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  • The real Pinkertons aren't happy with 'Red Dead Redemption 2'

    01/15/2019 3:31:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    engadget.com/ ^ | 01/15/2019 | Jon Fingas
    The Pinkertons loom large as virtual adversaries in Red Dead Redemption 2, but now they're involved in a very real legal tussle over the game. Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations has sent Rockstar Games a cease and desist notice claiming that RDR2 used the company's trademarks, including the Pinkerton's National Detective Agency badge, without permission. It also alleges that the game will "tarnish the reputation" of the trademarks by portraying the 19th century detectives as foes, according to court documents obtained by The Blast. Pinkerton made clear that it wanted money in the request. It was happy to talk about a...
  • Linux Display Detection issue

    01/15/2019 7:59:04 AM PST · by zeugma · 16 replies
    Zeugma ^ | 01/15/19 | Self
    Weird Linux Display issue Some time back I retired my old Pine64 Media Center. I replaced it with an Intel NUC cube which I'd loaded up with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. Soeed isn't really an issue with this system, so I went with spinnign platters rather than an SSD. I installed Linux Mint XFCE4 on it along with all of my music (90GB) and vids of various movies and cartoons I've ripped over the years. Everything is working great, and in fact, today I finally made it all the way through my first complete pass through...
  • Checked your Bitcoin Balance Lately? Don't Bother (Vanity)

    01/14/2019 3:46:50 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    Bitcoin ^ | 01/14/2019 | R2
    December, 2017. I'm late to the game, I know. I set up an account on Coinbase.com. $100.00 to start. January, 2018. Another $100.00 transferred in to Bitcoin. Total in is $200.00 January, 2019. My Portfolio Value is $40.90.
  • FOSS: A General Introduction to Linux

    01/14/2019 6:37:20 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 93 replies
    wikibooks ^ | 1991 | Multiple sources
    Introduction Welcome to Linux! GNU/Linux is descended from the UNIX operating system, but is open source software, which means that you can view its source code and change it to suit your needs. Of course since this book is geared to those new to Linux, we stay away from very technical issues that are more suited to Linux veterans. This book is going to try to be geared toward the person who has heard about Linux and might be considering trying it out or perhaps the person who has already "taken the plunge" and is looking for more information or...
  • Need Advice on Raspberry Pi

    01/13/2019 4:53:01 PM PST · by The Louiswu · 36 replies
    Me | 1/13/19 | Me
    I am starting research into using a Raspberry Pi to run some only DOS and XP games and I was hoping to pick up some good advice, tips and tricks before I go spending money on this project. Thanks in advance.
  • Xiaomi packs 48-megapixel camera into budget Redmi Note 7 phone

    01/13/2019 3:46:32 PM PST · by dennisw · 49 replies
    ZDnet ^ | January 11, 2019 | Liam Tung
    The $150 handset joins the burgeoning club of handsets offering a 48-megapixel rear camera. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled the budget Redmi Note 7, which starts at 999RMB ($150) and features a dual rear camera with 48-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors. The Redmi Note 7 is the first phone launched since Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun revealed last week that it would break out Redmi as its own sub-brand, leaving Xiaomi to focus on higher-end phones. READ THIS Xiaomi goes after Samsung Galaxy S6 buyers with new Mi Note Pro Xiaomi goes after Samsung Galaxy S6 buyers with new Mi Note...
  • 25 Of The Worst Food Name Fails Ever

    01/13/2019 12:32:14 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 43 replies
    BoredPanda ^ | Jan. 12, 2019 | Lina D.
    We’re pretty picky about how our food is packaged – choosing the wrong name, packaging color or logo can scare us away from a product. You’d think that a food company would want to do some research to make sure that their product isn’t ridiculed or doesn’t seem repulsive, but judging by these food name package design fails, some of these guys don’t seem to have gotten that memo. Some of these are translation fails – we can only hope that that Chinese food company isn’t selling shredded children and that it was actually a funny fail. Others, like the...
  • It WASN'T the update, says MS: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis... activation errors (tr)

