Charged waters

A 21-year-old man was out for an evening swim near a dock several weeks ago when he felt electricity in the water. He grabbed the dock ladder to get out of the water, was shocked and fell face-down back into the water. Marcus Colburn became a victim of electric shock drowning Sunday, June 21, in Missouri. ESD causes death and ... Read More »

Your idle computer could help scientists study the drought

Your idle computer could help scientists run a program that’ll shed light on the factors behind the drought. The project, backed by climate researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oxford, is hoping to tease out what role greenhouse gases and ocean temperatures play in creating dry spells like the one currently gripping California. Over the last two ... Read More »

Second Harvest feeds local families in need

There’s local help available for families in the area struggling to get enough to eat. Friendship Church in Prior Lake, 17741 Fairlawn Ave., partners with Second Harvest to provide a free surplus food and household products for households in need. The items are distributed starting at 5:30 p.m. at Friendship Church on the second Thursday of every month. Registration for ... Read More »

Scientists Build A Computer That Works More Like The Human Brain

It’s easy to draw parallels between computers and the human brain: they both use electrical signals, store large amounts of information and can perform incredibly complex tasks. There are, of course, some key differences between the two, but now, researchers have created a computer that is even more brain-like than the ones we already use. Their paper published in the ... Read More »

Computer system that detected massive government data breach could itself be at ‘high risk,’ audit finds

The computer upgrade that federal officials tout as having detected — although not prevented — a massive breach of information on federal employees is itself at high risk of failure, according to a new internal audit. The independent inspector general’s office within the Office of Personnel Management is conducting a thorough review of the upgrade but issued a “flash audit ... Read More »

YOSA And Friends Give Radiohead’s OK Computer The Classical Treatment

With help from a dozen of the Alamo City’s finest musical acts, the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio’s YOSA Philharmonic, made up of high school and college musicians, is giving the classical treatment to one of the best albums of the past 20 years. Aside from earning metal at the 1998 Grammys — winning the Best Alternative Rock Performance category ... Read More »

[Techie Tuesdays] What took Riyaz Ahemed Walikar to the hall of fame at Google, Facebook, Adobe, Mozilla and Twitter

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over and then deleted. Next, my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all the data on ... Read More »

U.S. National Archives finds signs of computer hack:

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The agency that houses the U.S. Constitution and other important historical documents has found signs of unauthorized computer activity similar to the recently disclosed hack of federal employment records, according to a report on federal technology publication The National Archives and Records Administration found signs that files were moved around, although there was no evidence ... Read More »

School sport suffers as one in four children think video games are exercise, says report

Almost one in four children believe that playing video games counts as exercise, according to new research that warns school sport is at a “critical crossroads” at a time when the promised London 2012 legacy is again under the spotlight. At the approach of the 10th anniversary of the moment when the former London 2012 chairman Lord Coe secured the ... Read More »

How Much RAM Does Your PC Need? Probably Less Than You Think

Random Access Memory, usually shortened to “RAM” or simply “memory,” is one of the most important parts of any computer. But how much do you need? Current new PCs and similar devices range from around the two gigabyte mark to 16GB or more. How much memory you really require will depend on two factors — how much you want to ... Read More »