Posts Tagged ‘computer’

Google Driverless Cars on the Streets of San Francisco – Here’s What They Look Like

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Hey look, it’s a Google Driverless Car recently spotted on Harrison by a San Francisco resident:

Via mwill140

Wow, 300,000 miles without a single accident - do you think that record compares well with the drivers of the SFMTA MUNI DPT?

Finally: Spotting Somebody Walking Up Market Street While Engrossed With an Apple iPad

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

This is a clear case of distracted walking.

Dorothy with gold slippers on the Red Brick Road:

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The Scene from Hayes and Larkin: Deadmau5, the Un-DJ, Sells Out the Bill Graham, October 29th, 2011

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Oh well.

“Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself. read more

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This is as close as you can get now…

Wow: Complete Poll Results for the Mayor’s Race from The Bay Citizen and USF – A Ranked Choice Voting Simulator

Monday, October 17th, 2011

[UPDATE: Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal offers a listing of reactions from many mayoral campaigns.]

[UPDATE II: Feisty TBC Editor-in-Chief Steve Fainaru promises there's more to come:

"We are analyzing and pumping out this information as fast as we can. The package you see today — including San Francisco’s most sophisticated ranked-choice voting simulator, masterminded by news applications developer Shane Shifflett and lead software engineer Aurelio Tinio — was completed around 2 a.m. Monday; it was up on our website at 4 a.m. Next we will bring you information about the controversial pension reform initiatives and the races for district attorney and sheriff. Finally, we will put up the full data set, so people can take their own look and draw their own conclusions."]

Well, here they are, the results of the big The Bay Citizen / University of San Francisco poll on who will be Mayor of San Francisco for the next four years.

See?

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The Bay Citizen political writer Gerry Shih* has the deets.

Writing history as it happens:

“When the Board of Supervisors named Lee interim mayor in January, after former Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor, Lee promised not to run for a full term. But after two of his biggest political supporters — Rose Pak, the powerful Chinatown lobbyist, and former Mayor Willie Brown — led an effort to draft him into the race, Lee changed his mind.”

[I should note that infamous Rose Pak, for some reason, operates as an unregistered lobbyist, apparently, AFAIK.]

Are you surprised by any of these results? I’m not.

But what’s nice about this independent exercise is that it shows you how RCV “works.”

Oh, and don’t miss the breakdown for gay and Chinese-American voters.

Anyway:

“Exclusive Bay Citizen/USF Poll: Ed Lee Dominating San Francisco Mayor’s Race

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2011  – An exclusive poll conducted by The Bay Citizen and the University of San Francisco (USF) Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good shows interim mayor Ed Lee poised to win the November 8 mayor’s race handily. The poll shows Lee with broad support across the city, particularly among Chinese voters.

Lee won 31.2 percent of first-place votes, surpassing his closest challenger, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who won 8.1 percent. Supervisor John Avalos finished third, with 7.4 percent of first-place votes.

At baycitizen.org, the poll results power a computer simulation that shows how the election may unfold under “ranked-choice voting.” This is the first competitive San Francisco mayor’s race to use the system that asks voters to select their top three candidates in order of preference.

The Bay Citizen simulation allows readers to view how votes are redistributed after candidates are eliminated. It projects Lee the winner if the election were held today.

On Tuesday, October 18 The Bay Citizen and the University of San Francisco will release poll results on the San Francisco District Attorney’s race, the Sheriff’s race, and Propositions C and D, the two pension reform measures on the ballot.

For more information and deeper analysis of the Bay Citizen/USF poll please visit: www.baycitizen.org/data/polls/sf-2011-elections/

The poll results are based on telephone interviews of a random sample of 551 likely San Francisco voters between Oct. 7 and Oct. 13, 2011. The survey was conducted by MAXimum Research, an independent research firm, in English and Cantonese; Spanish was not used because only 1 percent of San Francisco voters request ballot materials in Spanish. Of the respondents, 115 were contacted by cell phone and 436 by landline. After the interviews, the data were weighted to match the demographics of the known likely voting population. The sampling error for findings based on the overall pool of likely voters is +/- 4.2 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. The margin of error for population subgroups is larger.

About The Bay Citizen

The Bay Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member-supported news organization that provides in-depth original reporting on Bay Area issues including public policy, education, the arts and cultural affairs, health and science, the environment, and more. The Bay Citizen’s news can be found online at www.baycitizen.org as well as in print in The New York Times Bay Area report on Fridays and Sundays. For more information, please visit www.baycitizen.org.

