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  • Open Source Code Is As Good As Proprietary, Says Coverity

    02/23/2012 10:15:01 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    TechWeek Europe ^ | 23 February 2012 | Eric Doyle
    Any conviction that open source software (OSS) is somehow inferior to proprietary code, or vice versa, depending on which side of the development fence you sit, is being dispelled by a report from Coverity.The company has been scanning millions of lines of open source code for its 2011 Coverity Scan Open Source Integrity Report. The results show that the free code quality is on a par with in-house-developed products.More thoroughly tested The company said that this year’s study has been massively upgraded with the introduction of the Coverity 5 development testing platform. The new analysis engine incorporates advances in static...
  • Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix

    02/23/2012 10:08:28 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | 23 February 2012 | Gavin Clarke
    With tech companies abandoning the proprietary Flash and Silverlight media players for HTML5, it was inevitable somebody would try to inject DRM into the virgin spec. Microsoft, Google and Netflix are that “somebody”, having submitted a proposed modification to HTML5 to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for “encrypted media extensions”. Their proposed addition, detailed here and picked apart here, has drawn a flat rejection from HTML5 editor and Google employee Ian Hickson, who’s called the encrypted media extensions unethical. Hickson wrote in response to Microsoft’s Adrian Bateman who floated the proposal on Monday: “I believe this proposal is unethical...
  • Ethernet splitter gigabit to computer 100mbit to phone

    02/22/2012 11:22:12 AM PST · by John1111 · 37 replies · 1+ views
    I have googled and amazoned and I can't find a solution or product for this. Free Republic always comes through for me in answering these type of questions, so here it is. Using an existing Cat5e cable in the wall to each desktop, is there a splitter or inexpensive device that will provide 1-gigabit to the computer and then 100mbit to a VOIP phone off of that single Cat5e in the wall? The original plan was for the phone to provide the VOIP and data to the desktop computer, as the phone has two RJ45 ports on it. And oh,...
  • Single-atom transistor is ‘end of Moore’s Law’ and ‘beginning of quantum computing’

    02/22/2012 8:43:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Kurzweil ^ | 02/22/2012
    A controllable transistor engineered from a single phosphorus atom. The atom, shown here in the center of an image from a computer model, sits in a channel in a silicon crystal. The atomic-sized transistor and wires might allow researchers to control gated qubits of information in future quantum computers. (Credit: Purdue University)The smallest transistor ever built has been created using a single phosphorous atom by an international team of researchers at the University of New South Wales, Purdue University and the University of Melbourne.The latest Intel chip, the “Sandy Bridge,” uses a manufacturing process to place 2.3 billion transistors 32...
  • Help Needed with Windows 7

    02/22/2012 7:22:06 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 32 replies
    Former Fetus
    Last December I was asking y'all for help with my dying pc because I did not want to swith from Windows XP. Well, eventually I did have to get a new pc, it runs Windows 7 and, as many of you predicted, the transition was easier than I thought it would be. Actually I have only one problem with Windows 7. The computer does not "remember" account numbers, screen names...I would NEVER store passwords in my pc, but it is a pain to have to look account numbers every time I try to do on-line banking, pay a bill... I...
  • Ford's open source OpenXC platform as gateway to future high tech car gizmos

    02/22/2012 6:06:36 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 24 replies
    Torque News ^ | 20 February 2012 | David Herron
    Ford (and other automakers) envision future cars with high tech infotainment systems galore where car dashboards could have downloadable app's just like todays smart phones and tablets. With the OpenXC platform Ford is creating a channel for open collaboration with 3rd party application developers, allowing them to use cars like the Ford Focus to prototype their gizmos. Ford, like most other automakers, is heading towards a vision of the car as a platform for high tech wizardry and gizmos. Consumer electronics need not be limited to our living rooms or mobile computing devices, but can also be on-board the car....
  • The Results Are in for RESCUECOM's Annual 2012 Computer Reliability Report;

