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The Quest to Save Today’s Gaming History from Being Lost Forever

By: “The very nature of digital [history] is that it’s both inherently easy to save and inherently easy to utterly destroy forever.” Jason Scott knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the preservation of digital software. At the Internet Archive, he’s collected thousands of classic games, pieces of software, and bits of […]

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My Grandfather and the UNIVAC

By: The ghost image is the reverse side of the sheet, which is the cover to the manual. The UNIVAC I was the first digital, electronic, general purpose computer built it one location, and moved to another location for operation. (The first digital, electronic, general purpose computer was the ENIAC. For an excellent history […]

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Buying a PC This Year? Here’s What You Need to Know About Bloatware

By: As PC manufacturers attempt to make their computers more affordable for customers, they usually turn to pre-loaded programs, where the developers will pay a fee to have their software included on the device. Pre-loaded programs can include everything from games to media libraries to photo editors. In some instances programs can introduce users […]

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Supercomputers a Hidden Power Center of Silicon Valley

By: ilicon Valley is famed for spawning the desktop, mobile and cloud Relevant Products/Services computing revolutions. What is less well known is that it’s one of the nerve centers for building the world’s fastest number-crunchers. Once confined to big national laboratories, supercomputers are now in demand to crunch massive amounts of data Relevant Products/Services […]

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Your Cyberpunk Games Are Dangerous

By: On January 17, 1980, FBI agents descended on a small business in Wisconsin to investigate a plot against the life of an American business executive in Beirut, Lebanon, named William Weatherby. The tip came to local law enforcement from a concerned citizen who had chanced on a written description of the conspiracy, which […]

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Welcome to the Great Atari Reboot

By: Fred Chesnais has plenty of ideas about how to rebuild a once-great video game company. Among the most important to the chairman and CEO of Atari – the gaming brand whose cartridges, consoles and classic titles dominated the industry more than 40 years ago before it slowly slid into irrelevance – is his […]

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The Quest to Upload Your Mind into the Digital Space

By: In London, Benjamin Franklin once opened a bottle of fortified wine from Virginia and poured out, along with the refreshment, three drowned flies, two of which revived after a few hours and flew away. Ever the visionary, he wondered about the possibility of incarcerating himself in a wine barrel for future resurrection, “to […]

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Unpatched, Vulnerable PDF Readers Leave Users Open to Attack

By: Unpatched, vulnerable PDF readers are a big security issue for private PC users, according to Secunia. 14% of PC users in the US (up from 12.9% last quarter) have an unpatched operating system, and that Oracle Java yet again tops the list of applications exposing PCs to security risks. The security of a […]

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NASA’s Earth Science Supercomputer Balloons to 3.3 Petaflops

By: In what is being called an unprecedented upgrade, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is tripling the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to power NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts. The open procurement process included the benchmarking of NCCS codes – notably the Goddard Earth Observing System […]

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IBM Advances Bring Quantum Computing Closer to Reality

By: IBM scientists say they have made two critical advances in an industrywide effort to build a practical quantum computer, shaving years off the time expected to have a working system. “This is critical,” said Jay Gambetta, IBM’s manager of theory of quantum computing. “The field has got a lot more competitive. You could […]

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German BND Helped Spy on Germans, Europeans, European Firms for NSA (Der Spiegel, Germany)

As you might recall, when the Snowden revelations exposed the fact that the Bundesnachrichtendienst, Germany’s NSA equivalent also known as the BND, may have been cooperating with the NSA in ways that violated German law, the Bundestag launched an investigation and appointed a committee know as the NSA Committee of Inquiry, to look into the […]

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How to Be Smarter Than a Computer and Live Forever

By: Douglas Adams once visualized a computer and presented it with the problem of finding the ultimate answer to the question of life. The result? 42. Then he wrote about it and made millions of dollars. So obviously, computers are pretty useful. God, I love this intro. Anyway, the questions remain–how useful, can we […]

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The Fall and Rise of Microsoft

By: As Premier of Tasmania in 2010, I was invited to visit many high-profile technology brands on the US west coast. It was during the heady days of Tasmania being the first state to roll out fibre to the premises – an agenda that would likely transform the island state economy forever. Global interest […]

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Rule Rewrite Aims to Clean Up Scientific Software

By: Erika Check Hayden of The finding seemed counterintuitive: warming in North America was driving plant species to lower elevations — not towards higher, cooler climes, as ecologists had long predicted. But the research published in Global Change Biology indeed turned out to be wrong. In February, the journal retracted the paper after its […]

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This Revision of an Unpatched Vulnerability from 1997 Affects Every Version of Windows

By: Shawn Wight of Researchers at cyber security specialist Cylance in collaboration with CERT at Carnegie Mellon University have uncovered a zombie vulnerability that affects all versions of Windows, including the latest Windows 10 preview. The vulnerability is described as a zombie due to the fact that it’s based on an earlier, reported vulnerability. […]

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How to Stay Safe Online: CNET’s Security Checklist

By: Eric Franklin of It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Especially when it comes to your personal information. Keeping your info secure online requires you to take more time and care, but what you lose in moments you’ll surely make up in peace of mind. Follow the steps below to increase your […]

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