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  • How to post an entire page including active hyperlinks[Vanity]

    09/15/2012 3:47:00 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 13 replies
    Sept 15, 2012 | #1
    Any utility or somethin' that with which I can easily post a blog page including the embedded links? Thanks.
  • begins collecting California Sales Tax

    09/14/2012 7:41:00 PM PDT · by pansgold · 61 replies
    IX / XIV / MMXII | pansgold
    After years of being a member of, I just CLOSED MY AMAZON.COM ACCOUNT after they agreed to begin collecting sales taxes for this blood sucking state. I'll continue online shopping from OUT OF STATE VENDORS and PAY ZERO state tax and get free shipping. I get what I want and and Calistan LOSE!
  • Any Talented FReepers Out There Good At Video Editing? (Vanity)

    09/14/2012 6:36:37 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/14/2012 | moi
    Any FReepers out there who are good at compiling video clips? I would LOVE to see the ME situation set to this song (because I've had it in my head all day imagining Obama singing it while the world burns). I think it could be quite powerful if edited just right. Thanks! :-) Just a request and a hair-brained idea. The Ink Spots - "I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE"
  • Panel Installation Nearly Complete at Apple's Massive North Carolina Solar Farm

    09/14/2012 2:31:21 PM PDT · by KingOfVagabonds · 4 replies
    Macrumors ^ | 9/14/12 | Eric Slivka
    We've been following Apple's work at its Maiden, North Carolina data center for quite some time, and early last month we saw some good aerial photos showing ongoing work at the site including the installation of a major solar farm to help meet Apple's renewable energy goals for the center.
  • FireFox OS Gains Traction and Major Carrier Support with Sprint

    09/14/2012 8:12:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hothardware ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Paul Lilly
    Ready or not, yet another mobile operating system is about to join the fray. Perhaps you've heard of Firefox OS, otherwise known as Boot to Gecko (B2G). Firefox OS is Mozilla's attempt to approach the mobile scene in a different way, one in which apps run in HTML5 and nothing else. Short and sweet, Mozilla wants to shake up the mobile OS scene the same way it did the browser market many years ago, and it's well on its way to doing that. Sprint is reportedly on board to support Firefox OS, and so is Deutsche Telekom, parent company of...
  • Internet sales tax on Amazon purchases in Calif. begins Saturday

    09/14/2012 6:48:37 AM PDT · by Jimmy4Toes · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 09/13/2012 | AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Online retailer has tried to become all things to all consumers, but in California, it is about to take on a role it has fought against for years: tax collector. The change, which takes effect this weekend, comes after years of bitter back and forth between the world’s largest online mall and the California Legislature over whether Internet retailers should have to impose sales taxes on customers. The two sides reached a deal in 2011 that included a one-year grace period set to end Saturday.
  • Computer Help Needed

    09/13/2012 6:53:51 AM PDT · by VA Voter · 26 replies
    I inadvertenly pushed the wrong combination of keys and rotated my screen orientation 90 degrees to the right. Now the top of my screen display is aligned along the right hand edge and I don't know how to reorient it. I'm running windows 7. Thanks for your help.
  • BitTorrent file sharers are heavily monitored, study finds

    09/12/2012 11:42:09 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 10, 2012 | Kazi Stastna
    If you've downloaded even one movie, song or TV show using the BitTorrent file-sharing system, chances are, it didn't go unnoticed. A U.K. study has found that pretty much all files shared with the help of popular torrent sites like The Pirate Bay are monitored — mostly by large internet service companies likely acting on behalf of copyright enforcers or private corporations.
  • Warning: Something's Not Right Here!

