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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 Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 12:16am

Thank you Tony and Ruth.

Appreciate all the posts here. And thanks Joseph for your replies too.

How is everyone?

Star Trek movie comes out on Friday.

Comment by Joseph P on May 11, 2013 at 6:42pm

Joseph P, it kind of depends on the size of the star that he was trying to collapse doesn't it?

I guess it depends how rapidly you're trying to collapse the thing.  Once you have a black hole at the center of a star or planet, the sucker is going to collapse.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2013 at 6:23pm

ROFL

Comment by James Yount on May 10, 2013 at 11:43am

Joseph P, it kind of depends on the size of the star that he was trying to collapse doesn't it?  Our sun for instance, is much smaller than many other stars in the universe.  An extreme example would be VY Canis Majoris.  Between 5.8 and 9.2 billion of our suns could fit inside of it.  Also consider the fact that we could fit 1,300,000 earths into our sun.  So doing a little math, we could fit between 7.54*10^15 and 1.196*10^16 earths into VY Canis Majoris.  Now we can assume that the Romulan star is probably not as big as VY Canis Majoris but this should give us a little perspective on size.  Do we know if the Vulcan home-world is even as big as earth?  This is all assuming that the effectiveness of the red matter only depends on the mass of the object that it has to collapse.  What about gravity and heat, couldn't those play a factor too?

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 9, 2013 at 8:56pm

                                 Europa Report.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 9, 2013 at 8:53pm

                     Gravity. Coming October 2013.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 8:52pm

One drop is enough to suck a planet into a black hole, though.  A 5' sphere of the stuff is all kinds of overkill.

Comment by James Yount on May 8, 2013 at 8:48pm

I haven't seen the second one, but I loved the first one.  I was always a TNG fan though.  I watched Voyager and Deep Space 9 but I didn't think either of those were that great.

Comment by James Yount on May 8, 2013 at 8:45pm

He was trying to implode a star before it went supernova and engulfed the Romulan home world. 

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 8:42pm

There's a big difference between blowing up a planet and imploding it into a black hole.  Yeah, totally different plot device ...

What I want to know is who thought it was a good idea to have a ship with a freaking 5' diameter sphere full of liquid that can cause the destruction of a sun or a planet, with just one drop.

Did they ever explain what Spock was doing with enough "red matter" to extinguish a galaxy, carted around on a dinky personal ship?  I forget.

Anyway, I know what you mean.  The first four iterations of Star Trek were a series of morality plays, even if Voyager sucked at it.  Enterprise, and this new reboot series of movies are space opera.  Totally different format.

 

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