    02/21/2012 11:44:25 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies · 1+ views
    PR News Wire ^ | Rescueme.com
    The Results Are in for RESCUECOM's Annual 2012 Computer Reliability Report; Lenovo/IBM Returns to Dominance While Samsung Grows Significantly SYRACUSE, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Entering 2012, Lenovo/IBM's rise in reliability will be an important boost for the company. Although Apple's market share has risen over the last 12 months, its reliability has declined. The comparatively smaller Toshiba and Samsung are illustrating interesting reliability trends worth watching over the coming year," stated David Milman, CEO of RESCUECOM. For 2012, RESCUECOM now includes all manufacturers with a market share of at least above one percent in this report. The Computer...
  • Firefox does not trust Google - Vanity

    02/21/2012 3:32:57 AM PST · by don-o · 41 replies
    Little House on Unaka | February 21, 2012 | don-o
    Listening to the local news this moring, they were reporting on Virginia's legislation requiring "rans vaginal ultrasound". I had not heard that term, so I tried to do a Google search. Firefox flashed this: This Connection is Untrusted You have asked Firefox to connect securely to www.google.com, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure. Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified. What Should I Do? If you usually connect to this site without problems, this error...
  • Analysis: Neonode Patented Swipe-to-Unlock 3 Years Before Apple

    02/20/2012 3:13:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | - February 20, 2012 12:49 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Sorry Apple, you did not invent swipe to unlock [This is an editorial/analysis piece.] When I initially searched the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database and Google Patents, I missed something very interesting in the war [1][2] between Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Android's "Big Three" -- Google Inc.'s (GOOG) new acquisition Motorola, HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930) -- regarding swipe-to-unlock intellectual property. Neonode Inc. (NEON) appears to be the first to patent this technology, holding a claim I missed. I. Neonode Beat Apple to the Patent Punch by 3 Years As I pointed out in an...
  • Researchers Create Single-Atom Transistor

    02/20/2012 11:43:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies · 2+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Monday February 20, 2012 | Steve
    For those of you that haven't seen this yet, Researchers from Purdue, the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales have created a working transistor from a single atom. Thanks to Robert for the link. We have fabricated a single-atom transistor in which a single phosphorus atom is positioned between highly doped source and drain leads with a lateral spatial accuracy of ±1 atomic lattice spacing. We demonstrate that we are able to register source, drain and gate contacts to the individual donor atom and observe well-controlled transitions for 0, 1 and 2 electron states, in agreement...
  • Debian Position on Software Patents

    02/20/2012 8:07:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Debian Project ^ | February 19th, 2012 | The Debian Project
    Debian Position on Software Patents February 19th, 2012The Debian Project announces the availability of its patent policy for the Debian archive.The Debian Project maintains a critical stance towards software patents: we consider software patents to be a threat to Free Software and an obstacle to the Debian mission of providing an entirely Free operating system for everyone's use. We believe software patents provide no advantage in promoting software innovation and we encourage our upstream authors to object to software patents.At the same time, given the de facto possibility of patenting software-related ideas in several countries around the world, it is...
  • If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Ancient Computers in Use Today

    02/20/2012 7:27:49 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 64 replies
    PC World ^ | 19 February 2012 | Benj Edwards
    It’s easy to wax nostalgic about old technology--to remember fondly our first Apple IIe or marvel at the old mainframes that ran on punched cards. But no one in their right mind would use those outdated, underpowered dinosaurs to run a contemporary business, let alone a modern weapons system, right?Wrong!While much of the tech world views a two-year-old smartphone as hopelessly obsolete, large swaths of our transportation and military infrastructure, some modern businesses, and even a few computer programmers rely daily on technology that hasn’t been updated for decades.If you’ve recently bought a MetroCard for the New York City Subway...
  • What the heck, at google???

