GeekSpeak for 2017-12-01

Facebook isn't Neutral about Pokemon Nazis

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Does Facebook help or hinder?
Is Net Neutrality dead?
Just how dangerous is Pokemon?
We discuss these questions and more on this episode of Geek Speak.

Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Minorities

After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.

Facebook's AI-Driven Suicide Prevention Program Goes Global

Facebook is expanding its use of artificial intelligence to more quickly identify users who might be suicidal.
“We are starting to roll out artificial intelligence outside the US to help identify when someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide, including on Facebook Live. This will eventually be available worldwide, except the EU,” which has tougher data privacy rules, Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management, said in a statement.

Sorry, poor people: The FCC is coming after your broadband plans

70% of low-income wireless subscribers in Lifeline could have to find new ISPs.

FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws

No more net neutrality, and state laws will be preempted.

More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked

I used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017, and the results were disturbing.

FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal

Americans who support net neutrality find that their voices don’t count for much.

Congress, Don't Sell the Internet Out | EFF Action Center

Net neutrality is under serious threat. Right now, the FCC is considering a proposal to roll back the critical net neutrality protections in the Open Internet Order. We can’t let that happen. It’s time to tell your lawmakers: Don’t let the FCC sell the Internet out.

FCC ignored your net neutrality comment, unless you made a ‘serious’ legal argument

The FCC received a record-breaking 22 million comments chiming in on the net neutrality debate, but from the sound of it, it’s ignoring the vast majority of them.

Net Neutrality: The Stakes

Next time someone tries to tell you that the internet was fine without #NetNeutrality and it going away will won’t change anything just remind them of this…

(Lack of) Net Neutrality in Portugal

A few weeks ago, as it seemed more and more likely that FCC chairman Ajit Pai would successfully dismantle US net neutrality rules, California Congressional representative Ro Khanna tweeted an alarming-looking screenshot from Portuguese mobile carrier Meo. “In Portugal, with no net neutrality, internet providers are starting to split the net into packages,” he wrote.

State of Nazi hunting; 2017

My instance of TF is now able to iterate through a video and outline nazi images in recorded video. In this case, an image of the Black Sun is being outlined.

Study: Pokémon Go led to increase in traffic deaths, accidents

Detailed look at accident reports shows 26.5% relative increase near Pokéstops.

The Pixel 2’s dormant Visual Core chip gets activated in the latest Android developer preview

Sadly, not all of the Pixel 2’s surprises have been the good sort since Google’s latest flagship launched. Visual Core is one of the more pleasant ones, though — a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that’s just been hanging out in the phone not really doing much of anything.

Judge rules against Metro, blocks Google Fiber-backed utility line policy on AT&T poles

A federal judge has ruled the Google Fiber-backed Metro Nashville ordinance meant to expedite above-ground internet installation is pre-empted by federal law in an order blocking the One Touch Make Ready policy on poles owned by AT&T.

MIT and Harvard Wyss scientists have built robot muscles that can lift 1,000 times their own weight

The simple objects are constructed out of metal or plastic “skeletons” that are covered in either a liquid or air, and then sealed in plastic or fabric “skins.” The muscle pulls taught when a vacuum is created inside the skin, and goes slack when the vacuum is released. By folding the skeletons in different ways, the vacuum can pull the muscle in different directions.