• COMPUTERS
    Chinese Embassy hands over 44 computers to Mveso

    Chief Mandla Mandela and Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian Johannesburg – Schools around former President Nelson Mandela’s birthplace are set to have a major boost. On Monday, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa will hand over 44 computers to the community of Mveso in the Eastern Cape. Up to 22 of the computers […]

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    Are computers finally able to understand the subtleties of language?

    We are more comfortable with the idea of talking to machines than ever before. That is due mainly to the growing popularity of smart speakers and virtual ­assistants, such as Google Home, ­Amazon Echo and Apple’s Siri. Indeed, as they have proven capable of carrying out tasks such as ­playing music and setting alarms, we have been happy to ask them to do so. But […]

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    Computers could write full, and wrong, news stories

    A research group backed by Silicon Valley heavyweights has released a paper showing that technology that can generate realistic news stories from little more than a headline suggestion is poised to advance rapidly in the coming years. OpenAI, the group backed by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, among others, was founded to research how to make […]

  • Alleged hacker who avoided extradition to US seeks return of computers

     Lauri Love was arrested in 2013. He continues to protest his innocence and has not been charged. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images A computer activist who successfully resisted attempts to extradite him to the US over alleged hacking has applied for the return of his confiscated computers, after the National Crime Agency confirmed he is still […]

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    New Malware Targets Apple Mac Computers to Steal and Mine Cryptos

    A recently discovered form of malware steals browser cookies and other information on victims’ Apple Mac computers to steal cryptocurrencies. Researchers at cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks published a report on Thursday, saying that the malware, dubbed “CookieMiner,” intercepts browser cookies related to cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet service providers’ websites visited by the victims. The malicious code […]

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    Computers and authority: Defeatism, enemy of freedom

    Fighting a battle when the odds are against you requires a lot of courage and a strong moral conviction. These attributes perhaps best describe Dr Richard M. Stallman (RMS to fellow programmers) for whom computing freedom is non-negotiable. A pioneer in the field of computing, Stallman could see how computing would be used to control […]

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    Computers and authority

    Computational sovereignty is a concept that applies to governments, especially to countries. A country’s government should be sovereign. It should make decisions about that country in accord with the people that it serves. A legitimate government has to be democratic. If it is not democratic it shouldn’t continue to be the government. But if the […]

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    Photographing computers to show the art inside the black box

    What computers mean to us depends largely on what we bring to them. Our expectations, our past experience, the dreams and myths that surround them, their physical characteristics—all these aspects resonate on multiple, often overlapping levels. One level is aesthetic. Many nonspecialists in the computer arts enjoy these machines for their visual appeal and curiosity. […]

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    Rush to fix computers in England’s courts

    The Ministry of Justice is rushing to fix IT issues affecting courts across England. Lawyers say trials have been delayed, jurors are unable to enrol and witness statements are inaccessible. Twitter user @BarristerSecret said the “entire digital infrastructure” of courts had been “broken for days”. The Common Platform, a system shared between the police, the […]