Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 18, 2012

OkCupid experiment proves men don’t mind dating sociopaths – Here’s a fascinating experiment: A woman’s profile — full of obvious red flags — is put up on dating site OkCupid. Within hours “she” is inundated with romantic messages. Men just look at the pictures? Really?

Gain access to your PC without the logon password – Can the technique I’m about to describe be used unethically? Yes, but keep two issues in mind. First, it doesn’t reveal the password; it removes it. That way, if someone breaks into your PC with this technique, you’ll know something is fishy the next time you boot. Second, the logon password really doesn’t protect all that much to begin with.

A Start Menu for Windows 8 That Is A Portable App – If you are looking for a way to slowly wean yourself from the Start Menu, or you are missing the Start Menu, I encourage you to give Power 8 a try. Why is this any different than the other third party replacements for the Start Menu? Well, Power 8 may be what the doctor ordered to help you through your Start Menu crisis. Power 8 is available as a portable app, which means it will not mess with your system.

Here’s how to secure your email and avoid becoming a ‘Petraeus’ – I don’t want to teach anyone how to cover their illicit tracks better, or how to have a more clandestine affair, but let’s take a look at where Petraeus and Broadwell went wrong so you can understand how to cover your tracks better in general, and how to secure your email and protect your privacy online.

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CoD: Black Ops 2 generates $500 million in 24 hours – Activision has confirmed that the long-awaited Call of Duty: Black Ops II generated a staggering $500 million in just 24 hours after its initial release.

Visit 100,000 stars in your browser with this Web app – Powered by music from Mass Effect’s Sam Hulick, 100,000 Stars makes use of Google Chrome’s support for Web technologies like WebGL, CSS3D, and Web Audio, as well as imagery and data from sources like NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to create a very cool visualization of the galaxy.

Netflix arrives on Ubuntu – with a fix – Ubuntu is without a doubt one of the most popular flavors of Linux, as the operating system is fully capable of running smoothly even on outdated or anemic hardware.

Twitter improvements include search tweaks, email sharing – On Twitter.com, users will soon be able to email Tweets, regardless of whether the recipient uses Twitter. The advantage of passing a Tweet along this way is that it retains any photos that were attached the post.

Take Microsoft Office 2013 for a 60-day test drive – Microsoft Office 2013 shipped to manufacturers late last month, but you won’t be able to get your small-business hands on it until sometime in the first half of 2013. Actually, you won’t be able to buy it until then. Right now, however, you can get a free 60-day trial of Office Professional Plus 2013. That two-month test drive should give you ample time to decide if the latest Office is worth the hundreds of dollars Microsoft will undoubtedly charge for it.

Here’s Facebook’s Most-Liked Photo of All Time – The picture above, posted to Barack Obama’s Facebook profile around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, is now Facebook’s most-liked photo of all time, with more than 3.2 million “likes” and counting.

Skyrim: Dragonborn to contain clear Vaardenfell elements – Bethesda Softworks has released a number of screenshots for its upcoming Skyrim: Dragonborn expansion.

Security:

Your ID Price Tag: The Cost of a Stolen Identity and What to Do if It’s Been Compromised – Infographic: As many as nine million Americans have their identity stolen every year. How much time and money does it cost consumers who become victims of identity theft and what steps can you take if your identity has been compromised?

Facebook Black: Is A Scam – Have you received Facebook invitations from friends to switch to something called Facebook Red, Facebook Pink, or Facebook Black? This scam preys on Facebook users to change the color of their Facebook pages.

Anonymous targets Israeli Web sites in protest over Gaza – The hacking collective knocks the Bank of Jerusalem offline and attacks the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Anonymous claims nearly 700 sites have been affected.

Congress punts cybersecurity, so White House may act alone – Now that the latest effort to advance comprehensive cybersecurity legislation has failed in Congress, attention is now shifting to the White House, where officials have been developing an executive order to better protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from digital attacks and vulnerabilities.

