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    People Are Renting Out Their Facebook Accounts In Exchange For Cash And Free Laptops

    PSA: This is a security and privacy nightmare that will get your Facebook account banned.

  • 2 days ago
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    Amazon Ruined Online Shopping

    There’s a Gatorade button attached to my basement fridge. If I push it, two days later a crate of the sports drink shows up at my door, thanks to Amazon. When these “Dash buttons” were first rumored in 2015, they seemed like a joke. Press a button to one-click detergent or energy bars? What even?, my colleague Adrienne LaFrance reasonably inquired. They weren’t a joke. Soon enough, Amazon was selling the buttons for a modest fee, the value of which would be applied to your first purchase...

  • 5 days ago
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    Sikhs In US Offered Free Food To Thousands Of Workers Affected By Government Shutdown

    The Sikh community is known for its kind gesture and benevolence. In a recent incident that will restore our faith in humanity, the community has offered free meals to fellow American government employees after they were caught amid the shutdown that has left thousands without pay. The Gurdwara menu which includes lentils, vegetables, rice and tortillas helped the employees in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • 5 days ago
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    Facebook purges more than 500 Russian-led disinformation pages

    "Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior" is such an anodyne way of describing weaponizing information to poison attitudes and democracies. That's the euphemism that Facebook is employing to talk about its latest purge of accounts and pages that may be part of a Russian disinformation campaign. More than 500 pages and accounts have recently been removed, according to a report by Facebook's cybersecurity policy chief.

  • 7 days ago
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    AI Is About To Take The Ship's Helm Away From Humans

    The next time you hop on a ferry, take a look at the captain’s bridge. There may not be a human at the helm much longer. Ships around the world are beginning a transformation into autonomous machines, leveraging the same advances in artificial intelligence that are shaking up the automotive world. In 2017, Ugo Vollmer and his friend Clement Renault were working on self-driving cars in Silicon Valley when an article on autonomous shipping caused them to make a sudden change in direction.

  • 9 days ago
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    Opinion | Why Autocrats Love Emergencies

    Crises are a time-tested means of subverting democracy. From Getúlio Vargas and other better-known dictators in the 1930s to Indira Gandhi and Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and on to Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan more recently, autocratic-minded leaders have long used national emergencies — some real, some fabricated — to claim extraordinary powers. One of our greatest concerns about Donald Trump’s presidency has always been that he would exploit (or invent) a crisis in order to...

  • 10 days ago
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    A Third of All Galaxy Clusters Have Gone Unnoticed Until Now

    The universe is far from homogenous. Rather, stars, and the galaxies that contain them, clump together in some places, brought together by their shared gravitational attraction. Astronomers have historically found clusters of galaxies in the sky to be relatively easy to spot, as they’re extremely large and bright. But one new study suggests that a third of all galaxy clusters have been hiding undiscovered out in the cosmos.

  • 11 days ago
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    Good News From Mars: The InSight Lander Is on Track to Start Collecting Data Next Month

    The U.S. government may be in partial shutdown mode, but operations to configure instruments critical to NASA’s InSight mission on Mars are right on schedule—and things are going swimmingly, as the latest mission update attests. Our last update from the InSight mission came on December 20 following the probe’s successful deployment of the SEIS instrument, or Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, onto the Martian surface. The configuration of this hexagonal-shaped device is still ongoi...

  • 12 days ago
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    Over 8,000 Elite Dangerous pilots are embarking on an incredible 18-week journey

    Thousands of Elite Dangerous players—over 8,000, according to the sign-up sheet—are preparing to embark on another incredible voyage across the Milky Way. The destination is Beagle Point, some 65,279 light years from Earth, past the galactic core, at the very edge of the galaxy. The journey is expected to take 18 weeks, and like last time, casualties are expected.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    BTC Mining Difficulty Adjusts 10% Upwards, Breaks Away From Months-long Downwards Trend

    Bitcoin’s (BTC) most recent mining difficulty adjustment went upwards, instead of following a downwards trend which it had been since the past few months. This, according to data from Bitcoin Wisdom and Blockchain.com. Mining “difficulty” is a term used to refer to how easy (or difficult) it may be for cryptocurrency miners to solve complex math equations, in order to validate a block of transactions on proof-of-work (PoW)-based networks such as the Bitcoin blockchain.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    How does the brain learn by talking to itself?

    UNIGE scientists uncover the role of synaptic feedback systems in shaping learning processes in the brain’s cortex — a discovery that may prove valuable for developing efficient artificial intelligence. Human beings, like other animals, possess an enormous learning capacity that allows for the apprehension of new sensory information to master new skills or to adapt to an ever-changing environment.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Scarlett Johansson: Fight Against 'Deepfake' Porn Is a 'Lost Cause'

    Scarlett Johansson said fighting against “deepfake” porn videos, in which someone’s face is superimposed onto a clip they didn’t actually appear in, has become a “lost cause.” The “Avengers” star commented in a Sunday Washington Post story about how artificial intelligence software is being used to create increasingly realistic-looking fake porn videos — and how woman are inordinately targeted. One bogus video, with what is falsely described as “leaked” footage of Johansson...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment weekendhobo

    Vital services like this should be a lot more self-dependant imo

  • 3 weeks ago
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    SpaceX’s Starship goes sci-fi shiny with stainless steel skin

    SpaceX’s futuristic Starship interplanetary craft may embody the golden age of sci-fi in more ways than one: in addition to (theoretically) taking passengers from planet to planet, it may sport a shiny stainless steel skin that makes it look like the pulp covers of old. Founder and CEO Elon Musk teased the possibility in a picture posted to Twitter, captioned simply “Stainless Steel Starship.” To be clear, this isn’t a full-on spacecraft, just part of a test vehicle that the company pl...

  • 1 month ago
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    China’s Bizarre Program to Keep Activists in Check

    Recently, the Beijing police took my brother sightseeing again. Nine days, two guards, chauffeured tours through a national park that’s a World Heritage site, visits to Taoist temples and to the Three Gorges, expenses fully covered, all courtesy of the Ministry of Public Security. The point was to get him out of town during the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, held in early September. The capital had to be in a state of perfect order; no trace of trouble was permissible. And Zha Jianguo...

  • 1 month ago
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    The U.S. government partially shutdown early Saturday after lawmakers failed to reach a spending deal that centered on whether to fund construction of...

    U.S. Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding. Negotiations between White House officials, congressional leaders to continue Saturday. The discussions focused on the package of seven spending bills that would fund the government through September, including a bipartisan Senate measure funding the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the border wall.

  • 1 month ago
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    The 'angel' who secretly pays patients' hospital bills

    In Nigeria, very few medical services are free of charge, and if you can't pay your hospital bill you may not be allowed to leave. Who will help? In this deeply religious society, many stranded patients hope for divine intervention. Zeal Akaraiwai does not have the wings of an angel - he has a sleek black Mercedes, all purring engine and deep leather seats. This 40-something financial consultant - trim and neat - steps out of his car in a potholed government hospital car park in Lagos.