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Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?

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there's a growing amount of evidence that pornography can be slightly detrimental to mental health in some cases

That's news to me. Care to provide some links to said evidence?

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Why don't you all just f-f-f-fade away, Kaspersky asks generation SocMed

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Fee Structure Unclear

For US$1.99 a month you'll be able to back up all four.

So you pay $1.99/mo forever or they delete the backups?

Or do you pay $1.99 for each month's worth of Data you backup?

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Humanity needs you... to build an AI bot that can finger rotten headlines

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WTF?

How is this a problem?

The data that does exist (eg, fact checker website archives) is almost all copyright protected.

I don't see why that's a problem - they would not be republishing or distributing the copyrighted material, only analyzing it. Why should copyright enter into it at all?

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Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m

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How do you wake a sleeping Lady Gaga?

P-P-P-Poke Her Face.

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Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star

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No so much...

[Blu-Ray] was the final straw in the endless format upgrade cycle, in which Hollywood expected people to repurchase their entire film collection every few years

VHS - 1977

DVD - 1995

Blu-Ray - 2006

Seems like a perfectly reasonable upgrade cycle to me. Now if you count the "also-rans" (eg: HD-DVD, the original DIVX, and Betamax) then you might have a point.

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Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

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When I was but a lad, my brother and I had two mice as pets. Then one morning we woke to find that we now had one mouse, half a mouse carcass, and some surplus bits of mouse offal.

Turns out that rodents are, as a rule, horrid little things; probably something to do with their pan-dimensional existence.

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Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

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Re: The Zuckerberg Effect

So, Zuckerberg buys some land and it then goes down in value.

Sorry, but no - the assessed value is what the government has decided a piece of property is worth for tax and/or regulatory purposes. The price paid when someone purchases the property is completely unrelated.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Do these filters have to be installed on internet connected cars?

Of course! Doubly-so if you are a gluteophile.

After all, you wouldn't want anyone to die from auto-erotic ass-fixation...

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Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps

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Re: Isn't there a viewing gallery?

Yes there is, but the House can clear the gallery if they so please.

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Warning from the Future (rama)

DON'T!

DATE!

ROBOTS!

This PSA brought to you by The Space Pope

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Rift rift assists swift shift at crest of adrift Occulus

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Re: Do not want

Don't care for VR, eh?

Well, I'd love to sit around and chat about it with you but I'm a little busy right now being a motherfucking wizard in The Unspoken. (Seriously, that game is awesome.)

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Oi, you, no flirting, no touching in the back of our rides, sniffs Uber

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Vomiting has also been cited as an infraction that may result in a ban now, but only under certain circumstances – specifically, excessive alcohol consumption.

Yes indeed, if you're too drunk to stop yourself from vomiting then you clearly belong behind the wheel of your own vehicle, not safely in the back of an Uber.

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Life Imitates Art

Rick and Morty, Season 1 Episode 11 - In the "B" plot of the episode, Jerry and Beth go to a Titanic themed attraction with a full-size replica of said boat designed to recreate the famous events of 1912. However despite repeated assurances that the ship is un-unsinkable, everything goes wrong and the Titanic spectacularly fails to hit the iceberg much to the disappointment of all aboard.

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Reimagine with us, the FT's printed virtual reality guide to Dublin

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Printed VR

AKA the Stereoscope (sometimes erroneously referred to as a "Stereopticon.")

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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

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Ecclesiastes 1:9

Features [...] include rolling data over into a "piggybank" – where you can use it at any point in the next three years

Wow, I remember using "time banks" on BBSes in the early to mid 1990s.

Amazing how things can change so much yet stay the same...

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Tax deductable

I'd like to point out that donations to the Internet Archive, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are deductible (to the fullest extent allowed by law) from your US Federal Income taxes.

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Netflix and spill: Web vid giant kills password masking in tests

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So I guess I'm the only person on the planet who refuses to let my browser remember passwords?

Obligatory XKCD link.

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

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TaskGallery

Microsoft has been working on new 3D interfaces for Windows since at least 2001.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-mhqYBm7Xo

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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Mind your Ts & Cs

People want more control over their own photos, words and music when dealing with a giant content harvester like Facebook, not less.

