Post by ۞Quaalude™۞ on May 28, 2012 1:25:23 GMT -5
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries QC
The woman who was listed as the world's oldest person died Tuesday in a Georgia nursing home at age 116.
Besse Cooper died peacefully Tuesday afternoon in Monroe, according to her son Sidney Cooper. Monroe is about 45 miles east of Atlanta.
Cooper said his mother had been ill recently with a stomach virus, then felt better on Monday. On Tuesday he said she had her hair set and watched a Christmas video, but later had trouble breathing. She was put on oxygen in her room and died there about 2 p.m., Cooper said.
"With her hair fixed it looked like she was ready to go," he said.
Besse Cooper was declared the world's oldest person in January 2011. In May 2011, Guinness World Records learned that Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil was 48 days older. Valentin died the next month.
"It's a sad day for me," said Robert Young, Guinness senior consultant for gerontology. He recalls meeting Cooper when she was 111 and took note of her mental agility.
"At that age she was doing really well, she was able to read books," he said.
Last year on Cooper's 115th birthday, she celebrated with friends and relatives, enjoyed two small slivers of birthday cake and was serenaded by a musician from Nashville who sang "Tennessee Waltz."
Sidney Cooper said his family will likely hold a funeral for his mother later this week.
Besse Cooper was the first Georgian to hold the world record. She was born in Tennessee and moved to Georgia during World War I to look for work as a teacher R.I.P QC
Post by ۞Quaalude™۞ on Dec 11, 2012 4:12:19 GMT -5
A prime target: popular microprocessors about the size of poker chips.
"The computer chips are worth more than their weight in gold, and they're a lot easier to carry," said San Jose Police Sgt. Jim McMahn, head of the department's high-tech-crime unit. "And there's an organized network out there to buy them, even if they're hot."
For instance, one of Intel Corp.'s popular 486 chips has a street value of $1,000 to $1,700, according to police. A large duffle bag can--and in a recent California case, authorities suspect, did--hold $1 million worth.
"There's a constant market for the stuff," McMahn explained. "The crooks see a big payoff, and they know it's hard to catch them. It's hard to prove the chips are stolen. They don't have serial numbers. And the companies who make them don't track them after they're out the door."
Curt Codey, a detective with the nearby Fremont Police Department, began keeping track of computer-chip thefts two years ago, hoping to persuade his bosses to put more resources into cracking the growing number of cases.
He found that last year alone, more than $5 million in computer chips were stolen within his jurisdiction.
A 1989 insurance industry estimate put the statewide figure at $20 million.
"This whole thing has escalated dramatically since then," said Codey, vice president of the High-Tech Crime Investigators Assn. of Northern California. "And we're seeing more violence now.
"These crooks aren't your average crooks, either. Usually, it's someone who has worked in the computer field and knows what's valuable. About half the time an employee is involved, giving away inside information on the best time to hit and where."
In a recent Fremont case, a guard at a computer company was offered $50,000--two years' salary--to leave a door open for one night.
"You have to give him credit; he told his supervisor and we were able to arrange a sting to make an arrest," Codey said. "But to a lot of people, that money would be hard to turn down."
Some other recent cases have included:
* The revelation that a 20-year-old man arrested in Florida was suspected of being part of a nationwide computer-chip and equipment-fencing ring. Detectives said they found computer invoices in his Porsche, equipped with a phone and fax. Police and the FBI say Craig Leslie Jacobsen admitted stealing $10 million worth of chips, computer circuit boards, computers and printers from companies from coast to coast as part of a larger fencing ring.
* A robbery by gun-toting thieves who bound an unarmed guard at Mylex Corp. in Fremont, then stole $300,000 worth of chips. Mylex has since installed motion detectors and hired guards to escort workers to cars at night. The company lost $1.5 million worth of chips in the past half year from burglaries.
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Post by ۞Quaalude™۞ on Jan 25, 2013 18:05:17 GMT -5
Wayne Dobson doesn't have your cellphone.
Even if it looks like he might.
In the past two years the 59-year-old retiree has been pestered by people showing up at all hours of the day and night at his house, demanding their phones. They've yelled, shown him evidence, called the police - sworn that their phone is in his house.
But he's no thief.
"It's very difficult to say, 'I don't have your phone,' in any other way other than, 'I don't have your phone,' " Dobson said.
