Arvind Narayanan and Vitaly Shmatikov, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, de-anonymized some ofthe Netflix data by comparing rankings and timestamps with public information in the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb.
It’s time again to inhale the fumes of failure. Every December, Wired News asks its readers to nominate their choices for our annual Vaporware awards. We hand out accolades (and raspberries) to the most-prized products that were promised but never delivered. Reader votes have helped whittle the list down to the top 10 honorees for the 2007 Podium of Shame. So, with a quick nod to this year’s honorable mention — Iran’s nuclear weapons program — let’s savor the vapor, starting with the bottom of the short list.
“There’s plenty of room for two or three players in this space,” said Elliott. “I wouldn’t worry about Google too much.”
Grooveshark, a new music service set to launch fairly soon, claims it will offer DRM-free music over peer-to-peer networks. While there’s nothing publicly available at the moment, judging by the two-page website, Grooveshark aims to be Last.fm meets iTunes.
This instant hack was made possible by Heartbleed, a bug in the internet’s infrastructure that some are calling the worse thing they’ve seen in years. “‘Catastrophic’ is the right word. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11,” security expert Bruce Schnier, wrote on his blog today.
“Strangely, it seems net neutrality is no longer as important as it was a few months ago, and the swaths of detail have been removed and replaced with fairly vague rhetoric,” method9455 wrote.
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According to the Guardian UK, EU officials have neither confirmed nor denied the accuracy of the Statewatch report. The paper also reports that the British government is “strongly backing” the move to lengthen EU requirements for retention of telecommunications data.
SANTA CLARA, California – A little application that lets you create a digital music library on your desktop from the CD covers on Amazon.com – that would be cool. It’s happening, it all depends on XML and, so far, it’s legal.
“We have both pitchers and hitters at this level with the Tigers using this technology to improve their talent. If I had this opportunity when I was 10 or 12 to send a video to a player of my choice, knowing he is going to look at my swing and give me ideas, I think it’s invaluable,” Joyner said.
However, in the end, D&D’s ubiquity won out. Wisely, D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast licensed out the game system, calling it d20 and inviting small publishers to design products for it. The terms of the agreement, called the Open Gaming License (OGL) even allows publishers to tinker with the rules.
Mitha-Sehgal says that creating the app had to be easy enough for anyone to use it, but the finished product also had to be gorgeous enough to make a stressed-out bride happy. With that mind, she and her team created hundreds of beautifully designed themes for the app, ranging from simple and elegant to urban and elaborate. You can choose from a specific color palette or from seven style categories, including vintage or urban. There’s even a handful of themes for same-sex couples.
Video equipment disappears, too. Global revolution sent a laptop, 4G hotspot and webcam to Occupy New Orleans. But in late October, the volunteer who had set up most of the tech ran off with the laptop, plus the money from the online donation system he himself had installed. Other thieves infiltrate occupations and gain the trust of media groups – before sneaking away with equipment and moving to the next target.
At first glance, Carlo Van de Roer’s fuzzy color portraits appear to fall in line with the dreamy aesthetics of art-college photo portfolios, or fashion shooters playing around with bokeh, sun spots and toy cameras. But all is not as it seems.
First, we know that the handset is already in the wild. Gadget Lab’s all-action playboy, Danny Dumas, showed us the World’s first unboxing, and the Boy Genius Report went one better with a – video of an iPhone sneaked to them by an Apple insider.
According to Bob Wyman, a Google tech staffer and long-time Net expert, the “I” should be capitalized to make clear the difference in meaning between the Internet (the global network that evolved out of ARPANET, the early Pentagon network), and any generic internet, or computer network connecting a number of smaller networks. WIRED’s Style guide, published in 1996 and edited by Constance Hale, makes the same distinction. Indeed, the earliest citations for the word in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), from the mid-1970s, refer to “internet” in the generic sense and spell it with lowercase “i”, whereas all the later OED examples refer to the global network, using a capital “I”.
Fundamentally speaking, Cooper considers initial balance, weight shift as the pitch is being delivered, and understanding how to land to finish a pitch as three of the biggest flaws he sees among pitchers, particularly with kids.
“I’ve been in Japan twice in the last two years, and met both with privacy activists and members of the Japanese Parliament,” said Barry Steinhardt, associate director of the New York office of the American Civil Liberties Union, which maintains the echelonwatch.org website.
A 1917 report to the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture details the story of the
American passenger pigeon, extinct kin to our current city birds. The birds provided our founding fathers with a bountiful feast in 1648 when, according to Massachusets Bay Colony luminary John Winthrop, “multitudes of them were killed daily.”
Meanwhile, social media rival Twitter is seeing its share of the digital ad market dwindle. The microblogging platform’s revenue is expected to top more than 10% to $1.21 billion this year.
War Balloon Games: To us, the best part of *X-Com *was the atmosphere. The very first time you stepped off your ship into this dynamic environment, never knowing what you were gonna face, it was frightening. You would take that chance, turn an extra corner and run out of time units and see three sectoids – and really just be freaked out. So this sense of atmosphere is really important – never knowing what you’re gonna face. Strange aliens that kill you in horrible ways and surprise you with tactics like mind control and planting eggs in your soldiers. If we can get 10% of that we will have something special.
For the convenience of the television crews, who descend on the conference hoping for images of pink-haired hacker girls, Defcon has mimicked government agencies and now features daily press conferences. To obtain press credentials, members of the media must sign a two-page form listing rules and regulations that journalists agree to follow.
“We are devoting extraordinary resources to make sure this kind of incident doesn’t happen again. We will make changes and continue to strengthen our defenses against cybercrimes. We will make sure every consumer who wants protection has a full package of services,” Smith wrote in an opinion piece in USA Today.