The other restrictions are clear: I need a Mac with a copy of iWork ’09, and after the free beta period, I’ll be hit with a subscription fee.
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Life on the inside at Taft Correctional Institution, a low-security facility in the California desert, was bearable. The showers were private. His cellmate was harmless, a professor who had misspent federal grant money.
The idea that superheroines are important to some women is well-worn territoryon our our blog, as is the supposition that women are not always adequately represented in comics and their film franchises. Also well-trod: the conceit that the comics industry has been known to occasionally sacrifice the concept of the emotionally-nuanced female superheroine on a phallus-shaped altar of male-centric fan wank.
PoachIt’s crawlers scan over 5,000 web retailers twice a day to check prices on products. They also scan coupon aggregating sites like Coupons.com and RetailMeNot and cull codes from merchant mailing lists. The system then automatically validates those codes on the retailers’ own websites by essentially acting like a human and filling up shopping carts across the web to test each and every code. That means the technology needs to understand if a coupon is only valid on purchases over $100 or whether it only applies to swimwear.
The next steps are up to you, and reaDIYmates are designed to be supremely hackable. The whole project is open source, with electronics based on Arduino.
But… here’s the kicker: what actually is a time-of-flight camera? And why is it there? Let’s find out.
The company’s effort to make its diversity numbers more transparent came after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggested at the Grace Hopper Conference last October that women shouldn’t ask for raises, but rather wait for the system—and “karma”—to promote them through the ranks. His comments drew a swift backlash of responses on Twitter, and Nadella promptly apologized for his statements.
Since he arrived, the FTC has reached privacy settlements with the some of the largest tech firms, including Facebook, Google and Twitter, though in each case, there were no fines, because the FTC’s authority to issue fines on a first offense is limited. The agency is like a runner with two sprained ankles, because in addition to its narrow legal power, it has a surprisingly small staff to pursue its legal cases.
It is, of course, the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. (She and Pierre also won the prize in physics, in 1903.) As a biography, *Radioactive *makes the already exciting life of Marie Curie even more exciting, relaying aspects of Curie’s life that most of us have never heard about. The most dramatic involved her affair after Pierre’s untimely death in a horse carriage accident, and the problems it caused in her professional life. Her fellow scientists – many of whom had no problem with extra-marital dalliances on the part of male colleagues, such as Einstein – wrote advising Curie to decline her invitation to Stockholm to accept her second, solo, Nobel Prize. The matter actually led to several duels.
Although “data analyst” may sound like a fairly technical title, Salchunas says her work didn’t involve programming and she had little coding experience to speak of. “I was familiar with SQL queries,” she says. “I use Excel on a daily basis and though I’ve never written a macro, I’ve edited them.”
Want to know if your website can stand up to a sudden, massive deluge of traffic? Sure, you could use some of the available tools like Flood, JMeter or The Ginder. But none of those options have bees with machine guns.
Verizon couldn’t explain why some of our Verizon phones here at WIRED didn’t display it when we tested. White thinks that may be because the router-side software used to insert the header may not be available on all of Verizon’s sprawling national network. If you connect via Wi-Fi, or a virtual private network, or are talking to a site via SSL, then the UIDH will not display either.
The first city in California to get involved was Los Angeles. In 2009, LAPD’s then chief of police, Bill Bratton, wanted to test the real-time analysis and visualization of data. “We were looking for [a] tool to do a better job of visualizing our radio calls as they were coming out,” remembers Sean Malinowski, then a captain but now a deputy chief at the LAPD. “Palantir partnered with us on [an] experiment to come up with [a] situational awareness tool.”
Melissa: The minivan would run to the post office twice a day with lots of packages.
“Size is a huge advantage,” said Patrick Dayton, a senior project manager at Underwriters. “By taking into consideration remote power, we can get approximately 100 units in a single cage, as opposed to 30.”
But no one’s predicting unanimous support from the FCC’s five commissioners. While the agency’s three Republican-appointed commissioners, including FCC chairman Michael Powell, are expected to support the loosening, two Democratic commissioners, Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein, have allied more closely with those who believe deregulation will hamper the diversity of voices in major media.
