Perhaps because its market share never rose high enough, Uber did not experience the brunt of China’s regulation. Still, who’s to say what would have happened if Uber had managed to outperform Didi? If Uber’s market share topped fifty percent, would the government have sat by as a neutral observer? Would the Uber app start experiencing slowdowns? Would its drivers be stopped? Would airports welcome Didi cars and not Uber? My bet is that, mixed with disappointment at not winning the country, Uber executives might be feeling a bit relieved that such worries are now off the table. As it is, Uber has become one more casualty in China’s other wall, a towering fortress of restrictions, regulations and unfair play that keeps down American internet companies.
(Spoiler warning: Hippogriff-size Deathly Hallows spoilers follow.)
Rodriguez says the National Institutes of Health have already taken steps in response to the study, which Science’s editors made available to them prior to its publication. For example, participants’ ages have been stripped from the open access webpages of several large genomic studies and will be made available only to researchers who request them and agree not to try to discover the participants’ identities.
The Progressive Automotive X Prize has drawn competitors from around the world, and the teams include college kids and India’s largest automaker. The cars they’re building use every drivetrain technology short of hydrogen fuel cells, and most of them look like something you’d want to drive.
This daydream of constant killing-it has made it difficult to talk about how fearful and distraught the life of the founder can be. But over drinks with close friends—on that rare occasion when an early-stage entrepreneur has time to have a drink or see a friend—almost any founder will tell a story that much more closely resembles Nick and Chris’ than it does the story of your favorite billionaire, reverse-engineered to seem a neat matter of destiny. This is especially true today, in the era of what observers have come to call the “Series A crunch.” Due in part to the rise of startup accelerators like Y Combinator, as well as to the surplus capital washing around the Valley from recent IPOs, it has never been easier to raise a small amount of money. And it has never been easier to build a company—especially a web or mobile product—from that small amount of money, thanks in part to the proliferation of cheap, easy development tools and such cloud platforms as Amazon Web Services. But the amount of “real” VC funding (i.e., Series A rounds) to be allocated hasn’t kept pace. The institutions that write the big checks, those that might support and sustain real growth, can survey what a hundred companies have managed to do with a small check and put their real money on the propositions that promise the greatest yield and bear the least risk.
“Tech bounced along the bottom for six years” after the bubble burst, Ablin says. “Investors are always fearful of the last crisis, and investors may have just washed their hands of tech.”
VBS Worm Generator featured a simple point-and-click interface that allowed even the most non-technical person to create and e-mail a virus.
Even though Wal-Mart has one-upped Amazon by going fee-free, the two shipping programs are not identical. Prime may cost $99 a year while Wal-Mart doesn’t charge, but it’s not quite that simple an equation. There are arguments in favor of both companies even with the physical retailer’s new pricing advantage.
Swarms of bats, birds and locusts may strike fear in the heart of humans, but as scientists are discovering, we all might be following the same patterns of behavior.
“I looked at using the disks in a grid to create photo-fits, constructing imaginary faces and identities that could draw connections to the personal information stored on the disks,” he says.
This year, Elliott estimates that online ad spending in the United States will hit $8.4 billion, most of it “banners and skyscrapers, rich and streaming media, floating ads, interstitials and other graphics.” Regardless of the format, he says, smaller publishers will be forced to “scramble for ad dollars.” And dot-com media face another serious threat: non-news sites like craigslist and eBay, which can live off much lower margins and don’t have to plow money and resources into creating fresh content. So the temptation by marketing departments to squeeze as many dollars as possible from advertising will only intensify, which could affect the editorial side of the equation.
Last quarter, operating income and margins rose in cable networks and the segment, which also includes the company’s broadcasting business, though ESPN lost more subscribers. The dominant sports cable network was the driver of the increase in operating income, but only because of a shift in the fiscal calendar relative to the year-ago period. This shift resulted in lower programming costs and higher affiliate revenue, which was partially offset by a decrease in advertising revenue.
The issue has been festering, as far as Qwest (Q) and other telecom companies that offer DSL are concerned, for at least two years. Many cable companies like Comcast (CCZ) – which control about 60 percent of the market for residential high-speed Internet access – have decided they are under no obligation to include DSL ads in the local commercials they sell on their systems.
Since leaving USIS, Dawn told us that she’d applied for thousands of jobs in her field, but has settled on freelance work: peddling nutritional supplements at a multilevel-marketing company; waiting tables at a P.F. Chang’s; and now working as a rideshare driver.
It was October 2009 when Bre Pettis — his unmistakable sideburns and dark-rimmed rectangular glasses framing his face — took the stage at Ignite NYC, threw his hand in the air, and shouted “Hooray!” two times. A PowerPoint slide lit up behind him, revealing a photo of a hollow wood box crisscrossed with wiring. Bouncing up and down, his profuse mop of graying hair flopping about, Pettis began: “I’m going to talk about MakerBot and the future and an industrial revolution that we’re beginning — that’s begun.” A former art teacher, Pettis had emerged as a key character in the growing maker movement of the late 2000s, a worldwide community of tinkerers who holed away in makeshift workshops and hackerspaces, equally at home with tools like old-school lathes and contemporary laser cutters. Pettis had begun his ascent in 2006, producing weekly videos for MAKE magazine—the maker movement’s Bible—that featured him navigating goofy tasks such as powering a light bulb with a modified hamster wheel. In 2008, he cofounded the NYC Resistor hackerspace in Brooklyn. By then, Pettis was a star. A year later, he launched a Brooklyn-based startup with friends Adam Mayer and Zach Smith (also a NYC Resistor cofounder) called MakerBot.
