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03 Mar 17:08

Emma Thompson - tax protester

by Minnesotastan
She and her husband are protesting not about paying taxes per se, but to the selective enforcement of the rules and the coddling of corporate entities such as HSBC:
Greg Wise, the actor married to Oscar winner Emma Thompson, has said he and his wife will refuse to pay tax until those involved in the HSBC scandal go to prison.

Wise spoke of his disgust with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the bank after the Guardian and other news organisations published leaked details of 100,000 accounts held by HSBC’s Swiss arm which showed how the bank had helped clients to move cash out of the country.

I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax,” Wise told the Evening Standard. “I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound fucking socialist and I believe we are all in it together. But I am disgusted with HMRC. I am disgusted with HSBC. And I’m not paying a penny more until those evil bastards go to prison.”..

“Em’s on board. She agrees. We’re going to get a load of us together. A movement. They can’t send everyone to prison. But we’ll go to prison if necessary. I mean it.
Good for them.  More details at Business Insider, with a discussion at Reddit.
02 Mar 05:01

dealer’s dilemma

by Ian

dealer’s dilemma

01 Mar 15:48

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01 Mar 22:51

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02 Mar 05:00

Us vs. Them by Tom Gauld



Us vs. Them by Tom Gauld

02 Mar 13:56

So much respect right now.









So much respect right now.

02 Mar 19:00

Video: Tiny Hamster in a Tiny Playground


OHMYGOD LOOK AT IT AAAAHH


OMG ITS LITTLE STUBBY LEGS UHGHGHH


NYOOOM DOWN THE SLIDE LOOK AT ITS LEGS I LOVE ITS LEGS


OMG LOOK AT IT CRAWLING AROUND IT LOOKS LIKE ITS HOVERCRAFTING BC ITS LEGS SO SMALL OFMG


ITS PLAYING TIN THE STAND OHGMO

ITS SO SMALL AND FLUFFY A LITTLE BALL OF HAPPINESS


I WANT TEN OF THEM IT IS SO FLUFFING CUTE LOOK AT IT NOMBOMNBOM


AND IT JUST FALLS OFF MY FEELS MY FEELSS


WHY IS IT PERFECT


BYE BYE LITTLE HAMSTER I LOVE U

Video: Tiny Hamster in a Tiny Playground

01 Mar 00:01

IKEA will start selling wireless charging lamps and tables

by Matt Brian
After lots of perseverance from smartphone makers, wireless charging is finally starting to make an impact. Many big name phones now support the technology and companies like Starbucks are helping to bring it a wider audience. Now, it's set to receiv...
02 Mar 14:17

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28 Feb 15:21

RT @tadsh: Namore alguém que te ame como esse pirikito ama essa melancia http://t.co/vEfV3peq1Z

by Osias Jota
Author: Osias Jota
Source: Mobile Web (M2)
RT @tadsh: Namore alguém que te ame como esse pirikito ama essa melancia http://t.co/vEfV3peq1Z
01 Mar 18:45

talk-nerdy-to-me-thyla:Wow I never knew this



talk-nerdy-to-me-thyla:

Wow I never knew this

02 Mar 18:24

A Royal Flycatcher - before and after

by Minnesotastan

Via Reddit.
02 Mar 20:54

knock knock, hoos there?    source



knock knock, hoos there?    source

02 Mar 14:54

Standard Responses to Online Stupidity

by John Scalzi

Dear Citizens of the Internet: 

From time to time, in your ordinary exercise of the delights of the online world, you may find yourself accosted by clods. These oafish louts crave your time and attention, but in point of fact, life is short and you have better things to do.

For you, I have created this helpful numbered list of standard responses to online stupidity. When accosted, send the twit here to read the specific numbered response(s) relevant to them. Saves you time; alerts them they’re a jerk, and this is all the response they rate.

Use and enjoy.

  1. I don’t care what you think.
  2. I didn’t ask you.
  3. No doubt you thought that was terribly clever.
  4. You’ve attempted logic. Not all attempts succeed.
  5. One should not have that many errors in that few characters.
  6. Either your educators have failed you, or you have failed them.
  7. I see you’ve invited me to an argument. I decline.
  8. It appears an asshole has hacked your account and is posting in your name.
  9. Funny, most people go out of their way not to be a public bigot.
  10. Cosplaying as a tantrum-throwing child is no way to go through life.
  11. I’m sorry that you are so obviously scared of the world.
  12. My attention is a privilege, not a right. This is all you get.

27 Feb 20:33

All the Good Things

by Reza

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01 Mar 11:00

GTA V’s Los Santos Sans Textures Is Beautiful, Melancholy

by Shaun Green

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Ever wondered what Los Santos, the setting of Grand Theft Auto V, would look like if you stripped out the game’s textures, replacing them with shades of black and grey?

