Jan 302019
 

The power of fuckbonnet, shitsquib, fuckstumbling, douchenozzle, Fuckface von Clownstick, shitwhistle, cockbucket, can be captured through a simple formula: the “pyrrhic foot” of a “familiar profanity compounded with a non-profane word of two unaccented syllables.” The formula is especially good for coming up with nongendered swears that are not slurs, which is useful if you’re trying to insult an individual, rather than give offense to a whole demographic category, gender, or nationality. The best of…

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Jan 302019
 

The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida has reanimated Salvador Dalí as a deepfake video experience. The “Dalí Lives” video installation opens in April on screens throughout the galleries. As Dali once said, “[I] believe in general death but in the death of Dalí absolutely not. [I] believe in my death becoming almost impossible.” From a press release: The Museum began this immersive project by collecting and sharing hundreds of interviews, quotes, and existing archival…

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Jan 302019
 

GNU Guile will be present this year again at FOSDEM, which is just a few days away. The Guiler’s lair this time (in addition to the Guix Days right before FOSDEM for some of us!) will be the minimalist languages track. Among the great talks this Saturday, don’t miss:Andy Wingo on the upcoming Guile 3, featuring just-in-time compilation—we had a sneak preview with the release of 2.9.1 a couple of months ago!Christopher Lemmer Webber, who is well…

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Jan 302019
 

GNU Guile will be present this year again at FOSDEM, which is just a few days away. The Guiler’s lair this time (in addition to the Guix Days right before FOSDEM for some of us!) will be the minimalist languages track. Among the great talks this Saturday, don’t miss:Andy Wingo on the upcoming Guile 3, featuring just-in-time compilation—we had a sneak preview with the release of 2.9.1 a couple of months ago!Christopher Lemmer Webber, who is well…

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Jan 302019
 

Voter fraud is extremely rare. States using unreliable data to justify purges of eligible voters, unfortunately, is not. The president of the United States is once again spreading unsubstantiated claims about rampant voter fraud and undermining faith in the integrity of our democracy. This time, he’s claiming that 95,000 noncitizens were registered to vote in Texas and more than half have actually voted. These numbers, he concluded, are “just the tip of the iceberg.” Unsurprisingly,…

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Jan 302019
 

American Bridge and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee recently declared publicly that they will do everything they can to injure Howard Schultz if he runs for president in 2020 as an independent. See this story. Also, on January 28, Andrew Tanenbaum, who founded the web page electoral-vote.com, wrote “Democrats are not powerless to stop Schultz if they really want to. They have a trifecta in 14 states, including Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, New…

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Jan 292019
 

Since even before he took office, President Trump has called for a physical wall along the southern border of the United States. Many different organizations have argued this isn’t a great idea. In response, some Congressional Democrats have suggested turning to surveillance technology to monitor the border instead of a physical barrier. Without specific legislative proposals, it’s hard to know what these suggestions actually mean. However, any bill Congress considers related to border security should avoid–at minimum–invasive surveillance…

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Jan 282019
 

By Wade Allison Emeritus Professor of Physics at Keble College, Oxford  A canary, alive and singing in the coal mine, gave miners confidence that the air was safe to breathe. But today our problem is not carbon monoxide in a mine but carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans. The Industrial Revolution was built on fossil fuel, its high energy density and reliability. Now, faced with climate change, we should give it up! But what…

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Jan 272019
 

Here at Hackaday, we love knobs and buttons. So what could be better than one button? How about 16! No deep philosophy about the true nature of Making here; [infovore], [tehn], and [shellfritsch] put together a very slick, very adaptable bank of 16 analog faders for controlling music synthesis. If you don’t recognize those names it might help to mention that [tehn] is one of the folks behind monome, a company built on their iconic grid…

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Jan 272019
 

French cities are collaborating with companies to combine data about people from every possible source. If the GDPR do not prohibit this, they are a joke. They aim to detect and use “weak signals”, which means collecting lots of personal data, looking for barely detectable patterns, and acting on unreliable conclusions.

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Jan 272019
 

In Bringing people back to the open web Chris states: But most users don’t care about the principles or implementation of an open web, at least not in those terms. Most people don’t see themselves as ever having left the open web behind, and if you told them to try to get back to it, they wouldn’t know what to do or why it was worthwhile. No matter how much it might be in their long-term self…

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Jan 272019
 

The Open Web Platform is a careful and fragile construction billions of people, including millions of implementors rely on. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, the Document Object Model, the Web API and more are all standardized one way or another; that means vendors and stakeholders gather around a table to discuss all changes and that these changes must pass quality and/or availability criteria to be considered “shippable”. One notable absent from the list of Web Standards is…

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Jan 262019
 

Use this link to listen to the oral argument in Baca v Williams in the Tenth Circuit, held Thursday, January 24. This is the case over whether the Colorado Secretary of State had the authority to “fire” a presidential elector who refused to vote for Hillary Clinton, and to replace him with someone else. The argument is 33 minutes long and is fascinating for anyone who is interested in the electoral college. The attorney for…

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Jan 262019
 

My homebrewing frequency has taken a nosedive recently (surprise), but I still try to find time to brew a weird batch when I can. In August, when Scott and I drove to pick-up our first hop order in western Maryland, I noticed that Staghorn Sumac was in full bloom along I-270 . I’d read about flavoring beer with it in The Homebrewer’s Almanac, but never actually tasted a beer brewed with it. Sumac is tart…

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Jan 262019
 

Regular Internet providers are being put under increasing pressure for not doing enough to curb copyright infringement. Music rights company BMG got the ball rolling a few years ago when it won its piracy liability lawsuit against Cox. Following this defeat, several major record labels including Capitol Records, Warner Bros, and Sony Music filed a lawsuit in a Texas District Court. With help from the RIAA, they sued ISP Grande Communications for allegedly turning a blind…

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Jan 262019
 

In 1954, Eduardo Catalano designed perhaps the most stunning example of Modernist architecture in the state of North Carolina, the hyperbolic paraboloid wonder known as the Catalano House. It was a work that appeared more like origami than architecture.More than 50 years later, in 2007, semiretired executive trainer George Smart had been online one night researching design ideas for a new home he wanted to have built for his family in Raleigh, where he was…

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Jan 262019
 

Today the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don’t need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy is injury enough. In Rosenbach v. Six Flags, a 14 year old brought a challenge against an amusement park for collecting his thumbprint without his informed consent, in violation of…

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