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  • The People Deciding to Ditch Their Smartphones

    01/24/2022 1:06:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 103 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/23 | Suzanne Bearne
    In a world where many of us are glued to our smartphones, Dulcie Cowling is something of an anomaly - she has ditched hers. The 36-year-old decided at the end of last year that getting rid of her handset would improve her mental health. So, over Christmas she told her family and friends that she was switching to an old Nokia phone that could only make and receive calls and text messages. She recalls that one of the pivotal moments that led to her decision was a day at the park with her two boys, aged six and three: "I...
  • “Headsets Are Simply Annoying”: Playstation Inventor Says He “Can’t See The Point” Of Virtual Reality (VR) And The Metaverse

    01/24/2022 7:39:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Trade For Profit ^ | 01/24/2022 | Tyler Durden
    The inventor of the PlayStation - one of the best and most widely known gaming consoles - doesn't think too much about VR or the metaverse.Ken Kutaragi, who is responsible for Sony's popular console, says that VR and AR "divide" the real and virtual realms, rather than unifying them, according to a new interview with Bloomberg. Kutaragi, who is now 71 years old, told Bloomberg: “Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about making quasi-real in the virtual world, and I can’t see the point of doing it.”He continued: “You would rather be a polished...
  • Thinking about getting your kids or grandkids an Oculus 2?

    01/24/2022 1:11:55 AM PST · by Tacrolimus1mg · 5 replies
    I know that Zero Hedge is banned here for a reason, namely its anonymous authors and potentially unverifiable information, but this subject matter was a little too important for me not to share. For those of you who have kids or grandkids who own one of these or who want one, there has apparently been a problem with child sexual grooming in VR chat. A user started a documentary on this subject, and I think it's necessary to share it. This is the link, where video of the documentary can be viewed. (CONTAINS DISTURBING SUBJECT MATTER): I will post...
  • The latest GOP idea: A police force to ferret out voter fraud

    01/23/2022 7:38:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    In the battle over voting rights, an idea is starting to move around in Republican circles: designated police forces designed to hunt down voter fraud. On the basis of available evidence, this is a solution in search of a problem. It is another example of what comes from former president Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has put a proposal for such a force in his new budget. In Georgia, former U.S. senator David Perdue, who is running as a Trumpian candidate in the GOP primary for governor against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp...
  • Bitcoin price crash becomes even more drastic as crypto owners lose hundreds of billions

    01/22/2022 8:23:11 AM PST · by millenial4freedom · 108 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/22/2022 | Andrew Griffin
    An already dramatic crash in the crypto markets has become yet more drastic, with bitcoin and other digital currencies losing hundreds of billions of dollars from their value. Bitcoin has now fallen 16.8 per cent over the last week. Other coins have seen even more dramatic losses: ethereum is now down 25 per cent. That follows what was already the worst start of the year for bitcoin in history. After hitting a record high of almost $68,000 in November, it is now worth under $36,000.
  • Most Millennial and Gen Z Investors Say Crypto Is Part of Their Retirement Strategy

    01/22/2022 6:18:00 AM PST · by DoodleBob · 46 replies
    Money ^ | January 21, 2022 | N/A
    According to a recent survey by Capitalize, an IRA rollover service, 56% of Gen Z adults (18+) and 54% of millennials say they are including cryptocurrency or NFTs as part of their retirement strategy. That’s compared to only 20% of Gen X and 14% of baby boomer survey respondents who said they are investing in crypto to help them save for retirement. (How reliable is this survey data? Capitalize noted that respondents were gathered through the Amazon Mechanical Turk survey platform, and that their answers were "self-reported and are subject to issues, such as exaggeration, recency bias, and telescoping." For...
  • Can Intel Dominate the Bitcoin Mining Industry Its new Bonanza Mine ASIC chip?