    09/12/2012 7:11:36 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 54 replies
    Google | 9/12/2012
    Warning: Something's Not Right Here! contains content from, a site known to distribute malware. Your computer might catch a virus if you visit this site. Google has found malicious software may be installed onto your computer if you proceed. If you've visited this site in the past or you trust this site, it's possible that it has just recently been compromised by a hacker. You should not proceed, and perhaps try again tomorrow or go somewhere else. We have already notified that we found malware on the site. For more about the problems found on, visit...
  • New guide: Bake your own Raspberry Pi Lego-crust cluster

    09/12/2012 10:41:32 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | 12 September 2012 | Anna Leach
    Scientists at the University of Southampton have built a "supercomputer" from Raspberry Pis lashed together to form a colourful data-cruncher. Professor Simon Cox and his team racked up 64 credit card-sized Pis using Lego building blocks to create the parallel computer. They named their beast Iridis-Pi after the university's Intel-powered 72-teraflops supercomputer, Iridis. Here's a photo of their very modest super in all its Pi-and-brick glory:Back of the net: Ethernet cables running to Iridis-Pi's nodes The cheapo cluster has 1TB of storage, thanks to the 16GB SD card inserted into each board, and 16GB of RAM. Each Pi is connected...
  • What Really Made Steve Jobs So Angry at Google?

    09/12/2012 4:22:36 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 52 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 10 September 2012 | Scott Cleland
    With so many fanboys spinning Silicon Valley history, it's sometimes easy to forget about the real chain of events that led to the ongoing Apple-Google thermonuclear war, how the romance turned to hate. This timeline presents an interesting case about why, despite patents and prior art, Steve Jobs had plenty of personal reasons to despise Schmidt, Page, and Brin.The simple answer is Google's leadership profoundly betrayed the longtime personal trust and friendship of Apple's leadership in stealing what Steve Jobs believed were Apple's most prized possessions. The fuller answer is below, in a telling timeline of the once exceptionally-close Apple-Google...
  • Egypt Guy Fawkes Mask

    09/11/2012 6:57:26 PM PDT · by Vob · 21 replies
    Fox News | 8:52 | Self
    Freepers I need some help with grabbing an image off of a Fox News video and have no idea how to do it. Fox News is showing what happened today in Egypt and in the scene of the US flag being torn down there is an individual standing on the wall wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. How can I capture that image? vob
  • Talk Shows Using Ridiculously High Bitrates

    09/10/2012 7:07:36 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 20 replies
    vanity | Spetember 10, 2012 | vanity
    I get a number of podcasts, and for some reason, the bitrates are getting ridiculous. The files are so huge, they frequently don't download completely. Peter Boyles has been sending out his podcasts at 96kbps for years. Now they are 128kbps. Brian Sussman: 128kbps John Batchelor: 256kbps!!! I've tried e-mailing the hosts and others associated with their shows. No response. There's no reason for a talk show to use a bitrate higher than 32kbps!
  • Intel: By 2020 The Size of Meaningful Compute Approaches Zero

    09/10/2012 1:59:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 9/10/2012 1:29:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Intel Labs is a super interesting arm of the company, responsible for developing technologies that would potentially go into products 5 - 10 years down the road. It's from the labs that we got things like BBUL packaging (still not deployed but neat nonetheless) and the first 10GHz x86 ALUs.  Today, on the day before IDF, Intel put together a collection of demos to give us insight into what the labs folks are working on. We're still an hour away from actual demos but Intel did share a super interesting slide, pictured above. Moore's Law and the (almost) ever shrinking...
  • GoDaddy's DNS Servers Go Down, Taking Thousands of Sites With It (Oh da Hughmanatee of it all!)

    09/10/2012 12:44:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/10/12 | Christina Warren | Mashable
    BREAKING: GoDaddy, the world's largest domain registrar and one of the biggest web hosts, is experiencing major downtime. The main domain is unreachable and websites hosted by GoDaddy are also down. The more problematic part is that any domain registered with GoDaddy that uses its nameservers and DNS records are also down. That means that even if you host your site elsewhere, using GoDaddy for DNS means it is inaccessible.
  • Multiple Rivals Poise To Attack Intel As Chip Giant Kicks Off IDF

    09/10/2012 10:21:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Hothardware ^ | Monday, September 10, 2012 | Joel Hruska
    Intel's Developer Forum (IDF) starts on Tuesday, and the chip manufacturer is expected to discuss its Ivy Bridge refresh, Haswell, talk about its upcoming 32nm tablet platform, Clover Trail, and possibly share a few details on its 22nm Atom SOC's. Performance per watt is going to be a major focus at IDF this year; Haswell is rumored to be capable of idling below 10W. Intel always uses IDF as a demonstration platform and roadmap update, but it's particularly important this year, when competing foundries have struggled with 28nm and Intel itself just cut its Q3 guidance.
  • Intel will highlight next-gen Haswell processors at next week's IDF

