Did my computer say it best?

Elva Mankin

Research finds trust in algorithmic advice from computers can blind us to mistakes With autocorrect and auto-generated email responses, algorithms offer plenty of assistance to help people express themselves. Aaron Schecter But new research from the University of Georgia shows people who rely on computer algorithms for assistance with language-related, […]

Upcyling a 40-year-old Tandy Model 100 Portable Computer

Elva Mankin

The world of magic had Houdini, who pioneered tricks that are still performed today. And data compression has Jacob Ziv. In 1977, Ziv, working with Abraham Lempel, published the equivalent of Houdini on Magic: a paper in the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory titled “A Universal Algorithm for Sequential Data […]

You Can Finally Use Snapchat on Your Computer

Elva Mankin

Snapchat is the rare social media app that never made the jump from mobile to desktop. Instagram has a web app, WhatsApp has a desktop app, but, until now, you always needed your phone by your side if you wanted to Snap. Starting today, though, you can pick up those […]

Suffolk races to pay nonprofits after computer shutdown

Elva Mankin

Suffolk County officials on Thursday were working to send out paper checks to pay county vendors — with nonprofits contracted to perform social services a high priority — following the shutdown of county systems after a malware attack, county Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. told Newsday. “We will address most immediate and critical […]

Banned US Computer Chips in High Demand in China

Elva Mankin

Some of China’s top research and educational organizations depend on U.S. computing chips that have export restrictions on them, news reports say. U.S.-based chip maker Nvidia said last week it had been told by American officials it could no longer export two top computer chips to China, Hong Kong or […]

U.S. Computer Firm Dell Ceases Russia Operations

Elva Mankin

Ukrainian military forces have continued to foil Russian attempts to break through around the strategic city of Bakhmut to extend control over the Donbas region. Having taken Syevyerodonetsk and Lysychansk weeks ago, Russian forces have focused on the key city of Bakhmut. The town — which had an estimated 70,000 […]

(Not) Getting a New Computer

Elva Mankin

Posted on August 22, 2022    Posted by John Scalzi      My desktop computer has been slowing down a bit recently, and my graphics card is now several years old and questionable for a number of new games I wanted to play, and my C drive recently informed me […]