Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Browsing Data Sensitivity, Dress Codes, Terrible Sex Writing, and Denying Visas

ISPs: browsing data is not sensitive. (via Ars Technica) Terrible sex writing, a compendium. (via Nothing in the Rule Book ) Afghan women fight restrictive dress codes. (via NPR) In Donald Trump’s America attendees to a global Africa conference get their visas denied because they are from Africa. (via The Mary …

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Reality Checks: CIA Games, Spider Appreciation, Algae, and Waiting Periods for Viagra

Board games the CIA plays. (via Ars Technica) Spider appreciation: they eat between 400-800m metric tons of other bugs every year.  (via Guardian) The origins of algae, (via Christian Science Monitor) Texas legislator proposes satirical bill to ban male masturbation and impose waiting times for viagra. (via theMarySue) Featured image credit: Jana Jermakova-Zalkovska …

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Reality Checks: Algorithmically Recreating the Silk Road, Lost Orbiters, Boaty McBoatface, and the Non Necessities of Providing Evidence

The Silk Road and algorithms. (via Ars Technica) Boaty McBoatface launches for science!  (via NPR) Ms Conway adds such clarity as can be expected to her claim that surveillance devices might be in microwaves, to whit, that it is not her job to provide evidence. (via NYTimes) NASA just found an …

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Reality Checks: Skeletons in the Attic, Plastic Alcohol Ban, Copyright Trolls Caught in Fraud, and Buying Coffee from Women

Skeletal remains found in a house’s attic. This is why you get houses inspected before buying them. (via Jezebel) Tanzania bans alcohol sold in plastic sachets. (via Face2faceafrica) Copyright trolls Prenda WERE PRODUCING AND UPLOADING TO THE PIRATE BAY the porn they were then suing people for having.  WTF?  (via …

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Feminism

Investing in Women for Women’s Day

crossposted from Coffeefied,Operafied,Fluffified,Beglittered I make microloans via Kiva microfinance Organization on a regular basis, and as part of International Women’s Day, Kiva is sponsoring $3 million (!!!) in free loans to women as a way to empower women, and, by making their lives better, make everyone’s lives better. Go here to …

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Reality Checks: Computer vs Poker, Diverse Audiences at the Opera, Compulsory Heels, and Free Software from Nasa

Computer wins at poker!  So cool. (via Ars Technica) Opera should not just be for white people. (via NPR) Legal struggles against forced high heels. (via NYTimes) Nasa is releasing a lot of its code!  (via CBR) Featured image credit: Viri G via flickr

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Reality Checks: Internet Fragility, Dinosaur Imaging, How the West was Gender Swapped, and Cannibalism

Amazon’s problems in one data center take down much of the web. (via Ars Technica) What dinosaurs really looked like. (via BBC) Re-Western is an exhibition that gender swaps iconic US Western characters.(via Felicehouse Gallery) Cannibalism: it’s natural.  or something. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Majinbro 2002 via flickr

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Reality Checks: Operatic Leaks, Going Back to the Moon, Online Safety for Teens that Does not Consult teens, and Wikipedia Battle Bots

SpaceX claims it will send people to the moon in 2018 (via Ars Technica) Online safety apps for teens by and large do not involve teens as end users. (via NPR) Battle of the wikipedia bots.  (via Popular Science) There is a Chelsea Manning-Wikileaks opera!  (via NYT) Featured image credit: Magic …

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