Meet Clearview AI, the secretive company that might end privacy as we know it

Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos.

Then Ton-That — an Australian techie and onetime model — did something momentous: He invented a tool that could end your ability to walk down the street anonymously and provided it to hundreds of law enforcement agencies, ranging from local cops in Florida to the FBI and the Department of Homeland ...
Submitted by Finster at 2020-01-20 4:28am to the The Economy forum.

Facebook sorry for vulgar mistranslation of Xi Jinping

But the historic moment was dimmed by the automatic translation feature on Myanmar’s Facebook page — which rendered Xi Jinping’s name from Burmese into English as “Mr. Shithole.”
Submitted by WootFuxor at 2020-01-20 0:13am to the The World forum.

Philadelphia professor accused of spending $185K in federal grants on strip clubs, iTunes

A former Drexel University professor who allegedly misused $185,000 in federal grant funds on strip clubs and other personal expenses has been charged with theft.

Prosecutors say Chika Nwankpa, 57, used $96,000 in federal grants at adult entertainment venues and sports bars between 2010 and 2017, ABC News reported this week. Additionally, he allegedly spent $89,000 on iTunes purchases and meals.

The former head of Drexel's electrical engineering department misappropriated grants from the ...
Submitted by #YOLO at 2020-01-19 19:40pm to the Education forum.

Students defeat new 'Barnacle' parking clamp, skip fines and get free internet

University of Oklahoma students furious after finding out a new parking-fine device, nicknamed “The Barnacle,” would be implemented at their school have already got the administration to scrap it after figuring out a fix to remove the boot.

The Barnacle is a plastic cover that uses suction to stick to the windshield of a vehicle, and is deployed by a parking enforcement officer who’s caught a car with three outstanding parking fines on their record.

The high-tech device doesn’t ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2020-01-19 1:01am to the Crime forum.

How Russia Fell in Love with Candy Bars Made of Blood

As a child growing up in the Soviet Union, Maria Pirogovskaya recalls that her mother would often come back from the pharmacy with a “wholesome and healthy treat” for her daughter: a “candy bar” called Hematogen. Officially produced as an over-the-counter supplement to treat anemia, which affects nearly a quarter of all humans but is especially prevalent in young children, it was made with beet sugar, condensed milk, and syrup, so Pirogovskaya gobbled it up. It was basically the Soviet ...
Submitted by chapstick at 2020-01-18 21:17pm to the Food forum.

I co-founded Occupy Wall Street. Now I'm headed to Davos. Why?

Rejecting Davos is easy when one hasn’t been invited. Now that I have a chance to go, I want to discover its revolutionary potential
Submitted by somedongus at 2020-01-18 15:31pm to the Horseshit! forum.

Providence club: Buttigieg's husband abruptly moves fundraiser over 'dancer pole'

A Providence gay bar said the husband of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg abruptly relocated an event Friday night.

In a Facebook post, the owner of "The Dark Lady" claims Chasten Buttigieg canceled a fundraiser event for his husband after learning the gay bar has a dancer pole.

"We guess this is what the gay candidate does to the gay community!" noted the post.

The event was moved to "Backstage" at Hotel Providence.

Providence City Council President Sabina Matos ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2020-01-18 8:45am to the Politics forum.

This is Not a Democracy, It's a Cheerocracy: The Cheerleading Monopoly Varsity Brands

Two days ago, a colleague of mine, Sarah Miller, told me, ‘hey did you know there’s a cheerleading monopoly?’ I looked, and sure enough, there is! And it’s owned by Bain Capital. Sometimes the universe aligns and gives me the perfect monopoly to write about.
Submitted by somedongus at 2020-01-18 2:14am to the Crime forum.

I took my rabbi to see 'Uncut Gems'

The movie was worth seeing. I will never take my wife because she will say “Why do I care about these people?” It was the same thing with A Serious Man, “Why do I care?” Have you seen A Serious Man? I care about the professor in that film because he’s always trying to do right, and everything goes wrong. I care about Howard because he’s stumbling. It goes back to the whole notion of morality. There’s a whole second paragraph of the Sh’ma [the centerpiece of some Jewish services] ...
Submitted by ron at 2020-01-18 0:14am to the Movies forum.

