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Monday January 25, 2021. 07:54 AM
Plus: GPT-3 seems especially hostile toward Muslims. And Cruise, Microsoft work together on self-driving cars In Brief Google last week locked the work account of the co-lead of its AI ethics unit, Margaret Mitchell, as she investigated the controversial ousting of her...
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'It was weird to own a Zune in 2005,' remembers a new article in the Verge. 'It is even weirder to own a Zune in 2021 — let alone 16 of them. And yet, 27-year-old Conner Woods proudly shows off his lineup on a kitchen table.' They come in all different colors, shapes, and...
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Last week the Democratic party took control of all three branches of the U.S. government — and the BBC's North America technology reporter notes they dislike Facebook even more now than during the Cambridge Analytica scandal: Since then, Democrats — Joe Biden included — have...
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What did you have for dinner last night? If your answer falls somewhere between leftovers, a sandwich, or a frozen pizza, it might be time to start getting serious about your culinary skills. While nobody is suggesting you start cranking out souffles or baked Alaskas every...
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Here's an interesting tidbit from The Wall Street Journal: ICQ was a pioneering, mid-1990s internet messaging service then used on bulky PCs on dial-up. It was a precursor to AOL Instant Messenger, and was last in vogue when the TV show 'Friends' was in its prime and...
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Here's an interesting tidbit from The Wall Street Journal: ICQ was a pioneering, mid-1990s internet messaging service then used on bulky PCs on dial-up. It was a precursor to AOL Instant Messenger, and was last in vogue when the TV show 'Friends' was in its prime and...
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This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Mabox Linux 20.10News: GALPon MiniNo shuts down, Slackware tests new C library, Fedora to use GNOME 40, pfSense gets WireGuard, Red Hat offers free production subscriptions, Ubuntu booting on Apple ARMQuestions and answers: Deep...
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Michael Zoon has announced the release of XigmaNAS 12.2.0.4, a new stable snapshot of the project's embedded, open-source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD. This is major update and the first released built on top of FreeBSD 12.2: "We are pleased...
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In March Andrew Yang's nonprofit gave $1,000 one-time grants to a thousand residents in the Bronx. This week a new article in the New Yorker asks one of those grant recipients how they feel about Yang's newest proposal as he runs to be New York's mayor: to give the city's...
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Sunday January 24, 2021. 11:48 PM
'Microsoft Corp. was wrapped into a massive cybersecurity attack late last year,' reports MarketWatch, 'but the unprecedented intrusion may actually end up being a positive for the company's bottom line.' UBS analyst Karl Keirstead, who has a buy rating and a $243 price...
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For the last 20 years or so, I have had a healthy ambivalence towards Avril Lavigne. I don't get worked up over manufactured pop stars and pop songs; sometimes they're fine, they have a purpose, whatever. If I happen to be exposed to the music, maybe it'll be tolerable, who...
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Sarah Lee makes amazing sculptures using eggshells, like this two-headed croc covered in quail eggshells. Her Instagram has lots of other onderful pieces like this molting ouroboros: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sarah Lee – SF/Bay Area...
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YouTuber LetsDig18 specializes in recovering excavators that get stuck in the mud, but this was 'the worst excavator recovery of my career.' This 41-minute epic struggle with the elements is oddly relaxing. Image: YouTube / LetsDig18
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Fox News' talking lima bean, Tucker Carlson, claimed that once Joseph Robinette Biden had been sworn into office CNN had removed it's perpetual Covid graphic that ticked off cases and deaths due to the pandemic. The implication being that CNN wanted to track Covid only...
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Back in 2015, Dan Price of the credit card processing company Gravity Payments decided to pay everyone at his company a minimum salary of $70,000 a year, including himself. In the immediate aftermath, only two long-time employees left the company (out of 120 people), and...
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I've always enjoyed reading and writing detective fiction; really, if any story has a noir vibe, I'm in. I'm certainly not alone in, but I've also found it curious considering how little we actually hear about modern day private investigators. Sure, the Pinkertons are still...
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One of the best parts of Wonder Woman 1984 was the present-day opening sequence, of our lasso'd heroine battling some petty crooks at a shopping mall, interspersed with clips of our villain-to-be, Maxwell Lord, trying to sell fake oil securities through sleazeball...
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This week Digital Reality data center services announced it was also relocating its headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to Texas, citing factors like a low cost of living and 'supportive business climate'. (Though it will still maintain a 'significant' presence in...
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Every year, U.S. News and World Report compiles its Best Jobs list – and once again, the venerable news outlet has determined it's pretty great to be a network architect. For another year, the role of computer network architect is on their list of the top 10 technology...
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'We messed up today,' the Xbox Live Gold team wrote late Friday night, 'and you were right to let us know.' Their blog post's new title? 'No Changes to Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Free-to-Play Games to be Unlocked.' Forbes reports: It has been a very strange few days for...
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