Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 21)

why Intel acquired McAfee

But why McAfee? Intel is a chipmaker, not a "scare 'em then sell 'em" security-software outfit. Otellini's answer was architectural. "We have concluded that security has now become the third pillar of computing," he told his listeners, "joining energy-efficient performance and Internet conductivity in importance."And that third pillar, Otellini believes, will be best implemented in silicon, not software. "We believe that security will be most effective when enabled in hardware," he said. "Joining the assets of McAfee with Intel will accelerate and enhance the combination of hardware and software solutions."Intel's head of software and services Renee James cast the acquisition of the software giant as business as usual. "The proposed acquisition of McAfee executes against Intel's software strategy to grow our business by using software to enhance hardware," she assured her audience. "We've done this successfully with over a dozen software acquisitions, including Wind River and Havok.

Hayabusa 2

A new-and-improved successor to the troubled Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa - which finally returned a capsule to Earth earlier this year - could launch as soon as 2014. Hayabusa 2 would then be expected to return in 2020, bearing clues to the origin of life on Earth.Last week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) got the go-ahead from the government to begin development of Hayabusa 2, which will cost an estimated 164 billion yen ($2 billion).

The Tragic Death of Practically Everything

For years, once-vibrant technologies, products, and companies have been dropping like teenagers in a Freddy Krueger movie. Thank heavens that tech journalists have done such a good job of documenting the carnage as it happened. Without their diligent reporting, we might not be aware that the industry is pretty much an unrelenting bloodbath.

Owning Virtual Worlds For Fun and Profit | threatpost

Second Life is a virtual world with many million participants created by Linden Labs. Your digital representation in this world is called an avatar. You can make your avatar wander around, buy houses, design clothes, get married, whatever you like. Think of it as World of Warcraft without the weapons. There are a few interesting features of Second Life that make it interesting from a security perspective. The currency used in the virtual world, Linden dollars, can be exchanged for real currency in a fully supported way. The exchange rate is something on the order of 270 L$ for 1 USD$. Therefore, if you could exploit another player's client, you could potentially cash out their Linden dollars for real money.

What Happened to Yahoo

When Paul Graham went to work for Yahoo after they bought hid startup in 1998, it felt like the center of the world. It was supposed to be the next big thing. It was supposed to be what Google turned out to be.What went wrong? The problems that hosed Yahoo go back a long time, practically to the beginning of the company. They were already very visible in 1998. Yahoo had two problems Google didn't: easy money, and ambivalence about being a technology company.

Flight Attendant Escapes With Beer

Flight attendant Steven Slater, 38 years old, was struck in the head with luggage that a passenger was trying to unload from an overhead compartment, according to an airport official with knowledge of the incident.Slater demanded an apology from the passenger, the official said, but the passenger refused. The two argued before the passenger told Slater to "f-- off", the official said. Slater then got on the plane's PA system and directed that same obscenity at all the passengers and added that he especially meant it for the man who refused to apologize.Slater is alleged to have then activated the plane's inflatable emergency slide, grabbed two beers from the galley, then slid down the chute, the official said.

Twitter Fail Whale

The minds at Twitter (Twitter) found it on iStockphoto and used the image as a 404 page (replacing a picture of a LOLcat).The whale, once an image of Lu's well-wishes, was supposed to represent the Twitter team's effort to fix problems of scalability. Instead, the associations have largely been negative. Lu is hoping to turn that around even as she begrudgingly calls herself the "Fail Whale" designer.

dinosaurs deceived us

Taken together, the "loss" of four species from the Hell Creek formation reveals that the dinosaurs that lived there up until 65 million years ago were not as diverse as previously thought. Triceratops and torosaurus have long been regarded as the last survivors of the horned dinosaurs, a large group that appeared in the Jurassic and reached its heyday about 80 million years ago. Now it seems that only one species made it through to the end of the Cretaceous. This could be evidence to support a disputed theory that dinosaur diversity was in decline long before an asteroid impact wiped them out.