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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

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2016 at 8:55am

Why do Helium filled balloons deflate so fast?  http://chemistry.about.com/od/howthingswork/fl/Why-Do-Helium-Balloo...

I figured it out before reading the article, but there were still a couple of things mentioned that I didn't know, and found interesting.

Comment by Joseph P on October 11, 2016 at 12:43am

I just posted a discussion about The Dresden Files.  I rambled on for multiple times the character allotment of this comment section, as should be expected of me.

Anyway, if anyone here has read the series, I was wondering a few things, since I couldn't make it through the second book.  If you can make it through my over-long screed, could you let me know what you think?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 19, 2016 at 2:59pm

It certainly seems that a lot of companies design their products the ways Dilbert's bosses do.

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2016 at 12:54pm

great posts here everyone - I have been taking care of my sick mom so trying to keep up with everything

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 19, 2016 at 12:52pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2016 at 7:39am

Joan, I had to look it up also.

When I found the Dutch article, I just kept looking until I found an English article.  Made more sense.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 7:17am

Chris, I have never heard of paternoster lifts and looked i up. The original article came in Dutch, I requested English and that was interesting:

  • One can enter or exit when a cab to reach the floor, even though the demand or any timing. The rosary is not suitable for people who are infirm or disabled. May also be carried no goods in such lifts. This causes this type of elevator rapidly out of favor, but also because buildings are getting higher, so the capacity is no longer sufficient. New are no longer built, old ones are phased out of use. The paternoster still being in force may remain in service as long as the owner wants. However, the lift must be inspected every 18 months and meet the applicable standards.
Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2016 at 12:04pm

Those lifts were so slow and safe, if you touched the one place where you could get hurt, the thing stopped within a second. We had them in older public buildings, and it was fun to make children believe the cage would turn over at the top of the building. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2016 at 9:34am

Oh, I also like Google facts Ruth.  First time I've seen it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2016 at 9:32am

Interesting elevators Ruth.

The paternoster lifts sound interesting also Chris.  I read that they are mostly outlawed because they were hazardous.  That reminded me of the busses when I was in Britain 52 years ago.  People often got on & off while they were moving.  I wonder if they still allow that?

 

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