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  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by gottlieb
    +3 +1

    Hitman 2: Sean Bean on video game death

    Actor Sean Bean has played many roles where his character dies before the end of the film or TV series and now gamers have the chance to digitally kill him when he appears as a special guest star target in the video game Hitman 2. The Hitman games cast the player as Agent 47 who can employ a wide range of weapons to kill his target.

  • Expression
    2 weeks ago
    by ticktack
    +11 +1

    Jerry Seinfeld on Louis C.K., Roseanne and Tense Times in Comedy

    Analytical as ever, the comic has strong opinions about disgraced peers like Cosby. He says the audience is always right (even about his #MeToo joke).

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by larylin
    +35 +1

    I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on

    Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel stated this summer that “when the generation that survived the war is no longer here, we’ll find out whether we have learned from history”. As a Polish Jew born in 1925, who survived the Warsaw ghetto, lost my family in the Holocaust, served in a special operations unit of the Polish underground, the Home Army, and fought in the Warsaw uprising of 1944...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zritic
    +21 +1

    How fascism works

    “Fascism” is a word that gets tossed around pretty loosely these days, usually as an epithet to discredit someone else’s politics. One consequence is that no one really knows what the term means anymore. Liberals see fascism as the culmination of conservative thinking: an authoritarian, nationalist, and racist system of government organized around corporate power. For conservatives, fascism is totalitarianism masquerading as the nanny state.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +17 +1

    WhatsApp co-founder: "I sold my users' privacy" to Facebook

    Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of the popular messaging app WhatsApp, said he "sold my users' privacy" when Facebook acquired the company. Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in 2014, its biggest acquisition ever. "I sold my users' privacy to a larger benefit," Acton told Forbes. "I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +17 +1

    Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.

    AnchorFree — the company behind the popular VPN app Hotspot Shield — recently surveyed its users, asking them when they cared about privacy and security. And when it came to most of their activity online, like sharing photos to Facebook, the survey respondents said they didn’t care. “But 30 percent of the time, almost everyone said they cared about their privacy enormously,” AnchorFree CEO David Gorodyansky said on the latest episode of Recode Decode. “That 30 percent was when it came to things like your healthcare, your finances and your family.”

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by KondoR
    +25 +1

    An Interview with Selfie Stick Inventor Wayne Fromm

    Wayne Fromm is a Canadian inventor who’s widely recognized as being one of the main inventors of the selfie stick (with the other being Hiroshi Ueda of Japan). Fromm holds original patents for selfie sticks created for compact cameras and smartphones, and he current sells selfie sticks through his Quik Pod brand. In this interview, we spoke to him about his involvement in (and thoughts about) the selfie stick boom...

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by jasont
    +19 +1

    Eagles of Death Metal Discuss Paris Terror Attacks

    During Eagles of Death Metal's November 13 show at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, gunmen entered the venue and opened fire on the crowd, leaving at least 90 dead. The band spoke to VICE about the tragic events that took place that night.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by dianep
    +16 +1

    The Last Prisoner of the Cold War

    The new opening to Cuba would not have happened without an old-fashioned swap. Cuban spies were being held in U.S. prisons. And the Cubans were holding an American named Alan Gross. Gross was a U.S. government contractor who was setting up Internet connections in Cuba. But the Cuban government said he was a spy. It has been nearly a year since Gross became the lynchpin for the diplomatic breakthrough.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zritic
    +19 +1

    Gary Anderson says he deliberately lost to Adrian Lewis in 2011

    World champion Gary Anderson has revealed he deliberately lost a Premier League match against Adrian Lewis at Glasgow's SECC in 2011. Scot Anderson, 44, led the match 3-0 but, with Lewis suffering "disgraceful" abuse, allowed the Englishman to reel off eight legs in a row to secure an 8-3 victory. When asked if he intentionally lost, Anderson told BBC Scotland: "Yes. "I didn't want to win a game where that happened; I thought it was a disgrace."

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by TentativePrince
    +24 +1

    George Lucas on 'Force Awakens': It's like a "break up"

    "It's a very very very hard thing to do." George Lucas​ explains why he had to "break up" with Star Wars​ so that he and 'The Force Awakens' could both move on.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +46 +1

    Medium plans paywalls and ads

    The internet isn't exactly known for considered, civilised discussion, but publishing site Medium has managed to buck that trend. It's a site used by the likes of President Obama, Bono, Bill Gates and Hillary Clinton when they have something serious to get off their chests. The BBC's North America technology reporter Dave Lee met Medium's founder, Evan Williams - who also co-founded Twitter.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +40 +1

    What Africa will look like in 100 years

    Africa’s population is booming. By 2100, it will be home to 4.4 billion people - four times its current population. Such an increase - far larger than the global population increase of 53 per cent by 2100 - will pose significant challenges. Poverty, conflict, disease and access to education are all issues African governments will continue to face, having to build states that can support ever-increasing amounts of people.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +28 +2

