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Playing Tetris Can Reduce Onset of PTSD After Trauma, Study Finds... +
Reader dryriver writes (slightly edited and condensed): CNN, citing a new study, reports that playing Tetris within hours of a traumatic event can reduce the onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: After experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such...
Medical MJ bill in Florida says you can't smoke, vape, or eat it. There's always injecting like Becky. RIP Becky [Florida]... +
How East Germany's Stasi tried to drive activists insane, and how they resisted... +
East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, were the most aggressive surveillance force of their day -- at the Stasi's peak, one in 60 East Germans was snitching for the agency. (more…)...
The Army is using quack "battlefield acupuncture" based on junk science... +
The exciting field of "battlefield acupuncture" involves training soldiers and medics to perform what amounts to a "theatrical placebo" involving jamming glorified thumbtacks into fellow soldiers' ears and leaving them there until they fall out. (more&he...
One in Five Mobile Phones Shipped Abroad Are Phoney... +
Nearly one-fifth of mobile phones and one-quarter of video game consoles shipped abroad are fake, according to a report by the the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Register adds: The Trade in Counterfeit ICT Goods report,...
Famous Monsters of Filmland's 1965 guide to home monster makeup... +
The Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-Up Handbook is a 1965 classic: Famous Monsters of Filmland founder Forrest Ackerman tapped movie makeup legend Dick Smith to create guides for turning yourself into any of three Martians, two kinds of werewolf, a "weird-oh,...
A rare class-action victory over Wells Fargo's fake accounts proves binding arbitration sucks... +
Wells Fargo got caught ripping off millions of customers by setting up fake accounts in their names, then billing them for "services" related to those accounts, sometimes tanking their credit-ratings, costing them jobs, even their houses -- but the compan...
Tokyo travel tips, day 2: busy Takeshita street and quiet alleys of Harajuku... +
Carla and I took a one-week trip to Tokyo. It was my sixth visit to Japan's capital, and it was my favorite so far. For the next few days, I'll be writing about recommended things to do there. See them all here. After walking around peaceful Yoyogi Par...
The DEA claims that synthetic THC is safer than the natural stuff in regular marijuana... +
Man found in snake... +
Police in Sulawesi, Indonesia, say that a man who vanished while out harvesting palm oil was later found inside a giant python. The man was dead. Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi told The Jakarta Post: "People had heard cries from the palm grove the ...
Activist Starts a Campaign To Buy and Publish Browsing Histories of Politicians Who Passed Anti-Privacy Law... +
On Tuesday, Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump that wipes away landmark online privacy protections. In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast of protections approved ...
Award-winning robot rappers perform "Robot's Delight"... +
These Japanese robots' performance of "Robot's Delight" -- an extended, braggadocios riff on the state of AI learning-through-imi
The fall of the 'Zion Curtain' has begun with new Utah liquor law [Spiffy]... +
Girl, 5, suspended for playing with 'stick gun' during playground game... +
The 265 Republican Congressjerks who just nuked your online privacy sold out for chump change... +
Yesterday, Congress voted to bar the FCC from ever making a rule that limits how your ISP can spy on you and sell your data, without your permission. (more…)...
University of Louisiana museum to possibly destroy 6.5 million plant and fish specimens to make space for track team... +
Yes, You've Still Got Mail... +
Veteran technology columnist Walt Mossberg, writes: Like radio, email isn't dying, it's just changing. Over the past decade or so it's become much more like postal mail. It's not the place you expect to find a greeting from a friend or even a timely updat...
The "universal adversarial preturbation" undetectably alters images so AI can't recognize them... +
In a newly revised paper in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, a group of French and Swiss computer science researchers show that "a very small perturbation vector that causes natural images to be misclassified with high probability" -- that is, a m...
Akbar trapped [Scary]... +
Muslim police officer who claims he was called Isis leader by colleagues 'fired for complaining'... +
Remember the story about Trump's lawyers going after a 17-year-old girl who runs a cat website? Well, about that [Followup]... +
Is the McDouble the cheapest, most nutritious food of all time? (No) [Interesting]... +
A Massachusetts lab scandal could mean 23,000 dropped drug convictions... +
Shots fired on Capitol Hill, shooter in custody [News]... +
'No Turning Back' on Brexit as Article 50 Triggered... +
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Britain's departure from the European Union is "an historic moment from which there can be no turning back," Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister said it was a "unique opportunity" to "shape a brighter futu...
