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Verizon's streaming monopoly is coming to an end

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Would you buy a flagship flip phone if you could today?

#android #news #samsung #gadgets #smartphones

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In the wake of the loss in Virginia, Republican governors plot a new strategy.

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Former Patriots, Cowboys WR Terry Glenn dies in car crash, report says: Glenn was the seventh overall pick in the 1996 draft by the Patriots after a stellar, yet improbable, career at Ohio State. http://dlvr.it/Q1xLSk

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Engineering vs Willpower

With greater technological education, people are less susceptible to distraction, and feel less guilty for having procrastinated.

"Tech companies have the smartest statisticians and computer scientists, whose job it is to break your willpower."

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So should individuals be blamed for having poor self-control? To a point, yes. Personal responsibility matters. But it’s important to realise that many websites and other digital tools have been engineered specifically to elicit compulsive behaviour. In short, it’s not exactly a fair fight.

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[ B F Skinner's World ]

When I go online, I feel like one of B F Skinner’s white Carneaux pigeons. Those pigeons spent the pivotal hours of their lives in boxes, obsessively pecking small pieces of Plexiglas. In doing so, they helped Skinner, a psychology researcher at Harvard, map certain behavioural principles that apply, with eerie precision, to the design of 21st‑century digital experiences.

[ Training Animals ]

Skinner trained his birds to earn food by tapping the Plexiglas. In some scenarios, the pigeons got food every time they pecked. In other arrangements, Skinner set timed intervals between each reward. After the pigeon got food, the system stopped dispensing treats for, say, 60 seconds. Once that period had elapsed, if the bird pecked, it got another payday.

[ Variable Rewards ]

The pigeons never quite mastered the timing, but they got close. Skinner would randomly vary the intervals between food availability. One time there’d be food available again in 60 seconds. The next, it might be after five seconds, or 50 seconds, or 200 seconds. Under these unstable conditions, the pigeons went nuts. They’d peck and peck. One pigeon hit the Plexiglas 2.5 times per second for 16 hours. Another tapped 87,000 times over the course of 14 hours, getting a reward less than 1 per cent of the time.

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[ Variable Digital Rewards ]

So? Well, here’s a simple illustration of how Skinner’s pigeon research applies to contemporary digital life. I’ve picked a hypothetical example: let’s call him Michael S, a journalist.

Sending and receiving emails are important parts of his job. On average, he gets an email every 45 minutes. Sometimes, the interval between emails is only two minutes. Other times, it’s three hours. Although many of these emails are unimportant or stress-inducing, some of them are fun. Before long, whenever Michael S has an internet connection, he starts refreshing his email inbox every 30 minutes, and then every five minutes and then, occasionally, every two minutes. Before long, it’s a compulsive tic – the pecking pigeon of web usage.

[ Control vs Context ]

Should we blame Michael S for wasting hours of his life hitting a small button? We could. He does have poor self-control, and he chose a profession in which email is an important form of communication.

Then again, would we blame Skinner’s pigeons, stuck in a box, pecking away until they get their grains and hemp seeds, while a pioneering researcher plumbs the glitches in their brains? Who’s in charge, really, of this whole scenario? The pigeons? Or Skinner, who designed the box in the first place?

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The best phone without a great camera.

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Geekscape of the Day: The Magic Hour
Artist: Andreas Rocha Visit: http://bit.ly/2zXFTu9 .

Want more? Visit us over at http://geekscapes.com and see all of the archives and subscribe via RSS so you never miss an image!

Have a listen to our Geek Questioner Podcast!
Our latest episode: https://geekquestioner.com/current

#fantasy #sunset #adventurers #city #magic #fog #forest #gsotd #gsotd2017

Ive been hearing alotta interesting things from [fellow] Lakers fans lately. If they lose and Lonzo does bad they dont say anything. If they win they act like its the "Ball Era" ans that he is gonna be the next all time great. 🤔🤔😂😂

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So, a sugar daddy is next to a fondant father, right?

"He is the closest thing to a Founding Father that we have seen in our lifetimes," Jennifer Case said at a “Women for Roy Moore” rally outside the Alabama state Capitol.

There's video.

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Himalaya Rudraksha Kendra 100 % Original Blue Turquoise Semi Precious Gemstone Beads Fashion Necklace 8 Inches Length For Women/Girls

Material: Gemstone; Color: Turquoise
Size: Length- 8 Inch Around Neck ; Bead Size ; 07 mm
Ideal for all occasions
Storage Tips: Store in a zip lock pouch
Care Instructions: Avoid using perfumes directly on the jewellery. Use dry cotton cloth to clean

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https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=SuperTuxKart-0.9.3

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China has declared its dark matter, x-ray observatory, microgravity & quantum missions successful and is launching a new set of cutting edge space science projects

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We’ve already seen one designer’s take on an all-screen iPhone SE, presented not long after the launch of this year’s new flagship phone, and Concept Creator has now given us an alternative vision of Apple’s most compact iPhone. The overall deal is the…

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The #OnePlus5T is available from November 21 in NorthAmerica, Europe and India.
More details: https://onepl.us/5t

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Elon Musk Is Preparing The Merging Between HUMANS And ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE !!!

https://futurism.com/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-elon-musks-humanai-brain-merge/

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"Mugabe said Sunday that the army takeover was not "a challenge to my authority as head of state and government."

