Sunday, February 12, 2012

US seeks to mine social media to predict future

Analyzing public information is nothing new in the world of intelligence. During the Cold War, for example, CIA operatives read Russian newspapers and intercepted television and radio broadcasts in hopes of inferring what Soviet leaders were thinking.

But the rise of social media over the past few years has dramatically changed both the kinds and amount of freely available information. For example, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said at a recent conference that users of the micro-blogging service send out an average of one billion tweets every three days.


Friday, August 15, 2003

Vaqueros: The First Cowboys of the Open Range

Vaqueros: The First Cowboys of the Open Range

Jonathan Haeber
National Geographic News
August 15, 2003

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"As to the Spanish stock of our Southwest, it is certain to me that we do not begin to appreciate the splendor and sterling value of its race element. Who knows but that element, like the course of some subterranean river, dripping invisibly for a hundred or two years, is now to emerge in broadest flow and permanent action?"—Walt Whitman

Open Range, directed by Kevin Costner, opens in theaters today. The movie sheds light on the life of the cowboy, after what critics consider an 11-year drought in the genre of Western movies.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Cinematography Meets Geography in Montmartre

Cinematography Meets Geography in Montmartre: "HIS is the period of pilgrimage in Paris to familiar shrines like the Eiffel Tower (newly garlanded with 20,000 blinking lights) and the Louvre (with an annual summer amusement park in the Tuileries Garden next door). Then there are newer shrines, like a cafe and a greengrocer in the shadow of Montmartre, all because of a mischievous but do-good 23-year-old film heroine named Amélie Poulain."

Wired News: Luxury Loo: The Seat Also Rises

Wired News: Luxury Loo: The Seat Also RisesToto's Jasmin model toilet seat offers a massage feature, dual-action spray, a heated seat and "gentle aerated front and rear warm water cleansing feature activated by a convenient remote control," according to the company. The SoftClose seat is made of antibacterial plastic and eliminates annoying "toilet seat slam."

Sunday, July 27, 2003

EFF: RIAA Subpoena Database

EFF: RIAA Subpoena Database: "Subpoena Username Query Form
Concerned that information about your file-sharing username may have been subpoenaed by the RIAA? Check here to see if your username or IP address is on one of the subpoenas filed with the D.C. District Court. This information is drawn from the court's publicly available PACER database and will be updated when that system is updated. "

Saturday, July 26, 2003

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