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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Value of Those Weird Blockchain Virtual Pets, Cryptokitties, Is Plummeting

quote [ When investors gave US$12 million (AU$16.12 million) to a startup called CryptoKitties in March, many raised their eyebrows at the news. ]

Why did I invest my life savings into cute adorable Cryptokitties?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Sad]
[by satanspenis666@9:10pmGMT] [4 comments]

Video Magnification

quote [ Many seemingly static scenes contain subtle changes that are invisible to the naked human eye. However, it is possible to pull out these small changes from videos through the use of algorithms we have developed. We give a way to visualize these small changes by amplifying them and we present algorithms to pull out interesting signals from these videos, such as the human pulse, sound from vibrating objects and the motion of hot air. ]

Check out the trippy videos!
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@7:54pmGMT] [1 comment]

Weirdo National Security Agency posters from the 1950s, 60s and 70s

quote [ I hope you kids are all as grateful for the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) as I am. Thanks to FOIA, we get to read, see and have access to all kinds of things that THE MAN never wanted us to see. He probably still doesn’t. But…fuck that noise, right? ]

This is a national security alert
[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [3 comments]

Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border — ProPublica

quote [ ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.”

The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know. ]

Trump and his supporters and enablers are a bunch of evil fucks who must be defeated.

[SFW] [politics] [+8 WTF]
[by HoZay@2:14amGMT] [16 comments]

Monday, 18 June 2018

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (Dodger Stadium with the USC Trojan Marching Band - 1979)

quote [ Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Buckingham and Nicks, 1977's Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks' song "Dreams"), and remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. ]

A young guy at my office had never heard Tusk before, and was only vaguely aware of Fleetwood Mac. I LOVED this song when it came out. I was ten. I listen to it again every few years and it still gives me chills. Plus, Stevie Nicks skipping and twirling a baton is to die for. What more could you want? As a public service, I'm posting it as a quickie.
[SFW] [music] [+7 Good]
[by midden@10:39pmGMT] [24 comments]

Is Altertube a thing?

quote [ A decentralized video hosting network, based on free/libre software ]

Main link goes to a PeerTube instance, which looks like a nice enough concept, minus the music rights, obviously; and little content.

[SFW] [tv & movies] [+2 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:15pmGMT] [1 comment]

Politicians, about to vote in favor of mandatory upload filtering in Europe, get channel deleted by YouTube's upload filtering

quote [ Perhaps this will cause them to reconsider next week’s vote, which they have announced they will support: the bill that will make exactly this “arbitrary, political, and unilateral” upload filtering mandatory all across Europe. ]

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+6 Funny]
[by arrowhen@5:01pmGMT] [7 comments]

Multiple Deaths After Earthquake Hits Osaka in Western Japan

quote [ A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 300.

A 9-year-old girl was killed by a falling concrete wall at her school, and the two other fatalities were men in their 80s.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 307 people were treated for injuries at hospitals. Most of the injured were in Osaka — Japan’s No. 2 city bustling with businesses. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor. ]

Japan is living on the edge.

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+4 Informative]
[by HoZay@4:34pmGMT] [4 comments]

Afghanistan’s Last Buddhist Relics

quote [ It’s hard to believe that Afghanistan, a country torn by war and religious extremism, was once a peaceful Buddhist nation. Pilgrims from all over Central and South Asia came to this remote mountainous region, built monasteries and colossal statues, dug caves into the sandstone and meditated. ]

Buddha, was he where it's at? Is he where you are?
[SFW] [history] [+1 Insightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:24amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 17 June 2018

In answer to knumbknutz has the crazo-nutbag-kookooferkokopuffs meter been turned up past 11 to 13.9 today?

quote [ In 51 minutes on the White House North lawn, President Trump served up a series of falsehoods, shortly before his former campaign chairman was sent to jail. ]

This is all coming down to a real test for the Justice Department of the US government. It is now time for the court to step in the ring with Trump.

[SFW] [politics] [+1 Informative]
[by bbqkink@9:34pmGMT] [30 comments]

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