Daily Archives: August 21, 2015

Bluetooth Suppositories And Other Teledildonics

Let us talk frankly about technology and sex1, which are, as the old ad has it, two great tastes that taste great together. Let’s talk about vibrators, and teledildonics, and orgasms, and KinkBNB, and VR porn, and “Uber for escorts.” And let’s talk again about our collective inability to think about, talk about, and invest in sex in an even halfway enlightened way.

We live in the midst of a sex-tech Cambrian explosion, so much so that of late it has attracted stupid patents and patent trolls. You can download quantified-self sex apps like Spreadsheets, or games like HappyPlayTime which aim to “eliminate the stigma around female masturbation.” You can buy smart vibrators like the SmartBod, which tracks your sex data and adjusts to your reactions. Or vibrators for couples like the long- (or short-) distance Vibease (which we’ve covered before.)

Or the Eva from Dame Products, who blew the doors off Indiegogo last year. I felt unqualified to review the Eva myself, so I had a pro-domme friend known as “Madame V” (yes, I live in San Francisco, how ever did you guess?) review it for me/TC. She writes:

Eva is a labor of love spawned from a founding team composed of one sex therapist and one mechanical engineer. She promises to be the hands-free, strap-free sex toy for couples to enjoy together. After all, 70 percent of people with vaginas can’t orgasm from intercourse alone, but are generally able to orgasm via masturbation.

If Eva’s goal is to be non-threatening and therefore bring more pleasure to a larger vagina audience, it is achieving it swimmingly. After rigorous testing, its best use cases are 1) softcore missionary and 2) reading smut. However, the heathens among us know that the most uh, “rugged” sex toys include more complicated padding, not less.

All this iteratively better vibrator research is great! …but, these days, well, a little boring. Teledildonics and VR are the new sex-tech frontiers. Because why shouldn’t we eliminate the middleperson and get sex directly over the Internet, right? E.g. via the Kiroo Onyx & Pearl teledildonics set. (Currently one-way, alas, but hey, these are the Altair 8800s of the field.)

continue http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/15/bluetooth-suppositories-and-other-teledildonics-you-didnt-know-you-needed/

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Vote for Deez Nuts

More than 500 people you’ve never heard of have filed paperwork to run for president in 2016 but just one is appearing alongside Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in some polls: Deez Nuts.

Nuts got some national attention when he filed a statement of candidacy back in July. But when he showed up in a survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic-leaning firm, earlier this month, it prompted some questions: Who is Deez Nuts, and how on earth did he make it into an actual poll?

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Public Policy Polling

It turns out Deez Nuts is the nom de campaign of Brady Olson, a 15-year-old from a tiny town in Iowa of less than 200 people. He’s behind not just the paperwork that was filed with the Federal Election Commission, but an entire campaign website complete with a platform and the outlines for ballot access in each state. Nuts declared himself an independent on his FEC paperwork, but his web site says he would consider running for the nomination of the following parties: the American Populist Party, the Citizens Party, the Independence Party, the Justice Party, the Marijuana Party, the Moderate Party, the Modern Whig Party, the Reform Party, and the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.

continue http://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-presidential-candidate-deez-nuts/

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Spotify Wants to Spy on You in Every Way Imaginable

3.3 Information Stored on Your Mobile Device

           With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files. Local law may require that you seek the consent of your contacts to provide their personal information to Spotify, which may use that information for the purposes specified in this Privacy Policy.

3.4 Location and sensor information

            Depending on the type of device that you use to interact with the Service and your settings, we may also collect information about your location based on, for example, your phone’s GPS location or other forms of locating mobile devices (e.g., Bluetooth). We may also collect sensor data (e.g., data about the speed of your movements, such as whether you are running, walking, or in transit).

3.8 Spotify service providers and partners

             We may also receive information about you from our service providers and partners, which we use to personalise your Spotify experience, to measure ad quality and responses to ads, and to display ads that are more likely to be relevant to you.

And here’s how Spotify says it shares information with advertisers and third parties, which provides some comfort on how identities are linked to the data that’s shared:

5.2.1 Marketing and advertising

We may share information with advertising partners in order to send you promotional communications about Spotify or to show you more tailored content, including relevant advertising for products and services that may be of interest to you, and to understand how users interact with advertisements. The information we share is in a de-identified format (for example, through the use of hashing) that does not personally identify you.

What’s equally perturbing is that it does not appear to matter whether you’re a paying customer or a freemium user. It should now be apparent to most that no web service is free – if you’re not paying in money, you’re paying in personal data. But Spotify doesn’t believe those who pay deserve a more private service. It seems there’s little option either to quit Spotify or accept the conditions of a company that has not only been questioned over its ethical treatment of musicians but will now face questions over its respect for customers’ private lives. 

