The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does

This interview is from the New Statesman’s Christmas issue. Take advantage of our special offers and get a subscription for yourself or a loved one this Christmas. In London’s Roundhouse in October, at a concert by the Chicago singer Ezra Furman and his band the Boy-Friends, punters got a strange support act. Charlotte Church in a kaftan, surrounded by a sprawling…

The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does

This interview is from the New Statesman’s Christmas issue. Take advantage of our special offers and get a subscription for yourself or a loved one this Christmas. In London’s Roundhouse in October, at a concert by the Chicago singer Ezra Furman and his band the Boy-Friends, punters got a strange support act. Charlotte Church in a kaftan, surrounded by a sprawling…

The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does

This article is from the New Statesman’s Christmas issue. Take advantage of our special offers and get a subscription for yourself or a loved one this Christmas. You hear it in the dingy corners of a crumbling Westminster Palace, at discreetly expensive restaurants and in noxious, Christmas-festooned pubs. You hear it from former prime ministers and lowly special advisers,…

BBC – Future – How liars create the ‘illusion of truth’

“Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels. Among psychologists something like this known as the “illusion of truth” effect. Here’s how a typical experiment on the effect works: participants rate how true trivia items are, things like “A prune is…

What Is DNS and Why Does It Make the Internet Break?

GIF Today, half of America’s internet shut down when hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s still unclear exactly who carried out the attack and why, but regardless, the event served as a demonstration of how easily large swaths of the web…

Tesla shows off its upgraded self-driving capabilities

Yesterday, Tesla promised that it would equip its entire fleet with self-driving hardware, and it has now showed showed off what that tech can do. It released a video showing a Model X do a fully autonomous drive with "no human input at all," Elon Musk tweeted. During the demo, the car emerges from a…

Multitasking Doesn’t Work. Use This 100-Year-Old Method to Get Stuff Done.

Everyone wants to get more done in the shortest amount of time possible. Unfortunately, multitasking is limited to a small number of tasks. You can’t attend to an urgent phone call while you prepare an equally important report, because both of these tasks require focus. Most people switch between two equally important tasks to get them both…

Ecuador confirms it cut Assange’s internet for US election interference

Last night Wikileaks confirmed Ecuador — whose London embassy its founder has been holed up in since June 2012 — was responsible for cutting off Julian Assange’s internet access. Now the Ecuadorean government has explained why it changed the WiFi password, claiming it’s due to Wikileaks releasing documents meant to interfere with the US presidential…

10 Modern Software Over-Engineering Mistakes – Medium

7. <X>–ity Configurability Security Scalability Maintainability Extensibility … Vague. Unchallenged. Hard to argue against. FUD. Example 1: Lets build a CMS for our forms for “Extensibility”. Business people can add new fields easily. Result: Business people never used it. When they had to, they would have a developer sit right beside them and do it….