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How Porn May Be Changing Your Brain

Internet pornography can turn into a destructive spiral of addiction that becomes all consuming. The dopamine released and the fantasy created have the power to rewire our brains forever.

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Prisoner of Technology

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3-D Computer Gun

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Eden’s Apple

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How to Avoid an Unwanted Vacation From the Internet

For perhaps 64,000 computers in the U.S. and 300,000 worldwide, the Internet will go dead starting Monday. The story is rather complicated, but at its bottom is a piece of devilment named the DNS Changer Trojan. Click through below to the jump to find out if your Internet connection is set up for a KO punch and, if so, what you can do to sidestep it.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 READ MORE



INFZM.com via Engadget

Foxconn Pledges to Ease Up on Factory Workers

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn has taken some considerable hits to its public image in recent years as reports about shocking labor conditions at the Apple supplier’s factories cropped up with more frequency than new iPad product launches. On Sunday, Foxconn’s chairman said that the company is changing its ways.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Apple Lets the World In on Its Supply Chain

In a bid to increase transparency and overcome some dreadful PR from recent years about certain components of its global supply chain, Apple Inc. posted a lengthy “2012 Progress Report” about labor practices, working conditions and company ethics on its main website Friday.

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Malware ‘Worm’ Could Take Down World Internet

Since sometime in 2008, more than 12 million computers around the world have been infected by a highly encrypted “worm,” or self-updating type of malware called Conficker, that allows remote access and control of a network of those computers, essentially creating the most powerful computer in the world.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Computer Gamers Decipher Structure of AIDS Enzyme

To the astonishment of scientists, online gamers deciphered the 3-D structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus in just three weeks, a feat that had evaded researchers for 10 years.

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A Dramatic Reading of iTunes Rules, Starring Richard Dreyfuss

This is quite an exemplary display of dramatic prowess on the part of actor Richard Dreyfuss, who put his thespian talents to work to great effect in these dramatic readings taken from iTunes’ EULA (End-User License Agreement) for CNet. You will comply!

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Hack Attack: Senate, CIA Sites Take a Hit

A band of hackers by the collective name of LulzSec brought the CIA’s website down for the count Wednesday, and while they were at it the technogeeks broke into the Senate’s site.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



wikileaks.ch

A Campaign to Smear WikiLeaks Supporters

Internal documents of a California computer security firm obtained by pro-WikiLeaks hackers have been made available online, suggesting various ways companies can help undermine the whistle-blowing website as it prepares to release material that could prove damaging to Bank of America and other financial entities.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE


DOS Attack
columbia.edu

WikiLeaks Gets Hacked

WikiLeaks, the website that has provided damning classified material on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, says it has come under a denial-of-service attack as it prepares to release another batch of secret U.S. documents.

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Technical Difficulties Bring Luck to Calif. Workers

California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system.

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Flickr / Extra Ketchup

Multitasking Our Way to Distraction

What do we stand to gain from all our gadgetry in this, our wired (not to mention wireless) era? Improved manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination? The ability to soundly defeat pixelated alien hordes via video games?

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / @cdharrison

Technology News Flash: Computer Users Slightly Less Inclined to IM

Those fickle users of online communication technologies have defied the expectations of both select BBC reporters and people paid to study these things, at least when it comes to their instant messaging, which has apparently dropped off in recent years. Why could this be?

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Marco Calasan

Oh, to Be a 9-Year-Old Computer Genius

Meet Marco Calasan, the world’s youngest Microsoft systems engineer and official computer genius. At the advanced age of 9, Marco, who calls Macedonia his home, is already the author of a book on Windows 7 that he’s hoping to publish and has earned four Microsoft certificates.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Don Hankins

Internet Fraud Losses Doubled in 2009

From Nigerian “millionaire” plans to “FBI agent” schemes, millions of dollars have been lost to scams on the Internet. Last year saw reported losses from Internet fraud more than double, rising from $264.6 million in 2008 to $559.7 million in 2009.

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Flickr / The Photique

Robin Hood Hacker

A hacker using the alias “Neo” has attained almost cult status in Latvia after releasing through Twitter the confidential financial data of allegedly corrupt banks and state-owned companies that profited from the global recession.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei

Behold the iPad

After months of breathless anticipation, techies everywhere have a new gadget/cultural phenomenon on their hands in the form of Apple Inc.’s new tablet, the iPad. Apple CEO Steve Jobs was on hand to do the unveiling honors at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Wednesday morning, and based on the results, you can bet the lines will be forming in front of Apple stores yet again.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

Digital Dumping and the Global ‘E-Cycling’ Scam

The port of Lagos in Nigeria receives about 400,000 used computers every month, out of which only one in four is useful. The rest end up in landfills, garbage dumps and, in a curious twist, as resources for scammers.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE



Department of Homeland Security

Homeland Security Report: LAX Vulnerable to Attack

With nearly 62 million passengers having traveled through its terminals last year, Los Angeles International Airport is the world’s fifth-busiest. Thanks to lax security practices, it’s also embarrassingly vulnerable to cyber attack, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Gates
www.prezydent.pl

Control-Alt-Delete

It’s official: Microsoft’s top-geek-made-good, Bill Gates, is leaving his full-time position as head of Microsoft on Friday. Now that he’s made more money than regular mortals can even fathom (aside from those congresspeople who approve the defense budget), he’s stepping down in order to focus on his philanthropic work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
Flickr / soggydan

John McCain Is Not Reading This

It turns out that the candidate who says he’s vetting his vice president with “a Google” may not actually know how to do so. Asked whether John McCain ever used a computer, his “deputy eCampaign director” replied, “You don’t need to use a computer to know how it shapes the country.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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tastyblogsnack.com

Step Away From the Blackberry

There’s a new kind of addiction out there, to which many of us are currently vulnerable, and from which some of us may be suffering right this moment: According to one Dr. Jerald Block, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, excessive e-mailing and text messaging could be a form of mental illness.

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Lawmaker Quits Amid Child Porn Investigation

A Republican member of the Maryland Legislature has resigned after authorities raided his home and took several items, including his computer, during a child pornography investigation. According to the Baltimore Examiner, state Delegate Robert McKee had been a sponsor of the Child Protection From Predators Act.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


Steve Jobs
intomobile.com

Consumer Takes iPhone Price-Cut Rage to Court

All those eager Apple aficionados who waited in line for days to get their grabby hands on the first crop of iPhones for $599 a pop, only to watch in despair as stragglers bought them but two months later for a whopping $200 less, may sympathize with an angry New York woman who clearly will not be placated by Steve Jobs’ scrambly attempt at refunding his way back into customers’ hearts.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Star Simpson
stars.mit.edu

MIT Student With ‘Hoax Device’ Arrested at Airport

First came January’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” faux bomb scare, and now this Boston-area “hoax device” news: MIT sophomore Star Simpson was arrested at gunpoint at Logan Airport on Friday for wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her black sweatshirt, with “Socket To Me” written on the back. Oops.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Google and privacy
Illustration: Karen Spector (original here)

Google Wants to Listen to Your TV to Place Ads

OK, now this is getting just downright creepy: Google has apparently tested a system that allows your computer to “listen” to your TV, recognize what program you’re watching, and then serve up ads related to that show.
Freaked out? Check out Truthdig contributor (and Google book author) Mark Malseed on Google and privacy.

Posted on Jun 18, 2006 READ MORE


Hacker Gets Five Years in Prison

The 20-year-old set out to damage computer networks and send massive amounts of spam.
Any computer user who has ever been the victim of a virus, worm or Trojan horse shall be excused the schadenfreude he or she feels at the news of this lengthy prison sentence.

Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


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