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  • 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.
  • Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

    09/29/2018 7:01:04 PM PDT · by Paladin2 · 33 replies
    / ^ | 09.29.18 12:01 am | Katrina Brooker
    This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for...
  • Social Media Platform Gab to Silicon Valley: ‘You Will Be Replaced’

    09/21/2018 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies ^ | 20 Sep 2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Free speech social media platform has rebranded as and aims to become a tech hub for “liberty-minded tech startups” that wish to avoid connections to leftist Silicon Valley groups., the free-speech themed social media platform founded by CEO Andrew Torba, has long aimed to act as an alternative to sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Now Gab is rebranding as and aims to provide an infrastructure for tech developers that wish to grow their own platforms and products without being forced to go through leftist companies based in Silicon Valley. Andrew Torba spoke to Breitbart News...
  • FEMA EAS TEST Postponed

    09/17/2018 9:53:19 AM PDT · by garyb · 19 replies
    FEMA Web Site ^ | 09/17/18 | Federal Emergency Managent Agency
    IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) The national WEA test has been postponed to the backup date of October 3, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. EDT.
  • Today’s hearing at the Senate involving Facebook and Twitter.

    09/05/2018 8:31:55 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 1 replies
    Twitter thread by @nickmon1112 ^ | Sept. 5, 2018 | Nick Monroe
    The link goes to a Twitter thread by investigative citizen journalist Nick Monroe, who is following the hearing and providing much detail.
  • U.S. Army receives 3D mobile air-defense radar system from Ukraine

    09/03/2018 5:37:31 AM PDT · by tlozo · 5 replies
    Defence Blog ^ | Sep 2, 2018 | Army, News
    According to the ImportGenius website that tracks the import/export activity at shipping docks, the U.S. Army Contracting Command received the 3D mobile air-defense radar system from Ukraine. The notice by the ImportGenius said that the U.S. Army Contracting Command center in Orlando has received 3D mobile air-defense radar system, called the 36D6M1-1, from Ukraine through SFTC “Progress”. The 36D6M1-1is a mobile 3D airspace surveillance radar system that was developed by the SE “Scientific and Production Complex “Iskra” and is designed to be used as a part of modern automated Air Defense systems, Anti-Aircraft Missile Complexes and to detect low flying...
  • Net Neutrality Advocates Unintentionally ‘Made the Case’ for Regulating Google, Facebook

    09/02/2018 7:43:16 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 31, 2018 | Sean Moran
    Investor’s Business Daily charged in an editorial on Thursday that net neutrality advocates unintentionally “made the case” for regulating Google and Facebook. This week a coalition of large tech giants, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, urged a U.S. appeals court to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rule. The editorial board found regarding the agency’s Obama-era net neutrality, “Those 2015 rules were supposed to protect the ‘free and open’ internet by forbidding ISPs from, as the filing puts it, ‘engaging in discriminatory practices that limit consumer choice, competition, and innovation online.'” The business...
  • Twitter QFD shadow bans lifted

    09/01/2018 7:08:42 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 14 replies
    Yup, looks like the QFD has been removed just a few days before @jack testifies to Congress. Time to have some fun!
  • California State Assembly Passes Nation’s Toughest Net Neutrality Law

    08/30/2018 7:11:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    Variety ^ | Aug. 30, 2018 | Ted Johnson
    A net neutrality bill that would prohibit internet providers from a host of discriminatory practices cleared the California Assembly on Thursday, setting up a potential showdown with the Trump administration over the rules of the road for the internet. The legislation, which passed in a 59-18 vote, will now go to the Senate, where a vote is expected next week. It would then go to Governor Jerry Brown. California is also the largest state to pass net neutrality legislation in response to the Republican-led FCC’s move late last year to dismantle many of the existing rules. Democrats have seized on...
  • Online Bettors Can Sniff Out Weak Psychology Studies

    08/29/2018 3:03:32 PM PDT · by jonascord · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Aug 27, 2018 | Ed Yong
    Must be linked...
  • 96 Percent of Google Search Results for 'Trump' News Are from Liberal Media Outlets

    08/28/2018 6:18:41 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2018-08-25 T00:48:07 | Paula Bolyard
    Is Google manipulating its algorithm to prioritize left-leaning news outlets in their coverage of President Trump? It sure looks that way based on recent search results for news on the president.Conservatives and Trump supporters have for the last several years questioned whether Google was deprioritizing conservative news sites, hiding them from users who utilize their search engine. Google has maintained that all outlets are treated fairly, but nevertheless, conservative sites have reported reduced search traffic and, in the case of Google-owned YouTube, content creators have been banned and demonetized. Google's high-profile firing of conservative James Damore, purportedly over his conservative...
  • Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy

    08/24/2018 3:59:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 8/23/18 | Kevin Collier
    Representatives from a host of the biggest US tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have scheduled a private meeting for Friday to share their tactics in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.
  • New Security Vulnerability Casts Shadow Over Intel

