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Stephen Martinez 2021-06-24
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(University of Michigan) Many people don't realize that the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi residing within the gastrointestinal tract--collectively called the gut microbiome-- are connected to overall health, and specifically to cancer.
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Stephen Martinez 2021-02-27
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Sen. Rand Paul was criticized for grilling Dr. Rachel Levine, who, if confirmed, will be the first openly trans official approved by the Senate.
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Stephen Martinez 2020-12-25
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The deepfake Queen's speech has come under fire for apparently making it seem as though deepfakes are more common than they actually are.
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Stephen Martinez 2019-10-18
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With J.J. Abrams once again at the helm, the ironically titled Rise of Skywalker marks the end of the nine-movie Skywalker saga.

After his generally well-received first Star Wars effort, The Force Awakens, and the decidedly controversial Rian Johnson follow-up, The Last Jedi, Abrams has the chance to send the trilogy -- and the entire series -- out on a high note.

Drop a few surprises along the way?

But on that fateful day, I'd experienced precious little science fiction, save perhaps for a few Star Trek reruns.

I distinctly remember going batshit crazy when a TV commercial announced The Star Wars Holiday Special.

If the original movies looked incredible with 70s and 80s technology, imagine how they'd look on the cusp of the 21st century.

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Stephen Martinez 2021-06-09
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The move sends a clear message to Biden that his criticism of Russia over the treatment of Navalny will not derail Putin's war on dissent.
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Stephen Martinez 2021-02-24
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Charlie Munger bemoaned the frenzied gambling on stocks using trading apps, and cautioned it would end badly.
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Stephen Martinez 2020-09-18
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As the wisdom of the crowd decides

Register Debate  You’d think debating the benefits of database consolidation for storage would be a relatively straightforward affair. Not when it’s a Register Debate.…

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Stephen Martinez 2019-10-17
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The firm that officially licenses and teaches a controversial police interrogation method known as the “Reid technique” has filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix and filmmaker Ava DuVernay for the portrayal of the method in the film When They See Us about the Central Park Five.

The Reid technique involves manipulative tactics that are meant to coerce a suspect into giving a confession.

Many of its tools have become tropes in police procedural entertainment – mind-numbing repetition of the accusations, an officer beginning with the presumption of guilt and providing sometimes-fictional evidence proving that guilt, then pretending they’re an ally and minimising the crime.

The process can be so psychologically and emotionally taxing that falsely admitting to a crime can feel like the only way to stop the agony.

In recent years, the Reid technique has faced an increasing amount of scrutiny, and in 2017 Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, one of the main consulting organisations that teach the technique to law enforcement agencies, said it would no longer include it when training officers.

“Confrontation is not an effective way of getting truthful information,” Shane Sturman, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates president and CEO, told the Marshall Project at the time.

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Stephen Martinez 2021-06-08
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She was a star engineer who warned that messy AI can spread racism. Google brought her in. Then it forced her out. Can Big Tech take criticism from within?
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Stephen Martinez 2021-01-28
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The strategy and wargaming genres contain some of the best reviewed and most beloved games of all time, but many of the most revered of these titles are fiendishly difficult to get into. If you’ve been putting off trying new games such as Crusader Kings III and Panzer Corps 2 because of their sheer scope or you’ve tried to get into older games such as Europa Universalis and Distant Worlds but the learning curve was too steep, this guide’s for you. When we say “hardcore” strategy and wargaming titles we don’t mean to only include games that pass the Gary…

This story continues at The Next Web
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Stephen Martinez 2020-09-16
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Nintendo has announced a new smattering of SNES and NES games that will soon be heading to Switch Online. Chief among these fresh arrivals is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest. Back in July, we saw the original Donkey Kong Country added to the lineup of SNES games available to Switch Online users, so it seems that Nintendo’s goal … Continue reading
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Stephen Martinez 2019-08-22
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Rows upon rows of artists displaying their latest work, engrossed in conversation with fans.

Panels of podcasters and performers.

It was pretty much what you’d expect to see at a comic convention—but a whole lot gayer.

This is Flame Con, the world’s largest queer comic convention, a two-day affair with dozens of panels and hundreds of artists in the middle of Manhattan.

I arrived not long after the convention center opened, and already there was a line around the corner of the hotel.

