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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Mar 13.
This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain — and it isn't goodSmart phone = not so smart…Continue
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Amazon owns my Echo; I’m just feeding itI found this personal story more disturbing than humorous. It's a dystopian…Continue
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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 27.
Now even YouTube serves ads with CPU-draining cryptocurrency minersWatching…Continue
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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 17, 2017.
“Suspicious” event routes traffic for big-name sites through RussiaInternet…Continue
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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 12, 2017.
SOCIAL MEDIA FROM AUTOMATED INAUTHENTICITY“Artificial neural networks are advancing rapidly in their ability to…Continue
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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21, 2017.
HOW PETER THIEL’S PALANTIR HELPED THE NSA SPY ON THE WHOLE WORLDYou'll be floored by the imbalance of information…Continue
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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 18, 2017.
Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open AirYou've probably played with a plasma ball.…Continue
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But as for the actual content of the article ...
That's why we should live in an anarcho-capitalist utopia. The corporations will be held to account and be forced to be ethical by the buying public ... because the buying public clearly notices this sort of stuff.
The bit about phones is also a fun thing. At least I'm good on that front. I haven't used the phone in forever, except to make calls to contractors, my dentist, and similar people. All of my personal stuff is handled through other apps, for which I can (and do) read the privacy statements.
My cell phone is almost completely a mobile computer. I have ... three calls in my call log this month. One is an appointment reminder from my dentist, and the other two are a call from my doctor to reschedule (which went to voicemail) and me calling his office back.
I don't worry about it. I just have normal screens, since I just use my living room TV as a monitor for my desktop PC and my consoles. No way I'd pay extra for a smart TV.
A warning about "smart TVs", with cameras and microphones for the convenience of face recognition, gesture recognition, and voice recognition:
I'm terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on - and you’d be, too
(Daily Kos, reporting and commenting on a Salon article)
"You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening....The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself."
"Wall Street, not the government, is creating the surveillance state Orwell never dreamed of."
Yeah, I first saw that first trailer last year. The game looks awesome, and we need more female protagonists out there who aren't a walking ass and pair of boobs.
We'll buy a PS4 for it, assuming that the reviews don't completely can it.
"Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up."
That game looks fun Joseph.
Strong correlation is not a sufficient condition for assuming a causal relationship.
"There is an extremely tight correlation between the amount of US spending on science and suicides by hanging… r-squared of 0.997…"
"Spending more money on science (please let's spend more!) will not result in more suicides. Though the two are as tightly correlated as any two things can be."
A Great Analyst's Best Friends: Skepticism & Wisdom!
Speaking of new games, have the rest of you seen the trailers for Horizon Zero Dawn? Looks like it should be awesome, assuming that the developers don't manage to completely screw up the game engine.
Full-screen those, of course, or you'll miss almost everything.
... or just click the full-screen button in the bottom-right, I suppose, to get the full resolution, assuming your monitor does at least 1080p.
Heh, I like my Note 5, though. The Samsung phones are making significant jumps with almost every generation. 8-core processors are standard now, and my Note 5 has 4 gigs of RAM. The Note 6's might have 6 gigs of RAM, due to a very recent development in RAM compression technology.
Hell, Windows desktop computers generally don't make use of more than 8 gigs. Even the latest video games don't need more than that, since the increased demands are on the graphics cards and video RAM, rather than the CPU and system RAM.
I've been playing Fallout 4, which claims to require 8 gigs of RAM, but which rarely goes more than 4 gigs into system RAM, since my graphics card has 6 gigs of RAM by itself.
If your actually going to watch that, though, I suggest pulling it up on YouTube itself, with the little Watch on YouTube button near the bottom right, since it's posted at 1080p.
That spurious correlation site is addictive, and page 2. My brain keeps looking for reasons they could be connected.
For example, maybe more people go to the movies when it rains. We're driven to look for patterns. Is it like playing a slot machine?
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