Led by a handful of federal agencies -- like the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation -- most people working on the initiative are on a forced furlough, leaving the project to gather dust in the interim.
Tempted to post a compromising photo of an ex-lover who spurned you? Just don't do it in California.
A bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday promises up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for people "convicted of illegally distributing private images with the intent to harass or annoy." Sponsored by Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), Senate Bill 255 goes into effect immediately and makes posting "revenge porn" a misdemeanor.
As described in a press release from Cannella's office, such private photos are posted online, sometimes at multiple sites, … Read more
The impending departure of Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's chief executive is not enough to satisfy some top investors who are reportedly calling for Bill Gates to resign as chairman.
Sources tell Reuters that three of the company's top 20 investors are pressing the board to force Gates out of the company he founded 38 years ago. The investors reportedly worry that Gates' presence on the board prevents adoption of new strategies and will limit the power of whoever is chosen to replace Ballmer.
While the pressure is said to come from investors who hold more than 5 percent … Read more
Like a Republican congressman with the government, Bill Nye's doctor tried to shut him down.
At the end of last week's breathless, insane attempt to be the body double of Beethoven dancing the paso doble on "Dancing With The Stars," Bill Nye injured himself.
Lunging toward the lap of his partner, Tyne Stecklein, he tore his quadriceps tendon.
Like a good scientist, he went to see the doctor. The doctor cast a smug eye at him and said he wouldn't recommend anything other than a wheelchair.
Nye decided to eschew science for pure religious faith. … Read more
Turns out Microsoft knew that it had a sucker in its negotiations with IBM right from the start.
Asked whether he thought IBM made a mistake by not buying operating software from Microsoft as opposed to … Read more
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has admitted what quite a few Windows users have been thinking for a long time: control-alt-delete is an unnecessary mechanism.
Speaking in a broad interview at Harvard over the weekend, Gates said that the control-alt-delete function, which allows users to log in to Windows and access the task manager (you may be most familiar with it as the first step in rebooting), was conceived after an IBM keyboard designer wouldn't give him a single button to perform the same chore. (That part of the conversation starts at about 16:45 in the video embedded below.)… Read more
It was more a drunken evening in Paso Robles than a paso doble.
But Bill Nye somehow conjured an image that will long stay in many minds. For, on Monday's "Dancing With The Stars," he channeled Beethoven.
That would be Beethoven dancing the paso doble.
This may not have been something that has ever been tried in the cosmos before. It should never be attempted again.
He began at the piano, disconcertoed. He ended with a freakish forte: on his knees, his bewigged head sunken into the lissom lap of partner Tyne Stecklein.
In between, what he lacked in physical control, he gained in physical momentum. What he lacked in swerve, he gained in verve.… Read more
WikiLeaks has given a thumb's down to an upcoming film that tries to tell the tale of founder Julian Assange.
Headed to movie theaters next month, "The Fifth Estate" focuses on the formation and growth of WikiLeaks by Assange and former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The story also covers WikiLeaks' posting of classified US documents in 2010, an act that brought the site notoriety and provoked the wrath of the US government.
The nerd went for the sexual angle. Well, don't they always?
In the pre-dance package on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," Bill Nye declared that he and his partner, Tyne Stecklein, were to be called "Hot Knowledge."
As they rehearsed, he expounded to her that the best couples enjoyed "sexual tension."
His partner wasn't caught hook, Stecklein and sinker. It was, I fear, only the last part.
Though he professes himself an enthusiastic swing dancer, Nye's pendulum had to waft over to the cha-cha.
Tech history in the 17 seasons … Read more
It's hard to think of a year in which Bill Gates wasn't at the top of the Fortune 400 list, considered as the definitive annual list of America's richest.
And so it goes: the Microsoft co-founder continues to be the wealthiest American for the 20th year in a row, according to the list, thanks to his total net worth of $72 billion, up $6 billion from 2012.