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David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer at 69

david-bowieThe artist lyricist and maker exceeded expectations at glitz rock, craftsmanship rock, soul, hard shake, move pop, punk and electronica amid a varied 40 or more year vocation.

David Bowie has kicked the bucket after a fight with tumor, his rep affirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.

“David Bowie kicked the bucket gently today encompassed by his family following a gutsy 18-month fight with growth. While a large portion of you will partake in this misfortune, we ask that you regard the family’s protection amid their season of pain,” read an announcement posted on the craftsman’s official online networking accounts.

The persuasive vocalist musician and maker exceeded expectations at glitz rock, craftsmanship rock, soul, hard shake, move pop, punk and electronica amid his mixed 40 or more year vocation. He just discharged his 25th collection, Blackstar, Jan. 8, which was his birthday.

Bowie’s creative leap forward accompanied 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, a collection that cultivated the idea of rock star as space outsider. Combining British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and shake with theater, Bowie made the flashy, male/female adjust conscience Ziggy Stardust.

After three years, Bowie accomplished his first real American hybrid accomplishment with the No. 1 single “Acclaim” off the main 10 collection Young Americans, then took after with the 1976 cutting edge craftsmanship rock LP Station to Station, which made it to No. 3 on the outlines and highlighted main 10 hit “Brilliant Years.”

Other significant melodies incorporated 1983’s “How about we Dance” — his just other No. 1 U.S. hit — “Space Oddity,” “Saints,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” “Advanced Love,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “All the Young Dudes,” “Alarm in Detroit,” “Style,” “Life on Mars,” “Suffragette City” and a 1977 Christmas variety with Bing Crosby.

With his distinctive shaded eyes (the consequence of a schoolyard battle) and needlelike casing, Bowie was a characteristic to segue from music into inquisitive film parts, and he featured as an outsider looking for help for his diminishing planet in Nicolas Roeg’s strange The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). Commentators later commended his three-month Broadway stretch as the deformed lead in 1980’s The Elephant Man.

Bowie likewise featured in Marlene Dietrich’s last film, Just a Gigolo (1978), depicted a World War II wartime captive in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), and played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). He likewise featured inverse Jennifer Connelly as Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 religion most loved Labyrinth, coordinated by Jim Henson. What’s more, in another historic move, Bowie, who dependably grasped innovation, turned into the first shake star to transform into an Internet Service Provider with the dispatch in September 1998 of BowieNet.

Conceived David Jones in London on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees’ Davy Jones accomplished fame. He played saxophone and began a pantomime organization, and after stretches in a few groups, he marked with Mercury Records, which in 1969 discharged his collection Man of Words/Man of Music. That highlighted “Space Oddity,” his strong tune around a space traveler, Major Tom, spiraling wild.

While trying to blend enthusiasm for Ziggy Stardust, Bowie uncovered in a January 1972 magazine meet that he was gay — however that may have been an exposure stunt — colored his hair orange and started wearing ladies’ clothing. The collection turned into a sensation.

Composed rock faultfinder Robert Christgau: “This is venturesome stuff directly down to the tenacious wispiness of its sound, and Bowie’s actorly inflections include cleverness and shades of intending to the words, which are frequently witty and once in a while valuable, offering an uncommonly real to life and nitty gritty vantage on the stone star’s reality.”

Bowie changed riggings in 1975. Getting to be fixated on the move/funk hints of Philadelphia, his self-announced “plastic soul”- implanted Young Americans topped at No. 9 with the single “Distinction,” which he co-composed with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar.

After the deep yet colder Station to Station, Bowie again jumbled desires in the wake of recording so as to settle in Germany the climatic 1977 collection Low, the first of his “Berlin Trilogy” coordinated efforts with Brian Eno.

In 1980, Bowie brought out Scary Monsters, which cast a gesture to the Major Tom character from “Space Oddity” with the spin-off “Cinders to Ashes.” He took after with Tonight in 1984 and Never Let Me Down in 1987 and coordinated efforts with Queen, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, The Pat Metheny Group and others. He framed the quartet Tin Machine, yet the band didn’t collect much basic praise or business accomplishment with two collections.