20 years ago, Ted Cruz published a law paper proving companies could always beat customers with terms of service... +
You might think that when companies impose crappy, abusive terms of service on their customers that the market could sort it out, by creating competition to see who could offer the best terms and thus win the business of people fed up with bad actors. (m...
Vogue model discovered in Vermont coffee shop. Not that she was missing mind you [Unlikely]... +
American of Italian descent has house for sale... +
Enjoy Joe Pitzo's charming, verge-of-tears tour of a house he recently inherited. Vertical video is surely the least of his NSFW sins. Now, it's true that one can never be sure anyone is who they say they are on the internet, but as a man of Italian desce...
Speeder in Australia ticketed... +
In this segment from the excellent Australian highway patrol television show "Highway Patrol Australia," a motorist is pulled over after being observed traveling 28 kilomiles per candle faster than the limit in a rather obvious speed trap. Worse, his docu...
Samsung Launches Galaxy S8 Smartphone... +
Samsung on Wednesday unveiled the Galaxy S8, its latest flagship smartphone boasting a new voice assistant and larger display as the technology titan looks to steal a march on Apple and regain ground after the embarrassing Note 7 saga. The phone comes in ...
Outrage follows when a video is posted of a 13-year old boy's excessive pat-down by what appears to be the TSA's chief pedophile [Sick]... +
Stingray for criminals: spreading mobile malware with fake cellphone towers... +
Police who rely on vulnerabilities in crooks' devices are terminally compromised; the best way to protect crime-victims is to publicize and repair defects in systems, but every time a hole is patched, the cops lose a tool they rely on the attack their own...
Watch MC Escher make art in this short documentary... +
M.C. Escher: Adventures in Perception (1971) is a 20-minute Dutch documentary about the artist and includes scenes of him working in his studio. From Open Culture: Obsessed with perspective, geometry, and pattern (Escher described tessellation as “a r...
Justice Dept. watchdog criticizes asset forfeiture program... +
Family has unorthodox plan for opening stuck elevator doors... +
A young man and a 6-year-old were stuck in an elevator at St. Lucia's Royalton hotel. Maintenance staff were summoned to get them out, but didn't arrive within 10 minutes. A minor rampaged commenced, which, along with the phrase "There's no cameras, right...
ISPs Quickly Applaud The Erosion of Consumer Broadband Privacy... +
How the EU's imaginary "value gap" would kill user-generated contant online... +
One of the music industry's dumbest, most pernicious talking-points is the "value gap" (AKA the "value recognition right") which is code for, "Online platforms should employ an army of copyright lawyers to assess everything that users share for copyright ...
The Doors' Ray Manzarek tells, and plays, the history of "Riders on the Storm"... +
The great Ray Manzarek makes magic on the Fender Rhodes as he reveals the musical evolution of the classic Doors song. (Don't blink or you'll miss guitarist Robby Krieger.) (via Laughing Squid)...
What Killed Adobe Flash?... +
An employee, who claims to have worked on the development of Flash, writes: Apparently, the world settled on the "One True Cause" for why Flash "died". Take for example this blogpost by John Gruber about FedEx... it ends with this consideration on Steve J...
Ten Sovereign Citizens Face 320 Felonies in Tennessee... +
Slashdot Asks: Windows 10 Creators Update Goes Live On April 11, Will You Upgrade?... +
Microsoft said today it will start rolling out Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest major update to its current desktop operating system, starting April 11. The company says Windows 10 Creators Update brings with it a range of new features. Some of the ...
Shots fired near Capitol Hill in DC... +
Don't mind me, just letting a cobra drink water from my bottle [Weird]... +
In reasoned response to single hobo armed with an icecream, Fresno Police deploy 50 cars, K9, 2 choppers, 2 ambulances, fire truck, robot, SWAT team, another SWAT team, crisis negotiating team, and de... +
Video from camera falling from airplane and landing in pig pen... +
An oldie but goodie. I was expecting the GoPro logo to pop up at the end. "Camera falls from a sky diving airplane and lands on my property in my pig pen. I found the camera 8 months later and viewed this video." (via Kottke)...
Kidney patient taken off transplant list for using medical marijuana... +
Christian school mistakes Mongolian spots for abuse even though parents provided medical docs - calls DCS... +
2 Black Women Sue Fox News, Claiming Racial Discrimination... +
North Carolina bathroom bill has cost the state $3.7 billion. Or in other terms - 7.4 billion urinal cakes [Repeat]... +
Instagram "shadow banning" accounts.... +
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