    02/19/2012 11:36:10 PM PST · by LegendHasIt · 73 replies
    Vanity | 2-20-2010 | vanity
    OK, a few hours ago I tried to do a google search.... Something very benign (I do all my searches for things that 0bama & co wouldn't like with other search engines anyway). So I type in my search terms and click the button. And it comes back with a page saying "We have detected unusual search patterns coming from your computer. You must identify yourself to continue., with blanks to fill in, and one of those security scramble graphics where you have to type in the letters/numbers to prove you aren't a robot. Of course I got the heck...
  • Windows 7 Questions - Serious Replies Only [Please]

    02/19/2012 8:46:38 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 73 replies
    2/19/12 | self
    I am going to be getting my Mom an Acer Windows 7 PC since her current PC is about at the end of its useful life. My problem is that when I buy a new PC, I normally erase the hard drive by using DBAN and then load a clean image of the OS as well as the drivers. That way, I get rid of all of the crapware that comes with the new PC. However, with Windows 7, it seems that MOST OEMs do not provide the OS anymore. I have looked on the Net, but have not been...
  • Japanese Start Up Another Supercomputer

    02/18/2012 7:49:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 17th February 2012 23:12 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan -
    Upstart supercomputer maker Appro International has started up another Xeon E5-based supercomputer, this one a hybrid CPU-GPU Xtreme-X machine installed at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. The deal at Tsukuba was announced last September at about the same time that Intel was widely expected to launch the "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors, which are now due for launch sometime before the end of the first quarter. It is not clear how Appro was able to jump to the head of the Xeon E5 line, but it is worth noting that Appro now uses Intel motherboards as well as processors...
  • Tech question about Internet browsers

    02/18/2012 4:57:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Here's one for all you know Internet Explorer (and for the Microsoft haters too): Why do TWO processes open on the Task Manage when one Intenrnet Explorer Window is opened?
  • Google Now Has Two New Unlock Patent Applications to Counter Apple's IP

    02/18/2012 1:50:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | - February 17, 2012 8:50 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    The patents present four (somewhat) novel forms of unlock that range from simple to complex The "Big Three" of the Android world -- HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930), and Google Inc.'s (GOOG) nearly-acquired subsidiary-to-be Motorola Mobility -- all share a common legal adversary -- Apple, Inc. (AAPL). Apple has asserted a slew of claims against the Android phonemakers, and they haven't been shy about firing back, sometimes quite successfully (other times not so much). I. The Backup Plan One of Apple's biggest successes, however, came when it scored a German injunction on Motorola's smartphones, thanks to its...
  • One Man and $150 Made This Video

    02/18/2012 10:50:36 AM PST · by Thorliveshere · 18 replies
    Hollywood could will no longer relevant in a few years....
  • TI Announces WiLink 8 Family - WiFi, GNSS, NFC, BT, and FM Combo Chip

    02/18/2012 10:44:02 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 2/13/2012 9:00:00 AM | Brian Klug
    It goes without saying that connectivity is a hugely important part of smartphones. After all, without some sort of network connection, you've basically just got an expensive PDA or PMP. Today, TI is making formal the WiLink 8 family, the newest member of its popular WiLink series of WLAN combo chips, which is built on a 45nm process. WiLink 8 adds support for GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System - GPS + GLONASS) and NFC in addition to WiFi, Bluetooth, and FM receive/transmit like we've seen in WiLink 7 in a number of devices. The WiLink 8 family includes 15 different...
  • It’s a Phone… It’s a Tablet… It’s Samsung’s New Android Things

    02/17/2012 12:21:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    gizmodo ^ | Sep 1, 2011 9:50 AM | Brent Rose,
    The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 come in shapes that make them hard to classify. Is the Note a phone? Or a notepad? Or a tablet? Genius, right? Or, uh, foolish?The Galaxy Note is the more unusual choice of the two. With a 5.3-inch screen, it's kind of in a weird no-man's land, size wise. But hey, it's a phone, too! Who has pockets big enough for a 5.3 inch screen? MC Hammer, sure, but who else? As Dell can tell you, after their failed Streak 5 experiment, pretty much nobody.
  • Here’s the Chinese Court Ruling Backing Apple in iPad Trademark Tiff

