The City and the City
China Miéville’s latest book has been described by some critics the most compelling science fiction novel of the year. It begins as a murder mystery, dutifully investigated by casually seditious cop Tyador Borlú, but very quickly he begins to discover that his world isn’t what he expected. Set in the compelling (though mythical) Balkan twin cities of Beszel and Ul Qoma, where you’re not allowed to admit the mirroring sister city exists. Awesome! The City & The City
Tuesday’s moderate earthquake (Mw~~5.6) here in the San Francisco Bay Area was the highest magnitude quake since Loma Prieta in 1989. It was also the strongest earthquake I’ve personally experienced (and the first one I’ve blogged about).
MF-FM (2007): A Moogerfooger effect that switches radio stations automatically.
The company that created the limo, Becker Automotive Design in Los Angeles, designs vehicles for the likes of Eminem, Magic Johnson and King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Finally, a troll popped up. He didn’t really improve our article in any way, but he did add what appears to be – well, we don’t quite know what it is. This was starting to feel like collaborative hell.
The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office was unable to determine the exact cause of Hope Kurtz’s death after an autopsy and toxicology tests, and ruled that she died of natural causes, said the family friend, Beatriz da Costa.
Trust the Brits to turn their obsession with drinking tea into a “turnkey b2b enterprise-level web-based tea management solution infrastructure.”
The Afghan National Museum and the National Contemporary Art Gallery in Kabul have been looted, while any remaining artwork has also been demolished. In fact, most Afghan art is now unaccounted for due to archival destruction.
Then I remembered how many farmers’ markets I missed because my toddler was in grumpy mood unfit to handle the stresses of an outing. How many did I miss because someone was sick, or because we had other plans at that date and time, or because I simply forgot to go? Again. Suddenly, a website where I can buy bread that will be baked locally and delivered to my door by bicycle no less – well, that’s starting to sound pretty darn cool!
Someone will no doubt successfully crack the system sooner or later—we haven’t given up yet ourselves—just as hackers broke Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader within days of the release of the iPhone 5. But Apple has successfully crafted an unlocking mechanism that’s mostly effortless for a phone’s owner and yet, for the moment, beyond our efforts to defeat it.
I borrowed a friend’s Mazda3 hatchback while I was unable to ride. It’s got a 2.3-liter engine and a five-speed manual and I averaged roughly 20 mpg crawling through traffic. I racked up 600 or so miles during my two weeks in commute hell, burning through roughly 30 gallons of gas. At $3.75 a gallon, that’s $112.50 spent in just two weeks. Compare that to the $50 or so I would have put into bikes to go the same distance during the same time frame.
The stickers can also be used to automatically make a phone call or send a text message to a specific recipient. For example, a parent could program a TecTile stuck to a refrigerator to automatically send them a text message that says “Hey Mom and Dad, I’m home” when their child gets back from school and taps their phone on the fridge.
“There’s a 100,000 limit on downloading these. But it’s just a web form, so I’m trying to see if there’s a Python way to fill out the form programmatically,” said Fallen. Roughly 4 million violations filled the system. “This might take a few more hours,” she said.
“You can argue this on constitutional grounds. Does the government have the right to do this? Frankly, I think the government does have a right to do it. You can do balancing privacy and security… dead men don’t have a right to privacy. I don’t use those lenses. My lens is the security lens, and frankly, it’s a close but clear call that Apple’s right on just raw security grounds,” he said.
Your dog can’t tell you when it’s starting to feel a little under the weather. But thanks to a new canine-specific activity tracker, you can be alerted to important changes in your pet’s behavior months or years before you’d normally observe the signs.
But when passport.com, which Microsoft properties rely on for user authentication, is unavailable – it was on Wednesday – .NET starts to look more tangled than not.
Cyberpunk fiction, like Neal Stephenson‘s Snow Crash, seems to serve as a model for real-life action. Lamo is “a strange amalgam of Robin Hood and console cowboy,” Whiters-Ridley wrote in an instant message. “(He’s) the wandering samurai, Mad Max, (the) hacker with a heart of gold.”
Forrester Research analyst Jeremy Schwartz believes Creative is taking the right approach to become a mass-market device. “(The Nomad Jukebox is) a great little device,” and is a good product to build a new business on, Schwartz said. He believes the high price may limit the market penetration initially, but expects it to become less expensive over time.
In the first indictment Swartz had been charged with one count each of wire fraud (maximum prison sentence: twenty years), computer fraud (maximum prison sentence: five years), theft of information from a computer (maximum prison sentence: five years), and recklessly damaging a computer (maximum prison sentence: five years). The superseding indictment now charged him with one count of recklessly damaging a computer (maximum prison sentence: five years), two counts of wire fraud (maximum prison sentence: forty years), five counts of computer fraud (maximum prison sentence: twenty-five years), and five counts of unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer (maximum prison sentence: twenty-five years). All but the wire-fraud charges were brought under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The government manufactured these new counts by treating the downloading incidents in September, October, November, December, and January separately — a seemingly gratuitous prosecutorial tactic that reeked of menace and intimidation: “You want to have a trial? Fine, let’s have a trial.”
And maybe that’s okay. The community is psyched for this science, which they can see unfolding—can help unfold. Tabby’s Star is a star of the people: Start to finish, it’s the story of non-professionals interacting with inexplicable data. They uncovered it in the first place; they put it on Boyajian’s radar; their clicks made it popular; and now their disposable income is funding a private project to get more data that they will be able to interact with.
