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  • If you sign out of G Mail does google still track you?

    12/25/2014 5:51:08 AM PST · by dennisw · 60 replies
    self | Dec 25 | self
    One of my New Years resolutions is to not stay signed into Google mail or Google anything// Does this help with the tracking google does? I use track me not on Firefox and Chrome. I am using Bing and Google for searches Thanks
  • Dangerous 'Misfortune Cookie' flaw discovered in 12 million home routers

    12/19/2014 9:29:02 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    PCWorld ^ | December 19, 2014 | By John E. Dunn
    Researchers at Check Point have discovered a serious security vulnerability affecting at least 12 million leading-brand home and SME routers that appears to have gone unnoticed for over a decade. Dubbed the ’Misfortune Cookie’ flaw, the firm plans to give a detailed account of the issue at a forthcoming security conference but in the meantime it’s important to stress that no real-world attacks using it have yet been detected. That said, an attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to monitor all data travelling through a gateway such as files, emails and logins and have the power to infect connected...
  • System Mechanic has been hacked, they want me to give them control of my computer

    12/16/2014 7:42:15 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 23 replies
    Iolo System Mechanic ^ | 12/16/2014 | Charles O'Connell
    Alert: Fraudulent Entities Posing as iolo Please be aware that iolo Customer Care Agents do not initiate outbound phone calls based on alerts or errors from the product. If someone claiming to be from “iolo” or “System Mechanic” contacts you regarding alerts or messages from the product do not provide any information and contact iolo to verify. Learn More 
  • Displaced IT workers are being silenced

    12/08/2014 6:45:38 AM PST · by Ghost of SVR4 · 40 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 12-04-2014 | Patrick Thibodeau
    A major problem with the H-1B debate is the absence of displaced IT workers in news media accounts. Much of the reporting is one-sided -- and there's a reason for this. An IT worker who is fired because he or she has been replaced by a foreign, visa-holding employee of an offshore outsourcing firm will sign a severance agreement. This severance agreement will likely include a non-disparagement clause that will make the fired worker extremely cautious about what they say on Facebook, let alone to the media. On-the-record interviews with displaced workers are difficult to get. While a restrictive severance...
  • Intel to merge struggling mobile chip unit into its PC chip business

    11/22/2014 11:44:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    hexus.net ^ | 18 November 2014, 11:05 | by Mark Tyson
    Intel CEO Brain Krzanich has announced, in an email sent to employees on Monday, new company plans to merge its loss-making mobile chip unit with its profitable PC business early next year, writes the Wall Street Journal. "The market continues to evolve rapidly, and we must change even faster to stay ahead," Krzanich asserted in the email. It is well known that Intel has struggled to gain a foothold in mobile computing, but even worse for the business its tablet and smartphone chip-making division has lost billions in the recent months. Intel's mobile communication group posted a $1 billion operating...
  • Facebook shuttle drivers vote to unionize

    11/20/2014 5:21:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/20/14 | Kristen V Brown
    The bus drivers who cart Facebook employees to and from Silicon Valley voted on Wednesday to unionize, a move expected to kick off wider efforts to organize the men and women at other companies responsible for getting the tech industry to work. Drivers for Loop Transportation, a company contracted by Facebook, voted 43-28 to form a union, with 11 drivers who did not cast ballots. The drivers voted at secret ballot stations set up in the small, 10-bed trailer at a San Carlos Loop bus lot used as a rest area by dozens of Facebook drivers.
  • New App Launching to Report Voter Fraud

    11/02/2014 8:59:39 PM PST · by Windflier · 22 replies
    A new app, which allows users to conveniently report voter fraud, will be available for iOS and Android on November 1. The app, called VoteStand, is being launched by True the Vote, an anti-voter fraud group that was one of the groups unconstitutionally targeted by the Obama IRS. According to the VoteStand website, “the app uses a high level encryption, inside the app allowing information to get to the right people to make reporting voter fraud easily.”
  • Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself

    10/29/2014 1:56:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    betabeat.com ^ | 10/29 3:22pm | By Sage Lazzaro
    The new hybrid device might not need humans at all. In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science. One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to fear, as computers will always need a programmer to tell them what to do. Today’s news brings us to the Neural Turing Machine, a computer that will combine the...
  • Marriott Pays $600,000 For Jamming WiFi Hotspots