    01/12/2019 8:19:09 AM PST · by dayglored · 63 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 11, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Activation server fiddling on day of monthly update... really? Microsoft has said that activation errors seen by Windows 7 users should not be chalked up to Tuesday's patch, but rather were an entirely different cockup.Windows Activation Technologies is the Jiminy Cricket of Windows 7, chirping at you if it thinks you might not be paying for your licensing. Combining Jiminy with the Key Management Service (KMS) on Windows 7, as many enterprise customers likely do (even though Microsoft wishes they wouldn't), hasn't caused too many headaches.Until this week.A tweak to the Activation Servers saw happily licensed Windows 7 users suddenly...
  • Polaroid. Walkman. Palm Pilot. IPhone?

    01/12/2019 3:33:51 AM PST · by dennisw · 49 replies
    marketscreener. ^ | jan 11 2019 | John D. Stoll
    The iPhone is arguably the most valuable product in the world, representing the backbone of Apple Inc.'s half-trillion-dollar hardware business and undergirding its software-peddling App store. It remains the envy of consumer-product companies world-wide. If history is any indication, though, America's favorite handheld device will someday take up residence with the digital camera, the calculator, the pager, Sony's Walkman and the Palm Pilot in a museum. Although it's hard to imagine the iPhone dying, change can sneak up rapidly on contraptions that are deeply entrenched in American culture. Consider it was as recently as the mid-1990s when I spent an...
  • Amazon reportedly wants to launch a streaming service for video games next year

    01/11/2019 2:30:43 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    bgr.com ^ | January 10th, 2019 | Andy Meek
    ... the Internet retail giant is joining the growing list of companies that want to build what’s essentially a Netflix for video games. Microsoft and Google are likewise interested in this, and what Amazon also wants to develop is a version of what Sony also has via PlayStation Now — a way to stream games instead of customers having to fork over the money to buy and download them. Talks have already begun between Amazon and game publishers for this streaming outlet that, at the earliest, would be live sometime next year. And it should go without saying, services like...
  • Amazon's Ring Security Cameras May Have Let Employees Spy on Customers: Report

    01/10/2019 8:03:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 01/10/2019 | Catie Keck
    An investigation from the Intercept’s Sam Biddle published Thursday alleged that owners of Ring security cameras may have been spied on by employees of the company, an allegation Ring denies. However, citing sources familiar with Ring’s privacy practices, the Intercept reported that employees who were reportedly granted “highly privileged access” were able to gain access to video recordings as well as to Ring cameras in- or outside an individual’s home, depending on where the devices were positioned, using only that person’s email address. Per the Intercept: "Despite its mission to keep people and their property secure, the company’s treatment of...
  • Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you (Jan. Update borkage)

    01/09/2019 4:38:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 116 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 9, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Quality Assurance? We've heard of it Microsoft has doubled down on efforts to persuade users to migrate to Windows 10 by breaking Windows 7 networking for some.Windows Server 2008 R2 is also affected.While the last few monthly updates for the soon-to-be-obsolete OSes featured a known issue affecting an "unknown" number of "problematic configurations" that require manual reinstalls of network drivers, January's monthly update seems to have upped the ante somewhat.2019's treat has seen some users finding their shares are now inaccessible, with RDP and other connectivity also suffering.The issue, which affects both the bonzer monthly roll-up (KB4480970) and the more...
  • Microsoft rips it all up and starts again – no, the campus, not Windows

    01/09/2019 7:21:16 AM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 9, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Nobody dares take a sledgehammer to the OS Microsoft has announced that it is time to simply tear stuff down and rebuild anew.Sadly, this is not in reference to Windows, which still labours under code built up over decades of twiddling, but is instead related to the modernisation of its campus.That said, we quite fancy the idea of being issued one of those natty hardhats. Handy for weathering the latest Windows 10 update if a little flimsy when it comes to wholesale demolition.And we can't see any attachment points for a handy Hololens either.The Windows giant will tear down 13...
  • I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone

    01/09/2019 6:26:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Vice ^ | January 8, 2019 | Joseph Cox
    Nervously, I gave a bounty hunter a phone number. He had offered to geolocate a phone for me, using a shady, overlooked service intended not for the cops, but for private individuals and businesses. Armed with just the number and a few hundred dollars, he said he could find the current location of most phones in the United States. The bounty hunter sent the number to his own contact, who would track the phone. The contact responded with a screenshot of Google Maps, containing a blue circle indicating the phone’s current location, approximate to a few hundred metres.
  • IBM Unveils World's First Quantum Computer That Businesses Can Use

    01/09/2019 6:25:05 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/09/18 | Rosalie Chan
    For many years, quantum computers have been within only the confines of the research lab. On Tuesday, though, IBM unveiled the IBM Q System One, billed as the first-ever quantum computer designed for businesses to put to their own use — though the company is clear that this is only the first step toward a broader revolution. Quantum computing is considered one of the most promising early-stage technologies out there today. That's because quantum computers can process exponentially more data and have the potential to completely transform entire industries. For example, they could streamline aerospace and military systems, calculate risk...
  • Game Console Modding Illegal In Japan, Punishable By Prison And Fines

    01/06/2019 7:00:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Kotaku ^ | 01/06/2018 | Brian Ashcraft
    It is illegal to mod game save data and game consoles in Japan. Both are punishable by up to five years in prison and fines up to 5 million yen ($46,000). This was first published by Japanese game sites like Hachima Kikou after peripheral maker Cyber Gadget stopped selling its Save Editor data tool, allowing players to use cheats and patch codes. Cyber Gadget has since stopped selling the Save Editor on its Japanese site. The Association of Copyright for Computer Software also mentions that unofficial software codes and keys are also illegal. Specifically, mentioned is offering these on online...
  • Optimum.net screwed with new Altice browser?

    01/05/2019 8:10:31 AM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 8 replies
    self | 1/5/2019 | self
    While logging into my emails at Optimum.net account, I got surprise. They changed browser to Altice something, page layout completely different. Mail page has Inbox - Drafts - Sent Objects - Spam - Trash - Archive folders. "My Folders" is empty, not showing any of the my private folders, where I saved important emails. Spent 2 hours on the computer with support, only to come up empty, no solution, no private folders. "Bringing up the problem with Optimum engineers." In the past there was a choice of using old format, now nothing. Hope they recover our folders!!!
  • With new autonomous train, Australia is now home to the world’s largest robot

    01/05/2019 7:16:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | January 3, 2019 2:13PM PST | Luke Dormehl
    “This is a world first,” a spokesperson for Rio Tinto told Digital Trends. “It is the first fully autonomous, long-distance, heavy-haul rail network in the world. The successful deployment is the culmination of a $940 million project and has the potential to transform the productivity and flexibility of the 1,700-kilometer network between our 16 iron ore mines and two ports.” But why turn this job over to machines to run? According to the company representative we contacted, there are several reasons. (And, no, immediately getting rid of employees isn’t one of them. Rio Tinto says that no layoffs are expected...
  • Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst

    01/04/2019 7:13:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    APNews ^ | LINDSEY TANNER
    ...[A]s teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out texts or watch YouTube videos, they also leave digital footprints that might offer clues to their psychological well-being. Changes in typing speed, voice tone, word choice and how often kids stay home could signal trouble, according to preliminary studies. There might be as many as 1,000 smartphone “biomarkers” for depression, said Dr. Thomas Insel, former head of the National Institute of Mental Health and now a leader in the smartphone psychiatry movement. Researchers are testing experimental apps that use artificial intelligence to try to predict depression episodes or potential self-harm. People...
  • Gaming worth more than video and music combined

    01/04/2019 1:04:48 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    bbc.com ^ | January 3, 2019 | BBC
    The video games sector now accounts for more than half of the UK's entire entertainment market, according to a new report. The industry is worth £3.86bn ($4.85bn) - more than double its value in 2007 - said the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). That makes it more lucrative than video and music combined. The success is largely down to three games: Fifa 19, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.