Tracking the Russians
A U.S. agent tells of the frustration of tracking Eastern European criminal masterminds.
Still, the perception of a health risk, combined with what some consider an eyesore, can lower property values for those living near a cell site, O’Brien said.
The screenplay, not surprisingly, drew her in: “When I read it, I instantly identified with it, because I thought, ‘I know this story. I’ve heard this story before.'” Dark Dungeons, she says, has been “a really great adventure—a fun creative opportunity to go into that world [of high-stakes good-versus-evil].”
With the previous test version, Hachamovitch said the most common problems reported involved banking and news sites, in part because of security changes. Improving security can be tricky since any changes can cause legitimate Web sites to stop working, frustrating users.
As I step back into my shoes, I see my scans on the control room’s monitors. Along with the slices of my brain is the most hideous image—the 3D scan of my brain that includes my scowling face, looking very much like a demon baby. After the scan, Eden shares how emotional parents get at the end of their children’s six-week tutor study when they see the difference between the initial “before” scan and the more activated “after” scan.
A U.S. House committee investigating whether Russia has tried to influence U.S. public opinion on fossil fuels asked Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet on Wednesday to turn over information about Russian entities that may have bought anti-fracking advertisements.
It was. Robocall laws prevent companies from sending automated texts to people who haven’t opted in—a detail that, for years, has prevented campaigners from using cell phones in a meaningful way. Obama’s 2008 campaign collected cell phone numbers from supporters, but only used them to send out text blasts, mostly asking for money. In 2014, the Analyst Institute, an elite organization that studies the data surrounding democratic campaigns, looked into whether text messages could be an effective way of pressuring participants to vote. In a study of 150,000 participants, those who received “plan-making” texts — messages that help someone figure out how to vote — were 1.4 percent more likely to vote. It might not sound like much, but as Cleaver points out, if you multiply that by the 100 million Americans who didn’t vote in 2012, that’s an additional 1.4 million ballots.
“I started this partly to test how hard it would be to try to make science more available in the current system,” he says. “I’m finding that even with my father’s papers, or even with my own, it’s not very easy.”
AT&T’s explanation? The company declined to give the reason behind the lack of immediate support for either of these features, but a spokesman told Wired.com that the delay has nothing to do with AT&T’s network.
The decision to close the company’s doors internationally was announced to employees during a global town hall meeting, held in the firm’s New York City offices Wednesday. The company’s reportedly recently appointed CEO Julian Wheatland told staffers the company had evaluated all options and no longer saw a way forward. One source says that New York employees were told to pack up and leave immediately, with few details about how they’ll be compensated going forward. The feeling in the room was “just shock,” says the source. “There was indication the company was in trouble and change would be coming, but we didn’t see this as the resolution.”
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Because of that Facebook Connect is not awesome. In fact Google Friend Connect made a valiant effort to solve this problem. When Friend Connect first launched it supported Facebook and could have been an open, all-your-identities-in-one solution, but Facebook cried foul and forced Google to remove that integration.
Tom and David just revealed their ten top stock picks for investors to buy right now. Netflix is on the list — but there are nine others you may be overlooking.
The BBC’s director general, Mark Thompson, admitted the changes would be “painful” but said: “Refocusing on our editorial priorities, a commitment to the highest quality standards, and a more streamlined and collegiate way of working will help us transform BBC Online for the future.”
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“It always amazes me how many people want to keep grandmothers off the information superhighway,” Rosenberger commented. “The info-nazi crowd seems to complain less about evil hackers and more about unwitting matriarchs. Go figure.”
The conference attracts a wide range of people, from Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to musician Peter Gabriel and filmmaker J.J. Abrams.
On a rainy evening in February 2008, Begley sat in the gilded ballroom of a historic Fresno bank building as Hughes took the floor to preach. Inside her handbag, she carried a hidden camera that peeked out through a discreet hole she’d cut just beneath the zipper. Next to it sat a loaded pistol—just in case.
North Korea no doubt has ambitions to wield power over US grid systems, and the fact that they’ve taken the first step is significant. But for now those attacks—and any others that stop at the level of IT compromise—should be seen at worst as foreboding, rather than an imminent threat of hacker blackouts.