Bowie came back to a performance vocation with 1993’s Black Tie White Noise, which saw him come back to work with his Spiders From Mars guitarist Mick Ronson, then recorded 1995’s Outside with Eno and visited with Nine Inch Nails as his opening demonstration. He came back to the studio in 1996 to record the techno-affected Earthling. Two more collections, 1999’s ‘Hours… ” and 2002’s Heathen, took after.

Bowie additionally delivered collections for, among others, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges and Mott the Hoople, for which he composed the melody “All the Young Dudes.” He earned a lifetime accomplishment Grammy Award in 2006 however never performed in front of an audience again.

Bowie was generally peaceful between the years of 2004 and 2012, re-rising in 2013 with the collection The Next Day. Its landing was met with an online networking firestorm, which shot it to No. 2 on the Billboard 200, his most noteworthy diagramming collection.

While interest for a visit by the isolated rock star has been tireless, Bowie stayed under the radar, keeping up a home in New York yet once in a while seen.

In December, Bowie opened the stone musical Lazarus in New York City, in which he returns to the character he played in The Man Who Fell to Earth. The task — coordinated by Ivo van Hove and featuring Michael C. Lobby — was started by Bowie, who since quite a while ago supported the thought of an arrival to the character he played onscreen in the Roeg film in view of American author Walter Tevis’ 1963 science fiction novel.

A video for the melody “Lazarus,” which is incorporated on the collection Blackstar, was discharged on Jan. 7.

Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Best Actor for The Revenant

Tonight, soon after Alejandro Iñárritu took home a Best Director Golden Globe for his gory fur trapper jaunt The Revenant, and just before The Revenant won Best Picture, Leonardo DiCaprio quickly scooped up a win for Best Actor for his role in… The Revenant.

DiCaprio’s role in the film was intense and physically demanding, two character traits that meant buzz around a potential Globes win started building almost as soon as the movie come out. During his acceptance speech, DiCaprio thanked his friends (“You know who you are”) and “all the indigenous communities around the world.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens crossed $1.5 billion in 19 days

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens crossed the $1.5 billion check all inclusive this weekend after only 19 days in discharge! This weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens included an expected $184.6 million all around, including the most noteworthy household third weekend ever with $88.3 million. Globally, the film included $96.3 million. The residential aggregate is presently $740.3 million (it’s the quickest to achieve the $700 million imprint in 16 days versus Symbol in 72 days) and worldwide aggregate is presently $770.5 million. It now remains as the #6 motion picture ever comprehensively with $1.510 billion, passing Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion), and will soon pass both Furious 7 ($1.515 billion) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($1.519 billion) to take the #4 worldwide spot. Locally, it is on the way to turning into the most astounding earning film ever.

With this weekend, the IMAX worldwide film industry now adds up to $152 million, making it IMAX’s second most astounding netting title ever; and in record-setting time: 19 days (without the advantage of a China discharge) versus Symbol, which came to $150 million in 47 days (counting a China discharge). The current per-screen normal for an IMAX screen is a dazzling $226,000 and numbering.

Locally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the #1 film of 2015 (passing Jurassic World’s $652.3 million) and the #2 motion picture ever (soon to surpass Avatar’s $760.5 million). Universally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the #5 motion picture of 2015. On Friday, the film set another record for most astounding New Year’s Day gross with an expected $34.5 million, surpassing Avatar’s $25.3 million from January 1, 2010.

Here are the worldwide aggregates to date by domain:

UK $145.0M

Germany $81.4M

France $67.1M

Japan $52.9M

Australia $50.7M

Spain $27.4M

Italy $24.9M

Mexico $24.5M

Korea $23.1M

Russia $22.9M

Brazil $21.2M

Other $229.4M

Absolute $770.5M

The film will open in China on January 9.

Hilarious Response from Mark Zuckerberg

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On Sunday evening, Zuckerberg posted the following Facebook post, which details new types of technology he is hoping to master within the next year as a personal challenge:

Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook. My challenges in…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, January 3, 2016

“At Facebook I spend a lot of time working with engineers to build new things. Some of the most rewarding work involves getting deep into the details of technical projects… But it’s a different kind of rewarding to build things yourself, so this year my personal challenge is to do that,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Thousands of commenters weighed in on the status update, but one of them stood out: A grandmother’s response.
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And Zuckerberg had a fantastic rebuttal to the user’s comment.
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California is imposing new safety restrictions on “hoverboards,” the (literally) hottest tech toy of the season.

