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  • An Anonymous Online Anime Fan Solved A Problem That's Been Eluding Mathematicians For Decades

    10/30/2018 6:55:18 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 36 replies
    IFL Science ^ | 10/25/2018 | staff
    You may not have heard of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but, among anime fans at least, it’s a pretty big deal. Originally a series of light novels, it follows the adventures of typical high schooler Kyon and the time-travel alien ESP club he is forced to help create by his beautiful if eccentric friend, the titular Haruhi. Since its original run in 2003, it has spawned 10 additional volumes, a film adaptation, several video games, and even its own religion, Haruhiism. It was first adapted into an anime back in 2006. The show only lasted three months but there...
  • Why has Twitter banned 1500 accounts and what are NPCs?

    10/18/2018 5:32:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | October 17, 2018 | Chris Bell
    Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts after users on pro-Trump Reddit forum r/The_Donald coordinated efforts to set up 'non-player character' profiles mocking liberals on the social networking site. The trolling campaign was born out of the characterisation of liberals as automatons incapable of independent thought on areas of Reddit and 4chan. In 24 hours there were more than 30,000 uses of the term NPC on Twitter, and Facebook pages dedicated to the trend have amassed tens of thousands of followers. So what is an NPC? It's a video game reference. Non-player characters (NPCs) are controlled by the game's artificial intelligence...
  • What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult?

    10/17/2018 9:47:35 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 30 replies
    nyt ^ | 10/16/2018 | Kevin Roose
    Last week, a trolling campaign organized by right-wing internet users spilled over onto Twitter. The campaign, which was born in the fever swamps of 4chan and Reddit message boards, involved creating hundreds of fictional personas with gray cartoon avatars, known as NPCs. These accounts posed as liberal activists and were used to spread — among other things — false information about November’s midterm elections.
  • Republicans, White Nationalists Fume Over Taylor Swift’s Senate Endorsement

    10/08/2018 1:27:49 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 105 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 08 October 2018 | Tessa Stuart
    Swift’s endorsement is not without commercial risk. According to an analysis by the New York Times, she is most popular in rural areas in the West and Midwest that tend to vote conservative, like Utah, Montana and Nevada, and only modestly popular in Tennessee...."OUR GIRL no more," one posted. "They took her from us and turned her into one of their brain dead zombies," another wrote.
  • Avenatti names third Kavanaugh accuser - and dispels 4chan rumor (Says QAnon is a hoax)

    09/26/2018 11:22:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | September 26, 2018 | Avi Selk, The Washington Post
    A lot of stupid rumors have bubbled up from 4chan's anonymous internet forums over the years, percolating through the public consciousness and wafting into national news headlines before they inevitably evaporate back into obscurity, leaving reality just a little more polluted. Remember the one about the CIA supposedly mistaking 4chan fan-fiction for a dossier of Russian intelligence? Or the one where a 4chan regular, "QAnon," was supposed to be secretly allied with President Trump in a war against global evil? All were nonsense. All made the news, regardless. Remember the one - just Tuesday, actually - where a 4chan user...
  • Accuser of Trump's court pick offers statements to back accusation

    09/26/2018 9:26:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 26, 2018 | Lawrence Hurley and Susan Heavey
    A woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault has given a Senate panel sworn statements from four people aimed at backing up her allegation, while a lawyer said he had details about a new allegation by another woman against the judge. Lawyer Michael Avenatti said on Twitter he has submitted a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee from a woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the substance of the woman’s allegation. Avenatti also represents adult film star Stormy Daniels, who previously filed suit...
  • Avenatti Denies 4chan Prankster Punked Him With Hoax Kavanaugh ‘Train’ Gang Rape Accusation

    09/26/2018 3:23:30 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 26 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | September 25, 2018 | Jake Tapper
    A poster at 4chan made an unconfirmed claim Tuesday morning that he and his girlfriend punked porn star attorney and Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti. The two said they were behind Avenatti going public with an outrageously false story accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his prep school classmate Mark Judge of plying women at school era parties with drugs and alcohol so they could be gang raped by a “train” of men.
  • UPDATE: Avenatti Denies 4chan Prankster Punked Him With Hoax Kavanaugh ‘Train’ Gang Rape Accusation

    09/25/2018 3:11:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Gateway ^ | 9-25-2017 | Kristen
    Update: Avenatti denies he was punked by 4chan trolls. Asked @MichaelAvenatti about the rumor his new client is a hoax: “It never happened. None of it. No truth to it. This is a fabrication of the right because they are worried and they should be." — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 25, 2018 A poster at 4chan made an unconfirmed claim Tuesday morning that he and his girlfriend punked porn star attorney and Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti. The two said they were behind Avenatti going public with an outrageously false story accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his prep school...
  • Avenatti denies being 'duped' by 4Chan user on Kavanaugh claims

    09/25/2018 2:59:44 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/25/18 | Megan Keller
    Attorney Michael Avenatti on Tuesday dismissed a rumor that he had been duped by a 4Chan user with fake allegations about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "There is a rumor being floated that I was 'duped' or 'pranked' by a 4Chan user re Kavanaugh," Avenatti, who has said he has a client with claims to make against Kavanaugh, tweeted Tuesday. "This is completely false. It never happened; it is a total fabrication. None of it is true." "The right must be very worried," he added. "They should be." A 4Chan user posted earlier Tuesday that his girlfriend reached out to...
  • Michael Avenatti punked by 4chan?

