Show Notes – March 16th, 2015

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The anti-robot protest at SXSW was almost certainly a hoax. The anti-robot protest at SXSW was almost certainly a hoax. But was it some kind of viral marketing scam, or just a bunch of well-organized, well-funded trolls? [io9]
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This is Sirius, the free open-source version of Siri Typically speaking, the mobile virtual assistant space is dominated by companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple with Siri. These products and services provide users with a number of handy options like voice search and recognition, text-to-speech and a number of other smart features. But now this functionality is being set…
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The Mathematical Reason You Shouldn’t Use Perfect Online Dating Photos As you attempt to craft the ideal online dating profile, you might want to think twice about using a picture that makes you look exceptionally good. A little math explains why having a so-so profile photo can actually increase your likelihood to meet someone.In a recent TED talk, mathematician Hannah Fry took to the stage to discuss the mathematics of love, and how you can use that math to your ad
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66 Raspberry Pi Boards Make the World’s Biggest Pi Cluster When you think about the Raspberry Pi board you probably don’t think about GCHQ, but you might well think about computing clusters. In this instance, clusters of Pi. Read more on MAKE The post 66 Raspberry Pi Boards Make the World’s Biggest Pi Cluster appeared first on Make:.
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NYPD Caught Editing Wikipedia Articles on Police Brutality Looks like the long arm of the law is trying to diddle Wikipedia into submission. Members of the NYPD are trying to scrub Wikipedia’s entries about police violence. Capital New York traced edits to IP addresses registered to the NYPD. Looking at which entries the NYPD tried to alter highlights a disturbing pattern. These are blatant attempts to bend the narrative on horrific state-administered bru
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Clinton’s email-gate: Conspiracy or incompetence? Clinton’s email-gate shows the perils of letting a bastardised pseudo-democracy thrive, responding only to its donors.
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ryanpanos:Touch The Prado | ViaThe Prado Museum in Madrid has… ryanpanos:Touch The Prado | ViaThe Prado Museum in Madrid has open up a new exhibition called “Touch The Prado” that invites blind and partially sighted people to touch and feel some of the most famous paintings in the world. The visitors can’t touch the original paintings themselves but an extremely high-resolution 3-dimensional replica of each painting. The exhibit is the product of a new
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What should the next Aaron Swartz do when the DOJ knocks? Aaron Swartz found out the hard way that you can’t expect justice from the Department of Justice: what should the next Aaron Swartz do when facing decades in prison for information activism? Read the rest
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I Saw the Future at New York’s Uncanny Smithsonian Museum It’s weird to see a working Nest thermostat on display at a Smithsonian museum in Manhattan. It’s even weirder to tinker with the gadget, pushing buttons and changing settings. But touching and tinkering with technology is the Cooper Hewitt future museum’s specialty. You could consider the Cooper Hewitt to be the Smithsonian’s computerized crown jewel. The century-old design museum recently finis
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New RepRap With Integrated Case, Oddly Called Case-Rap The great thing about RepRaps are that there are so many to choose from! No matter what features or design intent you could want, there is probably a RepRap for that. Even so, there has been a recent addition to the RepRap family. Creator [jlguil] calls it the Case-Rap, and for good reason, the frame of the printer folds up into a suitcase. The Case-Rap is inspired by the Mendel90 which tries to i
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Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened itwbennett writes You know full well that Microsoft will never call you and ask to “access your computer” to help fix a problem. Yet this is a ruse that many unsuspecting computer users fall for and wind up with their machine hacked. CSO writer Steve Ragan, turns the tables during a phone call with a scammer — and he records it all for us to hear. Do yourself a favor and play it for your
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Tor Doesn’t Want to Depend on US Government Money Anymore Tor is transforming. The anonymity service is making a concerted effort to find funding sources other than the United States government, the problematic sugar daddy that’s bankrolled Tor for years.The Daily Dot reports that Tor is making a concerted effort to diversity funding from sources from around the world and depend less on Uncle Sam. At Tor’s biannual meeting in Spain, developers have been
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Oh Good God It’s a Gold MacBook If you’re shiny gold iPhone or your shiny gold iPad weren’t enough, you can now have an equally absurd, pretty goddamn beautiful gold MacBook to round out your collection. Because we may all be monsters, but look how shiny.The fancy new paintjob is a nice complement to the new MacBook’s sleek, super skinny profile. And as insane and extravagant as it sounds—it doesn’t actually look half bad. You
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Apple Pay adoption triples to 700,000 locations in six weeks Apple’s Pay started well and has grown at a steady clip. But at Apple’s Watch event, Tim Cook has announced just how much it’s taken off in the last month or so: It’s now accepted at over 700,000 locations. That now includes Coca-Cola machines, up to…
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The “Harvard Sentences” Secretly Shaped the Development of Audio Tech During World War II, the boiler room under Harvard’s Memorial Hall was turned into a secretive wartime research lab. Here, volunteers were subjected to hours of noise as scientists tested military communications systems. Out of this came the Harvard sentences, a set of standardized phrases still widely used to test everything from cellphones to VoIP. Few know about the sentences themselves other
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How Does Encryption Work, and Is It Really Safe? For many, the word “encryption” probably stirs up James Bond-esque

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