    08/21/2018 4:23:31 AM PDT · by jurroppi1 · 6 replies
    SourceToday ^ | Aug 17, 2018 | James Morra
    Intel has been scarred by another major security glitch that takes advantage of the same technology behind the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. The new set of vulnerabilities, labeled Foreshadow, allows passwords and other confidential information to be swiped from memory caches in Intel’s processors. On Tuesday, the Santa Clara, California-based company said it had released microcode to protect potentially vulnerable devices in personal computers and data centers. The company said that the changes, coupled with new updates for operating systems and hypervisor software made available on Tuesday, would protect most customers. “We are not aware of reports that any of...
  • The Case For #SMACA [Social Media Anti-Censorship Act]

    08/20/2018 7:21:11 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 2 replies
    Luke Ford Livestreams [YouTube channel] ^ | Aug 19, 2018 | Josh Smith
    Attorney Josh Smith discusses his proposal for a legislative fix for the social media censorship problem. An image of his working paper that summarizes the act can be seen here: (The text is in a JPEG image. For reasons unknown, FR cannot display it.)
  • Failed Predictions of Climate Alarmists Make Future Predictions Suspect

    08/10/2018 7:15:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 08.08.18 | James Murphy
    It’s hard for the average citizen to read the news these days and not be worried for the future of the planet. We are told that 13 of the last 16 years have been the warmest on record. We hear that coastal cities such as New York and Atlantic City, as well as nearly all of Florida, are at risk of flooding due to unprecedented sea-level rise. We are told that the wildfires in California and Greece are the worst ever recorded, and that these fires represent a “new normal” because of man-made climate change.But to get a good gauge of...
  • 7 3D-Printing Stocks to Buy As the Space Keeps Growing

    08/10/2018 1:31:17 PM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 10 Aug 2018 | Tom Taulli
    About five years ago or so, 3D-printing stocks were red-hot. But the good times quickly fizzled. However, lately there have been signs of life, as a variety of the operators in the industry have experienced rejuvenated growth rates. And, more importantly, the long-term trends look quite favorable for the 3D-printing space. According to IDC, the spending in the market — on a global basis — is expected to hit about $12 billion this year. And by 2021, the forecast is for the market to reach $20 billion. Much of the growth will come from physical printers and materials, but there...
  • Andrew Torba and Tech Censorship [CEO of Gab interviewed]

    08/04/2018 2:59:48 PM PDT · by snarkpup
    ramzpaul (YouTube channel) ^ | Aug 4, 2018 | hosts: Paul Ramsey (Ramzpaul) & Tiina Wiik (Swan of Tuonela)
    Happy Homelands is back this Saturday with a can’t miss episode. Andrew Torba, CEO of Gab, will join us to discuss Free Speech and Big Tech.
  • New liberal caterwauling over Facebook advertising policies

    08/03/2018 6:57:06 AM PDT · by ptsal · 7 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | 02-Aug-2018 | Jacquie Kubin
    WASHINGTON: There are quite a few things you need a Federal ID to do. Cash a check. Board an airplane. Purchase alcohol. But buy an ad on Facebook? Yes. As a business owner, there are Facebook Advertising policies before this, or any other publication can promote a post on Facebook. Or purchase an advertisement on their page. The process to purchase an ad on Facebook includes proving your identity. This is a response to the Russian “meddling” but in reality, it is an ages-old advertising policy. The physical requirement has changed somewhat. Now we electronically send in a scan of...
  • IBM's Watson reportedly created unsafe cancer treatment plans

    07/29/2018 1:13:12 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 55 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 27 July 2018 | Mariella Moon
    Last year, studies presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting showed that IBM Watson was pretty darn good at creating treatment plans for cancer patients. Turns out, however, that the AI is still far from perfect: according to internal documents reviewed by health-oriented news publication Stat, some medical experts working with IBM on its Watson for Oncology system found "multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations." In one particular case, a 65-year-old man was diagnosed a drug that could lead to "severe or fatal hemorrhage" even though he was already suffering from severe bleeding. The report...
  • THE CENSORSHIP MASTER PLAN DECODED (Report to Trump and Congress that kneecapped Facebook/Twitter)

    07/27/2018 10:24:08 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies ^ | Jul 16, 2018 | Mike Adams
    THE CENSORSHIP MASTER PLAN DECODED (i.e. “The Adams Report”) The blueprint for how tech giants covertly silence online speech, and how America can fight back against corporate tech monopolists Part One: The Societal Cost of Censorship and the Denial of the Right to Exist Part Two: The Fight for Reality (censorship motivations and justifications) Part Tree: The Fallacy of “Fake News” Part Four: Decentralization and the Structure of News Consumption Part Five: Technological and Psychological Methods of Overt and Covert Censorship Part Six: Legislative and Regulatory Solutions to Techno-Tyranny