    10/05/2014 3:34:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Information Week ^ | 10/5/2014 | Thomas Claburn
    Marriott International has agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty for jamming guests' mobile WiFi hotspots at a hotel and conference facility in Nashville, Tenn.In a consent decree filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Marriott acknowledged that "one or more of its employees used containment features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to prevent consumers from connecting to the Internet via their own personal Wi-Fi networks."At the same time, the FCC says, the hotel was charging consumers, small businesses, and exhibitors from $250 to $1,000 per device to access Marriott's WiFi network."Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should...
  • 'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

    09/29/2014 12:38:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | Sep 27, 2014 | Provided by University of Rochester
    Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration. "There've been many high tech approaches to cloaking and the basic idea behind these is to take light and have it pass around something as if it isn't there, often using high-tech or exotic materials," said John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester....
  • THE LIST: EVERY JOURNALIST IN THE GAMEJOURNOPROS GROUP REVEALED

    09/22/2014 6:10:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Last week, Breitbart News revealed a secret video game journalist mailing list used by a clique of influential writers, editors, and bloggers, some of whom attempted to bully their colleagues with it in an attempt to shape the news agenda for political purposes. We can today reveal the complete list of journalists, some 150 key industry figures, on the list. Outlets with representation span the entire video games journalism universe and include Polygon, Ars Technica, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, Kotaku, Joystiq, TechRadar, and many other well-known brands in games publishing. But they also include freelancers and staffers for publications as solidly...
  • What you need to know about the new Apple Watch

    09/09/2014 1:01:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 98 replies
    www.vox.com ^ | September 9, 2014, 2:23 p.m. ET | Updated by Danielle Kurtzleben
    Apple unveiled its first smartwatch on Tuesday. The move was hotly anticipated, as Apple enters a competitive and rapidly expanding market. The new watches will be available starting in early 2015, starting at $349. Here's everything else you need to know about the new Apple Watch. 1) It's sleek There's a reason Apple invited fashion bloggers to the event today. The Apple Watch is clearly more than just a wrist computer that does nifty high-tech things; it's meant to be pretty. CEO Tim Cook told the audience Tuesday that Apple thought hard about the watch's look, not just its capabilities....
  • Non-volatile memory improves energy efficiency by two orders of magnitude

    09/03/2014 11:38:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03 Sep 2014 | by Lisa Zyga
    (Phys.org) —By using voltage-generated stress to switch between two magnetic states, researchers have designed a new non-volatile memory with extremely high energy efficiency—about two orders of magnitude higher than that of the previous most efficient non-volatile memories. The engineers, Ayan K. Biswas, Professor Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, and Professor Jayasimha Atulasimha at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, have published their paper on the proposed non-volatile memory in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. "We are excited that we have been able to come up with the idea of a strain-switched memory element capable of 180° switching using a simple geometric...
  • China's new foe {Microsoft Windows}

    08/27/2014 7:07:34 AM PDT · by shove_it · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Susan Li
    CNBC's Susan Li reports China is building its own operating system to compete with companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft... (short vid at link)
  • Seagate’s new 8TB hard drive is the first of its kind

    08/26/2014 7:18:15 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 87 replies
    SlashGear.com ^ | 8/26/14 | Brittany Hillen
    Seagate has hit a new storage milestone with its recently unveiled 8TB hard drive disk, the first of its kind to start shipping. The company calls this an "important step forward", saying its new offering meets the increasing data-heavy demands of our modern cloud-centric world. The new 8TB offering is a 3.5-inch drive, and the maker is hawking it at cloud providers and others revolving around bulk data storage. Said IDC's John Rydning, "Public and private data centers are grappling with efficiently storing massive amounts of unstructured digital content." He points towards the 8TB drive as a solution for addressing...
  • Mindless Drones

    08/13/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | John Stossel
    Drones -- unmanned flying machines -- will soon fill our skies. They conjure up fears, especially among some of my fellow libertarians, of spying and death from above. These fears aren't groundless. President Bush approved the use of armed drones against suspected terrorists overseas, and President Obama vastly increased their use. Drones have killed thousands of people in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, countries against which we have not declared war. Drones keep getting more sophisticated. The Air Force is now developing what it calls MAVs, Micro Air Vehicles, tiny drones that can quietly search for an individual terrorist...
  • This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil”

    07/31/2014 10:16:53 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 18 replies
    ars technica ^ | July 31 2014, 6:21am -0700 | Dan Goodin
    This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil” Per FR posting rules, ars technica can not be posted, so a link to the article referring to USB thumbdrives hacking computers is listed instead. Ignore the "source url", it just points back to the FR website. Article here: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/this-thumbdrive-hacks-computers-badusb-exploit-makes-devices-turn-evil/
  • Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops

