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While space appears to be the dominant source of fascination for the world's billionaires, many have other extreme pursuits of their own.
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TLDR: The EasySplitter Pro Vocal Remover app lets users strip vocals out of any song; or peel off instrumental, drum or bass tracks to use in your own compositions. Part of the allure of the Billie Eilish story isn’t just that she’s a super-talented musical wunderkind. Obviously, that’s a big part…but there’s also the idea that a 14-year-old can record songs and launch a celebrity empire right from her bedroom. Of course, it never hurts to have the right tools on your way to music world domination. Where once it required an engineering studio stacked with engineers at the cost…

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Danny Knackstedt 2020-09-22
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Sam Newman speaks to devs at GOTOpia Europe

Sam Newman, a consultant and author specialising in microservices, told a virtual crowd at dev conference GOTOpia Europe that serverless, not Kubernetes, is the best abstraction for deploying software.…

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Danny Knackstedt 2019-10-25

Why would someone pay over one-hundred-thousand dollars for an action figure?

That’s likely the question most people ask when they see the most recent listing of a Star Wars: Boba Fett “Rocket-Firing Prototype” action figure here in late October, 2019.

Today we’re going to give a nutshell version of the low-down on this particular action figure and why it, above all others, strikes the fancy of the most hardcore collectors.

The Star Wars Boba Fett Rocket-Firing Prototype (J-Slot) AFA 85+ NM+ Action Figure up on the auction block right now is amongst the rarest of the prototype action figures in the world – of this sort of notability, anyway.

Surely there are prototypes of action figures that only see one or two prototypes made and are destroyed – no big deal.

This action figure represents a sweet spot between one-of-a-kind artwork and mass production.

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Danny Knackstedt 2021-05-26
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This rumor is more of a wish. But there's still some good evidence Apple might actually deliver a pink iPhone 13.
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Danny Knackstedt 2021-04-27
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Major platforms’ policies aren’t actually inspired by the First Amendment. This legal scholar says that’s a good thing.
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Danny Knackstedt 2020-08-29
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Amberly Rothfield charges $1.99 per minute for phone calls, and says she once got a $2,000 Amazon gift card as a tip.
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Danny Knackstedt 2019-08-27
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For three days straight, the Walt Disney Company flexed its muscles, showing off everything it has coming out for the next few years (and reminding us how much it owns).

Rumours of Ewan McGregor returning to play Obi-Wan Kenobi have been swirling for years.

This week, the actor finally changed his previously wishy-washy answers to questions about returning to Star Wars.

While it’s a little disappointing to get yet another prequel series, especially one whose timeline is so well explored, McGregor was easily one of the best things about the prequels and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s character has become so much richer thanks to The Clone Wars and Rebels.

ITS WHAT I DESERVE pic.twitter.com/AFzeaNdqlb

Feige screened a clip that showed what would happen if Peggy Carter got superpowers instead of Steve Rogers, and the results – Peggy as what may or may not be Captain Britain (Hayley Atwell called her Captain Carter), and little Steve helping in an early Iron Man suit – almost made for as much of a compelling story as the Captain America movies themselves.

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Danny Knackstedt 2021-05-23
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You may not have heard of Tubi, Pluto TV, or Kanopy—but they’re the perfect cure for subscription fatigue.
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Danny Knackstedt 2021-04-02
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The rule of six is back – and so are piles upon piles of litter. Social media has been flooded with images of parks and beaches scattered with rubbish this week, as the nation reunites with picnics (and the odd tinny) outdoors. 

It’s made many of us ask the same question: why do people litter at all? Surely, we’re all capable of taking our rubbish with us if the bins are full, right?  

Wrong. The thing is, almost everyone litters at some point in their lives, according to a review of evidence by research consultancy Brook Lyndhurst on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland.

It’s partly driven by our desire to be rid of rubbish quickly, dubbed ‘the ick factor’ by the researchers. If we’re holding a sticky ice lolly but we can’t see a bin (or the bin is full), for example, we’ll convince ourselves it’ll decompose in the bushes anyway. 

“There is evidence to suggest that people rationalise their littering behaviour through excuses in order to alleviate the associated guilt,” they say. 

