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  • 2 weeks ago
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    Apple Considering Less Disruptive Siri Behavior in Future Version of iPadOS

    Say "Hey Siri" when using an iPad, and Apple's virtual assistant will take over the entire display, obscuring whatever you were doing on the device. Say the same thing to your Mac, however, and Siri responds in a more multitasking-friendly way by appearing in a small window in the corner of the screen, allowing you to drag and drop retrieved items from it.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    The Dissatisfaction of Being Sexually Rejected By A Partner Lasts Longer Than The Pleasure Of Having An Advance Accepted

    Sex is an important part of most romantic relationships – and when couples are not on the same page about their sex life, it can become a source of frustration. Research has found that couples have sex about 1 or 2 times a week, but about half of sexual advances between partners go unfulfilled. A preprint uploaded recently to PsyArXiv sheds some light on how responses to sexual advances influence individuals’ feelings of sexual and relationship satisfaction.

  • 1 month ago
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    As surveillance culture grows, can we even hope to escape its reach?

    Sometimes, it is the very ordinariness of a scene that makes it terrifying. So it was with a clip from last week’s BBC documentary on facial recognition technology. It shows the Metropolitan police trialling a facial recognition system on an east London street. A man tries to avoid the cameras, covering his face by pulling up his fleece. He is stopped by the police and forced to have his photo taken. He is then fined £90 for “disorderly behaviour”.

  • 1 month ago
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    San Francisco becomes the first US city to ban facial recognition by government agencies

    In a first for a city in the United States, San Francisco has voted to ban its government agencies from using facial recognition technology. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted eight to one to approve the proposal, set to take effect in a month, that would bar city agencies, including law enforcement, from using the tool. The ordinance would also require city agencies to get board approval for their use of surveillance technology, and set up audits of surveillance tech already in use. Other ...

  • 1 month ago
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    Why Google believes machine learning is its future

    One of the most interesting demos at this week's Google I/O keynote featured a new version of Google's voice assistant that's due out later this year. A Google employee asked the Google Assistant to bring up her photos and then show her photos with animals. She tapped one and said, "Send it to Justin." The photo was dropped into the messaging app. From there, things got more impressive.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event lexi6

    Britain stops burning coal for power, for more than five days

    The UK has gone a week without burning any coal to make electricity - the first coal-free week since 1882. Britain has relied on burning coal for power since the Industrial Revolution, which began in the UK in the 18th Century and spread to other parts of the world. The Industrial Revolution saw new factories being built and a massive increase in the use of fossil fuels. The world's first coal-fired power station was opened in London in 1882.

  • 2 months ago
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    Elon Musk says machine to connect human brain to computers is 'coming soon'

    Elon Musk has revealed his Neuralink startup is close to announcing the first brain-machine interface to connect humans and computers. The entrepreneur took to Twitter to tell followers the technology would be “coming soon” – though he failed to provide details. Neuralink was set up in 2016 with the ambitious goal of developing hardware to enhance the human brain, however, little about how this will work has been made public.

  • 2 months ago
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    Ethics committee raises alarm over 'predictive policing' tool

    A computer tool used by police to predict which people are likely to reoffend has come under scrutiny from one force’s ethics committee, who said there were a lot of “unanswered questions” and concerns about potential bias.

  • 2 months ago
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    Worth a thousand words

    Published 2/2 image snaps! Congratulations lexi6 on this achievement!

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  • 2 months ago
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    xkcd: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

    I think Voyager 1 would be just past the event horizon, but slightly less than halfway to the bright ring.

  • 2 months ago
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    How trees secretly talk to each other

    Trees talk and share resources right under our feet, using a fungal network nicknamed the "Wood Wide Web". Some plants use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals.

  • 2 months ago
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    Andrew Yang is running for president in 2020. Here's everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.

    Based on a recurring series of national surveys we conduct, we can figure out who the other candidates competing in Andrew Yang's lane are, and who the broader opponents are within the party. Yang is a more recent addition to our surveys and at this time has an insufficient sample size for which to draw conclusions.

  • 3 months ago
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    Stephen Hawking coin coming Tuesday will be out of this world

    Ever feel like your money just falls into a black hole? You might find it fitting to pick up a 50-pence coin (about 65 cents US, 95 cents Australian) honoring late British physicist Stephen Hawking. The Royal Mint will issue the coin March 12, and while no images of it have been released, it will feature an image of Hawking on one side and a black hole on the other, CambridgeshireLive reports.

  • 3 months ago
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    Catholic priest in Philadelphia arrested and charged with raping teen girl and recording sex act

    A Catholic priest in Philadelphia has been charged with raping a teen girl, corrupting her morals and recording her in a sex act, court records and the priest’s lawyer confirm. The Rev. Armand Garcia, 49, turned himself in for booking early Monday and posted his $250,000 bail hours later, his lawyer William J. Brennan told the Daily News.

  • 3 months ago
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    Woman says she was fired for refusing boss's 'repeated and unwanted requests' to pray

    A California woman has filed a claim alleging that she was fired from her role as director of Ventura County’s animal control agency last fall because she declined her boss’s suggestions to pray, the Ventura County Star reports. Tara Diller claims she was wrongfully terminated from Ventura County Animal Services last October because she “rejected and refused” the “repeated and unwanted requests for religious prayer” made by her boss, Johnson Gill.