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The Internet Scam That Hijacks Your Hard Drive

Apr 16, 2014

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Viruses used to be so simple.   You’d go online with your dial-up modem, take 25 minutes to naively download an appealing-sounding .exe file, and suddenly a sheep would walk across the screen or an embarrassing e-mail would be sent to your entire address book. Some would even wish you a Happy New Year. Annoying, maybe, but they had their own ‘90s cyber-kiddie sense of charm.   Some viruses, of course, were incredibly disruptive. Now, though, viruses and malware have become even more malicious. They’re out for more than just hacker cred – they’re out for your money.   For a long time, malware scammers used tactics known as Scare ware. The malicious software fraudulently claims that your computer has a serious virus infection then sends you to a page to buy their (useless) anti-virus software.   Related: Porn, Drugs, Hit men, and Hackers: This Is the Deep Web   While this is certainly still around, many people have gotten wise to the fraud. Now some scammers are playing hardball. Enter Ransom ware.   Ransom ware is a form of malware that encrypts files on your hard drives with a highly complicated algorithm then presents you with an ultimatum: Pay up or you lose your files forever. The inherent brilliance in the software is this: While the software can be removed, the files remain encrypted. Paying the ransom is the only chance you have to see your files again. Although this scam has been around since 1989, only recently has it become widespread due to advancements in cryptography algorithms, the ability to extort via the anonymous currency Bit coin, and the digitization of once-analog items of sentimental value like family photos and home videos.   Some consumers are aware of the latest and most notable iteration of this trend known as Crypto Locker, which encrypts the user’s data with a 2048-bit RSA Algorithm. The scammers weren’t fooling around when they invented this complicated algorithm, which is incredibly difficult – if not impossible – to crack without a key, which will cost victims about $150 to $300.   Crypto locker has been incredibly successful. Owing to surprisingly good “customer service” — the majority of people who pay the ransom have their files restored — the men behind the Crypto locker curtain have raked in over $27 million in Bit coin over a period of three months, according to an examination of the Bit coin block chain by ZDNet.    

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Osaka City Plans Subway Operator Initial Offering to Chase Tokyo

Apr 16, 2014

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Investing Guide at Deep Blue Group Publications LLC   Osaka, Japan’s third-biggest metropolis, plans to sell the city’s 81-year-old subway operator in an initial public offering to lure private investment after ceding ground to Tokyo.   Osaka plans to privatize the operations, which could be valued at more than 600 billion yen ($5.9 billion), in the next few years as part of efforts to become a global metropolis, prefectural Governor Ichiro Matsui said in an April 8 interview. It may also weigh a sale to private investors, he said.   Local governments in Osaka prefecture, near the ancient capital of Kyoto and home to electronics makers Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp., are stepping up sales of public assets to cut debt. Osaka is privatizing state-run companies and talking to potential investors including Caesars Entertainment Corp. on a planned $4.9 billion casino resort as it seeks to overcome a declining population.   “I am ready for the subway sale any time,” said Matsui, 50, who also is secretary-general of the Japan Restoration Party. “Osaka city assembly members should all have a sense of urgency to move this economic stimulus forward, as Osaka needs to bring in economic revival.”   A proposal to privatize the metro, which carries 2.24 million passengers daily, was submitted to the city assembly in February 2013, according to documents posted on the Osaka government’s website. The proposal, which is under discussion, would have Osaka transfer the subway operations to a separate government-owned entity and then fully privatize them, the documents show. It didn’t elaborate on the sale method or valuation.   Shrinking Population   The Osaka subway, which started operations in 1933, has nine lines running in the city and totaling 138 kilometers (86 miles). The privatization proposal will need endorsement by two-thirds of the assembly to be passed.   Osaka prefecture’s economic output dropped 6.2 percent to 36.6 trillion yen in the year through March 2012 from a decade earlier, according to the latest data compiled by the Cabinet Office. That compares with a 0.4 percent decline in Tokyo’s output, to 92.4 trillion yen.   The population of Osaka prefecture fell to 8.85 million as of March 1, down 0.1 percent from a year earlier. It’s forecast to shrink another 5 percent by 2025, according to a report compiled last year by the National Institute of Population & Social Security Research. Tokyo’s population, which rose 0.5 percent to 13.3 million in the year to March 1, is projected to decrease to 13.2 million by 2025.   “Osaka’s economic revival is vital to helping Japan avert a default or economic crisis, as Tokyo’s growth alone won’t be enough to bring momentum to the country’s overall economy,” said Matsui. “Other prefectures should follow suit.”   Selling Assets   Osaka joins the nation’s capital in seeking to sell transportation infrastructure. The Tokyo metropolitan government has been studying a sale of its 46.6 stake in the city’s subway operator, Governor Yoichi Masuzoe said March 19.   Matsui said in January his government has been holding talks with global casino operators including Caesars Entertainment, Genting Singapore Plc and MGM Resorts International on a plan to build a resort complex in the Osaka Bay area that would cost at least 500 billion yen.   In February, Matsui said the prefectural government plans to sell Osaka Prefectural Urban Development Co., a commuter rail operator, to Nankai Electric Railway Co. for 75 billion yen. State-owned New Kansai International Airport Co. is working with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. to sell rights to operate two of Japan’s biggest airports, people familiar with the situation said last month.   “By turning to a small government from a big one, Osaka is shifting to companies those things that can be left to the private sector,” Matsui said. “The casino-resort project, airport privatization and subway sale have great potential to lure private money into Osaka and its surrounding areas.”   The above article is a repost from Bloomberg  

