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Weekend tech reading: Kodak's future, BIOS vulnerabilities shown, solar eclipse 2015 pics

By Matthew
Mar 22, 2015
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    At Kodak, clinging to a future beyond film Of the roughly 200 buildings that once stood on the 1,300-acre campus of Eastman Kodak’s business park in Rochester, 80 have been demolished and 59 others sold off. Terry Taber, bespectacled, 60, and a loyal Kodak employee of 34 years, still works in one of the remaining Kodak structures, rubble from demolition not far from its doors. Mr. Taber oversees research and development at Kodak. Many people might be surprised to know that Kodak is still in business at all, much less employing someone in the hopeful-sounding enterprise of developing new technology ideas.  The NY Times

    New BIOS implant, vulnerability discovery tool to debut at CanSecWest When the National Security Agency’s ANT division catalog of surveillance tools was disclosed among the myriad of Snowden revelations, its desire to implant malware into the BIOS of targeted machines was unquestionable. While there’s little evidence of BIOS bootkits in the wild, the ANT catalog and the recent disclosure of the Equation Group's cyberespionage platform... Threatpost (also, Gamers targeted by TeslaCrypt ransomware: $1,000 to decrypt games, mods, Steam)

    MRI scans of the brain show why we ignore security warnings By the third or fourth time your computer pops up a warning box while you're trying to get something done, you probably just dismiss it without paying it much attention. It turns out this is an almost universal truth of how we use computers, and there's a neurological aspect. In an attempt to build a better warning message, a team of researchers from Brigham Young University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Google employed a functional MRI (fMRI) to study how the brain reacts to these popups. ExtremeTech

    The GNU manifesto turns thirty Unix, one of the earliest computer-operating systems, was developed between the late nineteen-sixties and the early nineteen-eighties, by A.T. & T. Bell Laboratories and various universities around the world, notably the University of California, Berkeley. It was the product of a highly collaborative process, in which researchers and students built and shared their code in an atmosphere of excitement and discovery that was fostered, in part, by an agreement that AT&T representatives had signed, in 1956, with the Department of Justice... The New Yorker

    Pirate Party becomes Iceland's most popular political party On January 1, 2006, Rick Falkvinge founded the Swedish and first Pirate Party. The party has survived more than nine turbulent years while provoking heated discussion on copyright reform, privacy and freedom of speech. The party is currently enjoying its second term in the European Parliament and in January 2014 Julia Reda MEPreleased her draft report for the overhaul of EU copyright. As pointed out by Falkvinge himself, that fact is worthy of a double take. TorrentFreak

    Total solar eclipse of 2015 in amazing photos On March 20, 2015, the moon blocked the sun as seen from Earth in a total solar eclipse. See photos from the only total solar eclipse of 2015 in this Space.com gallery. Here: The path of this eclipse sweeps across the North Atlantic Ocean, missing all inhabited land except for the Faroe Islands, northwest of Scotland, and theSvalberg Islands north of Norway. Thia image shows the appearance of the eclipse from Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Svalberg.  Space.com

    Video games are better without characters In the mid-1980s, the easiest way to check out the latest computer games was to go to a bookstore in the mall. Past the John Grisham and the bargain history books in the B. Dalton Bookseller, you’d find Software Etc., a small island of boxes amidst bound volumes, and a few computers on which to play the latest releases. It was there that I first played Dark Castle, a 1986 Macintosh game about manipulating the then-unfamiliar mouse to throw rocks at bats. The Atlantic

    Apple's haptic tech makes way for tomorrow's touchable UIs If you're into magic tricks, stop by an Apple Store and park yourself in front of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Click around on the trackpad for a while. Voila! That's the trick: It's not actually clicking. The illusion is one of Apple's latest innovations: the Taptic Engine. Relying on a technique pioneered in research labs 20 years ago, it uses an electromagnetic motor to trick your fingers into feeling things that aren't actually there. Wired

    A few provocative thoughts by Greg Johnson Greetings!  I'm Greg Johnson, the designer and co-owner of ToeJam & Earl.  If you're in the game industry, you may have run across my name because I've been making games as an independent developer for about 33 years now. Perhaps you may have heard about me recently because of the new, indie, Toejam & Earl KickStarter campaign I have going on at the moment (until March 25th). But I'm not here to talk about that. Gamasutra

    "I don't even pretend I can stop it": 8chan's founder talks doxing, Internet freedom In early January, Ars Technica reported on a swatting attempt on an Oregon home -- notable in particular because the intended target no longer lived at the address in question. In the 24 hours after publication of that piece, an Ars staffer became the target of an online harassment campaign which began with the posting of private, personal information, a practice known as doxing. Ars Technica

    Peak cable Paying for TV has been a curious consumer phenomenon. There was a time when TV was free to consumers. It was delivered as a broadcast over-the-air and paid for either by commercials (US mostly) or by taxes on viewers (Europe mostly). The consumers were delighted with the idea as it was far better than radio and radio was delightful because it was far better than no radio. Asymco (also, Canadians to be allowed to 'pick and pay' TV channels)

    A sucker is optimized every minute Not long ago, our blockbuster business books spoke in unison: Trust your gut. The secret to decision-making lay outside our intellects, across the aisle in our loopy right brains, with their emo melodramas and surges of intuition. Linear thinking was suddenly the royal road to ruin. The NY Times

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,389   +3,776

    The Great Yellow Father clings to life. Such a powerhouse of innovation certainly will find a way out of obscurity!
  3. Swatting would end pretty quickly if it carried with it mandatory jail time and a lengthy sentence.

    Doxxing, on the other hand, is never going to go away. The best remedy for that nonsense is solid time in the weight room and some firearms. "Use doxxed information at your own peril."
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,979   +2,282

    Maybe. As a former employee in an area close to R & D, the one thing that they absolutely must abandon, IMHO, is their arrogance. The second thing that they must abandon, IMHO, is their refusal to reverse a decision even when they know that they are wrong. IMHO, this mentality showed through in the fact that they were the first to develop a digital camera, yet shelved it in favor of their cash cow - film and paper. Though they finally reversed this decision, it was far, far too late - IMHO.

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