A Heartbreaking Portrait of the People Affected By California's Drought

When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued some of the most sweeping citywide water reforms in history today, it included this haunting line: "Our major supplier of imported water expects to curtail supplies in the next 12 months." While the drought is about to change life drastically in LA, it's already crippled… »10/14/14 8:00pm10/14/14 8:00pm

The most abused Social Security number of all time is 078-05-1120

Back in 1938, the head of a wallet manufacturing company in Lockport, New York thought it’d be a great idea to show how well his new wallets could hold the then-new Social Security cards being issued to Americans. His sample card used his secretary’s real social security number (078-05-1120) and as you can guess,… »7/28/14 6:23pm7/28/14 6:23pm

Wired, GQ and New Yorker Subscriptions Are Coming to the iPad

One year, 20 bucks. That's what subscriptions to Wired, Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker will likely cost when Conde Nast confirms their subscription pact with Apple in the near future. Single issues will probably cost $2. It's expected that, as in the deal Time Inc. reportedly struck, current dead-tree… »5/06/11 5:20pm5/06/11 5:20pm

Latest New Yorker Cover was Created in Photoshop 3.0 on Mac OS 7

You probably assume that most major magazine covers are designed on top-of-the-line systems with the most advanced software available. Most of the time, you'd be right. But this week's New Yorker cover was created by Bob Staake on some pretty ancient technology: Mac OS 7 and Photoshop 3.0. Mac OS 7 was released in… »10/06/08 2:45pm10/06/08 2:45pm

New Yorker: Why We Won't Have Fully Conversational Robots

John Seabrook wrote a recent feature in The New Yorker about interactive-voice-response systems (I.V.R.) commonly used with customer service and tech support telephone hotlines. Seabrook spent time at B.B.N. Technologies watching these systems transcribe callers' words and analyzing the tone of voice for emotions… »6/24/08 7:50pm6/24/08 7:50pm

Flying Cars, Cloud Cities and Other Forgotten Inventions of Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller might best be known for the molecules named after him and dome designs that inspired structures such as the Epcot center. But even more impressive is The New Yorker's rundown of Fuller's life and forgotten inventions, such as his three-wheeled, all-terrain car with a periscope, cities designed to… »6/02/08 11:00pm6/02/08 11:00pm

Fun with Pain Rays, Sound Cannons and Other Non-Lethal Weaponry

This week's New Yorker (yep, you heard me right) has a cool piece on the development of non-lethal weapons for military and police. You can tell the writer, Alec Wilkinson, had a good time reporting it. The story focuses on Charles Heal, a badass part-time Marine and part-time LA Sheriff's Department officer known in… »5/28/08 11:00am5/28/08 11:00am