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  • Worse than useless - An American government attempt to help Iranian dissidents backfires (Haystack)

    09/19/2010 5:34:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sept. 16, 2010
    FOR Iran’s beleaguered opposition, the internet is a potent weapon and a big hope. During the Green movement’s protests in 2009, activists used Twitter and Facebook, often from mobile phones, to upload videos of police brutality and spread messages of support and news of new demonstrations. The authorities responded not only by cracking heads, but cracking computers: trying to trace users, block services and close websites. Outsiders found the struggle inspirational. Austin Heap, a 26-year-old hacker born in Ohio, decided to develop anticensorship software to foil the authorities’ efforts. He named the product Haystack, and began earlier this year to...
  • $700,000 Joke Telling Software - Stimulus Funded

    09/15/2010 7:31:17 AM PDT · by Sad Hill · 29 replies
    Sad Hill News ^ | 09.14.2010 | Sad Hill
    Northwestern University professor, Kristian Hammond, received more than $700,000 in federal stimulus money to develop software that tells jokes. Hammond says it’s serious work. “Understanding what makes humor, what makes irony, what makes interesting juxtapositions, to understand what that means [then] actually create it," said Hammond. WLS-TV reports, “The material generated so far is not exactly killer standup material, and Hammond's critics certainly aren't laughing. Senator John McCain singled out Hammond's project, calling it a ‘joke machine’ — one of many examples of wasteful spending.”Hammond received the funding after he applied to the National Science Foundation, beating out dozens of...
  • Consumer Rights: Court Rules Against Used Software Sales

    09/13/2010 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 88 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | September 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    The 9th Circuit of Appeals has reaffirmed the right of software companies to circumvent the first-sale doctrine by “licensing” rather then “selling” its products. The significance of this ruling cannot be overstated—it could singlehandedly destroy the used software market. In 2005, one Timothy Vernor bought a sealed copy of AutoCAD Release 14 at a garage sale. In 2007, Vernor purchased four used copies of Release 14 from an authorized dealer, Cardwell/Thomas & Associates (CTA). He subsequently placed all but two copies on eBay, and in each instance, Autodesk appealed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), alleging copyright infringement. In...
  • Appeals court ruling threatens used software sales (and eBay and Netflix)

    09/11/2010 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2010 | Michael Liedtke
    SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court has sided with the computer software industry in its effort to squelch sales of second-hand programs covered by widely used licensing agreements. Friday's ruling by the 9th Circuit of Appeals raised worries that it will embolden music labels, movie studios and book publishers to circumvent the so-called "first-sale" doctrine in an attempt to boost their sagging sales. The doctrine refers to a 102-year-old decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that determined copyright holders can't prevent a buyer from reselling or renting a product after an initial sale, as long as additional copies aren't...
  • For Techies : Software Development, C# Among Top IT Skills in Demand, Online Job Board, Dice Says

    09/11/2010 6:27:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The July 2010 Dice Report shows that software development skills in general and C# skills in particular are more in demand this year, making Dice's top 10 list of in-demand skills. In addition, Dice reports that there are more open full-time IT positions this year than last year at this time. But the numbers are still a far cry from the number of open positions in July 2008. The July 2010 Dice Report shows that software development skills in general and C# skills in particular are more in demand this year, making Dice's top 10 list of in-demand skills. In...
  • Your Opinion on Microsoft Security Essentials: How is it?

    08/14/2010 2:06:53 PM PDT · by Don@VB · 51 replies
    Me | 8/14/10 | Don
    Just wondering about Microsoft Security Essentials. How does it compare to Norton, AVG etc? Often when its free you tend to get your money's worth. Is that the case here? Should I use it in conjunction with other anti-virus software?
  • Computer QUESTION: About "!A2"

    08/11/2010 2:55:05 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 28 replies · 1+ views
    My Firewall/Antivirus detected an infection of the "!A2" and says it's: A malicious trojan horse or bot that may represent security risk for the compromised system and/or its network environment. I tried to block it and delete the infected files, but that just set off an attack against my computer, which caused me to reload from backup several times. How do I get rid of this nightmare, and prevent it from coming back?
  • Best free video editing software?

    07/23/2010 11:03:54 AM PDT · by Keltik · 21 replies · 5+ views
    07-23-10 | Me
    I am looking for the best (easiest to use) free video editing software. I used to use Windows MovieMaker but I recently got a new laptop (Windows 7) and it has no video editing program.
  • A Man Who Took Life's Business Lemons and Made His Own Business Lemonade

    07/16/2010 11:40:03 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Associated Content ^ | Published July 16, 2010 by: | Alice Winters
    After getting frustrated out of the lemons his problems gave him, David Miller made his own corporate lemonade. Due to the frustration of always having to call technical support to solve his own frequent hardware problems, he started taking the initiative to educate himself.
  • Transparent Digital Keyboard

    05/06/2010 4:06:23 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 2 replies · 2,097+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 5 2010 | Alice Winters
    When it comes to computer technology, thin is always in. It's indisputable that the thinner, lighter, clearer, the better when dealing with the latest computer gadget. This keyboard is the epitome of the high standards expected of the technological version of the fashion industry. It's based on image as well, that is, image recognition technology. It judges clicking depending on the image of the size and where your finger touches the keyboard.
  • Ubuntu Reviewed: Hands on With Lucid Lynx

