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  • Old Dogs New Tricks and Crappy Newspaper Executives

    04/07/2012 11:34:55 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 11 replies
    Digital First ^ | February 18, 2012 | John Paton
    (Speaking notes for an address to the Canadian Journalism Foundation Toronto, Canada, 2/16/2012)Good evening. I’m old media. This is my 36th year as a newspaper man – apologies – my 36th year as a multi-platform news executive. It’s a career I started as a copyboy on this same street about a dozen blocks east of here. I was hired for taking a picture of a belly dancer fooling with a drunk columnist. I was given the job of a guy who had just been fired for being a drunk. And I ended my first night on the job, taking home...
  • Minecraft: Is it for children?

    04/07/2012 2:24:11 PM PDT · by raybbr · 48 replies ^ | 4-7-2012 | raybbr
    My ten year old son has been watching videos of "Minecraft" on line. It looks pretty harmless. The thing is I can't find any reviews or whole lot of information regarding the age level this game is for. I am not a game player on the PC. The most I play is chess or hearts, etc. I would really appreciate any feedback on this issue before I plunk down $27 on it. Thanks to all....!
  • Chocolate printer to go on sale after Easter

    04/07/2012 9:31:25 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 13 replies
    The UK scientists who developed a prototype chocolate printer last year say they have now perfected it. They hope to have the machine on sale at the end of April - just missing the Easter egg rush. It would allow chocolate lovers to print their own custom-made sweets, layer by layer.
  • Apple Virus

    04/06/2012 7:03:59 PM PDT · by TexasSecede79366 · 44 replies
    I know Macs are based on Unix so I'm very particular who has access to the root password. I'd also had an alpha version of CLAM. The last access to my root was a version of Tux. (Remember Tux Racer in Linux?) but this was like Tux/Mario.Shortly after playing the game my mouse went nuts,then my keyboard developed a mind of it's own.I rebooted into "Bootcamp" and XP and it ran fine. Long story longer,it was not a hardware problem but a software one. I pulled the network capability and it took almost an hour for the restoral CD to...
  • Windows 3.1 rebooted: Microsoft's DOS destroyer turns 20

    04/06/2012 10:30:40 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 76 replies
    The Register ^ | 6 April 2012 | Tim Anderson
    Yes it crashed a lot. It crashed less than its predecessor though, and kept Microsoft on the path to desktop domination. This was Windows 3.1, released on 6 April 1992, nearly two years after Windows 3.0 was pushed out in May 1990. Minimum system requirements are MS-DOS 3.1 or later, 2MB RAM, and a hard drive with 6MB free. This means a modern PC with, say, 2GB of RAM exceeds the minimum requirements by around 1,000 times. The improvements in Windows 3.1 were incremental rather than dramatic, though Microsoft claimed there were altogether over 1,000 changes. The user interface is...
  • The internet is a very scary place

    04/06/2012 9:25:50 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 25 replies
    I belong to a few forums. Some are gun forums and some are guitar forums. I posted a thread about a Nazi named Grass who insists that Israel is a threat to world peace. Why do I call him a Nazi? Because during WW2 he belonged to the Waffen SS for Pete's sake! And there's no way that he could not have known about the injustices the German Jews were experiencing. And now he's denouncing Israel's steps to protect themselves from an enemy who 1) is very close to nuclear capability and 2) has already proclaimed that Israel has no...
  • Arizona Wants to Outlaw Trolling by Banning 'Annoying' Comments

    04/05/2012 4:43:25 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 55 replies
    MAXIMUMPC ^ | 04/05/2012 at 6:30am | Paul Lilly
    It doesn't take much for online comments to quickly get out of hand, and there are certain subjects that inevitably attract trolls ready to defend their stance or platform of choice. PC (Windows) versus Mac, AMD versus Intel, politics, religion, abortion, and other high octane subjects could all be fun to debate, but almost always quickly end up derailed by name calling and other Internet tough-guy nonsense. The solution? Most sites just drop the ban hammer if someone gets too far out of line, but the state of Arizona has written a bill that would essentially make it a crime...
  • Google Gets Transparent With Glass, Its Augmented Reality Project