    01/22/2022 5:33:51 AM PST · by dennisw · 9 replies
    Finance-- yahoo. ^ | Wed, January 19, 2022 | Aaryamann Shrivastava
    The University of Pennsylvania recently announced Intel’s intention of releasing a new Bitcoin mining ASIC chip which will be released during the 2022 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference on February 23. The Bonanza Mine Described as an Ultra-Low-Voltage Energy-Efficient Bitcoin Mining ASIC, the chip titled Bonanza Mine will make Intel the first major semiconductor company to jump into producing traditional Bitcoin mining ASICS. Although AMD has been a part of the crypto mining industry for a while now owing to its super-powered GPUs, it never witnessed any competition as such. But since Intel has a higher production capacity, and both...
  • Wildlife YouTuber Discovers New Species of Tarantula

    01/22/2022 2:06:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC News ^ | Morgan Sung
    JoCho Sippawat, known for his videos about Thailand's wildlife, discovered the first known tarantula to live exclusively inside bamboo stalks.A wildlife YouTuber from Thailand discovered the first tarantula known to exclusively live in hollowed-out bamboo stalks. JoCho Sippawat, a YouTuber with 2.5 million subscribers and 1.9 million Facebook followers, found the previously unknown tarantula while on a wilderness trip near his home in northwestern Thailand, according to a Jan. 12 news release. Upon returning, Sippawat emailed a photo of the tarantula to arachnologist Narin Chomphuphuang, who researches spiders at Khon Kaen University. Chomphuphuang then embarked on a field trip, with...
  • Is the Media Doomed?

    01/21/2022 5:22:45 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    politico ^ | 21 Jan 2022
    From a Big Tech crackdown to the rebirth of local news, 16 future-minded thinkers predict where journalism will be in 15 years. It’s almost conventional wisdom right now that the news media is in a fast-moving crisis, with mainstream news sources collapsing and Americans increasingly divided not only in what they read, but even what facts they choose to believe. How much worse will it get? Or is there a way out? When shunted through digital media, information behaves like water: It flows together, it melds and it finds its lowest common level. The trivial blurs with the profound, the...
  • First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager (latest Windows 11 Insider build 22538 emerges)

    01/21/2022 12:58:18 PM PST · by dayglored · 80 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 20, 2022 | Richard Speed
    [Dayglored note: This is about an "Insider" build, not the version most users get. The "Insider" releases are for developers and eager-beaver Windows fanbois who want to try things before they're done, knowing they might break.] Is nothing safe from the dead hand of the Windows 11 design aesthetic? Windows' murderous Task Manager looks set to get a makeover in Windows 11 after a work-in-progress turned up in the latest Insider Dev Channel build.Remembering the good timesThe build, 22538, is an otherwise relatively mundane emission from the Windows team.Sure, there was great excitement among the community when the volume control...
  • X Factor and Voice Singer Natanya Brook Died Suddenly While Playing Video Game

    01/21/2022 10:53:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 20 JAN 2022 | Bev Lyons
    Natanya was on her X Box with friends when she went silent. Get the latest entertainment news sent straight to your inbox with our weekly Showbiz newsletter X Factor and Voice singer Natanya Brook has died whilst playing a video game. Natanya, who took part in auditions for both telly reality shows, was also a huge video game fan and had turned semi professional. She suffered from epilepsy and was playing X Box at night when she suddenly passed away mid game, an inquest heard. Natanya, or Tanya as he friends called her, was in a virtual reality room with...
  • Intel Building Largest Chip Factory In The World Outside Columbus Ohio (Great News)

    01/21/2022 8:21:03 AM PST · by setter · 44 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 1-21-2022 | Mark Williams
    Ohio has landed what could become the biggest semiconductor operation on Earth. Chip giant Intel plans to officially announce Friday that it will invest $20 billion to build two computer chip plants in Jersey Township in Licking County in what will be Ohio's largest economic development project to date. State and local officials are set to gather in Newark this afternoon to celebrate the news.
  • Here Are 17 New Games Activision Just Announced After Being Bought By Microsoft

    01/21/2022 8:01:44 AM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | Jan 20, 2022 | Babylon Bee Staff
    Microsoft just purchased Activision and wasted no time in unveiling a bunch of promising new upcoming titles. Here they are:1. Minesweeper: Modern Warfare - An action-packed first-person mine defusing game. You'll even get to play multiplayer, where 13-year-old kids will insult your mother for not defusing the mines quickly enough.2. Tony Hawk's Excel - Forget spreadsheets: it's time for SHREDsheets! Basically just Excel with Tony Hawk instead of Clippy.3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of Clippy - This exciting expansion has Clippy take over Azeroth, but he's just a minor annoyance really. He's no Lich King.4. Bill Gates' Divorce Simulator -...
  • Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard to Kick Off Its Metaverse

