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    So, here we have a member of a decentralized hacker group dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask warning against US becoming a military dictatorship. When did the world turn into a dystopian 90's cyberpunk film?

    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
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    ... recently?
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
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    Well, this summer, when I was in the middle of the woods in our summer cabin handling the PR of our team who was in New York, chatting with a South-African writer and her British publisher, and video chatting with Whitechapelers while tending a camp fire outside, I just went "damn it's great to be living in the future". But masked vigilante hackers taking on the US government is breaking the suspension of disbelief a bit :)
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    @Stoto--

    Y'know, as a writer for a few lads' sites and a mag, I always try to bring a little self-awareness to the piece to exactly avoid, as they say "hostile sexism." Many of my assignments are about crushing on women, but I always try to do it with respect and admiration, and include personality and intelligence with the crooning verses of physical beauty. Hopefully landing a couple opportunities this week to help define the voice of such places.

    Some men's publishers have policies about how to mock celebrities (and whom you can't) so as not to come off as misogynist. I've always preferred the Esquire angle of being openly in awe of women, but as people, not pedestaled statues. Still, this is going to creep me out for weeks wondering if any of my jokes come across too dry, or my sarcasm too quiet.
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    "Y’see, one of the issues of male privilege as it applies to fandom is the instinctive defensive reaction to any criticism that maybe, just maybe, shit’s a little fucked up, yo. Nobody wants to acknowledge that a one-sided (and one-dimensional) portrayal of women is the dominant paradigm in gaming; the vast majority of female characters are sexual objects. If a girl wants to see herself represented in video games, she better get used to the idea of being the prize at the bottom of the cereal box. If she wants to see herself as a main character, then it’s time to get ready for a parade of candyfloss costumes where nipple slips are only prevented by violating the laws of physics. The number of games with competent female protagonists who wear more than the Victoria’s Secret Angels are few and far between."

    Nerds and Male Privilege
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    So, here we have a member of a decentralized hacker group dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask warning against US becoming a military dictatorship. When did the world turn into a dystopian 90's cyberpunk film?


    Around the time one of America's top-secret killer robots got captured by the Iranians?

    Well back in the 1950's Bob Heinlein portrayed the early 21st century as The Crazy Years.

    Of course, that ends in 2012 when a radical Christian fundamentalist wins the Presidency and turns the US into a theocracy.
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    Or maybe when the US space program was largely privatized.

    Hawthorne-based commercial space venture SpaceX is set to send its Dragon space capsule to dock with the $100-billion International Space Station -- a feat that's been accomplished only by the world's wealthiest nations.

    NASA announced Friday that the private company, formally named Space Exploration Technologies Corp., will aim to launch its 18-story Falcon 9 rocket Feb. 7, pending completion of final safety reviews, testing and verification.

    In a statement, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said the mission "will mark a historic milestone in the future of spaceflight.”

    It’s also a mission that takes the company one step closer to cashing in on a $1.6-billion contract with NASA. The contract is to haul cargo in 12 flights to the space station for NASA.
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    Soldiers are to get thermal imaging chips built into their smart phones to make life (or more accurately death) easier.

    So give it five years to hit high-end consumer devices and 10 years before you order a night-vision phone over the internet for $50.
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    The US government has effectively admitted that it totally screwed up and falsely seized & censored a non-infringing domain of a popular blog, having falsely claimed that it was taking part in criminal copyright infringement. Then, after trying to hide behind a totally secretive court process with absolutely no due process whatsoever (in fact, not even serving papers on the lawyer for the site or providing timely notifications -- or providing any documents at all), for over a year, the government has finally realized it couldn't hide any more and has given up, and returned the domain name to its original owner. If you ever wanted to understand why ICE's domain seizures violate the law -- and why SOPA and PROTECT IP are almost certainly unconstitutional -- look no further than what happened in this case.

    Breaking News: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details...
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    I'm kind of wishing the music industry would crash and burn, and something new would be born from the ashes...

    Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
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    @ Vornaskotti:Is there no end to the madness you dig up to disturb me? Your mission to expose everything bad and bizarre is going nicely.Your going to change the world my good man.Unstoppable and brutal.Great work.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
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    I'm kind of wishing the music industry would crash and burn, and something new would be born from the ashes...


    It's happening... slowly.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
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    And the new is already coming up at quite a pace with Bandcamp et al.

    FASTER PLEASE
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    Human-faced lamb born dead by C-section

    Lamb with a person's face

    Cartoons are a lot more horrifying in real life.
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      CommentAuthorSeantaclaus
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011 edited
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    BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth

    That's right, lost episodes of Dr. Who are now coming back to us, courtesy of... us. Well, that, and whatever might be acting as a signal mirror 20-some odd light years out (asteroid field possibly).

    So apparently that link was a hoax.

    However, there is this:

    Lost Doctor Who Episodes Surface With Chumblies, Fish People
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
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    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
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    Poo transplants. I'm off to make a donation.