The extent of our littering and the frequency of such behaviour is influenced by a number of factors, though, including where we are, who we’re with, and how we feel about our setting.

A key influence is our sense of responsibility for litter, which can be stronger or weaker depending on the environment.

“For example, places where the public believe that someone else will clean up after them, such as council-maintained sites and indoor public spaces, are often seen as more acceptable places in which to litter,” the report explains.

We’re also less likely to drop our rubbish in the immediate presence of people who are considered ‘respectable company’, such as parents or employers. “The presence of children can have a similar effect, as parents aim to set a good example,” the report adds. “The presence of peers seems to drive littering behaviour among the young, but correct disposal among older age groups.”

Unsurprisingly, people litter less frequently in places they care about and feel connected to. In contrast, it can be a form of rebellion for those who feel disenfranchised or alienated from their community, the report says. 

Mariajose Algarra, founder of the US movement Clean This Beach Up, thinks “entitlement” and plain old “laziness” also contribute. “Some litterers have a feeling that other people, especially those who get paid to, should clean up after them,” she told HuffPost. “Others litter due to laziness and believe that disposing of trash property is an inconvenience.”

There’s also evidence that neat, tidy places encourage better behaviour, while people simply add to piles of litter in places they already consider unkempt. This was seen in a 2016 Defra-funded study by Keep Britain Tidy, which concluded “people [are] more likely to litter in areas where litter is already present”.

“The findings also appear to suggest that the presence of large, more salient items of litter (e.g. branded or brightly coloured items) might further increase the likelihood of additional litter being dropped,” the report said.

It concluded that more research is needed on the influence of bright, branded litter – dubbed ‘beacons of litter’ – and suggested street cleanups might want to focus on these items as a priority to slow the domino effect. 

But what can the rest of us do if we’re frustrated by the piles of muck? Leading by example is the first step, as others will be compelled to follow social norms if you’re visibly getting rid of your rubbish properly. Then, there’s the option to join a clean-up project and reconnect with your local community in the process.

Keep Britain Tidy will be hosting a Great British Spring Clean from May 28 to June 13 2021. You can ‘pledge to pick’ online, where you’ll also find guidance on hygiene and staying safe while litter-picking during the pandemic. 

Finally, shove an extra carrier bag or washable tote into your backpack next time you have a picnic, so you can carry away your rubbish – it’s not that hard. 

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Danny Knackstedt 2019-11-06
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The aftermarket isn't short on parts for the 2020 Ford Ranger, but for those all about the one-stop-shop experience, the new Ranger RTR may be just the ticket.

RTR, the company professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. founded a decade ago, revealed the Ranger RTR at the 2019 SEMA show on Tuesday.

The goal is to provide a dealer-installed package that provides owners with tougher looks and more off-road chops -- much like the F-150 RTR.

The company also produces a Mustang RTR, though that's not for off-roading, obviously.

The Ranger RTR package can be applied to almost any Ranger model and includes the standard RTR LED lights, which look really good on the midsize pickup, and more pronounced fender flares.

Functional vents serve as intakes up front as well.

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Danny Knackstedt 2019-08-21
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It's the largest, of course, with over 30,000 attendees, sprawling over four hotels in Las Vegas this year.

Joe Grand, (AKA "Kingpin"), the designer of DEFCON's very first electronic, hackable badges (used for DEFCONs 14 through 18) returned to the task for this year's 27th edition of the event at the request of DEFCON founder Jeff Moss ("Dark Tangent").

Of course, that shows that I'd forgotten the difficulty of actually designing badges."

I don't know, it seemed sort of new age-y."

It was the badge as jewelry—the badges could be worn on a wristband sold in DEFCON's "swag shop," or as a headband, or (as I wore it) as a bolo tie.

(Some attendees who clipped their badges to their lanyards with the provided metal hooks managed to short their badges out as a result.)

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Danny Knackstedt 2021-05-11
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Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock has spoken out after being mistakenly referred to as bandmate Jade Thirlwall on the cover of the Metro newspaper.

Tuesday’s edition of the paper featured a story about Leigh-Anne and Perrie Edwards’ recent pregnancy announcements on its front page, but mislabelled the former as Jade.

