fakena.me: Random Name and Profile Generator for Social Media #Internet

If you want to engage in social media, but prefer to maintain your privacy, fakena.me generates a full user’s profile for you to use. The profile’s records disappear after 30 days, encouraging you to always build a new one.

fakena.me exists to help you protect your privacy by creating a random name and profile for use with social media. We recommend rotating your social media account names to protect your long-term privacy.

Feel free to email me with suggestions or features you’d like to see: info {at} fakena . me. http://dlvr.it/6yqLWg

Digital Amnesia #Video

vpro international has this documentary on Digital Amnesia, the loss of humanity’s collective history as we slowly rely solely on what is online.

This VPRO Backlight documentary tracks down the amnesiac zeitgeist starting at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, whose world-famous 250-year old library was lost to budget cuts. The 400.000 Books were saved from the shredder by Ismail Serageldin, director of the world-famous Library of Alexandria, who is turning the legendary library of classical antiquity into a new knowledge hub for the digital world. http://dlvr.it/6ygJvv

Slaves of the fruit.

Setting Aside Half the Planet as a National Park #Environment

“a new kind of park that won’t let species vanish.”

In order to save humanity from a cataclysmic extinction event, evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson is suggesting that half of the world be permanently set aside as a protected area for “the ten million other species.”

“It’s been in my mind for years,” Wilson told me, “that people haven’t been thinking big enough—even conservationists. Half Earth is the goal, but it’s how we get there, and whether we can come up with a system of wild landscapes we can hang onto. I see a chain of uninterrupted corridors forming, with twists and turns, some of them opening up to become wide enough to accommodate national biodiversity parks, a new kind of park that won’t let species vanish.” http://dlvr.it/6yQy6t

The Psychological Roots of Slavery in Corporal Punishment #Culture

On the New York Tikes, Michael Eric Dyson looks at the use by black families of corporal punishment on children, noting its “psychological roots in slavery”.

While 70 percent of Americans approve of corporal punishment, black Americans have a distinct history with the subject. Beating children has been a depressingly familiar habit in black families since our arrival in the New World. As the black psychiatrists William H. Grier and Price M. Cobbs wrote in “Black Rage,” their 1968 examination of psychological black life: “Beating in child-rearing actually has its psychological roots in slavery and even yet black parents will feel that, just as they have suffered beatings as children, so it is right that their children be so treated.” http://dlvr.it/6yN0VD

How to Buy a Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle from Belarus #Travel

Don’t forget to tell the KGB two weeks in advance that you’re coming

If you’ve ever wanted your very own Russian-made BRDM-2, ntv explains the steps involved in purchasing one in Belarus and bringing it home. And it works, too.

A little more about the thing itself. BRDM-2 is a Combat Reconnaissance/Patrol Vehicle. It weighs 7 tonnes, has a 5.5 liter engine and 140 horsepowers. It consumes 40 liters of 92 octane gasoline every 100 kilometers. It’s an amphibious vehicle, which has a winch and a water cannon. Goes through any terrain, absolutely any.

And the main thing. Right now I’m in the active process of polishing it up, getting my license and documents. This will take some time, but after it’s all done, I will start the gnarliest road trip livejournal has ever seen. This won’t be a chilled-out ride on rented four-wheelers with underseat heating and night stops in Hiltons, but a real off-road expedition through mud, lakes, rivers and forests.

You or your company can easily sponsor our expedition. The logo of each sponsor will be applied onto the armor of this beast, and we’ll give each and every sponsor a special mention in every update we do. Right now I’m looking for technical sponsors, which can consist of:
1) A warm auto workshop in Moscow
2) Paint and finishing works
3) Armored windows and their installation
4) Laser cutting, welding, metalwork
5) Interior work http://dlvr.it/6yD9Rn

Not Wanting Something Everyone Else Wants Is Kind of Hot #Telephone

The new cool is the flip phone, a device that still retains its basic connectivity with voice and SMS, but prevents the rest of the world from having a way to reach you 24/7 on a multitude of platforms.

The nerds have had their day in the sun: now, It Girls are reclaiming “cool” by rejecting these technological gadgets. Of the new Apple iWatch, she of oversize sweater and don’t-care messy-chic hair, Alexa Chung said, “It’s kind of dorky…” Trying too hard isn’t cool, and having an iPhone 6 (let alone 6 plus) is trying too hard. It’s sitting in the front row of class, it’s refreshing Facebook at a party, too available for conversation, too willing to fit in. If Adidas slide sandals and Esprit-logo sweatshirts are nonchalantly in style again, think of the flip phone as the ultimate in normcore technology. http://dlvr.it/6yBz4N

The iPhone 6 You Always Wanted #Humour

College Humour takes a spin at Apple’s Jony Ive commercial by having him introduce new iPhone 6 features you’d really like to have.

What it would look like if Apple gave us the features we truly deserved. http://dlvr.it/6y9cDp

"In 2011, Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst catastrophe at a nuclear power plant, was officially declared a tourist attraction." #Travel

National Geographic’s George Johnson has this article on nuclear tourism, with tour busses now taking people past the exclusion zone that surrounds Chernobyl. Amusingly, despite the history behind the place, radioactivity is far lower than what you’d get while flying on a plane — and is probably a far safer place than the Russian-Ukraine border.