    04/05/2012 10:40:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | 2012-04-04
    Larry Page and Sergey Brin have long had the dream of a hands-free, mobile Google, where search was a seamless process as you moved around the world. As the years progressed the vision did, too, expanding beyond search to persistent connections with the people in your lives. In other words, Google’s view of the world now has the social side fully baked into it. Today, Google is revealing that it is taking concrete steps towards that vision with ProjectGlass, an augmented reality system that will give users the full range of activities performed with a smart phone — without the...
  • OK I have a Computer Tech question/issue...

    04/05/2012 6:07:35 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 34 replies
    05 April 2012 | US Navy Vet
    OK about 2 weeks ago my wife was doing SOMETHING on my computer(PC) and SOMEHOW my web "Homepage" got changed to I have tried EVERYTHING I can to change it back to what I want(Yahoo). I use Mozilla and even when I look at IE that one was changed too. I HATE Google and I find Yahoo to be SLIGHTLY less offensive. Please Help!
  • Fast-growing Flashback Botnet Includes Over 600,000 Macs, Malware Experts Say

    04/05/2012 5:45:29 AM PDT · by iowamark · 27 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Apr 5, 2012 | Lucian Constantin
    More than 600,000 Macs have been infected with a new version of the Flashback Trojan horse that's being installed on people's computers with the help of Java exploits, security researchers from Russian antivirus vendor Doctor Web said on Wednesday. Flashback is a family of Mac OS malware that appeared in September 2011. Older Flashback versions relied on social engineering tricks to infect computers, but the latest variants are distributed via Java exploits that don't require user interaction. On Tuesday, Apple released a Java update in order to address a critical vulnerability that's being exploited to infect Mac computers with the...
  • A Call To "Kill All Proprietary Drivers For Good"

    04/05/2012 5:44:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Phoronix ^ | March 29th | Michael Larabel
    UPDATE: I have been contacted by Qualcomm PR regarding this expected presentation next week. The content of the Qualcomm Atheros developers was not approved by Qualcomm's legal department and the views to be expressed will be of their own personal beliefs. Next week at the 6th annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, two Qualcomm Atheros engineers will be speaking about their Linux device driver development experiences and will go as far as calling for all proprietary drivers to be killed for good. They talk not just about killing proprietary drivers for Linux, but for all operating systems. Can...
  • Floppy Autoloader ( Got Floppies....?)--- Video

    04/04/2012 8:53:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies ^ | Feb 19, 2012 | DwellerTunes
    I had thousands of old floppy disks to read, and it would have takenforever to process them all by hand.. This is the result, a Copypro CP-2000 wired to an arduino, a motor controller,
  • Hitachi Releases First Enterprise-Class 4TB Hard Drive

    04/03/2012 1:23:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | Tue, April 03, 2012 | Lucas Mearian
    Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced its first enterprise-class 4TB desktop hard drive, which offers one-third more capacity than its predecessor.Computerworld — Hitachi's former disk-drive division today announced what it said it the first enterprise-class 4TB hard disk drive.The drive has a greater areal density that offers 33% more capacity in the same 3.5-inch form factor at 24% lower watts-per-gigabyte than its predecessor.Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), now owned by Western Digital , introduced the new Ultrastar 7K4000 line, which uses the new 512e Advanced Format.The industry as a whole is moving to the Advanced Format standard because 4KB sectors...
  • Who helps make Linux? Microsoft.

    04/03/2012 12:30:13 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 3 April 2012 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Every year, The Linux Foundation compiles an analysis of who actually contributes the most to Linux’s code (PDF Link). In the last year, 2011, besides the usual suspects, which includes Red Hat, Intel, Novell, IBM, Samsung, Oracle and Google, you’ll also find some you didn’t expect to see such from such as Nokia and, drum-roll please, Microsoft. Microsoft has significantly contributed before to Linux. In the past though its main contributions have been to its own Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor drivers. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s 64-bit hypervisor-based virtualization system. It’s Microsoft’s answer to VMware and Linux’s own native Kernel-based Virtualization Manager (KVM).Microsoft...
  • OS/2 turns 25 years old ( anyone remeber this Operating System?)

