FLORIDA PAYS $600,000 RANSOM TO HACKERS WHO PARALYSED THE CITY’S COMPUTER SYSTEMS

A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers’ demands, believing the Palm Beach suburb had no choice if it wanted to retrieve its records, which the hackers encrypted. The council already voted to spend almost $1 million on new computers and hardware after hackers captured the city’s system three weeks ago. The hackers…

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Computer Science’s Gender Gap Will Take More Than A Century To Fix

The gender gap in computer science research won’t reach equality for more than a century, according to new research released Friday that showed computer science isn’t just lagging behind, it’s also going in the wrong direction. An analysis of 2.87 million computer science research papers between 1970 and 2018 shows that “under our most optimistic projection models, gender parity is forecast to be reached by 2100, and significantly later under more realistic assumptions,” researchers wrote. “In contrast, parity is projected to be reached within two to three decades in the…

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Scott Hiett: The Next Generation Of Computer Science

Scott Hiett is one to watch. I spoke to the 15-year-old Marling School student soon after his victory at Finastra’s FusionONE Hackathon, beating other developers double (or even triple) his age with his team’s winning product HYBER, an AI-based foreign exchange app that allows users to grow holiday money ahead of their trip. When Hiett was seven, he bought himself a ‘Teach Yourself Visual Basic’ book with a gift voucher he got for his birthday and “read it backwards, forwards, upside down, left to right, and spent a lot of…

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Rare Apple-1 computer to go under the hammer at Christie’s, may fetch Rs 4.56 cr

Related Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent wardrobe fetches $1.02 million at Christie’s auction Travelling frames: George Michael’s personal art collection to go on tour before Christie’s auction Jeff Koons’ sculpture named ‘Rabbit’ goes under the hammer, fetches $91 mn at auction Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent wardrobe fetches $1.02 million at Christie’s auction Travelling frames: George Michael’s personal art collection to go on tour before Christie’s auction NEW DELHI: In 1976, Apple Inc made and sold the first ever Apple computer. Fewer than half of the 200 Apple-1 computers, ever…

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PSA: If you’ve got a Dell computer, you might want to fix this now

Your new Windows laptop typically ships with an awful lot of bloatware you don’t need. Often, it’ll just slow down your computer a tad. But occasionally, a pre-installed piece of manufacturer cruft can pose a serious security risk — and that’s why you should probably update or uninstall Dell’s SupportAssist right away. The app, which Dell’s support page states is preinstalled on “most of all new Dell devices running Windows” and billed as “the industry’s first automated proactive and predictive support technology,” has apparently been vulnerable to a hack since at least last October, according…

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Training A Computer To Read Mammograms As Well As A Doctor

“I was really surprised how primitive information technology is in the hospitals,” says Regina Barzilay, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is working on improving mammography with artificial intelligence. Kayana Szymczak for NPR Regina Barzilay teaches one of the most popular computer science classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And in her research — at least until five years ago — she looked at how a computer could use machine learning to read and decipher obscure ancient texts. “This is clearly of no practical use,” she…

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Once a BJP favourite, Computer Baba finds a job, courtesy the Congress government in MP

Namdev Das Tyagi, better known as ‘Computer Baba’ who had shot to fame after he was appointed by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to a five-member committee of godmen to suggest ways to improve the Narmada catchment in April last year has now been appointed as the chairman of the ‘Ma Narmada, Ma Kshipra and Ma Mandaknini River Trust’ by the Kamal Nath government on March 8. The Kamal Nath government issued orders appointing Computer Baba as the chairman of the state government set up trust in the…

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Computer to call balls and strikes in minor league

NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready for strikes by robots. No, overworked machines aren’t walking out in a labor protest. Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 25 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground between the mound and home plate will lengthen by 2 feet for the second half of the season beginning July 12. The 60-foot-6-inch distance between the front of the pitching rubber and the back point of home plate has been…

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