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  • MOZILLA, MO’ PROBLEMS: RITUAL SACRIFICE IN SILICON VALLEY

    04/02/2014 2:38:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/2/2014
    Silicon Valley is in an uproar. Angry blog posts have been written, resignations tendered, and boycotts organized, with no sign that the furor is likely to abate. Seeing such ruckus, a casual observer might assume that some fallout had finally resulted from the shocking revelation that several of the largest names in the technology industry—including Google, Apple, Intel, and others—have secretly colluded to drive down wages among software engineers and executives for the better part of the past decade. In fact it concerns nothing of the sort, but rather the appointment of a man named Brendan Eich to the role...
  • Looking for PC program that creates websites

    03/27/2014 8:57:00 AM PDT · by George from New England · 43 replies
    I have found myself losing business left and right because of the evolution of the internet. I am looking for a simple program that will import an existing webpage, allow the user to edit and change components and then publish the modified page back to the web. I am willing to pay for something that is proven and can be trusted. All the different platforms and their different video and audio codecs are driving me out of business. I constantly get contact emails saying they cannot see my video and yet it works for me in Chrome and Firefox. I...
  • What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs [Heidi Roizen]

    03/23/2014 11:13:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 58 replies
    Heidi Roizen's Blog ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Heidi Roizen
    Fresh out of Stanford Business School, I started a software company, T/Maker, with my brother Peter. He was the software architect and I was, well, everything else. Our little company was among the first to ship software for the Macintosh, and we developed a positive reputation among the members of the nascent developer community, which led us to expanding our business by publishing software for other independent developers. Two of our developers, Randy Adams and William Parkhurst, went to work for Steve Jobs at his new company, NeXT, and that’s how I ended up head to head with Steve Jobs....
  • Bill Gates: People Don't Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots

    03/14/2014 11:30:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2014 | Julie Bort
    Big changes are coming to the labor market that people and governments aren't prepared for, Bill Gates believes.Speaking at Washington, D.C., economic think tank The American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, Gates said that within 20 years, a lot of jobs will go away, replaced by software automation ("bots" in tech slang, though Gates used the term "software substitution").This is what he said:"Software substitution, whether it's for drivers or waiters or nurses … it's progressing. ...  Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. ...  20 years from now, labor demand for lots...
  • Apple’s Reputation for Software Security a 'Myth': Expert

    02/25/2014 10:09:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBC ^ | Feb 25, 2014 | Andre Mayer
    Security experts call recent iOS software bug 'scary'A "scary" software flaw that has put users of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers at risk of being hacked has dealt a blow to the reputation of Apple, the world’s most valuable brand, say security researchers. Tech watchers say this bug — which Apple quietly announced on Friday — illustrates that the company’s reputation for strong security may be overstated. "People in general feel, 'It's Apple, so it's secure'," says Brian Bourne, co-founder of Toronto's annual SecTor cybersecurity conference. “Whereas the truth is that Apple operates within the same bounds as every other...
  • Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Vehicles Worldwide Over (software) Glitch

    02/12/2014 2:29:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/12/14
    Toyota is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software glitch that could cause them to stall. **SNIP** The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
  • Free Software Foundation Endorses Its First Laptop

    12/19/2013 8:48:13 PM PST · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    phoronix - hardware ^ | 19 December 2013 01:15 PM EST | Michael Larabel
    The Free Software Foundation today has come out for "the first time we've ever been able to encourage people to buy and use a laptop as-is." The Free Software Foundation now backs one laptop model as respecting the customer's freedoms, but are the hardware specs any good? The Free Software Foundation publicly announced today the "Respects Your Freedom" certification for the Gluglug X60 laptops, which come down to refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad X60s... These refurbished laptops come from an Internet retailer in the UK that replaces the proprietary ThinkPad BIOS with Coreboot. The free software operating system preloaded on the refurbished...
  • What if Obamacare Software Crashes and Burns? (Obamaware)

