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  • Facial recognition technology can expose political orientation from naturalistic facial images

    01/14/2021 7:40:56 PM PST · by algore · 70 replies
    Ubiquitous facial recognition technology can expose individuals’ political orientation, as faces of liberals and conservatives consistently differ. A facial recognition algorithm was applied to naturalistic images of 1,085,795 individuals to predict their political orientation by comparing their similarity to faces of liberal and conservative others. Political orientation was correctly classified in 72% of liberal–conservative face pairs, remarkably better than chance (50%), human accuracy (55%), or one afforded by a 100-item personality questionnaire (66%). Accuracy was similar across countries (the U.S., Canada, and the UK), environments (Facebook and dating websites), and when comparing faces across samples. Accuracy remained high (69%) even...
  • Star Trek: Discovery Just Challenged the Federation’s Fiscal Hypocrisy

    01/08/2021 5:50:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Den of Geeks ^ | January 6, 2021 | Ryan Britt
    `Remember that time when Admiral James T. Kirk pretended to be a socialist so he didn’t have to pay the bill on a pizza date? In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Dr. Gillian Taylor (Catherine Hicks) rolls her eyes as Kirk is taken-aback about having to pay for the pizza and one round of Michelob (yes, Michelob) beers. Gillian says, “Don’t tell me that they don’t have money in the 23rd Century.” Kirk replies faux-innocently, “Well, we don’t!” Even by that point, Trekkies knew that Kirk was playing dumb. This is the same Kirk who successfully staged a hostile...
  • Jodie Whittaker 'QUITS' Doctor Who: BBC REFUSE to comment on speculation actress will leave at the end of series 13

    01/04/2021 2:54:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 4, 2020 | Brian Marks and Andrew Bullock
    The BBC have refused to comment on speculation that Jodie Whittaker has quit her role as the 13th Time Lord on Doctor Who. It was reported on Sunday by The Mirror that Jodie had turned in her notice for the long-running sci-fi/adventure series after three years on the show A BBC spokesman told Digital Spy: 'We won't be commenting on any speculation around Jodie's future on the show.'
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review: BBC War of the Worlds - 2019

    12/29/2020 9:00:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 29, 2020 | Me
    When I saw news articles come out that the BBC was going to produce a new version of "War of the Worlds" that takes place during the Edwardian period I was quite excited. To get technical, HG Wells' book was published as a serial in 1898 when Queen Victoria was still alive. As a cherry on top the gorgeous Eleanor Tomlinson was cast as the main female lead. I was so excited to see Miss Tomlinson in Edwardian finery. Well I caught the mini-series via someone a pirated copy on YouTube and what a bitter disappointment it was. The story...
  • Ready Player Two: A Painfully Woke and Unnecessary Sequel

    12/07/2020 4:26:20 PM PST · by tbw2 · 16 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 11/25/2020 | Matt Margolis
    This factoid about the L0hengrin character is otherwise trivial to the story. It has no bearing on the plot, and feels tacked on solely for the benefit of the author’s desire to appease the reader. In fact, L0hengrin is quickly sidelined in the story, only popping up a few times, clearly only serving the purpose of assuring the reader that the white heterosexual cis-gendered male author is sufficiently woke enough to be a part of the club.
  • An Interview with Author Andrew Fox

    11/12/2020 8:28:18 PM PST · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | November 7th, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Science fiction and horror author Andrew Fox’s first novel was Fat White Vampire Blues. He’s continued to put out a steady stream of science fiction and fantasy that’s equally edgy and entertaining. For example, he recently released a short story collection titled Hazardous Imaginings: The Mondo Book of Politically Incorrect Science Fiction. And I had the opportunity to interview him.
  • The Sandman Writer Neil Gaiman Explains Why Franchises Like Star Wars And Star Trek Have Lost Significant Portions Of Their Fan Bases

    10/27/2020 1:49:21 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 87 replies
    Bounding Into Comics ^ | October 16, 2020 | John Trent
    The Sandman and American Gods author Neil Gaiman recently pointed out the obvious that franchises risk alienating their fans if they don’t stick to the source material.
  • CERN: WE ARE CONFIDENT OF MAKING CONTACT WITH A PARALLEL UNIVERSE THIS WEEK… OUT OF THIS DOOR MIGHT COME “SOMETHING”

    10/20/2020 6:31:55 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 130 replies
    skywatchtv ^ | 10/18/20 | SW Editor
    As pointed out by Dr. Thomas Horn and “Into the Multiverse” host Josh Peck in the internationally-acclaimed books On The Path Of The Immortals (FREE IN OFFER HERE) and Abaddon Ascending, when the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) first started up on September 10, 2008, director for research and scientific computing at CERN, Sergio Bertolucci, provoked a whirlwind of speculation with his enigmatic remark that the LHC might open a door to another dimension. During a regular briefing at CERN headquarters, he told reporters, “Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it.”[i] The notion of...
  • Another Dune Remake?

    09/20/2020 5:14:36 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 58 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 03/08/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    I heard the news of a “Dune” remake due out in 2020. I saw the endless comparisons to the disastrous movie that came out in 1984. Sting goes shirtless! Picard is a warrior! The ending nullifies the entire freaking point of the book by making the deliberately bred super-human and culturally manipulative character magically conjure rain. The interesting chasm I discovered was when I said in response to this news, “Another Dune remake?” To which others said, “What other Dune movie?” I know Syfy has made a number of B-list sci-fi movies, but their Dune remakes a decade ago were...
  • Dune Official Trailer

    09/09/2020 10:31:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Warner Bros ^ | September 9, 2020 | Staff
    Beyond fear, destiny awaits. Watch the trailer for the highly anticipated #DuneMovie now.
  • Deconstruction Is The Problem

    08/25/2020 7:17:21 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 11 replies
    Jon Del Arroz blog ^ | 08/18/2020 | Jon Del Arroz
    It was illuminating reading how science fiction author John Scalzi talks about the classics with zero reverence this morning.
  • Australia: Police are preparing to launch their aerial arsenal as part of a crackdown on COVID rule breakers. High powered drones will be used to find people not wearing masks, and cars too far from home.

