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Chart crime as a measure of crypto-desperation

Chart crime as a measure of crypto-desperation

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This chart arrived in an email Monday morning, under the subject line “Why I am using bitcoin to pay my overseas team”. The email from Joe Cho, co-founder and chairman of Singapore-based private investment group Marvelstone Group, told us:The reason my developer wanted to get paid in Bitcoin was simple. It is faster and cheaper. Yes. Bitcoin is volatile but often than not, it is lesser volatile than their own currencies in many countries! (Surprised?!)(Yes. Very.)A dual-axis chart (ie a chart that uses two different y axes for different measures) does not always a chart crime constitute. It can be a useful way of flagging up a correlation between two things whose metrics are not proportionate to one another.But when the context of the chart is relative volatili
Endgame’ Fan Poster Imagines the End of Shawarma

Endgame’ Fan Poster Imagines the End of Shawarma

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By Nicole Drum - December 9, 2018 The post-credits scene from the first Avengers gave fans a hilarious and iconic moment with the heroic team, seeing them enjoying a meal of shawarma after saving not just New York, but the world from its first known experience with an intergalactic threat. Now, with Avengers: Endgame coming to bring this chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close, one fan is imagining what the end of shawarma might look like as well. After the release of the eagerly anticipated Endgame trailer on Friday, artist BossLogic shared his latest take on shawarma in a hilarious and yet poignant new piece that, well, takes the quiet joy of the original shawarma scene and turns it to dust. Check it out below. ...
Google Is Reportedly Doubling Down on Finding Leakers

Google Is Reportedly Doubling Down on Finding Leakers

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Google employees protesting the company’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations in a walkout on Nov. 1, 2018, in San Francisco.Photo: Eric Risberg (AP)After a year of protests by its own staff against its work with the military, alleged plans to build a censored Chinese search engine, and handling of sexual harassment allegations against executives, Google is doing some soul-searching and self-reflection over the true meaning of “Don’t be evil.” Just kidding! According to the Times of London, they’re doubling down on finding and firing leakers.Word of a renewed effort to root out staff who dare talk to media comes via Jack Poulson, a former research scientist with Google who said he left the company because of his concerns over Project Dragonfly, the censored search engine Google i
Photoshopped Photo Of PM Modi’s Football Jersey And Other N…

Photoshopped Photo Of PM Modi’s Football Jersey And Other N…

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Fake News In this week’s News You Almost Believed, we bring you the truth behind viral photos and videos. Published on Dec 08 2018 10:18 am Here’s a round-up of News You Almost Believed.     A photoshopped image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving a football jersey with ‘420’ written on it is being widely shared on Facebook and Twitter. A Google Reverse Image Search sho
Endgame’ Trailer Comes From Paul Rudd Google Search

Endgame’ Trailer Comes From Paul Rudd Google Search

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By JK Schmidt - December 7, 2018 The long wait for the first look at Avengers: Endgame finally ended today, showing the aftermath of Thanos' decimation and the heroes left to suffer. But we finally get to see some missing heroes joining the fray with the inclusion of Hawkeye and Ant-Man. The trailer makes it clear that Ant-Man was thought missing after Thanos' snap, but everyone who watched Ant-Man and the Wasp knows he was simply stuck in the Quantum Realm. However, there's something funny about the scene that indicates Scott Lang's absence that one fan noticed. In the scene where Bruce Banner is going over the missing heroes, a headshot of Scott Lang pops up. And this Twitter user noticed that it's the same photo that pops...
TTAC Project Car: It’s About Time!

TTAC Project Car: It’s About Time!

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The prolonged journey of TTAC’s Ford Sierra is partly because of my prolonged recovery from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. While other projects never help matters, the excuses end now. Because, even during the depths of my recovery, my vision never faltered; thanks to prednisone’s side effects during treatment, said vision became a C4 Corvette-like laser-infused slalom but with Young the Giant screeching in the background. So it’s about time I drove to my friend Brian’s shop and made it happen. Let’s do it, but remember the mission: to improve performance via Ford donor cars of the era, honoring the time when boneheaded computers made radical aerodynamic shapes that altered our automotive landscape. The 1989 Merkur XR4ti’s superior suspension, brakes
12 Scams of Christmas: Phony pet breeder

12 Scams of Christmas: Phony pet breeder

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by EMILY VOLZ, NBC 10 NEWSHow much for that doggie in the browser?$500 bucks? That's a steal!“This kind of scam people fall for,” warns author of Identity Theft Alert and Bentley University professor Steve Weisman.Weisman says the phony pet breeder scam dupes prospective puppy parents every Christmas.“It's just so easy to take a photo of a beautiful dog from an online breeder, maybe even copy their entire website, and have people come to you,” explains Weisman.The problem is, there's no puppy. And once you've forked over the cash, the scammer bleeds you dry.“And then you often pay and pay – I'm paying for the dog, ‘we need a special crate to ship him, we need extra money for a vet’,” says Weisman, listing the additional payments fake puppy breeders often ask for.The reality is you shoul
Google updates Messages app to fix bug that broke search fu…

Google updates Messages app to fix bug that broke search fu…

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Some of you may have recently encountered an annoying bug in Google's SMS app Messages (formerly Android Messages) whereby the search function would no longer work — ironic when your company is primarily known as a search engine. Thankfully, a fix has now been released and the issue should no longer present itself. Hey @Google, thanks for updating the #Pixel operating system so now I can't search my text messages by anything other than the people in the conversation. It was better when I could search the messages for any word in a message. Thought you guys were geniuses? — DaRealMG (@DaRealMG) December 2, 2018 Artem was first alerted to the bug by the above tweet from @DaRealMG, and he was able to reproduce the bug himself. A Googler responded in that thread and a Messages Help
Google And MIT Researchers Unveil AI Concept That Could Cre…

Google And MIT Researchers Unveil AI Concept That Could Cre…

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The researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology together with Google have developed an artificial intelligence system that can create realistic 3-dimensional object models.In a paper, the team presented Visual Object Networks, a new system that is capable of creating shapes complete with 3D tweaks, including texture, lighting, and viewpoints.The paper was accepted at the 2018 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), a summit focusing on artificial intelligence . The conference will run from Dec. 2 to Dec. 9 in Montreal, Canada.AI Generating Realistic Images"Most computational models have only focused on generating a 2D image, ignoring the 3D nature of the world," explained the researchers. "This 2D-only perspective inevitably limi...
Versace to bring back the J-Lo plunging green dress

Versace to bring back the J-Lo plunging green dress

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The fashion house is re-releasing the iconic emerald gown worn by the 'On the Floor' hitmaker at the 2000 Grammy Awards - which continues to be one of the singer's most memorable looks - but with a new modern twist.  The silk chiffon gown - which first made its debut on the brand's spring/summer 2000 runway on model Amber Valletta - has been recreated in a new style and made its debut at Versace's pre-fall 2019 show in New York City on Monday (03.12.18) night. One again worn by Amber, the neat plunging point silhouette was reinterpreted in a 'Love Pop Art Print' which donned dramatic balloon sleeves and multicolored heart detailing with a gem-encrusted plunging point. The original jungle print dress was searched so much by fans at the time, it is the reason Google Image Search exists. G