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  • Student ‘study group’ to address ‘depravity of whiteness’ (St. John's College, Santa Fe)

    05/28/2017 2:00:48 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 87 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 5-2-2017 | Anthony Gockowski
    According to correspondences obtained by Campus Reform, the study group was advertised in a campus-wide email forwarded to all students and faculty, explicitly encouraging white people to attend four sessions on privilege so they can “begin to be self-critical.” “This is a group where those who most often exhibit racist and sexist behavior–white males–can begin to be self-critical of the very dangerous, brutal, and depraved hierarchical pathologies of superiority, supremacy, and inferiority handed down to us by white Euro-American institutions,” an email advertising the study group elaborates. Participants will apparently deal with
  • The GIF Turns 30: How an Ancient Format Changed the Internet

    05/28/2017 11:54:51 AM PDT · by Lisbon1940 · 101 replies
    Wired ^ | 5/28/17 | Klint Finley
    Animated GIFs have transcended their obscure 1990s roots to become a key part of day-to-day digital communication. Some, like Orson Welles clapping or Michael Jackson eating popcorn, have become instantly recognizable shorthand. Others, like Sean Spicer disappearing into the bushes—itself a remix of a popular Simpsons GIF—serve up political satire. The GIF does double duty as both expression and as badge of digital literacy. Not bad for an image standard that pre-dates the web itself.
  • Neighbor with hidden surveillance camera pointed to my house

    05/27/2017 6:16:54 AM PDT · by bgill · 114 replies
    May 27, 2017 | vanity
    Last night, we happened to notice at our neighbor's what looked like a surveillance camera red light pointed directly at our patio and bedroom window. If it is, what can be done?
  • Apple's MacBooks: Still the most reliable

    05/26/2017 1:00:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    ZDNet — Storage Bits ^ | May 26, 2017 — 12:07 GMT (05:07 PDT) | By Robin Harris
    It's popular to decry the "Apple tax" - the mythical premium Apple customers pay for Macs. But few look at the other side of the coins: what you get for your money. In Apple's case: the best reliability and tech support. Consumer Reports surveys its subscribers annually to learn about their experience with cars, appliances, retailers, and computers. In their latest survey, almost 83,000 readers shared their experiences with computers. Not everyone was pleased. WINNERS AND LOSERS In laptops and desktops Apple was the most reliable. Plus it's tech support was - by far - the highest rated. Is it...
  • Time to Cut the F & E Lines

    05/26/2017 7:29:01 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 32 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5/26/2017 | John Conlin
    One of the biggest gold rushes of our time looks to be the anticipated market for autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Worldwide there are companies and investors throwing billions at the market and what was predicted to happen in 10 years now looks like 2 at most. The ways autonomous vehicles will impact our daily lives are just now being contemplated but one impact is clear, they have the ability to completely change how we view public transportation, all for the better. We need to rid ourselves of a bus and rail-based paradigm for public transportation. A complete stop should be placed...
  • Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'

    05/25/2017 8:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2017 8:39 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to Harvard, where he launched Facebook and then dropped out, telling graduates it’s up to them to bring purpose to the world, fight inequality and strengthen the global community. “Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us,” the Facebook CEO said. He shared stories about graduates such as David Razu Aznar, a former city leader who led the effort to legalize gay marriage in Mexico City, and Agnes Igoye, who grew up in conflict zones in Uganda and now trains law enforcement officers. “And this is my story too,” Zuckerberg added....
  • Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks (Open source s/w tools)

    05/25/2017 7:36:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | May 25, 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    [Microsoft has switched to Open-Source Code Management for Building Windows] [Yes, you read that right.] 300 GB repo handles 8,421 pulls and 1,760 official builds a day, more once GVFS fix is in Microsoft has adopted Git to manage the vast collection of code that is Windows' source, and has shared performance issues it's had to fix along the way.The state-of-the-nation report for what Microsoft calls the “largest Git repo on the planet” follows on from its launch of the “fat Git repo” handler, the Git Virtual File System, as the foundation of its planned shift.Redmond's certainly feeling pleased with...
  • Mainstream media errors (lies) in the Trump era:

    05/25/2017 7:30:54 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 5 replies
    http://www.washingtonexaminer ^ | Feb 9, 2017, 5:08 | Becket Adams
    We didn't get to the point people find the press less credible than the Trump administration by some freak accident. http://thehill.com/homenews/media/318514-trump-admin-seen-as-more-truthful-than-news-media-poll The one thing that these reports have in common is that they fail to provide readers with a clear and indisputably accurate picture of what is really going on at White House. The press's most important role is to shine a light on those in power. Bad reporting only muddies the waters, and it gives powerful people more room to do as they please. After all, whom are you going to believe: the guy at the top or the...
  • T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

    05/25/2017 6:46:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The Register ^ | 5/25/17 | Kieren McCarthy
    -Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.The company's Digits service will allow you to pick up calls from any device – in much the same way Google does with its voice service and Apple does with its AppleID. It will launch on May 31.The service has been in beta for roughly six months and represents a significant shift for a phone company, given that the single-number-to-single-device has been the foundation of the industry's economic models.Customers' existing numbers will be "upgraded" to the new Digits service and can then be extended to...
  • Vanity: Bitcoin peaked today

    05/25/2017 1:36:47 PM PDT · by palmer · 35 replies
    none ^ | May 25, 2017 | palmer
    Bitcoin peaked above $2800 today.
  • This social media site ranked worst for mental health