    09/10/2012 9:34:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies ^ | Friday, September 07, 2012 | Nancy Owano
    (—Can Intel possibly reduce the energy consumption of its processors by 41 percent? Intel is working on it and the result will be Haswell, its next generation of processors, and the key topic of discussions at next week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Intel's strategic roadmap is a power-reduction roadmap, where Intel hopes to make a difference in the brand behind computers that are thinner, lighter and stay on longer without needing a recharge. The next-generation processor chips will be officially unveiled at the IDF and professionals will judge for themselves whether this means a new day in Intel's...
  • Google Acquires Malware and Virus Detection Service VirusTotal

    09/10/2012 8:50:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Hothardware ^ | Friday, September 07, 2012 | Paul Lilly
    Malware scanner VirusTotal announced today that it's been purchased by Google for an undisclosed sum. Apparently Google's been a long-time partner of the online scanning service, and now the two have tied the knot in antivirus matrimony. If you've never used VirusTotal before, go ahead and bookmark the website. VirusTotal is an awesome (and free!) resource that checks files for viruses, but the differentiating feature here is that it taps into 44 different antivirus scan engines. The only caveat is that files you upload can't be larger than 32MB, though perhaps that will change if Google decides to flex its...
  • Google Fiber Coming to Fortunate Fiberhoods of Kansas City

    09/10/2012 8:44:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Hothardware ^ | Monday, September 10, 2012 | Paul Lilly
    Now we know why Toto was so adamant about not wanting to leave Kansas. The lucky ducks living in Kansas City are about to receive the Google Fiber treatment following a six-week rally in which the sultan of search sought enough pre-registrations to make the effort worth its while. Three 'fiberhoods' reached their goals on the first day of Google's announcement, and now that the rally is over, Google says at least 180 out of 202 potential fiberhoods have qualified for service (the final results are still being tallied). "Together we’ve made good progress during this pre-registration period, but there’s...
  • Obama, In His Own Words (There's an app for that)

    09/10/2012 7:33:47 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 7 replies
    iTunes ^ | Sep 05, 2012 | Cutlass App Development LLC
    Just heard about this on Beck's radio show. It's an app of Obama's own words. Could be used in a "debate" with libs (if anyone encounters them). :-)
  • President Reagan and Star Trek

    09/09/2012 5:57:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 4 replies
    Given the recent media attention paid to Democratic President Barack Obama's affection for Star Trek; it would be remiss not to point out that there are some equally strong connections between the GOP and Gene Roddenberry's creation. Setting aside for the moment the fact that Captain Kirk actually met with his hero, Abraham Lincoln - the 1st Republican President - in the 3rd season TOS episode "The Savage Curtain" (first airdate: Mar. 7, 1969); there is evidence that a much beloved and more recent Republican Commander-In-Chief - none other than President Ronald Reagan - was also a fan of the...
  • Nokia's 920 Windows 8 smartphone: Early returns are in (It's a winner!)

    09/09/2012 3:26:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/09/2012 | By John P. Mello Jr.
    The early returns/opinions are in on the Nokia Lumia 920—expected to reach retailers in November—and they declare the new flagship smartphone for Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system a winner. From its high-quality construction to its dazzling display, the Nokia 920, introduced Wednesday, garners kudos across the Net. "It's incredibly handsome," gushed David Pierce at The Verge. "The new Nokia Lumia 920 mobile phone is the best the company has ever made," added Matt Warman, consumer technology editor at The Telegraph, based in the United Kingdom. The 920's construction earned some praise from Andrew Wooden at T3. "Nokia’s R&D department...
  • The “anternet” discovered! How ants mimic Internet protocol