Smoke from Underground

Until the 1980s, it was possible to ignore the fact that Centralia was on fire. By then, the mines in this Pennsylvania coal town had been burning underground for nearly twenty years, but there was no roaring blaze, no Biblical conflagration. What you saw was mostly steam spouting from the ground, gassy and sulphurous—more like the farts of hell, really, than the flames of an inferno. The easiest thing was to hold your breath and pretend not to notice, and often enough, you didn’t have to ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2020-01-17 23:47pm to the The Economy forum.

The Forever War Between ‘Come’ and ‘Cum’

The material reality is the same either way: a phenomenon properly known as “orgasm.” Coming, or cumming, is the sensation of climax and release during a sexual act, and the dueling variants of the word do not have separate literal meanings. They don’t even have different pronunciations. Yet so much is encoded in our preferred spelling — here and elsewhere — that the “come” vs. “cum” discrepancy is less of an academic debate than an ideological cold war. Those who pick a side ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-17 22:33pm to the Education forum.

Is Robert Downey Jr. a good actor?

What is the point of playing the same character over and over again in a multibillion-dollar corporate franchise if not so that you can earn for yourself the freedom to take whatever chances you want, personally and professionally and artistically, forever after?
Submitted by somedongus at 2020-01-17 20:42pm to the Movies forum.

Joe Biden wants to revoke Section 230

In an interview with The New York Times on Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden called for tech’s biggest liability shield, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, to be “revoked, immediately.”

“The idea that it’s a tech company is that Section 230 should be revoked, immediately should be revoked, number one. For Zuckerberg and other platforms,” Biden said. “It should be revoked because it is not merely an internet company. It is propagating falsehoods they know to be ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-01-17 20:59pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Black History, According To White People

“The 1619 Project’s obsession with race, standing alone, is bad enough,” Kirsanow writes, whitely. “[B]ut it’s even worse that it’s actually being used in public school curricula.”

For the punchline, click here:
Submitted by WootFuxor at 2020-01-17 18:35pm to the Politics forum.

‘You’re a bunch of dopes and babies’: Inside Trump’s stunning tirade against generals

Trump by now was in one of his rages. He was so angry that he wasn’t taking many breaths. All morning, he had been coarse and cavalier, but the next several things he bellowed went beyond that description. They stunned nearly everyone in the room, and some vowed that they would never repeat them. Indeed, they have not been reported until now.

“I wouldn’t go to war with you people,” Trump told the assembled brass.

Addressing the room, the commander in chief barked, “You’re a ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-01-17 17:17pm to the Politics forum.

The Teamster Revolt Against the Hoffa Era

willie Ford listened to the conference call in disbelief from the cab of his tractor trailer on I-95 as the Teamster election monitor announced the results of the contract vote covering 250,000 workers at UPS.

Ford, a leader of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), and rank-and-file activists like him, had spent months organizing the UPS Teamster United campaign to win contract improvements.

But UPS management and top Teamster officials agreed to givebacks, including a two-tier wage ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-01-17 16:58pm to the The Economy forum.

The Disease of Deceit

I can’t remember if the photo of Chaya and my dog was candid or if it was posed. It’s most likely the latter because my dog is notoriously uncooperative when it comes to looking at the camera for photos. It usually takes a treat in my hand to move her head in the right direction and keep it there. Anyway, it works better for the story if this photo was staged because, as we would learn nearly five years later, almost everything in Chaya’s life had been staged to elicit maximum sympathy. ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-17 15:52pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Some Space Rocks Are Notorious for Being Stinky

Many eyewitnesses described the rocks as smelling of tar or methylated spirits, also known as “denatured alcohol,” which has additives to make it taste and smell foul, to prevent people from drinking it. Others agreed that the rocks had an odor, but didn’t find it offensive: Some described them as smelling “like wet hay,” says Kay Ball, president of the Murchison & District Historical Society.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-17 15:23pm to the Science forum.

Time to patch Windows 10

there's a windows flaw that's so bad the NSA is warning about it
Submitted by Star-smith ClosetoGod at 2020-01-17 6:05am to the Video Games forum.

Homeless Black Moms Took Over a Vacant House, and Got Treated Like Terrorists

On November 18, a group of Black mothers walked up the staircase of 2928 Magnolia Street, a long-vacant three-bedroom house in Oakland, California, and opened the door. They didn’t need to break the lock, as it had previously been squatted in. They began living inside. They stayed when the company that owned the house began eviction proceedings against them. As the court battle played out, they become icons of the fight against homelessness, a journey that culminated with them being evicted ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-01-16 22:55pm to the Off Topic News forum.