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  • Hold the phone, Central! Cellphone radiation can cause cancer: study

    07/31/2015 11:03:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.nydailynews.com ^ | Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 4:38 PM | BY Meredith Engel
    The scientists were right — your cell phone can give you cancer. There have long been whispers of a cancer connection from your cell — and a new study backs up the claims. "These data are a clear sign of the real risks this kind of radiation poses for human health," study author Igor Yakymenko said. Yakymenko’s meta-study — basically a study of hundreds of other studies — reveals many findings of previous researchers into how radiofrequency from your phone can damage DNA. That damage can add up over time and cause a variety of health problems, like cancer, headaches,...
  • Windows 10 gets 14 million installation on first day [Response "overwhelmingly positive."]

    07/31/2015 10:43:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Some 14 million people installed the Windows 10 operating system in the first 24 hours following its release, Microsoft said, calling the response "overwhelmingly positive." The company said its new operating system aimed at computers, mobile devices and other gadgets got off to a strong start toward its goal of reaching one billion devices. "We're humbled and grateful to see the response to Windows 10," corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post late Thursday. "We have seen unprecedented demand for Windows 10, with reviews and customer feedback overwhelmingly positive around the globe." The stakes are high for...
  • Men Enter Business Like a Scene From a Spy Movie, Steal Video Games

    07/31/2015 9:37:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 28, 2015
    Stillwater Police responded to a burglary call at a GameStop early Tuesday morning. The call came from the GameStop at the 500 block of N. Perkins Rd. at 1:22 a.m. Reports say two suspects entered the video game store by cutting a hole in the building’s roof and entering from above. Police say they were able to get away with several pieces of gaming merchandise. The suspects were still on the scene when officers arrived, but police say they quickly took off in a truck. They then apparently decided to split up. “The suspect stopped, one of them got out,...
  • OS X Yosemite vs Windows 10: The Mac and PC operating systems go head to head UPDATED

    07/30/2015 11:45:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    Macworld UK ^ | July 30, 2015, 2015 | by Keir Thomas
    OS X Yosemite vs Windows 10 It's been a rough few years for Microsoft.  Sure, it still makes more money than several European countries but the issue has been one of relevance. It missed the boat when it came to mobile and their efforts to repair the situation with Windows 8 were met with laughter at best, but sometimes even hatred.  The all-new Windows 10, which was released on 29 July, is designed to stem the blood loss. We took a look at the latest preview (Microsoft took the wraps off the new operating system at a developer event in...
  • New vulnerability can put Android phones into permanent vegetative state (Link Only)

    07/30/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | July 30, 2015 | by Dan Goodin
    This is a link only due to copyright considerations, please read the article at the original website: New vulnerability can put Android phones into permanent vegetative state — Malformed video files can be used to crash half of all Android phones.
  • Almost everything can be hacked, including sniper rifles

    07/30/2015 3:33:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 30 at 4:08 PM | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    In a recent WIRED article, security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger tackled just that issue. The wife and husband duo purchased two $13,000 TrackingPoint rifles and spent the last year reverse engineering and hacking the rifles’ computers. The two plan to present their research at the Black Hat hacker conference in two weeks, according to the article. TrackingPoint bills itself as a company comprised of “lifetime NRA members and engineers.” The products sold on its website seem standard enough when it comes to a gun company: bolt-action rifles, semi-automatic carbines, etc. The “5.56mm semi-auto,” basically a M16-type rifle, costs...
  • 15 percent of Americans still do not go online, newspaper says

    07/30/2015 8:09:03 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 12 replies
    NOLA ^ | 07/29/2015 | Jennifer Larino
    About 15 percent of U.S. residents still do not go online, a statistic that has remained relatively unchanged over the past two years, The New York Times reports. Citing Pew Research Center data, the report says the percentage of residents who use the Internet grew to 84 percent in 2013 from 52 percent in 2000.~snip~The report says elderly people, who face both economic and physical limitations, are most likely to be offline, with 39 percent of residents 65 and older still not using the Internet.Read The Times' full report.
  • Did You Respond to a Nigerian Prince?

