Monthly Archives: November 2015

Surprise! The NSA Is Still Spying On You

At midnight on Saturday, the National Security Agency ended one of its most notorious spying programs. This is only a tiny victory. The NSA’s sprawling, inefficient surveillance apparatus is still a privacy threat.

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A Special Chatroom In Honor of Annalee Newitz

It’s the last day at Gizmodo for our beloved EIC Annalee Newitz, and this can only mean one thing: GIF party.

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Study: Some Deepak Chopra Tweets Are Indistinguishable From Bullshit

Deepak Chopra is known around the world for spouting pseudo-scientific garbage wrapped up in spiritual feel-goodery. A new paper in the journal Judgment and Decision Making even uses Chopra’s tweets to show how some people have trouble distinguishing profound statements from bullshit.

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Asia Pacific floods Brisbane with art, cinema and a ‘common humanity’

A festival featuring 102 movies from 42 countries across the region brought Asian Pacific culture closer to home – if only the audiences were bigger

For two weeks in November, Asian Pacific culture has descended on Brisbane, bringing with it not just a unifying understanding of the wider region but of Australia itself.

Related: Asia Pacific Triennial 8 review – a colourful snapshot of the world

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Facebook Notify Review: The Perks and Pitfalls of a Never-Ending News Stream

Facebook’s Notify, an app that pushes news alerts to your lockscreen, can sometimes be a headache. But when it comes to breaking news, this little app proves its worth.

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The Mutant Ravepocalypse In Skrillex’s New Music Video Confuses And Amazes Me

I’m going to be the first person to admit that quite frankly, I have no idea what compelled me to watch Skrillex’s new video for his remix of GTA’s “Red Lips.” But, just under four minutes later, I’m equally astounded at the weirdly funky mutant disco rave it depicted in between the oontz-oontz-oontzing.

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Own 50 of Warner Bros Best Films For Less Than $2.50 Each

Here’s a nice Cyber Monday surprise: 50 critically acclaimed films in one $116 package. I think this might actually be one of the best deals of of the holiday shopping season so far; Amazon’s never sold it for less than $177 before today. [Warner Bros 50 Film Collection, $116]

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Relax in the Tranquility of a Desert Sunset

Stop. Breathe. Bask in the blissful relaxation of sunset in Queen Valley. Feel better? Good.Read more… Continue reading

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7 Installations Protesting Climate Change In Paris, Even If Actual Protesters Can’t

The entire world is watching as politicians pour into Paris today to decide the future of the Earth . But you might have missed what’s going on outside the summit, where dozens of activists and artists have transformed the city with installations about climate change.

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This machine that crushes soda cans is so hypnotic

This machine that crushes soda cans is so hypnotic

I’m totally getting hypnotized watching this machine spin around and around as it crushes aluminum can after aluminum can. The colors of the soda, the constant spin of the wheel, the methodical movement of the arm, it all makes for such a satisfying video to watch. I think people would absolutely recycle more if they had access to this machine for half an hour every week.

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The Horrifying Vtech Hack Let Someone Download Thousands of Photos of Children [Update]

The latest details about a recent security breach at a kids’ toy company are in, and they are disturbing. A couple weeks ago, hackers successfully broke into the servers of connected toy maker Vtech and stole the personal information of nearly 5 million parents and over 200,000 nearly 6.4 million kids. What we didn’t know until now: The hackers stole pictures of kids, too. [Updated 12.01.2015 2:30pm]

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Tell Us Your Stories About Nightmare IT Workers

By popular demand, our topic is your most terrible colleagues, and we’re also opening this one up for anyone to tell us about their encounters with the IT department.

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Jalopnik Grisly Video Of Fatal Lamborghini Street Racing Crash Reminds Us Not To Street Race | Deads

Jalopnik Grisly Video Of Fatal Lamborghini Street Racing Crash Reminds Us Not To Street Race | Deadspin Michael Jordan’s Ghost Is Retiring, At Fucking Last | Gizmodo A Skeptic’s Guide to Buying (or Not Buying) a 4K TV | Jezebel The Reinvention of Paris Hilton Is Upon Us

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Lifehacker The Best Ways to Get a Bartender’s Attention (Without Being a Jerk) | Kotaku World’s Best

Lifehacker The Best Ways to Get a Bartender’s Attention (Without Being a Jerk) | Kotaku World’s Best Jigglypuff Player Gives Heartbreaking Interview After Winning Smash Tournament | io9 Jessica Jones Has Given Us Marvel’s Greatest Live-Action Villain by Far | Gawker There Are Only Two Issues

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How Much Carbon Will Be Emitted By People Travelling to the Paris Climate Talks?

With attendees from 195 countries convening Paris this week for the UN’s COP21 climate talks, it’s definitely fair to wonder if all that traveling might actually be a bad thing for the climate. Wired did the math.

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This Week’s TV: Ease on Down the Road—The Wiz Is Coming to Television!

Doctor Who turns everything upside down. The Flash and Arrow cross over to battle Vandal Savage. Minority Report ends. Plus the live-action debut of Red Tornado! And lo, The Wiz! live on television! All this, and much, much more, on This Week’s TV!

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Vizio’s 50″ M-Series 4K TV Just Slid Below $600 For Prime Members

Here’s another new TV deal, if nothing struck your fancy during Black Friday. Prime members can upgrade to a 50” Vizio M-series 4K TV for just $599 (discount shown at checkout), which is the best price we’ve ever seen. That comes complete with local dimming, smart apps, and a well-reviewed upscaling engine for 1080p content. [Vizio M-Series 50” 4K, $599 for Prime Members]

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The Librarians Proves That a Show Can Be Deep Without Being Dark

I don’t know what to tell you about The Librarians. This week they put John de Lancie as the devil and John Larroquette as Galahad in cocktail party to snipe politely at each other. If you’re not watching for things like that, you are beyond help.

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The Leftovers Just Made Me Scream “Holy Shit” At My Screen

WHOA. There’s only one episode of The Leftovers to go after “Ten Thirteen,” and man oh man did things just take an unexpected turn. After last week’s Kevin-in-purgatory detour, we’re back in Miracle—where real miracles may or may not happen, but epic manipulation most certainly does.

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Jessica Jones Has Given Us Marvel’s Greatest Live Action Villain By Far

Marvel’s live-action adaptations have a fantastic track record. Great action, a willingness to taken even some truly bizarre comic book heroes and turn them into relatable figures, and so on. But there’s one area they usually falter in: their villains. That is, until they completely nailed it with Jessica Jones.

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