DecryptorMax/CryptInfinite Ransomware Decrypted, No Need To Pay Ransom

Emsisoft has launched a new tool capable of decrypting files compromised by the DecryptorMax (CryptInfinite) ransomware. The tool is quite easy to use, and will generate a decryption key. For best results users should compare an encrypted and decrypted file, but the tool can also get the decryption key by comparing an… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2015 | 1:13 pm

Ask Slashdot: Buy Or Build a High End Gaming PC?

Looking at some Black Friday ads, I'm seeing some good deals on Alienware and other gaming rigs that would be cheaper than building them from scratch. If you built or were to build a high end gaming rig, what would you suggest? Or would you just get a prebuilt system and customize it to your needs? I'm not looking for… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2015 | 12:15 pm

Air Force Hires Civilian Drone Pilots For Combat Patrols

For the first time, civilian pilots and crews now operate what the Air Force calls "combat air patrols," daily round-the-clock flights above areas of military operations to provide video and collect other sensitive intelligence. Civilians are not allowed to pinpoint targets with lasers or fire missiles. They operate only Reapers… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2015 | 11:17 am

Peter Thiel: We Need a New Atomic Age

In the NYT that what's especially strange about the failed push for renewables is that we already had a practical plan back in the 1960s to become fully carbon-free without any need of wind or solar: nuclear power. "But after years of cost overruns, technical challenges and the bizarre coincidence of an… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2015 | 10:20 am

Parts of Falcon 9 Launcher Wash Ashore In England

With news as reported by the BBC that parts of a Falcon 9 launcher have washed ashore on the Scilly Islands off the SW coast of Britain. Early impressions are that the pieces are from the failed Falcon 9 ISS launch which exploded after take-off in June. That's not the only possibility, though; according to the article, However… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2015 | 9:18 am

C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Sub-$10 Computer Is Better?

Make Magazine weighs in on a issue that's suddenly relevant in a world where less thn $10 can buy a new, (nominally) complete computer. Which one makes most sense? Both the $9 C.H.I.P and the newest, stripped-down Raspberry Pi model have plusses and minuses, but to make either one actually useful takes some additional hardware; at their low… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2015 | 8:24 am