(Lance Bass, the pop star, is paying Russia $20 million for his ticket to the International Space Station this fall.)
Still, there’s a world of difference between Amazon starting to sell ads, and Amazon being a potentially disruptive force to the advertising duopoly of Google and Facebook. Amazon had an impressive $2 billion of advertising revenue in the first quarter of this year; Google’s year-on-year increase in ad revenue was more than twice that sum. Between them, Google and Facebook had over $38 billion in ad revenue in the first quarter. Is it possible that Amazon might become a real competitor to them, if it keeps its ad revenue growing at current rates? Well, anything is possible. But it’s not likely any time soon.
Teachers can order the kit at the NHGRI website.
The instruments are called Dewantrons and the website has some incredibly funky samples of the instruments jamming. I’m actually tempted to buy the CD: at the very least, it would provide some amazing sampling.
But the city isn’t pursuing this tax because of the money. They’re doing it because, like many other governments, their tax structures haven’t kept pace with a changing economy, and the political and bureaucratic structures have been unable to do anything about that apart from tinker around the edges.
“This was a convergence of everyone having the same thought at the same time,” says Matt Holland, TrueMajority’s online director.
Is a weblog’s sense of immediacy, of intimacy even, enough to change people’s minds about Hart?
AT&T was originally talking to Cingular Wireless, but those discussions have since ceased, the Journal reported.
The segment of Yahoo’s business that Ms. Mayer has designated as its growth engine is slowing down dramatically. Revenue from “mavens” — a financial metric the company introduced last year to track mobile, video, native and social ads — rose 6.8% from the prior year to $390 million. That compares with 26% in the fourth quarter, 43% in the third period and 60% in the second quarter.
It’s not the first time the body scanners, produced by Rapiscan and L-3 Communications, have come under attack. In a three-part series last year, Wired reported that, indeed, there were suspected security flaws with them. Even the Government Accountability Office — Congress’ investigative arm — said the devices might be ineffective. And the Journal of Transportation Security suggested terrorists might fool the Rapiscan machines by taping explosive devices to their stomachs.
Second-quarter corporate results are set to begin in earnest in the coming weeks, with S&P 500 companies expected to post an 8-percent rise in earnings, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
LONDON – The SCO Group Monday launched a new website, a day after the super-potent MyDoom computer worm knocked the American software firm clean off the Internet.
Other aspects of using Safari will be a mixed bag for Windows users. Safari’s URL completion auto-suggests common websites as you type, but doesn’t utilize the now nearly-universal Ctrl-Enter convention, where you can type a domain name and then hit Ctrl-Enter to have the browser add the “http://www” and “.com” parts. Its “SnapBack” feature is handy for going back to a page of search results or a site’s home page, but there’s no drop-down listing showing all of your recently visited pages when you hover over or click and hold on the back and forward buttons. [CORRECTION 6/13/07: If you click and hold on the buttons for about a second, you get a drop-down history list.]
