vashti-lives: note-a-bear: millennial-review: If you wanted to see how many people don’t know…




If you wanted to see how many people don’t know what taxes are or how they work, read the notes

I think my only problem with continued joke— tech bros just invented busses tech bros just invented renting etc— is that it assumes these guys are just clueless idiots who don’t know how the world works. The reality is these guys know exactly what they’re doing and what they’re doing is creating a lifestyle that deliberately excludes the poor. Re-invent the bus system so you don’t have to sit next to the poor. Re-invent renting to be even more exclusive.

Re-invent taxes so you be sure your money is only helping “your community” ie other wealthy people and then vote to lower actual taxes so that none of that money goes to help anybody else.

This is absolutely a purposeful plan. Nobody wants to drive on roads with potholes or walk on broken sidewalks but why should our tax money go to *those people* I know let’s create a “community startup” so we can cut taxes without personal inconvenience.

savwafaire: slide-effect: science-fiction-is-real: STAR TREK…





I looked it up out of excitement; it’s called “ili”, and it was created by a Japanese company called Logbar.

It costs $249. It supports English, Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin (for now). It comes with one language, but new languages can be added with updates.

General sales will begin this November, but you can join their waitlist/ learn more information here on their website:

Here’s their FAQ page:

And here are more videos from their website:

The reasoning behind ili’s one-way functionality:

An extended version of the video above posted by OP: 

And User Reviews: 

And you can go here for more updates!:


Amazon has a real fake review problem


A “vast web” of fraudulent reviewers have come to dominate Amazon, with shills being paid cash to order a product, photograph it on arrival, and write a glowing, 5-star review.

This isn’t a new problem: in 2016, Amazon sued a raft of its own sellers over the use of fake reviews.

But upside of fake reviews – huge profits reaped from sales of cheap, substandard goods – are handsome, so the legal threats have only driven the fake reviews underground and increased the fakesters’ tradecraft; Amazon says it is fighting back with investigations of “non-Amazon forums,” looking for job markets where fake reviews are purchased; and the company is deploying machine learning systems to spot shills.

Of course, fake 5-star reviews aren’t the only problem. The sprawling Facebook forums where fake reviews are bought and sold are also full of offers to purchase fake 1-star reviews on competitors’ products.

Quack remedies are a favorite among fake reviewers, with money to be made for lauding boric acid vaginal suppositories, turmeric curcumin vitamins, and myoinositol capsules.

What Google Assistant calls will actually be like


Rob Beschizza:

Perhaps you were slightly unnerved by Silicon Valley cheering Google’s startlingly convincing and conversant simulation of a human voice! You know they don’t really give a damn about online fakery and abuse, so you know they won’t give a damn what ends this tech is put to.

Thankfully, it probably won’t work quite so well as the demo. Mr. Bandwagon’s edit of Google’s presentation is great, an artifact popping in perfect form from the near future’s mercifullly unequal distribution.

The thing is this: if humans don’t know they’re talking to robots, they won’t talk in a way robots will understand, which is what we tend to do with Siri and other voice assistants. It’ll take a lot of machine learning to grasp the complexities and vagaries of truly natural human speech, a point so obvious that everyone assumes it will obviously be overcome.

Maybe we’ll find ourselves talking robotically for the benefit of machines we believe are human. But it’s more likely we’ll become swiftly inoculated against The Voice, attuned to its little shibboleths and flaws–no Voight-Kampff test necessary–at least for now. We’ll just be angrier than ever at our phones, hanging up at the first sign of Robocall 2.0, until it becomes so pervasive we have no choice.

sleepwithgiggli: thexxit: Keep reading Links from the tweets: Elle: The Woman who coined the word…




Keep reading

Links from the tweets:

Elle: The Woman who coined the word Incel

4Chan: the Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump

We Hunted the Mammoth: Incels hail Toronto driver

Vox:  How the alt-right’s sexism lures men into white supremacy

The source twitter link: Arshy Mann

Cameroon ‘Genius Centers’ seek to promote technological innovations among youths | Africanews

Cameroon 'Genius Centers' seek to promote technological innovations among youths | Africanews:


Children are directed at the workshop on different programming contents, from Robotic Designs to mounting robotics.

The Genius center owned by Danielle has already trained nearly 4000 youths in Cameroon. Learning  these tools allows one to exceed the simple technology awareness, according to Danielle. She intends to create other Genius centers across the country and even in the sub-region within the Central Africa.

Microsoft sends recycler to jail for reinstalling obsolete, licensed copies of Windows on refurbished PCs


Eric Lundgren is an environmental hero, whose California business diverts literal tons of e-waste from landfills, refurbishes it, and puts it in the hands of people who can make good use of it.

Part of his business is downloading free restore disks from PC manufacturers’ websites and bundling them with refurbed PCs, each of which has a valid license to install that version of Windows, along with a valid license key.

When a shipment of Lundgren’s restore disks was intercepted on its way into the USA from China, he was brought up on trial. Lundgren pleaded guilty, but argued that since the disks’ contents could lawfully be downloaded for free, and since the disks wouldn’t work without valid license keys, the disks themselves had a value of $0.

That’s where Microsoft comes in: they strenuously argued that each of these restore disks was worth $25 (down from the government’s estimated value of $299 each!). In court, Microsoft  lawyer Bonnie MacNaughton called these “counterfeit operating systems” that “displaced Microsoft’s potential sales of genuine operating systems” – even though Lundgren’s PCs had valid Windows licenses and Microsoft made the disks’ contents available for free.

The judge, feeling he had no choice, found that the restore disks were worth $700K and sentenced Lundgren to 15 months in prison. The 11 Circuit appeals court upheld the sentence.

After doing everything in its power to put this amazing, brilliant, principled man in jail, Microsoft issued a statement smearing him and calling him a “counterfeiter.”

As JWZ puts it: “In case you’ve forgotten: Microsoft is still a vile garbage fire of a company.