“I’ve never seen such a long and drawn-out sort of final agony,” said Truax, noting that most Net firms that shut down do so rather suddenly. “It’s been a very painful process for everyone to watch. Get it over with!”
“‘Identity’ is not your name. Where people go wrong is that they do not see it to be the set of shared experiences with other individuals,” he wrote in one tweet in October.
And today the most far-reaching proposals for national ID cards – including a recent South African proposal – envision a world where a single ID would be used for everything. It won’t happen either.
WASHINGTON – When President Bush’s whitehouse.gov site opened its virtual doors on Saturday, it wasn’t without glitches: The First Homepage was riddled with broken images, placeholder messages and bad links.
“New Mexico makes perfect sense for this,” Homans said in his tongue-in-cheek pitch. “Most of you have heard of Roswell, where we actually have visitors from space coming to New Mexico. We’re looking at the X Prize Cup as a way of building some traffic in the other direction.”
The chipmaker (IFX) said it would shed 500 positions in administration and 150 jobs in their cell-phone parts division, mostly in Sweden. Outsourcing and consolidating some other operations would eliminate 250 more jobs. Infineon employs more than 31,000 people.
All of which is fine. But it shows the difficulty involved in building a digital assistant—and the human element often required. Siri isn’t driven by humans. But it screws up constantly in ways a human never would. Clara is driven by humans, and it screws up in ways that humans screw up. Neither humans nor AI is perfect. At least not yet. “AI is much more incremental than what you see in the the science fiction the past,” Nelson says.
Usually zero days are found by accident when someone discovers they’ve been hacked, and a forensic examination of their system uncovers zero-day malware. Once these exploits are discovered, antivirus companies look for tell-tale fingerprints in the code that can help them locate the malware on other systems; then they write signatures their scanners use to search customer systems. But in this case, Raiu wasn’t sure how to look for the zero-day exploit since he didn’t have code to examine and didn’t even know what vulnerability in Silverlight it targeted.
But the rise of Web-based services has also forced libraries to think about new ways to provide information by bringing their expertise to the Internet.
The lectures take place on Thursday evenings throughout the summer from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Some of the good ones have past already (including that geology one, darn!), but there are plenty of interesting evenings ahead if you want to make the trip out to west Sonoma county. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Coffee Catz or this lecture series has a website (here’s an info page from the local paper with location and contact details, here’s a Google Maps link), so I’ll list the upcoming topics at the bottom of this post.
Forget driving from dealership to dealership or threatening to walk out on a used car deal. A new website lets you use your smartphone to check whether your local used car dealer is trying to get you to pay too much.
The match took, and the pair walked into their Y Combinator interview only having met for the first time two weeks prior.
The Bolt house can be built on an incline, decline or flat piece of land. Image: Paperhouses
Cacciatore is a former board member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, a group of 105 electronics companies formed in 2004 in response to criticism of conditions at contract manufacturers. Their code of conduct requires that member companies monitor and control chemical exposure and other risks. But the EICC doesn’t set specific numeric standards, instead deferring to local laws. That’s quite a loophole. Member companies complete a self-assessment to identify the greatest areas of hazard and, to complete admission, the EICC assigns an auditor. The group has never expelled a member for failing to live up to its code. Also, EICC standards apply only to suppliers that represent 80 percent of a company’s total spending. That’s most likely the first tier of contractors in the supply chain—companies that make or assemble components for member companies—or the second- or third-tier suppliers, contractors to the contractors. Companies further down the line aren’t monitored.
Now, finally, a lot of us are quitting, or thinking of quitting, or wondering how to quit. I don’t think there was sufficient will for this before. But there might be now.
In a statement, Google said, “We have very openly engaged with policymakers and organizations from across the political spectrum for over a decade to advocate for policies that help consumers and our employees, and that keep the internet an engine for innovation and economic opportunity.” The company’s public policy director, Adam Kovacevich, laid out the team’s tactics last year during an employee meeting to explain Google’s sponsorship of CPAC, according to an audio recording previously reported by WIRED. “[W]e try to influence policymakers by allying with the people that they listen to, the network of advocacy groups, think tanks, grassroots organizations on both the left and the right,” Kovacevich said. “If we want policymakers to help us when we have a bad bill or a regulation pending, we have to build relationships with them ahead of time. And so a big part of our work in the DC office across all of our team is building relationships not only with the people in power but also the people who influence them.”
For Andrie, this piece was “all in the name of fun.” Of the overall show, she said: “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Artist Casey Weldon does some really whimsical things with images from our geeky cultural past. Makes me want to see a Norman Rockwell family Thanksgiving painting of the Skywalkers around the dinner table, with Darth Vader at the head, cutting the turkey with his light saber. Link to his website, via Laughing Squid.