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A group for us Geek and Nerds to talk about things we like. Technology, sci-fi, movies, TV, collecting, games, comics, science, etc.

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Beyond fake news, bot networks, and trolls - to automated behavior manipulation

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 1. 4 Replies

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda MachineCambridge Analytica, a new automated propaganda machine poised to manage White House digital…Continue

Tags: weaponized AI propaganda machine

CIA cyberwarfare on us

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 9. 1 Reply

Just in case you feel the current administration doesn't have enough power, we find out that the CIA can take control of your iPhone and Twitter account, or watch you through your smart Samsung TV, at will. Moreover, the vulnerabilities they…Continue

Tags: cyber weapons, cyberwarfare, spyware, weaponized Apple, Google, and Microsoft vulnerabilities

AI against trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AIHorray! I hope this works!A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a…Continue

Tags: troll control, Jigsaw

In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

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Comment by Mriana on January 8, 2015 at 3:43pm

Is it a ladder for us short people to get up onto the table?  There's a wrench in the works though, because I'm not sure if it would hold me.  lol  Other than that, I'm really not sure what it's suppose to be, so fork over the tools and I'll make a better ladder.  ;)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 8, 2015 at 3:21pm

It took me a few seconds get this. How about you?

Comment by Ignacio Pizarro on January 8, 2015 at 3:18am

Thank you! I am new to the site, but loving it already.

About your previous post... I have seen Guardians of the Galaxy, too, and it is a great movie.

Also, over the holidays I saw "The Theory of Everything". I wasn't sure about it at first, as they said it has more "chemistry" than astrophysics... but it turned out to be brilliant.

Comment by Steph S. on January 7, 2015 at 4:27pm

Ignacio welcome to the group.

Comment by Joseph P on January 4, 2015 at 8:11am

I caught it for the first time, a week or two ago, myself.  Very light on the story-line, and there were plot-holes like crazy, but it was fun enough that I can overlook those.

Comment by Steph S. on January 3, 2015 at 9:09pm

I loved Guardians of the Galaxy.

Anyone see any movies over the holidays?

Comment by sk8eycat on November 16, 2014 at 10:45pm

I forgot to mention that I am also a brass (marchiing) band fan....all my HS friends were in the band (well, 3 of my best friends were majorettes), so I learned to play the bass drum so I could go to the games on the band bus.

I love hearing the bands in the Rose Parade, and get snotty when Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards talk through/over the music.  (Otherwise I like Stephanie Edwards a LOT; she and her husband adopted 2 cats from the Cat Hotel when I was working there, and sent photos of them as they grew into lovely felines.  They are my Pumpkin's cousins.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 16, 2014 at 9:10pm

Meow! I also enjoy SF (and think that the Sci-Fi Channel's new name of "SyFy" accurately reflects its dumbing down).

Possibly of interest to some folks here: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality -- what if Petunia married an Oxford biochemistry professor, and young Harry was a prodigy who grew up in a book-filled home learning science and reading SF... only to discover at age 11 that science's description of the universe was stunningly incomplete....

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods...

(nicely formatted mirror and many extras at http://hpmor.com/ )

Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2014 at 7:07pm

Welcome to the group sk8eycat. Glad to have you here.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 15, 2014 at 7:33pm

I don't know exactly what kind of nerd I am, I just know I am one.  I read SF ("sci-fi" is a dirty word!), fantasy, and some mysteries, love classical ballet, the way figure skating was before it became a jumping contest, and science.

 

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