Wonder no longer, because artist Kim Laughton has done just that. More images below the fold.

… [visit site to read more]

01 Mar 21:59

Copyright Monopoly Fraudsters Need To Go To Jail With Heavy Damages

by Rick Falkvinge

copyright-brandedLast week there was a story on TorrentFreak about a copyright monopolist who had gone absolutely insane and sent so-called “takedown notices” to everybody and their brother, from EFF to TOR – basically anybody with a download page.

It’s a complete mystery why this isn’t a criminal behavior. The fact that it isn’t is why it continues and harms innovation, creativity, free speech, and the Internet.

The Swedish Pirate Party had a very clear policy on crimes like this: if you lied about holding an exclusive right to something, the same penalty that would have applied to an infringer of that exclusive right would instead apply to you. This is only fair, after all: you are infringing on the distribution of a creative work by dishonest means.

For repeat offenders, or organizations that committed this crime on a commercial basis or commercial gain, like that idiot record label in the TorrentFreak story – they would be declared criminal organizations and have all their assets seized. The individuals doing so for commercial gain would go to jail for a couple of years.

The thing is, this should not even be contentious. This is how we deal with this kind of criminal act in every – every – other aspect of society. If you lie as part of commercial operations and hurt somebody else’s rights or business, you are a criminal. If you do so repeatedly or for commercial gain, direct or indirect, you’re having your ill-gotten gains seized. This isn’t rocket science. This is standard bloody operating procedure.

The copyright industry goes ballistic at this proposal, of course, and try to portray themselves as rightsless victims – when the reality is that they have been victimizing everybody else after making the entire planet rightsless before their intellectual deforestation.

The irony is that at the same time as the copyright industry opposes such penalties vehemently, arguing that they can make “innocent mistakes” in sending out nastygrams, threats, and lawsuits to single mothers, they are also arguing that the situation with distribution monopolies is always crystal clear and unmistakable to everybody else who deserve nothing but the worst. They can’t have it both ways here.

It’s a matter of incentives, at the end of the day. If there’s no risk at all in lying and causing pain to other people, along with a very small reward, then sociopaths – like those in the copyright industry – will do so at an industrial scale, accompanied by the most Stalinesque of laughters. This is also the behavior we observe now. There must to be a risk associated with willfully lying and causing injury or damage. Today, there isn’t.

And because there isn’t, Google alone receives on the order of thirty million nastygrams per month. Most or all of them automated at the sender’s end. There’s no cost or risk in sending them, after all, and that has to change.

The U.S. DMCA – what a horrible mistake that was – does state that somebody sending a takedown notice does so under penalty of perjury. However, that only applies to the claim of representing the person believing to hold the copyright monopoly to the work; not to the claim of actually holding the exclusive right you claim to hold. A bare legislative minimum would be to extend the penalty of perjury to include the actual – not believed, but actual – holding of the copyright monopoly somebody claims to hold.

The very least you can ask is that committing a crime such as fraudulent exclusive rights carries a risk with it. It’s not rocket science.

About The Author

Rick Falkvinge is a regular columnist on TorrentFreak, sharing his thoughts every other week. He is the founder of the Swedish and first Pirate Party, a whisky aficionado, and a low-altitude motorcycle pilot. His blog at falkvinge.net focuses on information policy.

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Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

01 Mar 22:22

You can’t go home again – Homeworld in Lego

by Carter

One of the biggest inspirations in the Lego space community has been Homeworld, the pair of fleet-building space RTS games from 1999 and 2003. With the gorgeous remastered editions released this past Wednesday, I don’t think there will be a better moment for a quick retrospective on how this incredible franchise has influenced builders over the past decade.

Danny Rice’s Porphyrion wasn’t the first Homeworld inspired build to be posted, but 9 years later it remains one of my all-time favorite MOCs. This masterpiece introduced a number of techniques that changed how SHIPs are built (particularly the use of paneling to create large angled hulls), and remains one of the best spaceships ever made out of Lego.

Porphyrion Assault Frigate

Many of Rob M’s builds are based around a combination of Homeworld and Japanese model-building, resulting in a glorious fusion of clean hard angles and bright splashes of color. This reimagining of a Taiidan gunship is one of my favorites from him.

Taiidan Gunship, slight return

Adrian Florea built this fantastically detailed recreation of a Vaygr bomber, using a wide variety of stickers and printed tiles to build what is perhaps one of the most faithful models ever made out of Lego.

Vaygr bomber 2

These are only a small sampling of my favorites; be sure to check out the Homeworld Lego pool to see more examples.

Finally, a Lego Ideas project was just launched to have official sets produced from the Homeworld franchise, and I’d encourage everyone to support it – it’s a gorgeous game, and it’s directly responsible for pushing the frontier of space building.

