About 15 local geektavists did gather at the Albin O. Kuhn library on Saturday afternoon to try to figure out how to persuade legislators and the public that the liberties that Americans have long enjoyed should remain protected during wartime. The participants’ dilemma: how to argue for fewer restrictions on freedoms without appearing unmoved by or insensitive to last week’s calamity.
“There’s a lot of music out there in the world, and in some instances, we may not return links to the song you’re looking for,” wrote Google product manager Mur Viswanathan on a blog post announcing the service. “But with the strength of Google’s search algorithms and our music search partners’ efforts to increase the comprehensiveness of their music content, we’re on track to answer more of your rhymes with the right rhythms.”
Last Friday, Fadell abruptly resigned. Word has it that the former Apple executive was forced out for failing to produce new products, missing revenue targets, botching an acquisition of security camera maker Dropcam and overseeing a massive talent exodus.
That is all part of a growing emphasis on integrating computers and the hacking mentality with the wider culture. Much has been made in the United States about how Europe needs to “catch up” to the American-style Internet revolution. But in many ways European computer “visionaries” have been ahead of their American counterparts.
Becky, a native New Yorker transplanted to a farm on the Canadian prairie, is the most erudite homeschooling blogger I know. Although her topics range far and wide, she delves deeply and thoroughly into science topics like evolution, coming up with an amazing array of online and print resources.
A prominent computer security researcher says he recently rejected a request by a Saudi telecommunications company to help it spy on mobile customers using social networking accounts such as Twitter.
Sakurai then moved on to his main topic: How the character roster for the game, filled with characters from famous Nintendo games, was selected.
But for the time being, a lot of people are going to continue to get freaked out by these ads, and are going to think that the answer is greater “online privacy.” I’m not really convinced that’s the problem at all.
It’s a TED-level dream, with a terrible name, middle-school show-and-tell level presentation and a business plan to match. The first question from the audience: How’s he going to make money? “I hope for the help of social organizations, maybe donations. But the next steps, I don’t know,” he says, shrugging. “I think ideas should come from the soul, not how to monetize it.”
Wired: Buy an app, plant some trees! The rolling adventure game and interactive pandas make a great combo.
Add in the new dot-us suffix, approved this year for entities in the United States, you’ve got enough domains to provide what Mohan believes is a healthy level of competition among registries targeting a broad audience.
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To get around this limitation, researchers often treat the movement of cars as liquid flowing through a series of tubes. Each segment of tube is a portion of road; instead of having to track many individual cars, the number and speed of cars on that road is represented by the density and velocity of the liquid. By using a specialized set of equations similar to those that govern the flow of air or water, the properties of traffic flowing along a road can be modeled and computed.
University technicians determined that the hackers gained entrance through a known server operating system flaw, “rpc.statd buffer overflow,” about which the university had circulated a warning in August.
Doctoroff, the former CEO of Bloomberg LP and NYC deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding during the Bloomberg administration, argues a digital-first community would be equipped to address common issues in urban planning, such as high housing costs and overcrowding.
The cryptanalysts correctly guessed that WW referred to William Webster, which Wired confirmed in 2005 during an interview with artist Sanborn. “The coordinates,” the memo noted, “refer to the location of or a location within the Central Intelligence Agency.” But the significance of the I.D. by Rows? That remained “undetermined,” the NSA’s puzzle crackers wrote.
Because now there’s a new U.S. message: negotiations. About two weeks ago, Omar put out a message gesturing toward negotiating an end to the war with the United States, which happens to be the position embraced by President Obama. Now, with the approval of Washington, the Taliban is opening a quasi-embassy in Qatar, so the talks have an address.
But at the state level, gun control for ghost guns is coming: New York state legislator Brad Hoylman has introduced a bill that would ban 3-D printed guns and homemade “ghost guns.” The bill follows the passage of a similar law in California that took effect on July 1, and efforts by New Jersey and Connecticut lawmakers to crack down on the untraceable weapons, too. Those state-level laws don’t block access to the Defense Distributed files, but should dissuade potential users from actually printing them.
Other products include video games for the Wii, PS2, Nintendo DS, the Leapfrog Tag Reader and the new Vtech game system Jenny Williams reviewed last week. There are also Kai-lan Mega Blok sets (I know, you LEGO purists out there would never consider these, but they’re at least more creative than just a straight dollhouse). Finally, there are some plush Kai-lan dolls with different faces (“Happy,” “Silly,” “Giggly,” “Sweet”). Each doll has the word printed in English and Chinese on its shirt, as well as a matching necklace for the child to wear. I did have my personal Chinese expert (my mom) take a look at the Chinese characters they used, and she gave them the stamp of approval, which is nice. I find that Chinese translations are often sloppily done and not quite accurate, but they’ve done a good job getting accurate Chinese for the toys.
Hyland’s performance is, hands down, the highlight of the rough cut WIRED saw. She approaches the role with both remarkable sincerity and scenery-chewing relish that’s de rigeur for Chick’s larger-than-life villains. It’s a good barometer of the film as a whole: funny and campy, while still nailing the over-the-top drama of the original tract.