February 5, 2013 |
The Irish government was enmeshed in a harsh system of laundries run by Catholic nuns, where women and girls worked behind locked doors without pay, according to a fact-finding report released Tuesday. More than 10,000 women labored in the infamous Magdalen laundries from 1922 to 1996, a government committee said in the lengthy report. Women and girls landed in the workhouses for a long list of reasons. Some were placed there by Irish courts, some by reform schools, some after being rejected by their foster parents, others after being abused or left homeless.
August 24, 1986
In John Lawrence's Aug. 10 column ("Computers Are Running Us, Not Vice Versa"), he complains that computers are making life too complicated, using the example of a harried Sears cashier who has to press 41 correct keystrokes for a single transaction. Perhaps I should update the tired maxim "Computers don't make mistakes, people do" to make it read: "Idiots write stupid programs." It appears that the transaction system at Sears was either designed by committee or by a careless technician with little insight into the daily routine of the cashiers.
January 9, 2013 |
Your elderly parents, living alone, haven't cracked open the fridge in days. Or they left the front door open late at night. Maybe they've fallen and can't get to a phone. Lowe's tapped into the fears of children living apart from their aging kin with its CES display of its new Iris Care system, which among other tasks can send an email to family members when an older relative doesn't get out of bed at the normal time. Elderly users can also carry a $30 pendant that they can use to trip an alarm and reach emergency contacts in times of distress.
July 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders from both parties are pressing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to address newly raised questions about BioWatch, the nation's system for detecting deadly biological attacks. In letters issued Thursday and last week, the leaders said their questions were prompted by a July 8 Los Angeles Times article that identified repeated shortcomings in BioWatch's performance, including dozens of false alarms that signaled apparent terrorist attacks when none had occurred.
HOME & GARDEN
January 9, 2010
Much of the buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show has been about connectivity, specifically the way in which TVs are bringing Internet services into the living room. Kwikset went a few steps further and brought connectivity to the front door. The company exhibited its SmartCode With Home Connect products, which allow homeowners to lock and unlock a door from anywhere in the world through the Internet or mobile phone. Among other features: Vacationers can set up the devices to send an e-mail or text message if a door is unlocked while they're away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1999
Re "City Should Test-Drive Shuttle," Ventura County editorial, Nov. 14. While I agree that Thousand Oaks would be well served by a Smart Shuttle transportation system, your editorial contained some information about the Smart Shuttle Demonstration Project in the San Fernando Valley that was not factual and could be very misleading. There are four separate Smart Shuttle projects in Los Angeles, two of which are located in the San Fernando Valley. Each project is run in a different manner and each project has met its own challenges.