Computer

Computer password inventor Fernando Corbato dies at 93

Computer security just lost one of its founders. Fernando “Corby” Corbato, credited with inventing the computer password, has died at the age of 93. The MIT researcher devised the concept of password-protected user accounts when establishing his Compatible Time-Sharing System, which let multiple people use a computer at the same time. It was just a matter of establishing “compartmentalization” and ... Read More »

New form of computer memory is 1,000 times faster

A new type of computer memory could speed up certain kinds of data operation by 1,000 times while also being easier to code for than traditional memory. The amount of data generated each year is on an exponential incline. The developers of the new form of memory, Blueshift Memory, believe their new technology will better cope with the increasing demands. ... Read More »

Linux computer seller System76 is having a massive summer sale

Do you need a new laptop or desktop, but don’t know what to buy? Don’t worry; this is a pretty common dilemma. While you can, of course, look into a Mac or Windows 10 computer, you should consider Linux too. A computer running, say, Ubuntu, can be great for productivity, education, creation, and more. Best of all, many top-tier Linux ... Read More »

Hackers are using Microsoft Word to infiltrate computers

There are so many scams lurking in emails these days that it can feel dangerous to even check your messages. Between phishing links, viruses, and spam, the flow of junk hitting your inbox can seem endless at times. Fortunately, if you’re savvy enough, you can avoid any issues by ignoring these fake emails and moving on with your life. Not everyone is ... Read More »

It Could Take More Than a Century to Close the Computer Science Gap: Broadsheet

EVERYONE’S TALKING • One hell of a gap. A new study from Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a research lab in Seattle, finds that when it comes to closing the gender gap in computer science, we may be even further away than we thought. To gauge the state of the gap, the researchers concentrated on the number of computer science research papers ... Read More »

Hacker used $35 computer to steal restricted NASA data

A Raspberry Pi, two of which are pictured, is a credit-card sized device sold for about $30 that plugs into home televisions and is used mainly to teach coding to children and promote computing in developing countries (AFP Photo/MONA BOSHNAQ) More Washington (AFP) – A hacker used a tiny Raspberry Pi computer to infiltrate NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory network, stealing ... Read More »

A FAITHFUL REPLICA OF AN EARLY COMPUTER TRAINER

Turn the clock back six decades or so and imagine you’re in the nascent computer business. You know your product has immense value, but only to a limited customer base with the means to afford such devices and the ability to understand them and put them to use. You know that the market will eventually saturate unless you can create ... Read More »

Beyond Queen’s stomp-stomp-clap: Concerts and computer science converge in new research

The iconic “stomp-stomp-clap” of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” was born out of the challenge that rock stars and professors alike know all too well: How to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert — or a lecture — and channel that energy for a sustained time period. Sang Won Lee, an ... Read More »

Light-based computer may parallelize 10-megabit computations

When it comes to computation, the modern approach seems to involve an enormous bucket of bits, vigorous shaking, and not a lot of explanation of how it all works. If you ever wondered how Excel became such an abomination, now you know. We don’t seem to have a problem creating and filling enormous buckets of bits, but shaking them up ... Read More »

Computer failure or HAL’s botched upgrade — what Mirage 2000 crash probe is looking at

New Delhi: The probe into the fatal 1 February Mirage 2000 crash in Bengaluru is focusing on the possibility of either a computer failure or a botched upgrade by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd having led to the incident. Two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots testing the upgraded Mirage 2000, Squadron Leader Samir Abrol and Squadron Leader Siddhartha Negi, were killed in ... Read More »