    07/29/2015 11:32:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | 07/28/2015 | Rusty Collins
    Not good if you did. Beware of foreign pen pals promising money. At least wait for their check to clear before you wire funds. The “Nigerian Letter” scam is known as a “419” because the scheme violates section 419 of the Nigerian criminal code. While it seems like a laughable hoax, Americans lose millions of dollars annually to this fraud, which can appear in the form of a letter, email, voicemail, or text. The scam tries to gain access to your personal finances and works like this: Step 1: You are sent a form of payment for a large amount,...
  • Micron3DP Unveils Breakthrough Glass 3D Printing Technique

    07/29/2015 4:50:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 22, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    Over the last couple of years we have seen 3D printing progress at an incredibly rapid rate. One of the areas which excites us the most is the 3D printing materialÂ’s space where new materials are being utilized as a print medium nearly every week. What started out as ABS and PLA, a few different types of metal powders, and ordinary photosensitive resin, has quickly grown to include hundreds of new, interesting, innovative materials. From wood and metal composites, gl8to clay, food, and everything in between, new materials are what will drive 3D printing towards mainstream adoption. When printing with...
  • Windows 10 quickie upgrade info (vanity)

    07/29/2015 2:00:38 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 52 replies
    self | me
    You don't have to wait for your win 10 "reservation", you can upgrade whenever you want by running this: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 Choose "upgrade this computer". This requires the latest version of 8.1 (or 7). You won't need to input a key. The download is about 5 gigabytes. This will keep all your programs installed and keep all your personal files. (you can do a fresh install after the upgrade if you want) You can choose either express or custom install, I chose custom install and unchecked about 12 scary sounding privacy settings. Overall my experience was painless and successful. I did...
  • No One Really Needs an Apple Watch Today

    07/29/2015 12:38:05 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 62 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 22:10 GMT | Bob LeVitus
    I’ve put off writing about the Apple Watch until today because, quite frankly, I didn’t know what I wanted to say. But last night it came to me… The Apple Watch is the coolest gadget in the world that you don’t need (and I say that with all due respect). I’ll spare you the product details (visit www.apple.com/watch) so I can spend the rest of our brief time together explaining why I love Apple Watch, but don’t think you (or anyone) really needs one (at least not yet). First, some background: I have collected and worn reasonably priced wristwatches for...
  • A fresh Start: Microsoft's Windows 10 wins plaudits from early users

    07/29/2015 9:33:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 07/29/2015 | By Lehar Maan
    Microsoft Corp's launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface. The launch was seen critical for the company, particularly after the poor response to Windows 8, an ambitious redesign that confused many users by ditching the start button menu and introducing a new layout. The new OS, launched on Wednesday, will be available as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler said Windows 10 fixes most of...
  • Microsoft launches Windows 10 worldwide tonight with an eye on mobile market

    07/29/2015 9:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 07/29/2015
    Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) launched its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system at midnight on Wednesday. Windows 10, which comes almost three years after the launch of the company's last operating system, will be available in 190 countries as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. The 'free' strategy is a calculated gamble, designed to put Windows on as many devices as possible. The company would then make up for any lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet, or cloud. The new operating system is designed to work across laptops, desktop...
  • OS X Snake Oil—Stuff you don't need and don't want—(Link Only due to Copyright)

    07/28/2015 6:15:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    RixStep (link Only | July 25, 2015 | RixStep staff
    OS X Snake Oil Stuff you don't need and don't want. Don't buy back what you already own. This is a link only due to copyright requirements, but lots of good information on the RixStep site and well worth the read.
  • Windows 8.1 overtakes XP in market share as Windows 10 launch approaches, Windows 7 still leads

    07/28/2015 9:22:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Tech Spot ^ | 07/02/2015 | By Stephen Libbey
    On the verge of Windows 10's release, its predecessor has quietly moved into the #2 spot for market share among operating systems. Windows 8.1 has now overtaken Windows XP, the one time king of all operating systems, but it's something of a hollow victory as Windows 7 still leads by a wide margin. According to Netmarketshare, as of June 2015, Windows 8.1's usage has increased to 13.12% among all operating systems, while XP sits at 11.98% and Windows 7 still accounts for a dominant 60.98% share. These three OS' also represent the only three with double digit market share. The...
  • Windows 10 can turn Microsoft into a success again, but it needs to get these 4 things right

