A new level of tech terror for your day.
"The fact is that trying to protect yourself from the internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause, for the most part."Read More
It's almost as if...Facebook doesn't care about their users.
Yesterday, allegations of sexual misconduct against scientist and celebrity Neil deGrasse Tyson came to light.Read More
Not being a sexist pos could save your life!
Even if we narrow down our news sleuthing to scientific discoveries, things have been eventful, to say the least. While we might have been momentarily distracted by a new Marvel-inspired constellation, we’re more interested (and a little worried) about some John Carpenter-related science news in Antarctica. That’s right: A strange iceberg was found at the Antarctic peninsula.Read More
Yesterday, the New York Times published an article asserting that Donald Trump has a habit of making calls on unsecured cell phones, allowing Russian and Chinese spies to listen in—and they do. Trump has, of course, insisted that the story is false, as have Chinese officials, although they managed to do it with a more insulting tone that would make International-Level Troll Vladimir Putin proud.Read More
These violent delights have violent ends.
Bad news, fellow meat bags. The robot apocalypse draws ever closer, as Boston Dynamics (the Delos of our time) has now trained their robot Atlas to do parkour.Read More
Why Is It So Hard for So Many Men to Believe This Former Victoria’s Secret Model Is Also a Professional Coder?
Oh, right. Because misogyny.
Lyndsey Scott is an actress and a former Victoria's Secret and Calvin Klein model, as well as a successful programmer. Over the weekend, the Instagram account Coding Engineer gave Scott a shoutout with the caption "Coding is for anyone!" The responses were the perfect example of why that declaration still needs to be made in the first place.Read More
Hiding it is kind of the opposite of pride.
For all of my interest in most of Apple's product lines, even though I'm far from using the latest and greatest of their tech myself, I haven't been very interested in the Apple Watch. Most of that apathy comes from the high price point not seeming worthwhile for the functionality for the average consumer at this point, but I'll admit I do enjoy watching them unveil features like new watch faces, even if only because their own excitement seems so endearingly outsized next to what those watch facRead More
No one has ever, ever believed an "I was hacked" excuse for things going wrong on the internet without direct confirmation that it was actually true. In terms of believability, it comes in just barely ahead of "the Ambien made me racist." The FCC's claim that a cyber attack was responsible for bringing down the agency's public comment system, while they were taking comments on their wildly unpopular plan to roll back net neutrality rules in May 2018, ranked just behind that.Read More
As we all learned from everything that was 2016, it can be super dangerous to treat politics like it's reality TV or general entertainment. On the other hand, the world is a garbage fire and it can be really nice to impose some frivolous distractions into our political landscape.Read More
Twitter decided to take away our followers and now, the truth about my 'fans' has been made clear.
Logging onto Twitter and seeing about two thousand of my followers suddenly gone was what it must feel like when a parent turns around and their child isn't following them through a shopping mall any longer.Read More
Hundreds of employees from both Microsoft and the recently acquired GitHub have threatened to leave the company unless they sever their contract with ICE. The tech giant currently has a $19.4 million dollar contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and ICE's family separation policy has clearly had an impact on the employees.Read More
If you were a kid in the 90's, you wanted to do three things: go to Space Camp, complete the Temple Run on Legends of the Hidden Temple, and meet Koko, the sign language gorilla. The world famous gorilla has passed away at the age of 46, at her home at The Gorilla Foundation in the Santa Cruz mountains.Read More
Who knew Quatto from Total Recall was the platonic ideal of personhood?
The quest for perfection has plagued mankind since the dawn of time. We've poured countless hours, resources, and money into anything and everything to improve ourselves, be it physically, emotionally, mentally, etc. There seem to be no limits to the Faustian bargains we seek to be the very best version of ourselves. Anatomist Alice Roberts delves into the problems with perfection in her new BBC Four special, Can Science Make Me Perfect?.Read More
Grab a bucket, ceviche is falling from the skies!
Citizens of the Chinese coastal city Qingdao experienced a bizarre natural phenomenon this week, when a storm rained down octopi, shrimp, starfish and more aquatic sea life. The fishy weather was due to a tornadic waterspout, otherwise known as a tornado that occurs over a body of water. The high speed winds act as a vacuum, sucking up sea life, which ends up raining back down when the weather disperses.Read More
Stephen Hawking’s Voice Will Be Beamed Into Space, and Other Details from the Physicist’s Memorial Today
Westminister Abbey is holding a Service of Thanksgiving for the physicist, whose ashes will be buried in Scientist's Corner, between Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.Read More
After an employee backlash, Google will not be extending their contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.
In an announcement on Friday, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene stated that the company would not be renewing its contract on the controversial Project Maven, which provides artificial intelligence to the U.S. Department of Defense for drone footage analysis. Greene cited backlash from the public and Google employees in the announcement, saying that the company would not be continuing its work on the project once their current contract expires in 2019.Read More
Oh God we're all going to die.
You would think that the killer combination of global warming, Doritos Locos tacos, and the Trump administration is sending us on a one-way ticket to the end of the world. Whelp, the nerds at MIT just asked us to hold their beer as they slammed their foot on the gas pedal. A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Killing Us All, I mean Technology have developed a psychopathic algorithm named Norman. Like Norman Bates, get it?Read More
This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "junk mail."
In lieu of protecting our elections, Facebook has decided to protect our boobies. The social networking giant launched an experimental program designed to combat the scourge of revenge porn by taking preemptive measures. The program works by assigning a digital fingerprint to nude content, which will then block the image from spreading.Read More