Remembering Prince's promotion and celebration of women
This September, Prince granted a rare interview to Entertainment Weekly, during which he was asked about which musicians he was most enjoying now. Nine of the 10 artists he listed were women. Joni Mitchell. Erykah Badu, Beyonce, Tori Kelly. He called Janelle Monae "brilliant," speculating she "could run for president one day." He said of Esperanza Spalding, "I thought I could play bass until I met her." He called Mitchell "a genius, the way she paints a picture with just a few chords."
music  feminism 
9 days ago
An Unbelievable Story of Rape - ProPublica
That Marie recanted wasn’t surprising, Rinta wrote, given the “bullying” and “hounding” she was subjected to. The detectives elevated “minor inconsistencies” — common among victims — into discrepancies, while ignoring strong evidence the crime had occurred. As for threatening jail and a possible withdrawal of housing assistance if Marie failed a polygraph: “These statements are coercive, cruel, and unbelievably unprofessional,” Rinta wrote. “I can’t imagine ANY justification for making these statements.”
rape  crime  justice  police 
13 days ago
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Australian biosecurity - YouTube
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Australian biosecurity

Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
celebrity  Australia  weird  lol 
13 days ago
Why the dancers who inspired ‘A Chorus Line’ sold their stories for $1 | New York Post
When the show became a hit, Bennett had Breglio draw up a contract that gave a share of his royalties to the dancers. At the height of its popularity, “A Chorus Line” earned close to $10,000 a year for each dancer. That, of course, was nothing compared to the millions it earned Bennett. And many of the original dancers would later complain that they had sold their lives for a pittance. But nobody had any idea that two tape sessions would become the basis for the biggest hit in Broadway history.
stories  theater 
14 days ago
The Millions : Cool Story, Bro: The Provocations of John D'Agata - The Millions
When Fingal gently presses him on where he got the number thirty-four from, D’Agata’s answer sets the tone for the rest of the exchange: “Well, I guess that’s because the rhythm of ‘thirty-four’ works better in that sentence than the rhythm of ‘thirty-one,’ so I changed it.” With admirable restraint, Fingal thanks D’Agata for his time and mentions that he’ll “probably be checking back with you later on.”
writing  nonfiction  well-actually 
16 days ago
Craig Wright’s upcoming big reveal | FT Alphaville
I’d want to see:
A message signed with the same PGP key Satoshi used back in 2010. (…but his computer could have been hacked)
A message signed with keys from early Bitcoin blocks (…but his wallet could have been stolen).
Email or private forum posts he sent to me in 2010 (… but email could have been hacked).
A conversation about technical stuff, ideally via email, so I can see if it feels like the same person I communicated with in 2010
bitcoin  authenticity 
27 days ago
'Broadcast': A 'Black Mirror' Style Series Releasing for Gear VR
Each of Broadcast’s initial five episodes will run three to five minutes and will feature a unique and self-contained story exploring the darker side of VR in a manner similar to the BBC’s Black Mirror.
4 weeks ago
The Science Behind Why Airplane Food Tastes Different — Plane Talk | The Kitchn
. That, too, can interfere with our taste preferences, inhibiting our ability to taste sweet and enhancing our appreciation for umami,
food  senses  taste 
4 weeks ago
Google AI ethics board remains a mystery - Business Insider
Google's artificial intelligence (AI) ethics board, established when Google acquired London AI startup DeepMind in 2014, remains one of the biggest mysteries in tech, with both Google and DeepMind refusing to reveal who sits on it.
google  artificial-intelligence  ethics 
5 weeks ago
BBC - Future - These unlucky people have names that break computers
“We moved almost immediately after we got married so it came up practically as soon as I changed my name, buying plane tickets,” she says. When Jennifer Null tries to buy a plane ticket, she gets an error message on most websites. The site will say she has left the surname field blank and ask her to try again.
names  error  interfaces 
5 weeks ago
Vice Media Web Traffic Plunges 17% in February, Sunk by Risky Strategy | Variety
he inventory that Vice makes available to media buyers is actually a combination of its own website, Vice.com, and a collection of other Web properties Vice doesn’t really own or operate, such as ModernFarmer.com and ThePlaidZebra.com. Comscore enables this arrangement by allowing one publisher to essentially sign away its audience to another publisher through a document known as a “traffic assignment” letter. These pacts are typically struck by smaller publishers lacking advertising sales infrastructure; in exchange for turning over their traffic, they can have their inventory represented by a bigger entity with better access to a wider range of marketers.
vice  traffic  analytics  advertising 
5 weeks ago
Amerika (miniseries) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amerika was about life in the United States after a bloodless takeover engineered by the Soviet Union. Not wanting to depict the actual takeover, ABC Entertainment president Brandon Stoddard set the miniseries ten years after the event, focusing on the demoralized American people a decade after the Soviet conquest. The intent, he later explained, was to explore the American spirit under such conditions, not to portray the conflict of the Soviet coup.
towatch  alt-history 
5 weeks ago
Chelsea Manning: government anti-leak program a 'blank check for surveillance' | US news | The Guardian
The Insider Threat file on Manning suggests that the soldier’s gender dysphoria – where her gender identity is out of sync with her gender at birth – was also a character trait that could have been used to predict her desire to leak state secrets.