To sign up, campaigns must first create a Square Cash business account and email Square. This creates a so-called $Cashtag (essentially a username for Square Cash) that campaigns can Tweet out, automatically generating a Contribute button in user feeds. Twitter users who click the button will be able to input their donation amount, as well as personal information required by the FEC, like their names and addresses.
In addition, now that a number of Miis are there in StreetPass Mii Plaza… we are developing several software titles to take advantage of them. We will not be able to offer you the full or all the specific possibilities of the Miis stored in StreetPass Mii Plaza within this fiscal year, but we can say that you will never let your 300 Miis stored in your Nintendo 3DS go to waste, as we are preparing for a number of software titles, which will feature such as a theme, to be launched in this and the next fiscal years.
The Solidoodle is a 3D printer, capable of printing a 6″ x 6″ x 6″ object with a basic price point of $499, and a spool of filament will run you $43. For comparison, there are many high-quality inkjet and laser printers that run for this cost or more on Amazon while the cost of toner cartridges and ink refills run a pretty wide range and can easily cost more than $43. The Solidoodle premiered recently at NY Tech Day and was named the best of NY Tech Day by CNET. I had the chance to sit down and Skype with Solidoodle founder and CEO Sam Cervantes and got some more insight into the printer. He is a very nice guy and talked with me for about 40 minutes so I’ve pulled the highlights below.
The NSA’s cookie use is unrelated, and Weber said it was strictly to improve the surfing experience “and not to collect personal user data.”
Thus the New Horizons mission science observations are defined and sequenced using the old IAU convention, even though published maps use the new convention. As long as everybody is clear on what convention is in play, this isn’t a serious problem. In both cases, longitude is measured positive to the east. Converting is straightforward: to turn a location from old convention to new convention, you flip the sign on the latitude, and compute 360° minus old longitude. It’s a simple 180-degree rotation of an old-IAU-convention map to make it correlate to a new-IAU-convention map. No mirror-flipping is involved, and if you think about it, it wouldn’t make sense for there to be any mirror-flipping required to match up maps; they’re both mapping the same physical object with the same features in the same positions. Rotations make sense, translations make sense (shifting left or right), but mirror-flipping doesn’t make sense.
Clicky offers all the standard features of site tracking services such as a list of IP addresses, type of browser, user operating system, unique visitors, total page hits and more.
Reviewing the iTunes catalog, I began to think this challenge wouldn’t be so hard. The good children’s shows that any parent would recognize – Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans and Blue’s Clues – had at least one season available. The broadcast and cable network programs my wife and I watch – Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Jericho and The Daily Show – were also offered. Thanks to Steve Jobs, we wouldn’t miss a single cylon being fragged.
Our voice might be hoarse, but the show goes on. This week, we’ve got a new album from Major Lazer, a new comic from Marvel, and a new show from one of the minds behind South Park. That’s three for three, in case you were keeping track. Three what? We’ll be honest: We have no idea.
“I’m not sure it’s adding that much flavor because as it evaporates, my feeling is the beer is simply concentrating in the can,” said Chu, who posted the results of his pre-Thanksgiving test on his website, Cooking for Engineers. “But there are people who say it does add flavor.”
The e-commerce company’s shares fell 2.1% to $935.33 in recent trading. The stock has dipped more than 10% from its all-time closing high, which would mark the start of a correction if Amazon doesn’t rebound.
According to the WGA, which has about 12,000 members, median earnings for writers dropped between the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons, and more scribes are finding it difficult to make a living under current deals.
Which is why Calvin Klein’s attempt to seduce a whole new generation of twenty-somethings with CK in2u is so pathetic. (It’s a mark of Calvin Klein’s marketing mismanagement that a Google search for that term does not bring up the Calvin Klein website in the first two pages).
San Francisco-based venture capitalist Hunter Walk claims the campaign he initiated is impartial, but he’s actually an outspoken Clinton supporter. The past few months of his Twitter stream is mostly devoted to Clinton, with the common theme “With her since 2012, #WithHer on Nov 8” appearing time and again.
The stores, in coastal states such as New Jersey and California and ranging from walk-through kiosks to large shopping mall and airport locations, will help palmOne introduce low-end Zire and business-driven Tungsten handhelds and Treo mobile phones to consumers who do not normally shop in stores like Best Buy or Circuit City.
Among the outfits still standing is Orbital Sciences, which can put payloads in orbit with its Pegasus and Taurus rockets, starting at a reported $20 million price tag. Sea Launch is a multinational venture whose key investors include Boeing. It uses Russian-Ukrainian rockets to lift satellites into geosynchronous orbit from seaborne launch platforms near the equator, at prices reportedly starting at about $65 million.
“My biggest problem with the backstop argument is that it encourages people to think there’s a do-over if we screw up our response to climate chaosM, when in fact, we don’t have any proven response or remedy,” wrote Worldchanging co-founder Alex Steffen on his website 2007.
Though DNA analysis is a standardized process, each company picks the variants that it thinks provide answers. One company might decide that one variant signifies caffeine sensitivity or the likelihood that you might feel hungry after eating a full meal; both translate easily into advice. (Lay off the caffeine! Stop eating even if you’re still hungry!) Other results might help tailor a workout. Someone with an SNP that correlates to difficulty building muscle might add strength training or additional supplements.