Protesting Mark Zuckerberg Comments About Fact-Checking, Fake News About Mark Zuckerberg Goes Viral

“I don’t think that Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.
Since then, Vice reports, “Fake news about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is being shared widely on the internet, including on his own social network…”

Zuckerberg’s quote is particularly confusing because Facebook does fact-check some news posts, and uses a byzantine, third-party system to do so. Nonetheless, Donald Trump later quoted Zuckerberg’s favorable response in a tweet. Now, two satirical articles by websites with Australian domain names are going viral on Facebook, spreading misinformation about Zuckerberg and calling attention to his stance against fact checking by social media companies.

The first article, posted on Thursday by a site called The Chaser, is titled “‘Social media should not fact check posts,’ says child molester Mark Zuckerberg,” which also baselessly alleges that the CEO likes black jellybeans. It has more than 200,000 interactions on Facebook, according to the Facebook-owned analytics platform Crowdtangle. This article has also gone viral on Twitter, where The Chaser’s tweet has amassed more than 4,000 retweets.
Another article, also posted on Thursday from a site called The Shovel, is titled “Mark Zuckerberg — Dead at 36 — Says Social Media Should Not Fact Check Posts.” This post has nearly 50,000 interactions on Facebook and is also viral on Twitter.

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Grab a Google Nest WiFi 3-pack with a Home speaker for $300 at HSN

It might be particularly easy to re-do your home wireless network. HSN is running a deal that bundles a Google Nest WiFi 3-pack with the original Home speaker for $300 — not bad when the mesh router kit often costs more by itself. Given that the two…

Source: Engadget – Grab a Google Nest WiFi 3-pack with a Home speaker for 0 at HSN

82-Year-Old Ridley Scott Shares Some Secrets About 'Alien'

Ridley Scott was the fifth choice to direct the 1979 film Alien, remembers the Los Angeles Times, “meaning that no one was expecting the film to become as important and influential as it now is.”
This week they chronicled some more remembrances about the film from 82-year-old Ridley Scott:

The central role of Ellen Ripley — also portrayed by Sigourney Weaver in three subsequent sequels — was originally written as a man… “I think it was Alan Ladd [then president of 20th Century Fox] who said, ‘Why can’t Ripley be a woman?’ And there was a long pause, that at that moment I never thought about it. I thought, why not, it’s a fresh direction, the ways I thought about that. And away we went… I found Sigourney by word of mouth. Somebody had been told that Siourney was on an off-Broadway stage doing something, that I should meet. And I did,” Scott said. “And there it was, she was perfect. In terms of scale, size, intelligence, her acting is just fantastic. And so it was made for her, really.”

The film’s notorious chest-burster scene, in which an alien creature emerges from within actor John Hurt’s chest, is now among the classic scenes in modern horror cinema. It was shot with multiple cameras because Scott could only really perform the full effect once, “because once I blew blood all over that set, there was no cleaning it up… I kept it very much from the actors and I kept the actual little creature, whatever that would be, from the actors. I never wanted them to see it,” Scott said. “Remember there was no digital effects in those days at all. I’m going to somehow bring that creature out of his chest….”

Scott recalled the influence that Star Wars had on him at the time, noting, “It opened the gate for me feeling comfortable that science fiction was no longer silly fantasy but actually had a reality to it… So I was blown away… My hat still comes off to George,” Scott said of Lucas for the first Star Wars. “Without question his was by far the best, still.”

Scott directed the 2017 film Alien: Covenant, the Times notes, “And he may not be done yet.
“What I always thought when I was making it, the first one, why would a creature like this be made and why was it traveling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That’s the thing to question — who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”

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Source: Slashdot – 82-Year-Old Ridley Scott Shares Some Secrets About ‘Alien’

Josh Gad, Who Never Sleeps, Reunites Lord of the Rings Cast For Latest Zoom Reunion

Everywhere I turn, Josh Gad is in the news. For starring in a new TV show; for making jokes with some reporter somewhere about Frozen; for hosting a bevy of online quarantine reunions, bringing together the casts of classic movies to raise money for good causes and entertain us in these trying times. Josh Gad must be…

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Source: io9 – Josh Gad, Who Never Sleeps, Reunites Lord of the Rings Cast For Latest Zoom Reunion

What To Expect: Call Of Duty Warzone Duos Mode For Battle Royale Mayhem In Verdansk

What To Expect: Call Of Duty Warzone Duos Mode For Battle Royale Mayhem In Verdansk
Call of Duty: Warzone players will be thrilled to hear that the highly anticipated Battle Royale Duos has arrived to the game. Players can now match up with a partner and drop into Verdansk using Battle Royale rules. Players can pair up with a friend or can be matched up with a random player. The goal of Duos is for the pair of operatives

Source: Hot Hardware – What To Expect: Call Of Duty Warzone Duos Mode For Battle Royale Mayhem In Verdansk

Dutch Restaurant Will Re-Open With Robot Waiters

When Dutch restaurants open tomorrow, one will be using two shiny white-and-red robot waiters, reports the Associated Press:

“Hello and welcome,” the robots say — in a voice best described as pre-programmed. Their duties will include greeting customers, serving drinks and dishes and returning used glasses and crockery. It’s unclear whether diners will be expected to tip.

