Dave Levy compares Uber and arriviste Hailo:
As an end-user, I'll likely go back and forth depending on wait times; the ability to choose and have multiple options only makes transportation around Boston better.
Currently limited to Harvard students, but then again, that's how Facebook started, too.
Ned Bachelder, who organizes a local get-together of programmers who use Python, was getting tired of trying to figure out how to feed the herd. So he's written a script he calls pizza.py to give him an answer.
Luke Timmerman explains why Boston is poised to overtake the Bay Area as the biotech hub of the universe - and his reasons sound a lot like the reasons why the Bay Area overtook the Boston area as the high-tech center of the world:
Success begets success and companies and innovators are drawn here by the unique concentration of companies and innovators already here... Read more
Steve Garfield reports.
Boston Business Journal reports a local company has come up with robots aimed at
further dehumanizing the workforce helping factory workers with repetitive tasks. For some reason, the robot has googly eyes.
In 1995, the House of Compassion opened its doors taking in people living with HIV and AIDS to live in a welcoming home environment. The House now faces closure, with a looming 30,000 in debt threatening the homes of their ten residents. Find out more about the House of Compassion!
Dude lives in a project in the South End and watches a lot of anime.
At-large Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Felix Arroyo say that rather than just let old payphones collect trash and rust, the city should use them to set up free wireless zones.
The councilors say Boston could use more places where people could get online for free:
There is a digital divide between different demographics and socioeconomic levels and such a program would expand access to the... Read more
Nature reports on some interesting work done by a team of researchers at Harvard and Mass. General, who found inspiration at the jellyfish exhibit at the New England Aquarium.
"We took a rat apart and rebuilt it as a jellyfish," one of the researchers said. But don't worry - they're not all sitting around in... Read more
Phill Hunt was thirsty today:
I wanna go for a drink at Higgs Boston.
Hillary, however, suggests it may be too late:
Higgs Boston - it's behind an unmarked door, down a staircase, next to a Dunkies. If you have to ask, you're not cool enough to go there.
And, in fact, there is a surprising number of Google results for the term... Read more
ICANN, the group that decides on Internet domains (such as .com, .net, etc.) recently solicited bids for a whole new generation of "generic top-level domain names." Dan Rowinski notes that our very own Globe has applied to set up and run a domain of .boston (see all the applications).
If approved, the Globe would win the right to act as a domain-name registrar,... Read more
The Mayor's Office of Constituent Engagement reports it's working on a new version of Citizen's Connect, which will let you close out your own complaints, say, if you report a possum in your trash and then notice that somebody else has freed the critter. The city's aiming for a fall release date.... Read more
Only they didn't seem to be much reassured. The Daily Free Press reports on the latest meeting on BU's biolab, which wants to bring in the world's deadliest pathogens for study.
The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today upheld a jury's conviction of a bookkeeper at Bridgewater State College for embezzling more than $355,000 in a year.
Clare Werner argued the conviction should be appealed because her lawyer discovered two of the jurors had posted complaints about being selected for the jury on Facebook and because the trial judge dismissed her complaint about that online activity even... Read more
Over the past couple of months, companies that produce porn films have filed a series of lawsuits in US District Court in Boston against scores of unidentified BitTorrent users they claim are illegally distributing such classics as "Illegal Ass 2" and "Big Wet Brazilian Asses 7."
The copyright suits list the defendants only as Does, but say the plaintiffs have their IP numbers and will... Read more