There have been other things like that, mostly behind the scenes. Some of them in front of the scenes. A big push to do things a little bit differently with TAM 7, bring in a little bit more Hollywood, move the science in a different direction, talk about the science of TV shows and movies, to make it more popular level stuff. There were some mixed reactions to that but I think it was mostly positive. I want to try more of that. There are more people in Hollywood trying to do better science. And I think this is something I can do every year and have a panel on. … And there are lots of big names doing this in Hollywood. I want to get more scientists to come. Year to year, it’s funny, you invite all these people, and you don’t know who is going to say yes and who is going to say no. I have this irrational fear that we’re going to invite five or six top level scientists and they’ll all say yes. And it’s like, Oh crap, now what am I going to do? But it doesn’t work that way. And then there are some years we invite so many people, and then at the last minute they can’t make it or whatever. It’s really hard. But I’m trying to formalize that process a little bit. So it’s not anything that you’d really see, but stuff that I’m hoping will have major impacts on the JREF in the long run. And like I said, we’re still working this out. Randi and I worked quite a bit on what we want to do next and how we’re going to do it. And the biggest problem is always funding. People think because we have these huge meetings, and Randi and so famous and all this, and we have this million dollar challenge, where we have a million dollars in the bank, if you can prove a claim of the paranormal, we’re going to write you a check for a million bucks. It’s just that simple. That million exists. I get the bank statements every month from Goldman Sachs. It is there. And everyone thinks, But you have a million bucks! I can’t touch it, it’s for somebody else, you know? The interest on it is nice, but when you think about it, even if it’s 4% interest, that’s not even somebody’s salary. 10% interest, then it’s someone’s salary, when you have taxes and deductibles and all that kind of stuff. So it’s not even coming close to paying our operating costs. It’s a fraction of our operating costs. We exist on donations. So we have enough money to pay our salaries and to do some stuff every year, but if there is a millionaire out there and listening and says, Here is a check for $100K, yeah, call me! Talk to me! Email me! I’ll be happy to talk to you about this.
According to Trammell many VOIP vendors have argued that these security flaws are hard to exploit, but he listed more than 20 freely available tools specific to attacking VOIP in his talk, pointing out that the barrier to VOIP hacking is not only low, but getting lower all the time. That’s likely to become an issue as VOIP becomes more prevalent.
Tor is an anonymizing network that consists of hundreds of computer nodes set up around the world to encrypt and transmit data in a way that can’t be traced to the sender. Data on the Tor network is encrypted while it’s en route, but is decrypted at the last node — called the exit node — before it reaches the recipient. Egerstad had set up his own exit nodes on the Tor network and sniffed the data as it passed through his node unencrypted.
All in all, I’ve been quite satisfied with LNoE and the expansions. It’s quite different from my usual fare which tends to be heavy on European resource-management games, but it’s great for when you’re in the mood to fight some zombies (or eat some brains).
AY: That’s exactly right. Why would we even think we can retrain coal miners and truck drivers to become software engineers? The only reason we think that is we’ve been brainwashed to equate economic value and human value, where if workers have lost their value in the marketplace then we think, OK, we have to transform you into something that does have value even if that transformation is totally unrealistic.
The targets are extremely well-defined as the exact intersection of the whole number latitude and longitude lines—such as 43.0000 North by 103.0000 East—and the entire grid of Confluence Points has existed for centuries…long before anyone could have tinkered with them to make the points easier or more difficult. Unlike letterboxing or geocaching, which strike me as rather uninteresting contrivances, Confluence Point hunting is attractive to me for its rawness. With geocaching one tries to follow clues left by someone else to find whatever plastic trinket it is they have hidden there. But with Confluence Hunting one takes the world’s geology and people as they present themselves with the registration of “perfect zeros” on the GPS as one’s confirmation of success. For those points as yet unvisited by confluence hunters, there are no clues to the best way to get there. And once in the vicinity, no clues on how to deal with the local people, the police, the food, the dogs, the altitude, the swamps, the rivers, the ravines, the mountains, or the fences.
GeekMom Amy Kraft and I took off last Wednesday for Grand Rapids, Michigan and the ArtPrize 2012 exhibition–at least our faces and our dreams did. Amy and I were participants in honorary GeekMom and artist Cheryl Frey’s “I Am Immortalized” Kickstarter portrait installation project, and along with 98 other models, agreed to be painted and quoted for the endeavor. Cheryl explains in her ArtPrize web page:
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Art Brodsky, spokesman for public advocacy group Public Knowledge, says the bill would let anyone drop a fact into a database or a collection of materials and claim monopoly rights to it. This would contradict the core principle of the Copyright Act, which states that mere information and ideas cannot be protected works.
The stock had gained 28 percent since the company said in March it shipped 1 million units each of Blaze and Alta.
