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  • Word for Mac issue: saved open file suddenly becomes a "work file"

    12/16/2017 12:22:37 PM PST · by rudy45 · 5 replies
    On many occasions, I will be working on a previously-saved Word document. Normally, after I make changes and save, it simply gets saved--that is, I get NO window to name the file, because the file already exists. Sometimes, however, when I save such an open, already-created file, the name of the file suddenly changes to be a work file. At the same time, I get the window and dialog for saving a file and specifying a location. I then have to re-save that file, because if I don't, I lose not only that work file but also the previously-saved file...
  • 'Stargate' Prequel Series Finishes Filming: Check Out This Sneak Peek

    12/16/2017 9:12:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 14, 2017 12:23pm ET | Elizabeth Howell,
    The series, which will air in 10-minute episodes on MGM's digital platform "Stargate Command," will be released sometime in 2018. A new video showing highlights from the filming shows the cast and crew working in locations ranging from dunes to warehouses. ... Fan favorite Catherine Langford (played by Ellie Gall in the new series) makes a prominent return in the new series. The video shows her standing in awe before a stargate and taking part in fight scenes.... "In this revealing footage, we get an in-depth look at some of the stunning real-life locations where filming took place, meeting new...
  • Thank Goodness Apple's iPhone Violated 'Net Neutrality' in 2007

    12/15/2017 8:51:03 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 21 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | June 29, 2017 | Thomas Hazlett
    Ten years ago this week the Apple iPhone, described by Steve Jobs as a “revolutionary product” that “changes everything,” went on sale for the first time. A million flew off the shelves in just ten weeks and a decade later—with more than a billion sold worldwide—the iPhone has transformed the way we live, work and do business. But even as the fanboys and girls were camping out to be at the front of the line, harsh critics queued. Columbia law professor Tim Wu denounced the iPhone as “anticompetitive.” Nested exclusively with AT&T and lurking in a “walled garden,” the iPhone...
  • Microsoft Adds SSH Client And Server To Windows 10 (both very beta for now)

    12/14/2017 8:08:13 PM PST · by dayglored · 17 replies
    LifeHacker ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Anthony Caruana
    Microsoft has quietly added beta versions of an SSH client and server to the next major update of Windows 10. The SSH client and server will allow admins and developers to securely connect to other systems without needing a third-party app like the popular PuTTY. Over the years we have seen Microsoft transform from a fairly closed company to one that embraces and supports open source software and standards. This move isn’t unexpected but is another step in that direction. With OpenSSH baked in, it becomes for developers to create secure connections between systems for transferring data and issuing commands....
  • H.R.2884 - COVFEFE Act of 2017

    12/14/2017 6:22:34 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 7 replies
    Congress.gov ^ | 06/12/2017 | DemocratRage
    I would bet this has been posted before, but i could'nt find it in search. Epic DJT trolling manifests in DemonRat legislation. I had not seen this before today. h/t /r/The_Donald "This bill amends provisions governing presidential records to: (1) revise the definition of "documentary material" to include social media; (2) revise the definition of "presidential records" to include any personal and official social media account; and (3) define "social media" as any form of electronic communication (such as a website for social networking and microblogging) through which users create an online community to share information, ideas, personal messages, and...
  • Shark-Spotting Drones on Patrol at Australian Beaches

    12/14/2017 6:02:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    High-tech shark-spotting drones are patrolling dozens of Australian beaches this summer to quickly identify underwater predators and deliver safety devices to swimmers and surfers faster than traditional lifesavers. As hundreds of people lined up in the early morning sun to take part in a recent ocean swimming race at Bilgola Beach north of Sydney, they did so in the knowledge the ocean had been scanned to keep them safe. “I think it is really awesome,” 20-year-old competitor Ali Smith said. “It is cool to see technology and ocean swimming getting together, and hopefully more people will feel safer and get...
  • The iMac Pro is now available—here’s how people are already using it (Link Only per Copyright)