    05/25/2017 6:15:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 23, 2017 | Ashley Welch
    Instagram is the most detrimental social media platform to young people's mental health, according to new research out of the U.K. Researchers from the Royal Society for Public Health in conjunction with the Young Health Movement published the report entitled #StatusOfMind, which looks at the positive and negative effects of social media on young people's health and well-being.
  • Vintage Programming Languages

    05/23/2017 2:03:47 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 149 replies
    Circuit Cellar ^ | 05/23/2017 | staff
    For the last 30 years, C has been my programming language of choice. As you probably know, C was invented in the early 1970s by Dennis M. Ritchie for the first UNIX kernel and ran on a DEC PDP-11 computer. I am probably a bit old-fashioned. Yes, C is outdated, but I’m simply addicted to it, like plenty of other embedded system programmers. For me, C is a low level but portable language that’s adequate for all my professional and personal projects --SNIP-- And after you’re finished with this review of 1970s-era computing technology, give one or two a try!
  • Ashley Madison accumulates 52 MILLION users despite high-profile 2015 cyber hack [tr]

    05/23/2017 11:47:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 23, 2017 | Regina F. Graham
    Millions of new members have flooded to join Ashley Madison despite the 2015 data breach where hackers released the personal details and sexual fantasies of cheating spouses on the site. The company said 400,000 new global users have joined per month since the detrimental cyber attack, according to Fox Business.
  • Fisherman Finds GoPro That’s Been in Lake for Three Years, Watches Footage, Returns It to Owner

    05/23/2017 9:58:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 23, 2017
    A Facebook post has helped set a lost GoPro on the way back to the man who lost it in 2014. Corey Glenn was fishing on Pickwick Lake in Alabama over the weekend and reeled in an unexpected catch - a GoPro Hero 3. Glenn took the camera home and cleaned and recharged the device. He thought there was no way it would still work... until it actually turned on and the footage began downloading to the computer. The footage was dated February 28, 2014. That means the device had been on the bottom of the lake for three years,...
  • Apple’s market cap has eclipsed the city of Chicago’s real GDP

    05/23/2017 9:20:35 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 23, 2017 | By Ryan Vlastelica
    AAPL, -0.08% market capitalization of about $803 billion is 38% larger than the real GDP of Chicago, $581 billion in 2016. Apple isn’t the only Silicon Valley notable to top Chicago (and all other U.S. cities save two), either. Google parent Alphabet GOOGL, +0.62% has a market capitalization of $657.9 billion, making its pockets about 13% deeper than the GDP of the home of deep-dish pizza.
  • Can Dr. Michael Savage save Britain?

    05/23/2017 9:11:21 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    GuavaCheesePuff | May 23, 2017 | GuavaCheesePuff
    Remember, conservative talk show host Dr. Michael Savage from San Francisco was banned in the UK in 2009 by then-Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith!! Can Savage's style of broadcast and his views save Britain? Should talk shows like him be syndicated in Britain or worldwide?
  • Question: Can we start calling the media "McCarthyites"?

    05/23/2017 6:54:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    5/23/17 | sff
    I am not trying to debate Joe McCarthy's place in history. Thanks to Ann Coulter's book "Treason", I know he did a lot of good work. Nevertheless, his name has become associated with fearmongering. I think in that respect, the time might be right to start speaking to the #fakenews and #fakejournalists those words "Have you no decency?" Rachel MadMcCarthy, Scott PelMcCarthey, Andrea MitchMcCarthey, etc. Are we at that point, fellow FREEPers?
  • Dubai Police’s First Autonomous Robocop Goes Live

    05/22/2017 9:46:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, May 22, 2017
    Dubai Police has welcomed a new member on to its force, the world’s first operational robot policeman. He doesn't need a visa, medical insurance or hours of training, and he is ready to engage with Dubai’s residents and millions of tourists across the city’s streets. The world’s first operational robot policeman, officially joined the line of duty today, greeting guests at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), including Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Head of Security for the Emirate of Dubai, who opened the show and the co-located Internet of Things Expo (IoTx), which...
  • U.S. Supreme Court limits where patent-infringement cases can be filed

    05/22/2017 5:40:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, May 22, 2017 4:51PM
    U.S. Supreme Court limits where patent-infringement cases can be filed; decision could limit venue-shopping “The Supreme Court on Monday limited the ability of patent holders to bring infringement lawsuits in courts that have plaintiff friendly reputations, a notable decision that could provide a boost to companies that defend against patent claims,” Brent Kendall reports for The Wall Street Journal. “The high court, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas, ruled unanimously that a lower court has been following an incorrect legal standard for almost 30 years that made it possible for patent holders to sue companies in almost any U.S....
  • CIA's Windows XP to Windows 10 malware: WikiLeaks reveals Athena

    05/22/2017 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    ZDNET ^ | 05/22/17 | Liam Tung
    The latest file revealed in WikiLeaks' Vault 7 catalog of CIA hacking toolkit is Athena, a surveillance tool apparently designed to capture communications from Windows XP to Windows 10 machines. Details of the Athena malware are available in a document allegedly created by the CIA in November 2015. The malware is said to have been made in conjunction with US cybersecurity firm Siege Technologies, which was acquired by Nehemiah Security late last year. Athena is the ninth Vault 7 release of CIA hacking tools for mobile and desktop systems. WikiLeaks has been revealing one tool at the end of each...