September 23, 1990 |
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone on earth that girls and boys, chicks and dudes, ladies and gents talk a different game. No news there. But author-linguist Deborah Tannen has descended from the Ivory Tower with a new book about frustrated couples that makes you grab your mate and gasp: "Ooohhhh yeah! Listen to this!"
October 19, 2000 |
Harriet Donnelly is a digital nomad. She lives in this New Jersey suburb and heads Technovative, a thriving high-tech marketing firm. But her business has no physical office. Each of her company's 100 employees or regular contractors--dispersed across the nation--works independently from home or hotel room. Most have never met, except online or in conference calls. Donnelly, 44, works upward of 80 hours in a weekly marathon.
March 28, 1991 |
The Supreme Court narrowed the reach of copyright protection Wednesday, ruling that directories, computer data bases and other compilations of facts may be copied and republished unless they display "some minimum degree of creativity." "Raw facts may be copied at will," the court said. Moreover, authors and publishers are not protected simply because they have compiled information through the "sweat of the brow."
June 1, 1993 |
When two executives at a nonprofit association in southern Los Angeles met recently with a representative of a local philanthropic foundation, they got an unpleasant reminder of cultural blundering. The visitor strode in to the meeting, sat down and launched immediately into what he deemed the appropriate language: "Quid pro quo, bro," and other ghetto speak. "The room froze," recalls Brenda Shockley, executive director of Community Build. Shockley and her male colleague are African-Americans.
November 9, 2000 |
It was an office romance that led, as so many do, to a domestic situation. Now the relationship between Americans and their computers is more than a decade old. And the day-to-day intimacy between human and machine has produced a whole new way of speaking. Unthinkingly, we use terms that many have forgotten were once technical. We don't converse, we interface. We don't feel an emotion, we process it. We don't juggle errands, we multitask. Instead of remembering, we download.
January 5, 1995 |
Dancers underneath a canopy of green laser beams pulsate to bass-driven, computer-generated sounds. Their movement is minimal, even constrained, inspired by restless, repeating rhythms that are hypnotically primal. Every Thursday night at Lost City, a once-a-week club at Metropolis in Irvine, a few hundred young adults gather to share in a culture thriving throughout the global village--communicating and creating new art via computers.
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August 29, 1995 |
Back home in Turkey, the priest was in the habit of going for an afternoon walk and hitchhiking home, but when he tried it in Tujunga last month, he wound up under arrest. The man in the black robe fit the description of a suspected child molester, but it was impossible to question him because he spoke only a foreign language that sounded Middle Eastern, officers said. The problem got kicked up to Capt.
January 11, 2009 |
President-elect Barack Obama is expected to name the nation's first-ever federal chief technology officer sometime soon. According to Obama's website, the CTO's role will be to "ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century." It's not surprising that Obama plans a major emphasis on technology.
April 28, 1994 |
The communications industry, which has a big stake in government decisions about the "information superhighway," gave more than $50 million in political action committee and "soft money" contributions to congressional candidates and political party units during the last decade, a Common Cause study showed Wednesday. AT&T donated $5.
May 22, 2000 |
For much of its nine years of existence, Software Technologies Corp. of Monrovia has been one of the most obscure technology companies in Southern California. Even after the company's initial public stock offering last month and a current market capitalization of close to $1.5 billion, the company still has a meager profile, even in its own industry. As does James Demetriades, the 37-year-old founder and chief executive of the company, whose stock is now worth about $600 million.