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  • Understanding the Flame Malware

    05/31/2012 4:36:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 6 replies
    eSecurity Planet ^ | 29 May 2012 | Sean Michael Kerner
    While most Americans enjoyed a long holiday weekend, researchers in the security community were working around the clock to unravel the mysteries of one of the most intimidating pieces of malware code ever found.Known by the names Flame, Flamer, and sKyWIper, the malware is significantly more complex then either Stuxnet or Duqu -- and it appears to be targeting the same part of the world, namely the Middle East.Preliminary reports from various security researchers indicate that Flame likely is a cyberwarfare weapon designed by a nation-state to conduct highly targeted espionage. Using a modular architecture, the malware is capable of...
  • Need Help Finding Download For Acer Aspire Screensaver [Vanity]

    05/30/2012 10:21:40 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 9 replies
    5/31/2012 | self
    Trying to find download for Acer Aspire Animated Screensaver - accidentally deleted mine. This is the one with the New Age Jellyfish Ballet music - very soothing ... Website I used to get it from no longer hosts the file ... Appreciate any help !!!
  • "Flame" computer virus strikes Middle East; Israel speculation continues

    05/30/2012 10:03:45 AM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/29/2012 | AP
    AP) LONDON - A massive, data-slurping cyberweapon is circulating in the Middle East, and computers in Iran appear to have been particularly affected, according to a Russian Internet security firm. Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab ZAO said the "Flame" virus was unprecedented both in terms of its size and complexity, possessing the ability to turn infected computers into all-purpose spying machines that can even suck information out of nearby cell phones. "This is on a completely different level," Kaspersky researcher Roel Schouwenberg said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "It can be used to spy on everything that a user is doing." The...
  • REVEALED: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you

    05/30/2012 9:15:43 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 18 replies
    drudge ^ | 04:32 EST, 26 May 2012 | Daniel Miller
    Revealing: A list of keywords used by government analysts to scour the internet for evidence of threats to the U.S. has been released under the Freedom of Information Act The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'. Released under a freedom of information request,...
  • Fedora 17 Final is declared GOLD!

    05/29/2012 9:14:13 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 12 replies
    Fedora Project ^ | Thu May 24 19:17:15 UTC 2012 | Robyn Bergeron
    At the Fedora 17 Final Go/No-Go meeting today, the F17 Final Release (RC4) was declared GOLD and ready for GA on May 29, 2012. Thanks to everyone who came today, and to everyone who helped get the Beefy Miracle ready for public devouring. :)
  • Announcing Fedora 17. Relish it.

    05/29/2012 9:10:23 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    Linux Today ^ | 29 May 2012 | Red Hat
    "At the heat of a thousand hot dog cookers, the seventeenth release of Fedora shall be forged by contributors the world over, and it will be known as: Beefy Miracle. The mustard shall indicate progress. For six months, participants in the Fedora Project shall freely contribute to the release of the distribution, in the spirit of the Four Foundations -- Freedom, Friends, Features,  and First -- and moreover, they shall relish in Fun, as a community without Fun would be like a day without sunshine. Upon release, a free and open source operating system shall be available to  all, catering...
  • Good News Everyone...

    05/28/2012 8:35:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/26/2012 | Youtube
    They've invented a toaster that actually looks like it's from the 21st century...
  • Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip

    05/28/2012 7:52:40 PM PDT · by Pelham · 50 replies
    Information Age ^ | May 28, 2012 | staff
    Cambridge University researchers find that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access capability A microchip used by the US military and manufactured in China contains a secret "backdoor" that means it can be shut off or reprogrammed without the user knowing, according to researchers at Cambridge University's Computing Laboratory. The unnamed chip, which the researchers claim is widely used in military and industrial applications, is "wide open to intellectual property theft, fraud and reverse engineering of the design to allow the introduction of a backdoor or Trojan", they said. The discovery was...
  • Landmark calculation clears the way to answering how matter is formed

    05/28/2012 12:11:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    phys.org ^ | May 25, 2012 | Cindy Weiss
    May 25, 2012 By Cindy Weiss EnlargeThomas C. Blum, Associate Professor, Physics. Credit: Daniel Buttrey/UConn (Phys.org) -- An international collaboration of scientists, including Thomas Blum, associate professor of physics, is reporting in landmark detail the decay process of a subatomic particle called a kaon – information that may help answer fundamental questions about how the universe began. Ads by GoogleSix Sigma — Black Belt - Get Trained & Six Sigma Certified. Flexible, Top Program 100% online. - www.VillanovaU.com/SixSigmaThe research, reported online in the March 30, 2012 Physical Review Letters, used breakthrough techniques on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers to...
  • Is Facebook going to buy Opera, make its own browser?

