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Comment by kevin on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 29, 2016 11:53 AM)
For most of history, there was a natural limit to how widely and quickly ideas (good or bad) could be communicated. Radio & TV began only about 100 ye...
Comment by Robert on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 29, 2016 11:36 AM)
I believe in free speech and the use of words we have used for life time which the EU stopped, these random words are different to the vile out-poring...
Comment by Leslie Courcha on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 29, 2016 06:02 AM)
Dave F It's simple really when you join you give your mobile number for verification, they then send a SMS that you have to confirm, along with a not...
Comment by froggs09 on Have You Been Pwned? (September 29, 2016 05:09 AM)
Help on how to delete accounts on linkedin and others. https://www.accountkiller.com/en/ http://backgroundchecks.org/justdeleteme/ Hope this helps...
Comment by Dave Fox on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 29, 2016 04:39 AM)
Leslie C. With everything being hacked these days,handing out your identy particulars is a very bad idea....
Comment by Leslie Courcha on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 29, 2016 12:18 AM)
Perhaps one simple way of stopping the vast majority of trolls would be for the social media groups to be more diligent in their acceptance of member...
Comment by RonG on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 28, 2016 11:53 PM)
Keep up the Good Work and thanks for the things you do for us!...
Comment by Henry on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 28, 2016 11:47 PM)
Never should any public interest guidelines be handed over to a non-elected group of bureaucrats which, in the case of the E.U., is nothing more than ...
Comment by B. Miller on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 28, 2016 10:30 PM)
The scariest part of this technology is the "AI". Humans initially program the basic set up. The problem is with the AI learning on its own from any a...
Comment by BobD on Google Tackles Trolls With AI (September 28, 2016 09:32 PM)
Threats of harm deserve an active response beyond "outing", preferably from the police. Insults, on the other hand, can be addressed by riposte. Huf...

Google Tackles Trolls With AI

Three months ago, I took strong exception to a “code of conduct” agreed upon between the European Commission, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft to police and suppress “hate speech” on the Internet. More recently, I learned that Google has developed software designed to identify and suppress certain kinds of speech, too. But Google has something different in mind. Read on to see if it will be used for Good or Evil...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 28, 2016 | Category: Social-Networking


Be A Smart Philanthropist

Even in hard times, Americans make giving back a high priority. About 95% of American households give to charities, according to surveys by the National Philanthropic Trust, a nonprofit that tracks charitable donations and activities. Smart donors favor charities that actually benefit needy people, and not the execs and administrators. Here's how to tell them apart...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 27, 2016 | Category: Finance


Have You Been Pwned?

Yahoo made headlines recently by admitting that it suffered a data breach that may have compromised more than 500 MILLION Yahoo accounts. Here's how to find out if you may have been affected by this (or one of many other) massive data breaches...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 26, 2016 | Category: Security


Windows 10 - The Missing Pieces

Windows 10 is full of new features and some pretty spiffy native apps. But there’s always room on a hard drive for more apps that Microsoft chose not to include for whatever reason. Here are some of the most useful third-party utilities for Windows 10...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 23, 2016 | Category: Windows-10


[WHOA...] Amazon Echo Dot Has ESP?

Amazon isn’t satisfied with a home run; it has to have a grand slam. The e-commerce giant seems have hit one with three blockbuster releases of its voice-powered personal assistant. Read on to learn about the newest member of the Echo family. And does it have ESP? Hmmm...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 22, 2016 | Category: Gadgets


Best Streaming Devices

There are lots of ways to stream content over the Internet directly to your TV or other viewing devices. They include simple set-top boxes, tiny streaming “sticks,” and even video game consoles. Read on for my advice on how to choose the video streaming device that's best for your needs…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 21, 2016 | Category: Video


Do You Need More Memory?

If your desktop PC seems sluggish, the problem may be too little RAM (Random Access Memory). But “add more RAM” is not the solution to every case of poor performance, and buying more RAM than you need or can use is just a waste of money. Read on to learn the ins and outs of RAM and how much RAM is the “sweet spot” is for most computers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 20, 2016 | Category: Memory


Things You Should NEVER Share Online

Two major trends are in conflict on the Internet. “Security” is big these days; it’s more important than ever to protect yourself against ever-increasing cyberthreats. “Sharing” is equally big, thanks to companies like Facebook and Twitter which make money when you share your thoughts, experiences, and other life-stuff with strangers. But security and sharing do not mix well. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 19, 2016 | Category: Privacy


A Better Way to Watch TV

Pay TV has been losing subscribers steadily for several years. The response of cable companies has been to raise prices on the same old product. Dish Network’s response is to create a new, cheaper product that follows customers to where they are now going for their video entertainment. Read on to see how it works, and if Sling TV can save you money…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 16, 2016 | Category: Television


Geekly Update - 15 September 2016

If a drone lands in your front yard, are you allowed to eat it? Are robots replacing humans at fast food restaurants? And can Google convince aspiring terrorists to change course? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 15, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


The Flaw in Secure Logins

You've probably experienced two-factor authentication (also known as "two-step verification") when logging into certain websites. In addition to your username and password, many banks and other online services now send you a text message with a code that you must enter to verify your identity. But there's a gaping hole in that extra layer of security. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 13, 2016 | Category: Security


Best Chromebooks for Back-to-School

There are few students who can legitimately claim they need a full-blown desktop or laptop computer. That's because inexpensive, lightweight Chromebooks are just about ideal for both scholarly and extracurricular activities. Here's a roundup of Chromebooks you should consider…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 12, 2016 | Category: Education


What is Google Classroom?

Google Apps for Education is a suite of apps tailored for school administration and teachers’ needs. Within this suite is Google Classroom, where students and now parents get involved with the Google ecosphere. Here's how it works...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 09, 2016 | Category: Education


Geekly Update - 08 September 2016

What makes the Samsung Note 7 such a hot seller? What vital function does the world's longest-lasting battery provide? And is the IRS now accepting Outback Steakhouse gift cards as a form of payment for taxes due? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 08, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


Is Digital Heroin Addicting Children?

You wouldn’t give your child a syringe full of heroin, of course. But you might as well do that when you let him play Minecraft for hours on end, according to Dr. Nicholas Kardaras. Read on to learn how overexposure to electronic gadgets can affect the brain and lead to full-blown addiction...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 07, 2016 | Category: Health




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