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NBA Rules Lakers' Magic Johnson Didn't Tamper with 76ers' Ben Simmons

Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson did not tamper with Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, at least in the eyes of the league...
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Apple documents reveal multi-year plot to pressure and hurt Qualcomm
Apple and Qualcomm may have settled their international legal disputes, but documents suggest that Apple spent years on a scheme to damage its partner.
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Apple may unveil two new AirPod models by the end of 2019
Apple's refreshed AirPods might be just the start of a tidal wave of new models. Historically accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple has two new AirPod variants launching sometime between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2...
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Overwatch’s new Workshop will let players make their own game modes
Blizzard announced Workshop for Overwatch today, a new feature will let players create their own game modes.
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Turn Root Vegetable Odds and Ends Into This Sauce
The biggest highlight from my trip to Copenhagen was getting to shoot a video on the farm and in the kitchen of Restaurant Relae, an establishment that is more than a little focused on sustainability. I learned many things (that you will also learn in the forthcoming video), including how to make a silky, crazy…Read more...
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People can't figure out what the hell is happening in this photo
Some pictures are worth a thousand words. For other pictures, there are no words.   A cursed image of well, of something, has been making the rounds on Twitter recently. Upon first glance, it seems to be a hodgepodge of items. Stare at it for more than a couple of seconds, though, and it quickly descends into murkier territory.  Name one thing in this photo pic.twitter.com/zgyE9rL2XP — dumbass ass idiot 𓅩 (@melip0ne) April 23, 2019 SEE ALSO: The complex allure of cursed images The caption is simple challenge: "Name one thing in this photo." Except it's not easy. It's a game that sets you up to fail.  Read more...More about Twitter, Weird, Cursed Images, Culture, and Web Culture
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Out of bounds: Why basketball players believe they weren’t last to touch ball
"We have identified what may be a principal cause of arguments in ball games."
Ars Technica
Man charged with attempted arson at St. Patrick's Cathedral to undergo mental exam
Marc Lamparello, the man charged with attempted arson after walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral with gasoline, will undergo a mental fitness exam        
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Today's Fresh Hell Brings Us a Spotify Podcast From Mark Zuckerberg
Because each new day delivers an increasingly unbelievable spin on reality, I’m here to report that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg now has his very own podcast—one in which he will be “hosting discussions on the future of tech and society.” Feel free to take a deep breath before reading on.Read more...
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Bumble will use AI to detect unwanted nudes
Artificial intelligence will soon weed out any NSFW photos a match sends to you on Bumble. The dating app that requires women to make the first contact said it is launching a "private detector" to warn users about lewd images. Bumble CEO Whitney Wolf...
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Former Texas tennis coach pleads guilty in court in college admissions scandal
Michael Center, a former tennis coach at the University of Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal.         
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49ers pick up 5th-year option on DL DeForest Buckner
The San Francisco 49ers have picked up the fifth-year option on defensive lineman DeForest Buckner's rookie contract        
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Tampa picks out former chief to lead city. Could 2019 become 'Year of the Lesbian Mayor'?
Tampa’s former police chief Jane Castor made history Tuesday, becoming the first openly LGBTQ candidate elected mayor of a major southeastern U.S. city.        
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Sheraton Grand Phoenix will be a 'jewel box' for revamped hotel chain
The hotel chain will launch a major remodel of the Sheraton Grand Phoenix in June, starting with updating its 1,000 guest rooms.        
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200 porcupine needles removed from dog's face
This police dog was hot on the heels of a bad guy when he ran into a different type of bad guy: A prickly porcupine.        
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50 worst movies based on true events
24/7 Tempo ranked the worst movies based on true events. Scroll through to learn more.        
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Scientists Create Speech From Brain Signals
A prosthetic voice decodes what the brain intends to say and generates (mostly) understandable speech, no muscle movement needed.
