How Archivists Could Stop Deepfakes From Rewriting History
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How Archivists Could Stop Deepfakes From Rewriting History

Oct 16, 2018

History is rife with fakes. In 1983, the German magazine Stern announced that it had acquired previously undocumented diaries written by Hitler, a find British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper initially heralded as "an archive of great historical significance." In reality, however, an illustrator named Konrad Kujau had penned the volumes himself. Thanks to the scrutiny of historians at the German Federal Archive, they were soon revealed to be forgeries and the so-called "Hitler Diaries" became a cautionary tale about media frenzies.

Elon Musk Resigns as Tesla Chairman, Must Pay $20 Million Fine in SEC Settlement Over Catastrophic 420 Tweet
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Elon Musk Resigns as Tesla Chairman, Must Pay $20 Million Fine in SEC Settlement Over Catastrophic 420 Tweet

Sep 30, 2018

In August, Tesla CEO Elon Musk set off an entirely preventable and catastrophic chain of events by tweeting that he was "considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured." Musk provided no financing details, and the Securities and Exchange Commission later determined that he never finalized any kind of deal with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund behind the ostensible buyout. Last week, it slapped him with fraud charges for making "false and misleading" statements and not complying with regulatory requirements.

Is the FBI's Fitness App a Cop?
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Is the FBI's Fitness App a Cop?

Sep 29, 2018

Getting into the FBI is not easy, as the agency's new "Do you have what it takes?" fitness app will happily tell you. The app, which was released in August 2018, walks users through the five legs of the fitness requirements former director James Comey re-implemented in 2015--daring them to achieve high scores on sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, a 300-meter dash, and a 1.5-mile run.

Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done.
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Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done.

Sep 28, 2018

Facebook just reported a massive data breach. Nearly 50 million accounts were affected by the breach, though it remains unclear whether the accounts were misused or if personal data was accessed. My account might be one of those affected. I know this, because when I went to check, Facebook had logged me off. At which point, my face fell onto my keyboard, drooling a bit from one side or the other. I've been dealing with bullshit from this company for years. I'm over it.