    12/14/2017 1:20:15 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    ArsTechnica (Link Only) | 12/14/2017, 5:30 AM | By SAMUEL AXON -
    IMac Pro image from iMore.com, no copyright problem How will creatives and pros put those specs to good use? Preliminary review from ArsTechnica. Due to copyright limitations, link only: The iMac Pro is now available—here’s how people are already using it (Link Only per Copyright)
  • Net neutrality is dead

    12/14/2017 10:54:49 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 126 replies
    https://nypost.com ^ | 12/14/2017 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON — The US Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal marks a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. and hands them power over what content consumers can access. Democrats, Hollywood and companies like Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc. had urged Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, to keep the Obama-era rules...
  • Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 with bug fixes (HomeKit Bug fix)

    12/13/2017 10:21:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, December 13, 2017 · 6:26 pm
    Apple today released iOS 11.2.1 which fixes bugs including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app. Apple today also released tvOS 11.2.1 which is likely also related to the above issue.For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 MacDailyNews Take: Happy updating!SEE ALSO:Zero-day iOS HomeKit flaw allowed remote access to IoT devices including door locks, garage door openers; fix rolling out – December 8, 2017
  • CNN says Anderson Cooper's Twitter account apparently hacked

    12/13/2017 4:01:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2017 10:23 AM EST
    CNN says Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account was hacked after a since-removed tweet from his handle called the president a “tool” and a “pathetic loser” following Democrat Doug Jones win in Alabama’s Senate election. The cable network tweeted early Wednesday that “someone gained access” to Anderson’s account and sent the tweet to the president. “We’re working with Twitter to secure the account,” it said. …
  • Harry Potter chapter written by bots is magically terrible

    12/13/2017 11:59:58 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    C-Net ^ | December 12, 2017 | BY GAEL FASHINGBAUER COOPER
    Quit eating Hermione's family, Ron, and what's with the Hufflepuff House pig? Is there a spell that can write more Harry Potter books that aren't robotic-sounding? Warner Bros J.K. Rowling, you're in no danger of being replaced any time soon.The bright Muggles at Botnik Studios trained predictive keyboards (one for narration, one for dialogue) on all seven Harry Potter books and produced a brand-new chapter about the young wizard. And great sizzling dragon bogies, is it awful."Our web keyboard app analyzes text files and offers the most common word sequences as suggestions to the human user, to help them write...
  • Boy, 6, Makes Ł8,200,000 a Year Reviewing Toys on YouTube

    12/13/2017 11:10:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | 11 Dec 2017 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    A six-year-old boy is making Ł8.2m a year reviewing toys on YouTube. Ryan, who features on Ryan ToysReview, raked in $11 million from June 2016 to June 2017, according to Forbes. t ranked him joint eighth on the list of highest paid YouTubers last year. But he has some way to go if he wants to reach Daniel Middleton (aka TheDiamondMinecart), who earned $16m (Ł12m) in ad revenue for his Minecraft videos. Ryan’s family are pretty happy with what he brings in after starting his YouTube channel in 2015 when he was just three years old. His mum Loann, a...
  • Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

    12/12/2017 10:08:32 AM PST · by dennisw · 109 replies
    zdnet. ^ | 12 12 17 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Linux Mint isn't just the best Linux desktop, it's the best desktop, period. I run many operating systems every day, from macOS, to Windows 7 and 10, to more Linux desktop distributions than you can shake a stick at. And, once more, as a power-user's power user, I've found the latest version of Linux Mint to be the best of the best. Why? Let's start with the basics. MacOS has been shown to have the worst bug I've ever seen in an operating system: The macOS High Sierra security hole that lets anyone get full administrative control. Windows, old and...
  • Apple’s powerful new iMac Pro launches December 14

