“There’s not as much venom-spewing as you’d think,” Morn said. “There’s just a lot of hand-holding and commiseration among the volunteers. This whole ordeal is turning into a full-blown grieving process for a lot of us.”
Apple’s new iPod commercial stars U2 playing the new single,
Lynch: Yes. We’ve got such good members, but the question is would it be better to open it up and go with advertising. That’s the question we’ve been asking.
Cingular buys NextWave licenses: Cingular Wireless, the nation’s No. 2 mobile phone carrier, cited its growth potential as it announced that it had reached a deal to buy 34 spectrum licenses from bankrupt NextWave Telecom for $1.4 billion.
“Saul spent the whole time laughing at himself, and saying he talked too much,” says Leach. “But in the end, he said it was fine and fair.”
Waymo spun off from Google late last year and is an independent company owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc.
WN: What would have been different about Girl From Monday if you had financed and distributed it the traditional way?
Also, a dramatic natural event loses a bit of charm when viewed from the shoulder of a busy highway, or overlooking a sewage-treatment plant.
It’s a good time to be a patent lawyer – especially if you work in the software-development industry.
Apparently Wizards of the Coast took a lot of that feedback to heart. Because they are now going to be allowing fans to participate in open playtests this spring as the 5th edition is developed. I think getting real feedback from players is an interesting idea and will keep interest up about the new edition.
Visitors can browse songs uploaded by other members and pay to download MP3 files with no digital rights management (DRM) technology. Songs vary in price, but cost no more than 99 cents. Grooveshark will pay appropriate royalties to copyright holders by taking commissions from users’ transactions and also compensate users with free music for community participation such as uploading songs, fixing song tags, flagging unwanted files or reviewing music. Members will be rewarded based on their level of contribution to the community
Apparently, officers briefing Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently deluged the Pentagon chief with an impenetrable and inelegant downpour of acronyms – obviously without consulting our guide to the best of them. Because last fall, his staff instructed practically the entire Defense Department on the right and wrong ways to use acronyms. OMG.
The online reaction to the actual closure, as opposed to last week’s announcement of same, was an odd one. On Twitter, there was a melancholy humor:
NT: Before we dig into that though, back to the narrow network for a second. If data is so screwed up in health care, because good data would change and perhaps undermine all of health care, how can you be completely confident in your decisions about what doctors to let into your network, who to partner with, and how to measure patient quality of care? It’s like a chicken or egg problem.
A booklet detailing Basic Instructions for connecting all the Überstix piece types was included in both kits. You don’t necessarily need to refer to it to build the kits, as the kit-specific instructions tell you how to attach the pieces. But when you go off-plan to build something original, the booklet is a helpful reference and idea generator. It also discusses what to do if you break a piece. If you break one, don’t worry! You can now build something new that you couldn’t build if the piece had not broken.
Puzder also has talked about replacing American workers who demand higher wages with robots, which he said are always polite, never late, and don’t sue their employers for discrimination, according to an interview with Business Insider.
That’s according to News Feed product vice president Adam Mosseri, who acknowledged that the social network has made blunders recently with banning content in its News Feed and promoting fake trending news stories.
“What we have is a captive audience of people we know are interested in our product because they went out seeking it themselves. Many of them are willing to pay for it, too.”
The original version of the optimizer, as we call the engine that creates touring plans, was written in Visual C++, single-threaded, and ran on a Windows PC. It took a couple of minutes to produce a touring plan that was within a couple percent of optimal, most of the time. Now we’re on Amazon’s auto-scaling cloud and the app is running on multi-core virtual machines. By working on the algorithm for over a decade, we’ve got the running time down to 10 to 30 seconds to produce an optimal solution. It’s still in C++ and single-threaded. Single-threading keeps the code simple. We figured it was cheaper and less error-prone to use the Amazon infrastructure for parallelism, so that’s how we architected.
The total payout figure is far larger than the golden parachute of $23 million Yahoo said last month that Ms. Mayer would receive as part of her planned departure from what’s left of the company after the sale to Verizon. Yahoo also said then that Ms. Mayer held nearly 2.9 million stock options valued at $56.8 million as of early March.
Toshiba has received an offer as high as 400 billion yen ($3.6 billion) for a 19.9 percent stake in its flash memory business, with other bids as low as 200 billion yen, a person directly involved in the deal told Reuters.
Amazon is running its web operation in much the same way it runs its famous retail business. Ultimately, EC2 is just selling a commodity. So many others can sell the same thing. In order to make it work, you have to operate on very low financial margins. “Amazon, from our retail upbringings, has this background and this comfort and this skill in running high-volume, low-margin businesses,” says Andy Jassy, who oversees EC2 and its sister Amazon Web Services. “We have that DNA.”
Nokia. With all the attention on the iPhone, it is easy to forget that Nokia leads in market share – almost 40% of mobile phones used worldwide are Nokia phones. Despite its distribution, there’s not much threatening about Nokia’s Symbian OS beyond the fact that it’s stable and it works. Of course, this will change when Nokia opens its source code up to developers. The question is, can Nokia build a developer community around an open-source mobile OS to rival the critical mass surrounding offerings from Google and Apple? If it can, Nokia could win. But for now, it’s the dark horse.
Symantec has yet another story. Symantec’s website warns that the virus forwards a random file on the victim’s hard drive to everyone in their address book.
Doug has launched a new website at jpod.info that serves as a promotional home for the novel. It’s a sort of DHTML nightmare come to life. There are dozens of things to click on, including a fake iTunes playlist, file folders on a fake Windows desktop with a closeup of a donut as the wallpaper, and a few buggy application windows. Not to mention a skateboarding turtle that pops up to dish out periodical pop culture non-sequitors. The site is like a Coupland book — rich in quirkiness but not lacking detail, an otherworldly imagemap of your darkest fears.