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Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" interpolated to 60fps 4k is freaking everyone out | Boing Boing

Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" interpolated to 60fps 4k is freaking everyone out | Boing Boing

I can't find the technical info for Rick Astley's 1987 "Never Gonna Give You Up", the classic rickroll, but it was probably shot at 24 frames per second on 16mm film or 30fps on betacam or whatever. Revideo used machine learning to interpolate it to a camcorder-slick 60 frames per second and upscale the resolution to 4k.It is smooth, crisp and glistening. Everyone hates it.

February 18, 2021
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Michigan power plant demolished | Boing Boing

Michigan power plant demolished | Boing Boing

A power plant was successfully . The shuttered J.B. Sims coal burning plant on had been operational for 37 years but a newer more efficient plant is taking its place. The only thing left for the old plant to do is to entertain us by smashing to the ground. The smokestack slowly falling over to its demise was particularly pleasing.

February 22, 2021
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The Deeper Connect Nano is like the VPN of the future, without the monthly fee | Boing Boing

The Deeper Connect Nano is like the VPN of the future, without the monthly fee | Boing Boing

There's a ton of reasons why you should use a virtual private network (VPN), but while they secure your internet connection, they come with a few trade-offs. For instance, you have to pay a recurring subscription fee. Some VPN providers even catalog your web activity and sell it to third parties. Others offer inadequate protection that allows your sensitive information to get exposed to online thieves and cyber snoops.What VPNs started, the perfects. It's a decentralized VPN and firewall solution that addresses many of those nagging VPN issues, and it does so with a level of simplicity and...

February 22, 2021
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Facebook knew in August ~70% of most active civic 'Groups' were too toxic to recommend to users | Boing Boing

Facebook knew in August ~70% of most active civic 'Groups' were too toxic to recommend to users | Boing Boing

In August, internal research at Facebook showed that ~70% of the platform's most active Groups were considered too toxic to recommend to users, reports at the on Sunday. It's a well-documented tale of Facebook knowing it was amplifying domestic terrorism, and failing to address it. From Jeff Horwitz's piece at :The company's data scientists had warned Facebook executives in August that what they called blatant misinformation and calls to violence were filling the majority of the platform's top "civic" Groups, according to documents The Wall Street Journal reviewed. Those Groups are...

February 1, 2021
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'The Anatomy of a Lie,' NYT reconstruct of 'Trump's failed 77-day effort to subvert democracy and overturn the 2020 election' | Boing Boing

'The Anatomy of a Lie,' NYT reconstruct of 'Trump's failed 77-day effort to subvert democracy and overturn the 2020 election' | Boing Boing

"Hours after the United States voted, the president declared the election a fraud — a lie that unleashed a movement that would shatter democratic norms and upend the peaceful transfer of power." —Just out on Sunday night, this extensive of Donald Trump's failed 77-day attempt to subvert American democracy, and overthrow the 2020 presidential election. That's quite the shared byline, too, a lot of reporting power.: Across those 77 days, the forces of disorder were summoned and directed by the departing president, who wielded the power derived from his near-infallible status among the party...

February 1, 2021
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Trump's legal team a wreck, lawyers all leave one week before impeachment trial begins | Boing Boing

Trump's legal team a wreck, lawyers all leave one week before impeachment trial begins | Boing Boing

Former president Donald Trump's legal team didn't last long.As of Saturday night, CNN is reporting that all five lawyers identified as part of Trump's impeachment defense — Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Josh Howard, Johnny Gasser, and Greg Harris — have departed., CNN White House Correspondent: "With a little more than a week before his impeachment trial is set to begin, President Trump's legal team is up in the air. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who were expected to be two of the lead attorneys, are no longer on the team.", "A third attorney, Josh Howard, who was also recently added...

January 31, 2021
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In 1977, a German tourist spent three days in Bangor, Maine, thinking it was San Francisco | Boing Boing

In 1977, a German tourist spent three days in Bangor, Maine, thinking it was San Francisco | Boing Boing

In 1977, West German tourist Erwin Kreuz spent three days enjoying the sights, sounds, and hospitality of Bangor, Maine. Unfortunately, he thought he was in San Francisco, on the other side of the continent. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we'll describe Kreuz's unlikely adventure, which made him a local hero in his adopted city.We'll also consider an invisible killer and puzzle over a momentous measurement.

January 12, 2021
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RIP Michael Apted, director of the decades-spanning documentary series Up | Boing Boing

RIP Michael Apted, director of the decades-spanning documentary series Up | Boing Boing

We've lost another brilliant visionary. British filmmaker Michael Apted has passed away at age 79.In 1964, Apted turned his camera on to capture the hopes and dreams of 14 7-year-olds from different socioeconomic backgrounds for the first time with Seven Up!, launching an unparalleled documentary project that would go on to span 56 years. Every seven years since that initial encounter, he followed up with the subjects to see where life has taken them (though some of the originals dropped out – Charles Furneaux hasn't appeared since 21 Up), ending with 2019's poignant 63 Up.Apted was a...

January 10, 2021
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Relaunched Aptera electric cars get thousands of pre-orders | Boing Boing

Relaunched Aptera electric cars get thousands of pre-orders | Boing Boing

Last month, announced they were taking orders for their three-wheeled electric vehicles with solar panel options that allow for a "never charge" experience for low-mileage commuters, etc.Via , co-founder Chris Anthony said:We quickly sold out of our Aptera Paradigm and Paradigm+ editions on the first day, and things haven't slowed down since. It's with excitement and gratitude we announce we've accepted over $100 million in pre-orders with over 3,000 vehicles reserved by future Aptera owners in the U.S. and internationally. We'll be ramping our production with a new facility in San Diego...

January 8, 2021
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The Reddit chart of compound pejoratives

The Reddit chart of compound pejoratives

Colin Morris noted that on Reddit, a certain form of compound pejoratives—two words such as "buttface", "shitlord", "douchebag"—are found in diverse yet formulaic proliferation. So it's time—with appropriate warnings about the presence of very offensive words—for some data science. I collected lists of around 70 prefixes and 70 suffixes (collectively, "affixes") that can be flexibly combined to form insulting compounds, based on a scan of Wiktionary's English derogatory terms category. The terms covered a wide range of domains, including: scatology (fart-, poop-) political epithets (lib-,...

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