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The Senate’s secret algorithms bill doesn’t actually fight secret algorithms

The Senate’s secret algorithms bill doesn’t actually fight secret algorithms

Politicians sometimes exaggerate the laws they’re proposing. But when they start making up new sections of a bill from whole cloth, something has gone wrong. In the case of the Filter Bubble Transparency Act, it’s not just spin; it’s an example of how badly defined buzzwords can make it impossible to address the internet’s problems.…
I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can, Too.

I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can, Too.

Little-known companies are amassing your data — like food orders and Airbnb messages — and selling the analysis to clients. Here’s how to get a copy of what they have on you.Credit...Adam McCauleyNov. 4, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ETAs consumers, we all have “secret scores”: hidden ratings that determine how long each of us waits on…
The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

Nov 1, 2019David FlemingESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and FlemFile columnist for ESPN.com. Has written more than 30 cover stories for SI and ESPN. Author of "Noah's Rainbow" (a father's memoir) and "Breaker Boys" (stolen 1925 NFL title).WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig…
A Secret Space Plane Just Landed After a Record Stay in Orbit

A Secret Space Plane Just Landed After a Record Stay in Orbit

The old space shuttle landing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center received an unusual visitor early Sunday morning when the Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane autonomously returned from orbit after a record-breaking mission. For the last 780 days, the Air Force Research Laboratory used the space plane as an orbital platform for classified experiments.…
Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

After the Uber ride is over, it’s just you and your phone. And your choice: Do you tip?New research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests the answer has more to do with you than your driver’s performance. And the researchers behind the work believe that the conclusion might have implications for the…
The secret life of open source developers

The secret life of open source developers

Ian Turton and Andrea Aime Playlists: 'foss4g2019' videos starting here / audio / related eventsA common question seen on many open source mailing lists is “When will you guys fix my bug? It is critical to my company!” This is often followed by one of the developers replying to say “When you write a fix…
Apple hid a secret message in its latest YouTube video

Apple hid a secret message in its latest YouTube video

Shortly after Apple’s iPhone 11 event yesterday, the company posted a drastically condensed “supercut” of everything they announced. Taking the two hour event and boiling it down to a little over two minutes, they still manage to cover just about everything — from new iPads, to new Watches, to new iPhones. And they tucked a…
The secret to miraculous preservation of a Dead Sea Scroll could be salt coating

The secret to miraculous preservation of a Dead Sea Scroll could be salt coating

A pinch of salts — The nearly 25-foot-long Temple Scroll is best preserved of these ancient Hebrew texts Jennifer Ouellette - Sep 11, 2019 10:45 am UTC Enlarge / Partial view of the Dead Sea Temple Scroll, one of the longest biblical texts found since the 1940s.A team of MIT scientists studied a fragment of…

Secret Service Investigates Breach at U.S. Govt IT Contractor

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a breach at a Virginia-based government technology contractor that saw access to several of its systems put up for sale in the cybercrime underground, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. The contractor claims the access being auctioned off was to old test systems that do not have direct connections to its government…
The Secret History of Dune – Los Angeles Review of Books

The Secret History of Dune – Los Angeles Review of Books

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 FRANK HERBERT’S Dune (1965) is a science-fiction classic in part because it’s such brilliant pastiche. Drawing inspiration from the midcentury United States’s nascent environmental movement, European feudalism, Middle Eastern oil politics, and Zen Buddhism, Herbert created a universe that is at once exotic and familiar. Not all of the book’s success is…

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Vintage Muscle Cars Take Flight in an Homage to Chase Scenes

A 3,000-pound hulk of metal without wings or upward force is not designed to soar through the air and land intact. Getting one to do so—or, at least, creating the cinematic illusion that it does—is a difficult feat. In car-chase movies of the 1970s and '80s, it involved fearless stunt drivers, computer modeling, and even…

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