This isn't a legislative or executive issue - this is a problem with Facebook's (et al) "Terms and Conditions."

The existing copyright laws *already* give you absolute full control over your own original works but in order to use most (if not all) of these sorts of services you are required to give up that control.

And given how popular Facebook is, people would seem to be generally ignorant of this or else just don't give a shit.

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Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

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This reminded me of two things.

First was "Title of the Song" by Davinci's Notebook which is essentially a lyrics template for a certain genre of pop song. (Lyrics here)

The second was Orwell's Ninteen Eight-Four. If I remember correctly Minitrue had a machine that generated songs called a "versificator."

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McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Re: The real reason

Think about it - do you really want to see a Florence city street that is filled with flashing signs and golden arches? Is that why tourists visit it every year?

I mean, what's the point in going abroad if you're just another tourist carted 'round in busses surrounded by mindless sweaty oafs from Kettering and Boventry, complaining about the tea "Oh, they don't make it properly here, do they? Not like at home." And once a day there's an excursion to the local Roman Ruins to buy cherry-aid and melted ice cream and bloody Watney's Red Barrel...

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Two questions...

First, isn't Mars' gravity something like .4G? Would the reported decrease in muscle mass even matter once you got there given the ~60% reduction in weight?

Second, why can't NASA just develop a training regiment that will build up these muscles whilst the astronauts are still on Earth? That way when they lose some of their muscle mass they're still at or above the "normal" range and once on Mars they can resume the training in anticipation of the return trip. Seems like the cheapest and simplest possible solution to me.

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

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Seems a bit expensive...

Let's see, about $1,000 for a decent 4k TV, about $1,000 for the rest of the hardware (computery-bits, touch interface, camera, etc.), and we'll go crazy here and allocate $1,000 for all the software that Google provides.

I guess the other $3,000 is to make it reassuringly expensive?

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Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

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All your blocks are belong to chains.

With all these Blockchains out there we're obviously going to need a Blockchain-Blockchain to track changes in all the other Blockchains.

Blockchain!

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Think virtual reality is just about games? Think again, friend

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Spoiler Alert: You Won't

As for when we will all be attending the local multiplex and putting on our headsets, well, that is still some distance away.

I don't think that this will ever happen, at least not on any large scale. You might see a few VR movie parlors open up here and there but these will not last very long IMHO. Why would I bother to go to out to a public space full of other people just to put on a headset that completely isolates me from said space and people?

It's sort of the point of VR that you get to go somewhere without actually going anywhere.

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Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

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No thanks.

With a fabric cover, available in three shades, this is essentially a means of strapping a phone to your face and immersing yourself in VR content.

So I take this phone with a nice explody-possible battery and I put it real close to my eyes in an enclosed container made of flammable material?

What could possibly go wrong?

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IBM Watson Xprize is a chance to make AI more open, says prize team

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Why no link?

For people slightly lazier than I am, the contest site is http://ai.xprize.org/.

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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

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See also - Mission Statement

Track 8 of Weird Al's "Mandatory Fun" album.

Lyrics here for reference.

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Argos tech team updates iOS app with helpful info on 'eleventy-billion toilet seats'

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Gas leak hallucinations?!

No no no... They're just dead and in hell.

You know, because they played D&D in the 1980s.

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No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

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IOT is poorly named

What is currently called the Internet of Things should more rightly be called "Putting Things on the Internet." A proper "Internet of Things" would be devices in my house that communicate with *each other* and receive instructions from me via the Internet through a managed gateway device attached to my router.

At no point should any of these devices ever get direct unfettered access to the Internet for reasons which should be obvious if you read this article.

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Re: Vendor specific support? Wat?

Why isn't there a vendor neutral API[...]?

There are two currently: OSVR and OpenVR.

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Not enough personality: Google Now becomes Google Not Anymore

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YPPWFTBW!

How does the character think of itself in a way that you can relate to? What is its childhood?

Jesus tap-dancing Christ, when did Google become the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation?

I do not want to have conversations *with* my phone - I want to find out what the weather forecast is or check my email or whatever and then have it shut the hell up.

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EyePhones packing Iris-scanning authentication to go mainstream

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Re: Demolition Man

Because they'll want to gouge out their eyes and thus be unable to use their phones?

