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What Do Our Oldest Books Say About Us? | The New Republic
They are: the Vercelli Book, which contains six poems, including the hallucinatory “Dream of the Rood”; the Junius Manuscript, which comprises four long religious poems; the Exeter Book, crammed with riddles and elegies; and the Beowulf Manuscript, whose name says it all.
8 days ago by zephyr777
Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning - The New York Times
“People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they’re too stupid and they’ve already taken over the world.”
9 days ago by zephyr777
Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy | Ars Technica
Tapscott focuses on the idea that blockchain technology would allow people to vote anonymously while still being able to verify that their vote was included in the final total. Even assuming this is mathematically possible—and I think it probably is—this idea ignores the many, many ways that foreign governments could compromise an online vote without breaking the core cryptographic algorithms

Thousands of others say they tried to vote for Trump—or against him—but their votes weren't counted ... Was that due to hackers meddling with the vote, technical snafus, or user error? Were some of them just misremembering how they had cast their ballots? There would be no way to know for sure ... An important property for an election is finality
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10 days ago by zephyr777
tyges.com Victoria Terrill
~9/20/2-17: rec'd cold call from VT re ABA positions. Found this by looking up her phone 757-208-7232 on google.
14 days ago by Cloudwalker
Red Dead Redemption 2 just broke a ton of records October 30, 2018 at 03:44PM https://ift.tt/2zjSp70

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a video game about robbing and fighting your way through the US’s Old West to survive—and it made a killing this weekend.

Developer Rockstar Games announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) generated over $725 million in worldwide sales, just three days after it launched on Friday (Oct. 26). That’s the biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment. Variety points out that the game even beat Avengers: Infinity War, which has the highest-grossing opening weekend in film history—although at $59.99, RDR2 costs significantly more than a movie ticket. Still, the game’s success was enough to send the stock price ofRockstar’s Parent Company, Take-Two Interactive, up almost 12% on Tuesday (Oct. 30).

This also makes RDR2 the biggest entertainment launch of 2018. Earlier this year, Far Cry 5, developed by Ubisoft, was the top selling video game of 2018, which generated $310 million in its first week. Call of Duty: Black Ops IV beat that in October, generating $500 million within its first three days of sales, but RDR2 still beat them both handily. 

And while Rockstar didn’t release exact numbers, the company claims that RDR2 is also the most pre-ordered game ever on the PlayStation Network (PSN), Sony’s online gaming service. In addition, Rockstar also notes that RDR2 generated the most sales on launch day on PSN ever. (Its near-flawless reviews are probably helping.)

However, the number one spot for the highest grossing entertainment launch goes to another Rockstar game: Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V), which racked up $1 billion in its first three days. GTA V was released on a Tuesday, however, leaving RDR2 to claim the biggest weekend opening to date. But while GTA V might currently be the highest-earning media title of all time, RDR2 is still gaining its fair share of accolades. And the game is just getting going: Rockstar plans to introduce an online multiplayer mode to RDR2, which it’ll being inviting people to test out in November. And if it’s anywhere near as popular as the online mode in GTA V, which is still played around the world even though it was released in 2013, Rockstar may have another long-lasting hit on its hands.

via Quartz https://qz.com
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17 days ago by leconeyc
It’s not clear which MacBook laptop to buy anymore October 30, 2018 at 03:37PM https://ift.tt/2CRgg1h

Earlier today (Oct. 30), Apple released a new, confusingly named, MacBook Air. It rounds out the lineup of laptops that Apple has been releasing since 2015, with the launch of the MacBook.

But along with the 13-inch MacBook Pro that it released in 2016, Apple now has three laptop models that are roughly the same size, and all look pretty similar.

the new macbook air is good. what is not good is answering the question "what 13 inch laptop should i get" because there are now… *checks notes* eighteen base configurations pic.twitter.com/8CEwlBbvjx

— Owen Williams (@ow) October 30, 2018

To the average buyer who walks into an Apple store and sees these three machines next to each other, they’re likely not going to be sure which one is right for them. And it’s not entirely clear what the answer is:


Starting Price

Screen size

Base memory

Base storage

Base Processor


MacBook Air


13 inches

8 GB

128 GB

1.6 GHz

2.75 pounds



12 inches

8 GB

256 GB

1.2 GHz

2.03 pounds

MacBook Pro


13 inches

8 GB

128 GB

2.3 GHz

3.02 pounds

There are some slight differences between the models: For example, the Air is the only one of the three to feature Apple’s TouchID fingerprint scanner, and the MacBook only has one USB port, while the others have two. But realistically, there isn’t much difference between the three devices.