    05/28/2012 10:50:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 25, 2012 | Salvador Rodriguez
    The Facebook spending spree may be continuing as a new report says the social networking giant might be looking to buy Norwegian company Opera Software.
  • Big Blue supers crunch kaon decay

    05/28/2012 8:00:37 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | 28th May 2012 00:14 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    Looking at the fundamental properties of matter can take some serious computing grunt. Take the calculation needed to help understand kaon decay – a subatomic particle interaction that helps explain why the universe is made of matter rather than anti-matter: it soaked up 54 million processor hours on Argonne National Laboratory’s BlueGene/P supercomputer near Chicago, along with time on Columbia University’s QCDOC machine, Fermi National Lab’s USQCD (the US Center for Quantum Chromo-Dynamic) Ds cluster, and the UK’s Iridis cluster at the University of Southampton and the DIRAC facility. The reason so much iron was needed: the kaon decay spans...
  • Meth Labs and Dead Dogs: How the Founder of McAfee Antivirus Went on the Run in Belize

    05/25/2012 3:05:43 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 36 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | April 26, 2012 | Mat Honan
    ...For those of you who follow the news in Central America, you will know that I am in hiding in an undisclosed location in Belize. Hiding out is no fun. I've always wondered why people on the run turn themselves in in many cases. I now know the answer - boredom. I am in a one room house in an uninteresting location. I have not been outdoors for 5 days. I have no cable or satellite TV and I have three DVDs - "The Human Stain", "Tierra" and "Naked". I have no books. I do have an Ipad but no...
  • Free Republic still blocked in Massachusetts Public Schools

    05/25/2012 6:23:55 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Massachusetts Public Schools | 5/25/12
    A friend who is a long-suffering teacher at a Massachusetts public school called to let me know that the state's schools remain proudly moronic and bigoted. She notes that when one tries to open Free Republic on any school computer, they get a message warning them that the site is blocked for being unsuitable for viewing. However, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Huffington Post, Obama for Re-election, and other "balanced" sites can be opened at the click of a few keys. My friend mentors a club at her school. She says the kids are bright and inquisitive but filled with total...
  • Sorry, Facebook Investors: It's Mostly Your Fault

    05/25/2012 5:38:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 05/25/2012 | By Morgan House
    Stop me if you've heard this one. Thousands of largely novice investors line up for what's been billed as "the opportunity of a lifetime" to buy a "can't-miss" investment destined for easy gains. Pundits take position and say it's worth buying at "any price." People whisper in anticipation over how much they'll make. Fifty percent? Double their money? More? In the end, the floor drops out and they're left with hefty losses -- totally predictable losses. Furious investors want answers. What went wrong, they ask? The answer is usually complicated, but has a common denominator: You overpaid. Fell for the...
  • Google is cleared of Java patent infringement in Android

    05/24/2012 9:54:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Thu May 24 2012, 10:31 | Lawrence Latif
    ENTERPRISE VENDOR Oracle has lost its alleged Java patent infringement case against Google after the jury returned a unanimous verdict that Oracle had failed to prove patent infringement in Android by Google. Oracle's lawsuit against Google started falling apart just weeks after it was filed, with lengthy and often comical pre-trial proceedings leaving little of Oracle's case standing. Nevertheless Oracle continued to throw money at the case, however now the jury has returned a verdict that clears Google of infringing Java patents in its Android operating system.Judge William Alsup has yet to rule on whether the Java language APIs are...
  • Signs The World Is Coming To An End: “Trayvoning” Trend Sweeping Facebook

    05/24/2012 10:33:55 AM PDT · by procrustes · 16 replies
    http://allhiphop.com/2012/05/23/signs-the-world-is-coming-to-an-end-trayvoning-trend-sweeping-facebook/
  • Apple filing claims that the DOJ's ebook lawsuit 'sides with monopoly, rather than competition'

