Music Video: 'Strict Machine,' Goldfrapp (2003)

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Music video: Goldfrapp performing 'Strict Machine.'

Trips me out to realize this song is 13 years old. It never aged, for me, and I'm enjoying it again today. Here's a Vimeo link if you prefer.

I'm dressed in white noise U know just what I want so please Wonderful electric, wonderful electric Wonderful electric, cover me in u

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Ohio woman feels like "prisoner" because a deer keeps attacking her near her home

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A woman in Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio says she feels like a "prisoner" because a deer has been attacking her repeatedly near her suburban home.

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US Secret Service agent charged with sexting teen girl while at White House now faces Florida child porn charges

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Former US Secret Service agent Lee Robert Moore was indicted in a Florida federal court Thursday on child porn and teen sex charges. He is being held in federal custody in Delaware on separate charges that while he was on White House duty, Moore sexted a Delaware Child Predator Task Force undercover officer, whom he believed to be a teenage girl.

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Rapist Brock Turner texted pals photos of victim's breasts

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Newly released court documents show that Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside of a frat house, behaved in an “aggressive” and predatory way towards other women just one week before the attack.

The 471 pages of documents released Friday by the Santa Clara County Superior Court show that Turner lied to investigators about having no experience with using drugs and alcohol before college.

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Gawker files for bankruptcy, will sell itself after $140 million Hulk Hogan lawsuit judgement

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Gawker Media was crushed by the $140 million legal judgment in Hulk Hogan's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, which we now know was financed by a bitter and resentful Peter Thiel. Nick Denton's gossip news site Gawker.com published a sex tape featuring former wrestler Hulk Hogan, and the former wrestler (real name: Terry Bollea) sued with Thiel's help.

The publishing company is now putting itself up for sale, reports the New York Times, citing an anonymous source. Gawker Media Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday “after a judge overseeing the suit against the company entered the full judgment and denied Gawker’s request for a stay under terms the company could meet.”

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Inside China's 'Silicon Valley of Hardware,' Shenzhen, with hardware hacker Bunnie Huang

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In the first of a series of documentary videos about 'Future Cities,' WIRED UK has released a wonderful short doc on Huaqiangbei, the vast market district in Shenzhen, China.

They picked the best host and guide imaginable for this project, hardware hacker and researcher Andrew "Bunnie" Huang.

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Scanners let Oklahoma cops seize funds from prepaid debit cards without criminal charges

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The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has purchased several 'Electronic Recovery and Access to Data' devices to install in police cruisers for seizing funds from prepaid debit cards during roadside arrests.

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Why did 31 people suddenly die in a Pakistan village? A horrible mystery solved

Laddu, a popular South Asian sweet, packed for a wedding [Wikipedia]
In India and Pakistan, the variety of traditional sweets prepared for special occasions seems infinite. One popular treat is laddu (or ladoo), sweet little sugary carb balls. They're basically cookies, and they're munched at big celebrations--weddings, births, and the like.

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Obama endorses Clinton in online video, urges Democratic Party to unite

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President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president today, in a video posted to the Clinton campaign's Facebook and YouTube accounts, instantly shared far and wide.

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Stanford rapist Brock Turner: “I've been shattered by the party culture”

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In a pre-sentencing letter to the judge released today by the New York Times, convicted rapist Brock Turner fails to own any responsibility for raping an unconscious woman behind a trash dumpster on Jan. 17, 2015. Turner's plea letter reads like a laundry list of white male privilege lost. It touched the white male judge in all the right places. Turner begs for leniency in his letter, and he got it.

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In updated Periodic Table, some new elements may be named for Japan, Moscow, Tennessee

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The periodic table of elements will soon be updated with four new names, including three that honor Moscow, Japan, and Tennessee. A total of four new names were recommended Wednesday by an international scientific group, and the fourth is named for a Russian scientist.

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Nature Made vitamins recalled for 'possible contamination' with Salmonella or Staph

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Several nutritional supplements sold under the Nature Made brand are being recalled over concerns they may be contaminated with Salmonella or Staph. Aureus. Vitamin manufacturer Pharmavite released the announcement today, and it was cross-posted at the Food and Drug Administration website.

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How griefing got its game

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There's a wonderful special section in the New York Times on “Internet Culture” this week. The sociology of online life fascinates me, and I love digging into good, meaty reporting on who we are and why we do what we do online.

How do tools and apps shape our behavior? How do virtual bonds originate, grow, and sometimes degrade differently than they do with face-to-face communication? This is stuff I think about a lot.

There's a great feature in the section by Quentin Hardy about how "trolling" as we now know it sort of originated as "griefing," in games.

In the gaming community, griefing historically meant doing stuff like “repeatedly killing the same player so that the person can’t move forward, reversing the play of newer gamers so they don’t learn the rules, or messing with other people’s play by blocking their shots or covering oneself with distressing images,” Hardy writes:

“Griefing was a way to have power over other people without any repercussions, since you can create multiple characters in the same game,” said Jack Emmert, former chief executive of Cryptic Studios, a maker of online games. “When there are no repercussions, some people will start to do crazy things.”

That was basically acceptable when online communities and games were made up of small groups that understood one another’s behavior, said Ian Bogost, a game designer and professor at Georgia Tech.

“Folks who are griefing or trolling feel like they are in a secondary universe that isn’t the same as the real world,” he said.

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"State of Surveillance" with Ed Snowden: Watch full episode of VICE on HBO free online

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VICE on HBO's "State of Surveillance" with Edward Snowden is now available to stream for free on vicenews.com.

The episode is hosted by VICE founder Shane Smith and features an in-depth interview with Snowden.

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Elon Musk Says Humans Will Go To Mars by 2024

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In my weekly segment on KCRW's “Press Play” news program with host Madeleine Brand, we listen to Elon Musk wax poetic about artificial intelligence and whether life might be a dream--and his plans to send humans to Mars by 2025.

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No warrant is needed to get your phone's location data, U.S. appeals court rules

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In a major blow to security and privacy advocates, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that police don't have to have a warrant to obtain your cellphone location data. The ruling means that in America, you have zero expectation of privacy over the historical location data generated by your cell phone.

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“Let’s troll Bernie and Hillary supporters systematically,” said Trump fans on 4chan

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Some Donald Trump supporters on 4chan--that time-honored bastion of gentility, courtesy, and sensibility-- hatched a plan on the forum to use sockpuppet Twitter accounts to pit Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters against one other. The plan had a slogan: “Let’s troll Bernie and Hillary supporters systematically.”

Their scheme didn’t really work, and has been removed from 4chan. But something like this could be effective in the future--and who knows, another instance of this same political game may be working elsewhere, undetected, right now.

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