What has become a powerful tool for police hunting down bad guys and people who lose their phones or who call 911 has backfired on Dobson. An unexplained glitch with at least one cellphone company is directing people with missing phones to his North Las Vegas home.
And the glitch is also affecting police, who have twice been wrongly directed to his house on domestic violence calls. That has forced Dobson to post a sign on the front of his house telling people he doesn't have their phone.
The situation is one that has puzzled experts.
"That's crazy," said John B. Minor, a communications expert who specializes in cellphone tracking. "This sort of thing I've not seen."
The problem appears to be limited to some owners of Sprint phones. Company officials said they are researching the problem, which has forced Dobson to sleep near his front door on weekends so he can answer the door quickly at all hours.
"It's a hell of a problem," he said. "It would be nice to be able to get a good night's sleep."
'I HAD A PROBLEM'
Dobson's misadventure started in 2011, with a knock on the door around midnight on a weekend. He opened the door and found an upset young couple demanding that he turn over their phone.
Dobson was confused.
"I'm standing there and I'm thinking, 'What are they talking about?' " he said. "They might as well have said, 'Give me my horse back.' "
After debating back and forth, both sides called police. When officers arrived at his home, near Craig Road and Donna Street, Dobson expressed his confusion.
"I just said, 'I don't know these people; I don't go where they go.' I'm 59 years old. I don't care about these technology pets they have."
The couple left without their phone, and he never heard from them again. It wasn't long before he realized he had a bigger problem on his hands.
He saw a woman wandering through his backyard. But before he could talk to her, she jumped over the wall. A few minutes later he heard a knock on the door.
"Please give me my phone," she said.
When he explained that he didn't have it, she became insistent.
"I've got pictures of my grandchildren," she said. "I can't replace them. I need them. All I want are my pictures."
He told her to call the police and invited her to come inside and search. In the meantime, he called the woman's cellphone provider, Sprint.
A technician there explained the problem, but didn't provide a solution, he said.
Dobson was told that cellphone GPS systems don't provide exact locations - they give a general location of where to start your search. And for some reason his house is that location for his area.
"I knew then I had a problem," he said.
AN IMPERFECT SYSTEM
All cellphones today have a form of location-tracking, often using a combination of satellite GPS and "triangulating" a signal between nearby cell towers. For most smartphone users, that allows turn-by-turn driving directions, a list of nearby restaurants and real-time weather updates.
Those are all convenient services, but location-tracking has a more important purpose.
In 1997, cellphone users were roughly one in three callers to 911 dispatchers. And dispatchers didn't know what to do in situations where the person couldn't, or didn't, provide their location. For land lines, dispatchers automatically knew where they were.
If you were in Chicago calling from a cellphone with a 702 area code, for example, Chicago dispatchers would forward the call to Las Vegas police.
That was unhelpful at the least and dangerous at the worst, said Ben Levitan, who spent 30 years designing cellphone networks and holds dozens of patents on the technology.
"There were some horrible situations which prompted the FCC to go, 'Look, you've gotta fix this,' " Levitan said.
Cellphone companies came up with a way to locate the phones and instantly transmit their coordinates to dispatchers. Today, as 70 percent of phone calls to 911 are made by cellphones, dispatchers can see where they are calling from. The information must be accurate to within 50 to 300 meters, depending on the type of technology used.
The system has since spawned a host of other uses. Companies like Apple, Microsoft and various third parties all provide ways to track missing phones from a computer or tablet. When New York Times technology columnist David Pogue lost his iPhone last year, he used Apple's software to track it to the backyard of a Maryland home. Police picked up the phone and returned it.
It's also been useful for police. They have used it to solve crimes by showing a suspect's phone was at the crime scene, although they have also been criticized for using the technology without a warrant.
Experts say the systems are not completely reliable. You don't need to tell that to Dobson.
It wasn't until December that Dobson felt the situation had gone from a nuisance to a danger.
Four different groups of people had showed up at his house in the two years before. And North Las Vegas police showed up to his home once, in error, responding to a domestic dispute call.
But on Dec. 18, four young men banged on his door at 2:30 a.m., yelling for him to open up and give up a phone.
The phone's owner had an application on a tablet computer that showed his phone was in Dobson's house.
"He was ... literally proving to me that I had his cellphone," Dobson said.
About two weeks later he was awakened at 4 a.m. by a person prowling along the side of his house. Dobson followed a flashlight beam to his bathroom window. When he looked out, the person flashed the light in his face.
