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January 30 2015
“ Alan Turing was not only prosecuted, but quite arguably persuaded to end his own life early, by a society who called him a criminal for simply seeking out the love he deserved, as all human beings do. 60 years later, that same government claimed to ‘forgive’ him by pardoning him. I find this deplorable, because Turing’s actions did not warrant forgiveness — theirs did — and the 49,000 other prosecuted men deserve the same. ”— Benedict Cumberbatch to The Hollywood Reporter on the campaign to get ALL those prosecuted for being gay pardoned.
This is so important. It’s been said before: pardoning one person because of who he was, somehow compounds the injustice done to the thousands of anonymous others who suffered the same humiliation. They all deserve to be cleared, not because they did wrong, but because they were wronged.
The Human Rights Campaign is backing Stephen Fry’s call for action. Maybe the focus on Alan Turing can bring about justice for all. Let’s not forget that initially the British government refused a pardon to Turing because the law was legitimate at the time he was prosecuted! (via kate2kat)
what. why? someone pls explain to me pls i wasnt born yet in 1999 why turn computer off before midnight? what happen if u dont?
y2k lol everyone was like “the supervirus is gonna take over the world and ruin everything and end the world!!!”
This is the oldest I’ve ever felt. Right now.
holy fucking lord there are people on the internet who didn’t experience y2k
January 29 2015
Internet cats unite for REAL Net Neutrality!
The prison-industrial complex is just a myth…right?
Jesus he didn’t even have us do the damn math. He just said it.
…yeah. I suppose there’s no point in finding flowery rhetoric for it. “Putting people in jail is good for business” is pretty much the size of it.
Student project by Reed Rosenbluth, Jonathan Dubin, Tom Catullo, and Alex Crits-Christoph is a proof-of-concept Augmented Reality version of Ad-Block, censoring brand logos that appear in the real world - video embedded below:
Corporate branding and advertisements are ubiquitous in society today and impossible to avoid. What if we lived in a world where consumers were blind to the excesses of corporte branding? Brand Killer is a technology demonstration of a future world in which consumers can empower themselves using augmented reality to literally ignore corporate influence. We built head mounted display which uses openCV image processing to recognize and block brands and logos from the user’s point of view in real time. It’s AdBlock for Real Life.
This was a thing in a scifi story I wrote some years ago, though it had a slightly different purpose - people had implants that would immediately take money from their bank accounts when copyrighted information entered their consciousness (this technology also replaced the barcode scanner when shopping: look at the bottom of a product and you’ve bought it). People wore glasses and earbuds that would block copyrighted sights and sounds they didn’t mean to look at; wearing clothes with lots of copyrighted patterns and logos and such on them was a status symbol, making it impossible for the poor to see the rich.
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