antdude writes: Hopes&Fears reported "The life and death of the creative computer virus — The early 90's were a renaissance for a certain type of computer virus. Today, we think of a virus as an insidious thing that hides and wreaks various forms of havoc like destroying a nuclear facility; never peaking its head up intentionally. But there was a time when viruses were more playful and made their presence known with creative and occasionally funny graphics or animations via 'payloads.' We recreated the payloads of old school viruses..."
antdude writes: Ben Evans shared his entertainment and tech(nology) findings — "Every year Ofcom, the United Kingdom (UK)'s media and telecoms regulator, produces a communications market report full of interesting data. I've picked a few of the more interesting charts related to mobile here."
antdude writes: The Atlantic posted a long article titled "Don't Hate the Phone Call, Hate the Phone" about how "Our telephone habits have changed, but so have the infrastructure and design of the handset.
One of the first Windows 10 features we learned about was the return of the Start menu, which is sort of funny, since the concept of the Start menu is over two decades old. Microsoft tried to replace it with the Start screen in Windows 8, and you only have to look at the adoption numbers to see how most consumers and businesses felt about it.
The Start menu has changed a lot over the years, but there are a handful of common elements that have made it all the way from Windows 95 to Windows 10. We fired up some virtual machines and traveled back in time to before there was a Start menu to track its evolution from the mid '90s to now.
antdude writes: Live Science reported that "Fourth of July Downer: Fireworks Cause Spike in Air Pollution — Fireworks are a beloved tradition of the Fourth of July, but the colorful displays also bring a spike in air pollution, a new study shows..."
antdude writes: The New York Times report that "In High-Tech Japan, the Fax Machines Roll On... Japan is renowned for its robots and bullet trains, and has some of the world's fastest broadband networks. But it also remains firmly wedded to a pre-Internet technology — the fax machine — that in most other developed nations has joined answering machines, eight-tracks and cassette tapes in the dustbin of outmoded technologies.
Last year alone, Japanese households bought 1.7 million of the old-style fax machines, which print documents on slick, glossy paper spooled in the back. In the United States, the device has become such an artifact that the Smithsonian is adding two machines to its collection, technology historians said..."
Ever feel your eyes glazing over when you see yet another security warning pop up on your monitor? In a first, scientists have used magnetic resonance imaging to measure a human brain's dramatic drop in attention that results when a computer user is subjected to just two security warnings in a short time..."
antdude writes: "Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer mend gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world, the professor giving this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures has warned.
Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, claims that the under 40s expect everything to ‘just work’ and have no idea what to do when things go wrong..."
antdude writes: This ZDNet opnion article says "Summary: Opinion: As 2014 comes to a close, bugs are increasingly disclosed with catchy names and logos. Heartbleed's branding changed the way we talk about security, but is making a bug 'cool' frivolous or essential?..."
antdude writes: Boing Boing shared an over one minute YouTube video showing "Urinal Dynamics: a tactical summary — We illustrate the importance of good technique when using a urinal and offer some advice. Through high-speed video footage of a simulated male urine stream we show that reduced splash can be achieved by aiming at a vertical surface, moving closer to the urinal and by decreasing the impact angle."
antdude writes: France 24 reported "Gun violence is on the rise in U.S. (United States) movies and has more than tripled since (19)85 in those rated as acceptable for teenagers 13 and older, according to a study out Monday.
The amount of such violence seen in modern movies rated PG-13 even exceeded that in films rated R for adults in 2012, said the findings by American and Dutch university researchers in the US journal Pediatrics.
The findings raise concern about the impact that seeing shootings in fictional movie scenes may have on youths in real life, since a large body of research has shown that viewing violent films can increase aggression, the researchers said..."
antdude writes: Engwinner's forum thread mentioned a ScienceShot article — "Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies — The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which occurs in some ant species but not in others, affects the sanitary brood care and fungal infection patterns after exposure to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum. We use a) a comparative approach analysing four species with either naked or cocooned pupae and b) a within-species analysis of a single ant species, in which both pupal types co-exist in the same colony..."
antdude writes: This Science Daily article mentioned "Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference... For some entomologists, an apparent paradox exists: Despite choosing a career working with insects, they exhibit negative feelings toward spiders which range from mild disgust to extreme arachnophobia..."
antdude writes: Crucial press release says "over a third of Americans confess to verbal or physical abuse of their computers — Crucial.com reveals the extent of frustration, anger, and helplessness felt by Americans when faced with computer problems..."