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+ - May 1978, at the birth of spam->

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "Before growing into a worldwide phenomenon run by the worst cyber-criminals gangs out there, spam was an annoyance limited to the few intimate users of the ARPANET network. It was there, before the technology at the foundation of ARPANET gave life to the modern Internet, that 36 years ago the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) marketing manager Gary Thuerk sent what is officially acknowledged as the first mass marketing e-mail in history."
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+ - Michelangelo and Melissa, the mass hysteria computer viruses->

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KingofGnG (1319253) writes "One March many years ago, when the IT industry was rather different compared to the modern one, two computer viruses brought panic because of an out-of-scale media attention. Born out of a time when the “malware” (an unknown term then) creators were largely interested in fame more than money, the viruses ended up making substantial damages valued (in one of the two cases) more than 1 billion dollars."
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Comment: Classic Google Bullshit Propaganda (Score 1) 409

by KingofGnG (#46532247) Attached to: Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?
Cloud isn't free, Web "apps" aren't free and Google software isn't free. If you don't pay for something from a big corporation, you are likely the product. Good luck to the people willing to put all they digital life's eggs in the unreliable and risky cloud basket by Google Inc. http://kingofgng.com/eng/2014/03/20/cloud-computing-isnt-made-to-last/

+ - DICE 0.8, the CPU-less arcade games emulator->

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "DICE is a small emulator dedicated to recreating on a modern computer the arcade games based on discrete circuits, ancient and bizarre entertainment machines where the electronic components required for the game experience were soldered individually on the circuit board and where there was no trace of integrated circuit or CPU. It’s an obscure and fascinating kind of emulation, the one served by DICE, and the offering of emulated games grows richer and richer with every new version of the software."
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+ - Happy anniversary, 80286->

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "The month of February 2014 marks the 32nd anniversary of the debut of the Intel 80286 CPU, a historical processor of changing fortunes which helped to build what would have later become the market domination of the x86 instruction set. As Computer Hope reminds, the 286 processor (also known as “iAPX 286) was introduced on February 1st in 1982 bringing important technology innovations a bit too ahead of the times."
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+ - ReactOS 0.3.16, the Windows clone has got a new Explorer->

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "On the long, long road that leads to its final target, ReactOS continues to grow and evolve thanks to the hard work made by developers contributing to the project. The latest, important changes help the system to actually advance toward the aforementioned final target, ie to reach full compatibility with software and drivers made for Windows operating systems based on the NT architecture."
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+ - Computer viruses are not dead->

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KingofGnG (1319253) writes "In an age where malicious code has turned into cyber-crime and ransomware is asking for lot of money to unlock the access to user’s files, a particular class of malware with ancient origins is still able to survive — even though it’s forced to serve the needs of the aforementioned crime. The class I am talking about is the virus or file virus one, a type of digital pathogen that raged in the MS-DOS times and then began to slowly wane when Windows appeared and Internet worms brought their worldwide epidemics."
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+ - 2014 smiles at 3D arcades emulators->

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "The new year started with the release of updated versions for two “small” 3D emulators, projects essentially managed in a personal way by developers used to take all the time that’s needed — and often more so — to cook the code and publish the resulting executable builds. The first emulator (Model 2 Emulator) comes by ElSemi, a long-time mamedev that doesn’t fear reverse engineering on complex platforms the likes of Capcom’s CPS3 and Sega’s Model 2."
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+ - Console war, the next generation at last-> 1

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "A trip down memory lane in the recently reignited console war: the machine which once seemed to be done (PS3) recovered brilliantly, the Nintendo battleship is living a new difficult moment in its troubled history and the eighth generation of home console has been finally deployed in full with the PS4 and Xbox One debut. But the market is pretty different compared to the past as well, while everyone’s expectations — for publishers, analysts and players — have grown a ton."
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+ - CryptoLocker still asks for money, the community strikes back->

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "The CryptoLocker ransomware is still raging on-line and on users and companies computers, while new details about the source of this dangerous file-abducting trojan propagation come out and willing developers are trying to hinder the infection spreading. The criminal gang which created the malware even comes up with new ways to take money from users affected by the threat, even though in doing so it is forced to contradict itself."
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+ - Cloud computing in the surveillance society->

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "Cloud computing is a digital hell that burns data, security, reliability and privacy for users and companies, a technology cancer that always gives new evidence of the fact that the worst, for the fools willing to completely tie themselves to the feudal power system of the new digital Lords, is yet to come. It’s therefore important to keep track of the incidents, the unfulfilled promises, the countless privacy violations and the pure and simple lies the unscrupulous corporations persistently try to sell as the future of everything. The future, on-line, has an expiration date and is intermittent."
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+ - Musopen will save Chopin from the knots of copyright->

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KingofGnG (1319253) writes "Target reached (and exceeded) for the Set Chopin Free crowdfunding campaign, a new initiative by the Musopen non-profit organization aiming at preserving the music of Frédéric Chopin with high-quality recordings available to the public without copyright-enforced limits: the funds collected on the Kickstarter platform have reached the final sum of $92,452, namely 123% of the 75,000 dollars requested by founder Aaron Dunn and the other Musopen volunteers."
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+ - CryptoLocker seizes files with remote cryptography-> 1

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "A new ransomware for Windows PCs is roaming on-line, it’s called CryptoLocker and brings a very dangerous destructive potential. Security researchers warn users and system admins about the new threat, its features and the fact that the “prevention is better than a cure” rule is true now more than ever. Curing the damages of a CryptoLocker infection, the reserchers warn, is impossible for the time being."
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+ - RPCS3 emulates the PS3 on PC. More or less

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG (1319253) writes "The seventh generation of home consoles is about to reach the last stage of its commercial life, a new console war looms on the horizon and the emulation scene delivers the nth project with an “impossible” objective, ie a software replica of the powerful hardware components of the Sony PlayStation 3. The new emulator is called RPCS3, the development team has great ambitions but right now the software isn’t more of a multi-window shell with little to show on the screen."

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