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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cyberattack on Penn State exposes passwords of 18K people - CNET

"Pennsylvania State University's College of Engineering revealed Friday that it has been the target of two "highly sophisticated" cyberattacks over the last two years.

University President Eric Barron issued an apology Friday that said usernames and passwords from more than 18,000 people may have been accessed. However, investigators did not find evidence that credit card and social security numbers were stolen, Barron said. Another statement from the school said a security company hired by the university to investigate the attacks concluded that at least one of the assaults originated from China."

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Big Unanswered Questions

"With this abundance, arguments stemming from our understanding of the origin of light elements in the Big Bang imply that this material cannot be made of normal matter, i.e. matter comprised of protons, neutrons and electrons, the building blocks of all atoms. If instead, it is made from a new type of elementary particle that doesn't interact with electromagnetically, dark matter would exist as a diffuse gas or particles permeating throughout galaxies, including our own. As a result, it is not just "out there," it is "in here," going through you and me, the whole earth, and the computer I type this on.
This possibility provides both a challenge and an opportunity. Without knowing the identity of dark matter, attempts to detect it directly on earth require making some educated guesses about what it might be. However, there is at least the possibility of detecting it directly! Such detection could reveal not only the nature of what makes up the dominant matter in the universe, but also could tell us something fundamental about elementary particles and forces."

Samsung Gear Live retired ahead of Google I/O

Acer Revo One review - CNET

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Why the Surface Pro 4 will sink without Intel's new Skylake chip

"However, things are different now, and the two different firms have made strong amends. A key part of the improvement in this relationship comes from Intel, which now has an unmistakable focus on making its presence felt in the mobile space. To this end, 'Skylake' has been described as perhaps the most significant chip Intel has produced in the last decade."