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Human and opossum are best friends

Meet “Kika my opossum,” says IMGURian overlordzelli. “I am a huge sucker for yawning animals. She's very excited for outside cuddles” “For years I thought my spirit animal was a cat but now I'm realizing I'm basically just a trash cat like Kika.” “I love her so much.” I agree with what this one commenter points out: “Opossums can’t contract rabies and they eat ticks. My favorite trash cat.” OverlordZelli: She's actually a rescue. We found her mom dead after falling out of a tree during a...
Tags: Post, Animals, Aww, Critters, Mammals, Marsupials, Possums, Trash Panda

Cat does a danger dance

There is a monster in the bed. Wazzat?!? Wazzis?!? Imma GEDDIT! When there's a monster in the bed, we do a danger dance. He Do A Danger Dance!
Tags: Post, Cat, Cats, Funny, Kitteh, Pets

Can you guess the meaning of these Droodles?

One day in the early 1970s, while looking for Dennis the Menace paperbacks at a used bookstore in Boulder, Colorado, I discovered a copy of a book of "droodles," which were simple yet mysterious line drawings that became clear when you read the caption. Droodles where the creation of an American humorist named Roger Price, who wrote for MAD and Playboy, had his own TV shows, and worked with folks like Bob Hope and Carl Reiner. He was also the co-creator of the wildly popular Mad-Libs books. I be...
Tags: Post, Entertainment

GoFundMe says anti-vaccine fundraising campaigns violate terms of service, will be taken down

Online fundraising service GoFundMe says any campaigns created on the platform that promote misinformation about vaccines automatically violate its terms of service, and will be removed. Anti-vax grifters have reportedly raised over $170,000 for their bogus anti-science message on GoFundMe, and the dangerous message they spread can lead to human deaths. “Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” ...
Tags: Post, Anti-vax, Anti-vaxx, Antivax, Antivaxx, Antivaxxers, GoFundMe, Health, Public Health, Science, Vaccines

You could own this zoo complete with menagerie

York's Wild Kingdom Zoo & Fun Park in York, Maine is up for sale. For just $14.2 million, you could be the proprietor of this beachside attraction complete with the likes of lions, monkeys, lemurs, camels, pigs, deer, kangaroos, a butterfly kingdom, paddle boats, miniature golf, bumper cars, and a haunted house. No lowball offers though. According to owner Joe Barberi, a realtor called and “asked if we would consider selling the park. Not getting any younger and everything having to do with it...
Tags: Post, Amusement Parks, Real Estate, Zoos

Unnamed stalkerware company has left gigabytes of sensitive personal info unprotected on the web and can't be reached to fix it

Security researcher Cian Heasley discovered an unprotected online storage folder accessible via the web that contains all the data that stalkers and snoops took from their victims' devices via a commercial program that steals photos and recordings from their devices. Included in the leak are 3.7GB of MP3 recordings (25,000 in total) of personal phone calls and 16GB of images (95,000 in total), including very sensitive and personal images. Both Heasley and Motherboard have repeatedly contac...
Tags: Post, Ghost Ships, Infosec, Responsible Disclosure, Security, Stalkerware

Revenge of the dead cow

A man working in an Aalen, Germany slaughterhouse was hospitalized with serious injuries last month after being kicked in the face by a cow. The curious thing is that the cow had already been "“killed according to regulations." It was hanging from a meathook when the attack occurred. According to the Associated Press, police reported that the kick was "due to a nerve impulse that experts say isn’t uncommon." (Weird Universe) (glitched image of: "Cow (Swiss Braunvieh breed)" by Daniel Schwen...
Tags: Post, Animals, Cattle, Cows, Slaughterhouses, Weird, Zombie Cow

This Could Be It: Key Polish Political Party Comes Out Against Article 13

With only days to go before the final EU debate and vote on the new Copyright Directive (we're told the debate will be at 0900h CET on Tuesday, 27 March, and the vote will happen at 1200h CET), things could not be more urgent and fraught. That's why today's announcement by Poland's Platformy  Obywatelska —the second-largest party in the European People's Party (EPP) bloc—is so important. Platformy Obywatelska  has said that it will vote to block the entire Copyright Directive unless Articl...
Tags: Post, Article 11, Article 13, Copyfight, Copyright Directive, Eff, Eu

