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Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

iPhone 6 plus design defects

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 7. 2 Replies

A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 PlusesThe phones apparently malfunction from "molding themselves to the shape of your rump if left too…Continue

Tags: Touch Disease, iPhone 6

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 16. 59 Replies

http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_be_your_nerd_typeTake the test and see what you get.This is what I am -Science/Math nerd and Gamer/Computer Nerd…Continue

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 17, 2015. 8 Replies

Published on Oct 19, 2015 Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.I can't wait to see this movieContinue

Tossing your privacy policies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald L. Engel Sep 25, 2015. 5 Replies

The following companies just betrayed billions of peopleThese companies are lobbying for "hugely unpopular surveillance legislation that's been lambasted by privacy groups and security…Continue

Tags: surveillance, privacy, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, cybersecurity

Unsustainable Bitcoin

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 3, 2015. 2 Replies

... Bitcoin about 5,033 times more energy intensive, per transaction, than VISA... Bitcoin’s power usage per transaction isn’t remotely sustainable as a wholesale replacement for the conventional financial system.... According to my calculation, a…Continue

Tags: transaction costs, sustainability, Bitcoin

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Comment by Joseph P on June 5, 2016 at 2:09am

Heh, I like my Note 5, though.  The Samsung phones are making significant jumps with almost every generation.  8-core processors are standard now, and my Note 5 has 4 gigs of RAM.  The Note 6's might have 6 gigs of RAM, due to a very recent development in RAM compression technology.

Hell, Windows desktop computers generally don't make use of more than 8 gigs.  Even the latest video games don't need more than that, since the increased demands are on the graphics cards and video RAM, rather than the CPU and system RAM.

I've been playing Fallout 4, which claims to require 8 gigs of RAM, but which rarely goes more than 4 gigs into system RAM, since my graphics card has 6 gigs of RAM by itself.

If your actually going to watch that, though, I suggest pulling it up on YouTube itself, with the little Watch on YouTube button near the bottom right, since it's posted at 1080p.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 4, 2016 at 10:07pm

That spurious correlation site is addictive, and page 2. My brain keeps looking for reasons they could be connected.

For example, maybe more people go to the movies when it rains. We're driven to look for patterns. Is it like playing a slot machine?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 4, 2016 at 9:59pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2016 at 11:34am

Winona welcome to the group.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 7, 2016 at 9:31am

Proof that Internet Explorer is evil. :)

Internet Explorer vs. murder rate (graph of murders in US vs. Internet Explorer market share, both steadily decreasing between 2006 and 2011)(from cheezburger)

Tyler Vigen has tens of thousands of Spurious Correlations at his site, including this one:

Graph showing per capita consumption of mozzarella cheese strongly positively correlated with civil engineering doctorates awarded, 2000-2009, both increasingThe Spurious Correlations site also lets you explore and discover new correlations.

(click on images to embiggen)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 6, 2016 at 6:56pm
Comment by Steph S. on May 6, 2016 at 9:49am

Thank you Grinning Cat. I hope everyone is doing well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 9:30am

Thanks for the wireless warning G Cat.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 9:23am

I didn't know they were called wall warts or dongly things, but I would like to see them standardized as well, along with batteries, hardware, and a dozen other things.  Non-standardization has always irritated me greatly.

We would still need several sizes for different power requirements, but not as many as they make.

Some of my electronic devices are labeled with the voltage, power, and polarity, but many are not, which should change also.  A few years ago, I finally started labeling those that are not labeled, and made things much better.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 25, 2016 at 11:41am

On a totally unrelated subject: it turns out Douglas Adams had declared war on the proliferation of wall warts, those "dongly things", all different, all incompatible: http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/980707-03-a.html

"Half the little dongly things I've got, I don't even know what gizmo they're for. More importantly, half the gizmos I've got, I don't know where their little dongly thing is.... The usual method of finding a little dongly thing that actually matches a gizmo I want to use is to go and buy another one, at a price that can physically drive the air from your body."

 

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