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  • IBM's $3bn bet on next-gen computers: Carbon nanotubes, neuro chips

    07/12/2014 10:46:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 9 Jul 2014 | Jack Clark,
    IBM boffins have been given a tidy $3bn cash pile to solve a problem that lurks not too far in our future. That problem is the imminent breakdown in conventional chip operation and chip materials as we shrink transistor gates from today's 14nm process size to 10nm and 7nm. At around 7nm, which most industry observers expect we will hit in the early 2020s, things start to get really unpleasant. More and more jostling electrons jump in and out of gates against processor designers' wishes, leading to a frustrating problem known as gate current leakage. ... These investment areas include:...
  • Ironsides, formally proven DNS now handles Recursive DNS

    07/11/2014 8:14:39 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 7 replies
    Ironsides.martincarlisle.com ^ | 11 Jul 14 | OneWingedShark
    IRONSIDES is an authoritative/recursive DNS server pair that is provably invulnerable to many of the problems that plague other servers. It achieves this property through the use of formal methods in its design, in particular the language Ada and the SPARK formal methods tool set. Code validated in this way is provably exception-free, contains no data flow errors, and terminates only in the ways that its programmers explicitly say that it can. These are very desirable properties from a computer security perspective. IRONSIDES is not a complete implementation of DNS. In particular, it does not support zone transfers or all...
  • Letter received from the detestable Sen. Chuck Schumer (vanity)

    07/11/2014 5:50:38 PM PDT · by Personal Responsibility · 8 replies
    Email received from the detestable Senator Schumer | July 11 2014 | Personal Responsibility / chuck Schumer
    I live in New York which makes the detestable Chuck Schumer one of my Senators, He sent me the email below - unsolicited - regarding his efforts on my behalf on Net Neutrality. Beneath that is my response to him.
  • The contest is over! And the winners are[Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos]

    07/11/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    dronestagr.am ^ | 11 July 2014 | dronestagr.am
    Winners of the 2014 Dronestagram Photo Contest have finally been selected! Picking winners was a very difficult task especially because of the great quality of the photos that have been submitted. We tried to reward the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones in terms of image. It’s been an amazing first edition with many photos entered from everywhere in the world. Thank you all for joining in.We would like to extend a special thanks to our contest sponsors National Geograpic, Go Pro, Picanova, Droneshop and Parrot for generously offering amazing gifts !Are you one of...
  • AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver

    07/11/2014 2:35:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    phoronix.com ^ | 10 July 2014 06:23 PM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD.********************** Heterogeneous System Architecture has been talked up for a while now by AMD as well as ARM vendors and now finally for open-source enthusiasts we can finally start seeing the advantages of the CPU and...
  • Police Train Dog To Find Hard Drives, Thumb Drives and Other Tech Devices

    07/11/2014 12:38:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    legitreviews.com ^ | Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 7:14 AM | Nathan Kirsch
    Rhode Island has become the second state in the nation to have a police dog trained to sniff out hard drives, thumb drives and other technological gadgets. Why? Police are looking for storage devices that could contain child pornography. The dog, Thoreau, already appears to be up for the task as he assisted in his first search warrant search in June 2014 and found a USB thumb drive containing child pornography hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet. Police will be able to use the storage drive finding dog on tough child porn cases where...
  • Khronos Updates Its OpenVX 1.0 Provisional Specification

    07/11/2014 12:28:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    phoronix.com ^ | Published on 11 July 2014 09:43 AM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    The Khronos Group this morning released an updated version of the OpenVX 1.0 provisional specification. OpenVX is the industry-developed hardware acceleration API for computer vision applications and libraries. As explained on the OpenVX page, "OpenVX enables performance and power optimized computer vision algorithms for use cases such as face, body and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, automatic driver assistance systems, object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics and more. OpenVX enables significant implementation innovation while maintaining a consistent API for developers. An OpenVX application expresses vision processing holistically as a graph of function nodes. An OpenVX implementer can...
  • I'M Intelligent Memory 8 Gigabit DDR3 and 16 GB Modules

    07/11/2014 12:10:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    guru3d.com ^ | 07/11/2014 08:46 AM | by Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 07/11/2014 08:46 AM | Source | 3 comment(s) ] I'M Intelligent Memory (oh and I'm not kidding with that name), a Hong Kong based fabless DRAM manufacturer, announces availability of the world's first 8 Gigabit (Gb) DDR3 components with a single chip-select, doubling the amount of memory per chip compared to other DDR3 DRAM devices on the market. Based on these new 8 Gb components, I'M is also introducing the first 16 Gigabyte (GB) DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules with optional ECC error-correction.The JEDEC specification JESD79-3 has always allowed an 8 Gb density for DDR3...
  • Pop-up Blocker Help, Please

    07/11/2014 11:22:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 43 replies
    7/11/14
    I am being buried by pop-ups. Every third screen I see is another pop-up, using either IExplorer or Firefox. When I log into FR I get a flashing pop-up to the left of the screen from "WebCrawl." It has never been this bad before. Recommendations, please for a blocker.
  • best free video posting site that requires no login ?

