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On March 5th, 2019, an unprecedented Denial of Service (DoS) cyberattack occurred on American soil, targeted at the US power grid. This attack mainly affected the Western United States, and was a fortunately low-impact attack. No blackouts were caused, and the machines in question were out of commission for no more than five minutes, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corp, or NERC. Even so, this leaves a historical mark on American infrastructure, and clearly demonstrates the dangers of increased connectivity. A simple firewall vulnerability was enough to cause multiple devices to be compromised and rebooted from a single point of failure. While the impact this time around... Read more...
Some people might consider the Microsoft DOS (MS-DOS) era as the golden age of PC gaming. That's when games like The Secret of Monkey Island, Ultima VI: The False Prophet, Doom, SimCity, and a bunch of other retro-tastic titles emerged. Unit-e, the same company that built a giant (and functioning) NES controller that doubles as a coffee table, is hoping to recapture some of that magic with a pint-sized PC. It's called PC Classic, and it's a throwback to when desktop systems routinely came in those old beige boxes that booted to DOS. Before there was Windows, there was the command line interface—any old school PC gamer will remember fussing with extended memory to get some DOS games to run,... Read more...
Ahhh, the 90s! Jean shorts, Big Johnson t-shirts, fanny packs, and of course, MS-DOS gaming. I can remember spending hours playing games like Crusader: No Remorse, Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem 3D, Road and Track Presents: Need for Speed, and yes even the original Worms (usually in my high school drafting class when I finished my Autocrat R12 assignments ahead of schedule). The Internet Archive, which is probably best known for its Wayback Machine, puts a lot of effort into collecting all sorts of media (books, movies, software, images, etc.) and makes them free for the public to view. But for those that have a soft spot for classic MS-DOS games, the Internet Archive has something that is sure to... Read more...
So far, the tiny and inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer has been about as successful as anyone could have hoped for. More than a million units have been sold so far, there’s a dedicated app store, and hobbyists and developers have been making and porting games and the like. The latest fun consists of a DOS emulator for the Raspberry Pi that enables you to play older PC games such as Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, Little Big Adventure, and more. Coder Patrick Alto based the emulator on one he built for the Nintendo DS, and the latest release offers fixes including better support for USB devices such as keyboards and two-button mice. He further says that the current status of the build is as follows:... Read more...
The Spanish National Police announced today that they've captured three individuals connected to the online hacktivist group Anonymous. According to the policía, the three are linked to attacks on multiple Spanish banks, one Italian energy company, Visa, MasterCard, and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Columbia, and New Zealand. Additionally, the police originally stated that the group participated in the April attacks that crippled Sony's PlayStation Network, but later remarks from police chief Manuel Vazquez indicate this was untrue. Government officials are said to be investigating whether the trio has committed other crimes of international importance such as... Read more...
Microsoft seems to have quite the issue on their hands. Just a few days after the company began to receive complaints that a company-issued patch was causing seemingly random freezes and reboots on select Windows XP systems, there has been yet another update from the company to inform us all that malware may be to blame. Or maybe not. But it's still investigating.It's kind of unsettling, particularly for those poor Windows XP netbook users who rely heavily on that as their main machine while on the road. As of now, the patch that started this whole mess has been removed while the company investigates further, and a quote from them notes that they "are not yet ruling out other potential causes... Read more...
A lot of people don't seem to like Bill Gates. Even people who don't actively dislike him here in the United States are more or less ambivalent about him. He doesn't inspire the adoration that his tech competitor Steve Jobs does, for instance. But Wired magazine asked the question: Who's the most popular man in China?  The answer, astonishly, seems to be Bill Gates. "I read about Bill Gates before I had ever even seen a computer," said Dong Ruidong, who abandoned his rural village for the bright lights and cybercafes of the Chinese capital. "Even in the remotest villages of China, Gates is one of the most popular figures alive." The Chinese edition of Gates' The Road Ahead... Read more...
It appears that the top-brass at Digg have banned one of their most prominent members, Stacy Doss AKA 3Monkeys, for no apparent reason.  We want to bring this story to your attention because Stacy Doss also happens to be one of our valued team members here at HotHardware. TH: Why do you suppose you've been given the snub this time - after 4 days of emails and no response? SD: I honestly couldn't begin to guess. There has been a lot of friction between the top users at digg and the average user at digg. I believe that the digg staff has a thorny issue with that friction. Trying to play the full democracy card, they can't play favorites. But I think that they are, deliberately... Read more...