Court sides with cheerleader punished for writing "fuck cheer"

A cheerleader in Pennsylvania has won a free-speech case against her school, which tried to punish her for insulting it on social media. The case involves a First Amendment challenge to the Mahanoy Area High School’s “Cheerleading Rules,” which prohibit cheerleaders from posting any “negative information” about cheerleading online. B.L. was kicked off the junior varsity cheerleading squad for posting a Snap to Snapchat on the weekend that school officials believed was “negative,” “disrespectfu...
Tags: Post, Cheerleaders, Free Speech, Freedom, Tyrants

Breakthrough programmable computer made from DNA running chemical software

For more than two decades, researchers have explored using DNA as a chemical computer. Until now though, DNA computers have only been capable of solving whatever mathematical problem they were built to tackle. Now though, researchers have demonstrated a more general-purpose DNA computer that can run a variety of chemical "programs." From Caltech: "Think of them as nano apps," says Damien Woods, professor of computer science at Maynooth University near Dublin, Ireland, and one of two lead auth...
Tags: Post, Biology, Computers, Computing, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Technology

Philadelphia city council candidate says his secret AI has discovered disqualifying fraud in the nominations of 30 out of 33 candidates

Devon Cade -- a former bureaucrat who now describes himself as a "philanthropist" -- has asked a court to disqualify 30 out of the 33 other Democrats standing in the primary for the city's council elections on the grounds that the signatures on their nominating petitions were forged. Cade claims that he detected the forgeries using a machine learning system that he will allow anyone to inspect, provided that they post a $1,000,000 insurance bond first ("due to the sensitivity of the softwar...
Tags: Post, AI, All Politics Are Local, Devon Cade, Machine Learning, Ml, Philadelphia, Snake Oil

Elon Musk but with Elizabeth Holmes' eyes

Good morning, Happy Mutants. Previously: 10 minutes of Elizabeth Holmes' creepy unblinking stare with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
Tags: Post, Elizabeth Holmes, Elon Musk, Entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley

Gollancz has published its first anthology of South Asian Science Fiction

South Asia is a hotbed of brilliant science fiction writing, as well as writings in all the related genres capture by the Bengali word "kalpabigyan (encompassing literature that is "science-dependent," "science-based," "science mystery" and "science"), and there have been many brilliant anthologies of science fiction from the region; the latest entry to the field is Gollancz's new , edited by Tarun K. Saint, the subject of a fascinating review by Gautham Shenoy in Factor Daily. The antholo...
Tags: Post, Books, Desi, Gift Guide, Kalpabigyan, Reviews, Science Fiction, South Asia

After fatal crash, Boeing reverses sales policy that made locked out some safety features unless airlines paid for an upgrade

The Boeing 737 Max is out of service around the world, following a fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines and an Indonesian Lion Air flight and there is intense investigation and speculation as to the cause of the crash. Some suggest that pilots in poorer countries may have been inadequately trained to fly the new aircraft, but there also been a string of accusations that a key safety feature was not enabled on the plane that crashed, because Boeing had disabled it and sold access to it separ...
Tags: Post, 737 Max, Aviation, Business, Deathliner, Regulatory Capture, Safety

After fatal crash, Boeing reverses sales policy that locked out some safety features unless airlines paid for an upgrade

The Boeing 737 Max is out of service around the world, following a fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines and an Indonesian Lion Air flight and there is intense investigation and speculation as to the cause of the crash. Some suggest that pilots in poorer countries may have been inadequately trained to fly the new aircraft, but there also been a string of accusations that a key safety feature was not enabled on the plane that crashed, because Boeing had disabled it and sold access to it separ...
Tags: Post, 737 Max, Aviation, Business, Deathliner, Regulatory Capture, Safety

