When will our current course and grade be available again on AGORA? Just curious cause it’s been under maintenance for a while…

Are you using the new EagleApps version? I’ll check with my friends over in IT, but you can also call the help desk (tel: 617-552-4357) and they’ll let you know if there are system problems.

Update: Actually Student Services is who you want to talk to about this: 617-552-3300 or 1-800-294-0294 over the phone, and studentservices@bc.edu

Whenever I sign in to a Mac here, it keeps asking me to sign in w/ my apple ID.

Whenever I sign in to a Mac here, it keeps asking me to sign in w/ my apple ID. anyway to fix/remove this?
Whenever I sign in to a Mac here, it keeps asking me to sign in w/ my apple ID. anyway to fix/remove this?

I’ve got a question in to some of my helpers and I’ll let you know what I find out. Even though your profile is private on our public machines it’s probably a bad idea to link your Apple ID to any of them.

Update 12/5: that’s a first-time login behavior that our systems folk were able to fix up until the most recent MacOS update; they’re working on it.

Are you going to get Disney+?

Are you going to get Disney+?
Are you going to get Disney+?

So tempting for any classic animation enthusiast, and lots of newer content as well. But I think I’ll be content with what the library offers me (and you): Popular movies on DVD right next to me, lots more DVDs across the lobby (check the catalog at library.bc.edu), and all the streaming options on this guide: bit.ly/StreamBC.

How does IBM’s Watson Computer work?

How does IBM's Watson Computer work? [Response: Simple Answer PL2!]
How does IBM’s Watson Computer work? [Response: Simple Answer PL2!]

While some search engines rely on one algorithm that combines contextual analysis and popularity rankings to determine relevancy, Watson uses multiple algorithms simultaneously and then compares the various results to arrive at the most likely answer.

How do I become Insta famous (@mayathefoodie) follow me plz

How do I become Insta famous (@mayathefoodie) follow me plz
How do I become Insta famous (@mayathefoodie) follow me plz

Becoming Insta famous might seem like a breeze, but it’s hard work! Utilize those hashtags so other like-minded posters can find you on their explore pages, post often (every day) to give followers content that they’ll enjoy, and try to make those posts interesting! Marketing your page using your friends is also an option – see if they’ll post a story or photo telling their followers to follow your page. Collaboration is also a good way to get more followers. As a food insta, you can see if any of the restaurants you frequent will repost your pictures to their pages. You can also see if an account with a larger following will give you a shoutout for a fee. Good luck!

What are your thoughts on tinder?

What are your thoughts on tinder?
What are your thoughts on tinder?

As a part of a building, anything that could cause a fire concerns me. As long as it’s kept away from flame, I’m fine with tinder – in fact, I have many wall-friends made of wood. Oh. You meant the dating app? No judgment on how people want to find significant others or live their lives. Tinder can be good or bad depending on how one uses it.

My wifi signs off every time I close my laptop pls send help

My wifi signs off every time I close my laptop pls send help
My wifi signs off every time I close my laptop pls send help

It could be a setting on your laptop that makes it disconnect when not in use to save energy. You might be able to Google your specific laptop for instructions; otherwise, you can stop by the Technology Help desk in O’Neill or call 617-552-HELP (4357) for assistance. Hope you are able to eliminate this annoyance!

Some of the dell desktops don’t turn on on the 4th floor. What’s up with that?

Some of the dell desktops don't turn on on the 4th floor. What's up with that?
Some of the dell desktops don’t turn on on the 4th floor. What’s up with that?

Thanks for the tip; we’ll have someone look into it immediately. In fact, by the time you’re reading this, it should already be corrected. (Often, people unplug desktops in order to plug in their own devices, and then don’t plug them back in again. Sigh. But this could be a different problem entirely.)

Why is eduroam not working great? Phone will disconnect from it often and Laptop will only connect to BostonCollege.

Why is eduroam not working great? Phone will disconnect from it often and Laptop will only connect to BostonCollege.
Why is eduroam not working great? Phone will disconnect from it often and Laptop will only connect to BostonCollege.

