News Index

“Cloning extinct species could be on the horizon.”

Extinct animal zoos

#Animals
Wed, April 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The BBC's Future section looks at the impact animal cloning — in particular extinct animal cloning — could have on tourism. Too bad it didn't…

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Somebody Needs to Build a New Facebook Stat

Will Ferrell quits Facebook

#Internet
Tue, April 3rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

I'm not kidding when I say that we need a new Facebook. Right now the climate is perfect to transition everyone to a new platform…

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“I think the bigger challenge for the global population is growing food in these conditions.”

A sign of things to come

#Environment
Mon, April 2nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

PBS NewsHour speaks with Jay Famiglietti, NASA’s senior water scientist, on the massive droughts various parts of the world are experiencing, why, and what they…

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“Google's DNS resolver is great, but diversity is good and we thought we could do even better.”

Cloudflare offers 1.1.1.1

#Privacy
Sun, April 1st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Claiming it to be a "privacy-first consumer DNS service," Cloudflare released 1.1.1.1, a DNS server with a memorable address much like Google's 8.8.8.8 — hopefully…

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Lawrence Station #ttc

#Photography
Sat, March 31st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Lawrence station is next. Lawrence.

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Spadina Streetcar Loop #ttc

Union Station

#Photography
Fri, March 30th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Union station underground.

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Queen's Park 2 #ttc

College St.

#Photography
Thu, March 29th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Another angle of one of my favourite stations. Also, no need to prostitute my data to Zuck via Instagram to post a few photos.

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“Most have no idea who these companies are and how they got their data on them.”

In most cases you agreed to this

#Privacy
Wed, March 28th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Motherboard explains who data brokers are, what they do, and the consequences this can have on someone's life. Some apps will go through quite some…

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“Cambridge Analytica is not the problem.”

The problem with algorithms

#Politics
Tue, March 27th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On The Globe and Mail Doug Saunders argues that the real threat to democracy is not from propaganda services like Cambridge Analytica, but from the…

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“I'm not by default optimistic.”

Interview with one of Google's Deepmind founders

#Future
Mon, March 26th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The Telegraph has this short video interviewing Mustafa Suleyman, one of the founders of Google's Deepmind, discussing the ethics of Artificial Intelligence. Considering that there…

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Queen's Park

College St.

#Photography
Sun, March 25th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

My favourite subway station: the colours, the age, that London Underground feel to it.

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Pirelli

#Photography
Sat, March 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Random racetrack detail.

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“Democracy is dying in the full light of day. Who will step in and lead when it matters?”

Facebook is the killer

#Internet
Fri, March 23rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Lots of news about Facebook and nobody is taking any pity as they lose money and users. Some are reminding us we are Facebook's product.…

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“Everyone is doing it.”

Internet was not designed for privacy

#Privacy
Thu, March 22nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit everyone is up in arms that Facebook mishandled this so-called data breach, it should be noted that the internet was not designed for privacy…

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“The U.S. is officially fighting wars in seven countries.”

Includes American casualties

#War
Wed, March 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to The New York Times, an unclassified report sent to U.S. Congress reports that the United States is currently fighting wars in seven countries…

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“Facebook is a data collection service for those who want to sell you products.” #deleteFacebook

How free inquiry and communication are being manipulated through social media

#Internet
Tue, March 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On The New York Review of Books, Tamsin Shaw reviews Alexander Klimburg's The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace, a book discussing the looming information…

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“Regular exposure to humans results in white patches in the fur.”

The domestication syndrome

#Animals
Mon, March 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Researchers at the University of Zurich have determined that exposure to humans causes animals to change their appearance compared to that of their wild relatives.…

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“The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation.”

Backup your mind

#Future
Sun, March 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The MIT Technology Review brings to attention Nectome, a company that plans on backing up your brain and turn it into a computer simulation that…

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“The Pentagon’s relatively quiet tip-toe into converting the U.S. Armed Forces to a machine-majority force.”

Robots will soon replace humans in the U.S. Army

#Future
Sat, March 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With the army holding drills with robots and facing low recruitment it should come to no surprise that by 2025 armed forces will have more…

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“Facebook played a 'determining role' in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims.”

Facebook incites violence

#Hate
Fri, March 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The United Nations warns that Facebook has "turned into a beast," playing a "determining role" in promoting hate online. Some argue that social media is…

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