    07/28/2015 9:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    BT ^ | 07/28/2015
    The global launch of Windows 10 is a pivotal moment for Microsoft as a consumer business, because in recent years Windows has started to matter a lot less.The rise of mobile devices has hit the PC market hard – and no more so than Microsoft, which has around 1.5 billion Windows customers, making it the market leader in that arena. (Snappa) This, combined with Apple’s OS X and Mac computer line-up regularly bucking the trend and actually increasing sales, has left Microsoft and Windows adrift in the technology world, with Google’s Chrome and Android dominating.(Snappa) But a hint of change...
  • The Last Bubble Standing——Amazon’s Same Day Trip Through The Casino

    07/28/2015 3:18:25 AM PDT · by dennisw · 8 replies
    davidstockmanscontracorner ^ | July 27, 2015 | by David Stockman
    Right. Amazon is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Like millions of others, I use it practically every day. And it was nice to see that it made a profit—-thin as it was at 0.4% of sales—–in the second quarter. But the instantaneous re-rating of its market cap by $40 billion in the seconds after its earnings release had nothing to do with Amazon or the considerable entrepreneurial prowess of Jeff Bezos and his army of disrupters. It was more in the nature of financial rigor mortis——-the final spasm of the robo-traders and the fast money crowd chasing one of...
  • Programs for cleaning up a Windows 7 laptop to get it running well

    07/27/2015 5:59:20 PM PDT · by dennisw · 87 replies
    computers | July 27 2015 | self
    Hi all..... Friend will be giving me his laptop tomorrow to fix up. To clean up. For starters I am going to scan and clean it up with malware bytes. What other free programs are good to run on a slow, sludgy, messed up laptop? I am not asking for any diagnosis. Just what programs you have used to do a house cleaning on WINDOWS SEVEN computers that family and friends have thrust upon you BTW in these type of cases, first thing they do after buying the desktop/laptop is to be sure to chuck all restore DVDs in the...
  • Windows 10: Fact vs. fiction [A Guide for those asking: Should I upgrade?]

    07/27/2015 8:52:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Info World ^ | 07/27/2015 | By Woody Leonhard
    It’s a few days before Windows 10 is officially slated to drop, and still, confusion abounds. Worse, many fallacies regarding Microsoft’s plans around upgrades and support for Win10 remain in circulation, despite efforts to dispel them.Here at InfoWorld, we've been tracking Windows 10’s progress very closely, reporting the evolving technical details with each successive build in our popular “Where Windows 10 stands right now” report. We’ve also kept a close eye on the details beyond the bits, reporting on the common misconceptions around Windows 10 licensing, upgrade paths, and updates. If you haven’t already read that article, you may want...
  • Adobe Software Integrity Service

    07/26/2015 2:41:46 PM PDT · by ducttape45 · 34 replies
    I don't know if anyone else has been hit with this, but lately I've been getting a message every time I use Adobe Acrobat 10. It says, "Acrobat detected that it is not properly licensed. You may have unknowingly bought a counterfeit copy." Then it tells me to visit Adobe or call them. One problem with this error message. I BOUGHT THE SOFTWARE FROM ADOBE! Now they're telling me it's counterfeit. Just wow. I wondered if anyone else has had this happen to them, and if so how do I get this stupid popup message to stop appearing. Thank you.
  • Gamers Should Be Worried About Windows 10 Automatic Updates

    07/26/2015 12:10:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    forbes ^ | Erik Kain
    As Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly reports, the problem revolves around a conflict between automatic updates and Nvidia graphics card updates using Nvidia’s ‘Nvidia GeForce Experience’—a handy tool for all Nvidia GPU owners. Basically Microsoft has taken control away from users, and made all updates mandatory—including driver updates. This is a decision meant to increase security and stability across the PC user base, but it comes at a cost. Users are reporting problems with multi-monitor setups, dual-card configurations (SLI) and PCs not booting properly, setting off Windows 10 emergency recovery mode. More issues are likely to arise. In other words, for...
  • [Red} China will lift its nationwide game console ban

    07/25/2015 11:21:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    engadget.com ^ | Jon Fingas
    China technically lifted its longstanding ban on game consoles last year, but only for companies that registered in the Shanghai free trade zone. Needless to say, that put a damper on sales in the world's most populous country. However, the gloves just came off -- China's Ministry of Culture has approved the manufacture and sale of consoles anywhere in the nation. Companies like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony no longer have to hold back ... when doing business. They'll still have to grapple with heavy censorship of the games themselves, but that beats a lack of official options.
  • Why Are ‘Customers’ So Angry About This New Book on Marriage and Religious Freedom?

