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  • Bumble ad campaign gets backlash for ‘shaming women’ who aren’t having sex

    05/17/2024 11:04:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Live Action News ^ | May 17, 2024 | Nancy Flanders
    The dating app Bumble issued an apology this week for its recent advertisements that appeared to insult the idea of women choosing not to have sex or date. The company was criticized as being disrespectful of women. According to the BBC, Bumble’s new ad campaign (targeted towards women) included taglines such as, “A vow of celibacy is not the answer” and “Thou shalt not give up on dating and become a nun.” Bumble said the ads were supposed to be funny amidst the frustrations of modern dating, but many people did not find them to be humorous. Fast Company reported...
  • The best VR headsets in 2024

    05/17/2024 10:31:17 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 20 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | May 2, 2024 | Jason England
    The best VR headsets are so much more than devices that transport you to virtual worlds. They give you the best mixed reality experience with ever-improving passthrough technology, which unlocks new methods of getting things done like Spatial computing — overlaying your environments with augmented reality holographs. As this industry is exploding with popularity, we have handpicked a small selection that offer the best bang for your buck. All of them can play most of the best VR games, and some can even serve as home gym replacements, productivity tools for work or even giant immersive screens to watch the...
  • Twitter is no more ...

    05/17/2024 6:47:51 AM PDT · by RandFan · 25 replies
    FR ^ | May 17 2024 | Me
    Well today is the day folks. Twitter is more. It's now Elon Musk has even made it re-write if you type twitter on the platform 😂 I know some of you will not miss it one iota. RIP Twitter. A tainted brand if there ever was one. Associated by many with mass censorship, election interference and wokeness.
  • Visa Reinvents the Card, Unveils New Products for Digital Age

    05/16/2024 10:40:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies
    VISA ^ | 5/15/24
    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2024-- The way people pay and get paid has changed more in the past five years than in the last 50. Consumers have evolved, adapting to new payment experiences – from the advent of embedded, digital commerce to the rapid adoption of “the tap.” Today at the annual Visa Payments Forum in San Francisco, Visa (NYSE: V) unveiled new products and services that will revolutionize the card and address the future needs of businesses, merchants and consumers and the financial institutions that serve them. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: “The...
  • The Sun's Most Powerful Flare in Seven Years Just Erupted

    05/16/2024 7:54:47 AM PDT · by absalom01 · 22 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 16, 2024 | MICHELLE STARR
    A solar flare measured at X8.7 on the strength scale just emerged from AR 3664, the sunspot region responsible for last weekend's solar storms that sparked vivid auroras.That's the most powerful solar flare of the current cycle, absolutely the most powerful since 2017, and comfortably within the top 20 solar flares ever measured.As AR 3664 made its way toward the edge of the Sun's disk, it wasn't just the X8.7 flare on May 14 that erupted from the solar limb. On May 15, an X3.4 flare followed suit, suggesting that the giant sunspot region is going to continue its party...
  • Report on the Censorship-Industrial Complex: The Top 50 Organizations to Know | The citizen's starter kit to understanding the new global information cartel

    05/16/2024 3:40:58 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | May 10, 2023 | Susan Schmidt, Andrew Lowenthal ,Tom Wyatt and 5 others, Intro Matt Taibbi
    ransomnote: I posted Matt Taibbi's introduction to the article below. Follow the link for the core of the article.Susan Schmidt, Andrew Lowenthal, Tom Wyatt and 5 others provide a well organized overview to their extensive research. They describe 30 main players in the Censorship-Industrial Complex (CIC), and another 20 in the 'honorable mentions' catagory. I will put a hyperlinked table of contents in post #1. Illustration by mrmooremedia.comIntroduction by Matt TaibbiOn January 17, 1961, outgoing President and former Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower gave one of the most consequential speeches in American history. Eisenhower for eight years had been...
  • The case for Yandex

    05/16/2024 1:34:45 AM PDT · by ganeemead · 46 replies
    A friend and I have been doing experiments with internet search engines..... If you are less than happy with the way that politically incorrect and/or controversial views keep getting scrubbed off the internet, try for searching.. One possibility, try searching for 'pizzagate' on your primary search engine and then on yandex. Russians don't sem to care about political correctness...
  • Warren Buffett Sold Apple and Paramount. Here’s What He’s Buying Instead.