Chase Strangio, the ACLU lawyer who represents Manning in her legal disputes with the US military relating to her gender transition, said that the file was yet another example of the soldier’s voice and identity being used against her. “They are using her gender identity to suggest it fits into an offender profile.”
manning  surveillance  identity 
6 weeks ago
Dear Tech, You Suck at Delight — Medium
Year In Review feature first juxtaposed his daughter’s face — his daughter Rebecca, who died of aggressive brain cancer on her sixth birthday — with balloons and partiers.
What we’ve found, over and over, is an industry willing to invest endless resources chasing “delight” — but when put up to the pressure of real life, the results are shallow at best, and horrifying at worst.
empathy  delight  buzzwords  algorithms 
6 weeks ago
Think intelligence is fixed? You’re more likely to overestimate your own | Ars Technica
The issue of overconfidence appears to be a secondary effect of a person’s thoughts on intelligence. When participants were instructed to focus on the easiest parts of a task, they also began to show the same thought patterns as people who fundamentally believe that intelligence is fixed and overestimated their abilities. Receiving the opposite instruction reversed this outcome. When participants were instructed to spend most of their time on the most challenging part of a task, their confidence fell, and they were better able to assess their own skill level accurately.
intelligence  confidence  psychology 
6 weeks ago
A History of SmarterChild | Motherboard
How about a robot that instantly pulls and returning info from the internet when requested? Sixteen years ago, three guys had that exact idea—and it didn't exist. The web was still a greenfield project. And thanks to some great foresight (perhaps too much, if that’s real) they created ActiveBuddy, the startup that built SmarterChild.