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The new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, requires those riding one of the devices on public roadways to stick to roads with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less, wear a helmet, stay in the bike lane and not to go faster than 15 miles per hour. No one under 16 may use the boards on public roadways.

LG Electronics (LG) will unveil the latest iteration of the LG Tone Infinim at CES 2016 this year.

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LG Electronics (LG) will unveil the latest iteration of the LG Tone Infinim at CES 2016 this year. For those who haven’t seen the Tone Infinim before, this style of Bluetooth headset is in a contemporary design and is worn around the neck. It certainly looks very different from the usual style of in-ear headset while still being convenient to use.

As an upgraded successor of the popular HBS-900, the new Tone Infinim (HBS-910) inherits the previous model’s main strengths such as metallic body, wire retractable earbuds, long-lasting battery and Harmon/Kardon audio quality. With its upgraded Quad-Layer Speaker Technology, the new Tone Infinim delivers a great audio experience with better balance across all sound ranges and enhancing the frequency response ratio for richer bass and crisper high notes. Dealing with noisy environments such as crowded subways or city streets are an easy challenge for the new Tone Infinim with dual noise-cancelling microphones.

“The original Tone Infinim set a new standard for wireless headset design,” said Chung Sue-hyun, Vice President of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We delivered an audio solution that offered days of battery life, a comfortable fit that didn’t fall off the neck when unused and most importantly, fantastic sound. It’s no wonder the LG Tone Infinim series is the most copied design in this product category.”

Robert Zemeckis’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 107 facts about this classic film that you have never been aware of

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Robert Zemeckis’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit was an experimental film project, which proved to be an incredible classic. I love this movie, I love how it blended live action with traditional animation, and I love that it brought together in a movie so many classic cartoons.

The YouTube channel Cartoon Hangover has this fantastically informative video that gives us 107 facts about this classic film that you have never been aware of published. If you’re a fan, then you really need to take the time to watch this video, because it is great!

“Roger Rabbit” is known for breaking all traditions of modern filmmaking by combining live-action shots with beautifully detailed animation! But have you ever wondered how big characters of Disney, Warner Bros and MGM owned all ended up in the same movie? Well, that’s here Tooned Until this question and many others with 107 questions about “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” answer

Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world’s net traffic

googlehaberYou can all relax now. The near-unprecedented outage that seemingly affected all of Google’s services for a brief time on Friday is over.

The event began at approximately 4:37pm Pacific Time and lasted between one and five minutes, according to the Google Apps Dashboard. All of the Google Apps services reported being back online by 4:48pm.

The incident apparently blacked out every service Mountain View has to offer simultaneously, from Google Search to Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and beyond.

Big deal, right? Everyone has technical difficulties every once in a while. It goes with the territory.

But then, not everyone is Google. According to web analytics firm GoSquared, worldwide internet traffic dipped by a stunning 40 per cent during the brief minutes that the Chocolate Factory’s services were offline. rest

April Fools’Day Prank From Google and Youtube;

The Google Nose;

The new scentsation in search

Coming to your senses: go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation.
Your internet sommelier: expertly curated Knowledge Panels pair images, descriptions, and aromas.
Take a whiff: the Google Aromabase – 15M+ scentibytes.
Don’t ask, don’t smell: For when you’re wary of your query – SafeSearch included.

can be seen here; https://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/nose/

and youtube to shutdown;

It turns out that YouTube was just a big contest. According to the YouTube blog, the site, which was launched in 2005, was just a way to find the best video in the world. And today, eight years later, it is closing the competition. The site will stop taking submissions on Tuesday, April 2 at midnight and close down. All videos will be deleted.

No more Harlem Shakes. No more Gangnam Style. No more Charlie Bit My Finger.

