September 11, 2013 |
Mike Dalton starts his day at a Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland doing something he couldn't do a year ago: He signs on to a computer and calls up an application for disability compensation. With a few mouse clicks, he pulls the information he needs to rate a veteran's injuries. The new computer system is the centerpiece of a major overhaul that department officials promise will clear the backlog of claims that has had severely wounded veterans waiting months - if not years - to find out whether they will receive financial help.
September 4, 2013 |
For all the new things that schools will be called on to teach under the soon-to-be-implemented Common Core curriculum standards, it's a skill that has been omitted that is causing controversy: cursive writing. Good old script penmanship isn't part of the standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, including California. It's not forbidden or discouraged, but Common Core focuses on analytical and computer-based skills rather than the long hours of practice required to link letters in a flowing style.
August 22, 2013 |
Nasdaq said Thursday it has halted all trading -- apparently the latest snafu to strike major exchanges and trading firms. The halt affected scores of big-name stocks, including Apple Inc. and Google Inc., leaving small investors and others scrambling to find out what's happening in their stocks. The cause of the glitch is unknown, although Nasdaq put an alert on its website related to something known as its securities information processor, which disseminates stock quotes. The Nasdaq options markets released an update recommending that all firms route their orders elsewhere.
August 19, 2013 |
Even before the late Steve Jobs, who is the subject of the poorly received bio-pic “Jobs,” became an oracle of the personal computer revolution some 30 years ago, computers and their like were a mainstay in film and television. Though most of these early movies were sci-fi thrillers such as 1956's “Forbidden Planet” and Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which introduced the silky-voiced, villainous computer Hal, artificial intelligence was also central to the 1957 Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn romantic comedy “Desk Set.” Part of the fun of watching "Desk Set" today is seeing what passed as a sophisticated computer 56 years ago. The movie's EMARAC-Electromagnetic Memory and Research Arithmetical Calculator-is a massive elephantine structure that features bright blinking lights, two reel-to-reel tape contraptions and assorted beeps and bops sounds.
August 14, 2013 |
"Jobs" opens with a scene of technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs introducing the iPod in 2001. As the Apple Inc. co-founder makes his way to a small stage, he passes ads for his own company that feature images of Einstein, Gandhi and Bob Dylan. For the next two hours, the film remains about that unsubtle in its attempts to portray Jobs as a genius for the ages. The movie's awe-struck attitude is even more odd and unconvincing considering that the film actually doesn't shy away from portraying its subject as ruthless, overbearing and generally self-centered.
August 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Hours after the FBI released surveillance images of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent a college friend a hurried text message asking him to go to his dorm room and "take what's there. " "If yu want yu can go to my room and take what's there," he texted on April 18, three days after the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev ended with " salam aleikum ," Arabic for "peace be upon you. " According to a federal grand jury indictment issued Thursday in Boston, Dias Kadyrbayev showed the text to a mutual friend, Azamat Tazhayakov.
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August 6, 2013 |
The computer systems that connect 911 callers to Los Angeles Fire Department rescuers broke down repeatedly last month, complicating and delaying emergency responses and prompting renewed calls to fix the agency's faulty technology. Key parts of the decades-old system that the department relies on to process emergency calls and automatically send rescuers failed five times in July, according to city officials. Together, the outages totaled more than 12 hours of disruption in normal operations and forced dispatchers to use radios to assign rescuers to emergencies and manually track the availability and location of units, sometimes using golf tees and pegboards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 |
The computer systems that connect 911 callers to Los Angeles Fire Department rescuers broke down repeatedly last month, complicating and delaying emergency responses and prompting renewed calls to fix the agency's faulty technology. Key parts of the decades-old system that the LAFD relies on to log emergency calls and automatically dispatch rescuers failed five times in July, according to city officials. Together, the outages totaled more than 12 hours of disruption in normal operations and forced dispatchers to use radios to dispatch rescuers and manually track the availability and location of fire units, sometimes using golf tees and pegboards.
August 2, 2013 |
The film "Computer Chess" has been among the most buzzed-about films of the year ever since it premiered as part of the Next section at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Local audiences now have a chance to step back in time with the film to explore a previous generation's version of true nerdery and the origins of artificial intelligence. "Computer Chess" opens Friday in Los Angeles and writer-director Andrew Bujalski is scheduled to appear for Q&As on Friday and Saturday at the Nuart . The film is set around a weekend computer chess tournament in 1980, as teams of programmers pit their machines against one another.
July 28, 2013 |
Emulex Corp. in Costa Mesa designs and makes chips that help data move faster through computer servers and storage networks. The company's Ethernet and Fibre Channel products have been built into the server and storage products of such well-known companies as Dell Inc., Intel Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp. and IBM Corp. Fibre Channel is a rival networking standard to Ethernet for transmitting data between computer devices. The company, founded in 1979, said in its fiscal third-quarter financial report that its products can be found somewhere in the data centers "of nearly all of the Fortune 1000" companies.