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  • Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

    10/22/2018 10:29:52 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 41 replies
    The Register ^ | 22 October 2018 | Richard Speed
    Tennis for Two ... the first videogame? Pic: Brookhaven National Laboratory The forerunner of today's video games celebrated its 60th birthday last week as the anniversary of William Higinbotham's Tennis for Two rolled around.Tennis for Two was built by Higinbotham as a way of injecting a bit of life into the somewhat non-interactive nature of US-based Brookhaven National Laboratory's annual exhibition. It consisted of two controllers attached to an analogue computer and an oscilloscope showing two lines representing a tennis court and net, and a bright dot to represent the ball.Each player had a controller with a button to swing...
  • Is there a legal remedy for this? (emesis alert)

    10/12/2018 7:21:25 PM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    It just goes to show that public figures should purchase their domain name.
  • One of Bloomberg’s sources told them Chinese spy chip story “didn’t make sense”

    10/09/2018 10:51:07 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | Oct. 9th 2018 2:01 am PT | Ben Lovejoy
    Bloomberg said that its sources were key to its decision to run the Chinese spy chip story, the site writing that ’17 people confirmed the manipulation of Supermicro’s hardware and other elements of the attacks.’ However, one of the named sources – a security researcher who seemingly backed the claims – has said that his comment was taken out of context, and he actually told the site that what it was describing to him “didn’t make sense” … Hardware security expert Joe Fitzpatrick was quoted in the piece saying “the hardware opens whatever door it wants.” But speaking on the...
  • Democrat Staffer Jackson Cosko Arrested for Doxxing is Not an ‘Unpaid Intern’ (Smells like Soros)

    10/07/2018 12:10:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 54 replies
    The Tennessee Star ^ | October 7, 2018 | Julie Gunlock
    Capitol Police on October 3 arrested 27-year old congressional staffer Jackson Cosko for posting on Wikipedia the private addresses of three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee—what’s known as “doxxing” (a word derived from the shorthand for “document”). Cosko is facing serious charges that include illegally posting private information of public figures, witness tampering, threats, identity theft, and unlawful entry. In the mainstream media, Cosko is being portrayed as a hapless overzealous intern who didn’t even have the smarts to cover up his criminal act. His former boss— Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) has denied she knew anything about Cosko’s activities....
  • The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away

    09/12/2018 7:38:37 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 53 replies ^ | 9/7/18 | Jonathan Shieber
    The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away Quantum computing has moved out of the realm of theoretical physics and into the real world, but its potential and promise are still years away. Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, a powerhouse in the world of quantum research and a young upstart in the field presented visions for the future of the industry that illustrated both how far the industry has come and how far the technology has to go. For both Dario Gil, the chief operating officer of IBM Research and the company’s vice president of artificial intelligence...
  • New Security Vulnerability Casts Shadow Over Intel

    08/21/2018 4:23:31 AM PDT · by jurroppi1 · 6 replies
    SourceToday ^ | Aug 17, 2018 | James Morra
    Intel has been scarred by another major security glitch that takes advantage of the same technology behind the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. The new set of vulnerabilities, labeled Foreshadow, allows passwords and other confidential information to be swiped from memory caches in Intel’s processors. On Tuesday, the Santa Clara, California-based company said it had released microcode to protect potentially vulnerable devices in personal computers and data centers. The company said that the changes, coupled with new updates for operating systems and hypervisor software made available on Tuesday, would protect most customers. “We are not aware of reports that any of...
  • The game changers: meet the creatives shaking up the gaming world

    08/19/2018 1:14:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 19, 2018 | Simon Parkin
    Just as the kaleidoscopic dramas of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, the pseudo-non-fiction murk of Alan Moore’s comic From Hell and the domestic pragmatism of Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals meet under the fat banner of prose, so the body of video games becomes an ever broader church. It is impossible to enforce orthodoxy in a medium where shifting technology defines the canvas. The artform now embraces work from a dizzying spectrum. A challenging time, then, for the Victoria and Albert Museum to stage its first major video game exhibition. Rather than reach into the primordial digital soup of the...
  • Remember Y2K?

    08/11/2018 12:29:20 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 198 replies
    I was remembering today the big Y2K scare we had during the late 1990s. Does anybody remember that? All the computers in the world were to shut down at midnight January 1, 2000 because apparently the computers would not be able to recognize "2000" as a valid year and go haywire, thinking it was 1900 instead. As with many conspiracies, there was a grain of truth to this. There were many software programs at the time that had to be re-programmed to accept 2000 as a valid year. My wife was a COBOL programmer at the time and she had...
  • I’ll Disable My Ad Blocker When You Stop Exploiting Me

    08/11/2018 12:49:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    TYLER|REGAS|COM ^ | December 26, 2016 | Tyler Regas
    On January 8th, ExtremeTech published a piece about Forbes forcing users to disable their ad blockers in order to see any content, and guess what happened. Malware. For the past few weeks, has been forcing visitors to disable ad blockers if they want to read its content. Visitors to the site with Adblock or uBlock enabled are told they must disable it if they wish to see any Forbes content. Thanks to Forbes’ interstitial ad and quote of the day, Google caching doesn’t capture data properly, either.What sets Forbes apart, in this case, is that it didn’t just force...
  • The FBI, Hillary's computers, and the Russians

    07/30/2018 12:52:56 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2018 | Dan Perkins
    Part One, "The Premise": The Russians interfered with the 2016 presidential election. Doesn't anyone find it strange that the FBI indicted 12 Russians for hacking computers that the DNC and Hillary refused to let agents see? James Comey, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, "The bureau requested, but was denied direct access to the Democratic National Committee's email servers and other hacked devices as part of its probe of Russian hacking."
  • Bitcoin, malware and blind luck helped Russian agents hack Democratic Party computers

