Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Periscope is using viewer juries to fight trolls

With most social internet services, getting rid of trolls is usually a matter of reporting a post or blocking the offender. But how do you do that in a fast-moving livestream service like Periscope? By asking viewers for help, that's how. Periscop…

People Are Hurling Abuse At The Wrong Chris Evans Over Top Gear

Chris Evans, actor who plays Captain America in movies, is not Chris Evans, radio man who shouts on Top Gear. But thanks to their identical names and similar Twitter handles, people are tweeting horrible things at the former rather than the latter over the TV show. It’s pretty funny.

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No Man’s Anger: A peaceful game’s delay sparks online hate

Artist’s rendition of some random Internet user reacting to a two-month game delay. (credit: Flickr / Thoth, God of Knowledge)

As someone who has been immersed in gaming and Internet culture for decades, I’m no stranger to how fans with enflamed passions can spew some heated and at times hateful rhetoric about their favorite properties online. Random Internet users can and do generate huge volumes of uncivil discussion, harassment, and sometimes even threats over everything from Mass Effect 3‘s ending to arguments over review scores.

Still, a portion of the reaction to news of the No Man’s Sky delay in recent days seems fundamentally different in a way that has been troubling me.

The basic news being discussed here is pretty boring by game industry standards. No Man’s Sky, which developer Hello Games has been targeting for a June 2016 release since last October, was first rumored and then confirmed to be delayed to early August over the past week.

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The Best Metro Areas in the U.S. for Recent College Grads

The Best Metro Areas in the U.S. for Recent College Grads

Where you live can have a big impact on your finances. This is especially true for recent college grads, who are presumably looking for work and paying for new living expenses. Trulia teamed up with LinkedIn to rank the best metro areas in the U.S. for recent college graduates.…

They released their “Graduate Opportunity Index,” which includes info from Trulia’s housing market data and job listing information from LinkedIn. Based on this data, they determined three criteria in their rankings:

(1) the LinkedIn New Grad Job Score, which rates metros based on the share of job openings suitable for recent college grads

(2) Trulia’s New Grad Affordability Score, which is the share of rental units considered as affordable to a new grad based on their median salary, and

(3) the share of total population that is between the ages of 22 and 30 with a college degree.

In general, they found that the East Coast offers better incentives than West Coast cities for recent grads. Pittsburgh, for example, came in as the top city, because of affordable housing rentals and job opportunities. Many of the weakest markets for grads were in California: Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco, for example.

You can read their full methodology at the link below, where you’ll also find detail about the median income for grads in these cities.

Go East Young Grad: America’s Most Grad Friendly Markets | Trulia

Cops can easily get months of location data, appeals court rules

(credit: Julian Carvajal)

A full panel of judges at the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals has now overturned last summer’s notable decision by the standard trio of appellate judges, which had found that police needed a warrant to obtain more than 200 days’ worth of cell-site location information (CSLI) for two criminal suspects.

In the Tuesday en banc decision, the Fourth Circuit relied heavily upon the third-party doctrine, the 1970s-era Supreme Court case holding that there is no privacy interest in data voluntarily given up to a third party like a cell phone provider. That case, known as Smith v. Maryland, is what has provided the legal underpinning for lots of surveillance programs, ranging from local police all the way up to the National Security Agency.

The Fourth Circuit concluded in US v. Graham:

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This Could Be McLaren’s New Limited-Edition 688HS Supercar

This Could Be McLaren's New Limited-Edition 688HS Supercar

McLarens are pretty easy to understand: a shared carbon tub, a shared twin-turbo V8, and lots of variations everywhere else. This looks like the newest take on the formula, the 688HS.

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Paris Is Now Banning All Pre-1997 Cars

Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem. The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days, and close famous streets to vehicular traffic—but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe. Now a much bigger idea is going into effect: Kicking the oldest cars out of the city.

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Xbox One price drops to $299 ahead of E3

If Microsoft is hoping to quell rumors of new Xbox hardware at E3, it isn't doing the greatest job. The company has permanently cut the prices of Xbox One consoles by $50 across the board, lowering the base price to $299 — even some of the nicer mul…

Facebook reportedly considering making Messenger more secure

Facebook Messenger could be getting a significant security update this summer. According to The Guardian, the Zuckerberg-led company is looking to implement end-to-end encryption for its messaging app, which has over 900 million monthly active users….

Why Hip Hop Hates The Toyota RAV4

Before they were known as “The Throne,” Jay Z and Kanye West linked with Rihanna in 2009 for the unescapable hit “Run This Town.” It charted around the world, was performed on The Jay Leno Show, and won multiple awards (2010 Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song). And while I’m still waiting for Jay Z to explain La Familia (take your time, Hov), I noticed something else in the song that spiraled into an extensive Genius hunt.

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