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Geek & Nerd Haven

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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Zombie Slot Machine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14. 2 Replies

Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue

Tags: app design, mind manipulation

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

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Comment by Joseph P on January 13, 2017 at 7:52pm

Hmm, I haven't run into that issue.  It must be some sort of detection triggered by posting identical or nearly-identical comments in different groups.  I think I've done that maybe once or twice, posting something in only two different groups to which it was appropriate.  My discussion about the Dresden Files books was one of those, I remember.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 13, 2017 at 12:01pm

Lately AN has been sometimes asking me to complete captchas before posting comments or replies. (Maybe because I've been posting "too much", or reposting virtually identical comments in order to fix misteaks.)

In addition to checking "I'm not a robot", it'll ask "select the pictures with storefronts" or some such... which reminded me of this:

Angry cheetah: “It said Select all the food. So I clicked the cheezburger, the hotdog and the puppy. Now I’m a robot? THIS WEBSITE IS GAMED, MAN, GAMED!”(from "I mean, since when is salad food?")

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 11, 2017 at 4:17pm

Walking on a pool full of oobleck! Thanks for sharing that!

(An annoyance I also have with lots of documentaries and science shows: they just had to indulge in the fad of throwing in gratuitous time-warps, slowing down bits, returning to normal speed, sometimes reversing and replaying a fraction of a second, all to make it seem even more exciting. Stop messing with our orienting reflex!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 11, 2017 at 3:55pm

Walking on water - almost - sort of.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2016 at 7:28pm

Fun entropy song! I can't figure out how he managed to move his mouth to the opposite time.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 14, 2016 at 2:19pm
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 14, 2016 at 1:30pm


From a collection of supposed kids' quotes from math and science classes:

"We use algebraical variables when we don't know what we're talking about."

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 14, 2016 at 11:07am

Comment by Joseph P on October 14, 2016 at 4:22am

It's a series of books.  Basically it's magic and other typical fantasy elements placed within a modern setting.  It's far from the first series of books to do that sort of thing, but it's a popular one.

I was trying to read it, since so many people talk about it, but I'm having some serious issues with it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2016 at 11:18pm

I have no idea what the Dresden Files are. 


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