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The Internet. Useful sites and software. How-To's. Cyborg angst: 5 ways computers will perplex us in 2039 - tech - 30 April 2014. Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 Brain chips mean we are struggling to distinguish our own thoughts from ideas implanted by advertisers. Self-driving cars restrict old-school human drivers to special recreation parks. And the optimal number of fingers is 12.5. Confused? It's a vision of the world in 25 years, as dreamed up by today's researchers in computer-human interaction (CHI). CHI normally means investigating better ways for people to interact with devices we have now, but last week attendees at the annual conference in Toronto, Canada, got ahead of themselves. "It's meant to be sort of the fringes of human-computer interaction research, what's really edgy or provocative,"says Eric Baumer of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, who dreamed up the idea of the conference.

We used the abstracts to create a list of the questions we - or more accurately, our cyborg descendants - might have about computers in 2039. Is it weird when my organs talk to each other? . Recommended by. 8 Online Fads You Didn't Know Were Invented Decades Ago. Hacking... yeah, we've all been there, right guys? Breaking into some poor bastard's CPU, flooding his library scripts, remotely exploding his water heater... OK, we have no idea what hacking really is, but we are fairly sure it has something to do with computers and the Internet. Hacking! Actually Been Around Since... As it turns out, what we today understand as "hacking" started as far back as the fucking 1950s, and they called it Phone Phreaking.

Phone Phreaking exploited a flaw in the computerized switch boards of the time, which transferred calls via a single sound frequency of 2600 Hz. Later on another "phreaker" named John Draper discovered that he could produce the Hacking Tone of 2600 Hz through a toy that came free with Captain Crunch. In the 1970s, phone companies switched from single frequency to multiple frequency technology, so phone phreakers became more sophisticated as well. The Blue Box, which here is black for some reason. Oh, wait... Without pizza, there is chaos. "What? Forget WiFi, It's LiFi: Internet Through Lightbulbs. Whether you’re using wireless internet in a coffee shop, stealing it from the guy next door, or competing for bandwidth at a conference, you’ve probably gotten frustrated at the slow speeds you face when more than one device is tapped into the network. As more and more people—and their many devices—access wireless internet, clogged airwaves are going to make it increasingly difficult to latch onto a reliable signal.

But radio waves are just one part of the spectrum that can carry our data. What if we could use other waves to surf the internet? One German physicist, Harald Haas, has come up with a solution he calls “data through illumination”—taking the fiber out of fiber optics by sending data through an LED lightbulb that varies in intensity faster than the human eye can follow.

It’s the same idea behind infrared remote controls, but far more powerful. Photo (cc) via otto-otto.com. The 5 Worst Error Messages in the History of Technology. Error messages are a necessary evil. We live in a world filled with complicated things that break in complicated ways. If we're all being honest with ourselves, we can admit we're fortunate to live in an age with computers and fancy toys, considering our grandparents were essentially still banging rocks together to start fires. Also using them as furniture. Clothes? Stockbyte/Retrofile/Getty ImagesEverything in this picture is a rock. So if it seems kind of childish to make fun of the error messages that come with our fantastic lives, just remember that that's all we really do around here. Interestingly, not all of them are for Microsoft products. #5. This one is, though. For a couple years in the late '90s, this was essentially the desktop.

That isn't playful exaggeration; the Blue Screen of Death was an everyday occurrence. "Ha ha ha," the world laughed. Why It's So Frustrating: It Doesn't Tell You Anything Comstock/Getty Images"What's that you say? Because It Tells You the Wrong Thing. 6 Mind-Blowing Discoveries Made Using Google Earth. Since Google Earth hit the Web in 2005, besides instantly turning all office desk globes into decorative accessories, it has opened the world up to global exploration at the click of a mouse.

But it's not just a neat toy; some extraordinary things have been discovered with its one-click access to satellite imagery. Things like ... The Real-World Land of the Lost Getty From the non-PVP-enabled safety of their computers, British researchers were using Google Earth to look around Africa when they noticed a patch of forest on and around Mozambique's Mount Mabu that they didn't know was there. Anewsblog2008 It turns out that mountainous terrain and civil war had protected the region from the notoriously machine gun and mountain climbing averse scientific community. Julian Bayless If movies have taught us anything, they're all about to be murdered by gorillas. Wikipedia CommonsThat may not look like much to you, but all the mistletoe botanists out there just soiled themselves. impactlab.net.

