Locke2005 writes: Someone managed to infect the SF Muni ticket machines with ransomware. Gee, I wonder if they still think basing the system on Windows (WIndows Server 2000, I believe) was a good choice? Any suggestions as to what they could have done that would have provided a usable touch screen interface while being less susceptible to hackers? Or was their mistake not upgrading to a newer OS?
Locke2005 writes: National Geographic has an article on the "impossible" drive. Either this is another Pons and Fleischmann cold fusion, or it actually works. If it actually works, can somebody explain to me HOW it actually works? Wouldn't the best way to test it be to actually send up a miniature spacecraft with solar cells and instrumentation?
Locke2005 writes: I've always speculated that there might be forces of nature that we never observed because they were on a much larger or smaller scale than we could detect easily. But now Jonathan Feng, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, is suggesting there may actually be a fifth force. Of course, this might vanish just like the Higgs Boson evidence did. Can anybody explain better what it was they detected, and why it is being interpreted as evidence of a previously unknown force?
Locke2005 writes: U.S. attorneys today asked to vacate the court hearing scheduled for tomorrow, March 22, over the Apple-FBI iPhone encryption case. The reason: FBI might have just figured out a way to get into the phone on its own.
Locke2005 writes: Judge Milton Shadur threw out Copyright Lawyer John Steele's 300 count copyright infringement case filed in Illinois based on the simple observation that the lawyer should have known from the IP addresses that the majority of IP addresses accused of infringing were not in fact in Illinois...
Locke2005 writes: Now that Larry has hired his pal Mark (recently fired by HP), HP is suing Oracle on the grounds that Mark can't possibly do his job at Oracle without revealing HP trade secrets! Sorry, HP... maybe you should have given Mark a lobotomy before you fired him. I smell a countersuit for restrain of trade, defamation, and interfering in business practices in 3, 2, 1...
Locke2005 writes: With a description of "This extension does nothing", and written by "nobody", this extension has been installed 8352 time and gotten rave reviews for doing nothing, but doing it very well!
Locke2005 writes: In what promises to be one of the quickest threads to become Godwinned, YouTube has pulled scores of parodies of the "Hitler Finds Out" scene from the movie Downfall. Ironically, I had never heard of this movie before this — and now I want to watch it.
Locke2005 writes: The Reg is breaking news about a dimensional portal that opened up at the Large Hadron Colider shortly after a 7 TeV collision. Wait, this wasn't supposed to happen until 2012, was it?