    6 months after alleged abduction, Alison Azer speaks about search for her kids

    Feb. 15 marks exactly six months since Alison Azer last saw her four children, allegedly abducted by their father, Kurdish-Canadian doctor Saren Azer and taken to Iraq. Alison Azer, who lives in the Comox Valley, travelled twice to Iraq in the past five months in hopes of finding her children — aged 11, 9, 7 and 3 — but both trips were in vain. After returning from her latest trip, she spoke to On The Coast guest host Michelle...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +46 +2

    A King in His Castle: How Donald Trump Lives, From His Longtime Butler

    Everything seemed to sparkle at the Mar-a-Lago estate here on a recent afternoon. The sun glinted off the pool and the black Secret Service S.U.V.s in the circular driveway. Palm trees rustled in a warm breeze, croquet balls clicked and a security guard stood at the entrance to Donald J. Trump’s private living quarters. “You can always tell when the king is here,” Mr. Trump’s longtime butler here, Anthony Senecal, said of the master of the house and Republican presidential candidate.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +37 +1

    Inside Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Fight With the FBI

    In an exclusive interview with TIME, Cook discusses your privacy, America’s security, and what’s at stake in the battle over encryption. The day after the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot to death 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday luncheon for the county department of public health, an FBI Evidence Response Team descended on the couple’s townhouse in nearby Redlands.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by everlost
    +22 +1

    The Future of Twitter Q&A with Jack Dorsey

    Last year, amid a cratering stock price, slowing user growth, and a spate of executive departures, Twitter Inc.'s board decided to put co-founder Jack Dorsey in as chief executive. Ten months later, all the same problems remain. But Dorsey has a clearer message about what he wants to change and how he wants to change it. As investors speculate about who will buy Twitter and when, Dorsey has allowed himself to think years down the road.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by ckshenn
    +5 +1

    Inside Erik Prince’s Treacherous Drive to Build a Private Air Force

    On a crisp Saturday in November 2014, a black Mercedes SUV pulled onto the tarmac of an Austrian specialty aviation company 30 miles south of Vienna. Employees of the firm, Airborne Technologies, which specialized in designing and equipping small aircraft with wireless surveillance platforms, had been ordered to work that weekend because one of the company’s investors was scheduled to inspect their latest project.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +30 +1

    Steve Miller: This Whole Industry Is Fuckin' Gangsters and Crooks

    Steve Miller's gripes against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — for which the rocker was inducted Friday night — extended past the podium into the backstage area later that night. "The whole process is unpleasant," Miller told reporters. "The whole process needs to be changed from the top to the bottom." Talking to Rolling Stone, Miller widened his targets, throwing barbs not just at the Rock Hall — though there were many choice words about that — but at his record label rep...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +3 +1

    My Mom Took Me Overseas and Forced Me Into Being a Teen Bride

    I was 6 years old when my two older sisters went to Palestine to "visit family." At least that's what my mom told me. I was born in Chicago, like my sisters, but our parents are Palestinian, born in Jerusalem. I was four-months-old when our father died — he worked at a gas station and was shot during a robbery. After that, the four of us moved into the basement apartment of my mom's mother's house, where my sisters and I shared a room.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +6 +1

    Ringo Starr on the Time Muhammad Ali Picked Him Up

    On February 18th, 1964, just nine days after the Beatles made their acclaimed American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, and a week before Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) won his first World Heavyweight Championship title, these two preeminent cultural forces of the Sixties converged at Miami Beach's 5th Street Gym. What might have devolved into a corny photo-op instead led to some of the most enduring images of the 20th century, capturing the moment these young, charismatic and supremely talented young men achieved total dominance in their respective fields.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +2 +1

    Edward Snowden Is Acting Very Strange Inside Russia

    Russian spy-watcher Andrei Soldatov on Snowden’s strange behavior in Russia, the Nemtsov assassination, and signs of a power struggle in Putin’s inner circle.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bkool
    +20 +1

    From file-sharing to prison: A Megaupload programmer tells his story

    Soon after the domain was registered in Hong Kong, the now-defunct Megaupload.com grew into one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites. At its peak, the site engaged nearly 50 million users a day and took up around four percent of the world's Internet traffic. Users uploaded nearly 12 billion files overall. But the infamy of the site's rise is only matched by the infamy of its fall. In January 2012, US authorities closed down Megaupload.com and the network related to it. The feds arrested seven people and froze $50 million in assets.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +43 +1

    He Was a Hacker for the NSA and He Was Willing to Talk.

    Redirecting internet traffic from entire countries was one of the "ridiculously cool" projects undertaken by an NSA hacker who spoke with The Intercept.The sender was a hacker who had written a series of provocative memos at the National Security Agency. His secret memos had explained — with an earthy use of slang and emojis that was unusual for an operative of the largest eavesdropping organization in the world — how the NSA breaks into the digital accounts of people...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +1 +1

    How an Argentinian man learned his 'father' may have killed his real parents

    When he was a child, Guillermo’s parents nicknamed him “the Jew”. Theirs was not a peaceful home: air force intelligence officer Francisco Gómez beat his wife Teodora Jofre frequently. “I saw him threaten her with a knife, hit her with a rifle butt, throw her on the floor and shout he would put a bullet in her,” Guillermo eventually told a court in Buenos Aires, years later. On school holidays, Gómez would take Guillermo to spend the day at the Buenos Aires Regional Intelligence (Riba) air force base. Fellow agents took the boy out for ice cream or let him play with their unloaded guns.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by timex
    +21 +1

    Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern?