    01/20/2022 6:10:45 AM PST · by AF_Blue · 5 replies ^ | JAN 18, 2022 | Andrew Heinzman
    Microsoft will acquire Activision Blizzard, the developer behind Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush, for $68.7 billion. This deal, which is the most expensive acquisition in Microsoft’s history, will make Microsoft the third-largest game company by revenue behind Tencent and Sony. But more importantly, it will kick off Microsoft’s venture into the metaverse.
  • RAND PAUL: ‘Snot-Nosed Censors At YouTube Can Kiss My ***’

    01/17/2022 2:18:26 PM PST · by RandFan · 15 replies
    Joepags ^ | JANUARY 17, 2022 | By J. Lee Hammond
    Senator Rand Paul ripped the “snot-nosed” censors at YouTube on social media over the weekend; blasting the platform for labeling his comments as “misinformation” despite recent scientific data showing the Republican was initially correct. “Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?” posted Paul on Twitter. The Senator was referencing a recent article from the New York Times. “The C.D.C. concedes that cloth masks do not protect against the virus as effectively as other masks,” blared the headline.
  • Paypal Cancels Conservative Podcaster Jeremy Herrell

    01/17/2022 9:17:59 AM PST · by janetjanet998 · 27 replies
    As of last night, PayPal banned me for life and froze the almost $6K dollars that had been raised over the past few weeks. When you signed up to be a monthly recurring donor, it was ultimately through PayPal even if you signed up on my website. They were the processing center. They will be holding the funds for 180 days which is a big hit to our budget but worse, it makes you all have to do extra work and make sure they still are not charging your cards. I am working VERY HARD today with my website team...
  • Solving CAPTCHAs With Machine Learning to Enable Dark Web Research

    01/16/2022 8:13:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    UNITE.AI ^ | January 11, 2022 | Martin Anderson
    A joint academic research project from the United States has developed a method to foil CAPTCHA* tests, reportedly outperforming similar state-of-the-art machine learning solutions by using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to decode the visually complex challenges. Testing the new system against the best current frameworks, the researchers found that their method achieves more than 94.4% success on a carefully curated real-world benchmark dataset, and has proved capable of ‘eliminating human involvement’ when navigating a highly CAPTCHA-protected emerging Dark Net Marketplace, automatically resolving CAPTCHA challenges in a maximum of three attempts. Architecture for DW-GAN. Source: Workflow for DW-GAN. Source:
  • How Game Theory Changed Poker

    01/16/2022 12:22:41 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 13 jan 2022 | Oliver Roeder
    He needs the elaborate mathematics because he is trying to make sense of a very complex world: the game of poker. “Even the smallest variant of poker has a billion billion decision points,” he told me. Their work hasn’t just been an academic exercise, however; it has transformed how poker professionals approach the game. In search of ways to improve their odds, pros began poaching Prof. Bowling’s talent. “I regularly get contacted by poker pros asking if I can help them with something. I would say every one of the top 10 pros in the world is paying a poker...
  • Intel Is Bringing an Important Feature to Linux Kernel 5.17

    01/16/2022 10:40:06 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    linuxiac ^ | 13 January 2022 | Bobby Borisov
    Intel is working to provide the Linux kernel with the ability to allow BIOS updates without a reboot.Certain compute systems require high Service Level Agreements (SLAs) where fewer system reboot firmware updates are required for deploying firmware changes to address bug fixes, security updates, and to debug and root cause issues. Ever since BIOS updates became possible, the process required rebooting the PC.Intel is now changing that, thanks to a new part of the ACPI specification called Platform Firmware Runtime Update and Telemetry (PFRUT). This allows for firmware updates to a PC’s BIOS or UEFI without forcing a reboot. The...
  • Gettr slammed as a fake conservative social media app with troubling Big Tech, China ties

    01/16/2022 9:07:04 AM PST · by Perseverando · 59 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | January 14, 2022 | Doug Mainwaring
    ‘Gettr, the social media platform that bills itself as a way to escape Big Tech, actually includes trackers and features from companies like Facebook and Google.’ (LifeSiteNews) — Gettr, the social media app that has enjoyed a brief moment in the sun as a new home for conservative Twitter and Facebook refugees, is being slammed for disingenuous practices and for “falsely claiming to be a ‘free speech’ platform and an alternative to Big Tech.” The app skyrocketed into national prominence after popular talk show host Joe Rogan migrated to Gettr after his blockbuster New Year’s Eve interview with mRNA pioneer...