    04/03/2012 9:41:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Mon Apr 02 2012, 19:06 | Egan Orion
    Now it's Ecomstation TODAY MARKS the 25th birthday of OS/2, which IBM announced on 2 April, 1987.Initially intended as a protected mode successor to PC-DOS, OS/2 became the first serious PC operating system rival to Microsoft Windows. For a while, IBM and Microsoft collaborated on it, until Microsoft withdrew its support for various reasons and focused its efforts on Windows NT instead. OS/2 has never fully recovered from Microsoft's abandonment of it, nor has Windows.However, throughout most of the 1990s, OS/2 was a much more stable, secure and reliable PC operating system than Windows. It was capable of running Windows...
  • Flashback Malware Evolves to Exploit Unpatched Java Vulnerabilities

    04/03/2012 7:30:16 AM PDT · by cartan · 20 replies
    CNET ^ | 2012-04-02 | Topher Kessler
    The Flashback malware is steadily evolving, with its latest variant now exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities found in Java runtimes for OS X. The Flashback Trojan horse is a fairly recent malware package developed for OS X that attempts to steal personal information by injecting code into Web browsers and other applications on an OS X system. When these programs are then launched, the malicious code attempts to contact remote servers and upload screenshots and other personal information to them.This malware was initially found in September 2011 while being distributed as a fake Flash Player installer (hence its "Flashback" name). In...
  • Linux Mint vs. Ubuntu: the Best Option?

    04/03/2012 7:28:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 31 replies
    Datamation ^ | 2 April 2012 | Matt Hartley
    For the last few years, there has been something of a popularity contest between two well-known Linux distros: Linux Mint and Ubuntu. Both of these distributions share the same code base, as Ubuntu is based on Debian and Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. In both instances, the distributions took the foundation that Debian built, then added their own flavor to make it more user friendly. The similarities between the two distributions go even further, in that Ubuntu packages work flawlessly on Linux Mint, just as Ubuntu PPAs work well on Linux Mint.When Linux Mint was first being developed, the...
  • IBM aims to build a low-power exascale cluster in five years ( Astronomy Data Analysis)

    04/02/2012 12:52:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Mon Apr 02 2012, 14:3 | Lawrence Latif
    RESEARCH GIANT IBM will develop an exascale supercomputing cluster as part of a five year project with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON). IBM has announced it entered a €33m research project with ASTRON to build a low-power exascale supercomputer cluster that will sift through data collected by the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA is expected to produce exabytes of data every day peering back through time to find the origin of the universe, which until recently many hacks believed to be at the bottom of a beer glass.Ton Engbersen of IBM Research in Zurich said, "If...
  • Tween Hobo Takes Twitter by Storm [INTERVIEW]

    04/02/2012 11:43:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Mashable ^ | March 20, 2012 | Sonia Paul
    Have you come across the Twitter account @tweenhobo? If not, get ready to laugh — and learn. As the littlest hobo’s Twitter bio suggests — “I’m only twelve, but I’m a hard twelve.” — there’s much to be gleaned from her about tween life, hobo life and yes, digital life. Mashable spoke with Tween Hobo’s “babysitter,” Brooklyn-based playwright Alena Smith, about the character’s quirky personality. According to Smith, the Twitter account isn’t just something to laugh at — it’s something to make people think deeper. “I think part of the reason the joke lands so much is because there’s something...
  • Mobile operators seek to 'block' Skype in Sweden

    04/02/2012 10:20:01 AM PDT · by dickmc · 2 replies
    The Local (Sweden's news in English) ^ | March 28, 2012 | Unknown
    Swedish telecom operators want to implement technologies that will block mobile phone users in Sweden from making free calls using services like Skype and Viber.