    05/24/2012 9:50:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    theverge.com ^ | May 23, 2012 05:47 pm | Nathan Ingraham
    Just as it did in public statements, Apple's taking a strong stance in its defense against alleged price-fixing actions in concert with major ebook publishers. In US District Court filing yesterday, Apple claimed that "the Government's Complaint against Apple is fundamentally flawed as a matter of fact and law," going on to say that "Apple has not 'conspired' with anyone, was not aware of any alleged 'conspiracy' by others, and never 'fixed prices.'" Apple even acusses the government of "[siding] with monopoly, rather than competition."All in all, it's quite the strenuous defense. Unsurprisingly, Apple claims its entry into the eBook...
  • Craigslist Crew Attempts Casino Heist ( Vegas Hit Planned...needed help )

    05/24/2012 9:34:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hardocp ^ | Wednesday May 23, 2012 | Steve
    When you are trying pull off a casino heist, advertising on Craigslist probably isn't the best way to round up a crew. A man who said a Craigslist ad led him to take part in an attempt to steal high-stakes chips from a Vegas Strip casino amid a cloud of pepper spray is facing an evidence hearing in June. Comments
  • PC version of Diablo III sets record

    05/24/2012 8:58:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:19 | David Stellmack
    Moves 3.5 million copies in first 24 hours Whoever said that PC gaming is dead has to be crazy, as the PC version of Diablo III has set a new sales record. The game moved an amazing 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours of release, which makes it now the fastest selling game in PC history and the biggest PC game launch in history. The game also got an added bump of another 1.2 million World of Warcraft Annual Pass users who received the game as part of a Blizzard promotion. Blizzard has now confirmed that sales...
  • Motorola may get(X-Box ) 360 banned in U.S. ---Patent Wars

    05/24/2012 8:51:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:23 | David Stellmack
    Microsoft may have to post bond equal to 7% of unsold inventory The patent battle between Microsoft and Motorola has hit another interesting bump in the road, with administrative Judge David Shaw saying that sales of the Xbox 360 should be banned in the U.S. “Sale of machines should be prevented with a cease-and-desist order and Microsoft should post a bond equal to 7% of the declared value of unsold Xbox 360 inventory that is already in the country,” said Shaw. Microsoft countered that 7% was far too high and suggested 2.5%. Motorola told the Judge that Microsoft should have...
  • Top Cyber Threats: Security Research Roundup

    05/24/2012 6:43:53 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies
    eSecurity Planet ^ | 22 May 2012 | Jeff Goldman
    Recent reports from Panda Security, Trend Micro, Websense, Verizon, Sophos, Symantec, Group-IB and Bit9 have shed light on the current state of malware, phishing, and other attack methods.From the rise of Trojans and ransomware to the functionality of Android malware, these reports provide an insight into the current state of the ever-changing threat landscape.Key findings include the following: almost all malware infections are now the result of installation or injection by a remote attacker, smaller organizations are increasingly being hit with targeted attacks, ransomware is expanding from a focus on Russia to target a wide range of countries, and two...
  • What was Larry Ellison thinking in Java Android lawsuit?

    05/23/2012 11:39:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Egan Orion | Egan Orion
    Column Oracle won't win this case against Google IT SEEMS that Oracle's lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android has fallen apart. Although the trial is still ongoing, and the judge has yet to hand down an important copyright ruling while the jury has yet to return its verdicts on patents and damages, if any - it's already apparent that Oracle is unlikely to win billions or even millions of dollars from Google, and it's possible that Oracle might lose entirely. This lawsuit is rather important, however, if only because it has raised the spectre that software...
  • Well, I feel better. (Facebook)

    05/22/2012 11:52:50 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 279 replies
    Vanitissimo | 23 May 2012 | Me
    Hi David, We have received a request to permanently delete your account. Your account has been deactivated from the site and will be permanently deleted within 14 days. If you did not request to permanently delete your account, please login to Facebook to cancel this request: https://www.facebook.com/login.php Thanks, The Facebook Team
  • Report: Android Malware Growing Exponentially

    05/23/2012 2:54:06 AM PDT · by raybbr · 12 replies
    CRN.com ^ | May 21, 2012 | Ken Presti
    F-Secure Labs, a Helsinki, Finland-based security company, reports a staggering increase in the number and sophistication of malware attacks on Android devices, compared to just one year ago. In its “Mobile Threat Report, Q1 2012,” the company credits the popularity of the Android platform as a key magnet for malware authors. In first-quarter 2011, the report discovered 10 new families and variants of malware. A year later, this number jumps to 37 new families and variants discovered in the first quarter of this year, quadrupling last year's figures. Meanwhile, the report claims the number of malicious Android application package files...
  • What is wrong with Bing today (and now Google is slow to load)