    02/16/2012 11:49:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    All Things Digital - Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2012 AT 12:25 PM PT | John Paczkowski
    “We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple, and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter.” That was Apple’s statement to AllThingsD Wednesday on its increasingly contentious battle with Hong Kong-based Proview Technology, which insists it still owns the rights to the iPad trademark in China. And here’s the court decision to back it up. In it, Judge Hon Poon writes that Proview’s conduct smells of conspiracy driven by financial desperation, and that there’s reason to believe that it acted...
  • Apple Releases First Developer Preview of OS X Mountain Lion, Public Launch in Late Summer

    02/16/2012 10:56:47 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | Thursday February 16, 2012 5:54 am PST | by Eric Slivka
    Apple Releases First Developer Preview of OS X Mountain Lion, Public Launch in Late Summer Thursday February 16, 2012 5:54 am PST by Eric Slivka Apple today announced that it has released the first developer preview of the company's next-generation operating system, named OS X Mountain Lion. The release will bring over 100 new features, including a number of those familiar to iOS users such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring. The first developer preview is available to registered developers today, with a public launch through the Mac App Store scheduled for...
  • Financial Sex Aid: Florida Co-Eds Seek “Sugar Daddy” for College Degree

    02/16/2012 7:52:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    CBS 4 Miami ^ | February 14, 2012 | Staff
    People who are looking for the perfect match, both men and women, go online seeking a certain kind of arrangement. A “sugar baby” is typically younger and eager for adventure. A “sugar daddy” is usually an older, financially established provider. A website called www.seekingarrangement.com helps the two meet.
  • Windows 8's five biggest enemies

    02/16/2012 5:59:37 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 15 February 2012 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Summary: There are lots of reasons why I think Windows 8 will having trouble finding acceptance. A major one is that Windows 8 will face more competition than ever before. Here are Windows 8’s biggest rivals. Windows 8 biggest rivals are already hitting it. We’re finding out more and more about Windows 8 as its beta release approaches. And, you know what? The more I find out, the more I feel secure about saying Windows 8 will be a flop.I’ve already explained in general terms I think Windows 8 will follow in Vista’s footprints as a strategic failure. Here’s specifically,...
  • Help with computer

    02/15/2012 8:42:45 AM PST · by lakeman · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Anybody having a problem with ad.doubleclick redirecting to an error page. I was having this problem on Hotair and now it is on the Daily Caller. Ran spybot and malewarebytes to no avail. I can get to the home page but when I click on article it redirects to a error page saying internet explorer cannot display the webpage. Any ideas out there? Thanks
  • New to Macs, help with Lightroom, please.

    02/14/2012 2:23:58 PM PST · by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch · 29 replies · 1+ views
    me | 2/14/12 | me
    We are new to apple/macs, and our Lightroom software has gone a bit glitchy. Apparently I have the dreaded beach ball spiral of death or something like that. When we try to edit photos we get this beach ball spiral symbol in our software window. It almost acts like it needs reinstalling but some blogs I've read said that does not work. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  • Musing on Internet Shock

    02/14/2012 2:02:51 PM PST · by DGHoodini · 4 replies
    Me | 2 /14/2012 | DGHoodini
    Between online banking, Online shopping, credit card payments, e- mail, cell phones and texting...it's been so long since I've actually sent *anything* "snail mail", that I literally had to check online to find out that the postal rate for a letter has gone up twice since the last time I sent a letter USPS. Fortunately I has a roll of 1 cebt stamps to cover the increase without having to go to the post office, but it still felt weird.
  • Watch NBA online?

    02/14/2012 11:05:24 AM PST · by Black_Shark · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Hey guys, Are there any sites (Virus-free) that I can stream tonight's Knicks v. Raptors game? Time Warner Cable isn't showing any NBA games in my area... - Blackshark
  • Tablet Sales Will Blow Past PC Sales To Nearly 500 Million Units A Year By 2015 (Post PC era)

    02/14/2012 10:50:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2012 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Tablet sales will hit nearly 500 million units a year by 2015, according to a new report by BI Intelligence. Tablet sales in 2015 will exceed the number of PCs currently sold per year (~360 million) and make tablets a $100+ billion market. The forecast, which includes e-readers, predicts that tablet sales will grow at better than a 50% compound annual growth rate over the next few years. The growth will be driven by falling prices combined with tablet penetration in the enterprise and education markets, as well as emerging markets. Here are some highlights from the report, whose lead...
  • Conservative Blogs Hacked?