Sunday's vote by the central committee of ZANU-PF came from Mugabe's own party, "the party that for years was considered a bastion of (Mugabe's) regime, but has recently been riven with rivalry and infighting," reports NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton from neighboring South Africa's city of Johannesburg.

On Sunday, the increasingly-isolated Mugabe met with the military leader who had placed him under house arrest. Aftwerward Mugabe said, "arising from today's meeting is a strong sense of collegiality and comradeship."

But as Ofeibea reports, Mugabe was "looking a little weary and sometimes losing his place," during the speech, even as he clings to his seat of power, for now."

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Dak vs Wentz through 25.

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You Can Now Use Google Home as an Intercom

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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

A photo I took on the Costa Rica's Caribbean coastline.

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Taylor Swift Makes SURPRISE appearance at 2017 AMA
#celebs #celebrity #taylorswift

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When we think of metazoan animals (animals having the body composed of cells differentiated into tissues and organs and usually a digestive cavity lined with specialized cells) we should also recognize these creatures also have many beneficial and even obligate (necessary) relationships with other organisms that live in and on the metazoan organism. These organisms can serve vital functions, many of which the metazoan creature cannot live without. The reverse is also true. These single celled organisms often depend on the metazoan creature, or creatures as its habitat. As a consequence it will offer services in exchange for the benefits of cohabitation. Certain adaptive advantages can emerge out of this cross species relationship dependency. Here is an example of a bacteria in a beetle that makes it a leaf-eater.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/ehs-bia111617.php

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Machine-learning earthquake prediction in lab shows promise | #Geology #GeologyPage #Earthquake

By listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory-created earthquake, a computer science approach using machine learning can predict the time remaining before the fault fails.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2017/08/machine-learning-earthquake-prediction-lab-shows-promise.html

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"JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country’s leader, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer — a role that gave him a reputation for being astute, ruthless and effective at manipulating the levers of power. Among the population, he is more feared than popular, but he has strategically fostered a loyal support base within the military and security forces.

A leading government figure since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, he became vice president in 2014 and is so widely known as the “Crocodile” that his supporters are called Team Lacoste for the brand’s crocodile logo.

The 75-year-old “is smart and skillful, but will he be a panacea for Zimbabwe’s problems? Will he bring good governance and economic management? We’ll have to watch this space,” said Piers Pigou, southern Africa expert for the International Crisis Group."

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Firefox Quantum brought a major update to Mozilla’s browser and it makes a lot of changes for the better. One of those changes is minor, but definitely an improvement — Google is once again the default search engine.

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Google Lens is gradually rolling out to Pixel and Pixel 2 owners worldwide

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What's on your holiday wishes

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Parliament sessions were often rescheduled to ensure they did not overlap with elections and claimed the Congress had done so too in the past

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Cowboys’ Dak Prescott ready for Thanksgiving game after Eagles beatdown: The second-year quarterback set a career-worst with a 30.4 passer rating to go along with three interceptions and a lost fumble. http://dlvr.it/Q1x3GM

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Galactic Heritage - Star Wars: A New Hope
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#starwars #topps #cardtrader #tradingcards #starwarscardtrader #swctgalacticheritageanhn #galacticheritageanh #r2d2

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Lonzo Ball Silences Haters With His 2nd Career Triple- Double In A 127-109 Win Over The Nuggets

Lonzo Ball tonight finished with 11 Points, 11 Assists and 16 Rebounds to lead the Lakers to a 127-109 victory over the Nuggets. Making this his 2nd triple- double of the season and his 2nd in just 8 games, Julius Randle was also fantastic posting up 24 Points, 7 Rebounds and 5 Assists. "This one was a lot better," Ball said. "I actually like this one. Just keep building on it."Brook Lopez scored 21 Points and Jordan Clarkson added 18 as the Lakers blew out the Nuggets by 18 points. Gary Harris lead the Nuggets with 20 point tonight while Wilson Chandler added 17.

Lakers:

Lonzo Ball: 11 Pts, 11 Asts, 16 Rebs
Brook Lopez: 21 Pts
Julius Randle: 24 Pts, 7 Rebs, 5 Asts
Kyle Kuzma: 17 Pts

Nuggets:

Garry Harris: 20 Pts
Wilson Chandler: 17 Pts

#NBA #Nuggets #Lakers #Denver #LosAngeles

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Selena Gomez debuts new platinum blonde hair at AMAs - and it's a huge hit with boyfriend Justin Bieber #celebs #celebrities #celebrity #selenagomez

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The problem is not the Russians, it’s us. We’re getting played because too many Americans are ill equipped to perform the basic functions of citizenship. A huge percentage of the population can’t tell fact from fiction. A huge percentage is also clueless about the basic laws of the land. Trump is a symptom; the breakdown in this democracy goes beyond the liar in chief.

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What makes tissue soft and yet so tough - Engineers at ETH Zurich have discovered that soft biological tissue deforms very differently under tension than previously assumed. Their findings are already being put to use in medical research projects.

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Find out why keywords are so important for your online sales with this infographic by Healthy Business Builder.
#keywords

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This isn't going to make the Pixel 2 a perfectly functional phone, but it should be a little easier to bear:

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Here's a silly little post about looting gameable content from the local hardware store.

https://coinsandscrolls.blogspot.ca/2017/11/osr-1d20-things-to-loot-from-hardware.html

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Fewest career games needed for 2nd triple-double in NBA history:
Oscar Robertson 3
Ben Simmons 9
Hambone Williams 10
Magic Johnson 12
Connie Hawkins 14
Lonzo Ball 17
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