Much of the spotlight for real-time web aggregation in the past few months has been hogged, deservedly so, by FriendFeed. The service rocketed to popularity earlier this year before being purchased by Facebook. Facebook says it plans on keeping FriendFeed alive and humming as-is, but the service will most likely eventually be folded into Facebook’s experience and cease to exist as a stand-alone site.
This, I think, is the other magic wrought by on-line publishers like Project Gutenberg. You can be happily rambling through the history of chemistry (a phrase, I know, that only a geek could write) and suddenly discover that a scientist born in the close of the 18th century (1790) understood perfectly the very principles of science communication that you’d been preaching in the 21st century.
Ask anyone who’s a part of the ever-growing Fantasy Olympian fanbase, and you’ll find a wealth of tips and tricks. There are the obvious picks—the Michael Phelpses and Ryan Lochtes, guaranteed to bring in plenty of medals—but there are also the less obvious strategies that can catapult a fantasy Olympian to gold. Gymnasts, who compete both individually and as a team, can bring in more medals than athletes who compete solely on an individual level. Shooting sports, like skeet shooting and biathlon, also tend to fly under the radar. “I don’t think a lot of people even know that those sports exist,” says Carrie Reid, who’s noticed that the American team is usually made up of marines and army rangers. “These are the best soldiers in the world who are sort of just taking three months off their life to go be an Olympian. If you’re looking for a safe bet, American shooters are really good to have on your team.”
Here’s the blurb, straight from the company’s website: “When a Teslar watch is worn on the left wrist, the frequency goes into the triple warmer meridian on the left wrist, and then travels throughout the body, canceling out harmful static caused by electromagnetic fields
(ELF) along the way.”
“You put it out there, and you never know who browses there,” Parks said. “I think someone who would buy that would have the last name of Gates, Ballmer or Allen.”
Sales at stores open at least a year dropped 3.5 percent. Industry analysts watch that figure closely as a signal of a retailer’s health because it excludes the volatility of stores that were recently opened or closed.
The sarcasm with a smile—and sometimes a sneer—that was Pop-Up Video‘s stock in trade went on to become the unofficial language of Twitter. In fact, nearly a decade before the little blue bird, Low was already framing jokes in one of Twitter’s favorite styles. “Whenever I saw [Counting Crows singer] Adam Duritz pretentiously playing his piano in like an abandoned parking lot with fake snow and a candelabra, I sort of equated him to the entertainment business at large,” he says. “I found a picture of Rowlf, the piano playing dog from The Muppet Show, and placed a picture of Rowlf in a bubble right next to Adam Duritz. I was like, ‘Ah, beautiful.'”
Independent AI developer Guarav Oberoi is skeptical. According to him, any AI model is going to get some predictions wrong. But hopefully, as time goes on, the people training AI will keep this to a minimum.
In an attempt to prevent the system from being flooded with illegal material, Leechnet encourages users to report questionable content so that it can be removed. Whether the system will work remains to be seen.
Uber received a permit Wednesday to test two Volvo SUVs on public roads, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said. Regulators also approved 48 people as backup drivers who must sit behind the wheel in case the prototype cars malfunction, according to agency spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez.
Not once did I feel even the slightest twinge of embarrassment about picking up germs through sex. In fact, at times, I’ve felt a bit smug that we had sex despite a cold, or joked about lovemaking being the best treatment for all kinds of ills.
The Chess Master And The Supercomputer by Garry Kasparov | The New York Review of Books
One of the world’s most accomplished chess champions reflects on how CPUs changed his game. Fantastic.
Exclusion Zone: Anti-Air Warfare from Appular is one of these games where you draw paths on the screen with your finger. But unlike games like Harbor Master where you’re trying to guide the ships to particular locations while avoiding collisions, in X Zone you’re trying to shoot down the aircraft before it lands. You draw paths from the missile silos to their targets.
A hacker calling himself “BugBear” added one page to Mitnick’s corporate website on Jan. 30 with a message, “Welcome back to freedom, Mr. Kevin,” and added that “it was fun and easy to break into your box.” He included a photograph of a polar bear with two cubs.
“Trying to cram your thoughts into a Tweet – we’ve all been there, and it’s a pain,” Twitter project manager Aliza Rosen and senior software engineer Ikuhiro Ihara said in the post.
Tough Mudder executives are used to dreaming up obstacles that push fitness enthusiasts to their physical and mental limits. With competition heating up in its fledgling industry, the Brooklyn-based company will have to overcome obstacles of its own in order to fulfill its vision of becoming more than just a mud race.
The group is constructing what it calls the “world’s biggest round table,” in the midst of Berlin’s Bebelplatz. Every place at the table will have a video camera wired to record each participant’s every word.
Ritual employs three doctors, and at least three more serve as advisors. They helped Schneider choose the nine nutrients Ritual deems most essential to the average female diet. Research and clinical trials informed decisions on dosages, which don’t dangerously exceed the recommended daily allowance.__ __In keeping with its ethos of transparency, Ritual shares much of this information online. Want to know why Essential for Woman contains, say, boron? Because it makes Vitamin D receptors more efficient, and supports bone, joint, and hormone health. Want to know where it’s from? It’s from Futureceuticals, in Illinois. Want to nerd out even more? Ritual has links to six studies on the effects of boron.
Lies are lies, whether circulated by teenagers in eastern Europe or Fox News or Breitbart. Or Donald Trump. Ultimately, even if it’s successful in scraping the bottom of the barrel, Facebook may wind up still mired in fake news issues, only a little higher up the media food chain. By including outside vetters in its process, Facebook will leave itself open to questions about why all news-based posts aren’t subject to fact checking.
HP said Monday it will add startup company Boston Power’s batteries to nearly 70 percent of its consumer line of notebooks. According to Boston Power, the batteries are faster charging, longer lasting and environmentally friendly.
Stead herself is also funny and smart, as I learned during a recent phone interview from Manhattan, where she is raising her two sons, 11 and 14.
When the deal closes in the first quarter of next year and Yahoo ceases to operate as an independent company, it will bring to an end one of the most storied and elusive turnaround efforts in tech history. For me, the decade-long saga began with an internal memo by the last Yahoo executive who had a clue, Brad Garlinghouse.
He declined to specify any plans but said the company was “looking at” Gateway’s 272 retail stores with an eye to new cost cuts.
All were X-flares, classified in the category of most intense solar activity. None was pointed at the Earth, though several spacecraft, including the Spitzer space telescope in particular, are in their path.