    07/10/2014 11:31:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    muself | 7-10-14 | TZ
    this would be for posting ads ton Craigslist/Ebay showing running outboards,etc (so I don't have to constantly take people to a lake for free boat rides or have them in my garage checking out my stuff.)
  • Why is Chuck Norris trending in Argentina? (Chuck Facts Alert)

    07/10/2014 7:10:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/10/2014 | BBC News
    Chuck Norris is trending in Argentina after the country's World Cup semi-final victory against Holland. So what has the US actor and martial artist got to do with football? Famed for being the ultimate action man, Chuck Norris has inspired long lists of 'facts' about what a tough guy he is. The lists have been entertaining people for years. Now Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano is getting the Chuck Norris treatment on social media after he played strongly despite sustaining a head injury early in the game. The hashtag #maschefacts is being used with posts to describe all of the awesome...
  • Firefox web browser popularity wanes

    07/10/2014 4:47:51 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 53 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 7 July 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    When you take a look at Net Applications' web desktop browser market share reports over the long run two things stand out. One, there's the rise of Google's Chrome to second place, and two, Mozilla's Firefox's steep decline. After a long slow fall, Firefox's market-share decline recently got steeper. How bad is Firefox's fall? In June 2014, Firefox hit a new five-year low of 15.6 percent market share.Back in October 2009, Firefox was on the rise and had reached 23.75 percent. Life was good. Since July 2012, the browser started trending downward. Indeed, since May 2013, with Firefox at 20.6%,...
  • Hard Proof That Wiping Your Phone Doesn't Actually Delete Everything

    07/10/2014 1:30:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 9, 2014 | BY PETE PACHAL
    Have you ever sold an old smartphone on eBay? You might be interested to know that the apps, photos and even Google searches on your phone can still be recovered — even if you performed a factory reset. The team at security software company Avast purchased 20 different phones on eBay and unleashed data-recovery tools on them to see what they could find. The results are persuasive evidence that resetting your phone back to factory settings doesn't mean your data is gone forever. From the 20 phones, Avast managed to recover 40,000 photos (including 1,500 family photos with children and...
  • Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

    07/09/2014 11:09:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 9 Wed Jul 9, 2014 1:27am EDT
    (Reuters) - A Beijing court has ruled against Apple Inc by upholding the validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for the Chinese company to continue its own case against Apple for infringing intellectual property rights. Apple had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court to seek a ruling that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid. But the Beijing First Intermediate Court on Tuesday decided in Zhizhen's favour, the People's Daily state newspaper reported on Wednesday.
  • WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards (electronic health records)

    07/09/2014 3:15:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    CCHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | 7-9-14 | Twila Brase
    There's triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. England has already tried and failed. The National Health Service, which serves a population of 53 million, began building a national EHR system in 2002. By 2007, it missed key deadlines. In 2011, the $20 billion...
  • Google Co-Founder ​Sergey Brin Doesn't Understand Us And Never Will

    07/09/2014 8:49:56 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 8 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 7/09/2014 | Damon Lavrinc
    Sergey Brin lives in another world. Like every other non-gearhead, he doesn't understand us. He doesn't get why we wrench in our garages, spend weekends at track days, or take off in the middle of the night for a ride. He's like your Aunt Martha, except Brin has the power to change the world. And he doesn't make those awesome cookies. Brin recently joined his compatriot, Google CEO Larry Page, on stage with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to chat about where Google is headed. In many respects, where Google goes, so goes the world, so naturally, the conversation turned to...
  • Cover your eyes! Virals about Brazil's capitulation go mad within minutes

    07/09/2014 6:34:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 9, 2014 | John Drayton
    It was a matter of minutes before the internet was overloaded with viral images mocking Brazil for their 7-1 defeat by Germany. Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, is normally seen as an image of hope - but the famous landmark was quickly photo-shopped at the expense of the defeated host nation, following their semi-final humiliation. Here are some of the best images from across the web...
  • The 17 Most Exciting New Tech Products That Will Launch Before The End Of The Year

