March 11, 2013 |
What do Facebook users who “like” Mozart, Morgan Freeman's voice, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and curly fries have in common? They are likely to have high IQs, according to a new study . Meanwhile, those who like Facebook pages related to mountain biking, business administration, engineering and the book "48 Laws of Power" are apt to be calm and relaxed, the study found. These and other patterns emerged from an analysis of 58,000 Facebook users and the things that prompted them to click the little blue thumbs-up icon.
February 5, 2013 |
Aaron Swartz may change the Internet yet again, even in death, with the help of lawmakers who have expressed a fondness for breaking the law. At a Washington, D.C., memorial Monday night, members of Congress and loved ones gathered to remember Swartz, who committed suicide on Jan. 11 while facing years in prison for mass-downloading scholarly articles. Swartz had already reshaped the Web experiences of millions by co-creating Reddit and the information-distribution service RSS. By turns, speakers at the Cannon House Office Building compared Swartz to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple founder Steve Jobs, and 20th century British programmer Alan Turing -- with Swartz as yet another cybergenius whose ambitions carried him to the law's edge.
November 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Paul D. Ryan returned to Congress on Tuesday, his political star rising even if his political future remains uncertain. The Wisconsin congressman and GOP vice presidential nominee has dismissed talk of a 2016 presidential run, saying Americans are tired of politics, and he described the "shock" of losing on election night as a "foreign experience. " For now, he is retaking his perch on the House Budget Committee, the venue that launched him into the presidential campaign as Mitt Romney's running mate and which also produced the austerity blueprint that defines the Republican Party.
November 9, 2012 |
When Gabrielle Giffords confronted Jared Lee Loughner, the man who shot her on the head in a mass shooting in Tucson, the two just intensely stared at the other, her husband Mark Kelly said on Friday. “Gabby's eyes were locked on his the entire time as I read our statement. I kept looking up and his expression would change. He was paying attention to what we were saying,” Kelly, a retired astronaut, told NBC's "Today" Show. “He wasn't really happy at points, and I almost felt like during that whole few minutes that he and Gabby were having quite the staring contest.” On Thursday, Loughner, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for wounding Giffords and 12 others and killing six people in a January 2011 shooting rampage in a grocery story parking lot. Giffords, then a member of Congress, had been holding a routine Saturday morning meet-and-greet event with constituents when Loughner approached her and opened fire.
November 7, 2012 |
President Obama was the clear winner Tuesday. And he took one author with him: Nate Silver. "The Signal and the Noise," Silver's explanation of how he does what he does, has climbed to No. 2 on the Amazon bestseller list . The 544 page book was published in September. What Silver does, of course, is sort through lots of data to try to find the real story. His fivethirtyeight blog is named for the 538 votes in the Electoral College -- a majority of which is what it takes to get a candidate in the White House.
July 23, 2012 |
“You didn't build that” stands a good chance of becoming one of the indelible, hot-button phrases of Campaign 2012. Mitt Romney and Republicans will use President Obama's words to attack him as the business-unfriendly Bureaucrat in Chief. Democrats will defend the sentiment as common sense - suggesting only that no one who succeeds in business makes it entirely on their own. Obama's words about private enterprise resonate because they fit into perennial themes: the conservative notion that only unfettered individuals can build a rich and free society vs. the liberal idea that society (and sometimes government)