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Personal Assistants are Trojan Horses

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Mar 7. 1 Reply

Amazon owns my Echo; I’m just feeding itI found this personal story more disturbing than humorous. It's a dystopian…Continue

Tags: corporate takeover, personal digital assistants

Top Clean Cars and Trucks of 2018

Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Feb 10. 4 Replies

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Betcha can't tell what's real

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 12, 2017. 0 Replies

SOCIAL MEDIA FROM AUTOMATED INAUTHENTICITY“Artificial neural networks are advancing rapidly in their ability to…Continue

Tags: phony online content

You have no privacy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21, 2017. 2 Replies

HOW PETER THIEL’S PALANTIR HELPED THE NSA SPY ON THE WHOLE WORLDYou'll be floored by the imbalance of information…Continue

Tags: Peter Thiel, surveillance, XKEYSCORE, Plantair

Open Air Plasma Ring

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 18, 2017. 0 Replies

Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open AirYou've probably played with a plasma ball.…Continue

Tags: plasma advance

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Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2016 at 11:59pm

But as for the actual content of the article ...

That's why we should live in an anarcho-capitalist utopia.  The corporations will be held to account and be forced to be ethical by the buying public ... because the buying public clearly notices this sort of stuff.

The bit about phones is also a fun thing.  At least I'm good on that front.  I haven't used the phone in forever, except to make calls to contractors, my dentist, and similar people.  All of my personal stuff is handled through other apps, for which I can (and do) read the privacy statements.

My cell phone is almost completely a mobile computer.  I have ... three calls in my call log this month.  One is an appointment reminder from my dentist, and the other two are a call from my doctor to reschedule (which went to voicemail) and me calling his office back.

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2016 at 11:50pm

I don't worry about it.  I just have normal screens, since I just use my living room TV as a monitor for my desktop PC and my consoles.  No way I'd pay extra for a smart TV.

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?

 

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