But fast computers and software like 3D Studio Max, Maya and SoftImage are making high-quality animation more of a do-it-yourself process.
That was Saturday. Any guess on how long it will take Microsoft to patch Media Player once again? And then how long before the FairUse4WM people update their own software?
Those worries didn’t materialize out of nowhere. Hackers compromised power centers in Ukraine in December 2015, taking dozens of substations offline and cutting off power to over 200,000 residents.
This is worrying because fair use is under threat, and one of the culprits is the DMCA takedown notice that provides copyright owners an easy tool to remove content they claim to be unlawfully posted. Copyright owners send these notices to web companies who host content; the companies must then remove the content or risk legal liability themselves. Meant to promote the quick removal of impermissible copyright infringement, the DMCA system works well in many cases.
The BodyMedia FIT CORE is available from Amazon and other stores starting at $143 for the basic device, but it’s worth it for the slight upgrade to the version with Bluetooth. They’re also releasing a short term, disposable version that adheres to the skin for a week. The BodyMedia device came in part from the skunkworks at Carnegie Mellon and uses technology developed by IBM.
“The ubiquity of file-swapping services makes it the perfect attack vector for a malicious MP3 file,” Foundstone CEO George Kurtz said. “That is why it is imperative to patch your systems immediately.”
In the course of skimming thousands of patents each week, however, Wright also encounters an abundance of patents geared for the poultry and livestock industries. These patents – which bear names like “spinal cord removal tool with adjustable blades,” and “animal sorting and grading system using MRI to predict maximum value” – offer a rather striking contrast to the soft and cuddly pet genre.
It’s a David and Goliath story of the tech blogs defeating a mega-corporation.
According to company literature, over 50% of rejected astronaut applicants have been dismissed due to poor vision. (And just think, contact lens wearers can do away with a few extra bottles of liquids when going through airport security, that is probably worth the cost of the surgery right there!) This new policy could make next years selection all the more competitive.
In the end, the sellers stayed for the money, and Etsy reaped the benefits. This is often the case with internet businesses, whether they’re pushing handmade rugs or 140 characters. They’re founded on certain principles. They’re helped along by a small and passionate group of early adopters. They grow to a certain size. And then they change their principles, alienating those early adopters but capturing the mainstream—all with an eye towards the big IPO. It’s what happened with Facebook. And Twitter.
“All the water [the restaurant] would send to its boiler, instead of sending it straight there from the city, we run it through our heat exchanger first,” Peret said. “Depending on the flow, [the water] can go into the hot water heater at 120 degrees.” (This non-electrical energy savings is included in the 5-kilowatt rating cited above.)
Celebrating that and explaining the motivation of its creator, while being clear about its technical limitations, isn’t hype. It’s good journalism, even if a very clubby and very vocal part of the security community blasts it.
Before I fly down to Miami to trail her and Ransom through the swamp, Sara Ayers-Rigsby sends me a packing list. Ayers-Rigsby is the Southeast/Southwest regional director of FPAN, and the trunk of her car is stocked with supplies, from bug netting to single-serving bags of pretzels. She’ll have ample bug spray and sunscreen to share, she writes, but I’ll want to wear long sleeves on my arms and legs, and the most waterproof boots I’ve got. We’ll be wading into the height of the king tides; the water might rise up to our knees. Heat and mugginess can have a scrambling effect. Ayers-Rigsby later describes it as “brain-meltingly hot.”
But he said that Belo’s position is “ultimately that this is our content and we should have some control about where and in what way it is used. We’ll see what happens in the law and in the courts to decide how to proceed.”
Google is offering a top prize of $20 million for the first privately funded team to land a spacecraft on the moon; have it fly, drive or hop at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) and relay pictures and video back to Earth. The second prize is $5 million.
This superseding indictment, like many sequels, doubled down on the elements that had made its predecessor such a hit. It increased the number of felony charges against Swartz from four to thirteen, and the maximum number of years he faced in prison from thirty-five to ninety-five. As an acquaintance of Swartz’s, Seth Finkelstein, put it on his blog: “as I’ve said before — they don’t like him. They really don’t like him.” If that point hadn’t been made clear before, the superseding indictment left little doubt.
One vendor I talked to did her college thesis entitled My Little Obsession. It was interesting to hear that there are no bronies included on the DVD. Apparently, when she was in college, bronies were scarce and were not included in the final thesis.
That’s why, even though IPv6 has been available for about 10 years, it still hasn’t been widely deployed. People are putting it off as long as they can. Now, with the pool of IPv4 addresses running out, the stalling tactics are finally going to stop working.
BitTorrent, eDonkey and Direct Connect allow millions of internet users to share copies of movies, music, software and games. The services don’t host the files themselves; instead, they point users to other users who have the files available for sharing. In BitTorrent’s case, users tap tracker sites that keep dynamic lists of where files are stored and available for download. The MPAA is trying to cripple BitTorrent and its peers by suing people who host the tracker servers. Because of its efficiency in helping users handle very large files – such as digital copies of feature-length films – BitTorrent has attracted the enmity of Hollywood.
