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Take one look at the Google Calendar ahead of you. Yes, it's April 1st, and no one does April 1st better in the technology world than Google. Every single year, these guys spend a significant amount of time creating extremely clever jokes that usually make the collective tech universe smile. This year is no different. The joke this year surrounds an 8-bit version of Google Maps... for the Nintendo Entertainment System! Yeah, it's far-out, but it's so well put-together that it's impossible to ignore. If you're throwing belief to the wind, the 8-bit version of Maps works with old school NES system,... Read more...
There's just got to be a joke that begins, "Two chatbots walk into a bar ..." because when chatbots talk, it's funny. Cornell University researchers wanted to see what would happen when two chatbots talked to one another. So they rigged up two systems that would allow instances of the chatbot Cleverbot to interact. It doesn't take long for the two to begin arguing, to hold a conversation about God and to express their wishes that they could have body.     A chatbot is a computer program that memorizes phrases and snippets from conversations to simulate human interaction. When people engage... Read more...
In any discussion of the vulnerability of your computer to malware, the discussion is often centered around the cutting edge of the battles between new threats and new versions of browsers and software to combat them. But the dirty little secret we don't discuss much is: Most software is older than dirt. Does software need a fresh sale date? Security researchers are beginning to think so.In a newly published paper, Stefan Frei and Martin May of the Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory at ETH Zurich, Thomas Dubendorfer of Google Switzerland, and Gunter Ollmann of IBM (NYSE: IBM) Internet... Read more...
InfoWorld amassed 210,000 signatures for a "Save Windows XP" petition, and forwarded it to CEO Steve Ballmer. Today is the date when Microsoft officially ends the availability of its last generation Operating System, and hopes that everybody gravitates to its current OS, Vista. It's unlikely that Microsoft is going to change its corporate mind at this point, but the petition points out a glaring irony: A Microsoft OS is immensely popular, and has the kind of rabid support usually reserved for the little penguin, the shiny apple, and Ron Paul. We began this campaign because our readers compelled... Read more...