“That is so outrageously unconstitutional that I would prefer myself to honor the United States Constitution and take my chances that recording a conversation with a judge in a federal case and opposing lawyers is somehow in violation of a Massachusetts statute that makes me a felon,” Nesson said.
And if the conference itself is considered No. 1 in its rarefied field where everyone absolutely must go to compare notes, then despite the bad American doughnuts and bad American coffee that’s typically dripping into teacups during the mid-morning break, as far as dependable attendance is concerned, it’s golden. Golden as Gouda.
Well, we’ve had it with crappy gadgets. Like our friends at Underwire, Autopia and Wired Science, we’re recruiting the help of a black hole to crush the worst gadgets into nothingness. Here’s a list of 10 gadgets – plus one bonus “gadget” – that deserve to be thrown beyond the event horizon, never to return.
The authorities subpoenaed RateMyCop and Brayshaw’s internet service provider to learn his identity, then booked him under the Florida law – a misdemeanor carrying up to a year in jail. The case was later dismissed against Brayshaw for procedural reasons, but he sued, claiming the statute chills his speech.
He recently tested the bike on the streets of New York, spraying “I Love New York,” the most innocuous message he could think of.
That universal remote you bought your family last Christmas was supposed to make controlling the home theatre easier. Yeah, it didn’t work out that way. Usually the main issue is that people stop the setup after entering the first code that works with the volume and mute. If other functions don’t work, it usually means you’ll have to jump back into the setup and try some other codes.
“One woman … pulled out a card. ‘I’m an animal agent and I want to work with your dog,’” remembers Carrell. After that fateful day and a harrowing audition (including a hot dog test to prove Tinkerbelle’s concentration), Tinkerbelle booked her first gig as the face of a massive Ralph Lauren campaign. An actress herself, Carrell saw Tinkerbelle’s potential right away.
Former TV producer Stan Rogow says NBC was surprised when he turned down the network’s offer to develop a primetime sci-fi series for “AfterWorld” last winter. But his instinct to instead launch the end-of-the-world epic online seems to be bearing fruit.
Later that month, he told his investors and cofounders, and then 48 hours later broke the news to the rest of the team. He gathered his crew in Vancouver and placed a conference call to the handful of employees in San Francisco. He was crying on the phone. They uploaded an archive of all the art, music, player profiles and even the code from the game to a web site—it’s still there—and contributed the art and much of the code to the public domain. He helped all his employees find new jobs. And he managed to not burn through the entirety of the money investors had given him. Now that Glitch has morphed into an actual success, now that Slack is popular with all the cool kids, he’s faced with an opportunity and a challenge to pay back the people who stuck with him—like the employees from Glitch who chose to exercise their options (basically buying into the company when it wasn’t clear it had a future) and now stand to be repaid many times over.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently reported that Clonaid is selling “cloning machines” for $9,000 a pop.
The difference, Soghoian charges, is very important. (If his name sounds familiar, you might remember him as the one who exposed Facebook’s attempt to place anti-Google stories in the press this week.)
No, Tacocopter is nothing more than a product concept created by Star Simpson, an MIT grad who stumbled into the limelight in 2007 after being arrested for wearing a hoax explosive device comprised of a circuit board and green LEDs.
But OAuth is not without its downsides — it requires several additional steps for users. For example, say you want to use the Twitter client, Twirl with OAuth. First you need to open Twirl, then you’ll be sent to the browser, then you’ll need to login to twitter.com, then you must grant Twirl access to your account, and then you can go back to Twirl and use the app. [Update: Just to clarify, that process is only necessary once, the first time you authorize an app. Once the application has access it would work just like it does now.]
Although the recent partnership with file-trading company Napster has focused everyone’s attention on the music sector right now, Bertelsmann said that’s just the first reel in an epic media adventure.
Independent security consultant Mark Burnett provides a detailed description on the art of what he calls social reverse-engineering – using people’s own moral ambiguities to encourage them to hack into their own networks.
>’The bacteria that set up nanowires are, on an evolutionary scale, fairly old. It’s occurred to me that more modern bacteria may use wireless.’
An online primary sponsored by a grass-roots political group is creating a stir among Democratic presidential contenders and pundits. Observers say the early vote tally is likely to favor candidates – like former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean – who aren’t at the top of the class in campaign fund raising.
This – safety – was a large part of the focus of the recent media outreach event held by Ford at their production facilities in Dearborn, Michigan. As an estranged member of the media elite, I was invited to this event and on Ford’s dime – I attended. Now, master of ceremonies Scott Monty invites me to these events knowing that I am not a mainline honk, so the following article is comprised of my opinions and my opinions only. If you don’t believe me, search the #fordtrends hashtag for my tweets and you’ll see that I’m not a company man, no matter who is paying for the trip.
Korea’s Stormblue has announced the A9, a Bluetooth-enabled media player that lets you use wireless headphones. The flash-based player includes built-in memory of up to 2GB and an SD slot so you can stuff it with more tunes. It also has an FM tuner and a 2-inch color OLED display for viewing video files. According to the company’s wildly uninformative English-language website, Bluetooth is actually just an option on this device. But it’s hard to imagine the non-Bluetooth version finding a way to truly stand out from the undistinguished horde of flash-based players that passes before us week after week.
Aiding and abetting the distribution of child porn, for example, carries jail sentences of up to 10 years, $50,000 in fines and the forfeiture of assets.
In any case, the State of Play conference is not necessarily about arriving at definitive answers to many of these questions, but rather to foster new discussion and thinking about the issues.