“A sophisticated global marketing strategy from an industry that is desperate to attract new smokers.”

How big tobacco uses social media to promote smoking via influencers

#Advertising

Sat, Feb 16th, 2019 13:43 by capnasty NEWS

According to Dazed, tobacco companies have been using influencers on social media to covertly promote smoking in order to attract a new generation of smokers.

It was hard not to be taken aback by the sheer scale of what they found. “This content was almost everywhere we looked from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter”, Renzulli says. “And what we came to realise, after interviewing dozens of influencers around the world, is that these images were all part of a sophisticated global marketing strategy from an industry that is desperate to attract new smokers.”

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“How this religious holiday became the rampant, love-fuelled corp-fest.”

Valentine's day

#Holidays

Fri, Feb 15th, 2019 11:10 by capnasty NEWS

Since every holiday has become an excuse for corporations to capitalise upon, Tomorrow/Today Videos explains how Valentine's Day became so commercialised.

Ever wondered how this religious holiday became the rampant, love-fuelled corp-fest it is now? Well, this is a story all about how (feat. Slavoj Zizek.)

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“The Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex.”

LoveSync

#Sex

Thu, Feb 14th, 2019 08:57 by capnasty NEWS

The Verge brings to attention Love Sync, buttons you tap discreetly to let your partner know you are in the mood for sex if telling your partner you are in the mood for sex isn't your thing.

“When you’re feeling like you could be gettin’ down for some action, you anonymously tap your button,” the page reads. “Your desire will be stored for a set time period. No risk of rejection here, and no pressure on your partner — if only one of you tap, nothing happens.”

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Testing Whether the Earth is Round or Flat

Using a bicycle and two sticks.

#Science

Tue, Feb 12th, 2019 11:39 by capnasty NEWS

Scientist Kurtis Baute proves the earth is round using nothing more than a bicycle, two sticks, and Canada.

The scientific method is an incredible thing. I use it to test if the Earth is flat or round, and to measure its size, with just my bike and two sticks.

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“Make all videos fun to watch.”

Laff track

#Humour

Mon, Feb 11th, 2019 10:44 by capnasty NEWS

Make every YouTube video more fun to watch with this Chrome-only (sad face) plug-in that adds a laugh-track to any video.

Our project Laff track is a plugin to Chrome, which adds this craziness to all Youtube videos. It simply detects when people are not talking, and adds in a bit of laughter.

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“Could we cover an entire desert in solar panels?”

Covering the entire Sahara desert with solar panels

#Environment

Sun, Feb 10th, 2019 11:32 by capnasty NEWS

On What If, a discussion as to what would happen if the entire Sahara desert was covered in solar panels—especially now that coal is clearly on the way out. Full transcript here.

Would that be enough to power the entire world? What kind of problems could we run into?

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“We should try fossil-fuel executives for crimes against humanity.”

Putting a name and a face to the global warming villains

#Environment

Sat, Feb 9th, 2019 11:18 by capnasty NEWS

On Jacobin magazine, Kate Aronoff argues that while recent legal action against fossil fuel companies is welcome, the next logical step would be to try fossil-fuel executives for crimes against humanity.

Let’s call this what it is: an atmosphere of impunity for atrocity. At the very least, the fossil-fuel industry should be barred from international climate negotiations and any national-level climate policymaking discussions, just like the tobacco industry and its emissaries are barred from World Health Organization talks. In the US, that ban should include the congresspeople on both sides of the aisle that the industry deputizes to act on their behalf with hefty campaign contributions. There were more than a few good reasons, after all, that the Allies didn’t invite Hitler to weigh in on their strategy for crushing the Nazis.

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“He wants to create affordable prosthetic solutions for people who need them.”

Hand Solo's LEGO robotic arm

#Robots

Fri, Feb 8th, 2019 09:42 by capnasty NEWS

David Aguilar who was born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition, has turned his love for LEGOs into a way to build affordable robotic arms for those that need them.

Ever since he was a kid, David Aguilar was obsessed with Lego. He spent his childhood building cars, planes, helicopters, and eventually, his own prosthetic. Born with a deformed arm, the self-named “Hand Solo” decided to take his Lego-building skills to the next level. At age 18, he perfected his designs with the MK2, a prosthetic arm with the ability to bend and pick up objects with a pincer-like grip. Now, he’s the coolest kid on the block.

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“My original music composed for PC Speaker.”

System Beeps full album

#Music

Thu, Feb 7th, 2019 08:41 by capnasty NEWS

shiru8bit showcases System Beeps, a full album of original music composed to play on a PC speaker.

«System Beeps» is a music album in shape of an MS-DOS program that features original music composed for PC Speaker using the same basic old techniques like ones found in classic PC games. It follows the usual retrocomputing demoscene formula — take something rusty and obsolete, and push it to eleven — and attempts to reveal the long hidden potential of this humble little sound device. You can hear it in action and form an opinion on how successful this attempt was at Bandcamp, or in the video below. The following article is an in-depth overview of the original PC Speaker capabilities and making of the project, for those who would like to know more.

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“These mini-vehicles can cost as little as $1,000.”

Cheap Chinese low-speed electric vehicles

#Driving

Wed, Feb 6th, 2019 10:47 by capnasty NEWS

According to Quartz, China will soon be introducing its line of cheap electric vehicles to the United States and Europe. Albeit nowhere near as fancy as a Tesla and with ridiculously long charging times, they cost less than $10k.

These are not snazzy, high-end vehicles, and their marketing isn’t either. A promotional video for the Pickman features a young, hoodie-wearing Chinese narrator plainly explaining the car’s unique features. The pickup comes in six colors, boasts off-road capability, and can fit a “family of three,” according to the video. It has a range of 120 km (75 miles) on a single charge. The battery takes up to ten hours to charge. The Pickman’s top speed is 45 km per hour (28 miles per hour), and it has a payload capacity of 450 kg.

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