    Near the end of his interview with Bill Murray, Howard Stern turned an already somber discussion about missed career opportunities into an existential grilling. “Is there something that you question in your own life,” Mr. Stern asked, “like why haven’t I found that great love of my life?” Mr. Murray audibly exhaled and let a pensive moment of silence pass. “Well, I think about that, I do think about that, that um, you know. I’m not sure what my — what I’m getting done here,” he said, sounding like a man questioning his ultimate purpose.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by rexall
    +15 +1

    Rick Astley: 'I was a millionaire at 22. That's ridiculous' 

    A career in music was not outside the realms of possibility for the young me. My parents split up when I was five, and life at home was a bit mad and sad at times. As the youngest of four children, I craved attention and found it in singing. I’d get picked for all the school plays and church choirs and I liked the reaction I got when I sang. I felt, strangely, that there was a kind of safety in being on stage because I was the one with the mic, the one in control. The first band my friends and I set up was called Give Way because the bass player had pinched a road sign from a junction. I stuck it on the front of my drum set.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +37 +1

    I spent 28 years on death row

    I was 29 and mowing the lawn at my mother’s house in Birmingham, Alabama, on a hot day in July 1985 when I looked up and saw two police officers. When my mom saw the handcuffs, she screamed. They asked me whether I owned a firearm, and I said no. They asked if my mother owned one, and I said yes. I asked the detective 50 times why I was being arrested. Eventually, he told me I was being arrested for a robbery. I told him, “You have the wrong man.” He said, “I don’t care whether you did it or not. You will be convicted.”

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +11 +1

    Shane Black on His Writing Process, Iron Man 3, and Predator

    When it comes to modern storytellers, Shane Black is one of the greats. He burst onto the scene with his script for Lethal Weapon, a classic buddy cop film that would be ripped off for decades to come, and went on to score repeatedly with high-profile, quippy scripts for films like The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Last Action Hero.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by everlost
    +9 +1

    John Berger: ‘If I’m a storyteller it’s because I listen’

    On 5 November, John Berger will turn 90. As I travel to Paris to meet him, I carry a bagful of books. There are recently published art historical writings, Portraits, and, to coincide with his 90th birthday, Landscapes (judiciously selected by Tom Overton for Verso), a fascinating series of encounters with the thinkers who have mattered to Berger, from Brecht and Walter Benjamin to Rosa Luxemburg. A marvellous miscellany of more recent work, Confabulations, has just been published by Penguin, and A Jar of Wild Flowers...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +34 +1

    Warner Bros. Chief's Personal Story of His Parents' Internment in Japanese-American Camps (Guest Column)

    Japanese-Americans arrived at a camp in Manzanar, Calif., in March 1942. Amid heated election rhetoric about race and tolerance, Kevin Tsujihara reveals why his mother and father never lost faith in their country: "Today, that sense of belonging is something I want for all of us." Imagine you are a U.S. citizen living in California. One morning you read in the paper, hear in church or see posted on telephone poles that you have two weeks to sell your land and belongings, keeping only what you can carry, and report to a "relocation center."

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by wetwilly87
    +9 +1

    Skype Co-Founder Says Our Biggest Existential Threat Is Artificial Intelligence

    Skype is the reasons why I can get so many guests on the show. It’s because it’s done all virtually. Let me introduce Jaan Tallinn, one of the original co-founders of Skype. We’re going to be talking about what he’s doing at the moment. It’s related to promoting the study of existential risk. Specifically relating to AI. Imagine! The possibility of the human race not existing in the future. It’s clearly a really important topic. Jaan, welcome to The App Guy Podcast!

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by jackthetripper
    +7 +1

    Max Levchin of Affirm: Seeking the Endurance Athletes of Business

    Q. Tell me about your early years. A. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. I spent my formative years under the Soviet state, which wasn’t all that bad, actually. Ukraine is kind of a backwater, so we didn’t really have any of the tension from those days. I had a fairly happy childhood. I grew up in a very cool family — pretty much every person was a scientist. My entire family lived together. My grandmother, my grandfather, my mom and dad, my brother and I all lived in the same apartment, so I got this exposure to two generations of scientists.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by melaniee
    +21 +1

    "I Am the Trump of Hollywood": The Reclusive and Outrageous Jon Peters Is Still Rich. Really Rich

    In his first interview in 10 years, and with a loaded gun on the coffee table, the legendary former hairdresser turned producer and studio chief opens up about voting for Donald — kept secret from "love of his life" Barbra Streisand — his feud with Peter Guber and how it feels to collect huge paychecks on Superman movies for doing nothing.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by 8mm
    +41 +1

    A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

    "It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness." In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived.