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Tuesday February 13, 2018. 08:53 PM
Deepfakes -- videos with incredibly realistic faceswapping, created with machine learning techniques -- are creepy as hell, except when they're not (then they're a form of incredibly expressive creativity with implications for both storytelling and political speech). (more…)
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Amazon has a good sale on this digital tire pressure gauge. It has a backlit LED display and the nozzle is lighted, too. It comes with batteries. It's regularly $9.97 but it's on sale today for $6.57.
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A pair of researchers from Toronto's storied Citizen Lab (previously) have written an eye-opening editorial and call to action on the ways that repressive states have used the internet to attack dissidents, human rights advocates and political oppositions -- and how the...
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Here is a prototype of a giant pong-inspired game called GRiD, by multimedia entertainment creators Moment Factory. But rather than facing a screen, you are facing humans, in a physically challenging real-world game. According to engadget: Moment Factory has created GRiD, a...
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'Let's Ban Porn,' writes Ross Douthat in the Op-Ed pages of the NY Times. Good luck with that, writes Peter Suderman of Reason, who says 'Douthat's core worry is effectively the same fear that drove socially conservative criticisms of video games, action movies, and Dungeons ...
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It's been less than a week since the death of EFF co-founder, cowboy poet, Grateful Dead lyricist and Mayor of the Internet John Perry Barlow died, and he's already sorely missed. But Barlow was an open access advocate before that was a thing, and the archive of his work at...
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Radiflow reports that they discovered cryptojacking software -- malware that mines cryptocurrency -- running in the monitoring and control network of an unnamed European water utility, the first such discovery, and a point of serious concern about the security and integrity...
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The LA Times recently reported on unpleasant behavior among Disneyland 'social clubs,' who roam the park in gangs of 20 and 'resemble a cross between the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and a grown-up Mickey Mouse Club.' The clubs have names like, The Dark Side Elites, Big Bad...
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All is Art, via Adam Koford: What happens when you start gluing matches together? Because the heads are slightly wider than the wooden bodies, they begin to form a sphere. This was an experiment in how many matches it would take to get all the way around to make a perfect...
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Anil Dash's third law holds that 'Three things never work: Voice chat, printers and projectors.' But Joshua Rothman's long, fascinating, even poetic profile of the Xerox engineers who work on paper-path process improvements is such a bit of hard-science whimsy that it almost ...
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I like to imagine what My Buddy would be like all grown up. 'Buddy' is probably doing hard time for hard crime. Where were their parents?
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What started off as an experiment to see how many matches it would take to create a sphere ended up as a gorgeous video of what a 42,000-match sphere looks like when it burns. It took months and months to glue the matchsticks together, and only minutes to go from flames to...
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Kevin Nicholson is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. Oddly enough, Nicholson's parents donated $2,700 each -- the maximum allowed under the law -- to the incumbent, Democrat Tammy Baldwin. From The Week: Nicholson, a former president of College...
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Watch the Nicholas Brothers dance the 'Jumpin' Jive' in the 1943 musical, Stormy Weather. Fred Astaire said it was 'the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film.' From The New York Times: For it wasn't the acrobatics, in themselves, that made the Nicholas brothers the...
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The Wind Symphony at Liberty University decided to prank their band director by playing the Mii Channel theme song instead of a Bach chorale. Fortunately, the band director has a great sense of humor. He immediately went to the flute section to check out the music they were...
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Huffington Post published this list of open neo-Nazi and white supremacists running for office. HuffPo includes a number of assholes who are also white-supremacy-adjacent, as well. Some cowards simply use the dog-whistles and encourage the ideas of racism, while not posting ...
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Monday Starts on Saturday is the Strugatsky brothers' uniquely Soviet take on the future of research and the institutions that perform it. This gem from 1964 is not to be missed. Sasha, a young computer programmer, is recruited by some hitchhikers to join them at their...
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Did you know you can get worms in your eyes? According to National Geographic, it's a thing. Back in 2016, 26-year-old Abby Beckley ended up with a bunch of the tiny, translucent critters living in and around the delicate flesh of the inside of her eyelids. Beckley described ...
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I'm not saying that building a flamethrower is a responsible use of your time – but I'm not saying that you shouldn't take the time to build one, either. In January, Elon Musk's Boring Company built 20,000 $500-flamethrowers and sold them all to the tune of $10 million....
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IBM Security's 2018 survey of 4,000 adults worldwide found that for the first time in the history of their research, the majority of users say that they'd take extra steps in the name of 'security' even if it meant that their usage would be less 'convenient.' (more…)
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