    07/25/2015 8:08:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 19, 2015 | Marguerite Bowling
    Is the debate about marriage over after the Supreme Court’s June decision to redefine marriage in all fifty states? That’s what some Amazon.com reviewers are insisting after a new book was released last week. The book, “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” is a roadmap from Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, on how the conservative movement can move forward in promoting marriage and protecting religious freedom after the Supreme Court’s ruling. “I wrote this book for all Americans. For those who disagree with me, to at least understand the viewpoint of roughly...
  • Hillary And Communications Security

    07/25/2015 4:52:29 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 13 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 7/25/2015 | blueunicorn6
    We have all been watching the story unfold about Hillary Clinton and her e-mails. She refused to use the communications systems provided for her by the American taxpayers. Those systems are "secure", meaning that no unauthorized person can read or hear the communications. Hillary Clinton chose to not use the taxpayer provided secure system. This meant that the government agencies designed to provide secure communications and prevent the enemy from knowing our most important secrets, were intentionally bypassed by our Secretary of State. If you want to know how important communications security is, look at World War II. We knew...
  • No, 'Super Mario Maker' Is Not Racist

    07/25/2015 4:11:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/22/2015 | Erik Kain
    Super Mario Maker is a game we’ve all been waiting for: Finally, we can create our own classic Mario levels using the Wii U’s touch-screen gamepad. (I’d sure like to have a mouse and keyboard, but the touchscreen is far superior for this kind of thing than a traditional gamepad.) Ben Gilbert of Business Insider recently demoed the game and was mostly just really disturbed by the big, white, feminine hand that appeared onscreen as a stand-in for his own. This one: Here’s Gilbert’s reaction: During a meeting with Nintendo on Thursday in New York City, I tried the game...
  • Free Republic Tech Support HELP!

    07/25/2015 11:50:23 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 26 replies
    25 July 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Ok all my desktop(Gateway) died last week and it will be awhile before I will be able to get a replacement(we are looking a Dell Desktop), anyway we have an ASUS Laptop that will have to do for now and I am looking at either a Print Server for printing or getting a whole new wireless Printer, any suggestions/recommendations?
  • Trailer for 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' shows a bold, brilliant, brutal Apple founder

    07/25/2015 10:46:29 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 24, 2015 | BY JOSH DICKEY
    Mashable Debuts exclusively premieres music, videos, artwork, trailers and more. You saw it here first! LOS ANGELES — Steve Jobs never compromised, nor did he pull punches. Neither does Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. Jobs' life, influence and legacy get Gibney's full journalistic treatment in Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, the first trailer for which Mashable debuts here. Despite an uphill climb for access, Gibney, a perennial Academy Award contender who won for 2007's Taxi to the Dark Side, captured several of Jobs' personal acquaintances for this film that debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The...
  • Report predicts drones and supersoldiers are the future of warfare

    07/25/2015 4:55:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    News.com ^ | 07/24/15
    The report, Visualizing the Tactical Ground Battlefield in the Year 2050, was the result of a workshop held with leaders from the US Defence Department, Army Research Lab, Institute for Defence Analysis and a select number of academia. In the world envisioned, armed drones will patrol the skies searching for enemy targets to eliminate. The use of drones in the current military landscape dictates it is always a human that decides to pull the trigger, but the report suggests soldiers may only have limited control over the smart-robots of the future. “The difference being that in the former, human decisions...
  • Porn clicker keeps infecting apps on Google Play

