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Book Review: Terrible Nerd

December 20th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments


tgeller writes “It’s hard to believe that today’s nerdier children will one day bore their grandkids with stories of primitive mobile access, household robotics, and 3-D printers. Some will become rich and famous by latching onto tomorrow’s winners; others will find themselves irrelevant as the objects of their obsessions fail in the marketplace. But all with the energy to remember will come away with stories from the dawn of creation. One such witness is Kevin Savetz, a 41-year-old technology journalist and entrepreneur whose new book Terrible Nerd recounts ‘true tales of growing up geek’ during the ’80s computer revolution. It’s a rich chronicle that deftly mixes details of his beloved technologies with the zeitgeist a particular time and space. As such, it’s an entertaining read for technologists and non-techies alike.” Keep reading for the rest of tgeller’s review.

Terrible Nerd
author Kevin Savetz
pages 256 pages
publisher Savetz Publishing
rating 7/10
reviewer Tom Geller
ISBN 978-1939169006
summary Kevin Savetz’ biography of personal computing, gaming, and online adventures as a child in the ’80s

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IBM Predicts the Next 5 Years of Computing

December 17th, 2012 12:00 admin View Comments


SternisheFan writes “Shaun McGlaun of Slashgear writes: IBM has offered up its annual list of five innovations that will change our lives within five years. IBM calls the list the ‘IBM 5 in 5.’ The list covers innovations that IBM believes that the potential change the way people work, live, and interact over the next five years. The five innovations IBM lists this year include touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell. “

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Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

November 22nd, 2012 11:11 admin View Comments


dsinc writes “Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. ‘The authorities are using technology to monitor women,’ said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the ‘state of slavery under which women are held’ in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the ‘yellow sheet’ at the airport or border.”

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Google Warns Against UN Net Conference

November 21st, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments


another random user writes “Google has warned that a forthcoming U.N.-organized conference threatens the ‘free and open internet.’ Government representatives are set to agree a new information and communications treaty in December. It has been claimed some countries will try to wrest oversight of the net’s technical specifications and domain name system from U.S. bodies to an international organization. However, the U.N. has said there would be consensus before any change was agreed.” Google is using its Take Action page to encourage people to speak out on this issue.

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“Ban ‘Killer Bots,’” Urges Human Rights Watch

November 19th, 2012 11:00 admin View Comments


Taco Cowboy writes “A self-proclaimed ‘Human Rights Group’ — the ‘International Human Rights Clinic‘ from Harvard Law School — has teamed up with ‘Human Rights Watch’ to urge the banning of ‘Killer Robots.’ A report, issued by the Human Rights Watch, with the title of ‘Losing Humanity‘ claimed that autonomous drones that could attack without human intervention would make war easier and endanger civilians. Where’s the ‘Robot Rights Watch’ just when you need ‘em?”

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Steve Ballmer: We’re a Devices and Services Company

October 10th, 2012 10:30 admin View Comments


Nerval’s Lobster writes “According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s latest shareholder letter (not exactly a gripping read), Microsoft sees itself as a ‘devices and services company.’ The subsequent 1,200-odd words hammer that point, mentioning software such as Office and Windows 8 largely in the context of tablets and other hardware — and while Ballmer acknowledges the ‘vast ecosystem of partners’ building a ‘broad spectrum of Windows PCs, tablets and phones,’ he leaves the door wide open to Microsoft building its own toys in-house. If one takes Ballmer’s words at face value, it seems that Surface, the tablet Microsoft’s building in-house and promoting as a ‘flagship’ Windows 8 device, isn’t so much a lark but the harbinger of the company’s future direction. Whether Microsoft’s decision to build its own devices affects its long-term relationship with Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other manufacturing titans remains to be seen. Perhaps Ballmer can take some comfort from Apple, which profited enormously by pursuing the ‘we build everything in-house’ route. But it’s indisputable that a devices-centric approach is new ground for Microsoft.”

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Canadian Minister Mined Data To Target Email To Gay Voters

September 25th, 2012 09:48 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Has Immigration Minister Jason Kenney been emailing you? Maybe it’s because you’re gay. The minister sent out an email on Sept 24 lauding the government’s efforts to protect and promote queer rights abroad. It highlights the ‘emphasis . . . on gay and lesbian refugee protection, which is without precedent in Canada’s immigration history.’ The Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor broke the story, complete with reaction over the ‘creepy’ letter. For many who received an email from Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney about gay refugees on Friday, the message raised one important question: How did he know I’m gay? The Conservatives have targeted written messages at minority communities in the past, most notably using direct mail lists to send out greetings to Jewish voters on religious holidays. Some recipients were alarmed by the prospect of the government assembling lists based on ethnicity or religious beliefs. Surely creating such a list will become easier when your are forced to use your real identities on social sites.”

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GAO Slams DHS Over BioWatch Biological Defense System

September 12th, 2012 09:51 admin View Comments


Mansing writes “Citizens need to evaluate if they are indeed safer for all the ‘security precautions’ put into place. ‘The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rushed to acquire a new, multibillion-dollar version of the BioWatch system for detecting biological attacks without establishing whether it was needed or would work, according to a new report by a nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress. … The existing system’s repeated false alarms have triggered tense, high-stakes deliberations over whether to order mass evacuations, distribute emergency medicines or shut down major venues.’ Is this just more money funneled to U.S. companies, or is this really keeping the U.S. safer? Are the same types of ‘security precautions’ being instituted in Spain and the UK? Or is this preying on fear a uniquely U.S. phenomenon?”

Source: GAO Slams DHS Over BioWatch Biological Defense System

New State-Sponsored Malware “Gauss” Making the Rounds

August 9th, 2012 08:31 admin View Comments


EliSowash writes “A newly uncovered espionage tool, apparently designed by the same people behind the state-sponsored Flame malware that infiltrated machines in Iran, has been found infecting systems in other countries in the Middle East, according to Kaspersky researchers. Gauss is a nation state sponsored banking Trojan which carries a warhead of unknown designation. Besides stealing various kinds of data from infected Windows machines, it also includes an unknown, encrypted payload which is activated on certain specific system configurations. Just like Duqu was based on the ‘Tilded’ platform on which Stuxnet was developed, Gauss is based on the ‘Flame’ platform.”

Source: New State-Sponsored Malware “Gauss” Making the Rounds

Microsoft Reaffirms Default Do-Not-Track For IE10, Windows 8 Express Setup

August 8th, 2012 08:16 admin View Comments

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Billly Gates writes “Microsoft has confirmed that Internet Explorer 10 will have Do-Not-Track settings enabled by default. IE 10 comes with Windows 8, and will go release candidate for Windows 7 very soon, according to Anne Kohn in a comment in IE’s blog. During Windows 8 setup, users who choose the ‘Express’ option will have DNT on by default, while using the ‘Custom’ option will give them the chance to change the setting, if they want. IE 10 already has a score of 319 in, while MS is trying to position IE as a great browser again. Will this pressure other browsers such as Firefox and Opera to do the same?” When Microsoft began talking about this in May, it touched off quite a debate at W3C about whether browsers should have DNT turned on by default or not.

Source: Microsoft Reaffirms Default Do-Not-Track For IE10, Windows 8 Express Setup