    02/13/2012 8:44:38 AM PST · by Mr. Peabody · 17 replies
    Check out hotair.com, ace.mu.nu, verum serum and weasel zippers. Text has been replaced by gibberish.
  • Tech Question - Music

    02/13/2012 8:06:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 16 replies
    2/13/12
    A friend has sent me a youtube video of her musical group playing. How can I download the video sound track to my iTunes playlist? Thanks.
  • Netflix released all eight episodes of "Lilyhammer,"

    02/12/2012 6:29:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    North County Times ^ | Feb 10, 2012
    Review: Netflix and Hulu's new scripted originals Within just over a week, Netflix and Hulu are both debuting their first stabs at original scripted programming. The shows amount to a milestone in Internet television, an early sign of the leveling between broadcasting and streaming. Programming options between TV and the Web are increasingly separated by little more than the "video source" button on your remote. But the most salient thing about the new offerings from Netflix and Hulu are just how "TV" they are. Earlier this week, Netflix released all eight episodes of "Lilyhammer," a fish-out-of-water drama starring Steve Van...
  • Is Computer Tech Support the Equivalent of TV Tube Testing of 50 Years Ago?

    02/11/2012 1:33:46 PM PST · by CARTOUCHE · 73 replies · 2+ views
    Cartouche
    So I'm on the phone with Samsung Tech support in SOUTH CAROLINA - not Bombay or Sri Lanka, (thank you very much Samsung) to troubleshoot the connection problems with the other half's inability to print wirelessly from across the room to our recently acquired Samsung Color Laser Printer CLP-325W. (The HP 6300 was a gross waste of time, talent, and energy, NEVER AGAIN as they say in Tel Aviv)) And I'm musing that the process is not much different than when I would accompany my long past Dad with a paper bag full of Philco TV tubes to the local...
  • Gun-toting father shoots daughter’s laptop over Facebook post

    02/10/2012 3:02:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 60 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 02/10/2012 | Alexandra Myers
    <p>A Facebook post went viral Wednesday after the father of a 15-year-old girl decided her online activity was disrespectful, but it’s bringing her a kind of fame she probably never imagined. Her punishment? Eight exploding, hollow-point rounds from a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, straight into her laptop.</p>
  • Angry father shoots daughter's laptop with .45 pistol after she complains about chores on Facebook

    02/10/2012 10:14:09 AM PST · by rawhide · 157 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2-10-12 | Rachel Rickard Straus and Mark Duell
    'This one's from your momma!': Angry father shoots daughter's laptop with .45 pistol after she complains about chores on Facebook An angry father has taught his disgruntled teenage daughter a very public lesson in respecting one’s elders by shooting her laptop on camera and then publishing the video on her Facebook page. Tommy Jordan, of Albemarle, North Carolina, made the video after his 15-year-old daughter Hannah had apparently written a Facebook post complaining about all of the chores she has to do at home. She was also moaning about how difficult her parents made her life. But when IT worker...
  • Facebook Parenting: For The Troubled Teen.[Ticked Off Dad! Responds to Daughter's Facebook Posting]

    02/10/2012 8:35:27 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies
    myFoxLA Twitter/YouTube ^ | 2.08.12 -2.10.12 | myFoxLA Twitter
    [myFoxLA Twitter 2.10.12] "Did u c this ticked off dad after his teen daughter posted inappropriately on facebook? Did he go too far w/gun?!" ********************************************************* "Warning: Since this video seems to have gone crazy, I figure I'll post this notice. I'm going to read a letter my 15 year old daughter wrote. There ARE some curse words in it. None of them are incredibly bad, but they are definitely things a little kid shouldn't hear... not to mention things MY KID shouldn't say!" "My daughter thought it would be funny/rebellious/cool to post on her Facebook wall just how upset she...
  • Facebook 'Unfriending' Led to Double Murder: Police

