“This worm is a criminal attack,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft’s senior vice president and general counsel. “Microsoft wants to help the authorities catch this criminal.”
The list is an accidental time capsule of popular culture at the time of Stardust’s launch in 1999. There are names that hogged 1998 headlines but are half-forgotten now, like the Spice Girls, Furby, Jeffrey Dahmer and Sonic the Hedgehog. But there’s no Eminem, no Osama bin Laden, no Britney Spears.
The star-spelling website, created by astronomer Steven Bamford, a member of the Galaxy Zoo team, lets you type in a short sequence and have it appear written in cosmic font. Our attempt to write “Wired Science” can be seen above. Results can sometimes be a bit blurry – no galaxy exactly looks like a letter – but you can always retry the results with other galaxies until you get something you like.
“We hope Google Clips helps you capture more spontaneous moments in life, without any of the hassle,” Google Clips product manager Juston Payne wrote in a company blog post.
The software world is littered with programming languages, and new ones appear all the time. But according to some who have used it or who know the past work of those who built it, Hack has a design and a pedigree that immediately set it apart. “If Bryan O’Sullivan built it,” says programming guru David Pollak, who only yesterday heard about the new language, “I would walk across hot coals to use it.”
Even restricted to publishing at the same time, journalists are competing. “Embargoes are hard to resist,” says Paul Raeburn, media critic at the online science news site Undark.org. Sometimes a reporter’s instinct tells them that a study is not worth reporting. “But refusing it is harder to do when you have the possibility of facing down your editor after an onslaught of your competitors all release that same story,” he says. EurekAlert is not responsible for this problem. But the fact that it exists as a centralized hub for science research makes it easier for many individual reporters encounter the same story, and experience the same challenges to their news judgment.
Apple Inc <AAPL.O> reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales for its second quarter on Tuesday, indicating that customers may have held back purchases in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary edition of the company’s most important product later this year.
With $280 in cash and an $800 loan from the bank, they began Clickzen.com, an advertising network that sells and serves banner space through a variety of websites. Clickzen.com’s advertisers range from lesser-known Internet startups such as Foranything.com to higher profile corporations such as About.com and MasterCard.
Chin, and folks like Public Knowledge, say the settlement handles matters best left to Congress.