    08/19/2020 9:08:11 AM PDT · by rintintin · 49 replies
    7News Melbourne ^ | Aug 17 2020 | 7News Melbourne
    Police are preparing to launch their aerial arsenal as part of a crackdown on COVID rule breakers. High powered drones will be used to find people not wearing masks, and cars too far from home. http://7NEWS.com.au @tdolling #7NEWS
  • Emmy nominations 2020: Netflix and ‘Watchmen’ lead with most nominees; complete coverage

    07/28/2020 9:50:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 28, 2020 | Sonia Rao, Emily Yahr, and Bethonie Butler
    Despite the novel coronavirus having thrown Hollywood productions and ceremonies into disarray, the Emmy Awards will still be held this September, albeit in some altered form. The television academy tapped “Saturday Night Live” alum Leslie Jones to host the nominations announcement Tuesday morning, for which she will be joined virtually by presenters Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany.
  • Space Force unveils logo, ‘Semper Supra’ motto

    07/23/2020 9:49:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Space News ^ | July 22, 2020 | Sandra Erwin
    The U.S. Space Force revealed its new logo and motto as the service seeks to build branding and cultural identity. The black-and-silver service logo unveiled July 22 has the delta wing as its central element that is also found in the Space Force seal and flag. There is a “Space Force” horizontally shaped logo and a USSF vertical logo.
  • Minneapolis Rioters Burned One Of America’s Most Beloved Independent Bookstores To The Ground

    06/01/2020 5:26:07 AM PDT · by gattaca · 105 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 1, 2020 | Tony Daniel
    Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's were legendary among the community of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery readers—and now they're gone. Venerable Minneapolis science fiction and fantasy bookstore Uncle Hugo’s and its sister store in the same building, Uncle Edgar’s, which specialized in mysteries, were both burned to ruins last Friday night by rioters. The store took its name from two major awards in the genre fields, science fiction’s Hugo awards, and mysteries Edgar’s. Independent bookstores are a threatened American institution, and Uncle Hugo’s was considered a flagship operation. Owner Don Blyly was noted for his ability to adapt to modern...
  • [WACKO ALERT] Explosive research claims the moon could be man-made by humans from the future

    01/30/2016 2:33:59 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 86 replies
    Daily Star ^ | January 30, 2016 | Rory McKeown
    For billions of years, the moon has been the Earth's visible companion - and source of intrigue. It is considered to be our planet's only natural satellite and widely accepted to have been created by "The Big Whack" - from debris left over after a huge impact between Earth and an asteroid. But what if the moon is not as natural as we believe and is actually man made? Researchers Christopher Knight and Alan Butler have spent years writing and compiling scientific theories that the moon may have been created by us or even aliens. They claim there are a...
  • First look at Demi Moore in sci-fi drama Brave New World – tracking sex-crazed society where monogamy is banned

    04/16/2020 8:09:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    UK Sun ^ | April 16, 2020 | Shannon Power
    Brave New World is an adaptation of the classic Aldous Huxley novel and will broadcast on NBC's streaming service, Peacock which launched in the US this week. The dystopian story is centred around the futuristic New London where people are sorted into an intelligence based hierachy. Demi, 57, plays Linda who moved from New London to an outlying reservation with her son John. Peace has been achieved in the seemingly utopian New London thanks to prohibiting monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. Other cast members include Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo),...
  • Why the New Dune Movie Could Be a Disaster

    03/19/2020 8:33:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The National Interest ^ | March 7, 2020 | James Jay Carafano
    Dune is destined to be another crashing bore, because the actual characters in the story are not very relatable or likable.True story. Years ago, even before dudes wanted a Dell, a gaggle of Army generals gathered to ponder how to integrate computers into military operations. One prefaced his prognosticating by admitting to being a “Trekkie,” having grown up watching the 1960s TV-series. He went on to talk about the future of warfare as though they would all be Captain Kirks firing photon torpedoes from the command deck. Science fiction and the future have a messy relationship. Much science fiction either...
  • The Terrible Truth About Star Trek's Transporters

    02/20/2020 6:45:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 99 replies
    SyFy ^ | February 19, 2020 | Cassidy Ward
    After more than 50 years on the air, Star Trek has become a sort of universal vision of the future. Where other stories imagine a world torn by war, or at the mercy of technology run wild, Star Trek imagines, if not the best possible future, one very close to it. Creator Gene Roddenberry's vision of humanity in the 23rd and 24th centuries unifies the planet, does away with grand-scale internal conflict, erases the need for a money-based economy, and opens up a whole galaxy of possibilities for the human species. The result is a people working together to create...
  • 'Doomsday Clock' professor put on leave amid allegations of sexual misconduct

    03/07/2018 4:18:29 PM PST · by cba123 · 22 replies
    The Republic ^ | Published: 10:17 PM EST March 6, 2018 | Anne Ryman, The Republic | azcentral.com
    PHOENIX — Arizona State University professor Lawrence Krauss, internationally known as an outspoken atheist and for his work on the symbolic "Doomsday Clock," has been put on paid leave by university officials after allegations of sexual misconduct were published in a recent BuzzFeed article. The university, in a statement issued late Tuesday, said it began a review of the professor's conduct after it was contacted for the article. (please see link for full article)