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    The magical thinking of guys who love logic

    Ian Danskin, who makes videos under the moniker Innuendo Studios, has made a name for himself on the internet for his YouTube series on the techniques and beliefs of the alt-right. His most recent video, “The Card Says Moops,” is worth watching in full, but there was one particular line in it that struck me. Danskin points out that, even when their beliefs skew towards the bizarre and conspiratorial, people on the online right often identify as “rationalists.”

  • 4 days ago
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    Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Won't Be Anything Like 'Goodfellas'

    Martin Scorsese's The Irishman is the much-anticipated mobster flick that's coming to Netflix this fall, but if you're expecting it to be anything like Goodfellas, don't. It stars mafia movie stalwarts and Scorsese collaborators Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci, but will be a very different kind of movie.

  • 13 days ago
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    Firefox taking a hard line against noisy video, banning it from autoplaying

    Last year, Chrome introduced changes to try to prevent the persistent nuisance that is pages that automatically play noisy videos. Next month, Firefox will be following suit; Firefox 66, due on March 19, will prevent the automatic playback of any video that contains audio. Mozilla's plan for Firefox is a great deal simpler and a great deal stricter than Chrome's system. In Chrome, Google has a heuristic that tries to distinguish between those sites where autoplaying is generally welcom...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    'Marie Kondo Effect' floods Chicago area thrift stores with donations

    Japanese lifestyle consultant and tidying expert Marie Kondo has a simple message for anyone hoping to clean up their personal lives: start with rethinking and getting rid of the excess junk cluttering their homes. Anything that doesn’t “spark joy” has got to go.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Spotify is reportedly in talks for a $200 million podcast purchase

    Spotify is reportedly looking to sink big money into podcasts. According to Recode and The Wall Street Journal, the music streaming company is currently in talks to acquire podcasting giant Gimlet Media for over $200 million. If Spotify manages to finalize the acquisition, it will be the first time it has purchased another company. Recode says the negotiation is in the advanced stages, but it's not a done deal yet, and their talks could still fall through.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Why your favorite devs (probably) don’t want to make a Star Wars game

    EA recently canceled an open-world Star Wars game that was being developed at its Vancouver studio, and commentators are pissed. Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, who has also worked on the creative side of games development, blasted EA on Kinda Funny Games Daily. YouTube games pundit and former Destructoid editor Jim Sterling said EA should lose the Star Wars license. Kotaku wrote an explainer about EA’s troubles finishing Star Wars games.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Muscle memory discovery ends ‘use it or lose it’ dogma

    The old adage “use it or lose it” tells us: if you stop using your muscles, they’ll shrink. Until recently, scientists thought this meant that nuclei – the cell control centers that build and maintain muscle fibers – are also lost to sloth.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Resident Evil 2 Remake is getting three free DLC stories, starting in February

    Free DLC is coming to Resident Evil 2 Remake starting in February, Capcom has confirmed. The Ghost Survivors is a trio of ‘what if’ stories following three other survivors of the Raccoon City outbreak. Leon and Claire aren’t the only people doing exciting things amid the zombie apocalypse. No Time to Mourn, Runaway and Forgotten Soldier explore the survivor stories of the gunshop owner, the mayor’s daughter and the soldier, respectively. The first, No Time to Mourn, is due out on February 15.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Resident Evil 2 is Capcom’s second-best Steam launch ever

    The Resident Evil 2 remaster released last night, and the PC version took just a few hours to become one of Capcom’s most-played Steam games ever. Last night, the game’s player count peaked at more than 55,000 players, and is still performing well this morning. According to Steam’s own game stats, Resident Evil 2 reached a concurrent player peak of 55,164, making it the ninth most-played game on the platform last night, just behind Team Fortress 2 (which is somehow still pulling in the bes...

  • 3 weeks ago
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  • 3 weeks ago
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    What happened when Oslo decided to make its downtown basically car-free?

    If you decide to drive in downtown Oslo, be forewarned: You won’t be able to park on the street. By the beginning of this year, the city finished removing more than 700 parking spots–replacing them with bike lanes, plants, tiny parks, and benches–as a major step toward a vision of a car-free city center. Without those parking spots, and with cars banned completely on some streets, few people are driving in the area. “There are basically no cars,” says Axel Bentsen, CEO of Urban Sharing...

  • 1 month ago
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    RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

    The budding cotton seed hailed as the first plant to ever grow on the Moon, has, erm, died. Xinhua, China’s state owned press agency, announced the unfortunate news merely hours after celebrating the plant’s successful germination. “The experiment has ended,” it said. Maybe it's not that surprising, considering, the picture of the plant tweeted by the People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's Communist Party, was very difficult to spot.

  • 1 month ago
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    Honor View20: Ready to punch above its weight with an enticing blend of old and new

    Coming off the back of a dark year for smartphone design, the View20 is a reason to be optimistic. Notched phones have never been aesthetically pleasing nor functionally ideal, but thankfully that design trend is on its way out. We’ve seen a number of novel attempts to produce bezel-free phones, including sliders and motorized pop-ups, but a few of the big players have decided there's another way.

  • 1 month ago
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    A Trump County Confronts the Administration Amid a Rash of Child Cancers

    The children fell ill, one by one, with cancers that few families in this suburban Indianapolis community had ever heard of. An avid swimmer struck down by glioblastoma, which grew a tumor in her brain. Four children with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Fifteen children with acute lymphocytic leukemia, including three cases diagnosed in the past year. At first, families put the illnesses down to misfortune. But as cases mounted, parents started to ask: Could it be something in the air or ...

  • 1 month ago
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    Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

    A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.