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Well hey howdie. This is pretty awesome, moreso if you like final fantasy 6
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We are social creatures. Not hard to see the value of a tighter more accessable social structure to lean on in general. After all ifit wasn't for the internet I would be a hermit.
 
The Real Farmers Who Use Facebook

Facebook's CEO +Mark Zuckerberg​ is fond of referring, when defending the merits of Facebook's Free Basics for India and other developing markets, to the trope of the farmer who uses Facebook to find valuable information to increase his yield or save his crop from a pest.

What if I told you, though, that they're at least as likely to use it for the sort of casual browsing and socializing that First Worlders with ubiquitous access use it for?

There is value in connecting the world to the vast repository of information and tools that is the internet. Not all of this needs to be justified by pointing to basic necessities. Humans crave the sort of connectedness social media offers, even when it amounts to the sort of banal chatter that some decry as dumbing down the species.

It's easy to become jaded to the power to engage in idle chit chat with 'Friends' thousands of miles away when you take it for granted. The trillionth internet meme may seem far more moronic than the first one you ever saw felt to you at the time. You can only dislike the people you know for 'over sharing' to their social networks because you assume it as a fact that they can choose their level of sharing in the first place.

Even when the modern internet was new and shiny, it had begun to move beyond the domain of utility to the realm of entertainment and idle time activities. It shouldn't be too shocking that in markets where users are coming online for the first time, with slow and limited access to data, that already people are taking to social media for social interaction and content consumption beyond matters of urgent necessity.

None of which is to say that Free Basics is worth defending. It builds its business precisely on exploiting this desire, promising access to 'The Internet' while in reality ensnaring the user in an escapable Facebook Wide Web. It trots out the farmer seeking solutions to his crop failures to justify picking and choosing winners, in reality restricting the choices and online experience available to that same farmer.

The farmers of Facebook are real, and they need more and more open access, not cheaper, inferior, and corporate controlled access.

#FreeBasics #NetNeutrality #SocialMedia
When Mark Zuckerberg is singing the praises of Free Basics, Facebook’s controversial, restricted-but-free internet service, he often likes to talk about farmers. These are usually named individuals...
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I give to you one of the Universe's most curious oddities. A thing that Science has grasped and grappled at ever since it was discovered.

I give to you...

The Meat Planet.
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Arnold @Schwarzenegger's #Conan Tests Out #StarWars #Lightsaber

Everyone is in the Star Wars spirit right now...maybe even more so than those who are in the holiday season spirit. That's thanks in part to unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snow for some, but it says a whole lot about how big a new movie in the…
Arnold Schwarzenegger has shared a video of his Conan the Barbarian character testing out his own giant Star Wars lightsaber.
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RE: Nasa's Budget
It would seem that the bill with CISA hiding in Nasa's budget is already at the Veto stage. My guess is Congress wants Obama to look anti-nasa to lose points in his final year.

Joke's on them. I already dislike Obama for his gladhanding of the whole NSA/Snowden problem.
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Congress hiding CISA In NASA's Budget Bill
Y'know... i really should have been suspicious when they not only gave NASA the budget they asked for but also gave them 750 million more than they asked.

The problem now becomes, what do we do with this information guys?
The privacy-mangling CISA bill will likely now be passed into law without debate, as a part of a larger piece of budget legislation.
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Free gog game. Bio-Menace.

Along with deep discounts on the Fallout games and Elder Scrolls.
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Colorado Representative & Boing Boing T-shirt aficionado Jared Polis shared some gems on his facebook page:

TEN REASONS I’M VOTING “NO” ON END-OF-YEAR PORK

It’s the holiday season in Congress, which means that everyone gets their pork in one huge, gluttonous feast in two combined bills: the Omnibus and the Extenders package. I am seeing the paper copy of this 2,342-page monstrosity for the first time in Rules Committee right now. I think the bill weighs more than my daughter Cora!
In the few hours I’ve had to review it, I’ve already found huge amounts of special interest corporate welfare, wasteful spending programs, and privacy abuses in this monstrosity. If I could amend it, I would. But Republican leaders are prohibiting amendments and demanding a straight yes-or-no vote. I am doing my best and will be reading it all night, but I don’t like many of the things I’ve already discovered. In addition to this ridiculous process of dumping a $1.1 trillion spending bill and $700 billion corporate tax cut on our desks and demanding we vote on it without modifying it or having the time to read it, here are the top ten reasons I’ve found so far that I’ll be voting No, even though it’s likely it will become law over my objections.

A surveillance bill masquerading as a cybersecurity solution was attached behind closed doors, which will grossly expand the NSA’s access to Americans’ private information. More bad news on the privacy front: earlier this year the House passed several amendments to prohibit unwarranted surveillance, but this wasn’t included in the final package.
The bill provides almost $60 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account – a slush fund allowing the Pentagon to subvert the budget caps required for all other parts of the federal government and wage undeclared war.
We’ll be continuing to pay for a catfish inspection program that has yet to inspect a single catfish – to the tune of $14 million per year. (USDA says they might inspect one next year!)
We’ll also continue shelling out billions of dollars in sugar subsidies to corporate agriculture.
For reasons I can’t begin to fathom, the Drug Enforcement Agency is getting a $51.5 million plus-up – even as the agency continues wasting funds interfering in state marijuana laws that could be spent tackling real law enforcement challenges.
Meanwhile, a program devoted to helping teachers incorporate educational technology in the classroom has been zeroed out entirely.
We’ll spend $1.3 billion to maintain an excessive nuclear weapons arsenal capable of blowing up the world seven times over.
The bill overturns the will of D.C. voters and prohibits them from thoughtfully regulating marijuana.
The bill calls for wasting $212 million on the strategic petroleum reserve – an enormous stockpile of oil that the government has no plans to ever use – while also sending American oil overseas.
And the bill gives NASCAR an $11-million tax giveaway this year. Wealthy horse owners will also get a $90-million giveaway.
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Wizard of Aus
This looks... Interesting as hell. Low budget Australian trailer about magic folk immigrating.

Apparently it'll be free to watch at SBS's website (No geolock or encryption or paywall. I am looking into how to download from there. Legal streams that do not require anything to view or vpn to deal with geolocks... rarer than gold.

At first I was eeeh generic fantasy. Then 'well this is new.' Then it just kept getting more amusing.
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BatintheSun should do a feature length movie

I seriously want to see +Batinthesun to do a full length movie. Original verse/characters to avoid legal issues but just... a movie because they know how to do choreography and costuming and such. Hell get (forget name, guy that plays the green/white ranger.) Have him do a NEW character. Let it be a high concept fantasy/adventure movie that rolls from one beatdown fight to the next.

They have shown the ability to do props, costuming, choreography, action, makeup, lighting, effects, and camerawork.

I would pay money to see this. Wouldn't you guys?
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The Ability to Live off of Youtube

My response to somebody complaining at ANYONE able to 'live' off people 'doing stupid youtube shit' and how they 'don't want to live in a world where this is theoretically a sound career choice.'

I want to live where you get money and enough pressure off so that you can do what you want to do, be it stupid youtube content, to picking up trash on the highway, to trying to cure cancer, to trying to educate the next generation.

I want to live in a world where Money is more a sign of status and less that thing we spend our lives chasing after because the instant we stop is when we fall under unable to take care of ourselves..

That said I want the guy trying to cure cancer to make MORE than the youtube guy because I feel one is more important than the other, but I feel a lot of the social anger in the world would stop if we didn't feel like we had to fight day in and out for basic necessities like food, or medical care.
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People get paid more to play football, so why not youtube? That's my argument... 
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