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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 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)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 6, 2016 at 6:56pm
Comment by Steph S. on May 6, 2016 at 9:49am

Thank you Grinning Cat. I hope everyone is doing well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 9:30am

Thanks for the wireless warning G Cat.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 9:23am

I didn't know they were called wall warts or dongly things, but I would like to see them standardized as well, along with batteries, hardware, and a dozen other things.  Non-standardization has always irritated me greatly.

We would still need several sizes for different power requirements, but not as many as they make.

Some of my electronic devices are labeled with the voltage, power, and polarity, but many are not, which should change also.  A few years ago, I finally started labeling those that are not labeled, and made things much better.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 25, 2016 at 11:41am

On a totally unrelated subject: it turns out Douglas Adams had declared war on the proliferation of wall warts, those "dongly things", all different, all incompatible: http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/980707-03-a.html

"Half the little dongly things I've got, I don't even know what gizmo they're for. More importantly, half the gizmos I've got, I don't know where their little dongly thing is.... The usual method of finding a little dongly thing that actually matches a gizmo I want to use is to go and buy another one, at a price that can physically drive the air from your body."

 

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