Whether or not you’ve seen the old animated movie “The Secret of NIMH,” you really ought to read the book that inspired it. There’s a reason it won the Newbery Medal and it’s still just as good forty years later, though who knows what hyper-intelligent rats would be able to do with today’s technology. It’s also the sort of book that makes for a fun animal adventure for kids, but has depths of meaning that only older readers will appreciate. Though it’s not, strictly speaking, about a girl, I have it on this list because the central character is a female mouse who is a caring mother facing seemingly insurmountable odds. She takes some big risks but always has her children’s safety in the forefront of her mind, and she shows that sometimes a little gumption and persistence can be a pretty good match for genetics and natural abilities. Read my full review here.
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) shares fell in early trading Wednesday, one day after the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) said it would remove its movies from the streaming giant and debut its own direct-to-consumer product.
Cities that make life easier for pedestrians are, to many, better places to live. Studies have shown that walkable urban areas are healthier, wealthier and safer (perhaps in part because wealthy people can afford to live in nicer places)—and anyway, who doesn’t want to go outside every once in a while?
“Look, this isn’t the psychic hotline,” she said, much calmer than before. “I don’t know what’s going to happen to you. The fact that you got ‘train’ probably means you’re safer than most people. A train can’t exactly sneak up on you. You’re probably not going to run out and buy a ticket a couple of months before your baby’s born, and you’re clearly concerned enough that you know to steer clear of tracks. It will take a lot of long, happy years for it to slip your mind enough to happen.”
The United States and China are believed to be the most likely countries to conduct a cyberattack against the critical infrastructure of another nation, according to the respondents.
Until this week, Butterfly customers like Novich had been left on the sidelines, watching the compute power on the Bitcoin network rise up, day by day, while they waited.
Twitter hunts down and kills whatever bots it can. As has long been the case with email spam, though, the company is in an arms race. Part of the reason the bots stay ahead is Twitter’s policy of not monitoring content, which would be a fairly straightforward way of spotting spam. Instead, Twitter’s algorithms search for behavioral cues, kind of like the Blade Runner test. Does a new account send lots of @replies to people it doesn’t follow? Are its messages mostly the same? Such signatures can trigger an automatic shutdown.
Bargman said the company’s actions were hypocritical because it had featured his website in Viper Magazine as part of a review of fan sites on the Web.
AR, the younger cousin of virtual reality (VR), overlays graphics and information onto real-world imagery. AR grew in popularity with the launch of mobile gaming sensation Pokemon Go and goofy Snapchat filters. But major tech companies—including Google, Facebook, and Apple—are now providing platforms and tools for developing AR applications.
Mozilla has two SM10000’s in its brand new Santa Clara data center, which went online in February. One of them powers Mozilla.org, and the second powers Mozilla’s add-on website. It’s part of a strategy to move lighter web-serving loads to low-power systems, and to free up the bigger hard drive capacity, memory, and CPU power on the organization’s blade server so that they can run databases. “Our thinking was take a web server, turn it into a database server, and take the web server and move it into SeaMicro,” says Matthew Zeier, Mozilla’s director of IT operations.
Despite general security concerns and fears of attacks directed at the Olympics computer system, Matt McClung of Salt Lake City security firm Satel is excited about a job that would leave many systems administrators in a catatonic state.
In the suburbs of Atlanta, there is a natural wonder with a storied history and a very unique ecosystem. Stone Mountain is a granite dome monadnock with rocky roots reaching out to several surrounding Georgia counties. It’s quite a sight to behold: a huge blank slate of granite, visible for miles around, which makes it perfect for what has made it famous in the surrounding areas: the Stone Mountain Bas-Relief and the Lasershow Spectacular.
Betfair’s Davies denies that betting exchanges have an unfair advantage. Traditional betting shops shouldn’t fear losing customers to the exchanges because, he said with a touch of irony, “there are so many people who don’t care about value.”
With the 2016 F1 season set to begin next month, the public just got its first good look at the latest in that unending, not quite natural selection process. The teams have revealed their cars and started testing them in earnest. The cars are but the first iteration, and will almost certainly change—perhaps radically—between now and the start of the season on March 18 at the Australian GP. That process will continue through the season, with the very best teams revising and refining their cars through the final race. As in nature, evolution is constant, because if you aren’t getting better, you risk extinction.