Sharing a photo of the front page, Leigh-Anne questioned why it should be the case that “two women of colour are always mistaken for each other”.

Referring to her new documentary about racism within the music industry, Leigh-Anne tweeted: “10 years [into our career] and still this is happening. This is the type of shit Jade and I have had to deal with for 10 years and this is another reason as to why I was fuelled to make my doc.”

HuffPost UK has contacted Metro for comment.

Last year, Jade voiced her frustration after a story about the racism she experienced as a child on MSN’s website was illustrated with a photo of Leigh-Anne, reportedly due to a artificial intelligence error.

She wrote on Instagram at the time: “@MSN If you’re going to copy and paste articles from other accurate media outlets, you might want to make sure you’re using an image of the correct mixed race member of the group.

“This shit happens to @leighannepinnock and I ALL THE TIME that it’s become a running joke. It offends me that you couldn’t differentiate the two women of colour out of four members of a group … DO BETTER!”

Little Mix singers (L-R) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards pictured last month

Earlier this week, ahead of the release of her new documentary, Leigh-Anne called for change within the music industry with regard to diversity and representation.

When I walk into work and I see a predominantly white room, I’m like, ‘But why?’. It doesn’t need to be like this. There are Black people that can do these jobs and should be having these opportunities as well.

“For me, diversity is just so important and I want my children to be able to watch TV and see themselves. And at the minute it’s not good enough.”

Little Mix are expected to be in attendance at the Brit Awards on Tuesday night, which will be their first public appearance since Leigh-Anne and Perrie’s pregnancy announcements.

The group is currently in the running for Best British Group, and would be the first all-female band in history to achieve the accolade if they end up taking the award home.

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Danny Knackstedt 2021-03-17
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Although esports – competitive, organized video gaming – have exploded into a billion-dollar industry, women players are hard to find on esports teams at America’s colleges and universities. In the following Q&A, Lindsey Darvin, an assistant professor of sport management, shines light on the reasons. 1. Why are college esports dominated by men? Women and girls experience many obstacles throughout esports environments – both in terms of participation and employment. These include the way they are subjected to gender-based harassment from male esport players, toxic masculinity, stereotyping, and prejudices, as I and colleagues wrote in a forthcoming article for the Sport…

This story continues at The Next Web
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Danny Knackstedt 2019-11-04
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Including Spanish camgirl sites spill info, domain registrars hacked

Roundup Let's check out some of the more recent security happenings beyond what we've already covered.

Google has patched a bunch of flaws including a use-after-free() vulnerability (CVE-2019-13720) that was being actively exploited in the wild against victims.

Make sure you're running version 78.0.3904.87 or higher for Windows, Mac, and Linux to be safe.

More technical details are here: essentially, a malicious JavaScript file on a webpage can exploit the vulnerability to potentially gain arbitrary code execution and install spyware and other horrible stuff on the computer.

While this software is used quite widely, and thus such a bug could prove disastrous, the danger isn't very great: exploitation is limited to a very narrow configuration, as discussed here on Twitter.

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Danny Knackstedt 2019-08-07
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Infamous image board 8chan, breeding ground for neo-Nazis and a favoured place for white supremacist mass shooters to drop manifestos before going on murder sprees, is only having its troubles get worse.

Following another massacre in El Paso, in the US state of Texas, this weekend reportedly targeting Hispanic shoppers and shortly preceded by the appearance of a racist manifesto on 8chan, web security firm Cloudflare dropped the site, which shortly after lost its hardware provider.

Its founder, Fredrick Brennan, has called for it to be shut down.

Now, its owner Jim Watkins is facing a call to testify before the US House Homeland Security Committee and his company, N.T.

‼ INBOX: House Homeland Security calls on 8chan owner to testify before panel pic.twitter.com/tQ31K4pTUw

Per the Wall Street Journal, Watkins took to YouTube on Tuesday to insist (with “Taps” playing as he was flanked by a photo of Benjamin Franklin) that CloudFlare’s decision to stop doing business with the site was both politically motivated and to dump baggage before an upcoming Initial Public Offering.