Online privacy tips for 2019

Keith Axline at The Tools We Need, writes that if you haven't already, switch to Firefox and install Privacy Badger, HTTPS Everywhere, uBlock Origin, Decentraleyes, CanvasBlocker and Smart Referrer. Use as your DNS and change your default search engine. He explains why: A Few Simple Steps to Vastly Increase Your Privacy Online.
Tags: Post, Privacy, Tips

Wireless vulns in Medtronic's implanted defibrillators allow remote shocks, shutdown, denial-of-service battery attacks and data theft

Medtronic is the most notorious maker of insecure medical implants in America, with a long history of inserting computers into people's bodies with insecure wireless interfaces, toolchains and update paths, and nothing has changed. In a new CERT advisory -- scoring 9.3/10 for severity! -- we learn that remote attackers can hijack a Medtronic implanted defibrillator and administer potentially lethal shocks, shut down lifesaving features, and put the device into a high power-consumption mode ...
Tags: Post, FDA, Health, Ieds, Implants, Infosec, Medtronic, Security

Grandson of legendary John Deere engineer defends right-to-repair and condemns Big Ag for "taxing customers"

Willie Cade's grandfather Theo Cade was one of John Deere's most storied engineers, with 158 patents to his name; he invented the manure spreader and traveled the country investigating stories of how farmers were using, fixing, modifying and upgrading their equipment; today, Willie Cade is the founder of the Electronics Reuse Conference, having spent a quarter-century repairing electronics, diverting e-waste from landfills and rehabilitating it for use by low-income schools and individuals. ...
Tags: Post, Business, Corruption, Even If You Pay For The Product You're The Product, John Deere, Law, Monopolism, Right To Repair

The General Assembly of European Youth adopts anti-#CopyrightDirective motion backed by socialists, conservatives, liberals and green youth organisations

Last spring, a coalition of young European political activists adopted this motion opposing the upload filters and link taxes in the new Copyright Directive, which the EU Parliament is about to vote on. With only days to go before that vote -- it'll probably happen on Tuesday the 26th at 12:30 PM, after a debate that starts at 9AM CET, following a day of mass, EU-wide street demonstrations -- -- the youth coalition have reminded their adult colleagues in the Socialist, Conservative, Green ...
Tags: Post, Saveyourinternet, Article 11, Article 13, Copyright Directive, Eu, The Kids Are All Right

Stop robocalls and phone scams with this top-rated app

Despite government legislation and improving caller ID technology, robocalls and scam artists are rampant on the phone lines - up to 35 billion a year in the US alone. They can be annoying at best and a financial threat at worst, but there's a way to take security into your own hands. One good example of the recent rise in call-filtering apps is Call Control, which has been racking up kudos from NBC News and Fox Business - as well as consumers on the App Store and Google Play. Not only does this...
Tags: Post, Shop

Chicago! I'm at C2E2 this weekend with my new book RADICALIZED! Next up: San Francisco, Portland/Ft Vancouver, Seattle & Anaheim!

Last night's book tour event in Toronto was a smashing success! Thanks to everyone who came! I just checked in for my flight to Chicago for a weekend's worth of appearances at C2E2, and then on Monday I'll be at Berkeley Arts & Letters at 7:30PM with Richard Kadrey, then at Ft Vancouver (outside of Portland, OR), and then the Seattle Public Library and finally a weekend of events at Wondercon in Anaheim. Come on out! (Image: @codepoet127)
Tags: Post, C2e2, Chicago, Events, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction

Deep Space 9 remastered with deep learning

Star Trek's original series and TNG were shot on film, allowing them to be rescanned for high-definition broadcast. Star Trek: Deep Space 9, however, was shot on video at standard definition: there's no further detail to recover for HD broadcasts. Machine learning to the rescue! CaptRobau writes: I will go into greater detail about my process in a future blog post, but it took me about two days to get everything extracted, upscaled and put it back together in a way that was pleasing. This res...
Tags: Post, News, Star Trek, Cbs, CaptRobau