    05/22/2012 11:42:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    vanity
    Anyone else having trouble trying to reach these search engines?
  • Google Chrome knocks Internet Explorer off the top spot as the world's favourite web browser

    05/22/2012 9:18:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/22/2012
    Google's Chrome has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the most widely used web browser in the world, according to statistics released today.Data from web analytics service StatCounter showed that for the week of May 14-20 Chrome has averaged a higher share of web traffic for a full seven-day stretch.The development will be welcome news for web designers, who have long struggled with the Microsoft browser's patchy implementation of new web coding standards. Enlarge   Overtaken: This graph shows the market share of the top five web browsers Statcounter's data showed Chrome in the lead in the field of five major...
  • Microsoft's big bet: Windows 8's 'too many cooks' problem

    05/22/2012 8:18:52 AM PDT · by illiac · 58 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 5/22/12 | Zack Whittaker
    Summary: Windows 8 has already had too many hands in the mix and spoons in the pot. Microsoft wanted different and its staff all thought “different”. Instead of reaching compromise, Microsoft put everything in to please everyone — but will likely please very few. Microsoft has only a few months before it releases Windows 8, probably in or around October in time for Christmas holiday sales. The company knows full well how risky the new design, the user interface, and the decisions it has made will be controversial. In a recent blog post, Windows president Steven Sinofsky opened by explaining...
  • Google Closes The $12.5 Billion Deal To Own Motorola

    05/22/2012 6:57:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/22/2012 | Steve Kovach
    Google has officially acquired Motorola Mobility as of today. Sanjay Jha, Motorola's former CEO, has stepped down. He'll be replaced by Google's Dennis Woodside. Here's the official announcement from Larry Page, Google's CEO: ___________________________ The phones in our pockets have become supercomputers that are changing the way we live. It’s now possible to do things we used to think were magic, or only possible on Star Trek--like get directions right from where we are standing; watch a video on YouTube; or take a picture and share the moment instantly with friends. It’s why I’m excited to announce today that our...
  • Google Chrome world’s most popular browser

    05/22/2012 5:04:46 AM PDT · by rawhide · 25 replies
    ajc.com/business ^ | 5-21-12 | George Mathis
    The Internet king is dead, or at least has to share the crown. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the web browser leader since the Netscape coup (circa 1995), has been surpassed globally by Google’s Chrome browser, according to recent numbers from StatCounter.com. There’s a good write-up at PC Magazine. Chrome now make up about 33 percent of web traffic, a percentage point or two over IE. Firefox has about 24 percent of the market. It is quite a change from a year ago, when Google only had a 20 percent share, IE 45 percent. Since then, Chrome has been on a tear:...
  • Answered by the Experts: Heterogeneous and GPU Compute with AMD’s Manju Hegde

    05/21/2012 5:20:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 5/21/2012 12:58:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    AMD’s Manju Hegde is one of the rare folks I get to interact with who has an extensive background working at both AMD and NVIDIA. He was one of the co-founders and CEO of Ageia, a company that originally tried to bring higher quality physics simulation to desktop PCs in the mid-2000s. In 2008, NVIDIA acquired Ageia and Manju went along, becoming NVIDIA’s VP of CUDA Technical Marketing. The CUDA fit was a natural one for Manju as he spent the previous three years working on non-graphics workloads for highly parallel processors. Two years later, Manju made his way to...
  • Well, Now That Everyone Has Sobered Up, Let's Figure Out What Facebook Is Actually Worth...

    05/21/2012 3:02:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2012 | Henry Blodget
    Thank goodness that's over. The Facebook IPO could have been a major disaster for millions of individual investors. If the stock had "popped" to a truly ludicrous level on IPO day, millions of investors would likely have piled into it, hoping for further gains. And then, eventually, the hype would have faded, and these investors would have gotten creamed as the stock fell back to a more reasonable price. As it was, Facebook's IPO price was not truly ludicrous--it was just extremely expensive. The "extremely expensive" part was why I called Facebook "muppet bait." And it was why I kept...
  • Blottr wants to reinvent news ( collaborative reporting by journalists and readers )