    07/07/2014 6:47:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/07/2014 | Steve Kovach
    The year is halfway over, but there's still plenty of time for new major tech products to hit the market. Here's a look at the most important stuff we're expecting to launch before the end of 2014. 1. All eyes are on Apple's iWatch. Apple is expected to launch its first major new product, the so-called iWatch, in October. According to numerous reports from sources like 9to5Mac, the iWatch will focus heavily on health and fitness monitoring. For example, it'll be able to track your steps, hydration, heart rate, and other vitals. The iWatch is also said to have a...
  • Scientists criticize Europe’s $1.6B brain project

    07/07/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
    Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe’s $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union. In an open letter issued Monday, more than 190 neuroscience researchers called on the EU to put less money into the effort to “build” a brain, and to invest instead in existing projects. …
  • [tech] Bluetooth A2DP on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    07/07/2014 5:08:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Vanity (via Github) ^ | 7/2/2014 | me
    Though there is a link above, this is basically a vanity. I just installed Linux Mint 17 Mate, based upon Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Seems like a pretty decent distro, but it was missing quite a few things that I was used to. Among those things that it was missing was a Bluetooth device manager. Per their recommendations, I downloaded "Blueman" (Graphical Bluetooth Manager) using Synaptic. It allowed me to connect my Bluetooth headphones, but I could not connect the A2DP service (that's the service that provides high fidelity audio streaming from the computer to the device). Without going through the...
  • Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!

    07/06/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 19 replies
    Youutbe ^ | 7/2/2014 | Frank Wunderlich
    Video Linky Here
  • The Reign Of Windows At Work 'Is Coming To An End' And Macs Are Rising Fast

    07/05/2014 11:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 222 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/05/2014 | Julie Bort
    It's been clear for some time that the iPad has taken the enterprise by storm as employees tote it to work and companies buy fleets of them. But Apple's PC, the Mac, has never been as dominant in the workplace, until now, according to new research from long-time Microsoft rival, VMware. VMware queried 376 IT professionals and found that they are increasingly being asked to buy and/or support Macs in the enterprise by employees who want Macs, not Windows machines. "Microsoft Windows has dominated enterprise desktops for close to three decades but it appears its reign is coming to an...
  • Alleged Facebook predator used fake account to flirt with hundreds of boys

    07/04/2014 7:34:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    KFOR ^ | Ed Doney
    YUKON, Okla. - A vigilant mother helps authorities nab an alleged internet predator, just hours after she discovered her teenage son’s conversations with the man on Facebook. The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Goddard, 23, of Oklahoma City, pretended to be a teenage girl on Facebook to lure in a 14-year-old Yukon boy and admitted to possibly hundreds of other victims. He was arrested Friday night. Goddard allegedly used the name “Nicole Tinner” and used a fake photo to flirt with hundreds of juvenile boys on Facebook.
  • GOOGLE Celebrates 4th of July

    07/04/2014 5:19:53 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 27 replies
    Google ^ | 07/04/14 | Staff
    Google gets a lot of [justified] flack for not being patriotic. Today, they celebrated. Comments. Click the link. Press the second "O" [Go] then listen.
  • Geneva Phone Thief Left own Mobile at Crime Scene

    07/04/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Dunya News ^ | 03 July,2014
    A man who stole a mobile phone at a Geneva shop was caught after police identified him from pictures on his own mobile phone, which he left at the scene. The man, a Romanian in his early twenties, took a phone left at a shop in central Geneva for repair, but in his haste to get away he left his own phone behind
  • Reform Math Must be Destroyed Root and Branch

    07/04/2014 1:37:17 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Education Establishment went way too far, and this has presented the country with a unique opportunity for real improvement of the public schools. As never before, parents across the United States will tell you emphatically that they hate Common Core, and they especially hate Common Core Math. The Education Establishment will try to maneuver around this revulsion. Compromises will be offered. The same dumb ideas will be repackaged as something new and wonderful. The challenge is to refuse to compromise. Sometimes a good thing, compromise is now the biggest threat to genuine reform. Our Education Establishment has been selling...
  • Verizon DSL Price Hike [versus Comcast]

