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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 on Sunday. 3 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 May 8, 2013 at 7:10pm

Maybe it's me, but the last one seemed too much like Star Wars to me and while a couple of trailers of the new movie coming out seems like it might be good, there are a couple that have the feel of Star Wars to me.  I never was a Star Wars fan.  The problem with the last one is they blew up Vulcan and in Star Wars, they blew up a planet too. I guess I will always be a TOS, TNG, DS9 and VOY fan.  I didn't see ENT as Star Trek either.  At times, it had a modern feel to it and other times it seemed close to now, with a few Vulcans and other aliens thrown in just so they could call it Star Trek.  I must say though, I did like the Southern Boy and Vulcan touch, but was very angry about the racism concerning them being together and all.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 5:04pm

How does Nimoy get himself out of check and checkmate Quinto at the same time?

Technically, he could have moved a piece to block the check, allowing a piece that had previously been blocked by the piece he moved to put the other king into check and mate.  In reality, that's very unlikely in normal chess, in a game between skilled players, although I don't know the rules of Vulcan chess.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:55pm

Yeah, I really enjoy games like the Grand Theft Auto series.  There are lots of gay jokes, but they're usually not really anti-gay jokes, mostly just mocking our culture's recent fascination with gay people.  Florian Kravic is ... very flaming, but he's a fun character, and Nico Bellic (the protagonist) is surprised at the changes, including the homosexuality, but he takes it all in stride and is non-judgemental.

Plus, the storyline of the second expansion, The Ballad of Gay Tony, revolves around this gay club owner and his right-hand man, Luis.  Yeah, Gay Tony is a messed up coke-head, but most of the main characters in the series are more than a little messed up.

There are several characters who do all sorts of gay-bashing ... generally the people who you're supposed to hate, particularly the guy who you end up killing in the last mission.  Luis (the person you play as) takes a lot of shit from his friends about working for a gay guy, but they're a bunch of uneducated, drug-dealing reprobates from the hood who you're not supposed to want to emulate.

The writers of the series do a decent job of walking a line, I think.  If you stay fully PC, you can't do very interesting stuff.

Comment by James Yount on May 8, 2013 at 4:46pm

How does Nimoy get himself out of check and checkmate Quinto at the same time?

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:44pm

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: "The Challenge"

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:30pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:27pm

Yes, I would agree Joseph. : )

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:22pm

I'm not for full-on political correctness, necessarily.  Orson Scott Card just tends to be one of the more flagrant examples for which a little cleanup is necessary, because ... well, he's a bigoted asshole.

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:19pm

I think they did alter Ender's Game to remove those problems Joseph. It is now politically Correct I would imagine. I would have to see the movie though to know for certain.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:05pm

Well, yeah.  Technically, it's inserting and removing a zero, in an invalid manner.  However you want to label it.

 

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