    10/18/2013 2:08:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/18/13 | Michael Barone
    Amid all the tussling over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, a couple of bombshells went off in the blogosphere that may prove of more enduring importance. They suggest that there is a nontrivial possibility that Obamacare may implode. The first bombshell went off on Tuesday, from Ezra Klein of the Washington Post's Wonkblog. Klein was one of those young writers who formed JournoList a few years ago so that like-minded Obama fans could coordinate their lines of argument. It was like one of those college sophomore clubs, not really necessary in an age of ready contact through email,...
  • Ada Lovelace Day: A Celebration of the World’s First Computer Programmer

    10/15/2013 3:08:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 15 Oct 2013
    If you happen to do anything other than sleep in a cave today, chances are you have Ada Lovelace to thank for it. She is responsible for the first ever computer program. And she came up with it long before the computer even existed. Today is the fifth annual Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating the achievement of a Victorian mother-of-three who would change the world. Let’s travel back through time for a moment. Before the ZX Spectrum and before the Atari 2600, there was a thing that historians like to call the 19th century. The computer may have existed as a...
  • Massachusetts Governor Repeals TechTax Just Two Months After Signing It

    10/01/2013 9:30:28 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-1-13 | Alex Rued
    At first blush, the Massachusetts “tech tax” appears similar to tax regimes in other states. However, the Massachusetts tax on computer software services has a unique set of implications—and would likely have an unprecedented impact on the state’s tech economy. The software services tax or “tech tax” passed in July would tax all computer software services, including cloud computing and data storage operations. The legislature intended for the tax to raise $160 million for transportation improvements, but many believe the wide range of services eligible for taxation coupled with the law’s ambiguous language would yield upwards of $500 million. Massachusetts...
  • 15 Programming Skills Most Coveted By Employers

    09/04/2013 12:51:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | 04/09/2013 | John Paul Titlow
    More than ever, companies need coders. And while tech firms do the bulk of the hiring, the demand for programmers spans industries and only seems to be growing.  From writing basic HTML to building complex logic into mobile applications, the ability to smartly craft lines of code continues to be one of the most in-demand — and often, well-paying — skill sets one can have. (See also: Why This Guy Quit His Sports-Radio Dream Job... To Write Software)So what skills are the most sought after? That's an ever-fluctuating, somewhat difficult thing to track. Normally, we'd avoid turning to a single source for...
  • Massachusetts Targets Tech Sector for Revenue

    08/29/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 8-29-13 | Alex Rued
    With a pool of tech-focused firms and a slew of graduates from top-notch universities like MIT and Harvard, it’s no surprise that Massachusetts is home to a flourishing tech economy. What is surprising, however, are recent tax hikes targeting this sector of the economy, which is recognized as the state’s saving grace amid high unemployment rates and languid economic growth. Legislation passed last month—referred to as the “tech tax”—levies a 6.25 percent tax on software sales and services in order to raise the required funds to pay for roads in need of repair. The legislature expects the tax to raise...
  • NYC Engineer Wants to Help Homeless Man With Software Coding Classes

    08/24/2013 3:52:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    ABC Yahoo ^ | Aug 23, 2013 | JOANNA STERN
    McConlogue approached Leo, a 36-year man who lives on the streets of lower Manhattan, on Thursday and gave him two options. The first was $100 in cash. The second option on the table was a laptop, three JavaScript books and two months of coding instruction from McConlogue. Soon, McConlogue will deliver him a Samsung Chromebook with 3G connectivity, three JavaScript books, a solar charger for the laptop and something to conceal the laptop in. He will spend an hour before work every morning teaching him the basics of software coding.
  • Open source races to the top

    07/31/2013 6:46:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | 29 July 2013 | Eric Knorr
    Last week's OSCON conference served to remind us that open source software is setting the pace. We've come a very long way from the old saw that "open source doesn't innovate." Instead, you might ask: Is innovation in enterprise software happening anywhere else other than in open source land? Hadoop is at the center of the big data trend. OpenStack has the momentum in private cloud. Open source frameworks and IDEs absolutely dominate app dev, while all the leading NoSQL databases are open source. Do I need to mention that Android now powers more smartphones than any other mobile OS?...
  • Photoshop CC turns software into a monthly rental