Given that Apple hasn’t updated its MacBook since July 2017 (it refreshed the internals on the MacBook Pros this summer), it’s possible that it plans to phase the laptop out and return the Air to its rightful place as the company’s budget laptop. And given that it’s now charging $200 more for an Air than it was previously, there’s a case to be made that Apple’s entry-level laptop is now, in fact, the new $800 iPad Pro it also introduced today. It’s a lot easier to understand which iPad Pro to get, given that there’s only two of them.

via Quartz https://qz.com
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17 days ago by leconeyc
Energy Commercial Bank extends IPO to November 16 - MyJoyOnline.com
Energy Commercial Bank extends IPO to November 16 October 30, 2018 at 03:25PM https://ift.tt/2OX3AgA Energy Commercial Bank Limited has extended its Initial Public Offer (IPO) that was expected to end on Friday 2nd November 2018 to 16th November 2018. via JoyOnline - Ghana Business https://ift.tt/2wG0lN1
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17 days ago by leconeyc
This clever Halloween tradition makes your clutter disappear October 30, 2018 at 03:09PM https://ift.tt/2SCgjUm

My brother-in-law and his family invented a simple, genius Halloween tradition: Every year, they collect “used but perfectly good” toys to add to the bowl they present to trick-and-treaters.

New Yorkers who are dedicated to living as minimally as possible, Scott Matthews and his wife came up with the system to offload toys that their 14-year-old daughter, Sasha, had outgrown. Costumed visitors can walk away with a candy bar, a bag of chips, or, say, a toy gyroscope for budding physicists.

Trick-or-treaters almost always prefer the toy. And they’re not fussy about taking home something that’s not brand new, as long as it’s clean. “By the end of the night, everything is always gone,” Scott says.

I’m the daughter! Everyone in our building fricken loves this tradition, and it’s a win/win. Highly recommended! https://t.co/2uEypLso5f

— Sasha Matthews (@RumbleComics) October 30, 2018

Sasha, a high school student in Manhattan and a prolific political comic artist, never regrets the giveaways. The tradition aligns nicely with her environmental and social activism: As she’ll point out, toys are a prime contributor to the world’s mountains and floating islands of waste. She’s also careful not to offer toys with any small pieces that could be choking hazards.

For her parents, it’s a “relatively guilt-free way to declutter,” says Scott, who takes some satisfaction in nudging children toward a game or hobby, instead of more sugar. Still, he says, “The only way to help the environment is not to consume this stuff to begin with.”

via Quartz https://qz.com
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17 days ago by leconeyc
Lauren Groff is the latest literary star to write “cli-fi” October 30, 2018 at 03:09PM https://ift.tt/2zjOaIC

In a new piece of fiction from Lauren Groff, climate change and motherhood are as dreadful as a bedtime ghost story.

With “Warmer,” a collection of stories out today (Oct. 30) from Amazon Original Stories, she and six other writers add to a growing body of “cli-fi” stories, fiction about the impact of climate change. “Warmer” is only available digitally from the Amazon publishing imprint, and is free if you have Amazon Prime.

Courtesy Amazon Original Studios

In “Boca Raton,” the author of Fates and Furies depicts a single mother, Ange, who’s haunted by the specter of climate change. She faces nights of sleeplessness after discovering a nest of dead chicks who have been fed plastic from a creek by their mother. Ange moves through her days zombie-like, contemplating the hurricanes of her life.

“Warmer” also includes stories by Jess Walter, author of the novels The Zero and Beautiful Ruins; and Jane Smiley, author of A Thousand Acres and Private Life. Taken together, the stories feel a little heavy handed: They read almost like sponsored content for climate change activism, where the theme risks looming too large and explicit to reach people who don’t already believe in the effects of climate change. Still, fiction moves people in ways news and policy can’t.

Journalist Dan Bloom is credited with coining “cli-fi” (rhymes with sci-fi) around 2007, and Margaret Atwood tweeted about it in 2012. Her dystopian trilogy, which concluded in 2013’s MaddAddam, and Barbara Kingsolver’s 2012 Flight Behaviour, for example, contain cli-fi themes.

“So far, climate and post-apocalyptic fiction has been good at firing a warning shot about what might happen when everything falls apart,” Walter says by email, “Perhaps another thing fiction can attempt to do is render the massive as personal, to make the societal problem an individual concern.”

“Warmer” is a collaboration between Amazon Original Stories and the literary studio Plympton.

via Quartz https://qz.com
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