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
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone

quote [ T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers? location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country. ]

Oh what a city I lost my phone though oh what a pity
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+6 WTF]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:08amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Chinese Navy ship seen carrying a railgun capable of firing hypersonic projectiles - ABC News

quote [ The next generation of naval warfare appears to have come early, as a Chinese naval warship has been pictured out at sea carrying what appears to be an electromagnetic railgun. ]

How about the force fields?
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+2]
[by R1Xhard@8:57pmGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook?s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

quote [ Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech ? the social network faced one scandal after another. This is how Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg responded. ]

A nice ?two minutes of hate? for Facebook.

A related LinkedIn article made a nice summary ?To be sure, Facebook isn?t going away tomorrow. But in the same way we grudgingly use Microsoft Word with a complete absence of joy, the days of Facebook?s growth and inevitability are behind it.?
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 Underrated]
[by lilmookieesquire@5:59pmGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 16 November 2018

US 'preparing indictment against Julian Assange' of WikiLeaks

quote [ In the filing, Mr Dwyer says documents should remain sealed because "due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged".

The documents "would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter", Mr Dwyer goes on to say.

The US media reports say US officials are increasingly confident that Mr Assange will be detained and face charges in the US. ]

Whether you like him or not, there's no way he would get a fair trial in the US.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+1 Good]
[by foobar@5:10pmGMT] [6 comments]

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] [+3]
[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]



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