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Here’s why Avengers: Endgame doesn’t have a post-credits scene
The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Avengers: Endgame, is just starting to hit screens, and already, there are reports of viewers ending the movie with a titanic groan of disgust. It’s not because they hated the movie — which is actively designed as a rousing payoff for 10 years of MCU films — but because they stayed all the way through the credits, and got nothing. There’s no friendly visual joke with a giant ant, no rush straight into the next movie, no low-key, wordless sit-down with some shawarma. Post-credits scenes have been a staple of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies since 2009’s Iron Man ended with Nick Fury inviting Tony Stark to join the Avengers Initiative. Recently, extra mid-credits scenes have also become a regular facet of Marvel movies. They reward viewers who stick around through the often-lengthy credits, and they’ve become a way to pay off little plot moments by adding a final gag and some form of extra payoff, usually designed to raise questions and keep the conversation going. Avengers: Endgame drops the mid-credits and the end-credits scenes. For once, there’s nothing extra after the credits start. Well-trained MCU fans might find that disappointing. After all, they’re used to holding out for just one more tidbit, to the point where the bonus scenes no longer feel like a reward for the in-crowd, but like an entitlement for the whole audience. After three hours of satisfying fan candy — from massive payoffs and a rousing climactic final battle to endless little gifts for longtime MCU viewers — of course audiences aren’t going to want the fun to end. They’re going to hope for just a little more before they have to trudge back out into the real world and let go of this thing they’ve been building up to for a decade now. Cutting the credits scenes was the right direction for Endgame. The post-credits sequences have always been problematic for directors who want to tell one complete, tonally coherent story and have to contend with Marvel mandating, effectively, an ad for the next movie on their docket. As The Verge’s Chaim Gartenberg put it in a 2018 call for Endgame to drop the post-credits scenes: As entertaining as the post-credit scenes are, and as savvy as they’ve been at linking the movies, it doesn’t change the fact that they’re essentially advertisements Marvel sticks at the back of every film to make sure fans never walk out of a theater without being sold on their next trip back. Somehow, the studio has managed to get fans to look forward to commercials, instead of finding them annoying. But even when they’re visual gags or Easter eggs, these stingers are still almost always meant to move viewers’ focus on to whatever comes next in the series, not to comment on what they just saw. Chaim’s piece nails why Endgame was always going to work better without the post-credits scene: this movie is about conclusions and catharsis. It’s about endings. Back in 2018, he couldn’t have anticipated how much of Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo would spend on somber contemplation and anguished grief, or how the film transitions into triumph. But he did suspect it was going to be a film about wrap-ups, and the “always one more gag or reference or thought” mentality doesn’t square with the kind of final mic-drop moment the Russos are going for here. As he put it: Marvel can only pass the narrative buck forward for so long, and with Endgame, it’s time to pay the check and end the story instead of endlessly escalating and teasing the next thing. Based on the current template of Marvel credit stingers, what could Endgame possibly tack on as a satisfying ending? Another joke that didn’t make the final cut of the film? A promo reminding viewers that the X-Men and Fantastic Fourrights are back in Marvel Studios’ hands for future films? Arguably, though, we do get a traditional Marvel post-credits scene; it’s just integrated into the movie instead of separated from it. The traditional post-credits scene would be a setup for the next MCU film — in this case, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is coming to theaters in July. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has recently confirmed that Far From Home is the capper to Marvel’s Phase Three film arc, so, presumably, it takes place after Endgame and deals to some degree with what the post-Endgame Marvel world looks like. In that sense, one of the scenes at the end of the film (which we can’t spoil yet) could be considered the traditional teaser for the next steps. The Russos just chose to not isolate that sequence or overstate its importance. They just wanted audiences to sit for a little while with the end of this story before salivating for the next one. As long as viewers know not to expect any credits bonuses, they shouldn’t be too disappointed with the payoffs the movie does offer.
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Overwatch’s new Workshop lets players build their own custom games
Blizzard’s team shooter Overwatch is getting a big new feature. Today, the developer announced the Overwatch Workshop, which it describes as “a simplified game scripting system” that will let players create their own custom games. Essentially, players will be able to take existing game modes and add new rules and win conditions to them. As an example, Blizzard released a floor-is-lava-style mode today where players catch fire if they touch the ground. Currently, the Workshop is only available on PC in the game’s public test server (PTR), but it looks fairly robust. You can adjust a hero’s abilities or movement, or change up the way healing and damage work. Blizzard also says that players can add text to certain elements of the game, so hopefully we’ll see some much needed fan-driven story content. You can check out a detailed look at how everything works right here. Blizzard has steadily added new content to Overwatch since its debut in 2016, most recently adding the game’s 30th hero, Baptiste, back in February. But generally speaking, there are two ways to keep competitive games relevant for a long time. One is through e-sports, the other player-created content. Fortnite, for instance, is exploring both with its creative mode and the $30 million Fortnite World Cup. Overwatch already has its own budding professional league, so something like the Workshop seems like the logical next step to keep the game going.