    07/04/2014 12:55:05 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 21 replies
    Like the poster at the link, I am currently a Verizon Phone/DSL customer in Massachusetts and just received an email from Verizon stating that they will be raising my bill by $3/month, which already costs 76.00 with taxes, as we currently pay $59.99 for Verizon Freedom Essentials (unlimited nationwide + Canada and PR calling) and "High Speed Internet Enhanced" (approx. 6.50 Mbps speed at my location). No TV is included or needed. However, after i moved less than a 1/2 mile from where I was my Internet speed was approx. cut in half, from around 12 mbps to approx. 6,50....
  • Home Phone Connect Query

    07/04/2014 12:20:10 PM PDT · by bboop · 34 replies
    Self | July 4, 2014 | self
    Does anybody have Verizon Home Phone Connect, and if you do, how do you like it? and do you find it useful? We are concerned that if we get it, our Verizon DSL might be impacted. It would be great to cut our home landline contract, but we're worried about losing the DSL. Thanks. Loving my FReeper FRiends. Happy Fourth of July.
  • Google hides search results if you don't login and let them track you.

    07/04/2014 8:49:51 AM PDT · by George from New England · 16 replies
    self experience | 7 - 4 - 2014 | slef
    I went to search with a tracking number on a package with Google. I got ... > Your search - LN376892116CN - did not match any documents. < Suggestions: * Make sure all words are spelled correctly. * Try different keywords. * Try more general keywords. Then I had someone else do the same thing at another pc and they got ... Track USPS package LN 376 892 116 CN tools.usps.com Brooksville, FL - From your preferences - Use precise location ... The second party was logged in to Google, the first one was not. Google is censoring or hiding...
  • Malware, please help!

    07/03/2014 12:40:22 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 46 replies
    July03,2014 | Libertynotfree
    FireFox 3.0 action: reset to default. Window X3 I copied their URL to post on this thread, if you know any malware protection program which can take care of this kind of malware, please post. First 3 URL come up every time I click. I have CClean. http://cr.gogorithm.com/WLBidRequestHandler?oid=2&width=1200&height=900&pubid=58488&noaop=1&tagid=300157822500000000&revmod=2&born=1401903982&Prof=&BTF=&cb=1404413752629&encoded=1&cirf=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.freerepublic.com%2Ftag%2F*%2Findex http://static.icmwebserv.com/blank4.html#%7B%22ad_type%22%3A%22siteunder%22%2C%22percent%22%3A100%2C%22size%22%3A%5B%7B%22percent%22%3A100%2C%22width%22%3A1200%2C%22height%22%3A900%7D%5D%2C%22max_impressions%22%3A2% http://cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/pwn.html?u=http%3A%2F%2Fp.txtsrving.info%2Fclick%3Fc%3Dda480a77af4541ad8537a425d5da1aec%26subid%3Dg-605317-b757b08c6b66452f9abd524ffc443982-%26t%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.freerepublic.com%252Ffocus%252Ff-chat%252F3175370%252Fposts%26rt%3D1717%26data_tag%3DA%26mk%3DbGF0ZXN0K2FydGljbGVz&n=ld893__da480a77af4541ad8537a425d5da1aec__1404358630&r= http://www.onefloorserve.com/lps/player_lp7.aspx?appId=339032&source=saymedia_1fa&cid=275759&clickid=07_25004824_02eac240-cf93-44d0-ab7b-09bdb01b60d6 http://lp.empire.goodgamestudios.com/?country=us&pid=516&camp=1&gid=12&cid=15489&tid=US
  • Need help with lost text

    07/03/2014 9:17:22 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies
    7/3/14
    New problem. In the past few days I have lost the text that appears on web pages. Using either Firefox of Explorer, when I, say, access War is Boring, the page I call appears with pic on top but no text. When I tried to buy something online, when I went to the See Shopping Cart page, it was blank/no text. At other sites, all text appears. Anyone know what thew problem is and how to solve this? Thanks.
  • Registering a Domain Name...Best Companies? (Vanity)

    07/03/2014 4:09:02 AM PDT · by who knows what evil? · 16 replies
    who knows what evil? | July 3, 2014 | who knows what evil?
    I am interested in registering a couple of domain names, but I am not sure which company to go with...GoDaddy seems decent, but a number of customers have complained about them being 'pushy'. Namecheap has good testimonials, but there are several drawbacks, as well. I thought I would solicit feedback from Freepers to see if there is a consensus of opinion.
  • Need Firefox Help

    07/02/2014 8:18:02 PM PDT · by pabianice · 51 replies
    7/2/14
    I have been using Firefox for some time with little problem. But today when I used it it had slowed to a crawl -- unusably slow, really. A page takes 3-4 minutes to load. I have changed nothing on my PC. My internet speed checks fine (I use Verizon). Can anyone give a suggestion to clear this up? Thanks.
  • My computer connection is about to bite the dust.

