Raj Karnik

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The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency

How Robert Mercer exploited America’s populist insurgency.<p>Last month, when President Donald Trump toured a Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, he saw a familiar face in the crowd that greeted him: Patrick Caddell, a former Democratic political operative and pollster who, for …

How the 2011 hack of DigiNotar changed the internet’s infrastructure.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, an Iranian man who went by the online alias alibo tried to check his email—only to find he couldn’t connect to Gmail. Yet …

The Internet of Things Is Growing Faster Than the Ability to Defend It

With this year’s approaching holiday gift season the rapidly growing “Internet of Things” or IoT—which was exploited to help shut down parts of the …

Data Mining Reveals the Four Urban Conditions That Create Vibrant City Life - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1961, the gradual decline of many city centers in the U.S. began to puzzle urban planners and activists alike. One of them, the urban …

Urbanism

What is Character? | The Art of Manliness

<i>Character</i>. Like honor, it’s a word we take for granted and probably have an affinity for, but likely have never really had to define and may struggle …

17 Predictions About The Future Of Big Data Everyone Should Read

Almost everyone can agree that big data has taken the business world by storm, but what’s next? Will data continue to grow? What technologies will develop around it? Or will big data become a relic as quickly as the next trend — cognitive technology? fast data? — appears on the horizon.<p>Let’s look …

Big Data

Where did ISIS come from? The story starts here.

AS SOON AS I ARRIVE AT HIS HOME, a well-kept but slightly dated fieldstone Colonial in Chevy Chase, Maryland, he ushers me down a staircase into the …

Middle East

The Republican Party is truly, profoundly broken

Donald Trump's Super Tuesday dominance is further proof that the Republican Party is truly, profoundly broken.<p>Political parties, at their core, exist to do something simple: help their voters make good decisions by helping them decide whom to trust.<p>That function is necessary and important in a …

Curiosity Depends on What You Already Know - Issue 33: Attraction

Humans have a drive to eat. We have a drive to drink. We have a drive to reproduce. Curiosity is no different, says George Loewenstein, a professor …

Mellon

Shut Up and Sit Down

Why the leadership industry rules.<p>The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. Nine days later, Thomas Hardy composed a poem about the disaster called “The Convergence of the Twain.” Many poets were mourning the dead; Hardy took a different approach. He asked readers to contemplate the accident’s …

Ghost in the Shell, over two decades old, remains our most challenging film about technology

The first questions about the loss of human identity in a tech-filled world were raised in Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 hit film.<p>Japanese animated films and …

Algerian Military Plane Crash Kills 257 People

​Recently, I got hacked. Not like normal, everyday, steal-your-Twitter-password hacked. I got mega-ultra-super-hacked. My hack was so bad that …

Close your eyes for a moment. It's a beautiful, sunny, warm day in May. You're standing in the midst of a vast forest of apple trees in bloom. You drink in the intoxicating fragrance of the blossom...

If we were to return to the apple forest in fall, when the promise of those blossoms materializes in the form of fruit, we would be in for another …

Supercomputer quietly puts U.S. weather resources back on top

RESTON, Va. — In a nondescript office building here, one of the world’s most powerful weather supercomputers quietly hums on a 24/7 mission to analyze billions of pieces of data that ultimately will tell you whether you need a sweater or sunscreen when you leave the house.<p>Forecasts, critical not …

Weather

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Opinion: The unspoken truth about managing geeks

I can sum up every article, book and column written by notable management experts about managing IT in two sentences: "Geeks are smart and creative, …

Where to Eat and Drink in Tokyo

One of the benefits of frequently traveling to Southeast Asia for work is flying through some of the region's major hubs and taking a day or two to enjoy the local cuisine. But while I've spent countless hours exploring hawker centers in Singapore, dim sum in Hong Kong, and Korean barbecue in …

Colatura di alici is the transformative ingredient you’ve been waiting for.

Nobody sane ever asks me for cooking advice, and probably with good reason. In any event, I almost never offer any, and am about to do so now only …

Ronald Reagan’s conservative conversion as spokesman for General Electric during the 1950s.

<i>Excerpted from</i> Ronald Reagan: The American Presidents Series: The 40th President, 1981-1989 <i>by Jacob Weisberg. Out now from Times Books.</i><p>Ronald Reagan …

L.A. Expo Line hasn't reduced congestion as promised, a study finds

Contrary to predictions used to promote the first phase of the Expo light rail line between downtown and Los Angeles' Westside, a new study has found that the $930-million project has done little to relieve traffic congestion in the area.<p>The analysis released Monday by USC researchers found that …

Urban Design

How Holly Holm Killed Queen Ronda Rousey

Fightland Blog<p>Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC<p>The bull and the matador. It is the metaphor of choice for writer after hackey writer. Yet it is one which you can slap on a write-up of Holm versus Rousey and it will seem completely apt. A bullfight, as Hemingway put it, is not a contest but a …

Anonymous declares “total war” on Islamic State after Paris attacks

The Anonymous hacking group has declared “total war” on Islamic State, reports Newsweek. The announcement, which came through a series of Tweets and a YouTube post comes just days after a series of coordinated attacks in Paris left more than 100 dead.<p>Following the announcement on Twitter the group …

Foreign Policy

62 Tips From Y Combinator’s Startup Instruction Manual

The world’s most prestigious startup accelerator Y Combinator published a guide to founding companies called The Startup Playbook. Here are the top tips from YC’s president Sam Altman, accompanied by illustrations from Gregory Koberger.

Jagged Little Pill: An Essay

<b>By Alanis Morissette</b><p>I <b>remember getting the news</b> that I was being dropped from MCA Records in Canada. There had been much said about my evolving …

Lost at sea: the man who vanished for 14 months

In November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga went fishing off the coast of Mexico. Two days later, a storm hit and he made a desperate SOS. It was the last anyone heard from him – for 438 days. This is his story<p>As they motored across the lagoon in the Marshall Islands, deep in the middle of the Pacific …

El Salvador

YouTube Music is here, and it’s a game changer

YouTube is first and foremost a video portal, the world’s largest and most popular online collection of moving images. But it’s also a search engine, the world’s second largest, trailing only its parent company, Google. And while the library on YouTube is made up of videos, in practice it has also …

L.A.'s Newest Streetlight Boosts Your Cell Phone Service - Los Angeles Magazine

L.A.’s Newest Streetlight Boosts Your Cell Phone Service<p>The energy efficient SmartPoles won’t cost taxpayers a dime<p>As if smart benches weren’t …

Ben Carson's unusual theory about pyramids

<b>By Erica Brown and Ellen Uchimiya</b><p><b>NAPLES, Florida</b> -- Ben Carson stood by his long-held belief about ancient pyramids in Egypt, that they were used to …

Chile admits Pablo Neruda might have been murdered by Pinochet regime

The government has acknowledged that the Nobel-prize winning poet may not have died from cancer but said experts were still examining the claims<p>Chile’s government has acknowledged that Nobel-prize winning poet Pablo Neruda might have been killed after the 1973 coup that brought General Augusto …

South America