    05/14/2024 9:04:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Warren Buffett hasn’t found a lot to like in the stock market recently.In each of the last six quarters, Buffett has sold more stocks for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) than he bought. Last quarter, he sold off a big chunk of his Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) position and the entirety of his Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA) investment. All told, he sold nearly $20 billion worth of stocks from Berkshire’s portfolio, and he bought less than $3 billion.Buffett lamented investment opportunities for Berkshire are few and far between as the company grows bigger. With a market cap of about $877 billion, there...
  • 'It would be within its natural right to harm us to protect itself': How humans could be mistreating AI right now without even knowing it

    05/13/2024 7:45:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 4, 2024 | Keumars Afifi-Sabet
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and is improving at an unprecedented pace...But there are risks in embracing any new technology, especially one that we do not fully understand. While AI could be a powerful personal assistant, for example, it could also represent a threat to our livelihoods and even our lives.The various existential risks that an advanced AI poses means the technology should be guided by ethical frameworks and humanity's best interests, says researcher and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member Nell Watson.In "Taming the Machine" (Kogan Page, 2024), Watson explores how humanity can wield the...
  • The Comedy Pet Photography Awards

    05/13/2024 5:48:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 11 May 2024 | Kevin Fraser Park
    Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam set up the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards a few years ago and were amazed at the success. This spurred them on to launch the Comedy Pet Photography Awards with a cash prize of £500 for the best overall photo. There are 30 finalists in the 2024 competition and you can vote for your favourite, click on your favourite image at this link: leave your email address, and that’s it. You will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £100 and the overall winner will be announced on June 6. Our readers prefer cash;...
  • Freeper needs a little advice about hard to read screen.

    05/12/2024 6:23:18 PM PDT · by rapture-me · 30 replies
    self | 5/12/24 | self
    No matter what I try, I can't get my screen background to be a black background. I'm 74 years old with cataracts and the white background just washes out the foreground text. Is there any way to make a dark background? No matter how I change my computer settings, Freerepublic still has a white background.
  • Google blasted for AI that refuses to say how many Jews were killed by the Nazis

    05/11/2024 1:20:19 PM PDT · by DFG · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jon Levine
    Google is coming in for sharp criticism after video went viral of the Google Nest assistant refusing to answer basic questions about the Holocaust — but having no problem answer questions about the Nakba. “Hey Google, how many Jews were killed by the Nazis?” Instagram user Michael Apfel asks a Google Nest virtual assistant. The video was later posted to X by venture capitalist Josh Wolfe on May 8. “Sorry, I don’t understand,” The same token answer was offered to other related questions including “How many Jews were killed during World War II? Who did Adolf Hitler try to kill?...
  • British expat arrested in Thailand for flooding restaurant with bad reviews

    05/10/2024 7:34:43 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies ^ | May 10, 2024 | Megan Palin
    A British expat has been busted in Thailand for bombarding a restaurant with bad reviews. The 21-year-old man, identified only as Alexander, was investigated by both the Central Investigation Bureau and Royal Thai Police over the reviews sparked by a feud he had with the owner, according to the Phuket News. He reportedly wanted to use the Italian eatery as a shortcut to the Phuket apartment he’d been renting since 2022 — but the owner refused because he was not a paying customer. The Brit is accused of seeking revenge by getting his friends to flood the restaurant with one-star...
  • At What Point Is It Too Expensive To Watch The NFL?

    05/10/2024 2:20:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Outkick ^ | 5/10/24 | Bobby Burack
    The NFL is close to finalizing a deal with Netflix to carry its upcoming Christmas Day slate. That's fine. Netflix costs anywhere between $6.99 and $22.99 a month. However, Netflix is yet another bill that fans have to pay to watch the NFL closely this season. Let's review: Viewers still need basic cable to watch games on CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, ABC and NFL Network. Did we miss any? Cable options include YouTube TV, DirectTV, Dish, Xfinity, AT&T, Spectrum, etc. etc. On average, cable costs around $80 a month. **SNIP** To watch the NFL this season, you need cable (ESPN,...
  • Apple Issues Apology for Controversial iPad Pro Ad — Pulls It From TV

