How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

But sources familiar with Stadia’s operations believe that after pouring tens of millions of dollars into two game studios, Google couldn’t stomach the expensive and complicated creative process necessary to build high-caliber video games—especially considering Stadia’s unremarkable subscription numbers.“I question how much the execs above Stadia leadership understand what they got into—the commitments made and overcommitments and the inability to keep those commitments,” says one current Stadia employee.

The strange and surprising ways wild animals prepare for winter.

The strange and surprising ways wild animals prepare for winter.

Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus © Chris Helzer/TNC For one week each fall, in between bouts of watching football, harvesting the garden or cleaning up all those fallen leaves, hundreds of thousands of people deliberate on some really fat bears.

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

While there’s little evidence to support that Facebook is biased against conservative users, University of Virginia professors Brent Kitchens and Steven Johnson found that, by maximizing for engagement and attention, Facebook’s algorithms actively push conservatives toward more radical content than liberal users.

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

As the election approaches, many liberal and left-leaning digital organizations and influencers have rallied behind Biden, creating a late-breaking wave of online support.

The Flagrant Hypocrisy of Bungled College Reopenings

The Flagrant Hypocrisy of Bungled College Reopenings

Institutions had to convey that they were fully considering the seriousness of Covid-19 and propose plans for their students to receive the high-caliber education that was already promised and paid for.

Watch the Trailers for The Batman and Wonder Woman 1984

Watch the Trailers for The Batman and Wonder Woman 1984

Also, thanks to Pattinson's liberal use of eye makeup, it looks an awful lot like The Crow, right down to the 1990s soundtrack.

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The subcommittee presented internal emails showing that, in 2009, the company deliberately began selling diapers at a loss in order to price out of the market and force the company to accept a takeover—after which Amazon raised diaper prices back up.

Coder-Turned-Kingpin Paul Le Roux Gets His Comeuppance

Coder-Turned-Kingpin Paul Le Roux Gets His Comeuppance

One afternoon in late September 2012, Paul Calder Le Roux was sitting in a hotel room in Monrovia, Liberia, working out the final details of a large cocaine and methamphetamine deal with the head of a Colombian drug cartel.

What Singapore Can Tell the World About Personal Liberty

What Singapore Can Tell the World About Personal Liberty

On the back of Wired, CNN, and Time praising Singapore’s response in early March, the Singapore government made moves which political commentators have read as suggesting the possibility of snap elections, including announcing the new electoral boundaries on March 13, as if to leverage goodwill in the midst of crisis to solidify political power.

The Magical Thinking of the White House's New Covid-19 Plan

The Magical Thinking of the White House's New Covid-19 Plan

The White House on Thursday introduced what President Donald Trump called a “phased and deliberate approach” to lifting social-distancing requirements intended to slow the spread of the pandemic disease Covid-19 in the United States.

Clearview AI's Massive Client List Got Hacked

Clearview AI's Massive Client List Got Hacked

A declassified study by the intelligent community’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board shared with Congress this week revealed that the metadata program cost $100 million, and only on two occasions produced information that the FBI didn’t already possess.

Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture

Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture

Then companies like Google came along and reinvented the rat race into something with purpose and, along the way, confused work with the rest of life.Cargill, a major distributor of agricultural products, recently redesigned its offices with an open layout and adopted a more liberal remote-work policy.

Facebook Finally Fixes Its Two-Factor Mess

Facebook Finally Fixes Its Two-Factor Mess

In the fall of 2016, Kaye's distributed denial of service attacks launched gargantuan waves of junk traffic from his botnet of half a million hijacked internet-connected security cameras, one of several botnets known as Mirai, at the Liberian telecom network Lonestar.

Elon Musk Wins in Defamation Suit by British Diver

Elon Musk Wins in Defamation Suit by British Diver

After less than an hour of deliberation, a Los Angeles jury Friday found that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not defame a British diver by calling him a “pedo guy” and “sus,” or suspicious, in a series of July 2018 tweets.

