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But I have to tell you something: Astronomers don’t know much about that “SETI candidate” signal beyond that it’s made of radio waves. And while human beings should absolutely spend some time figuring out what this signal is, they have almost no reason to conclude it came from non-human beings. Here’s why:
We’ll wait to cast judgment on the nuances and performance of Safari (and OS X Yosemite in full) until its official debut, especially since key features like iCloud, Handoff, and Continuity won’t be ready until then. But overall, the changes Apple made to Safari make usability better and enhance the general web experience.
“It always feels great to be honored, especially as a role model for other women in technology,” Weinman said. “I’m happy that women feel empowered by materials that I produce.”
Reacting to the partnership announcement by Fair, Isaac, Larsen said, “It’s definitely a step in the right direction. But as of today, American consumers are still not able to access their own credit information. When you see announcements like this one – before the company has taken any real action – you have to wonder about the follow-through.”
I just came across a free, open-source program called Apophysis, which allows even people who don’t really understand how fractals are generated build them easily. It only runs on Windows, unfortunately, but it comes with a lot of examples and seems to be remarkably versatile. The latest release allows the creation of 3D fractals as well, though I haven’t yet tried that feature. The program isn’t aimed at kids, but should be easy enough for most kids who can read on their own or with minimal assistance.
Heres the scenario: you’re at the park with a handful of friends. You’ve got your picnic blanket, snacks, and beer. Everyone’s in a great mood. “Hey, let’s play Cards Against Humanity!” someone says. It’s a great idea, except you can’t, because nobody lugged the game’s big black box of cards to the park.
In December, the Guild sent a letter to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos on behalf of its 8,000 members, expressing “grave concern that Amazon’s new method of marketing used copies of recently published titles will significantly harm sales of new copies of those titles.” The used titles are advertised with blue boxes enticing customers to click for the cheaper offerings.
The Senate investigators found in a yearlong inquiry that many big U.S. banks have failed to take adequate steps to prevent laundering of money from drug trafficking and other illicit activities through their correspondent bank accounts. A report on the subject, by the Democratic staff of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, was released in early February.
The December 2017 FCC vote effectively threw out the 2015 rules in their entirety. The FCC’s new rules drop the common-carrier status for broadband providers, as well as any restrictions on blocking or throttling content. In place of those restrictions, the new rules only require that internet service providers disclose information about their network-management practices. It will now be up to the Federal Trade Commission to protect consumers from alleged net neutrality violations. But the FTC is only an enforcement agency: It can’t create new rules. That means that unless a net neutrality violation is also illegal under existing fair-competition laws, there’s not much the agency can do about it. Outright blocking a competitor may well be an antitrust violation, but creating fast lanes for companies that pay extra for special treatment might not be.
Here in England, this weekend sees Manchester’s Gay Pride festival return to the city’s streets. The usual activities will all be taking place, including markets, a lifestyle expo, live bands and the parade which winds its way right across the city. This year’s event has an especially geeky slant, however, as the city celebrates the centenary of Alan Turing, famous for creating the city’s first computers and also for being prosecuted for his homosexuality, which was still illegal in the UK during his lifetime. Turing’s prosecution meant that he lost his security clearance; not long after, he took his own life.
“At the heart of this whole issue is whether you truly own the device you purchased,” Kellar said.
Universal spokesman Peter LoFrumento said the company will not embed a music buyer’s identity into an MP3 file. Instead, Universal’s watermark will encode where and when the download was purchased. He said that would allow the company to study the relationship between lawfully purchased music and online file-sharing sites. “This is just a trial,” LoFrumento said.
These could encompass existing customers Tesla, including its latest Model 3. Others include Volkswagen’s Audi A8, the first car to use Level 3 semi-autonomous driving features, Toyota Motor’s next-generation autonomous cars and Geely’s Volvo business.
As RIA Novotsi notes, the case against the blogger was dropped in April, only to be reopened in July on orders from Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin. Perhaps coincidentally, Navalny accused Bastrykin in June of being a corrupt “foreign agent” who threatened to execute an unfriendly journalist.
Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) CEO Marc Beinoff, Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) CEO Andrew Liveris and IBM (NYSE:IBM) CEO Ginni Rometty were among the American executives represented at the White House Friday.
In this case, Salinas’ claims—if they’re at all true—could represent the opposite: a vindictive indictment after a refusal to cooperate. “To proposition him first and punish him after is much rarer and would be much more problematic,” says Fakhoury. “If this is true, it’s very troubling and very improper.”
The Identity Project now has up an easy-to-use set of forms so you can make your own Privacy Act request to see what data powers the government’s assessment of your terrorism potential whenever you fly into or out of the country. See U.S. Airport Screeners Are Watching What You Read, and the Washington Post’s front page follow-up.