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Danny Knackstedt 2021-06-26
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While space appears to be the dominant source of fascination for the world's billionaires, many have other extreme pursuits of their own.
Danny Knackstedt 2021-05-23
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You may not have heard of Tubi, Pluto TV, or Kanopy—but they’re the perfect cure for subscription fatigue.
Danny Knackstedt 2021-05-10
img

TLDR: The EasySplitter Pro Vocal Remover app lets users strip vocals out of any song; or peel off instrumental, drum or bass tracks to use in your own compositions. Part of the allure of the Billie Eilish story isn’t just that she’s a super-talented musical wunderkind. Obviously, that’s a big part…but there’s also the idea that a 14-year-old can record songs and launch a celebrity empire right from her bedroom. Of course, it never hurts to have the right tools on your way to music world domination. Where once it required an engineering studio stacked with engineers at the cost…

This story continues at The Next Web
Danny Knackstedt 2021-04-02
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The rule of six is back – and so are piles upon piles of litter. Social media has been flooded with images of parks and beaches scattered with rubbish this week, as the nation reunites with picnics (and the odd tinny) outdoors. 

It’s made many of us ask the same question: why do people litter at all? Surely, we’re all capable of taking our rubbish with us if the bins are full, right?  

Wrong. The thing is, almost everyone litters at some point in their lives, according to a review of evidence by research consultancy Brook Lyndhurst on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland.

It’s partly driven by our desire to be rid of rubbish quickly, dubbed ‘the ick factor’ by the researchers. If we’re holding a sticky ice lolly but we can’t see a bin (or the bin is full), for example, we’ll convince ourselves it’ll decompose in the bushes anyway. 

“There is evidence to suggest that people rationalise their littering behaviour through excuses in order to alleviate the associated guilt,” they say. 

The extent of our littering and the frequency of such behaviour is influenced by a number of factors, though, including where we are, who we’re with, and how we feel about our setting.

A key influence is our sense of responsibility for litter, which can be stronger or weaker depending on the environment.

“For example, places where the public believe that someone else will clean up after them, such as council-maintained sites and indoor public spaces, are often seen as more acceptable places in which to litter,” the report explains.

We’re also less likely to drop our rubbish in the immediate presence of people who are considered ‘respectable company’, such as parents or employers. “The presence of children can have a similar effect, as parents aim to set a good example,” the report adds. “The presence of peers seems to drive littering behaviour among the young, but correct disposal among older age groups.”

Unsurprisingly, people litter less frequently in places they care about and feel connected to. In contrast, it can be a form of rebellion for those who feel disenfranchised or alienated from their community, the report says. 

Mariajose Algarra, founder of the US movement Clean This Beach Up, thinks “entitlement” and plain old “laziness” also contribute. “Some litterers have a feeling that other people, especially those who get paid to, should clean up after them,” she told HuffPost. “Others litter due to laziness and believe that disposing of trash property is an inconvenience.”

There’s also evidence that neat, tidy places encourage better behaviour, while people simply add to piles of litter in places they already consider unkempt. This was seen in a 2016 Defra-funded study by Keep Britain Tidy, which concluded “people [are] more likely to litter in areas where litter is already present”.

“The findings also appear to suggest that the presence of large, more salient items of litter (e.g. branded or brightly coloured items) might further increase the likelihood of additional litter being dropped,” the report said.

It concluded that more research is needed on the influence of bright, branded litter – dubbed ‘beacons of litter’ – and suggested street cleanups might want to focus on these items as a priority to slow the domino effect. 

But what can the rest of us do if we’re frustrated by the piles of muck? Leading by example is the first step, as others will be compelled to follow social norms if you’re visibly getting rid of your rubbish properly. Then, there’s the option to join a clean-up project and reconnect with your local community in the process.

Keep Britain Tidy will be hosting a Great British Spring Clean from May 28 to June 13 2021. You can ‘pledge to pick’ online, where you’ll also find guidance on hygiene and staying safe while litter-picking during the pandemic. 

Finally, shove an extra carrier bag or washable tote into your backpack next time you have a picnic, so you can carry away your rubbish – it’s not that hard. 

