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The evolutionary rationale for superstition is clear: natural selection will favour strategies that make many incorrect causal associations in order to establish those that are essential for survival and reproduction … the inability of individuals—human or otherwise—to assign causal probabilities to all sets of events that occur around them will often force them to lump causal associations with non-causal ones
Those close to him wonder if he will ever give up a quest that is almost by definition never ending. “There will always be more to be done,” says Brewster Kahle. “Achieving a goal is overrated. Moby Dick is a testament to what happens when you achieve your goal. He wants public access to the public domain. That’s a principle, not a goal.”
Dancers as superheroes? Don’t laugh. Jon M. Chu, director of dance movies Step Up 2, uses artful cinematography and a spooky action-movie soundtrack to pump the premise: fightin’ and dancin’ are pretty much the same. The League of Extraordinary Dancers brings together “The most elite crew ever assembled” in this X-Men-meets-booty-shakers concept.
Maybe you’ve heard of Crispr, the gene editing tool that could forever change life. So what is it and how does it work? Let us explain.
“We turned the idea of connectivity on its nose,” Dagan said. “It’s about disconnecting instead of connecting. It’s anti-social networking.”
Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday tempered its profit forecast for the next two fiscal years and said it would slow new store openings as it spends heavily on a long-term plan to transform itself into an e-commerce company.
VW’s glass-walled factory in the eastern city of Dresden embodies the company’s post-dieselgate transformation better than any of its 120 plants worldwide.
The hacker told Reuters earlier this month that he had targeted CEIEC in an effort to uncover documents about the U.S. government’s involvement in Afghanistan. He said he worked with another hacker who goes by the name YamaTough.
One company that appears to be preparing for the political dimension of doing business outside the U.S. is Square, Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey’s mobile payments startup. Square recently launched it service in Japan after testing international waters in Canada. It’s not stopping there. Square just hired a former Obama administration official who briefly served as the country’s top trade negotiator. The company said it was tapping Demetrios Marantis “to lead the company’s international government, regulatory, and policy work.” In other words, Square wants to get its card readers and apps into the hands of merchants around the world and knows it needs political muscle to make that happen.
At its height of popularity, Homejoy was operating in more than 30 cities, including Los Angeles, London, Berlin, and New York. Naskar, the early employee who was responsible for growth, lived a peripatetic existence. Whenever he entered a new city, Naskar said the marketing team would crank out bargains to attract first time customers, who would flood the site.
Its almost as if we need one single e-post office that you can register your mail with. You say who can and can’t send to you. If you do not authorize it from the very beginning, then they can never send to you. Of course, that post office could not try to make extra money by selling the lists, and that is always a problem as well – greed.
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It’s true that the last several years have seen a “stark spike” in hacking attempts on industrial control systems like power utilities, water, and manufacturing, says Rob Lee, a former NSA analyst who now runs the critical-infrastructure-focused security firm Dragos, Inc. But Lee says it’s crucial to keep a sense of proportion: Of the hundreds of well-funded hacker groups that Dragos tracks globally, Lee says that roughly 50 have targeted companies with industrial control systems. Of those, Dragos has found only six or seven groups that have reached into companies’ so-called “operations” network—the actual controls of physical infrastructure. And even among those cases, Lee says, only two such groups have been known to actually trigger real physical disruption: The Equation Group, believed to be the NSA team that used the Stuxnet malware to destroy Iranian nuclear enrichment centrifuges, and the Sandworm team behind the blackouts in Ukraine.
Initial estimates are that more than half a million computers worldwide are infected with this Sony rootkit. Those are amazing infection numbers, making this one of the most serious internet epidemics of all time – on a par with worms like Blaster, Slammer, Code Red and Nimda.
December: I am out of town this week helping teach a week-long class for work about — you guessed it, turbidites.
According to a University of Wisconsin study published last September, schools use nearly 20 times as many corporate-sponsored education materials as they did a decade ago, and allow more than five times as much space – from stadium billboards to rooftops – for ads and logos than in 1990.
Neither Square Enix nor Eidos Interactive responded to Wired.com’s requests for comment Friday.
Between gyroscopes, accelerometers, GPS chips, light sensors, internal clocks, microphones and even barometers, a phone knows a huge amount about its user and their current situation at any time. Using that information to personalize the experience of listening to music can have a powerful effect on the listener.
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With the attack publicized, you may see an uptick in its use and further research into even more creative versions. So until that Chrome update comes through, keep a close eye on your URLs—and anything weird on the websites they purport to show you.
And that’s where it ends for a lot of people. For others—like Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad, who decided to sit in a completely dark anechoic chamber for an hour—things can get weirder.
The Webby Awards, once hailed as the Oscars of the Internet, are being scaled down. This year’s bash will be held online.
The reason those sites are so popular is that most doctors tasked with rolling out EMR technology run small practices and have little experience with such implementations and have little or no IT staff, he said.
Bringing more of the design work in-house cuts complexity, people familiar with the processes say. Instead of managing one or more design teams and then a fabricator, Apple has only to manage the fabricator.
Overview: You’re building a fortress on a remote island, a penal colony. Your construction workers are indentured laborers and convicts. The work is hard, and many of the builders may die in the process — but you need to get those walls done. You play a taskmaster, in charge of buying supplies, acquiring workers, and building up the walls of the fortress. If you do well, you may even earn favors from the Governor, granting you additional income or other advantages.
That pilot soon evolved into an investigative analysis platform that could access databases of crime reports and license plate information. Bratton even thought that Palantir might be just the tool for a far more ambitious program of predictive policing (the idea that historical data could provide clues to where crimes might occur in the future). He asked Craig Uchida, a consultant and researcher in data-driven policing, to draw up a plan.
“We must strive to promptly build a corps of experts which have high political consciousness, good news sense, Internet technology savvy and command of foreign languages,” it said.
The site’s free accessibility could be particularly important in the developing world, where poor public health infrastructure and lack of money has handicapped epidemiological efforts. That’s a problem because those regions are exactly where scientists predict new and dangerous diseases are likely to emerge.