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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Thor: Ragnarok
Very glad we're all on the same page about how cool Hela is.

Hela cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bJ_gb19pKQ
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This has been bothering me for a while, and I just want to get it off my chest: somehow I just know William Shatner is going to pass away this year. I can feel it in my Bones.
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It (Facebook Messenger) gets the information by becoming the app you use to make phone calls and send text messages, taking over for the dialer/contacts and messaging apps that came with your phone. It does a lot more than just let Facebook users chat with each other.
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"predictive policing"

Pre-crime needs pre-police.

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Read this whole thread. Just went through and updated some shit on Windows 10 that I didn't realize was still fucking enabled.


If you use Google Maps on iOS (and who doesn't?), it will send your location to the mothership for archiving while you are using the app, and it will continue to do so in the background if you don't explicitly dismiss it.
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Christopher Wylie, the 28-year-old whistleblower of the Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica,
 says his Facebook account has been disabled


Well, he admits he built the app that illegitimately harvested 50m Facebook profiles. Seems like a reasonable precaution to disable his account.
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Terry Gilliam Says #MeToo Movement Has Transformed Into 'Mob Rule'

For some reason, they attached a photo of Willie Nelson.



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"Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey -- that's the price you pay."

"It is a world of victims. I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn't," he added. "The ones who did, knew what they were doing. These are adults; we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition."
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Still, new computer screenshots released by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday made clear that Russian state hackers had the foothold they would have needed to manipulate or shut down power plants.

"We now have evidence they're sitting on the machines, connected to industrial control infrastructure, that allow them to effectively turn the power off or effect sabotage," said Eric Chien, a security technology director at Symantec, a digital security firm.

"From what we can see, they were there. They have the ability to shut the power off. All that's missing is some political motivation," Mr. Chien said.
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wtf is wrong with these people?
US Senate candidate proposes arming homeless people with shotguns
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"Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol," he told the Guardian, "but due to the licensing requirements in the state we're going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is.

"Getting them pistols is probably next to impossible. The pistols need to be registered, people have to have addresses."
Utterly broken people. It never even occurs to him that homeless people who don't own guns need addresses, too.
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Science / Steve is a Thing
How does something so noticeable, which has been visible above many populated areas for as long as they have been populated, go unnoticed by science for so long? Amazing.

Mystery of Purple Lights in Sky Solved With Help From Citizen Scientists
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Scientists' understanding of Steve changed that night Bourassa snapped his pictures. Bourassa wasn't the only one observing Steve. Ground-based cameras called all-sky cameras, run by the University of Calgary and University of California, Berkeley, took pictures of large areas of the sky and captured Steve and the auroral display far to the north. From space, ESA's (the European Space Agency) Swarm satellite just happened to be passing over the exact area at the same time and documented Steve.

For the first time, scientists had ground and satellite views of Steve.

The study highlights one key quality of Steve: Steve is not a normal aurora. Auroras occur globally in an oval shape, last hours and appear primarily in greens, blues and reds. Citizen science reports showed Steve is purple with a green picket fence structure that waves. It is a line with a beginning and end. People have observed Steve for 20 minutes to 1 hour before it disappears.

The uniqueness of Steve is in the details. While Steve goes through the same large-scale creation process as an aurora, it travels along different magnetic field lines than the aurora. All-sky cameras showed that Steve appears at much lower latitudes. That means the charged particles that create Steve connect to magnetic field lines that are closer to Earth's equator, hence why Steve is often seen in southern Canada.

Perhaps the biggest surprise about Steve appeared in the satellite data. The data showed that Steve comprises a fast moving stream of extremely hot particles called a sub auroral ion drift, or SAID. Scientists have studied SAIDs since the 1970s but never knew there was an accompanying visual effect.

As for the name "Steve" given by the citizen scientists? The team is keeping it as an homage to its initial name and discoverers. But now it is STEVE, short for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.
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Here we see a cameo of everything that has gone so horribly wrong with climate science.  Now we codify a model in a deeply non-linear system with ill-understood or unknown feedbacks, don't demonstrate any predictive skill yet claim it has some relevance. 

The model used in this paper was not created to make predictions or forecasts, and the paper does not offer any predictions or forecasts.
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This inspirational video includes two short clips of the center booster taking a plunge into the ocean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0FZIwabctw