Yahoo investors weren’t the only ones left in the dark. Both breach disclosures came after the internet company agreed to sell its core business to Verizon Communications in July, raising questions about whether the deal would be renegotiated or possibly even terminated. Verizon has said the logic of the deal still holds, although it is studying whether the breach causes a drop in Yahoo’s user base or other negative effects before making as decision about how to proceed with the deal. A Verizon spokesman declined to comment.
Those calculations capture not only the emissions generated between Point A and Point B, but those produced by drilling, mining, and refining the energy used to make the trip. Auto emissions are based on a mid-sized passenger car carrying 1.5 passengers. Train calculations account for electrical variations from country to country. And RouteRank examines flight utilization (the more people on your flight, the smaller your individual carbon contribution). The site also allows drivers to customize searches by choosing the size and make of their car, the type of fuel they’re likely to fill it with.
“The ‘edited’ version of the audio from webcast is not what would go up on iTunes at all – all audio going up on iTunes comes from unaltered recordings that are reviewed, approved, and in fact owned by the bands and/or their labels.”
“If we’re watching this video and a picture of your dinner comes up and people are, you know, crying hysterically over that,” he said, “I think that’s one of the things that can make this video great.”
“We are a small brand in the States, but we have a precise function: a gateway for U.S. artists wanting to enter the European market and vice-versa,” Dettori said.
No wonder then that anti-drone protestors are drawn to the base. Groups like CND and the local Bro Emlyn — for Peace and Justice (BEPJ) are making Mann’s life difficult by amplifying local complaints about the noise at the base, lack of jobs and even that it is some kind of “white elephant” even though it is an area of high unemployment. The BEPJ’s website salaciously catalogues every setback Ray Mann has had in a real case of protest porn — apparently even that the Watchkeeper operators don’t like all the rain in Wales.
Avaaz petitions have had real impact in the past – and quickly. Last January, an Avaaz campaign to make Hilton aware of sex trafficking at its hotels garnered 317,000 signatures in 24 hours, prompting the hotel chain to train 180,000 employees to spot signs of abuse. Avaaz’s model involves minimal effort on the part of members: Its website offers a panoply of petitions to stop horrible things that require a mere click to sign.
Huang set up his website, www.6-4tianwang.com, in 1999 as a bulletin board for missing persons reports. The site attracted postings about the pro-democracy movement because “6-4” is the reference in Chinese to the June 4 crackdown.
He did make an exception for a more protected camera hosted at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, a research and educational outreach non-profit in the Appalachian mountains of western North Carolina. The camera is placed, like a star atop a Christmas tree, on the rooftop of the highest building on the highest hill at the campus. It’s above the maples, oaks, and poplars, for a view from horizon to horizon. NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office came and installed the camera, and Lamar Owen, chief information officer at PARI, takes care of it and cleans the lens periodically.
Why is he fighting so hard to stake his claim? “I want to be clear,” Ayyadurai tells Wired. “The intention of my sharing the facts was not about getting name and money for the invention of email, but to share what I thought was an inspiring message that even something as grand as email, could get created under the right conditions. What was unfortunate was the reaction.”
The kind of fandom musicians encounter online developed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning even before mass communication technologies. When opera companies and other performers began doing national tours in the 1850s, they created a novel opportunity for young people to center their musical experiences around public, commercial events such as concerts and theatrical performances. Niccolò Paganini and Franz Liszt are said to have had early fandoms (as did poets such as Lord Byron), but certainly the most spectacular early music fandom formed around the “Swedish songbird” Jenny Lind. P. T. Barnum, the man who set the standard for marketers everywhere, gave her that descriptor and then brought her to the United States for a legendary mid-nineteenth-century tour. Barnum was masterful at creating “a sense of anticipation and desire through his use of publicity.” Adoring throngs waited outside theater doors, went to the wharf to watch her boat arrive, stood outside her hotel room, and lined the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of her carriage. Lind’s tour dominated everyday conversations, much to the consternation of nonfans. A Boston satirist complained in the weeks leading up to her 1850 appearance that wherever he went, “all the cry was, Jenny Lind and Barnum, Barnum and Jenny Lind!” Even his friend, a seemingly responsible adult, was “so full of madness and music that he rushed through the streets with the fearful velocity of an escaped locomotive,” he too calling out their names.
At many places, women and minorities face constant questions about their technical knowledge. They can’t help wondering if they would be taken “more seriously” if they were whiter and male, Williams says.
“I may decide to take a gap year,” he said. “Which would probably be spent painting thousands more shitty watercolors, for as long as people want to see them.”