    07/29/2014 5:14:55 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 71 replies
    WNYC News -- The Hechinger Report ^ | 7-29-14 | Jill Barshay
    Inside Hoboken’s combined junior-senior high school is a storage closet. Behind the locked door, some mothballed laptop computers are strewn among brown cardboard boxes. Others are stacked one atop another. Dozens more are stored on mobile computer carts, many of them on their last legs. That’s all that remains from a failed experiment to assign every student a laptop at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. It began five years ago with an unexpected windfall of stimulus money from Washington, D.C., and good intentions to help the district’s students, the majority of whom are under or near the poverty line, keep...
  • Tech layoffs could hit highest level since 2009

    07/29/2014 10:31:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/29/2014 | Vicki Needham
    Layoffs in the technology sector could reach their highest level in five years, according to a group that tracks employments trends. So far this year, tech employers have announced plans to cut payrolls by 48,402, a 68 percent increase over the 28,883 layoffs announced during the same period in 2013, according to a special report released Monday by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. At the current rate, the 2014 year-end total could be the highest since 2009, when tech-sector job cuts hit 174,629. The highest total on record was 695,581 job cuts in 2001, when the tech bubble in the stock...
  • 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...
  • Who I Am, and Why the New Blog

    07/05/2014 10:19:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 51 replies
    Norm says No ^ | Norm Matloff
    Hi, Norm Matloff here. I’m a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, and formerly was a statistics professor at that university, but I also write about social issues. As the saying goes, “My life is an open book”–you can read the details of my background in my online bio. I’ve written op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg View, CNN and so on. Bloomberg gathers together its op-eds grouped by author; click here to see mine, and thus get an idea of my interests and views. (SNIP) In this blog, my topics will...
  • 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...
  • Here’s how the IRS lost emails from key witness Lois Lerner (media in full coverup mode)

    06/17/2014 8:50:25 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 45 replies
    On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service informed Congressional investigators that it could not recover two years of emails from Lois Lerner, the former head of the agency's tax-exempt status department. Lerner has been at the center of the investigation into how and why the IRS applied additional scrutiny to the tax-exempt applications of Tea Party-affiliated organizations.
  • Tech Question - Need Input About Dual Wan Routers

    06/09/2014 12:48:15 PM PDT · by The Louiswu · 11 replies
    Me ^ | 6/9/2014 | The Louiswu
    I have a client that has 2 ISP's, Frontier and Mediacom and is running POS/Credit Card machines through the Frontier service primarily, however Frontier goes out from time to time so they would like to be able to switch to the Mediacom service easily and quickly during those down times. Question, is a dual wan router the best answer to this issue? Thanks for the input.
  • Tiny robots could conduct surveillance, search houses for soldiers

    05/20/2014 2:38:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Defense Systems ^ | 5/19/2014 | Joey Cheng
    With the growth of IEDs and other weapons used against unsuspecting soldiers in complex and urban environments, the demand for squad-level reconnaissance capabilities has significantly increased. One possible solution is the use of small, insect-like robots that could collaborate together to form multifunctional, mobile microsystems to enhance situational awareness.Researchers of the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) program of the Army Research Lab are collaborating with industry and academia to develop ground, aerial and control systems for robotics. The collaboration includes researchers from ARL and BAE Systems, as well as several universities. The program focuses on technological and scientific areas...
  • DEFENSE PLANS TO REPLACE 19-YEAR-OLD RETIREE PAY SYSTEM

    05/14/2014 4:55:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 5/15/2014 | Bob Brewin
    The Defense Department has decided to retire its 19-year-old retiree pay system written in “antiquated” computer code and replace it with a lower cost, easier to use application based on off-the-shelf technology. The Defense Retiree and Annuitant Pay System, or DRAS, maintains military pay accounts for more than 2.6 million military retirees, former spouses and survivor beneficiaries totaling $40 billion a year. The system was introduced in 1995 and is based on Common Business Oriented Language computer code of the time. DRAS uses “antiquated mainframe technology dating back to 1980 that has exceeded the end of its planned lifecycle,” the...
  • Yes, we're in a tech bubble. Here's how I know it