    05/21/2012 11:39:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Thu May 17 2012, 11:45 | Wendy M. Grossman
    Interview CEO Adam Baker talks up collaborative reporting by journalists and readers NEWS REPORTING might never be the same. "I think we've tapped into the fact that millions of people on the street have the technology to be able to capture and record news instantly," says Adam Baker, founder and CEO of Blottr."And that level of scale... when you do that it becomes very disruptive and could put us into pole position as the breaking news service."Blottr is an attempt to reinvent news as true "citizen journalism". The user-generated news service publishes stories, whether written, photographed, or videorecorded by anyone...
  • AMD puts Piledriver in its R series embedded APU

    05/21/2012 11:24:45 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Mon May 21 2012, 13:40 | Lawrence Latif
    CHIP DESIGNER AMD has brought its Piledriver core to embedded processors with its R series accelerated processor unit (APU). AMD's Trinity APU was the debut of the firm's Piledriver core. Now the firm has brought the Piledriver core to the embedded market with the R series of APUs pitched at digital signage, point-of-sale systems and kiosks.While AMD said its A series of Trinity chips was its most important launch of the year, the firm knows that the high volume embedded market is arguably its best chance to sell a processor that has impressive graphics performance. To that end, AMD offers...
  • Threading and the new processors

    05/21/2012 6:20:42 AM PDT · by varmintman · 11 replies
    Somebody has an ordinary MFC program which uses one or more separate threads to handle disk-intensive activities (AfxBeginThread ( additems, pstr , THREAD_PRIORITY_NORMAL ) or something like that), and he goes out and buys one of the new computers with an I7 chip in it which are now under a thousand dollars USD..... Assuming he is also using VisualStudio 2010, what exactly happens? is Win 7 bright enough to assign separate processors to separate threads when possible, or do you need to set some build parameter differently from past ages, or do you need a copy of Intel's rich-only-need-apply C++...
  • Facebook "Like" question...

    05/20/2012 4:57:22 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    n/a | May 20, 2012 | huldah1776
    Today, my son's name and the name of his close friend, were in a message posted to my facebook page saying that they "liked" Barack Obama along with a link to his facebook page. Considering my son is a deployed Marine with limited access to the internet and the time there is in the wee morning hours, I contacted his friend who is also rarely on facebook and asked him if he had recently "liked" the article. He said he hadn't. Do you think it possible this is a political hack? Just wondering.
  • Surprise Winner of Facebook Mania: Google

    05/18/2012 9:04:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 04/18/2012 | Jonnelle Marte
    The search giant, up 7% since February, is benefiting from a halo effect, one expert says.While Facebook (FB +0.61%) nabbed the lion’s share of media attention heading into its record-setting IPO on Friday, an older Internet giant’s stock was quietly rising. Google (GOOG -3.64%) shares have jumped more than 7% since Facebook filed for its initial public offering on Feb. 2, while the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index is down about 1%. How to explain this market-beating performance? Some analysts say Google is likely benefiting from the hype surrounding Facebook -- and the inability for most regular investors to get...
  • Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, But I’ve Got A Bad Case of Facebook Fatigue

    05/18/2012 7:04:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | May 18, 2012 | Michael Deacon
    Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, But I’ve Got A Bad Case of Facebook Fatigue It may have just floated for a handsome $104 billion, but Facebook is boring and past it. Face it, Mark: despite its flotation for an impressive $104 billion, is Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook going to soon end up another MySpace? Michael Deacon 18 May 2012. Possibly I should be wary of criticising Facebook, in case my actions jeopardise whatever hopes there may be of its boss, Mark Zuckerberg, bailing out the eurozone. (He could probably do it, too. The man uses $100 bills as cat litter.) But, all the...
  • Inside Nvidia's GK110 monster GPU

    05/18/2012 10:12:23 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 May 2012 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    At the tail end of the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, graphics chip juggernaut and compute wannabe Nvidia divulged the salient characteristics of the high-end "Kepler2" GK110 GPU chips that are going to be the foundation of the two largest supercomputers in the world and that are no doubt going to make their way into plenty of workstations and clusters in the next several years. If you just want awesome graphics, then the dual-chip GTX 690 graphics card, which is based on the smaller "Kepler1" GK104 GPU chip, which Nvidia previewed back in March, is what you...
  • FB is for "Facebook Bubble"

    05/18/2012 9:37:53 AM PDT · by cll · 21 replies
    Google Finance ^ | 5/18/2012
    Follow the slow motion train wreck here. This looks like a bubble to me. http://www.google.com/finance?q=fb#
  • Android Fragmentation Visualized: The Many Faces of a Little Green Robot

    05/17/2012 9:57:15 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Fragmentation matters to the entire Android community: users, developers, OEMs, brands & networks. It's a blessing and a curse. The Blessing. Fragmentation allows users to take their pick from thousands of devices. You can choose from phones with 3D screens, projectors, CDMA, GSM, or even CDMA & GSM. You may not care that Tag Heuer has made an Android phone but at least one person does (and they use OpenSignalMaps). It's a triumph for Android that as a single OS it can target so many markets. The Curse. The proliferation of devices with their associated screen sizes, internal hardware and...
  • Oracle v Google Judge Is A Programmer!