    07/24/2015 4:52:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    WeLiveSecurity.com ^ | 23 JUL 2015 - 01:00PM | BY LUKAS STEFANKO
    Lately we informed you how a fake Dubsmash application has been uploaded to Google Play Store at least nine times, which have tens of thousands of installs. This porn clicker Trojan, which we detect as Android/Clicker, has once more become available for download from Play Store. After we notified Google and published an article about these fake Dubsmash Trojans, we discovered other fake Dubsmash versions being uploaded again infected with the same porn clicker. We detected yet another 51 Trojan porn clickers accessible for the users to download. Four of them had more than 10,000 installs and one of...
  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

    07/24/2015 12:00:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:55 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet. The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got into the Jeep through an electronic opening in the radio and said it would update software to close it. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks, the automaker said in a statement. The vulnerability exposed by the hack rippled through the auto industry...
  • How Microsoft's Windows 10 is like Coca-Cola Classic

    07/24/2015 7:57:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/24/2015 | BY PATRICK SEITZ
    The most anticipated feature of Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10, set for release on Wednesday, isn't some new application. It's the return of the traditional Start screen, which Microsoft ditched in August 2012, with Windows 8. For that reason, Windows 10 is a lot like Coca-Cola Classic. Let me explain. When the Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) announced in April 1985 that New Coke would replace the original formula of its flagship soft drink, consumers protested. Some even hoarded cases of the original flavor beverage. New Coke is now seen as a cautionary tale about tampering with a well-established and successful brand. In October...
  • IDC: Apple’s iPhone sales up 34.9%, Samsung’s phone sales down 2.3%

    07/23/2015 4:13:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | July 23, 2015
    According to the latest preliminary release from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of 2015, up 11.6% from the 302.1 million units in 2Q14. The 2Q15 shipment volume represents the second highest quarterly total on record. Following an above average first quarter, smartphone shipments were still able to remain slightly above the previous quarter thanks to robust growth in many emerging markets. In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 464.6 million units, down -0.4% from the 466.3 million units shipped...
  • Google could let you record, share and replay your memories [going forward]

    07/23/2015 2:00:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Here's how it would work: Wearing a headset similar to Google Glass, you will be able to record audio and video using a mounted camera. You could set the camera to record constantly, you could turn it on or off with a command, or you could set it to automatically start and stop recording during a set period of time or when you are at a particular location. As the video gets uploaded to Google's servers, you'd be able to go back and "Google" your own memories. To trigger memories, customers would ask Google questions like, "What were the paintings...
  • The Apple inventions that never surfaced: in pictures (Link Only)

    07/23/2015 10:54:31 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July 23, 2015
    Ten Apple patents that may or may not see the light of day. For example this patent for a virtual reality headset capable of linking to an exterior device such as an iPhone or Mac filed in 2008. . .
  • Tech Company Develops Robots to Replace $15 /Hr Workers – Can Produce 1 Burger Every 10 Seconds

    07/23/2015 5:34:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/23/15 | Jim Hoft
    On Wednesday Governor Cuomo’s New York Wage Board set a new minimum wage for New York City’s 200,000 fast food workers. City establishments will now be required to offer employees at least $15 per hour by the end of 2018. The move also makes it cost effective for companies to fire humans and hire robots. Momentum Machines has developed a robot that can put out one burger every 10 seconds.
  • Researcher unveils new privilege vulnerability in Apple's Mac OS X

    07/22/2015 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    ZDNet Zero Day ^ | July 22, 2015 | By Charlie Osborne
    The flaw allows attackers to exploit a Mac system for full privilege escalation and take over a machine. (This vulnerability requires physical possession of the computer, and local Administrator access. It cannot be accomplished remotely or by a standard user. — Swordmaker) Photo credit: NopSec >A researcher has disclosed a privilege escalation vulnerability in OS X which is yet to be fixed in the latest release of the operating system. German researcher Stefan Esser from security audit firm SektionEins disclosed the vulnerability on Tuesday. The security flaw affects OS X 10.10.x and relates to new features added by the iPad...
  • Mozilla to focus on minimizing desertions to Edge with new Windows 10 Firefox