    02/10/2012 12:53:17 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Feb 10, 201
    A Tennessee couple who 'unfriended' a woman on Facebook were murdered in their home by the jilted woman's father and another man, police said on Thursday. "It's the worst thing I've ever seen," Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said, adding he had never seen anything like it in his 27 years in law enforcement in the area. "We've had murders, but nothing like this. This is just senseless." He said Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth were killed last month after they deleted Jenelle Potter, the daughter of one of the suspects, from their 'friends' list. Both were...
  • Apple Now Worth More Than Microsoft And Google Put Together

    02/09/2012 3:42:03 PM PST · by mgstarr · 12 replies
    Cultofmac.com ^ | 2/9/12 | David Brownlee
    Once again, Apple has found itself the most valuable company on Earth, attaining a market capitalization of about $456 billion today, beating ExxonMobil’s market cap of just $402 Billion. Yawn. More interesting, however, is that Apple’s combined value is more than Google and Microsoft put together, who are worth $198.9 billion and $256.7 billion, respectively. As we watch Apple race to be the world’s first trillion dollar company, I wonder what we’ll all be measuring its value against next. Silicon Valley? The United States? The Moon? The secret to immortality?
  • Here's Everything You Wanted To Know About Microsoft's Upcoming iPad Killers

    02/09/2012 1:13:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/09/2012 | Matt Rosoff
    Microsoft's Windows chief Steven Sinofsky just put up 8,000+ word blog post on Microsoft's plans for Windows 8 on the low-powered ARM processors that today run the iPad and most other tablets. This is the most critical part of Windows 8. Like every version of Windows, Windows 8 will probably dominate the market for traditional notebook PCs and desktop PCs. But it also has to take on the iPad, which is now outselling desktop PCs and had sales last quarter equal to 17 percent of the traditional PC market. For Microsoft's hardware partners to make Windows 8 tablets that are...
  • Win XP/Win 7 Vsnity

    02/09/2012 6:44:31 AM PST · by upchuck · 20 replies
    February 9, 2012 | upchuck
    Seems like I've been running Win XP SP2 forever. Recently upgraded to SP3 'cause Turbo Tax needed it. I'm beginning to think about going to Win 7. As a "Geezer Geek" at our local SeniorNet franchise, I've been using W7 Pro since we installed it on our 11 computers last summer and am very familiar with it. Of course, MSFT does not provide a smooth upgrade path from XP to W7. And I've got some beloved software that won't run w/ W7. Thus, I'm thinking about doing a fresh install of W7 Pro and then running XP in a virtual...
  • Laser boffins blast bits onto hard drive at 200Gb/sec

    02/08/2012 10:31:31 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 8 February 2012 | Iain Thomson
    A team of scientists have published a new way of using heat to store data magnetically, which could increase the speed of hard drives over a hundredfold. Conventional drives use electromagnetism to selectively change the polarity of points on a drive, representing a one or a zero. But according to research published in Nature Communications, the team used a high-powered laser to write data onto a special gadolinium and iron storage unit in a fraction of the time, using much less energy.One pulse for 0, two for 1 “Instead of using a magnetic field to record information on a magnetic...
  • Mozilla explains user-tracking proposal for Firefox

    02/08/2012 10:27:47 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 8 February 2012 | Kelly Fiveash
    In a story published yesterday your humble Reg writer wrongly confused Mozilla's Telemetry project with the open-source outfit's so-called Metrics Data Ping proposal. Mozilla has been in touch to clear things up. The org's global privacy and policy boss Alex Fowler kindly explained the differences between the two systems to us. "The Metrica Data Ping proposal is not Telemetry. Telemetry is a component of Firefox that collects anonymous browser performance data for around 200 data points. It's voluntary, doesn't include a universally unique identifier (UUID), and is under the user's control," he said. As we noted in our earlier piece,...
  • Need Help Picking Spot To Host New Website

