Daily Archives: April 14, 2017

Lovelorn IT worker builds robot bride in China 

An unlucky-in-love IT worker has sworn off single life and the stressful world of dating by building his own robot wife.TrendsViralIn a virtual romance reminiscent of a Hollywood sci-fi, former Huawei telecommunications employee Zheng Jiajia created and then ‘married’ a cyborg “female” in China last Friday. Sex robo

t cafe aims to offer Londoners fellatio with their morning coffeeJiajia reportedly developed his dream partner after he graduated from Zhejiang University in 2011 and became frustrated with his love life. More recently, he decided to make the relationship official by ‘marrying’ the device, according to the South China Morning Post.

Source: Lovelorn IT worker builds robot bride in China (PHOTOS) — RT Viral

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Dude Eats 255 Peeps In 5 Minutes

If you thought that these eating challenges will destroy your guts, then you haven’t seen what competitive eater Matt Stonie recently did.So what’s one of the worst things ever invented? You got it, Peeps. No one likes Peeps, and they are one of the worse things about Easter. After their horrifying mascot. But Stonie likes them just fine — he likes them enough to set a world record by eating 255 of them in just five minutes.Who is Stonie? Well he’s just a competitive eater who is ranked second (Joey Chesnut is of course ranked number one), so this guy is no joke. This dude holds records for downing massive quantities of food like pancakes, Moon Pies and even Big Macs. So it’s no surprise that Stonie was also able to down this disgusting treat down.Check out the master at work in the video below. That is if your stomach can handle it.

Source: Dude Eats 255 Peeps In 5 Minutes

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Picasso in 3D: Famous Paintings Transformed Into Physical Objects

What would Pablo Picasso think if he saw that another artist had transformed his two-dimensional Cubist works of art into three-dimensional form? While the MIMIC series by Omar Aqil was created digitally and doesn’t exist as physical objects, it’s easy to imagine each piece as a sculpture you can walk around and examine from all angles, and it certainly offers an interesting perspective on the originals.

Source: Picasso in 3D: Famous Paintings Transformed Into Physical Objects | Urbanist

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A Drunkard’s Dream: This Cloud Rains Tequila Whenever it’s Rainy Outside | Urbanist

It rains more in Berlin than it does in England, especially during the cold and dreary months of winter, so enticing Germans to vacation in Mexico with a cloud that literally rains tequila is probably pretty effective. And this isn’t just a cloud-shaped installation that pours a mist of tequila out of a showerhead or something equally predictable – it’s a real cloud of tequila condensation that turns liquid in response to vibration, timed to coincide with real-life rain outside.

Source: A Drunkard’s Dream: This Cloud Rains Tequila Whenever it’s Rainy Outside | Urbanist

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Restricted U.S. Army Special Forces Guide to Information Operations

Page Count: 146 pagesDate: March 2013Restriction: Distribution authorized to U.S. Government agencies and their contractors only to protect technical or operational information from automatic dissemination under the International Exchange Program or by other means.Originating Organization: Department of the ArmyFile Type: pdfFile Size: 5,414,045 bytesFile Hash (SHA-256): DFE860035DDDEB8E06CF88AECCD7FD34ABB391605994B967C2FB4CAEAEEBE755

This TC serves as a guide to describe the fundamentals of how to incorporate IO at the tactical and operational level. Appendixes A through F offer tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) Special Forces (SF) Soldiers can use to analyze and plan information operations.

This TC implements Army and joint IO doctrine established in FM 3-13, Inform and Influence Activities, and Joint Publication (JP) 3-13, Information Operations.This TC reinforces the definition of IO used by Army forces: IO employs the core capabilities of electronic warfare (EW), computer network operations (CNO), Military Information Support operations (MISO), military deception (MILDEC), and operations security (OPSEC), in concert with specified supporting and related capabilities, to affect or defend information and information systems and to influence decisionmaking. This TC is specifically targeted for SF; however, it is also useful to Army special operations forces (ARSOF) and the Army in understanding how SF employs IO.

download here: Restricted U.S. Army Special Forces Guide to Information Operations | Public Intelligence

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The US Border Patrol is trying to build face-reading drones

