WASHINGTON (AP) — Their lives swirl in technology, but the nation's high school students spend little time studying the computer science that is the basis of it all. Few are taught to write lines of code, and few take classes that delve into the workings of the Internet or explain how to create an app.
In a world that went digital long ago, computer science is not a staple of U.S. education, and some schools do not even offer a course on the subject, including 10 of 27 high schools in Virginia's Fairfax County and six of 25 in Maryland's Montgomery County.
Read more here: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Students-get-little-computer-science-instruction-5467991.php
(CNN) -- The soup can looks familiar in an unfamiliar way, but the name at the bottom of the image is unmistakable: Andy Warhol.
The Andy Warhol Museum announced Thursday the discovery of new works by the pop artist, works which had been trapped on floppy disks for close to 30 years.
They were made on an Amiga computer in 1985 and were unlocked by the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club and its Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, according to a statement from the museum.
"Warhol saw no limits to his art practice. These computer-generated images underscore his spirit of experimentation and his willingness to embrace new media -- qualities which, in many ways, defined his practice from the early 1960s onwards," said Eric Shiner, The Warhol's director.
Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/24/us/andy-warhol-lost-art/
In yet another method for cyber criminals to utilize the world’s most popular social networks for their own nefarious purposes, it appears a trojan is circulating through Facebook, stealing accounts and (probably) taking creds.
Thanks to the vigilant mind of Malwarebytes User, Showbizz, we were able to take a look at this new threat and what it could mean for the rest of the net.
Here is how it works:
Read more here: http://thehackernews.com/2014/05/lol-jar-file-malware-just-goes-viral.html
And more here: http://blog.malwarebytes.org/security-threat/2014/03/malicious-messages-foray-facebook/
Once upon a time (that is, in the early 1960s), if you wanted to play a game on a computer, your options were pretty limited. While a few experiments in game creation had been done on oscilloscopes and the like, the fact was, if you wanted a game to really put your fancy 200 kHz computer through its paces, you were going to have to punch the code for it into the paper tape yourself. So, in 1962, that’s exactly what a handful of M.I.T. students did, spending roughly 200 hours putting together Spacewar!, an epic, dramatic space opera featuring hours of cut scenes, performances by celebrity voice actors, and extensive social network integration, complete with in-app purchases.
Read more here: http://www.avclub.com/article/now-you-can-play-one-oldest-computer-games-your-br-204102
Measuring the unique Wi-Fi fingerprint of wireless devices could help to secure wireless networks against malicious attack, say computer security experts.
Read more here: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/527121/how-anybody-can-measure-your-computers-wi-fi-fingerprint/
Last week, I noted that the timing of the discovery of a major flaw in Microsoft MSFT -0.75%’s Internet Explorer (IE) — coming, as it did, three weeks after the company formally withdrew support for Windows XP (XP), the 13-year-old operating system (OS) that still runs on an estimated 300 million PCs worldwide — would likely drive a wave of upgrades.
Today, I am laying out the choice landscape for Windows users and recommending various alternatives based on different scenarios.
Read more at http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerkay/2014/05/05/what-to-do-about-windows-xp-and-the-ie-browser-flaw/