Ultimately, I’m happy to see sex and tech continuing to evolve together in ways that increase our potential for pleasure and intimacy.
The study will appear in the journal Science in November. An advance copy can be previewed on the journal’s website.
And who were Barr and his company up against in all this? According to Anonymous, a five-member team took down HBGary Federal and rootkit.com, in part through the very sort of social engineering Barr had tried to employ against Anonymous.
The Iditarod covers 1,160 snow-covered miles. The race commemorates the heroism of sled dog mushers who, against the odds, delivered serum from Anchorage to Nome during a diphtheria epidemic. In 1927 before a vaccine was developed, this was a serious disease, killing up to 15,000 people a year. Mortality was highest among children. In January of that year children in the Nome area began dying of the disease. The crucial diphtheria antitoxin couldn’t be sent by ship due to heavy ice. Blizzards halted attempts to send it by plane. In a last ditch effort, it was put on a train but even that stopped nearly 700 miles from Nome.
We know that surveillance has a chilling effect on freedom. People change their behavior when they live their lives under surveillance. They are less likely to speak freely and act individually. They self-censor. They become conformist. This is obviously true for government surveillance, but is true for corporate surveillance as well. We simply aren’t as willing to be our individual selves when others are watching.
At this point, we thought that ad delivery was handled sufficiently. We also thought that we fixed our most egregious SEO mistakes and decided to move another section, Transportation, to HTTPS as a test. We certainly were not comfortable enough to move the whole site to HTTPS yet. We stated that we would aim to convert the rest of the site to HTTPS on May 24th.
We often say, upon the passing of a friend or loved one, that the world is a poorer place for the loss. But with the untimely death of programmer and activist Aaron Swartz, this isn’t just a sentiment; it’s literally true. Worthy, important causes will surface without a champion equal to their measure. Technological problems will go unsolved, or be solved a little less brilliantly than they might have been. And that’s just what we know. The world is robbed of a half-century of all the things we can’t even imagine Aaron would have accomplished with the remainder of his life.
The question of should fans bridge the gulf between an artist’s private life and creative work (if indeed there is one) has become a recurring theme of late in music circles, most recently with Kanye West, who tested the boundaries of his own fandom in the run-up to ye. In Kelly’s case, it led the music website HipHopDX to wonder: “Can you separate the music from the man?” For some, the answer was an obvious affirmative.
Then I remembered how many farmers’ markets I missed because my toddler was in grumpy mood unfit to handle the stresses of an outing. How many did I miss because someone was sick, or because we had other plans at that date and time, or because I simply forgot to go? Again. Suddenly, a website where I can buy bread that will be baked locally and delivered to my door by bicycle no less – well, that’s starting to sound pretty darn cool!
Although Esvelt supports species conservation, he believes ethical priority must be given to preventing human and animal suffering. “The risk is that you could potentially cause a tragedy in the form of an accidental spread that would delay the introduction of a gene drive to stop malaria,” Esvelt says. “Sorry, I don’t care about endangered species that much.”
It took three months and a handful of press releases before Facebook shut down the fraudulent page. The company’s mostly automated reporting features found that even the fake live video hadn’t violated community standards.
In fact, Google operates a much larger online infrastructure than Amazon or Microsoft. Google’s global network is larger than all but one of the companies that provide the backbone for the entire Internet—and it’s widely acknowledged that this massive computing system is the world’s most technically advanced. Over the last 15 years, Hölzle and engineers like Jeff Dean, Sanjay Ghemawat, Luiz Barroso designed entirely new kinds of data center hardware and software in order to keep up with this growth.
Sean McCarthy believes his small Irish high-tech company has overturned one of physics’ most fundamental laws.
The Flynn Lives alternate reality game has been offering tantalizing glimpses into the Tron universe for over a year. And as the December 17th movie premiere draws near, a series of puzzles reveals more about the Flynn family along with some truly groan-worthy classic video game puns.
Wayne Rohde, who believes his son’s autism may be linked to vaccines, now tracks every case in the vaccine court. Rohde is especially critical of the court’s lack of outreach to the wider community. “People might be more confident in vaccine policy in the US knowing that if indeed something did happen, there’s something to help them that’s funded by a tax on vaccines,” says Rohde. “I truly believe that would settle the unrest.” After a 2014 Government Accountability Office investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services did vow to better publicize the court.
“I hope we’re doing our part to turn Can-Spam into ‘can’t spam,'” said FCC commissioner Michael Copps.
Hacker and security researcher Samy Kamkar takes a look at a variety of hacking scenes from popular media and examines their authenticity.
Now, though, a free version of the Mac ebook reading software, Stanza, has found its way into the store, and it rocks. Here’s a quick rundown of how it works, and just how to turn your iPhone into a mini-Kindle.
This heightened state of eruption at Kilauea during the past week has also doubled the levels of sulfur dioxide being emitted from the volcano, which, of course, leads to more of the dreaded vog. Most of it has blown out to sea, but as winds change, so might that.
Although not quite at dot com boom levels, the U.S. is seeing the most venture-backed IPOs since the tech bubble. Fifty-five companies with venture financing have priced this year, the most seen in the same period since 2000, when there were 148, according to Dealogic.
Facebook’s ad-buying website tells advertisers that the world’s largest social network has a potential reach of 41 million 18 to 24 year olds in the United States, whereas U.S. census data shows that last year there were 31 million people living in the country between these ages, Brian Wieser, a Pivotal Research Group senior analyst, said in a note.