SciFi Weekend: Tuesday Shows Go Dark (SHIELD and Person of Interest); Sleepy Hollow; Under The Dome (“Nothing But A Giant Suck Hole”); Doctor Who; Outlander; Arrow; Gotham; Shatner Star Trek Rumors; If Ayn Rand Wrote Buffy
Sep28

SciFi Weekend: Tuesday Shows Go Dark (SHIELD and Person of Interest); Sleepy Hollow; Under The Dome (“Nothing But A Giant Suck Hole”); Doctor Who; Outlander; Arrow; Gotham; Shatner Star Trek Rumors; If Ayn Rand Wrote Buffy

Tuesday night featured the return of two television shows which have both changed for the post-Snowden era, Agents of SHIELD and Person of Interest. On each show the heroes are now working in secret, or even greater secrecy than they had operated in the past. The premiere of Agents of SHIELD was not as good as the final episodes of the first season following Captain America: The Winter Soldier but did show promise of setting up a far...

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Russia insists that citizen data be retained on in-country servers
Sep27

Russia insists that citizen data be retained on in-country servers

Bits are not atoms, no matter how hard governments insist that they be treated as such. The latest “thou shalt treat them the same” edict came from the Russian bear. According to Roskomnadzor, the Russian government’s mass media and telecom overseer, Google, Facebook and Twitter must register as “organizers of information distribution” and “keep information about their Russian users on servers...

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Despite Rising Voice of Climate Movement, Global Leaders Dither
Sep24

Despite Rising Voice of Climate Movement, Global Leaders Dither

Despite Rising Voice of Climate Movement, Global Leaders Dither By Nick Cunningham The largest ever gathering for climate action took place in New York on Sept. 21, just two days ahead of a major negotiations on a climate treaty between global leaders at the United Nations. The “People’s Climate March” attracted an estimated 400,000 people and the message to the political class was clear: stop dithering – it’s time for meaningful...

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Why a UN Climate Agreement Cannot be Reached
Sep22

Why a UN Climate Agreement Cannot be Reached

This week the UN will convene a climate summit where Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will ask leaders to bring “bold announcements and actions that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.” For those who have marched in cities around the world this weekend demanding change, the summit offers a new opportunity to finally set the world on a corrective path...

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Study finds people attracted to the smell of those with the same politics
Sep21

Study finds people attracted to the smell of those with the same politics

Politics stink? Maybe. A new study reveals that people are attracted to the smell of others with similar political opinions – an idea that also helps explain why so many couples share political views. This is no random conclusion. Researchers from three major universities persuaded 125 participants to evaluate the body odor of 21 “strong” liberal… graphic via...

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On the Internet There’s No Such Thing as a True Science Denier
Sep21

On the Internet There’s No Such Thing as a True Science Denier

On the Internet There’s No Such Thing as a True Science Denier By Tina Dupuy Science isn’t like religion in that you can’t just pick and choose the science you don’t concur with. You can’t, say, believe in evolution, but not for species you think are gross. Or think gravity is a sound theory but it only pertains to left-handed Oregonians. Or accept atomic theory but only for people named Adam. You get the...

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Packing Your Nose With Pork Strips Stops Nosebleeds: ‘Improbable Research’
Sep21

Packing Your Nose With Pork Strips Stops Nosebleeds: ‘Improbable Research’

Believe it or not, there are legitimate Nobel prizes out there for scientists who make bizarre and seemingly silly — but important — discoveries. They’re called Ig Nobel Prizes, and this year’s winners studied a wide array of fun topics from reindeers to the slippery-ness of banana peels. The Ig Nobel Prizes are also known...

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Apple does something really right
Sep19

Apple does something really right

I’m no fan of Apple. But I really like their latest move. It’s a dilly. Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information. The move, announced...

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FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile
Sep18

FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile

The FCC received 1,776,471 emails and 1,297,691 electronic comments on its network neutrality proposal from late April to September 15. On Wednesday, the agency released daily and weekly data totaling 3,074,162 comments. The comment period officially opened on May 15, but the email account was established April 24. This explains the different start dates on the two charts. The first bump in daily online comments chart followed John...