    07/09/2013 10:32:26 AM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 68 replies
    The Seatlle Times ^ | 7/7/13 | David Pogue
    The dawn of Software as a Subscription is now upon us. You have to pay $30 a month, or $240 a year, for the privilege of using the latest Photoshop version, called Photoshop CC. Or, if you want to use the full Adobe suite, you’ll pay $600 a year.
  • Provably Secure DNS: A Case Study in Reliable Software

    07/02/2013 7:14:11 AM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 16 replies
    http://ironsides.martincarlisle.com ^ | Unknown | Barry Fagin and Martin Carlisle
    Abstract. We describe the use of formal methods in the development of IRONSIDES, an implementation of DNS with superior performance to both BIND and Windows, the two most common DNS servers on the Internet. More importantly, unlike BIND and Windows, IRONSIDES is impervious to all single-packet denial of service attacks and all forms of remote code execution. Introduction DNS is a protocol essential to the proper functioning of the Internet. The two most common implementations of DNS are the free software version BIND and the implementations that come bundled with various versions of Windows. Unfortunately, despite their ubiquity and...
  • Untapped Talent: Autistic Workers a Worthwhile Challenge for SAP

    05/22/2013 7:43:04 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | by Martin Motzkau
    German software development giant SAP plans to hire hundreds of people with autism by 2020. The company hopes to benefit from their unusual skillset and says it's ready for any practical challenges. Advocates hope the program could set an example for others. The Berlin IT firm Auticon contracts people with autism to work as consultants, mainly in the software industry. Autism impairs social and emotional communication, but can also be associated with extraordinary talent for analysis. Quincke facilitates a way to both utilize these strengths and integrate the workers into a professional setting. Now, German software development giant SAP has...
  • Great Bible programs and tools

    05/13/2013 10:37:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | May 13, 2013 | Kim Komando
    ... But if the Bible is so vital for life, why does it often feel difficult to read and understand? How can it be so hard to commit to daily devotion? It could be that all you need is the right tools. These free, downloadable Bible Study programs could help you truly delve deeper into the Word of God ...
  • Software company refuses service to pro-life group over abortion, marriage views

    03/18/2013 9:51:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    LSN ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    TORONTO, March 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A U.S. company that provides software solutions to nonprofit organizations has refused service to the Canadian pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition, accusing it of supporting “hate, prejudice and bigotry." CLC's Jack Fonseca told LifeSiteNews.com that recently Campaign Life Coalition asked an information technology (IT) consultant to help improve its business processes. "He searched for a database solutions company that specializes in non-profits like ours," Fonseca told LifeSiteNews. The IT specialist found a company called The Databank, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The consultant also found an endorsement from a Jesuit retreat center in Atlanta, Georgia,...
  • Sheriff warns of 'ransomware' [Software virus will locks computer and hold it ransom until paid]

    02/07/2013 3:13:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    BISBEE — Three reports of a “ransom scam” during the past two weeks has prompted the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office to issue a public warning. “This scam has been in existence for some time and has recently resurfaced in more metropolitan areas,” a press release issued Tuesday morning states. “This scam incorporates a malware virus into your computer and creates significant issues for the victim.” “Ransomware” begins when a message pops up on the computer screen, informing the user that they have a virus and no longer have access to any of the data files on the machine. “According to...
  • For Techies Only: What is the Best Programming Language to Learn in 2013?

    01/31/2013 6:50:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Site Point ^ | 01/25/2013 | By Craig Buckler
    An interesting article caught my eye at jobstractor.com — the programming language trends review. The company analyzed more than 60,000 job vacancies during 2012 to produce a chart of the most sought-after technologies: Language Jobs PHP 12,664 Java 12,558 Objective C 8,925 SQL 5,165 Android (Java) 4,981 Ruby 3,859 JavaScript 3,742 C# 3,549 C++ 1,908 ActionScript 1,821 Python 1,649 C 1,087 ASP.NET 818 Despite developer complaints, demand for PHP and Java (server/Android) remains strong. You would also expect those jobs to require some SQL knowledge although that has a strong showing in its own right. ActionScript is a dying art...
  • Need a suggestion for photo software.