Calling all youth: The first Christina Aguilera faceplate for mobile phones is now on sale at the pop singer’s website.
Even as antsy customers fumed, orders kept arriving. Winthrop says that even during the height of summer, as many as 300 orders for the heavyweight sweatshirt came in daily. But he believes American Giant has hit a tipping point, at least for the moment. The company has expanded its operations to five factories – one in the Los Angeles area and four around Raleigh, North Carolina, the mid-20th century heart of quality American apparel manufacturing.
A boy builds the perfect sandcastle while on a trip with his family to the beach. A dragon moves into the castle and makes seemingly normal beach activities into mini-magnificent adventures. The stylistic art draws the reader into the adventures with our characters as the boy’s family thinks his antics were performed solely by him. The art is nothing short of amazing and complements the story beautifully. *When a Dragon Moves In *is available on Amazon for $10.33.
That remains to be seen, of course, and Nissan isn’t making any predictions. But it’s pleased with the demand so far.
The quick reversal is a setback to the Alphabet unit’s efforts to use its enormous reach to provide consumers with niche shopping services and financial-services tools.
Standing there, your hands over your head, you may feel like you’ve run afoul of the awesome power of the state for speaking your mind. But really you just pissed off 4chan. Or entertained them. Either way, congratulations: You’ve found an audience.
[A Beliefnet interview with Francis Collins, the scientist who coined the term “biologos” and also helped organize the website, used the same quote.]
Breach response experts told WIRED on Friday that the sheer amount of time the attackers had inside the system—four years in all—likely made the breach much worse than it otherwise might have been. Time gives attackers the ability to chip away at defenses, or simply learn more about a system to understand where the valuable data is. Even with encrypted data, like the credit card numbers in this case, an attacker with enough access could steal the decryption keys, or swipe sensitive data before it ever has a chance to be encrypted in the first place. Either scenario seems possible, given the details Marriott has released so far.
In what turned out to be a horribly lengthy presentation given the few interesting announcements contained therein, Steve Jobs announced some changes to the iLife suite of applications at Macworld Expo this morning.
9:16 – He’s giving up on the beetle flying, too, and changing to the Whip. The whip changes its movement depending on how you use it. We’re using a whip to make an enemy angry.
Indeed, consumer-oriented stocks were among the best performing during the quarter – the consumer discretionary sector jumped 8.3% while staples rose 5.9% — as sentiment data remained at multi-year highs. The Conference Board’s gauge of consumer confidence released on Friday reached its highest level in 16 years as wages continue to rise and the labor market remains firm, all of which keep shoppers upbeat about future economic prospects.
“Not to be overly critical of Apple – anyone pushing for open web standards deserves kudos – but the company seems more deeply concerned with digging Flash’s grave than it does with promoting semantic markup,” Calore wrote.
EARNINGS FORECAST: Analysts surveyed by S&P Global Market Intelligence expect Microsoft to report adjusted per-share earnings of 71 cents, up from 69 cents a year earlier. Adjusted results exclude items such as deferred revenue and restructuring charges. A year ago, the company reported net of 39 cents a share.
While the Library Online’s love letters are left purposefully vague to serve a subscriber base in the thousands, those at the Love Letter Collection are more specific. They range from clichéd poetry – “Every time I see your face / It takes me to a different place a place / where I long to hear your voice / I want to feel your sweet embrace.” – to prose so unique it couldn’t be made up – “If we were eels would we migrate together? I envision us intertwined riding the Gulf stream across the cool oceanic depths, a slipknot, a caduceus wand, writhing our way aloft on our private eddy of warmth.”
Reuters interviewed 21 people familiar with bots and how they are deployed, including current and former Wal-Mart employees, former Amazon employees and outside specialists. Many spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issues publicly.
Becker said this is the first time the Sierra Club agreed to promote a hybrid vehicle, although the organization had previously issued a statement praising the Escape Hybrid. He said Ford did not pay the Sierra Club for its marketing efforts.