Posts tagged with ‘computers

The NSA can bug your computer way before it gets to you, so that’s something to keep in mind

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!

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Britain finally gets around to pardoning Alan Turing. It’s a Christmas miracle

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. 

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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. 

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New malware can jump air gaps from computer to computer using sound waves

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. 

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In 39 minutes, quantum computing took a massive leap forward

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. 

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IBM preparing to rent out its Watson supercomputer to developers developers developers

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.

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How to make your own private monitor using a polarizing filter

My monitor, my business.

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Scientists build world’s first carbon nanotube computer

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.

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First look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’
Sherlock plays computer pioneer and super genius Alan Turing the biopic ‘The Imitation Game’
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First look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’

Sherlock plays computer pioneer and super genius Alan Turing the biopic ‘The Imitation Game’

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Elon Musk wants to create an Iron Man style holographic UI. Because of course he does.

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.

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Blue computer lights at night may lead to depression

Spending too much time in front of a computer isn’t good for you in a number of ways, but new research suggests that too much of the blue light emitted from computers and tablets late at night can not only disrupt your sleep schedule, but cause depression.

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And in amazingly embarrassing news, Florida accidentally banned computers

If you’re reading this in Florida right now, you’re committing a crime. In an attempt to crack down on slot machines and internet gambling, Florida legislators passed a bill to make internet cafes illegal. However, thanks to some poorly worded descriptions in the bill, they got more than they bargained for and have technically made any system of network of devices that can connect to the internet illegal. Not surprisingly, lawsuits are on their way.

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Razer releases a 14” Razer Blade gaming laptop and it’s a thing of beauty

As far as gaming laptops, it’s hard to beat the Razer Blade. But if you want a slightly cheaper and slightly smaller version than the 17” beast that’s already out, Razer recently released a 14” version that packs just as much power into an insanely thin and wonderfully gorgeous laptop. It’s pretty, it’s sturdy and it’s got an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad core processor running at 2.2GHz (3.2 when Turbo Boosted) and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

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