April 14, 2014 |
Say you're sitting in a coffee shop, and pull out your laptop or tablet to check your Web mail or bank balance. Fleetingly, you may wonder just how secure these things are. But then you're reassured by a Web address that begins with "https" and displays a comforting icon: a padlock. We learned last week that we were a little too comforted by those symbols of security - each signs that a website uses a protocol known as SSL, in which the first S stands for secure . For two years - ever since a German engineer updated a section of code on New Year's Eve 2011 - a widely used version, OpenSSL, has been anything but secure, thanks to a bug nicknamed Heartbleed.
April 6, 2014 |
WALL TOWNSHIP Most people might see computers from the '60s, '70s, and '80s as useless relics from another time, dust collectors to be tossed out with scraps from the dinner table. But Evan Koblentz and about 300 others from across the world attending the annual Vintage Computer Festival East see the collection of plastic, glass, and circuitry as art and history. They revel in obsolete technology and will be in nerd nirvana during computer demonstrations to be held Saturday and Sunday at the InfoAge Science Center on the 2200 block of Marconi Road.
March 19, 2014 |
Frank Adler, 60, of Cherry Hill, a devoted husband and father with a love for computers, died at his home Sunday, March 16, after a five-month battle with lung cancer. "He fought a graceful, dignified battle against lung cancer," his wife, Betty, said Monday. "He had excruciating pain the last five months. " Betty Adler, a health lawyer for the University of Pennsylvania/Penn Medicine and president of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, said she and her husband knew each other from childhood.
February 3, 2014 |
A blur of motion on the ice, Haley Beavers spun into the air to attempt a triple loop - one of the standard jumps in the repertoire of an elite skater. She did not quite make it, stumbling on her landing at the University of Delaware. No matter. Within minutes, a sleek computer simulation showed the 14-year-old that if she drew her arms in just a bit closer, she would be golden. Call it better skating through physics. Four of the five U.S. Olympic singles skaters competing this month in Russia have used the simulation software, in a joint project between researchers at Delaware and a Maryland company called C-Motion Inc. The next generation of Olympic hopefuls, such as Beavers, has lined up as well, using it to practice more efficiently and, ideally, cut down on the number of bone-jarring falls and injuries.
January 6, 2014 |
Jennifer Kay bends down to push the orange button on the controller of her small, gray Lego robot. It comes to life, executing a series of short commands Kay had linked together in just a few seconds by dragging blocks around on her computer screen: Say, "Good morning. " Roll forward for one second. Stop. Kay, a computer science professor at Rowan University, looks up, pleased. Seeing the robot move according to its instructions is so satisfying, she said, that it's a natural tool for making computer science education exciting.
January 2, 2014 |
June Luther Cardosi, 83, of West Chester, one of the earliest woman computer programmers at Cape Canaveral in the early 1960s, died Friday, Dec. 27, of heart failure at a hospice. Mrs. Cardosi programmed flight trajectories and was a system analyst in the defense industry at Cape Canaveral and in San Diego. She served on the West Chester Area School District board on and off for 12 years, and was a founding member of the short-lived West Chester Area Tax $avers Association, which sought to save money in the district.
December 19, 2013 |
KEVIN HART is mad as hell, and he's not afraid to let the world know. "Don't let the this [sic] bulls--- affect your mental, kids," the Philly-born comedian wrote yesterday in a Twitter post directed at the city's youth. "I love y'all and I will be back shortly. " Hart has to come back because a selfish thief capitalized on his charity. Last month, Hart donated 500 Sony Vaio computers to the city - 200 of which were given to the Parks and Recreation Department, which distributed them to 25 facilities in low-income areas.
December 8, 2013 |
Each month, many a Philadelphian digs through a loose assortment of stubby pencils and uncapped pens, crinkled take-out menus, orange-handled scissors, old batteries, and half-used rolls of tape hunting for a checkbook - untouched since its last use 30 days ago - to pay the rent. But to stay competitive in the digital era, industry observers say, landlords ought to offer an amenity that changes the monthly ritual from searching the junk drawer to surfing the Net: Online bill-paying.
November 30, 2013 |
Fernando Pereira was recently trying to organize a session at a forthcoming computer science conference about the work of Ben Taskar, a former University of Pennsylvania associate professor who died of an apparent heart attack Nov. 17. There was just one problem. Though he was only 36, Mr. Taskar enjoyed a career so full of highlights it was almost impossible to choose from among them, said Pereira, a former Penn faculty member who is now a research director at Google. "He is one of maybe the most creative people in the field in his generation," Pereira said.
November 27, 2013 |
The former business manager of Dorothy June Brown's charter school network admitted in federal court Monday that he was lying to federal investigators when he told them the school boards had approved emergency loans to each other. In fact, Anthony Smoot said, he lied over the course of seven interviews with federal agents. But Smoot said he was telling the truth on the stand - he had to, he said, under his plea agreement with prosecutors. He has already pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the $6.7 million charter fraud case and prosecutors have told him he could be charged with lying to federal agents if he does not say what really happened.