NEW YORK CITY – Big Data is all around us. It’s in the way we shop, do our finances, and tweet. What does Big Data even mean, you ask?
Now, speaking for myself, I’ve been able to get my kids hooked on the Muppets just by showing them the best of the old movies and the episodes of The Muppet Show that are out on DVD. And they’re seriously hooked, despite my wife and I having to explain who most of the guest stars are, or were – and sometimes having to look them up to be sure, because we don’t remember them, either. But that won’t work for many kids, I think, or even many adults. The Muppets needed to be modern, and this movie accomplishes that, while yet managing to stay true to their rich heritage:The movie isn’t in 3D, there are no teen pop songs on the soundtrack, and there isn’t even any CGI.
Tuesday’s order came two weeks after Magistrate Joseph Spero in San Francisco granted Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who had visited Hotz’s website from January of 2009 onward. Sony has also won subpoenas for data from YouTube and Google, as well as Twitter account data linked to Hotz, who goes by the handle GeoHot.
Because for most of us, this just doesn’t make sense, the idea that someone in the family next door is stirring poison into a lethal meal for your animals. We can’t imagine being the family in Colorado who settled in with their two dogs, “our children” they said, only to have them both killed by a neighbor, charged in December with feeding the animals strychnine-laced meatballs. Strychnine, in case you wonder, is a poison that directly targets the nervous system, causing such violent convulsions that exhaustion is considered a contributing factor in death.
Twitter and Square Cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey spoke with WIRED’s Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson as part of WIRED25, WIRED’s 25th anniversary celebration in San Francisco.
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a California nonprofit which keeps track of millions of websites across the globe. ICANN’s key function is to coordinate the Internet domain name system. The nonprofit’s contract with the Commerce Department runs out on September 30, which is significant because whoever controls ICANN has the ability to censor the internet. Concerns are mounting that without U.S. government in control, countries such as China, Russia or Iran could influence the organization and potentially clamp down on free speech. Hours before the Obama Administration plans to surrender control of ICANN, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton weighed in on the lawsuit filed by his state along with three others, Arizona, Oklahoma and Nevada to stop the Obama administration from relinquishing control of ICANN.
It’s possible that a high powered laser is in the rectangular shed, the ASAT mirror is in the round enclosure, and the tracking system or guide star system is in the smaller rectangular enclosure? I will have to think about it some more, but I don’t see how you would put the ASAT mirror in the rectangular building with a sliding roof, unless the telescope somehow got raised out of it, which seems unlikely. To track a satellite, you need to be able to follow arcs in all sorts of directions and have a pretty clear field of view so I would not expect that kind of mirror to be inside a rectangular building with a sliding roof.
If the newly released 32-year-old National Guard memos regarding George W. Bush were written on a computer with Microsoft Word, as experts suspect, they’re some of the most inept high-profile forgeries in modern history. This week, document examiners quickly uncovered a variety of seeming anachronisms, from an apparent Times New Roman font to superscript characters.
Vue launched in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia earlier this year. Sony officials say the service will also feature Showtime’s new standalone service when it launches next month, that stream will have a separate charge.
What’s not clear is that in this instance, “people” in section B refers not to the people you’ve specifically invited in section A, but rather everyone on the internet.
Good public transit — a rapid train system or clean and efficient buses — is part of that. Get on at this stop and, whoosh, like magic you’re transported somewhere else. Of course, reality is full of train delays, fare hikes, and missed connections. But still, looking at these maps allows you to think, “Look at how much more free I could be.”
Snapchat’s co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel knows that if Snaps were as routinely archived as Facebook posts or SMS messages — or if intruders were able to easily pick them off — his vision of carefree communication would be in peril. So early on he sought to recruit highly experienced hands in infrastructure. In August 2013, longtime Amazon engineer Tim Sehn became Snapchat’s eighteenth employee. Sehn had worked for Amazon since early 2001, rising from an intern to a director. At one point Sehn was responsible for the performance of Amazon’s flagship retail website. In early 2013 he’d been in charge of maintaining Amazon Web Services. That’s when Snapchat came calling.
Scientists may have made a major breakthrough in understanding the biology of autism. But a crucial part of the scientific process is replication–having other scientists repeat the experiments and confirm the results. In this case that may not happen for a very long time.
Austin-based art and technology conferenceSouth by Southwest will be a huge test for Thirst to see if the technology can sift through the noise to find the most relevant content, and the different angles of the event. Since there’s news to be reported on the tech, art, comedy, film, and gaming fronts, Thirst will have to sort through each topic to help readers find the right stories. “SXSW will be a test of how Thirst works in an environment that has so many different angles of news,” says Verma. We’ll see if his system is ready for it.
Grandpa Green is a very different sort of book. Unlike most of Smith’s books that I’ve seen, it doesn’t have that hint of sarcasm or biting humor, but is actually quite sincere and tender. Grandpa Green has lived a long life — he grew up on a farm, suffered through chicken pox, went to war, and had lots of kids and grandkids. His great-grandson tells this story as he walks through his grandpa’s garden, surrounded by plants that form the scenes from his life. It’s a pretty short book that really draws your attention more to the images than the words, as the the shrubs and trees depict everything from a wedding cake to a hatching chick to a firing cannon. There is some humor, as the boy walks through the garden and picks up things that his grandpa has forgotten throughout the garden, even as it deals with a serious subject, the fading of memory with age.
“Ether is the token of the Ethereum network, which is focused on disrupting contract law. Trading began on Monday and it’s our second cryptocurrency to add to Gemini,” Cameron told the FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman.
The deal would provide Foxconn with $3 billion in incentives towards a $10 billion plant. In addition to the 13,000 jobs being created at the new plant, the deal would generate an additional 22,000 indirect and induced jobs in Wisconsin, he said.
The records also contain detailed histories of each passenger’s previous flights, car rentals and hotel bookings. And for those who participate in programs that accumulate miles for credit-card or supermarket purchases, the data could be even more detailed.
I’d like to see people actually get angry about the quality of the material that they are having shoved down their throats. It can’t be good for us. And I would like to see people responding to that by basically following the old maxim that if you want a job done right you do it yourself.
(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic and Melanie Lee, writing by Lucy Hornby and Tiffany Wu; Editing by Gary Hill)