    09/08/2012 5:33:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    SmartPlanet ^ | August 31, 2012, 3:15 AM PDT | Mari Silbey
    In a sign that nature still has an awful lot to teach us, a Stanford biologist and computer scientist have discovered that harvester ants hunt for food the same way Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) operates to determine and manage network congestion. … The way ants use the networking process is by measuring the rate of return by hunters seeking food, and using that data to vary the number of individuals sent out to help with the effort. …
  • Older freeper needs MP3 Player vs. I-Pod advice from younger freepers (vanity)

    09/08/2012 9:54:58 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 55 replies ^ | 8 September 2012 | A plea for help
    So here's the deal: After years of sacrafice, debt and driving a very old car to get three daughters through college and independent, they have made it possible for us to drive a vehicle as new as your average food stamp receipient. Not only does it have a beautiful sounding CD player (all but the radio was shot on our old car), but it also has one of those plug-in things. The girls tell us we need to buy an I-Pod or MP3 player of at least 4 gigabytes and a connecting cord to plug in so we can enjoy...
  • This Makes Up for a Lot of Sins [Google Star Trek Doodle]

    09/08/2012 6:38:39 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 18 replies
    NRO ^ | September 7, 2012 | Mark Krikorian
    Here at NRO, we’ve rightly criticized Google in the past for its doodles — promoting gay marriage and featuring loathsome Communist Frida Kahlo, for instance, while ignoring Reagan’s 100th birthday and even Easter. But today’s doodle makes up for at least some of that: There’s even a little interactive story, if you pass the cursor over certain parts of the image. Though, contrary to this report, the story is not from “The Man Trap,” the first episode to air, 46 years ago tomorrow, but from “Arena.” (If this makes it past the censors, you’ll know Kathryn’s gone soft!)
  • 10 things the “Average Joe” won’t know about Linux

    09/07/2012 3:44:45 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 54 replies
    Everyday Linux User ^ | 4 September 2012 | Gary Newell
    Introduction Last night my son was trying to install something called Tekkit which has something to do with Minecraft. I am not really savvy when it comes to Minecraft and I had no idea what Tekkit was. My son asked whether he could download and run the Tekkit Launcher and if so could I help him install it. The first thing I noticed when visiting the site is that there is a download button on the right hand side for both a launcher and a server. What is lacking however is any real information about what Tekkit is, how...
  • Murata turns to tiniest device for big business

    09/06/2012 12:18:06 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | September 5, 2012 | by Yuri Kageyama
    Small is big for Murata: The Japanese electronics maker has developed the world's tiniest version of a component known as the capacitor. And that's potentially big business. Capacitors, which store electric energy, are used in the dozens, even in the hundreds, in just about every type of gadget—smartphones, laptops, parts for hybrid cars, medical equipment and digital cameras. Smaller componentry allows for other innovations and improvements from thinner devices to longer battery life. The latest capacitor, measuring just 0.25 millimeter by 0.125 millimeter, is as tiny as the period at the end of this sentence. Murata Manufacturing Co.'s focus on...
  • Amazon Launches New Kindle As Tablet Wars Heat Up

    09/06/2012 11:20:26 AM PDT · by KingOfVagabonds · 40 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/6/12 | Cadie Thompson
    The new mobile device is thinner than the Kindle Touch, and features a battery life of up to eight weeks, and is priced at $179. The Kindle Paperwhite is 9mm thin, or about a third of an inch, and weighs 7.5 ounces.
  • IBM's z12 mainframe engine makes each clock count--All 5.5 billion of them – and then some

    09/06/2012 8:47:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | 5th September 2012 18:02 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Hot Chips When you charge hundreds of thousands of dollars per core for an engine that is designed to run full-out all day doing online transaction processing and all night running single-threaded big batch jobs, you have no choice but to believe in higher clock speeds and doing anything and everything to boost that single-thread performance. And that is what IBM's new z12 mainframe engines are all about. Big Blue announced the System zEnterprise EC12 mainframes smack dab in the middle of the Hot Chips chippery extravaganza in Cupertino, California last week, and did so several weeks in advance...
  • "How Tracking Down My Stolen Computer Triggered a Drug Bust"

