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  • Ad Blocker?

    06/19/2018 7:14:44 AM PDT · by pabianice · 43 replies
    6/19/18 | vanity
    Pop-up ads make using the internet almost futile. I use one that is trumpeted the 'best' It is a total failure. Suggestions, please, for one that works.
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Is Now Worth A Record $141 Billion

    06/18/2018 5:23:03 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/18/18 | Zameena Mejia
    Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person in the world, is richer than he has ever been before. Since June 1, the tech titan's net worth has grown over $5 billion and now totals $141.9 billion, according to the Forbes World's Billionaires list. That makes Bezos worth roughly $49 billion more than Bill Gates and about $60 billion more than Warren Buffett. This latest win for Bezos is just one of many he has enjoyed this year. As Amazon's customer base sticks around despite the latest Prime latest price hike in exchange for a slew of services...
  • Fedora vs Ubuntu

    06/18/2018 7:07:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 45 replies
    LinuxConfig ^ | 25 May 2018 | Nick Congleton
    IntroductionUbuntu and Fedora are both among the top desktop Linux distributions, but they are very different. Fedora is Redhat's testing ground, and it's geared more towards developers and system administrators. On the other hand, Ubuntu is Canonical's primary product, and it tries to please everyone. LineageBoth Ubuntu and Fedora descend from titans in the Linux world. Ubuntu is the child of Debian, and Fedora is a clone of Redhat Linux, which evolved into Redhat Enterprise Linux(RHEL). Both distributions still carry many of the hallmarks of their family trees. They both have their respective families' package managers, package formats, repository formats,...
  • World Health Organization to Classify ‘Gaming Disorder’ as Mental Health Condition

    06/18/2018 5:33:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    “I’m not creating a precedent,” said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, which proposed the new diagnosis to WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly. Instead, he said, WHO has followed “the trends, the developments, which have taken place in populations and in the professional field.” However, not all psychologists agree that gaming disorder is worthy of inclusion in the International Classification of Diseases, known as the ICD. Characteristics of gaming disorder A diagnosis standard, the ICD defines the universe of diseases, disorders, injuries and other related health conditions. Researchers use it...
  • The Large Hadron Collider Is Getting an Upgrade

    06/15/2018 7:29:16 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 16 replies
    gizmodo ^ | Jun 15, 2018 | Ryan F. Mandelbaum
    Today, workers at the world’s largest atom smasher are breaking ground on a performance-enhancing upgrade that will allow scientists to conduct even bigger and better physics experiments. The upgrade will turn the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland into the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC). The upgrade will allow the machine to collide even more particles, potentially helping physicists see new stuff. “The HL-LHC will enable us to do many things, opening many unexplored areas of research,” Rebeca Gonzalez Suarez, a postdoc research associate at CERN, told Gizmodo in an email. The Large Hadron Collider is essentially two 16-mile-round rings...
  • Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout (ok now you're ALL getting it!)

    06/15/2018 2:52:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 80 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 15, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    [Microsoft] Claims it’s the least complaint-generating Windows ever Microsoft’s decided that Windows 10 version 1803, aka the April Update, is now fit for consumption by business users or indeed anyone or anything capable of running Windows 10.The company’s declared the updated OS is now “fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide”, including business PCs. Redmond’s advice comes after over 250 million users installed the OS and gave it a thrashing. Those efforts produced data that Microsoft said shows a twenty per “reduction in system stability issues” and the same reduction “in operating system and driver stability issues.”The...
  • AI edges closer to understanding 3D space the way we do

    06/15/2018 7:14:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Devon Coldewey
    If I show you a single picture of a room, you can tell me right away that there’s a table with a chair in front of it, they’re probably about the same size, about this far from each other, with the walls this far away — enough to draw a rough map of the room. Computer vision systems don’t have this intuitive understanding of space, but the latest research from DeepMind brings them closer than ever before. The new paper from the Google i-owned research outfit was published today in the journal Science (complete with news item). It details a...
  • Waiting to exascale: Now that IBM has Summit-ed, who's to node what comes next?

    06/14/2018 11:04:26 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | 14 June 2018 | Chris Mellor
    IBM's 200 petaFLOPS (200,000 trillion calculations per second) Summit supercomputer was unveiled at Oak Ridge National Laboratory last Friday and, scaled up, has proven itself capable of exascale computing in some applications. That's 1,000 petaFLOPS or one quintillion floating point operations per second.In comparison, the Cray/Intel Aurora supercomputer project clocked in at 180 petaFLOPS with 50,000 x86 nodes, interconnected with 200Gbit/s OmniPath 2.These nodes were supposed to be augmented with Intel's Knights Hill version of its multicore Phi co-processor. However, the Knights Hill development was canned in November 2017. Aurora has given way to Aurora 2, due for delivery in...
  • Your long-time favorite browser "favorites"

    06/13/2018 8:20:26 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 52 replies
    none ^ | today | none
    Was looking at my "favorites" and thought I should share some I found useful. And could benefit from learning ones others employed.
  • This Twitter Account Devoted to Angry Italians Is My Favorite Place Online

    06/13/2018 3:51:38 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 144 replies
    The Cut ^ | JUNE 13, 2018 | by Gabriella Paiella
    I like to joke that my dad is the most Italian man alive, but that would be inaccurate — he’s just a regular amount of Italian. But it wasn’t until later in my life that I realized that my dad wasn’t uniquely a pain in the ass about food, and that most Italians are insanely tightly wound about their cuisine. Last year, I came across a Twitter account that exemplifies that attitude, and it quickly became one of my favorite places online. Italians Mad at Food (@italiancomments) is a treasure trove of, well, Italians mad at food. The creator, who...
  • Disney selling ABC News longtime headquarters as trouble looms for embattled TV stars, journalists

