How long does it take for the most trusted news source to turn a boring non-story into a racist, xenophobic nightmare?
About 13 seconds it turns out, and that’s only because CNN news correspondent Jeanne Moos takes her time narrating the intro.
The only thing surprising about this is that it wasn’t split-screened with the fucking plane.
Computers are providing solutions to math problems that we can’t check
Good news! A computer has solved the longstanding Erdős discrepancy problem! Trouble is, we have no idea what it’s talking about — because the solution, which is as long as all of Wikipedia’s pages combined, is far too voluminous for us puny humans to confirm.
A few years ago, the mathematician Steven Strogatz predicted that it wouldn’t be too much longer before computer-assisted solutions to math problems will be beyond human comprehension. Well, we’re pretty much there. In this case, it’s an answer produced by a computer that was hammering away at the Erdős discrepancy problem.
Full Story: Io9
More than 30 years ago, Robert Farquhar stole a spacecraft. Now he’s trying to give it back.
Once upon a time,
The Coalition is Opposed to Mandatory Internet Filters
5th September 2013
The Coalition has never supported mandatory internet filtering. Indeed, we have a long record of opposing it.
Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal member of the House of Representatives and current Australian Minister for Communications
Film studios outspend tech companies in political donations
3 February 2014
Village Roadshow, which was one of the main litigants in the iiNet copyright case, and a member of the lobby group pushing for the government to crack down on online copyright infringement, all but ceased donating to the Labor Party, donating just AU$22,000 to Labor, down from AU$115,850 in the previous 12 months. But spending to the Liberal Party increased significantly, jumping from AU$142,000 in the 2011-12 financial year to AU$315,004.
And all of a sudden
George Brandis signals internet filter rebirth
February 15, 2014
"The government will be considering possible mechanisms to provide a legal incentive for an internet service provider to cooperate with copyright owners in preventing infringement on their systems and networks," Mr Brandis said.
He continued: “Another option that some stakeholders have raised with me is to provide the Federal Court with explicit powers to provide for third party injunctions against ISPs, which will ultimately require ISPs to take down websites hosting infringing content.”
Attorney General’s new war on encrypted web services
March 17, 2014
Australia’s Attorney-General’s department wants new laws to force users and providers of encrypted internet communications services to decode any data intercepted by authorities.
The department argues the rise of over-the-top communications (OTT) makes it more difficult to guarantee that intercepted communications will be in an “intelligible” format. The rising adoption of encryption to thwart mass surveillance attempts is irking authorities.
people with money. only people with money
travelling the world, “dropping everything” and moving to another city/state/country, majoring in your liberal arts interest of choice, applying/going to your dream college/university, buying your dream house, working at your dream job, cultivating/building/guiding your own dreams, dreaming. living.
“There is no other species on the Earth that does science. It is, so far, entirely a human invention, evolved by natural selection in the cerebral cortex for one simple reason: it works. It is not perfect. It can be misused. It is only a tool. But it is by far the best tool we have, self-correcting, ongoing, applicable to everything.” - Carl Sagan