    09/06/2012 8:26:45 AM PDT · by fishtank · 12 replies ^ | 2012/08/31 @ 10:30 am | Maker Shed
    This is a true story. The names have been changed because, well, a guy ended up getting charged with a felony, something he’s probably not thrilled about. Call me cautious. "Have you ever had something stolen? Your heart sinks, your mind races, and you become increasingly paranoid about the vulnerability of your personal property. I know because this is a picture of my coworker’s (let’s call him Steve) rental car, a Chevy Impala, after lunch at Slow’s Bar-B-Q in Detroit (amazing food, don’t park on a side street), the Monday after Maker Faire Detriot. There was nothing significant in the...
  • US energy lab's pump-happy petaflopper goes green ( Intel super computer entirely)

    09/06/2012 8:09:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 5th September 2012 21:24 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Shiny new Xeon–Xeon Phi hybrid splashes into water-cooled data center The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has hooked up with HP, Intel, and partners to design a new hybrid supercomputer and an energy-efficient data center wrapper for it that will – among other green gains – use the exhaust heat from the supercomputer to heat adjacent offices. After all, when you're the DoE, you can't be messing around running supercomputers or the data centers that house them in an inefficient manner. You have to lead by example. The new machine, which has yet to be nicknamed, will...
  • Why Linux Will Never Suffer From Viruses Like Windows

    09/05/2012 12:51:34 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | 4 September 2012 | Jesse Litton
    There seems to be a recurring phenomenon in the technology press, where any trojan that affects Linux or Macs becomes front page news. On the other hand, trojans that affect Windows are mostly ignored, perhaps because this is considered to be the normal state of affairs.   There are two common statements made in the discussions of these rare events: No operating system will ever be secure from Trojans. Linux/Mac only have fewer viruses because no one uses them.  The first statement is almost correct, whereas the second one is a flat out myth in my opinion. Let me explain, and I’ll listen...
  • DVR help**Vanity**

    09/05/2012 12:18:48 PM PDT · by ThomasThomas · 19 replies
    A friend of Facebook | My friend
    Help I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser, and for some reason it keeps switching to the Democratic National Convention.... Go figure. ;-)
  • Nokia aims to dazzle with Windows Phone 8 Lumia 920 (Flagship product unveils today)

    09/05/2012 8:14:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | 09/05/2012 | Roger Cheng
    The Lumia 920 represent the company's latest best shot at turning its ailing smartphone business around. Nokia today unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Lumia 920, its first to run on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system. CEO Stephen Elop showed off a bright yellow Lumia 920, larger than its predecessor, the Lumia 900. The phones represent Nokia's latest bid to vault back into the smartphone business in a big way. They also represent a last chance of sort for the company to pull out of its recent decline. The camera's advanced features were spelled out to an audience of...
  • Software firm has jobs it can't fill (Needs JAVA programmers in FL)

    09/04/2012 10:56:36 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 43 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 9/4/12 | Jim Stratton
    At a time when legions of people are looking for work, Richard McNeight has an unusual problem. The president of Modus Operandi, a Melbourne-based software company, McNeight has eight job openings he can't fill. He has been looking for months, but hasn't found the right candidates. "I have two full-time recruiters working for me," he said. The problem is this: Programmers at Modus Operandi, which has about 60 employees, must meet two key qualifications. They must be fluent in the computer language Java and be eligible for a U.S. security clearance. The company works almost exclusively for the military and...
  • (WFMU RADIO) The Rise & Fall of MP3 Blogs

    09/04/2012 10:41:09 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    WFMU Radio ^ | August 22, 2012 | Casey Rae
    The history of the MP3 is one of technological innovation, consumer demand and all-too-persistent litigation, often against those very consumers who embraced the format in the heady post-Napster days. The story of this resilient digital audio file has been recounted many times — from the recording industry’s early wars of attrition to the MP3s role in the filesharing explosion to the bloggers who help curate an oversaturated music marketplace. What doesn’t garner as much discussion is how the MP3 format — celebrated, reviled or somewhere in-between — has come to define the digital music experience, both for millions of listeners,...
  • Waste Opponents Money - Question

