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afabbro writes "Favicons may seem harmless enough, but according to Mozilla, they can be pretty dangerous. Some sites set their favicon to a padlock. This behavior can trick users in to thinking that a site is using a secure connection when on an unsecured connection. Mozilla's solution is to drop favicons from Firefox altogether." Link to Original Source top
afabbro (33948) writes "Apple says they have a rigorous program of removing suppliers who do not provide good working conditions in China. 'Privately, however, some former executives concede that finding new suppliers is time-consuming and costly. Foxconn is one of the few manufacturers in the world with the scale to build sufficient numbers of iPhones and iPads. "There's a lot of rationalization."'" Link to Original Source top
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afabbro (33948) writes ""Parapsychologists have made outlandish claims about precognition – knowledge of unpredictable future events – for years. But the fringe phenomenon is about to get a mainstream airing: a paper providing evidence for its existence has been accepted for publication by the leading social psychology journal. What's more, sleptical psychologists who have pored over a preprint of the paper say they can't find any significant flaws."" Link to Original Source top
afabbro (33948) writes "GM stated that the 2011 Buick Regal will have the industry's fastest processor: 128Mhz, and 3MB of flash. "Three meg of flash memory and 128 MHz clock speed doesn’t sound like a lot in terms of computing power until you consider the environment these controllers have to live in. Our controllers are made to operate reliably up to 260 degrees (127C) and down to -40 degrees (-40C) for the life of the vehicle."" Link to Original Source top
afabbro (33948) writes "Microsoft will be shutting down Encarta on October 31, 2009. Why? "The category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed. People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past." In other words: Wikipedia." top
afabbro (33948) writes "Fifty years ago, before "Pong" and "Space Invaders," a nuclear physicist created "Tennis for Two," a 2-D tennis game that some say was the first video game ever. Built in 1958, it was "gynormous." "In addition to the oscilloscope screen and the controller, the guts of the original game were contained in an analog computer, which is "about as big as a microwave oven." "We have to load it into the back of a station wagon to move it. It's not a Game Boy that you put in your pocket."" top
afabbro writes "The current issue of BusinessWeek has an expansive article on the history of OLPC and why it has, to date, been a flop. Among the reasons: no preparation for the educational systems expected to use it, uncertain pedagogical theories, poor business management, competition from Microsoft/Intel, and no input from education professionals in designing the software. As one educational expert put it: "The hackers took over" and the applications are too complex for children to use. To date, 370,000 laptops have been shipped — a far cry from the original 150 million planned to be shipped by end of 2008." top
afabbro writes "Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy has released a paper that documents a method of successfully defeating many encryption products (including TrueCrypt, dm-crypt, and BitLocker). In a nutshell, the researchers read the contents of the computer's DRAM — which persists longer than most people think — on boot before it decayed and recovered the encryption keys. Read all about it here." Link to Original Source top
afabbro (33948) writes "Wikipedia is again raising funds, on the heels of its million-dollar fundraising event in January. But an analysis of their budget may give you pause. Only about half of their spending is on the technology that powers Wikipedia — the rest is being consumed by a growing overhead. Of the foundation's $4 million budget, nearly $700,000 will be spent on "finance and administration," and an additional $700,000 is budgeted for the Office of Executive Director and the board of trustees salary and expenses alone, including a plan to spend $200,000 to relocate to rent-expensive San Francisco." top
afabbro (33948) writes "The Register is reporting that the 802.11n standard is imperiled because the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization has refused to submit a Letter of Assurance, promising not to sue those who implement the standard. "...the realisation that CSIRO holds essential patents, and has failed to provide a Letter of Assurance as required by the IEEE, could prevent the standard ever being finalised.""