"I screamed at him, 'Who are you? Get out of my yard!' " Dobson said. "And he said, 'We're the police, open the door.' "
North Las Vegas cops had received a 911 call from a woman on a cellphone who was arguing with a man. The argument was escalating, but dispatchers weren't able to get a location from the woman.
They looked at the location of the phone and sent officers, who arrived minutes later at Dobson's house. He was taken outside to his front yard and searched. When officers realized the mistake, they apologized.
Dobson said he is grateful that he didn't confront the officers with a weapon.
"I would have been on the losing end, and it would have been because of that issue," he said.
He now has a sign next to his front door telling people that he doesn't have their phone and advising them to call police.
North Las Vegas police spokesman Chrissie Coon said the department rarely dispatches officers to locations based on cellphone GPS coordinates. It's even rarer that those coordinates are wrong. And she had never heard of a situation like Dobson's.
"We're relying on the accuracy of the information that's given to us by the carrier," she said. "It's just not a perfect technology."
Coon confirmed that police have responded four times to Dobson's house - twice for people who believed their phone was there. Each time the phone was a Sprint phone.
They now are going to flag any calls to Dobson's home, but they will still send officers to the scene unless they can confirm that there isn't actually a problem there.
Coon said Dobson's example is a good reason why people should have land lines in their homes.
A Sprint spokeswoman said the company is researching the problem.
"We will research the issue thoroughly and try to get to the bottom of what is going on and if it has anything to do with our company," spokeswoman Rachael Crocker wrote in an email.
Minor and Levitan, who both testify as expert witnesses in civil and criminal cases, said they don't believe the problem is with the cell tower, which is close to Dobson's home. They both said the problem is more likely to be at Sprint's switchboard. A software problem is incorrectly translating coordinates to Dobson's house.
And because there is clearly a problem with the 911 system, the issue is serious, they said.
"This isn't the kind of error you would just shrug off," Minor said. "They should be very diligent in preventing these types of problems."
Dobson just wants the problem fixed. He is worried about potentially dangerous future encounters with angry cellphone owners.
"It's like Pavlov's response now; I dread the thought when I hear a car drive by that they're going to be pulling in and knocking on my door," he said.
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Post by ۞Quaalude™۞ on Jul 21, 2013 17:44:06 GMT -5
Never-before-seen GIANT virus found that's so unusual it may have come from Mars , The Pandoravirus is one micrometre big - ten times the size of other viruses It is found underwater but is not considered a threat to humans The virus has been spotted off the coast of Chile and in an Australian pond Only six per cent of its genes resemble those seen before on Earth ,Scientists have found a new virus thought to be the biggest ever seen on Earth.
The virus, dubbed Pandoravirus, is one micrometre big - up to ten times the size of other viruses - and only six per cent of its genes resemble anything seen on Earth before.
This has led French researchers to believe the virus may have come from an ancient time or even another planet, such as Mars.
However, the researchers, who published their findings in the journal Science, believe that the virus opens up a range of questions about the history of life on Earth.
Dr Jean-Michel Claverie of Aix-Marseille University in France, who found the virus, told NPR: ‘We believe that these new Pandoraviruses have emerged from a new ancestral cellular type that no longer exists.’
Many traditional viruses range in size from around 10 nanometres (nm) to around 500nm.
The Pandoravirus is around one micrometre big and there are 1,000nm in a micrometre.
This means the Pandoravirus is big enough to be seen under the most basic microscopes.
Dr Claverie explained that because the virus is very big and lacks the regular shape normally associated with viruses, he initially thought it was a small bacterium.
His team went on a hunt for giant viruses after a survey identified signs of them in seawater. They took sediment samples from the coast off Chile and from a pond in Australia. They took the samples to their laboratory and put them in a solution packed with antibiotics in an attempt to kill any bacteria present. These bacteria-free samples were then exposed to amoebas knowing that if they died, there must be something else in the samples killing them.
This proved to be successful and large amounts of Pandoravirus were spawned.
When the team studied them they found that their genetic code was twice the size of the Megavirus, which was previously the biggest virus ever found at around 440nm.
However, they were in for more of a shock as only six per cent of its genes resembled genes seen before in other organisms on Earth.
Dr Claverie told NPR: ‘We believe that those new Pandoraviruses have emerged from a new ancestral cellular type that no longer exists.’
He went on to explain that it is possible that they have come from another planet, such as Mars.
The researchers do not yet know why this cellular form became a virus but they speculate that it could have evolved as a survival strategy.
