“I thought I could make an easier version,” Cherian said. “Something that anyone off the street could use. You don’t need to know anything about BitTorrent or RSS.”
A FedEx representative did not respond to questions about the claims and whether the company planned to take legal action against Avila.
Because of the way OS X handles certain protocols, a machine can be commanded through a Web link to run applications, scripts or Unix commands.
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Knowing this, our school principal had a goal: he wanted to improve the nutritional value of our school’s lunch menu–particularly for children who rely on school lunches as their primary source of nutrition–and he wanted the support of the district parents in order to make it happen. He referenced studies linking nutrition to academic performance as he explained that target number one on his school-lunch hit-list was going to be THE BIG COOKIE (a dessert-plate-sized chocolate chip cookie that was our cafeteria’s number one best-selling item).
At the time, all Gerhardt and Provost knew was that they suddenly had more than 5,000 orders to fill. “We were like, oh, shit, what are we going to do?” Gerhardt says. They came up with a name, Studio Neat, and set out to learn how in the world to make, package, and ship thousands of Glifs.
“It doesn’t seem like there’s any software as ubiquitous as Photoshop,” said designer Rosecrans Baldwin, who has announced several matches. “People never really consider that there are other tools for graphic design out there.”
Still, many of those who participated have mixed feelings about their experiences. Francis, who says she’s “not that much of a geek,” regrets taking part, but many who are more knowledgeable about the technology say it was a worthwhile exercise that should help Amazon refine its methods in the future.
“It’s pretty normal practice to be honest,” said PayPal spokesman Anuj Nayar. “It doesn’t normally cause the issues that it has caused in this case. We were very surprised to see the press release.”
Interactive Dance Floor: It’s not so much a dance floor as a play floor, and we got to see it in action. A 14′ square grid of high-definition screens under heavy glass so you can stand, walk, run and jump on them, the floor’s perimeter is a series of touch pads allowing players to stand around it and control games that are projected on the screens. There are more than a dozen Disney-themed games that involve shooting stuff, jumping over stuff or even altering the virtual balance of the floor to move objects around, each with multiple difficulty levels so they can be challenging for kids from 7 to 17 years (or, ahem, older).
On one recent trip to Washington, Ingersoll says, a high-ranking government technologist warned him that “the antibodies are starting to form.” On the same trip, a senior Defense Department official took him aside and counseled, “You better be thinking about the role you want the government to play in your company.” To avoid any military-industrial squelching of its technology before launch, Skybox has loaded up on advisers and board members with high-level defense connections, including Jeff Harris, former president of Lockheed Martin Special Programs, and former Air Force lieutenant general David Deptula, who captained the Air Force’s use of drones and who may see similar utility in a constellation of cheap satellites sending back timely video from above Earth’s trouble spots. In the end, the government will likely commandeer some of Skybox’s imaging capabilities under terms similar to those imposed on other vendors. But Skybox feels confident that its network will be so wide and so nimble that there will be plenty of images—and data—left over for everyone else.