Microsoft is one of the few corporations founded decades ago and still one of the largest tech giants. Even with many technology wars, it has stood the test of time that has weeded out many of its competitors.

However, one of the first wars that the company still faces every day is the war against pirates. Software pirates sold millions of fake copies of Microsoft products or uploaded them to torrent sites.
How much does piracy cost to Microsoft?
There are no official figures, but we can confidently say that the losses are expressed in billions of dollars.

Instead of imposing its own numbers (which would be detrimental to PR), Microsoft has adapted to informing businesses and consumers about possible losses from coiled software. Based on research conducted in 2014 Microsoft has released a publication collaborated with research firm IDC and the National University of Singapore.
Skull 5 april 2021, 19:45


As a rule, hackers try to lead a secretive lifestyle and maintain anonymity. Many succeed, but some of them are gaining popularity against their own will. This happened, for example, with Kevin Mitnick or Robert Morris. But there are other computer geniuses, about whose fate much less is known than about their exploits. One of these guys who left a noticeable mark in the history of world hacking was called Jonathan James. This is a man with a vivid but tragic life history that ended with an early and mysterious death.
Skull 29 march 2021, 13:35


You are at an altitude of ten kilometers, and you fall without a parachute. You have little chance, but a small number of people, finding themselves in a similar situation, managed to survive.
6:59:00, altitude 10,000 m

You went to bed early yesterday and you had an early flight today. You fall asleep shortly after takeoff. And suddenly you wake up abruptly - cold air whistles around you and a noise is heard. Terrible and loud. Where I am? - you think. Where is the plane?

You are at an altitude of 10 km. One. And you fall.
Skull 23 march 2021, 13:15

Recently, more and more news appears like "video chips are not enough", "processor shortage", "laptop supplies are under threat." And this is not just news, but a reflection of reality, which is even worse than it might seem. According to experts, problems in the semiconductor market will persist until the end of this year.

The main reason is the digitalization of everything and everyone, the transition to online, the increase in traffic volumes, etc. The industry turned out to be unprepared for the post-covid reality. As a result, we have a global shortage in the chip market that threatens the normal operation of many industries, from automotive to laptop and industrial systems.
Skull 15 march 2021, 16:11

imageWith the latest breakthrough, the eerie vibrations of a new, pulsating form of matter have been filmed for the first time using a special microscope. It allows us to see this strange, phase form of matter, which is very different from the usual solids, liquids, gases and plasmas.

The picture was taken by Maximus, an ultra-powerful X-ray microscope at the Helmholtz Center in Berlin. It gives us an idea of the behavior of new time crystals, which were first experimentally created in the laboratory in 2016. The discovery promises "outstanding new breakthroughs in basic research," says material published by the German-Polish team in Physical Review Letters.
Skull 10 march 2021, 16:04

About ten days ago, when I started updating apps in the App Store on my Mac, I ran into a curious error.


The internet is filled with stories of people whose Google accounts were blocked for unexplained reasons, which caused them to lose all their data, including years of e-mails, so I was quite worried. But I had never heard of such cases with Apple services and would not have expected such behavior from a company as loyal to consumers as Apple, so I decided it was a glitch and decided to try it later.
Skull 3 march 2021, 19:56

I have been living in Germany since 2014.

Some aspects of the country are still in awe. Others want to climb on the wall and howl "why so?" I will try to reveal both those and others - and to reveal why I will stay here, most likely, until the end of my life.

imageHeidelberg - medieval Germany remained here in its original form
Programmer salaries
Well, how can you do without it? I decided to take the issue of payment to the very beginning, because if it disappoints you, then your interest in the country may immediately fade away.

Guys. Stop looking at average salaries on Glassdoor. They are always and everywhere underestimated by 20-30 percent. I know the market realities and I will name the numbers that should be guided by in 2020.
Skull 2 march 2021, 19:21

Back in the old days, when Google (or any of its poorly tuned AIs) wanted to kill your business, it usually denied you access to some of its services, and it worked. You've probably heard horror stories: Websites disappear from Google search and go into oblivion YouTube videos are demonetized , and creators lose a source of income Android applications disappear from Google Play and cannot contact their users APIs become more expensive or simply out of date Last but not least less important, personal analogue to all of the above: people lose access to their Gmail accounts and their entire digital lifeimage I swear I read the FAQ!
Skull 12 february 2021, 21:17


The group of researchers found serious shortcomings in the WPA2 protocol, which provides protection for all modern Wi-Fi networks. An attacker who is in the victim's area can use these shortcomings using Key Reinstallation Attacks. Attackers can use this new attack method to read information that was previously considered to be encrypted.

UPD: the post was updated with partial details of the attack and the list of vendor updates.
Skull 4 november 2017, 11:55

What "circle" is perceived as the most "round"?


Our eyes are a rather strange organ, which, often, deceives us. But if you know the features of human visual perception, then you can create a more understandable and clean design. Typographers are not the only ones who use optical tricks in creating readable and harmonious looking fonts. This knowledge is also useful to interface designers who organize communication between the user and the machine.

How to create visually proportional icons, correctly arrange objects of different shapes and perform an ideal rounding of corners. In the post there are more than 50 images.
Skull 2 november 2017, 11:25
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