YouTube will start to announce the best video nominees at 9 a.m. PT on April 1 via a livestreamed broadcast. While 30,000 technicians go through the YouTube submissions, a panel of judges, which includes famous YouTubers like Antoine Dodson and iJustine, will vote on the best video. The best video will be selected by 2023 when the site will relaunch. source

Digital imaging: Insurers, publishers, law-enforcement agencies and dating sites are using software that can detect the digital manipulation of photos

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THE photo splashed across front pages worldwide in July 2008 showed four Iranian test missiles blasting skywards. Released by the media arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Sepah News, the picture (right, top) was soon found to have been manipulated: one missile had been cloned and appeared twice, evidently to conceal the fact that another had failed to lift off (see original image, right, bottom). Governments have long doctored photos for political reasons. In Nazi Germany and Communist Russia, senior figures who fell from favour were commonly airbrushed out of photographs. Now, thanks to digital technology, image manipulation is available to everyone, and nefarious uses are becoming far more widespread. Read The Rest

Man Dies From Playing Xbox All Day [NEWS]

A man whose son died after playing video games for long periods is campaigning for greater awareness of the risk posed by excessive gaming. Chris Staniforth, 20, who would play his console for up to 12 hours, died in May from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). His father David believes the condition may have been triggered by long gaming sessions

Google + and its genius plan with Invites to take on Facebook.

For the last couple of days it seems that my Facebook news feed has been exploding with people offering invites to Google +. Often not even referring to Google+ but rather simply saying “couple invites left.” The excitement this seeming exclusivity creates is incredible, as more and more Google + invitations flutter into my inbox. I start to wonder why make it an invite service other than to entice people who would other wise not find out about the service as quickly if it entirely open.
Now Google is known for creating invite only services, however in the past those invites were not given out to all users in seemingly unlimited amounts.
I feel like the marketing team that came up with the idea of giving unlimited invites out to a generation of people who live on Facebook and twitter status updates deserves a standing ovation, for the ability to use their competitions services in order to boost exposure for Googles latest venture. They’ve clearly already captured much of their competitions user base, lets just see if they can hang on to it. / emptv

Mark Zuckerberg: Kids under 13 should be welcome to have us leak their personal information too.


Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and the inspiration for the Oscar-winning flick “The Social Network,” says younger Web users should have the same privileges as their older counterparts.

In an interview with the venture capitalist John Doerr at the NewSchools Venture Fund’s Summit in Burlingame,Calif., Zuckerberg said he would “fight” to roll back the part of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, which prevents companies from collecting information on users under the age of 13.

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A very stupid next generation is coming. Facebook wants to steal childhood for money.

Google boss Eric Schmidt and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have warned governments not to over-regulate traffic on the internet.

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Google boss Eric Schmidt and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have warned governments not to over-regulate traffic on the internet.

Zuckerberg said that governments cannot cherry pick which aspects of the web to control and which not to.

The two heavyweights are leading a group of high-profile online pioneers to the G8 summit in France.

The group will deliver recommendations that have been created at the first e-G8 gathering in Paris this week.

The e-G8 has the blessing of President Sarkozy, but world leaders are not bound by its findings.

Zuckerberg and Schmidt’s position reflect growing concerns among internet industry professionals that government’s are getting too involved in how the web operates.

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Mark Zuckerberg: “The only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself,”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking on a new challenge.

“The only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself,” he said.

The 27-year-old billionaire said since starting the odd challenge, he has killed goats, pigs and chickens.

“I’m eating a lot healthier foods. And I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals,” he said, according to Fortune magazine’s website.

“It’s easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.”

On May 4, Zuckerberg posted a note on his Facebook page — where else — saying, “I just killed a pig and a goat.”

Mark Zuckerberg (L) says, T'he only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself.'

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Mark Zuckerberg (L) says, T”he only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself.”

The statement instantly drew comments from those who saw the message.

In an email to Fortune, Zuckerberg wrote that he has taken on a new “personal challenge” every year in recent memory.

“I spend almost all of my time building Facebook, so these personal challenges are all things I wouldn’t normally have the chance to do if I didn’t take the time,” he wrote.
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Theory: Aliens + Humans = Asians?

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GiveUpInternet.com – This is an internet-meme-look-like article at HalfAlien.com site which is currently closed.

ALIENS + HUMANS = ASIANS!
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My theory is such that I suspect that Asians are the offspring of Aliens mating with Humans. I have many points to support my theory:

1. Asians have uncommonly (almost unearthly) almond-shaped eyes. Have you ever seen sketches what the consensus of alien encounters describe as Aliens? Hmmm…..

2. Why is it that Asians are so technologically advanced? Is it any wonder? Because they’re half Alien!

3. In sketches of Aliens, the majority of them are short in stature. Is it any mystery why Asians are short?

4. The Chinese alphabet does not seem to be of this world. The characters seem so advanced for such an ancient alphabet. Which brings me to #5…..