With proper attention to cooling, your server should be quite quiet, but some people are sensitive to even the faintest hum. Especially if your server is not the noiseless variety, you might want it in a less-trafficked area. The website Silent PC Review has advice and hardware recommendations for avoiding the noise.
But all this emphasis on PullString’s potential ignores the fact that the ToyTalk team, which hails from Pixar, Disney, Zynga, and Apple, among other places, has also built some pretty neat games.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department will look for every possible way to stop the deal, but if they plan to put taxpayer money where their mouths are and actually sue to block it, they’re going to have to do a whole lot better than chest thumping rhetoric about corporate concentration of power.
In the case of Make-A-Wish, the attackers used the unpatched Drupal bug to insert cryptomining software called CoinImp onto the site, which forced any visiting computers to mine the cryptocurrency Monero. (Thanks to its built-in privacy measures, Monero has become exceedingly popular among cryptojackers and on the dark web.)
“If initiatives like e-governance do take off in India, the Simputer will make some revolutionary changes,” Manohar said. “There are a ton of schemes coming out of New Delhi for our villages that do not ever reach the intended party; but if villagers begin to understand and be informed of their rights, it will alter their lives radically.”
Sun has not stated when it will incorporate the 2.6 kernel into JDS, but believes the “2.6 kernel goes a long way in moving Linux from an OS used mainly on servers to a truly enterprise-wide OS,” according to a statement by Stephen Harpster, director of Linux software engineering at Sun.
“I think there is real potential for the Fund to achieve the $500K goal for this campaign through crowdfunding alone. This would be the most ambitious Kickstarter goal in history, but it’s not unprecedented and if Gary doesn’t have ten times the dedication than Robocop does I’ll eat my dice bag,” Tavis says.
The current contract does address overcharges, the clause upon which most of the really huge billing is based. But unless you’re a technophile, it’s hard to know the difference between a good deal and a fleecing.
Tellme said the merger should help accelerate its growth in Europe, where the market for phone-based Internet services is generally more mature than it is in the U.S.
The trouble is, reading those books, that you go back to contemporary literature for grown-ups and you get sixty pages in and nothing’s happened. I’ve abandoned two books in a row because I’ve become a plot addict. I’m having a rocky re-entry.
Most of the figures in the Kingdom Death series are hand-sculpted from an initial wire armature to final detailing in clay.
Their reasoning for why the titanium-laden rope transfers healing powers to the body relates to how strenuous exercise alters the chemical composition of our bodies. Sore muscles, they say, are caused by ion imbalances. Returning harmonious balance to the salts of our body using water-soluble titanium, Phiten postulates that the braided necklaces help muscles relax and heal.
NSF’s Work-Life Initiative was aimed at just one log-jam in the STEM-careers pipeline: getting women into tenured PhD positions in science, technology, engineering, and math. In order to achieve this goal, the National Science Foundation planned to begin promoting family-friendly opportunities at the PhD level–for instance: encouraging the extension of the tenure clock and allowing grant suspension for up to a year of parental leave.
Internet speech can be cruder and crueler than our real-life interactions, in large part due to our literal distance from the people we’re talking to and their reactions. That detachment can sometimes be liberating, and it’s often a good thing that people speak bluntly online, especially against injustice that they see around them. But a sense of proportion is crucial. These days, too many Internet shame campaigns dole out punishment that is too brutal for the crime. Using an influential social media account to call out individuals, as Richards did, isn’t simply saying something is “not cool”; it’s a request to have someone put in the digital stocks, where a potentially unlimited number of people can throw digital stones at them. And it turns out to have real-life consequences for everyone involved.
But those two schools struggled under new ownership. Their cost structures were higher than those of mom-and-pop competitors but they didn’t have big bankrolls to subsidize them like some venture-backed schools, people familiar with the situation said.
Intel (INTC) said the Pentium 4 processor is the company’s first completely new desktop processor design since 1995, when it launched the Pentium Pro processor.
The MoonKAM project website features a great set ofresources for educators and the registration form for educators to be able to participate in the MoonKAM program. Registered educators can work with their students and put in requests for images from the Moon. MoonKAM is similar to the EarthKAM project that has cameras aboard the ISS in Earth orbit. You can follow the MoonKAM project at @GRAIL_MoonKAM.
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Perhaps more than anything, the National Association of Scholars—and the ensuing backlash—serve to underscore some fundamental questions that linger at the center of the reproducibility debate: What does serious, constructive criticism of the scientific enterprise look like? And when does that criticism tip over into unwarranted skepticism—or even feed ideologically motivated attacks on researchers’ work?
For years, many American hackers have run a tidy side business in selling their secret intrusion techniques known as zero-days to governments—including foreign ones. Now the Commerce Department may be clamping down on that underground industry. Through new regulations it’s proposed as changes to the international agreement called the Wassenaar Arrangement, the government agency may be adding hacking tools to the list of “weapons” that Americans can’t legally export without special approval. Selling zero-days to “Five Eyes” countries like Australia, Canada and Britain would be less strictly regulated. And the Commerce Department has given the public two months to comment on the proposed new regulations. Expect plenty of hackers to cry foul, arguing that the new regulations would restrict not only security research but also their First Amendment right to free speech.
Jason Kehe: Well. Should we breathe?
Jordan Crucchiola: Not for the next hour.
Kehe: Jordan, dearest, this is The End.
Crucchiola: It’s not right.
Last opening credits.
Kehe: Will he be in this episode?
Crucchiola: God. I’m going to just have to start the show right over again as soon as this ends.
Kehe: I have NO IDEA what will happen.
Neal … has to return?
Crucchiola: I suppose.
I don’t need him to.
Kehe: As a man? As a symbol?
Crucchiola: He’s been “in” every episode already.
Like an idealistic mist.