Danny Knackstedt 2020-09-22
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Sam Newman speaks to devs at GOTOpia Europe

Sam Newman, a consultant and author specialising in microservices, told a virtual crowd at dev conference GOTOpia Europe that serverless, not Kubernetes, is the best abstraction for deploying software.…

Danny Knackstedt 2019-11-06
img

The aftermarket isn't short on parts for the 2020 Ford Ranger, but for those all about the one-stop-shop experience, the new Ranger RTR may be just the ticket.

RTR, the company professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. founded a decade ago, revealed the Ranger RTR at the 2019 SEMA show on Tuesday.

The goal is to provide a dealer-installed package that provides owners with tougher looks and more off-road chops -- much like the F-150 RTR.

The company also produces a Mustang RTR, though that's not for off-roading, obviously.

The Ranger RTR package can be applied to almost any Ranger model and includes the standard RTR LED lights, which look really good on the midsize pickup, and more pronounced fender flares.

Functional vents serve as intakes up front as well.

Danny Knackstedt 2019-10-25

Why would someone pay over one-hundred-thousand dollars for an action figure?

That’s likely the question most people ask when they see the most recent listing of a Star Wars: Boba Fett “Rocket-Firing Prototype” action figure here in late October, 2019.

Today we’re going to give a nutshell version of the low-down on this particular action figure and why it, above all others, strikes the fancy of the most hardcore collectors.

The Star Wars Boba Fett Rocket-Firing Prototype (J-Slot) AFA 85+ NM+ Action Figure up on the auction block right now is amongst the rarest of the prototype action figures in the world – of this sort of notability, anyway.

Surely there are prototypes of action figures that only see one or two prototypes made and are destroyed – no big deal.

This action figure represents a sweet spot between one-of-a-kind artwork and mass production.

Danny Knackstedt 2019-08-21
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It's the largest, of course, with over 30,000 attendees, sprawling over four hotels in Las Vegas this year.

Joe Grand, (AKA "Kingpin"), the designer of DEFCON's very first electronic, hackable badges (used for DEFCONs 14 through 18) returned to the task for this year's 27th edition of the event at the request of DEFCON founder Jeff Moss ("Dark Tangent").

Of course, that shows that I'd forgotten the difficulty of actually designing badges."

I don't know, it seemed sort of new age-y."

It was the badge as jewelry—the badges could be worn on a wristband sold in DEFCON's "swag shop," or as a headband, or (as I wore it) as a bolo tie.

(Some attendees who clipped their badges to their lanyards with the provided metal hooks managed to short their badges out as a result.)

Danny Knackstedt 2021-05-26
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This rumor is more of a wish. But there's still some good evidence Apple might actually deliver a pink iPhone 13.
Danny Knackstedt 2021-05-11
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Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock has spoken out after being mistakenly referred to as bandmate Jade Thirlwall on the cover of the Metro newspaper.

Tuesday’s edition of the paper featured a story about Leigh-Anne and Perrie Edwards’ recent pregnancy announcements on its front page, but mislabelled the former as Jade.

Sharing a photo of the front page, Leigh-Anne questioned why it should be the case that “two women of colour are always mistaken for each other”.

Referring to her new documentary about racism within the music industry, Leigh-Anne tweeted: “10 years [into our career] and still this is happening. This is the type of shit Jade and I have had to deal with for 10 years and this is another reason as to why I was fuelled to make my doc.”

HuffPost UK has contacted Metro for comment.

Last year, Jade voiced her frustration after a story about the racism she experienced as a child on MSN’s website was illustrated with a photo of Leigh-Anne, reportedly due to a artificial intelligence error.

She wrote on Instagram at the time: “@MSN If you’re going to copy and paste articles from other accurate media outlets, you might want to make sure you’re using an image of the correct mixed race member of the group.

“This shit happens to @leighannepinnock and I ALL THE TIME that it’s become a running joke. It offends me that you couldn’t differentiate the two women of colour out of four members of a group … DO BETTER!”

Little Mix singers (L-R) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards pictured last month

Earlier this week, ahead of the release of her new documentary, Leigh-Anne called for change within the music industry with regard to diversity and representation.