    02/08/2012 7:51:54 AM PST · by The Louiswu · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Me ^ | 2/8/2012 | The Louiswu
    Hi all - I need some help finding a good spot to host a web site for a friend of mine. I use GoDaddy for some of my personal stuff, but was trying to see if there are any other good/fast/cheap alternatives. I need to register his new domain and need just a few megs of space for an informational web site that will be no longer than 2 or 3 pages and a couple of links. Any pointers would be a big help. Thanks!
  • Physicists 'record' magnetic breakthrough

    02/07/2012 10:44:06 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 2/7/12
    An international team of scientists has demonstrated a revolutionary new way of magnetic recording which will allow information to be processed hundreds of times faster than by current hard drive technology. The researchers found they could record information using only heat - a previously unimaginable scenario. They believe this discovery will not only make future magnetic recording devices faster, but more energy-efficient too. The results of the research, which was led by the University of York's Department of Physics, are reported in the February edition of Nature Communications. York physicist Thomas Ostler said: "Instead of using a magnetic field to...
  • A Gilbert and Sullivan evening - listen online tonight

    02/07/2012 12:50:13 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Tuesday, February 7: A Gilbert and Sullivan evening, featuring performances of The Pirates of Penzance and Patience (complete with spoken dialogue) by the D’Oyle Carte Opera Company.
  • USER-TRACKING Firefox sparks Mozilla civil war

    02/07/2012 10:42:58 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | 7 February 2012 | Kelly Fiveash
    Mozilla coders are arguing among themselves about the open-source outfit's Metrics Data Ping project, which was designed to monitor Firefox usage metrics. Several coders in the Mozilla camp have expressed concern about how some developers are proposing the project should collect data from users of the browser. "It seems as if we are saying that since we already collect most of this data via various product features, that makes it ok to also collect this data in a central place and attach an ID to it," wrote the org's engineering manager Benjamin Smedberg in a mailing list email entitled 'Anonymous...
  • Did Chinese Espionage Lead to F-35 Delays?

    02/07/2012 5:46:31 AM PST · by spetznaz · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Defensetech.org ^ | 7 Feb 2012
    Did Chinese cyber spying cause the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s cost spikes and production delays? That’s the question Pentagon budget officials are asking according to Aviation Week. Chinese spies apparently hacked into secure conference calls and listened to meetings discussing the classified technologies aboard the jets. In particular, China may have stolen info about the F-35’s secure communications and antenna systems; leading to costly software rewrites and other redesigns to compromised parts of the plane. The worst part, this problem isn’t just limited to the F-35, though the program’s size and the fact that it’s information systems were apparently designed...
  • Linux Marketshare is Rising

    02/06/2012 5:42:25 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies
    OMG! Ubuntu! ^ | January 4th | Joey Sneddon
    What would really help give a better overview of any general trend in Linux usage is an average market share percentage. So I’ve done just that, taking the average reach for each month (based on stats from all the companies) and plotted it below.
  • BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

    02/06/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 19 replies
    BTJunkie, the file sharing and torrents index voluntarily decided to shut down after being in existence for 7 years. As a final closing message, they wrote on their site, btjunkie.org, " This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!" According to Torrent Freak, the shutdown has to do with the Megaupload and Pirate Bay cases. The legal...
  • Censoring of Tweets Sets Off #Outrage

    02/05/2012 12:42:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin
    nyt ^ | January 27, 2012 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    SAN FRANCISCO — It started five years ago after a young engineer in San Francisco sketched out a quirky little Web tool for telling your friends what you were up to. It became a bullhorn for millions of people worldwide, especially vital in nations that tend to muzzle their own people. Twitter, like other Internet companies, has always had to remove content that is illegal in one country or another, whether it is a copyright violation, child pornography or something else. What is different about Twitter’s announcement is that it plans to redact messages only in those countries where they...