Amazon Music Unlimited, a $9.99 a month on-demand music service, launched earlier this month. Amazon Prime members will pay a little less than the general public at $7.99 a month, while customers who own the Amazon Echo speaker system with the Alexa voice system will pay just $3.99 a month. Amazon’s music catalog contains tens of millions of songs, and the company recently nabbed an exclusive deal with country legend Garth Brooks.
Gotts is betting that the obviousness of the Wiki.com domain, which generated about 100,000 hits a day as a blank site, will set it apart.
Today’s court ruling underscores the incredible power of “patent trolls,” companies that use patents solely as a way of making money from other businesses. Google is fighting all sorts of patent holders – including a mega-troll called Rockstar, which is backed by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, and others – and these legal wars can affect practically any part of its business, including the very heart of the operation.
We love this project because it’s an example of really elegant mass customization; it marries the physical, digital, and natural worlds, making it feel like you could have the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in your living room. We’ll sign up for that!
TIRED If you aren’t a geek, gamer or nerd, you may be hard pressed to get any more than half of what Beefy is referencing throughout the album.
You might assume that I have reservations about a store like Book22. After all, part of the point of a sex-positive boutique is to shop in the company of Jewish lesbians, black gay men and middle-aged, married WASP tourists. Setting yourself up as a Christian store for married couples could be interpreted as a way to discriminate against various sexual orientations or relationship arrangements.
Analysts say the online holdouts – including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Garth Brooks, Radiohead and Kid Rock – probably can’t avoid iTunes forever as fans flock to the internet to buy music.
What exactly can we learn from the stories of TIs? First, there is symbolism in the villain some selected: the Central Intelligence Agency. Their fixation on the CIA may highlight the pernicious effect of covert data collection. The name of the agency is the clue.
The location of Global Revolution’s lair has leaked out through the press, but the team is still skittish about discussing it.
According to the WHO, India has found it difficult to enforce the 2006 monocrotophos ban for vegetables because it is used on so many crops, especially cotton. The country considered a universal ban but was apparently persuaded otherwise by a discussions (read, suspected bribes) involving pesticide industry representatives. Would such a ban have saved those poor children in Bihar last week? Of course, not. There are countless other poisons to use either mistakenly or deliberately in any country, especially one that keeps the bar low on consumer education and protection.
Eventually, Northern District judge Lawrence Kahn ruled that the case would be heard in his court.
The heart of the matter can be found in the now dated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which in 1986 was designed to protect the privacy of electronic communications. In 1986, many of the dilemmas of today’s interconnected world could not have been anticipated. Reviewing the ECPA’s text and history show Congress believed the law would only apply domestically.
Fernandez’s humility is key to his appeal. “If the CEO of Klout was a type-A guy, I think many of us would take offense when he talks about scoring us or judging us,” says David Pakman, a partner at Venrock. “But Joe’s not like that. He’s uniquely suited to this role.”
From the outset, Sasser baffled security experts. Unlike the most recent digital outbreaks, Sasser was programmed simply to spread and knock out computer networks, not take over machines and possibly steal information stored on them.
That’s the added value MoneyStream gives its customers, according to Bertrand’s pitch. Simply link your bank account to the service (the web app is the most robust landing page for now), and it identifies your sources of income, your recurring bills, your credit cards, and your loans. After scooping in all the data it can glean from your bank statement, you can add new bills, utilities, accounts and credit cards, and also manage your email notifications and alerts. An algorithm analyzes this “stream,” and, using AI, projects how much money you’ll have in the bank for months to come, showing you the information in a straightforward calendar format. According to Bertrand, the system gets better with use as the stream gathers more historical data and users correct individual entries.
But to make money — to turn this into a genuine NASCAR for drones — Horbaczewski has to figure out how to win over an audience. An audience of thousands of loyal, diehard fans, who buy your merch and tune in without fail every time new race footage drops on YouTube. Given the importance of audience, perhaps the most surprising thing about the DRL’s take on drone racing is that their events are completely unattended. By design. There were no spectators in Miami, and the LA race — held inside an abandoned mall — is so secretive that Horbaczewski even asked that Backchannel not publish the exact dates of this month’s race, lest people show up. (It was held over the weekend.)
Dugoni, who is 31 and projects the physical confidence of an extreme athlete, has a flip phone and claims not to read the news. “I’m really selective about my inputs,” he told me. “I have a hunch that the human race isn’t ready for all our current visual and auditory stimuli.” And since founding Yondr in 2014, he has taken it upon himself to try to take us back to a time before cell phones were everywhere and everything. He wants to un-change the world. “I think of it as a movement,” he says. “I really do.”
In Praise of Public Life, written with Michael D’Orso and published earlier this year, is a challenging defense of public service and offers a vivid image of what politics looks and feels like from the inside.