About the University of San Francisco (USF)

The University of San Francisco is in the heart of one of the most innovative and diverse cities and features a vibrant community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields while building a more humane and just world. University of San Francisco students, faculty, and alumni are involved in the entrepreneurial city of San Francisco and work in all industries, from technology to nonprofits. With dedicated professors and exceptional academic programs to choose from, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to develop into ethical leaders who are sought after in their professions. USF’s diverse student body benefits from direct access to faculty, small class sizes, and a broad array of programs and co-curricular opportunities. Informed by the university’s 156-year-old Jesuit Catholic mission, the USF community ignites students’ passion for social justice and the pursuit of the common good. For more information about the University of San Francisco, please visit www.usfca.edu.

About USF Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is dedicated to inspiring and equipping students at USF to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service and service to others. The Center provides a non-partisan forum for education, service and research in public programs and policy-making. The McCarthy Center values civic engagement and seeks to promote public interest research that encourages civil discourse and constructive interaction among the great diversity of residents and officials in the Bay Area. The Center strives to accomplish its goals by being transparent, nonpartisan and rigorous in designing its work and products. For more information please visit www.usfca.edu/centers/mccarthy

Contacts: The Bay Citizen, Keith Meyer, VP Marketing, media@baycitizen.org

SOURCE The Bay Citizen

CONTACT: Keith Meyer, VP Marketing of The Bay Citizen, +1-415-852-5100, media@baycitizen.org

Web Site: http://www.baycitizen.org”

*The uncredited instigator of this recent bit here in the San Francisco Chronicle

Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane Defends Strategy Shift at the 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Let’s check in with HP and see what they have to say these days considering all the criticism they’ve gotten lately.

Wow, what a turkey:

(But keep your fingers crossed – you still might be able to find one of these for $99, which is kind of a bargain…)

Anyway:

“Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane Defends Strategy Shift at the 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference

Lane acknowledges confusion in market following its announcement to consider spinning off PC business and spotlights HP’s focus on enterprise information technology

DANA POINT, Calif., Sept. 12, 2011  – Speaking at this year’s InformationWeek 500 Conference, Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane and Chief Technology Strategy Officer Shane Robison discussed HP’s change in strategy and the confusion that followed in the market. HP announced in August that it would buy the software company Autonomy, end production of the TouchPad tablet computer, and explore spinning off its PC business. The executives acknowledged the company didn’t communicate the changes well, and they explained how HP will become a strictly enterprise-focused IT vendor with particular depth in managing unstructured data–the 85% of information that isn’t managed within the columns and rows of conventional databases.

“Predictability is important, but technology companies that just keep doing what they are doing, die,” Lane said. “You have to keep changing, and that’s uniquely important in the technology business.”

In a candid conversation with InformationWeek SVP and Editorial Director Fritz Nelson, Lane said HP was not a leader in consumer devices, describing HP’s TouchPad tablet as “a generation behind” the iPad. HP will continue to support its webOS mobile operating system. By separating webOS from the hardware business, Lane said HP will be able to take advantage of what he described as “the best platform in the world” for commercial application development. “You cannot develop serious, portable applications on Android,” Lane said, noting that the Web app development platform behind webOS can port applications to Android, Apple iOS, and Windows, as well as webOS.

For complete coverage of the discussion with Lane and Robison at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, please visit http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/enterprise_apps/231601245.

The 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference takes place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Southern California from September 11 – 13. Attending are more than 325 influential CIOs and IT executives representing companies such as FedEx, JetBlue Airways, San Francisco Giants, Vail Resorts and Prudential Financial. The conference is sponsored by: Cognizant, Dell and Intel, HCL Technologies Infrastructure Services Division, IBM, Information Builders, Microsoft, MphasiS (an HP company), Rimini Street, Inc., Riverbed, SuccessFactors, Syniverse, VMware, Vidyo, Inc., and Workday.”

Today’s $1 LivingSocial “Instant Deals” Lunchtime Kickoff is Actually Pretty Good – See What’s Left Right Now If You Want

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Remember yesterday? I do, good times.

Anyway, this post from July 12th, 2011 foretold of LivingSocial’s “Instant Deals” Lunchtime Kickoff in the 415 and, well, now it’s here.

Something like this looks to be a fair bargain:

But act fast before the better deals in your area are gone. And this is for today, July 13th, only.

Just saying, Bro.

Ah, memories:

“Remember back in the day, back when those social deals were good deals? I do. It was the Golden Age of Groupon – it lasted for about three months last year.

Remember Visa Day, when you could get a second 50% off deal paid for by Visa and then you referred a couple friends to get yet another 50% off deal at a decent place? Good times.

Anyway, LivingSocial wants you to download their smartphone app (and I guess you can get in on this via a PC as well) so that you can get in on the big $1 lunch special on July 13th, 2011 all over San Francisco. I cautiously endorse this offer and beseech you to seal the deal tomorrow AM just after your manservant wakes you from your slumber by gently rapping on your bedroom door.