    07/02/2014 6:58:05 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 49 replies
    Self | 7/2/'14 | Zionist Conspirator
    Some of you know that I've been having re-occurring Internet connection troubles since the end of Feb. At first I was told it was the computer (which couldn't even be successfully repaired) so I got another (rebuilt) computer and for fifty days I was set to go. Then suddenly on 5/20 the problem started occurring again. I took the computer back to the shop at which I'd purchased it to have it tested and apparently there was no problem whatsoever with it, so I was told it must have been my connection. Then began a very long and painful experience...
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Fighting Google: Europe Eyes Digital Agenda to Better Compete with the US

    07/01/2014 4:11:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 01, 2014 – 05:51 PM | Frank Dohmen and Christoph Pauly
    Jean-Claude Juncker, the next head of the European Commission, plans to implement a new digital strategy for the Continent. Europe, he believes, needs to become better equipped to defend itself from the US and Asia. […] Part of Juncker’s agenda will be to ensure that Europe challenges market abuse by American Internet giants with greater self-confidence. More important, however, will be for the EU to start cleaning up its own backyard. Juncker wants to take advantage of a broad consensus among European politicians to put enough muscle in the EU’s digital market that European companies can stand up to competition...
  • Corrupt HTML on Michelle Malkin site?

    07/01/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    Michelle Malkin website | 1-July-2014 | vanity
    This is on the MichelleMalkin.com site, and there are other places besides the main page (Corruption and June articles). If I click on the article: Democrats help choose ‘Republican’ Thad Cochran to run against a Democrat in November It goes to: This media mindset is why the IRS scandal isn’t ‘mainstream’ news
  • Windows 'Threshold': More on Microsoft's plan to win over Windows 7 users

    06/30/2014 8:18:40 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 38 replies
    ZD Net ^ | June 30, 2014 -- 14:20 GMT (07:20 PDT) | Mary Jo Foley
    One of Microsoft's main goals with 'Threshold,' the next major version of Windows, is to win over Windows 7 hold-outs. Windows "Threshold," the next major version of Microsoft's Windows operating system due to hit around the spring of 2015, is coming into focus. And not too surprisingly, one of the Microsoft Operating Systems Group's main goals in designing and developing the coming operating system (OS) release — which may or may not ultimately be branded as "Windows 9" — is to try to make it more palatable to hold-out Windows 7 users. In order to do this, Microsoft is working...
  • Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4

    06/30/2014 6:01:31 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | June 30, 2014
    Apple today released OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 which is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update: • Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks • Fixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup • Improves the reliability of waking from sleep • Includes Safari 7.0.5For detailed information about the security content of this update, see Apple security updates.
  • CNBC Co-Anchor Simon Hobbs Accidentally ‘Outed’ Apple CEO Tim Cook as Gay

    The TV reporter was caught up in a discussion about the rarity of openly gay CEOs when he said, ‘I think Tim Cook is open about the fact he’s gay.’ Simon Hobbs is likely wishing he could press rewind. The CNBC co-anchor spoke too soon during a live segment of "Squawk on the Street" Friday when he accidentally outed Apple CEO Tim Cook. New York Times columnist and CNBC contributor James B. Stewart spoke about his recent column dealing with the "tortured life" former BP chief John Browne led as a closeted gay CEO. "I just found it very, very...
  • 19th century math tactic gets a makeover—and yields answers up to 200 times faster

    06/30/2014 10:09:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-30-2014 | Provided by Johns Hopkins University
    A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy Johns Hopkins engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life. With just a few modern-day tweaks, the researchers say they've made the rarely used Jacobi method work up to 200 times faster. The result, they say, could speed up the performance of computer simulations used in aerospace design, shipbuilding, weather and climate modeling, biomechanics and other engineering tasks. Their paper...
  • T-Mobile Query

    06/28/2014 7:27:35 PM PDT · by bboop · 28 replies
    self | 6.28.2014 | self
    Looking to get Android cell phone on T-Mobile, maybe Google Nexus 5. Any thoughts about T-Mobile network reliability or Nexus 5? Thanks.
  • The Right to Bear Denial-of-Service Attacks - Do We Need a Second Amendment in the Cyber World?

