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April 5, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times
Dreams defy even the dreamer, slipping away as stealthily as they arrive in a mind made credulous by sleep. But what if scientists could read our dreams by using the most advanced medical imaging machines and employing the sophisticated algorithms that flag fraudulent transactions among millions of credit card purchases? Researchers in Japan have taken an early step toward this chimerical goal by training computers to recognize the images flitting through the minds of sleepers in the earliest stages of dreaming.
June 7, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
Since the Los Angeles Times posted a searchable database of Department of Water and Power employees' pay online late Tuesday night, visitors from the department's computer network have spent approximately 1,300 hours on the site. That's the equivalent of seven-and-a-half months of eight-hour work days. The database page is the first to allow the public -- and apparently DWP workers -- to search individual employees' base pay, overtime and other earnings at the city-owned utility.
June 3, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Caltech researchers have produced the most sophisticated DNA-based computer yet, a wet chemistry system that can calculate the square roots of numbers as high as 15. The system is composed of 74 strands of DNA that make up 12 logic gates comparable to those in a silicon-based computer, the researchers reported Thursday in the journal Science. But the system operates a little more slowly than a conventional computer: It takes as much as 10 hours to obtain each result. The new findings mark a major change in the direction of DNA-based computing, which researchers have been working on for two decades.
December 19, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Students at Corona del Mar High School and a private tutor are under investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer system to change grades and access tests, officials said. The students could face criminal charges on top of disciplinary action from the school, according to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, the Daily Pilot reported . "We are shocked and disappointed by the unethical and irresponsible behavior exhibited by the involved students," district spokeswoman Laura Boss said in a statement Wednesday.
October 9, 2013 | By Monte Morin
A University of Southern California professor and colleagues from Stanford and Harvard universities were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for their pioneering use of computer modeling programs to help predict complex chemical reactions. Their work, which began in the 1970s, has revolutionized chemistry research, where scientists now work with computers as much as they do with test tubes. “Chemical reactions occur at lightening speed,” read an announcement from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
January 23, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors said they had foiled an international cyber-crime ring that targeted bank accounts in the U.S. and around the globe. The criminal charges, disclosed Wednesday, highlight the vulnerabilities of online consumer banking, which has become more popular in the digital age. It also comes just months after most every major U.S. bank suffered a relentless round of online attacks by Middle Eastern hackers. In the case unveiled Wednesday, three men - a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian - allegedly created and spread a virus they called "Gozi" that infected more than 1 million computers around the globe, including at least 40,000 in the United States.
April 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
A seal of approval for computers that interconnect easily with other makes--the COS Mark--was announced Tuesday by an influential group of computer makers and users. Big computer buyers led by General Motors Corp. and the federal government demanded such a program because of dissatisfaction with the existing cacophony in communications between computers.
September 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Drug distributor McKesson Corp. said that two computers containing confidential patient data were stolen from the company July 18. The computers contained data on thousands of participants in a program that McKesson administers to help supply drugs to low-income patients, spokesman James Larkin said. He declined to say which health-care firm had hired McKesson to run the program or whether the data were encrypted.
September 14, 1988 | Reuters
The Japanese government is throwing its weight behind the development of computers made in the image of the human mind. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry wants to conduct a $165,000 feasibility study into "brainy" neural computers that could lead to a 10-year, multibillion-dollar project starting in the early 1990s.
April 28, 1985 | United Press International
Travelers planning to enter or leave the United States with personal computers should not do so with machines that have unregistered trademarks, according to the U.S. Customs Service. Personal computers bought abroad often include unauthorized copies of various trademarked, patented and copyrighted components. Imported items that infringe on the patent rights of products recorded with the Customs Service will not be allowed into the country.
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