Is it time for technology conferences to ditch meat?

Last night, I stumbled on an interesting tweet thread from Manchester-based PHD student Oli Clark, who argued that conferences should serve vegetarian food as the default option. This would be a reverse of the current situation, where events offer several meat-infused dishes, and scarcely anything for those on a plant-based diet. My hot take 🔥: #vegetarian food should be the default #conferences/buffet events, and meat should be dietary request: — Oli Clark (@PsyTechOli) June 26, 2019 As hot takes go, this one’s as fiery as a vindaloo. Why? Because people are often extremely particular about the food they eat. This…
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You can’t offer to murder cops on Reddit unless you’re on r/TheDonald

Reddit has a very specific policy prohibiting people from threatening bodily harm or attempting to incite violence. It uses this policy as the basis for banning individual accounts, discussion threads, and whole subreddits. Basically if you cross the line, you’re gone. Unless you’re a member of the r/TheDonald subreddit, in which case the rules don’t apply to you. The past 24 hours has seen a surge in posts on r/TheDonald calling for citizen violence over the current political kerfuffle in Oregon – yet there’s no evidence that Reddit is doing anything about it. In essence, the Democrat-led assembly in Oregon…
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Sony’s already won the next console war thanks to PSVR

Sony skipped gaming’s biggest event, E3, this year and Microsoft pounced. Xbox stormed the stage with a veritable bevvy of announcements. about new games and services, and a slew of details about its next generation console — dubbed Project Scarlett. It was a fantastic showing for what will surely be the next generation’s console war loser. I know it’s pretty gauche for fan-people to declare one system better than the other – especially considering none of us have played either unreleased console. Just to be clear though: I’m not a PlayStation fanboy, I’m an Xbox One-lover. But I can see the future of gaming,…
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Coroner claims woman overdosed on cannabis, scientists call bullshit

In the history of human existence there isn’t a single scrap of peer-reviewed, verified evidence supporting the idea that it’s possible to overdose on cannabis. Yet, somehow, a coroner from Louisiana claims to be 100-percent positive that a 39-year-old woman’s become the first to do so. His reasoning? She had THC in her system and his team couldn’t come up with any other explanations for her death. The doctor in question, Christy Montegut, told The New Orleans Advocate: It looked like it was all THC because her autopsy showed no physical disease or afflictions that were the cause of death.…
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The frontline of the abortion battle isn’t in Alabama, it’s online

As the legislative noose draws tighter around women’s necks, it’s centuries-old technology, or modern adaptation of it anyway, that could provide some much-needed breathing room. After Louisiana and Georgia recently joined the ranks of states passing so-called “heartbeat bills” — legislative bans and restrictions on safe abortion for women housing an embryo after approximately six weeks — TelAbortion could provide the answer, albeit an answer shrouded in dubious legality. A highly anticipated study, called “TelAbortion,” published this week in the journal Contraception offers reason for optimism in telemedicine as a safe alternative to endangered abortion clinics everywhere. The study explores…
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Elon says Tesla will field 1M fully autonomous robo-taxis by 2020 – AI experts call BS

Elon Musk, the PT Barnum of tech, is currently getting a ration of ridicule from some of the world’s foremost leading AI experts over his ridiculous claim that Tesla will field a million fully autonomous cars by 2020. If there are a million Tesla robo-taxis functioning on the road in 2020, I will eat them. Perhaps @rodneyabrooks will eat half with me? https://t.co/NEVnU4Jjgy — Kai-Fu Lee (@kaifulee) May 8, 2019 Musk, as his oddly sycophantic followers are prone to point out every time he’s criticized, is a big-picture kind of guy. So, it came as no surprise when he told…
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The Internet is wrong about Liquid Death, the controversial ‘punk rock’ canned water

I have an opinion I wish to share that you almost certainly won’t agree with. (Not like that’s stopped me in the past) Mike Cessario, a former creative director at Netflix, recently raised $1.6 million from a swathe of top-tier investors, including Twitter founder Biz Stone, to launch a canned water company. The water, called Liquid Death, is sourced from Austria. Cans come plastered with an edgy, punk-style design and cost $1.83 per unit. Its slogan is “Murder your Thirst.” The product came to global prominence after Business Insider profiled its founder. Of course, the Twitterverse didn’t waste any time…
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Can we trust Ireland to enforce GDPR on big tech?

GDPR is complicated business; even people like me who try to keep up with all its developments struggle to understand this mammoth set of European regulations and its effects. I believe one of the main reasons for that is we’ve yet to see a proper GDPR case being brought against big tech companies like Facebook and Google — the companies GDPR should protect us from. This isn’t all too serious just yet, as findings are expected in the next few months. But Politico’s extensive new investigation from last week — ‘How one country blocks the world on data privacy’ —…
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It shouldn’t take a tragedy for tech companies to fight hate on their platforms

Roughly two weeks after the terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Facebook has committed to clamping down on white nationalism and white separatism on its platform, as well as on Instagram. Finally. The company has previously tried to implement policies to tackle hate-fueled content from racial supremacy groups for years now. But it took a mass murder of 50 innocent people – who were gunned down and killed at a place of worship – to urge the company to impose this ban. It’s hard to understand why it took this long for a company operating the world’s…
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