News Index

"There needs to be more aggressive enforcement action on tech companies like Google."

Lawmakers want to regulate internet giants

#Internet
Fri, September 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With Facebook and Google already being criticised for their business model, it may come as no surprise that lawmakers are now going after the unregulated…

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"Cells have the capacity to process and respond to instructions and codes inputted into their main system."

Programming cells like computers to fight disease

#Health
Wed, September 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to this press release by the University of Warwick, researchers have discovered the ability to program a common molecule found in cells to alter…

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“The greatest economic crisis of our age: the one still awaiting us.”

Documentary on the next financial collapse

#Future
Tue, September 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit from 2012, this documentary by Journeyman Pictures looks at the greatest financial collapse of our generation, which has yet to happen. Here is a…

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“If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone.”

Members of self-proclaimed micronations meet

#Video
Mon, September 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Vice has this video on self-proclaimed mini-states you have never heard of. Members from each country — only recognised by other members — met at…

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“We deserve pity for being born in such primitive times.”

Smartphone usage as a mean of self-avoidance

#Telephone
Sun, September 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Fascinating video by The School of Life arguing that while smartphones are handy, we misuse them to keep ourselves at bay, running away from "the…

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Marble

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Sat, September 16th, 2017 16:05 by capnasty

Beautiful marble pattern.

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“Instead of consuming fossil fuels, it would then feed surplus electricity into the grid.”

Electric truck produces more energy going downhill than it needs to go back up

#Driving
Sat, September 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Phys reports that a consortium of Swiss companies, led by Ciments Vigier SA, are converting a gigantic diesel-powered Komatsu dump truck into an electric vehicle.…

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Classic Bowl

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Fri, September 15th, 2017 12:24 by capnasty

Where the 80s still go strong.

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“Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.”

How Facebook sells your privacy for a tidy profit

#Advertising
Fri, September 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video Point explains how Facebook uses everything it knows about you so that it can sell advertising taylored to specific factors marketers are…

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Milky Way

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Thu, September 14th, 2017 22:08 by capnasty

This probably would have come better with a real camera, but the phone set on manual was able to capture a decent amount of the…

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"They’ve managed to plant, tend, and harvest an acre and a half of barley using only autonomous vehicles."

Autonomous farming

#Robots
Thu, September 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Spectrum brings to attention Harper Adams University's The Hands Free Hectare project, which has used only robots to grow "the most expensive hectare of barley…

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“Any person, organization or government serious about web security should return to plain-text.”

The safest way to email is with plain text emails

#Internet
Wed, September 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On The Conversation, Professor of Computer Science Sergey Bratus and Post-doctoral Associate in Computer Science Anna Shubina, make the argument that the only safe email…

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“As users, it’s important to be aware of how the platform is manipulating you.”

Facebook's aggressive tactics in keeping you hooked are getting more brazen

#Internet
Tue, September 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Brad Frost has a lengthy rant of just how hard Facebook works at keeping a user engaged. The tactics, which appear benign at first, show…

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Buh-Bye

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Mon, September 11th, 2017 23:07 by capnasty

Since I ditched Instagram, random photos of the day get the privilege of appearing here.

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“Facebook has contributed to, and profited from, the erosion of democratic norms in the United States.”

Social media used by bots and volunteers to sway public political opinion

#Politics
Mon, September 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

While it is not yet clear whether the ads bought by Russians to influence the U.S. election had any impact, the New York Times argues…

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A Boy and his Three Legged Dog

The Present

#Video
Sun, September 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Based on Fabio Coala's Perfeição (Perfection) comic, this animated short by Jakob Frey titled The Present follows the same emotional recipe. This project is my…

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"I love my iPhone, but it doesn't have a headphone jack! So I decided to add my own. For real."

Installing an headphone jack in an iPhone 7

#Telephone
Sat, September 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Scotty Allen explains how he went about installing a headphone jack in an iPhone 7, a feature that Apple mysteriously decided to…

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“Individual faces and other physical traits were predicted using whole genome sequencing data.”

Everything that makes you is in your genome and can be predicted

#Science
Fri, September 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Phys brings to attention the work done by researchers from Human Longevity, Inc., where they were able to predict faces and traits of individuals using…

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“The company’s ambition, its ruthlessness, and its lack of a moral compass scare me.”

You are Facebook's product, to do as they please

#Internet
Thu, September 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On the London Review of Books (LRB), John Lancaster has a lengthy essay on how, in a period of time shorter than any other mass…

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“The aftermath of the Industrial Revolution involved two major Communist revolutions, whose death toll approaches 100 million.”

The fourth industrial revolution will have as much an impact as the first

#Future
Wed, September 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On ACM, Moshe Y. Vardi, professor of Computer Science, Rice University, notes that much like the industrial revolution, the advent of artificial intelligence and automation…

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