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Windows 7 turns eight this year. It’s as old as the iPhone 3GS, yet it remains the most popular flavor of Windows by far. Microsoft has updated Windows twice since then, but Windows 7 runs on roughly twice as many machines across the globe as Windows 10, the most recent version...Read More
Facebook’s trending topics—an innocuous-seeming little sidebar module that has become the seething epicenter of controversy over bias and fake news—is getting another reboot. In the past, Facebook might have identified a topic as “trending” based on a single, popular...Read More
One of the most important topics taught at the start of introductory physics is the idea of vectors. Students really need proficiency with them if they are to use force and momentum. Just about every course covers this, of course, but I will do it a little differently. I’ll use...Read More
“I’m dying of Boredom,” complains the young wife, Yelena, in Chekhov’s 1897 play Uncle Vanya. “I don’t know what to do.” Of course, if Yelena were around today, we know how she’d alleviate her boredom: She’d pull out her smartphone and find something diverting, like BuzzFeed or...Read More
Remember that nasty Mirai botnet, the one that broke the internet for millions of people last fall? Brian Krebs does. The security journalist was also the massive botnet’s first known victim, and he’s spent hundreds of hours tracking down Mirai’s author. The biggest security...Read More
The quieter you become, the more you are able to listen.