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A "Frankenstein" computer virus could assemble itself using pieces of code from common, legitimate software on people's computers, researchers demonstrated. The patchwork malware would be especially difficult for anti-virus software to detect, so it could go into a government-made program that infiltrates others' computers, the New Scientist reported . Computer scientists have previously theorized that it's possible to create any program by combining gadgets, or bits of code that perform specific tasks. Vishwath Mohan and Kevin Hamlen of the University of Texas at Dallas created a demonstration of such a virus by writing a program that infects a computer, finds gadgets in programs such as Internet Explorer and Notepad, then builds itself two functions. The two functions are simpler versions of what full-blown malware needs to do, showing this method's potential, Hamlen explained to the New Scientist.
When the history books of the future are written, Alan Turing will go down in the company of Newton and Darwin and Einstein. His visions changed how humanity conceives of computation, information and pattern -- and 100 years after his birthday, and 58 years after his tragic death, Turing's legacy is alive and growing. In celebration of his achievements, the Royal Society , the world's oldest scientific fellowship -- Newton was once its president -- published two entire journal issues devoted to Turing's ongoing influence.
Today in Cyberpunk History (March 5, 1975): A group of tech-minded guys meet at a garage in Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California, USA for the first time. They gathered to discuss the first Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems Altair microcomputer. MITS was founded in 1969 by Ed Roberts and Forrest Mims to make electronic telemetry for model rockets before switching to electronic calculators in 1971. When a pricing war left MITS near bankruptcy in 1974, Roberts developed the Altair 8800. When 1975 came around, the Altair 8800 became the popular computer, and many organizations began forming to debate, discuss, share, and trade ideas, schematics, and even programs for it. In Menlo Park, Gordon French and Fred Moore wanted to get other techies from the area to join in a regular open forum to make computers like the Altair more accessible to everyone.
Image: Ben Wiseman Last fall Apple fired executive Scott Forstall, considered by many to be a Steve Jobs protégé. His departure prompted a flurry of discussion about a formerly obscure design-industry concept that he had championed: “skeuomorphism.”
Date: 23 Aug 1981 05:38:25-PDT From: ARPAVAX.sjk at Berkeley Subject: origin of bug Ever wondered about the origins of the term "bugs" as applied to computer technology? U.S. Navy Capt.
Hace 40 años, con ARPANET recién nacida, seguramente nadie podía imaginar la importancia que iban a tener, hoy en día, las comunicaciones de datos. Uno de los estándares más utilizados hoy en día es el al IEEE 802.3, también conocido como Ethernet , un estándar de comunicación para redes de área local que se basa en un protocolo que se comenzó a gestarse en Hawaii mientras se diseñaba una de las primeras redes inalámbricas de la historia: la Red Aloha . El Estado de Hawaii está situado en el océano Pacífico central y, entre otros atractivos, es una zona en la que hay gran afición al surf. Precisamente, atraído por el surf, Norman Abramson , un profesor de ingeniería que había ejercido la docencia en Stanford (1955–1965) y en la Universidad de Berlkeley (1966), decidió trasladarse a Hawaii a disfrutar de su deporte favorito.
Las grandes corporaciones y los gobiernos utilizan complejos sistemas de gestión financiera y de recursos que procesan la información de sus distintas sedes, entidades o líneas de producción y elaboran, prácticamente a tiempo real, informes de estado y cuadros de mando que son utilizados en los niveles de gerencia como apoyo a la toma de decisiones. Hoy en día, gracias a Internet, una gran empresa puede recibir datos a tiempo real de cualquiera de sus filiales pero, hace algunos años, era algo impensable y, mucho menos, en algunos gobiernos pero, en 1971, hubo un país que fue visionario en este sentido y diseñó un sistema de reporte en tiempo real para la gestión gubernamental y la toma de decisiones. Hoy vamos a dedicar el capítulo de Historia de la Tecnología a un proyecto pionero desarrollado en Chile , el proyecto Cybersyn .
The book reader of the future (April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics) There’s no denying that devices like the iPad , Kindle and Nook have dramatically changed the way that many people consume media. Last year, online retailer Amazon announced that electronic book sales had surpassed print book sales for the first time in history.
For someone who likes to talk about the virtues of disconnecting, the media critic Douglas Rushkoff seems surprisingly always on. When I visited him at his storefront office near his home in Hastings on Hudson, New York, he was preparing to teach a new class, getting ready for a BBC interview, writing an essay, staring down a pile of articles to read, trying to figure out his new iPhone, and hurrying to finish his third book in three years – a graphic novel called ADD , which revolves around gaming culture, celebrity and the pharmaceutical industry. “It also asks the question,” he says, “what if attention deficit disorder weren’t a bug, but a feature?” The hyper-speed hyperlinked life is familiar ground for Rushkoff, whose first book Cyberia , made him a popular tour guide to the Internet in the early 1990s, and an early prognosticator of its radical potential.
Shiva Ayyadurai's 1979 diagram of his email program. Photo courtesy of the American History Museum In the summer of 1979, a 14-year-old high school student named Shiva Ayyadurai was given an unusual project. As part of his part-time work for the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, he received a request from Dr. Lesley Michelson, who managed the computer lab: write a special program for the school’s doctors and other staff to use to communicate.
La gran mayoría de usuarios que utilizan interfaces gráficas (GUI) para trabajar con sus computadoras, además del imprescindible teclado, suelen utilizar un dispositivo adicional que sirve para navegar por el interfaz gráfico, activar aplicaciones o manejar las opciones de un menú de una manera cómoda y sencilla, es decir, usan un mouse o ratón .
A Japanese-developed cyber-attack warning visualisation system has lately been earning massive praise for its beautiful graphics, and almost as attention again for its unmistakable similarities to a certain cyberpunk anime… A video demonstrating the system, dubbed DAEDALUS (“Direct Alert Environment for Darknet And Livenet Unified Security”) and developed by NICT: Briefly, the trails passing from the central sphere (the Internet) to the orbiting circles (networks) represent external traffic, and generate alerts if identified as suspicious, and the system also identifies and displays traffic patterns passing between networks. A major objective of the system is monitoring malware activity within and without the network, and watching for DDoS attacks. The system generates its alerts as XML data which can also be displayed as the boring charts and graphs full of endless hack attempts familiar to anyone charged with monitoring a computer connected to the Internet.
“It’s an urban legend that the government launched the Internet,” writes Gordon Crovitz in an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal . Most histories cite the Pentagon-backed ARPANet as the Internet’s immediate predecessor, but that view undersells the importance of research conducted at Xerox PARC labs in the 1970s, claims Crovitz. In fact, Crovitz implies that, if anything, government intervention gummed up the natural process of laissez faire innovation.
Forget Al Gore. The Internet — at least as a concept — was invented nearly a century ago by a Belgian information expert named Paul Otlet imagining where telephones and television might someday go. That was one of the topics in a wild discussion on the history of the Internet, and its future, at the recent World Science Festival in New York City.
Credit for the initial concept that developed into the World Wide Web is typically given to Leonard Kleinrock. In 1961, he wrote about ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet , in a paper entitled “Information Flow in Large Communication Nets.” Kleinrock, along with other innnovators such as J.C.R.