    05/03/2010 11:18:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies · 843+ views ^ | May 3rd 2010 at 1:35PM | Terrence O'Brien
    It seems that every time Ubuntu gets an update there's talk about how the new version will finally usher in the era of user-friendly Linux and turn the open-source operating system (OS) into a serious competitor to OS X and Windows. We've been running the latest version, 10.04 (code-named Lucid Lynx), since it first hit beta in mid-March. While we have a hard time seeing it replace Windows 7 anytime soon, the regular six-month intervals of serious improvements are finally paying off in an arguably consumer-ready OS. A Completely New Look *********************snip***************************** image at website***************************************************** The other major new feature...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Adobe: "Go Screw Yourself Apple"

    04/09/2010 2:40:02 PM PDT · by decimon · 40 replies · 1,200+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | Apr 9, 2010 | Brandon Hill
    Friday's normally are pretty quite in the tech industry. However, for some reason, today has been particularly interesting -- especially on the Adobe front. Earlier today, we posted a story which pointed out Adobe's fear of HTML5 gaining traction. In fact, one of the only reasons why HTML5 has even beginning a lot of attention these days is for two reasons; 1) Apple's iPhone OS-based devices don't support flash and 2) Apple is out to kill Flash. > Brimelow continues throughout the blog railing against Apple and its behavior with regards to Apple. However, he saves his most colorful language...
  • iPad As A Secret Weapon

    03/30/2010 11:36:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 638+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/30/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army is getting very tight with the Apple Corporation, mainly because soldiers have long been enthusiastic users of Apple products (iPod and iPhone, and probably iPad as well). But Apple has tight control over what software can be used on these devices, so the military needs a close relationship with Apple just to get their custom military software on the iPods, iPhones and iPads the troops are so enthusiastic about. This relationship enabled the army to recently run a programming contest for troops and civilian employees. The goal was to create the most effective smart phone software for...
  • Max Secure Software Users: Did You Receive This Email? They Support Earth Hour-Climate Gate.

    03/27/2010 4:14:43 AM PDT · by stumptalker · 19 replies · 312+ views
    Max Secure Software Email ^ | 3/26/10 | Max Secure Software
    This Saturday, the symbols of our civilization, iconic buildings and landmarks from all over the world, will stand in darkness, to help bring to light one of the biggest challenges of our generation-- Climate Change. The 'Earth Hour' that began as a show of solidarity against climate change has today become a global movement. On March 27 at 8.30pm, switch off your lights to support action against climate change. Call for a climate deal that keeps global warming below two degrees and pledge to reduce your own carbon footprint. You can urge your employer, employees, club and your community to...
  • Haven't found that software glitch, Toyota? Keep trying

    03/15/2010 3:54:27 PM PDT · by dickmc · 30 replies · 733+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 11, 2010 | David M. Cummings
    While the Toyota portion of the article is informative, the really interesting is the authors remarks on: As anyone with experience in embedded systems will tell you, there are nasty software bugs that can be extremely difficult to reproduce in a laboratory test environment. To illustrate, I'd like to describe one such bug we encountered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while developing the flight software for NASA's Mars Pathfinder spacecraft.... much more experience is detailed in the article here which is quite interesting and well worth reading.
  • Business accounting software advice needed (DBA)

    03/03/2010 5:47:23 PM PST · by MaxMax · 41 replies · 514+ views
    3/3/2010 | MaxMax
    Hello fellow DBA and other small business owners, I'm seeking advice about accounting software for small business operations. I've used Quickbooks for decades and I'm looking for a new application since my business has upgraded to Win-7, which is WOW btw. QB has become a tiresome and time consuming ordeal since the old school support has become a memory of the past. What app do you use and how long? Does it fare well with small DBA’? And any other input would be gratefully appreciated.
  • Tax Law Was Cited in Software Engineer’s Suicide Note

    02/23/2010 8:52:01 AM PST · by anymouse · 18 replies · 1,200+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 18, 2010 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
    In his suicide note, the computer software engineer who flew a small plane into a building with Internal Revenue Service offices in Texas on Thursday cited a 1986 tax law as a major motivation for his action. The law, known as Section 1706 of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, made it extremely difficult for information technology professionals to work as self-employed individuals, forcing most to become company employees.
  • Walk the plank....or not! Help Microsoft eliminate software piracy.

    02/18/2010 6:28:57 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies · 470+ views
    Linux Pro ^ | 15 February 2010 | Jon maddog Hall
    Several times I have written about "Software Piracy", and I think a lot of my readers get a little tired of hearing about it, but something happened this week that started me thinking about Software Piracy again.Microsoft made Software Piracy Prevention a voluntary thing. Of course Microsoft will probably pitch a different explanation, but what they actually did was post an "update" to Windows 7 that had lots of anti-piracy software in it, and told their customers that it was "voluntary" to install the anti-piracy software. Now this was probably in response to another time when Microsoft tried to force...
  • Government To Pay For Software!

    02/08/2010 10:24:29 AM PST · by steveballmer · 20 replies · 650+ views
    The Secret Diary of Steve Ballmer ^ | 2-6-10 | steveballmer