November 6, 2012 |
In the last week or so, an intense kerfuffle broke out over the poll-prognosticator Nate Silver and his blog at the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight . Silver, a statistician, has been predicting a decisive Obama victory for a very long time, based on his very complicated statistical model, which very, very few of his fans or detractors understand. On any given day, Silver might announce that - given the new polling data - "the model" now finds that the president has an 86.3% chance of winning.
April 6, 2012 |
Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, is sending women to Hacker School this summer. Marc Hedlund, Etsy's vice president of engineering, said that in his career he has hired hundreds of men but only dozens of women. “Other managers I know have reported similar experiences,” Hedlund wrote in a blog post . So Etsy is hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School at its New York City headquarters, and it's offering 10 $5,000 grants to women who want to join but need financial assistance.
March 6, 2012 |
The Raspberry Pi, a $35 computer about the size of a credit card, made headlines last week when all the 10,000 units available for pre-order were snatched up just minutes after they went on sale. Even after the units had sold out, international interest in the computer was so rabid that the websites of the two retailers authorized to sell it — Premier Farnell and RS Components Ltd. — crashed under the weight of the traffic. "We weren't surprised by the enthusiastic reaction," said Eben Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation in Britain.
July 3, 2011 |
Under ordinary circumstances, "Celebrating Classic Cinema: Curator and Audience Favorites," the exceptional new repertory program starting Friday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, would be a cause for unreserved happiness and joy. But these are not ordinary times at LACMA. The series comprises some of the greatest films ever made, prime examples of classic cinema that include some of my own favorites — films like Max Ophüls' breathtaking "The Earrings of Madame de...," Ernst Lubitsch's daringly funny "To Be or Not to Be," and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's sweepingly romantic "I Know Where I'm Going.
May 10, 2011
On Mother's Day, my daughter and her friend Jenny sat on our sofa rocking their baby dolls. It would have been an ordinary, sweet scene of children playing house, if Aviva and Jenny weren't teenagers. Our affluent school district has a thing for gadgets. In some classes, students have instant-answer transmitters, paid for by the schools' fundraising foundation, that enable the teacher to find out instantly whether students understand the lesson. Less successful — and I'm being generous here — was the software that supposedly taught good writing.
April 1, 2011 |
Time Warner Cable's plans to offer live television through Apple's iPad have hit a major roadblock. The cable giant, which has almost 15 million subscribers, dropped a dozen popular channels — including MTV and Comedy Central — from its recently launched iPad application after complaints from programmers, which argued that their content was being put on the iPad illegally. At issue is whether the deals that Time Warner Cable has to carry programming extend beyond the set-top box on the television to new platforms such as the iPad.