Category «Computer News»

Apple’s Culture of Secrecy

From the New York Times: “No one wants to die,” said Apple’s chief executive, Steven P. Jobs. “And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.” It was a little over three years ago that Mr. Jobs spoke those existential words, in a commencement address at Stanford. His thoughts …

Fibbing easier through e-mail

From the Globe and Mail (Report on Business): Have you ever lied in an e-mail? Honestly, you’re not alone. A U.S. study released Thursday shows e-mail is much more conducive to telling falsehoods than using old-fashioned pen and paper. Moreover, people feel more justified in doing it. The findings challenge the notion that e-mails are …

Birth of a Standard: The Intel 8086 Microprocessor

From PCWorld.ca: The release of Intel’s 8086 microprocessor in 1978 was a watershed moment for personal computing. The DNA of that chip is likely at the center of whatever computer–Windows, Mac, or Linux–you’re using to read this, and it helped transform Intel from merely one of many chip companies to the world’s largest.

A Book With 90,000 Authors

From the New York Times: Among the unlikelier announcements made at Wikipedia’s conference in Alexandria, Egypt, was the bold claim on Friday that the online encyclopedia was about to make history in print publishing: creating the book with the most credited individual authors ever — approximately 90,000. The book with so many authors is the …

Microsoft to sell Office by subscription

From the Globe and Mail: Microsoft Corp. will begin selling its Office programs to consumers on a subscription basis starting mid-July, in a bid to reach thrifty PC buyers who would otherwise pass on productivity software. The software bundle, which also includes Microsoft’s Live OneCare computer security software, will be sold at nearly 700 Circuit …

Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing

From the New York Times: Advocacy groups and some legal experts told Congress on Wednesday that it was unreasonable for federal officials to search the laptops of United States citizens when they re-enter the country from traveling abroad. Civil rights groups have said certain ethnic groups have been selectively profiled in the searches by Border …

What’s Obscene? Google Could Have an Answer

From the New York Times: Judges and jurors who must decide whether sexually explicit material is obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: does the material violate community standards? That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way to gauge a community’s tastes and values. The Internet may be changing …

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