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Among Charges in Capitol Riot, a 'Bizarre Claim' About Russia

FBI investigating whether Pa. woman swiped computer from Pelosi office to sell to Russians

(Newser) - An engraved nameplate apparently isn't the only thing swiped from Nancy Pelosi's office during the Capitol riot. The FBI filed an arrest warrant Sunday against Pennsylvania woman Riley June Williams, with charges linked to the Jan. 6 attack in DC including entering a restricted building, disrupting the orderly...

Supercomputer Triggers COVID-19 'Eureka Moment'
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Supercomputer Triggers COVID-19 'Eureka Moment'

Data from the Summit supercomputer might explain the coronavirus

(Newser) - Heard of the "bradykinin hypothesis"? It might just explain COVID-19's odd array of symptoms. That's according to a recent paper based on data crunched by a supercomputer in Tennessee, Medium reports. Earlier this year, the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory analyzed 17,000 genetic...

The Top Mac Pro Costs ... You Don't Want to Know

Is this tower computer just 'conspicuous consumption'?

(Newser) - The new Mac Pro tower is available and starts at $5,999—off the charts, right? Well it's nothing compared to this: Buy a fully pimped-out version and you'll lay down $52,599, or 56% more than the median annual US income of $33,700, CBS News reports....

Computer-Hating Doctor, 84, Fights for Medical License

Dr. Anna Konopka of New Hampshire runs afoul of law

(Newser) - An unusual fight over a doctor's license to practice medicine is unfolding in New Hampshire. As NHPR explains, Dr. Anna Konopka keeps track of her patients in New London the old-school way, with handwritten files instead of computers. One problem? That puts Konopka in violation of a state law...

Elon Musk's New Project Will Merge Brains, Computers

He wants to make 'neural lace' a reality

(Newser) - Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk's new venture isn't rocket science—it's brain surgery. The futurist entrepreneur's new company, Neuralink Corp., plans to merge human brains with computers, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . The computer interface would become part of the brain with the help...

A 'New' Rembrandt Work Is Unveiled

He paints again, thanks to a computer program

(Newser) - Computers can master ancient games , drive cars , and have social-media meltdowns . But can they continue the work of a master painter who died more than 300 years ago? "That's an appealing question," professor Joris Dik tells International Business Times . Dik, along with assorted developers, art historians, and...

Colorado Man Cited for Executing Computer

He put 8 bullets into misbehaving Dell

(Newser) - A Colorado Springs man who saw the "blue screen of death" on his computer one too many times decided to take it out back and put it out of its misery. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits after he put eight bullets into...

80% of Dark Web Traffic Revolves Around Pedophilia

Study finds child pornography is the biggest draw among anonymous users

(Newser) - Between March and September of last year, four out of five visits to a major part of the Dark Web—the anonymous corner of the Internet—were to sites exhibiting the sexual abuse of children, says a new study picked up by Wired . These sites account for only 2% of...

How to Make Your Monitor Way More Useful

Turn it sideways to make content much easier to view: Mike Wehner

(Newser) - Browsing the web on a desktop? You're probably not making the most of your monitor, writes Mike Wehner at the Daily Dot . Fortunately, it's very easy to fix the problem: Rotate the thing vertically. Computer monitors have long adhered to same format as TV screens, meaning that these...

Stephen Hawking's Computer Gets 1st Upgrade in 20 Years

World-famous physicist had 'embarrassing' software

(Newser) - Think Stephen Hawking has killer computer software to help him communicate from his wheelchair? Apparently not—he couldn't even add attachments to emails. So the brainy folks at Intel and SwiftKey have upgraded his system for the first time in 20 years, Fast Company reports. "It wasn't...

'Almost Peerless' New Malware in Use Since 2008

Source of Regin is unclear, says Symantec

(Newser) - The same Symantec researchers who tracked down the Stuxnet worm four years ago have discovered another potent piece of malware, Re/code reports. The Trojan program is called Regin, and it offers "a powerful framework for mass surveillance," Symantec says in a blog post that calls out "a...

Artist Finds Lost Warhols on Floppy Disk

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Artist Finds Lost Warhols on Floppy Disks

YouTube video inspires new media artist to unearth doodles

(Newser) - What would Andy Warhol do with a primitive approximation of MSPaint? Now we know. An old video uploaded to YouTube sent one new media artist on a quest that culminated in the discovery of a variety of previously unknown Andy Warhol works, The Verge reports. After seeing a 1985 video...

FBI Can Use Suspects' Laptop Cameras— With the Light Off

Bureau develops malware for targets' computers

(Newser) - If the FBI wants dirt on a suspect, agents are capable of turning on his laptop's webcam—without him knowing. The light won't go on, Gizmodo reports, based on a Washington Post piece. The technique, available to the bureau for years, is mostly used to fight terror or...

Solution to Science We Can't Understand? Computers

They could reveal discoveries we just don't get: Samuel Arbesman

(Newser) - Computers may some day help us pore through reams of scientific literature, combining ideas to make discoveries. But what if they go further? Already, a computer program has come up with equations to explain physics laws—equations that so far, no human fully comprehends, writes Samuel Arbesman at Slate . In...

New Computer Engineers: Bacteria

Magnetic microbes could lead way to faster hard drives

(Newser) - Future computer hardware designers may look to bacteria as a guide. Researchers in Britain created miniscule magnets by mimicking a bacterial process; these magnets could help us build the smaller, faster hard drives of tomorrow, the BBC reports. A bacterium called Magnetospirilllum magneticum creates the world's most magnetic mineral,...

Computer Program Catches Chess Cheaters

Professor aims 'to model how people make decisions'

(Newser) - Cheaters beware: A chess wiz has developed a program to catch you. Potential cheating has become a noted problem in chess, the New York Times reports. Alleged text messaging prompted a five-year ban on a trio of players in 2010; in 2006, a player was accused of using a computer...

Experts Find Key Internet Encryption Flaw

Small but significant number of cases vulnerable

(Newser) - Oops. Now that millions of people have downloaded encrypted information like credit card and bank account numbers onto the Internet, a team of mathematicians and cryptographers have located a crucial flaw in online encryption. The flaw concerns the way the system generates random numbers to create a code critical to...

Worst Passwords of 2011
 Worst Passwords of 2011 

Worst Passwords of 2011

Once again: 'Password' is not a good choice to beat hackers

(Newser) - Lots of people are still lousy at choosing computer passwords. Mashable picks up on the annual list of most-hacked passwords from SplashData. The usual suspects are still at the top:
  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. monkey
  7. 1234567
  8. letmein
  9. trustno1
  10. dragon
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Facebook Employees Dreaming of IPO Christmas

Rumor mill heats up that company is going public soon

(Newser) - Here come the Facebook IPO rumors again. An insider tells Business Insider that employees expect the company to go public soon, possibly next month. "The IPO talk inside Facebook has ramped up the past 6 weeks and Zuckerberg repeatedly has said that it is 'coming,' which he...

Researchers to Build Computer Designed in 1830s

The world shall at last know if the Babbage Analytical Engine would have worked

(Newser) - Quick when was the first programmable computer designed? If you said the early 19th century … well, you probably looked at the headline. But you might be right, and researchers in Britain are currently planning to test that theory. They’re about to spend 10 years and millions of dollars...

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