Sure, we all love technology – and if you’re reading this site, there’s a good chance your daily routine involves more gadgets, software, and digital accessories than the average person. And while that’s all well and good, that also means you’ll be one of the first people to know when the robot revolution begins.From coffee machines with a taste for blood to smartphones zapping our brains, Hollywood has never shied away from showing us what could happen if our favorite gadgets, appliances, or workstations suddenly decided to do a hard reboot on the human-machine hierarchy.With Halloween on the horizon, we decided to look back at some of the movie industry’s most notable examples of household technology gone horribly wrong, in the hopes of finding a good scare and possibly learning a lesson or two about how to avoid the electronic apocalypse.Rec (2007)The Tech: CameraThe Story: News reporter, Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) and cameraman Pablo (Pablo … [Read more...] about Technology gone bad: 15 horror movies to make you afraid of your toaster
Electronic Arts Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore was forced to apologize to Nintendo and gamers on Tuesday following an April Fools' Day prank gone wrong.The official Twitter account for the Frostbite game engine, the EA-owned technology that runs Battlefield 4 and is designed for use with PlayStation and Xbox consoles, posted a tweet on Tuesday, saying that the game engine "now runs on the Wii U since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform." The tweet went on to say that the game engine "is now optimized for Mario and Zelda."The folks behind the Frostbite Twitter account weren't quite done there. In subsequent prank tweets, they said that "Frostbite will power Half Life 3," and said that the title would be a Wii U exclusive.Although those who closely follow the games industry knew that the tweets were an April Fools' Day prank, they weren't well-received among Nintendo gamers and perhaps even Nintendo itself. The Wii and Wii U are the only major game consoles available now that the … [Read more...] about EA apologizes for April Fools’ prank gone bad
Taunting tweets, provocative pics, iPad-spam chats -- stupid slip-ups lead to high-profile hacker arrestsIf the Internet is the new Wild West, then hackers are the wanted outlaws of our time. And like the gun-slinging bad boys before them, all it takes is one wrong move to land them in jail.Whether they are out to steal money or merely wreak havoc, the consequences of an exploit gone bad can be harsh. And these days, the margin for error can be measured in bits. After all, thanks to the Internet's international nature, cyber outlaws have an awful lot of sheriffs sniffing out their online footsteps. [ For more real-world tales of brain fail, see "Stupid user tricks 5: IT's weakest link." | Find out which of our eight classic IT personality types best suit your temperament by taking the InfoWorld IT personality type quiz. | Get a $50 American Express gift cheque if we publish your tech tale from the trenches. Send it to [email protected] ]Sometimes, though, the sheriffs don't … [Read more...] about Stupid hacker tricks: Exploits gone bad
I appreciate a good security policy as much as the next guy. Good procedures help employees understand that no, it's not OK to spend all morning surfing porn sites, and yes, it really matters if they leave our strategic plans spread out in a conference room for all the cleaning staff to see. But sometimes, good judgment just has to trump the policy book. The rules, after all, are not there to give us security folks authoritythey're there to make the organization secure. I learned that the hard way early in my career.In a previous life, long before I became a chief security officer, I was a nuclear missile launch commander. In my unit was a fellow missileer we called "Special Ed" because he really was dumber than warm water. Special Ed was also very religious, and one day one of the other guys decided to play a practical joke on him. This wise guy typed several Bible verses onto a roll of paper that was used to print out missile statuses and alarms. He replaced the paper in the status … [Read more...] about A Joke Gone Bad
In less than three years, James R. Gorman went from being a newbie investment manager to the lord of $100 million in client accounts for The Vanguard Group, one of the nation's largest and most respected mutual fund companies. When Gorman's Pennsylvania insurance license came up for renewal, though, the company doing a routine background check found a problem. James R. Gorman had pleaded guilty to loan and credit card fraud. He was a convicted felon.So Vanguard did what any financial services company would do: It fired him.According to Gorman's version of events, a representative from human resources called him into a meeting one day and told him what Vanguard had learned. He insisted that he had never been arrested, much less convicted of any crime. But Vanguard forced him to leave the building immediately, without returning to his office to gather his belongings.There was just one problem: They got the wrong guy.The James R. Gorman who worked for Vanguard had a different Social … [Read more...] about Good (and Bad) Background Checks
