"Google, Please Solve Death"

First Ever Street Action For Transhumanism In the United States:

A similar action occurred outside the corporate headquarters of Google. Activists occupied the large green Android 'bot, holding up signs saying, "Immortality now," "Viva Calico," and "Google, please, solve Death." Ten minutes into the action, however, campus security confronted the activists and asked them to leave the premises, stating they couldn't protest on the private grounds.

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PSA: Upgrade your Apple shit, seriously.

I've spoken with a few people recently who, if they were even aware of the recent Apple security bug, don't seem to appreciate the magnitude of it.

It's basically the worst security bug in the history of security bugs.

If you are using a Mac running 10.7 or later, an iPhone 4 or later, or an iPad 2 or later, you have to upgrade your OS, right now.

If, like me, you've been putting off upgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 7, bummer. You don't have a choice now.

Here's a site that may test whether you're vulnerable.

Jeff Weinstein said, "Thanks, Apple, for making the Netscape Random Number Seed bug look minor."

Someone else said, "If you want a tour of of the Oval Office, just write 'Mr. President' on your t-shirt. They probably haven't upgraded yet."

It's egregious enough that enemy action isn't entirely out of the question.

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Dirtbag Hamlet

Mallory Ortberg:

A GHOST appears
GHOST: have you ever listened to Sublime
HAMLET: [makes j/o motion]

CLAUDIUS: who drew this dick on my face
HAMLET: does your face not always look like that

GERTRUDE: Hamlet I invited some of your friends over
HAMLET: [smoking] theyre not my friends
i wish i were dead

GHOST: hamlet you must avenge my death
HAMLET: i dont have to do anything
youre not even my real dad
GHOST: yes i am
HAMLET: whatever

GHOST: have you killed Claudius yet
GHOST: why
HAMLET: fuck you is why
im going to the cemetery to touch skulls

Enter HAMLET, skateboarding
OPHELIA: My lord, I --
HAMLET ollies over OPHELIA's head
HAMLET [offstage]: we were never dating

GERTRUDE walks down the hallway. Enter HAMLET, skateboarding.
(HAMLET skates backwards) UUUUUUTT

LAERTES: Ophelia is dead
HAMLET: damn
LAERTES: she drowned herself
HAMLET: thats metal
i knew she was cool

(HAMLET draws a dick on his face)
HAMLET: ahaha
(He dies)

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Field of fucks, historical edition


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Rule 34, meet Kafka

Charlie Stross:

It turns out that the British equivalent of the NSA, GCHQ, has been spying on Yahoo webcam users. And they're a bit upset by what their Optic Nerve program revealed. For starters, it turns out that 3-11% of Yahoo! webcam traffic involves "undesirable nudity". [...]

I am still trying to get my head around the implications that the British government's equivalent of the NSA probably holds the world's largest collection of pornographic videos, that the stash is probably contaminated with seriously illegal material, and their own personnel can in principle be charged and convicted of a strict liability offence if they try to do their job. It does, however, suggest to me that the savvy Al Qaida conspirators of the next decade will hold their covert meetings in the nude, on Yahoo! video chat, while furiously masturbating.

(Yup, that's pretty much what my weekly management meetings are like.)

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Batman versus The Terminator

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Scene missing! A video in this post has disappeared. If you know of an accessible version of this video (search), please mail me so that I can update this post.
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Responsive hexi wall fluctuates based on nearby movements

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"In the year 2015 time travel has been invented, and like all new technologies it is abused by everyone."

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Exterminate All Rational Academic Publishing

Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.

Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Sixteen appeared in publications by Springer, which is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and more than 100 were published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), based in New York. Both publishers, which were privately informed by Labbé, say that they are now removing the papers.

Among the works were, for example, a paper published as a proceeding from the 2013 International Conference on Quality, Reliability, Risk, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering, held in Chengdu, China. (The conference website says that all manuscripts are "reviewed for merits and contents".) The authors of the paper, entitled 'TIC: a methodology for the construction of e-commerce', write in the abstract that they "concentrate our efforts on disproving that spreadsheets can be made knowledge-based, empathic, and compact". [...]

Labbé developed a way to automatically detect manuscripts composed by a piece of software called SCIgen, which randomly combines strings of words to produce fake computer-science papers. SCIgen was invented in 2005 by researchers at MIT to prove that conferences would accept meaningless papers -- and, as they put it, "to maximize amusement". SCIgen is free to download and use, and it is unclear how many people have done so, or for what purposes. SCIgen's output has occasionally popped up at conferences, when researchers have submitted nonsense papers and then revealed the trick.

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