    07/22/2015 8:30:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | July 20, 2015 | George Keizer
    Mozilla plans a campaign to stop or slow desertions from Firefox to Windows 10's new Edge browser because the OS's express setup changes previous defaults to Edge during an upgrade, according to published documents. Edge, introduced in Windows 10, will be the default browser out of the box. In fact, according to Mozilla -- supported by a video that showed what happened when Windows 7 was upgraded to Windows 10's build 10162 of July 2 -- those who upgrade by selecting "Express Settings," as most do, will find Edge the default even if they had previously specified a competitor like...
  • These Marines Lost Legs in Afghanistan and Now Hunt Child Predators

    07/22/2015 8:14:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Military.com ^ | Richard Sisk | Jul 16, 2015
    The fist bump was their thing in Afghanistan, where both Marines lost legs in the same attack, and the fist bump is still their thing in the hunt for child predators under a special law enforcement program to train and hire medically retired veterans. Cpl. Justin Gaertner and Sgt. Gabriel Martinez in their dress blues bumped fists at an event earlier this year in Florida, just as they bumped fists while recovering from their wounds. Gaertner, 26, of Tampa, Fla., has been partnered for the last two years with retired Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Nathan Cruz, 42, executing the...
  • U.S. court says 'pocket-dialed' calls are not private

    07/22/2015 5:00:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    PC World ^ | 7/22/15 | James Niccolai
    A federal appeals court in Ohio has ruled that a person who accidentally “pocket dials” someone shouldn’t expect any overheard conversation to be considered private. The case involves the chairman of the Airport Board in Kenton, Kentucky, which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The chairman, James Huff, was on a business trip in Italy with his wife and a colleague when he accidentally pocket-dialed the secretary of the airport’s CEO back in the U.S. The secretary, Carol Spaw, said “hello” a few times and soon figured out the call wasn’t meant for her. But she overheard Huff and his...
  • Linux without Flash: User Tips

    07/22/2015 10:47:53 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 13 replies
    Datamation ^ | 20 July 2015 | Matt Hartley
    Adobe Flash has been both a gift and a curse wrapped up in the same package. It's a sluggish, often insecure and horribly bloated way to watch a video and play games on your computer. For years, Flash for Linux users was even worse: audio was out of sync with the video and you needed a special wrapper to play Flash videos on 64-bit Linux distributions. Even though things have gotten better in terms of compatibility, security still remains poor. In this article, I'll examine the practicality of going without Flash, what sites still require it.The case against Flash in...
  • Google releases Kubernetes 1.0: Container management will never be the same

    07/22/2015 7:34:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 21 July 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    On July 21 at OSCon, Google announced that Kubernetes, its open source container deployment and management tool, was ready for the big time -- general use in production environments -- by releasing Kubernetes 1.0. Google wants Kubernetes to be in every one's cloud, and with the 1.0 release it's already well on its way. Chances are many of you don't know Kubernetes, but the odds are even greater that you use it every day. That's because every time you run a Google program -- Search, Gmail, Google Docs, whatever -- you are running it in Google's own container technology, lmctfy...
  • Are Broken Marriage Vows Grounds for Blowing Up Someone’s Life?

    07/21/2015 6:51:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/20 | Heather Havrilesky
    Do you miss the good old days of tarring and feathering, town-square stockades, and public guillotining as entertainment? If so, you may be savoring this week's events, which reveal that the crime of betraying one's marriage vows is now prosecutable by journalists and hackers alike, punishable by public shaming online. Last week, Gawker publicly outed a Condé Nast executive, a married father of three, for allegedly soliciting a male escort. The story was later removed from the website by Gawker executives, but the damage had been done: The executive, many argued, was not a public figure, yet his private life...
  • Why Online Comments Suck (and How to Fix Them)

    07/21/2015 5:15:17 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 07/21/2015 | Rob Pegoraro
    Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it. The recent drama at Reddit is just the latest example. The managers of that expansive archipelago of forums have apparently just realized that the site provides a platform for some singularly hateful people. And yet they don’t seem sure what to do about it, beyond hiding some of the site’s uglier neighborhoods from public view. But let’s be fair to co-founder and now chief executive Steve Huffman (whose predecessor Ellen Pao resigned under fire after removing a community leader and banning some hate-mongering “subreddits”): People have been banging their...
  • Game About Killing Poachers Vies for $50,000 Prize in Microsoft Student Tech Competition

