Tag Archives: Computer

What would happen if I ate my computer? Asking for a friend.

The Guinness book of world records states that Michel Lotito died at age 57, of natural causes. But not before this competitive eater had consumed 18 bicycles, 15 supermarket carts, seven TV sets, six chandeliers, two beds, a pair of skis, a low-calorie Cessna light aircraft, and a computer. It’s unclear what compelled Lotito to do this, and whether he was aware ... Read More »

The Computer That Predicted the U.S. Would Win the Vietnam War

Want to receive exclusive insights from The Atlantic—while supporting a sustainable future for independent journalism?  Join our new membership program, The Masthead. At just about the halfway point of Lynn Novick and Ken Burns’s monumental documentary on the Vietnam War, an army advisor tells an anecdote that seems to sum up the relationship between the military and computers during the mid-1960s. ... Read More »

Which Computer Is the Best for Architects and Architecture Students?

Buying “the perfect computer” comes with equal parts indecision and excitement—we put in hours of research, weigh brands, compare specs, read product reviews, and ask around for advice and suggestions. For the uninitiated, it often means wading through lots of technical jargon. i7? Intel? SSD? Quad-core? For others, it may mean being spoilt for choice and finding it difficult to ... Read More »

Atlanta man’s code on Army computer cost taxpayers $2.6M

An Atlanta man was convicted of a crime involving U.S. Army computers. An Atlanta man was convicted Wednesday of placing malicious code on a U.S. Army computer that eventually cost taxpayers about $2.6 million, a federal prosecutor’s office said. Mittesh Das, 48, was found guilty of knowingly transmitting malicious code with the intent to cause damage to an Army computer, ... Read More »

Computer insecurity affects us all

We depend on computers to run our world but our current infrastructure for linking our machines is poorly designed and lacks basic protections. This comes down to three things: The physical ‘stuff’ that makes up the internet, including computers, WiFi equipment and all the bits and pieces that your data pass through to get to their destination; The software that ... Read More »

The Roots of Computer Code Lie in Telegraph Code

Famously, the first long-distance message Samuel Morse sent on the telegraph was “What hath God wrought?” When it comes to digital progress, it’s a question that’s still being answered. The telegraph was a revolutionary means of communication in itself, but it’s also connected to the development of modern computer languages. Like any new technology, its creation had a ripple effect, provoking a ... Read More »

How to Wipe a Computer Clean of Personal Data

Many families have welcomed new PCs into their homes, thanks to back-to-school and Labor Day sales, leaving older computers to be donated, recycled, or sold. That makes this a good time to learn how to perform a factory reset. What is a factory reset? That’s when you wipe your computer’s hard drive and reinstall its operating system. Doing this reverts your ... Read More »

Dutchess honors youth graduates of summer computer program

Seventeen local young people have been recognized by Dutchess County for completing its two-day summer session teaching critical computer and financial skills. The Youth Financial Literacy & Computer Training Program was offered in July and August, according to a press release from County Executive Marc Molinaro. Participants’ ages ranged from 17 to 19, and all those enrolled came from families ... Read More »

Computer class offered for women

Females in the area are about to get an offer for free. A Computer Skills Training Course is being offered by the Women of Inspiration Fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas as one of the projects to accomplish the goals of the fund — to encourage, enlighten and enrich lives of women in southwest Kansas. The 5-week Computer ... Read More »

WHAT JAMES DAMORE GOT WRONG ABOUT GENDER BIAS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

IN AUGUST GOOGLE employee James Damore made the news and even Wikipedia by publishing his speculation that female software engineers are underrepresented due to inherent biological differences. Although he admitted that implicit bias and explicit bias may exist, Damore wrote, “I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that ... Read More »