    05/09/2014 6:51:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | 05/09/2014 | By Adam Lashinsky
    When tech startups are willing to offer almost anyone -- even a journalist -- shares ahead of an IPO, a burst isn't terribly far behind. I was surprised but not completely flabbergasted by the phone call I received a few weeks ago. A representative of Arista Networks, a networking company I've written about recently, phoned to inform me that the company's chief executive wanted to offer me "friends and family" shares in Arista's upcoming initial public offering. The offer was explicit, down to the number of shares I'd have the opportunity to purchase at the IPO price. The caller specifically...
  • Summary of White House Big Data Privacy Report: 'Give Feds More Power, Please'

    05/02/2014 10:56:18 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 4 replies
    Reason Dot Com ^ | May 02, 2014 16:05GMT | Scott Shackford
    In January, the Obama administration put together a "working group" to analyze how huge swaths of Americans' data are being gathered and stored and what sort of privacy issues need to be addressed. The group's report was just released this week. Before you ask: No, it's not about the National Security Agency (NSA) sweeping up huge amounts of metadata from phone and online communications by Americans, even though that’s the big data conversation many Americans want to have right now. Such data gathering is vaguely mentioned in the full report, but primarily the 85-page study (pdf) is about consumer privacy...
  • Tech Companies Refusing To Keep Quiet On Subpoenas (for your accounts)

    05/02/2014 6:00:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 11 replies
    Red State ^ | May 1st, 2014 | streiff (Diary)
    The low level griping about law enforcement subpoenas requesting user information and instructing companies to not tell the subjects of the subpoenas has burst into full fledged rebellion. From the Washington Post: "This increasingly defiant industry stand is giving some of the tens of thousands of Americans whose Internet data gets swept into criminal investigations each year the opportunity to fight in court to prevent disclosures. Prosecutors, however, warn that tech companies may undermine cases by tipping off criminals, giving them time to destroy vital electronic evidence before it can be gathered." Now Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google have joined...
  • Stop using Microsoft's IE browser until bug is fixed, US warns

    04/28/2014 1:52:29 PM PDT · by dayglored · 56 replies
    Cnet ^ | Apr 28, 2014 | Seth Rosenblatt
    In a rare move that highlights the severity of the security hole in one of the Web's most popular browsers, the Homeland Security Department's Computer Emergency Readiness Team says to stop using Internet Explorer until Microsoft can fix it. Security firm FireEye said that it is currently being used to attack financial and defense organizations in the US via Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11. Those versions of the browser run on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8, although the exploit is present in Internet Explorer 6 and above.
  • Tech CEO on bike arrested in Marin road rage beating

    04/25/2014 5:35:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 34 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 25 April 2014 | Kurtis Alexander
    <p>A Marin County technology executive was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he got off his bicycle and beat a motorist unconscious during an alleged act of road rage in Mill Valley, a city police official said.</p>
  • Wife of Foursquare CEO wore fake bib at Boston Marathon, report says

    04/25/2014 4:57:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 25 April 2014 | Julie Balise
    <p>The wife of Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley allegedly wore a fake bib in order to gain entry to the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to a report from Boston news station WCVB.</p> <p>The story came out when registered marathon runner Kathy Brown spotted photos of someone else wearing her number, 34033, while looking for pictures of herself on the website MarathonFoto.</p>
  • Obama to pitch U.S. immigration reform from South Korea

    04/24/2014 10:54:02 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Christi Parsons
    President Obama plans to honor those who died in the Korean War with a surprising message for a foreign audience: a pitch for immigration reform back home. At a naturalization ceremony Friday for 13 U.S. service members and seven military spouses stationed in South Korea, he will offer a tribute to the contributions that naturalized American citizens have made through military service, according to an official familiar with the event.
  • Samsung claims a ‘Massive’ Graphene Wafer breakthrough – Begins Prototype production of gFETs ....

    04/07/2014 11:23:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 56 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | 12:16 PM - 6 Apr 2014 | Syed Muhammad Usman Pirzada
    Graphene is slated as the major breakthrough of this century. Infact it could very well propel the semiconductor a couple of decades easily (compared to the performance trend via Moore’s law ). Graphene transistors are more than capable of being clocked at 500Ghz so you get the idea of what Samsung is claiming to have achieved: a replicateable production process of Graphene nodes.Graphene.Experimental gFET Graphene Production – Scientific breakthrough of this century to be used in CPUs* of wearable devicesOK, I admit, I was being slightly sarcastic when I wrote the headline. It seems sort of ironic that if Samsung’s...
  • Government-run UTOPIA is not good for Utahans