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U.S. judge suspends Blackstone's lawsuit against Italian media group-sources
A New York judge has suspended a lawsuit brought by U.S. private equity fund Blackstone against Italian publisher RCS Mediagroup over the disputed sale of real estate assets, two sources close to the matter said on Wednesday.
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Two of MLB's fastest players tagged out on the same play
Just your casual 1-3-2-5-3-4 double play in the Royals-Rays game on Wednesday afternoon.        
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Noah points out the feel-good contradiction in Buttigieg's non-policy policy
Missed CNN's series of town halls? The comics sum up the evening in Best of Late Night.        
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Amazon employees listening to your Alexa chats can see where you live
It can see you when you're sleeping, it knows when you're awake, it knows if you've been bad or good, so pray an Amazon employee with access to audio recordings of your Alexa conversations doesn't also avail themselves of the ability to look up your home address for goodness sake.  Although, to be fair, your prayers likely won't do much goodAccording to Bloomberg, some Amazon employees who listen to and transcribe customer conversations with Alexa can look up the location data of those customers.  Mashable was able to independently confirm that some Amazon employees do indeed have access to Amazon device location data.  Read more...More about Amazon, Privacy, Alexa, Echo, and Tech
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New study explains why Twitter feels like one big echo chamber
If you've ever felt like your Twitter feed is one big echo chamber, that's because it is. Now, a new study helps explain why. In short: most of Twitter really is the same people talking.  A new study from the Pew Research Center proves, once again, that what you see on Twitter isn't even close to representative of how most people think or act. One big reason for that: most people on Twitter still don't tweet that much. According to Pew, about 80 percent of tweets are sent by just 10 percent of users. SEE ALSO: Twitter secretly verified Jack Dorsey's mom and thousands of others despite 'pause' Read more... More about Tech, Twitter, Social Media Companies, Tech, and Social Media Companies
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The 20 best things you can buy at Lululemon
These athleisure pieces are aspirational.        
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Interserve finance chief resigns weeks after rescue deal
Britain's troubled outsourcer Interserve Group Ltd said on Wednesday its finance chief Mark Whiteling had resigned after being in the post since Oct. 2017.
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Amazon Alexa auditors could reportedly access user locations
It emerged earlier this month that thousands of Amazon employees are reviewing some Alexa recordings (which are captured after you've said the wake word). The auditors transcribe, annotate and analyze a selection of commands to help improve Alexa. Bu...
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Like Pruitt before him, EPA chief Wheeler is asked to back up climate claims
Freedom of Information Act seems to be latest weapon to fight climate misinformation.
Ars Technica
Rainn Wilson called Elon Musk out after Tesla 'stole' his leaf blower idea
Fact: On April 19, 2019, actor Rainn Wilson tweeted at Elon Musk and asked the tech leader if he could try to create a "quiet electric leaf blower." We know this occurred. We saw it with our very own eyes. But four days later something strange happened. .@elonmusk can u make a quiet electric leaf blower? — RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) April 19, 2019 On Tuesday, Elon Musk tweeted at his 26 million followers to announce that "Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leafblower." Sound familiar? It should! Musk used the exact same phrasing as the former star of The Office did in his request, yet failed to credit Wilson for the idea. Hmmm... Read more...More about Twitter, Tesla, Elon Musk, Rainn Wilson, and Culture
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This massive 8K TV is $3,000 off again—but not for long
Samsung's new 8K TV is incredible—and expensive—but this discount has us shook.        
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Strong Rumors Suggest One of iOS's Most Glaring Omissions Could Be Fixed
Strong rumors suggest iOS could finally be getting mouse input support and that it could be coming to the iPad Pro. The rumor comes courtesy of Federico Viticci of MacStories, who mentioned it on the Connected podcast. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith then confirmed the rumor on Twitter.Read more...
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3-Year-Old Found Alone at Border Is One of Many ‘Heartbreaking’ Migrant Cases
A toddler found wandering alone at the border in Texas was just one of a number of young children crossing the border unaccompanied by a parent, federal authorities say.
