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What if the Disney princesses, on the way to their happy endings, got a little... different?
 
This is incredible.
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I've seen that Snow White before, but those are all just creepy!
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Men and women: six times more similar than you think

You can often guess men and women by height. But you can't do it nearly as well by mind.

These researchers found that if you divide men and women by physical strength, the 5% most "feminine" are, indeed, 36-to-1 more likely female than male.

But if you divide men and women by their minds, among even the 5% most extremely "feminine", one in six are men. And among even the 5% most "masculine", one in six are women.

Some men are quite short and some women are quite tall. But lots of men and women have behavior that crosses gender types.

You might as well judge people as individuals.
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...if you must.
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"Blow up some ships. You've earned it."
 
"Pro-tip: boats can't fly"

Leviathan: Warships Jazzy Trailer
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Funny, clever, angry, witty and romantic.

(via +Daniel Keys Moran .)
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Success mantis!
 
This pic seriously needs a caption....!
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"Ta-Dah! And it's just that simple."
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Finally, Zelda gets to be the hero of the games named for her!
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Yes, Google Glass means we need a new approach to privacy. But guess what? We already need a new approach to privacy.

The norms encoded by the default privacy controls in Google Glass, and the social networks it uploads to, are going to become the new privacy norms.

Our traditional privacy has been, frankly, "security through obscurity." What you do has been private just because it's too much work for others to make it public.

So when there are cameras everywhere, how do you have some privacy for your awkward moments? Your unfinished throughts? Your personal disclosures?

It'd be nice to think, "hey, we can rely on people to be respectful." But ask anyone on an open forum comment thread how well that works.

You're watched by enough strangers (and impolite coworkers) that one of them will be a jackass who likes to post video of you doing something embarrassing. It'll happen to you every month. If you're a young woman, it'll happen to you every week.

Or you could think, "we'll write new laws." But the history of Congress with laws for new technology is... not encouraging.

There is one good answer: the software.

If the social software and Glass software makes it easy to post public videos of people without their consent or awareness, and hard for people in those videos to take them down, we can predict the result.

We will all get very, very formal and cautious in public.

No more cafe romances -- not when your neighbor can tape and post and tag you without your consent or control.

But what if the software and hardware defaults make it easy for people to slow down publicly-shared video of themselves? What if the software lets people being filmed throw a bit of sand in the uploading gears?

Today, we can almost reliably have software recognize people in photo and video.

That means that we can just about have software automatically notice this is a video of Jane, and check whether you are in the circle of people Jane has authorized to post public video of her without filling out a long annoying form.

People are only jackasses when it's easy and safe. It just needs to be a little less than easy, and a little less than safe. But it won't happen unless the software designers get it right.

If there's no privacy in the future, blame the social networks' sharing defaults and the software designers' upload defaults for Google Glass -- not the hardware.
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One cat. One laser pointer. One ambition. Today's the day:
 
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I just love his expression in the mirror. =^.^=
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Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" - on Korean Harp.
 
I'm thinking this belongs in 'Listening To', but I'm not too sure where to place this..? I mean, sure we can place this in Rock & Pop because despite the musical instrument used this is a Rock piece, but still...

Anyways, enjoy some heavy Hendrix on Korean Harp.
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When your shiny godlike Artificial Intelligence is friendly in the wrong way...
 
15: The AI has absorbed the humane sense of humor. Specifically, the AI is an incorrigible practical joker. The first few hours, when nobody has any idea a Singularity has occurred, constitute a priceless and irreplaceable opportunity; the AI is determined to make the most of it.

25: The AI decides that Earth's history would have been kinder and gentler if intelligence had first evolved from bonobos, rather than australopithecines. The AI corrects this error in the causal chain leading up to its creation by re-extrapolating itself as a bonobone morality instead of a humane morality. Bonobone morality requires that all social decisionmaking take place through group sex.

27: The AI determines people's wishes by asking them disguised allegorical questions. For example, the AI tells you that a certain tribe of !Kung is suffering from a number of diseases and medical conditions, but they would, if informed of the AI's capabilities, suffer from an extreme fear that appearing on the AI's video cameras would result in their souls being stolen. The tribe has not currently heard of any such thing as video cameras, so their "fear" is extrapolated by the AI; and the tribe members would, with almost absolute certainty, eventually come to understand that video cameras are not harmful, especially since the human eye is itself essentially a camera. But it is also almost certain that, if flatly informed of the video cameras, the !Kung would suffer from extreme fear and prefer death to their presence. Meanwhile the AI is almost powerless to help them, since no bots at all can be sent into the area until the moral issue of photography is resolved. The AI wants your advice: is the humane action rendering medical assistance, despite the !Kung's (subjunctive) fear of photography? If you say "Yes" you are quietly, seamlessly, invisibly uploaded.
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Wu-Tang Clan predicts Straight Male: the 'likes' tell all

A little matrix math applied to your Facebook likes is sufficient to predict your gender and race at better than 90% accuracy, and your political affiliation at better than 80%. Your profile's likes do a pretty good job on revealing your private taste in sexual partners, drugs, and cigarettes too -- mostly without relying on any explicit cues.

Also, Facebook-liking Wu-Tang Clan is one of the strongest predictors out there of being a heterosexual male.

No, I am not making that up.
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One of the more interesting metrics I have seen in a while on lifting latent information.
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Where do gold veins come from? Earthquakes, apparently.

Underground quakes cause a pressure drop that flash-vaporises gold-bearing fluid, depositing, tremor by tremor, layers of gold.
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