November 4, 2013 |
Multiply the following as quick as you can in your head: 7,686,369,774,870 x 2,465,099,745,779 = ? Got it yet? If you took longer than 28 seconds, then you missed your chance at breaking a world record held by Shakuntala Devi. The woman known as the "human computer" died in April, and Monday would have been her 84th birthday. On Monday, Google paid tribute to the woman once known as the human computer with this doodle . For more on this amazing woman, check out this Los Angeles Times profile of her from 25 years ago. The story says of Devi: " Devi is a sari-clad diva of numbers, a math prodigy who can calculate as fast and accurately as any hand-held contraption.
July 7, 2012 |
As many as 64,000 Americans' computers may still be infected by malware that will cause them to lose Internet service Monday, so make sure you aren't among those affected if you haven't already. The problem is a result of a large online advertising scam that took over more than 4 million computers around the world. When the FBI went in to shut down the scheme, the agency realized that turning off the malicious servers would cause infected computers to lose access to the Internet.
November 19, 2012 |
How do you get people to buy a staid computer storage device? If you're Samsung, you try something that'll definitely draw attention such as putting puppy faces on computers and then destroying them. The South Korean tech giant has taken down a commercial it uploaded Monday to YouTube that featured computers that look like puppies, complete with ears and paws, getting smashed or thrown by their owners. The video, titled " Don't Give Up on Puppy Love!," showed people getting tired of their computers' problems and then taking it out on the puppy computers.
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April 11, 2013 |
When asked why he was sneaking out of a Pico Rivera restaurant with a computer, Fernando Castillo offered a simple answer: I'm the manager. Only problem? The person asking was the actual manager. “It was an 'I'm the manager, no I'm the manager' type of thing,” Sgt. Ernest Bille of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said of the back-and-forth exchange at Clearman's Steak 'n Stein on Tuesday night. As employees prepped to close for the night, Castillo sneaked in, unplugged a computer monitor and tried to leave the restaurant with it, authorities said.
May 23, 2012 |
Leap Motion, a San Francisco startup, wants to change the way you control your computer with a little device it revealed this week. The Leap is a small 3-D motion sensor that goes in front of your computer and creates a 3-D interaction space of 8 cubic feet from which you can use your hands and fingers to direct your computer. The makers of the device, which is reminiscent of Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Kinect, say it is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market, no matter the price, and can track your movements "down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.
May 11, 2012 |
JetBlue Airways blamed a computer glitch for an 18-month-old girl being removed from a plane in Fort Lauderdale , Fla., because the carrier's employees thought she was on the no-fly list. The girl and her parents were removed after the flight bound for Newark, N.J., had boarded, media reports say. In a statement made Thursday, JetBlue said it was looking into the incident that happened Tuesday. It also said its employees "followed appropriate protocols" and included an apology to the family.
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April 11, 1999
Re "Hauser's Concept for 'Granny' to Simplify Computer Use," March 23. I just love the quote of Dave Stetler, director of business development for the Hauser consulting firm: "It's beyond the scope of people age 65 and upward." It is obvious that Mr. Stetler hasn't done his homework or a market survey. Being 65 qualifies me not to understand the computer, but I am somewhat computer-literate and get on line with my kids and grandkids as well as friends across the country. It isn't just seniors who are confounded by the computer, it is most everyone beyond school age. Just imagine buying a car in six different parts.
October 9, 2013 |
As a chemistry professor at USC, Arieh Warshel says he sometimes finds it difficult to convince his fellow scientists that computers have a place in experimental fields like his own. Many people, he laments, use them to make or watch movies, "but not to understand. " Though Warshel may hold a minority view on a campus with strong ties to Hollywood - visitors to his laboratory's website are informed that his animated computer simulations are not available on Netflix - he got a huge endorsement Wednesday from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the form of a Nobel Prize.
April 15, 2014 |
There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. " Lewis describes a new kind of Wall Street gold rush. In the entirely automated, pre- and post-crash stock market of the first two decades of the 21st century, human traders have become superfluous. Stocks are bought and sold inside computers, and a new brand of high-frequency trader is making a fortune thanks to a precious new commodity - speed.