    12/12/2017 9:59:52 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 67 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | December 12, 2017 | MacDailyNews Staff
    “Apple said Tuesday that the new iMac will be available on December 14,” Todd Haselton reports for CNBC. “The news was confirmed in an e-mail from Apple that was sent to customers.” “Earlier, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said in an interview that the company’s iMac Pro would launch in the next couple of days,” Haselton reports. “Apple announced the iMac Pro, its most powerful desktop computer to date, back in June.”The all-new iMac Pro, with its 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is...
  • Bitcoin Mining Operations Now Use More Energy Than Ireland

    12/12/2017 4:23:33 AM PST · by dennisw · 39 replies
    british-utilities ^ | 6th December 2017 | Andy Robinson
    It’s been a big week for Bitcoin. The price of one bitcoin hit $13,000 on Wednesday, marking a 1,200 percent increase in value this year. The price of Bitcoin isn’t the only thing rising. The energy used to “mine” the cryptocurrency is also skyrocketing — and people are getting worried. The Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index tracker puts Bitcoin’s current estimated annual energy use at almost 32 terawatt-hours, roughly equivalent to Serbia’s yearly electricity consumption and ahead of at least 159 other countries, including Ireland and most nations in Africa. Each Bitcoin transaction is estimated to require the same energy as...
  • Woman found dead in water in Sunnyvale last week was Google employee

    12/11/2017 6:10:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Chuchu Ma, 23, of Mountain View, was found dead in the water near the trail last week, according to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. ... Ma's body was found Thursday morning by a passing bicyclist on the trail, according to Department of Public Safety Capt. Shawn Ahearn. No additional information about the case was immediately available.
  • Google Engineer Found Dead in Water Along Sunnyvale Trail

    12/11/2017 2:24:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    KRON ^ | December 10, 2017 | Alecia Reid and Aja Seldo]n
    The body of a woman who was found dead in the water along a trail in Sunnyvale on Thursday has been identified as a 23-year-old software engineer. Police said a bicyclist spotted the body of 23-year-old Chuchu Ma in the water along Bay Trail Thursday morning. The Google software engineer was reported missing in Mountain View that same day. Body found in water along Sunnyvale trail identified According to Ma’s LinkedIn page, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin, where she received a National Merit Scholarship. She worked as an engineer at Google...
  • Microsoft emergency update: Malware Engine needs, erm, malware protection (Windows 7/8/8.1/10)

    12/10/2017 7:55:42 PM PST · by dayglored · 54 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft has posted an out-of-band security update to address a remote code execution flaw in its Malware Protection Engine.Redmond says the flaw, dubbed CVE-2017-11937, has not yet been exploited in the wild. Because it is an out-of-band critical fix, however, it should be installed as soon as possible. For most users, this will happen automatically.The security hole is present in Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials, as well as Endpoint Protection, Forefront Endpoint Protection, and Exchange Server 2013 and 2016.The bug was discovered and reported by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre – which is part of GCHQ, Blighty's spying...
  • France to allow trading of securities via blockchain

    12/09/2017 8:41:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 9 December 2017 09:15 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France’s finance minister unveiled Friday a decree that would make it the first nation in Europe to allow the trading of some non-listed securities using the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrencies. The decree, presented by Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to the government, should enter into force by July at the latest and will apply to non-listed financial securities that EU law doesn’t require to be traded via an intermediary, a market worth potentially more than €3 trillion. In particular, this includes shares in mutual and hedge funds, negotiable debt securities, and unlisted stocks and bonds. Blockchain technology debuted in...
  • 0-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability let remote access to smart accessories/locks, fix rolling out

    12/08/2017 1:09:39 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | - Dec. 7th 2017 1:03 pm PT | By Zac Hall
    A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevent unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality.The vulnerability, which we won’t describe in detail and was difficult to reproduce, allowed unauthorized control of HomeKit-connected accessories including smart lights, thermostats, and plugs.The most serious ramification of this vulnerability prior to the fix is unauthorized remote control of...