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‘Zionists Planned ISIS’: Justice Official’s Tweet Reflects Wider Problem (Het Parool, The Netherlands)
Sep17

‘Zionists Planned ISIS’: Justice Official’s Tweet Reflects Wider Problem (Het Parool, The Netherlands)

What should be done? We in the West have a right to free speech, but free speech can be a dangerous thing. It isn’t a new problem, but in the Netherlands they are dealing with a particularly acute case. Last month, Justice Ministry official Yasmina Haifi tweeted that the Islamic State was part of a ‘Zionist plot’ to blacken the name of Islam, and was promptly suspended from her job with … wait for it …...

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Martian Meteorite Yields More Evidence Of The Possibility Of Life On Mars
Sep17

Martian Meteorite Yields More Evidence Of The Possibility Of Life On Mars

Katie Brewin/Aeron Haworth, The University of Manchester A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists. The finding of a ‘cell-like’ structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration between scientists in...

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Net Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}
Sep14

Net Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}

You may have noticed a spinning-wheel-of-death atop your browser last week while visiting Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, Tumbler or any number of sites around the Internet. The web site owners were raising awareness of something known as network neutrality (which should really be called network discrimination). Comments on an FCC proposal to regulate how website and email traffic moves around the Internet within the United States...

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Good News on Software Patents
Sep12

Good News on Software Patents

The current system of software patents has been criticized by many for years now. Overly broad patents granted based on simplistic descriptions with nothing to back them up have been, in the opinion of many, a bane to real technological innovation for quite a while. I admit that I agree with that view. But then in June of this year the Supreme Court made a ruling concerning software patents. As Vox reports, while that ruling still...

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Google accounts source of the latest “credential dump”
Sep11

Google accounts source of the latest “credential dump”

Ten years ago, Google launched gmail. Two years ago, gmail became the world’s largest email service. Today there are more than 425 million monthly users … and we learned that as many as 5 million accounts were leaked on a Russian website (along with passwords that may or may not be associated with the account). That’s about 1% of Google’s publicly announced accounts. And according to Google, less than 2% of...

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Big Hype For Apple’s Introduction Of Their New Phones And Smartwatch
Sep10

Big Hype For Apple’s Introduction Of Their New Phones And Smartwatch

There was certainly a lot of ridiculous hype from Apple on Tuesday. Apple had their big announcement that their phone and watch can now do what Android devices could do for months, if not years, as long as you don’t want the freedom to configure things the way you want them to work, as opposed to how Apple thinks your devices should work. They were even doing their own live tweeting of the event, showing what control freaks they...

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Infographic: Which Apple Smartphone Model Had The Most Improvements?
Sep09

Infographic: Which Apple Smartphone Model Had The Most Improvements?

Which Apple Smartphone model had the most improvements? Financesonline.com shows us in this...

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Cartoon: Digital Privacy
Sep06

Cartoon: Digital Privacy

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)
Sep04

The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)

Beyond the media hype, its challenge to al-Qaeda Inc, and its devilishly-effective video atrocities, what is the threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State? For Le Figaro, international editor in chief Arnaud de La Grange writes that the greatest danger posed by IS is the inspiration it provides to the lost, to the desperate, and to the angry, ‘from Fallujah to the suburbs of Europe.’ For Le Figaro, Arnaud de La Grange...

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Media erroneously put Siri on trial, which reveals deep personal tech footprints
Sep02

Media erroneously put Siri on trial, which reveals deep personal tech footprints

Although there were some outrageous (and false) claims made about technology in the Gainesville, Florida murder trial of Pedro Bravo this summer, there are also some byproducts of how we use our personal technology that should give us pause. The infamous erroneous claim Detective: Murder suspect asked Siri how to hide body http://t.co/PdR9F2CZEq pic.twitter.com/AhrlhCTtFW — WPXI (@WPXI) August 12, 2014 The claim in this tweet...

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Law enforcement officers in Washington state using cell tower simulator to sweep up data
Aug27

Law enforcement officers in Washington state using cell tower simulator to sweep up data

For the past six years, the Tacoma, WA Police Department has used “controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away,” according to the Tacoma News Tribune. One of the more chilling aspects of this story: Tacoma has a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI. Given that agreement, I suppose this is not surprising: Earlier this month,...

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