    09/04/2012 6:18:14 PM PDT · by ktupper · 7 replies
    If we started a campaign for Conservatives to click thru on every democrat ad seen on the Web, would it prohibitively drive up the cost for them?
  • Alleged Apple UDID Hack Raises Potential Privacy Questions for FBI

    09/04/2012 11:07:19 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 7 replies
    SlashDot ^ | September 4, 2012 | Nick Kolakowski
    Hackers have allegedly stolen millions of Apple UDIDs from an FBI laptop, raising some potentially uncomfortable questions about privacy. It could turn out to be a very bad week for Apple and the FBI. On Sept. 4, news began to circulate around the Web that hackers associated with AntiSec had stolen more than 12 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) for iOS devices from an FBI agent’s laptop. In a Sept. 4 posting via Pastebin, those attackers offered download links to what they ..
  • Obama’s iPad UDID Was Among Those Leaked By AntiSec

    09/04/2012 9:01:33 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 6 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | 9/4/2012 | Buster Heine (lol)
    President Obama is an Apple user through and through. He answers Reddit questions from a MacBook, got an early iPad from Steve Jobs himself, and Rush Limbaugh even thinks Obama hacked Siri just to mess with him. But just because you’re the leader of the Free World doesn’t mean you’re not susceptible to AntiSec hacks too. The UDID for President Obama’s iPad may or may not have been among the more than 1 million UDIDs the AntiSec leaked this morning from the FBI’s databases.
  • Facebook Posts Lead to Teen's Murder

    09/03/2012 11:56:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Times of India ^ | Sep 4, 2012
    A Dutch court on Monday jailed a teenage boy for stabbing a 15-year-old girl to death and trying to kill her father after she had allegedly posted derogatory comments about another girl on Facebook. The boy, identified as 15-year-old Jing Hua K, was jailed for a year and ordered to spend at least two years in a psychiatric facility for the January 14 murder in the eastern city of Arnhem. The sentence is the maximum in the Netherlands for a minor. "The court is of the opinion the defendant deliberately killed" the girl, Joyce Hau, known as Winsie to her...
  • Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

    09/03/2012 10:05:45 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies
    The Register ^ | 3rd September 2012 11:00 GMT | Trevor Pott
    Cup of coffee actually a carboy of toxic Kool-AidSysadmin blog Right on cue, Java has responded to my hatred in kind. Shortly after I awoke to discover my previous article denouncing the language had been published, a client called to inform me his computer had contracted some malware. Java has, if you'll forgive the anthropomorphization of a bytecode virtualization engine, decided to exact its revenge. Closer inspection of the infection revealed deep network penetration that the installed antivirus applications were completely unable to cope with. The chief financial officer of the company relies on cloudy applications that require Java-in-the-web-browser. Contrary...
  • Technical paper: The ZeroAccess rootkit under the microscope

    09/03/2012 9:54:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies ^ | April 11, 2012 | Anna Brading
    ZeroAccess is a sophisticated kernel-mode rootkit that is quickly becoming one of the most widespread malware threats.In a new technical paper from SophosLabs, malware researcher James Wyke explores the ZeroAccess threat, examines how it works and looks at what the malware's ultimate goal is.ZeroAccess has a resilient peer-to-peer command and control infrastructure, runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, and has been constantly updated with new functionality, allowing it to thrive on modern networks and operating systems.From the distribution mechanisms used to spread it, through the installation procedure, memory residence and payload, the technical paper offers a deep...
  • #BidenRyanDebateRules (Hilarious!!!)

    09/02/2012 9:15:51 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9-3-2012
    #BidenRyanDebateRules (Hilarious!!!) VERY FUNNY!!! Check it out!/search/realtime/%23%EE%80%80BidenRyanDebateRules%EE%80%81
  • Computer Help: How To Test/Verify Router Speeds.

