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In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 0 Replies

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

iPhone 6 plus design defects

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 7, 2016. 2 Replies

A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 PlusesThe phones apparently malfunction from "molding themselves to the shape of your rump if left too…Continue

Tags: Touch Disease, iPhone 6

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 17, 2015. 8 Replies

Published on Oct 19, 2015 Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.I can't wait to see this movieContinue

Tossing your privacy policies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald L. Engel Sep 25, 2015. 5 Replies

The following companies just betrayed billions of peopleThese companies are lobbying for "hugely unpopular surveillance legislation that's been lambasted by privacy groups and security…Continue

Tags: surveillance, privacy, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, cybersecurity

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 25, 2016 at 8:17pm

A warning about "smart TVs", with cameras and microphones for the convenience of face recognition, gesture recognition, and voice recognition:

I'm terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on - and you’d be, too

(Daily Kos, reporting and commenting on a Salon article)

"You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening....
The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself."

"Wall Street, not the government, is creating the surveillance state Orwell never dreamed of."

(image source)

Comment by Joseph P on June 11, 2016 at 10:01pm

Yeah, I first saw that first trailer last year.  The game looks awesome, and we need more female protagonists out there who aren't a walking ass and pair of boobs.

We'll buy a PS4 for it, assuming that the reviews don't completely can it.

"Please don't fuck this up.  Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up."

Comment by Steph S. on June 11, 2016 at 9:50pm

That game looks fun Joseph.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2016 at 9:41pm

Strong correlation is not a sufficient condition for assuming a causal relationship.

 Understanding Correlation

"There is an extremely tight correlation between the amount of US spending on science and suicides by hanging… r-squared of 0.997…"

"Spending more money on science (please let's spend more!) will not result in more suicides. Though the two are as tightly correlated as any two things can be."

A Great Analyst's Best Friends: Skepticism & Wisdom!

Comment by Joseph P on June 11, 2016 at 8:44pm

Speaking of new games, have the rest of you seen the trailers for Horizon Zero Dawn?  Looks like it should be awesome, assuming that the developers don't manage to completely screw up the game engine.

Full-screen those, of course, or you'll miss almost everything.

Comment by Joseph P on June 5, 2016 at 2:11am

... or just click the full-screen button in the bottom-right, I suppose, to get the full resolution, assuming your monitor does at least 1080p.

Comment by Joseph P on June 5, 2016 at 2:09am

Heh, I like my Note 5, though.  The Samsung phones are making significant jumps with almost every generation.  8-core processors are standard now, and my Note 5 has 4 gigs of RAM.  The Note 6's might have 6 gigs of RAM, due to a very recent development in RAM compression technology.

Hell, Windows desktop computers generally don't make use of more than 8 gigs.  Even the latest video games don't need more than that, since the increased demands are on the graphics cards and video RAM, rather than the CPU and system RAM.

I've been playing Fallout 4, which claims to require 8 gigs of RAM, but which rarely goes more than 4 gigs into system RAM, since my graphics card has 6 gigs of RAM by itself.

If your actually going to watch that, though, I suggest pulling it up on YouTube itself, with the little Watch on YouTube button near the bottom right, since it's posted at 1080p.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 4, 2016 at 10:07pm

That spurious correlation site is addictive, and page 2. My brain keeps looking for reasons they could be connected.

For example, maybe more people go to the movies when it rains. We're driven to look for patterns. Is it like playing a slot machine?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 4, 2016 at 9:59pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 7, 2016 at 9:31am

Proof that Internet Explorer is evil. :)

Internet Explorer vs. murder rate (graph of murders in US vs. Internet Explorer market share, both steadily decreasing between 2006 and 2011)(from cheezburger)

Tyler Vigen has tens of thousands of Spurious Correlations at his site, including this one:

Graph showing per capita consumption of mozzarella cheese strongly positively correlated with civil engineering doctorates awarded, 2000-2009, both increasingThe Spurious Correlations site also lets you explore and discover new correlations.

(click on images to embiggen)

 

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