Several companies are already taking advantage of the Ethereum platform, initially built for a virtual currency. The startup Storj offers a file-storage service, banking on the idea that distributing files across a decentralized network is safer than putting all your files in one cabinet.
Motorola Solutions lowered its outlook for the first quarter amid recent weakness in its North American government business. The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company estimates revenue of $1.8 billion for the period.
Simone’s first issue, #14 of the current series, kicked off with Wonder Woman punching gorillas off a waterfall. Heh.
Schlough: We want to provide a growing subset of fans a way to enhance their experience at the ballpark with information related to the game. Beyond that, our fans may need to stay connected with work and e-mail. During day games, you’ll probably see a lot more e-mail use with business people playing hooky. During night games, you’ll see people checking up on other teams’ games, keeping more track of stats and highlights. Either way, we’re happy to support it. We just want to keep our fans happy.
“Art is more of an effort at raising questions than delivering answers,” Bartee said. “It’s about those things that can’t be put into words that we’re all going through.”
Bug-out bags/survival kits are a controversial topic. Everybody has a different philosophy about what makes a good one. This is Brent’s. While bigger and heavier than a lot of the bags you’ll see online, you can keep it in the closet by your front door or the trunk of your car, and you’ll be prepared for an emergency that could last many days. Brent’s kit doubles as a slick backpacking setup, so you’ll get to know your gear extremely well, and you get to have fun with it, too.
This isn’t in the piece, but I’d just like to say that what really impressed me about Gun’s story is the way the hookers die. Obviously you can kill an unlimited number of prostitutes in Grand Theft Auto games, but they’re not really important. In the first couple hours of Gun you have two hookers who die in cinematic scenes, as plot points. And it’s really gruesome, too. I won’t go into details as I don’t want to be known as a whore-death-spoiler.
“I wanted the game to be just stressful enough to be enjoyable. I wanted to ask the sort of questions that you know you know the answer to somewhere in the darkest corner of your mind, but you have to struggle a little to recall the information,” DiBona said. “I also wanted people in the audience to be squirming in their seats, because they knew the answers and were trying to hold back and not shout out the reply.”
The hack into Heartland Payment Systems, for example, which resulted in the loss of data on more than 100 million credit- and debit-card accounts, was actually conducted by two Russian hackers, identified in court documents only as “Grigg” and “Annex.”
One of the difficulties in policing e-mail marketing is that lists of consumers who have opted out are often placed on a central site so that all the affiliates can update their databases. Problem is, there isn’t much security, so all it takes is one nefarious spammer gaining access, and the great numbers of the unsubscribed become the spamified.
Los Angeles Country is suing the IBM-owned company behind one of the most popular weather apps around, alleging that the Weather Channel app surreptitiously “collected, shared, and profited” from the location of Los Angeles residents who were using the app. The New York Times reports that the city attorney for the county filed suit on Thursday. The lawsuit says the company manipulated users into turning on location services without letting them know that the app would use and share that information to turn a profit unrelated to the services of the app. In a statement, IBM said the app had appropriate disclosures.
Dialing Around: Czech Finance Minister Pavel Mertlik said the government will discuss a proposal to auction only one third-generation (UMTS) bandwidth license and to sell three licenses for a fixed price to current mobile operators. The opposition party, however, has pushed to auction all four licenses.
Parsons: To me Talking Heads are a one-hit wonder – although of course they and David Byrne have a huge cult value. The only other band you mention that I have even heard of is Rush. My wife also, and she’s 16 years younger than me. My taste is classic rock, or perhaps what was then known as progressive rock, i.e. Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Mike Oldfield, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Zeppelin and, of course, Rush. No one can be blamed for favoring the music of their own generation – contemporary parents are no doubt screaming at their kids, “Turn off that Lady Gaga crap and let’s hear some decent thrash metal.”
Kennedy said that filtering software “is not a perfect solution to the problem of children gaining access to harmful-to-minors materials.”
KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.7 percent, helped by a weaker yen which boosts profits for manufacturers. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 0.3 percent to 24,678.44 and South Korea’s Kospi jumped 0.9 percent to 2,224.81. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 fell 0.6 percent to 5,922.20 and the Shanghai Composite index gave up 0.4 percent to 3,143.51. Shares were higher in Taiwan and mixed in Southeast Asia.
“I have to say I was completely unaware of this Massachusetts law. When I dug into this thing, I am amazed to what it purports to be,” said Nesson, who is defending the Tenenbaum case for free.
“If they reach their goal … I’d be happy to give them directions and greet them at the door,” company spokesman Nicholas Graham said. “We would make a contribution ourselves to put them over the top.”
In addition, congressional committees are investigating possible links between Russian figures and associates of President Trump.
So when I found out that Tuesday was Pancake Day, I had to find a way to participate. I didn’t think our usual pancake recipe would suffice. It has sour cream, sugar, leavening and spices in it. And only one egg. My pancakes are really tasty, but they just wouldn’t do for this occasion.