Dorkbot’s motto is “people doing strange things with electricity.” Last year, the group brought in Mike McCabe to show fire breathers how to add pizzazz to their art using pyrotechnic colorants.
Since last year’s election of President Enrique Pena Nieto and the return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power – which ruled for 71 years until it was booted from Mexico’s highest office in 2000 – the new (but very old) government has also moved to assert more direct control over the country’s Byzantine array of security ministries. Many were centralized under the Interior Ministry, and the powerful Secretariat of Public Security was abolished and its powers transferred over.
According to Casado, this misses the mark. Many of the biggest web operations run extremely complex operations, he says, and though the resources may not be shared among many outside customers, they’re shared among many different applications within a company. “Some of the big web guys have very simple operations. They have one website that runs the same code. This isn’t an obvious fit for us,” Casado says. “However, any sophisticated website generally has many applications with different requirements, as well as test and development [applications] from different groups, all using the same infrastructure.”
Yahoo Inc.’s decision to call telecommuters back to the office in 2013 set off a furor among employees and workplace experts. Yet more recent decisions at Bank of America Corp. and Aetna Inc. to greatly reduce telecommuting have elicited little outrage.
While the index has now fallen for seven of the past eight months, the drop was more moderate than average forecasts for 78.1. The drop in confidence, which comes as U.S. troops gather in the Gulf for a potential war with Iraq, was driven entirely by a sharp fall in consumers’ expectations for the next six months. By contrast, most consumers reported their present situation had actually improved in the past month.
There are hundreds of medically themed apps in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, and by most accounts, they’ve been wonderful tools for tracking, evaluating, and taking control of our personal health. Husain loves apps such as Draw MD, which lets physicians draw out surgical procedures for patients, and MicroMedex, a prescription drug reference encyclopedia. But he’s concerned about the emergence of untested apps that are marketed as replacements for legitimate medical equipment—apps such as Instant Blood Pressure, which purports to take your blood pressure by way of the iPhone.
For today’s Wine and Music pairing I chose a refreshing 2006
California Chardonnay and a flavorful Dub album which was released in2007. The wine is fermented in 100 percent stainless steel and therefore hasminimal oak influence. Unoaked wine is known to emphasize the naturalflavors of the grapes, along with elements of the soil in which theygrew.
If you’re tired of Flash animation and you want to try out the new version of Processing – which is free and available for Mac, Linux and Windows – head over to the Processing website and grab the latest release.
Created by a girl named Molly for a class project, this neat robot was proudly featured on her dad Grant’s Flickr page, where I stumbled across it.
The studios argued that 321’s software bypassed CSS, the digital locks that protect the content. Any mechanism that circumvents these locks is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In response, 321 countered that its customers have a right to make personal copies. Illston sided with the studios.
10:05 am: The Hong Kong store offers a view of Victoria harbor. It has an even crazier glass staircase. They sold more Macs on opening day in this store than on any other store in the world. It was one of their best opening days in retail history.
They’re fairly similar, because it’s easier for Disney to run the parks if they’re similar. Disneyland does have one big difference: a show called Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, which is held inside a restaurant. It’s the only show-in-a-restaurant in either park. If you want to both see the show and eat lunch, the most efficient thing to do is see the lunchtime show. And Disneyland is the only place (for now) where that’s possible.
Speaking of Finance, a lot of users are reportedly unhappy with last July’s big redesign, and I’m one of them. They did away with several features I use daily, including a comparison snapshot of competitors’ operating metrics and the ability to dial in custom date ranges for stock performance. Now if you want to know how shares of Microsoft fared when Steve Ballmer was CEO, you literally have to click back calendar month by month to get to the right start and end dates. Hard to believe.
Although there is little doubt that Lucy’s species, Australopithecus afarensis, walked on two feet, it is less clear whether she and her kin also spent much time in the trees. Certain features of her skeleton — curved fingers and toes, the orientation of the shoulder joint, and relatively long arms — suggest at least a partially arboreal lifestyle. However, other experts contend that these features are evolutionary holdovers from tree-dwelling ancestors.