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Patreon continues to crack down on NSFW content creators

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 02:14 AM PDT


Earlier this month, crowdfunding site Patreon cracked down on its NSFW content policy. The site banned erotic accounts where hypnosis "is used as a coercion mechanic for nonconsensual" sexual interaction because of alleged pressure from its payment partners. Existing on Patreon gave us the opportunity to make space and have our work sit right alongside all other types of creators. It proved that you can respect and support your porn the same way you do your podcasts and build a community. Do things differently and have it work. — Vex Ashley (@vextape) June 27, 2018 But it seems the crowdfunding…

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Hackers breach cryptocurrency exchange Bitrue for $4.2M in Ripple and Cardano

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 01:36 AM PDT


Another day, and another cryptocurrency exchange hack. Attackers have thieved $4.2 million worth of cryptocurrency from exchange Bitrue. Earlier today, the exchange announced on Twitter (spotted by ZDNet) that it was subject to a hack in which bad actors made off with 9.3 million Ripple ($4 million) and 2.5 million Cardano ($233,000) coins. At the time of writing, the amounted totals to a little over $4.2 million. The hacker used what they learned from this breach to then access the Bitrue hot wallet and move 9.3 million XRP and 2.5 million ADA to different exchanges. — Bitrue (@BitrueOfficial) June 27,…

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This repulsive app generates nudes from photos of clothed women

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 01:07 AM PDT


If you think creating anyone's nude photos or deepfake was a difficult task, think again. An app called DeepNude has developed a scary AI that can create a nude picture out of a woman's fully clothed photo. First reported by Vice, the Windows and Linux app was launched in March. DeepNude can take any clothed photo of a woman and turn into a realistic nude picture using its AI. The app is free to download and try, but you'll need to pay $50 for the ability to remove its large watermark and export the results. It works offline and requires a…

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Here’s how much you would have made if you invested in Netflix stock instead of a subscription

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 01:05 AM PDT


"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow." We all know the saying, yet instead of acting upon it, many of us waste time and money on the insignificant (and short term) things in life. With the rise of social networks, dating apps, and streaming video platforms, our attention span has gotten ever more goldfish-esque — we've become addicted. Life's one big slot machine, and goddamn do we love it. But… what happened to delayed gratification? This isn't a concept that's in most of our lives any more (if it ever was), and it's a crying shame. To illustrate this, we're going…

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YouTube is making it easier to remove recommendations you don’t like

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 11:54 PM PDT


YouTube is introducing three new ways to fine-tune your browsing experience on the platform. First, the Google-owned video service is rolling out topics and related videos on its homepage and under its "Up Next" tab. Second, it is giving users the ability to remove suggestions from channels they don't want to watch. And thirdly, it is providing users with more information about why videos were recommended to them. With these changes, YouTube hopes to give you control over the what content pops up on the site. YouTube says the topic options are based on existing personalized suggestions, but it's possible they…

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Console makers warn Trump that tariffs could cost US gamers up to $840M

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 05:57 PM PDT


Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft collaborated on an open letter protesting the Trump administrations's controversial proposition on Chinese tariffs. They warn that the worst case scenario would be that game consoles, are on the proposed product list, would get even more expensive. The letter, addressed to Joseph Barloon, General Counsel to the US Trade Representative, was written in response to the request for public comment on the proposed 25 percent tariffs. The companies don't mince words about their feelings: "While we appreciate the Administration's efforts to protect U.S. intellectual property and preserve U.S. high-tech leadership, the disproportionate harm caused by these tariffs to U.S. consumers and businesses…

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WhatsApp tests letting you share your Status to Facebook and other apps

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 05:04 PM PDT


Though WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, plenty of the app's users are happy to ignore the fact the big blue parent network exists. Somewhat surprisingly, Facebook has been content to let WhatsApp do its own thing since its $19 billion purchase back in 2014. But there are signs this might be slowly changing Case in point: according to The Verge, WhatsApp is "testing a feature that will let you share your Status to Facebook or Instagram, as well as other services like Gmail or Google Photos. However, WhatsApp says the new feature won't require you to link your account to…

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DisplayPort 2.0 brings support for dual 8K monitors at 120Hz

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 04:31 PM PDT


Many of us don't even have 4K displays yet, but that isn't stopping technology from moving on. Today the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced DisplayPort 2.0, heralding the arrival of 16K displays in the years to come. While the idea of a 16K monitor is almost laughable, the increased bandwidth – 80 Gbps, up from the 32.4 Gbps – will allow a variety of new monitor configurations. Here are some of them: Single display resolutions -One 16K (15360×8460) display @60Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC) – One 10K (10240×4320) display @60Hz and 24 bpp 4:4:4 (no compression)  Dual display…

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The first AI capable of simulating the universe works so well it’s scary

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 02:56 PM PDT


A team of researchers recently pioneered the world's first AI universe simulator. It's fast; it's accurate; and its creators are baffled by its ability to understand things about the cosmos that it shouldn't. Scientists have used computer simulations to try and digitally reverse-engineer the origin and evolution of our universe for decades. The best traditional methods using modern technology take minutes and produce okay results. The world's first AI universe simulator on the other hand, produces results with far greater accuracy in just milliseconds. According to the team's paper: Here, we build a deep neural network to predict structure formation…

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Review: The Microsoft Pro Intellimouse is a really, really lovely mouse

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 01:51 PM PDT


I know you come to this site for deep, contemplative thought on the technological issues of the day, but sod it: the Microsoft Pro Intellimouse is really bloody lovely, and if you need a new mouse, you should buy this one. Job done. Time to go to the pub? Not quite. I suppose I should delve into why I think the Microsoft Pro Intellimouse is such a stellar peripheral worthy of your hard-earned cash. It's simple: Microsoft got the fundamentals spot-on It's time to party like it's 1996 Microsoft has been involved in the peripheral game for a long time.…

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