10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — from tweets leading to bank hacks, Windows XP lives, and who is the elusive Bitcoin inventor?

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  • 1. The world's most popular tweet was sent from an Android device

    At this year's Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres et al broke the record for most retweets, smashing U.S. President Barack Obama's "Four More Years" tweet when he scored a second term in the Oval Office.

    But as Danny Sullivan pointed out, the selfie photo was a marketing ploy by Samsung, which lent the chat-show host an Android device for the night. But it turns out she was using an iPhone backstage, and other scheduled tweeting tools to keep the social momentum going.

    Image: Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter

  • 2. Meetup.com thrown offline because it wouldn't pay a $300 ransom

    Popular organizing website Meetup.com was downed numerous times over three days this week — the longest such downtime in its 12-year history.

    It transpired that the site was being held for ransom amid heavy denial-of-service attacks for a mere $300. But the site's chief executive wouldn't bow down to criminals and refused to pay. The site recovered after the company sought help from networking specialist CloudFlare. 

    Image: LazyEye/PSD; TracyO/Flickr

Topics: Security, Networking

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  • . . another GALLERY?

    PAY me first.
    fm.usa
  • Gallery works well

    The gallery has been changed so it doesn't need an entire screen refresh, about time too but very usable now.
    ArchieK
  • Yay! Galleries are fixed!

    About time, I can now read these stories again.
    dimonic
  • Blackmail from MS

    IMHO, Microsoft's decision to kick thirty percent of its installed OS users to the curb smacks of blackmail. It's wrong to force working equipment into the landfill.
    kayhh
    • Agreed

      I'm sure Microsoft must also be embarrassed for people to see that every patch Tuesday most of the patches that apply to XP also apply to the "modern" OSs as well. They are all based on NT folks. I am using the latest and greatest on one machine and it is the same old stuff with a different look. I'm willing to bet that 90% of the programming effort goes into the new UI with each new version.
      Rodo1
      • Guess you'd lose that bet

        just saying.
        William.Farrel
      • As a man who never makes any mistakes

        As a man who never makes any mistakes you are right. It is inconceivable that millions of lines of code could contain bugs. Everybody knows that decent person never makes any mistakes and never has to go back and fix anything. Making mistakes is truly evil.

        I was also shocked to learn that new systems are based on NT. That is like the weirdest thing I've heard today. Some crazy people even say that OSX is based on ancient Unix code from 70s. That cannot be true. Dinosaurs wrote that code.

        When you say that 90% of effort goes into the new UI I do not agree. I think that 105% of the effort goes into the new UI. No, wait, 200% goes into UI and -50% goes into bug fixing. And then like 20% goes into irritating people with tiles and stuff. That is weird stuff you know. Man I am hungry :)
        paul2011
        • You can always tell when the MS marketing frat boys had beer and pizza

          They become even ruder and more sarcastic when they push MS propaganda.

          -faye kane
          Faye_Kane
    • Unless it was you that had to keep supporting something for over 12 years

      then you'd be saying "how long do you expect me to support something?".

      Seriously, who said you have to take your machines to a landfill?

      I'm not sure what you were told, but no, XP will not stop working after the end of support cycle.

      Oh, and the 3rd part programs that run on it? most of them have stopped be supported years ago, so did you have to take then off the machine, and to the landfill?
      William.Farrel
      • Well...

        I've been supporting my wife for over 42 years. Does that count?

        For the record, I never said anything about XP not working after April 8th. What I did say, and Mr. Farrel conveniently ignored is that I'd bet that most of the effort in the new versions is put into the UI. Unfortunately since it is proprietary software neither of us can be proven right or wrong. But instead of fixing security problems, my new Windows 8 machine got 55 patches right out of the box, an overnight download to get 8.1, and then several more patches for good measure.

        But, by God, that snazzy snap feature really is something, or how abut that little triangle next to a folder name in the Explorer that flips 45 degrees when you expand a folder, instead of that antiquated plus or minus sign inside a small box that I used to have some chance of getting my mouse pointer on? Or let's just rename and move around everything in Control Panel so it looks like we've done something.
        Rodo1
        • Hello? I was responding to kayhh, Rodo1, not you.

          He started with "Microsoft's decision to kick thirty percent of its installed OS users to the curb smacks of blackmail"

          So I basically asked "how long something should be supported?"

          He then finished with "It's wrong to force working equipment into the landfill."

          I merely asked "Seriously, who said you have to take your machines to a landfill?"

          So, no - I didn't "conveniently ignore" what you said - The fact is, I wasn't responding to you.

          Did I conveniently miss anything covering that?
          William.Farrel
    • Be free of MS

      Put Linux on that "old" machine and get many more years out of it.
      james.vandamme
    • Rather than be forced to upgrade to Win 7 or 8 I switched to a Mac.

      If I had to experience another learning curve it might as well be interesting.
      psiddle
  • Stop the madness

    Each time I click Next the screen scrolls showing the advertisement at the top of the screen sliding down. After the third time I stopped looking at this site. I want to read about the story not have to scroll up closing that advertisement. Enough of this stop the madness.
    BubbaJones_
    • ZDNet is becoming ad central

      first there were 3 at the bottom of the story, then they added the "advertisement" blog smack in the middle of the main page, now we have 6 ads per page at the bottom of the story....

      Pretty soon it'll be 99% ads, 1% story...
      William.Farrel
  • I just added Keurig to my...

    ...fecal register, along with Apple and Microsoft.
    james.vandamme
    • So, what you're saying is that

      you and Linux are no longer alone in your fecal register with the addition of the above 3 companies?
      William.Farrel
      • You fancy yourself a wit

        ...and you are half right.
        james.vandamme
        • That's half a wit more then you apparently have

          As we can see a sales pitch when you post one, even if you don't believe we do. But you keep that sales pitch going.

          Given 5 to 10 years you may actually get Linux usage up to 2% :)
          William.Farrel
  • Unable to upgrade

    what about the poor peope like that l am unsble to upgrade my 2 laptops and a desktop, unfair that they are now basically throw away items.
    gerry161