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Month: January 2018

10 Studios That Spoiled Their Own Movies

We’re making memes smarter. So can you. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get started. Between social media and advance screenings, it’s getting harder and harder to avoid movie spoilers. But even if you manage to escape all that, your movie experience might still be spoiled … by the studio itself. (Special thanks to Amomaxia, for his help with research.) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Want in on this? Photoplasty Contest: How Mediocre Things Got Popular, In Three Steps Pictofacts Contest: Weird Implications Of Sci-Fi Technology Pictofacts Contest: Celebs With Dark Pasts You...

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George Soros Says Trump Administration Is Danger to the World

George Soros said President Donald Trump is risking a nuclear war with North Korea and predicts that the groundswell of opposition he’s generated will be his downfall. “I consider the Trump administration a danger to the world,” the billionaire investor said in a speech from Davos, Switzerland. “But I regard it as a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020, or even sooner.” He expects a Democratic “landslide” in the 2018 elections. Soros, the 87-year-old chairman of Soros Fund Management, said his Open Society Foundations are spending more than half of their budget “closer to home” rather than...

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The Lightning Network Could Make Bitcoin Fasterand Cheaper

In 2014, Joseph Poon and Thaddeus Dryja were bitcoin-obsessed engineers hanging out at pizza-fueled meetups in San Francisco. Their conversation often turned to the central problem of bitcoin: How to make it more useful? The bitcoin network’s design effectively limits it to handling three to seven transactions per second, compared with tens of thousands per second for Visa. Poon and Dryja recognized that for bitcoin to reach its full potential, it needed a major fix. The pair had an idea, one whose elements were already in the air at the time. On the weekends they met in unofficial coworking...

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iPad or Dr. Seuss?: The Double-Edged Sword of Raising Kids in the Tech Era

ShareTweet I sat with my five-year-old in a doctor’s office waiting room, and as she handed me her pink, VTech camera to go play with a plastic, farmhouse I smiled. I looked across from me and saw a young boy around her age happily enthralled with an electronic tablet, his mother with head bent focusing on her phone. The pull to grab mine out of my purse was there. I looked back to my daughter as she returned to me, already bored with the barn, and she reached quickly for her camera. It didn’t just take pictures. It had...

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Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report Shows

White supremacists in the United States killed more than twice as many people in 2017 as they did the year before, and were responsible for far more murders than domestic Islamic extremists, helping make 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence in America, a new report states. The report, “Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2017,” published Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said extremists killed 34 people last year. Twenty of those victims — or 59 percent — were killed by right-wing extremists, a designation that includes white supremacists, members of the so-called...

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