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DARPA Challenges Researchers to Link Human Brains With Computers

By The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, last week announced a new program that aims to build a connection between the human brain and the digital world. To achieve the goals of the Neural Engineering System Design program, DARPA has invited proposals to design, build, demonstrate and validate a human-computer […]

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The Life and Death of the Creative Computer Virus

By: The early 90’s were a renaissance for a certain type of computer virus. Today, we think of a virus as an insidious thing that hides and wreaks various forms of havoc like destroying a nuclear facility; never peaking its head up intentionally. But there was a time when viruses were more playful and […]

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The $9 Computer Is Shipping Today

By: The $9 CHIP computer is shipping. According to Dave Rauchwerk, CEO of Next Thing Co., single units will go out to early backers in 5 to 9 days; additional orders will arrive in December. But if you backed the project at the Kernel Hacker Backer level on Kickstarter, you will receive two CHIP […]

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History of Computers: A Brief Timeline

By: The computer was born not for entertainment or email but out of a need to solve a serious number-crunching crisis. By 1880, the U.S. population had grown so large that it took more than seven years to tabulate the U.S. Census results. The government sought a faster way to get the job done, […]

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Vanishing Canada: Why We’re All Losers in Ottawa’s War on Data

By: When told that his small Prairie town had, in profound ways, fallen off the statistical map of Canada, Walter Streelasky, mayor of Melville, Sask., is incredulous. Streelasky had no idea Melville had been rendered a “statistical ghost town” after the mandatory long-form census was cut in 2010, and fewer than 50 per cent […]

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Anatomy of a Noob – Why Your Mom Sucks at Computers

By: The words metaphor and intuitive are often used in UX. They are the metrics we use to judge the quality of a solution. But is this quality really as universal as we might like to believe? Let me introduce you to my mom. (Insert random “yo’ momma” joke here) Some years ago I […]

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Why Do We Take Our Anger Out on Machines?

By: You have to print 100 pages for an important meeting in 5 minutes and the printer just jammed. Your computer just froze and you didn’t save your Photoshop creation within the last hour. We’ve all been there and we’ve all had a similar reaction; to release a string of expletives and then to […]

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Hacker Turns Secure Computers into Secret-Spewing Radios

By: Modern technology relies on electricity for everything. But a researcher at Black Hat 2015 demonstrated how to turn electronic devices into secret radio transmitters, thanks to physics. Black Hat Bug ArtAng Cui of Red Balloon security is the first to admit that he doesn’t understand how electricity works. “I didn’t know a lot […]

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China’s Supercomputer to Support World’s Largest Radio Telescope

By: Supercomputer Skyeye-1, capable of a quadrillion computing operations per second, will support space exploration by the world’s largest radio telescope based in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. Assembly of the telescope, with a dish the size of 30 football fields and located deep in the mountains of Guizhou, has got underway, according to Dawning […]

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Could Computers Reach Light Speed?

By: Light waves trapped on a metal’s surface travel nearly as fast as light through the air, and new research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shows these waves, called surface plasmons, travel far enough to possibly be useful for ultra-fast electronic circuit interconnects. The PNNL team captured, on video, surface plasmons moving at least […]

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China’s Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Is Still the World’s Most Powerful

By: Sorry, America, but the most powerful computer on the face of the planet still resides in China. That’s the pronouncement of researchers who assembled the twice-a-year Top500 list of the world’s top supercomputers, released this morning at a conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The latest list marked the fifth consecutive six-month period that China’s […]

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Man Builds Giant Computer at Home

By: For many tech companies the race is on to build ever smaller computer processors, but one British man has gone in the opposite direction. James Newman is building a 14m (45ft) computer processor in the lounge of his bungalow in Cambridge. Mr Newman’s 16-bit “mega processor” will contain 14,000 individual transistors and 3,500 […]

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Here’s What Google Looked Like in 1998

By: [youtube] Today Google has well over a million servers in data centers scattered across the globe, but back in 1998, the search giant consisted of little more than this makeshift data storage center cobbled together in the basement of Stanford’s Gates Information Sciences building. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were […]

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The Only Internet Most Cubans Know Fits in a Pocket and Moves by Bus

By: Last week I wrote about the dismal Internet access, or lack of it, in Cuba, where I recently visited. But due to a combination of resourcefulness and desperation, Cubans have managed a system whereby commercial content is easily available. By way of an informal but extraordinarily lucrative distribution chain — one guy told me the […]

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Flashback: Tools for a Safer PC

By: An important aspect of securing any system is the concept of “defense-in-depth,” or having multiple layers of security and not depending on any one approach or technology to block all attacks. Here are some links to tools and approaches that I have found useful in stopping malware from invading a PC. Your mileage […]

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Open Source Software Explained

By: Watch this simple explanation of how open source projects manage change as well as the structure, roles, and terminology of open source software. [youtube]

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McAfee: “Fearful” Government Will Make Security Weaker

By: Security maverick John McAfee slammed government attempts to introduce backdoors into software as foolhardy, saying it will enable hackers to gain access to the applications we use. Speaking at a keynote speech at the Infosec show in London, McAfee said that we “cannot allow a fearful government or fearful institution to create weaknesses […]

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