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lundi 11 juin 2018, 15:53
The tiny embedded processors in smart gadgets -- including much of the Internet of Shit -- are able to do a lot of sensing without exhausting their batteries, because sensing is cheap in terms of power consumption. (more…)
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Ben Wallach is Theresa May's security minister; he has proposed that the UK follow China's example and require that any place providing internet access use bank-account verification to affirmatively identify all the people who use the internet so they can be punished for...
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Back in 2010, I linked to a superb infographic showing all the ways that official DVDs were worse than their pirate equivalents (unskippable ads and FBI warnings, etc); now Dnd01 has updated the graphic with a version highlighting all the ways that the games industry has...
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Trump is notorious for his 'filing system': when he is finished with a piece of paper, he tears it into tiny pieces and throws it away, which is fine if you're a CEO (maybe), but is radioactively illegal under the Presidential Records Act, because the President works for the ...
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Every August, British 16-year-olds get their marks from the GCSE exams, a high-stakes test that has an enormous impact on their future educational and earnings prospects; on results day 2015, the British Army used Facebook targeting to reach these 16-year-olds with messages...
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The Obscuritory offers in-depth reviews of games 'unplayed and unknown,' lost to the rapid technological changes of the 80s and 90s and the countless mutually-incompatible platforms that came and went as the years rolled by. My favorite pick, though, is Knights of the...
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You've likely seen maps of the earth with land and sea inverted, where Asia becomes the world's greatest ocean and the Pacific a vast, sprawling continent. But high school geography teacher John M Adams took it a step further and explained what it would be like to live in...
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A study (inspired by a John Oliver segment about the decline of local newspapers) looked at data from 1,266 counties and found that the loss of watchdogs leads to less efficient government. The Guardian: The researchers concluded that Rocky Mountain News stories had served...
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Restore Privacy collects alternatives to Google products: 'It’s been fun Google, but it’s time to say goodbye.' And it's not just Firefox, DuckDuckGo and Tutanota; privacy-oriented options include NextCloud for storage, Matomo for web anaytics, Etar for calendars, and...
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dimanche 10 juin 2018, 19:06
Facebook opened up access to friends' data through its API in a bid to attract developers to its platform, but in 2015, it incurred those developers' wrath when it pulled the rug out from under them, killing the API calls that allowed apps to mine their users' friends' data. ...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsae8f0Ajv0 Mark Zuckerberg himself hosted World Hack Moscow, a hackathon in October 2012, handing the mic to Facebook product manager to Simon Cross, who walked the developers through the process of using Facebook's API to gather data on a...
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A long time ago, obesity was often used as a shorthand for wealth, but over the decades obesity has become more and more correlated with poverty, both in culture and science (while wealth is increasingly correlated with being slim). (more…)
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From your apartment door to your bike lock, it's not uncommon to carry a number of different keys on your keyring, but that doesn't make it any more bearable when you're fussing to find the right one or deal with the infamous pocket bulge. The KeySmart Pro's smart design...
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Pastry chef and Bon Appétit's senior food editor Claire Saffitz has been reverse engineering popular candies like Kit Kats and Skittles in an effort to make her own gourmet versions. For both candies, it's quite the process to recreate artisanal versions of them! If this is ...
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June is Pride month. What better time to spruce up your rows and columns with the colors of the rainbow? David Murphy of Lifehacker shares an oldie-but-goodie Easter egg in Google Sheets that turns them into the colorful spreadsheets we all need. To check it out, simply pull ...
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samedi 9 juin 2018, 16:00
You have a right to privacy, but whether or not it's respected online is a different story. With hackers, shady third-party companies, and the government prowling the web for personal information, you can't be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself online. VPNs...
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The next installment of the excellent SF in SF series is tomorrow night, June 10, starting at 630PM and featuring Ellen Klages (previously), Lucy Jane Bledsoe, and Meg Elison, moderated as always by Terry Bisson.
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To promote his new film Action Point, professional jackass Johnny Knoxville made this video with Vanity Fair to share how he got every injury he's had in his career. As you can imagine, it's a painful watch. From pepper spray and taser guns, to breaking his ankle crossing...
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In New Jersey, four crosswalks have been permanently painted in rainbow stripes. The Maplewood Township is the first in its state to permanently honor its diverse community in this way. NJ.com reports: The crosswalks will be at the intersection of Valley Street, a county...
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Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has been working on pieces for an upcoming IKEA collection. One of the first pieces to be unveiled is this pop-art rug that looks like an oversized shopping receipt. Dezeen writes: During IKEA's annual conference today, the brand revealed the...
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