Mario Azar, 28, faces a maximum 10-year term after being accused of purposely impairing a computer system that monitored for leaks on three Pacific Energy Resources platforms offshore of Huntington Beach.
MetaCert’s blockchain protocol is useful for more than just cataloging phishing sites. TrustedNews, a browser plugin that attempts to spot fake news, uses the protocol to rate content based on its trustworthiness. Next, MetaCert is adding a system to reward people who submit and review links to the database with tokens that they can use to pay for MetaCert’s paid products.
Then, of course, there are cultural constraints. “Am I going to join the chamber of commerce in my city? No,” said “Madame,” who runs the porn site BlueToon Media and lives in North Texas. “With our present government, it’s making it harder for us to say, ‘Yeah, I’m a pornmaster.”
Not everyone is laughing. In the days and weeks following Sept. 11, page views quadrupled at the Center for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal website, which posts information debunking hoaxes. A large percentage of visitors were inquiring about the Tourist of Death image.
DDoS attacks have become more powerful over time, with hackers varying their techniques to amplify their effects and make them more difficult to mitigate or thwart. Every year it seems, a new mega-DDoS attack shows up that dwarfs those that preceded it.
The second coming of the Dreamcast has long been fantasized by fans, but always considered incredibly unlikely; likewise is the revival of the classic indie games website, the Gaming Intelligence Agency. Today, the GIA came back online for a brief period, announcing that the Sega has plans to make a Dreamcast 2.
First, the telecom firms that owned the fiber optic networks didn’t like the idea of selling their services as a commodity. Some made the case that not all networks perform equally well. In addition, most preferred to negotiate prices with customers, rather than be stuck with a one-size-fits-all pricing scheme.
The Anontune concept remained nothing more than talk until one day in early December, when an anon posted a link to Anontune and said he planned to make their ideas a reality. The others looked at the site. Although it wasn’t very good, the working prototype got enough people interested in the project that they “formed a team that day and stopped hacking,” the anon said.
The world’s population is exploding and is expected to reach 10 billion people in 2050. Global farmers can’t keep up with demand, raising fears that the world could face a food shortage, and more people are relying on controversial GMOs to feed themselves as a result.
Not to be left behind in the video game, AT&T has also posted a video that describes “how to be iReady.” One useful feature of the video is that it shows the interior of a typical AT&T store, so you can acclimate yourself to the horrible orange-accented, indirect-lit environment before going there. Key facts: Stores open at 8 a.m. Friday, July 11; bring a photo ID and your Social Security number. Plus (I think) you’ll need a copy of your previous cellphone bill, your spouse’s social security number, the birthdates of your cats and the name of your second-grade schoolteacher.
Taco Bell has blessed the world with TacoBot, a chatbot for the popular workplace chat app Slack. Tell TacoBot what you want, and it keeps a running tally of your order, just like that screen at the drive-thru. When you’re done, pay through TacoBot and pick up your order at the Nearest Participating Taco Bell.
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Like a videogame mix of Dungeons & Dragons and improv comedy, an innovative new indie game lets players create their own plots on the fly.
Kevin Monaghan, an NBC vice president who is directing the company’s online Games effort, said that the network is busy trying to find a new partner now that Quokka has perished. “We have spoken to about three dozen companies at various levels,” he said, “and we were discussing various levels of participation. We’ve narrowed it down to two or three who can give us excellent distribution.”
But the MPAA said this new round of lawsuits should serve as a warning to the operators of i2hub. The association indicated it would not necessarily wait until the Grokster outcome in order to take legal action.
Global cyber chaos is spreading Monday as companies boot up computers at work following the weekend’s worldwide “ransomware” cyberattack.
Justin Layshock started regular classes again last week, though the lawsuit continues. “The school’s policies are very vague and need to be changed,” says Cherie Layshock. There have already been some policy changes in the Layshock household – Justin isn’t allowed to use the home computer without asking his parents first, she says.
Kazaa’s Media Desktop software is one of a variety of file-swapping programs used by tens of millions of people worldwide. Kazaa alone has 3 million to 4 million users at any given time.
“This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful … it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners,” said Livingstone, in Singapore where he supported London’s Olympic bid. Giselle Davies, an International Olympic Committee spokeswoman, said the committee still had “full confidence” in London.
At the same time, Dell was offering a $100 rebate to employees at five companies, which Dell would not name, who bought certain computers.
As for Frazetta and Vallejo, I’d like to point to a TED talk about the danger of having just one voice out there. Saying we want more diversity or inclusivity means just that. We should get a more holistic view of the world from the art.
Continuing breakthroughs in automation, robotics and machine learning will continue to tilt the landscape in favor of skilled versus unskilled labor. That’s a fact of life. Just as we don’t want to be protectionists, we don’t want to be Luddites either. The problem is that our educational system has not kept up with the times. In some ways, I think we’ve actually gone backwards.
“While Biz is not as convincingly human (as AOLiza), it is definitely more creative and more entertaining to talk to,” Kiehl said. “You never know what he’s going to say.”
CSC will provide a full-screen map of the riders’ whereabouts through a web application it created using Google Maps. To appease the true geodata nuts, CSC will also publish a KML file (an XML-based mapping language) that fans can plug into Google Earth to generate their own custom maps of the race. The official Tour of California website will host a live race-tracking page using Yahoo Maps and Adobe Presentation software.
One of those corrective measures – detailed on the website – includes refunding players who were overcharged during transactions at the MGO Shop.