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 internet for more Boston residents.
The two will ask the full council tomorrow to approve a hearing on whether Boston could follow New York with a pilot of free, anonymous WiFi.
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.
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 Higgs Boston.
But what does it all mean? Technology reporter John Moe sums it up, in fewer than 140 characters, no less:
"I'm wicked hahd to find." - The Higgs-Boston Particle.
Chris Marstall adds:
Higgs Boston represent! Take that New York, lets see your Higgs!
To which Sean Frederick piles on:
"How do you like them atoms?" #higgsboston
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 before Facebook had responded to the judge's subpoena for records related to the post.
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 use that to seek their names and addresses from their ISPs. The suits seek an end to the file swapping, destruction of any copies of the films and, naturally, lots of money.
Inventor of e-mail inducted into new Internet Hall of Fame; he also gave the world the @ sign for addresses.
The Crimson reports on debates over the future of the school's libraries in this digital age, provides one professor's reason for preferring having to scoot around the university to do research:
Some of the books Staehli uses measure more than six feet in height, and the experience of handling these unique, highly-detailed books cannot be replicated on a computer screen, he says.
While it takes only a second to flip a page, it can sometimes take up to several hours to download a high-quality file, he noted.
Mass High Tech reports.
A guy who bought stock in A123 Systems sometime over the past year wants his money back, and then some.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Scott Heiss charges the Waltham-based company, which makes large lithium batteries for auto manufacturers, knew about problems at a Michigan manufacturing plant well before it went public with them and that mean he bought stock at artificially high prices - the price tumbled after the news came out.
Local venture capitalist Bijan Sabet reports he and his family are very happy with the technology they chose for their new custom-built home, except for the sad state of residential phone offerings - from both Verizon and competing home-PBX systems, all of which seem stuck in the 1980s:
The state of residential phone systems is a joke. reminds me of how mobile phones used to look before the iphone/android. adding names to the address book is torture. i gave up after adding my parents and my brother. ...
Ongoing allegations of drug activity & prostitution result in the Mayor's office pulling out the ol' Scarlet Letter. Bring back the stockade!
BostInnovation chronicles the firestorm over an upcoming "hackathon" that promised its brogramming attendees women beer attendants.
Dear Boston, you are creating way too many tech jobs. Please slow down while your universities catch up preparing workers. Thanks.
The "Dear tech workers, please go to California," was, of course, too long to fit.
Spatch reports on an extensive experiment with Java on a server. And TNT.