    09/25/2018 11:33:25 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 41 replies
    Twitter ^ | 09-25-2018 | Erick Erickson
    So to sum up, rumors are flying Michael Avenatti, the creepy porn lawyer, locked his Twitter account because his supposed Kavanaugh victim is a prankster off 4Chan that successfully trolled him.
  • Bad news conspiracy theorists. QAnon codes are just a guy mashing his keyboard

    08/15/2018 6:42:05 PM PDT · by pluvmantelo · 114 replies
    Graham Cluely ^ | 8-14-2018 | Graham Cluely
    Researcher Mark Burnett is a world authority on passwords. Think I’m kidding? He has collected millions of passwords over the last couple of decades, and has written a book about the real-life password analyses he has done. It shouldn’t be any surprise then to hear that he’s the kind of guy who’s familiar with the different way people choose passwords - including those who think they can generate a really random password by just mashing their keyboard like a crazy man. Enter the bat-shit crazy QAnon conspiracy theory, which - amongst other things - believes that there is a huge...
  • Q -Annon Revealed!

    08/14/2018 8:02:37 PM PDT · by JME_FAN · 195 replies
    Adam Gingrich ^ | 8-14-2018 | JME_FAN
    https://twitter.com/Gingrich_of_PA/status/1029559100592599046 https://twitter.com/Gingrich_of_PA/status/1029539932539375616 https://twitter.com/Gingrich_of_PA/status/1029546205137666048 https://twitter.com/Gingrich_of_PA/status/1029551705376088064 https://twitter.com/Gingrich_of_PA/status/1029557476771995650
  • How three conspiracy theorists took 'Q' and sparked Qanon

    08/14/2018 8:38:19 PM PDT · by catnipman · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/14/2018 | Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins
    In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded together and plucked out of obscurity an anonymous and cryptic post from the many conspiracy theories that populated the website's message board. Over the next several months, they would create videos, a Reddit community, a business and an entire mythology based off the 4chan posts of “Q,” the pseudonym of a person claiming to be a high-ranking military officer. The theory they espoused would become Qanon
  • The internet mystery that has the world baffled

    11/25/2013 5:24:19 PM PST · by Chode · 124 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Nov 2013 | Chris Bell
    One evening in January last year, Joel Eriksson, a 34-year-old computer analyst from Uppsala in Sweden, was trawling the web, looking for distraction, when he came across a message on an internet forum. The message was in stark white type, against a black background.
  • Study reveals misuse of archive services by fringe communities (Liberals don't like web archives)

    07/03/2018 7:54:00 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 14 replies
    Techxplore.com ^ | 26June18 | Tiffany Westry Womack
    In a large-scale analysis, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cyprus University of Technology and University College London reveal fringe communities within Reddit and 4chan push the use of URLs from archive services to avoid censorship and undercut advertising revenue of new sources with contrasting ideologies. "Web archiving services play an increasingly important role in today's information ecosystem by preserving online content," said Jeremy Blackburn, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. "News and social media posts have been found to be the most common types of content archived. URLs of...
  • Who is #Qanon? (really interesting 19:30 video)

    05/03/2018 8:06:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 2,067 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/27/2018 | Titus Frost
    This is just my take on the entire Q Anon situation. I attempt to break down what Q Anon is, who created and who took it over.
  • Reddit Admits Hosting Russian Propaganda

    03/06/2018 12:54:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/6
    Reddit has become the latest social-media platform to admit that Russian propaganda was used on its site during the 2016 US presidential election. It follows leaks from news site The Daily Beast showing a Russian troll farm active on the website. Co-founder Steve Huffman said that it had removed "a few hundred accounts" suspected of being of Russian origin. In a blogpost, he said "indirect propaganda", which was more complex to spot and stop, was the biggest issue. "For example, the Twitter account @TEN_GOP is now known to be run by a Russian agent. Its tweets were amplified by thousands...
  • The Latest: ‘No known ties’ between Cruz and supremacists

    02/15/2018 2:23:19 PM PST · by Gamecock · 92 replies
    AP ^ | 2/15/2018
    PARKLAND, Fla. 4:30 p.m. A law enforcement official says he knows of “no known ties” between the suspect who confessed to a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school and a white supremacist group. Lt. Grady Jordan is a spokesman for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, where the white nationalist militia known as the Republic of Florida is based. Jordan said Thursday that his office has arrested militia leader Jordan Jereb at least four times since January 2014 and has been monitoring the group’s membership. He says his office has “very solid” information on the group and...
  • HOW ‘THE STORM’ BECAME THE BIGGEST FAKE NEWS STORY OF 2018

    02/15/2018 11:17:43 AM PST · by MNDude · 70 replies
    Wild conspiracy theories have a way of seeping into public discourse these days, thanks in part to the divided nature of U.S. politics, the growth of websites that actively promote them, such as InfoWars, and the capacity for fake news to spread virally on social media without any fact-checking or oversight. Enter “Q.” In late October, just days before a different InfoWars-inflated conspiracy—about anti-fascist protesters plotting a civil war—was about to fizzle, a user identified as Q on the imageboard website 4chan started posting vague, portentous messages related to an approaching “storm.” The user claimed to be a high-level government...
  • FISA Dossier origination

    02/05/2018 9:14:42 AM PST · by outinyellowdogcountry · 9 replies
    Memory | 2-5-18 | Myself
    I have followed Q drops. Interesting but I cannot decide if they are legit. I also have followed some people on Twitter until I decided to de-activate my account. As I read what Rick Wilson said about the memo I was reminded about a very early theory, actually claim, about the dossier. It was said on this site that a guy on 4chan made up the salacious details and passed them on to Rick Wilson who took action. Wilson is clueless but mean. What happened to that bit of "fact"? It leads me to be skeptical of Q. At least...