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  • 7 days ago
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    Why Mario Works: Super Mario as Transformative Icon for the Working Class

    Nintendo’s Mario has transcended the realm of character and sits firmly in the realm of icon. Despite his appearance as a simple working man, nevertheless, just as Mario takes different forms throughout his adventure series, he is also a pliable figure of transformation throughout culture in general. Mario is a transformative and easily adaptable figure in the lineage of silent film stars, but Mario echoes them even further as a specifically...

  • 7 days ago
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    Speeding cop who struck and killed 18-year-old pedestrian handed 8 month sentence

    A judge has sentenced York Regional Police officer Remo Romano to eight months in jail for dangerous driving causing death in the killing of Natasha "Carla" Abogado. Later in the day, an appeal court judge granted bail to Det.-Const. Romano, who plans to appeal both the sentence and the conviction.

  • 10 days ago
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    67% of Netflix Subscribers Would Rather Cancel Their Subscription Than See Ads

    As Netflix tests advertisements for its original content on its own streaming platform, users remain vehement that they do not want to see advertising during their streams, a poll conducted by Cordcutting.com has found. In a survey of 2,000 self-identifying Netflix users, respondents overwhelmingly say that they’d rather pay more for Netflix than sit through ads on the service: 83 percent of users would choose a price hike over ads, while just 17 percent would rather see ads than pay more.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    SC decriminalises homosexuality, says history owes LGBTQ community an apology

    The Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality with a prayer to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community to forgive history for their “brutal” suppression. A five-judge Constitution Bench, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra unanimously held that criminalisation of private consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is clearly unconstitutional.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Quantum leaps close in on 'Mt Everest of computing'

    Quantum computing will be so advanced that it will make your desktop computer look like an abacus, says Stanford University professor Patrick Hayden. However Professor Hayden, who will present a public lecture in Sydney on Wednesday, is keenly aware that "the hype is just out of control at the moment".

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Irish Tweeters To Donald Trump: You Are Not Welcome

    A warm Irish welcome will likely not be afforded to President Donald Trump when he visits the country in November. The White House confirmed Friday that Trump would visit the Emerald Isle to “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations” as part of a European trip in which he’ll also visit France to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Analysis weekendhobo

    The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong

    First published in 2015, Sarah Jeong’s book provides an accessible look at how online harassment works, how it might be categorized and understood, and why the structure of the internet and the policies surrounding it are incapable of stamping it out.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    Netflix Has Deleted Every User Review Ever Posted to Its Website

    After more than a decade, the era of user-submitted reviews on Netflix has come to a close. The streaming giant has now removed every customer critique ever written, a move that comes a little more than a year after it did away with its five-star rating system in favor of a simple thumbs up/thumbs down approach. According to the company’s help page, “Netflix customers were able to leave reviews on Netflix.com until mid-2018, when reviews were removed due to declining use.” It may also be t...

  • 1 month ago
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    FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic version of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine) auto-injector for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions, including those that are life-threatening (anaphylaxis), in adults and pediatric patients who weigh more than 33 pounds. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA gained approval to market its generic epinephrine auto-injector in 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths.

  • 1 month ago
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    Nintendo Has Sold Over 300 Million Home Consoles

    Earlier this week we reported on the impressive fact that Sony has sold over 500 million total PlayStation consoles since the original PlayStation debuted in 1994. That got me thinking about another titan in the industry with an even longer history. Nintendo has officially released sales data for all of its major hardware releases since the Famicom in 1983, so I did a little digging to see what kind of numbers they've piled up over the years and how they compare to Sony's.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    Enamel regeneration breakthrough could end tooth decay agony, scientists say

    Scientists claim they have developed a material that could help regenerate tooth enamel to prevent decay and sensitivity. Enamel, the outer coating of the teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and can resist extreme temperatures and acidic food and drinks. But unlike other tissues it cannot regrow, leading to pain and tooth loss for roughly 50% of the world's population.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    Scientists have found two planets outside our solar system that could host extra-terrestrial life

    Are we alone in the universe? What prerequisites are there for supporting life on another planet? Are there any other planets out there that fit the bill? We may now be closer to solving some of these puzzles thanks to a recent report published in “Science Advances”, in which a team of researchers have highlighted the conditions required for a similar phenomenon to take place on another planet.

  • 1 month ago
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    Norway trials free heroin prescriptions for most serious addicts

    Norway, which has one of the highest fatal drug overdose rates in Europe, is to trial prescribing free heroin to the most serious addicts to improve their living conditions, the government said. The Norwegian directorate for health and social affairs is behind an experimental project to identify patients likely to benefit from the programme, to examine the implementation method, and to calculate the costs.

  • 1 month ago
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    Omarosa Claims Trump Repeatedly Used 'N-Word' During 'The Apprentice'

    Former “Apprentice” contestant and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claims President Donald Trump repeatedly used “the N-word,” according to The Guardian, which obtained an advance copy of her forthcoming book Unhinged. Newman, who left the White House last year, says that Trump used the racial slur while taping “The Apprentice” and that he was caught on camera. Trump starred on the reality TV show for years.

  • 1 month ago
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    Suspect linked to newer wildfire in national forest in California has been arrested

    A man who reportedly sent an email that warned “this place will burn down” was arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the Holy Fire in the Orange County area. The Orange County Register reported 51-year-old Forrest Gordon Clark was arrested by sheriff’s deputies, and U.S. Forest Service officials confirmed Clark was booked into Orange County Jail Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of felony arson, one count of felony threat to terrorize and one count of misdemeanor re...

  • 1 month ago
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    Saudi Arabia literally crucified a man in Mecca while aggressively calling out Canada over human rights

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a man by crucifixion in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday amid waging a public-relations battle with Canada over human rights. The man, Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen, was accused of murder, theft, and attempted rape, according to Bloomberg. Saudi Arabia, ruled by its interpretation of Islamic law, rarely carries out crucifixions, but capital punishment remains common.

  • 1 month ago
    Comment weekendhobo

    I thought it was about adoptions? Make up your mind man.