    01/29/2013 12:46:45 PM PST · by meatloaf · 35 replies
    I need a suggestion for a program without a steep learning curve to position photos with descriptions on a page and print them. Other than short descriptions there's no text.
  • Problems with viewing longer threads....anyone else?

    01/29/2013 12:02:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | Posted on January 29, 2013 | myself
    Can't get beyond the first 17 replies in a thread.....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2982894/posts?page=87#87
  • Thank you FReepers!!!

    01/02/2013 6:01:27 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 8 replies
    Free republic ^ | 1/02/2013 | Ol Hickory
    Had computer issues, read a post from someone about trying linux (zorin 6) instead of windows7.. (I decided to check it out)...It was smooth installing and to my surprise it was FASTER than windows 7 on many things!! Thank you FReepers for the tech help!!!
  • Techie Ping! Am Considering Moving My Website to WordPress Software. Comments?

    11/29/2012 8:59:51 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 48 replies
    WordPress Website ^ | 11.30.12 | Chckensoup
    Am thinking of leaving my much beloved FrontPage to move my old old website to WordPress. It seems to be a dream come true for a tech-idiot like me. The man who I spoke with stated he could set me up for about 3K. I would be doing the movement of content, and day to day management. Your thoughts about this software option would be much appreciated and respected.
  • Software pioneer McAfee says framed for murder in Belize (In Hiding)

    11/13/2012 4:31:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/13/2012
    Computer security industry pioneer John McAfee says he has gone into hiding in Belize because he believes authorities there are trying to frame him for the murder of a neighbor, a crime he says he did not commit, according to Wired magazine. Belize police are searching for McAfee as "a person of interest" in a murder investigation. "You can say I'm paranoid about it, but they will kill me, there is no question. They've been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me," Wired quoted McAfee as saying on its website. "I am not well liked by...
  • Avoid Windows 8!

    11/01/2012 10:37:06 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 65 replies
    11/01/2012 | Redmond Barry
    Avoid Windows 8! I had the trial version and purchased the upgrade on line, After an entire day trying to find problems, I finally got it working. Then today, I was doing a search on Bing and Windows started to place a B when ?I typed a letter. And added an h before selected words. I rebooted thinking it was a short cut error. Now I can't log in! When I type my password, it puts the CAPS LOCK on when I type the number 1. And I cannot undo it, What a POS operating system.
  • E-Book Creation Software? I need help!

    09/25/2012 6:10:11 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 25 replies
    09/25/2012 | Loud Mime
    My newest book is now on Amazon; it's a paperback. I need to convert it to ebook format but have been frustrated with the results produced by the automatic conversion systems. The book has several graphics; they are causing the epub to separate the background from the text overlay. Arrgh! I produced the manuscript on InDesign CS4 and exported it to PDF and the Kindle export. I am dissatisfied with both. Can anybody point me in the right direction. the book's website is here. Thanks for any help!
  • Copyleft.next and the Future of GNU General Public Licenses

    07/12/2012 6:46:05 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 4 replies
    Datamation ^ | 10 July 2012 | Bruce Byfield
    "I am puzzled as to why this might be thought a newsworthy story at all," says Richard Fontana, talking about his new licensing project, Copyleft.next (formerly, GPL.next). "Copyleft.next is just a toy research project, motivated initially by a mere desire on my part to learn more about using Git."Fontana is perhaps being mildly disingenuous. Although the importance of Copyleft.next has been greatly exaggerated, he is not ruling out the possibility that it might play a role in the development of future versions of copyleft licenses such as the GPL family of licenses.If nothing else, the project seems to reflect the...
  • Vanity: Who can recommend a timer-based program to Limit Firefox?

    06/09/2012 5:49:09 PM PDT · by 50sDad · 57 replies
    Self ^ | 06/09/12 | Self
    I want to find some software that will let me shut down internet access to my daughter's bedroom computer between eleven PM and eight AM, so she will get more sleep. Can anyone recommend software that will do this?
  • Vanity: Anybody have an inside look at EPIC in Madison WI?

    05/06/2012 8:50:24 PM PDT · by HiTech RedNeck · 23 replies
    Self | 05/06/12 | HiTech RedNeck
    Hello fellow FReepers, Like a lot of folks I'm looking for a job and battling this tough market. I can competently wear either or both of two major hats, either as system administrator or computer programmer. I've had my resume out on Dice for several months, which has resulted in lots of nibbles, maybe about three a week, a mix of contract and permanent jobs that recruiters have asked me to submit my resume to. But virtually nothing has gotten to an interview... that is until this month. Now stuff has started to hop. The recruiters sound more interested and...
  • Software Engineers Will Work One Day for English Majors

    04/28/2012 12:48:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Quantnet ^ | 04/27/2012
    This is an article from Bloomberg, but since Bloomberg articles cannot be posted here, another website summarizes the article. Original article here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-22/software-engineers-will-work-one-day-for-english-majors.html To summarize the article: Although entry level software engineering jobs are extremely attractive for young graduating college students, their employability often starts to decline at age 35. There are two main reasons for this: 1. older employees may no longer be up-to-date with the latest technologies 2. they're too expensive. Statistics show that most software developers are out of the field by age 40. Moving into management roles can allay this problem, but these jobs are limited....
  • vanity: I need help with WORD and formatting an already formatted document

    04/28/2012 5:19:02 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 6 replies
    4/28/2012 | self
    I am trying to edit a WORD 2010 document that is formatted with columns I want to create a page that has no columns within that document I cant change that column format from 3 to one on a single page that I can see, it changes all pages within the document how can I edit that document to have a different format on single pages while the rest remain as they were originally created?
  • Court Rules Software Not Protected By Fed Crime Laws, Overturns Conviction of Goldman Engineer

    04/14/2012 9:55:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | April 14, 2012 | By Daniel McKenzie
    Before leaving Goldman Sachs to earn a millionaire’s salary with Chicago High Frequency Trading (HFT) startup Teza Technologies, Sergey Aleynikov made one last transaction. At 5:20pm on his last day, just before his going-away party, Aleynikov uploaded 500,000 lines of encrypted source code from the Wall Street firm’s proprietary HFT system to a server located in Germany. Following the clandestine upload, Aleynikov deleted the encryption program, wiped his command history, and headed to the party. Although Aleynikov later managed to download the source code to his home computer in New Jersy before flying to Chicago, he was apprehended by the...
  • Pentagon focused on resolving F-35 software issues

    04/01/2012 9:20:55 PM PDT · by U-238 · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    The Pentagon is focused on resolving complex software issues on the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, even as it struggles to drive down costs, a top Pentagon official said on Friday, noting that software failures could "bring us to our knees." Air Force Major General John Thompson, the No. 2 official in charge of the huge multi-nation warplane development program, said the latest restructuring of the program had given officials enough resources and time to address future challenges. "Both the hardware and the software issues that we're addressing are all within the realm of being resolved," Thompson told...
  • New to Macs, help with Lightroom, please.

    02/14/2012 2:23:58 PM PST · by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch · 29 replies · 1+ views
    me | 2/14/12 | me
    We are new to apple/macs, and our Lightroom software has gone a bit glitchy. Apparently I have the dreaded beach ball spiral of death or something like that. When we try to edit photos we get this beach ball spiral symbol in our software window. It almost acts like it needs reinstalling but some blogs I've read said that does not work. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  • Software for petition database needs human assistance

    01/21/2012 10:43:47 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-21-12 | Patrick marley
    Madison - In their effort to review 1.9 million recall signatures, state election officials are embarking on a project unlike any they have done before, relying on newly purchased software that can convert handwritten names into entries in six searchable databases. Experts say that the type of software the state is using can produce databases in a short time, but that officials must be ready to address numerous errors because computers sometimes misread handwritten letters. "Handwriting recognition software is not great," said Daniel Lopresti, a computer science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. "A lot of the names are going...
  • Foreign company now fully owns U.S. elections reporting software

    01/18/2012 12:08:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Liberty News ^ | 1/18/12 | Eric Odom
    This might not be a big deal in the end, but it sure has an odd vibe that a foreign company now owns the software used to report precinct level election results in the United States. BlackBoxVoting.org reports: In a major step towards global centralization of election processes, the world’s dominant Internet voting company has purchased the USA’s dominant election results reporting company. When you view your local or state election results on the Internet, on portals which often appear to be owned by the county elections division, in over 525 US jurisdictions you are actually redirected to a private...
  • Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell

    12/10/2011 4:10:57 PM PST · by hripka · 28 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 28, 2011 | STEVE LOHR
    The photographs of celebrities and models in fashion advertisements and magazines are routinely buffed with a helping of digital polish. The retouching can be slight — colors brightened, a stray hair put in place, a pimple healed. Or it can be drastic — shedding 10 or 20 pounds, adding a few inches in height and erasing all wrinkles and blemishes, done using Adobe’s Photoshop software, the photo retoucher’s magic wand. “Fix one thing, then another and pretty soon you end up with Barbie,” said Hany Farid, a professor of computer science and a digital forensics expert at Dartmouth. And that...
  • Herman Cain unwittingly takes lie detector test and passes...

    11/11/2011 3:33:11 AM PST · by Scanian · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Herman Cain may not have to take a lie detector test because, as one investigator claims, he already did - and passed with flying colours. The sexual harassment scandal has shaken Cain’s campaign but has showed few signs of derailing it, as he spoke at Wednesday night's Republican debate to loud applause. In the face of the accusations, Cain said earlier this week that he was willing to take a lie detector test, but only 'if I have to.' Enter TJ Ward, a private investigator who claims to have a fool-proof method of separating the honest from the liars.
  • All patents are theft

    10/26/2011 7:30:09 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 67 replies
    Linux User & Developer ^ | 25 October 2011 | Richard Hillesley
    If necessity is the mother of invention, patents are its delinquent offspring, providing stumbling blocks to innovation and progress, inhibiting the free exchange of ideas, and restricting our knowledge of how things work, says Richard Hillesley… Pablo Picasso is supposed to have said that “all art is theft”. The assertion may be controversial, but the intention is clear – the creative process, which relies on the evolution of techniques, observation and criticism, is an assimilation of that which has gone before, and all creativity, whether artistic, technological or scientific, walks a thin line between innovation and originality, plagiarism and parody....
  • Dude Downloads $5 Million of Stolen Software to 1TB Hard Drive for Art Exhibit

    08/24/2011 8:10:27 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Maximum PC ^ | 08/24/2011 | Paul Lilly
    Art is about freedom of expression, and it sometimes results in controversial pieces that challenge the social norms or intentionally push the boundaries of decency for one reason or another. But does there ever come a point when artwork crosses the line? A 1TB external hard drive sitting on a white pedestal at the Art 404 gallery begs that very question, the one you have to ask when someone crams $5 million worth of illegally downloaded software into a storage device and calls it art. Credit goes to thenextweb.com for stumbling upon the "5 Million Dollars 1 Terrabyte" exhibit, which...
  • Apple's Unlikely Security Mentor: Microsoft

    08/12/2011 10:01:40 PM PDT · by FromTheSidelines · 13 replies
    Slashdot ^ | August 12, 2011 | Soulskill
    "Apple has much to learn about securing an operating system, and it could learn how from Microsoft, Roger Grimes writes in the wake of further evidence that Macs are more vulnerable to attack than Windows machines. 'It's taken Microsoft 10 years to turn security from a weakness into a strength. Apple can use the lessons learned by Microsoft to manage a quick turnaround. Apple has already hired one of Microsoft's former security leaders, Window Snyder, and it has adopted a modified form of Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle programming practices. Apple has the benefit of seeing how Microsoft fixed its past...
  • Small-business nightmare: 8 million sites hacked to harm customers' computers