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Photo © Jim / Flickr We all know that chickens, turkeys, cows, sheep, and the like are all domesticated animals, descended from wild relatives yet altered significantly by deliberate human intervention.

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation decried the Real ID as a subversive way to create a national ID, because the original plan called for creating a database of licenses across the 50 states.

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Antioch met the demand, and a sleepy Yellow Springs, Ohio, liberal arts school of 500 students became a national laughingstock.In 2004, Dave Chappelle released a sketch, “Love Contract,” whose subject was formalized consent policies like Antioch’s.

The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul's IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul's IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

Two years ago this month, a US-led military coalition declared victory against ISIS in Mosul, liberating one of Iraq's largest cities after three years of occupation by the radical Islamist group. Like the rest of Iraq, Mosul suffers from mines and unexploded bombs left behind from decades of war.

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

About a week after I talk to Tobias and Asprey on the phone, I’m parking my 2007 Jeep Liberty among the hulking Mercedes G-Wagens at the Beverly Hilton for the sixth annual Biohacking Conference, hosted for the first time by Upgrade Labs.

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

Kade Crockford, director of ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Program, says findings like these surprise her even given the chaotic, unregulated intersection of law enforcement and facial recognition.

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

If it’s the flashy colors of a fireworks display that you’re after, well, good news: we have lasers .The current state of this once-futuristic technology ranges from the safe and festive to the deliberately dangerous.

Colloidal Silver Turns You Blue—But Can It Save Your Life?

Colloidal Silver Turns You Blue—But Can It Save Your Life?

Stan Jones, a libertarian politician from Montana, started taking colloidal silver in advance of Y2K, assuming the new millennium would cause a shortage in antibiotics. Oz told Paltrow he uses colloidal silver as a daily throat spray, and so do his kids.

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

(Eleven percent of respondents reported that they weren’t assigned any categories and told instead “You have no behaviors.”) Pew also asked participants about whether Facebook assigned them a political category, such as “liberal” or “conservative,” and any “multicultural affinity”—which Facebook says are groups of people “whose likes and other activity on Facebook suggest they’re interested in content relating to particular ethnic communities — African American, Hispanic American and Asian American.” There is no affinity classification for whites.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

The Samsung Space Monitor Liberates Your Desk

The Samsung Space Monitor Liberates Your Desk

Samsung As for space savings, Samsung claims that use of the Space Monitor will liberate your desk to the tune of a 40 percent increase in usable area, compared to a similarly sized traditional display.

What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI

What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI

The algorithm used to set these times had been designed by MIT researchers, and about a week later, Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, emailed asking me to cosign an op-ed that would call on policymakers to be more thoughtful and democratic when they consider using algorithms to change policies that affect the lives of residents.

San Francisco Tech Billionaires Go to War over Homelessness

San Francisco Tech Billionaires Go to War over Homelessness

In fact, no one will go on the record saying “Screw homeless people, I don’t want to pay any taxes.” But several of the city’s prominent elected officials—all touting solid liberal credentials—oppose Prop C.

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Reaches for Magic on the Shoulders of Indie Games

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Reaches for Magic on the Shoulders of Indie Games

But the idea of using deliberate slowness and inaccessibility bears a powerful resemblance to other corners of the gaming world.Red Dead Redemption 2's exploration is like Proteus, with its emphasis on dreamy, carefully paced exploration.

California Had Its Own Climate Summit. Now What?

California Had Its Own Climate Summit. Now What?

“We need to be thinking about exponential changes.”Getting the U.S. back on boardThe American politicians at the conference, who typically came from liberal cities and blue states like New York and Washington, had a more immediate concern: Trying to persuade the rest of the world that the United States hasn’t completely abandoned the fight, despite the fact that President Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

To prevent the worst effects of climate change we need to extract carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air and store it on a huge scale. Deliberately exposing large volumes of air to water containing potassium ions (similar to salt water) can effectively capture CO₂ very cost-effectively.

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