3 Reasons to Fear the New Gun That Can Post to Facebook. A gun company named TrackingPoint recently figured that, since we now have smart cars and smartphones, why not sell a "smart rifle"? Since no one else was around to answer that question, they actually went ahead and made the thing: Meet the TrackPoint XS1, which can do everything from guiding shots to streaming video. Also, it has motherfucking USB ports. TrackingPoint"Now I can charge my PS3 remote AND shoot animals! " It also holds the distinction of instantly turning any sucker who can afford it into a bona fide Bond-style world-domineering villain. How? Well ... #3. Have you always wished that you could shoot things from afar, but you don't have the skill, discipline, or minimum amount of sanity required to learn how to operate a rifle? TrackingPoint TrackingPointThe "tag" stays put even if the target moves, or you sneeze really hard. TrackingPoint"We're putting the same technology into our new T-800 robot butler.

. #2. Did you notice the word "REC" in the corner of the pictures above? 1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple's Future. Advertising vs reality: Broadband speed gap widens. 15 Real Sci-Fi Technologies About to Change the World Slideshow. Driverless cars, pilotless planes … will there be jobs left for a human being? | Technology. Suddenly a robotised, automated economic reality is moving off the science fiction pages and into daily life. The growing use of unmanned battlefield drones is encouraging the growth of pilotless commercial aircraft – the first ever flew in British airspace last month.

Google's driverless car is completing ever more trials ever more successfully: the world's major car companies are all hot in pursuit, working on their own prototypes of their own versions. The automated checkouts at supermarkets are becoming as familiar as bank cash machines. From staff-free ticket offices to students who can learn online, it seems there is no corner of economic life in which people are not being replaced by machines. This is the "Great Reset" – a cull of broadly middle-class jobs with middle-class incomes that is apparent across the west, but with little current sign of what industries and activities will replace them.

The omens are all around. Think through the implications of the driverless car. 5 Computer Hacks from Movies You Won't Believe Are Possible. As we have mentioned previously, Hollywood just doesn't seem to have a very firm grasp on how technology works. So when it comes to depicting computer hacking onscreen, it's no surprise that the implausible scenarios Hollywood's tech-challenged screenwriters manage to pull out of their asses don't even come close to resembling the real thing.

Except it turns out that, every once in a while, they inadvertently get it right on the money. Because real-world hackers have done stuff like ... #5. Jackpot an ATM Photos.com As Seen In: Terminator 2 The Hollywood Hack: Let's look at the classic scene for a moment: Young John Connor -- the kid whose voice sometimes makes you wish they had sent a few extra T-1000s back from the future -- jacks his Atari (yes, Atari) laptop thingy into an ATM.

Photos.com"If you see any cops, I want you to mullet as fast as you can. " The Real-World Hack: #4. The Italian Job "I like two things: action figures and gridlock. What hacking looks like to old people. #3. Getty. Can a computer virus communicate via your speakers? - tech - 14 November 2013. Dragos Ruiu first became suspicious when he was installing a new version of Apple's OS X onto his MacBook. Unasked, his laptop also started to update its BIOS – which boots up the OS and choreographs use of disc drives and memory. In the three years since, Ruiu's computers have continued to do strange things – even when unplugged and with the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switched off. He now believes that hidden viruses on his machines are being controlled via ultrasound signals broadcast from one infected computer to another.

The incredible claims made by Ruiu, a respected computer security researcher from Vancouver, Canada, have sparked a row in the world of cyber security. The row started on 15 October when Ruiu posted on his Google+ page that a high-pitched whine in his home sound system was not, as he'd suspected, being caused by electrical noise from his home wiring. Mind the gap It would be a "big deal", Cox says, if Ruiu is right. More From New Scientist Promoted Stories Recommended by. 20 must-know Windows 8 tips and tricks.