    06/13/2018 1:34:17 PM PDT · by NYAmerican · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/13/18 | Brian Flood
    Disney selling ABC News’ longtime headquarters as trouble looms for embattled TV stars, journalists
  • Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

    06/13/2018 7:59:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 13 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Draft document explains where Redmond thinks its responsibility ends Microsoft’s published a draft “Security Servicing Commitments for Windows” in which it explains the bugs it will and won’t fix.The document (PDF) was revealed on June 12th and is intended for security researchers, to offer “better clarity around the security features, boundaries and mitigations which exist in Windows and the servicing commitments which come with them.”“We are primarily interested in feedback around our servicing policies and whether our criteria makes sense to you, the researcher,” says Microsoft’s announcement of the draft.Microsoft explains that it asks two questions when it learns of...
  • "Which?" (UK consumer rights advocate) calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

    06/12/2018 9:37:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 12 2018 | Richard Speed
    So how did that April 2018 Update go for you then? Champion of consumer rights and closer of customer email services Which? has taken a hobnailed boot to Microsoft's beleaguered Windows 10 operating system with research that will make for unpleasant reading at Redmond.A latest survey of more than 1,100 UK users comes after Which? gave Microsoft a kicking back in 2016. One thousand members of the online comparison service got in touch back then to complain about Windows 10 updates, and nearly two years on – things do not appear to have moved on much.In the survey, conducted in...
  • Fallout 76 sparks more fan anxiety about direction of series

    06/12/2018 6:08:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jun 11, 2018, 3:06pm EDT | Patricia Hernandez
    Fallout may be one of the biggest AAA gaming franchises around, but over the last few years the post-apocalyptic series has found itself in turmoil. What started out as a gritty narrative-driven role-playing game has, with the release of 2016’s Fallout 4, transformed into more of a silly action game. And with the reveal of Fallout 76 at E3 this year, some fans are convinced the series has fully lost its way. … Veteran fans are disappointed with this news, because they’re used to playing meaty, narrative-driven single-player RPGs without being harassed by other people. Given that Bethesda introduced these...
  • Android malware is infecting Amazon Fire TVs and Fire Sticks

    06/12/2018 6:00:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    the verge ^ | 06/12/2018 | Rachel England
    The worm, called ADB.Miner, installs itself as an app called "Test" under the package name "". Once it's infected a device, it eats up resources mining cryptocurrency -- devices will become slow, video playback will stop abruptly and a notification saying "Test" with the green Android robot icon will appear randomly on screen. If you've never played around with your Fire TV's developer options (which are off by default), you'll be safe from the virus. If, however, you've allowed ADB debugging or apps from unknown sources, your device is at risk -- switch both to off. If you suspect you've...
  • Tanzania orders all unregistered bloggers to take down their sites

    06/11/2018 2:10:08 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 6 replies
    by Reuters ^ | 6/11/2018 | Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala
    DAR ES SALAAM, June 11 (Reuters) - Tanzania ordered all unregistered bloggers and online forums on Monday to suspend their websites immediately or face criminal prosecution, as critics accuse the government of tightening control of internet content. Several sites, including popular online discussion platform Jamiiforums, said on Monday they had temporarily shut down after the state-run Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) warned it would take legal action against all unlicensed websites. Regulations passed in March made it compulsory for bloggers and owners of other online forums such as YouTube channels to register with the government and pay up to $900...
  • Microsoft Forums Drop Support for Win 7/8/8.1, Office 2010/13, Surface/Pro/2, MSE, IE10, ...

    06/11/2018 8:07:50 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    Microsoft Community Forums ^ | Jun 8, 2018 | Michelle Mad
    FR dayglored note: Technical Support and answering questions are being discontinued for the listed Community Forums, meaning the forum threads are either users-only, or locked to further comments (read-only) This does NOT indicate dropping of Product Technical Support, e.g. Security updates, etc. Those are still per the regular end-of-life announcements. Hello, Effective July 2018, the Microsoft Community forums listed below will shift support scope and Microsoft staff will no longer provide technical support there. There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions. The forums will still be moderated by Microsoft agents to ensure participants can...
  • 7 Minutes of Fallout 76 Gameplay - E3 2018

    06/11/2018 6:14:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Here's all of the gameplay footage from this years Bethesda Conference at E3 all in a neat snack-able package!
  • Tomorrow's Cities: Dubai and China roll out urban robots

    06/11/2018 5:43:53 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 June 2018 | Jane Wakefield
    It is a terrifying vision of the future - a robot police officer with dark eyes and no discernible mouth that can identify criminals and collect evidence.
  • Bitcoin swoons 10% after news of South Korea crypto exchange hack....broad cryptocurrency selloff

    06/10/2018 7:29:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cnbc ^ | 06/10/2018 | Evelyn Chang
    Other major cryptocurrencies also fell. Ethereum dropped 14 percent to near $514 and litecoin fell more than 11 percent to around $104, according to CoinDesk. The declines followed a report on Friday from The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, that U.S. regulators are investigating potential price manipulation at four major cryptocurrency exchanges: Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit and Kraken. The exchanges, CME and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on Sunday evening.