Old photos of yourself are often cringe-worthy. Old photos of your favorite websites can be too. The folks over at Ninja Essays put together an infographic of some of the most jarring transformations. Check it out (click to enlarge): SEE ALSO: How to stop people from being able to see that you read their Facebook message Join the conversation about this story
Pain —-> vomiting —-> existential crisis.
So you drank all the white wine last night, did you? You’re gonna pay for that…
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You’ll wake up suddenly at 6am with no real memory of going to bed.
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You’ll feel a little dizzy and disorientated at first…
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…and you might even think you’ve swerved the worst of a hangover altogether for a precious few minutes.
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All the cool kids are peddling Android wearables these days, and it looks like Huawei is no exception: in advance of the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it looks like the Chinese phone giant has revealed its upcoming watch in an ad. … …read more
GUEST:Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only — apply here. Ticket prices increase on March 6 Pacific! Machine learning is coming into a golden age, and with it we’re seeing an awakening of possibilities formerly reserved for science fiction. Machine learning (ML) is a computer’s way of learning from examples, and it’s one of the most useful tools we have for the construction of artificial intelligence (AI). It begins with the design of an algorithm that learns from collected data, creating machines that in most cases become smarter as data volumes intensify. We’ve seen a breakthrough in the field of ML in the last five years in part due to the recent wealth of big data streams provided from high-speed internet, cloud computing, and widespread smartphone usage, leading to the birth of the now popular “deep learning” algorithms. Heavily- used applications that have emerged with ML at their core include recommendation systems like those from Netflix and Amazon, face recognition technology as seen in Facebook, email spam filters like those from Google and Microsoft, and speech recognition systems such as Siri. While the depth of advancement is unknown, what we can say with high certainty is that development in this field in the past five years will be nothing compared to what we’re going to see in the five years to come. Based on machine learning’s current state, here are four predictions of what we could see in the near future: Image-Based Recognition: The technology for image and video-based recognition is on the horizon, and with it a whole new experience for users. Thanks to deep learning, we are now at the dawn of computers recognizing images, and the people and actions within them, with high accuracy based on the image alone and with minimum reliance on external data. It’s not just new pictures that will become recognizable either, but the entire history of digitized images and video footage. This will massively change how these assets are located and shared online. For example, YouTube might soon intelligently find content related to parts of a clip you watched and liked based only on the visual content of the video itself. The resulting efficiencies in both our work and personal time will be profound. Healthcare: Machine learning’s ability to analyze and store …read more
In some discussions about Greece exiting the euro, it has been suggested that Greece should swap the euro for bitcoin. At first glance, bitcoin may appear to be the cure. But if the euro is the problem, switching to Bitcoin would be like trying to cure a headache with a bullet to the brain. Read More
On Friday, Star Trek fans everywhere (including many of us here at Ars) mourned the loss of Leonard Nimoy, who famously portrayed Spock, the first officer of the USS Enterprise.
Many colleagues and fans have been expressing their love for him, including Captain Kirk himself.
“I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.” -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
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This week the FCC passed new rules on net neutrality, which were essentially designed to limit the ability of internet service providers (ISP) to either slow down or boost the speeds of websites. While many experts praised the ruling, not everyone seemed thrilled by the outcome. […]
5 reasons the FCC might be wrong about net neutrality originally published by Gigaom,
It’s official: “There is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta.”
Remember this creep-o moment at the Oscars when John Travolta leaned in to kiss Scarlett Johansson?
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And ScarJo was all, “NOPE”.
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The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome. That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live. Yet another way we are misguided, misinformed and sensationalized by the 24-hour news cycle. I haven’t seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him.
See, here they are just after their live-action encounter.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook was recently interviewed by The Telegraph, and he took the time to further expand upon Apple’s firm stance on privacy, calling it “a basic human right.” “None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information,” Cook told The Telegraph. “This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.” While Cook is a firm believer that Apple should protect and encrypt its users’ data, he also clarified that he thinks “terrorism is horrible and must be stopped,” going so far as to say that “these people shouldn’t exist” and that “they should be eliminated.” But Cook doesn’t believe the answer is in allowing governments back-door access, which he says would cause people’s personal data including health and financial information to eventually “be taken.” Cook also argues that “terrorists will encrypt” because “they know what to do,” suggesting that “if we don’t encrypt, the people we affect [by cracking down on privacy] are the good people.” Apple, Tim Cook says, doesn’t “make money selling your information to somebody else,” pointing out that while it could increase profits by doing so, collecting and selling data to third-parties is “not in our values system.” Cook’s comments come just weeks after he visited the White House to defend Apple’s default encryption on its iPhones, which government agencies like the NSA have argued only make it easier for criminals to go undetected. You can read Tim Cook’s full interview over at The Telegraph.SEE ALSO: Big, beautiful photos of all 22 models of the Apple Watch Join the conversation about this story
Religious extremism is alive and well in the Duggar household, and its ugly tentacles extend far beyond the reach of the family’s matriarch, Michelle. TLC’s hate-filled First Family regularly gets their kicks while filming their long-running show 19 Kids and Counting, but now one of the nine girls is in the news for something else entirely: her hate-filled God.Jessa Duggar Seewald/Facebook
“People are content to live on in lying, cursing, pride, anger, bitterness, disrespecting of parents, lust, pornography, fornication, adultery, and other sexual sins — and if anyone tries to confront them, their attitude and response is, ‘You live your life, I’ll live mine. Don’t you tell me what to do! Only God can judge me!'” Jessa wrote. “They don’t even realize what they’re saying. God’s judgement [sic] isn’t something to be taken lightly! It should scare you! Man’s ‘judgement’ [sic] is a 1000x lighter… usually just a voicing of disapproval. But when unbelieving, sinful men die and stand before God, He justly condemns them to hell.”
Note: The newlywed should probably learn how to correctly spell the word “judgment”… since it’s most likely her God wouldn’t be able to objectively tolerate a nit wit unable to utilize the God-given tool of spell check. You read that right — God gave it to us, and she should probably make a habit of using it.
Now, I am not one to regularly fault a person for their editorial mistakes, but inaccuracies, that’s another issue entirely. Has she actually met God? Did he offer her soup in a bread bowl upon her arrival? You know that broccoli and cheese kind you get at Panera that’s like crack? How does one claim to preach about a God one knows absolutely nothing about, personally?
Religion, spirituality, meditation, and connection with one’s higher self, I am all for it. But when hate-filled words and actions against a group (or groups) of people are bringing in copious amounts of dirty money for religious extremist groups — like the American Family Association — an insane editorial like this one must be executed. I mean, seriously, is anyone picking on Jill for not being allowed to wear short sleeves or kiss a man before her wedding day? Jesus wandered in the desert… do you really think he didn’t kiss the first person (male or female) he came across when he rejoined civilization? He could’ve invented the very first public kiss-in! …read more