One senator is proposing a national “do-not-spam” registry similar to an upcoming service that will block unwanted telemarketing calls. Another proposal would require spam to have valid return addresses. Yet another senator said she would seek federal legislation offering rewards for people who help track down spammers.
Also, a dramatic natural event loses a bit of charm when viewed from the shoulder of a busy highway, or overlooking a sewage-treatment plant.
Harris, you’ll recall, joined his friend Dylan Klebold in shooting up Columbine High School outside of Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999, a hate-fuelled massacre that left 15 people (including Harris and Klebold) dead and another 24 wounded. The demons that drove them to do what they did are pervasive enough in this society to provide alarming proof that we’re growing more dysfunctional all the time.
In Uber’s case, the FTC alleged in a complaint that the company claimed to follow “standard, industry-wide, commercially reasonable security practices” but often did not. For example, Uber left user data unencrypted on a cloud service that many people within the company could access, according to the FTC’s complaint. Plus the engineers who had access all used the same encryption keys. That’s a bit like leaving all its users’ personal data in unlocked filing cabinets inside a building for which every employee has a key. All it would take for an outsider to gain access was for an employee to leave their key in plain sight. That’s exactly what happened in May 2014, the FTC complaint says, when someone breached Uber’s server using an encryption key that an engineer accidentally posted to a public website.
In 2002, an FBI investigation revealed that child pornography was being distributed on a Yahoo Group called Candyman. Yahoo Groups are similar to chat rooms but allow members to access their own website within Yahoo and communicate through e-mail. Candyman operated two months before being shut down.
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.
At the upper-right is a Music box. It actually works with any audio, such as audio books or podcasts. It provides a pause/play button, plus buttons to skip ahead and back, depending on what the app you’re playing uses.
A spokesman for Vegas entertainment website AmericanLowLife.com is reporting a potential “meeting of the Experiences,” with the Star Trek version moving downtown to a new home along the Fremont Street Experience.
Szoki’s Hellboy poster.
Security is another issue. RFIDs can generally be scanned from distances much greater than the official specs suggest. Nicole Ozer at the ACLU of Northern California notes that after Wired magazine writer Annalee Newitz experimentally cloned her VeriChip in 2006, the company continued calling it secure.
The machine draws on an artificial intelligence technique known as a convolutional neural network. With this technique—a rough mimic of the networks of neurons in the human brain—a computer can learn to better handle certain tasks by doing them over and over again. The machine in the video uses convolutional neural nets to learn Breakout, Pong, and other Atari games, but the technology is also very well suited to teaching machines how to recognize what’s pictured in digital photos. And judging from research published by the founders of Madbits, it seems this type of artificial intelligence lies at the heart of the image recognition technology built by the tiny New York company.
Flash was designed to deliver the kind of rich real-time graphical experience people expect from a photo editor. AJAX-based photo editors require the image processing work to be performed on a remote server while the user waits for the results to be downloaded. Picnik performs these operations instantaneously with no communication to a server at all.
My girls had a lot of fun, though I quickly found that they were more interested in being the animals than the people. They each picked some of the animals to be and left the people and furniture to the side, and they were having so much fun with it that they opted to skip bedtime stories in order to have a little extra play time. The next morning, when I got up, they had moved the whole set onto the top bunk of their bunkbed and were playing with it again.
The agency also exempted “transactional” and “relationship” messages – such as billing statements or simple customer information. But it left the definition of what messages fall under those classifications to the Federal Trade Commission.
Wal-Mart, which last year broke new ground with a DVD player priced less than $40, is being undercut by Sears with a $36 one-disc Apex DVD player through its online store, versus Wal-Mart.com’s $39.74 Norcent version.
Musicmaker to liquidate: Online music company Musicmaker.com (HITS) said its board of directors approved a plan to liquidate the company, citing limited financing available to the music and electronic commerce sector.
“I had no choice. I really needed the high-speed access,” he said. “And if getting it meant dealing with Verizon, then so be it.”
Unfortunately, that has serious security implications and undermines government-led efforts to prevent hackers from hijacking the net’s naming system in order to scam users. Those sites would disappear in a process that security experts said would damage internet security.
5. AT&T admitted to Wired News that it had in fact edited political commentary out of other webcasts on a “handful of occasions,” despite its earlier claim that this was a mistake. Bands that are rumored to have been censored by AT&T include Tom Petty, Lupe Fiasco, the Nightwatchmen, Lily Allen, Ozmatli, the Flaming Lips, and the John Butler Trio.
Despite an internet-sized protest, the FCC went ahead yesterday and proposed new rules that some say spell doom for the internet. The rules make it legal for consumer internet service providers to cut special deals with companies such as Netflix and Google to make sure, for example, that their movies and videos are delivered in a speedier fashion to home viewers–free of choppiness and frozen frames.
“If your local node is congested, it doesn’t matter how fast the ISP’s connection is to the outside Internet,” he says. “No one can say that they’re faster since they’re using the same web of phones.”
Doug Warner, Paley’s director of engineering, acknowledges that relying on actual physical tape creates storage-space issues – kind of an inherent risk when the goal is archiving every hour of television, ever – but he argues that analog technologies have their benefits.
To set your child’s maturity rating, login to their account; go to the Settings page; and attempt to change the account’s maturity rating to Adult. This won’t actually succeed: you will be asked to enter your child’s date of birth, and when the date of birth shows that your child is under 13 they will be locked into the “General” maturity rating. This maturity rating can’t be changed by them later (it can only be changed by contacting us).
On August 8, Carl Malamud wakes up early. He usually does. Most days, from the moment his eyes open, he is fixated on the mission. Early morning offers great hours to get work done, though afternoons and evenings are good for that, too. The mission takes a lot of time and effort. For the past 25 years or so, Carl Malamud’s lonely mission has been to seize on the internet’s potential for spreading information — public information that people have a right to see, hear, and read. “Heroes for me are ones who take risks in pursuit of something they think is good,” says Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and a frequent collaborator of Malamud’s. “He is in that category.”
The final drawing is basically the visual representation of the internet’s consciousness. Someone paid $20 for a “cat eating a hot dog sitting in an upright position, sitting on a stack of cats attached together by a belt with balloons on strings floating in the sky.” Another paid $1 for an “owl drinking a raspberry soda.” The biggest buy-in was a $125 representation of 5 Pointz in New York, a famous outdoor graffiti gallery, with all relevant graffiti tags and artists.
Two privately-held companies that specialize in allowing people to view and pay their bills over the Internet agreed to merge Tuesday, moving to create a dominant force in a fast-growing industry. Under the agreement, Paytrust Inc. will buy out competitor PayMyBills.com in an all-stock transaction expected to take effect within one month. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We felt it made perfect sense to combine our strengths,” Paytrust Chief Executive Edward McLaughlin said in a telephone interview. “By banding together, we have established the undisputed leader in the next generation of online bill delivery and payment services.”
The direct-mail ads were sent to 9.8 million prospective investors, NASD Regulation said in a news release. The group’s rules prohibit advertising that makes exaggerated claims for returns on investment, or is misleading or deceptive.
Teenagers everywhere might have reason to worry. About 20 billion SMS messages are sent every month by mobile phone users in the world, according to Mobile Lifestreams in England. If this system is successful in Singapore, who knows where it’ll be tried next.