January 17, 2012 |
What would the world be like without the Internet? Fire up your browser and see what you can't do. In the first strike of its kind, hundreds of popular sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing were scheduled to temporarily shut down Wednesday to protest a pair of anti-piracy bills that they say essentially amount to censorship of the Internet. The prospect of a day without the websites set off a frenzy in the hours leading up to the strike, which was slated to begin Tuesday night, with parents urging their children to do their homework early and tech-savvy users posting instructions for how to access cached Wikipedia pages during the blackout.
March 2, 2011 |
There's an imaginary border that crosses through the South of France and northern Italy, angling through Greece and Turkey toward the Middle East. Call it the olive oil line — to the north, the cuisines are flavored with butter and other oils; to the south, the warm Mediterranean flavors of olive oil predominate. Another culinary border follows it almost exactly: the Great Garbanzo Divide. Also known as the chickpea, the garbanzo is a round, golden legume known in the Old World eons before true beans found their way from the New World.
March 30, 2012 |
If there's a brawl between Silicon Valley and Hollywood to be California's marquee industry, it looks like the geeks have come out on top. More than 65% of those surveyed in the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll said the technology industry was more important to the state's economy than entertainment, perhaps showing that SoCal's famous vixens and heartthrobs are losing the battle for screen time to NorCal's search engines and social networks....
September 17, 2013 |
Despite the growth of Netflix, Amazon.com and other legal channels for watching entertainment online, the volume of pirated movies, TV shows, music, books and video games online continues to grow at a rapid pace. The amount of bandwidth used for copyright infringement in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific has grown nearly 160% from 2010 to 2012, accounting for 24% of total Internet bandwidth, according to a study from NetNames, the British brand protection firm. At the same time, the number of people engaged in copyright infringement has grown dramatically too. In January2013, 327 million unique users illegally sought copyrighted content, generating 14 billion page views on websites focused on piracy, up 10% from November 2011, according to the report.
January 14, 2012 |
The Obama administration signaled Saturday it does not support aspects of pending anti-piracy legislation, a setback for the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Hollywood's chief lobbying arm. The measures - which have deeply divided the entertainment and technology industries - would give the Justice Department more tools to shut down foreign websites involved in theft of movies and TV shows. Major Hollywood studios and unions have been mounting a campaign in support of the bills to combat online piracy, which costs the industry billions annually.
May 12, 2012 |
- At the village market, my friend Pepa buys a couple of small white fish, a handful of clams, a few shrimp. I ask what she's preparing. " Una sopa marinera, de pescado ," she replies. A fish soup. Nothing fancy, no complications, just a simple home-style fish soup, ready in minutes. In Spanish, " marinera " has nothing to do with tomato sauce - it means mariner's style, fishermen's fare. These seafood soups are traditional aboard fishing boats or in fishermen's homes, where the remains of the day's catch find their way into the soup pot. From the village where Pepa and I shop, we look down to the Mediterranean coast, where a fishing port receives fresh seafood daily.
July 1, 1990 |
Colette at Beverly Pavilion Hotel, 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 273-1151. Style: The Franco-American food here might not leave you crying for an encore, but it does merit a bit of applause. Setting: Pastels, light woods. Recommended dishes: Menu changes every two weeks but might include gumbo; mussels and saffron soup; New York strip steak. Cost per person: $25-$45. Julienne, 2649 Mission St., San Marino. (818) 441-2299.
January 18, 2012
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: George Lucas says he's done with "Star Wars" and will devote his career to art films -- which is the same line he's been giving for 18 years. ( Time ) He also has scientific proof that Indiana Jones could have survived the fridge nuking in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. " ( Slash Film ) Wikipedia, Craigslist and several other sites are down today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act bill in Congress.