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Let's Encrypt won its Comodo trademark battle – but now fan tools must rename

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Salad Days

If it were me, I'd have renamed it to "lettuce_encrypt.sh".

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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"track and destroy targets over land and water"

But not over the horizon...

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Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet

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Re: Far Too Long - thanks to Disney

It's the "limited" part that is now being violated.

Well *technically*, it *is* limited, even if they keep extending it. (See also "Eldred v. Ashcroft")

Even assuming that this extension continues unabated (perhaps some sort of copy-right extending robots can take over once the lawyers all die?), the sun will eventually consume the Earth in roughly 4.5 billion years.

Or in the worst-case scenario if we've arranged for some off-planet backup lawyers to be cached somewhere safe, the heat-death of the universe will arrive in about 10^100 years; ironically this is "one googol" years from now.

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Peccant pwners post 670,000 Pokémon punter MD5 passwords

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A wild Password appears!

You use MD5 Hash!

It's not very effective...

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Airbag bug forces GM to recall 4.3m vehicles – but eh, how about those self-driving cars, huh?

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Re: Process is far too slow

these things need to be done quicker as it took year from buying the vehicle to getting the recall notice

To be fair, Honda probably did not have several million spare airbags sitting in a warehouse somewhere. Nor did they have millions of service technicians qualified to install all of them at once.

So they did it in stages/groups of however many they thought they could reasonably manage at once while not making it take too long for any one group.

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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

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I also used to feel that way.

But then I realized that I too will one day grow older...

Or die trying.

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Hacked hookup site Ashley Madison's security was laughable

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Re: Good

The placebo affect works in animals too.

Sorry but no, not really:

In general, for a placebo response to occur, it would seen require that the patient being treated recognize that there is an intentional effort to treat. Animals would appear to lack the ability to comprehend such intentions (other than they may not like a particular intervention). As such, animals would not be able to participate in placebo-generating experiences.

[Source: Is There a Placebo Effect for Animals?]

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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

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Re: A race to the selfdestruction of big car manufacturs ...

I'll agree that cars in America have a 3% utilization implying that 97% of the time the car is idle.

The problem here is the fallacy that this is some sort of artificial limit - cars are used 3% of the time because that's how much we use cars each day. Once the rush-hour traffic gets to work or home then the vast majority of drivers are basically done driving.

Or in other words, most cars are idle most of the time because we don't need a lot of cars most of the time. The limited number of people who can take advantage of an idle car during non-commuting hours is very low compared to the number of idle cars available. At best your car will drop you off at work in the morning and then return home for your spouse/child/whatever to use before it picks you up again after your shift ends. It's highly unlikely that you'll hire it out to randos; with such a potentially high supply and low demand the price will be too low to be worth the bother.

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NASA dangles ONE MILLION DOLLARS for virtual Mars robots

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Re: Qualification Tasks 1 and 2 hahahahahaha

NASA spent millions on developing a pen

Actually NASA paid only $2.95 each for the original "Space Pens" they used (about $21 in 2016 dollars.)

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

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VC vampire: Peter Thiel wants to live forever

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Re: Thiel's been watching too much Simpsons?

A far more relevant quote would be:

Burns: "You know, it's funny, Smithers. I tried every tincture and poultice and tonic and patent medicine there is, and all I really needed was the blood of a young boy."

(Episode 7F22 - "Blood Feud")

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Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

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What a waste of money...

I'm sure the best possible name (obviously "spider.web") will already be taken so there's really no point is there?

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Exclusive transcript: WikiLeaks reveals ass call from a zoo

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what's known in law enforcement circles as an “ass call”.

In the States this is colloquially known as a "butt dial."

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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Re: Why not

Iodine 131 has a half-life of ~8 days so there's basically none of it left in the exclusion zone.

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Re: Dear. God.

I can't imagine the number of Hail Mary's this guy is going to have to go through.

Um, zero? He's Presbyterian, not Catholic.

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

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The difference is that Uber tells you "go to this location and take this person somewhere else" and if you don't do it, Uber will stop hiring you. They also set prices as they see fit.

eBay pretty much does not care what you sell or to whom you sell it or even if you sell the item elsewhere before the auction ends so long as you operate within the law and pay them the listing fees. You are also free to set whatever price you like.

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