The mosasaur’s skull sat in the prep lab of the New Jersey State Museum. During my time as a volunteer there, I could hardly walk by the skull without slowing my pace to admire the marine lizard’s 66-million-year-old bones. I was especially fascinated by the set of secondary teeth nestled between the mosasaur’s upper jaws – short rows of sharp teeth jutting from the pterygoid bones near the back of the mouth. These small, sharp teeth pierced and held prey as the mosasaur maneuvered its flexible jaws into a better biting position. Given the long rows of larger teeth along the outer jaws, the smaller set seemed like a final insult to whatever prey might find itself sliding down the mosasaur’s gullet.
Craig: In Gaia, there is a very real market for virtual goods. “We sell goods that we make, which obviously have a 100% gross margin, to people willing to pay for them.” He says their office has 3 people whose full time job is to open envelopes with single dollar bills and quarters in them, because that’s what the teenagers who use the site can afford. He’s very bullish on virtual goods sales – there are companies making tens of millions of real dollars on this.
Instead, she says, OZON has had to work to sell potential customers on the idea that buying from a trusted source makes up for the difference in price. “It’s the absolute certainty that whatever happens, we will take care of you,” Gavet says. “Consumers learn the value of being sure that what you want to buy is what you buy.”
The rats seemed to be using these “events”—changes in context—to get a sense of how much time had gone by. The researchers suspected that the signal might therefore look very different when the experiences weren’t so clearly divided into separate episodes. So they had rats run around a figure-eight track in a series of trials, sometimes in one direction and sometimes the other. During this repetitive task, the lateral entorhinal cortex’s time signals overlapped, likely indicating that the rats couldn’t distinguish one trial from another: They blended together in time. The neurons did, however, seem to be tracking the passage of time within single laps, where enough change occurred from one moment to the next.
We lost some of the Frendzy’s sense of purpose when we found out that some features could be used for work and family. For instance, the external LCD display can show the name of a business or drawings done by a kid in the back seat, the 21st century equivalent of putting a light up pizza delivery sign on the roof or writing “Wash Me!” with your finger.
“Occasionally, the government will crack down on fraud use of the Putin name online,” Ivanov said. “But these sites are like mushrooms; they spring up again after the storm passes.”
For example, the majority of fertilized eggs simply do not successfully implant in the uterus, even when no birth control is used. Also, breast-feeding is known to reduce the chance of pregnancy for up to six months after a woman gives birth.
Still, $10 billion might not sound bad for a service that, unlike an undersea cable, would provide worldwide access. And OneWeb and SpaceX have a significant advantage in that they can learn from the mistakes of those who have come before them. That means they’re more likely to get the pricing right, and can take advantages of advances in technology. But there are also questions about how much capacity these services can provide, and what they will actually cost in the end. OneWeb has stated on its website that it will provide 10 terabits of capacity. That sounds like a lot, but consider that Seacom is designed to provide up to four terabits of capacity for Eastern Africa alone.
“They simply realized how much of a rip off the iPod really is, and that there are much better alternatives,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, the conversion from lover to hater cannot keep up with iPod sales.”
Might Neue Haas Unica be a better go-to option for the era of screens? “That is certainly the hope,” Rhatigan says.
GM executives argue that hard-earned city driving is more useful for the car to learn how to handle unusual situations that human drivers take for granted, such as how to handle broken traffic lights at an intersection. For example, Cruise’s autonomous Bolts encountered a lane blocked by construction at a rate of 19 times more often in San Francisco than in the Phoenix area, where it is also testing.
Local movie theaters often publish movie listings on the web, but they usually don’t have their own RSS feeds. You can create custom local listings using isnoop.net. Just plug in your Zip code and isnoop will scrape Google to give you a list of theaters, movies, show times and an RSS feed for each. Combine those in your favorite RSS reader and you have an instant list of what’s playing, where and when.
In the context of a tech culture that often fails to make women feel welcome, it’s easy to see why Richards, sitting there in the (roughly 80 percent male) PyCon audience, felt like she wasn’t the one with the power in that room.