeles with its main characters. The film takes place on Christmas Eve, which in Hollywood is just another warm day, and the cinematography radiates that heat. But as you trail behind best friends Sin-Dee and Alexandra as they search for Sin-Dee’s cheating boyfriend, you’d never realize that with an iPhone, you too could create that scene. Tangerine director Sean Baker used his iPhone 5s to direct the movie,...
  • Apple CarPlay Review: Siri’s Finally on the Right Road

    08/18/2015 8:15:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 18, 2015 | By JOANNA STERN
    -->Video review on the website: “Siri, are we there yet?” “You should be there in about 25 minutes.”“Siri, please play the top hits from 1990.”“Also, Siri, text Dad and tell him I’ll be there soon.”I take back all—OK most—of the expletives I’ve ever hurled at Siri. Apple’s personal assistant has finally found a place in my life: riding shotgun.For the last week, I have been testing Apple’s CarPlay in a 2016 Corvette Stingray. Oh yes, that’s the brand new model with a 455-horsepower V-8 engine, a camera that can capture your laps around the track (or the New Jersey Turnpike,...