One thing the robots will certainly do is see that social distancing rules are respected. “We will use them to make sure the five feet we need during the corona crisis sticks,” Leah Hu said. “I’ve had negative reactions,” she said, “such as saying it makes it impersonal.” But it may prove just what customers crave when Dutch restaurants are allowed to reopen Monday as lockdown restrictions are further eased.
In a stab at quasi-human panache, one robot wears a chiffon scarf around its neck….
And in the southern Zeeland province, the Hus don’t want to hear any complaints about the robots robbing young people of a job. They say it’s hard enough anyway to find staff in a rural region without any major city close by… “We are often busy and cleaning tables and the robots give us an extra hand.” It also frees up the human staff for some more personal contact. “We are not disappearing. We are still here. They will always need people in this industry,” she said.

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Source: Slashdot – Dutch Restaurant Will Re-Open With Robot Waiters

Modified Cessna is the 'largest' electric aircraft to take flight

Electric aircraft are ever so slightly closer to becoming a practical reality for travel. Magnix and AeroTEC have flown what they say is the world’s largest all-electric aircraft. Their modified Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, the “eCaravan,” flew for 30…

Source: Engadget – Modified Cessna is the ‘largest’ electric aircraft to take flight

Red Bull Summer Edition Is A Great New Flavor And Bad New Slushie

Summer is fast approaching. Days are getting warmer. The sun seems brighter and I’m wearing more shorts. And Red Bull has released a new Summer-inspired flavor but in two forms. The traditional canned energy drink and an icy slush drink at Sonic. Which is better? Read the headline. And the rest of this post!

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Source: Kotaku – Red Bull Summer Edition Is A Great New Flavor And Bad New Slushie

Soothe Your Kids and Yourself With Disney's 'Zenimation' Series

Things are not particularly calm right now, so most people are looking for anything that can soothe them, even for only a few minutes. For some, this can mean rewatching the movies they loved as a child. For others, it can mean watching ASMR videos on YouTube. Now, thanks to a new series on Disney+, you no longer have…

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Source: LifeHacker – Soothe Your Kids and Yourself With Disney’s ‘Zenimation’ Series

Microsoft Edge To Save Edits Made To PDF Files Without Saving a Copy Each Time

techtsp quotes The Windows Club: In a major breakthrough, Microsoft Edge now supports Native File System API, which will take progressive web apps and their usage to a whole new level. An official roadmap entry points towards the new development, which only means one thing: Bridging the native app gap using modern web technologies…

This is exactly where Microsoft Edge’s Native File System API support comes into play, and Edge is already rolling out a native PDF editing support that uses this Native File System API. In the future, Microsoft Edge users can easily save edits made to PDF documents back to the file instead of saving a copy each time…

Starting in Google Chrome 83, a new origin trial has started for the Native File System API for all desktop platforms including Windows, Linux, and macOS. We saw it in action in the text editor demo….

Over the last few years, the web has evolved into an incredibly powerful platform in itself, and with the introduction and significant adoption of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), the cross-device software delivery became much easier. But no matter how great PWAs are, they have certain limitations that we can’t possibly ignore. And these limitations prevent users from replacing native apps with progressive web apps. In short, PWAs can’t do everything that native apps can do.

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Source: Slashdot – Microsoft Edge To Save Edits Made To PDF Files Without Saving a Copy Each Time

Add nodes to your private cloud using Cloud-init

Cloud-init is a widely utilized industry-standard method for initializing cloud instances. Cloud providers use Cloud-init to customize instances with network configuration, instance information, and even user-provided configuration directives. It is also a great tool to use in your “private cloud at home” to add a little automation to the initial setup and configuration of your homelab[he]#039[/he]s virtual and physical machines—and to learn more about how large cloud providers work.

Source: LXer – Add nodes to your private cloud using Cloud-init

SpaceX And NASA Dock With ISS, Now Try Your Own Hand Docking With This Online Simulator

SpaceX And NASA Dock With ISS, Now Try Your Own Hand Docking With This Online Simulator
The United States rejoined the space race this week as SpaceX successfully launched its Crew Dragon spacecraft with a pair of astronauts aboard to the ISS. The successful launch marked the first time since the space shuttle fleet was retired that the United States hasn’t had to hitch a ride with another country to get astronauts into orbit.

Source: Hot Hardware – SpaceX And NASA Dock With ISS, Now Try Your Own Hand Docking With This Online Simulator

Seasons Change In June For Animal Crossing New Horizons, Here Are All Bug And Fish Migrations

Seasons Change In June For Animal Crossing New Horizons, Here Are All Bug And Fish Migrations
The beginning of June is quickly approaching. With the start of a new month comes a change in the availability of fish and bugs in Animal Crossing. Here are the bugs and fish that are arriving and leaving in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the month of June.

There are a greater number of fish and bugs arriving in the northern hemisphere,

Source: Hot Hardware – Seasons Change In June For Animal Crossing New Horizons, Here Are All Bug And Fish Migrations

In a Rare Show of Solidarity, Competing Hollywood Heavyweights Join Forces in Support of Black Lives

In the outcries following the now-countless incidents of police violence upon black America, what is often most deafening is the silence—from non-black friends, influencers, politicians and, perhaps most importantly, from those who have the kind of massive platforms that actually reach into American homes and sway…

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Source: Gizmodo – In a Rare Show of Solidarity, Competing Hollywood Heavyweights Join Forces in Support of Black Lives