Alternatively, its unusual genome could have developed as a result of it picking up genetic material from its hosts.
The researchers say that they now expect to find more giant viruses QC
Post by ۞Quaalude™۞ on Aug 15, 2013 15:50:42 GMT -5
Facebook says it plans to test a mobile payments service that lets users make purchases inside mobile applications using payment information they have added to their account on the social network.
Facebook is working on a "very small test" and the company says there is no set schedule for making the service available to users. The service would use payment information that shoppers store on Facebook to automatically complete checkout forms of certain mobile apps. Then, the app would process the purchase.
Facebook says the company has a "great relationship with PayPal" and the service won't involve moving payment processing "away from an app's current payments provider, such as PayPal."
News of the test was reported earlier by AllThingsD QC
Post by ۞Quaalude™۞ on Sept 11, 2013 11:02:40 GMT -5
new Mac Pro: Hands on, and what you need to know about why it sucks .
Is there anything else notable about the new Mac Pro? On the non-technical side, this Mac Pro is going to be assembled entirely in the United States ,
it's a continuation of Apple's design philosophy, which is to says its beyond awful. If you ever wanted a justification for building a Hackintosh, Apple just gave it. Almost completely un-upgradeable. No upgradeable GPU, a measly 4 RAM slots, and no plugs on the front. No optical drive. Single CPU slot. Complete garbage. I'm done with Apple hardware. Nice OS, overpriced gimmicky hardware.Apple will flat out not ever ever ever rewrite the FireGL drivers. The days of high resale value for Mac Pros are over. They are disposable. Period.
B. Bandwidth Bandwidth Bandwidth 20 Gbs (10 each way) is a sick joke given the price and capacity of what is already available.
Now, who is to blame? After that, arguably, rantish toned polemic anyone would expect an ensuing diatribe against Apple. Nope. EU regulatory committees have pushed Apple back into its old ways. The MacPro was thrown out of Europe because all of those nasty global warming:
1. memory slots,
2. powered PCIe lanes,
3. internal drives,
4. plethora of fans.
5. multiple power hungry video cards looking for one or two additional molex IV/s;
were driving the "units" power consumption way past the stopping point for the bureaucrat's insatiable urge to create unintended consequences.
So Apple simply moved all that power consumption out of the box for which they were responsible! The unintended consequence, of course, is a Hydra of cables, enclosure fans, and worse: wall warts.
A wall wart is one of the most inefficient electrical devices on the market. I have accidentally singed myself countless times on my MBP's wall wart in bed. All that energy lost to heat. OMG! A 2013 Macpro expanded with everything a current Pro user has inside his case represents much a higher energy bill in return for far less computing efficiency and a much faster obsolescence cycle: how charmingly green!
The bottom line is that Apple could not ignore the Euro market and does not want to have two MacPro designs.
We will see. I, myself, am not even currently a professional user. I still run my quad 2.5 PPC. The addition of a boot SSD, an internal focused Raid card, and another Raid card running a homemade array of Raptors plus (thank God) TenForFox to allow me competitive browsing speeds has kept me out of the current MacPro line. QC
Post by ۞Quaalude™۞ on Oct 21, 2013 8:54:30 GMT -5
Google has done something few companies ever do in the stock market: it has joined the $1,000 club.
i have noticed that the SEC/DOJ regulators are allowing GOOGLE and FACEBOOK to buy every company in sight.
that is why there is NO COMPETITION anymore.
why did our government allow FACEBOOK to buy INSTAGRAM ? (that's COKE buying PEPSI) -- its against our anti-trust laws.
instagram has 150 million users... it would have been a strong competitor in social networking to facebook.
why did our gov allow GOOGLE to buy YOUTUBE?
our government is operating using a faulty premise in allowing these technology mergers.
they think just because a new competitor can come out of nowhere at any time and take your lunch that its ok to allow google to buy whoever they want because one day someone will come and take over google.
the problem with that analysis is that google may stay dominate for 30-40 years before that happened.
yes microsoft has been humbled by the internet...but for 40 years we were all beaten up by the bully.
google is the new bully and so is facebook
and these bullies will be around for a long time.
yes one day a competitor might come and take them over but when? 30 years from now?
the government needs to look very careful and learn about the industry and not just assume competition can come from anywhere.
so far all i have seen is the government refuse to take action.
Google has scared the regulators into believing they will make a mistake:) QC
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