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Why Does Windows Still Suck?
- This is a serious question: Why do PC users put up with so many viruses and worms? Why isn't everyone on a Mac? Would you buy a TV or oven that crashed as often as Windows? A 'val' from SanFran, like, tells you about his experience. Rilly fer sure.
Prototype E-Vote Printer Fails to Satisfy
- So let's see.... If the voting machine allegedly miscounts votes, but you stick a printer on it, that makes everything better? Silly humans...
FBI Shuts Down Unclassified E-Mail System
- Makes you wonder -- If their public e-mail system has been hacked, is their $170 million internal super-duper network also susceptable? What havoc could an intruder wreak on the Bureau, or a neighbor they didn't like?
'A smart guided missile' to cancer cells
- Experimental drugs showing affinity to certain cancer cells serve them alphaburgers with a special seasoning - radiation.
E-Sponder keeps Super Bowl security in touch
- Local, state and federal agencies collaborate with e-mail and instant messages to provide unprecedented security for the Super Bowl, but don't relax just yet -- The collaboration software and server are from Microsoft!
When the Sous-Chef Is an Inkjet
- Remember that "food synthesizer" on Star Trek? Well, guess what....
FTC: At least $548 million lost to identity theft
- Time tested scams mingle with new technologies to burn a whole new generation of online victims.
Fake Saddam Hussein 'death' photos used as worm bait
- A computer worm aimed at curious and wishful surfers hijacks their computers for spamming. Meanwhile, the real Iraqi worm still sits in a cell...
MSN Messenger hit by double-whammy worm
- Sit down, you're about to be stunned -- Another security weakness allows MSN Messenger to infect your system. Oh, did we mention MSN Messenger comes from Microsoft? Told ya you'd be stunned...
Big Blue, Caped Crusader
- IBM hopes to help crimefighters spot trends that will allow them to anticipate likely victims.
Hackers Eavesdrop on Phone Networks to Steal Data
- Next time you are asked to read your credit card or social security number over a cell phone, remember that your conversation can be intercepted for miles around. How about e-mail? Yep, that's a piece of cake, too.
Shoulder Surfing, Sniffing Worse Than "Evil Twin" Access Points
- Whuzzat mean?!? It means that, if you want to keep something secret, don't expose it in public. Read on...
Hewlett-Packard Claims Really Tiny Transistors
- HP reports advance in Molecular-Scale Devices in
The Journal of Applied Physics, with three HP Labs researchers producing a molecular-scale alternative to the transistor (building block of all computer life on Earth) which could shrink down (and speed up!) computers and many other electronic devices. But don't worry -- Bill Gates will find a way to slow it down and load it with Bloatware.
It's not quite Star Trek's Holodeck
- But the concept is more approachable than ever: Virtual Reality helps heal; entertains; and generally serves to show that "It's Not All in Your Head"
Neurons Derived From Stem Cells
- An intricate process at U of Wisconsin holds the hope of producing motor neurons that could be employed to repair spinal cords or help cure certain brain diseases.
TV "Enterprise" To Be Decommissioned
- Disappointing technoids everywhere, UPN announced it would not renew "Star Trek: Enterprise". The Emmy winning show was a "prequel" to the legendary "Star Trek", prototype and progenitor of numerous feature-length films and three syndicated TV series, with "Enterprise" the latest. The show will close after a full fourth season, finishing with its 98th episode. The announcement from Paramount contained a hint that they may be producing another series in the Star Trek franchise "in the future..."