Company News:

Judge accepts $22.5 million Google fine in Safari privacy case – A U.S. judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in which Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for circumventing privacy protections in Apple’s Safari browser.

iPad shipments jump in China after trademark settlement – Apple’s iPad shipments for China nearly doubled in the third quarter, after Apple settled in July a lengthy dispute over the iPad trademark name that once threatened to ban the device from store shelves in the country.

Flush with cash, Mozilla pushes its mobile plans – Now, with cash in hand and in the wake of the recent eighth anniversary of its Firefox browser, Mozilla has its focus set squarely on the mobile side of computing, according to Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation.

Report: Yahoo’s Mayer Laying Hammer Down on Staff - New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly taking a hatchet to existing compensation and time off arrangements, including the implementation of a new performance evaluation regime that could see a fifth of the company’s roughly 12,000 employees get pay cuts or pink slips.

More Layoffs on the Way at AMD – Advanced Micro Devices is in shambles. It seems that these days the world’s second largest chipmaker is churning out more bad news and fewer microprocessors. Despite the fact that the beleaguered company’s current CEO Rory Read has already overseen two major workforce reductions since taking over in August 2011, it is considering another round of layoffs.

Webopedia Daily:

Passive Impostor Acceptance – In a biometric security system, when an impostor intentionally submits his own biometric sample and claims the identity of another enrollee (either intentionally or unintentionally) with the purpose of gaining access to a system. Passive impostor acceptance implies that the impostor successfully gains entrance into the system using the verified identity.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Conclusive proof: Sex is more enjoyable than Facebook – Research from a university in New Zealand using text messaging as its mode of examination concludes that people really enjoy sex and really don’t enjoy Facebook and recovering from illness.

RIM CEO: We’ll win back users with BlackBerry 10 – CNET sits down with RIM CEO Thorsten Heins to talk about the company’s newest OS and the future of BlackBerry.

Why smart people do dumb things online – It’s not that humans are dumb, but that we’re single-minded. We’re often unable to use the knowledge we have for our own good because when we think about one thing, we forget about other things.

Man arrested for iPad Mini theft reportedly had maxi mouth – Worker at JFK airport arrested by FBI in connection with theft of two pallets of Minis was allegedly less than stealthy.

Today’s Quote:

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

–      Frederic Bastiat

A Few Bits of Humour:

Pinocchio, Snow White and Superman

Pinocchio, Snow White and Superman are out for a little stroll in town one afternoon enjoying the sunshine.

As they walked, they come across a sign:

‘Beauty contest for the most beautiful woman in the world’.

“I am entering!” said Snow White.

After half an hour she comes out and they ask her, “Well, how’d ya do?”

“I won First Place !” said Snow White.

They continue walking and they see another sign: ‘Contest for the strongest man in the world’.

“I’m entering,” says Superman.

After half an hour, he returns and they ask him, “How did you make out?”

“I won First Place too,” answers Superman. “Did you ever have a doubt?”

They continue walking when they see a third sign:’Contest! Who is the greatest liar in the world?’

Pinocchio quickly enters the contest.

After half an hour he returns with tears in his eyes.

“What happened?” they asked.

“Who the hell is Mitt Romney?” asked Pinocchio.

Today’s Free Downloads:

MSI Afterburner 2.2.5 – MSI Afterburner is a handy overclocking utility for MSI graphics cards. Main features include GPU/Shader/Memory clock adjustment, advanced fan speed and GPU voltage control. Afterburner supports both NVIDIA (GeForce 8/9 and 200) and ATI (Radeon HD 3000/4000/5000) graphics cards.

UVK Ultra Virus Killer Portable 4.5.0.0 – This is the portable version of UVK Ultra Virus Killer. UVK is a powerful virus removal and Windows repair tool. With simple and intuitive interface, UVK allows users to detect and delete all types of malware and spyware.

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