SmarterChild was a robot that lived in the buddy list of millions of American Online Instant Messenger (AIM) users. He was, as far as I know, my first interaction with artificial intelligence.
bots  chatbot 
6 weeks ago
What Happened In The March 15 Primaries | FiveThirtyEight
No one is totally sure why this works, but we have yet more evidence from tonight’s returns that Google searches for candidates in states that are voting are decent indicators of how those states will vote. They showed Kasich’s relative strength in Ohio, Cruz’s in Missouri and Rubio’s in Florida (relative to his performance in other states, not to Trump’s in Florida). This is still a very new area of study, and it remains to be seen how best to convert Google search numbers into vote shares, where it works and where it doesn’t, why it isn’t as useful on the Democratic side, and — the big question! — why searches are predictive of votes.
search  politics  elections 
6 weeks ago
Time Travel Subway Car | Improv Everywhere
For our latest mission, we staged an elaborate time travel prank on a New York City subway car with four sets of identical twins. A man enters a subway car and announces he is raising money to complete his time machine. At the next stop, his future self enters to try to talk him out of it. More and more time travelers convene on the subway car as the train rolls along, surprising the random commuters caught up in the middle.
time-machine  comedy 
6 weeks ago
The "Shadow" of a Hiroshima Victim, Etched into Stone Steps, Is All That Remains After 1945 Atomic Blast | Open Culture
“Receiving the rays directly, the victim must have died on the spot from massive burns. The surface of the surrounding stone steps was turned whitish by the intense heat rays. The place where the person was sitting became dark like a shadow.”
memorial  history  japan  hiroshima 
6 weeks ago
Cato (spy) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cato was an African-American slave who served as an American Black Patriot spy and courier gathering Intelligence with his owner, Hercules Mulligan, who was a "sub-agent of the Culper Ring" in New York City.[1] Mulligan's activities began before the Ring was formed and he operated both independently and in connection with the Ring.[2] Cato was a vital associate in Mulligan's activities, often acting as a courier, in part through British-held territory. Historian Paul R. Misencik has written that Cato was a "faithful accomplice" of Mulligan
spies  history  18th 
6 weeks ago
The Spy Who Never Was — Central Intelligence Agency
It would come soon—but only after Washington’s appointment of Nathaniel Sackett as de facto chief of intelligence in February 1777. Sackett, a wholly forgotten figure, should justly be counted as the real founding father of American intelligence-gathering. He would last only a few months in the job, but it was he who conceived the idea of embedding agents among the British. Major John Clark was among the first of these remarkable individuals. He spent some nine months living undercover and unsuspected on Long Island, all the time making precise observations of British troop strength. It is important to realize, however, that Clark’s success was almost certainly unique. Sackett’s few other agents tended to last about a week, having either switched sides or suffered exposure.
spies  history  18th 
6 weeks ago
The New York Times Needs To Be More Open About the News - Fortune
The story remained unchanged for nearly 10 hours—before it was edited multiple times over the following few hours into Wednesday morning. As originally reported in a Medium post and described by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone, passages that previously seemed complimentary were watered down while comments that could be interpreted as favorable were weakened or removed. No editorial notes were added.
news  editing  finish-fetish 
6 weeks ago
Cyber femme fatale targets South Korean government
The Choson Ilbo reports that North Korea has set up a series of Facebook profiles with pictures of “pretty women” to attract the attention and cyber friendship of South Korean officials.

The National Intelligence Service told parliament, “If a beautiful stranger wants to become your friend on Facebook, you should turn them down,” the newspaper reported.
catfishing  robin-sage 
6 weeks ago
Zero Hedge: Wall Street's daily dose of doom and gloom - Sep. 25, 2014
Zero Hedge, a financial blog, offers a deeply conspiratorial, anti-establishment and pessimistic view of the world.
finance  communities 
6 weeks ago
The Actress Patti Murin Takes On Broadway Chat Board - The New York Times
The theater community is small, and the BroadwayWorld chat board, which has had six million messages since it was started in 2003, claims to be the largest for theater fans. The website, which is independently owned by its founder, Robert Diamond, has news, features and listings about theater in multiple cities. Mr. Diamond said that the chat board participants are “a wide variety of people that range from Tony-winning performers to 14-year-olds in Kansas City,” and said the forum was established to “create a place for those of us that didn’t grow up with theater-loving friends to chat about the things we were obsessing about.”
6 weeks ago
HBO's 'Silicon Valley' had diversity problems at TechCrunch Disrupt - Business Insider
During the review process once the footage was woven in, another editor criticized the crowd shots for not featuring any women and blamed Berg for the oversight. 