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Apple Gets Top Marks on 'Tech Support Showdown' List
Apple continues to dominate when it comes to customer support, according to Laptop Mag's annual tech support showdown, which is designed to help customers determine which companies are offering the most reliable customer service in the tech industry. Apple received an aggregate score of 91, earning 54 points for its web-based tech support and 37 points for its phone-based tech support. Laptop Mag says that Apple's support staff are among the "fastest and most knowledgeable," offering up "accurate answers" to Mac questions across live chat, social media, and the phone. In a more in-depth breakdown of Apple's score, Laptop Mag says its editors queried Apple about Dark Mode in macOS Mojave, disabling automatic updates, and turning off the webcams (something not possible). Live chat was determined to be the best Apple support experience, and it took between 4 and 9 minutes for live chat staff to walk Laptop Mag through answers to its queries. Phone support was also quick, thorough, and helpful.Larry was surprised when I told him I wanted to disable the MacBook Air's webcam. After saying he typically just puts tape over his webcam, Larry asked me to wait for 3 to 5 minutes while he checked to see if anything else were possible. Two minutes later, Larry was back on the call to walk me through the System Preferences app and show me how to disable webcam access, app by app. He also noted there might be a "fancier" way to disable the webcam via the Library (it's actually in the Terminal program), but that this was easier.Few companies even came close to beating Apple's score of 91 in the Tech Support Showdown, but Razer, the number two company, scored an 88 and Dell scored a 73. Apple competitor Samsung earned a score of 73, while Microsoft got a 64. As always, Laptop Mag arrived at these scores by posing as everyday PC and Mac users to get answers to three questions from major laptop manufacturers. Both the online and telephone support systems were tested. 100 points total were possible, 60 from online support because it's a more popular way to get help, and 40 from phone support.Tag: Apple SupportThis article, "Apple Gets Top Marks on 'Tech Support Showdown' List" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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How Oppo fit a 10x zoom camera into its 5G phone
Oppo may have already teased its first 5G smartphone in Zurich earlier this month, but today, the company is bringing its entire Reno family -- including the mid-range Reno and the flagship Reno 10x Zoom -- to Europe. This means the Chinese brand wil...
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Pandemic cooperative tabletop game on sale today
Amazon is having a sale on tabletop games today, and the one I recommend is the highly rated Pandemic, a cooperative game for 2-4 players. Game description: Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example, the Operation Specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are out breaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose. Read the rest
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NFL Draft 2019: Latest Odds, Expert Mocks and Predictions for Round 1
The endless NFL draft speculation and countless mock drafts give way to actual selections Thursday night in Nashville...
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Anadarko confirms Occidental's $57 billion bid
Oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Wednesday confirmed Occidental Petroleum Corp's $57 billion offer for the company that topped Chevron Corp's $50 billion bid and said it would carefully review the offer.
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This Entrepreneur Wants Us to See and Record the World in a Whole New Way
The cofounder and CEO of OPKIX explains the birth of his social-first wearable cameras.
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Conway: Executive privilege on the table for Trump
Kelley Anne Conway, counselor to the president, said Wednesday that 'executive privilege is on the table' for the president as Congress pushes to continue the Russia investigation. (April 24)        
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VentureBeat is looking for a Head of AI Events Content
VentureBeat is seeking a leader to head up content for our events on artificial intelligence, including Transform taking place July 10 to July 11.
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Lego's Newest Sets Leverage the World's Most Popular Toy To Teach Kids Braille
A couple of years ago, design agency Lew’Lara\TBWA created a set of Lego-like bricks that used the plastic stubs to recreate the patterns that make up the braille alphabet. It was such a clever way to help encourage blind or visually impaired children to learn braille that Lego is officially releasing its own Braille…Read more...
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In Kosovo, a Teenage Girl’s Rape Case Stirs a #MeToo Fury
A young woman’s assault accusation against a teacher and a police officer has become a scandal in a country where gender-based violence is a rampant problem.