01 Mar 19:34

It was a fly by snacking.



It was a fly by snacking.

01 Mar 17:31

ozymandiasz: THIS VINE ACCOUNT WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME The...



ozymandiasz:

THIS VINE ACCOUNT WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME

The big reveal.

28 Feb 00:37

Goodbye, Spock.

by Xeni Jardin
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Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015.

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25 Feb 14:45

cracked: Like everything great, Star Wars came within an...



cracked:

Like everything great, Star Wars came within an ass-hair’s width of being total shit. You gotta remember that in the ’70s anyone with a doofy beard and a plaid shirt could shoot a movie just by telling people what to do and not giving them the chance to disagree. It was a magical time.

But through George Lucas’ devotion to an acid flashback he was apparently having for three straight weeks, when production wrapped, he found himself with a masterpiece of celluloid, right?

Nope! Turns out that the first cut of Star Wars was an incomprehensible mess, and it was up to George’s wife and editor, Marcia Lucas, to swoop in and save the day … again.

Actually, Marcia was Lucas’ “muse” through the entire production, if by “muse” you mean “person who had all the good ideas.” It was her idea to kill Obi-Wan (apparently George’s first draft had him just disappearing at one point) and demanded that Lucas keep the “For Luck” kiss scene that would snarl the series up in a knotty mess of incest once the third movie was released. But, most importantly, she’s totally responsible for the Battle of Yavin, also known as The Death Star Trench Run scene, also known as The Part at the End of the Movie Where the Good Guys Win.

5 Women Who Invented Modern Pop Culture (And Got No Credit)

25 Feb 17:31

Masterful Dinosaur and Creature Origami by Adam Tran

by Christopher Jobson

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Origami artist and chemistry teacher Adam Tram folds some incredibly beautiful objects with paper. From dinosaurs and skeletons to flowers and warriors, it seems nothing is off limits to his folding abilities. Tram is a member of the Vietnam Origami Group, and you can see many more of his pieces on Flickr.

26 Feb 00:05

Who's the real grumpy cat?

26 Feb 18:30

Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

by Soulskill
An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Schneier has written another insightful piece about the how modern tech companies treat security. He points out that most organizations will tell you to secure your data while at the same time asking to be exempt from that security. Google and Facebook want your data to be safe — on their servers so they can analyze it. The government wants you to encrypt your communications — as long as they have the keys. Schneier says, "... we give lots of companies access to our data because it makes our lives easier. ... The reason the Internet is a worldwide mass-market phenomenon is that all the technological details are hidden from view. Someone else is taking care of it. We want strong security, but we also want companies to have access to our computers, smart devices, and data. We want someone else to manage our computers and smart phones, organize our e-mail and photos, and help us move data between our various devices. ... We want our data to be secure, but we want someone to be able to recover it all when we forget our password. We'll never solve these security problems as long as we're our own worst enemy.

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27 Feb 00:59

Scientists puzzled by 'bright spots' on surface of dwarf planet Ceres

by Billy Steele
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, researchers aren't sure what's causing the "bright spots" on its surface. The imaging orbiter snapped the above picture from 29,000 miles (46,000 km) away just last week, but u...
25 Feb 11:17

Identifying cheaters in test results, a simple method

by Nathan Yau
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I feel that the red dot at the top represents a satisfying bit of shadenfreude. To cheat that much and still do so very badly.

Finding cheaters

Jonathan Dushoff had issues with students in his population biology class cheating on his exams. One year there was suspicious behavior, but Dushoff and the proctors weren't able to prove the students cheated as it happened. So he looked closely at the test results to find the guilty students.

The final is entirely multiple choice. I got the results files from the scantron office. I figured that I wouldn't quite know what to do with a comparison just between these two kids (unless the tests were identical), and that it would be just about as easy (and far more informative) to compare everybody to everybody else. It's still kind of hard for me to get used to the fact that we have computers now and can really do stuff like this. I calculated the number of identical right answers and the number of identical wrong answers for each pair of students (~18K pairs), and plotted it out.

The diagonal line indicates two students who had the exact same wrong and right answers. No pair of students did this, but there were four outlying pairs that got close, shown in red. And looking back at the seating arrangements, in a class of 200 students, all four pairs were students who sat adjacent to each other.

Dushoff has since gone back to multiple exam versions.

Tags: cheating, education

25 Feb 17:30

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25 Feb 21:14

cubewatermelon:Let’s Speak English #60!They can also be called...



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Let’s Speak English #60!

They can also be called Gashapon, please don’t fight me on this.

My general rule now is that if I’m 90% sure I’ll be happy no matter what comes out, I am allowed one purchase ;0