Sixty miles away in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, weeks of bloody demonstrations had led in February to the expulsion of the president and the installation of a new government. In response to the upheaval Russia had occupied Crimea, the peninsula that juts from southern Ukraine into the Black Sea. Russian troops were massing on Ukraine’s eastern border. In a crazy way, Chernobyl felt like the safest place to be. http://dlvr.it/6xs1x1

Apple Will No Longer Unlock iPhones for the Police #Privacy

Possibly in response to allegations that the tech industry have pushed back very little to government data collection, Apple has announced that as of iOS 8, it will no longer keep copies of the “encryption keys that unlocked devices for legally binding police requests.”

Apple will still have the ability — and the legal responsibility — to turn over user data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which typically includes backups of photos, videos, e-mail communications, music collections and more. Users who want to prevent all forms of police access to their information will have to adjust settings in a way that blocks data from flowing to iCloud. http://dlvr.it/6xhdmm

Orangutans, Creatures of Culture and Learning #Animals

According to Ferris Jabber of The New Yorker, orangutans are actually pretty smart — and by smart, he means smart like you and me. Reportedly, the animals are resourceful, they’re capable of reason, of cultural learning, and are even self-aware.

Compared with chimpanzees, which are highly excitable, orangutans seem far more sober and considerate. They move deliberately and often spend a good deal of time silently watching before deciding how to act. At Camp Leakey, the orangutans had plenty of opportunity to observe and imitate people. They soon developed a habit of stealing canoes, paddling them downriver, and abandoning them at their destinations. Even triple and quadruple knots in the ropes securing the canoes to the dock did not deter the apes. Over the years, they have also learned to brush their teeth, bathe themselves, wash clothes, weed pathways, wield saws and hammers, and soak rags in water in order to cool their foreheads with them. And they have done all of this without any instruction. http://dlvr.it/6xgKgK

The Use of Artificial Sweeteners Should Be Reassessed #Health

Aspartame, saccharin and sucralose made mice glucose intolerant

According to researchers, although “approved by most food regulation agencies as safe for humans,” the use of artificial sweeteners made mice glucose intolerant. In other words, “the use of sweeteners aimed at preventing diabetes might actually be contributing to and possibly driving the epidemic that it aims to prevent.”

After 11 weeks, the researchers tested all the rodents’ glucose tolerance by giving them a high-glucose drink and taking regular blood samples. Under normal conditions, the blood tests should show an initial spike in glucose, followed by a decline as the body secretes the insulin in response. Insulin instructs cells to use the extra glucose for energy or turn it into fat. Glucose intolerance occurs when this process becomes inefficient, and is strongly associated with type 2 diabetes.

The blood-glucose levels of the mice consuming the sweeteners spiked at a higher level than all the control groups and also took longer to drop back down to normal. “They showed significant glucose intolerance,” says Segal, “at levels comparable to a metabolic disease.” http://dlvr.it/6xdvkk

"There’s like 30 knives out there right now, hidden up their rectums." #Culture

On The Atlantic, Graeme Wood looks at the culture found in gang-prisons, where the same groups causing chaos on the streets are also “the unlikely custodians of order behind bars.”

Because he is a gentleman, Skarbek waited until we’d finished our burgers to illustrate some of that ingenuity. “How can you tell what type of cellphone an inmate uses,” he asked, “based on what’s in his cell?” He let me think for about two seconds before cheerily giving me the answer: you examine the bar of soap on the prisoner’s sink. The safest place for an inmate to store anything is in his rectum, and to keep the orifice supple and sized for the (contraband) phone, inmates have been known to whittle their bars of soap and tuck them away as a placeholder while their phones are in use. So a short and stubby bar means a durable old dumbphone; broad and flat means a BlackBerry or an iPhone. Pity the poor guy whose bar of soap is the size and shape of a Samsung Galaxy Note. http://dlvr.it/6xLs18

Scottish Referendum on Independence Explained #Politics

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver explains the referendum on Scottish independence and the history causing this wish for separation.

Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK.
There are solid arguments on both sides.
But none of that makes bagpipes good to listen to…or does it? http://dlvr.it/6x9kc4

"The idea is to get the robot to load your dishwasher." #Robots

Unveiled at the British Science Festival, the Boris robot scans objects with its sensors and calculates the best way to grab each one of them and where to put them in a dishwasher. While it may appear simplistic to create a device that can perform such menial a task, its creators are quick to remind us that being able to load a dishwater “requires all the manipulative faculties that evolution spent hundreds of millions of years developing.”

Boris “sees” objects with depth sensors on its face and wrists. In 10 seconds it calculates up to a thousand possible ways to grasp a novel object with its five robotic fingers and plans a path of arm movements to reach its target, avoiding obstructions.

"It’s not been programmed to pick it up - it’s been programmed to learn how to pick it up," explained Professor Wyatt. http://dlvr.it/6x8Vkd