    04/03/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-27-14 | Alex Rued
    A new bill seeking to curb Utah’s government-owned broadband networks incited anger among observers, indicating confusion remains regarding the policy—and the state of broadband. Promoting broadband is in the public interest, but government-run broadband networks like Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency—termed UTOPIA—are not the way to broadband paradise. In 2002, local government leaders commenced work on UTOPIA—the nation’s largest government-owned wholesale fiber operation—as a reaction to private telecommunications providers’ supposed unwillingness to make available high-speed broadband services. Altogether, 11 communities pledged approximately $500 million over several decades to back the bonds UTOPIA sold to finance network development. However, UTOPIA never...
  • Ex-Bush admin official: Internet giveaway weakens cybersecurity, opens door to Web tax

    03/15/2014 8:24:25 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 15 Mar 2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    The U.S. government’s plan to give away authority over the Internet’s core architecture to the “global Internet community” could endanger the security of both the Internet and the U.S. — and open the door to a global tax on Web use. “U.S. management of the internet has been exemplary and there is no reason to give this away — especially in return for nothing,” former Bush administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller. “This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal — only with possibly much worse consequences.” The U.S....
  • Thermal Imaging Gets More Common But The Courts Haven't Caught Up

    02/27/2014 3:54:22 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Feb 2014 | Katie Barlow
    Thermal imaging devices have been available for sale online, relatively cheaply, for at least a couple of years. But now, an iPhone attachment will let you carry a thermal imaging camera in your pocket. FLIR Systems, a specialized camera company, plans to release its thermal camera and app for iPhone for less than $350 this spring. These devices — which show you the image of what you are looking at but with colors highlighting heat levels from objects — are getting easy to own and use. And that means consumers could use them to spot a water leak in the...
  • Feds Interrogate Man Wearing Google Glass in Movie Theater

    01/21/2014 10:26:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 100 replies
    betabeat.com ^ | 1/21/14 9:35am | By Jordyn Taylor
    As if you needed another reason not to wear your dumb Google Glass in public—or ever, actually—an Ohio man claims he was yanked out of a movie theater and interrogated by federal agents, who believed he was illegally filming the movie with his face computer. The man’s full account is posted on The Gadgeteer, but we’ll summarize it here so you can get the gist of it before you’re engulfed forever in this ghastly winter storm. Last Saturday, our Glass-wearing protagonist and his wife went to a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at an AMC in Columbus, Ohio. About...
  • How Silicon Valley Could Destabilize The Democratic Party

    01/10/2014 9:06:40 AM PST · by amnestynone · 16 replies
    New Geography ^ | 01/09/2014 | Joel Kotkin
    Much has been written, often with considerable glee, about the worsening divide in the Republican Party between its corporate and Tea Party wings. Yet Democrats may soon face their own schism as a result of the growing power in the party of high-tech business interests. Gaining the support of tech moguls is a huge win for the Democrats — at least initially. They are not only a huge source of money, they also can provide critical expertise that the Republicans have been far slower to employ. There have always been affluent individuals who backed liberal or Democratic causes, either out...
  • Revealed! The 50 best tech products of 2013

    12/29/2013 9:14:21 PM PST · by gooblah · 19 replies
    pcworld ^ | December 29 2013 | Staff
    What a year 2013 turned out to be. We saw all-new PC form factors, interesting innovations in mobile hardware, and an explosion of gadgets in the home tech and entertainment spaces. And after testing, beating on, and writing about hundreds of products, the editors at PCWorld and TechHive have carefully compiled a list of our 50 favorites.
  • FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

    12/11/2013 3:12:41 PM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 9 replies
    Slashdot ^ | December 11, 2013 | Soulskill
    "An article at Ars Technica explains how, following stories of NSA leaks, FreeBSD developers will not rely solely on Intel's or Via's chip-based random number generators for /dev/random values. The values will first be seeded through another randomization algorithm known as 'Yarrow.' The changes are effective with the upcoming FreeBSD 10.0 (for which the first of three planned release candidates became available last week)."
  • watch the world's currencies flow into BTC in realtime (bitcoin hit $850 now at 722.90)

    11/25/2013 5:31:30 AM PST · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    open source development ^ | November 25, 2013 | open source development
    Each trade results in a bitcoin being sent from the currency counter in red to the country on the map. The value in BTC is listed in green and plotted across the map. The last exchange rate for each currency is listed in @purple and updated for each trade....
  • Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline?

