CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 |
Since the Los Angeles Times posted a searchable database of Department of Water and Power employees' pay online late Tuesday night, visitors from the department's computer network have spent approximately 1,300 hours on the site. That's the equivalent of seven-and-a-half months of eight-hour work days. The database page is the first to allow the public -- and apparently DWP workers -- to search individual employees' base pay, overtime and other earnings at the city-owned utility.
June 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama has ordered his national security team to draw up a secret target list for possible cyber-attacks, a major expansion of U.S. planning for disabling and hacking into foreign computer networks, according to a copy of the top-secret directive. White House officials emphasized that the document laid out principles for defending U.S. computer networks and insisted that it did not imply that the U.S. would be stepping up cyber-attacks overseas. But they did not dispute that the planning called for in the document goes beyond previous policy directives, which had emphasized protection from foreign computer hacking.
June 5, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Bradley Manning's former Army supervisor described him Wednesday as a highly competent computer whiz who could easily get around secret passwords to retrieve information about enemy terrorist cells. "He indicated to me he was very fluent in computers, that he spoke their language, and that there was nothing he could not do on a computer," said Jihrleah Showman, a former Army specialist who served as Manning's team leader in Iraq. Showman testified in Manning's court-martial on charges he aided the enemy by passing thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
June 1, 2013 |
In decades past, if someone mentioned the word "fitness," he or she was probably talking about calisthenic routines performed in a spandex body suit. Today, the term "fitness" is as likely to encompass the body as it is the mind. More than simply memory, "brain fitness" refers to a diverse suite of cognitive functions, including attention, working memory, perception, decision-making and emotional regulation, says Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at UC San Francisco. "The field of brain fitness is built on the underlying concept of brain plasticity - the idea that the brain can modify or shape itself," he says.
May 26, 2013 |
It happened, as crises do, without warning. I was doing something essential, like trolling online for better and deeply discounted kitchen knives, when suddenly the image on my laptop went from hi-res to out-of-register. Most of the color fell away and a grim message appeared: My computer was having a problem, as though I hadn't noticed; I should wait a minute and try to turn it on again. An hour later I was on the street in front of the Apple store, laptop-less. The fellow at the Genius Bar could tell that the video card wasn't working but couldn't fix it. At the ripe old age of 6, this was a "vintage" computer that required a trip to the central repair facility, where they keep antique parts.
May 26, 2013 |
From digitally printed textiles to stylish tech gadgets and even wearable computing, the ever-growing partnership of fashion and technology is catapulting the design world into a whole new dimension. Evidence was everywhere at the New York fall-winter 2013 fashion presentations in February - from models tweeting as they walked the runway at the end of the Kenneth Cole show to Vivienne Tam's "propaganda print" dresses bearing a pattern that incorporated QR barcodes, readable by scanners to link back to Tam's Facebook page.
May 25, 2013 |
Maybe instead of Apple stock, we should all be buying old Apple computers. On Saturday, a working Apple-1 home computer set a record, selling for $671,400 at the Breker auction house in Germany, according to the New York Times. That eclipsed the record of $640,000 for an Apple-1 set last November by the same auction house. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 The Apple-1 sold Saturday was hand-assembled by Steve Wozniak in 1976 and is one of just a few of units that still exist.
May 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Here's a heads-up for the growing ranks of seniors whose post-retirement monthly incomes aren't sufficient to qualify for a mortgage under today's tough underwriting standards: Thanks to a rule change by the largest players in the home loan business, you may be able to use imputed income from your 401(k), IRA and other retirement assets to qualify for the loan you want. That, in turn, could open the door to a money-saving refinancing to a lower-rate loan or a downsizing purchase of a new house or condo.
May 23, 2013 |
Workers spend more than half an hour each day shopping for new clothing, exchanging instant messages with friends and taking care of other personal matters on their work computers. That was one of the findings of a survey of 300 full-time workers by SpectorSoft Corp., which sells computer monitoring software to employers. About 60% of workers surveyed said they used their computers at work for non-work activities. A Salary.com survey last year found a similar percentage of workers use their work computers to browse the Web for personal reasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 |
At age 59, Rita Kowalski decided she wanted to use the computer for more than emailing her kids and looking up salmon recipes. Forty-two years after she dropped out of high school to start a family, Kowalski, now a grandmother of 12, is using it to get her high school equivalency credential. "I perked up because I can look straight at the computer," Kowalski said. "My attention span is shorter with books for some reason, but I can look at the screen for hours and it doesn't seem to bother me. " After decades of pencil-to-paper test sheets, California this year became the latest state to launch the General Educational Development test, known as the GED, in a computer format.