This sounds very frustrating! If you visit the Walk-in Help Desk on the 3rd floor of O’Neill by the printers, they should be able to take a look at what’s going on with your phone and laptop. They provide computer assistance from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Can the printer system have an option to print all in our queue instead of going and picking one by one?

Can the printer system have an option to print all in our queue instead of going and picking one by one?
Can the printer system have an option to print all in our queue instead of going and picking one by one?

If you are at a release station that has a keyboard, you will be able to print all of the jobs in your queue by holding down Shift and then using the mouse to click each job. I have reached out to my friends in IT to see if we can get more keyboards set up in the print areas.

I’m trying to get a youtube channel off the ground, but I can’t afford quality equipment, and I have no idea how to edit.

I'm trying to get a youtube channel off the ground, but I can't afford quality equipment, and I have no idea how to edit. Is there anywhere or anyone on campus that can assist me with this? I hate wasting time. :/
I’m trying to get a youtube channel off the ground, but I can’t afford quality equipment, and I have no idea how to edit. Is there anywhere or anyone on campus that can assist me with this? I hate wasting time. :/

You’re in luck! The Digital Studio has a recording studio that’s available for booking, and many of the staff members have experience with video editing. You can make an appointment or drop-in—check it out at ds.bc.edu.

What’s a good TV show on Netflix?

What's a good TV show on Netflix?
What’s a good TV show on Netflix?

As a Wall, I don’t watch shows myself and I don’t often have shows projected onto me, but I have heard that some people project movies and shows onto other walls. My human friends have a wide range of interests in Netflix entertainment. Digital Trends has an article on “The Best Shows on Netflix Now,” bit.ly/netflix-best. The list is mostly dramas, but if you like quirky comedies some people like a show called “The Good Place,” starring Kirsten Bell and Ted Danson, and the Huffington Post has an article titled, “The 5 Netflix Shows to Watch if you Like The Office.” bit.ly/netflix-office. Enjoy your downtime!

When the Japanese animate cartoon pornography with genitals pixeled out, do they first animate genitals and then pixel? Or do they just animate them as pixels?

When the Japanese animate cartoon pornography with genitals pixeled out, do they first animate genitals and then pixel? Or do they just animate them as pixels?
When the Japanese animate cartoon pornography with genitals pixeled out, do they first animate genitals and then pixel? Or do they just animate them as pixels?

Given that pixelation–also called mosaic censoring–is a standard feature of even low-end photo and video editing software, and that attempting to draw a pixelated body part could be considerably more challenging than simply drawing the body part and then pixelating during production work, it’s quite likely that genitals are first drawn & animated and then pixelated. This blog entry on de-pixelating seems to imply as much: bit.ly/mosaic-censoring

Will artificial intelligence improve the world, or make the world unbearable?

Will artificial intelligence improve the world, or make the world unbearable?
Will artificial intelligence improve the world, or make the world unbearable?

Both? Continuing the superhero theme, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Any new technology solves some problems and creates others. Cars were much faster than horses, but people died a lot more often while driving them. Facebook makes communication much easier than mailing a letter, but also can be a platform for user manipulation. AI will probably solve a lot of problems and allow us to focus less on mundane tasks. But it will almost certainly lead to its own problems; potentially mass unemployment and/or even more structural racism. For more potential problems, checkout I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (PS3551.S5 I2 1950b).

PS4 or Xbox

PS4 or Xbox
PS4 or Xbox

This is one of those questions that won’t ever have a right answer and that people will argue about forever. Generally speaking, PS4 has more exclusives titles than XBOX. XBOX Live and Playstation Network are basically the same. However, XBOX live Gold allows users to keep the games they got for free even if their subscription lapses, which is pretty nice, but costs extra. XBOX also has interoperability with Microsoft Windows, allowing you to play some games on your laptop wherever you are, which I think is pretty clutch. And the XBOX controller just feels more comfortable than playstation. So I say XBOX.