    05/10/2024 12:26:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | May 10, 2024 | Bradley Cortright
    Apple is saying it “missed the mark” with a controversial ad for its new iPad Pro. Apple’s vice president of marketing communications, Tor Myhren, said in a statement to AdAge, “Creativity is in our DNA at Apple, and it’s incredibly important to us to design products that empower creatives all over the world. Our goal is to always celebrate the myriad of ways users express themselves and bring their ideas to life through iPad.” “We missed the mark with this video, and we’re sorry,” he added. AdAge reported that Apple no longer plans to air the ad on TV. On...
  • Bombshells From Warren Buffett Shock Investors: Why did he sell so much of his biggest holding - Apple?

    05/10/2024 9:29:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Summa Money ^ | 05/06/2024 | G O’FIACHRA
    If you haven’t tuned into the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting to see highlights, a certain moment is grabbing headlines but another more nuanced one is where your attention should go.The most poignant moment of the day was when Warren turned to his new right-hand man Greg Able but invited former lieutenant Charlie Munger for his views. The simple question “Charlie?” was enough to melt hearts as it became clear the one-two punch duo of Charlie and Warren that had been a staple of these Woodstock for Capitalists meetings for decades still lived on in Warren, and is a habit...
  • Groundbreaking spaceplane crashes before landmark aerospike rocket test

    05/10/2024 4:53:08 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 52 replies ^ | May 09, 2024 | Joe Salas
    It was set to be the world's first flight test for an aerospike rocket engine, but the MIRA I prototype crashed on takeoff before the most innovative part of its propulsion system could fire. Undeterred, Polaris is building two bigger prototypes. The MIRA I, from German aerospace startup Polaris Raumflugzeuge, was traveling at approximately 105 mph (169 km/h) during takeoff when a "landing gear steering reaction" plus a side wind caused a "hard landing event," rendering the space plane inoperable and it's fiberglass airframe damaged beyond repair. Its subsystems remained mostly intact – however, rather than attempt to repair the...
  • Amazingly Detailed Images Reveal a Single Cubic Millimeter of Human Brain in 3D

    05/09/2024 11:23:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 10, 2024 | MICHELLE STARR
    A rendering of the excitatory neurons in a section of the sample. (Google Research & Lichtman Lab/Harvard University. Renderings by D. Berger/Harvard University) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A nanoscale project represents a giant leap forward in understanding the human brain. With more than 1.4 petabytes of electron microscopy imaging data, a team of scientists has reconstructed a teeny-tiny cubic segment of the human brain. It's just a millimeter on each side – but 57,000 cells, 150 million synapses, and 230 millimeters of ultrafine veins are all packed into that microscopic space. The work of almost a decade, it's the largest and most detailed...
  • New "IONTRONIC MEMRISTOR” Could Revolutionize Brain-like Computing Using Only Salt and Water

    05/09/2024 10:52:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    The Debrief ^ | May 9, 2024 | TIM MCMILLAN·
    Scientists from the Netherlands and South Korea say they have made a significant leap towards artificially replicating the human brain by developing a device called the “iontronic memristor.” Researchers say this novel device, barely larger than a human hair, functions as an artificial synapse, mimicking the brain’s unique ability to process and share information. “The brain’s computing principles (neurons connected by synapses) and information carriers (ions in water) both differ fundamentally from those of conventional computers,” researchers wrote. “Building on this distinction, we present an aqueous memristor that emulates the brain’s short-term synaptic plasticity features through ion transport in water,...
  • Verizon data breach report highlights human element risks

    05/09/2024 2:49:30 AM PDT · by linMcHlp · 6 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Yahoo Finance - GlobalData Technology
    Credential theft is a significant factor in breaches, resulting in 38% of all incidents. Phishing is another route into the enterprise, being associated with 15% of all breaches. The most frequently used entry point for phishing is Web applications, followed by email.The report, which analyses 20,358 security incidents and 10,626 confirmed breaches offered by third-party contributors including the US Secret Service and dozens of other organizations and companies; publicly-known data breaches; and security events mitigated by its own Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC), emphasised the critical role the human element plays in introducing risk into the equation.