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    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- We know the census happens every 10 years, but some of the most personal details collected are sealed for 72 years to protect privacy. Genealogists and amateurs who research their ancestry are excited because the 1950 census data was just posted online.Retired microbiologist George Miller has been anxiously waiting for this -- a gold mine of census data from April, 1950."There's a page of census data from my home town in 1950," he said, pointing at the computer monitor in his Menlo Park home. "I'm going to go through it and see how many of those people I know."Miller was born and raised in Pennsylvania.RELATED: San Francisco honors Earl Gage Jr., 1st Black firefighter hired in 1955It took 140,000 census takers, officially called enumerators, to contact more than 150 million people."They'll cover miles of city streets from New York to San Francisco," said the narrator in a black and white 1950 public service announcement posted on the National Archives website.They asked about income, occupation, education and number of children. They even asked about the number of...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW — After being closed for two years because of the pandemic, the Computer History Museum reopened Saturday, and visitors could once again let their inner nerd geek out as they explore the history of technology. Visitors could say hello to artifacts such as one of the first robots created, Shakey the Robot, which looks like a big metal box with arms, or Pong, one of the first video games. MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 19: A Nintendo 64 is displayed at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group)  Kirsten Tashev, vice president of collections and exhibitions at the museum, and other staffers were still refreshing themselves Saturday on all the information the museum has to offer before giving tours to guests. Tashev said she’s hoping for the trendiness of museums — like the Ice Cream Museum and others that have become more popular as people look for new experiences away from their homes — to attract people to the center, and get them eager to learn more...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)SoftBank's record-breaking sale of a prized chip designer to Nvidia has officially been called off.At an initial value of $40 billion, the US chipmaker's acquisition of British design firm ARM would have been the largest semiconductor deal on record. But regulators around the world have long raised concerns about the deal, eventually leading to its collapse on Tuesday.In a statement, SoftBank cited "significant regulatory challenges" that prevented it from completing the deal. It said that it would instead prepare ARM for a public offering within the fiscal year ending March 2023.Under the terms of the agreement, SoftBank had already received a deposit of $1.25 billion during the signing. That payment was non-refundable, and "will be recognized as profit" in the Japanese conglomerate's earnings for the quarter ending this March, it said.Read MoreFTC sues to block Nvidias $40 billion takeover of ArmThe transaction was first announced in 2020, four years after SoftBank bought ARM for $32 billion, marking the largest foreign takeover by a Japanese firm at the time.It was originally expected to close within 18 months, which...
    It’s been called the geek’s Valhalla. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the world’s largest collection of computing artifacts, boasts such innovations as ENIAC, the electronic whiz; the speedy Cray-1 supercomputer; the portable but heavy Osborne; the legendary Apple I personal computer; and Enigma, the historically significant World War II machine used to encrypt Axis troop movements. But believe us when we say that you don’t have to be a geek’s geek to enjoy this museum. There’s a whole display on a teapot (the legendary curved 3-D model kick-started the world of CGI). And a shrine to Pac-Man. We tapped into the boundless enthusiasm of senior curator Dag Spicer, a former hardware engineer and technical writer whose car license plate reads “TURING1” — a nod to the brilliant mathematician who cracked the Enigma code — for his guide to the highlights. When the museum reopens to the public early this year, you’ll be ready. Here’s an edited version (aka a compressed file) of our conversations: Q. What is the oldest relic in the museum? A. The oldest object in the collection is...
    CYBER experts are scrambling to fix what's been described as one of the worst PC hacks in history. The dangerous security vulnerability is called Log4Shell and criminals are known to be exploiting it. 1You should update your PC nowCredit: Getty - Contributor The Log4Shell attack lets hackers get into computer systems without a password. Security experts have spotted it in actions in the popular Microsoft game Minecraft. It's thought it could be used to attack individuals, big companies and even governments. A few lines of text in a chat between two computers is said to be enough to allow hackers to penetrate your PC. Hackers could execute code on your computer to steal data or plant malware. Most read in Phones & GadgetsWATCH OUT Android scam warning after hackers drain bank accounts with one phone callI-PANIC Every iPhone user warned to update these settings NOW after worrying alertOPEN SESAME Secret Google codes that you can type in to unlock HIDDEN games revealedPORN PROBLEMS What is OnlyFans? However, a lot of reports suggest big companies are most at threat from Log4Shell....