    06/28/2014 3:10:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | Josephine Wolff
    Maybe the only thing Americans agree on anything when it comes to the Second Amendment is that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” is all about guns and gun control. We’re very used to seeing that language invoked around incidents of gun violence. So it was striking to see the logic of the National Rifle Association applied to a completely different context in a piece about cybercrime in the New York Times on June 21, in which Jeffery Stutzman, the vice president of the cybersecurity intelligence sharing consortium Red Sky Alliance, is quoted as saying, “I...
  • How to Erase Your Home from Google Maps

    06/28/2014 9:38:13 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 48 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 6/26/14 | Alyssa Bereznak
    It seems like Google Maps is getting more new features every day. And now, according to The Daily Dot, the companies that provide satellite images to Google just got approval to take higher-resolution photos. Meaning that your prize rose garden will be crisply broadcast to anyone who happens upon your neighborhood’s Street View. But there are some things that most would prefer not to air to the entire Internet. Those being your car’s license plate, the facade of your house, your visitors, and — of course — your face. The good news: There are tools in place to allow you...
  • Vanity: Fun with passwords

    06/28/2014 9:02:26 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 55 replies
    Vanity | June 28, 2014 | Sherman
    I'm having more and more trouble keeping track of passwords on multiple sites. I would appreciate any advice someone might have on an app that would help me to do so securely and efficiently. I'm posting this because Freepers have an astonishingly wide range of knowledge and have helped me a lot in the past. Here's what I'd like: Android app that allows me to store all passwords and usernames securely, behind a single master password. Easy, preferably automatic, syncing to my PC and the cloud. Access to the stored info by phone, PC or by any computer or other...
  • Facebook conducted secret psychology experiment on users’ emotions

    06/28/2014 7:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:00PM BST 28 Jun 2014 | Harriet Alexander
    Over 600,000 Facebook users have taken part in a psychological experiment organized by the social media company, without their knowledge. Facebook altered the tone of the users’ news feed to highlight either positive or negative posts from their friends, which were seen on their news feed. They then monitored the users’ response, to see whether their friends’ attitude had an impact on their own. “The results show emotional contagion,” wrote a team of Facebook scientists, in a paper published by the PNAS journal—Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists of the United States. …
  • These Photoshopped Portraits Show How People Define Beauty In 19 Different Countries

    06/26/2014 6:03:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/26/2014 | Aaron Taube
    In an effort to get a glimpse of how the world thinks about beauty, the journalist Esther Honig sent out a photo of herself to graphic designers in more than 20 countries. Their task: to edit the photo to make Honig look "beautiful" — however the designer defined the term. The results are telling. Each photo represents the personal and cultural beauty standards of the designer, with the American editor giving Honig bright blue eyes and long hair, and the Israeli designer darkening her eyes and skin. You can read more about the project at Honig's website. Click below to...
  • How Google plans to lock you away from iOS and Windows

    06/26/2014 4:10:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    PC World ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jared Newman
    In the past, one thing that’s always separated Google from its rivals has been the ability to use Google services across many platforms. Whether you owned an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac, or a Windows PC, you always had access to Google services like Search, Maps, and Docs. Of course, Google would prefer that you use Android and Chromebooks, but that rarely felt like a requirement. At this year’s Google I/O conference, we’re starting to see a different strategy emerge. Google is now making the case that if you want the full Google experience, you need to use Android devices...
  • Why Apple really cares about your privacy

    06/26/2014 2:26:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Macworld ^ | Jun 25, 2014 4:00 | Rich Mogull
    In the days and weeks since Apple’s WWDC keynote, something’s been bugging me, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Then, recently, while sitting at the airport, I launched Safari and pulled up Apple’s official privacy policy. At first glance, it seemed to be the standard boilerplate issued by the gray suited legal department of a large enterprise, full of the same legalese you see on nearly any site that collects your personal information. But then I focused on some of the details, and a certain simplicity emerged: Personal information will only be shared by Apple to provide...
  • Linux dominates supercomputers as never before

    06/25/2014 10:20:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 107 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 24 June 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    For years, Linux has ruled supercomputing. So, it came as no surprise to anyone at the Linux Enterprise End-User Summit near Wall Street that once again the Top500 group found in its latest supercomputer ranking that Linux was the fastest of the fast operating systems. With 97 percent of the world's fastest supercomputers running Linux,the open-source operating system has eliminated almost all its rivals. As one Red Hat representative said, "The only thing that would be surprising about Linux being the top dog would be if anything else even came close." He doesn't have any reason to worry.In the latest contest, not only...