“That is actually not the way the world has worked for most of human history.”

Billionaire warlords: Why the future is medieval

#Politics

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2019 14:53 by capnasty NEWS

In this Big Think video, Sean McFate explains how the State as a political superpower is coming to an end and how the world is shifting back to a Feudal-like free-for-all controlled by a new form of global superpowers: billionaires.

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“The Reality of Building Fantasy.”

Neuschwanstein Castle

#Video

Thu, Feb 21st, 2019 12:21 by capnasty NEWS

The B1M has a mini documentary on what it took to build the Neuschwanstein castle, a pet project for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who died before he could enjoy the precariously built structure.

High above Bavaria in southern Germany, sits a castle that was built to inspire fantasy. But to construct this breath-taking building in such a unique location, the team faced harsh realities. Discover the incredible story of Neuschwanstein Castle in this short documentary!

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“Systemd is, to put it mildly, controversial.”

The Tragedy of SystemD

#Video

Wed, Feb 20th, 2019 11:58 by capnasty NEWS

If you have lived through the change to systemd you may have seen the rather unpleasant responses the community shot back to the developers. Benno Rice explains why the controversial change was needed.

systemd is, to put it mildly, controversial. As a FreeBSD developer I decided I wanted to know why.

I delved into the history of bootstrap systems, and even the history of UNIX and other contemporary operating systems, to try and work out why something like systemd was seem as necessary, if not desirable. I also tried to work out why so many people found it so upsetting, annoying, or otherwise rage-inducing.

Join me on a journey through the bootstrap process, the history of init, the reasons why change can be scary, and the discovery of a part of your OS you may…

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“If you’re dating, you’re going to be let down. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.”

Bad Date Bot

#Relationships

Mon, Feb 18th, 2019 12:23 by capnasty NEWS

If you need to end a relationship via text message, Quartz is here to help with their Bad Date Bot, which will coach you on how to properly end a casual relationship rather than just ghosting that person.

So before you ghost again, practice applying the experts’ advice by dumping our Bad Date Bot. Don’t worry—if you say the wrong thing, you won’t hurt its feelings. And there’s more advice from our panel of experts built into each scenario.

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“A low flyover of Jupiter's moon Europa.”

Europa

#Space

Sun, Feb 17th, 2019 09:02 by capnasty NEWS

Using multiple image sets pieced together, NASA's Kevin Gill has put together a low flyover of Jupiter's moon Europa.

A low flyover of Jupiter's moon Europa using recently processed data from NASA's Galileo orbiter. Uses high resolution grayscale and low resolution color images taken between 1996 and 1998.

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“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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Jan 16Time Lapse of Planet Earth as Seen from the Space Station #Space
Jan 23“There’s now a very large dataset of carefully curated photos of people from roughly 10 years ago and now.” #Privacy
Jan 17“A short cut through spacetime allowing for travel over cosmic scale distances in a short period.” #Space
Jan 15“If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you.” #History
Jan 24“A low social rating could prevent her from working or traveling abroad.” #Technology
Jan 31“A new study [...] suggests that quitting Facebook is unequivocally positive for one's mental health.” #Health
Jan 22“[T]here has never been this kind of financial incentive to make shorter songs.” #Music
Jan 28“An Android-based operating system for cars.” #Driving
Jan 25“I protect my privacy as well as I can — which is not very well.” #Privacy
Feb 03“A 3D printer that creates an entire object at once.” #Technology
Feb 10“Could we cover an entire desert in solar panels?” #Environment
Jan 21Folding Laundry Without Arms or Legs #Video
Feb 20“Systemd is, to put it mildly, controversial.”
Feb 21“The Reality of Building Fantasy.”
Feb 22“That is actually not the way the world has worked for most of human history.”
Jan 09CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form
Sep 13U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual
Jan 11How to Avoid Jury Duty
Sep 27iPhone 6, the First Smartphone to Disrupt NSA's Spying
Jan 04The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit
Feb 14“The Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex.”
Feb 11“Make all videos fun to watch.”
Feb 18“If you’re dating, you’re going to be let down. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.”
Feb 12Testing Whether the Earth is Round or Flat