One museum that means an awful lot to me is MOSI, previously known as the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. Every summer, we would visit the museum at least once, for me it was a highlight of the holidays. MOSI is and always was, a hands-on museum and I have no doubt that the activities there helped foster and early love of science in me. This year MOSI has re-opened its main building after a £9 million refurbishment. The new look building is slick and modern, whilst retaining much of its old fashioned charm, the museum being housed in the old Liverpool Road Station buildings and including the world’s first railway warehouse.
I, the undersigned, [referred to hereinafter as Burglar,] agree to travel to the Lonely Mountain, path to be determined by Thorin Oakenshield, who has a right to alter the course of the journey at his so choosing, without prior notification and/or liability for accident or injury incurred.
DHS has spent nearly $90 million replacing traditional magnetometers with controversial X-ray body scanning machines that are intended to detect items that could be missed by a metal detector.
And, Schmidt added, as a practical matter any content owner who doesn’t want to be scraped can add a short bit of code to their sites in a file called “robots.txt,” which tells well-behaved search engine spiders to go away. This is a well-known de facto standard that rarely gets mentioned in news coverage about news aggregation.
1:26 a.m.: The Clipse take the stage at Emo’s. There is no way to describe a Clipse show other than just pure energy, bouncing through tracks from both Hell Hath No Fury and Lord Willin’ in rapid order. But the real treat comes when Malice (above) and Pusha T bring out Philadelphia MCs Ab-Liva and Sandman to form as the full Re-Up Gang and blaze through some of their amazing mix-tape material (their latest tape, We Got It For Cheap, Vol. 3, is available free on their website.)
For the past twelve months I have been on an adventure, discovering Dr. Seuss with my now three-year-old son. Growing up in Britain, I was not exposed to Dr. Seuss in the way that American children are, though I don’t think there is anywhere in the world where The Cat in the Hat is not instantly recognizable. Thanks to Oceanhouse media, we have had the chance over the past few weeks to get to know Dr. Seuss digitally through the Dr. Seuss bookshelf for the Ipad.
The first Dr. Seuss apps that were developed by Oceanhouse media were a game based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! called Grinchmas!, in which you can be a mean Grinch or a merry Grinch by pleasing or pestering all the Whos down in Whoville, and a camera app, the Dr. Seuss Camera Grinch Edition. They then released the first Dr. Seuss book app for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was recently updated to include the new “record and share” feature. Titles are being added all the time. McElligot’s Pool and Hunches in Bunches are coming up next, and you can see a tentative schedule of titles on their website. If you download the free Dr. Seuss bookshelf you will be able to see what is available as well as browsing from titles you have already downloaded. You can search by type of book, Classic or Learning Library, or you can instead search by your price range or child’s age.
“Hmm, it was an okay Obama frame-job, just a few inconsistencies snagged you,” wrote another tweeter. “Overall I’d give you a ‘B’.
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The episode started harmlessly enough, with Fall clean-up. It was a nice, warmish, September day here in Ontario- maybe 75 degrees tops- probably one of the last warm weekends of the year, so everyone wanted to be outdoors. The kids were helping me wipe down the patio furniture and put it into storage for the winter. The clean up crew was using an ordinary, old rag dishcloth, a stainless steel mixing bowl and plain water from the hose- no soap or chemicals. So far, sounds like the perfect picture of suburban mundane. I was in the yard the next day to let the dogs out when I noticed the kids had left the mixing bowl outside. When I went to pick it up, I found it as it appears in the picture. The remaining wash water was gone and the bowl contained the charred remnants of the washcloth and serious scorch marks that seemed to indicate an intense fire.
Their night-vision capability is the result of their ability to “sum the visual signal locally in space and time,” says Henrik Malm, one of the creators of the algorithm in his research paper. It’s known as adaptive spatio-temporal smoothing. That means the brain analyzes what’s going on across each frame of an image and what’s going on from one frame to another. (See Malm’s research paper on noise reduction and image enhancement in low light video.)
That’s right, just in time for holiday gift-giving, and in time for full-blown “Grinch” mania, an association of art galleries has launched a website selling limited-edition prints of so-called “secret art” by Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel.
“Although difficult to quantify, it is likely that Monsegur’s actions prevented at least millions of dollars in loss to these victims,” the government states effusively. “Monsegur also provided information about vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure, including at a water utility for an American city, and a foreign energy company. Law enforcement used the information Monsegur provided to secure the water utility, and the information about the energy company was shared with appropriate government personnel.”