    07/15/2018 6:57:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 75 replies
    Pilot Online ^ | 7/15/18 | Chris Megerian
    WASHINGTON — The email landed in John Podesta’s crowded inbox around March 19, 2016, during the height of the presidential primaries, and it appeared to be a standard security request from Google for Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman to change his password. Doing so ultimately led to a political firestorm that is still raging. The email was actually from Aleksey Lukashev, a senior lieutenant in Russian military intelligence, using the account “john356gh” to mask his purpose, U.S. officials say. The email contained an embedded link that secretly opened Podesta’s account to a hacking team at 20 Komsomolskiy Prospekt, near Moscow’s Red...
  • How Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are Inviting China Into America’s DoD Computers

    07/01/2018 10:27:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | July 1, 2018 | David Wallace
    Amazon originally started out many years ago selling books online. But owner Jeff Bezos has aggressively led it to now selling everything online, making Bezos one of the richest men in world history. Bezos's corporate empire includes Amazon Web Services (AWS), a leading pioneer of cloud computing services. Cloud computing enables anyone in an organization worldwide to access the organization’s documents and data online. That enables the organization’s employees to collaborate and communicate online, from anywhere in the world. America’s Defense Department is now trying to catch up to the world’s leading multinational companies to adopt cloud computing for America’s...
  • The 'Baby' that ushered in modern computer age

    06/21/2018 12:13:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies ^ | June 21, 2018
    Seventy years ago was arguably the start of the modern computer age. A machine that took up an entire room at a laboratory in Manchester University ran its first programme at 11am on 21 June 1948. The prototype completed the task in 52 minutes, having run through 3.5 million calculations. The Manchester Baby, known formally as the Small-Scale Experimental Machine, was the world's first stored-program computer. It paved the way for the first commercially-available computers in a city known for centuries of science and innovation.
  • (Vanity) Apple's Live streaming 'Special Event'

    06/04/2018 10:36:28 AM PDT · by neverevergiveup · 7 replies
    Does anyone else think that these Apple 'Special Events' have become so contrived that they seem somewhat like a computer equivalent of 'Spinal Tap'? My home page is the Apple home page (I just never changed it) and when I opened my browser the live streaming event automatically started (I wouldn't have 'tuned in' to this without it automatically opening). If you work in the field I can understand that this might be important, but the format just seems so dated now..
  • PSA: Here’s how to check for – and remove – the Mac malware mshelper

    05/18/2018 2:19:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | May. 18th 2018 4:36 am PT | By Ben Lovejoy
    If your Mac seems to be running at high fan rates or you’re seeing reduced battery-life for no apparent reason, you may want to check for some Mac malware that seems to be going around … A couple of support threads have described people finding a process called mshelper using a lot of CPU usage.From the little that’s known about it so far, it seems this is either adware or a cryptocurrency miner. Despite the heading in the Reddit thread, there’s no evidence that it’s a virus, so the most likely explanation for its spread is a sketchy download...
  • Graphene confines light to one atom to enable ultra small optical switches, detectors and sensors

    05/16/2018 4:56:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | May 16, 2018 | Brian Wang
    Researchers have been able to confine light down to a space one atom, the smallest possible. This will pave the way to ultra-small optical switches, detectors and sensors. Light can function as an ultra-fast communication channel, for example between different sections of a computer chip, but it can also be used for ultra-sensitive sensors or on-chip nanoscale lasers. There is currently much research into how to further shrink devices that control and guide light. New techniques searching for ways to confine light into extremely tiny spaces, much smaller than current ones, have been on the rise. Researchers had previously found...
  • 6 Entry-Level Tech Jobs That Pay More Than $90,000 a Year

    05/03/2018 6:26:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Entrepreneur ^ | November 7, 2017 | Rose Leadem
    While typical entry-level jobs today pay around $40,000 to $50,000 annually, if you choose the right career route, you could be starting your career off making around six figures right off the bat. Of course, that depends on your job. Unsurprisingly, if you’re in technology, you’re in luck. A recent study by Comparably that analyzed nearly 20,000 anonymous employee salary records from companies big and small, public and private, uncovered the top six entry-level jobs that have average annual salaries of $90,000 or more. One of the highest paying jobs for people just stepping into the workforce is that of...
  • password management

    04/25/2018 3:57:45 AM PDT · by paladinkc · 27 replies
    I have run into an issue with my password manager which requires a master password, for some reason I am no longer able to update it which gives me great cause for concern. anyone have recommendations for a really good one other than lastpass? I've been a happy user for years until recently
  • This AI Can Automatically Animate New Flintstones Cartoons

    04/13/2018 6:49:30 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | April 13, 2018 | Andrew Liszewski
    The Flintstones, a cartoon about life in the Stone Age, has just surpassed The Jetsons, a cartoon about life in the distant future, when it comes to technological innovation. Researchers have successfully trained artificial intelligence to generate new clips of the prehistoric animated series based on nothing but random text descriptions of what’s happening in a scene. A team of researchers from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, trained an AI by feeding it over 25,000 three-second clips of the cartoon, which hasn’t seen any new episodes in over 50 years. Most AI experiments...
  • Apple Must Pay $502.6 Million to VirnetX, Federal Jury Rules (Link Only, Bloomberg)

    04/10/2018 8:09:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Bloomberg | April 10, 2018 | By Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson
    This article is on a jury decision about Apple infringing four patents that the patent office has already ruled are invalid. . . but that are being appealed to the appellate court which allowed this trial to go ahead anyway "because it was so far along." Link Only because of Bloomberg: Read the Article here.