Adorkable dogs bungle a graceful jump

Such graceful dogs. “Frank face planted and Skippy tried to imitate a cat but to no avail.” Doggo slow motion moves of grace and utter agility Link: Doggo slow motion moves of grace and utter agility by IMGURian @LollipopFromHell3
Tags: Post, News, Dogs, Funny, Slow Motion, Aww, Doggo

Watch these dogs with floofy fluff-butts bravely tunnel in snow

This very good doggo is either hunting something special, or clearing a path for his human, or who knows? Either way, the dog is obviously a submarine. When you thought you were adopting a dog, but instead got a subwoofer. And below, meet Yukon. “He is named after Yukon Cornelius and he, too, is still searching for that elusive peppermint mine!” May I present, Yukon. Destroyer of Worlds. [Link, via Reddit user blue_bomber697]
Tags: Post, News, Dogs, Snow, Reddit, Aww, Yukon, Yukon Cornelius, Floofs

Two Russia-backed hacker groups target Europe ahead of elections, FireEye reports

Security services firm FireEye says two hacker groups known to be sponsored by the Russian government of Vladimir Putin are waging cyber-attacks currently against European government systems. FireEye says these internet-based digital attacks are focused on the member states of NATO, the European security alliance that both Putin and Trump disparage. The two hacking groups are believed to be coordinating their efforts, but they're using different tools, FireEye reports, adding it noticed a “s...
Tags: Europe, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Nbc News, Tech, Eu, Nato, Hackers, Fireeye, Gru, Trump

Jared Kushner uses WhatsApp to talk with foreign leaders, claims Cummings

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings says Abbe Lowell has confirmed that President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner has been using the encryptable/disappear-able messaging WhatsApp to communicate with leaders of foreign nations. "Mr. Lowell could not answer whether Mr. Kushner's communications included classified information." Mr. Kushner's attorney disputes the claims in the Cummings letter. Kushner's the tip of the iceberg -- the House attention to this ...
Tags: Security, Post, Politics, News, Maryland, White House, Cnn, Whatsapp, Hillary Clinton, House, National Security, National Security Council, Donald Trump, Trump, Lauren Fox, Elijah Cummings

Facebook stored millions of passwords as plain text

"Change your Facebook password right now" is the instructive title of a news story at Wired today, sourced to a report at Krebs on Security. Lily Hay Newman: On Thursday, following a report by Krebs on Security, Facebook acknowledged a bug in its password management systems that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram to be stored as plaintext in an internal platform. This means that thousands of Facebook employees could have searched for and foun...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Instagram, Privacy, Krebs, Lily Hay Newman, Security Facebook, Facebook Facebook Lite

Our social contract demands people able to be vaccinated get vaccinated

If you fail to vaccinate an eligible child you are willfully endangering not only that child but everyone else's. This should be a crime. Scientific American: The exact same reasoning applies to vaccination. There is no moral difference between a drunk driver and a willfully unvaccinated person. Both are selfishly, recklessly and knowingly putting the lives of everyone they encounter at risk. Their behavior endangers the health, safety and livelihood of the innocent bystanders who happen to h...
Tags: Post, News, Vaccinate

Vegan influencer outed for eating meat in video

Raw vegan celebrity Instagrammer/YouTuber Yovana Mendoza Ayre (28), known as @rawvana on Instragam, was seen in a video with a plate containing fish, and now a lot of people are upset about it. In the video, it looks like she is trying to hide the fish from the camera. She eventually posted a half-hour long video to YouTube where she fessed up to reintroducing fish and eggs to her diet for health reasons:
Tags: Post, News, Youtube, Reluctant Pescatarians, Instagrammer YouTuber Yovana Mendoza Ayre

High tech device allows men to breastfeed babies

The Father's Nursing Assistant is made by Dentsu, a Japanese company. It's basically a canteen in the shape of woman's breasts. Of course, it's also wireless with some kind of app to let you know what happened. From the press release: The amount of time infants in Japan spend sleeping is shorter compared to the rest of the world. Much of the parental stress and difficulties surrounding childrearing are related to feeding and sleeping, and generally the rate of participation by fathers tends to b...
Tags: Post, Japan, News, Dentsu, Internet of teats, Carlos Lowry

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