And then, come lunchtime, you’ll be as happy as a Golden Gate Park squirrel with its own peanut butter samwich:

All the deets:

LivingSocial Instant Deals to Enter San Francisco and Entice Eaters With $1 Lunch

Instant Deals Expanding to Third Major U.S. Market in Three Months

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2011 – LivingSocial today announced plans to tempt diners with $1 San Francisco treats from more than 100 local merchants on July 13 to celebrate the city’s launch of LivingSocial Instant Deals. Earlier this year, LivingSocial was the first to market with this breakthrough in local commerce, enabling consumers to find immediate deals at nearby restaurants and attractions. Once the fun of $1 lunch day is done,LivingSocial Instant Deals will continue serving up scrumptious Instant Deals offers to help those who live or visit The Golden Gate City find the best local values.

On Wednesday, July 13, eager eaters in San Francisco will need only a free LivingSocial account and a smartphone with the LivingSocial app or a computer to partake in Dollar Lunch Day. Starting just after sunrise, members can log into the app or go online to www.livingsocial.com/instant, select Instant Deals and marvel at a mass of $1 lunch offers within walking distance.

LivingSocial $1 lunch vouchers will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00 a.m. PT and will be available for redemption from 11:00 a.m. PT to 2:00 p.m. PT(1) on Wednesday, July 13, only.

How to nab the best bargains by the Bay:

   –  Step One: Download the latest version of the LivingSocial mobile application(2) to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. When the app opens, click on Instant Deals. Or, visit the LivingSocial Instant Deals website and select “San Francisco” as your city.
   –  Step Two: Take your pick from the list of available Instant Deals near your current coordinates, and pay one dollar per voucher.
   –  Step Three: Hoof it to the merchant location and display your Instant Deals voucher on your mobile device (or print a hard copy from your computer) at check-out.

Drum roll, please. Take a gander at just a few of the fine establishments who are signed on for San Francisco’s $1 lunch day:

   –  Bistro Burger
   –  San Francisco Soup Company (Multiple Locations)
   –  Kyoto Sushi
   –  Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Curry House
   –  And many more!

More deets after the jump.

San Francisco is the third LivingSocial Instant Deals rollout this year. In March, LivingSocial Instant Deals was introduced in Washington, D.C. and a month later more than 27,000 $1 lunch vouchers were sold within a 14-mile area. In June, LivingSocial members purchased more than 15,000 $1 lunch vouchers within approximately four square miles in Midtown Manhattan celebrating the arrival of Instant Deals in New York City.

“We are excited to launch LivingSocial Instant Deals in a city known for both cutting-edge technology and fantastic food,” said Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial. “Dollar Lunch Day is a perfect way to bring foodies, early adopters and LivingSocial members together to scour old stomping grounds and discover new favorites throughout San Francisco.”

As the source for handpicked deals at a great value, LivingSocial invests in members and merchants in every market in which the company operates. Merchants are aligned with a local, knowledgeable contact who lives, works and plays in their city. Sales and marketing personnel work closely with merchants to craft deals and determine the most profitable and marketable offer structure.

LivingSocial Instant Deals revolutionizes the way merchants market their businesses and consumers discover the best experiences in their neighborhood. Local merchants work with LivingSocial’s team of on-the-ground local commerce experts to craft deals and optimize traffic through their doors. Unlike LivingSocial daily deals, which are live for 24 hours, Instant Deals are live for a short period of time, providing increased opportunity for businesses to enhance their customer base.

LivingSocial plans to roll-out Instant Deals in more U.S. locations soon. For a full list of LivingSocial cities or to subscribe, go to livingsocial.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/livingsocial, or join us on Facebook atfacebook.com/livingsocial.

About LivingSocial

LivingSocial adds surprise to every calendar with handpicked daily deals you can share with friends. Members enjoy at least 50 percent off on the coolest, local experiences. Local business owners get an easy and cost effective marketing tool to attract new, loyal customers. In 2010, one of the fastest growing companies in the space expanded withLivingSocial Escapes offering a “vacation in a box” for easy weekend trips at great value. Based in Washington, D.C., the international company has saved nearly 39 million subscribers more than half a billion dollars in more than 20 countries on 6 continents.

(1)  Offerings and hours of operation may vary by location and the price tag includes sales tax (gratuities not included.)

(2)  Members must download the latest version of the mobile application

LivingSocial Appears To Be Offering a Decent Deal for Lunch Tomorrow: $1 Deals at Various Restaurants

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Remember back in the day, back when those social deals were good deals? I do. It was the Golden Age of Groupon – it lasted for about three months last year.

Remember Visa Day, when you could get a second 50% off deal paid for by Visa and then you referred a couple friends to get yet another 50% off deal at a decent place? Good times.

