society is the condom that protects us from being complete dicks to each other. It's pretty thin but it works 99% of the time
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Why Democrats should push 'Medicare for all' now

quote [ It's the perfect counter-offer to TrumpCare ]

The UHCA has been pulled.
[SFW] [politics] [+10 Underrated]
[by steele@7:57pmGMT] [20 comments]

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

quote [ “It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple meters’ radius,” says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He is describing, not an LSD trip, but his experience of exploring a curved universe in which the ordinary rules of geometry do not apply. ]

Non-euclidean virtual reality - video demo

hypVR @ github
[SFW] [Virtual/Augmented Reality] [+1 Interesting]
[by steele@1:55pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Automatic Bullseye MOVING Dartboard

quote [ I have been working on this board for over 3 years. Super pumped to finally share it with all y'all. ]

Nifty, if you need this sort of thing to get bullseyes ;)
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+10]
[by steele@1:02amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs

quote [ Created by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge, the system, called DeepCoder, solved basic challenges of the kind set by programming competitions. This kind of approach could make it much easier for people to build simple programs without knowing how to write code. ]

My favorite part of these kinds of articles:

But he doesn’t think these systems will put programmers out of a job. With program synthesis automating some of the most tedious parts of programming, he says, coders will be able to devote their time to more sophisticated work.

The predictable and cliche snippet assuring us this isn't the end of an occupation, by telling us they'll be able to do things currently being automated by other teams! :D
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Interesting]
[by steele@9:41pmGMT] [3 comments]

Saturday, 4 March 2017

No Good Deed

quote [ Wade and the other girls from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants plan a trip to Cabot Cove. ]

Poor Uncle Ben.

Fifty Shades Darker Script Doctor

I don't know how I missed this last June,
but apparently Ron Howard is Directing a Seveneves movie.

[SFW] [tv & movies] [+5 Funny]
[by steele@5:55pmGMT] [8 comments]

Thursday, 2 March 2017

CONAN Made in Mexico

quote [ Watch every clip from #ConanMexico and follow Conan's journey with exclusive extras. ]

Conan crossed the border to look into the menacing "Mexico Problem." You'll never believe what he found!
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+3 Funny]
[by steele@5:26pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

13TH | Official Trailer

quote [ The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. Now Streaming on Netflix. ]

If you don't have Netflix, you can watch 13th here.

Related Reading: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Related Reading: A People's History of the United States
[SFW] [history] [+9 Informative]
[by steele@4:14pmGMT] [8 comments]

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Introducing Handle

quote [ Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds. ]

UN Report: Robots Will Replace Two-Thirds of All Workers in the Developing World

That's Handle! So hot right now! - I thought of this joke! No one else! ;)
[SFW] [science & technology] [+7 Interesting]
[by steele@12:39amGMT] [6 comments]

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Understanding spatial cognition makes VR better

quote [ A basic understanding of spatial memory and other cognitive mechanisms is an extremely valuable consideration in VR development. ]

Anybody who has had to listen to me ramble on about the cognitive similarities of VR and Religious Rituals over the past 8 years will at one point or another received a lecture on memory palaces and eventually a recommendation to read Moonwalking with Einstein. :D

Somewhat related: Building a memory palace in minutes: Equivalent memory performance using virtual versus conventional environments with the Method of Loci
[SFW] [Virtual/Augmented Reality] [+2]
[by steele@6:28pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Swapping Bodies w/ a Mannequin - VR Experiment

quote [ Have you ever wanted to swap bodies with someone? GMM #1070! Best way to do a body swap is to match clothes. ]

::more evil laughter::

The Try Guys Try New VR Technology - Google is experimenting with Eye tracking and transposing faces while using mixed reality. interesting stuff. And kind of terrifying. Reminds me of The Lawnmower Man.
[SFW] [Virtual/Augmented Reality] [+1 laz0r]
[by steele@7:31pmGMT] [10 comments]

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