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Shock Wave on the Ice: The Pirate Party Could Win Iceland’s National Elections Next Saturday, Grab Power

Posted on October 27th, 2016.

The Pirate Party of Iceland, founded in 2012 to champion direct democracy and internet freedom, is projected to win Saturday’s general election and could end up leading Iceland’s next government, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Artificial Intelligence

AI Enhancing = Jobs Disappearing. Is It worth It?

Posted on October 25th, 2016.

Jobs in a long slate of industries are vanishing into thin air due to upgrading artificial intelligence. Drones, robots, or “bots” as some prefer, are forcing humans to step aside. It might seem very tempting to see all daily tasks automated. And of course who doesn’t prefer to live more like the Jetsons and less like the Flintstones....

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Like: Facebook Could Stop Playing Nanny and Thought Cop

Posted on October 25th, 2016.

Facebook is often criticized for playing nanny: removing content deemed unsuitable for minors, removing content deemed offensive to this or that group, and in general adopting a perhaps benevolent but certainly heavily hands-on approach to the material posted by users. That could be about to change. According to a Facebook news release...

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Sorry Silicon Valley Liberals, Freedom of Thought Is Too Important to Mess With

Posted on October 21st, 2016.

Silicon Valley is on fire because venture capitalist Peter Thiel, after speaking in support of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, is donating $1.25 million to Trump’s campaign through a combination of super PAC donations and funds given directly to the campaign, The New York Times reported. Project Include, led by Former...

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Be Very Careful Who You Follow on Twitter, or the PC Thought Police Will Come For You

Posted on October 6th, 2016.

A few days ago Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, unveiled a visionary, awesome plan to colonize Mars, and then the solar system. No less. For a couple of days Musk’s space colonization plan was all over the social media. But now the trending news about Elon Musk are that… he doesn’t follow enough...

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Hillary Clinton Wants Silicon Valley to “Disrupt” ISIS

Posted on December 7th, 2015.

Arguments against strong encryption will break down on a long enough timeline. If not for the simple reason that strong encryption protects everyone and weakening it will inevitably make us all less safe, then the fact that interfering encryption research in the west won’t stop malevolent actors from further developing the open...

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Are SJWs Trying to Frame Linux Creator Linus Torvalds With Fake Sexual Assault Charges?

Posted on November 12th, 2015.

Last week open-source software developer and Libertarian activist Eric Raymond published a disturbing post that went viral on the Internet. The post, titled “From kafkatrap to honeytrap,” reports that militant feminist groups and “Social Justice Warriors” (SJWs) are trying to frame Linux kernel creator Linus...

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Entertainment

As Steve Jobs Tanks At The Box Office, We Asked The Internet: Why Do People Hate Apple?

Posted on November 1st, 2015.

A lot of people dislike Apple. Europeans have called me a fascist for using Apple. Yahoo Answers is home to a long history of bewildered people trying to figure out why they are being hated on simply for using an Apple computer. The amount of threads on Yahoo Answers alone goes on for more or less 15 pages on Google (I got tired of...

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Decentralization

Politicians and Regulators Beware, the Uber Economy is Here to Stay

Posted on October 20th, 2015.

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft saw huge demand increases in Portland between May and August, KGW reports, while taxi service slowed, according to a report released by the city of Portland.

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Artificial Intelligence

The end of Jobs is Near and Capitalism as we Know It is Over

Posted on September 1st, 2015.

More and more news headlines and opinion pieces predict the end of jobs and the end of capitalism as we know it. The logic is simple: technology destroys more jobs than it creates. Automation is rapidly becoming cheaper and better than the labor of both blue and white collar workers, which therefore will be replaced by industrial robots...

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Op-Ed

Apple Trolls vs Fanboys: Fanning the Flames (Op-Ed)

Posted on August 7th, 2015.

Apple trolls and fanboys alike are both fanning the flames of the publicity which keeps them in the news. For as long as Apple has been a major player in tech, no other tech corporation has provoked nearly as much conversation. But most flame wars have been focused on disinformation espoused by both sides, and as the saying goes, no news...

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GitHub Promotes ‘Reverse’ Racism and Sexism

Posted on August 6th, 2015.

GitHub, the repository hosting service used by many open source software projects, has adopted the Open Code of Conduct developed by the TODO Group. All seems good – except one thing.

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Companies

CNN: “Encryption a Growing Threat to Security.”

Posted on August 4th, 2015.

CNN’s Mike Rogers went a bit off the rails recently, headlining a piece “encryption is a threat to security.” Now, excuse you, do what? That makes no sense. Encryption is a tool of security. It cannot be a threat to security at the same time as it is a tool. The other guy could potentially use it, but he can also use a...

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SETI Scientists Look at Kepler 452b

Posted on July 24th, 2015.

Yesterday NASA announced the discovery of an “Earth 2.0” far away in the sky. The planet, named Kepler 452b, is about 60 percent larger than Earth and is about 1,400 light-years away. The planet orbits a star similar to the Sun, slightly brighter and larger. Kepler 452b is the first Earth-sized world that has been found in...

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Op-Ed

Yes, Mr. Robinson, We Can Go To The Stars

Posted on July 20th, 2015.

Aurora, the new science fiction novel of Kim Stanley Robinson, is a totally awesome masterpiece that will keep you glued to the book until you finish reading. Yet, Robinson’s grim views on the possibility of interstellar colonization seem overly pessimistic.

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European Space Agency Wants To Build Far Side Moonbase ‘Lunarville’

Posted on July 13th, 2015.

In a surprising and refreshing change from the low-profile, unexciting tone of previous official statements by the European Space Agency (ESA), the new Director General ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Woerner stated that the Agency plans to return to the Moon and build a permanent outpost there. The habitat could be built on-site by...

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Artificial Intelligence

Google Has Self-Driving Cars on the Road in Texas

Posted on July 7th, 2015.

Self-driving cars. On the road. That’s right. Right now, in Austin, Texas, there are self-driving cars on their way, to test out the self-driving capabilities. There will be some safety drivers, but the cars will mostly be trying to drive themselves. This will create a new paradigm in transportation. For instance, can someone...

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Breaches

Career Hacker Fleeced by the FBI in Syracuse

Posted on April 21st, 2015.

Last Thursday, veteran hacker Chris Roberts made a huge mistake. He was enjoying the in-flight WiFi on a United Airlines flight from his home base in Denver to Syracuse, New York when he noticed that certain things were visible to him. Here’s the tweet heard ’round the world:

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Breaches

Florida Bringing Hacking Felony Charges Against 13-Year-Old

Posted on April 17th, 2015.

The definition of hacking in Florida might get a whole lot broader if Domanik Green is found guilty, now that the Pasco County, Florida prosecutors have apparently not yet decided to drop hacking charges against the 8th grader. The Serious Crime of Changing a Desktop Background To be clear from the outset, all this boy did was change a...

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Hacking

Anonymous Blackmails New Jersey Police into Reasonable Conduct

Posted on April 13th, 2015.

Three days ago, members of Anonymous went public regarding the recent, brutal killing  of unarmed Phillip White by a Vineland, New Jersey K-9 unit.