"She said those crowd shots were absurd," Berg told the crowd at SXSW. "Those were real shots of the real place, and we didn’t frame women out. The world we’re depicting is f---ed up."
internet-culture  television 
6 weeks ago
SXSW's Online Harassment Summit was just one more place for men to ignore women | The Verge
"It's mainly women in this room. Probably we don't need this information. If we had named this panel ‘The Freedom of Expression on the Internet,' which is what it is, the room would probably be more 50-50."
6 weeks ago
Marty Baron: Loss of public trust is journalism's greatest challenge - World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA
no question: trust is our greatest challenge. There is no greater ones. We are constantly worried about resources, social media, monetization and all these kind of things. All of those pale in comparison to this particular challenge.
journalism  institutions 
6 weeks ago
On Letters of Note | VQR Online
Such letters bristle with the kind of truth-telling that’s got great appeal to the internet, which fancies itself to be rebellious, forward-thinking, creative, and antiestablishment. These letters make the reader feel great: strong, smart, and correct..Above all, a writer of good history ought not to assume that people in the past were Just Like Us. There’s a reason why you won’t find trained historians using words like “timeless.” Such assumptions foreclose everything that’s interesting about historical investigation, reducing the ambiguous strangeness and familiarity of the past to a solved problem.
history  internet-culture 
6 weeks ago
The Incredible Story Of How Hackers Stole $100 Million From The New York Fed | Zero Hedge
As it turns out there is much more to the story, and as Bloomberg reports today now that this incredible story is finally making the mainstream, there is everything from casinos, to money laundering and ultimately a scheme to steal $1 billion from the Bangladeshi central bank.  In fact, the story is shaping up to be "one of the biggest documented cases of potential money laundering in the Philippines. It risks setting back the Southeast Asian nation’s efforts to stamp out the use of the country to clean cash, and tarnishing the legacy of President Benigno Aquino as elections loom in May.
hacking  crime 
7 weeks ago
Listen Up: Your AI Assistant Goes Crazy For NPR Too | KWBU
istener Roy Hagar wrote in to say our story prompted his Alexa to reset his thermostat to 70 degrees. It was difficult for Jeff Finan to hear the story because his radio was right next to his Echo speaker, and when Alex heard her name, she started playing an NPR News summary. Marc-Paul Lee said his unit started going crazy too and wrote in to tell us this - let's just say we both enjoyed the story. So Alexa, listen up - we want you to pledge to your local member station. You hear me? Lots and lots of money.
amazon  artificial-intelligence  fembots 
7 weeks ago
The World According to Eco | WIRED
Do you seriously believe that mechanics and housewives are going to pour into Multimedia Arcade?

No, not straight away. When Gutenberg invented his printing press, the working classes did not immediately sign up for copies of the 42-Line Bible; but they were reading it a century later. And don't forget Luther. Despite widespread illiteracy, his translation of the New Testament circulated through all sections of 16th-century German society. What we need is a Luther of the Net.
8 weeks ago
Making Things, Writing Things| Prototyping as a Compositional Strategy | Syracuse University | 3 March 2016 | Jentery Sayers
Remake technologies that no longer exist, no longer work,
or cannot be found in museums or archives
"Prototyping the Past" or "Prototyping Absence"
objects  design  workingon 
8 weeks ago
3ders.org - Sounds emitted by 3D printers could put Intellectual Property at risk | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News
A new study from the University of California, Irvine, has revealed the surprising fact that the sounds emitted from a 3D printer could be enough to compromise valuable intellectual property, allowing cyber attackers to reverse-engineer and re-create 3D printed objects based off of nothing more than a smartphone audio recording.
3d-printing  physibles  copyright  piracy  objects 
8 weeks ago
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton Code/Media Interview Full Video | Re/code
Now that’s behind him, he says — except for the fact that he routinely uses a fax machine to communicate.

Which Lynton says isn’t a terrible thing, either: “Slowing things down for a minute, that’s not the worst thing in the world,”
security  sony-hack 
8 weeks ago
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