News Index

“Lyk Dis”

Animated music video for NxWorries (Stones Throw)

#Music
Tue, May 29th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

From the album 'Yes Lawd!' by NxWorries (Stones Throw), a beautifully animated music video for Lyk Dis. I could watch a whole movie lyk dis.…

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I Broke Google Fonts

All in the name of ad-blocking

#Administrative
Mon, May 28th, 2018 22:01 by capnasty

Sometime during the weekend I noticed that if I visited this website locally, the fonts came out weird. As soon as I connected through an…

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Autonomous Vehicles in Operation in China

Two autonomous street-sweepers clean an industrial park in 20-minutes

#Robots
Mon, May 28th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Euronews reports that in the city of Shanghai, China, two self-driving street sweepers — complete with all the bells and whistles you would expect from…

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“Net neutrality was a freedom that couldn't be taken for granted by Canadians.”

Motion to strengthen net neutrality in Canada supported unanimously by all parties

#Internet
Sun, May 27th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Inside Halton, a net enutrality motion introduced by Oakville MP John Oliver was passed unanimously by all parties so that it can be…

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“In the not-too-distant future, astronauts on the moon may be holding fuel pumps.”

A moon base is coming soon

#Space
Sat, May 26th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this opinion piece on The New York Times, Wilbur Ross argues that with a booming privately funded space industry, many are looking at the…

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“This allows rail operators to instead focus on deeper psychological manipulation.”

Nudge theory

#Science
Fri, May 25th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Citylab looks at nudge theory, a method in which the public is subtly and gently influenced to make a decision that's on the best interest…

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“A new privacy scandal that’s getting far less attention.”

Tracking the whereabouts of every single cellphone user

#Privacy
Thu, May 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Slate brings to attention LocationSmart, a third-party company that receives user location data from all the major wireless carriers (without users' consent) based solely on…

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“These planets are more likely to look like giant eyeballs whose gaze is forever fixed on their host star.”

Life-bearing planets will look nothing like Earth

#Space
Wed, May 23rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Calling them Eyeball planets — a tidally locked planet with one side always facing the sun — Nautilus explains that any life-bearing worlds being discovered…

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“Every human being on this planet will be completely redundant within a decade.”

Deep learning system allows robots to learn just by observing a human

#Robots
Tue, May 22nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Cnet brings to attention a recent development by Nvidia which reports it has developed a first-of-its-kind deep learning-based system which would permit robots to learn…

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“The Amish use us as an experiment.”

Why the Amish own no cars or televisions

#Technology
Mon, May 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On Quartz, Michael J. Coren interviews Jameson Wetmore, an engineer turned social researcher at the Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in…

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“Without any security company in the world recognizing that it even existed.”

The most sophisticated piece of software ever written

#Internet
Sun, May 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On Quora, Gigantic Software's CEO John Byrd looks at the most sophisticasted piece of software ever written — it is a really fascinating read. For…

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“Single use forever launch clock.”

Time Since Launch

#Products
Sat, May 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Designed to last well over 2,000 years, the Time Since Launch is a single-use digital clock that, once started, won't stop. Just pull the pin…

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“The most dangerous person in the world is the Zuck.”

The Facebook Dictatorship

#Culture
Fri, May 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On CNBC, NYU professor Scott Galloway compares Mark Zuckerberg's position of power over at Facebook as dangerous to that of historical dictators — and judging…

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“That’s the only question that matters.”

What happened to the Facebook data?

#Privacy
Wed, May 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On The Open Mind, David Carroll speaks with professor David Carroll on Cambridge Analytica theft of user data and extensive information-warfare against democracy. Meanwhile more…

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“Datamining is based on selling stuff to people, but the same technology is going to eliminate everyone's jobs.”

The problem with automation

#Future
Tue, May 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Reality Asserts Itself's Rana Foroohar and Paul Jay discuss the values and ethics one would need to make AI work for society, not just for…

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“We simply called it ageing.”

Researchers think they may be able to slow down ageing and cure cancer

#Health
Mon, May 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Reportedly, researchers have used a cryo-electron microscopy to obtain the structure of a proportion of the telomerase enzyme, opening the possibility of either inhibiting it…

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“Travelling to China can often feel like visiting the future.”

On China's high-speed trains

#Trains
Sun, May 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With Canada's passenger service relying on equipment that's almost 80-years-old, it's no wonder that China's high-speed train network shows just how behind our network has…

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“It's a single direct debit that covers all the running costs.”

Hydrogen-powered-car-as-a-service

#Driving
Sat, May 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Looking like a reworked Citroën DS, Riversimple's Rasa is planning on offering a hydrogen-powered car capable of 480 km (300 miles) on 1.5kg of hydrogen.…

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“Benny’s Spaceship Adventure”

LEGO pinball machine

#Games
Fri, May 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Built out of 15,000 bricks and featuring the LEGO's Classic Space sets, this working pinball machine even keeps track of your score. The complexity of…

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“It will take at least a century to decarbonize our economy.”

Climate adaptation

#Environment
Thu, May 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Fascinating lecture on climate change featuring Daniel Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, who explains the difficulties in weaning ourselves off…

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