The National Weather Service reports:
A cut fiberoptic line belonging to a commercial phone company has disrupted websites serving the Eastern Region. As this issue is being resolved, we are now operating our websites in backup mode.
Among the sites affected are our own NWS office in Taunton.... Read more
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