When I walk into work and I see a predominantly white room, I’m like, ‘But why?’. It doesn’t need to be like this. There are Black people that can do these jobs and should be having these opportunities as well.

“For me, diversity is just so important and I want my children to be able to watch TV and see themselves. And at the minute it’s not good enough.”

Little Mix are expected to be in attendance at the Brit Awards on Tuesday night, which will be their first public appearance since Leigh-Anne and Perrie’s pregnancy announcements.

The group is currently in the running for Best British Group, and would be the first all-female band in history to achieve the accolade if they end up taking the award home.

Danny Knackstedt 2021-04-27
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Major platforms’ policies aren’t actually inspired by the First Amendment. This legal scholar says that’s a good thing.
Danny Knackstedt 2021-03-17
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Although esports – competitive, organized video gaming – have exploded into a billion-dollar industry, women players are hard to find on esports teams at America’s colleges and universities. In the following Q&A, Lindsey Darvin, an assistant professor of sport management, shines light on the reasons. 1. Why are college esports dominated by men? Women and girls experience many obstacles throughout esports environments – both in terms of participation and employment. These include the way they are subjected to gender-based harassment from male esport players, toxic masculinity, stereotyping, and prejudices, as I and colleagues wrote in a forthcoming article for the Sport…

This story continues at The Next Web
Danny Knackstedt 2020-08-29
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Amberly Rothfield charges $1.99 per minute for phone calls, and says she once got a $2,000 Amazon gift card as a tip.
Danny Knackstedt 2019-11-04
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Including Spanish camgirl sites spill info, domain registrars hacked

Roundup Let's check out some of the more recent security happenings beyond what we've already covered.

Google has patched a bunch of flaws including a use-after-free() vulnerability (CVE-2019-13720) that was being actively exploited in the wild against victims.

Make sure you're running version 78.0.3904.87 or higher for Windows, Mac, and Linux to be safe.

More technical details are here: essentially, a malicious JavaScript file on a webpage can exploit the vulnerability to potentially gain arbitrary code execution and install spyware and other horrible stuff on the computer.

While this software is used quite widely, and thus such a bug could prove disastrous, the danger isn't very great: exploitation is limited to a very narrow configuration, as discussed here on Twitter.

Danny Knackstedt 2019-08-27
img

For three days straight, the Walt Disney Company flexed its muscles, showing off everything it has coming out for the next few years (and reminding us how much it owns).

Rumours of Ewan McGregor returning to play Obi-Wan Kenobi have been swirling for years.

This week, the actor finally changed his previously wishy-washy answers to questions about returning to Star Wars.

While it’s a little disappointing to get yet another prequel series, especially one whose timeline is so well explored, McGregor was easily one of the best things about the prequels and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s character has become so much richer thanks to The Clone Wars and Rebels.

ITS WHAT I DESERVE pic.twitter.com/AFzeaNdqlb

Feige screened a clip that showed what would happen if Peggy Carter got superpowers instead of Steve Rogers, and the results – Peggy as what may or may not be Captain Britain (Hayley Atwell called her Captain Carter), and little Steve helping in an early Iron Man suit – almost made for as much of a compelling story as the Captain America movies themselves.

Danny Knackstedt 2019-08-07
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Infamous image board 8chan, breeding ground for neo-Nazis and a favoured place for white supremacist mass shooters to drop manifestos before going on murder sprees, is only having its troubles get worse.

Following another massacre in El Paso, in the US state of Texas, this weekend reportedly targeting Hispanic shoppers and shortly preceded by the appearance of a racist manifesto on 8chan, web security firm Cloudflare dropped the site, which shortly after lost its hardware provider.

Its founder, Fredrick Brennan, has called for it to be shut down.

Now, its owner Jim Watkins is facing a call to testify before the US House Homeland Security Committee and his company, N.T.

‼ INBOX: House Homeland Security calls on 8chan owner to testify before panel pic.twitter.com/tQ31K4pTUw

Per the Wall Street Journal, Watkins took to YouTube on Tuesday to insist (with “Taps” playing as he was flanked by a photo of Benjamin Franklin) that CloudFlare’s decision to stop doing business with the site was both politically motivated and to dump baggage before an upcoming Initial Public Offering.