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A possibe way to have the laptop/mobile device support itself

Apr 15, 2014

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On your vehicle, once you start it, the alternator/generator supply power to run the vehicle on it's own power. My suggestion... Once the computer is running, when the fan starts running, place a gear/belt on the fan and it will turn more gears that will be attached to a generator/alternator that would supply power to the system to keep it running on it's own power and recharge the battery. This would mean you could have the system run for longer periods of time, using it's own power. There would have to be some type of circuitry that would stop the battery from being overcharged and also limit toe power to the recommended wattage. With the modern technology of today, the engineers could be able to figure this out in a timely manner and try to impliment this in newer model systems. Rick

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Categories: Desktops and Laptops, New Product Ideas, Mobile Devices,

How are SSDs in notebooks increasing productivity?

SSD Impact

Apr 14, 2014

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I don't own any system having SSD, but I wont say increasing productivity, I would like to say increament and improvement in quaity and quantity would be there if SSDs replace currently dominating Normal HDDs. When it comes to laptop desktop whatever related to computers, one thing strikes first is SPEED and SECURITY. Definitely SSD will show new direction and evolution to computer manufacturing companies as well as demand will grow up, if SSDs incorporated in laptops/desktops woul be available at near price tag of those of normal HDDs. I would like to call the laptop manufacturers to replace normal HDD with SSD and would like to see DELL leading from the front in the race.ThanksBhanurdra

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How are SSDs in notebooks increasing productivity?

Photo / Video Editing

Apr 14, 2014

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Prior to getting my current laptop whenever I needed to do any work with video I always had to fire up my desktop system as even the best laptop HDDs had mediocre performance that would choke under the demands of video editing/encoding.  Not much of a problem when at home, but it severely curtailed doing any work on the road.To a lesser extent photo editing is also easier/faster particularly when exporting several hundred to several thousand JPGs from Lightroom; no longer is the HDD bottlenecking how quickly projects can be turned around and delivered to customers.

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Categories: Desktops and Laptops, IdeaStorm, Service and Support,

What is the SSD effect on data center performance?

Performance and Efficiency

Apr 14, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

We already have a few Equallogic hybrid arrays which have provided a decent bump in performance versus their non-SSD counterparts, but are looking to start transitioning to all SSD storage arrays for the increased performance to support our increasingly virtualized environment (will be approaching 98% virtualized by EOY) while also reducing our power draw and cooling requirements.  Additionally looking down the road 5+ years we feel that all flash arrays will become the norm as costs continue to come down, and technologies like dedupe and compression become common place in tier 1 storage.As we make the move to AFA storage, we plan to make use of SSDs in our ESXi hosts for server side caching via vFRC or PernixData's FVP to offload demand from our SAN and provide a better experience to our customers.

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Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Servers and Storage,

Built in Rear Camera

Apr 13, 2014

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Have you ever tried to record a video with a laptop or a front facing camera (all in one desktop) of a subject other than yourself. It is not easy, so it would be very productive to have a rear built in camera so that the user could just sit at the desktop monitor as normal and record the subject that is in front. It would be nice if the camera could change directions as well.

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Categories: Desktops and Laptops, New Product Ideas,

What is the SSD effect on data center performance?

Efficient and greener data centers

Apr 12, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Migrating data centers to SSDs creates a great impact not only to the performance, eve to the environment. There are major factors under which it can be analyzed:1. Performance.It's aknown fact that SSDs can perform more efficiently compared to their conventional counterparts.2. Efficiency.SSDs are silent, consume very less power and generate very less amount of heat. Data centers will be faster compared to that traditional model.3. Impact.As efficiency is explained, the impact is very high. Power consumption of data centers get reduced, investment on cooling solutions can be reduced and data centers will not disturb the natural environment making it greener.

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Categories: Environment, New Product Ideas,

Ditch Alienware 14 and make thin n light Alienware 15 to compete with MSI GS60/70 and Razer Blade

Apr 11, 2014

4 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Hello, As the title suggests I'll get straight to the point.Because Alienware 14 is so thick and heavy the 14inch screen on it seems pointless. Discontinue Alienware 14 and make a 15.6" thin and lightweight Alienware laptop that has similar portability as the MSI GS60/70, Razer Blade and Mac Book Pros but can match or outperform the MSI GS60/70 because they have GTX860m and GTX870m thus they are the most powerful thin and lightweight out of the 3 mentioned brands.If Alienware pulls this off it would really give them a run for their money.And regarding the design it off course has to look on par or even better than the mentioned 3 competitors above. Don't make it look imature but subtle like the current Alieneare 14, 17 and 18 but maybe even better.Thank you for your consideration.John

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Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Gaming, Alienware,

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