Google to offer free taxis to restaurants, casinos and more. According to the patent, journeys would be paid for by advertisersGoogle would use location data to show ads on phones, or bus stopsBusiness would consider whether potential profits outweighs the costs In the future, journeys could be carried out by Google's self-driving cars By Victoria Woollaston Published: 11:50 GMT, 24 January 2014 | Updated: 08:48 GMT, 27 January 2014 Next time you fancy a romantic meal for two, or a trip to the cinema, you could be taken there in a free taxi, courtesy of Google.

According to a recently-awarded patent, the journeys would be paid for by advertisers hoping to encourage more people to use their businesses. The system would run on Google’s existing AdWords software, and in the future, these journeys could even be carried out by Google's self-driving cars. According to a Google patent, journeys would be paid for by advertisers hoping to encourage more people to use their businesses. 'These factors may create a significant financial burden to a business.' An Update is Available for Your Computer. The World of Tomorrow (If The Internet Disappeared Today) The 6 Most Ill-Conceived Video Game Accessories Ever. Every time a new console comes out, there's a flood of accessories made to help people get the most out of their gaming session. Customized colors, shapes, decals for the style conscious, game genies for those who like to play a game on God Mode and comfort grips for the endurance gamer.

Then there are accessories made by companies that are clearly run by mad scientists. The idea: You can play the Wii in your car. The Reality: You can crash your car while playing the Wii in your car. We don't think that manufacturers actually decided to build these specific power adapters and LCD screens for the Wii, but rather decided to throw a Wii tag on stuff they had lying around in the warehouse.

No thought was given to the horrible, horrible consequences. Don't get us wrong, setting up a small screen hooked up to a PlayStation 3 or an Xbox 360 in your SUV or minivan can be a great way to pass the time on a long trip. Yes, to play the Wii in your car is to laugh in the face of death. Well, no. 6 Disasters Caused by Poorly Designed User Interfaces. Until humans learn how to command machines with their minds (or vice versa), we're always going to need some sort of menu, control panel or whatever to interact with our machines and tell them to do our jobs for us.

And these controls had better be really freaking clear, and simple, and easy to use. A speedometer doesn't do any good if, say, it's mounted inside the glove box and requires you to do calculus to read it. Yet in the real world, you run into interfaces that are almost that bad. The consequences range from minor workplace annoyances, like charging a custumer for a Happy Meal instead of a Big Mac because the buttons are right next to each other, to huge disasters like ... #6.

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Ex____ To those who are going on about how all you have to do is Google to obtain IT knowledge, where do you think the people that you are Googling got it from? StraightFlame likes this. User ID: 20 Hours Ago NotoriousTroll Tom's Hardware, Overclock forums, and Windows 7 forums are the only resources I need to troubleshoot hardware/software. LoquaciousT and dns4420 like this. User ID: Yesterday desolator Hey, don't try to take admission bear and make it woefully unqualified for his IT job bear.

Dns4420 Envison. 8 Things You Won't Believe Can Be Hacked. If movies are to be believed, hackers are mostly kept busy fighting the man with CGI animations of smiley faces, or else dwelling in the darkest corners of their mothers' basements and doing purely nerdy stuff that never affects the real world. But neither assumption is true: Hacking does not look like a rad skateboarder busting a kickflip over an onyx tower, and hackers do gain access to things that can affect your daily life ... and sometimes, even end it. #8. Explode Your Genitals We think we have a pretty good idea of what hackers are capable of: stealing your personal information, crashing your computer, Rollerblading like a sonofabitch and making out with Angelina Jolie (back when she was hot, before her alien DNA kicked in and she started looking like a hawk-monster).

But today's hackers have finally crossed a line, and must be terminated with extreme prejudice. Photos.com"The good news is that your leg is going to be fine ... " "Is it enough to Sharpie 'Avira' onto them? " #7. . #6. Google Glass Might Change Everything. Smart dust computers are no bigger than a snowflake - tech - 26 April 2013. Is computing speed set to make a quantum leap? | Technology. DARPA combines human brains and 120-megapixel cameras to create the ultimate military threat detection system.