I ran into several friends I didn’t know would be attending, reminding me just how small the queer community can be, even in a city as big as New York.

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Stephen Martinez 2021-03-01
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The transparency group DDoSecrets says it will make the 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more available to researchers, journalists, and social scientists.
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Stephen Martinez 2021-01-28
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The oversight board was created in October as an independent unit to review difficult content moderation decisions that Facebook carries out.
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Stephen Martinez 2019-10-04
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For years, Vizio has offered numerous affordable 4K TVs that performed almost the same as the top brands with more expensive price tags.

It stills tries to live by that goal with the Vizio P-Series quantum 4K TV, which is comparable to QLED 4K TVs that are twice its price.

If you’re planning to invest in an enormous TV with Quantum Dot display but don’t want to shell out more than $2,500, this might be your perfect chance as Walmart slashes $800 off this Vizio P-Series quantum X 65-inch 4K TV.

The discounted price may still be too steep for some but don’t worry because the retail giant teamed up with Affirm to help you settle the amount with only $137 per month within 12 months.

Take advantage of this 4K TV deal and order yours today.

Sporting a next-generation Quantum Color feature, the Vizio P-Series 4K TV will deliver more than 1 billion colors.

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Stephen Martinez 2019-08-02
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“Killing the mood” is the worst excuse to avoid a conversation around physical and sexual consent.

So while some might find it uncomfortable to insert the topic right into the heart of a high-energy music festival, San Francisco agency Heat is proving that, with the right approach, you can spark important discussions at the right time.

According to research compiled by the agency’s “Let’s Get Consensual” campaign, 92% of women say they’ve experienced harassment at music festivals.

The week, Heat and its partner nonprofits have brought the campaign to Lollapalooza, where festival-goers can find “Hookup Stations” to charge their devices.

Instead of the usual “Do you trust this device?” message, the stations (which Heat also brought to this year’s Cannes Lions) ask, “Is this a consensual hookup?” and remind users they can revoke their consent at any time by unplugging.

“We talk about the nuances of it, how consent can be withdrawn at any time,” says Elaine Cox, executive creative director at Heat.

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Stephen Martinez 2021-06-24
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(University of Michigan) Many people don't realize that the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi residing within the gastrointestinal tract--collectively called the gut microbiome-- are connected to overall health, and specifically to cancer.
Stephen Martinez 2021-06-08
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She was a star engineer who warned that messy AI can spread racism. Google brought her in. Then it forced her out. Can Big Tech take criticism from within?
Stephen Martinez 2021-02-27
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Sen. Rand Paul was criticized for grilling Dr. Rachel Levine, who, if confirmed, will be the first openly trans official approved by the Senate.
Stephen Martinez 2021-01-28
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The strategy and wargaming genres contain some of the best reviewed and most beloved games of all time, but many of the most revered of these titles are fiendishly difficult to get into. If you’ve been putting off trying new games such as Crusader Kings III and Panzer Corps 2 because of their sheer scope or you’ve tried to get into older games such as Europa Universalis and Distant Worlds but the learning curve was too steep, this guide’s for you. When we say “hardcore” strategy and wargaming titles we don’t mean to only include games that pass the Gary…

This story continues at The Next Web
Stephen Martinez 2020-12-25
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The deepfake Queen's speech has come under fire for apparently making it seem as though deepfakes are more common than they actually are.
Stephen Martinez 2020-09-16
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Nintendo has announced a new smattering of SNES and NES games that will soon be heading to Switch Online. Chief among these fresh arrivals is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest. Back in July, we saw the original Donkey Kong Country added to the lineup of SNES games available to Switch Online users, so it seems that Nintendo’s goal … Continue reading
Stephen Martinez 2019-10-18
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With J.J. Abrams once again at the helm, the ironically titled Rise of Skywalker marks the end of the nine-movie Skywalker saga.

After his generally well-received first Star Wars effort, The Force Awakens, and the decidedly controversial Rian Johnson follow-up, The Last Jedi, Abrams has the chance to send the trilogy -- and the entire series -- out on a high note.

Drop a few surprises along the way?

But on that fateful day, I'd experienced precious little science fiction, save perhaps for a few Star Trek reruns.