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The Golden Knights losing was the best possible thing for Las Vegas fans
This is the suffering Las Vegas needed. The Golden Knights suffered a stunning collapse in Game 7 of their playoff series against the Sharks,, conceding four goals in five minutes during a major penalty en route to a 5-4 loss to San Jose in overtime. It was bizarre, amazing, heartbreaking and infuriating, all based on your perspective. It’s also the best possible thing to happen to the Golden Knights. DAILY SPORTS ARGUMENTSan Jose won Game 7 by staging a memorable comeback after Golden Knights center Cody Eakin as assessed a five-minute major penalty for "this" infraction. What do you think of the call?RT: Shouldn't have been a five-minute major.Like: Refs got it right! pic.twitter.com/gOY6qRnqRU— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) April 24, 2019 That might make you mad if you’re a Golden Knights fan, and I get it. This isn’t me excusing the horrific call that led to the Sharks being on the power play for five minutes, resulting in those conceded goals — far from it. That was an ass call that stole your season. What I’m saying is that it’s excellent that you had it all taken from you. Up to this point the Golden Knights have been relatively insulated from the agony of sports. The team made the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year, returning to the playoffs in 2019 . Through incredible management and unprecedented front office skill the Golden Knights had a level of success no expansion team had before. It was an astounding curiosity, but also deprived fans of something every team needs — disappointment. hook it to my veins pic.twitter.com/u5BRlzY6Nu— chris moltisanti wearing a neck brace (@itwasthreezero) April 24, 2019 A fanbase’s identity is forged through anguish. Years and years of pent up frustration and exasperation punctuated by moments of near-success, only to have them stolen away by external forces. Every fan remembers the moments where their team won, but more indelibly burnt in a fan’s collective consciousness are the times when a ref, an official, the league or circumstance stole it all away. This is sports, and they just happened to the Golden Knights. The success of the Warriors and Patriots. The emergence of the Browns. All predicated on years of falling short or collapsing. Those fans have moments they hate and loathe, and it’s made the success worth it. The Warriors spent much of the 2000s in NBA purgatory with bad contracts and aging stars trying to keep a leaky ship afloat. The Patriots won just three division titles in 41 years before winning a Super Bowl. The Browns have been a laughing stock for two decades until Baker Mayfield and Co. made them relevant. It’s an ebb and flow, and the Golden Knights are now a part of it. This isn’t designed to tell Vegas fans they shouldn’t be mad. Y’all should be absolutely furious, and by all accounts on Twitter you are. This is great! I know it was probably upsetting to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2018, and to be eliminated now — but use that anger as fuel. Channel the bullshit. Come back in 2019-20 ready to scream at the refs, hate everything the Sharks stand for. This is a golden opportunity to not just be “the surprising team who wins so early,” but a team — standing like any other in the NHL. Suffering isn’t a “welcome to the NHL moment,” it’s a “welcome to the world of sports” moment — and the Golden Knights finally arrived.
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Report: Jeff Hornacek Met with Vlade Divac, Luke Walton About Joining Kings
The Sacramento Kings could fill out Luke Walton's coaching staff by bringing in former New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek ...
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Cruel punishment from the 17th century for minor offenses: the finger pillory
Our friends at Futility Closet came upon this cruel form of punishment, called the finger pillory: Here’s a forgotten punishment. In the 17th century, in return for a minor offense such as not attending to a sermon, a wrongdoer might be required to place his finger into an L-shaped hole over which a block was fastened to keep the knuckle bent. “[T]he finger was confined, and it will easily be seen that it could not be withdrawn until the pillory was opened,” writes William Andrews in Medieval Punishments (1898). “If the offender were held long in this posture, the punishment must have been extremely painful.” In his 1686 history of Staffordshire, Robert Plot recalls a “finger-Stocks” “made for punishment of the disorders, that sometimes attend feasting at Christmas time.” Into this “the Lord of misrule, used formerly to put the fingers of all such persons as committed misdemeanors, or broke such rules, as by consent were agreed on for the time of keeping Christmas, among servants and others of promiscuous quality.” Read the rest
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AI identifies skiing techniques through pole data
In a preprint paper, a team of researchers detail an AI system that can distinguish among several different ski techniques.
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The Great and Powerful Special Counsel of OZ... Revealed!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Great and Powerful Special Counsel of OZ is revealed as... a man behind a curtain.
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How to Enhance Customer Service Through AI
There is no exaggeration in saying that the contemporary era is of automation. People just love automation. Booking movie tickets, or ordering pizza, commaning voice assistants for any task, travel assistance — all of it — we love automation. Automation reduces human efforts but it also empowers users. When it comes to customer service, AI […] The post How to Enhance Customer Service Through AI appeared first on ReadWrite.
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