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Twitter Trust and Safety Council is Anything But

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It has been a fun ride on social media website Twitter; however, like all good things, this too must come to an end.  Twitter is going down, and it will ultimately be the cowardice of Twitter’s top executives that kill it. Read More »

The Most Important Month for Spacetime in 100 Years

Spacetime

Albert Einstein wrote the General Theory of Relativity in 1915.  General Relativity generalizes both Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity to model a unified description of gravitational force as a property of spacetime.  Specifically, the curvature of spacetime is directly related to the energy and momentum of all matter and radiation present at a given ... Read More »

Does This Study Actually Prove Bias Against Women in Open Source

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A recent study has been all over the media recently, and it claims to show both that women in open source are more competent than men and that women face gender-based bias in the open source community. Considering that the study is still awaiting peer review, it might be a bit premature to jump to conclusions based on it, but ... Read More »

Men Are From Programs, Women Are From Apps

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“On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.” This old saying relates to the fact that, unless you volunteer information about yourself online, no one knows anything about who or what you really are.  Up to that point, it’s all ones and zeros.  So when each individual enters the Internet, they’re a blank slate to everyone else … until ... Read More »

How to Turn Ggautoblocker from Blacklist to Blocklist

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Apparently Twitter has not a singular problem, but six of them, if Tadhg Kelly is to be believed.  One of the six problems is harassment, or, if you’re of Kelly’s particular ideological ilk, unorthodox thought.  In making his case, he namedrops the now infamous Randi Harper, serial Twitter abuser and “developer” of the ggautoblocker.  Kelly’s implication is ggautoblocker is a ... Read More »

Secretary Clinton’s Server, Classified Info, and You

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Reports are starting to appear that discuss a private email server used by Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while she was serving as Secretary of State.  Not all media outlets are tracking the story, but enough are that people might wonder about whether or not they should take the allegations seriously.  The answer to that question is you should.  The reason why ... Read More »

Government Contracting in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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[WARNING: There is a minor Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoiler at the 2/3 mark of this commentary.  Read at your own risk.] Yep, I’m going to jump on board the Star Wars commentary bandwagon for some easy clicks.  However, I’m not going to talk about Mary Sue’s or Gary Stu’s, as I’m trying to avoid being called a sexist.  ... Read More »

This Week in Kickstarter – Animal Rave Masks

Sound Reactive Mask

A light up music mask, a tabletop wrestling game, and a device to let blind people see through sound. All that and more This Week in Kickstarter! Refuge Two players, one survivor. Outlive. Outlast. Outrun. Taking a unique angle on survival games, Refuge is a two player game of hide and seek on a remote settlement, with the ultimate goal to ... Read More »

This Week in Kickstarter – Zombies, Ghosts, and Shark(tooth) Oh My!

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This Week in Kickstarter we’ve got a way to brew coffee in your car, a horror game where you record ghosts, and an indie game about the zombie apocalypse.  Indef Humans are an endangered species after a virus nearly infects all of mankind. After 87% of humanity has been infected by an unknown virus, you are one of the last ... Read More »

This Week in Kickstarter – Getting Retro

Pixel Vision

This Week in Kickstarter, we’ve got retro games, controllable smells, and personal cameras with a variety of functions.  Night City Assault A story-based beat ’em up combining RPG gameplay and mission design with Metroidvania-style exploration. A sprite based beat ’em up that features RPG progression, an extensive set of combat moves, exploration ala Metroidvania, and a mission-based campaign. It can ... Read More »