They’ve since moved out of The Battle Cave, but those two metal brackets remain. They’re a small reminder of an enormous bet placed by Facebook – a technological bet that exemplifies the unique attitude that infuses this nine-year-old company, something founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg likes to call “The Hacker Way.”
She complained to him about the way that allies of his regime had treated her. Ever since she’d started blogging under her own name in 2007, Tawati had been harassed—and worse. “Ghaida al-Tawati, the goat of the Internet,” read one Facebook page her attackers created; a string of graphic sexual comments were posted underneath her photo. More bewildering, though, was the invasion of privacy: Somehow, emails of hers had been leaked onto the Internet, even displayed on state television, she told Gadhafi. She had been accused of working with foreign agents. Her reputation as a woman had been smeared.
Education, he adds, should be the first step towards attracting more companies to the area. High tech companies are desperate to hire people with the right skills. He wants to make it easier for anyone to learn technical skills, and he says that teaching computer programming to children at an early age will be an important part of making the tech industry more diverse and robust. “It’s not OK that the most of the people who are entering this industry are coming from upper middle class backgrounds,” he says. “The only reason I got anywhere was that my mom bought me a computer at a young age. I didn’t have a lot of money, but I had those opportunities at a young age.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit against Skumanick on behalf of the girls and their parents accusing Skumanick of violating the girls’ civil rights. The suit said they had a constitutionally protected right to appear in the pictures and that the threat to prosecute the minors was “unprecedented and stands anti-child-pornography laws on their head.”
Many feel this model holds a lot of potential not only to make papers available more freely (or cheaply) but to help unbundle and redistribute the functions now unnecessarily bundled with the paper. But can Mendeley do this? It seems to possess the vision and flexibility of mind. While Mendeley is necessarily focused on the PDF right now, for instance, there’s no reason it can’t adjust its databases and algorithms to index, share, and analyze the importance of contributions other than traditionally published papers; they can do new metrics. And the company’s advanced programming interface, or API, recently published, should allow outside developers to create modules and add-ons to track new metrics, including author identifiers such as ORCID.
8. Dizzee Rascal: The darling of critics on both sides of the pond, this U.K. rapper is the reason anyone knows “grime” is a music genre. Yet, he’s never reached what Kanye West would call “stadium status.” Now that he’s joined forces with U.S. indie rap label Definitive Jux, maybe he’s found his stateside home, and fan base. His album Maths + English got all kinds of accolades when it was released in his homeland last year, so it could very well get the same reaction when he plays it before the Austin crowd.
Piloted Single-Launch Venus Flyby (1967): https://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/05/2012-venus-transit-special-1-piloted-single-launch-venus-flyby-1967/
Why War?, a nonprofit student organization at Swarthmore, and the Swarthmore Coalition for the Digital Commons, also composed of Swarthmore students, announced plans to defy Diebold and their college ISP.
Dialing around: Handheld computing company Palm (PALM) said it would appeal a recent court ruling that the company’s Graffiti handwriting recognition technology infringes on a U.S. patent owned by Xerox Corp. (XRX)…. Telefonica Moviles will offer Microsoft’s Hotmail e-mail service to cell phone users in Spain and Latin America…. Verizon Communications will cut 7,000 jobs, or 2.7 percent of its workforce, after adding fewer than expected wireless customers in the fourth quarter…. After cutting 4,000 jobs in its semiconductor business, Motorola plans to slash an additional 1,200 to 1,300 chip-manufacturing jobs in Austin, Texas, and Sendai, Japan…. Wireless network provider Motient, one of two wireless data service providers for Research In Motion (RIM) pagers, filed for bankruptcy.
HealthMap doesn’t have quite that level of resolution just yet – outbreaks are only mapped to the state/province level – but it’s no standard Google Maps mashup. The back end of the system does far more than marry data points to locations.
Now, the self-taught stuntman has a website selling DIY plans for his pulse jets. Just the thing for would-be jet setters who prefer an engine that’s tried and true to one built by trial and error. We’re resisting the urge to go shopping.