5. Asian languages, particularly Chinese and Japanese, are very terse, succinct dialects. They seem to have absolutely nothing to with the dialects of the Europe and Africa. They seem very other-worldly…

6. Why does Japanimation seem so damn cool? Because it’s futuristic-like. It’s got the Alien-tinge to it…. Even Hello Kitty and Kero Keropi seem sort of unearthly….

7. The first Human/Alien offspring was….Buddha.

8. How do you think Confucius knew so much???

9. Although American cars are like tanks, is it any wonder that Asian cars are so much more ergonomically friendly? Aliens are very streamlined folk….

10. Where do you think gunpowder was invented? Until it was put into the hands of the violent Europeans, the Chinese used it for fireworks (perhaps to simulate the spaceships of their forefathers…).

11. Chinese and Japanese architecture seems pretty other-worldly if you ask me…

12. Samurai warriors, existing hundreds of years ago, were pretty damn Stormtrooper-like, wouldn’t you say?

13. Sterotypically, why is it that Asians are so good at the universal language of math? One word: Abacus.

14. The only man-made object that can be seen in space is…. The Great Wall of China.

15. The martial arts: do you think that the human race could invent such a concise, succinct and streamlined form of defense all by themselves???? Which leads me to #16…

16. Did Bruce Lee really die? Or was he just taken back home?

17. If indeed, the Human race began in Africa; spread to Europe; then to Asia… why is it that Asians look so much more different from their African descendants? I mean, If you put a European next to an African, the differences make sense; Europeans are lighter-pigmented due to geographical changes. But what can be attributed for Asians’ almond shaped eyes (as in point #1)? China and Japan are not any northern than, say, Germany or England. People from India definitely appear to be of African descent… But once you go a little East… Boom! You suddenly have a sharp change in the Orient…
I wonder…

18. Have you ever seen the rice fields of Asia? Pretty symmetrical and evenly arranged, eh? Have you ever seen those mysterious Alien crop circles? Pretty symmetrical and evenly arranged, eh?

19. Why is it that until Marco Polo brought it back to the West, humans never thought of making the super-carbohydrate noodle they now call Pasta?

20. Speaking of Marco Polo, you always hear of these explorers from Europe. You never hear about Asian explorers sailing the high seas. Why? Maybe because their ancestors already explored them with their spaceships….

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Mr. Glennard adds:
21. There are never any reports of Alien abductions in the Far East. Why? Because it’s stupid for aliens to abduct their own people!

22. It’s common knowledge that both China and Japan attempted to keep westerners out of their respective countries. But why? Was it merely because of racial bigotry? Probably not. The Chinese and the Japanese were just prepping their space vehicles for launch when all the while, the rest of the world used wooden rafts.

Dr. Shaw states:
23. While Western doctors tell you to pop a pill if you’re ill, the Chinese suggest having tiny little needles stuck into various “points” in your body. Just who do you think first mapped out the entire human body and practiced acupuncture? Gee, I wonder…
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24. Is it any wonder that Opium was one of the first addictive hallucinogens introduced to the western world? Perhaps some westerner accidentally decided to get high from it when it, in fact, was really fuel for Alien space crafts…perhaps…..

25. Have you ever noticed that the majority of Asian men, for some reason have less facial and body hair than their western counterparts? Fu Manchu is the classic example. As much as he wanted a goatee, all he could muster was a few strands from his chin and above his lip. Furthermore, perhaps Tibetans gave up altogether, thus the bald heads…”Hair? Hey, fuggedaboutit!”

26. The real reason behind the recent stock market crash in Asia had nothing to do with money. Aliens, by nature prefer to stay in the background in the scheme of Earthly things. Therefore, the Asian market was perhaps becoming “too” prosperous. The crash was necessary. The Aliens would rather be found out later than sooner….

27. Asians have adopted many Alien habits into their way of living. Chopsticks, while a very simple concept, is very difficult technique to master. Who do you think taught them how to actually use them? Also, if you took a wok and turned it upside down…it’s an all too familiar shape! Finally, is it any wonder why MSG puts you in a trance-like state after eating Chinese food? Maybe it was originally an Alien spice that was never really intended for Human consumption.

