It's set up as a service you can use right now on your website: "We are continously improving and testing it but we know the devil never sleeps, especially in the metal scene!"
Jessica Moreno was the fourth senior female employee to exit in less than a month, reports Noah Kulwin for Recode.
From Jessica Moreno:
I have enjoyed my time at Reddit but after four years I feel that it’s time for me to move on. While I am working with Steve on a transition plan, I am looking forward to taking time off to spend with my family. It was a difficult decision to make right now as Reddit is taking difficult steps in a much needed positive direction. I’m excited to see the progress being made and glad I could be a part of it.
Reddit's new CEO has entertained the idea of imposing more rigorous policies aimed at preventing harassment, but it has the look of anxious PR activity squeezed out by public and investor pressure. Dorkno-libertarians committed to subsidizing white supremacist subreddits on principle: unhappy. Everyone else: unhappier.
Update: Moreno explained why she's leaving, and says it has nothing to do with gender issues: "I have always felt respected as a colleague here and managed to surround myself with good people in an industry not always known for that. The theory that I am leaving because of recent changes in policy is also false as I happily participated in creating those changes and stand by the decision to enforce them."
A "smoking gun" found in a 1927 songbook may prove once and for all that the song "Happy Birthday" is out of copyright. Read the rest
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Here's just two of the many beautiful, serene GIF animations depicting life in Japan, by @1041uuu. [via Hacker News & designmadeinjapan]
Olivia Coy reports on the stunning downfall of Neopets, a hugely-successful virtual pet community/game/toy line that was monetized so grossly and relentlessly it evaporated in a matter of hours after a site feature failed.
In retrospect, and despite all its juvenile provocations, the Neopets forum collapse looks like a digital-age, collective cri de coeur, a long-suffering community voicing its frustrations with all the rage it could muster.
It's under "new management," but the site still looks like a hacked PHPNuke forum from the 1990s. $160,000,000, dude.
Previously: Kiddie crack
Tina Lin, compiling local police reports for The Andover Townsman of Massachussets, reports that "A caller from North Main Street reported at 12:38 p.m. that there was an item on the side of the road that looked like a torso."
Fortunately, Lin adds, 'The responding officer reported that “it was a brisket.”'
Less fortunate, however, was a local resident who reported that "someone is beeping a horn when they drive by her house.”
Images of celestial bodies are not typically photographed in the same way as, say, your cat. Wired's Jenna Garrett explains the complexity—and authenticity—of the technology that captures Pluto for our awestruck observation. Read the rest
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Ethel, 31, is briefly distracted and confused by the presence of an observer. Drugs are not only debilitating, but so delicious that addicts will chew through syringes when injection becomes too time-consuming to satisfy their depraved urges.
FRACT is an increasingly popular street drug that causes its users to contemplate devastatingly complex math puzzles. Tina, 13, has been an addict for months. Here she struggles to determine whether, for any given integer a > 0, there are infinitely many primes p such that ap - 1 ≡ 1 (mod p2).
Though it has been reported that marijuana confers the power of levitation upon women, it is less widely understood that it causes hands to weigh as much as the sun, and may cause mascara to teleport to random locations upon the user's face.
Astrological knowledge is essential in the drug "scene," as injections must be placed carefully upon meridians to ensure the efficacy of the delivered compound. Some users claims that there is no compelling scientific evidence for the existence of meridians and that drugs should be injected in patterns consistent with modern astronomical observations. Lena, 17, has stabbed the constellation of Cepheus in her forearm.
Though illegal for human consumption in almost all jurisdictions, most members of the United Nations have ratified the Convention on Undead Rights and now provide certified zombies with a specified weekly ration of cocaine.
Some drugs mask a deeper pathological attachment. Patricia, 27, chomps down on a thick sandwich of prescription medications, unaware that her true addiction is to the cold frisson of revulsion experienced when chewing aluminum foil.
Not everyone involved in the drug trade is an evil, subhuman, despicable, psychopathic monster. Emma, 16, has developed a flour habit, but her concerned, fatherly, protective, secretly honorable flour dealer has served her favorite buckwheat-tapioca blend in an arrangement he hopes will alert her to her growing problem.
Some street drugs cause normally passive individuals to become frustrated with the Internet. Sheila, 22, was raised to believe that everything should be accepted with grace and feminine forbearance. Having drunk a bottle of beer, however, she has become mildly sarcastic at the sight of a foolish comment upon a blog post. Experts say that even just two bottles of beer could cause weary disdain to progress to eye rolling and exclamations of "would you just look at this shit on Reddit."
Though most consider drug dealing a disreputable, even criminal profession, its adherents lay claim to a tradition stretching back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Second-Dan dealer Jordan, 23, performs a skag kata for reporters in Duluth, Minnesota.
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