This past week marked the release of the latest version of Medal of Honor, a videogame that has come under a great deal of fire since it was revealed that in its newest iteration players would be able to assume the role of Taliban fighters and fire on American troops. After fielding protests and complaints, Electronic Arts made a last-minute decision to rename the terrorists in the game, calling them “an opposing force” instead of “the Taliban.”
Maddox now makes a living from selling his jets on his website, and is trying for a land speed record for a pulse-jet powered vehicle. In the meantime, he’s enjoying his time spent with the cast of one of his favorite television shows.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a broad and complex set of federal privacy rules, went into effect Monday. HIPAA regulations are intended to give people more control over how their medical information is used. They affect anyone who works with or has access to medical information, from huge scientific research centers and big city hospitals to rural one-physician practices or any business that offers health insurance to employees.
Graves was Uber’s first hire a little more than seven years ago. He also served as the San Francisco-based company’s first CEO, in 2010.
Some businesses have been so inundated by PoGo players that they’ve put up signs saying, “Pokémon are for paying customers only.”
Apple will be updating its Vista FAQ page whenever any of the information changes. Look for updates soon, as Vista arrives on January 30th.
Privacy experts said they feared the log file could be used by investigators, divorce lawyers, snooping family members, marketing companies or others interested in learning about a person’s entertainment habits.
In other words, Google Now would answer the queries that you were too lazy or otherwise occupied to ask. This meant combining information in multiple domains to address something important. Gultekin says that creating a system to do this was at first terrifying, but he and his partner began to breaking down how this could be done for a single domain, commuting. Even something as limited as that required substantial knowledge on the system’s part: locations of home and office, best routes to take, traffic patterns. It certainly helped that Google Maps (and later, its Waze traffic app) knew how to navigate the grid — but that was very much the point. Google would use all its powers to augment this search tool. Soon, they had a credible app to help commuters. “But we didn’t want it to be just a commute app,” says Gultekin. “We wanted it to be a proactive assistant that handles many things.” So they launched Google Now in July 2012 with seven domains: commuting, flights, sports, nearby places, travel, public transit and weather. Now it has over 70, and counting quickly. “My ambition is that Google Now should provide you with most of what you need and everything else becomes a fallback in case we didn’t have what you needed,” says Gultekin.
“Sound quality is high, and I know that a portion of the money paid goes to copyright fees,” said Nebbia. “This reminds me of the discussion on drugs, whether they (should be) legalized or not.
Bin Laden Raid might be the most straightforward and interactive recounting of the events in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The browser game is simple to play – after downloading the Unity Web Player plugin, if you don’t already have it installed. To engage the target, you simply move with your keyboard and fire with your mouse. The goal is to kill bin Laden, take out five of his associates and collect seven pieces of intelligence.
Picasa 3 beta is for Windows only. A Wine-enabled version of Picasa 2.7 is available for Linux users, and there is no word on the long-awaited version for Mac – although insiders have confirmed there is one in the works.
But it’s Legere who’s playing a semantic game here. Legere is arguing that because users can deactivate Binge On, it doesn’t count as throttling. But in order to make an informed decision, customers to have accurate information about what they’re opting into. What it appears T-Mobile is doing is offering customers data cap exemptions for some sites in exchange for downgrading connections for all video. Many customers may indeed want such a service. But customers should be told what’s actually happening, not fed misleading mumbo jumbo about optimizing bitstreams.
Luckily, because most of these new browsers will be working off of existing open-source rendering code, web developers will only have to work for the underlying rendering engines, and not the browsers themselves. For example, even if there are 100 Webkit-based browsers, I only need one Webkit-enabled webpage for them all.
Frankly, I’m doubtful. I’m sure someone is making a lot of money off this operation, either by collecting victim’s financial information and using it in identity theft, or by selling leads to shady mortgage brokers. But I doubt it’s the guys working in the boiler room.
If you follow this YouTube link, you’ll see Kevin Rose promoting his Digg.com website on his old television show “The Screensavers” back in 2004, without mentioning that it’s “his” business. That’s a pretty big lack of disclosure, and something most would assume Rose (based on his affable, fair-minded manner on “Digg Nation”) would never have done. Rose even takes viewers through an elaborate tutorial on how to use the site, as though it’s some new service he’s signed up for that’s “so cool.” Throughout the video, Rose refers to the creators of Digg as “they.” As in, “They don’t allow you to double-Digg stories,” etc. But in the YouTube clip, he never mentions that the “they” behind Digg happens to be “him.” How this video has gone mostly unnoticed or ignored is a testament to the good will Rose has engendered over the years as a TechTV/G4TV host. Nevertheless, the video is a lesson on how “not” to ethically launch a new business.