“I would say that with the public, particularly parents, there is possibly the strongest recognition that technology is going to be a very powerful tool,” said Peter Grunwald, president of Grunwald Associates.
Worse yet, the web has traditionally treated April 1 as Be Annoying for No Good Reason Day. Ha, ha, you’re pretending your site’s down! I might have fallen for it if three other sites from my morning trawl hadn’t done the same thing. Now, can I read the damn comic strip, please?
Porn for the Blind, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Mass., was established for the sole purpose of making the millions of free porn clips available online accessible to people with visual impairments.
A month after the staffer’s review became a big deal inside Facebook, Facebook’s VP of Engineering, Jay Parikh, published an internal notice attributing “any gap in rejection rates to an engineer’s rank, not gender,” the Journal notes.
Tridium’s own product documentation for the system touts the fact that it’s ideal for remote management over the internet.
Ads for SBC Broadband had a narrative voice-over like television commercials. One for Adaptation had dialogue from the film and resembled a movie trailer.
In the meantime, a user selects a car on the RelayRides site and if the owner approves (renters are prescreened and cars are covered by a $1 million liability insurance policy) the vehicle is reserved. Approximately a half-hour before the rental period starts, the renter gets an e-mail confirmation of the reservation. For cars with OnStar, the renter can then access the vehicle via the RelayRides mobile website or by sending a text, at which point the rental period begins and the web app switches to a timer that counts down the duration of the rental. When the rental period is over (the renter and vehicle owner can also decide to extend it), the web app or a text is used to lock the vehicle. “The actual connection to the vehicle comes through the secure OnStar backend,” says Pudar. “But the experience is seamless and intuitive.”
There are also interesting differences between the two maps. Waldseemüller gets the shape of Africa more or less right, but on the Martellus map, southern Africa juts out way too far to the east (Africa is on the left side of both maps). In addition, Martellus’s depiction of rivers and mountains in the interior of southern Africa, along with place names there, appear to be based on African sources. It’s likely that this information came from an African delegation that visited the Council of Florence in 1441 and interacted with European geographers. Three other surviving maps contain some of this same information, but the Martellus map covers more territory than any of them, making it the most complete surviving representation of Africans’ geographic knowledge of their continent in the 15th century. “In my mind, that’s absolutely amazing,” Van Duzer said.
What my kids loved about it is that they can catch all the really obvious things that Timmy is oblivious to, like the little brother with a face smeared in chocolate, surrounded by empty candy wrappers and a plastic trick-or-treat pumpkin… Could this be the candy thief? No, he has an alibi: he was eating candy at the time.
A. Ah. This is a sore spot, as Barnes and Noble’s Nook has promised some limited ability to lend out e-books. Kindle doesn’t really have that. However, there are some clever ways to get the same functionality.
Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is hosted in a Bahnhof data center deep inside a bunker carved into the White Mountains of Sweden. Image: Bahnhof
“I hardly think a voice should be accorded these murderous, idiotic, religiously twisted pack animals on any sort of media, Internet or otherwise,” wrote one participant who signed his name “Proud American” earlier this week.
It’s expected the next-generation DVD will use a blue laser, which has a shorter wavelength than the red lasers used in today’s DVD players, meaning that more data can be packed into the same amount of space. Today’s DVDs can hold about 4.7 GB of data, while a blue-laser HD-DVD could conceivably hold as much as 30 GB.
Happy happy joy joy! We’ve gone to release 1.0 of KidsRuby, and we have a new website design too. Plus, as a special treat we now include the Ruby programming learning game RubyWarrior along with KidsRuby. Learning to program with Ruby is now more fun than ever! Thank you so very much to the dev team and our testers for helping us make this 1.0 release possible. Enjoy!
By clicking a model from the side panel, you can switch what type of connections bind galaxies together.
When I read about the study, published today in Science, I emailed study co-author and St. Andrews University physicist Ulf Leonhardt.
Whether we all end up doing that as much as we refer to Wikipedia will depend on how useful, which is to say, how comprehensive and accurate, Wikivoyage becomes. The beta only launched in September 2012, and there are plenty of holes around the world for a knowledgeable jet-setter or local to fill. But it is an open question of whether they will, especially without being paid for their efforts.
