BF: We really don’t have a formula. Our idea was always to use the stereotypes as starting points – something to make the audience instantly relate to the characters. After that, though, all bets were off and we just try to make them as real as possible. I love it when characters surprise you, just like real people. When I write a scene I just try to make the characters behave in a way that feels natural to them. Sometimes that means they make a left turn and do something unexpected. Those are always the best scenes in my opinion.
But a lot depends on the activity logs at the ISP, Levy said. Some keep activity logs for years, some for just a few days.
The U.S. Treasury Department published a white paper last week that said the EU executive’s tax investigations departed from international taxation norms and would have an outsized impact on U.S. companies. The Commission said it treated all companies equally.
“(A victim) will know that his phone made a call that it shouldn’t have made, but he won’t necessarily come to the right conclusion that someone listened in on the conversation that he was having at that particular time,” Laurie said. “He may think he accidentally pressed buttons to make the call while the phone was in his back pocket.”
“We’re buying server space in random parts of the states and there are licensing discussions too,” he told Bloomberg.
Do you think the presentations on systemics, cybernetics and informatics might all sound similar, computer generated or not?
Indeed, I couldn’t stop thinking about Pacific Rim either, the far more recent film by kaiju superfan Guillermo del Toro that is as surely a product of Godzilla history as this reboot. But while del Toro’s spiritual successor remained deeply aware of its tropes and the pleasures of the genre, it was determined to build on them—to treat them as toys in the box, not somber, weighty icons. The first 10 minutes of Pacific Rim are a metafictional supertour through kaiju cinematic history, from its devastating origins to its commercialization. Then, after it finishes looking backward, it looks forward and says, “What next?” Godzilla never gets around to asking that question.
Ije Nwokorie, who grew up in Nigeria, sits at the top of the design world as the new CEO of Wolff Olins. The firm is known for helping re-brand Windows and USA Today, among many other things. His roots lend him a visceral connection to the malaria epidemic wracking Africa, but unlike many who aspire to do good, he does not believe free-flowing foreign aid is the answer. Instead, he argues for a for-profit model of development. At WxD, he announced the inauguration of Code-M, a non-profit that aims to create products so irresistible they spark consumer demand in both the developing world and the first world.
I just came across a free, open-source program called Apophysis, which allows even people who don’t really understand how fractals are generated build them easily. It only runs on Windows, unfortunately, but it comes with a lot of examples and seems to be remarkably versatile. The latest release allows the creation of 3D fractals as well, though I haven’t yet tried that feature. The program isn’t aimed at kids, but should be easy enough for most kids who can read on their own or with minimal assistance.
“I know what free speech is, and I support it, but this is about invasion of privacy and my civil liberty. Every time I meet someone now, I have to say, ‘Hi, I’m not Himmler’s granddaughter.”
“There’s no question that the world is changing,” Dergarabedian says. “At the end of the day, the consumer will decide if they’re willing to pay. But it won’t be the same experience as seeing the movie in a theater… That’s a singular experience.”
Whether or not CDF is a good choice for such a model is open to debate, but apparently the OpenDocument Foundation won’t be around to participate in that debate.
This much we know: Somebody has it in for Erik Möller, the deputy director of Wikimedia. Danny Wool, a former employee and one of the most outspoken critics of the Wikimedia Foundation, says it’s not him, but he knows who it is and that it would “shock people.”
One unusual voice of support, we said, came from an Objectivist Center newsletter that said a national ID card would be a “reasonable cost” of anti-terrorism measures. (Torture and assassinations came up too.)
Prices for songs vary on ReDigi, with some files having asking prices as high as 87 cents. The company, which earns up to 15 percent per sale, also offers cloud-storage music streaming.
Facebook also said that there would be additional options for buying video ads later this year. (Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)
“The answers just got a lot better,” said Finkbeiner. “It looked more like dark matter and less like pulsars.”
Also, of course, Americans figure to be interested in the advent of the euro because it will make traveling to Europe much, much easier; no more carrying five different currencies in your wallet.
The World Health Organization has now reported confirmed SARS cases in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, France, Ireland and Italy.
The stolen data included names, addresses, and driver’s license and Social Security numbers on every single man and woman with a job in the Palmetto State, according to court records.
On the other side of the argument, record labels and webcasters – who squared off during last year’s battle over performance royalties – have teamed up this time around, saying songwriters and publishers are making too much money and stunting the music industry’s growth.
The research from Alicia Chang is with a small sample, but it does frame the idea that a digital learning environment isn’t simply about a record function, but about the way an interface is designed to teach the arc of a story, or develop language around emotions and feelings. It is worth having a look at it over at the LaunchPad Toys blog.
The company already killed off its music subscriptions and replaced the popular LaunchCast radio stations with non-interactive CBS channels. Tomorrow, it will extend this approach with redesigned artist pages incorporating music content from Pandora, Last.fm, YouTube and other sites. Yahoo hopes this strategy will cut costs, while still providing music and videos for its 20-million-plus monthly visitors.
“If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to “Firefly,” make it on my own, and distribute it on the internet.”
Alex Taylor, a researcher with the Digital World Research Centre in Surrey who has studied children’s uses of technology, agrees.
Digital preorders require paying the full price of 3,900 yen (approx. $50), which in this case includes bonus content: a dynamic theme and ten PlayStation Network avatars. Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei Yoshida broke the news over Twitter, saying he had pre-ordered the game for himself.
Conflicting reports credited the “superbombs” to Iran, or not. Look to the WikiLeaked documents for supporting evidence either way.
For BT to be successful, the company needs to prove that the claims of their patent covers the technical concept used by hyperlinks. For Prodigy to prevail, the company will need to provide evidence that no one else had developed a similar technology before 1976, the date of BT’s Hidden Page patent application.
“We created a business plan that allows any U.S. citizen to buy as much blimp as they want, without having it count towards their current campaign contributions,” reads an explanation on the Ron Paul blimp fundraising site. “This updated legal arrangement offers the best of both worlds, no limits and virtually no regulations.”
Then they looked at how often liberals saw conservative-aligned content and vice versa. Here’s the key chart:
The recording identified the caller as Lamont Williams, but did not identify the group, and Caller ID was blocked.
Apple likely holds copyrights on the machine’s design. And although Briel redesigned the motherboard because some of the original chips are hard to find, he may still need to license the ROM – the set of hard-wired instructions necessary to run original Apple I software.
To be clear, none of the exploits listed on the site have been confirmed to actually work (And WIRED hasn’t found a legal way to test them). Any of the listings could instead be attempts to scam gullible buyers. The $17,000 iCloud vulnerability in particular, which claims to offer access to virtually all of a user’s sensitive mobile data including emails and photos, seems like an unusually good bargain. For comparison, zero-day salesmen told me in 2012 that a working iOS exploit could sell for as much as $250,000. The next year The New York Times reported that one had sold to a government for a half million dollars.
Along with words and music, digital imagery is a gold mine of intellectual property, according to Getty Images CEO and co-founder Jonathan Klein.