    07/21/2015 2:55:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Geekwire ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jacob Demmitt
    A group of students from Nepal will be competing for a $50,000 prize in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup student technology competition next week. They’re competing in the video-game category, but their entry stands out for another reason: It’s a first-person shooter in which players track down and kill poachers. The game is set in a futuristic world where decades of poaching has knocked Earth’s ecosystem off-kilter and left the planet a barren dessert. The last hope for restoration involves sending a cyborg back in time to hunt the poachers. Defend Your Territory creators Amir Gc (left), Alex Rumba (middle) and Sangam...
  • Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

    07/21/2015 2:40:25 PM PDT · by Pelham · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 21, 2015 | Andy Greenberg
    Are modern computer-heavy vehicles vulnerable to being hijacked by computer hackers? They are indeed, as computer security hasn't kept pace with what hackers can do.
  • New vulnerability lets attackers hijack Chrysler vehicles over the web

    07/21/2015 1:24:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 21, 2015 10:57 am | By Russell Brandom
    A new vulnerability in the Uconnect system gives attackers frightening remote powers over Chrysler vehicles, revealed in a Wired exclusive report. In a live demo, attackers used the vulnerability to cut out a Jeep Cherokee's transmission and brakes and, when the car is in reverse, commandeer the steering wheel — all without physical access to the vehicle. "This might be the kind of software bug most likely to kill someone," said Charlie Miller, one of the researchers behind the exploit. The full vulnerability will be presented next month at Defcon, although the researchers plan to withhold crucial details so that...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things: What You Need to Know

    07/21/2015 10:23:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 07/21/2015 | Daniel B. Kline
    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has said it intends to have one operating system for all types of devices. It apparently takes that promise seriously. The company, which has announced that Windows 10 will power not only PCs but also tablets, phones, and even Xbox, will also make a version of the OS for Internet of Things connected devices.These machines -- which include things like smart thermostats and other household appliances -- won't run the full operating system. Instead, they will run customized versions of Windows 10 designed to enable their functionality. Whether it's a smart toaster or a complicated piece of machinery...
  • 10 reasons Windows 10 is better than Chrome OS and Mac OS X

    07/21/2015 9:25:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 07/21/2015 | Krystle Vermes
    Windows 10 will be the last edition of Microsoft's operating system, so it's no wonder that the tech giant has gone all out to make it the best OS to date. Microsoft has already revealed features, such as a smarter Cortana and Xbox integration, that may appeal to existing Windows users and lure those on other operating systems. Here are 10 reasons why Windows 10 could effortlessly pull you away from your Mac or Chrome operating system when it debuts for PCs and tablets on July 29. 1. Cortana is back and better than ever Forget Siri and all of...
  • Stop Moving Links - Info Is Free

    07/21/2015 2:34:04 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 20 replies
    Freep | 7/21/2015 | CharlesOconnell
    I was principal web designer at a medium-large municipality for 4 years, about 40% of my job consisted in tracking down bad links, now with WordPress we relegate that data-toilet-cleaning to back-end databases which seamlessly and effortlessly handle that task UNLESS SOME UNTHINKING BUSIBODY IS SAVING THE WORLD BY MOVING LINKS. Guess what: They're Free. If you want to re-organize, start your new stuff in a different folder. PLEASE, PLEASE, LEAVE OLD STUFF WHERE IT IS.
  • Patch! Microsoft emits emergency fix for THIRD Hacking Team hole (Critical Windows Vulnerability)

    07/20/2015 1:58:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | July 20, 2015 | Chris Williams
    Microsoft has, in the past couple of minutes, released a security update for all supported versions of Windows to fix a critical remote-code execution vulnerability. Details of the vulnerability were found and reported to Microsoft by security researchers poring over internal memos leaked online from spyware-maker Hacking Team. This follows an elevation-of-privilege hole in Windows, and a remote-code execution vuln in Internet Explorer 11, that were also uncovered from the Hacking Team files, and patched last week by Microsoft. This latest security flaw (MS15-078) lies within the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library, and can be exploited by attackers to hijack...