I distinctly remember going batshit crazy when a TV commercial announced The Star Wars Holiday Special.

If the original movies looked incredible with 70s and 80s technology, imagine how they'd look on the cusp of the 21st century.

Stephen Martinez 2019-08-22
img

Rows upon rows of artists displaying their latest work, engrossed in conversation with fans.

Panels of podcasters and performers.

It was pretty much what you’d expect to see at a comic convention—but a whole lot gayer.

This is Flame Con, the world’s largest queer comic convention, a two-day affair with dozens of panels and hundreds of artists in the middle of Manhattan.

I arrived not long after the convention center opened, and already there was a line around the corner of the hotel.

I ran into several friends I didn’t know would be attending, reminding me just how small the queer community can be, even in a city as big as New York.

Stephen Martinez 2021-06-09
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The move sends a clear message to Biden that his criticism of Russia over the treatment of Navalny will not derail Putin's war on dissent.
Stephen Martinez 2021-03-01
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The transparency group DDoSecrets says it will make the 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more available to researchers, journalists, and social scientists.
Stephen Martinez 2021-02-24
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Charlie Munger bemoaned the frenzied gambling on stocks using trading apps, and cautioned it would end badly.
Stephen Martinez 2021-01-28
img
The oversight board was created in October as an independent unit to review difficult content moderation decisions that Facebook carries out.
Stephen Martinez 2020-09-18
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As the wisdom of the crowd decides

Register Debate  You’d think debating the benefits of database consolidation for storage would be a relatively straightforward affair. Not when it’s a Register Debate.…

Stephen Martinez 2019-10-04
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For years, Vizio has offered numerous affordable 4K TVs that performed almost the same as the top brands with more expensive price tags.

It stills tries to live by that goal with the Vizio P-Series quantum 4K TV, which is comparable to QLED 4K TVs that are twice its price.

If you’re planning to invest in an enormous TV with Quantum Dot display but don’t want to shell out more than $2,500, this might be your perfect chance as Walmart slashes $800 off this Vizio P-Series quantum X 65-inch 4K TV.

The discounted price may still be too steep for some but don’t worry because the retail giant teamed up with Affirm to help you settle the amount with only $137 per month within 12 months.

Take advantage of this 4K TV deal and order yours today.

Sporting a next-generation Quantum Color feature, the Vizio P-Series 4K TV will deliver more than 1 billion colors.

Stephen Martinez 2019-10-17
img

The firm that officially licenses and teaches a controversial police interrogation method known as the “Reid technique” has filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix and filmmaker Ava DuVernay for the portrayal of the method in the film When They See Us about the Central Park Five.

The Reid technique involves manipulative tactics that are meant to coerce a suspect into giving a confession.

Many of its tools have become tropes in police procedural entertainment – mind-numbing repetition of the accusations, an officer beginning with the presumption of guilt and providing sometimes-fictional evidence proving that guilt, then pretending they’re an ally and minimising the crime.

The process can be so psychologically and emotionally taxing that falsely admitting to a crime can feel like the only way to stop the agony.

In recent years, the Reid technique has faced an increasing amount of scrutiny, and in 2017 Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, one of the main consulting organisations that teach the technique to law enforcement agencies, said it would no longer include it when training officers.

“Confrontation is not an effective way of getting truthful information,” Shane Sturman, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates president and CEO, told the Marshall Project at the time.

Stephen Martinez 2019-08-02
img

“Killing the mood” is the worst excuse to avoid a conversation around physical and sexual consent.

So while some might find it uncomfortable to insert the topic right into the heart of a high-energy music festival, San Francisco agency Heat is proving that, with the right approach, you can spark important discussions at the right time.

According to research compiled by the agency’s “Let’s Get Consensual” campaign, 92% of women say they’ve experienced harassment at music festivals.

The week, Heat and its partner nonprofits have brought the campaign to Lollapalooza, where festival-goers can find “Hookup Stations” to charge their devices.

Instead of the usual “Do you trust this device?” message, the stations (which Heat also brought to this year’s Cannes Lions) ask, “Is this a consensual hookup?” and remind users they can revoke their consent at any time by unplugging.

“We talk about the nuances of it, how consent can be withdrawn at any time,” says Elaine Cox, executive creative director at Heat.