With apologies to author Judith Viorst, Microsoft has Alexander beat hands down. The tech giant came under the gun from all directions this week, with fallout from its Surface RT fiasco resulting in a lawsuit on behalf of disgruntled shareholders; a Black Tuesday that botched six -- count 'em, six -- Windows updates; outages for SkyDrive and still ongoing issues with Outlook.com; and a leaked Windows 8.1 build that failed to inspire confidence that the company will turn things around any time soon.First things first: Does it really come as a surprise that Microsoft is being sued for misleading shareholders about Surface tablet sales? After closely guarding the secret about how many units it was actually selling (or not), Microsoft finally announced in July a $900 million Surface RT write-down that it actually put on the books in June -- what InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard called a "multibillion-dollar boondoggle." Microsoft's next-day share price took its biggest dive in more than four … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s ‘terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad’ week
We spend more than a third of our lives in the office so it's not surprising that office romances are common. I know quite a few people, in fact, who met their future spouses at the office. Those are the happy endings. But for every one of those, there are probably 20 that ended not so happily. In fact, in particularly bad instances, soured office romances can end up on the legal arena, bringing their companies with them.Companies have tried in the past to ban dating between employees but found that the restrictions are not always legal. So they've attempted to restrict dating in instances when it could be harmful to the business (where one party can claim sexual discrimination or harassment against another). For example, companies can mandate that those who date cannot report to one or the other, a situation that could result in career favors or the perception of career favors.But one thing that companies (and indeed the employees who date each other) have little control over is how … [Read more...] about Love (gone bad) in the office
In the hottest discussion of this past week, Head Blogs Editor Toni Bowers shared information about a pending lawsuit over someone being fired because of their Facebook comments. Find out what other discussions and TechRepublic members were the most active on the boards.Top 5 discussion threads:Another firing over Facebook comments: Lawsuit pending (Toni Bowers)Linux vs. Windows: Suspending logic and reason for blind faith (dcolbert)The many eyes that matter for security are the friendly eyes (Chad Perrin)Why you should never trust Facebook (Chad Perrin)Google raises the white flag on transforming the US wireless industry (Jason Hiner)TR members with the most total posts on the forumsPalmetto (97 posts)dcolbert, AnsuGisalas, and Tony Hopkinson (96 posts)Oz_Media (86 posts)santeewelding (68 posts)seanferd and Sterling Chip Camden (67 posts)TR members with the most Thumbs for answering QuestionsOH Smeg (10 thumbs)TobiF (4 thumbs)seanferd (3 thumbs)becabill (2 thumbs)Here are a few … [Read more...] about TR Community scoreboard for Nov. 26, 2010 – Facebook firing gone bad?
You've worked so hard to build up your business. Word has spread and you're getting more and more gigs. Your client list has grown enough that you're finally living the dream. And then tragedy strikes. A client relationship turns sour. For whatever reason, the client has decided your work isn't up to standard or a personality rubbed someone the wrong way.Regardless of the reason, the most important thing for you to do is to mend that relationship. Otherwise, you run the risk of word spreading around the community and your dream will turn into a nightmare.But how do you salvage that soured relationship? I have 10 suggestions, one of which just might do the trick. Let's dig in and see if one of these methods is right for your situation.The first step in patching up a soured relationship is understanding what actually went wrong. This isn't about laying blame; it's about knowing how something that was working fell into disarray. What you uncover might well point to you being the guilty … [Read more...] about 10 ways to salvage bad client relationships
Birth on the Planet Earth Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock November 23rd, 1992 (she was born during the month which inspired the song November Rain by Guns ’n’ Roses) Region of her LegionNashville, Tennessee (that is the central hub of good old country music) Social Accounts Twitter Instagram Facebook Official Website What she is Giving in Return for a LivingExtroverted Songstress, Screen Sheila and Musician-cum-Lyricist. She underwent a radical transformation in her personality recently. This is due to the fact that half her life she was the ideal kid…then she just exploded and let her inner child out of the bag…and that child was a big brat! Tidbits from her Life…Miley first came to prominence due to her role as the sweet girl next door on the Disney series Hannah Montana. She had sent samples of her voice and acting clips to the studios for the audition. And although she was rejected at first, later on she was to … [Read more...] about Miley Cyrus: Good Girl Gone Bad!