coping with death by nonsensicality since ... today, apparently
Sunday, 14 October 2018

Never mind the robots, Hawking's final warning was of "superhumans"

quote [ The late Prof Stephen Hawking has caused controversy by suggesting a new race of superhumans could develop from wealthy people choosing to edit their and their children's DNA. "Once such superhumans appear, there will be significant political problems with unimproved humans, who won't be able to compete. Presumably, they will die out, or become unimportant. Instead, there will be a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate." ]

Is it too soon to demand Universal Basic Genome Editing?
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+2]
[by Ankylosaur@2:29pmGMT] [10 comments]

Friday, 12 October 2018

Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy (from 2014: oldie but a goodie)

quote [ Government serves special interests, not people. ]

It's not new, but it seems like the past 4 years have only served to underscore this.

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+4 Underrated]
[by lilmookieesquire@5:58amGMT] [8 comments]

Saturday, 15 September 2018

PRESIDENTIAL ALERT: Incoming, unblockable phone message from your President, Donald J. Trump, next Thursday

quote [ Next Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will do its first test of a system that allows the president to send a message to most U.S. cellphones. Experts didn't appear to be too concerned that Trump, known to use his smartphone to blast opponents, berate subordinates and take shots at the news media on Twitter, could abuse the wireless emergency alert (WEA) system. The test is supposed to take place at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Sept. 20. Under the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act of 2006, cellphone users cannot opt out of the presidential alerts. ]

You have been warned.

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+6 Informative]
[by Ankylosaur@3:21amGMT] [12 comments]

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Internet Is Acid, and America Is Having a Bad Trip

quote [ We were coming to grips with the fact that we were living in a ?consensual hallucination,? as science fiction writer William Gibson put it, where the things we imagine actually come into being. It seemed as if the world was about to become a whole lot more like a lucid dream, where the future was less a place we arrived at than a thing we created together. We were moving into what I called a ?designer reality.? ]

New piece from Douglas Rushkoff. He has an odd perspective sometimes, but it's often thought-provoking.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+1 Insightful]
[by hellboy@12:12pmGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Children "at risk of robot influence"

quote [ The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while adults were not swayed by robots, children were. The fact that children tended to trust robots without question raised ethical issues as the machines became more pervasive, said researchers. ]

The Robot is your Friend.

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+5 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@8:15amGMT] [7 comments]

Monday, 13 August 2018

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

quote [ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. ]

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+4 Informative]
[by arrowhen@4:12pmGMT] [16 comments]

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Snoopware installed by 11 million+ iOS, Android, Chrome, and Firefox users

quote [ All of the apps appear to have been recently acquired by a little-known company. ]

I've often wondered if something like this might be going on - if I wanted to make spyware, I imagine an adblocker or other privacy protection extension would be an ideal way to do it. General rule: if a company buys an extension, they're up to no good, as there's no money to be made from doing so.

(iOS is probably a tiny sliver of the 11 million, given the complexity of installing non-App Store apps)
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 WTF]
[by hellboy@8:16pmGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Top Facebook Security Officer's Departing Memo: "We Need To Be Willing To Pick Sides"

quote [ In a brutally honest note about his departure, Facebook?s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos calls on his colleagues ?to intentionally not collect data where possible? and listen to people when they say a feature is ?creepy.? ]

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 Underrated]
[by arrowhen@10:54pmGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition

quote [ The world welcomed Juggalos to The Resistance when they marched on Washington en masses to protest the policies of the Trump administration. As if they weren't already doing the absolute most, the die-hard fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse have become accidental heroes for people concerned about facial recognition tech: According to Twitter user @tahkion, a computer science blogger, Juggalo makeup outmatches the machine learning algorithms that govern facial recognition technology. "i made a breakthrough. it turns out juggalo makeup defeats facial recognition successfully. if you want to avoid surveillance, become a juggalo i guess" ]

No magnets required.

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 Informative]
[by Ankylosaur@1:40amGMT] [8 comments]

Friday, 29 June 2018

California approves privacy rules opposed by ISPs and tech companies

quote [ Law will give people some control over collection and sale of private data. ]

This isn't the net neutrality thing I at first thought it was; it is a step in the right direction at least.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+4 Good]
[by hellboy@5:05amGMT] [2 comments]

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