As President Trump maps out plans for a border wall with Mexico, Customs and Border Protection is looking at a more mobile way to monitor the border: consumer drones. The agency is currently soliciting proposals for small unmanned aerial systems, similar to consumer drones manufactured by DJI and Parrot, to be deployed by US Border Patrol agents in the field.First described in a contractor solicitation notice last summer, the proposed aircraft would be small enough to be carried in a truck and simple enough to be deployed by a single border agent in less than five minutes. The crafts would also be outfitted with sophisticated sensors, which may include infrared cameras and facial-recognition capabilities. The solicitation specifically asks for “sUAS,” a term typically used for consumer-grade drones under 55 pounds, and a significant contrast from the Predator B drones that have patrolled the border in the past.One technical document included with the solicitation imagined a drone that could “distinguish between natural and artificial features, and between animals, humans, and vehicles at long range.” The drone would also include “facial recognition capabilities that allow it cross-reference any persons identified with relevant law enforcement databases.

Source: The US Border Patrol is trying to build face-reading drones – The Verge

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Trump: US Dollar Is ‘Getting Too Strong’

(NEWSER) – President Trump managed to do an about-face on no less than three policies in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday—and he made what analysts say were highly unusual comments about the American dollar in the process. “I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that’s my fault because people have confidence in me,” Trump said, adding that while a strong dollar sounds good, it will “hurt ultimately.” But despite his concerns about a strong dollar making it harder for American firms to compete, he did an about-face on his campaign promise to label China a currency manipulator, saying Beijing hasn’t manipulated its currency for months, and he doesn’t want to risk losing China’s cooperation on North Korea.The US dollar dropped sharply after Trump’s comments, reports Bloomberg, which notes that other presidents have avoided commenting on the greenback’s value to avoid causing major market movements. In the Journal interview, Trump also reversed his campaign policy on the federal Export-Import Bank, which insures foreign purchases of US goods, saying he now supports the institution because it helps small companies. During his campaign he said it was unnecessary. In a third policy shift, Trump signaled that he might appoint Fed chair Janet Yellen to another four-year term, “I do like a low-interest rate policy,” he said. Reuters describes the comments as more evidence of Trump’s “drift to the mainstream” on monetary policy.

Source: Trump: US Dollar Is ‘Getting Too Strong’

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Contact Lenses May Someday Monitor Glucose Levels and Drug Use

In the future, your contacts lenses may do more than help you see clearly — they may help save your life.Engineers at Oregon State University are working to embed transparent sensors into contact lenses, which could then monitor biomarkers to track drug use, blood glucose levels, or even detect early signs of cancer.“My group had been working on a different technology for glucose sensing … which is similar to what is used for glucose test strips,” Greg Herman, a chemical engineer who is leading the research, told Digital Trends. “On a separate project, we were working on transistors that can be transparent. It came to me that we could modify the transistor to be a sensor and make it fully transparent.” The step from conception to creation came quickly, he added.

Source: Contact Lenses May Someday Monitor Glucose Levels and Drug Use | Digital Trends

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MTV Is Going Gender-Neutral With Its Movie and TV Awards

MTV will do away with its male and female movie and TV awards, instead introducing gender-neutral prize categories, the network announced Friday.“This audience actually doesn’t see male-female dividing lines, so we said, ‘Let’s just take that down,’” explained the network’s president, Chris McCarthy, in an interview with Vulture.MTV’s target audience is under 25—a demographic that is increasingly skeptical of traditional notions about gender. Recent surveys show a rising number of LGBT millennials, though estimates vary widely.Now, Daniel Kaluuya, Emma Watson, Hailee Steinfeld, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Taraji P. Henson will compete for Best Actor in a Movie. The Best Actor in a Show category includes Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mandy Moore and Millie Bobby Brown.In a further attempt to accommodate a generation preoccupied with social justice, the network also introduced a “Best Fight Against the System” award category, which will replace the “Best Fight” category MTV has had for the past 20 years. Up for consideration: Get Out, Hidden Figures, Loving, Luke Cage and Mr. Robot.

Source: MTV Is Going Gender-Neutral With Its Movie and TV Awards

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