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Friday February 15, 2019. 07:39 PM
A bill to repeal Wyoming's death penalty law has failed in the state senate, thanks, in part, to the vote of Sen. Lynn Hutchings [R-Cheyenne, contact details], who said, 'The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me. I’m grateful to him for our ...
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A leading form of statistical malpractice in scientific studies is to retroactively comb through the data for 'interesting' patterns; while such patterns may provide useful leads for future investigations, simply cherry-picking data that looks significant out of a study that ...
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The non-profit research organization, Open AI, developed a system called GPT-2, which 'generates synthetic text samples in response to the model being primed with an arbitrary input. The model is chameleon-like — it adapts to the style and content of the conditioning text. ...
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NYC punk band The New York Rats is launching their new album on Sunday: it's a heavy vinyl LP with amazing sleeve art by Andrea Sicco; the album itself is Ramones-y, Husker-Du-ish uptempo punk that I've had on heavy rotation all week: it's 7:30PM on at Our Wicked Lady, 153...
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Following several weeks of recovery from cancer treatment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has physically attended a closed-door meeting of the Supreme Court. CNN: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court Friday to participate in the regular closed-door...
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Alex Jimenez grew up poor in Puerto Rico, and is obsessed with yachts; by being one of the first people on Instagram to take a lot of pictures at yacht shows, he has become a sought-after 'yacht influencer' who gets flown around the world to take photos of yachts that are...
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During Trump's address this morning where he declared a National Emergency in order to get funding for the wall that Mexico didn't pay for, he also mentioned how excited he was about the idea of a death penalty for people who traffic drugs. He talked about a meeting he had...
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Lucian's SPUDwriter (Single Purpose User Device) was designed to help him focus on creative writing after a long day of staring at a screen in his engineering job: it uses an e-ink screen and a keyboard, and only outputs via SD card or thermal printer. As a person who does ...
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The Boston Globe: ' After teasing it for months, President Trump is officially declaring the US-Mexico border a ‘‘national emergency,’’ which will allow him to circumvent Congress’s constitutional powers to control spending and divert federal funds toward his much...
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If you're a disgruntled ex-Facebooker or someone who 'made threatening statements' against the company, there's a chance its internal security force is tracking your location and activities, using Facebook's apps and other tracking tools. Given the scale of Facebook and...
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In 1908 a 22-year-old Italian baker's assistant arrived in London to take part in the Olympic marathon. He had no coach, he spoke no English, and he was not expected to challenge the elite runners at the top of the field. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast ...
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thispersondoesnotexist.com generates realistic human faces; refresh for a new one. Most are disturbingly convincing, a warning against trusting images and a whisper of just how gnostically paranoid everything is going to get. But the more you see, the more you learn the...
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A remarkable easter egg from the Windows 95 era, fully anticipating what became of the world's most beautiful operating system. The developers of Office 95 left an interesting little easteregg with a name which does seem a little unsettling. I am exploring this easteregg...
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The Internet of Dongs is Brad Haines's term for the world of internet-connected, 'teledildonic' sex toys, and Haines, along with Sarah Jamie Lewis, have exhaustively documented all the ways in which internet-connected sex toys can screw you, from leaking private data to...
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Breaking into the indie video game market may be easier than you think. It all starts with an idea, and then it's a matter of finding the right development platform to bring it to life. No matter what that platform is, it's a good bet that it's covered in the 2019 Game Dev & ...
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Millions of tons of e-waste -- much of it from rich countries like Australia -- are recycled in India, in 'markets' with terrible, dangerous working conditions and equally awful environmental controls. India passed comprehensive e-waste recycling regulations in 2016, but...
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Thursday February 14, 2019. 11:47 PM
Back in the 1980s, the giant German sf publisher Heyne tried out an experimental partnership with a soup company Maggi (they're still around), and it was bonkers. Under the terms of the deal, science fiction novels would be periodically interrupted by scenes in which the...
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Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has introduced a plan to completely upend the existing student loan payback system. How big is this plan? About 40 million borrowers big. Under Alexander's proposal, there would be just two repayment routes: one in which borrowers' monthly...
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The Right to Repair movement got state legislatures to consider more than a dozen Right to Repair bills last year, and have made great strides in the EU and elsewhere, but for every two steps forward they manage, they're forced a step or two back by giant corporate...
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I bought this nifty little lapel pin of a video arcade machine for my daughter's birthday. It uses two pins to keep it upright. It looks cool!
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