While most shoppers assume that returned goods are restocked on the shelf where they came from, Summers says this only happens about half of the time. Otherwise, goods are sold to other retailers—or worse, thrown out. Optoro estimates that 5 billion pounds of returned items end up in a landfill every year.
Invoking a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Recording Industry Association of America subpoenaed Verizon to turn over the name of two of its Internet service subscribers, both alleged file-swappers.
As soon as I flashed the firmware, I was able to send text messages and make calls. The sound quality on the phone turned out to be excellent. I can always reinstall OpenMoko, and indeed I look forward to doing that. Under the auspices of the open source community, the next iteration of the software is bound to be considerably smoother and cooler.
In 1993, Daniel Ashlock and Jenett Tillotson observed that if you look at the shortest superpermutations for different values of n, a pattern quickly seems to emerge involving factorials — those numbers, written in the form n!, that involve multiplying together all the numbers up to n (for example, 4! = 4 × 3 × 2 × 1).
Regulation at this juncture requires our over-speculating about which types of privacy violations might arise. Since many of these harms may never materialize, pre-emptive regulation is likely to overprotect privacy at the expense of innovation.
But, for all of its seeming success, the Times‘ business is still a precarious one. While more than 2 million readers may pay for subscriptions, the *Times *touts more than 57 million monthly unique visitors, indicating that the vast majority of its audience still doesn’t pay. Shifting ad dollars remain a problem too. In its earnings report in August this year, the company said that print ad revenue continues to fall while digital ad revenue grows. That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem except that digital ads represent only a third of the company’s total ad revenue.
That’s where it all started. Getting hired as CTO of Threadless, then CTO of the Obama for America campaign, and currently, CEO at Modest, Inc., none of it would’ve happened without the early exposure to hacker culture.
So, there’s a hole in our story, just like the hole in the middle of the CD. The diameter of that hole, the Philips website points out, matches the size of an old Dutch coin. So, even if the Japanese prevailed on the diameter of the disc, the Dutch called the shots on the hole.
Jason Riggs, CTO, has worked with Logitech audio and has been working with speaker technology for a long time. He explained that the biggest limitation on sound output in a tablet is simply the size: in order to increase the sound output (particularly for in the bass range) you need to move a larger volume of air — and an iPad is only so thick. Carbon Audio’s challenge was to make something that sounded good without being huge, and the tube-shaped Zooka was their solution. It increases the maximum volume and adds to the bass range.
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One obstacle though in playing the “old” editions is finding the materials unless you have a box hidden up in your mom’s attic. Ebay is one option since many of the early material is readily available although it is not necessarily cheap. However, there is a much better option available: in the past few years there has been a resurgence of interest in the early editions of D&D (often referred to as old school D&D) and thanks to the Open Game License (OGL) that Wizards of the Coast introduced with the 3rd edition of D&D, some enterprising enthusiasts have been publishing clones of the original versions. These “retroclones”, as they are now referred to, are essentially republished versions of the early version of D&D under different titles and rewritten (they’re not simply word-for-word copies) under the OGL. Some of these games are near identical to a particular edition, while others include more extensive revisions or additions to the original material. As a result, it’s fairly easy to find a flavor that suits you and your group’s tastes. Even better, most of these games have free electronic versions available.
Tor is free, open-source software that lets you surf the web anonymously. It achieves that by accepting connections from the public Internet—the “clearnet”—encrypting the traffic and bouncing it through a winding series of computers before dumping it back on the web through any of over 1,100 “exit nodes.”
ASCAP recently e-mailed a “bill of rights for songwriters and composers”
to its members, indicating the extent to which it is willing to takeoff the gloves and battle for publishers’ piece of the online radiopie. So far, it has 5,251 signatures (ASCAP counts approximately 320K
members amongst its ranks).
Just as Mochizuki’s high reputation made mathematicians view his work as a serious attempt on the abc conjecture, Scholze and Stix’s stature guarantees that mathematicians will pay attention to what they have to say. Though only 30, Scholze has risen quickly to the top of his field. He was awarded the Fields Medal, mathematics’ highest honor, in August. Stix, meanwhile, is an expert in Mochizuki’s particular area of research, a field known as anabelian geometry.