The researchers’ advice: Make the tools more personal, more conversational, and more emotional. For instance, let people express their vulnerability and distress when asking for a problematic picture or status update to be removed. The changes were small at first. Instead of tagging a post as “Embarrassing,” users clicked a new button that read “It’s embarrassing.” But those three letters made an enormous difference. It turned the report from a seemingly objective classification of content into a customer’s subjective, personal response. Use of the tool shot up 30 percent almost immediately. This in a field where a change of a few percentage points either way is considered tectonic.
A former employee who asked to remain anonymous told WIRED the company could not have developed so enormous a user base without truly helping at least some married men and women have affairs. While many users might not have had success, anecdotal evidence suggests the company did facilitate some hookups.
The Artkive app displays a simple gallery of all the artwork stored in it. From here you can view each picture and edit its info. Curiously there’s no way to view the images full screen, but you can swipe between each one easily. The ‘Share’ button is visible everywhere and tapping it from the gallery page (sortable by child and grade) sends a basic email with a link to the same gallery on the Artkive website – where you can see the images in a slideshow and download them at their full resolution. This isn’t a public facing site though – only those with the link can see it.
“There are a lot of exciting possibilities out there,” said Max Weise, a principal at Adventis, a global consulting firm. “You could have your personal media repository that you use at home and on the road. Or handheld devices could control things at home, such as your TiVo.”
Darpa clearly believe that it is possible to locate and “characterize” underground facilities – this can mean everything from looking at what sort of vehicles come and go, to monitoring communications traffic or atmospheric sampling for traces of tell-tale nuclear material. It is hardly a surprise that Iran has complained of U.S. drone intrusions in recent years. Some observers suspect that the Air Force’s newest stealth spy drone in Afghanistan, the RQ-170 “Beast of Kandahar” may be sneaking over the border.
CSS content has increased 25 percent in size, which may seem like a lot, but we are still talking about relatively small files. That increase doesn’t matter as much. It does matter, though, that every single content type is growing. Size optimization seems to have gone out the window pretty much across the board.
I hope you liked the tour of my geeky home. I can’t wait to see what the other GeekMoms have in store! What are some of your tricks to bringing geeky elements to your home decor?
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Bonnano, the website registrant, belongs to The Yes Men, a group of “satirical impostors” that lampoons organizations with a perceived globalization bent.
How to market your book: Anthony and Paul Tedesco, brothers and co-authors of Online Markets For Writers (Henry Holt & Co./Owl Books), aren’t just selling their writing on the Internet. They are giving a lot of it away for free.
The European Space Agency wants you to help search for spectacular but overlooked images from the Hubble space telescope.
As early as the 1990s, before the ubiquity of the internet, you called your travel agent and he or she took care of everything — your flights, the hotel, the rental car. America Airlines, the Hyatt, Hertz and the like paid the travel agents to offer their services. But slowly, the landscape changed. The airlines and hotel chains stopped paying. Travel agents stopped offering their services for “free.” The consumer shouldered their fees, and travel agents became irrelevant players to all but the boutique wealthy travelers who didn’t need to worry about cost.
It took about 20 angry letters, the assistance of Czech Microsoft, and “notifying many, many Microsoft people,” says Docekal, for him to get any response from the company.
The hackers are also writing software extensions so they can run their Wi-Fi cards and other non-Apple gadgets with the Mac OS.
As an example, suppose I was writing about the women’s curling session this morning. On Info 2010, I see quotes from 11 different participants, along with a rundown on tickets sold. Full stats are available. I can see Allison Pottinger and Debbie McCormick had a rough day – 61 and 64 percent – as U.S. fourth and third vs. China. If I wanted a quote, here’s one by McCormick from the flash quotes: “I can’t put my finger on what happened. Sometimes you lose your confidence.”
The most striking difference between this browser release and the IEs of old is the new user interface. It’s sleek and minimal, and – what are those? – it now has the inverted top-tabs, which are quickly becoming common.
“The government is the one to blame,” said Amir Etzioni, a fellow of the Jerusalem-based Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies specializing in telecommunications policy.
“Jingle Bells” it is not, but rather Snowmageddon – The Clean-Up. The site’s creators hope to tap the power of the crowd to help Washington, D.C., dig itself out from under the blizzard that still blankets that city and others on the East Coast with snow. Apparently, the deluge has challenged some of the official response teams.