    The first PC in history hit stores on August 12, 1981. Apple, Commodore, and to a lesser extent Tandy and Atari, were harvesting a huge success with their personal computers. In the early 1980s, IBM was the largest IT corporation on the planet, but all of its equipment was designed for business. Their price put them absolutely out of the reach of computer hobbyists. During the final stretch of the 70s, its executives underestimated the growth potential of a market, that of personal computers, which in 1979 had a turnover of no less than $ 15 billion. At the time, decisions at IBM were made by John Opel, and when he discovered that analysts had projected that the market for personal machines would grow 40% a year, he realized that they were missing a train that they could not afford to miss. IBM had disparaged the relevance of the personal computer market, but in the early 1980s its executives realized they had made a big mistake Opel needed to put a trusted man in charge of this project, and the...
    Today marks 40 years since the presentation of the IBM PC (IBM Personal Computer), a key machine in the history of modern computing, which brought personal computers to the mass public like no other. Although the term “personal computer” had been around since 1972 with the launch of the Xerox PARC and the 1975 Altair 8800 generated a legion of enthusiasts who two years later paved the way for the Apple II, the Tandy TRS 80 and the Commodore PET, no It was not until the arrival of the IBM PC that personal computers became popular with the mass public. IBM had already marketed its first desktop microcomputer, the 1975 IBM 5100, but by design and price ($ 20,000) it could not be considered a personal computer. The blue giant was then the most powerful technology company on the planet, but it sought to expand its business and enter the home computer market and he had the idea of ​​promoting a program that broke with everything he had been doing until then. Project Chess = IBM PC Code-named Project Chess,...
    Technology invades even the most unsuspected areas of everyday life and cars do not pass without updating in line with the great advances that allow them to be much safer, but also more comfortable, practical and connected. From Android Auto to Car Play, Alexa and countless other driving assistants, Many modern vehicles can now be controlled from mobile phones and even by voice commands. But these functionalities that seem something typical of our present time have their origin decades ago in time, to the surprise of many. In fact, after KITT surprised on television with his robotic voice, he came to reality the Renault 25, a model that communicated with its driver through voice messages. In his time, the R25 was the most expensive, prestigious and largest vehicle of the French brand, which from 1983 to 1992 was produced at the Sandouville factory. In 1985 it came in second place in the Car of the Year awards in Europe.1 and was considered a super sports car in its time since it had an automatic transmission, a V6 Turbo engine...
    Researchers at UCL (University College London) have solved an important piece of the puzzle that forms the ancient Greek astronomical calculator known as the Antikythera mechanism. Known to many as the world’s first analog computer, the Antikythera mechanism is the most complex piece of engineering to survive from the ancient world. The device of 2,000 years It was used to predict the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets, as well as lunar and solar eclipses. Published in Scientific Reports, the UCL study reveals a new visualization of the ancient Greek order of the Universe (Cosmos), within a complex gear system on the front of the Mechanism. Lead author Professor of Mechanical Engineering Tony Freeth explained in a statement: “Ours is the first model that conforms to all physical tests and matches descriptions of the scientific inscriptions engraved on the mechanism itself. The Sun, Moon and planets are shown in an impressive tour de force of ancient Greek brilliance. “ Discovered in 1901 The Antikythera mechanism has generated both fascination and intense controversy since its discovery in a Roman-era...
    Artificial intelligence is everywhere, and now a group of developers have created AI  software that can tell whether you are likely to die from Covid-19 using health data. University of Copenhagen researchers fed a computer program with health data from 3,944 Danish COVID-19 patients, as well as any underlying conditions. They then trained it to look for patterns in a patients' prior illness to determine the risk factors and potential outcome from Covid-19 and found that BMI, age and being male were the highest risk factors when it came to the likelihood of dying. The results show that AI can, with up to 90 per cent certainty, determine whether an uninfected person will die of the disease if they are unlucky enough to catch it.  Results from the new tool could help health officials determine who should be at the front of the line for a limited supply of vaccines, said lead author Mads Nielsen. Artificial intelligence is everywhere, and now a group of developers have created AI software that can tell whether you are likely to die from Covid-19 using...
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