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The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search For Mh370
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The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search For Mh370

Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean.

Can We Really ­pload Johnny Depp's Brain?
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Can We Really ­pload Johnny Depp's Brain?

When Wally Pfister's Transcendence is released on April 17, millions of moviegoers will be asking themselves, "Could we really upload Johnny Depp into a computer...

The Lewis Effect
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The Lewis Effect

Michael Lewis couldn't have timed it better if he'd tried.

Bots on the Beat
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Bots on the Beat

On March 24 at 2:36 p.m., the New York Post reported that the body of former Nets basketball player Quinton Ross had been found in a shallow grave on Long Island...

The True Meaning of Pi Day
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The True Meaning of Pi Day

There are holidays like Mother's Day, Earth Day, Thanksgiving Day. Even a Talk-Like-Shakespeare Day. But Friday is Pi Day.

Language Barriers
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Language Barriers

The British scientist and polymath Stephen Wolfram has always had big ambitions.

What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?
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What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?

I once ran into a friend and her husband at the playground in our neighborhood in Manhattan.

The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was
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The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was

So for the past 18 months, there has been a horrific security hole in many of Apple's products that has allowed "man in the middle" attacks on supposedly secure...

Good Riddance to Mt. Gox
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Good Riddance to Mt. Gox

It is over. Mt. Gox, bitcoin’s oldest—and once its most popular—exchange, was taken offline Monday night, leaving behind angry customers and acrimonious debate...

Why Watson Is Real Artificial Intelligence
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Why Watson Is Real Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is here now.

Let the Nsa Keep Hold of the Data
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Let the Nsa Keep Hold of the Data

One of the recommendations by the president's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies on reforming the National Security Agency—No. 5, if you're...

What Is Nasa For?
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What Is Nasa For?

What the heck is NASA for? It's like asking what a panda is for.

Pluto Wins
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Pluto Wins

It's time to stop throwing pity parties for Pluto.

Virtual Worlds Are Real
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Virtual Worlds Are Real

Ever since virtual worlds and online games emerged in the mainstream consciousness around 2005, the media has insisted on framing them as escapist fantasies.

Pretty Good Privacy
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Pretty Good Privacy

Few critics of the NSA will find much satisfaction in President Obama's speech this morning or in the set of reforms that he announced.

It's the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax
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It's the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax

Those of us who came of age in the Internet era may not know that they owe their ability to go online to a court decision 30 years ago today about a mechanically...

Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency
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Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency

I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot.

The Nsa's Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional
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The Nsa's Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional

Last month two judges issued two different opinions about the NSA's controversial bulk metadata collection program.

Whither Net Neutrality?
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Whither Net Neutrality?

As the new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Tom Wheeler, has kicked up some dust in the tech community by laying the groundwork for a grand vision for...

Metadata Isn't Going Away. Here's How to Control It.
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Metadata Isn't Going Away. Here's How to Control It.

It's a good bet that, in the next few weeks, President Obama will impose some serious reforms—and ask Congress to enact a few more—on how the National Security...
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