Anyway, LivingSocial wants you to download their smartphone app (and I guess you can get in on this via a PC as well) so that you can get in on the big $1 lunch special on July 13th, 2011 all over San Francisco. I cautiously endorse this offer and beseech you to seal the deal tomorrow AM just after your manservant wakes you from your slumber by gently rapping on your bedroom door.

And then, come lunchtime, you’ll be as happy as a Golden Gate Park squirrel with its own peanut butter samwich:

 

All the deets:

LivingSocial Instant Deals to Enter San Francisco and Entice Eaters With $1 Lunch

Instant Deals Expanding to Third Major U.S. Market in Three Months

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2011 – LivingSocial today announced plans to tempt diners with $1 San Francisco treats from more than 100 local merchants on July 13 to celebrate the city’s launch of LivingSocial Instant Deals. Earlier this year, LivingSocial was the first to market with this breakthrough in local commerce, enabling consumers to find immediate deals at nearby restaurants and attractions. Once the fun of $1 lunch day is done,LivingSocial Instant Deals will continue serving up scrumptious Instant Deals offers to help those who live or visit The Golden Gate City find the best local values.

On Wednesday, July 13, eager eaters in San Francisco will need only a free LivingSocial account and a smartphone with the LivingSocial app or a computer to partake in Dollar Lunch Day. Starting just after sunrise, members can log into the app or go online to www.livingsocial.com/instant, select Instant Deals and marvel at a mass of $1 lunch offers within walking distance.

LivingSocial $1 lunch vouchers will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00 a.m. PT and will be available for redemption from 11:00 a.m. PT to 2:00 p.m. PT(1) on Wednesday, July 13, only.

How to nab the best bargains by the Bay:

   –  Step One: Download the latest version of the LivingSocial mobile application(2) to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. When the app opens, click on Instant Deals. Or, visit the LivingSocial Instant Deals website and select “San Francisco” as your city.
   –  Step Two: Take your pick from the list of available Instant Deals near your current coordinates, and pay one dollar per voucher.
   –  Step Three: Hoof it to the merchant location and display your Instant Deals voucher on your mobile device (or print a hard copy from your computer) at check-out.

Drum roll, please. Take a gander at just a few of the fine establishments who are signed on for San Francisco’s $1 lunch day:

   –  Bistro Burger
   –  San Francisco Soup Company (Multiple Locations)
   –  Kyoto Sushi
   –  Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Curry House
   –  And many more!

More deets after the jump.

(more…)

If You Work for Apple, You Can Opt Out of Public Transportation by Riding the Supr Sekrt “Van Ness Express”

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Hurray!

Apple’s Van Ness Express bus taking Apple workers home to the Marina after a long day’s work:

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Can you imaging having to take MUNI and CalTrain to get to work?

(Perish the thought.)

The funny thing is that the taxes that Apple and its employees pay to subsidize transit just don’t even factor in. It’s just easier for them to opt out of the whole system.

Don’t you wish you could opt out too?

 

Prediction: The First iPad Theft on BART or MUNI will be Reported Wednesday at 5:00 PM

Monday, April 5th, 2010

That’s my guess anyway, in the pool I’m in, the First Apple iPad Theft on BART or MUNI pool.

I have April 7th from 5:00-6:00 PM – wish me luck. (Only genuine iPad thefts count, of course.)

Speaking of which, comes now the BART Police, reminding us to protect our coveted shinies when we’re on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains. Check it out, below.

BART police taking care of bidness near Civic Center Station. Is the TASER on the other side of the belt? No se:

Here it is, with more typos than an average post from this blog. Stay safe!

04.05.2010

The Apple iPad was just released this past weekend, and commuters already are toting the tablet computers along on BART –  prompting lots of riders to report their first sightings of iPads “in the wild” on BART.

Along with attracting attention from curious commuters, the iPad — like other easily portable and expensive electronic devices — may also be a new target for potential thieves. BART Police are using the occasion as a reminder of general safety tips for protecting your personal property while on BART.

  • Stay alert and pay close attention to your surroundings. Those who “zone out” listening to music on their iPods, texting on their phones, playing video games or working on laptop computers make themselves easier targets.
  •  Hold on to your belongings – do not leave them lying out of your reach on the seat next to you or on the floor.
  •  Keep purses or backpacks close to the front of your body. On a crowded train, something hanging behind you might create a crime of opportunity for a thief.
  • If it is possible, don’t stand directly by the train doors with your electronic device, because that could give a thief an easier exit to “grab and go” as the door is closing.
  •  Be the eyes and ears for others around you to help create a safer community for everyone.
  • If you observe suspicious activity or a possible crime there are many ways to report it; visit the BART Safety Guidelines for more detail on what to do on a train or in a station.