Thurston also took the chance to make fun of the unconventional layout of the Austin Convention Center, where panel discussions and other events are held during the SXSW conference.
GeekMoms Corrina Lawson and Cathe Post join Nicole Wakelin to talk about how to catch ’em all with your kids. It’s more than just a collectible card game that sucks the cash out of your wallet. Kids learn everything from sportsmanship to genetics. No really, give it a listen and you’ll see just how much your kids can learn from this popular game.
Verizon Communications, whose deal to buy Yahoo’s core assets has been cast into doubt by data breaches at the internet company, added fewer subscribers than expected in the latest quarter amid stiff competition from smaller rivals T-Mobile U.S. and Sprint.
It was a fateful decision. A two-minute excerpt of secretly recorded video featuring professional wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex with his then-best-friend’s wife. When Gawker got hold of the video in 2012, it elected to post the excerpt on its website, setting off an improbable series of events recently culminating in bankruptcy—for the company itself, as well as its founder and CEO. Now, this week the company is being sold at auction.
A new site hopes the seemingly simple idea of eliminating the language barrier, letting you write in English and be read in Arabic — and vice versa — will cultivate citizen diplomacy between the Middle East and the West. It aims to reduce tensions at the grassroots level between two cultures that increasingly co-exist but seem a world apart.
Let me be clear: I’m not against traditional fairy tales, either. I want my kids to know their classics like Little Red Riding Hood or Snow White because those stories are part of our cultural heritage. If your child has only experienced funny spins on The Three Little Pigs but has never heard the original story, then they’re missing something there, too. That said, I want to find stories that feature girls as protagonists, girls doing cool things, and that’s what prompted my Stories About Girls series of posts last year.
While it’s great that new media artists aren’t ghettoized within this Biennial, could their works now simply get lost amidst paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, architectural drawings, and bizarre performance pieces such as “Crawl” – in which artist William Pope.L will dress as Superman and ride 22 miles around Manhattan while lying on a customized skateboard?
The unique three-sided tablet weighs in at “barely three pounds” without the optional battery back and memory booster. Without the booster, it has “50 L” of memory. I don’t imagine it features any cameras, dual-core processors or other fancy niceties. It does, however, sport a unique triangular shape that would make for a great desk corner paperweight or a terribly heavy boomerang.
The question of just how law enforcement identified the Silk Road server was never broached in Ulbricht’s trial, but it was a major focus of the case’s pre-trial arguments. In response to the defense’s initial questions about how the site’s hidden server was found, prosecutors first responded that a misconfiguration of the site’s CAPTCHA had leaked its IP address when FBI investigators typed some “miscellaneous” characters into entry fields on the site’s homepage. But security researchers and Ulbricht’s defense immediately began poking holes in that story, arguing that the FBI’s actions sounded more like warrantless hacking than a simple observation of identifying data revealed by the site’s homepage. In response, the prosecution all but admitted that the site was hacked, arguing that even if the FBI had compromised the site with hacking techniques, that intrusion would have been legal based on the server’s foreign location and Ulbricht’s unwillingness to declare his ownership of the machine. The judge in the case ultimately agreed, denying the defense’s request for an evidentiary hearing about the server investigation.
This builds, of course, on early, consistent and indefatigable support from flu blogger Mike Coston of Avian Flu Diary.
At the show, Spymac is launching its .Mac (Apple’s set of paid online services) killer: Wheel. For $40 a year, users get Spymac e-mail with 3 GB of storage, 250 MB of online storage, and address and calendar synchronization. The package includes WheelGuard, a backup utility, and unlike .Mac’s Backup utility, WheelGuard works on both Mac and Windows.
“Going forward, please make sure not to include me in meetings or email threads related to LiDAR, or ask me for advice on the topic,” said Mr. Levandowski in the email, seen by The Wall Street Journal. “With this move, I hope to keep the team focused on achieving the vision that brought us all here.”
JR Ralls, the man behind the Dark Dungeons movie, is much easier to get in touch with: He meets me in a coffee shop in Portland to talk about the film’s improbable history. “Making this movie has been a dream come true,” Ralls tells me. An aspiring teenage filmmaker, he ended up bypassing film school for “a much more practical master’s degree in history.” Now, he works in Internet sales.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a story about my old buddy Mike, on an episode of CBS Sunday Morning this week. Every story I’ve ever seen on Mike has just verified my positive perceptions of him, and this story was no different. It was fun to see another recap of the winding career path that led him to Dirty Jobs. And then I found out something new about Mike. He’s dedicated himself to a cause I feel strongly about — rethinking how we educate our high school students.
(9) Google is planning on putting data centers out in the ocean … huh?
If, for instance, you’ve been trying and failing to change your cable package online, Humanify’s so-called ExpertConnect product would automatically infer what you want, give you the option to call or chat with someone, and automatically route you to an expert who can solve your problem. Before you connect, that expert will already know what you need and have a complete profile of your history with the company.
Emotion aside, Chancellor advises against knee-jerk responses in either direction and aspires to avoid predictably opinionated photos.
In November 1999, an attorney for Forbes magazine, my employer at the time, informed me that the Department of Justice was planning to subpoena me to appear before a grand jury and testify at trial against members of a cybergang that had hacked The New York Times website a year earlier. They replaced the Times homepage with content of their own that included nudity, obscenity and a lengthy diatribe directed at Times reporter John Markoff for his coverage of hacker-martyr Kevin Mitnick. In a feature titled “They Were Long Gone When He Pulled the Plug,” I detailed the group’s hacksploits, and shared a number of details about them – except one: their identity.
The company, Weyland Industries, promotes research and development in health, transportation, energy, electronics, terraforming, security and cybernetics. They’re a NAFE (National Association of Female Employers) “Top 50 Company for Executive Women” and in 2042 wrote a $5 billion check to Little Explorers–a charity dedicated to the education of troubled middle school students interested in science and technology.
For example, on Oct. 28, he changed “On [[January 15]], [], Wales and Sanger set up [[Wikipedia]]” to “On [[January 15]], [], Wales set up [[Wikipedia]].”
While some may shrug and relegate their influence to the world of office furniture, their impact still resonates today. A recent PBS special (which you can watch in its entirety online) and TED talk speak to that.
In Red Bull Straight Rhythm, riders take on a half-mile, straight track studded with jumps and obstacles. They race side by side, but everyone gets their own lane, so there’s no jostling for position. It’s a bit like the difference between racing on a drag strip and on a circuit: Take out the turns, and you get a new kind of strategy.
While I’m travelling over the next two weeks I’m dusting off some posts from the archives. This is an expanded, updated version of a post as I wrote on Genomes Unzipped as my contribution to Mary Carmichael’s excellent DNA Dilemma series. It was written to answer Mary’s question: If you take a genetic test, how do you know if you can trust the results, and should you be scared of what you might find out? A summary of this post was also posted on the Newsweek website along with answers from Thomas Goetz, Hank Greely, Robert Green and Misha Angrist.