28. Even Alien/Human breeding can result in birth defects. Two words: Siamese Twins.

29. As a result of migrating from Northern Asia over the land-bridge (that used to exist) leading to Alaska, we all know that Native Americans, too, are of Alien descent. With their ornamental traditional garb and serene way of being…it’s very Oriental…hence, very Alien. Teepees are a crude, yet still, Alien-inspired design that was very streamlined in its function and purpose. Perhaps their skill in smoke-signalling was a direct result of Alien knowhow and ingeniuity. Finally, the uncanny regard which Native Americans have for the Earth’s natural resouces didn’t just come from nowhere

30. Asians are not bad drivers. It’s just that they’d be more at home navigating a spacecraft.

Mrs. Branching inspired:
31. After landing in Asia, the Aliens decided to search for Humans to mate with. This search led to Egypt, where the Egyptians were exposed to the Alien alphabet and also helped the Aliens build the Pyramids. After leaving Egypt with a few Humans to bring back to Asia, the Egyptians didn’t soon forget their Alien encounter. They documented it by way of hieroglyphics, where Egyptians went so far as trying to emulate their new friends by attempting to imitate their alphabet and portraying themselves as Alien-like, painting their eyes with black eye paint. Furthermore, where do you think the Egyptians learned to mummify bodies so well….

32. Godzilla: visionary japanese sci-fi thriller or homage to the alien equivalent of a house pet?

And Dr. Thompson adds:
32. The words “alien” and “asian” are a little too phonetically similar to merely be a coincidence…

Note: We can a lot of direct messages about this post. Many of the asians friends thinks that this post is offensive. I think this is just humorous piece of text and telling a lot of good things about asians from the different point of view. As you know, Give Up Internet is a geeky humor blog and we’re really serious about not being offensive. Thank you for your understanding.

Jacob Barnett, 12, Has IQ Higher Than Einstein’s

Jacob Barnett isn’t your average 12-year-old. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and an IQ of 170, which is higher than Einstein’s. He’s currently working on an expanded version of the Theory of Relativity. Finally! Someone who can understand what Charlie Sheen is saying!

World’s total CPU power: one human brain

World's total CPU power: one human brain

How much information can the world transmit, process, and store? Estimating this sort of thing can be a nightmare, but the task can provide valuable information on trends that are changing our computing and broadcast infrastructure. So a pair of researchers have taken the job upon themselves and tracked the changes in 60 different analog and digital technologies, from newsprint to cellular data, for a period of over 20 years.

The trends they spot range from the expected—Internet access has pushed both analog and digital phones into a tiny niche—to the surprising, such as the fact that, in aggregate, gaming hardware has always had more computing power than the world’s supercomputers.

The authors were remarkably thorough. For storage media, they considered things like paper, film, and vinyl records, and such modern innovations as Blu-ray discs and memory cards. To standardize their measurements across media, they used Shannon’s information theory to consider data storage in terms of optimally compressed bits. They also tracked technology, noting that in the year 2000, bits of video were compressed using cinepak, which was far less efficient than the current MPEG-4 format; calculations were adjusted rest is here

Bing Steals Google Results and Denies It

By now, you may have read Danny Sullivan’s recent post: “Google: Bing is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results” and heard Microsoft’s response, “We do not copy Google’s results.” However you define copying, the bottom line is, these Bing results came directly from Google.

I’d like to give you some background and details of our experiments that lead us to understand just how Bing is using Google web search results.

It all started with tarsorrhaphy. Really. As it happens, tarsorrhaphy is a rare surgical procedure on eyelids. And in the summer of 2010, we were looking at the search results for an unusual misspelled query [torsorophy]. Google returned the correct spelling—tarsorrhaphy—along with results for the corrected query. At that time, Bing had no results for the misspelling. Later in the summer, Bing started returning our first result to their users without offering the spell correction (see screenshots below). This was very strange. How could they return our first result to their users without the correct spelling? Had they known the correct spelling, they could have returned several more relevant results for the corrected query.

This example opened our eyes, and over the next few months we noticed that URLs from Google search results would later appear in Bing with increasing frequency for all kinds of queries: popular queries, rare or unusual queries and misspelled queries. Even search results that we would consider mistakes of our algorithms started showing up on Bing.

