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WannaCry ransomware: Action required

Please update Windows computers by 5:00pm today (Tuesday, May 16). Restart your machine to have updates take effect.

Windows computers that are not up to date on Microsoft security update MS17-010 at that time will be temporarily disconnected from the UO network by the UO Information Security ...
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Norway is starting to shut down FM radio now

The national flag of Norway As reported by this blog from a couple years ago, the Norwegian government has commenced the shutdown of its nationwide FM radio network in favor of a digital signal. The process began on Wednesday in the town of Bodø, in the Nordland province in north-central Norway. ...

Check out the Vicis Zero1, the new Oregon Ducks football helmet

For those in the Eugene area that live or commute near the University along Franklin Boulevard near the intersection with East 11th Avenue have seen a billboard with a football helmet without any insignia have seen the new helmet being used for the Oregon Ducks football team starting this fall. The ...

The assembly code from Apollo 11 is now on GitHub

Margaret Hamilton, director of software engineering on Apollo 11, next to the printout of the code. As found on Quartz.com via Slashdot.org, “the code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule.” The Apollo Guidance Computer ...
LIGO detector at Hanford, Washington

Gravitational-wave detection earns LIGO the Breakthrough Prize

The LIGO detector site at Hanford, Washington. Each arm of the detector is 2.5 miles long (Photo credit: LIGO) GeekWire.com is reporting that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and associated researchers earned a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics of $3 ...
Google Books wins case to continue to scan publications into its Books project.

Google Books just won a decade-long copyright fight

The Supreme Court declined to listen to a case against Google for its Google Books project allowing them to continue to scan books into their databases. According to the Washington Post, the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge from authors who had argued that the Google Books project was ...

Mac OS X vulnerability to hijacking via third-party apps

ArsTechnica is reporting that Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and El Capitan (10.11) are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MITM) hijacking through Sparkle, a third-party software framework that certain third-party apps use to receive updates. In a MITM attack like this one, the software is made vulnerable ...

Microsoft ends support for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, and most of 10

Windows 8 will no longer be supported as announced by Microsoft this week. In 2014, prior to the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer will only be supported on each supported version of Windows. It was announced this week that Windows 8 will no longer be supported. This ...

We’re going to the moon…of Jupiter, Europa!

Europa as seen by the NASA Galileo spacecraft on September 7, 1996. New legislation from Congress has approved NASA’s 2016 fiscal year budget of $19.2 billion with a special $175 million designated as a “Jupiter Europa clipper mission” with a target launch date of 2022-2023. The ...

New Horizons’ Best View of Pluto is now here.

NASA has just released the highest resolution photographs of the surface of Pluto from the New Horizons flyby (see video above). The images were taken about 10,000 miles (17,000 kilometers) above the surface of Pluto, just 15 minutes before the spacecraft’s closest approach. These are also ...
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