    11/21/2013 1:20:49 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 32 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-21-13 | Martin Kaste
    merica’s traditional phone system is not as dependable as it used to be. Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission told phone companies to start . According to one estimate, as many as 1 in 5 incoming long-distance calls simply doesn’t connect. The problem may be in the way those calls are being routed — often via the Internet, which is cheaper. It may also have something to do with the gradual decay of traditional landline infrastructure. Dan Newhouse, a farmer in eastern Washington state, hears that decay on his home phone every day. “We live out in the country,...
  • How Silicon Valley Turned on President Obama

    11/14/2013 1:30:05 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/14/13 | Dana Liebelson
    In the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election, Silicon Valley was squarely in President Obama's corner. Google's executive chairman coached Obama's campaign team; executives from Craigslist, Napster, and Linkedin helped him fundraise; and when the dust settled, Obama had won nine counties in the liberal and tech-heavy Bay Area, scoring 84 percent of the vote in San Francisco. But a little over a year later, following explosive allegations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the government is exploiting tech companies to spy on Americans, some members of Silicon Valley are taking a new perspective: "F--- these guys."
  • Dispute Over Obamacare Tech Official Not Testifying (Todd Park too busy)

    11/08/2013 4:31:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/08/13 | Gautham Nagesh
    The White House’s refusal to make a top technology official available to Congress is drawing some heat on the Hill. The White House declined this week to make Chief Technology Officer Todd Park available to testify at a House Oversight hearing next Wednesday on the rollout of Healthcare.gov. White House Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs Donna Pignatelli said Mr. Park is currently too busy helping fix the troubled healthcare website to appear, and suggested he testify in early December instead.
  • Russia: Hidden chips 'launch spam attacks from irons' (from China)

    11/01/2013 6:45:32 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 35 replies
    bbc ^ | 28 October 2013 | BBC Monitoring
    State-owned channel Rossiya 24 even showed footage of a technician opening up an iron included in a batch of Chinese imports to find a "spy chip" with what he called "a little microphone". Its correspondent said the hidden devices were mostly being used to spread viruses, by connecting to any computer within a 200m (656ft) radius which were using unprotected Wi-Fi networks. Other products found to have rogue components reportedly included mobile phones and car dashboard cameras.
  • Sebelius: Blame Contractors For Obamacare Site

    10/29/2013 12:30:11 PM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 29, 2013 | Sam Baker
    A week after the contractors who built HealthCare.gov blamed the Obama administration for the site's failures, the administration is shifting the blame right back. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will tell a House committee tomorrow the site's botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations – not bad management at HHS, as the contractors suggested. "CMS has a track record of successfully overseeing the many contractors our programs depend on to function. Unfortunately, a subset of those contracts for HealthCare.gov have not met expectations," Sebelius said in prepared testimony for tomorrow's hearing before...
  • Tweeting Bra: Sends Tweets Every Time It's Unclasped

    10/28/2013 1:13:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 28 Oct 2013, 6:43 AM PDT | by Jon David Kahn
    Greek marketing group has created the first "Tweeting Bra" as part of a campaign from Nestle Fitness for October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The social networking bra utilizes a special mechanism hidden under the hook of the bra. When it is unhooked, a signal is sent to a cell phone which in turn notifies a server that generates a tweet.
  • Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

    10/21/2013 5:22:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    hot air ^ | 10/21/13 | Allahpundit
    Sebelius told Congress this afternoon that she will indeed agree to testify about the O-Care rollout — just not this week, as she has a scheduling conflict. Here’s a question for her when she does via Byron York: How are they paying for this all-hands-on-deck salvage operation of Healthcare.gov, which even The One himself described as a “tech surge” in the Rose Garden today? I’m not asking that rhetorically, either. Appropriations can be very confusing; plenty of people watching the “defund” pageant play out assumed, I think, that a shutdown would mean choking off funding for ObamaCare until it was...
  • FBI seizes ‘Silk Road' black market domain, arrests owner

    10/02/2013 9:18:08 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 48 replies
    Russia Today ^ | October 02, 2013 15:48
    Authorities have arrested a man in San Francisco, California accused of operating an underground website that allowed users to purchase guns and drugs from around the world using encrypted, digital currency. Ross William Ulbricht, also known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in the Silk Road online marketplace, according to court papers published this week. A sealed complaint dated September 27 was unearthed by security researcher Brian Krebs in which Ulbricht is accused of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy money laundering conspiracy and more. According to prosecutors,...