    05/16/2012 5:08:14 PM PDT · by DarthFuzball · 20 replies
    I-Programmer.info ^ | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 09:20 | Sue Gee
    One month into the Oracle v Google trial, Judge William Alsup has revealed that he has, and still does, write code. Will this affect the outcome? So far all that Oracle has managed to prove is that Google copied nine lines of Java code, that are incorporated into Android operating system and eight test files that are not part of the production code. And yesterday, in a hearing about "infringer profits" Judge Alsup challenged Oracle's lawyer David Boies for trying to pin so much on the rangeCheck infringement. U.S. District Judge William Alsup, Northern District of California (Image: Hillary Jones-Mixon/The...
  • Diablo III Gaming Benchmarks on Ivy Bridge & Trinity Laptops ( Trinity does better )

    05/16/2012 12:51:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Legit Reviews ^ | Wed, May 16, 2012 - 09:30 AM | Nathan Kirsch -
    Diablo III Laptop Benchmarking The highly-anticipated release of Diablo III has finally happened and we wanted to see how this game performs on some of the new laptops that have just come out from both Intel and AMD.  Last month, Intel released the companies 3rd Generation Core Processors (Ivy Bridge) that also included a huge boost in gaming performance thanks to the included Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor that has 16 execution units. Intel has created a ton of buzz about how good their new graphics processor is, but are they better than what AMD has to offer? Intel might...
  • Realclearpolitics: turning to the Dark Side?

    05/16/2012 7:35:53 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies
    Vanity | 5/16/12
    Quick question: has anyone else perceived Realclearpolitics going from an impartial source of political stories to a decidedly Leftist editorial presence? Flame away.
  • A Two-Second Boot Time With systemd

    05/15/2012 7:03:07 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    Phoronix ^ | May 14th | Michael Larabel
    Lennart Poettering has written a guide for optimizing systemd to the extent that a two-second boot-time or less for this popular free software project. The systemd optimization guide can be found on the FreeDesktop.org Wiki. While right now there's many manual steps to lower the systemd-controlled boot-time, the goal is to eventually incorporate these tweaks into upstream distributions as the defaults. "It is our intention to optimize the upstream distributions by default (in particular Fedora) so that these optimizations won't be necessary. However, this will take some time, especially since making these changes is often not trivial when the general...
  • Computer Question: Processor slow-down

    05/15/2012 8:02:28 AM PDT · by Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust · 23 replies
    me | 5/15/12 | Me
    I was wondering if anyone knows how to slow down a processor without mucking things up too badly? I have a few older video games (D&D - Pools of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, Secret of the Silver Blades, etc...) that we used to play on an old 486 Commodore computer. I want to play them again, but my processor runs way too fast for the game, making it nearly impossible to play. My brother once told me about some program that is supposed to bog your processor down to slow it (some kind of looping program), but that...
  • Backdoor discovered on ZTE Score M Android smartphone

    05/14/2012 5:24:37 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    Geek.com ^ | 14 May 2012 | Matthew Humphries
    If anyone reading this owns a ZTE Score M Android smartphone, your device has been found to include a backdoor allowing root access without user authentication.The discovery of the backdoor comes via a post on the text storage website Pastebin. It has since been confirmed via Reddit by Justin Case of Cunning Logic and TeamAndIRC. He has confirmed with someone at ZTE that the backdoor does indeed exist and that a fix is in the works.The question that needs to be asked is, why is it there at all?Apparently the handset includes a hard-coded password that allows access to a...
  • 15 Current Technologies A Child Born Today Will Never Use

    05/13/2012 10:12:38 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 97 replies
    Yahoo/Laptop Mag ^ | 5.14.12 | Avram Piltch
    From the moment that I found out my wife was pregnant with our first child, a son, I’ve thought of his development in terms of tech...
  • Help with collage program

    05/13/2012 11:50:50 AM PDT · by VMI70 · 9 replies
    Me | 5/13/12 | vmi70
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