    09/02/2012 6:15:17 PM PDT · by raybbr · 42 replies
    9/2/2012 | raybbr
    Need help trying to determine if my DSL line is the problem or the router. The modem is only 3 months old. I have it set to the maximum output. I have tried several sites that test speeds. Some come back and say 2.5Mbps and some don't ever even read. I am paying for the 2.5Mbps. My question is this: How can I determine if the router is bad or the DSL connection is not working right? I have searched and cannot find a coherent procedure for testing this. Or, a program that will do it without requiring that I...
  • Affordable Dual Core from AMD: Athlon 64 X2 3800+ ( 2005 Anandtech Review )

    09/01/2012 2:18:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 8/1/2005 9:36:40 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Posted in CPUs For the past couple of months, we've asked, hoped and dreamed for it, and today, AMD is launching it - the $354 Athlon 64 X2 3800+; the first somewhat affordable dual core CPU from AMD. If necessity is the mother of invention, then the birth of the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ should be no surprise to anyone. In one of their strongest CPU paper-launches ever, AMD put their best foot forward this past May and introduced the Athlon 64 X2 processor. While AMD was late to the desktop dual core game compared to Intel, the Athlon 64...
  • Asetek Granted Three Patents for Sealed Liquid-Cooling System.

    09/01/2012 1:30:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | 08/30/2012 08:09 PM | Anton Shilov
    Asetek, a leading supplier of liquid cooling for the computer industry, announced today that it has been granted three new patents for its integrated loop liquid cooling technology. The patents may change the market of liquid-cooling solutions significantly as they cover the very basics of sealed LCS. Back in the days, liquid cooling was a prerogative of extreme enthusiasts as everything - waterblocks, tubes, pumps, reservoirs, etc. - had to be acquired separately, then manually assembled. Those hand-made liquid cooling systems were expensive, hard to use and leaked from time to time. As a result, water cooling was a technology...
  • IBM Unveils zEnterprise EC12 for Cloud Computing and Enterprise Data.

    09/01/2012 1:07:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies ^ | 08/30/2012 10:30 PM | Anton Shilov
    IBM Announces Cutting-Edge System Z Mainframe with Breakthrough Capabilities IBM has announced the zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server, the most powerful and technologically advanced version of an IBM system that has been the linchpin of enterprise computing for 48 years. The new enterprise system features technologies that demonstrate IBM’s ongoing commitment to meet the growing need to secure and manage critical information with the System z mainframe.More Performance, More Features The new IBM mainframe is one of the most secure enterprise systems ever, with built-in security features designed to meet the security and compliance requirements of different industries. With operational analytics...
  • Sony Introduces 84" 4K LCD TV: New Era of Consumer Video Begins.

    09/01/2012 12:38:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies ^ | 08/29/2012 11:50 PM | Anton Shilov
    Sony Corp. has announced that it will begin the phased launch of its latest Bravia LCD television in all global regions from the end of the year. The new Bravia boasts a 84" LCD panel with 4K (3840*2160) resolution. The TV incorporates Sony's “4K X-Reality Pro” super-resolution high picture quality engine. Sony follows LG Electronics with its 4K ultra high-definition TV-set (UHDTV) and both are driving the new level of visual perfection to the masses. The new 84” Bravia 4K LCD TV comes equipped with a panel comprising approximately 8.29 megapixels (52 ppi), which is 4 times the resolution of...
  • Help! Point Me to Earlier Version of Adobe Flash Player

    09/01/2012 6:03:40 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    Self | September 1, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    Over an hour ago I downloaded the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. It STINKS! Now I can't watch embedded videos on Firefox although I can still watch YouTube. Soooo... I would like to uninstall that Flash Player and download a RELIABLE older version. Can anybody provide me the link to such an Adobe Flash Player RELIABLE version? Thanx in advance.
  • Applied Micro's X-Gene server chip ARMed to the teeth

    08/31/2012 11:29:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 30th August 2012 18:31 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Hot Chips An opportunity to define the future of server processing comes along once every decade or so, and Applied Micro Circuit, a company known for its networking chips and PowerPC-based embedded controllers, wants to move up into the big leagues to take on Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, and the handful of remaining etchers of RISC processors for the data center. Applied Micro may be an upstart in the server chip racket and it may be facing long odds, but Paramesh Gopi, the company's president and CEO, and Gaurav Singh, its vice president of engineering for ARM and PowerPC processors...