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Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom

Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
An ISP should give users the bits they ask for, as quickly as it
can, and not deliberately slow down the data. By Cory Doctorow
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Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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A Brief History of Militarized Lasers

A Brief History of Militarized Lasers | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Navy recently mounted a laser cannon on a ship. It's been a long time coming.
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Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco

Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first. But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem. Inside a row of gray office buildings in Brussels, a major hacking attack was in progress. And the perpetrators were British government spies.
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20 maps that never happened

Maps of countries, infrastructure projects, and invasions that never were — but might have been.
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The Joby Aviation S2 electric VTOL aircraft - YouTube

The Joby Aviation S2 is a revolutionary electric 200 mph vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Learn more at www.jobyaviation.com.
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a cool render does not a toy aircraft for one percenters make. 

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Isis: the inside story | Martin Chulov

Isis: the inside story | Martin Chulov | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The long read: One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov
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China’s Brave Underground Journal by Ian Johnson

China’s Brave Underground Journal by Ian Johnson | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
On the last stretch of flatlands north of Beijing, just before the Mongolian foothills, lies the satellite city of Tiantongyuan. This rootless suburb is home to Remembrance, an underground journal that deals with one of China’s most sensitive issues: its history.
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Great American Landscapes Forever Altered by Human 'Progress' | WIRED

Great American Landscapes Forever Altered by Human 'Progress' | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Sambunaris has been traveling the country for 15 consecutive summers, living, sleeping and working out of her car. Her images are full of endless horizons and breathtaking skies. Though there are no people in her photos, we see humanity's mark in the mining, railways, and highways that plow through the wilderness.
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People Feel Better About Pornography When It's Educational

People Feel Better About Pornography When It's Educational | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Instructional adult films are meant to teach first, titillate second.
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é... educacional. e a playboy é por causa dos artigos.

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Neoliberalism is alive and well - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

Neoliberalism is alive and well - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In mid November the British prime minister, David Cameron, warned that the world economy was heading for another major economic crisis. The British economy has not even escaped from the crisis that erupted in 2007. What is notable about the advanced capitalist states and their central banks is that so little has been done by their leaders since the emergence of the world economic crisis to prevent its recurrence. The main ‘solution' to the crisis has been quantitative easing, which consists (...)
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Desigualdades: not a bug, but a feature. 

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Why Astronomers Are So Obsessed With Finding Earth’s Twin

Why Astronomers Are So Obsessed With Finding Earth’s Twin | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“Mom, look,” I said, holding up nine sheets of construction paper that I had Scotch-taped together. On each page, I had drawn a made-up planet and listed its salient characteristics: tree-shaped algae, oceans of melted Play-Doh, quicksand surrounded by ice floes. A friendly alien inhabitant waved from the surface of...
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The World As Seen By a Self-Driving Car

The World As Seen By a Self-Driving Car | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better maps—much better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road.
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The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2015

The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2015 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A survey shows which countries matter more to U.S. policymakers—and which matter less
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My Thoughts one the Future Part #3: Future Human Body • /r/Futurology

My Thoughts one the Future Part #3: Future Human Body • /r/Futurology | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
###Introduction Welcome to part 3 of my series! Due to some unforeseen errors in my research this article took longer to write than I thought it...
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Nicholas Negroponte: Nanobots in Your Brain Could Be the Future of Learning - YouTube

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte predicts that we might learn by injecting nanobots into the bloodstream, altering the brain at the level of the neu...
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ha. 

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A Thieves’ Thanksgiving by Charles Simic

A Thieves’ Thanksgiving by Charles Simic | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It’s never been such a good time to be a crook. In what other country of laws does one enjoy so much freedom to defraud one’s government and fellow citizens without having to worry about cops showing at the door?
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Slut-Shaming, Eugenics, and Donald Duck: The Scandalous History of Sex-Ed Movies

Slut-Shaming, Eugenics, and Donald Duck: The Scandalous History of Sex-Ed Movies | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
After excusing herself from the dinner table, the 13-year-old girl begins to shout, her excited voice ringing through her family’s Mid-Cen...
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Tech Time Warp of the Week: Before Oculus Rift, There Was Nintendo's Disastrous Virtual Boy | WIRED

Tech Time Warp of the Week: Before Oculus Rift, There Was Nintendo's Disastrous Virtual Boy | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Virtual Boy creates an immersive 3-D gaming universe so advanced, the voice says, “it can’t be viewed on conventional TV.” The voice is talking from a conventional TV, so that’s a particularly tantalizing pitch. And the ad is tricked out with some ultra cool animated-polyhedron graphics. And the Virtual Boy itself looks even cooler. It…
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China’s Brave Underground Journal—II by Ian Johnson

China’s Brave Underground Journal—II by Ian Johnson | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Samizdat publications like the online journal Remembrance are setting off long-overdue discussions about how China should deal with its violent past, especially when many of the victims are dead. Is it best to forget, which the country has largely done, or is there merit in digging up the past? And is it possible to have a cathartic confrontation with the past in a country with no real public sphere?
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Interminable Ramble | pizza-party: mikedawwwson: Rules for Dating My...

Interminable Ramble | pizza-party: mikedawwwson: Rules for Dating My... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
pizza-party:
“mikedawwwson:
“ Rules for Dating My Daughter
I had some thoughts on the popular Feminist Father t-shirt that we’ve all seen floating around online
https://twitter.com/mike_daws

I’m not...
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excelente.

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Tracking a Gadget’s Journey From the Mine to Beneath the Christmas Tree

Tracking a Gadget’s Journey From the Mine to Beneath the Christmas Tree | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Imagine you're in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Behind you is China, below you are thousands of tons of consumer goods destined for faraway ports, then stores, then maybe a spot beneath a Christmas tree. You are part of a vast economy that supplies the things we buy--a galaxy of cities, systems, and people that is largely unacknowledged and rarely seen. Unless you know where to look.
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Return of the Silk Road - Geographical

Return of the Silk Road - Geographical | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It’s now officially called the Silk Road Economic Belt, but the scale of Chinese plans to connect cities from Asia to Europe rekindles memories of historic trade route, writes Geographical Magazine
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pax sinica, diz o bruce sterling? 

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