Posts Tagged ‘work source’

Dad Hires In-Game ‘Assassins’ To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

January 4th, 2013 01:06 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “An irritated father of a 23-year-old gamer hired ‘In-game assassins’ to attempt to make his son quit playing video games and have him get a job. ‘Feng’s idea was that his son would get bored of playing games if he was killed every time he logged on, and that he would start putting more effort into getting a job.’ While the son recently had a job at a software development company he quit because he decided he didn’t like the work.”

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Researcher Finds Nearly Two Dozen SCADA Bugs In a Few Hours

November 26th, 2012 11:10 admin View Comments


Trailrunner7 writes “It is open season on SCADA software right now. Last week, researchers at ReVuln, an Italian security firm, released a video showing off a number of zero-day vulnerabilities in SCADA applications from manufacturers such as Siemens, GE and Schneider Electric. And now a researcher at Exodus Intelligence says he has discovered more than 20 flaws in SCADA packages from some of the same vendors and other manufacturers, all after just a few hours’ work.”

Source: Researcher Finds Nearly Two Dozen SCADA Bugs In a Few Hours

Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

November 20th, 2012 11:37 admin View Comments


Hugh Pickens “The LA Times reports that after years of stubbornly arguing that iTunes was, in the words of singer Brian Johnson, ‘going to kill music if they’re not careful,’ AC/DC has reached a deal with Apple to sell its entire catalog — 16 studio albums, four live albums and three compilations — through the service. AC/DC was one of the last high-profile holdouts from the digital music marketplace, outlasting the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd, all of which jumped into the realm long after much of the population had accepted the downloading future. Angus Young, AC/DC’s lead guitarist (known for wearing a schoolboy’s uniform when performing), had long argued against hawking the band’s music because he didn’t like the idea of allowing for individual song downloads — submitting that the group’s albums were designed to be listened to from beginning to end. ‘It’s like an artist who does a painting,’ he said in 2008. ‘If he thinks it’s a great piece of work, he protects it. It’s the same thing: This is our work.’”

Source: Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP

October 22nd, 2012 10:34 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “It’s approximately 11 years since Windows XP was unveiled, and this week Microsoft was still at it trying to convince users that it’s time to upgrade. A post on the Windows For Your Business Blog calls on businesses to start XP migrations now. Microsoft cites the main reason as being that support for XP ends in April 2014, and ‘most new hardware options will likely not support the Windows XP operating system.’ If you run Windows Vista, Microsoft argues that it’s time to ‘start planning’ the move to Windows 8. As this article points out, it’s not uncommon to hear about people still running XP at work.”

Source: Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP

US Navy Funds ‘MacGyver’ Robot

October 10th, 2012 10:55 admin View Comments


another random user writes “A US team aims to build a robot that can work out how to use nearby objects to solve problems or escape threats. The machine has been dubbed a ‘MacGyver Bot,’ after the TV character who cobbled together devices to escape life-threatening situations. The challenge is to develop software that ‘understands’ what objects are in order to deduce how they can be used. The US Navy is funding the project and says the machines might ultimately be deployed alongside humans. It is providing $900,000 to robotics researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology to carry out the work.”

Source: US Navy Funds ‘MacGyver’ Robot

MakerBot Going Closed Source?

September 20th, 2012 09:04 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “A year after a windfall $10 million in venture capital, and after a community stir over one man’s attempt to Kickstarter a project to manufacture the open source Replicator with a lower price tag, it appears that MakerBot Industries is going closed source on their new model 3d printer, the Replicator 2. Josef Prusa, core developer of the widely known RepRap printer (the basis for previous MakerBot models) has confirmed the sad news, with a stunned tweet, and is organizing an ‘Occupy Thingiverse,’ to protest the apparent theft of others’ work.”

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Will Developers Finally Start Coding On the iPad?

September 2nd, 2012 09:29 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “It’s not so long since Apple silently dropped the restriction about iOS apps for programming — iPad owners can now code in Lua with Codea or with Python for iOS. Yesterday, a new app called Kodiak PHP brought another IDE to the iPad, this time for PHP coders. Pandodaily’s Nathaniel Mott describes it as a full-blooded software development tool with comparison to other iOS apps. Cult of Mac reports that the demise of the Mac might be closer than we think, but are developers really ready to use the on-screen keyboard to do some serious work?”

Source: Will Developers Finally Start Coding On the iPad?

GPU Supercomputer Could Crunch Exabyte of Data Daily For Square Kilometer Array

August 4th, 2012 08:40 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Researchers on the Square Kilometer Array project to build the world’s largest radio telescope believe that a GPU cluster could be suited to stitching together the more than an exabyte of data that will be gathered by the telescope each day after its completion in 2024. One of the project heads said that graphics cards could be cut out for the job because of their high I/O and core count, adding that a conventional CPU-based supercomputer doesn’t have the necessary I/O bandwidth to do the work.”

Source: GPU Supercomputer Could Crunch Exabyte of Data Daily For Square Kilometer Array

Microsoft Wrongly Gives Britain the Day Off

May 28th, 2012 05:16 admin View Comments


Barence writes “An error in Outlook’s public holidays calendar has incorrectly given Britons the day off work. Today was originally meant to be a Bank Holiday in Britain, but the holiday was postponed for a week to coincide with the Queen’s diamond jubilee next week. However, Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live services are still reporting today as Britain’s Spring Bank Holiday, potentially tricking Britons into believing they have the day off work.”

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Big Media and Big Telcos Getting Nasty In Landmark Australian Law Case

May 15th, 2012 05:21 admin View Comments


Fluffeh writes “In Australia, we have the right to record TV and play it back at a later date; we also have the right to transcode from one format to another, so anyone with a media server can legally back up their entire DVD collection and watch it without all those annoying warnings and unskippable content — as long as we don’t break encryption (please stop laughing!). Optus, Australia’s second largest Telco, has been raising ire though with the new TV Now service they are offering and Big Media is having a hissy fit. The service does the recording on behalf of the customer. Seems like a no-brainer right? Let the customer do what they are allowed to legally do at home, but charge them for it. Everybody wins! Not according to Sports Broadcasters, who made this statement when Optus said they would appeal their recent loss in an Australian Court to the highest court in the land: ‘They are a disgusting organization who is acting reprehensibly again and now putting more uncertainty into sports and broadcast rights going forward I’m really disappointed and disgusted in the comments of their CEO overnight.’ Is this yet another case of Big Media clutching at an outdated business model, or should consumers be content with just doing their own work?”

Source: Big Media and Big Telcos Getting Nasty In Landmark Australian Law Case