We couldn’t shake the feeling that something was going on, and our suspicions became much stronger in late October 2010 when we noticed a significant increase in how often Google’s top search result appeared at the top of Bing’s ranking for a variety of queries. This statistical pattern was too striking to ignore. To test our hypothesis, we needed an experiment to determine whether Microsoft was really using Google’s search results in Bing’s ranking.

We created about 100 “synthetic queries”—queries that you would never expect a user to type, such as [hiybbprqag]. As a one-time experiment, for each synthetic query we inserted as Google’s top result a unique (real) webpage which had nothing to do with the query. Below is an example:


To be clear, the synthetic query had no relationship with the inserted result we chose—the query didn’t appear on the webpage, and there were no links to the webpage with that query phrase. In other words, there was absolutely no reason for any search engine to return that webpage for that synthetic query. You can think of the synthetic queries with inserted results as the search engine equivalent of marked bills in a bank.

We gave 20 of our engineers laptops with a fresh install of Microsoft Windows running Internet Explorer 8 with Bing Toolbar installed. As part of the install process, we opted in to the “Suggested Sites” feature of IE8, and we accepted the default options for the Bing Toolbar.

We asked these engineers to enter the synthetic queries into the search box on the Google home page, and click on the results, i.e., the results we inserted. We were surprised that within a couple weeks of starting this experiment, our inserted results started appearing in Bing. Below is an example: a search for [hiybbprqag] on Bing returned a page about seating at a theater in Los Angeles. As far as we know, the only connection between the query and result is Google’s result page (shown above).

We saw this happen for multiple queries. For the query [delhipublicschool40 chdjob] we inserted a search result for a credit union:

The same credit union soon showed up on Bing for that query:


For the query [juegosdeben1ogrande] we inserted a page of hip hop bling jewelry:


And the same hip hop bling page showed up in Bing:


As we see it, this experiment confirms our suspicion that Bing is using some combination of:

or possibly some other means to send data to Bing on what people search for on Google and the Google search results they click. Those results from Google are then more likely to show up on Bing. Put another way, some Bing results increasingly look like an incomplete, stale version of Google results—a cheap imitation.

At Google we strongly believe in innovation and are proud of our search quality. We’ve invested thousands of person-years into developing our search algorithms because we want our users to get the right answer every time they search, and that’s not easy. We look forward to competing with genuinely new search algorithms out there—algorithms built on core innovation, and not on recycled search results from a competitor. So to all the users out there looking for the most authentic, relevant search results, we encourage you to come directly to Google. And to those who have asked what we want out of all this, the answer is simple: we’d like for this practice to stop. via google blog

Michael Arrington’s Response to Reddit Users about Changing Logo [PIC]

Michael Arrington's Response to Reddit Users about Changing Logo [PIC]
Michael Arrington’s Response to Reddit Users about Changing Logo [PIC]

Interesting – After mildly mocking us earlier, Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian says “Seriously, @reddit? Not cool. We stole the idea from google anyway – the world needs more customized logos”

Michael Arrington's Response to Reddit Users about Changing Logo [PIC]
Michael Arrington’s Response to Reddit Users about Changing Logo [PIC]

“The Social Network” Movie Launches a Facebook-Themed Website

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Columbia Pictures has just launched the official website for The Social Network, 500MillionFriends.com. David Fincher’s take on the Facebook story is highly anticipated by film fans and social media addicts alike.

The site opens into a large-form portal with photos, videos and cast information, all arranged in a very Facebook-like collage.

The new site carries on the same theme used in the teasers, trailers and TV spots for the film.

Words such as “Punk,” “Traitor” and “Genius” are displayed either as their own or overlayed over other photographs. The site also contains access to cast information, the official synopsis and cast publicity stills.

The Social Network will be in theaters October 1, 2010 and is already garnering rave reviews from Rolling Stone and Film Comment.

via Mashable

3% of Twitter’s Servers Dedicated to Justin Bieber said Dustin Curtis, Twitter Employee

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Would you believe that Justin Bieber and his legion of fans use up 3% of Twitter’s server at any given time — such a large amount of activity that “racks of servers” are dedicated to Bieber mania?

So said a Twitter employee, according to web designer and blogger Dustin Curtis. Yesterday he sent out the following tweet:

“At any moment, Justin Bieber uses 3% of our infrastructure. Racks of servers are dedicated to him. – A guy who works at Twitter”