For example: In the book, Aragorn embodies nobility, confidence, and above all the willingness to risk everything to achieve something great. He is a great leader – just the kind of leader we would want to follow. In the movies all his nobility is stripped away, and he becomes just another angst-ridden man-child. The noble Aragorn of the books never for a moment considered Eowyn. He had his eyes set on Arwen, and they never strayed. In fact, he is very quick to distance himself from Eowyn in the books once he realizes her feelings for him. He is grieved that she loves him, because he does not want to cause her more pain. He is, above all, honorable.
A couple years back, this question of the internet’s empowering conspiracy believers centered on an emerging community of self-identified “targeted individuals.” TIs believe the government is disrupting their lives through mind control and operatives following their every move, so-called “gang-stalking”: agents beaming voices into their heads, bumping into them on crowded streets, and implanting tracking chips under their skin. In the past, such beliefs would be evidence of mental illness, which should lead to treatment.
But not all Bitcoin enthusiasts embrace Silk Road. Some think the association with drugs will tarnish the young technology, or might draw the attention of federal authorities. “The real story with Silk Road is the quantity of people anxious to escape a centralized currency and trade,” a longtime bitcoin user named Maiya told us in a chat. “Some of us view Bitcoin as a real currency, not drug barter tokens.”
Edelman, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and an advisor to McAfee, says there are as many as 80,000 domains “typo-squatting” on the United States’ top 2,000 websites alone, including MySpace, FaceBook and Craigslist.
DO: Capturing content is like this little vendetta of mine. When I have a seminar or when I’m on a panel, I will bring my social media hardware bag. It allows me to capture the content wherever I am. Then I can extend that value from that one event to a worldwide audience, put it on a blog, or video podcast so that more people can give you feedback, and maybe even get some customers out of it.
“The only way I could send them information was by making up an order, and in the spaces for address and whatnot I described my discontent at them sending my son that kind of e-mail,” York said.
“So much of this runs counter to the style and teaching of Jesus who spoke about the individual and humility,” he added.
But, for all of its seeming success, the Times‘ business is still a precarious one. While more than 2 million readers may pay for subscriptions, the *Times *touts more than 57 million monthly unique visitors, indicating that the vast majority of its audience still doesn’t pay. Shifting ad dollars remain a problem too. In its earnings report in August this year, the company said that print ad revenue continues to fall while digital ad revenue grows. That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem except that digital ads represent only a third of the company’s total ad revenue.
In the Ukrainian blackout of late 2015, the first-ever confirmed case of hackers causing a power outage, for instance, the intruders manually opened dozens of circuit breakers at three different facilities across the country, using remote access to electric distribution stations’ control systems—in many cases by literally hijacking the mouse controls of the stations’ operators. Analysts who responded to the attack believe it likely required months of planning and a team of dozens working in coordination. Even so, the blackout it caused lasted just six hours, for roughly a quarter-million Ukrainians.
“The design philosophy behind the Wove Band is that it is a wearable first,” he says, adding that contemporary smartwatches are, in effect, small-screen extensions of a smartphone. He contrasts this with his company’s device, which he says will provide users a different kind of experience than a smartphone, albeit on a comparably sized display. “I would argue the latter is a much more interesting medium to explore a new relationship with digital content,” he says.
Steve Jobs would later vow to “spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” he said in Walter Isaacson’s biography. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” If he were alive today, I doubt if Jobs would find Google’s new strategy the least bit funny.
But that could take a while. The 58-square kilometer Bouvet, for one, is unoccupied and likely to stay that way. For its part, Jan Mayen still has little more than a weather station.
Meistrich, the founder of to-do-list startup Moo.do, says he only intended to be in Boracay for a few days while he focused on work—he’s in a “big crunch” right now, clocking 70-hour weeks. But then friends he’d met in Thailand posted photos of Manilla to Instagram and he remembered they’d made plans to meet up.
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Antimatter Driven Sail for Deep Space Missions. A bit like a hot air balloon, only running on antimatter. That this was considered a feasibly short-term project speaks volumes about the Institute.
The DNSChanger malware, which infected more than half a million machines worldwide at the height of its activity, redirected a victim’s web browser to sites designated by the attackers, allowing them to earn more than $14 million in affiliate and referral fees.