Anyone upset by these changes can send complaints to privacy@spotify.com or send a letter to the company’s privacy representative by sending a letter to Spotify, Attn: Privacy Officer, Legal Department, 45 West 18th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10011, United States.

continue http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2015/08/20/youve-been-warned-spotify-wants-to-spy-on-you-in-every-way-imaginable/

Spotify defends itself after outcry over data collection

Stockholm (AFP) – Online music streamer Spotify defended itself Friday after angry users accused it of abusive personal data collection by asking for access to their contacts and photos.

Earlier this week, the firm had described the changes on its website as an “update” of its general user terms and conditions and its privacy policy, intended “to tailor improved experiences to our users, and build new and personalised products for the future.”

Users of the streaming service’s application for smartphones and mobile devices will over the next few weeks receive a prompt asking them to agree to the new terms, which include being asked for access to their address books, photos and GPS location.

On Twitter, hundreds of customers complained, many of them linking to articles on tech sites such as Wired that were critical of the move.

On Friday, one of the creators of the hugely popular online game Minecraft, Markus Persson of Sweden, told his 2.4 million Twitter followers that he had “cancelled” his Spotify subscription.

“As a consumer, I’ve always loved your service. You’re the reason I stopped pirating music. Please consider not being evil,” he wrote.

Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek responded directly to him: “Have you read our blog? We explicitly will ask when using camera or GPS.

continue http://news.yahoo.com/spotify-defends-itself-outcry-over-data-collection-143958563.html

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20 Foot Great White Shark is Largest Ever Filmed

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Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private In Firefox, Adds Tracking Protection

Mozilla is testing a new private browsing mode in Firefox that doesn’t just keep no trace of your porn browsing habits on your machine but that also blocks online services that could track you while you’re surfing the web.

That’s not unlike what plug-ins like Ghostery and the EFF’s Privacy Badger can do for you, but Firefox now combines that with its own incognito mode.

This new experimental feature is now available in the Firefox Developer Edition for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as the Firefox Aurora channel on Android.

“Our hypothesis is that when you open a Private Browsing window in Firefox you’re sending a signal that you want more control over your privacy than current private browsing experiences actually provide,” the Firefox team writes today.

continue http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/14/mozilla-makes-private-browsing-more-private-in-firefox-adds-tracking-protection/

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These 1980s McDonald’s Ads Perfectly Predicted Our Future

It’s a world where one corporation controls every aspect of your life. You turn to them for love. You turn to them for life. It’s where you turn when they’ve taken everything away from you.

It might sound like every cheesy cyberpunk premise you’ve ever seen, but you never saw this movie at the cinema. This was the world as McDonald’s saw it in the 1980s. This was the hellish corporate dystopia its commercials earnestly offered to America with an open hand.

Culturally, the 1980’s were a weird time in America. Due in equal measure to a desire to get past the turbulence of the last two decades, and the new strategy of the country’s conservative movement to combine corporate and christian values, American society was marked by a return to wholesomeness under a new corporate aegis
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‘Climate Change Industry’ Now a $1.5 Trillion Global Business

Liberals cry ‘global warming’ and loss of polar bear habitats, the stern warnings about rising seas and flooded coastlines – that is what the public hears about. Then there is the inconvenient truth they don’t want anyone to know about: $1.5 TRILLION.

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Power Line reports:

The Climate Change Business Journal has calculated that global warming is now a $1.5 trillion a year industry. The Business Journal’s report is not available for free online, but its findings are reviewed by the Insurance Journal. They are eye-opening, to say the least:

The $1.5 trillion global “climate change industry” grew at between 17 and 24 percent annually from 2005-2008, slowing to between 4 and 6 percent following the recession with the exception of 2011’s inexplicable 15 percent growth, according to Climate Change Business Journal.

The San Diego, Calif.-based publication includes within that industry nine segments and 38 sub-segments. This encompasses sectors like renewables, green building and hybrid vehicles.

One of the most lucrative segments of the global warming money tree is consulting:

That also includes the climate change consulting market, which a recent report by the journal estimates at $1.9 billion worldwide and $890 million in the U.S.

Included in this sub-segment, which the report shows is one of the fastest growing areas of the climate change industry, are environmental consultants and engineers, risk managers, assurance, as well as legal and other professional services.

continue http://truthuncensored.net/an-inconvenient-truth-climate-change-industry-now-a-1-5-trillion-global-business/

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