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Comment Re:Virtulize? - Emulate?!! (Score 1) 406

The monkeys on the internet have been active !!!

Thanks for the link. It is amazing how far technology has progressed. To think that it took a WHOLE PC to run Windows/DOS and now it can run (pretty well) in a scripted language hosted by another app. I took a look at the source of one of these JS emulation projects and it is amazing the level at which it works - pretty darned cool. I played DOOM in a browser a few years ago - worked better than my 486 of yesteryear.

I'll bet if I looked I'd find one as a VBA macro in Excel.

Comment Re:Honestly ... (Score 1) 131

I'm pretty sure they put it on a shelf for now - and that developers can still take a look at it. I don't think open source - but it is still available for people to play with and take a look at it. Gosh - can't remember my source, maybe a recent Dotnetrocks episode?

Apparently there were parts that they couldn't figure out - and the implementation was becoming ugly.

Sounds like the approach was never going to work out - so they are taking time to rethink it.

Submission + - Microsoft's plan to port Android apps to Windows proves too complex (

An anonymous reader writes: The Astoria project at Microsoft failed because a breakthrough was needed to overcome the complexity of the software development challenge. Microsoft tried to automate mapping the Android UI into the Windows 10 UI and to map Google services within the app such as maps, payments and notifications into Microsoft equivalents. Automated conversion of a UI from one platform to another has never been successfully demonstrated.

When I first saw Microsoft's Android bridge at Build 15, I thought it was achievable. But project Astoria as it is called is much too complex. Drawing on my architectural knowledge of the underlying Microsoft/Lumia hardware that is very similar to Android phones.I concluded that in the context of partitioning the device or running a VM Microsoft would succeed. But Microsoft tried something much more ambitious.

Submission + - Row-bot Cleans Dirty Water and Powers Itself by Eating Microbes (

Zothecula writes: Inspired by the water boatman bug, a team at the University of Bristol has created the Row-bot, a robot prototype that is designed to punt itself across the top of the water in dirty ponds or lakes, and "eat" the microbes it scoops up. It then breaks these down in its artificial stomach to create energy to power itself. In this way, it generates enough power to continuously impel itself about to seek out more bacteria to feed upon.

Submission + - Don't Fall for Drone Registration Scams, Warns FAA ( 1

itwbennett writes: It's not exactly news that there's an abundance of confusion over what owners of consumer drones can do, can't do, and need to pay for. And it doesn't help matters that the FAA and Department of Transportation in early November said they intend to set up a registry that will likely cover many small consumer drones, but it's yet to happen. Because while the government is notoriously slow, scammers are notoriously fast. 'At least one company is already offering to help people register their drones for a fee,' the FAA said. 'Owners should wait until additional details about the forthcoming drone registration system are announced later this month before paying anyone to do the work for them.'

Submission + - Anonymous Goes After ISIS, Aims To Expose Recruiters And Sympathizers

An anonymous reader writes: The hacktivist collective Anonymous has announced the start of OpParis, an operation that plans to disrupt the terrorists' online presence by bringing down recruiting sites and Twitter accounts, and also to uncover the identities of ISIS attackers, supporters and recruiters around the world. More than 5500 Twitter accounts associated with the terrorists have already been taken over by Anonymous. Some of them have also been leaked online.

Submission + - Paris Terrorist Attacks Renew Calls for Encryption Debate and Backdoors (

frdmfghtr writes: Computerworld is running a story where experts are saying we need to renew the discussion about legislating back doors into smartphones and other devices using encryption.

""We've reached the point [of] no access for [investigating] agencies, even with a warrant in their possession," Hayes said. "Apple and Google don't have the key — that's the problem. The keys to decrypt a phone are stored locally, and the companies no longer hold the keys. They say, 'Sorry, we can't help you.'""

Comment Re:Virtualize? (Score 4, Insightful) 406

Very true I'm sure. But I also believe in "where there's a will, there's a way"

I've been in these kinds of discussions. The Cost to figure out or build such a gap-device is too-large, or equal to "just rewrite it in modern tech." So everyone waits for another 10 years while the rewrite doesn't happen. Rather than picking it apart and refactoring a bit here and there - wait for the big bang!!

Submission + - Microsoft Invented Google Earth in the 90s and Then Threw It Away

Jason Koebler writes: Launched in 1998, Terraserver could have, should have been a product that ensured Microsoft would remain the world’s most important internet company well into the 21st century. It was the first-ever publicly available interactive satellite map of the world. The world’s first-ever terabyte-sized database. Terraserver was a functional and popular Google Earth predecessor that launched and worked well before Google even thought of the concept. It let you see your house, from space.
So why aren’t we all using Terraserver on our smartphones right now?

Submission + - It's Way Too Easy to Hack the Hospital (

schwit1 writes: The Mayo Clinic had assembled an all-star team of about a dozen computer jocks, investigators from some of the biggest cybersecurity firms in the country, as well as the kind of hackers who draw crowds at conferences such as Black Hat and Def Con. The researchers split into teams, and hospital officials presented them with about 40 different medical devices. Do your worst, the researchers were instructed. Hack whatever you can.

Like the printers, copiers, and office telephones used across all industries, many medical devices today are networked, running standard operating systems and living on the Internet just as laptops and smartphones do. Like the rest of the Internet of Things—devices that range from cars to garden sprinklers—they communicate with servers, and many can be controlled remotely. As quickly became apparent to Rios and the others, hospital administrators have a lot of reasons to fear hackers. For a full week, the group spent their days looking for backdoors into magnetic resonance imaging scanners, ultrasound equipment, ventilators, electroconvulsive therapy machines, and dozens of other contraptions. The teams gathered each evening inside the hospital to trade casualty reports.

“Every day, it was like every device on the menu got crushed,” Rios says. “It was all bad. Really, really bad.” The teams didn’t have time to dive deeply into the vulnerabilities they found, partly because they found so many—defenseless operating systems, generic passwords that couldn’t be changed, and so on.

Sooner or later, hospitals would be hacked, and patients would be hurt. He’d gotten privileged glimpses into all sorts of sensitive industries, but hospitals seemed at least a decade behind the standard security curve. “Someone is going to take it to the next level. They always do,” says Rios. “The second someone tries to do this, they’ll be able to do it. The only barrier is the goodwill of a stranger.”

Comment More PoowwwerrrrRRR!! (Score 1) 69

The ex-Top Gear hosts showed their excitement for the craft by attempting to Revive it with better technology (portable Van for commuters) - and in a later episode a race though a city.

Although - they may have crushed any hopes that the technology would catch on by mocking the noise & mess they create in front of a "high-class" restaurant.

While driving in the race Clarkson indirectly showed how dangerous the craft can be - tight turns and short stops were impossible. Of course his buffoonery amplified the problems.

Comment Re:Which continuity? (Score 1) 438

While the show needs to grow and match the desires of a modern audience - I look at the shows that they reference the director/producers having been a part of. Would I want to watch a Star Trek that looked and felt like Scorpion? Fast conclusion jumping & non-plausible stories? (I watched 1 episode of Scorpion this year and it seemed more of a comedy/don't-take-this-serious than the few I watched last year).

And is it Abrams? Great question. It was supposed to be a Reboot Franchise film - you can't have the TV show straying from the now New-Original that started it all :-P

I find that the films have been Action Adventure ala Die Hard and lower on Thought process.

If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.