McMaster’s threats against Craigslist and its CEO have been toothless from the start, because the site enjoys immunity from state criminal action under the federal Communications Decency Act. Wednesday’s lawsuit was most likely intended to put an end to the nuisance of McMaster’s tough talk, and to head off a pointless, but potentially costly, criminal case, says Marcia Hoffman, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is not a party to the lawsuit.
The fiberglass skull of Barnum Brown’s second Tyrannosaurus rex fitted on the revised mount now standing on the 4th floor of the AMNH.
The idea for ToSDR came about in 2011. Roy, then a law student, had been hanging around the Berlin hacker scene when he met Michiel de Jong, a programmer, and Jan-Christoph Borchardt, a designer. The three shared an interest in digital rights activism and marveled, one day, about how easy it was for websites to change their terms of service without notifying users. What’s more, it was near impossible to make sense of how those changes would affect you as a user or make informed decisions about using certain sites. For years, the European Union had issued grades to commercial appliances to make it easier for consumers to understand which machines were most energy efficient. “You don’t have to know about how electricity works or how a washing machine works. You just have a rating which will tell you this is good, this is bad,” says Roy. What if they created a similar system for services on the internet?
The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, orders Microsoft to recall a box sent to future and existing users of NetWare, Novell’s premier software product.
Google released a new version of Gears today which is one of the first Firefox add-ons to support the highly touted Firefox 3 browser.
But allowing other SNIF members to see what neighborhood dogs are up to leads to concerns about privacy and safety.
This decision strikes at the heart of the philosophical difference between Archaia’s publishing model and the mainstream, direct-market approach. Stephen Christy, editor in chief at Archaia, says what sets his company apart is a willingness to take risks.
In the coming months, the site plans to launch a new function allowing users to stream a continuous random shuffle of music, art, animations and short videos to their desktops. The site claims 45,000 registered users.
Referred to by the placeholder name of “Vevo,” the site would carry premium music videos and music-related content designed to garner higher advertising rates than now available through YouTube.
RECIFE, Brazil – In another attempt to close the gap between the wired and the unwired, Brazil will install computer kiosks in post offices around the country, where people will be able to log on to the Internet.
SAN FRANCISCO – Like a lot of frequent travelers, Kevin Pollard relies on the internet to save money on airfares, hotel rooms and rental cars. The quest generally took him to the web’s most popular travel sites – Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia – until he discovered a new breed of specialty search engines that promise to dig up even better bargains.
“There was a different tone to it two years ago,” he said. “Then we were all busy trying to get our organizations turned around.”
The team won’t be taking highways on their 435-mile, three-day journey to Rome. Not only do they want to show off the car in as many places as possible, but Ferramondo said the silent electric motor will help them better enjoy the pastoral landscape along Italy’s rural roads. It may sound like heresy, but the snarl of a V12 isn’t the only soundtrack for carving up the Italian countryside. “The way from Milano to Rome is very beautiful,” he said. “We want to do this driving safe and rediscovering a different experience with driving.”
These machines are “3rd generation” in the sense that they read a single strand of DNA at a time, as opposed to the clusters of DNA that the current second generation machines use, and can read much longer stretches of DNA much faster. However, these methods still use the same old-school optical technology that has been used since the first generation; they both identify the DNA sequence by shining a laser at DNA tagged with a fluorescent dye. This approach has drawbacks: it requires massive, expensive lasers, and tends to slowly fry the enzymes involved. The recently released Ion Torrent machine was one of the first to break this mould, by reading DNA using electrical signals given off by DNA synthesis reactions. However, Ion Torrent still does not read single molecules of DNA, is relatively slow, and can only read short bits of DNA.
Once the asteroid becomes visible again (it is too near the moon to observe until early January) Astronomers will be able to refine their estimates even further.
He pauses. “The assassination markets are going to be a bit shit.” Untraceable murder-for-hire, in other words, could be an unfortunate side effect of their financial innovation.
The document reveals – for the first time – hard, though unaudited, details about Facebook’s financial performance. Through the first three quarters of 2010, Facebook earned profit of $355 million on revenue of $1.2 billion, according to a Reuters account of the prospectus.