If you’re worried about the NSA spying on you for some reason, but you’re all like “I haven’t seen any spies installing anything on my computer”, the bad news is that reportedly, the NSA can intercept computer equipment at the manufacturing and distribution level. So your e-Machine could have already been NSA bugged before you even got it on sale at Walmart. Yay America!
For decades, campaigners have been trying to get computer pioneer Alan Turing posthumously pardoned for a conviction of the crime of indecency, based largely on Turing being teh ghey. Well this morning, Queen Elizabeth II finally used her royal powers to grant Turing that pardon.
Upcoming USB Type-C connector won’t have right or wrong sides. And the angels sang, and lo it was a miracle.
Before you snobbishly push up your monocle and say “I’ve never had to flip over a USB cable because it was on the wrong side. Just look for the side with the USB symbol stamped in the plastic”, I’m saying a) you’re full of shit and b) this new USB connector changes everything.
Right now, the only way malware or any other chunk of computer code can get from one machine to the other is through wires of some sort. But scientists in Germany have discovered they could transmit small amounts of data small distances through empty air using high pitched inaudible sound waves. This experiment can be used to get a step ahead of future hackers who might be able to exploit your computer’s built-in microphone and speakers to receive and transmit data without plugging anything up to anything else.
39 minutes. It may not seem like a lot, and obviously compared to the computer you’re reading this on, working for 39 minutes sounds kinda lousy. But in terms of quantum computing, it’s a big, big, big deal. That’s how long scientists were able to hold a qubit’s memory state for, which is way longer than anyone had previously been able to accomplish.
Want to harness the power of the supercomputer that made Jeopardy its bitch? IBM will soon start renting out bits of the new and upgraded Watson to developers who want to take advantage of some seriously bitching computing power. According to the PC World, the company is working on a Watson-based cloud service that developers can use to build richer, more interactive applications. The project uses a smaller, more scaleable version of Watson to build cognitive supercomputers as needed — potentially leaving a smaller footprint.
Scientists have been talking about how carbon nanotubes could be the future replacement of silicon based computer processors, but as much promise as carbon nanotubes hold, they’re apparently really quirky to work with, and imprecision is something that doesn’t jive well with building reliable computers.
As if PayPal weren’t enough, or building private rockets to outer space, or putting forth a plan to completely revolutionize mass transit… now Elon Musk has a plan to try and create the 3D holographic UI that’s used so often in the Iron Man movies. That UI that lets Tony Stark grab data out of thin air, crumple it up and toss it in a virtual trashcan? Yeah that one.