    08/12/2011 10:04:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
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  • Vanity--Looking for Speech Application for Ipad

    07/30/2011 8:13:58 AM PDT · by Vermont Lt · 8 replies
    7/30/2011 | VT Lt
    Good morning. My wife just got an iPad and as I am using it, I think it would be a wonderful tool for an uncle who has had a stroke. He is unable to speak well, but his mind is clear and I can see in his eyes the frustration of not being able to get his point across. Does anyone know of a decent text/icon to speech software product that we might be able to get. If it works well, I am sure it will add a quality to his life that has been missing for a while.
  • Microsoft Profits Jump 30 Percent on Office Demand

    07/22/2011 7:14:31 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 July 2011 | Richard Blackden
    Profits at the world's biggest software maker climbed to $5.87bn (Ł3.6bn) for the past three months, a 30pc increase on the same period last year. Revenues rose 8pc to $17.4bn, topping Wall Street's expectations. It was Microsoft's business division, which includes the Office set of software, that again delivered the growth. Microsoft had business spending to thank for a rise in profits in a quarter that saw consumers abandon personal computers in greater numbers. Sales of the Windows operating system, which comes pre-installed on most of the PCs sold in the world, edged slightly lower in the quarter.
  • Bill Gates challenges research team to reinvent the........... toilet

    07/21/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    www.theengineer.co.uk ^ | 20 July 2011 | staff
    Bill Gates has given Dutch researchers the task of creating a toilet that works without links to water, sewage or power networks. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Delft University of Technology a grant to develop a way of using microwaves to process human waste and create electricity. The researchers hope the new toilet could be produced at an affordable cost for people in developing countries with limited access to reliable infrastructure. Waste will be dried and then gasified using plasma created by microwaves. The resulting syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, will be fed into...
  • Software designer says Casey Anthony prosecution data was wrong

    07/19/2011 6:27:00 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies · 1+ views
    The Orlando Sentinal ^ | Jul 19, 2011 | Jeff Weiner
    Prosecutors cited a report prepared by a software program called CacheBack, which the state argued showed 84 web searches for chloroform being made on the Anthony computer. The defense would later contradict the CacheBack report with a separate report generated by another program, NetAnalysis. That report returned only one search result for chloroform. Last week, CacheBack CEO John Bradley posted a statement on his website, acknowledging that the 84-search result was an error, and criticizing the state for its use of flawed data. It was Bradley who introduced those results as a witness for the defense. On the stand, he...
  • Caught in a Dragnet (Driver Sues DMV For Revoking License Due To Faulty Face Recognition Software)

    07/18/2011 1:25:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 17, 2011 | Meghan E Irons
    John H. Gass hadn’t had a traffic ticket in years, so the Natick resident was surprised this spring when he received a letter from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles informing him to cease driving because his license had been revoked. “I was shocked,’’ Gass said in a recent interview. “As far as I was concerned, I had done nothing wrong.’’ After frantic calls and a hearing with Registry officials, Gass learned the problem: An antiterrorism computerized facial recognition system that scans a database of millions of state driver’s license images had picked his as a possible fraud. It turned...
  • Stop Software Attacks From Destroying Your Servers

    07/06/2011 7:43:40 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    ServerWatch ^ | 30 June 2011 | Paul Rubens
    Stuxnet-style malware that attacks computer hardware could put your company out of business by physically destroying the servers, networking equipment and storage resources in your data center. Unlike Stuxnet, however, this type of malware is easy to create. That's the stark warning Itzik Kotler issued at the HackInTheBox hacker convention in Amsterdam last month. Kotler is the chief technology officer of the information security company Security Art. Software attacks that stop the physical hardware from ever working again are known as Permanent Denial of Service (PDoS) attacks. The Stuxnet virus -- which attacked Iran's nuclear facilities -- was so complex...