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CNS News

by Wayne Parry

February 6, 2013

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made New Jersey the third state to legalize gambling over the Internet, but he said he would sign it if it had a 10-year trial period and a higher tax rate on casinos.

It was the second time since 2011 that the Republican governor has vetoed an Internet bill passed by the New Jersey Legislature. But the path Christie laid out toward winning his approval heartened supporters of online gambling, including Atlantic City's 12 casinos, numerous online betting companies and state lawmakers who hope to make the seaside resort a nationwide hub for Internet gambling. Nevada and Delaware have passed laws legalizing Internet betting, which also is going on offshore, untaxed and unregulated.

F-Secure Weblog

by WebSecurity

February 22, 2011

Our earlier post about malicious links being spammed out on Facebook said that the links were phishing attempts.

Well, turns out it's also an adware scheme.

F-Secure Weblog

by WebSecurity

February 18, 2011

Phishing scams in Facebook. It's not new and it's not sophisticated. But they still catch the unwary and they're still happening now, with only minor tweaks in tactics.

At 2010's end, we saw a run of phishing links being sent around via the chat feature. We're seeing a new run at the moment. The following links are sent (from hijacked accounts) through chat messages and posts on the Walls of randomly selected friends...

blog.softlayer.com

by Wendy Nather

September 27, 2011

If you're a large enterprise, you're in pretty good shape for the cloud: you know what kind of security you want and need, you have security staff who can validate what you're getting from the provider, and you can hold up your end of the deal.

But at the other end of the scale there are the cloud customers I refer to as being "below the security poverty line." These are the small shops (like your doctor's medical practice) that may not have an IT staff at all. These small businesses tend to be very dependent on third party providers, and when it comes to security, they have no way to know what they need. Do they really need DLP, a web application firewall, single sign-on, log management, and all the premium security bells and whistles? Even if you gave them a free appliance or a dedicated firewall VM, they wouldn't know what to do with it or have anyone to run it.

blogs.adobe.com

by Wendy Poland

February 15, 2012

Today, a Security Bulletin (APSB12-03) has been posted to address critical security issues in Adobe Flash Player.

eurogamer.net

by Wesley Yin-Poole

May 23, 2012

A judge has recommended that the Xbox 360 be banned in the US.

Courthouse News reports that Judge David Shaw said the International Trade Commission should use a cease and desist order to ban imports of the Xbox 360 Slim 4GB and 250GB models into the US because, in his view, they infringe on four patents owned by Motorola. He also wants Microsoft to post a bond equal to seven per cent of the value of unsold Xbox 360s in the US. The patents at the heart of the dispute revolve around how the Xbox 360 decodes video content. Motorola claims ownership on the tech powering this.

lifehacker.com

by Whitson Gordon

September 7, 2012

No matter how tech savvy you are, there are certain things every one of us has to deal with when using a computer-and we don't always deal with them in the most efficient ways.

Here are 10 things that everyone can (and should) learn to keep their computer fast, safe, and easy to use. Here at Lifehacker, we take a lot of the simpler stuff for granted: how to avoid viruses, use keyboard shortcuts, or even just keep your data backed up. Even if you've mastered all of these tricks (and there's a good chance you haven't), you may want to send this along to some of your less computer-savvy friends. After all, the more they know how to do, the less they'll call you for help.

New Scientist

by Will Knight

May 31, 2005

An experimental supercomputer made from hardware that can reconfigure itself to tackle different software problems is being built by researchers in Scotland.

The system under construction at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre - part of Edinburgh University, UK - will use Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chips instead of conventional microprocessors. FPGAs can be reconfigured using software to mimic computer processing equipment that is physically designed to take on specialised tasks. In contrast, conventional microprocessors are designed to act as fixed, general purpose processing devices. Each FPGA chip consists of a block of programmable logic gates that can be electronically organised into different types of circuit.

slate.com

by Will Oremus

December 26, 2013

Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow, penned the cartoon in 1994 for Spin magazine.

At the time, the cartoon might have seemed a little hysterical. Remember, this was pre-warrantless-wiretapping, pre-Guantanamo, pre-Snowden, and pre-Obama-assassinating-American-citizens-with-drones, sans trial. Rather, the context for the cartoon was a new NSA gadget called the "Clipper chip" that would have made it easier for government officials to listen in on phone conversations, provided they had the legal authority to do so. (The technology was never widely adopted, and the NSA soon abandoned it.) Now? Not so hysterical. But hey, at least the third panel isn't strictly accurate, yet.

tech-faq.com

by Will Spencer

April 27, 2012

Google has rolled out yet another update to their troubled search engine algorithms.

This update, belatedly dubbed "Penguin", was supposedly targeted towards sites which engaged in spammy SEO tactics, but instead it appears to have penalized a wide range of legitimate and high quality web sites. Some of the biggest losers are sites many Tech-FAQ readers know well, including...

      
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